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.
Tom McCarthy, best known for training General Quarters, a former claimer who went on to win the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died July 21 after a battle with melanoma. He was 82.
There's something about the Del Mar turf course that brings out the best in A Venneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm.
Rise of Empire Maker and his sons and grandsons is good for Cherokee Run as a broodmare sire.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Julien Leparoux, completed an impressive 2-year-old stakes double July 2 at Churchill Downs.
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.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Exaggerator moved through the rhythms of a big horse pre-race day June 10; gate-schooling, going for an easy jog, and moving into a controlled gallop as the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) looms.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist spent his last morning on the main track at Pimlico Race Course with an energetic two-mile jog the morning of June 4.
After two days of walking, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator returned to the track with an easy gallop Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course.
With an Uncle Mo filly selling for a sale-topping $1 million, the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale that was expanded in numbers this year concluded May 24 with a record gross.
Action picked up midway through the second day of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale when a Friesan Fire colt became the highest price so far at $825,000, while a Speightstown colt sold for $500,000.
Preakness , Black-Eyed Susan, Longines Dixie, Kona Gold, Californian, Pimlico Special, Jim Mckay Turf Sprint, Allaire duPont Distaff, Adena Springs Miss Preakness, Maryland Sprint, Very One, Gallorette, Hanshin Cup and Vagrancy H.
One of few Preakness winners to sire a Preakness winner
Trainer Gary Sherlock, now 70 years old, is making his first classic start with high-school friend Tom Mansor.
Stakes double payoffs with Go Maggie Go
Either the track at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic was playing faster or the horses were just faster as the under tack show for the May 23-24 sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded May 19 with five of the eight fastest clockings.
Connections of the dual stakes-winning Uncle Mo colt, who is based at Parx Racing, were relieved to get the all-clear May 17 when an equine herpesvirus quarantine at the Pennsylvania track, in place since April 1, was lifted.
With the threat of early morning rain looming over Baltimore, trainer Doug O'Neill called an audible the morning of May 17 and sent out Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist to gallop at 6:08 a.m. EDT.
Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra confirmed May 14 that Pimlico Race Course is prepared to take special precautions to accept the Parx-based horses, both of which never showed signs of illness during the quarantine.
Multiple graded stakes-placed maiden Laoban breezed six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 at Keeneland the morning of May 14 in preparation for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, who was ridden by exercise rider Jonny Garcia, backtracked with a pony to the top of the first turn before reversing direction and galloping approximately a mile May 13.
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.
Nyquist returned to the track May 11 for the first time since scoring an impressive triumph in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), acquainting himself with Pimlico Race Course.
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.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner appears to be well-poised, based on his class and pedigree, to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Big Drama||David Fawkes||
|Flying Private||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Friesan Fire||J. Larry Jones||
|General Quarters||Thomas R. McCarthy||
|Luv Gov||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Musket Man||Derek S. Ryan||
|Papa Clem||Gary Stute||
|Pioneerof the Nile||Bob Baffert||
|Rachel Alexandra||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Take the Points||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Terrain||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||
|Tone It Down||Steven M. Asmussen||
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