The races faced by the first winners for freshman sires Get Stormy and Calimonco could not have been more different.
After finishing one-two last year, the Chad Brown-trained duo of Slumber and Big Blue Kitten will aim for more success in those familiar conditions June 11 in the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) on the inner turf at Belmont.
Big Blue Kitten, the champion older turf male of 2015, headlines a field of 13 for the 29th running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.
Fourth in early stretch, Lukes Alley unleashed a powerful late rally to secure the first grade I win of his career in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap Saturday, Feb. 6.
Retired jockey Herb McCauley will make his debut on Horse Racing Radio Network when HRRN kicks off its "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series Feb. 6 with coverage of the Donn Handicap (gr. I).
Midwest Thoroughbreds homebred The Pizza Man makes his first foray into Florida to open up his 7-year-old season against a compact but talented field of turf runners going nine furlongs at Gulfstream Park
The consistent Big Blue Kitten won three of his six 2015 starts and never finished worse than third while racing almost exclusively in grade I company in earning champion turf male honors.
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish, a multiple stakes winner on turf, will get another opportunity to transfer that form to dirt Jan. 9 in the $150,000 Hal's Hope (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
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Multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y., for an advertised fee of $2,500.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey have won the fifth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The horse who ran fourth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) will get a chance to run that same distance on dirt in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
After a fourth-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint this year, 2014 winner Bobby's Kitten will be campaigned in Europe in 2016 before returning home for another crack at the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Leading turf sire Kitten's Joy will stand for a fee of $100,000 for the third straight year in 2016, Ramsey Farm announced Nov. 5.
The 3-year-old filly Found, second to Golden Horn in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), turned the tables on the 3-year-old colt to take the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Chad Brown's success has been synonymous with the Breeders' Cup since he handled saddling Ginger Punch to victory in the 2007 Distaff as an assistant trainer. That success has continued unabated.
Rejuvenated from a six-month winter/spring Florida vacation, The Pizza Man has come back remarkably strong this season and is now on-track to face Europe's best runner in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's couplet in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) could determine whether heavily favored Golden Horn runs away the winner's share of $3 million as is expected.
She will be offered at Fasig-Tipton Nov. 1, but first Stephanie's Kitten will seek her second Breeders' Cup victory, this time in the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), which she narrowly lost a year ago.
European-based runners have exceled in the Breeders' Cup Turf, having won the 1 1/2-mile race on the grass 23 times.
Trainer Chad Brown unleashed a cavalcade of Breeders' Cup-bound horses at Belmont Park Oct. 24 for their final works, including Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, Shining Copper, Stephanie's Kitten, and Dacita.
Greenpointcrusader put in the first of two scheduled Keeneland works for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 over a fast track the morning of Oct. 19.
A cadre of candidates for the Breeders' Cup World Championships worked at Belmont Park Oct. 17, led by Tonalist, who went six furlongs in 1:14 in advance of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
- By Frank Angst
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|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Al Khali||William I. Mott||
|Big Blue Kitten||Chad C. Brown||
|Boisterous||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Get Stormy||Thomas M. Bush||
|Hollinger||Roger L. Attfield||
|Kindergarden Kid||Peter Miller||
|Sangaree||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Silver Medallion||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Smart Bid||H. Graham Motion||
|Yankee Fourtune||Jason Servis||
|Yummy With Butter||Yvon Belsoeur||
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