In his first start since finishing second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (G1), Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner drew off in the stretch for an easy victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 17 at Churchill Downs.
- By Steve Haskin
The fairy tale journey of Mucho Macho Man and trainer Kathy Ritvo that began on Father's Day 2008.
Only other year dominated by first-crop 3-year-olds since 1973
Zenyatta, the only female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and a 2016 inductee into racing's Hall of Fame, foaled a filly by Medaglia d'Oro May 9
Jerry Moss, who has campaigned greats such as Zenyatta and built the hugely successful record label A&M Records, hopes to repeat his Derby success of 12 years ago with Giacomo when he sends Gormley to the starting gate.
Instead of working Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley, his Derby mount, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard the Mosses' Ziconic, who served as the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner's target.
A “hidden” sire-line story has emerged in two hemispheres bracketed by one daughter (Winx) and one son (Street Boss). They serve to remind us of how much influence the late Street Cry has exerted on the international breeding scene.
- By Steve Haskin
With Awesome Gem arriving at his new home at Old Friends April 7 I thought it would be an appropriate time to reprint a column I wrote in 2010 on this old warrior and the person whose life he changed.
West Point Thoroughbreds' multiple graded stakes winner Awesome Gem arrived at his new home April 7 at Old Friends Equine in Georgetown, Ky.
From maiden winner to Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) prospect, the talented bay picked up her first graded stakes score in her stakes debut, and earned 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. That's where Casse confirmed she's headed next.
Gun Runner lost the battle to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1), but connections of the son of Candy Ride are already planning for at least one rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
A Super Saver colt, several pricey yearling purchases, and juveniles sired by Quality Road and by Scat Daddy are among the Hips to Watch during the March 14 opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Five jockeys, three trainers and three racehorses comprise the 11 finalists on the National Museum of Racing's 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum's Hall of Fame Nominating Committee.
Martin Schwartz's High Ridge Road came into the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2) with an undefeated record at Laurel Park and again would not be denied Feb. 18.
In his first workout since his sublime triumph in the Jan. 28 $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream Park, Arrogate went about his business in his usual handy fashion, covering four furlongs solo in :48 3/5 Feb. 14.
- By Steve Haskin
Since last year's Travers Stakes, the racing world has been trying to place Arrogate's astounding feats in historical perspective.
Bob Baffert reached into his past for an expression to describe Arrogate's readiness for the world's richest race. The Hall of Fame trainer delivered 'super cherry'.
With his impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate secured the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse, just edging California Chrome.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings or World Golf Rankings.
With his Eclipse Award for male sprinter awarded Jan. 21, Drefong joins Lost in the Fog (2005), Trinniberg (2012), and Runhappy (2015) as the only 3-year-olds who earned the honor this century.
Kept out of competition for 10 weeks between the Travers and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate fought every step of the way and passed California Chrome late to win the Classic and cement his place as champion 3-year-old male of 2016.
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television—Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), featuring the dramatic duel between Arrogate and California Chrome.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate is set for a start in the Jan. 1 San Pasqual (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, as long as the talented son of Unbridled's Song emerges in good order from a Dec. 27 bullet work.
Where Arrogate ends up flaunting his talents next is still up for serious discussion after the son of Unbridled's Song ripped through a solo seven-furlong move in 1:24 4/5 at Santa Anita Park Dec. 21 with jockey Martin Garcia in the irons.
Jockey agent Ron Anderson was among those who have spent much of the last 24 hours trying to digest news that the life of Garrett Gomez has come to a tragic end.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bullsbay||H. Graham Motion||
|Chocolate Candy||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Colonel John||Eoin G. Harty||
|Einstein (BRZ)||Helen Pitts||
|Gio Ponti||Christophe Clement||
|Girolamo||Saeed bin Suroor||
|Mastercraftsman (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Quality Road||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Regal Ransom||Saeed bin Suroor||
|Richard's Kid||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Rip Van Winkle (IRE)||O'BRIEN AIDAN||
|Summer Bird||Tim A. Ice||
|Twice Over (GB)||CECIL SIR HENRY||
|Zenyatta||John A. Shirreffs||
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