Connect and Gift Box, stablemates trained by Chad Brown, matched strides down the stretch in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes but pacesetter Connect dug in and edged away to win by about a length June 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Only two races removed from her third grade I win, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina takes a class drop and looms a huge standout in the four-horse field entered in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 31 at Saratoga Race Course.
Stellar Wind's connections are trying three-time champion Beholder again, after a non-threatening second-place run in the Vanity Mile (gr. I) last time out.
There were no surprises July 19 when Fasig-Tipton kicked off the yearling season with its selected sale as the auction mirrored results seen at most North American sales the last two years.
A beautiful son of Curlin lit up the bid board at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale when he was purchased by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds for $475,000.
Dalmore continued his rapid improvement on the Southern California circuit July 2 with an upset of odds-on favorite Danzing Candy in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Training Progeny of Curlin
No one is expecting all the big names in racing to make the Breeders' Cup Classic, but one can always hope, especially when you have a year like this with such a wide variety of talent gearing up for a run at America’s richest horse race.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate had the look of something special June 24 at Santa Anita Park.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will have its purses increased this year to $28 million from $26 million. Purses for the Classic and the Turf will each get $1 million bumps.
Steve Asmussen dreaded walking by a wall featuring photos of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners after Curlin's tight defeat in 2007, but that was all erased June 11.
Gustav Schickedanz homebred Fireball Merlin made history in the first race at Woodbine June 10, when taking the inaugural clockwise EuroTurf Series race.
Lani will become the latest Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner with ties to Japan after Sunday Break ran third in 2002 and Casino Drive loomed large before scratching in 2008.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator drew post 11 in a field of 13 and was tagged the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) during the race’s post position draw June 8 in New York.
An Into Mischief colt posted the fastest quarter-mile time of : 20 4/5 when the first of six under tack workout sessions for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age was conducted June 5.
Taking advantage of racing's "What have you done for me lately?" mindset, Keith Desormeaux has found value at sales, an angle he says helped him land classic winner Exaggerator and Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red.
Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion Beholder and 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Stellar Wind will face talented sprinters stretching out in the two-turn Vanity Mile (gr. I) June 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Landry came to mind before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as a rider who had the finesse to manage high-energy Exaggerator—who wound up second to champion Nyquist in the Derby before turning the tables two weeks later in Baltimore.
Exaggerator has only two off-the-board finish in 11 starts, and should have stamina from Curlin. One concern about his chance at the Belmont distance comes from his female family, with his dam and her dam both being winners only in sprints.
One of few Preakness winners to sire a Preakness winner
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has had two horses who are combined 0-for-8 against undefeated champion Nyquist but that isn’t stopping him from taking another shot May 21 with Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Exaggerator arrived at Pimlico Race Course at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET May 15 to join Derby victor Nyquist for a rematch in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21.
In her 6-year-old debut in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III) May 8 at Santa Anita Park, Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion Beholder breezed to her seventh straight victory and 16th overall.
Curalina returned to her grade I form May 6 at Churchill Downs, where she drew off to an easy victory in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) presented by Spirited Funds.
Trainer Steve Asmussen's four Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls had easy, half-mile workouts before the renovation break May 2 at Churchill Downs.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Casino Drive||Kazuo Fujisawa||
|Champs Elysees (GB)||Robert J. Frankel||
|Colonel John||Eoin G. Harty||
|Curlin||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Duke of Marmalade (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Fairbanks||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Go Between||William I. Mott||
|Henrythenavigator||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Raven's Pass||John H. M. Gosden||
|Smooth Air||Chad C. Brown||
|Student Council||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Tiago||John A. Shirreffs||
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Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Arapahoe Debutante S.||ARP|
|Clement L. Hirsch S. (gr. I)||DMR|
|Muscogee (Creek) Nation S.||FMT|