Snuggs and Kisses upset Daisy Devine in an off-the-turf edition of the $75,000 Bayou Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 23, fighting gamely down the lane to manage a gate-to-wire score by a head.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 70th race meeting beginning July 22 led by a veteran team of racing officials. Heading up the effort will by DMTC's vice president for racing, Tom Robbins, who also serves as the track's director of racing and racing secretary. This will be his 29th summer in the seaside racing office.
Soto, a grade II winner by Dehere, has been sold to Prince Sultan Al Kabeer's Nofa Equestrian Resort in Saudi Arabia.
Freshman sire Soto registered his first United States winner when the 2-year-old filly O'sotopretty won easily at Churchill Downs in her debut June 20.
Soto, a grade II winner by Dehere, will stand at John T.L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington.
The first reported foal by grade II winner Soto was born Jan. 24 at Fred and Nancy Mitchell's Clarkland Farm near Lexington.
Soto, a graded winner at two and three, will enter stud at Jeffry Morris' Highclere near Lexington.
Grade II winner Soto, who sustained an injury while second to Ten Most Wanted in last year's Super Derby (gr. II), has been retired from racing.
Favored Ten Most Wanted, ridden by Pat Day, turned in another outstanding performance Saturday, disposing of a game Soto to post a half-length victory in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs.
Six horses are entered for Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II), but it could end up being a two-horse race. The 4-5 favorite, Ten Most Wanted, and the 8-5 second choice, Soto, are the only two graded stakes winners in the field.
Headed by Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Ten Most Wanted, the connections of 12 horses have made sustaining payments for the grade II, $500,000 Super Derby XXIV at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 20.
The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park will be in the spotlight this week when HorseRacing TV (HRTV) begins extensive pre- and post-race coverage. The cable channel will broadcast the 1 1/8-mile race live on Sept. 1.
Trainer Michael Dickinson reports that Soto, winner of $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) in his last start on Aug. 9, will make his next start in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs. The 24th running of the nine-furlong Super Derby will be on Sept. 20.
Displaying amazing grit and determination in only his second start back from a more than seven-month layoff, Baron George Von Ullman's Soto fought back after a stretch-long duel with Dynever to win the $600,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort on Aug. 9.
Undefeated Soto, who returned from a 7 1/2-month layoff to beat allowance foes in his sophomore debut July 19 at Philadelphia Park, has been installed as the slight 3-1 favorite in a competitive field of 3-year-olds set for the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park.
Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute has been added to the list of definite starters for Saturday's $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort. Trainer Patrick Gallagher said Alex Solis would have the mount.
Trainer Christophe Clement confirmed that Dynever, winner of the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in April and the Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in May, will run in the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park Saturday.
The Aug. 9 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park has attracted a list of 69 nominations, including 13 graded stakes winners from the United States and Canada. Nominations for the 1 1/8-mile race closed July 26.
The 2002 Experimental Free Handicap has been more an experiment in futility, as none of the Top 10 weighted horses even made it to the Kentucky Derby. But several of the heavy hitters are back in training, with the No. 9 ranked Zavata leading the comeback assault on Thursday.
The 79th running of the $100,000 Laurel Futurity (gr. III), featuring Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Toccet, heads the De Francis Dash undercard Saturday at Laurel Park.
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