Baoma Corporation's Lord Simba went from last-out maiden winner to graded stakes victor with an impressive score in the $100,000 Los Angeles (G3) April 15 at Santa Anita Park.
It was a long time between wins for Fox Hill Farm's Kentuckian, but a determined effort by his connections to return him to winning form came through Feb. 20, when the 5-year-old gray edged Texas Two Step by a neck in a conditional allowance race.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate broke last, but rallied easily to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Spirit of Valor (#15 Pink), Washington DC (IRE) (#4 Black), Keen Ice (#8 White) and Quest for More (IRE) (#4 Red). Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Richard's Boy (#12 Black), Triple Nine (#10 Blue), Adirato (#9 Pink), Gifted Master (#7 Blue), St Joe Bay (#8 Gold), Sharp Azteca (#1 Blue), and Keen Ice (#8 White) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Owner Jerry Crawford talks about Keen Ice and his preparations for the March 25 Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
The luck of draw was the latest obstacle to be cleared in Arrogate's favor, with the 4-year-old gray colt landing post 9 in a field of 14 for the March 25 Dubai World Cup.
A number of U.S.-based runners stepped out on the Meydan Racecourse track in preparation for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) March 25.
Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen's St. Joe Bay continued his scorching streak through the Southern California sprint ranks with a game victory in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Only five older sprinters passed the Santa Anita entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G3). St. Joe Bay heads group based on his dead-heat win on New Year's Eve in the grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
In many ways the entries alone mark an early "mission accomplished" for the first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) as it has attracted the world's two top dirt horses in training in California Chrome and Arrogate.
Keen Ice, the 2015 Travers Stakes (G1) victor and only horse to defeat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his record setting 3-year-old season, will take up stud duty at the end of his racing career at Calumet Farm.
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
Both clocked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Jan. 14 under Todd Pletcher's supervision.
WinStar Farm's Carpe Diem, a grade 1 winner at both 2 and 3, sired his first reported foal on New Year's Day when a colt was born Sunday at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla.
Donegal Racing has partnered with Jerry and Ronnie Frankel to run grade I winner Keen Ice in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, Donegal’s Jerry Crawford confirmed Dec. 27.
After getting a sharp break out of post 1, the rest of Stanford's 1 1/16-mile tour around Gulfstream Park went exactly as hoped, as he led every point of call en route to a three-length win in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday (gr. III).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps two stakes races and shares thoughts on some up-and-coming 2yos
Todd Pletcher attempts to corner the market in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes (gr. III), sending out three of the field's seven entrants in graded stakes winners Stanford, Madefromlucky, and Keen Ice.
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Relive Arrogate's victory in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
The 5-year-old son of Birdstone set a track record Oct. 29 at Keeneland, winning the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) by 5 3/4 lengths and running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.75.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bold Conquest||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Carpe Diem||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Conquest Tsunami||Mark E. Casse||
|Firespike||Michael J. Maker||
|Hashtag Bourbon||Kellyn Gorder||
|Ike Walker||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Keen Ice||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Mr. Z||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Sharm||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Tough Customer||Ron Faucheux||
|W V Jetsetter||George Weaver||
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