Fox Hill Farms' Songbird grabbed the early lead and easily captured her seventh win in seven starts to take the grade I Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park April 9 and remain the dominant favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.
With six perfect starts to her credit, Fox Hill Farms' Songbird has one more hurdle to clear -- the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) -- before heading to Kentucky as the favorite for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.
Songbird, perfect in six races after her front-running, 3 3/4-length victory in the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) March 5, was fittingly "perfect" the morning of March 6.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is generally a pretty cheerful guy, but when he brings Songbird back to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn after her workouts, his mood hits another level.
In her first timed workout since the easiest of scores in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II), Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird covered four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Feb. 14 in :48 2/5.
Two proven graded stakes-winning sprinters will test their skill stretching out to two turns in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 16 at Santa Anita Park.
A sampling of horses to watch at Monday night's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens.
Ron Paolucci started out with a $3,000 trotter at an Ohio harness track and parlayed his interest in the business into a large stable of horses that race at all levels, including graded stakes.
Spendthrift Farm's two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Benjamin Warren's upstart 5-year-old Warren's Veneda will take another run at each other in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Del Mar.
Victor Espinoza was fined $300 by the Santa Anita Park stewards May 8 for "causing a break in the skin" with his whip on Stellar Wind during her victory in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) April 4.
Stellar Wind, prepping for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1, worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita Park for trainer John Sadler.
Graded stakes winners Three Hearts and Diversy Harbor provide the most class in a field of nine older fillies and mares set for the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Stellar Wind, the 6-5 favorite for the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), delivered with a commanding 5 1/4-length win over Luminance April 4 at Santa Anita Park. The daughter of Curlin traveled the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.26.
Knowing she can always take Bolo back to the turf, trainer Carla Gaines tried him on the main track with success. Gaines also has Curlin's Fox making the move from turf to dirt in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
Nine stakes winners, including China Horse Club's U.S.-based multiple graded stakes winner Parranda, are set for the first running of Singapore's richest race, the CEFC Singapore Cup, Feb. 22 at Kranji Racecourse.
Ian Tapp takes us through the Fasig-Tipton November Breeding Stock Sale numbers. Listen to comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales, Jane Lyon, Brereton Jones, and Ken Ramsey. watch video
Ria Antonia and Rosalind, a pair of 3-year-old fillies, each sold for seven figures Nov. 3 at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.
Two-time grade I winner Fashion Plate was the first offering to top the $1 million mark at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 3 when she sold for $1.2 million to Katsumi Yoshida.
The Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland mixed sales, which run Nov. 3-14 in Kentucky and feature some standout horses and Breeders' Cup-related catalog updates, should maintain market stability, officials say.
Untapable put the finishing touches on her 3-year-old filly championship campaign when she won the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in a driving finish Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
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If Close Hatches can return to her top form, the outcome of the race could end with the familiar sight of trainer Bill Mott entering the winner's circle.
Don't Tell Sophia and Ria Antonia, pre-entered for the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Oct. 31, turned in half-mile breezes Oct. 24 at Keeneland.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Arethusa||Eoin G. Harty||
|Artemis||Chad C. Brown||
|Fashion Plate||Simon Callaghan||
|Honey Ride||John W. Sadler||
|Kissin Lucky Lips||Jeffery Scott Jones||
|Ria Antonia||Thomas M. Amoss||
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