Teresa Viola Racing Stables' grade I winner Liam's Map breezed five furlongs at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 11 as the colt continued working toward the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Oct. 30.
Stonestreet Stables' Rock Fall, a two-time grade I winner among the favorites for the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), broke down just past the wire and was euthanized following a workout at Keeneland Oct. 1
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Curalina, Azar, and Thrilled for half-mile works at Keeneland Oct. 9.
Race Day, a multiple graded stakes winner in 2015 by leading sire Tapit, will stand at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in 2016 and participate in the farm's Share The Upside program.
Grade I winner Liam's Map will contest the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Keeneland and not the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Oct. 7.
Breeders' Cup hopefuls Liam's Map, Rachel's Valentina, and Stopchargingmaria recorded breezes at Keeneland Oct. 5.
Got Lucky was just that Oct. 4 at Keeneland, finding running room from far back and closing past champion Untapable and longshot Yahilwa in the final furlong to win the the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I).
Repole Stable's homebred Sudden Surprise remained undefeated in three starts after he grabbed the early lead and held off Get Jets in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds Sept. 27 at Belmont.
Tested racing between horses turning for home, Rock Fall answered again Saturday, Sept. 26 to score in the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
The top two finishers from the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT), Azar and Next Shares, will battle again Sept. 26 at Belmont Park in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.
Rock Fall will try for a second straight grade I victory and seventh consecutive win overall when he faces a half-dozen rivals in the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
Curalina will step up to face older fillies and mares Sept. 26, taking on five rivals in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Dame Dorothy, whose seven wins in 10 starts includes the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I), seeks a return to the winner's circle in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) after finishing sixth in the Ballerina (gr. I).
Two top runners from the Todd Pletcher stable turned in works Sept. 20 at Belmont Park in preparation for starts in grade I stakes Sept. 26 at the New York track.
Saratoga Race Course's meet concluded Sept. 7 with Todd Pletcher winning his sixth straight training title, and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. landing his first while Michael Dubb repeated as leading owner.
One race after being caught late in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map led at every call in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, drawing off to easily earn his first grade I victory.
Rachel's Valentina continued to impress Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, remaining perfect in two starts with her win in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) for Stonestreet Stables.
The top two finishers from the Sanford Stakes (gr. III), Uncle Vinny and Magna Light, will meet again Monday, Sept. 7 in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old Bernardini filly out of champion Rachel Alexandra, looks to take a step up for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga.
Alto Racing's Azar won for the first time -- in a big way -- Sept. 2, taking the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
Six promising 2-year-olds will go postward Sept. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, looking to add to their budding turf resumes with a victory in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT).
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Kentucky
Palace Malice, a six-time graded stakes winner and the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victor, has been retired and will stand stud at Three Chimneys.
The 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Yes It's True will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Red Rifle faces tougher targets in the Aug. 29 $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga including Juddmonte Farms' interntional traveler Flintshire.
Stopchargingmaria and champion Untapable were one-two in the Aug. 2 Shuvee Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. They meet again at the same nine-furlong trip Aug. 29 in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).
Texas Red led a busy slate of workers bound for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) the morning of Aug. 22, when he breezed four furlongs in :46.66 over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.
Jones has Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) heroine Lovely Maria and her multiple graded stakes-winning stablemate I'm a Chatterbox in the 135th running of the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Seven of the 11 3-year-old fillies for the Aug. 22 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) come into the race off wins, but the only graded winner in the field -- High Dollar Woman -- drew the outside post in the 1 1/16-mile event.
There was plenty of excitement at trainer Keith Desormeaux's barn Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course following Exaggerator's game victory in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) for 2-year-olds the previous day.
Recent Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Texas Red turned in his penultimate breeze Saturday, Aug. 15, ahead of his planned bid in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
After winning the Sanford (gr. III) with Uncle Vinny, trainer Todd Pletcher will try for middle jewel of the 2-year-old trio at Saratoga when sending out Saratoga Mischief Aug. 15 for Twin Creeks Racing.
Decked Out, with a pair of 91 Equibase Speed Figures under her belt, holds the experience edge in Saratoga's Aug. 15 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies.
Alto Racing LLC announced Aug. 7 that Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Materiality has been retired as a result of a soft tissue injury he sustained while training.
Classic winner Palace Malice is scheduled to make his first start since May in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes Aug. 9 at Saratoga Race Course.
Take Charge Brandi will cut back in distance, but not in class, when last year's champion 2-year-old filly starts for the first time since January in the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Off a scintillating Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) win on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, Honor Code was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
The $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 was a two-horse race from the get-go between champion Untapable and Stopchargingmaria, with the latter edging clear in the final sixteenth to win at Saratoga Race Course.
Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm's multiple grade I winner Palace Malice worked a bullet five furlongs on Saratoga Race Course's main track Aug. 2 as he nears a return to racing.
Starting in a stakes race for the first time in her career, Casual Smile punched through rivals in early stretch and battled to a clear victory in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 2 on the Monmouth turf.
It took Rachel's Valentina a moment to figure out what this racing thing is all about, but once the 2-year-old filly found her stride, there was no stopping her en route to a sparkling debut victory Aug. 2 at Saratoga.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park.
With four horses in a line across the course in the stretch, Red Rifle emerged from the two path and drew off to a clear victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Mid-Atlanic Region
Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.
Rock Fall continued his dazzling win streak and stepped up to the top level with a game performance in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, edging grade I winner The Big Beast.
Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and 2006 3-year-old champion male Bernardini, will make the first start of her career Aug. 2 in the second race at Saratoga Race Course.
A recommendation by an attorney for Delaware racing stewards to drop a therapeutic medication overage case against trainer Todd Pletcher could impact the sport's move toward uniform medication rules, Pletcher's attorney said.
Champion Untapable will seek class relief in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, coming off a five-length loss to Wedding Toast in the June 6 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
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