A. Stevens Miles Jr., a retired Kentucky banker, civic leader, and Thoroughbred owner, died April 25 in Louisville. He was 85.
A 19-1 shot gave 7-5 favorite Protonico what-for in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) on the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard, but the 4-year-old Giant's Causeway runner surged back May 1 to win.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his long-awaited Churchill Downs debut in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (Stakes (gr. II) on the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard.
After being eased during his seasonal debut in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, Protonico bounced back with an easy victory in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, April 11 at Keeneland.
Protonico, winner of the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) and runner-up in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) to close 2014, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in a field of six entered for the April 11 Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland.
In last place turning for home, Kobe's Back launched an outside rally in the stretch to surge past his six foes and score a three-quarter-length victory in the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) April 4 at Keeneland.
Southern California invader faces six opponents in seven-furlong dash at Keeneland.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will offer 37 stakes this year, including the Indiana Derby (gr. II), which moved from its traditional spot the first Saturday in October to mid-July.
Following a 3 1/2-month layoff, multiple stakes winner Ring Weekend was entered in the one-mile Canadian Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 21 and wound up stuck way out in post 14 in the 14-horse field.
Three months after taking the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, Zee Bros returns to Laurel Park as the 117-pound starting highweight in the $250,000 General George Handicap (gr. III) Feb. 16.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Feb. 8-9 winter mixed sale, which features a handful of graded winners, hopes to continue recent trend of strong returns for mixed stock.
The War Pass gelding began his career winning a $50,000 maiden claiming event at Saratoga Race Course, and on Feb. 7 he will try to become a stakes winner in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream.
Private Zone, runner-up to Flat Out in the 2013 edition of the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), returned Nov. 29 to claim victory going wire to wire in the $753,750 event at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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Many count the two top 3-year-olds in the field of nine among those who could have made some noise before heading to the sidelines earlier this season.
When Easter Gift finished a solid third to eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in last year's Clark Handicap (gr. I), trainer Chad Brown was hoping that big things could be on the horizon.
Fields are taking shape for the Nov. 29 Cigar Mile (gr. I) stakes program at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring four graded events worth a combined $1.7 million.
Thirty years after winning the first Breeders' Cup Classic, Wild Again is still relevant, counting high-profile runners Bayern, Just a Way, Fed Biz, and Vicar's in Trouble among his headlining descendants in 2014.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I) victor Constitution headline 20 horses nominated to the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Fed Biz, a three-time grade II winner who set a pair of Del Mar track records, has been retired and will stand in 2015 at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Bourbon Lane Stable's XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Bourbon Courage had a good Oct. 27 blowout for the Nov. 1 event, breezing three furlongs in :34 1/5 at Keeneland for trainer Kellyn Gorder.
Goldencents, winner of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) in 2013, leads a group of 12 pre-entered contenders for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time winner in the race's seven-year history.
Zayat Stables homebred American Pharoah handily worked five furlongs in :58 3/5 on Monday, Oct. 20 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile continues work toward the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Untapable, who suddenly looms as a possible favorite in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) following the defection of Beholder, turned in a bullet five-furlong move at Santa Anita Oct. 19.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Adirondack King||John C. Servis||
|Bourbon Courage||Kellyn Gorder||
|Easter Gift||Chad C. Brown||
|Fed Biz||Bob Baffert||
|Morgan's Guerrilla||Michael J. Maker||
|Neck 'n Neck||Ian R. Wilkes||
|O'Prado Again||Dale L. Romans||
|Second City||Nicholas Esler||
|Stealcase||Mark E. Casse||
|Tritap||Steven M. Asmussen||
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