Even with its limited footprint on the Southern California circuit, with racing dates interspersed throughout the year in short meets, Los Alamitos Race Course has done well to attract top talent to its centerpiece races.
Several newcomers were on the year's third edition of the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings released May 14, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner American Pharoah and runner-up Firing Line.
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.
Shared Belief will undergo a nuclear scan April 19, said Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Multiple grade I winner Shared Belief failed to finish April 18 in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), eased by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as Southern Stables' Moreno took the 1 1/8-mile test at Charles Town.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Charles Town Classic featuring Shared Belief. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) at Charles Town. read blog
Eight foes will line up to take a shot at Shared Belief, arguably the top older horse in North America, in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Shared Belief, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, turned in his final workout April 14 in preparation for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18.
After continuing to impress in March, Able Friend joins Shared Belief atop the second edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015.
Keeneland, Santa Anita Park, Aqueduct, Turf Paradise, Carpe Diem and More. View Slideshow
In last place turning for home, Kobe's Back launched an outside rally in the stretch to surge past his six foes and score a three-quarter-length victory in the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) April 4 at Keeneland.
Southern California invader faces six opponents in seven-furlong dash at Keeneland.
Shared Belief will make his first start outside of California in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18, co-owner Jim Rome said March 25.
Shared Belief, who most recently won the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), and Bayern, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in his last start last November, are among 56 nominees for the April 18 Charles Town Classic.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) is now on the radar as a next possible start for champion Shared Belief.
California Chrome worked seven furlongs March 13 in an easy 1:23 4/5, turning in his final local workout before shipping to Dubai for the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Months have passed to the point that when American Pharoah makes his 3-year-old debut Saturday, March 14, in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, it will come just seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby.
In the year's first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015, recent Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Shared Belief has landed in the top spot.
Common Hope, the dam of recent Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Shared Belief, produced a filly by Victory Gallop March 10 at Sancal Racing at Elmendorf Farm near Lexington.
Steve Haskin and Ron Mitchell talk about the weekend of racing that included three major Triple Crown prep races and another big performance by Shared Belief. Steve also previews the Rebel Stakes and Dubai World Cup. Listen Now
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Santa Anita Handicap, San Felipe Stakes, and more! read blog
Shared Belief will likely look toward the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 11 for his next race, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said March 8, a day after a dominating win in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
Wild Dude may not have fired his best shot against Conquest Two Step last time out, but he did so in the $250,000 San Carlos Stakes March 7 at Santa Anita Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Brother Soldier||Craig Dollase||
|Golden Dynamo||Robert W. Leonard||
|Kobe's Back||Peter Eurton||
|Papa Turf||James M. Kasparoff||
|Shared Belief||Jerry Hollendorfer||
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