Two young sires on opposite ends of the globe were rewarded March 11 with first black-type winners—both in graded stakes.
The bay filly covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.60 for trainer Thomas M. Bush, eclipsing the old mark of 1:41.89 established by Tapicat in 2013.
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Arcadia, Sam F. Davis, Tampa Bay, Gulfstream Park Handicap, Lambholm South Endeavor, San Vicente, Santa Maria, Suwannee River, and more.
Shadwell Stud and leading stallion Dubawi secured another grade 1 victory in America Feb. 11 through the British-bred Almanaar in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T).
Stepped up into grade 1 company for the first time, Almanaar ran straight and true to the Gulfstream Park winner's circle to secure the high-level placing and his first North American score.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week Tampa Bay Downs gets the spotlight with three graded stakes Saturday.
Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs each card three graded stakes and Santa Anita Park puts on a pair of Grade 2 events.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues Saturday and Sunday with the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) and Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3).
If Flatlined can duplicate his prior effort in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T) Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Scooter Dickey will officially be able to say he has a budding—albeit late-blooming—star on his hands.
Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y. has announced the fees for its entire 2017 stallion roster, which again will be headed up by Frost Giant, the state's leading sire of 2-year-olds.
Calumet Farm will introduce four new stallions in 2017, led by 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten.
The homebred son of Kitten's Joy ran first for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, then was acquired by Calumet Farm at the end of his championship year and made three starts for that outfit in 2016. He will stand at Calumet.
Wake Forest, Big Blue Kitten, and The Pizza Man all have to prove they can regain past form when they square off against solid runners Danish Dynaformer and World Approval in 12-furlong turf test at Woodbine
Indiana-based stallion Sangaree saw his first winner Aug. 11, when Sung delivered a front-running victory in a maiden special weight race at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Trainer Chad Brown said 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten has developed a foot abscess and will miss the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT), a race in which he ran second last year.
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.
A visual look at some of the new stallions for 2016, arranged in alphabetical order. View Slideshow
|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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