Although Todd Pletcher has the two favorites, according to the morning line, for Saturday's 138th running of the Belmont Stakes, a veteran of the Triple Crown races is lurking right behind him.
The Bob Baffert-trained Preachinatthebar took command on the final turn in Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and held on to beat Stockholder by a neck in front of 14,437 fans.
If it is true that history repeats itself, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands has plenty of historical trends to follow. However, the fact that it has a varied history makes it hard to pick exactly which trend to follow.
Preachinatthebar, a Triple Crown hopeful for trainer Bob Baffert and owner/breeder Mike Pegram two years ago before being sidelined by knee problems, won his first graded stakes race since the 2004 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday when victorious in Santa Anita's $110,600 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III).
Six horses, three jockeys, and three trainers have been selected as the 2006 finalists for nomination to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The 12 finalists were announced Wednesday by Stella F. Thayer, president of the Hall.
Bob Lewis, whose upbeat personality in winner's circles nationwide showed Thoroughbred racing in its best light throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, died at his Newport Beach, Calif., home Friday at 2 a.m. PST. Funeral services have been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. conducted the second and final under tack show Sunday for its February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in weather conditions that were "ideal," according to the auction firm's director of sales and general manager, Tom Ventura.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his retirement from riding Friday, but will not be leaving the sport. In a Churchill Downs press conference, Stevens said he would be joining the Television Games Network (TVG) as a racing analyst.
The British-based Silver Highlight, a daughter of Silver Charm, broke her maiden in style when she captured the $252,400 Wonder Where Stakes Sunday on the Woodbine turf course.
ReRun is sponsoring an Equine Art Classic Gallery Show and benefit art auction to be held May 5-8 in Louisville.
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A striking bay son of Yes It's True was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley for $900,000 to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March selected 2-year-olds in training sale.
A large contingent of trainers were on hand March 20 for the final of two breeze shows leading up to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected March 2-year-olds in training sale.
Commendable, winner of the 2000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for Robert and Beverly Lewis, has been sold to the South Korean Racing Association for stallion duty.
Sent off as the even-money choice, Silver Impulse didn't disappoint while capturing Sunday's $163,350 Ontario Lassie Stakes for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine.
Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced today that Three Chimneys stallion Silver Charm has been purchased by the Japan Racing Association to stand in Japan in 2005.
By Lenny Shulman -- The picture lingers in the mind of Trudy McCaffery, and in the memories of racing fans. Two great gray horses thundering down the stretch in the 1997 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), shadow roll to shadow roll, both with one eye on the finish and one fixed on each other, making sure they were running together till the end.
As trainer John Servis points Smarty Jones toward his Visa Triple Crown quest in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), here's a glance back on the workout schedules for the Derby/Preakness winners, starting with the most recent ones, since 1969. That year seemed a good time to start because it marked the first year that a Derby/Preakness winner went into the Belmont unbeaten.
Before the entries are drawn for this weekend's big Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps, and the races can be fully analyzed, this is a good time to briefly take one more look back at last weekend's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and offer a few odds and ends about the upcoming races.
Following the record-setting trend of this year's juvenile market, the Adena Springs auction generated its highest ever figures for gross revenue, average price, and median price Thursday during its third edition.
Graded stakes winner Cellars Shiraz has been retired from racing with $728,410 in earnings and is booked to Silver Charm.
Mike Pegram's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) winner Preachinatthebar emerged from his first career graded stakes score in good order, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert is on top of the game again after Preachinatthebar narrowly won the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Sunday, Baffert's second major Derby prep win in the past week.
Gross sales already have eclipsed the totals for last year's entire Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with six days remaining in the 11-day auction.
James McIngvale's Consecrate, fifth in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Oct. 5, turned in a five furlong breeze in :59 at Santa Anita on Monday, indicating his readiness for the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Sales totaled more than $257 million at the conclusion of Tuesday's session, making it the second highest grossing Keeneland September Yearling Sale in history.
A son of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm brought a top price of $270,000 during Monday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
A Capote colt who is a brother to grade II stakes winner and grade I producer She's Tops was purchased by J. L. Gladwell for $700,000 to top Wednesday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
Champions Silver Charm and Bianconi were represented by their first winners June 14.
Last year Bob Baffert had a shot at the Triple Crown with War Emblem. This year he might not even start at horse in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, but he'll be watching.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' star 3-year-old filly Composure has been retired from racing after suffering a fractured sesamoid in her right front leg.
Scott Dudley, who raised champion Silver Charm at his Florida farm, died March 12 after a lengthy battle with cancer
Three horses purchased by leading buyer Michael Gill at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s select sale of 2-year-olds in training have been returned because of possible unsoundness.
Mary Lou Wootton, who bred Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and champion Silver Charm, died in her sleep Feb. 3
A colt from the first crop of Silver Charm and a son of veteran sire Two Punch were the fastest workers at an eighth of a mile Monday during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders's Sales Company's select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course.
The gross revenue and average price suffered sharp declines, but the median price held steady during the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale, which ended its two-day run on Tuesday in Maryland.
Buyers were anxious to see the members of the first crops by Giant's Causeway and Fusaichi Pegasus. At the Keeneland November sale on Wednesday, it was a mare carrying a member of the second crop by Giant's Causeway that topped the auction's third day.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale has shown strong numbers through the first two days of the three-day auction. On Monday and Tuesday, gross and average are up slightly, while the median is up significantly and the number of horses bought back is down. The sale ends today.
Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay, who earlier dropped the fee for Horse of the Year Point Given from $125,000 to $75,000 for 2003, also announced drops for fellow Three Chimney stallions Rahy and War Chant
TVG has announced it will offer exclusive live coverage of the Keeneland July Select Yearling Sale.
Trainer Bob Baffert answers questions about War Emblem's quest for the Triple Crown and his previous Triple Crown contenders.
Elrose, a 3-year-old half-sister of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Silver Charm, won a five-furlong training race at Fair Grounds on Wednesday.
Herbs and Spices, a 19-year-old mare by Relaunch, brought a final bid of $39,000 on Wednesday to top the first of two open sessions during the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed sale in Central Florida. Gregerson Enterprises bought the 19-year-old mare, who is in foal to champion and dual classic winner Silver Charm.
How do you get a classic winner? Do you build up a broodmare band, then nurture the resulting offspring and race them as homebreds? Or do you leave all the work associated with foal production to someone else and go shopping at one of the many sales that offer young horses? Combing the sales for classic prospects is a viable option. In fact, during the past 15 years, most winners of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Preakness (gr. I), and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) were offered at public auction prior to their classic triumphs.
The first reported foal sired by champion Silver Charm is a filly born at Gary Biszantz' Cobra Farm near Lexington on Jan. 23.
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