Three runners entered the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2) April 22 for Loooch Racing and Imaginary Stables, and one got by with a little help from his friends.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate broke last, but rallied easily to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Spirit of Valor (#15 Pink), Washington DC (IRE) (#4 Black), Keen Ice (#8 White) and Quest for More (IRE) (#4 Red). Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Richard's Boy (#12 Black), Triple Nine (#10 Blue), Adirato (#9 Pink), Gifted Master (#7 Blue), St Joe Bay (#8 Gold), Sharp Azteca (#1 Blue), and Keen Ice (#8 White) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Owner Jerry Crawford talks about Keen Ice and his preparations for the March 25 Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
The luck of draw was the latest obstacle to be cleared in Arrogate's favor, with the 4-year-old gray colt landing post 9 in a field of 14 for the March 25 Dubai World Cup.
Three-time grade 1 winner Frosted, the son of leading North American sire Tapit, will join the Darley roster at Northwood Park this year, while Prix Jean Prat (G1) winner Territories, from the family of Street Cry, will shuttle to Kelvinside.
A number of U.S.-based runners stepped out on the Meydan Racecourse track in preparation for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) March 25.
Page McKenney drew post 3 in the General George and shares a 122-pound highweight impost with Heaven's Runway and Stallwalkin' Dude.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
Multiple grade 2-placed and track record holder Normandy Invasion sired his first foal Jan. 14 when a filly arrived at Hilltop Stables near Deposit, N.Y. The son of Tapit, a Spendthrift stallion, stands at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y.
In many ways the entries alone mark an early "mission accomplished" for the first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) as it has attracted the world's two top dirt horses in training in California Chrome and Arrogate.
Keen Ice, the 2015 Travers Stakes (G1) victor and only horse to defeat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his record setting 3-year-old season, will take up stud duty at the end of his racing career at Calumet Farm.
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney shrugged off a nearly nine-month layoff and won his sixth straight stakes at Laurel Park Jan. 21 in the $75,000 Native Dancer.
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
Both clocked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Jan. 14 under Todd Pletcher's supervision.
Head of Plains Partners and David Jacobson's Stallwalkin' Dude will line up against familiar sprinters in the the six-furlong Toboggan Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 16.
2016 Eclipse Awards finalists in 17 Equine and Human categories announced on January 5, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards on January 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Darley's position as the third-leading North American breeder by earnings doesn't give the full picture of how strong the 2016 racing year was for the international operation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
A visual look at some of the new stallions for 2017, arranged in alphabetical order.
Donegal Racing has partnered with Jerry and Ronnie Frankel to run grade I winner Keen Ice in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, Donegal’s Jerry Crawford confirmed Dec. 27.
After getting a sharp break out of post 1, the rest of Stanford's 1 1/16-mile tour around Gulfstream Park went exactly as hoped, as he led every point of call en route to a three-length win in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday (gr. III).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps two stakes races and shares thoughts on some up-and-coming 2yos
Todd Pletcher attempts to corner the market in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes (gr. III), sending out three of the field's seven entrants in graded stakes winners Stanford, Madefromlucky, and Keen Ice.
In his first stakes try, Mo Town soared past favored Takaful in the stretch and was not seriously threatened late to post a clear victory in the $300,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Classy Class||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Combat Diver||Wayne Potts||
|Flashaway||Mark E. Casse||
|Frosted||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Keen Ice||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Leave the Light On||Chad C. Brown||
|Market Conduct||Chad C. Brown||
|Moonlight Bandit||Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.||
|Royal Burgh||Todd A. Pletcher||
|The Truth Or Else||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Thirtysevenliveson||Dale L. Romans||
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