The good old college days continue for Ken McPeek and Rusty Jones, whose Lawn Ranger goes in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and adds to their success with graded stakes winners such as My Baby Baby, War Dancer, and Pure Fun
- By Steve Haskin
Let's start by saying that this year's Breeders' Cup is one of the toughest to handicap in many years, with deep, wide-open fields, none of which, except perhaps one, have a clear-cut favorite that stands far above the others read blog
Aktabantay has been scratched out of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) due to a stress fracture of his right rear leg caused by kicking his stall, according to Breeders' Cup officials.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who were disappointed last year by Bobby's Kitten's third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will send out both International Star and Luck of the Kitten to try to win this year's version
Godolphin Racing's Imperia, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) in his last start, drew post 11 in a field of 14 2-year-olds entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Hootenanny has proven himself against talented juvenile turf runners in Europe and Luck of the Kitten banked a graded stakes at Santa Anita, giving trainer Wesley Ward two good chances to land his first Breeders' Cup win.
Nearly half of the runners pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf made their previous start over foreign grass, as European invaders seek to continue their success in the one-mile contest for freshmen.
British raider Caspar Netscher charged between rivals and drove down the center of the Woodbine stretch to win the $300,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIT) Oct. 19.
With an Irish-themed partnership, it was only fitting that Donegal Racing pay tribute to the Irish anthem by naming a runner after the song "Danny Boy." The colt has proven to be precocious and Breeders' Cup bound.
Only one horse that was bred, owned, and trained by domestic interests has won in the first seven runnings of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Will the Kittens change that?
Aptly named Lawn Ranger raced into Breeders' Cup contention when he surged to the lead at the top of the stretch and drove relentlessly to the wire to win the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland Oct. 5.
Conquest Tsunami, who won his career debut in the spring on the former Polytrack at Keeneland, will make his second start at the track Oct. 5 with a still unblemished record in the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. III).
Maiden Conquest Typhoon capped a big day for Conquest Stables in a big way at Woodbine Sept. 13, galloping clear in a dominant performance over seven other 2-year-olds in the $211,673 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT).
Unbeaten in four starts, Conquest Tsunami makes his graded stakes debut for trainer Mark Casse in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine turf Sept. 13.
The first runners broken and trained last year at Gelfenstein Farm have shipped to South Florida and are in training with Antonio Sano.
New York-bred Startup Nation rolled to an impressive victory Aug. 28 in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, surviving and inquiry and claim of foul to earn his first graded stakes score.
Dimension, a 6-year-old gelding, takes on Excaper, Winning Prize, and Kaigun as he attempts to repeat in turf sprint Aug. 10 at Woodbine.
Scat Daddy is on quite a roll in Chile, having sired seven Chilean group winners (including two group I winners) since the beginning of 2014.
Outsider Grand Arch, rallying through the long Woodbine stretch, caught favored Excaper in the final strides to register his first stakes win in the $187,759 King Edward (Can-IIT) June 22 on the turf.
After notching the first stakes win of his career in the Longines Dixie Stakes (gr. II), Utley is scheduled to make his first ever start in Canada June 22 in the King Edward Stakes (Can-IIT).
Kingman avenged his lone career loss when the Khalid Abdullah homebred posted a 2 1/4-length victory in the $637,500 St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng I) June 17 at Royal Ascot.
Seven times stakes-placed Excaper denied Something Extra a third straight Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-IIT) victory May 31 at Woodbine, earning his stakes breakthrough by a hard-fought half-length.
Fury Kapcori, a dominant front-running winner of the Precisionist Stakes (gr. III) one month ago, brings a four-race victory streak into the $200,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) May 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Something Extra will face a tough field of competitors, including two Breeders' Cup World Championships contenders, when he tries to win the Connaught Cup (Can-II) title for a third consecutive time at Woodbine May 31.
Heavily favored Fury Kapcori earned his first graded stakes win and his fourth victory in a row with a front-running romp in the Precisionist Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Derby day card May 3 at Santa Anita.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Animal Spirits||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||
|Caspar Netscher (GB)||David Simcock||
|Coalport||Michael J. Maker||
|Daddy Long Legs||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Daddy Nose Best||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Dullahan||Dale L. Romans||
|Fantastic Song||Fenneka T. Bentley||
|Farraaj (IRE)||Roger Varian||
|Finale||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Gung Ho||Rodney D. Moyers||
|Liquidity Trap||Jamie Ness||
|Lucky Chappy (IRE)||H. Graham Motion||
|Majestic City||Ronald W. Ellis||
|Shkspeare Shaliyah||Doodnauth Shivmangal||
|State of Play||Richard C. Mettee||
|Tequila Factor||C. L. Wilson||
|Two Months Rent||James J. Toner||
|Wrote (IRE)||Andrew Mitchell||
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