With only five 4-year-old fillies entered, what the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 27 lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality.
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.
The 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly earned her first grade I score, at Belmont Park in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11, a one-turn mile that followed her six-length victory in the seven-furlong Eight Belles (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
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.
The undefeated filly who will next take on boys in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) will likely not travel to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but could come to America in June for a race like the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
In a career that would land her a spot in the Racing Hall of Fame, Davona Dale enjoyed the kind of 3-year-old season that even Affirmed had to admire.
Treated for a suspensory issue and osselets at Rood & Riddle, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned in her second start off the layup to win the Dec. 13 She's All In Handicap. Her connections hope for another win Jan. 30.
Grade 1 winner Angela Renee, a full sister to To Honor and Serve, topped Fasig-Tipton's November sale on a $3 million bid from Don Alberto at a session that saw fewer million-dollar lots as median and buybacks rose.
Keeneland's November catalog features a selection of horses related to recent Breeders' Cup runners, and, as usual, Book 1 offers a number of stellar broodmares and prospects and well-connected weanlings.
Three-time grade I winner Sweet Reason, a 4-year-old Street Sense filly, brought $2.7 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale Nov. 1. She was purchased by Shadai Farm as a broodmare prospect.
Resurgent champion jockey Frankie Dettori will be aboard Judy the Beauty when the reigning champion female sprinter bids for a repeat win in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
"She took off so hard, it made the saddle slip up on her withers. So he couldn't do much riding, but that was OK."
With one week go before the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course, trainer Todd Pletcher is confident in how his large contingent of hopefuls is coming into their respective races.
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The morning of Oct. 17 was another busy one for Todd Pletcher, as the trainer with a barn full of Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls sent five of his trainees out for workouts at Keeneland.
After Artemis Agrotera breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59.11 from the gate at Belmont Park, trainer Mike Hushion said it's possible the filly would make her first start in a year in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Robert Masterson's Tepin put her sheer brilliance on display Oct. 3, destroying 10 rivals in the $400,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) when she aired by seven lengths. She will face males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Trainer Chad Brown could have as many as four of the 10 possible runners in the Flower Bowl, but expected rain in the New York area will make this a challenging race to forecast.
Curalina will step up to face older fillies and mares Sept. 26, taking on five rivals in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
The 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Yes It's True will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course this week to train for a possible start in the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
Champion Untapable will seek class relief in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, coming off a five-length loss to Wedding Toast in the June 6 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Artemis Agrotera||Michael E. Hushion||
|Euphrosyne||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Fashion Plate||Simon Callaghan||
|Fiftyshadesofgold||W. Bret Calhoun||
|House Rules||James A. Jerkens||
|My Miss Sophia||William I. Mott||
|Risque Reality||Peter D. Pugh||
|Sweet Reason||Leah Gyarmati||
|Sweet Whiskey||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Tiz So Sweet||William I. Mott||
|Unbridled Forever||Dallas Stewart||
|Vero Amore||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||
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