While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) may not have the storied history of many of the World Championship races, but what it lacks in longevity it makes up for in quality with a roster of seven impressive performances.
A weanling colt from the first crop of Shackleford was the standout on the second and final day of the reformatted Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga fall sale Oct. 7 and brought the auction's overall highest price of $150,000.
NBC Sports Group will offer 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), more than double the number of hours initially scheduled. Coverage includes other grade I races from Belmont Park.
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. confirmed that Itsmyluckyday, runner-up in the 2012 Preakness Stakes, will point to the July 6 Salvatore Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth Park as expected instead of wheeling around to the Met Mile.
Palace Malice, a prohibitive favorite at odds of 1-20, made easy work of his three opponents in the $142,500 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) May 11 at Belmont Park in his prep race for the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
Grade II winner Vyjack, at this time last year a contender on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned from a lengthy layoff April 27 to win a seven-furlong allowance at Aqueduct.
Multiple grade I winner Jackson Bend heads a field of 11 as part of a one-two punch for trainer Stanley Gold in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (gr. III); Gold also has 2013 winner Fort Loudon in the Feb. 8 race.