The stars were out for workouts in Southern California the morning of Feb. 21. California Chrome led the group with a half-mile work in :48 4/5 at his home track, Los Alamitos Racecourse.
An argument could be made that California's second-best Triple Crown hopeful at this point in the year might only have a maiden special weight win.
The top three finishers in the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) will face several new shooters in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The transcript for the chat is now available.
Major steppingstones, such as the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Arkansas Derby are now just one of many ways of getting to the winner's circle on the first Saturday in May. read blog
Pimlico Race Course plans a spring schedule featuring 21 stakes worth more than $4.2 million, including eight graded events on Preakness weekend May 15-16.
The NBC Sports Group announced it will provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races for the first time on NBC Sports Radio.
Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen has a new horse at number 1, read to learn who received the honor. read blog
- By Frank Angst
Just three Road to the Kentucky Derby races will be contested on synthetic surfaces this year. read blog
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah Drew an appreciative appraisal from trainer Bob Baffert as he continued to work in preparation for his 3-year-old debut the morning of Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Steve Haskin and Ron Mitchell talk about the weekend of racing. Steve expands on the performances of Shared Belief, California Chrome, Dortmund, Firing Line, Danzig Moon, Cyrus Alexander, Far From Over, and Constitution.
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has suffered a foot abscess that will prevent him from running in the Feb. 21 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), said co-owner Erich Brehm.
- By Frank Angst
Considering it's only February, Kaleem Shah's Dortmund has displayed about as many qualities as one could hope to see in a potential Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) horse. read blog
Willis Horton's champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi breezed a half mile at Oaklawn Park Feb. 9.
Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah Feb. 9 turned in his second work as he prepares for his 3-year-old debut. The son of Pioneerof the Nile worked three furlongs in :36 2/5.
The football comparisons might indicate the Bob Baffert's confidence in his current crop of 3-year-olds, because all have to do with the New England Patriots.
Trainer Todd Pletcher won three graded stakes races with older horses Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, but he also has a wealth of talented 3-year-olds in South Florida.
American Pharoah could be looking at a return to racing in March, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
- By Steve Haskin
Keeneland is now back on dirt and that means the Blue Grass Stakes is back to being a major prep for the Kentucky Derby and no longer a haven for grass and synthetic horses looking to back door it into the Run for the Roses. read blog
With several horses on the sidelines, see who Steve picks to fill in the ranks! read blog
- By Frank Angst
Texas Red ran second in his 3-year-old debut, finishing a neck behind Peachtree Stable's Lord Nelson in the $200,250 San Vicente Stakes read blog
Comparing the up-and-coming Kentucky Derby contenders Khozan and Prospect Park. read blog
Champion 2-year-old male works at Santa Anita Park for the first time since injury.
Richard C. Pell's Calculator, fifth on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) points list, will miss the Triple Crown due to an undisclosed injury.
A sortable list of all the horses nominated to the 2015 Triple Crown. View Now
It has been 30 years since a blazingly fast 3-year-old named Spend a Buck changed the face of the Triple Crown. read blog
The UAE Derby, which carries 170 Kentucky Derby points and a $2 million purse, drew only 10 nominations from United States-based trainers among 92 overall.
Steve Haskin presents his first official Kentucky Derby Dozen this week! See if any of your Kentucky Derby horses made the list. read blog
Going into the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, I thought favorite Upstart might need a race before delivering his best. read blog
The transcript for the Live Chat is now available. Read Transcript
Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta's Far Right kept a straight path through the stretch, while favored Mr. Z didn't, and that made the difference in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 19.
Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin returned to the races in winning fashion Jan. 15, taking a six-furlong allowance optional claimer at Oaklawn Park by a head in his season debut.
- By Karen Johnson
- Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Kentucky Oaks, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. Read Feature
The deadline for owners and trainers of promising 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to make their horses eligible for the 2015 Triple Crown races is approaching quickly.
Calculator's win in the Jan. 10 Sham Stakes (gr. III) adds to the legacy of the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud. The Florida-bred son of In Summation races for longtime Ocala Stud client Richard Pell.
General a Rod will kick off his 4-year-old campaign Jan. 14 at Gulfstream Park after getting plenty of rest since competing in all three legs of last year's Triple Crown.
The Blood-Horse has won the 2014 Media Eclipse Award in the audio/multi-media Internet category for "Waiting, and Waiting, for Crowning Glory: A generation repeatedly denied a Triple Crown winner looks to California Chrome".
- By Steve Haskin
Many racing fans today who have lived through nine Triple Crown sweep attempts since 1997 take for granted the 3-year-old media star who reaches out to mainstream America to capture the attention and the hearts of the public. read blog
Capping an extraordinary career as one of North America's premier race track announcers and one of the most popular personalities in Thoroughbred racing, Tom Durkin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit.
We have already seen a number of promising two-year-olds stamp themselves as promising contenders for next year's Triple Crown. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Listen to Old Friends founder Michael Blowen as newly returned Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm greets fans Dec. 2. The 20-year-old champion returned to the U.S. after standing in Japan. watch video
Retired Racehorse Project to raise its stature by holding its marquee event in Kentucky. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
There is little doubt that Ahmed Zayat is determined to own Thoroughbreds. And there is no greater qualification when it comes to horse ownership than determination and perseverance, especially in the face of adversity. read blog
Hansel, at the ripe old age of 26, is the oldest living Preakness and Belmont winner.
Undefeated Uruguayan Triple Crown winner Sir Fever has been purchased privately by an undisclosed buyer and is expected to race in the United Arab Emirates, according to Nov. 17 reports.
Lenny Shulman and special guest Kenny Rice discuss Super Saturday races and their implications for the Breeders'Cup. Kenny is also interviewed by Lenny about his experience interviewing Steve Coburn following the Belmont. watch video
With an eye on the future, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay extolled the successes of the present and the recent past at a meeting of NYRA's board of directors on Sept. 29.
Relive moments from the racing career of Will Take Charge. view slideshow
The 2013 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. view slideshow
It's last call for Tom Durkin. The voice of horse racing on the New York circuit is silencing himself Sunday, Aug. 31, retiring after a 43-year career in which he also announced Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races.
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