Travers (gr. I) winner Medaglia d'Oro breezed five furlongs very easily Friday morning in 1:01 2/5 with jockey Rudy Rodriguez aboard.
Belmont Notes: Lido Palace Works for Gold Cup; Banks Hill's Return in Flower Bowl; Turf Classic Nears for With Anticipation
John W. Amerman's Lido Palace, prepping for next Saturday's 84th running of the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :49 2/5, breezing on Belmont Park's fast main track Thursday morning.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has nominated three horses to the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) on Sept. 28, but will likely run two--John Amerman's Lido Palace and Stronach Stables' Milwaukee Brew--in the 1 1/4-mile, weight-for-age race.
Before you can find this year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner, you first have to find any horses who can come home the last quarter-mile or three-eighths in racehorse time. Then you can go on from there.
With the older horse division all but decimated following the loss of Left Bank, Street Cry, Sky Jack, Seeking Daylight, and Mizzen Mast, it was up to the 3-year-olds to pick up the slack.
In spite of his sixth-place finish in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 25, fans have War Emblem as the 7-2 favorite Friday, the first day of the final pool for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Future Bet.
Came Home defeats older horses and War Emblem in winning the Pacific Classic, while an injury stops stablemate Bosque Redondo's career.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem was reported in good shape this morning, following Tuesday's sizzling 5-furlong work in 57 3/5 seconds for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s War Emblem had a faster than anticipated workout – five furlongs in a sizzling :57 3/5 under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes -- on Tuesday morning at Del Mar as he prepares for Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) and his first test against older horses.
Including last-minute entry Dig For It, who was supplemented for $25,000 by trainer Bruce Headley, a field of seven was entered for Sunday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park.
Sunday's grade I at Hollywood Park is the first of 16 "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" broadcasts.
If there was anyone who doubted Milwaukee Brew, they'd better think again. Proving his four-length romp in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in March wasn't a fluke but instead a sign, the brawny bay changed his tactics and still came up big on June 15, running down Bosque Redondo late to win the $500,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs.
Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew returns to the races Saturday to face eight horses in the $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park. The track offers three graded stakes for Saturday's card, which features a $1 million guaranteed pick six and a bobblehead doll giveaway.
Hollywood Park will offer a stakes tripleheader worth $1.1 million in purses June 15. Along with a strong 10-race program, the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack will offer a pick six with a $1-million guaranteed pool and give away Bob Baffert bobblehead dolls.
Milwaukee Brew's victory in the Santa Anita Handicap gave trainer Bobby Frankel his third straight million-dollar California stakes win
The largest field in nearly 20 years was entered Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). Euchre and Milwaukee Brew, a Frank Stronach-owned entry, was made the 7-2 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile race for older horses. A field of 14 will go postward in the evenly-matched field.
Mizzen Mast, the Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner and likely favorite for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), will miss the race due to a quarter crack, trainer Bobby Frankel said Sunday morning.
James Jackson's Valhol rallied from just off the pace then held Parade Leader safely at bat to win the $125,000 Whirlaway Handicap at the Fair Grounds. On a fast track, the 6-year-old gelded son of Diazo completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.94.
Wooden Phone, who beat two-time Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Tiznow in the Strub Stakes (gr. II) last February, heads a field of eight entered in Saturday's $200,000 San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita.
Nelson Bunker Hunt's Seinne will attempt to become the fourth surface switching stakes winner of the young Santa Anita meet when trainer Ron McAnally sends out the Chilean-bred in Saturday's $200,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. III).
Morton Fink's Guided Tour tracked Duckhorn through the early going before reeling in the leader with just over a quarter-mile to run en route to winning Saturday's $400,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) at Arlington Park.
Trainer Joe Orseno, who is looking forward to big second half of the year, sent out Red Bullet, Macho Uno, Thunder Blitz, and Milwaukee Brew for solid works Saturday morning. Red Bullet, last year's Preakness winner who has not run since the Dwyer Stakes due to a cracked cannon bone, worked five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 3/5 with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard. The son of Unbridled came home his final quartter in :23 4/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.
On a muddy track at Pimlico Saturday, Lightning Paces earned a wire-to-wire victory in the $140,000 Baltimore Ravens Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III), defeating 9-5 favorite Milwaukee Brew by 3/4 lengths.
Robert Meyerhoff's 4-year-old homebred Include rallied from fifth place to upset 3-5 favorite Albert the Great in the final strides of the $750,000 Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Pimlico. Under Jerry Bailey, the 2.5-1 second choice earned the hard fought neck-length victory by completing the 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.61 on fast track while drifting out in the stretch.
Tracy Farmer's 4-year-old Albert the Great is the favorite for Saturday's $750,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course. Jockey Jorge Chavez, who won last Saturday's Kentucky Derby aboard Monarchos, will be aboard for the 36th running of the1 3/16 miles event.
Red Bullet, winner of the Preakness Stakes last year, has started back in light training at owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Ocala, and could be ready to return to the races by August at Saratoga. Farm trainer Danny Vella said the son of Unbridled is coming along great after suffering what was believed to be a hairline fracture last summer.
Stronach Stable's Milwaukee Brew, winner of the Ohio Derby (gr. II) and third in the Haskell Inviational, is among the three finalists for a Sovereign Award as top 3-year-old colt or gelding in Canada this year. The two other finalists in the category are Scatter the Gold and Kiss a Native.
Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Dixie Union was installed as the moderate 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) when post positions were drawn Thursday for the $1-million race.
Likely Travers Stakes (gr. I) starters Albert the Great, Impeachment, and Milwaukee Brew were in action at Saratoga Sunday morning in workouts preparing for Saturday’s $1-million race.
Todd Pletcher-trained More Than Ready and Impeachment were on the track at Monmouth Park Tuesday morning working toward Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
The probable field for Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park continues to grow, with Dogwood Stable announcing Monday that Impeachment could be added to the 1 1/8-mile race.
Stronach Stable's Milwaukee Brew rallied late to win the $300,000 Ohio Derby by a head Saturday at Thistledown.
Rebel Stakes winner and Arkansas Derby runner-up Snuck In heads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for the $300,000 Ohio Derby Saturday at Thistledown.
Performing Magic heads the probable field for Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown near Cleveland.
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