A dozen long-winded turf runners will go 1 1/2 miles in the Louisville Handicap over the Churchill Downs lawn, with Danish Dynaformer holding a recency and class edge over warriors Twilight Eclipse and Kaigun.
Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, and Michael Tabor's grade 1 winner Hootenanny looms the one to beat in the 65th running of the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) May 13 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Classic Empire, the heavy favorite to be named 2-year-old champion male, took another significant step Jan. 16 toward possibly launching his 3-year-old campaign in the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes (G2).
The Casse Racing shedrow got their first positive answer to some questions Jan. 8 when Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Classic Empire and champion turf female Tepin each turned in their first moves of 2017.
Watchyourownbobber will try for a third consecutive stakes win at a third different track when he faces an expected seven rivals in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.
Janice Attard's longshot Glenville Gardens overtook pacesetter Conquest Enforcer with a furlong to run and fended off the closing rush of Tower of Texas to win Play the King (Can-IIT) Aug. 20 at Woodbine.
Three stakes winners all possessing an affinity for Woodbine, success at seven furlongs, and with multiple stakes wins so far this year will face off Aug. 20 in the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT).
A trio of 6-year-olds that have been trending the wrong way will try to recall their glory days in the nine-furlong Nijinsky at Woodbine
Rallying toward the center of the course, Dimension scored an upset victory in the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-II) July 2 at Woodbine.
Full Mast will tangle with improving Smokem Kitten and defending King Edward winner Tower of Texas in the one-mile turf battle at Woodbine. Solemn Tribute should improve off his first 2016 start.
By far the longest shot on the board June 5 in the $200,000 Connaught Cup (Can-IIT), Riverside Bloodstock's Dimension provided the stunner of the day at Woodbine.
Stacked Deck and Passion for Action will renew their intriguing and relatively new rivalry June 5 in the $200,000 Connaught Cup (Can-IIT), but the race provides a different aspect.
Trainer Chad Brown appears to hold a strong hand in the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) May 14 at Belmont Park with three entrants: Morandi, Money Multiplier, and Wake Forest.
Black Hornet is training strongly to defend his title in the Vigil, Stakes where he will face graded stakes winners Dimension and Canadian champion sprinter Stacked Deck. The field will be rounded out by a trio of stakes winners.
Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) winner looks to carry on recent success April 23 at Keeneland.
The Mark Casse trainee would not be denied April 2 as he closed with a sustained rally through the Gulfstream Park stretch and won the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) by a head.
After registering his biggest career win in his previous start, Grand Tito will try for a second straight grade II score when he stretches out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the Pan American Stakes.
Rating comfortably in second throughout, Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito bounded to the lead off the turn and won the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) by 1 1/4 lengths March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
West Point Thoroughbreds' grade I winner Twilight Eclipse is scheduled to kick off his fifth season of racing in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) March 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Canadian grade II winner Excaper has been retired to stand at Francisco Bravo's River Oaks Farms near Sulphur, Okla., as the property of Mike Grossman.
Skychai Racing's Da Big Hoss got a perfect trip and made the most of it Jan. 30 at Sam Houston Race Park.
Kaigun, Da Big Hoss, and Big John B figure to take most of the action in this early season turf test going long, with Going Somewhere a lively longshot.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Charming Kitten holds off Kaigun to win the W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
The Casse trainee won a pair of graded stakes in 2014, but will be looking for his first victory of the year in the 1 1/2-mile McKnight.
To defend his title as Canada's outstanding sprinter, Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat will need a strong performance in the $200,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 22 at Woodbine.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Awesome Eclipse||Ravendra B. Raghunath||
|Dimension (GB)||Conor Murphy||
|Global Power||Jonas Gibson||
|Kaigun||Mark E. Casse||
|Sharp Sensation||Reade Baker||
|The Brothers War||Richard C. Mettee||
|Winning Prize (ARG)||Neil D. Drysdale||
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