As the regular rider for McCraken, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. could find his current groundswell of momentum dwarfed by what could come his way should his mount prevail.
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Multiple grade I winner Fort Larned will relocate from Florida back to Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., along with King's Bishop (gr. I) winner Capo Bastone and City Wolf, the graded stakes-winning half brother to Ghostzapper and City Zip.
The Noble Bird who turns jockey Julien Leparoux into a happy passenger is the one his connections hope shows up Oct. 29, when he headlines a field of eight entered in the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on the final day of the Keeneland fall meet.
In our first installment we focused on the new stallions with a half-dozen or more yearlings in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. Here we will look at 11 other stallions—those that had 50 or more foals in their first crop.
Protonico, winner of the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) and runner-up in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) to close 2014, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in a field of six entered for the April 11 Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Horses on track at Meydan preparing for the March 28 Dubai World Cup races, including Prayer for Relief (Blue #10), Lea (White #5), Rich Tapestry (Gold #2), My Johnny Be Good (Pink #5), and Salutos Amigos (Gold #5).
Horses on track at Meydan preparing for the March 28 Dubai World Cup races, including Amber Sky (Orange #2), Peniaphobia (Orange #3), Faithful Creek (Pink #4), Tap That (Pink #2), One and Only (Green #6), Epipaneia (White #1), Prayer for Relief (Blue #10), Lea (White #5), Rich Tapestry (Gold #2), My Johnny Be Good (Pink #5), and Salutos Amigos (Gold #5). Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
Two-time grade II winner Tapiture, who closed out last season with a runner-up finish to Goldencents in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), is scheduled to make his 4-year-old season debut March 14, in the Razorback H.
Fort Larned, a three-time grade I winner, including the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic, was represented by his first foal Jan. 26. Fort Larned will stand in 2015 at Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Lea left no doubts he's back, posting an impressive 1/2-length victory over Confrontation to take the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 10. It was his second Hal's Hope score.