Canadian Horse of the Year Wando died Jan. 22 at Schonberg Farm in Ontario at age 14. The farm said the suspected cause of death was a heart attack.
Canadian grade I winner Turallure was euthanized Nov. 14 after taking a bad step and shattering his right hind pastern during a gallop at Keeneland.
Morton Fink's Horse of the Year Wise Dan makes his final start before the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 5 at Keeneland, defending his title in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT).
Coming in off a 5 3/4-length victory in the Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT), Silver Max looks for a repeat performance in Saratoga Race Course's Aug. 31 running of the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT).
The $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) may be the feature worth the most June 1 at Churchill Downs, but a familiar cast of characters makes the $65,000 Opening Verse a more intriguing contest.
Howe Great, the 2012 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) victor whose last win came in the July 21 Jersey Derby at Monmouth, took a strong Keeneland allowance race April 6 in which 2011 Woodbine Mile winner Turallure ran sixth.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti has the somewhat enviable if daunting task of bringing several top-level horses back off the bench this spring at Keeneland, including 2011 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. IT) winner Turallure.
Wise Dan, Morton Fink's 2012 Horse of the Year, turned in his second work of the season at Keeneland March 2, a four-furlong move in :49 1/5. Stablemates Turallure and Successful Dan are also training well.
Leading Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan returned to the track Jan. 7 following some turnout time at trainer Charlie Lopresti's Forest Lane Farm near Lexington, joining Successful Dan and Turallure.
Grade I winner Wise Dan, currently ranked second on the NTRA's list of North America's top Thoroughbreds in training, is to arrive at Woodbine on the morning of Sept. 14 for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).
Guys Reward, stalking three wide into the stretch on a soggy Churchill Downs turf course, drew clear approaching the furlong pole to win the closing night Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) by two lengths July 1.
Four D Stable's homebred Turallure seeks his first win of 2012 in the $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) July 1 at Churchill Downs, taking on five other older turf contenders as the 122-pound highweight.
Doubles Partner, third in the April 13 Makers 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland after an unfortunate trip, returns to one of his favorite grass courses for the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill May 5.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Data Link came from off the pace to run down favored Turallure in the final jumps, capturing the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) at odds of 12-1 April 13 at Keeneland.
Sullimar Stables' Get Stormy will take on six rivals as he attempts to become just the second repeat winner of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) April 13 at Keeneland.
Defending champion Get Stormy and Turallure had the Keeneland turf course all to themselves on the morning of April 6 as they prepared for the upcoming Maker's Mark Mile.
Turallure and Wise Dan, a pair of Charles Lopresti trainees expected to play major roles in their respective divisions in 2012, had their first works of the year Feb. 16 at Keeneland.
The world-class racemare, already a record-holder having won three Breeders' Cup Miles, finishes third in her attempt to win a fourth. Longshot Court Vision wins by a nose over Turallure.
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An audible groan went up from the table of traveling lads from France at the Breeders' Cup World Championships post-position draw when it was announced three-time Mile (gr. IT) winner had drawn the rail.
Hopefuls for the Breeders' Cup World Championships were on the work tab Oct. 24 at Keeneland and Santa Anita Park, including Euroears, who scorched five furlongs in :56 3/5 at the Southern California racetrack.
Four D Stable's Turallure continued his preparations for an expected run in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs by working five furlongs on the grass in 1:01 4/5 Oct. 13 under jockey Julien Leparoux.
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In a heart-pounding finish to the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT), Turallure, a son of 2003 Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, got up at the wire in his Woodbine debut Sept. 18.
Headlined by morning-line favorite Courageous Cat, a predictably deep and diverse field of 12 was drawn for the $1 million Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 18 in Toronto.
Get Stormy, runner-up to Turallure in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Aug. 26 under Ramon Dominguez, emerged from the race somewhat worse for wear.
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Turallure came from off the pace and ran down favored Get Stormy in the late stages to win the $202,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 26 at Saratoga.
Get Stormy, winner of last year's Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, will attempt to defend his title Aug. 26 when facing 10 in the $200,000 turf race.
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.
Following a lengthy stay on the sidelines because of a substance abuse issues, 34-year-old jockey is encouraged by her reception and recent wins at Churchill Downs.
Yankee Fourtune remained undefeated in five starts on turf, inching away in upper stretch and holding off a pair of rivals in the late going to win the $121,900 Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT) by a length Nov. 13.
Speedy gelding Yankee Fourtune will seek his fifth consecutive victory Nov. 13 at Churchill Downs when he faces a dozen rivals in the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles.
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