Protonico, a four-time graded stakes-winning son of Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand the 2017 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky for a fee of $6,500.
With three horses across the track at the eighth pole, Hoppertunity forged to the lead late to secure a half-length victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
While this year's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) lacks superstar power, the field of six older horses is an interesting mix of consistent veterans and less consistent types who have at times flashed talent.
After the worst start of his career in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park, Awesome Slew bounced back with the top race of his young career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).
Ivan Dalos' Ami's Flatter is scheduled to follow up an auspicious recent 2016 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.
Two-time stakes winner Discreetness, who captured the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, said trainer William "Jinks" Fires.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
The path to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) appears to run through Arkansas for Toews On Ice.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.
Starlight Racing's Itsaknockout, who hadn't raced since his ninth-place finish in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned a winner in an allowance/optional claiming event Dec. 31 at Gulfstream.
On Friday, Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs, Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex will try to nail down the first grade I victory of his career when he faces an expected eight other horses in the $500,000 Clark Handicap.
Keen Ice, who is possible for the Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs, and Effinex, who is pointing to the Clark off his runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), both breezed Nov. 21.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte, upset winner of the 2014 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), tops the field for the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 21.
Matthew Schera's Race Day moved between horses leaving the second turn and continued his momentum to win the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time on the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup card at Keeneland.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity and V. E. Day plus a trio of horses from trainer Todd Pletcher headline a field of 11 entered for the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II).
One race after being caught late in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map led at every call in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, drawing off to easily earn his first grade I victory.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Watch Video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Woodward.
Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
Island Town sat just off the pace and pounced at the quarter pole to claim his second graded stakes score in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx Racing.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester and Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid will go toe-to-toe once again in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park.
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Ain't Got Time||Timothy F. Ritchey||
|Albano||J. Larry Jones||
|Almost Famous||Patrick B. Byrne||
|Classic Giacnroll||Juan Carlos Guerrero||
|Grasshoppin||Mario Serey, Jr.||
|Joint Custody||John J. Robb||
|Just Call Kenny||Patrick B. McBurney||
|Lynx||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Protonico||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Saa Mi||Brendan P. Walsh||
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