Facing a group of turf distaffers as good as any a racing secretary could amass outside of Breeders' Cup day, Dickinson showed she was well on her way to becoming the latest unique talent in Kiaran McLaughlin's barn.
Godolphin Racing's Dickinson ran by 1-2 choice Lady Eli in the shadow of the wire April 15 at Keeneland to claim the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T).
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have the final preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland.
Individually, Lady Eli, Time and Motion, and Catch a Glimpse could vie for favoritism in any entry box. Together, they headline the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley that boasts four top-level winners in its eight-horse field.
Keeneland announced Jan. 19 a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1).
Champion Tepin returns to the site of her greatest victory April 16, when she headlines a field of 10 fillies and mares in the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
Blocked by a wall of five horses exiting the final turn, Steve Moger's Stormy Lucy found space to the outside and just got up to catch Recepta at the wire to win the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
Hard Not to Like has been quite the traveler in her four-year career, racing at eight different racetracks and winning at five, and the gray mare will look to add another to her list in the Matriarch (gr. IT).
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp reviews session 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Hear from Gary Bush of Denali Stud, Goncalo Torrealba of Three Chimneys, and Hugo Merry of Nawara Stud. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Hard Not to Like, a three-time grade I-winning daughter of Hard Spun, was purchased by DATTT Farm $2.2 million at the Nov. 2 opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Keeneland's November catalog features a selection of horses related to recent Breeders' Cup runners, and, as usual, Book 1 offers a number of stellar broodmares and prospects and well-connected weanlings.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like and Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum and Darley Stud Management's Talmada have been scratched from the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), Breeders' Cup officials said the morning of Oct. 31.
Foreign-breds Legatissimo, Dacita, Photo Call, and Secret Gesture will square off against the likes of Stephanie's Kitten and Hard Not to Like in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf
Tonalist, under jockey John Velazquez, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Belmont Park Oct. 24 in his final work before the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Photo Call and jockey Drayden Van Dyke split rivals midstretch and continued well to register a clear victory in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
A winner of grade I turf races on both coasts this season, Hard Not to Like will try for a third straight top-level stakes win when she starts Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Photos highlighting the 2015 Saratoga race meet.
Hard Not to Like closes from six lengths back to take Diana Stakes in record time and more in the August 1, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Hard Not to Like came flying and secured her second consecutive grade I victory July 25, edging out Tepin in the final strides of the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga while setting a turf course record.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) featuring Tepin, Hard Not to Like, and Stephanie's Kitten. Watch Video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) featuring Tepin, Hard Not to Like, and Stephanie's Kitten. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Diana Stakes.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like showed a liking for the Santa Anita Park turf course with a come-from-behind victory in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) on the grass May 25.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like will look for her second grade I turf score in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) May 22 at Santa Anita Park.
With 13 evenly-matched fillies and mares entered for the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico Race Course May 16, the 1 1/16-mile turf race is up for grabs.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Abaco||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Ausus||Daniel C. Peitz||
|Better Lucky||Thomas Albertrani||
|Centre Court||George R. Arnold, II||
|Daisy Devine||Andrew McKeever||
|Hard Not to Like||Gail Cox||
|Old Tune (BRZ)||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Samitar (GB)||Chad C. Brown||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Clasico Constitucion S. (G1)||CMR|
|Prince of Wales S.||FE|
|Cougar II H. (G3)||DMR|
|Jonathan Kiser Novice S.||SAR|
|Honorable Miss H. (G2)||SAR|