After a somewhat disappointing Triple Crown campaign, Wicked Strong started the second half of his sophomore season in fine style, defeating Tonalist in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26 at Saratoga.
"Most likely (California Chrome) will be in front of us early on," said Rajiv Maragh, rider of Wicked Strong. "...We'll have to go by in the stretch. I've had a couple of dreams the last few nights that I pass him.
Merry Meadow, a daughter of Henny Hughes, rallies to overtake Jane of All Trades to win the grade II Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park May 17. The 4-year-old filly ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.36.
From maiden winner to latest addition to the field for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong soared past tiring 8-5 favorite Social Inclusion and runner-up Samraat to win the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Trainer Tom Albertrani did a masterful job getting Godolphin's Anjaz ready to roll off more than a seven-month gap between races, and the daughter of Street Cry finally got her first U.S. victory.
My Wandy's Girl missed taking last year's edition of the Barbara Fritchie (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Laurel Park, but this season she would not be denied.
Two-time champion Groupie Doll provided a satisfying conclusion to her stellar career with an eye-catching last-to-first romp in the $200,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Groupie Doll shot down any criticism she wasn't the same this year with a game off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
Avoiding trouble near the eighth pole when favored Ready to Act bore in sharply and hit the rail, Harlequin Ranches' Llanarmon surged between rivals to post a victory in the $200,000 Natalma Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Champion Groupie Doll rallied from well off a sizzling pace to capture the $400,200 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time for 6 1/2 furlongs Sept. 9 at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
Are You Kidding Me shipped across the border and won outside Canada for the first time, powering home by four lengths to take the $200,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park Sept. 7 in near-record time.
Last Gunfighter overcame a troubled start and came through on the rail to win the $150,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) March 23 at Aqueduct, while 2011 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice finished fifth.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh is scheduled to return to the races Feb. 28, a little less than two months after sustaining a hairline fracture to the T3 vertebrae of his upper back in a Dec. 31 spill at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Rajiv Maragh, who was involved in a spill in the second race at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 31, will be sidelined at least two weeks with a hairline fracture of the T3 vertebrae in his upper back.
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Groupie Doll continued her domination of the female sprint division Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park, inhaling her rivals on the turn to take the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) under a hand ride from jockey Rajiv Maragh.
Comments from D. Wayne Lukas and Rajiv Maragh after Hightail's win in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint. Watch Video
Hightail, exploiting a slight opening at the rail in upper stretch, upset 1-2 favorite Merit Man in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint Nov. 2, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his 19th lifetime victory in the Championships.
Breaking from the rail, Joha withstood numerous challenges to score a front-running victory in the $400,000 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland Oct. 6.
Multiple grade I stakes winner Groupie Doll, who got a freshening in the spring and summer, is among the 12 fillies and mares entered in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 8.
Currency Swap showed his affinity for Saratoga Race Course July 29, making his first start since winning the 2011 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) a profitable one when he dashed to victory in the $200,000 Amsterdam (gr. II).
Among Todd Pletcher's top 2-year-olds this year are Rose Junction and Onetwentyeight, who headline the $200,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) going six furlongs July 22 at Saratoga.
Live Oak Plantation's Zo Impressive took the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 23 when 1-2 favorite Contested faded badly and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can failed to menace.
Groupie Doll made it consecutive grade I wins when she dominated the field in track-record time while taking the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 5.
Godolphin's homebred expects to ship to Churchill Downs on April 30. Rajiv Maragh worked Alpha but his rider in the Derby has not been named yet.
On a day that belonged the Julien Leparoux, it was Rajiv Maragh that was able to narrowly outduel his fellow rider in the Keeneland feature, as Pachattack defeated Kathmanblu by a neck in the $100,000 Doubledogdare.
Groupie Doll, who barely missed in the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) last fall at Keeneland, broke through in a big way April 12 when she returned to Lexington to win the $300,000 Vinery Madison (gr. I) by three lengths.
Cutting back in distance in search of his first grade I win, To Honor and Serve put away Calibrachoa in upper stretch and held off Hymn Book late to take the Cigar Mile Handicap Nov. 26 at Aqueduct.
Favored Sanagas joined the ranks of grade I winners with a dominating triumph for trainer Graham Motion in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Hollywood Park Nov. 19.
Like he was shot out of a cannon, Caleb's Posse rocketed past Shackleford in the stretch and romped to a four-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
Andreas Jacobs' German-bred Sanagas took over at the top of the lane and held off Tahoe Lake to win the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes Oct. 20 at rainy Keeneland.
Favored Currency Swap handled sloppy conditions at rainy Saratoga better than any of his nine juvenile rivals in the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), edging a persistent Trinniberg on closing day Sept. 5.
Caleb's Posse came roaring down the lane and edged champion Uncle Mo by the narrowest of margins to win a thrilling edition of the $250,000 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
Tizway picked up his second consecutive grade I victory Aug. 6 at Saratoga when he took over approaching the quarter-pole and breezed to an easy score in the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
McNeill Stables and Cheyenne Stable's Caleb's Posse cut back in distance off seven straight distance races and blew past his opponents in the stretch to win the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 1.
Giants Play took advantage of an unpressured lead in the early going and had just enough to hold off Zagora to notch her first stakes victory in the $150,000 New York (gr. IIT) June 25 at Belmont Park.
Stewards in New York June 15 issued jockey Rajiv Maragh a 10-day suspension for careless riding in connection with his handling of Isn't He Perfect in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Lenny Shulman talks with Rajiv Maragh, jockey of Isn't He Perfect. Watch Video
Stretching out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time, Preston Stables' Birdrun went wire-to-wire to win the $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable's Mucho Macho Man will have a new rider in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Ramon Dominguez will be aboard the colt, according to Daily Racing Form.
William Clifton Jr.'s Tizway took over approaching the quarter pole and opened up in the stretch to post a decisive victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on Memorial Day at Belmont Park.
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The third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby prepares for the Preakness over a sloppy Belmont Park training track in New York.
Lenny Shulman interviews Rajiv Maragh, jockey for Mucho Macho Man. Watch Video
Adios Charlie, passed in the stretch by Justin Phillip, re-broke along the inside to win the $150,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. II) going away on a sloppy track at rainy Aqueduct April 23.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Air Support came from near the back of the field and ran down Great Mills in the final jump to win the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) by a nose April 8 on opening day at Keeneland.
With Rajiv Maragh picking up the mount for the injured Eibar Coa, Mucho Macho Man held off Santiva to win the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/2 lengths Feb. 19 at Fair Grounds.
Birdrun defeated Duke of Mischief by 4 1/2 lengths to win the $150,000 Carl Rose Classic Handicap, the finale of Calder Casino & Race Course's eight-race Florida Million for Florida-bred horses Nov. 13.
Tizway swept past Jersey Town at the top of the lane and easily pulled clear of the field en route to a five-length win in the $250,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh was discharged from the hospital hours after being thrown from his mount, Pico Dinero, at Saratoga Aug. 18.
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