Grade I winners Hoppertunity and Melatonin, among others, turned in works at Santa Anita Park Oct. 22 ahead of the Breeders' Cup.
It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.
With three horses across the track at the eighth pole, Hoppertunity forged to the lead late to secure a half-length victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
We tend to forget or simply overlook those hard-knocking, consistent horses, who do not possess the talent of the major stars, but still show up every time.
While this year's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) lacks superstar power, the field of six older horses is an interesting mix of consistent veterans and less consistent types who have at times flashed talent.
California Chrome’s winning margin in the $300,000 Awesome Again (gr. I) was 2 1/4 lengths over Dortmund, but anyone who watched knows better.
Art Sherman was a swirling mixture of exasperation and confidence when he learned of California Chrome's draw for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Lothenbach Stable's homebred multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Mister Marti Gras has been retired from racing and is ready to start his second career, trainer Chris Block said.
The margin was insignificant, because the field never had a chance against California Chrome Aug. 20 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate cruised to his third straight victory in Southern California Aug. 4 at Del Mar and may be heading east for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Hronis Racing's Hard Aces took control at the start and repelled a stern challenge from Quick Casablanca around the final turn to win the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar.
Grade I winner Hoppertunity will miss the Cougar Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar July 24 after spiking a fever Thursday, July 21.
Grade I winner Hard Aces highlights a field of six entered for the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar.
Back in his namesake state for more than three months now, California Chrome is set to resume his 2016 campaign July 23 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, where he'll take on fellow multiple grade I winner Dortmund.
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin clinched his second grade I of the year June 25 in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I), featuring Melatonin, Hoppertunity, Second Summer, Hard Aces, and Imperative. Sponsored by Equibase.
If the 1 1/4 miles truly is his sweet spot, Melatonin should be primed for another big run in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) June 25, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
The sire power lost when Scat Daddy collapsed and died suddenly Dec. 14, 2015, at age 11 was substantial, but he has six sons standing at stud.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve has been retired from racing and will begin retraining for a second career with Olympic level three-day event rider Phillip Dutton, according to a May 24 release.
Follow Me Crev's connections were disappointed when a severe quarter crack knocked him out of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), but he's made his way back and will seek his first graded stakes score May 22 in the Californian (gr. II).
Imperative and Page McKenney, second and third, respectively, behind Moreno in last year's Charles Town Classic (gr. II), are among 10 older horses entered in the $1.25 million event April 23 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
In keeping with tradition, California-based horses again populate the list of nominees for the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which this year will be run April 23.
West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable, and Get Grounded Stable announced March 29 that multiple stakes winner Ground Transport has been retired from racing.
For U.S. fans, Claire Novak runs down the post times for races on the Dubai World Cup card March 26 at Meydan.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Albano||J. Larry Jones||
|Bond Holder||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Commanding Curve||Dallas Stewart||
|Daddy Nose Best||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Emmett Park||Robert J. Pincins||
|Flat Gone||Shaun C. Morrow||
|Gentleman's Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|Gold Hawk||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Ground Transport||Michael Stidham||
|Hard Aces||John W. Sadler||
|Intense Holiday||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Mister Marti Gras||Chris M. Block||
|Potomac River||Jose M. Camejo||
|Quick Indian||Merrill R. Scherer||
|Rise Up||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Skyring||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Slip and Drive||McLean Robertson||
|Son of a Preacher||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Teniente Coronel||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||
|Unitarian||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Vicar's in Trouble||Michael J. Maker||
|Vigorish||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Xtra Luck||Neil J. Howard||
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