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.
The Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy, out of the multiple grade 1-winning Awesome Again mare Round Pond, surged to a 1 3/4-length triumph in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1).
Jose Ortiz extended his domination of the fall meet jockey standings Nov. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, with five winners from seven mounts on Friday's program.
Favored at odds of 3-2 in a five-horse field, the 5-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid wore down 9-5 second choice Madefromlucky to take the 1 1/4-mile test in 2:04.52.
Kid Cruz will look to add more black type to his resume when he faces four competitors in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) April 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Instead of 3-5 favorite Wicked Strong winning in his second start of the season, it was the 6-1 Effinex who made a sweeping move on the final turn and put away pacesetter Red Rifle to win the 1 1/4-mile test.
Wicked Strong, winner of last year's TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), tries to get back on a winning track April 25 as he takes on seven opponents in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III).
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's Prince Bishop overpowered rivals California Chrome and Lea and opened up in the stretch to take the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on Saturday, March 28 at Meydan.
Santa Anita Park, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Parx, Laurel Park, Turfway. view slideshow
Pick of the Litter benefited from a ground-saving trip under Corey Lanerie to get up in the last strides over favored Departing in the $200,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II), earning his first graded win Oct. 25 at Keeneland.
The Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) field size appears to have grown by one after Salutos Amigos launched a powerful rally down the center of the track to take the $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 25 from Be
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays: The Grade 2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. The duo discuss early speed versus tactical speed and examine Departing, Code West, Pick of the Litter, and Long River. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. The duo discuss early speed versus tactical speed and examine Departing, Code West, Pick of the Litter, and Long River.
The $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 25 drew a classy, competitive field of seven, headed by proven graded stakes horses Romansh, River Rocks, and Salutos Amigos.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing headlines a field of eight horses entered for the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (gr. II) to be run Oct. 25, closing day of the fall meet at Keeneland.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist returned to winning ways Sept. 27 at the site of his greatest triumph, defeating older horses in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Sophomores Wicked Strong, Tonalist, and V.E. Day take on elders such as Whitney (gr. I) winner Moreno in the 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup Sept. 27 on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the Woodward Stakes and Del Mar Debutante. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga. read blog
Southern Equine Stables' Whitney (gr. I) winner Moreno and runner-up Itsmyluckyday will face off again Aug. 30 in the final grade I event for older horses of the Saratoga Race Course season, the $600,000 Woodward Stakes.
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for The Whitney and the Clement Hirsch. read blog
Will Take Charge and Palace Malice meet again Aug. 2 in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (gr. I), squaring off at Saratoga Race Course as the top two choices in a field of nine drawn for the 1 1/8-mile test.
Multiple stakes winner Romansh remains on track for Saturday's $1.5 million Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) despite missing a scheduled work July 28 because of the weather.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid, a major pace factor in his previous three starts in stakes, finally broke through with a victory in the $211,000 Monmouth Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-olds and up at Monmouth Park July 27.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Dawly||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|Don Dulce||Bruce N. Levine||
|Long River||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Mr Palmer||Joseph G. Parker||
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