After running third in her last two graded stakes attempts, Golden Eagle Farm's Hillhouse High broke through in the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2T) when holding off a late run from Mokat, giving trainer Richard Baltas the 1-2 finish.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have massive stakes cards at Aqueduct Racetrack, Keeneland, and Santa Anita Park built around three top Triple Crown preps.
Last year's Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (G1T) winner Harmonize will make her season debut in the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2T) for fillies and mares 4 and older April 8.
Grade I winner Stormy Lucy, who topped the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 when she sold for $575,000, will be bred to Frankel on Southern Hemisphere breeding time this year.
The $1.6 million buyback of Donegal Moon and the $575,000 sale of grade I winner Stormy Lucy highlighted the Fasig-Tipton July horses of all ages sale that saw competitive bidding and solid numbers.
Grade I winner Stormy Lucy was purchased by SF Bloodstock for $575,000 in a private transaction after leaving the ring unsold at the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 in Lexington. The price is the highest at the auction.
The Fasig-Tipton selected horses of racing age sale that will be held for the fourth year has carved out a valuable niche within the equine sales marketplace in a short period of time.
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Hronis Racing's Nancy From Nairobi, a British-bred 5-year-old mare, gets her first graded stakes win while winning her third straight mile turf race at Santa Anita in the May 5 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT).
A wide-open field of 14 will contest the May 5 $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Robert Naify, who with his wife, Jan Van de Bos Naify, races in the name of Ran Jan Racing, died April 7 at his home in San Francisco. He was 94.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder could make her first start of 2016 also her first start on turf, trainer Richard Mandella said March 24 at Santa Anita Park.
A visually impressive last-out allowance score proved to be an indicator of future success for Paulina's Love in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winners Stormy Lucy and Her Emmynency will meet in the $200,000 Buena Vista (gr. IIT), and despite the mile turf race's grade II label, they'll have to beat field worthy of the top level to win Feb. 20 at Santa Anita.
In what figured to be a paceless affair, Tammy the Torpedo took to the front and prevailed in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
After closing out 2015 with two wins in her final three starts, Tammy the Torpedo will try to secure her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner Catch a Glimpse and her trainer, Mark Casse, are nominated for multiple Sovereign Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony April 8.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss' homebred Keri Belle was all out to hold off strong closing bids from Stormy Lucy and Theatre Bid to capture the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Gender Agenda and Stormy Lucy are set to renew their seesaw rivalry again in the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes (gr. IIIT), the feature on the Martin Luther King Day holiday card Jan. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Gender Agenda turned the tables on grade I winner Stormy Lucy to earn the first stakes win of her career in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Stormy Lucy is the co-highweight in the 1 1/8-mile turf test, which drew a field of 14, along with recent grade III winner Rusty Slipper and grade I winner Warren's Veneda.
Blocked by a wall of five horses exiting the final turn, Steve Moger's Stormy Lucy found space to the outside and just got up to catch Recepta at the wire to win the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
The Nov. 29 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) for older horses at 1 3/4 miles at Woodbine, features eight runners including Melmich and the retiring champion Pender Harbour.
Twice a runner-up in graded stakes, James and Tammy McKenny's homebred Uzziel found the right formula to break through in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 1 at Del Mar.
A winner in her last five starts over synthetic footing, HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing's Living The Life will head back to the Southern California turf Nov. 1 in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Dancingtothestars||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Dutchessa (GB)||Darrell Vienna||
|Habibi (NZ)||Mark R. Frostad||
|Kathleen Rose||Mike Puype||
|Moone's My Name (GB)||John W. Sadler||
|Moulin de Mougin||Richard E. Mandella||
|Redressthebalance (IRE)||George Papaprodromou||
|Stormy Lucy||Ed Moger, Jr.||
|Wishing Gate||Thomas F. Proctor||
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