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-Atlantic 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.
For his first start since sweeping the Triple Crown, American Pharoah drew post four for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) to be run Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.
Sudden Surprise, a Repole Stable homebred, is the first winner for his sire Giant Surprise. Giant Surprise broke his maiden in his debut at Saratoga July 30, 2011.
Stonestreet Stables' Rock Fall will face the grade I question for the first time Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, when the streaking Todd Pletcher trainee takes on a field of six other accomplished runners.
Looking to replicate V. E. Day's success last year in the Curlin Stakes as a springboard to an upset victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), a field of seven has been entered for the July 31 test at Saratoga Race Course.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Curalina secured her second straight grade I victory July 26, but this one came via disqualification in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course.
Uncle Vinny and Magna Light, respective first-and third-place finishers in the Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 emerged in good shape from a contentious running of the six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.
Todd Pletcher sent out several of his stable stars for workouts July 26 at Saratoga Race Course, including graded stakes winners Stopchargingmaria, Angela Renee, and Competitive Edge.
A late move into second place by Uncle Vinny paid off when the son of Uncle Mo was placed first in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 25 at Saratoga Race Course after Magna Light was disqualified from first.
Champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty headlines the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going six furlongs July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Godolphin Stable's Frosted put in his final work July 25 before the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) to be run Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, going four furlongs in 47.91 over the main track under exercise rider Rob Massey.
Mrs McDougal closed on the outside with ground-devouring strides, overtaking battling front-runners Feathered and Cara Marie late to win the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (g. IIT) July 24, opening day at Saratoga Race Course.
The well-traveled Curalina carries a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 25, and seeks her second grade I victory in a row against the likes of Include Betty and Keen Pauline.
The $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. I), to be held Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, has attracted 60 nominees, track officials said July 22.
Tremont Stakes winner Cocked and Loaded will try for a second straight stakes victory when he starts in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday, July 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
The $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) kicks off the action at Saratoga Race Course July 24 as part of a loaded opening day card.
A winner of three straight stakes and four straight races overall, Celestine will try to land her first graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) July 24, opening day at Saratoga.
With two wins on closing day, jockey Javier Castellano sewed up his third straight spring/summer meet title at Belmont Park, while Todd Pletcher had an insurmountable lead to garner top trainer honors.
With just more than two weeks to go before American Pharoah's scheduled return in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park, the field is taking shape.
After finishing second in his two most recent stakes tries, Stanford took care of business Saturday, July 11 to win the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
After finishing second in three straight races, including a runner-up finish in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), Stanford will try to secure his first stakes victory July 11 in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Cozmic One, the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, and Indian Trail, a full brother to 2010 champion 2-year-old male Uncle Mo, will square off July 8 in a $75,000 maiden special weight race at Belmont Park.
Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings and Philip Steinberg's homebred Got Lucky turned the tables on rival Stiffed in emphatic fashion July 3, pouncing first and pulling away to win in the $150,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. III).
Race Day, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) and Razorback Handicap (gr. III) in consecutive graded scores, is the 123-pound highweight for the $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) July 5 at Monmouth Park.
Red Rifle secured his first stakes victory of the 2015 season when he rallied on the outside to win the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) Wednesday, July 1 at Woodbine.
Tonalist will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
The top three finishers from the May 25 Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park will meet again July 3 in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes.
Heavily favored Golden Lad got by 31-1 Ecleto Red late to win the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III) June 27 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Saddling three of the seven expected starters, trainer Mark Casse will try to grab a third straight victory in the Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) on Wednesday, July 1 at Woodbine.
Michael Langford's Carve, a determined neck winner of the 2014 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III), is back in the 2015 edition and looking for his second score of the season June 27 at Prairie Meadows.
Bobby Flay's Dame Dorothy added another victory to her already-impressive resume with a 1 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Bed O' Roses Handicap (gr. III) June 20 at Belmont Park.
Humana Distaff (gr. I) winner Dame Dorothy is scheduled to make her first start since that May 2 victory when she faces an expected seven other older fillies and mares in the $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. III).
Many of the winners of the undercard stakes run June 6 at Belmont Park will next race at Saratoga, as will Belmont Stakes also-rans. But the West Virginia Derby and Secretariat Stakes could be in the cards for some.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Curalina, making her first start in stakes company, prevailed in a very deep field for the $750,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 6.
Repole Stable's Coach Inge and jockey John Velazquez outran a game V. E. Day for a game neck victory in the Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) June 6 card.
As American Pharoah trains flawlessly toward the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), it is tempting to wonder if this horse might be the one.
Rock Fall earned his fifth straight victory and first graded stakes win June 5, taking the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) by 3 3/4 lengths at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak reports the news of the day, including comments from Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher. watch video
Claire Novak reports the news of the day, including comments from Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher.
Competitive Edge puts his undefeated record on the line in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park June 6.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex enters the marathon event having won his last two starts, including a game victory in the Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 25.
Trainer Todd Pletcher talks about Materiality and Madefromlucky after the Belmont Stakes draw. Watch Video
A pair of colts best known to this point in their careers for strong runner-up finishes in graded stakes this spring, Stanford and Donworth, head a field of five 3-year-olds in the $150,000 WinStar Farm Easy Goer Stakes.
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