Two talented colts made important strides this past weekend in their quest to win the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Whywhywhy will be asked the question Sunday in the $200,000 Futurity (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Zavata came out of yesterday's third place finish in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) in good shape, according to trainer Patrick Biancone.
Zavata established himself as the horse to beat in the Hopeful with powerful victories in Belmont's Tremont (gr. III) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). He will seek to become the fourth consecutive favorite to win Saratoga's most prized race for 2-year-olds.
That question may be answered on Friday afternoon, when she is tested against 11 others in the $200,000 Spinaway (gr. I) – the marquee race for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Saratoga Race Course.
After watching both his sensational 2-year-olds work Monday morning, trainer Patrick Biancone has decided to start Zavata in Saturday's Hopeful (gr. I).
Saratoga Notebook: Another Sick Horse for Pletcher; About Zavata's Name; Hook and Ladder Returns; Rice is Hot
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Saturday morning that Warners is responding to treatment for an illness at a veterinary clinic in Saratoga Springs.
John Veitch relishes his first victory in New York since 1998 and Patrick Biancone offers insights into training horses. Meanwhile, trainer Ken McPeek plans to work Repent Sunday in preparation for the Travers Stakes.
Michael Tabor's Zavata stalked a fast early pace and drew off to an authoritative 7 ¼-length victory Wednesday in the 100th running of the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Lone Star Sky heads a small field of five runners in the 100th renewal of this famous stakes for 2-year-olds Wednesday, but his trainer, Thomas Amoss, may not make the trip from Louisville.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is hoping to keep S.J. Bee Stable's Holiday Runner unbeaten as she faces five other 2-year-old fillies in the 87th running of the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at 6 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.
Saratoga Notebook: Easyfromthegitgo May Be Jim Dandy; Lido Palace Shows Speed; Godolphin Juvenile Update; Whywhywhy?
The way trainer Steve Asmussen describes it, Iowa Derby winner Easyfromthegitgo is looking more and more like a Jim Dandy
Whywhywhy answered a lot of questions Thursday afternoon with an authoritative 2 3/4-length victory in the Sanford Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.
Michael Tabor's Zavata, a $575,000 sale 2-year-old in February, cruised to a 6 1/4-length victory in the Tremont Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park on the Mother Goose undercard.
Plans to run Mayakovsky in the Kentucky Derby have been abandoned and a workout scheduled for Wednesday cancelled by trainer Patrick Biancone.
Michael Tabor's Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Mayakovsky, set to start in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :48 1/5, breezing, over a fast Santa Anita main track Tuesday morning immediately after the renovation break.
Michael Tabor's Mayakovsky, who will represent the West Coast Triple Crown hopefuls in Sunday's $200,000 Gotham S. (gr. III) at Aqueduct, was put through his final preparations for the one-mile event with a bullet half-mile work in :46, breezing, over Santa Anita's main track on Tuesday.
An A. P. Indy colt was purchased by Californian B. Wayne Hughes for $900,00 to top the first half of Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Racecourse in Florida.
The $100,000-added Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Hollywood Park is expected to mark the North American bow of Argentine-bred star City West, second highweight at 119 pounds. City West, a 4-year-old colt in the Patrick Biancone barn, won four of five starts last year in Argentina, three of the victories in Group I competition. Eddie Delahoussaye has the call.
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