Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile at Payson Park the morning of Jan. 19 in preparation for a scheduled start in the upcoming $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
- By Claire Novak
He never backed down from a fight, and wherever they entered him, he ran. Wise Dan galloped his way through the most consistent season delivered by a racehorse in 2013 to edge Point of Entry and Magician for Turf Male honors.
A steady campaign placed Wise Dan squarely at the top of the Male Turf Horse category for the Eclipse Awards, an honor he won last season when sweeping Horse of the Year and Older Horse.
In a year when the 3-year-old male leaderboard kept changing by the month, it should come as no surprise that a horse like Will Take Charge, who excelled from August to November, be the frontrunner for the Eclipse Award.
Viva Rafaela, a group I winner in her native Brazil, will try stakes company for the first time on United States soil while facing a full field in the Jan. 4 Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Phipps Stable's Mr Speaker found a rail seam and skimmed to a 10-1 surprise in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Seven months after his first victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Orb, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey seems excited to try it again with Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Honor Code.
Honor Code proved a popular winner of the 100th renewal of the $400,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 30 when he battled back along the inside to nip Nashua Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince in a terrific finish at Aqueduct.
Besides giving thanks, eating turkey, and shopping this weekend, Churchill Downs hopes race fans find some time to think about next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Imagining became a graded stakes winner for the first time when he used a clean stalking trip to capture the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the grass by half a length at Aqueduct Racecourse Nov. 16.
Shuffled back at the break and swung wide off the turn, Phipps Stable homebred Abaco overcame with a strong late run to win the $112,800 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT), her first graded score, on Nov. 9 at Churchill Downs.
Orb, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired and will stand at Claiborne Farm in 2014.
This year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) features a rematch of the first two finishers in 2012, Little Mike and Point of Entry, but the road back to Santa Anita Park Nov. 2 has been anything but smooth for either horse.
Hall of Fame trainer gives an update on his Breeders' Cup contenders and Kentucky Derby winner Orb. Shug also discusses Point of Entry and Hymnbook. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Five-time grade I winner Point of Entry sailed along his road to recovery from a condylar fracture suffered in early June, and is on track for a comeback in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). read blog
Working toward a possible start in the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb breezed a half-mile in :49.77 on the main track at Belmont Park Oct. 13.
Five-time grade I winner Point of Entry delivered a solid move in company over the Belmont Park inner turf course on Oct. 13, going five furlongs in 1:01.24 to stay on track for a comeback in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I).
During the first 29 renewals of the World Championships, the Distaff (aka the Ladies' Classic from 2008-'12) has produced five of the 11 largest margins of victory in Breeders' Cup history.
Champagne Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Honor Code will bypass the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in favor of the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Oct. 10.
The 1989 Breeders' Cup Classic was a West Coast vs. East Coast showdown.
Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner takes on brilliant maiden winners Honor Code and Havana in $500,000 headline event for 2-year-olds Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
It was fitting that Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was the Honored Guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America the evening of Sept. 29, as October 16 will mark the 20th anniversary of McGaughey's 5-graded-stakes-win day. read blog
The grade I winner is a son of hot sire War Front out of a stakes-winning mare.
The Thoroughbred Club honored Hall of Fame and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trainer Shug McGaughey Sept. 29 at Keeneland during the club's 82nd annual testimonial dinner.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb appears to be well in spite of his last-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I), an assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey reported.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb registered a second straight five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Monday, Sept. 23 at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is keeping the logical options open for Travers (gr. I) winner Will Take Charge, who could next go in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) or the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).
Grade I winner Centre Court will face Laughing, Miz Ida, Somali Lemonade, and Hungry Island trying to make it back to the winner's circle in the $250,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 24 at Saratoga.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said Aug. 20 that the Phipps Stable's Point of Entry had his first gallop since being injured and he is confident the colt will make it back for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in a sharp half-mile work in a bullet :47.68 Aug. 19 in preparation for the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I), the fastest of 28 works at the distance.
Boisterous may have won the Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) last time out at Belmont Park, but he isn't scaring away competition from the Aug. 17 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb arrived at Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey's barn at Saratoga Race Course mid-afternoon on Aug. 11. He is preparing for a run in the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey issued an upbeat bulletin Aug. 10 after Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb breezed five furlongs in :59 1/5 at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.
Dell Hancock calls Lure's Breeders' Cup victories "a marvelous end to a wonderful chapter in Claiborne history." The two-time Mile winner will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame Aug. 9.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 11 to finish his preparations for the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey has been named the honored guest at the 82nd Thoroughbred Club of America testimonial dinner. The event will be held in Lexington at Keeneland Sept. 29.
Though Hall of Fame horseman Shug McGaughey originally planned to bring Phipps Stable and Stuart Janney III's Malibu Moon colt to the upstate New York racetrack Aug. 7, he could remain in Maryland until next week.
While trainer Todd Pletcher concedes it's not an ideal situation, he will point both Palace Malice and Verrazano to the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
Orb is working his way back to racing at Fair Hill, the Elkton, Md. training center where he's been stabled since June 9, the day after finishing third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Phipps Stable's Boisterous became a grade I winner July 13 at Belmont Park, threading his way between rivals to claim the $600,000 Man o' War (gr. IT). Twilight Eclipse was second, while Exclusive Strike finished third.
Although Point of Entry will not defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Handicap at Belmont Park July 13, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey hopes Boisterous will be a capable pinch-hitter in the grade I turf event.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb returned to the worktab July 3 for the first time since his third in the Belmont, clocking an easy three furlongs at Fair Hill. Belmont winner Palace Malice is also back in training at Saratoga.
Multiple graded stakes winner Data Link looks for his second victory of 2013 when he heads a field of seven turf horses going a mile in the $150,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT), the Independence Day feature at Belmont Park.
Thoroughbred racing has its own unique way of transporting the past into the present, recycling great achievements and sometimes surpassing them. read blog
Favored Boisterous salvaged a rough weekend for Phipps Stable and trainer Shug McGaughey with a timely 1 1/4-length victory in the $202,500 Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf June 9 at Monmouth Park.
Palace Malice is likely headed for a summer campaign at Saratoga Race Course, although trainer Todd Pletcher thinks that may be too far off for the winner of the 145th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8.
Phipps Stable's Point of Entry, winner of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) June 8, suffered a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone and will have surgery, trainer Shug McGaughey said.
Phipps Stable's Point of Entry captured his eighth victory in 12 starts on grass with a smooth come-from-behind win in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 8.
As fans started to trickle into Belmont Park on Saturday, June 8 for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the sun began to peek through scattered clouds as more than 24 hours of rain had finally halted.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will send out a classic winner in Oxbow against another classic winner in Orb in this year's $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8 at Belmont Park.
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