Arnaud and Leigh Delacour have quietly built their stable, currently based at Tampa Bay Downs, into one of the most successful in the country with a focus on time and patience.
In her first trip down the Santa Anita Park hillside turf course, Prize Exhibit got a dream rail trip and held off a late-closing effort from defending winner Shrinking Violet to win the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT).
Wesley Ward's well-traveled Shrinking Violet will look for a repeat score in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3, after taking the 2015 edition of the race a year ago.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced Dec. 3 that the $350,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash has been upgraded to grade III for 2016 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
Lael Stables' Ageless will not run in next Saturday's $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), trainer Arnaud Delacour said Oct. 23.
Although winner Ageless is continuing to recover from an injury sustained in her dramatic victory in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes, the 6-year-old mare was pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT)
Following her dramatic win in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 9, Lael Stables' Ageless was treated at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for a cut in her left hock sustained during the turf sprint.
Lael Stables' Ageless took down favored Lady Shipman with a late charge Oct. 9 in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, but was injured in the process.
Free as a Bird and Ageless, the one-two finishers in last year's Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, will meet again at Keeneland Oct. 9.
Lael Stables' Ageless, who rarely fails to put forth an excellent effort, is scheduled to return to Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 7 for another try in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II).
Lael Stables' Ageless ran down front-runner Leigh Court in the stretch and won the Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) in course-record time July 26 at Woodbine.
Lael Stables' Ageless will try to win the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) for a second straight year when she starts from the outside in the expected field of seven fillies and mares Sunday, July 26 at Woodbine.
The Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, is one of four ungraded stakes scheduled for Saturday's Preakness Day card at Pimlico, along with the James W. Murphy, Chick Lang Stakes, and The Very One Stakes.
Smart Strike, a two-time champion sire in North America, was euthanized March 25 at Lane's End Farm near Lexington after succumbing to a case of laminitis. He was 23.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Bobby Kitten, a speed type who never had raced shorter than one mile, went from last to first with a dramatic run to capture the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Arnaud Delacour will get his opportunity to see if the mare Ageless has an affinity for the Santa Anita Park downhill turf course in the Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Free as a Bird was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) the morning of Oct. 29 after the 5-year-old mare refused to fly, according to trainer Ian Wilkes.
Trainer Wesley Ward could get his Breeders' Cup Saturday started in a big way Nov. 1 if Richies Party Girl delivers in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT)
The illustrious Stonestreet Farms broodmare band gained two more celebrities with the announcement Sept. 24 that two of their star fillies, My Miss Aurelia and Dreaming of Julia, have been retired.
All-weather sprint specialist Living The Life, a recent arrival from overseas, added a third straight win to her record Sept. 8 in taking the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs.
A deep field of a dozen distaffers will sprint 6 1/2 furlongs for a $400,000 pot in the Sept. 8 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II).
Artemis Agrotera polished off pacesetter La Verdad midstretch and sprinted clear to an overpowering victory in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Better Lucky, a dual grade I winner on turf who won her first start on dirt in more than two years last month at Saratoga Race Course, returns to the upstate New York oval for the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23.
Lael Stables' Ageless showed her sprinting prowess on turf for the third straight time this season when taking the $142,111 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) in a course-record equaling time on the turf July 27 at Woodbine.
With half the field likely to be gunning for the lead, the set-up seems ideal for the confirmed closing mare Ageless in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine turf July 27.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Delightful Quality||Thomas Albertrani||
|My Miss Aurelia||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Srumdiddlyumptious||Kelly J. Breen||
|Well Kept||Leah Gyarmati||
|Xunlei||Dale L. Romans||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Affirmed Success S.||BEL|
|Bewitch S. (gr. IIIT)||KEE|
|Golden Circle S.||PRM|
|Elusive Quality S.||BEL|
|William Walker S.||CD|