An eight-month layoff seemed to have little effect on Cupid in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G1) as he won the 1 1/4-mile test May 27 by 3 1/4 lengths.
Order of Finish
|Pos||Horse / Age / Sex / TrueNicks / Pedigree||Jockey / Trainer||Margin||Earnings|
Big Blue Kitten
Triple Threat (FR)
denotes Keeneland Sales Graduate
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1).
Midnight Storm will have another shot at a grade 1 win on dirt in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and he won't have to contend with Shaman Ghost, who came back to win the Pimlico Special Handicap (G3) May 19 off his Big 'Cap victory.
If the 116th edition of the Longines Dixie Stakes (G2T) is any indication, the current vintage of Live Oak Plantation's homebred World Approval may be as good as ever.
Having started his 2017 campaign off in smashing fashion last month, World Approval will try and duplicate that top-level form when he headlines a field of 10 in the $250,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (G2T) at Pimlico Race Course May 20.
A dozen long-winded turf runners will go 1 1/2 miles in the Louisville Handicap over the Churchill Downs lawn, with Danish Dynaformer holding a recency and class edge over warriors Twilight Eclipse and Kaigun.
Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero rolled down the center of the Churchill Downs turf course, winning the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T) for the second year in a row.
With a steady drizzle and temperatures in the mid-40s in Louisville, Ky. at 9:30 a.m. on May 6, fans trickled into Churchill Downs ahead of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Divisidero has rewarded Buff Bradley's patience with glimpses of brilliance throughout his career. Now he's set to return to the grade 1 ranks as the morning line favorite for the May 6 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T).
In his second start for trainer Phil D'Amato, Matthew Schera's Farhaan took an impressive step forward April 29 to win his first graded stakes in the $100,000 Thunder Road (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
No better than ninth in four trips outside of California, Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle Mack's Bolo will stay home instead of getting caught up in Kentucky Derby week for a third straight year.
Long-winded turf winners will run for $250,000 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) with a deep field headed by Itsinthepost and Danish Dynaformer.
Less than 24 hours after champion Classic Empire crossed the wire first in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Mark Casse was overseeing approximately 20 of his runners put in their first works at Churchill Downs April 16.
The way jockey Geovanni Franco was riding Randy Howg's Inside Straight during the final turn of the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2), it looked like he was sitting on a mountain of horse.
Reserved at the start but flying at the end, WinStar Farm's American Patriot nipped hard-trying Heart to Heart in the final strides of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) April 14 at Keeneland.
This raiding trip to Oaklawn Park for a run at the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) comes on the heels of a game runner-up finish in the March 11 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1).
Heart to Heart will try and lead a field of 12 at every point of call in the Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) in an attempt to better his runner-up in this spot one year ago.
Averill Racing, CCF Racing Stable, and K Lauren Racing's R Angel Katelyn romped to an authoritative win in the $100,000 Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes April 2 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Taghleeb, Sadler's Joy, Reporting Star, and Patterson Cross will continue tangling with one another in long-distance events on the turf when they hook up in the Pan American at Gulfstream Park going 12 furlongs.
A trio of Mike Maker-trained graded stakes winners will face eight other older horses when they line up April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T).
A start in the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park June 10 is being considered for Midnight Storm, Little Red Feather Racing managing partner Billy Koch said March 16.
Shaman Ghost, trainer Jimmy Jerkens, and jockey Javier Castellano swept into town and swept up the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) March 11.
Charging from fourth under Javier Castellano after a rail-skimming trip, Calumet Farm's Bal a Bali nipped 2016 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1T) winner What a View after that rival set the pace throughout.
All it took was a couple starts on dirt for Midnight Storm to go from gutsy turf miler to highweight in the premier handicap race on the West Coast.
- By Claire Novak
Wake Forest (GER) was given plenty of time to recover from his 2016 campaign by trainer Chad Brown, and the 7-year-old runner rewarded that patience March 4 with a narrow victory in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream Park.
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