The McCraken that inspires confidence from trainer Ian Wilkes is the one that showed up in the June 17 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, unleashing his typical kick after ranging up on the final turn en route to a 2 1/4-length triumph.
McCraken, who went from highly thought of to an afterthought after losses in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), looks to get his confidence back in the Matt Winn Stakes.
Mobile Bay, second to The Pickett Factor in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes one year ago, turned the tables on that rival and four others in the 1 1/8-mile race for state breds Dec. 10.
It took six Thoroughbred stakes for a favorite to come in at Zia Park and she provided the most impressive performance of the day in the final race.
J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud has set 2017 stud fees for its expanded 13-stallion roster, led again by Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured and grade I winner The Big Beast, who will both stand for a fee of $6,000, stands and nurses.
Brittlyn Stable homebred millionaire Sunbean padded his stellar record when scoring his breakthrough victory on grass Aug. 6 in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
Dual-registered Thoroughbred and Paint filly Painting the Sky is expected to make her first stakes start in the July 2 program, with the eight Louisiana-bred stakes races worth $775,000 in purses.
Grade II winner S'maverlous will be chasing his third stakes victory in four starts this year July 2 in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III).
Stephen Foster Handicap, Wise Dan Stakes, Fleur de Lis Handicap, Summertime Oaks, Honeymoon Stakes, Poker Handicap, Pegasus Stakes, Matt Winn Stakes, Regret Stakes.
Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys Farm, and Besilu Stables' Gun Runner was a dominant winner over four other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 18 at Churchill Downs.
The graded stakes-winning son of Candy Ride makes his first start since a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Great Minds and jockey C. J. McMahon won a stretch duel with Shotgun Kowboy to post a half-length victory in the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) on the May 6 night card at Lone Star Park.
C. R. Trout's Shotgun Kowboy, an Oklahoma-bred who last year showed enough promise to warrant a start in the grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, will make his third start off a layoff in the May 6 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.
Ralph Evans' Upstart, a grade II winner and player on the Triple Crown trail last year, makes his 2016 debut as the 120-pound highweight in the March 19 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
Whitmore worked a bullet half-mile in :48 1/5 Feb. 27, the gelding's first breeze since finishing second in the Feb. 15 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), while Southwest winner Suddenbreakingnews had an easy half in :51 1/5.
The first reported foal for Uncaptured, Canada's Horse of the Year of 2012, is a filly born Jan. 3 at J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud Farm.
Hard-knocking campaigner Page McKenney hopes to keep alive his streak of finishing in the top three in 21 consecutive races, mostly stakes, when he tops the field for the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park Jan. 2.
Michael Langford's Carve, a determined neck winner of the 2014 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III), is back in the 2015 edition and looking for his second score of the season June 27 at Prairie Meadows.
Island Town led out of the gate and prevailed in a bumpy finish in the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 13 at Churchill Downs.
When he stops by Churchill Downs on June 13 to pick up his trophy from American Pharoah's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out Fame and Power in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III).
Bloom Racing Stable's Majestic City made his trip from California to Texas worthwhile with a wire-to-wire victory in the $200,000 Lone Star Handicap at Lone Star Park May 25.
After winning the Texas Mile (gr. III) May 1 at odds of 24-1, Paul Rigali Jr.'s homebred Texas Air will look to provide another upset in the $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) May 25.
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Matthew Schera's Race Day is proving to be a bargain after taking the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park on April 11.
Vicar's in Trouble was named top accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old male when the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association earlier this month released results of its voting for divisional standouts of 2014.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Abstraction||David M. Carroll||
|Carve||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Code West||Boyd Caster||
|Dewey Square||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Looking Cool||Marcus Judy||
|Ruler of Love||Joan Scott||
|Street Spice||Jamie Ness||
|Treasury Bill||Ronald W. Ellis||
|Uncaptured||Mark E. Casse||
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