Kobe's Back has a few reasons to improve in the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) May 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Miss Sky Warrior will head to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on a roll after securing her fifth straight victory April 8 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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.
Miss Sky Warrior and Yorkiepoo Princess meet in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, a race that will determine the likelihood of their progression to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Gilman Racing, Westside Rentals.com, and W.C. Racing's Denman's Call made a bold move in the turn and wore down favored Masochistic in the stretch to spring a 16-1 upset in the $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) March 11 at Santa Anita Park.
Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable's Masochistic will try to open 2017 by winning the $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) for the second time March 11 at Santa Anita Park.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got up just in time to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Lord Nelson steps back into graded company and Kobe's Back hopes to rebound in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Wanting an easy half-mile breeze from Beholder in her first timed work since a victory in the Vanity Mile (gr. I), the final two clicks on Richard Mandella's stopwatch showed :35 and change for three furlongs and :47 and change for the half.
James Bryan Jr.'s 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly raced just off early leader La Berma in the mile turf test, breezed by in the far turn, and pulled away to win by 3 3/4 widening lengths.
A three-month layoff earlier this year may have helped Strike Charmer, as she registered her first stakes win since 2014 in the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, May 14 at Belmont Park.
Recepta, owned by Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin, leads the clutch of females who found mixed success in graded stakes last year and look again to prove themselves in top company.
Catalina Red outsprinted eight others in taking Churchill Downs Stakes with favorite Speightster finishing unplaced in seven-furlong test.
Salutos Amigos facing Kobe's Back again
The last two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners to arrive at Churchill Downs May 2 went onto the track for the first time May 3.
Alpha Delta Stables' homebred Lewis Bay splashed home to her second grade II score April 9 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Bernardini daughter back to site and distance of her only graded stakes win.
Gallant Stable's grade I winner Majestic Harbor will go for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Mar. 26.
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Son of Flatter put away rivals in the stretch for convincing win.
Wild Dude and Kobe's Back, who finished 1-2 in last year's San Carlos, return in the seven-furlong sprint but must deal with lightly raced and talented Calculator.
Kobe's Back broke slowly and trailed by as many as 10 1/2 lengths, but he unleashed his patented closing kick and was just able to track down Salutos Amigos in the final strides to win the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II).
Multiple graded stakes winners Kobe's Back and Salutos Amigos head a field of six older horses in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Undefeated Nyquist ran a full lap around the Santa Anita Park main track during a workout Jan. 24, but was officially given a time of 1:15 3/5 for six furlongs.
After Dortmund's third workout following his victory in the Native Diver Stakes (gr. III), trainer Bob Baffert said a run in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park is no longer an option.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bird Maker||Ian R. Wilkes||
|Charleymillionaire||Gregory D. Sacco||
|Coup de Grace||Chad C. Brown||
|Favorite Tale||Guadalupe Preciado||
|Financial Mogul||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
|Got Lucky||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Kobe's Back||Peter Eurton||
|Loki's Vengeance||Michael E. Hushion||
|My Miss Sophia||William I. Mott||
|Oliver Zip||Kelly J. Breen||
|Sweet Reason||Leah Gyarmati||
|The Admiral||Bob Baffert||
|Vero Amore||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||
|Wraith||Mitchell E. Friedman||
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