E. W. "Buddy" Johnston, a major California breeder who headed his family's Old English Rancho, died May 5 in his sleep. He would have turned 78 May 6.
Eight foes will line up to take a shot at Shared Belief, arguably the top older horse in North America, in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Horses on track at Meydan preparing for the March 28 Dubai World Cup races, including Prayer for Relief (Blue #10), Lea (White #5), Rich Tapestry (Gold #2), My Johnny Be Good (Pink #5), and Salutos Amigos (Gold #5). Watch Video
Secret Circle has impressed assistant trainer Dana Barnes before, but in preparing for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, the exercise rider can feel added strength in the 6-year-old Eddington runner.
Watch Dubai World Cup Carnival contenders on the track at Meydan March 24. watch video
Ron the Greek, a multiple grade I winner in the U.S. who now races in Saudi Arabia, will miss the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28 because of an unspecified injury.
In the year's first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015, recent Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Shared Belief has landed in the top spot.
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J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Santa Anita Handicap, San Felipe Stakes, and more! read blog
Shared Belief did what was expected of him in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, blowing an overmatched group of horses away with ease.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) featuring Shared Belief, and also look at the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II). Watch Video
Clubhouse Ride, a $22,000 purchase from a 2010 Barretts sale who went on to earn more than $1.3 million, has been retired to stud at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif.
The field for the $1 million, 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7 is full, but beyond headliner Shared Belief, the race lacks the potential star power that appeared to be possible when nominations came out.
Hopeful trainer Charlie Stutts and owner Bryan Carney are looking to pull off the upset of all upsets with 1-for-66 Crimson Giant in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7.
On March 7 at Santa Anita Park the track and Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Seabiscuit and Red Pollard's history-making win in the Santa Anita Handicap of 1940.
Hard Aces, sharp winner of the Louisiana Handicap in his first start of 2015, has been sold privately to Hronis Racing with plans to ship to Southern California to take on Shared Belief in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.
Iron horse Ron the Greek, a former multiple grade I winner in the U.S., notched a fourth consecutive win Feb. 14 in Saudi Arabia as he romped to a seven-length triumph in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup.
Son of First Samurai faces a tall task Feb. 7 for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, coming back to defend his title against Commissioner and Constitution along with European invader Sloane Avenue.
Champions to square off in San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Ultimate Eagle was a bay filly born Jan. 17, Special T Thoroughbreds announced.
Lea left no doubts he's back, posting an impressive 1/2-length victory over Confrontation to take the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 10. It was his second Hal's Hope score.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra look at the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Friday. Watch Video
Many count the two top 3-year-olds in the field of nine among those who could have made some noise before heading to the sidelines earlier this season.
When Easter Gift finished a solid third to eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in last year's Clark Handicap (gr. I), trainer Chad Brown was hoping that big things could be on the horizon.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Boxeur des Rues||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Fiddlers Afleet||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|Holladay Road||Julio C. Canani||
|Prayer for Relief||Dale L. Romans||
|Ron the Greek||William I. Mott||
|Setsuko||Richard E. Mandella||
|Twice the Appeal||Jeff Bonde||
|Uh Oh Bango||R. Kory Owens||
|Ultimate Eagle||Michael Pender||
|Victory Pete||Alexis Barba||
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