Louisiana freshman sire Flashpoint's first runner eventually become his first winner when Flashy Coop took a five-furlong maiden claimer May 19 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.
To "peak in the Derby" was a main part of the strategy Pletcher and owners Anthony Bonomo and Vinnie Viola laid out for Always Dreaming this winter.
Two stallions represented in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) already bear the mantle of Derby-winning sire. Their racing careers and their paths as stallions could not be more different.
- By Frank Angst
A look at recent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) dirt prep races in the United States could determine if any potential bias toward a particular running style on the main track existed on particular race days.
Always Dreaming, impressive winner of the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, breezed April 14 for the first time since his five-length victory in the $1 million event.
Gulfstream Park registered record daily average all-sources handle of just under $10 million a day for its 2016-2017 championship meet that concluded April 2.
Back to serious training in 2017, the only horse to beat Unique Bella will make her return to racing April 9 in the $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita.
Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park Oaks, Pan Americans, Louisiana Derby, Honey Fox, Muniz Memorial Handicap, New Orleans Handicap, Fair Grounds Oaks, Appleton, Orchid, Tokyo City Cup, Top Flight Invitaitonal, Australian Derby, T J Smith and more.
The top three finishers in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) exited in good order and connections said that all will be heading to Louisville to prepare for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Always Dreaming took a massive jump up in class and continued his winning ways April 1 with a five-lengths victory in the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
This week we have cards loaded with stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and Gulfstream Park, Dortmund's return to dirt, and more.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Kentucky
On Feb. 28, 2014, breeders Pam and Jim Robinson sprung into action to save the life of Unbridled Rage when the 19-year-old broodmare began to hemorrhage while delivering a healthy, leggy colt.
The Southern routes to Louisville come to a climax April Fools' Day, when Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots each highlight their final stakes-studded April 1 programs with preps to Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby.
Even as Sano considers the colt's greatest challenge yet—a run in the April 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) from a challenging outside post at Gulfstream Park—his confidence is unwavering.
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.
Prominent agent Steve Young recalls purchasing Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera recorded an easy five-furlong leg stretcher March 18 in his first work since capturing the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
Mo Town, winner of the Remsen Stakes (G2) last November, became acquainted for the first time with the Gulfstream Park surface March 16, working six furlongs for a possible start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1.
St. Elias Stable's Battalion Runner, a promising 3-year-old who has yet to be tested in stakes company, continued his march to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) by working six furlongs March 11 at Palm Beach Downs.
Remsen Stakes (G2) winner Mo Town breezed the morning of March 8 at Payson Park in preparation for a possible start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
In the days to come, Beasley's connections hope he'll take them full circle to a certain racetrack on a certain Saturday in May—where 24 years ago, owner Lee Lewis and trainer Mark Hennig found themselves with their only Kentucky Derby (G1) starter.
Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, the name Darby Dan Farm and the Galbreath family were synonymous with the Triple Crown, especially the Kentucky Derby.
Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables' impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes.
Grade 3 winner Super Majesty is among the horses to keep an eye on during the Feb. 6 opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale in Lexington. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET daily.
The only short yearling in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale sired by 2016 leading freshman sire Dialed In was purchased by Machmer Hall Farm for $70,000 to top the one-day auction Jan. 29.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Arch Traveler||James A. Jerkens||
|Bowman's Causeway||Roger L. Attfield||
|Dialed In||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Flashpoint||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Shackleford||Dale L. Romans||
|Soldat||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Stay Thirsty||Todd A. Pletcher||
|To Honor and Serve||William I. Mott||
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