Which race did you think was more impressive, Dortmund's Santa Anita Derby win or American Pharoah's Arkansas Derby victory? Which favorite should be the favorite? Listen Now
Mike Battaglia, who sets the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands morning-line odds, is struggling to decide between stablemates Dortmund and American Pharoah when it comes to choosing a favorite for this year's classic.
Foolish Pleasure, whose champion freshman campaign had been the equal of any other, emerged in between Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed. Read the full feature in the April 11, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Keeneland, Santa Anita Park, Aqueduct, Turf Paradise, Carpe Diem and More. View Slideshow
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
Frosted's two-length Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 4 win put him among top contenders for the Kentucky Derby.
Godolphin Racing's Frosted punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with a clear victory in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
- By Claire Novak
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J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin believes he's corrected several of the colt's issues and is expecting a big effort April 4 in the 1 1/8-mile race, Frosted's last chance to make the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Todd Pletcher-trained Withers (gr. III) winner will undergo surgery for left hind condylar fracture sustained in March 28 workout at Palm Beach Downs.
"Since he ran at Churchill, he really started to change... it's amazing how this horse has kept going forward, while braving the brutal winter we had," Tonja Terranova said of Wood Memorial contender El Kabeir.
Grade I King's Bishop winner The Big Beast and defending Carter Handicap winner Dads Caps turned in final preparations March 28 for the April 4 Carter, while 3-year-olds tuning up for the Wood Memorial were also on the tab.
For the second consecutive day, big-ticket juveniles were plentiful at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training March 18 in Florida.
Upstart, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and disqualified from first in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezed six furlongs at Palm Meadows March 13. Frosted and Imperia also worked.
Months have passed to the point that when American Pharoah makes his 3-year-old debut Saturday, March 14, in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, it will come just seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby.
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir came out of his convincing win in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) in fine fettle and will be aimed for the $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Colts by Uncle Mo and Kitten's Joy topped the work tab for the fastest eighth-mile breeze--one on dirt, the other on turf--at the Fasig-Tipton Florida under-tack show March 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Minority interest in Withers Stakes winner Far From Over sold to James Covello and Sol Kumin's Madaket Stable.
Barretts will hold its final sale in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 23 before relocating to Del Mar with its selected 2-year-olds in training sale.
The first reported foal for grade I-winning millionaire Morning Line is a colt born over the weekend of Jan. 24.
- By Steve Haskin
This was a time of filled grandstands and of sound and healthy horses, most of whom were coming off much-needed vacations of their own. read blog
The $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) will be supported by 13 other stakes worth an additional $2.3 million when racing moves to the main track April 1 for Aqueduct's 19-day Spring Showcase meet.
Grade I-placed Apriority, winner of the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III), has been retired to stand at Michele Rodriguez and Lee Daniel Thomas's Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, La.
Keeneland November's market appeared stable and strong at the top Nov. 7, with a $550,000 Unbridled's Song broodmare out of Desert Stormer and a $290,000 Pioneerof the Nile weanling colt finishing as the top lots.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Arthur's Tale||Thomas Albertrani||
|Be Bullish||David Jacobson||
|Calibrachoa||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Duca||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Fastus Cactus||Naipaul Chatterpaul||
|Full of Scoundrels||Naipaul Chatterpaul||
|Have You Ever||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Independence War||Bruce N. Levine||
|Isn't He Perfect||Eugene Reiff||
|Kensei||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Laysh Laysh Laysh||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|More Than a Reason||Randi Persaud||
|Norman Asbjornson||Carlos A. Mancilla||
|Preachintothedevil||Gary C. Contessa||
|Son of Posse||Janis L. Gerace||
|Starship Caesar||Bisnath Parboo||
|Sunrise Smarty||Michael E. Hushion||
|Toby's Corner||H. Graham Motion||
|Uncle Mo||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Yawanna Twist||John Parisella||
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