John Oxley's Noble Bird claimed his first graded stakes in style June 13, outlasting favored Lea in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs to punch his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
American Pharoah continued his preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 3/16 miles on the Churchill Downs main track under regular exercise rider Jorge Alvarez May 23.
Danzig Moon, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will continue down the Triple Crown trail to Baltimore for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
After the vans pulled in late the afternoon of May 14, all the contenders for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) were on the grounds at Pimlico Race Course except for Ring Weekend, who will arrive May 15 before noon.
Ria Antonia worked a half-mile in :47 3/5 over a track labeled as good the morning of May 11 at Churchill Downs with a decision looming on whether the 3-year-old filly is to take on males in the upcoming Preaknes
John Oxley's Funny Proposition upset reigning champion older female Royal Delta while securing the first stakes win of her career in the $186,375 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) June 15 at Churchill Downs.
John Oxley's Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Prospective, a major contender for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs the morning of April 2 in 1:01 1/5.
Prospective, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 10, breezed five furlongs 1:03 on a fast main track at Churchill Downs the morning of March 27.
Hilmer C. Schmidt, a leading figure in the Florida racing and breeding industry for years, died May 26 at his Brenham, Texas, home following a lengthy illness.
What started as a simple conversation 13 years ago with the then chairman of Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. has turned into an extended labor of love for artist Catherine Goldman-Bloomfield - nearly 2,500 square feet of painstaking Thoroughbred painting excellence.
The North American members of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers May 16 announced future North American sales catalogs will present foreign earnings from most major racing nations in native currency, followed by a total earnings line converted to U.S. dollars.
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Mark Casse took an unusual route to the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with Clearly Foxy, starting her twice on the Woodbine lawn, where she broke her maiden at first asking.
Norman Casse has stepped down as chairman of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. after 27 years, and has been succeeded by J. Michael O'Farrell, the president of Ocala Stud.
Donald R. Dizney was re-elected president of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association following the annual membership meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Ocala, Florida.
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