Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture overcame a troubled trip and a lost shoe to gamely defeat a determined Candy Boy at the wire in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2.
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One year after increasing the purses of 19 stakes races, Oaklawn has planned the richest stakes schedule in track history for 2015. Chief among the changes is a $150,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
Grade II winners Candy Boy, Tapiture, and Vicar's in Trouble, all of which competed in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), are among nine 3-year-olds entered in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 2.
Dual grade I winner Goldencents returns to Del Mar to face recent Triple Bend (gr. I) winner Declassify in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) July 26, a race the Doug O'Neill trainee was second in last year.
Forty-seven 3-year-olds have been nominated for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby presented by Xpressbet (gr. II), to be run Aug. 2 at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.
Fasig-Tipton's July yearling sale opens the yearling auction season with mixed figures and a $550,000 sale-topper, a Cowboy Cal half brother to Hoppertunity and three-quarters brother to Executiveprivilege.
About 60% through the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale July 14 in Lexington, the auction saw a new high price when Alfredo Lichoa went to $550,000 to land a Cowboy Cal colt.
Half brother to Executiveprivilege and Hoppertunity, offered by Hidden Brook, agent, at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. watch video
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity will rejoin Bob Baffert's California string next week, the Hall of Fame horseman confirmed July 8. The colt was in Kentucky recovering from surgery on his left front fetlock.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be away for four to six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a training accident at Churchill Downs June 15.
Tapiture bounced back from his 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in May with flair, scoring a convincing victory in the $109,400 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 14 at Churchill.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Stephen Foster Handicap and Matt Winn Stakes. read blog
A pair of horses who earned graded stakes wins as juveniles will try to add to their resumes June 14 at Churchill Downs when Tapiture and Rise Up meet in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III).
Relive Tonalist's victory in the 2014 Belmont Stakes. See where your favorite horse was at seven points of the race with our interactive slideshow. view slideshow
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ride On Curlin, who failed to finish in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will be getting a break after competing in all three jewels of the Triple Crown.
Claire Novak updates us on how the horses returned from the Belmont Stakes and their future plans. Tonalist and Commissioner may point towards the Travers and Breeders' Cup is still in sight for California Chrome. watch video
View the dramatic images during the unfolding of the 2014 Belmont Stakes. view slideshow
Returning to sprinting after finishing off the board in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Bayern drew off in the stretch to post an easy victory in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) June 7 at Belmont Park.
Join the ranks of those who have tracked the shooting star journey of California Chrome. You don't have to like him. You can even pick against. But what would you do if this time, the hype turned out to be real?
Images from the weeks leading up to the Belmont Stakes. View Slideshow
G. Watts Humphrey Jr., who bred Ride On Curlin with his late mother, is the breeder of 1985 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Creme Fraiche. A win in the June 7 Belmont could provide him with a classic double.
Everything seemed to sparkle and shine Friday morning. read blog
"Most likely (California Chrome) will be in front of us early on," said Rajiv Maragh, rider of Wicked Strong. "...We'll have to go by in the stretch. I've had a couple of dreams the last few nights that I pass him.
Ride On Curlin will be making his 12th career start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as owner Dan Dougherty enjoys the journey with his $25,000 yearling purchase who has already banked more than $700,000 and continues to thrive.
Claire Novak and special guest Peter Rotondo handicap the Belmont Stakes. Peter has had success at picking winners in the Belmont and shares stories while providing insight on this year's running. Watch Video
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