The connections of two Midwest-based handicap stars are targeting the 1 1/8-mile, $175,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap for their next starts.
Smack Smack halted a seven-race winless streak coming from off the pace to edge pacesetter Shotgun Kowboy in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III).
With record purses of $750,000 for five stakes restricted to Ohio-breds, the Best of Ohio series attracted 54 entries for its Oct. 10 renewal at ThistleDown Racino.
Geothermal and jockey Robby Albarado swept to the front turning for home and gamely refused to be passed en route to a 1 1/2-length victory over favored Departing in the inaugural Lukas Classic Stakes.
Departing, Mylute, and Ulanbator figure to mix it up late in Lukas Classic Stakes under the Twin Spires.
Ready's Image has been purchased by Calumet Farm, where he will stand for $5,000 in 2015. A grade II winner at age 2, Ready's Image served his first season at stud in 2009.
M. Y. Stables' homebred Plain Ol' Willard, already a winner of more than $150,000, padded his bankroll in a big way with a come-from-behind upset win in the $150,000 Best of Ohio Endurance Stakes Oct. 11 at Belterra Park.
The Best of Ohio returns to the former River Downs for the first time since the mid-1990s Oct. 11 when Belterra Park hosts five Ohio-bred stakes worth a total of $750,000.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the June 28 Iowa Derby (gr. III). The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief is making his first start since the May 3 Run for the Roses.
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Locally-based Louies Flower, overlooked at odds of 23-1, captured the $250,000 Remington Springboard Mile to earn his third consecutive win at Remington Park Dec. 15.
The Springboard Mile attracted a field of 12 from all points, with some intriguing connections sending their young horses to the Oklahoma City oval for the race won last year by Texas Bling over Will Take Charge.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Aarons Orient||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Circustown Flyer||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Cloud Harbor||Henry Dominguez||
|Ima Happy Strike||Joy Marlin||
|Rivers Run Deep||Chris A. Hartman||
|Smack Smack||Don Von Hemel||
|Sunken Road||Danny Pish||
|Time Iz Flyin||Shea Stuart||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association S.||DMR|
|Prairie Gold Juvenile S.||PRM|
|Arapahoe Debutante S.||ARP|