The undercard for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5 at Churchill Downs drew 14 sophomore fillies sprinting seven furlongs in the Eight Belles, named for the last filly to compete in the Kentucky Derby.
Carina Mia came up short in points for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Nickname's connections opted not to run, but both graded winners will still be prominent on Oaks Day in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
While Carina Mia will need a lot of help to make the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) field, her connections are confident the grade II winner will run well in whatever race she ultimately enters.
Cash Is King Stable's Cathryn Sophia, who sustained her first career loss when third in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, will not contest the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Robert Luttrell's homebred Promise Me Silver delivered gold to take the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes May 1. The sophomore filly came home in a speedy 1:22.90, posting a one-and-a-quarter length victory over Callback.
Robert Luttrell's homebred Promise Me Silver kept her unblemished record intact with a victory in her toughest test yet, the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Much like his two horses in the May 2 Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert seems to be playing a strong hand in the May 1 Eight Belles with grade I winner Callback and multiple stakes winner Enchanting Lady.
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Colts by Claiborne's War Front and Gainesway's leading sire Tapit led the way as Keeneland September's Book 1 posted significant increases in average and median prices. Sellers are hopeful gains carry into week two.
Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan took to a class drop and eked out a victory Aug. 9 in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III), staving off the late run of Tapit's World to claim the Ellis Park test by a head.
Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan, a lackluster fifth in the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) last time out, will try to add a second graded win to her record Aug. 9 in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park.
With a heart the size of the state where she was bred, Fiftyshadesofgold nailed down her first graded stakes win when the Texas-bred held off a determined Milam in the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Champion juvenile filly She's a Tiger, disqualified from a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in her final start of 2013, makes her first start of the year in the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 2 Churchill Downs.
Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) runner-up Fiftyshadesofgold will be pointed to the $175,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) Friday, May 2 instead of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
After a less than satisfying outcome in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) in November, owner Mandy Pope says she couldn't bear to see two-time female sprint champion Groupie Doll end her career that way.
Owner Ray Struder fell in love with Landaluce back in 1982. He wants to extend her legacy by winning the Dec. 7 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) with his Rosalind.
Ray Struder, in racing as owner since 2010, has his first Breeders' Cup starter in Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) hopeful Rosalind. The Broken Vow filly is trained by Ken McPeek.
Groupie Doll, the champion female sprinter of 2012, tops a compact but talented field for the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 5 at Keeneland.
Coming from off the pace in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, Susan Wantz's Dance to Bristol extended her win streak to six with her July 29 victory.
Dance to Bristol has her sights set on bigger game in her Saratoga Race Course debut July 29 as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II).
With seven 3-year-old fillies contending in mid-stretch, Maggi Moss' So Many Ways proved best late to win the $177,150 Eight Belles Stakes May 3 at Churchill Downs.
The only stakes on the May 3 card to draw a maximum 14-horse field was not the Kentucky Oaks. It was another race for 3-year-old fillies, the Eight Belles Presented by Xerox (gr. III), with undefeated Calistoga favored.
Contested, a dual grade I-winning daughter of Ghostzapper, brought the highest price during the first two hours of the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton November sale when she fetched $2.3 million as Hip No. 41.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Always Here Too||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Good Deed||Steve Margolis||
|Livi Makenzie||Ron Moquett||
|My Due Process||Dale L. Romans||
|Small Kitchen||Michael J. Maker||
|Volcat||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Xunlei||Dale L. Romans||
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