For all the jaw dropping that surrounded the success of Scat Daddy's offspring at the Royal Ascot meet came a bit of head scratching about how this could have been predicted.
The turf marathon niche has proven one that suits Jed Cohen's Itsinthepost as the bay gelding scored his second straight graded triumph when he captured the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) by 1 1/4 lengths over Charming Kitten.
Long-winded turf winners will run for $250,000 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) with a deep field headed by Itsinthepost and Danish Dynaformer.
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.
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
Grade 3 winner Winning Cause and Box Score, full brother to Temple City, enter stud.
Amerman Racing Stables' Infinite Wisdom, lightly raced when compared with others in the field, seeks his third win in a row and first in a stakes in the $150,000 Oceanport (gr. IIIT) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich returned to the familiar Woodbine winner's circle July 1 in the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III).
After scoring a clear victory in his Woodbine debut in last year's Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III), Red Rifle will try to defend that title Friday, July 1 in the 1 1/4-mile main-track race.
The sire power lost when Scat Daddy collapsed and died suddenly Dec. 14, 2015, at age 11 was substantial, but he has six sons standing at stud.
Grade I winner Force the Pass hooks up against multiple grade II winner Ironicus and multiple graded winner Red Rifle in nine-furlong grass race.
W. S. Farish's homebred Eagle broke through for his first graded stakes win April 16 and kept an unbeaten record at Keeneland intact in the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
Frac Daddy, a front-running winner of the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine and Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, will stand the 2016 season at Park Stud in Ontario, Canada, for a Can$4,000 fee.
With one week go before the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course, trainer Todd Pletcher is confident in how his large contingent of hopefuls is coming into their respective races.
Todd Pletcher discusses the October 23 works from his Breeders' Cup contenders including Sweet Whiskey, Red Rifle, Dame Dorothy, and Rachel's Valentina. Watch Video
The morning of Oct. 17 was another busy one for Todd Pletcher, as the trainer with a barn full of Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls sent five of his trainees out for workouts at Keeneland.
Big Blue Kitten and Shining Copper finished on the board in the Arlington Million.
Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Red Rifle faces tougher targets in the Aug. 29 $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga including Juddmonte Farms' interntional traveler Flintshire.
With four horses in a line across the course in the stretch, Red Rifle emerged from the two path and drew off to a clear victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
Sam-Son Farm homebred His Race to Win will seek a repeat performance in the $150,000 Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 2 at Woodbine.
A tough cast of characters will fight it out in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT), an 11-furlong race for older horses on the Saratoga Race Course inner turf Aug. 1.
Multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy has been retired from racing, according to a July 28 announcement from trainer Ken McPeek.
Belmont Park, Woodbine, Monmouth, Prairie Meadows, Gulfstream, Finger Lakes and More. View Slideshow
Red Rifle secured his first stakes victory of the 2015 season when he rallied on the outside to win the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) Wednesday, July 1 at Woodbine.
Multiple graded stakes winner Departing opened some more options for his connections after winning a a grade II stakes on turf Saturday, June 27.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Frac Daddy||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Newsdad||William I. Mott||
|Nikki's Sandcastle||David C. Kassen||
|Red Rifle||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Stealcase||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Winning Cause||Todd A. Pletcher||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Prairie Gold Lassie S.||PRM|
|A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase H. (G1)||SAR|
|John Morrissey S.||SAR|
|Real Good Deal S.||DMR|
|Prairie Gold Juvenile S.||PRM|