Grade I winner Chiropractor and upset San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Flamboyant both figure to be running late as they head the eight-horse field in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 6.
Tepin secured her Eclipse Award honors with a slam-dunk performance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), beating the boys by 2 1⁄2 lengths in a race which has now had a female winner upon nine occasions.
The Book 1 portion of Magic Million's Gold Coast yearling sale closed Jan. 9 with a Fastnet Rock filly selling for Aus$1 million (US$695,300), bringing number of seven-figures sellers to a record six for the four-day session.
Churchill Downs' 38-day spring meet is headlined by 26 stakes, 23 of which are graded, including the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Flamboyant provided the first graded stakes stunner of 2016 Jan. 2, when the 46-1 shot caught favored grade I winner Obviously in the final moments to win the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey John Velazquez has competed at racetracks around the world during his Hall of Fame career, but the 44-year-old rider will be breaking new ground when he heads to Australia Jan. 2.
Four-time grade I winner Little Mike has not raced since winning the Flying Pidgeon Stakes May 17, 2014, at Gulfstream Park, but trainer/owner/breeder Carlo Vaccarezza is preparing the gelding for a 2016 comeback.
Two grade I winners will go toe-to-toe in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 2 at Santa Anita Park, but they couldn't differ more in style and experience.
A Deep Impact half brother to 2011 U.S. champion 3-year-old male and Central Kentucky stallion Animal Kingdom won his Dec. 27 debut at Nayakama Racecourse in Japan in the day's fourth race.
The horse who ran fourth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) will get a chance to run that same distance on dirt in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Tepin delivered her second straight monster performance in a grade I turf race at Keeneland, this time beating males in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31.
Phillips Racing Partnerships' two Breeders' Cup pre-entries, Recepta and Time and Motion, both were also-eligibles but drew into the Mile and Juvenile Fillies Turf, respectively.
Obviously faces a deep field for the Mile, but his connections know the brilliant bay with the heart of gold will lay it all on the line as he returns for his remarkable fourth attempt.
Medaglia d'Oro will command a $150,000 fee next year as he heads Darley's Northern American roster of 14 stallions for 2016, the operation announced Oct. 27.
The Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) has a rich history of female winners, and this year three distaffers will attempt to add to that legacy against a strong male lineup.
After Lea's strong :47 2/5 half-mile work Oct. 26 at Keeneland, trainer Bill Mott said the horse will run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
With two of just four turf workers Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Phil D'Amato was intentionally easy on his expected Breeders' Cup runners.
Jim and Susan Hill's son of Arch went four furlongs in an easy :50 4/5 Oct. 25 at Keeneland, a maintenance work for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
While Tepin didn't blaze in her final workout before facing males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), trainer Mark Casse was pleased with the 4-year-old filly's half-mile breeze Oct. 23 at Churchill Downs.
Gainesway Farm has purchcased a partial interest in 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Karakontie from the Niarchos family, it was announced Oct. 22. A stud fee will be announced following the Breeders' Cup.
Breeders' Cup Preview issue of Blood-Horse includes Breeder' Cup past performances from Equibase and more.
The Breeders' Cup has announced the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools, for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland.
Unbeaten Songbird, the likely favorite in upcoming Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Keeneland, worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Oct. 18 under regular rider Mike Smith.
The morning of Oct. 17 was another busy one for Todd Pletcher, as the trainer with a barn full of Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls sent five of his trainees out for workouts at Keeneland.
The Bernstein filly, who will make her first run against the boys when she starts in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31, went a half in :50 flat alone under jockey Julien Leparoux.
|Date||Race||Position / Horse / Points|
L'Ormarins Queen's Plate
BMW Doncaster Mile
Shoemaker Mile S.
Prix du Haras de Fresna-le-Buffard-Jacques le Marois
Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.
Shadwell Turf Mile S.
Qatar Prix de la Foret
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Animal Kingdom||H. Graham Motion||
|Doubles Partner||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Excelebration (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Little Mike||Carlo Vaccarezza||
|Moonlight Cloud (GB)||HEAD FREDDY||
|Obviously (IRE)||Philip D'Amato||
|Suggestive Boy (ARG)||Ronald L. McAnally||
|Turbo Compressor||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Willcox Inn||Michael Stidham||
|Wise Dan||Charles LoPresti||
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