Hargus Sexton, who along with his wife, Sandra, bred dozens of stakes winners, died at his farm outside Versailles June 15 at the age of 96.
Images from the days leading up to the races of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival
Three-year-olds Conquistador Cielo and Holy Bull defeated older horses in their memorable editions of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1).
Rally Cry will be joined in the Met Mile starting gate by his multiple graded stakes winning stablemate Tommy Macho, making his first start since a third-place finish in the Carter (G1) at Aqueduct Racetrack in April.
Michael Lund Petersen, a co-owner of the successful worldwide Pandora Jewelry company, hopes his Mor Spirit will become an unforgettable keepsake by continuing to win mid-distance races at the highest level.
This week is a column that included the headline, "A Low Curtsy for Tom Fool," written by George F. T. Ryall followed by a stakes report of the 1953 Metropolitan Handicap won by Tom Fool. Both stories ran in the May 30, 1953 issue of The Blood-Horse.
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
A start in the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park June 10 is being considered for Midnight Storm, Little Red Feather Racing managing partner Billy Koch said March 16.
Multiple grade 2-placed and track record holder Normandy Invasion sired his first foal Jan. 14 when a filly arrived at Hilltop Stables near Deposit, N.Y. The son of Tapit, a Spendthrift stallion, stands at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y.
The first foal by multiple grade 1 winner Palace Malice was born at Three Chimneys in the early morning of Jan. 12.
Dr. E.C. "Pug" and Susie Hart came to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale looking for a replacement for their late mare Miz United States, and left with Dixie Victory, who topped the penultimate Jan. 12 session at $100,000.
Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y. has announced the fees for its entire 2017 stallion roster, which again will be headed up by Frost Giant, the state's leading sire of 2-year-olds.
Two races after Journey Home took the Jimmy Durante (gr. IIIT) at the seaside racetrack, stablemate Ring Weekend earned his sixth graded stakes win in the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT).
A number of Breeders' Cup runners will be back less than a month later in the $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT) Nov. 26 at Del Mar.
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, under all-time leading Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith, ranged up outside and rolled past Gun Runner to upset the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Champion Will Take Charge's fee held steady at $30,000
Without a full field and without a whole lot of speed in the race—at least on paper—the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) looks to be Runhappy’s race to lose.
As the deluge of workers lined up, eagerly awaiting the second training session to begin near the top of the Santa Anita stretch, trainer John Shirreffs held back Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley for a few minutes to let the track clear.
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack knocked off Wise Dan as the fastest turf miler in Santa Anita's history Oct. 8 with a record-setting performance in the $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT).
Obviously will take his fifth shot at the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) after a run in the grade II City of Hope Mile.
Though horses bred by Machmer Hall finished second in graded stakes over the weekend, it was Drefong's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) victory that the farm's connections found most exciting.
The $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) didn't look like a top race with an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on the line Aug. 27 at Del Mar.
Training Progeny of Curlin
Vyjack, previously trained on the East Coast by Bill Mott, logged a half-mile drill in :47 2/5 June 23 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 68 works at the distance in his first move for D'Amato.
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's homebred Middleburg has shown his best at Monmouth Park and gave another example June 5 in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. III).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Broadway Empire||Robertino Diodoro||
|Capo Bastone||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Central Banker||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||
|Declan's Warrior||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Goldencents||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Moreno||Eric J. Guillot||
|Normandy Invasion||J. Larry Jones||
|Palace Malice||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Scarly Charly||Janet Armstrong||
|Shakin It Up||Bob Baffert||
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