Expansion closed with determination between horses to score a 32-1 surprise by a head in the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT)Feb. 19 at the New Orleans track.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapizar has been taken off the Derby trail after a chip was discovered in his left knee following his disappointing fifth-place finish in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at odds of 1-5 Feb. 12
After losing the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) an hour earlier, trainer Steve Asmussen landed a nice consolation prize when Silver Medallion drove to an upset victory in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby Feb. 12.
Tapizar, probably the leading 3-year-old in California following his 4 1/4-length victory in last month's Sham Stakes (gr. III), appears to be a standout in the $250,000 Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) Feb. 12.
Sham winner is one to watch on the Triple Crown trail. Read More
Sent off as the even-money favorite Jan. 15, the son of Tapit proved he is a serious 3-year-old when he won his stakes debut in the $100,000 Sham (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapizar will be the likely favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Sham Stakes (gr. III) based off his dominating 10 1/2-length maiden victory in November at Churchill.
Lenny and Steve discuss the Robert J. Frankel Stakes, the breathalyzer tests at Gulfstream Park, and remember Edward Evans. Plus, comments from Bob Baffert on the new dirt at Santa Anita. Watch Video
With two days remaining on the 2010 racing calendar, there are close races for North America's leading jockey by earnings and leading jockey by number of wins.
Apprentice jockey Cory Orm, 21, scored his first career win Dec. 9, bringing home 66-1 shot Lexi's Ready in the first race at Turfway Park.
Steve Asmussen, winner of the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding trainer the past two years, is planning a 30-horse stable during Santa Anita's winter/spring meeting that begins Dec. 26.
The undefeated son of Lion Heart will stand at Vinery Florida for $5,000.
Heavily favored Astrology was an appropriate winner on Churchill Downs' Stars of Tomorrow card on opening day of the Louisville track's fall meet, convincingly taking the $122,300 Iroquois Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 31.
The Oct. 25 workout tab at Churchill Downs included more than a handful of contenders for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
- By Steve Haskin
I guess it was too much to hope for to have Rachel Alexandra retire in a normal manner. Read Blog
Following the first few days of Book Two horses being offered under a new format at the Keeneland September yearling sale, buyers and consignors had a chance to reflect on the positives and negatives of the change.
Zayat Stables has retired grade III winner Heart Ashley, who will be offered as a broodmare prospect during the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale.
- By Vic Zast
Front-runners and MTOs make the most of NYRA's decision to switch races from turf to dirt. Read Blog
In her final workout in preparation for the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, Rachel Alexandra breezed four furlongs Aug. 23 on the Oklahoma Training Track in :48.89.
The son of Lion Heart is roaring through the juvenile ranks after selling for $250,000 earlier this year.
With jockey Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons, reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra continued preparations for the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, breezing a strong six furlongs in 1:12.96 Aug. 9.
Even-money choice Majesticperfection blew away a quality field in the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I), going gate to wire in a fast time at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 8.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra breezed five furlongs in 1:02.45 at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 2 as she continued to prep for the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).
Rachel Alexandra, coming off two consecutive wins, will race next in the $300,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 in Saratoga. The race for fillies and mares will be run at 1 1/4 miles.
Rachel Alexandra's trainer Steve Asmussen said that he and co-owner Jess Jackson would soon sit down to discuss what's next for the reigning Horse of the Year after her facile victory in the Lady's Secret Stakes July 24.
Rachel Alexandra did what the fans at Monmouth Park came to see her do -- win the $412,000 Lady's Secret. But it was not a walkover for the reigning Horse of the Year, as she was made to work by pacesetter Queen Martha.
Halters worn by two-time Eclipse Award winner Zenyatta and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra brought a combined $8,777.99 on eBay in a fundraiser for the Race for Education.
- By Steve Haskin
Although one can only speculate what the thinking of Team Rachel is, here are some possibilities, going so far as to look ahead and coming up with a possible schedule leading up to the Breeders' Cup. Read Blog
Halters from Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and undefeated mare Zenyatta are now being auctioned on ebay.com to benefit The Race for Education.
In her final workout before shipping to Saratoga Racecourse in Upstate New York, Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in 1:03 over a track labeled sloppy June 28 at Churchill Downs.
Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year fresh off a grade II romp a week earlier, breezed a half-mile in :51 1/5 at Churchill Downs on June 21, as the weather felt like it was the first full day of summer.
Rachel nation is breathing a little easier June 12 after last year's Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra scored her first win of 2010, drawing away from four overmatched rivals in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II).
Stonestreet Farm and Harold McCormick's Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra went through her final exercise regimen June 7 in preparation for her return to competition June 12.
Riley Tucker, who raced close to the pace during the early part of the May 29 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, found clear sailing along the rail entering the stretch on his way to two-length score.
Overlooked in the wagering at odds of 8-1, Heart Ashley quickly took the lead and never looked back while tallying a 1 1/4-length win in the $250,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park May 29.
Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick's Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 2/5 at Churchill Downs on May 24.
Son of Awesome Again is getting a break from training and competition and will undergo a nuclear scintigraphy scan.
But the co-owner isn't afraid to lose and calls the La Troienne "just one step toward the ultimate goal, an appearance in the Breeders' Cup World Championships later this year at Churchill Downs.
The daughter of Dixie Union is coming into the race off of four consecutive wins.
Awesome Act worked in :48 1/5 and galloped out in 1:00 2/5 on April 27. Jockey Julien Leparoux was in the irons.
The April 30 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) has drawn a competitive field of 11 older turf sprinters, headlined by three-time grade III winner Silver Timber.
Starting for the first time in Louisville since her record-setting Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) a year ago, Rachel Alexandra headlines a field of six in the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III).
Rachel Alexandra, last year's Horse of the Year, is slated to contest the April 30 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.
Jockey Aaron Gryder will be moving his tack to Lone Star Park for the remainder of the 2010 spring Thoroughbred meet starting on the night of April 22.
Rachel Alexandra's attitude following a bullet six furlong work in 1:12 April 12 will play a key role in determining the 2009 Horse of the Year's next race, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.
After throwing $5 million at racing's two female superstars to run in the Apple Blossom Invitational (gr. I), Oaklawn Park's president got half of what he and the horse racing world wanted to see.
Lone Star's 2010 spring meet will run April 8 to July 18, Thursdays through Sundays. Opening night will feature the Premiere Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward.
- By Steve Haskin
The truth of the matter is that the Apple Blossom showdown turned into one big mess. Read Blog
It was obvious watching Rachel on Saturday that this was not the same filly we saw last year, at least not right now. Read Story
Jess Jackson, principal owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, announced March 14 that the 4-year-old filly will not face Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 9.
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