Finalists for the 2012 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan 5, with Fort Larned, I'll Have Another, and Wise Dan leading the 17 categories as nominees for Horse of the Year.
Nicole H pulled clear through the stretch to become the first mare to win three consecutive editions of the $75,000 Interborough at Aqueduct Jan. 1. On the undercard, Arena Elvira won the $75,000 Ladies' Handicap.
Two-time defending Eclipse champion jockey Ramon Dominguez won his fourth straight riding title on The New York Racing Association circuit while Rick Dutrow Jr. and David Jacobson emerged in a tie for leading trainer.
Fort Larned, jockey Ramon Dominguez, trainer Todd Pletcher, and owner Midwest Thoroughbreds are the year-end leaders for 2012.
Saginaw could win a North American-best 11th race in 2012 when he takes on four other New York-breds Dec. 26 in the $75,000 Alex M. Robb Stakes at Aqueduct.
Ramon Dominguez and David Jacobson continued their strong 2012 seasons by respectively winning the Aqueduct Racetrack fall meet jockey and trainer titles.
Top jock Ramon Dominguez will miss the next three weeks of racing after recently bruising his foot at Aqueduct Racetrack, his agent Steve Rushing said.
Notching his first win since the 2011 Travers Stakes (gr. I), Repole Stables' Stay Thirsty got the bob on Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Groupie Doll in the $343,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Nov. 24.
Favored Dance Card shook off the Puerto Rican challenger My Wandy's Girl leaving the turn for home and cruised to an open-lengths triumph in the $350,000 Gazelle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 24.
Repole Stable's son of Dixie Union nosed out Normandy Invasion in the grade II Remsen Stakes Nov. 24 at Aqueduct.
Dominguez is the new single-season leader for North American earnings while Napravnik has set that mark for female riders.
In a juvenile filly stakes worthy of Breeders' Cup weekend, My Happy Face nipped Cue the Moon by a neck in the $142,500 Tempted (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 4.
Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez continued his domination of The New York Racing Association circuit as he added the 2012 Belmont Park fall meet to list of riding titles.
Regally-bred Noble Tune earned a trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) with win a visually impressive win in the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park.
Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) winner Samitar added a grade I score in North America Sept. 15, winning the $300,000 Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) by a head at Belmont Park.
Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) heroine Samitar and Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Karlovy Vary head a field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered for the $300,000 Garden City (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 15.
Hessonite registered a 5 1/4-length romp in the $150,000 John Hettinger Stakes and Lubash outlasted favored Compliance Officer in the $150,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes, both for New York-breds, Sept. 9 at Belmont Park.
- By Vic Zast
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Owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher won their third consecutive Saratoga Race Course titles, and Ramon Dominguez set a meet record for wins by a jockey en route to his second career Spa riding crown.
- By Vic Zast
Jockey Ramon Dominguez shatters the Saratoga riding record. read blog
When jockey Ramon Dominguez piloted 10-1 shot Unbridled Command to victory in the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course, he achieved another great milestone: a new record for number of wins during the meet.
Favored Zagora found firm going much to her liking in capturing the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT), presented by Jose Cuervo, in record time on the inner turf course Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Golden Ticket, a 33-1 shot, and 2-1 favorite Alpha made history with the first dead heat in the modern history of the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I).
- By Vic Zast
Travers is the time for guys to go wild. read blog
Under a crafty front-running ride from Ramon Dominguez, Little Mike led every step of the way to claim the 30th running of the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 18 on the Arlington Park turf.
- By Vic Zast
A new round of night life has ushered in the meet's second half, replacing such tonier musings as black-tie affairs, over-priced fundraisers, and Hall of Fame ceremonies. read blog
- By Vic Zast
The rains began about 30 minutes before the first race and then ended after the second race finished. read blog
Unraced since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Godolphin Stables' Alpha proved his mettle off the layup July 28 when he took the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) wire-to-wire at Saratoga.
- By Vic Zast
Betting opportunities abound at Saratoga. A man with a rabbit's foot and a hat pin and program can line his pockets by wagering on overlays. read blog
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be aboard 2011 2-year-old champion Hansen when the colt makes a start in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 4, owner Dr. Kendall Hansen confirmed July 25.
- By Vic Zast
Ramon Dominguez had six winners on Sunday. read blog
Ramon Dominguez, the reigning two-time Eclipse Award winner, joined Hall of Famer John Velazquez July 22 as the only riders in the 144-year history of Saratoga Race Course to win six races on a single card.
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta headlines the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) at Delaware Park July 21, but the champion filly will have to fend off an old nemesis in Awesome Maria.
Two-time reigning Eclipse champion jockey Ramon Dominguez won the Belmont Park spring/summer riding title for the fourth straight year, bringing home 70 winners during the 56-day meet that concluded July 15.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Redeemed held off a nagging pressure from Not Abroad to win the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) in track-record time at Parx Racing July 14.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Redeemed, a 10-length winner of the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) in his last start, looms a tough customer in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) at Parx Racing July 14.
Derwin's Star, taking advantage of a seam at the head of the stretch, streaked to her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Bed o' Roses (gr. III) July 1 at Belmont Park.
Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing's Hansen returned from a layoff in a big way with a dominant victory in the $245,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) June 30 at Prairie Meadows.
Eric Fein's C C's Pal searches for her second straight graded stakes victory July 1 at Belmont Park, facing seasoned sprinters in the $150,000 Bed O' Roses Handicap (gr. II).
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Jockeys Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez, and John Velazquez are the four nominees in the "Best Jockey" category for the 20th annual ESPY awards, ESPN announced June 27
Hall of Fame trainer has 2009 and 2011 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) winner Musketier and recent Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) victor Simmard for the 1 1/2-mile test on Queen's Plate undercard.
Waterford Stable's Summer Front found room late and exploded in the final yards to defeat Howe Great in the $150,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park June 16.
Making his second start in the U.S., Desert Blanc won a stretch duel with Papaw Bodie to win the Woodford Reserve Manhattan (gr. IT), the turf marathon on the June 9 Belmont Stakes card.
The 5-year-old Tapit mare holds off even-money favorite Winter Memories.
Favored Redeemed overcame an outside post to lead every step of the way in the $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), romping to victory by 10 lengths at Belmont Park June 8.
Flaxman Holdings homebred Aruna took charge at the five-sixteenths pole and held off Hit It Rich to win the Sheepshead Bay, a race that was impacted by a troubled start for Mystical Star and Magical Cat.
William S. and Graydon Patterson's Juanita overtook heavily favored Plum Pretty in upper stretch and ran off to a 16-1 upset under Ramon Dominguez in the $327,000 La Troienne (gr. II) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Microsoft Windows Phone is making its first push into horse racing by sponsoring Hansen in the May 5 Kentucky Derby, the colt's owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen, announced May 3.
Mucho Macho Man's last race at Churchill Downs was a third in the 2011 Kentucky Derby. His connections hope to be in the winner's circle this year following the Alysheba Stakes May 4.
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