Stakes schedules with combined purses of more than $3.2 million were announced July 27 by Churchill Downs for the Kentucky track's upcoming 2016 meets.
Farm owners Joe and Helen Barbazon May 31 announced the addition of multiple graded stakes-placed Ride On Curlin to the roster at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla., for the 2017 breeding season.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star got back to his winning ways Jan. 16 at the racetrack where he seemingly can't lose -- Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Eagle, a 3-year-old Candy Ride colt, seems to have hit his stride after earning his first stakes victory in the Tenacious Stakes Dec. 19 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
A new partnership called Darby Dan Farm Racing resurrected the famous Darby Dan silks for a colt named Manitoulin, a son of Soaring Softly, who finished fifth in his maiden special weight debut Nov. 22.
Daniel Dougherty's classic-placed Ride On Curlin returns to the races Nov. 26 in search of his first stakes win in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Richard Bahde's Cougar Ridge, claimed for $62,500 in April, won his fourth race in a row when he rallied from just of the pace to capture the $250,000 Delta Mile Nov. 21 at Delta Downs in Louisiana.
Darby Dan Farm's schedule of 2016 fees is unchanged from 2015 apart from new additions Tapiture ($7,500) and Sky Kingdom ($5,000).
In the early morning hours, Asmussen worked Untapable, Tapiture, Holy Boss, and Nickname for their respective Breeders' Cup races.
Trainer Linda Rice Oct. 25 said Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, who won the Iroquois Stakes for New York-breds at Belmont Park the previous day, will be entered in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Untapable was a dominating winner of the 2014 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) but has underwhelmed thus far this season. She gets a chance at redemption when she goes for a Distaff repeat Oct. 30.
A pair of Winchell Thoroughbreds' leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup were on the track at Keeneland early Oct. 18, with Untapable breezing five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and Tapiture getting the same distance in 1:00 3/5.
Tapiture and Holy Boss, two Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls trained by Steve Asmussen, breezed at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 11.
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Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture returned to winning form Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs, gamely holding off favored Viva Majorca to win the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
Still looking to find his stride in 2015, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture will dial back to try a one-turn turn mile in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.
Finding two-turn racing to his liking, Cocked and Loaded used a powerful move in the far turn to open a clear advantage and was not threatened in the stretch in winning the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) Saturday.
Tapiture, Winchell Thoroughbreds' multiple grade II-winning son Tapit, will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington following the 2015 racing season.
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Conquest Windycity, an $800,000 juvenile sale buy in March, gets a second chance to break his maiden from the rail in the Sept. 12 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
While he has struggled since last year's front-running victory in the Presque Isle Mile, the connections of Decisive Moment hope a return to the Pennsylvania track helps the veteran runner in this year's edition.
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.
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.
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable, winner of last year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezed five furlongs May 11, and on May 14 was shipped to Belmont Park to prepare for the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|All Cash||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Cee 'n O||Dale L. Romans||
|Cleburne||Dale L. Romans||
|Honorable Judge||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||
|Jimmy Connors||Kelly J. Breen||
|Laddie Boy||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Ride On Curlin||William G. Gowan||
|Rise Up||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Smart Cover||Dale L. Romans||
|Stonecrusher||Gary G. Hartlage||
|Tapiture||Steven M. Asmussen||
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