Paul Pompa Jr.'s Connect exited his gutsy Nov. 26 victory in the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack in good shape, trainer Chad Brown reported from his Belmont Park base the morning of Nov. 27.
Connect added to an already banner year for trainer Chad Brown as he engaged in a thrilling stretch duel with Divining Rod and just got his nose down at the wire to win the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is banking on Anchor Down proving their collective instincts correct when the 5-year-old ridgling breaks from the rail in a field 10 in the Cigar Mile (gr. I).
Rated R Superstar closed from the clouds and snuck wide down the lane, surprising 2-5 favorite Awesome Banner to win the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin clinched his second grade I of the year June 25 in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
If the 1 1/4 miles truly is his sweet spot, Melatonin should be primed for another big run in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) June 25, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin provided a 16-1 shocker in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), taking the field of nine gate-to-wire to score by 4 1/4 lengths March 12.
Tonalist came flying with a big late run Nov. 28 to win the $670,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, edging out Red Vine in a photo finish after tracking far back under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.
Blinkers will go back on Tonalist, who comes off a fifth in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), as he takes on defending Cigar Mile winner Private Zone after that rival's second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Trainer Christophe Clement was in good spirits Nov. 22 when discussing Tonalist and Red Vine, his dual threat for the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The horse who ran fourth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) will get a chance to run that same distance on dirt in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Robert Evans' Tonalist, fifth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will likely start next in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I). Also, a deal in 2014 for Lane's End to acquire an interest in the colt has been canceled.
Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) winner Shotgun Kowboy looks to add another stakes score to his resume Oct. 17, when he heads a field of six for the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park.
Raring to go in his second start off a long layoff, Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy won the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) for the home team Sept. 27 at Remington Park.
Private Zone, runner-up to Flat Out in the 2013 edition of the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), returned Nov. 29 to claim victory going wire to wire in the $753,750 event at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
A solid field will line up Nov. 29 for the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, as grade I winners Secret Circle and Itsmyluckyday face off amongst a cast that includes Private Zone, Vyjack, and Bourbon Courage.
Fields are taking shape for the Nov. 29 Cigar Mile (gr. I) stakes program at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring four graded events worth a combined $1.7 million.
The 17-year-old son of Mr. Greeley has been purchased by Mr. Tevfik Celikoglu and will stand in Turkey for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 14.
Champion sprinter and second-crop sire Kodiak Kowboy will shuttle to Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil to stand this year's Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Colts by Kodiak Kowboy and Elusive Quality clocked the overall fastest breeze time for one furlong May 15 during the second and final under tack show for next week's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.
Photographer Chad Harmon, who won the WinStar StableMates Saratoga Challenge, shares photos from his visit to WinStar Farm on December 20, 2013. View Slideshow
Recently retired three-time grade I winner Flat Out will enter stud for 2014 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. He will participate in Spendthrift's Share The Upside program and stand for a fee of $10,000.
Three-time grade I winner Flat Out has been retired, owner Art Preston confirmed. Stallion plans are pending.
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