Tizbud finally resembled his big brothers Budroyale and Tiznow with a decisive victory Saturday in the $250,000 California Cup Classic at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.
Sky Jack, the morning line favorite in Saturday's Cal $250,000 Cup Classic, has been retired, trainer Doug O'Neill said Friday.
Sky Jack and Hot Market, described by their trainers as "warriors," are set to do battle as the top choices in the $250,000 California Cup Classic, the marquee event Saturday as the Oak Tree Racing Association presents California Cup XIV.
Sky Jack is ready for his Cal Cup close-up again. The California-bred gelding is being prepared for another go-round in the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Nov. 8, his first start since winning the Longacres Mile (gr. III) at Emerald Downs on Aug. 25.
The tough 7-year-old gelding Sky Jack showed his resiliency Sunday, setting a track record of 1:33 at Emerald Downs while winning the $250,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III). He went over the $1 million mark in career earnings.
Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds' popular homebred Sky Jack, who won for the first time since capturing last year's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in Saturday's sixth race at Hollywood Park, was in good shape Sunday morning, trainer Doug O'Neill said.
Sky Jack, who finished sixth in a tough allowance race on the grass at Hollywood Park Friday night in his first start since undergoing a third knee surgery in September, will not defend honors in the Hollywood Gold Cup July 13, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.
Irish Warrior charged from seventh at the head of the stretch under jockey Alex Solis to beat favorite Decarchy by a nose in Friday night's $65,348 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
Last year's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) hero Sky Jack is set to make a return to racing in Friday's fifth race at Hollywood Park, a 1 1/16-mile allowance test on turf worth $62,000 for 4-year-olds and upward.
Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds' homebred Sky Jack, last year's winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), is back in serious training at Hollywood Park for trainer Doug O'Neill and could return to action as soon as the end of the current Hollywood meeting.
Entering the final weekend of the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet, trainer Doug O'Neill stands on the threshold of his first training title at a major meet.
Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) champion Sky Jack, who was one of the pacesetters in the $1-million Pacific Classic, is heading for surgery to remove a chip from his right knee.
Came Home defeats older horses and War Emblem in winning the Pacific Classic, while an injury stops stablemate Bosque Redondo's career.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem was reported in good shape this morning, following Tuesday's sizzling 5-furlong work in 57 3/5 seconds for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic.
Accomplishing what trainer Bob Baffert called "a nice, easy half-mile," Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem buzzed the distance in 48.80 Wednesday under a tight hold by work rider Dana Barnes.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner War Emblem, who also has victories in the Kentucky Derby ( gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) this year, was back in his stall at Del Mar Wednesday morning, and already making it known he is a candidate for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on August 25.
Though it's still more than three weeks away, Del Mar's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on August 25 appears to be a viable prospect for Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds' Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) champion Sky Jack, trainer Doug O'Neill said Thursday morning.
Affluent, without Azeri in the field, gets the job done in the John C. Mabee/Ramona Handicap.
Sky Jack joined some elite company on Sunday when the 6-year-old gelding by Jaklin Klugman became the fifth California-bred to win the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). Sky Jack won the 1 1/4-mile fixture under 55-year-old Laffit Pincay Jr. after a stretch-long duel with Momentum, finally prevailing by a nose.
Including last-minute entry Dig For It, who was supplemented for $25,000 by trainer Bruce Headley, a field of seven was entered for Sunday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park.
Sky Jack utilized a front-running trip under Laffit Pincay Jr. to win Sunday's $150,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) by 5 1/2 lengths over Bosque Redondo at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old gelded son of Jaklin Klugman completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.36 on a fast track.
Sky Jack set a brisk early pace under jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. and drew away to a seven-length win in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), Sunday at Hollywood Park. The 4-year-old son of Jaklin Klugman completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.81.
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