Not that plans were ever set in stone, but what owner James McIngvale characterized as some heel bruising has champion sprinter Runhappy targeting the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) for his first race of 2016.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel has decided to retire, effective immediately, according to his agent, retired jockey Larry Melancon.
The 20-year-old Unbridled mare leaves behind a colt by Super Saver.
Headed by the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), which was won last year by Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, Monmouth Park Racetrack has released its $4.65 million stakes schedule for 2016.
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
Harold Queen's homebred Sheer Drama was named Florida-bred Horse of the Year during the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association annual awards banquet and gala in Ocala, Fla., the evening March 14.
Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.
Champion male sprinter Runhappy returned to the Kentucky Training Center near Lexington Feb. 28 following some rest in Texas and will resume training toward a 2016 campaign.
Flora Dora will try to take another step forward on the Aqueduct Racetrack path to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she faces an expected six other 3-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Busher Stakes Saturday, Feb. 27.
Flora Dora's next step in reaching her connections' goal of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) is the $125,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Feb. 27. The Busher carries Kentucky Oaks points worth 50-20-10-5 to the top four finishers.
Retired jockey Herb McCauley will make his debut on Horse Racing Radio Network when HRRN kicks off its "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series Feb. 6 with coverage of the Donn Handicap (gr. I).
Scratched from what would have been his stakes debut in the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16, Dede McGehee's Dolphus took a step forward Jan. 31 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
A drop in class was the winning formula for Coffeepot Stables' Flora Dora Jan. 31 in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
After earning a stakes win and grade III placing last season, Flora Dora is scheduled to begin her 3-year-old campaign on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Gross was up slightly for the Jan. 28 open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale, but overall numbers for the two-day auction were down from last year.
Keeneland's January mixed sale ended its fourth of five sessions with figures lower across the board for the first time this week, as $102,000 broodmare Prom Time and a $100,000 Super Saver colt led proceedings.
James McIngvale's 3-year-old sprinting superstar became a three-time grade I winner Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park, where he set the pace and pulled away from the field to win the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner brings five-race win streak to California to face six in Santa Anita's Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
- By Steve Haskin
There have been some exciting racing videos on YouTube this year, but none more exciting and revealing, and ultimately profound than the GoPro video of American Pharoah's gallop the day before the Travers Stakes. read blog
Runhappy, winner of two grade I sprints this year, will attempt a third Dec. 26 in Santa Anita Park's Malibu Stakes. The Super Saver colt breezed seven furlongs Dec. 15 at the California track.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, winner of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland in his last start, recorded his first work at Santa Anita Dec. 8, getting six furlongs in 1:11 4/5.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, works Nov. 25 at Keeneland toward a start in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
Dolphus, a Lookin At Lucky half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is scheduled to make his career debut in the sixth race Nov. 22 at Fair Grounds.
Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington has released 2016 fees for stallions Even the Score, Giant Oak, and Ice Box ($7,500), and I Want Revenge ($5,000).
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will enter stud at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., in 2016 for a first-year fee of $200,000, the American division of Coolmore Stud announced Nov. 6.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Afleet Again||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||
|First Dude||Bob Baffert||
|Ice Box||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Lookin At Lucky||Bob Baffert||
|Our Dark Knight||Ron Moquett||
|Super Saver||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Trappe Shot||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Uptowncharlybrown||Alan S. Seewald||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Affirmed Success S.||BEL|
|Bewitch S. (gr. IIIT)||KEE|
|Golden Circle S.||PRM|
|Elusive Quality S.||BEL|
|William Walker S.||CD|