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.
The Big Beast, a ginormous long-striding runner with a penchant for peppermints, will return to the big leagues April 4 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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.
The first reported foal for grade I-winning millionaire Morning Line is a colt born over the weekend of Jan. 24.
Grade I winner Swagger Jack, a son of two-time leading sire Smart Strike, will stand the 2015 season for $2,500 at Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind.
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.
Dads Caps, a front-running sprint specialist who won the April 5 Carter Handicap (gr. I), tops the nine-horse field of 4-year-olds and up entered for the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park June 6.
Popular gelding Ribo Bobo continued his remarkable rise from the claiming ranks May 10 in capturing the $79,000 Decathlon Stakes, Monmouth Park's opening-day feature, by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths.
Hard-knocking Dads Caps had been three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 10-1.
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Runner-up in the 2013 Carter Handicap (gr. I) and lightly raced since then, California-based Sahara Sky will get another crack at the seven-furlong sprint April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Ribo Bobo, who has won six of seven since he was claimed, and the solid mare My Pal Chrisy top the fields for the Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint and Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint Jan. 18 at Gulfstream.
Recent Sunshine State Stakes winner Star Harbour again will try to carry his early speed to the wire when he faces an expected seven other sprinters in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
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Grade I winner Swagger Jack has been retired from racing and will stand at Millennium Farms in Kentucky in 2014 as part of a partnership, farm owner Ro Parra said Nov. 25.
Apriority, winless in 12 starts since taking the Mr. Prospector Stakes Dec. 31, 2011, returned to the winner's circle Nov. 24 after a five-length victory in a $41,500 optional claiming allowance test at Gulfstream Park.
South Florida-based trainer David Fawkes hopes for some racing luck when he saddles Bahamian Squall in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
William S. Farish's Lane's End near Versailles, Ky., has announced its roster for the 2014 breeding season.
Morning Line, a grade I-winning son of Tiznow, will stand at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky for 2014. The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) runner-up will stand for $10,000.
Goldencents made a solid return to sprinting one month ago when second by a head in the Bing Crosby Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby winner is back on the Del Mar main track Aug. 25 facing 12 in the Pat O'Brien Stakes.
Centralinteligence could be bound for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) after he swept past pacesetter Comma to the Top en route to his first stakes win June 29 in the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
One of the better sprints of the 2013 season is on tap in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) June 29 at Betfair Hollywood Park, featuring defending champ Camp Victory, Comma to the Top, and Jimmy Creed.
Drawing Away Stables' hard-knocking Saginaw is back to defend his title in the Affirmed Success Stakes June 1 at Belmont Park.
Comma to the Top will seek his third win of the year and fifth stakes victory at Betfair Hollywood Park against six opponents in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day May 27.
Trainer Wesley Ward, who has registered victories in four of the five juvenile races where he has entered horses at Keeneland this spring, will try to grab one more April 26.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Be Bullish||David Jacobson||
|Calibrachoa||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Fastus Cactus||Naipaul Chatterpaul||
|Have You Ever||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Independence War||Bruce N. Levine||
|Kensei||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Laysh Laysh Laysh||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|More Than a Reason||Randi Persaud||
|Sunrise Smarty||Michael E. Hushion||
|Yawanna Twist||John Parisella||
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