Golden Ticket and Alpha, dead-heat winners of the 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I), met up again in the Left Bank Stakes on opening day of the Belmont Park fall meet Sept. 5, but this time Golden Ticket was the clear victor.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Alpha||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Hakama||Michael J. Trombetta||
|How Do I Win||Todd A. Pletcher||
|King Kid||Dale L. Romans||
|Speightscity||Gary C. Contessa||
|Swag Daddy||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|Tiger Walk||Ignacio Correas, IV||
Standing in the winner's circle following the win by Little Mike in the $90,000 Flying Pidgeon Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Carlo Vaccarezza admitted he was relieved by the solid return of his multiple grade I winner.
Trainer Gary Contessa, the winner of more than 2,000 races, sends out his first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter May 3 with New York-bred Uncle Sigh.
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Eleven years after Funny Cide became the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), two more horses bred in the Empire State stamped themselves as legitimate classic prospects.
West Point Thorughbreds' gelding returns to the scene of his world record in Saturday's $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) at 1 3/8 miles Feb. 15.
There is nothing quite as humbling on the Derby trail as attempting to set off two fireworks on the same day, especially when you light them minutes apart. read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps the wins by Samraat, Vinceremos, and Wildcat Red over the weekend. watch video
Two New York-breds stood out in a six-horse field heading into the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, and those two put on quite a show with undefeated Samraat prevailing in the end.
The old wives' tale to starve a fever doesn't work with the Kentucky Derby variety -- not because the charms of the First Saturday in May are so irresistible 13 weeks away but because sustenance is unavoidable. read blog
TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Santa Anita, Tampa Bay and Aqueduct read blog
Two highly regarded New York-breds lead a field of six 3-year-olds entered for the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack on Feb. 1, both coming off impressive performances to tackle open company.
New York shipper Last Gunfighter earned his fourth graded stakes win of the year, closing to get the job done in the $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Hawthorne Racecourse Nov. 30.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Last Gunfighter and grade I winner Alpha head a competitive Nov. 30 edition of the $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap Presented by Xpressbet (gr. II).
Reigning champion female sprinter Groupie Doll breezed a half mile Nov. 16 on the Belmont Park training track as she prepares for her second career start against males in the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 30 at Aqueduct.
History was made last year when Alpha and Golden Ticket became the first dead-heat winners of the Travers Stakes (gr. I). The two meet again Nov. 1 in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
East meets West when Verrazano, Alpha, and Pants On Fire head to California to do battle with locals Fed Biz, Centralinteligence, and Goldencents in $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
Seven-year-old faces Cross Traffic and star 3-year-olds Orb and Palace Malice in $1 million event at 1 1/4 miles Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
At Belmont, Todd Pletcher worked Cross Traffic and Palace Malice while Chad Brown breezed Last Gunfighter, and at Saratoga Kiaran McLaughlin sent Alpha through his final paces for the Sept. 28 event.
Jockey Joel Rosario continues to recover from the foot injury that caused him to miss major mounts over the Aug. 24 weekend, and is on course for a comeback around the first week in October, agent Ron Anderson said Sept. 4.
- By Vic Zast
Alpha enjoys Saratoga slop for the second time in winning Woodward. read blog
Godolphin Stables' Alpha sprung a wire-to-wire upset in the $735,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31, winning for the first time since he took the 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I) in a dead heat.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Watch Video
Successful Dan and Paynter, two horses who have overcome great physical difficulties to continue their racing careers, head a strong edition of the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.
TimeformUS plays for Saratoga and Del Mar Graded Stakes Races. read blog
Multiple grade II winner Mucho Macho Man, 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I) dead-heat winner Alpha, and Fast Falcon were all on the worktab July 27 at Saratoga, tuning up for the Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
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