Two of Southern California's standout horses of 2015 took early steps toward their season debuts May 10 at Santa Anita Park, and both figure to return to racing sometime over the summer at Del Mar.
The $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes is a modest event on the Aqueduct Racetrack schedule, but this year two graded winners look to return to winning ways in the six-furlong test.
Starship Truffles is from the family of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Resurgent champion jockey Frankie Dettori will be aboard Judy the Beauty when the reigning champion female sprinter bids for a repeat win in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Champion Judy the Beauty put in her final work toward the defense of her TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) win with a five-furlong breeze at Keeneland Race Course Oct. 26.
With no main track workers, morning workouts for Breeders' Cup hopefuls at Keeneland Oct. 25 were highlighted by breezes over the turf course, including a quartet from trainer Wesley Ward.
Champion Judy the Beauty tuned up for the defense of her title in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) by working five furlongs in company in 1:01 4/5 at Keeneland Oct. 19.
Judy the Beauty and Kitten's Top Cat work at Keeneland October 19, 2015. Courtesy of Keeneland
Led by champion Judy the Beauty and two from the Bill Mott barn, the worktab at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 19 was quite active for Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls.
Russell J. and Lois Bennett's homebred Touching Promise is waltzing into the Oct. 12 Ballerina Stakes (gr. III) at Hastings Racecourse off two straight stakes wins at the Vancouver track.
When owner-trainer Wesley Ward decided to race champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty one more season this year, the goal was always to get back to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Dame Dorothy, whose seven wins in 10 starts includes the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I), seeks a return to the winner's circle in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) after finishing sixth in the Ballerina (gr. I).
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
The 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Yes It's True will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
New York-bred filly is 4-for-4 this year.
La Verdad took the lead and never looked back July 29 in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course, cruising gate to wire under jockey Jose Ortiz to preserve her perfect record this season.
Champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty headlines the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going six furlongs July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
A number of grade I winners, including several champions, worked July 23 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course as well as the Oklahoma training track.
A colt by Into Mischief (Hip 509) consigned by Jaime Mejia's Thoroughbred Champions Training Center posted the fastest quarter of a mile breeze of the third under tack preview for the OBS June sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Dame Dorothy earned her first grade I victory May 2 and did so with distinction, running down game champion Judy the Beauty and surprisingly tough 18-1 pacesetter Moonlit Stroll in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Wesley Ward pulled no punches with the season debut of champion Judy the Beauty, entering her in top-level company on the biggest day of the North American racing year in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).
Judy the Beauty, Contested, Hunters Bay, Za Approval, Moreno, Better Lucky & More! view slideshow
Judy the Beauty, Contested, Hunters Bay, Za Approval, Moreno, Better Lucky & More
The first day of turf works for the upcoming spring meet at Keeneland brought out a contingent of horses from trainer Wesley Ward's barn March 31, headed by two Breeders' Cup winners.
Joseph Shields Jr.'s homebred Classic Point, away since last November, returned to the races in fine form to post an upset in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 21 at Gulfstream Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Book Review||Bob Baffert||
|Classic Point||James A. Jerkens||
|Dance to Bristol||Ollie L. Figgins, III||
|Fantasy of Flight||Mark Hubley||
|Glorious View||William I. Mott||
|Judy the Beauty||Wesley A. Ward||
|Moment in Dixie||James J. Toner||
|Starship Truffles||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Street Girl||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Sure Route (GB)||Aaron M. West||
|Villanesca||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
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