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One year after making his graded stakes debut in the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (G3), 7-year-old gelding Spartiatis used the six-furlong test to notch his first graded stakes triumph March 11.
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Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have a trio of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park, a Triple Crown prep on each coast, and more.
This week is a recap of the 2004 Tom Fool Handicap (G2), run that year on July 4 at Belmont Park and won by Ghostzapper. Following is a short recap written by Steve Haskin followed by the stakes shell filed by Dan Liebman.
Green Gratto will be making his 52nd lifetime start when he faces seven opponents in the Tom Fool Handicap, in which he will carry high weight of 119 pounds. Chief Lion is a threat to compromise Green Gratto on the front end.
Before Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred broke through to win her first stakes in the 2015 Silverbulletday, the plan was to make her a grass horse, but the eight-length score was enough to convince Jones to keep her on dirt.
Her connections are holding out hope she may be cleared to travel to the Jan. 29 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston, but due to an equine herpesvirus outbreak and resulting quarantine at Fair Grounds, she was entered in the 1 1/16-mile Krantz.
Munnings the Thoroughbred was bred in the purple and is as traditional in that respect as any young stallion these days.
Multiple grade 1-winner I'm a Chatterbox continues to prepare at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for her seasonal debut for trainer Larry Jones and owners Carolyn and Fletcher Gray.
The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund is producing features on people who have benefitted from the millions of fund dollars invested into local economic development, farm expansion, and job creation. Following is the series' second feature.
Abbondanza Racing and Nathan McCauley's Free Rose roared to the lead on the far turn and held on for a narrow win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 4 as a the field threatened to engulf him.
In his second start since moving to trainer Richard Baltas and owner Abbondanza Racing, Free Rose provided a weekend stunner at Del Mar Aug. 6 in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox began gearing up in earnest for her return to racing after arriving at Keeneland in early April. She is the 3-5 favorite for Friday's Doubledogdare (gr. III).
Larry Jones hopes to find an easy debut spot in the 1 1/16-mile Doubledogdare for grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox, who was rested this winter at Fair Grounds. Her first big target is the June 11 Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
After finishing second in a pair of graded stakes in Southern California, crack sprinter Salutos Amigos has returned to New York where he'll aim to defend his 2015 score in the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. III) March 12 at Aqueduct
Trainer Wesley Ward continued his roll at the Turfway Park winter/spring meet the evening of Feb. 19 with three victories, including the returning group II-winning filly Acapulco.
Last year's Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Saratoga Mischief is entered for his 3-year-old season debut Sunday, Feb. 14 in the $100,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
M M G Racing Stable's Never Gone South returned to the bounced back from two tough stakes losses in a big way Jan. 16 when romping away to 7 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes at Laurel Park.
Tapit leads general sire list for second consecutive year and more inside the January 9, 2016 issue of Blood-Horse Magazine.
Zayat Stables' King Kranz, equipped with blinkers for the first time, went from maiden to stakes winner Jan. 1 in the Lost In The Fog for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Om, a son of Munnings, was an easy winner of the Dec. 26 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita. The 6-5 favorite got the mile in 1:35.57.
Sir Alfred James Munnings' signed painting Lord Astor's "Broodmare and Foal" brought the top price of $207,000, including buyer premium, at the third annual Sporting Art Auction, held Nov. 18 at Keeneland.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will enter stud at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., in 2016 for a first-year fee of $200,000, the American division of Coolmore Stud announced Nov. 6.
Carolyn and Fletcher Gray may be small breeders, but their horses tend to come up big. I'm a Chatterbox could join Left Bank and Stardom Bound as champions bred by the couple.
Trainer Larry Jones called an audible and sent Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender I'm a Chatterbox out to work early Oct. 24 at Keeneland as a light rain fell on the Lexington track.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Driven by Success||Bruce N. Levine||
|Fabulous Strike||Todd M. Beattie||
|Munnings||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Riley Tucker||Steven M. Asmussen||
|The Last Wave||Juan Carlos Guerrero||
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