It's a long way from 3 1/2-furlong races for $1,500 claimers at Shenandoah Downs to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. But Jim Miller is on track to make that journey with his 3-year-old filly Aurelia's Belle.
After finishing second to Groupie Doll in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) in November, Dust and Diamonds looms as a prohibitive favorite in the Adena Springs Sugar Swirl (gr. III) Dec. 8 at Gulfstream Park
Groupie Doll put her winning streak on the line at Keeneland and preserved it emphatically Oct. 6, taking the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (gr. II) by 6 1/2 lengths while pushing her earnings past the million mark.
Groupie Doll, a winner of three straight graded stakes by a combined 14 lengths, headlines Keeneland's $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 6.
Roxy Gap, enjoying a solid campaign so far this year with a pair of graded wins and two seconds in her past four starts, tries to transfer her form to turf against a good field in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT).
Maple Lane Farm's Ariana D, third in each of her last two trips postward, has accepted high impost of 121 pounds for her engagement in the $150,000 Chicago Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.
The Bret Calhoun-trained trio of Beat the Blues, Speedacious, and Gleaming highlight a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the June 2 Winning Colors (gr. III) to be run under the lights at Churchill Downs June 2.
Wide throughout, Roxy Gap wore down a determined Honey Chile in deep stretch to earn her first graded stakes win by a neck in the $183,200 Whimsical (Can-III) at Woodbine April 22.
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Strike the Moon, winner of the Charles Town Oaks in her last start, will try a synthetic surface for the first time when leading a field of 13 sophomore fillies in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) Oct. 22 at Keeneland.
Dawn and Ike Thrash's Wild About Marie pulled a 12-1 upset in the Keeneland feature Oct. 14, coming from off the pace to take the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes by two lengths.
Favorite Anne's Beauty found her best stride past mid-stretch to collar front-running Honey Chile close to home and register a two-length win in the $157,363 Duchess Stakes on Woodbine's Polytrack July 30.
Victoria's Wildcat closed with a rush on the outside to take the $118,800 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Pomeroys Pistol, winner of the Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year, is the slight favorite among a field of 10 sophomore fillies in the $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Heavily favored Turbulent Descent dominated her five rivals in the $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) before 18,873 at Keeneland April 17, winning by five lengths.
Turbulent Descent, a winner of a pair of grade I races in California, ships into Lexington to lead a field of six in the $150,000 Beaumont (gr. II) April 17 at Keeneland.
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Maybesomaybenot, who won the Sanford (gr. II) this summer before tailing off in his last two, will carry top weight of 123 pounds in the $100,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. II) on opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meet.
Juveniles of both sexes take the spotlight Sept. 11 at Arlington Park with the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) sharing top billing on the nine-race card.
Koolmen Racing Stable's Orchestrator determinedly held off Age of Humor after a long stretch duel, prevailing by a neck under Alex Solis to take the $125,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 27 at Turfway Park.
Desk Farms' Helen Belen, who romped by nearly 15 lengths in the Valdale Stakes last out, is one of a trio of 3-year-old fillies highweighted at 121 pounds for the $125,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 27 at Turfway Park.
Helen Belen, owned by Mike Schnell's Desk Farms, won her first stakes in the Feb. 20 Valdale Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Turfway Park, and in the process gave her owner and trainer their first stakes victories.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Eur O So Bad||Ronny W. Werner||
|Grand Illumination||Peter R. Walder||
|Helen Belen||William J. Denzik, Jr.||
|Honey Chile||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Palazzo Babe||Michelle Lovell||
|Platinum Exchange||William J. Hickey||
|Smartys Emperoress||James I. Spicknall||
|Wild About Marie||Jeffrey D. Thornbury||
|Yournotthebossofme||Anthony J. Granitz||
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