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 we have graded stakes action on both coasts at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.
Mother Nature may exert an influence in the marquee races on both coasts Saturday, as there is a good chance for rain at Santa Anita and at Gulfstream Park.
The colt's 3-year-old campaign launches Jan. 7 at Gulfstream Park in the $100,000 Dania Beach (G3), a 7 1/2-furlong turf race that drew nine entrants.
Thatcher Street capped a big day at Churchill Downs for Australian-born trainer Ian Wilkes when his 5-year-old gelding came back to beat chief rival Pleuven by a half-length to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 24.
Stalwarts The Pizza Man and Are You Kidding Me will face a competitive field in the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 24.
The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum, and Sagamore Farm's Miss Temple City earned her second grade I victory against males Oct. 8 in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
An extremely deep roster will take a crack at the $1 million purse of the Shadwell Turf Mile. Last year's winner Grand Arch will tackle invaders from every direction as a half dozen grade I winners square off.
Nelson McMakin's Pleuven, a French-bred gelding who was a close second in the Opening Verse Stakes May 21 in his Churchill Downs debut, stepped up big time with a victory in the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT) at the Kentucky track June 18.
A colt from the first crop of Gemologist was sold for $550,000 to agent David Ingordo and trainer Peter Eurton for an undisclosed client during the April 20 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.
The $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) on the April 2 Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park drew six talented older horses who will go 1 1/8 miles over the main track.
The trainer's contingent of Itsaknockout, Stanford, Blofeld, and Anchor Down will take aim on 123-pound highweight Valid in the mile test March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Life Imitates Art shot between rivals in the stretch to lead and was all out to prevail by a head from Isotherm in the $100,000 Dania Beach (gr. IIIT) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Isotherm, winner of the 2015 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. III) on the Belmont Park turf, will make his 2016 season debut in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is conducting an online auction of seasons to more than 180 stallions from 16 states.
The $1.1 million Claiming Crown, which gives claiming horses their shot in nine stakes restricted to horses who have started for a tag in 2014 or 2015, will return to Gulfstream Park Dec. 5.
Grade I winner Mr Speaker has been retired from racing and will stand at Lane's End near Versailles, Ky. for the 2016 season. His first-year fee is set at $10,000.
Making his stakes debut Saturday, Nov. 14 on the turf at Aqueduct Racetrack, Mr Maybe used a sustained rally to deliver a decisive victory in the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Holiday Star will try for a second straight grade III win going a distance on the turf in the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap Saturday, Nov. 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Messi and jockey John Velazquez caught longshot Cage Fighter in the final jump of the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Belmont Park.
War Dancer has faced the best of the older turf division all summer and takes a drop in class Oct. 10 in the nine-furlong Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
Geothermal and jockey Robby Albarado swept to the front turning for home and gamely refused to be passed en route to a 1 1/2-length victory over favored Departing in the inaugural Lukas Classic Stakes.
Bloodstock agent Julio Rada and his Platinum Bloodstock agency clients have been moving the needle in this season's yearling market, part of a strong South American contingent of buyers influencing North American sales.
Departing, Mylute, and Ulanbator figure to mix it up late in Lukas Classic Stakes under the Twin Spires.
Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker showed off his top-level class Sept. 19 with a score in the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park.
A pair of grade I winners will look to return to their multiple graded stakes-winning form in the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 19 at Laurel Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bon Accord||Antonio Sano||
|Cabo Cat||Mark A. Hennig||
|Here's Johnny||Wesley A. Ward||
|Hesinfront||Keith G. Bourgeois||
|Imaginethatmom||Cam M. Gambolati||
|Mr Speaker||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Pleuven (FR)||Philip A. Sims||
|Request||Chad C. Brown||
|Yes I'm Lucky||Edward Plesa, Jr.||
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