Miss Sky Warrior will head to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on a roll after securing her fifth straight victory April 8 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have massive stakes cards at Aqueduct Racetrack, Keeneland, and Santa Anita Park built around three top Triple Crown preps.
Miss Sky Warrior and Yorkiepoo Princess meet in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, a race that will determine the likelihood of their progression to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Sea Island, a 7-year-old daughter of Pulpit and part of the Phipps Stable reduction, sold for $480,000 during the first session of Book 2 of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale. The ticket was signed by Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm.
Alpha Delta Stables' homebred Lewis Bay splashed home to her second grade II score April 9 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Bernardini daughter back to site and distance of her only graded stakes win.
Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II) winner Birdatthewire and Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Puca both turned in preparations April 18 for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Condo Commando, the 3-5 favorite, was an easy winner of the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 4 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old filly covered the nine furlongs in 1:52.17.
Multiple graded stakes winner Condo Commando will be the one to beat in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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R Free Roll pulled a mild upset July 28 at Saratoga Race Course when shooting straight to the lead and holding firmly in the stretch to take the $200,000 HRTV Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for filly and mare sprinters.
Speedsters La Verdad, Red Velvet, R Free Roll, and Merry Meadow will ensure a prompt pace in the Honorable Miss at six furlongs at Saratoga July 28.
Juddmonte Farms' Riposte may be the class of the field in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) May 24, run over 1 3/8 miles on Belmont Park's inner turf course.
Favored Fiftyshadesofhay, winless in her last five starts, got back in the win column with a come-from-behind victory in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park May 11.
Grade I winner Grace Hall hasn't raced in 13 months but she makes her long-awaited return in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II), part of the Mother's Day stakes bill at Belmont Park May 11.
Mathis Stable's My Miss Sophia rolled to a decisive victory April 5 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, stamping her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
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Grade I winner Sweet Reason and grade II-placed Got Lucky are the class of the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct April 5, an event for sophomore fillies on the road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Treadway Racing Stable's Sweet Reason, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course last summer, made a successful return to the races March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the featured eighth race.
My Wandy's Girl missed taking last year's edition of the Barbara Fritchie (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Laurel Park, but this season she would not be denied.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the rescheduled $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) set for Saturday, Feb. 22 at Laurel Park.
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst handicap a very talented Barbara Fritchie Handicap field with most likely great betting odds. watch video
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst handicap a very talented Barbara Fritchie Handicap field with most likely great betting odds. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Barbara Fritchie Handicap.
Winning Image has won eight stakes during six seasons, but connections of the 7-year-old mare hope she can add a graded victory to her ledger in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 15 at Laurel Park.
Groupie Doll shot down any criticism she wasn't the same this year with a game off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Book Review||Bob Baffert||
|Dance Card||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Jemima's Pearl||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Lady Cohiba||Christophe Clement||
|My Wandy's Girl||Michael E. Hushion||
|Sea Island||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Wildcat's Smile||Dominic G. Galluscio||
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