Only other year dominated by first-crop 3-year-olds since 1973
Calumet Farm's Vexatious, trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, has had excuses in all three of her 2017 starts, but may put it all together in the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Behind a sustained late run through the far turn that saw her split horses entering the stretch, Clearview Stable’s Ever So Clever surged past rivals to register an upset victory April 14 in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.
Several contenders are well-poised to earn graded stakes status.
His bloodlines dictate that Shadwell Stable's Fayeq was always going to be a focal point. On March 4, the half brother to one of racing's all-time great distaffers will take his step toward earning some attention on his own merit.
Rachel Alexandra, Risen Star, Gulfstream Park Sprint, Fair Grounds Handicap, Mineshaft Handicap, Futurity Handicap, Blue Diamond, Oakleigh Plate, Chipping Norton, Tiznow, Nakayama Kinen, Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup, Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup, and more.
Oaklawn Park's road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) begins Feb. 11 with the one-mile Martha Washington Stakes.
Barbara Banke and the other panelists described the exhilaration of their Breeders' Cup victories to those attending the conference.
Dolphus C. Morrison, breeder and initial owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, died Oct. 26 in Columbia, Mo. after a long illness.
Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, who retired in March, will return to the saddle Aug. 27 at Ellis Park in western Kentucky. The three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning rider has 5,146 career wins.
The 2016 Racing Hall of Fame Inductions. The 2016 inductees inductees are Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, Tom Ochiltree, Ramon Dominguez, Wayne D. Wright, Steve Asmussen, Arthur B. Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr.
A tearful Steve Asmussen takes his place in the Hall of Fame Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and is joined by jockey Ramon Dominguez, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta.
- By Steve Haskin
Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra will all but hold hands on Friday as they strut into the National Museum of Racing side by side and take their place among the immortals in the Hall of Fame.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred filly Rachel's Valentina, who is out of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, has been retired, Stonestreet announced via Twitter July 24.
Veteran handicapper Dave Litfin dives into the July 2 Mother Goose (gr. I) at Belmont Park; his selections include Rachel's Valentina and Off the Tracks.
The auction offers horseshoes worn by Afleet Alex and First Samurai, a VIP Three Chimneys tour, and autographed race photos. All proceeds help with the mission of racehorse retirement and rescue.
Wright won each Triple Crown race in separate years, and rose to prominence by number of wins and earnings quickly in his career. Tom Ochiltree also put together an excellent career early, winning the Preakness in his second start.
Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings has a strong three-of-a-kind hand for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in Rachel's Valentina, Terra Promessa, and Royal Obsession.
- By Ron Mitchell
Steve Asmussen and Rachel Alexandra, the great mare he trained to Horse of the Year honors, as well as Horse of the Year Zenyatta and jockey Ramon Dominguez have been selected for induction this year into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
The filly was rank in the early going under Ricardo Santana Jr. and drifted out a bit in late stretch, while still holding off the challenge of previously undefeated stablemate Taxable.
Undefeated Taxable and four other entrants will vie with Stonestreet's runner on a win streak for a total of 170 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) points in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 9 at Oaklawn.
Cash is King's unbeaten Cathryn Sophia is the even-money morning-line favorite for Keeneland's April 9 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I).
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The finalists are jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta; and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Afleet Deceit||Scott Becker||
|Bon Jovi Girl||William I. Mott||
|Cats||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Just Jenda||Cindy Jones||
|Rachel Alexandra||Steven M. Asmussen||
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