Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin took a shot with well-bred maiden Imperia in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 28 at Belmont Park, and the colt now appears Breeders' Cup bound after uncoiling a big late charge.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pilgrim Stakes and Miss Grillo Stakes. read blog
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Startup Nation, 2-for-2 with a grade II stakes win, looks for another victory in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds on the turf Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Already with no shortage of Breeders' Cup possibilities, Ken and Sarah Ramsey found another World Championships entrant Oct. 6 when favored Bobby's Kitten rolled to a 6 1/4-length victory in the Pilgrim Stakes.
Due Diligence, a son of hot sire War Front, looks dangerous in Belmont Park's Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT). The $200,000 contest Oct. 6 for 2-year-olds is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race for the Juvenile Turf (gr. IT).
Multiple graded stakes winner Data Link looks for his second victory of 2013 when he heads a field of seven turf horses going a mile in the $150,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT), the Independence Day feature at Belmont Park.
Regally-bred Noble Tune earned a trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) with win a visually impressive win in the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park.
Several promising maiden winners on turf including Cerro, Noble Tune, and Quinzieme Monarque will challenge New York-bred stakes winner West Hills Giant in the Pilgrim Stakes.
Donegal Racing's TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) victor Dullahan is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) when he faces seven other sophomores Oct. 6 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has switched gears with Daddy Nose Best, attempting to take the colt from Triple Crown contender to quality turf runner in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
Howe Great, a graded winner who was originally entered in a stakes at Indiana Downs, instead will head to Belmont Park for the $150,000 Hill Prince (gr. IIIT) June 16.
Silver Max, allowed to clear the field early, left his rivals in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) behind leaving the turn and romped to his first graded stakes win on opening day of the Keeneland spring meet.
Team Valor International's State of Play, winner of the With Anticipation (gr. IIT) last September at Saratoga, heads the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) on opening day at Keeneland April 6.
A full field is possible for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 24, Turfway Park officials said. The race highlights a four-stakes program at the Kentucky racetrack.
Three of the top four finishers of last month's Sam Davis are back for the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), but it's a Todd Pletcher trained horse--go figure--making his stakes debut who will likely be favored.
After a long stretch duel and a fortuitous head-bob at the wire, State of Play prevailed in the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 3 at Turfway Park.
Mr. Prankster will try for a sweep of the preps leading up to the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) when he faces off against five fellow 3-year-olds in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 3.
- By Steve Haskin
Team Valor came, they saw, they conquered. read blog
Already with a slew of top 3-year-olds taking aim at the Triple Crown, Todd Pletcher will send out yet another prospect in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (gr. III), a race he has won four of the last six years.
Though several Juvenile Turf horses lost a chance to gallop on the grass due to rain Nov. 3, the connections say they all remain on track for Saturday's race.
Lenny Shulman talks with Chad Brown, who trains Filly and Mare Turf favorite Stacelita, Fantastic Song, and Dayatthespa. Sponsored by Taylor Made Stallions Watch Video
Lenny Shulman presents the news of the day, including Europeans on the track, led by Goldikova. Plus, Stacelita, Turbulent Descent, Union Rags, and State of Play. Sponsored by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
State of Play is one of two Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) entries owned by Team Valor International, which won this race last year with Pluck.
Multiple grade I winner Stacelita had her final serious work for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park, covering five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 under Ramon Dominguez.
Multiple grade I winner and millionaire Shakespeare is returning to Central Kentucky for the 2012 breeding season. The son of Theatrical has been relocated from Signature Stallions in Central Florida to Lane's End Farm.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Captain Webb||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Fantastic Song||Fenneka T. Bentley||
|Fox Rules||M. Anthony Ferraro||
|Kitten's Kid||Merrill R. Scherer||
|Knock Rock||Scott M. Schwartz||
|Shkspeare Shaliyah||Doodnauth Shivmangal||
|State of Play||Richard C. Mettee||
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