Prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Last year's juvenile champion Uncle Mo will stand at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., upon his retirement from racing, owner Mike Repole said Oct. 6.
Two of the top-ranked juvenile fillies in the nation, My Miss Aurelia and Stopshoppingmaria, will square off for a second time in the $300,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Grade I winner Giant Oak faces stiff competition from nine challengers in Hawthorne Racecourse's marquee fall event.
Eclipse Award winner Fleet Indian was euthanized the night of Oct. 1 because of complications from colic.
Uncle Mo repelled a bid from Jackson Bend just beyond the quarter-pole and put his rival away in the $200,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) Oct. 1 at Belmont Park to win by three lengths.
With owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher watching, 2010 juvenile champion Uncle Mo blazed four furlongs in a bullet :46.57 over Belmont Park's training track for his next start in the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II).
Mike Repole's dynamic duo both drill over Belmont Park's main track for trainer Todd Pletcher.
This may be just the beginning for Finale, who earned a starting slot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) with a three-quarters of a length win in the Summer Stakes Presented by TVG (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine lawn.
Benjamin Leon, Jr., who made a big splash at the top of the yearling market last year, is back shopping at Keeneland.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out both of his star Mike Repole-owned 3-year-olds for Sunday workouts, Sept. 11, as they prepare for their next assignments.
Hilda's Passion, winner of the Aug. 27 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I), will be offered as a racing or broodmare prospect during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale even though she has suffered an injury
Why then does the KHRC continue to pursue Veitch, who played a minor part in this comedy of errors? read blog
On-track wagering posted a strong gain over 2010 as the 143rd race meet at Saratoga Race Course wrapped up Sept. 5, though all-sources handle dipped over the course of the 39-day stand.
Odds-on choice Quiet Giant took charge midway on the far turn and drew away under brisk handling from jockey Julien Leparoux to register a five-length win in the $252,500 Hill 'N' Dale Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 3.
- By Vic Zast
The buzz turns from what was to what will be. read blog
Jockey John Velazquez passes agent, mentor, and "King of Saratoga" on all-time win list for jockeys at Saratoga. With 650 wins, he's now No. 2 behind Jerry Bailey (693)
Embur's Song will carry the highest weight of her career as she attempts to win her fifth consecutive stakes in the Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Sept. 3 at Woodbine.
Thursday's With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) features a pair of 2-year-olds from the first crop of turf champion English Channel.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Aug. 29 that Travers (gr. I) winner Stay Thirsty would most likely head to the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and Uncle Mo's options include the Kelso (gr. II) and Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).
Todd Pletcher said Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo were doing fine the day after their strong runs in the Travers Stakes and King's Bishop Stakes, respectively, but that Ballerina winner Hilda's Passion sustained a minor injury.
Front-running Hilda's Passion became a grade I winner with a romping triumph in the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 27.
Stay Thirsty, the potential Travers (gr. I) favorite, is coming off a dominating Jim Dandy (gr. II) victory while Uncle Mo makes his much-anticipated comeback in the Foxwoods King's Bishop (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga.
Repole Stable's Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty worked well at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 21 and remain on target for their respective starts in the Foxwoods King's Bishop Stakes and Travers Stakes (both gr. I) Aug. 27.
Champion Uncle Mo, a leading candidate for the Foxwoods King's Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 27, had his penultimate breeze for his return to the races, zipping five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.34.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has become well-known for his "Todd-lers" at Saratoga, winning such 2-year-old stakes as the Hopeful, Spinaway, Sanford, and Schuylerville at the Spa.
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- By Vic Zast
Extra steeplechase adds lift to three Thursdays. read blog
Repole Stable's Uncle Mo continued to progress toward an anticipated start in the Aug. 27 Foxwoods King's Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga, working five furlongs shortly after 6 a.m. Aug. 3 in 1:02 4/5.
The son of Candy Ride should only get better under Pletcher. read blog
- By Vic Zast
Saratoga epitomizing the sport in every way. Read Blog
Following his sensational workout on turf recently at Saratoga, trainer Todd Pletcher decided to enter Sidney's Candy in the $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) July 31, where he is up against six rivals.
Trainer Todd Pletcher says he's not comparing new stable star Overdriven to last year's champion 2-year-old colt Uncle Mo. But he may have trouble keeping others from doing so after an easy win in the Sanford Stakes July 24.
Front-running favorite Embur's Song registered her fourth consecutive stakes win when she held off an all-out Ariana D by three-quarters of a length in the $193,066 Ontario Matron (Can-III) at Woodbine July 24.
- By Vic Zast
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Favored Georgie's Angel Easily Takes Schuylerville on Saratoga's opening day.
Uncle Mo took the first steps toward a return to racing Friday, July 22 at Saratoga when he breezed three furlongs in a move that trainer Todd Pletcher called "perfect."
E. Paul Robsham Stables' Awesome Maria, undefeated in four starts in 2011, will be sidelined for the remainder of the year after suffering a condylar fracture of her left foreleg.
Michael Tabor's Excited stalked the pace before taking control nearing the eighth pole and edged away for a half-length victory in the Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs July 16.
Uncle Mo, expected to depart WinStar Farm July 11 to join trainer Todd Pletcher's string at Saratoga Race Course, could make his return to the races in the Foxwoods King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27.
The administrative hearing held June 28-30 to determine whether Kentucky Chief Steward John Veitch violated racing regulations only muddied the issues further and raised more questions. read blog
Hilda's Passion looks for her fourth graded stakes win of the year as the clear standout in Belmont Park's $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. III) July 3.
Morning Line, winner of the seven-furlong Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct in his last start, heads a field of seven in the Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.
Sidney's Candy turned in his first official workout since being acquired by WinStar Farm and transferred to the barn of Todd Pletcher, breezing four furlongs June 19 at Belmont Park.
Awesome Maria remained perfect in four starts in 2011 and notched her first grade I win when she kicked away in the stretch to post an easy victory in the $250,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap June 18 at Belmont Park.
Simon Burgess talks with Todd Pletcher about racing at Royal Ascot. Watch Video
Simon Burgess talks with Ginny DePasquale, assistant trainer to Todd Pletcher. They discuss Bridgetown and BC Champion More Than Real, owned by Bobby Flay. Watch Video
Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Joe Vann leads a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in the $125,000 Matt Winn Presented by Emirates Equestrian Federation Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs June 18.
A morning after his stunning upset in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11, Ruler On Ice was back at his Monmouth Park barn in perfect shape, according to his trainer Kelly John Breen.
Trappe Shot and Calibrachoa put their winning streaks on the line when they square off in the $250,000 True North Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park.
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