All Included and Summersault scored their first graded wins April 1 on the Gulfstream Park turf in the Appleton Stakes and the Orchid Stakes (both G3T), respectively.
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This week we have cards loaded with stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and Gulfstream Park, Dortmund's return to dirt, and more.
Delta Prince will be tested for class against Our Way and All Included in a grassy mile in the Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trying to follow in the footsteps of his half sister Royal Delta.
Spanish Steps gelding arrived July 29.
Gentlmens Agrement won for the fourth time in six starts July 10 to spoil the anticipated return of 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Little Mike after a more than two-year layoff at Gulfstream Park.
With an ongoing horse neglect case involving trainer Maria Borell and her father grabbing headlines, Carlo Vaccarezza hopes the return of his turf star Little Mike after a two-year hiatus sends a different message—that most racehorse owners care.
Merriebelle Stable's Reporting Star ran down 5-2 favorite Force the Pass and held off 7-2 Divisidero to win the $200,000 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Bradley is hopeful the multiple graded stakes winner will show a little more early interest in his upcoming races. "We've been trying to get this horse to stalk a little more and be a little bit closer to the pace," he said.
Four-time grade I winner Little Mike has not raced since winning the Flying Pidgeon Stakes May 17, 2014, at Gulfstream Park, but trainer/owner/breeder Carlo Vaccarezza is preparing the gelding for a 2016 comeback.
War Correspondent, the favorite and a full brother to Declaration of War, rallies to catch Aripeka to win the one-mile Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a neck March 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Well-bred War Correspondent, who seems to be on the upswing for trainer Christophe Clement, will join grade I winner Lochte in the $150,000 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Two years ago, Finnesgans Wake entered the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) off a third-place finish in the Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT), and trainer Dale Romans promised, "This horse has a big one in him."
A list of likely starters for the five grade I events on the Belmont Stakes day undercard June 7 has been released by the track's racing office, headed by the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap.
Standing in the winner's circle following the win by Little Mike in the $90,000 Flying Pidgeon Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Carlo Vaccarezza admitted he was relieved by the solid return of his multiple grade I winner.
Four-time grade I winner Little Mike will return to the scene of his very first stakes victory when he starts in the $75,000 Flying Pidgeon Stakes at Gulfstream Park May 17.
Multiple grade I winner won't run in May 3 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, it was revealed April 29, due to owner/trainer Carlo Vaccarezza's conflict with the KHRC and Churchill over out-of-competition testing.
Hey Leroy ran down longtime leader Mr. Online and won the $100,000 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) in the final stride March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Although he figures to be challenged early in the Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 29 at Gulfstream Park, Mr. Online is the 5-2 morning-line choice to return to his winning ways in the one-mile turf race.
Owner/breeder Carlos Vaccarezza got his first win as a trainer Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park with first-time starter Little Alexis.
The good news is, the races have become an important fixture at the end of the racing season, attracting many of the world's best turf runners and spotlighting Hong Kong's ambitious racing program.
Trainer Dale Romans talks about the prospects of Little Mike, who runs in the Hong Kong Cup on December 8. Watch Video
The two American entries drew reasonably well for the Dec. 8 Longines Hong Kong International Races, but not without a little drama for King Kreesa in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).
Irish-based Magician took advantage of a fast early pace to roll to victory in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
This year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) features a rematch of the first two finishers in 2012, Little Mike and Point of Entry, but the road back to Santa Anita Park Nov. 2 has been anything but smooth for either horse.
Little Mike, back on the beam after a slow start to the 2013 campaign, is set to defend his title against a solid field of domestic and foreign entrants in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 2.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Asphalt||Chad C. Brown||
|Cherokee Artist||David Jacobson||
|Commandeered||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Jardim (BRZ)||Eduardo Caramori||
|Little Mike||Carlo Vaccarezza||
|Riviera Cocktail||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Sayif (IRE)||Patrick L. Biancone||
|Successful Mission||Edward Plesa, Jr.||
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