Tapit—North America's leading sire three years running—didn't get a chance to run in the Belmont Stakes (G1), but his presence in the American classic race certainly has been felt the last few years.
It took more than a year, but race circumstance finally cycled back into the 5-year-old gelding's favor as he barely held off Awesome Slew on the line to take the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com (G2).
Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), working an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.
Scuba might find the water deep in the Ben Ali, where he makes his seasonal debut and will be tested on the front end by Conquest Enforcer and Bird Song at Keeneland
Three-time grade 1 winner Frosted, the son of leading North American sire Tapit, will join the Darley roster at Northwood Park this year, while Prix Jean Prat (G1) winner Territories, from the family of Street Cry, will shuttle to Kelvinside.
Gunnevera rolled to a dominant victory in the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday near Miami! Relive the excitement of the entire day at sunny Gulfstream Park, including dapper fashion, cashing big tickets and thrilling racing action.
Gunnevera proved a most visually impressive specimen in the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes, motoring from last in the 10-horse field to win over grade 1 winner Practical Joke while even-money favorite Irish War Cry finished off the board.
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Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have nine stakes at Gulfstream Park, Unique Bella at Santa Anita Park, El Areeb at Aqueduct Racetrack, and more.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues to heat up with two more 85-point qualifying races March 4 when the Gotham (G3) is run at Aqueduct Racetrack, and the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (G2) caps a sensational card at Gulfstream Park.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with two major Derby prep races at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park, including the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
On the heels of his 3 3/4-length triumph in the Feb. 4 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2), Irish War Cry can give trainer Graham Motion the distinction of having a divisional favorite should he prevail in the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2)
In what will be his lone serious work in advance of the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4, Irish War Cry got the thumbs up from his conditioner when he covered five furlongs in 1:01.65 Saturday morning.
Juvenile champion Classic Empire will not start as expected in the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) March 4 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Mark Casse said Feb. 19.
Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Feb. 18 at Gulfstream Park West in preparation for a scheduled start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
Days after John Oxley's champion Classic Empire finished a well-beaten third to Irish War Cry in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2), a foot abscess was discovered in the son of Pioneerof the Nile.
2016 Eclipse Awards finalists in 17 Equine and Human categories announced on January 5, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards on January 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Darley's position as the third-leading North American breeder by earnings doesn't give the full picture of how strong the 2016 racing year was for the international operation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
A visual look at some of the new stallions for 2017, arranged in alphabetical order.
Godolphin's 4-year-old homebred son of Tapit won the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap by a record 14 1/4 lengths this year. He will stand for $50,000 stands and nurses.
Leading the roster are Creative Cause, Cairo Prince, and Majesticperfection at $15,000.
Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate came out of the race in good condition, trainer Bob Baffert said Nov. 6, the morning after the climactic end to the World Championships.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
The world's top-ranked horse, California Chrome, will try for a landmark international sweep when he starts the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
The 4-year-old son of Flatter and multiple graded stakes winner will enter stud in 2017 with a $10,000 fee.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bluegrass Singer||Dale L. Romans||
|Danny Boy||Dale L. Romans||
|Frammento||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Frosted||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Gorgeous Bird||Ian R. Wilkes||
|Juan and Bina||Gustavo Delgado||
|Upstart||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
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