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.
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.
In a career that would land her a spot in the Racing Hall of Fame, Davona Dale enjoyed the kind of 3-year-old season that even Affirmed had to admire.
Carl F. Pollard's Kiss Moon will attempt to land her second graded stakes win of the year in the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21 at Churchill Downs, but Canadian invader Button Down is favored.
Delaunay, winner of 18 races and over $1.1 million in purse money through 52 outings, is 8-5 morning line favorite in the Iowa Sprint Handicap and the most accomplished runner in the Friday, June 26, Prairie Meadows race.
Kiss Moon collared front-runner I'm Already Sexy in late stretch and thrust out her head on the line to win the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (gr. IIIT) June 6 at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winner Personal Diary and graded stakes winners Strike Charmer, I'm Already Sexy, and Aurelia's Belle head a competitive field of 12 entered for the June 6 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill.
Robert Masterson's Tepin led the field gate to wire for an easy victory in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) Presented by Longines at Churchill Downs May 2.
Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique will attempt to become the second mare to score a repeat victory in $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (gr. IIT) when she takes on 12 rivals May 2 at Churchill.
Lenny Shulman reviews dominant performances of Kentucky Derby contenders and their prep races. Lenny also reviews Keeneland's Spring meet, including an interview with Bret Jones. Sponsored by Hill 'n' Dale Farm. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman reviews the dominant performances of Kentucky Derby contenders and their prep races. Lenny also reviews Keeneland's Spring meet, including an interview with Bret Jones of Airdrie Stud whose horses won the Ashland S. and Fantasy S. Sponsored by Hill 'n' Dale Farm.
Champion Untapable will get another chance at Oaklawn Park and should be sharper in her second start of the season against unlikely rival Gold Medal Dancer in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 10.
Longshot Include Betty punched her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a gutsy neck score in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 4 at Oaklawn Park.
After winning the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) starting from the outside post in a field of eight, Sarah Sis will look for a similar outcome from the inside post in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 4.
Untapable wasn't unstoppable in her season debut March 14, missing the victory by half a length to gate-to-wire winner Gold Medal Dancer in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Last year's 3-year-old filly champion and Breeders' Cup Distaff winner faces five opponents in 1 1/16-mile test at Oaklawn Park.
Mufajaah, impressive winner of the Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed for the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14, postponing retirement at least one more race, trainer Dan Peitz said Feb. 18.
Favored Mufajaah went six wide in the final turn and closed to win the $100,000 Bayakoa (gr. III) by a neck over Flashy American for her second straight stakes win at Oaklawn Park Feb. 15.
Most of the entrants in the field of 10 for the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park are more than familiar with each other.
In taking the American Beauty Stakes Jan. 24 at Oaklawn Park, Sugar Shock proved she could be successful sprinting and could return a winner after seven months away from the track.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Frivolous stalked the early pace before taking over in the stretch and held off 9-10 favorite Don't Tell Sophia to win the $222,600 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson's Sparkling Review kicked into gear late and charged to victory to remain undefeated since breaking her maiden, taking the $237,800 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Courageous Julie||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Euphrosyne||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Kiss Moon||David R. Vance||
|Mufajaah||Daniel C. Peitz||
|Please Explain||Thomas F. Proctor||
|Sugar Shock||Doug L. Anderson||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|New York Stallion S.||BEL|
|New York Stallion S.||BEL|
|Irish Day S.||EMD|
|Emerald Downs H.||HST|
|Southern Truce S.||SA|