M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb returned to the work tab with a sharp half-mile breeze over Laurel Park's main track Feb. 18.
M M G Stables' El Areeb toyed with nine rivals in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3), summarily dismissed them down the lane, and cleared his fourth straight victory under a hand ride from jockey Trevor McCarthy Feb. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have full slates of stakes at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, and a Triple Crown prep in New York.
If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense.
After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4.
The New York Racing Association announced the stakes schedule for the 2017 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring 25 stakes worth over $3 million in purses.
Marcus Vitali, the third-leading trainer at the Gulfstream Park Championship meet with 25 wins, will ship his stable to Laurel Park and spend the spring and summer in Maryland.
After Team Colors provided some pressure entering the lane, 2-5 favorite Valid provided the answer, putting that one away and cruising to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) April 2.
The $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) on the April 2 Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park drew six talented older horses who will go 1 1/8 miles over the main track.
Patience paid off for the connections of Blofeld March 5, as the Todd Pletcher trainee picked up the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
The trainer's contingent of Itsaknockout, Stanford, Blofeld, and Anchor Down will take aim on 123-pound highweight Valid in the mile test March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Last year Mshawish took the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), but this season transitioned his form to dirt in brilliant style, and brought home the second grade I win of his career Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
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This week we take a closer look at Sunny Ridge, winner of the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Sunny Ridge would not be denied his first graded stakes win Saturday, Jan. 30 as he outlasted Vorticity to win the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
After opening the season with an easy victory in the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, Flexibility will try for a second straight stakes win there in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III).
For Matt Schera, whose multiple graded stakes winner Race Day entered stud this year, Vorticity could be a star on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Keeneland's January mixed sale ended its fourth of five sessions with figures lower across the board for the first time this week, as $102,000 broodmare Prom Time and a $100,000 Super Saver colt led proceedings.
Al Shaqab Racing's versatile Mshawish successfully transfered his graded stakes-winning form to the dirt Jan. 9, edging Valid by a head in the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Revolutionary, WinStar's multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire, sired his first reported foal Jan. 8, when a filly was born at Rancho Ballena near Ramona, Calif.
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish, a multiple stakes winner on turf, will get another opportunity to transfer that form to dirt Jan. 9 in the $150,000 Hal's Hope (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Valid returned from a trip to the Breeders' Cup and relished the chance to get back to his favorite track, winning the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday Stakes Dec. 12 at Gulfstream Park over Madefromlucky.
In its last running before being elevated to grade III status for 2016, the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday will offer another highly competitive field that includes a quartet of graded stakes winners Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
"He breezed awful fast," trainer Marcus Vitali said of the five-furlong move, timed in 1:00.85 Oct. 12 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid gamely put away an onslaught of closers to win the $75,000 Groomstick Stakes Sept. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Amerigo Vespucci||Timothy J. Tullock, Jr.||
|Champion Boy||Juan Carlos Guerrero||
|Long River||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Revolutionary||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Siete de Oros||Ramon Preciado||
|Smooth Bert||Leah Gyarmati||
|Valid||Marcus J. Vitali||
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