Trainer Dale Romans has been persistent in his pursuit of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and his chance at this year's edition just snapped into focus thanks to Albaugh Family Stable's J Boys Echo.
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Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have nine stakes at Gulfstream Park, Unique Bella at Santa Anita Park, El Areeb at Aqueduct Racetrack, and more.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues to heat up with two more 85-point qualifying races March 4 when the Gotham (G3) is run at Aqueduct Racetrack, and the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (G2) caps a sensational card at Gulfstream Park.
This week is a recap of the 1992 Gotham Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack won in a dead-heat by Lure and Devil His Due.
After delivering dominating victories in his first two starts this season in graded stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, El Areeb will return to the New York oval March 4 to try to continue that good form in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3).
M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb signaled his readiness for the $350,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) March 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack with a sharp five-furlong breeze over Laurel Park's main track Feb. 26.
M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb will return to Aqueduct Racetrack for his next start in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) March 4, trainer Cal Lynch confirmed Feb 22.
Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables' impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes.
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.
Two races after Journey Home took the Jimmy Durante (gr. IIIT) at the seaside racetrack, stablemate Ring Weekend earned his sixth graded stakes win in the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT).
A number of Breeders' Cup runners will be back less than a month later in the $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT) Nov. 26 at Del Mar.
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, under all-time leading Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith, ranged up outside and rolled past Gun Runner to upset the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Without a full field and without a whole lot of speed in the race—at least on paper—the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) looks to be Runhappy’s race to lose.
As the deluge of workers lined up, eagerly awaiting the second training session to begin near the top of the Santa Anita stretch, trainer John Shirreffs held back Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley for a few minutes to let the track clear.
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack knocked off Wise Dan as the fastest turf miler in Santa Anita's history Oct. 8 with a record-setting performance in the $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT).
Obviously will take his fifth shot at the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) after a run in the grade II City of Hope Mile.
Though horses bred by Machmer Hall finished second in graded stakes over the weekend, it was Drefong's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) victory that the farm's connections found most exciting.
The $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) didn't look like a top race with an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on the line Aug. 27 at Del Mar.
Vyjack, previously trained on the East Coast by Bill Mott, logged a half-mile drill in :47 2/5 June 23 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 68 works at the distance in his first move for D'Amato.
Shaman Ghost bided his time down on the inside and then easily flew past frontrunners Doyouknowsomething and Waymond Boyd to take the Brooklyn Invitational June 11 at Belmont Park.
Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable's Kid Cruz will look to win his third straight stakes June 11 in the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II).
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's homebred Middleburg has shown his best at Monmouth Park and gave another example June 5 in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. III).
Vyjack—who last time out won a Keeneland allowance over the same lawn upon which his half sister, champion Tepin, has picked up three grade I wins—returns to the graded ranks June 5 in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT)
Mike Repole, the former owner of Uncle Mo, believes the horse's eye-opening success with his first crop as a sire offers insight into what might have been.
Bradley is hopeful the multiple graded stakes winner will show a little more early interest in his upcoming races. "We've been trying to get this horse to stalk a little more and be a little bit closer to the pace," he said.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Amerigo Vespucci||Timothy J. Tullock, Jr.||
|Champion Boy||Juan Carlos Guerrero||
|Elnaawi||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Now and Then||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Ore Pass||Michael J. Trombetta||
|Overanalyze||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Siete de Oros||Ramon Preciado||
|Sky Captain||Mark E. Casse||
|West Hills Giant||David Jacobson||
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