The 6-year-old son of Hard Spun came off a Dec. 31 victory in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream for trainer Mike Maker and got the perfect ground-saving rail trip in the McKnight.
Grade 1 winner Twilight Eclipse seeks an unprecedented third victory in the W. L. McKnight Handicap (G3T) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.
Highland Reel set a stiff pace and was never seriously challenged en route to a win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
When Twilight Eclipse won his career debut in June 2012, his earnings of $20,400 represented a return of more than 20 times the $1,000 paid by John L. Langemeier when he bought the son of Purim at public auction.
Pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), 2015 Turf winner Found will defend her title instead of taking on the boys on dirt.
We tend to forget or simply overlook those hard-knocking, consistent horses, who do not possess the talent of the major stars, but still show up every time.
Flintshire will try for his fourth straight graded stakes win and third grade I win this season in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.
Juddmonte Farms' Flintshire got the most patient of rides from jockey Javier Castellano, shot through on the rail at the top of the stretch, and easily held off a late drive from Money Multiplier to dominate once again on U.S. soil.
Juddmonte Farms homebred Flintshire had plenty of excuses not to win the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (gr. IIT) but didn't need to use any of them as he overcame a slow pace and trouble in the final turn.
They have 10 group or graded wins between them. Flintshire has won at that level this year, and Twilight Eclipse is hoping to regain that form in Saturday's race.
- By Frank Angst
Already enjoying success at distance races on the turf, Da Big Hoss found two miles also to his liking as he launched a big rally in the fourth turn on his way to a clear victory in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park.
Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) winner looks to carry on recent success April 23 at Keeneland.
After registering his biggest career win in his previous start, Grand Tito will try for a second straight grade II score when he stretches out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the Pan American Stakes.
Rating comfortably in second throughout, Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito bounded to the lead off the turn and won the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) by 1 1/4 lengths March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
West Point Thoroughbreds' grade I winner Twilight Eclipse is scheduled to kick off his fifth season of racing in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) March 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Charming Kitten took advantage of his class and experience to outrun a stubborn Xaverian in the stretch and win the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park.
Javier Castellano was voted outstanding jockey after he exceeded his own previous single-season earnings record as his mounts in 2015 earned $28,120,767, surpassing his previous mark of $26,219,907 in 2013.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Charming Kitten holds off Kaigun to win the W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
The Casse trainee won a pair of graded stakes in 2014, but will be looking for his first victory of the year in the 1 1/2-mile McKnight.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich left no doubt Nov. 29 at Woodbine, smashing the course record for 1 3/4 miles by nearly two seconds in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III).
Holiday Star will try for a second straight grade III win going a distance on the turf in the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap Saturday, Nov. 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
European-based runners have exceled in the Breeders' Cup Turf, having won the 1 1/2-mile race on the grass 23 times.
Homebred Holiday Star defended his title in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 15, galloping to a second consecutive win for Augustin Stable in the 1 -mile turf test at Keeneland.
Big Blue Kitten and Shining Copper finished on the board in the Arlington Million.
Ironicus, who has an electrifying late kick, will have to catch front-running Constitution, who makes his turf bow and first start since the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at the Spa.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Auld Alliance (IRE)||H. Graham Motion||
|Charming Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|Comes the Dream||George Weaver||
|Draw Two||H. Graham Motion||
|Eagle Poise||H. Graham Motion||
|Irish Mission||Mark R. Frostad||
|Mambo Man||Robertino Diodoro||
|Reflecting||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Sky Blazer||Barclay Tagg||
|Spy in the Sky||James M. Day||
|Twilight Eclipse||Thomas Albertrani||
|Wings of Fortune||Marya K. Montoya||
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