Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Favorable Outcome rallied from last to run down favorite Three Rules in the stretch to win the $200,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4.
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Multiple stakes winner Three Rules, who suffered his first loss in six starts in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 5, may kick off his 3-year-old season in the $200,000 Swale (gr. II) Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park.
Stakes winners Nonna's Boy and Res Judicata also are contesting the race, seeking their first graded stakes wins.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the dates for the next Eclipse Awards ceremony and National Handicapping Championship.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Awesome Banner is three-for-three, but trainer Stanley Gold indicated he's taking it one race at a time.
Paul Matties of upstate New York held off Roger Cettina of New Jersey to capture three-day, $2.77 million NHC at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Duke Matties finished fourth.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Awesome Banner led from the start in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and opened up in the stretch to win by five lengths Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park and remain unbeaten.
Handicapping contest veteran Dave Gutfreund led the National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island in Las Vegas after the second day Jan. 29 with a $237 bankroll.
First-time qualifier Phil Bongiovanni, a 43-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse owner from California, led the National Handicapping Championship with a $200 bankroll after the first day Jan. 28.
Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) winner Awesome Banner will try for a third win in as many starts when he faces other 3-year-olds sprinting in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Jonathon Kinchen will have the maximum two of more than 600 entries for the Jan. 28-30 NHC finals in Las Vegas. As a rookie last year, Kinchen finished seventh and 11th in the championship.
Trainer Stanley Gold will resist the temptation to run undefeated 3-year-old Awesome Banner in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park, opting to send the colt in the Swale Stakes (gr. III).
Neither has crossed the wire in front since notching their respective first graded stakes victories in the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) a year apart, but Speechify and Singanothersong hope to end that streak Dec. 19.
Multiple stakes winners Singanothersong and Weekend Hideaway each put in half-mile breezes Dec. 13 in preparation for expected starts in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (gr. III) Dec. 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Freud, this year's second-leading sire in New York who topped the list in 2014, will stand for $10,000 in 2016 at Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board Oct. 15 ordered daily fantasy sports sites, including DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop taking action because they can't operate in the state without a gambling license.
Becky Thomas and Joe McMahon are pleased to announce that multiple graded stakes winner Forty Tales will stand the 2015 Southern Hemisphere Breeding Season at Boris Schwartzman's Haras Barlovento in El Salvador, Peru.
Wear the Mask, a rare white Thoroughbred, recorded his second career victory March 9, leading all the way in the fourth race at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Ready for Rye became Tom Albertrani's third winner on the day when he upset favored Daredevil by 2 3/4 lengths in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at Gulfstream. The trainer entered the card 0-for-60.
Daredevil will make his much-anticipated sophomore debut in $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park one week after the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds was postponed due to torrential rainstorms.
Lets Go Stable and WinStar Farm's Daredevil, whose 3-year-old debut in the Feb. 28 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) was postponed until March 7 due to heavy rains, returned to the work tab March 2.
After torrential rain washed away the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 28, grade I winner Daredevil looks set to remain in the field when the rescheduled race runs March 7.
Gulfstream Park canceled the remainder of its Feb. 28 card as a deluge pelted the South Florida area. The $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) were among the events lost.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Swale Stakes (gr. II). read blog
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Forty Tales||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Gombey Dancer||Jorge Navarro||
|Little Distorted||Darrin Miller||
|Merit Man||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||
|Nevada||Joseph F. Orseno||
|Res Judicata||John C. Servis||
|Triple Cross||Adam Rice||
|Tulira Castle||Michael J. Maker||
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