Janis Whitham's McCraken arrived at trainer Ian Wilkes' Barn 26 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 10 following a third-place finish in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
Joe Turner's hombred Sircat Sally extended her undefeated streak to five when she easily coasted to a win in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (G3T) April 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Comments from trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith after Arrogate's victory in the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate broke last, but rallied easily to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.
Mike Smith talks about Arrogate and the Dubai World Cup Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
For all the words Baffert has said to all those who inquire about what makes Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate the most fearsome horse in training, it is the trainer's presence in Dubai this week makes the most emphatic statement.
More than 13 months after his last victory, Michael Lund Petersen's Mor Spirit returned to the winner's circle with style March 18 in the $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.
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Mor Spirit looks to regain winning form in his third start off the layup March 18, when he carries highweight assignment of 121 pounds in the $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.
Sham Stakes (G3) runner-up American Anthem has arrived for the purpose of making sure the Rebel Stakes (G2) remains trainer Bob Baffert's out-of-town playground.
Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella finally got a challenge March 4 in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3), but shrugged it off in the final furlong to reestablish her standing as the current favorite for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
In his first race since July, Bolo was 2 1/2 lengths off leaders What a View and Conquest Enforcer with a furlong to run, but closed rapidly on the outside and just got a head in front at the wire.
Vale Dori continued her dominance of the older female division in Southern California with another her third straight grade 2 score Feb. 11 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
The 3-year-old Tapit filly owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer appeared as if she was just out for a breezy spin in her two-turn debut under jockey Mike Smith.
For a 1 1/8-mile race, trainers Art Sherman and Bob Baffert will be paying an added level of attention to the start of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Mike Smith can't wait to get back aboard Juddmonte Farm's Arrogate to take on two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Highlights from Arrogate's 2016 season, including comments from trainer Bob Baffert, Garrett O'Rourke, and Mike Smith. Video Courtesy Longines
Seltzer Thoroughbreds' Finest City showed no signs of rust in her first start since her Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) victory, the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G2) Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park.
With a late burst of speed, D P Racing's Prize Exhibit swept her competition to win the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park Jan. 16 by 1 1/4 lengths.
Vale Dori took heat early and kept on rolling in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (G2) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park, impressively picking up her second consecutive grade 2 and third straight victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Although the Tapit filly opened up as the 1-5 favorite in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2), when the gates opened she was not the favorite, but she performed like she was odds-on.
Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.
When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.
"Time Bandits" profiled the remarkable longevity of Hall of Fame Jockeys Alex Solis, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.
A procedural stewards hearing Dec. 30 regarding Masochistic's positive post-race test for stanozolol following the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) confirmed the gelding will be disqualified from his second-place finish.
Jockey agent Ron Anderson was among those who have spent much of the last 24 hours trying to digest news that the life of Garrett Gomez has come to a tragic end.
Plenty of promising juveniles have fallen short in their first try at two turns, but Cheyenne Stables' Mastery shrugged off the looming question mark Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I).
Two high-quality horses who had less-than-ideal trips during the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) will return to the track Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori continued to impress on U.S. soil with a clear victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 2 at Del Mar.
The 5-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped out to an easy lead, was never threatened, and drew off to a 7 3/4-length victory.
The future appears bright for Cheyenne Stables' Mastery after an easy victory Nov. 19 in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III).
Win or lose, Mike Smith is at the top of his game
All one say is, what manner of horse is Arrogate? Two races hardly defines a career, but after an artist paints two masterpieces, one can hardly wait to see what emerges from his next blank canvas.
Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others, earned the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park.
It took a photo finish decided by barely an inch, but previously unbeaten champion Songbird did suffer a loss for the first time, losing to now three-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder in the $2 million Longines Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 4.
A Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) for the ages on paper played out in real time in the most dramatic and epic way.
"If somebody wants to be in front of Songbird, they can go ahead and try," said Mike Smith, a day before the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Samantha Siegel joins forces with Los Pollos Hermanos Racing on Masochistic and now has the favorite for the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00 with jockey Mike Smith aboard in a relaxed manner that had all of his connections pleased with the Oct. 29 move at Santa Anita Park.
After a narrow victory in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT), Beach Patrol will try for a second straight graded stakes win against other 3-year-olds on the turf Oct. 8 in the Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
The hum of nearby Interstate 210 was all that was audible from the Santa Anita Park grandstand before trainer Jerry Hollendorfer broke the silence with the sharp "beep" of his stopwatch as Songbird began her workout from the half-mile pole Oct. 6.
Two-thirds of Ambitious Brew's victories entering racing Sept. 30 came on Santa Anita Park's unique downhill turf course and the Pamela Ziebarth homebred thrived again during the trip Friday in the first of two Eddie D. Stakes (gr. IIIT) divisions.
Santa Anita unveiled its new turf course Sept.15. The autumn meet runs 23 days from Sept. 30 to Nov. 5, and includes the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Claiborne Farm's Bendable, off the first loss of her career, handed Enola Gray her first defeat Sept. 11 in the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.
Jim Rome thought he would eventually start to get over losing Shared Belief. The horse owner and syndicated sports talk radio star thought time would help.
Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time proved no problem for unbeaten filly Songbird as the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro waltzed to a clear lead in the far turn and was never challenged late in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Midwest Thoroughbreds' homebred The Pizza Man will look to become the first horse to win the Arlington Million (gr. IT) back-to-back Aug. 13, but will have to pick up his recent form to do so.
The Del Mar crowd roared as California Chrome put a head in front of Dortmund in the final turn of the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 23, but little did they know the battle they were in store for in the stretch.
Champion Songbird will put her perfect record on the line July 23 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, which features a purse pumped up from $300,000 to $500,000 to attract the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro.
Pretty N Cool, who began her career last summer at Del Mar, rallied powerfully in the stretch to win the $75,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes July 20 at the seaside racetrack.
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