With three horses across the track at the eighth pole, Hoppertunity forged to the lead late to secure a half-length victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
While this year's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) lacks superstar power, the field of six older horses is an interesting mix of consistent veterans and less consistent types who have at times flashed talent.
Connect and Gift Box, stablemates trained by Chad Brown, matched strides down the stretch in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes but pacesetter Connect dug in and edged away to win by about a length June 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Gift Box and Connect, strong winners of entry-level allowance races in their last starts for trainer Chad Brown, are among a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Jump Sucker Stable and Oak Bluff Stables' Governor Malibu, fourth in the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) in his last start, is now under strong consideration for the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve has been retired from racing and will begin retraining for a second career with Olympic level three-day event rider Phillip Dutton, according to a May 24 release.
On Friday, Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs, Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex will try to nail down the first grade I victory of his career when he faces an expected eight other horses in the $500,000 Clark Handicap.
Keen Ice, who is possible for the Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs, and Effinex, who is pointing to the Clark off his runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), both breezed Nov. 21.
Matthew Schera's Race Day moved between horses leaving the second turn and continued his momentum to win the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time on the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup card at Keeneland.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity and V. E. Day plus a trio of horses from trainer Todd Pletcher headline a field of 11 entered for the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II).
War Dancer has faced the best of the older turf division all summer and takes a drop in class Oct. 10 in the nine-furlong Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
Flaxman Holdings' Tacticus, a homebred son of A.P. Indy, went wire to wire in winning Belmont Park's $197,000 Temperence Hill Stakes at 1 5/8 miles. V. E. Day, the 1-2 favorite, was second.
Last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner V. E. Day will get a class break on Saturday, Sept. 12 when he starts in the $200,000 Temprence Hill Stakes at Belmont Park.
One race after being caught late in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map led at every call in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, drawing off to easily earn his first grade I victory.
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Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course this week to train for a possible start in the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
Joseph Sutton's Bradester collected his first grade II victory and continued his success at Monmouth Park, coming off a score in the July 5 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) to win the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II).
Several Whitney (gr. I) contenders drilled July 31 for the upcoming $1.25 million race next weekend at Saratoga Race Course, including 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist, who put in his final serious work.
Arnold Zetcher's homebred Smart Transition picked up his first black type victory July 31 at Saratoga Race Course, kicking into gear off the turn and drawing away to win the $100,000 Curlin Stakes.
Multiple graded-stakes winner Protonico leads the cast of older horses going 1 1/16 miles in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 2.
A field of 11 that appeared headed for at most seven starters for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort was back up to nine two days before the race.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Charge Now||William I. Mott||
|Commanding Curve||Dallas Stewart||
|Cousin Stephen||Jamie Ness||
|Joint Custody||John J. Robb||
|Life in Shambles||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Protonico||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Spot||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Tiz'naz||John C. Servis||
|V. E. Day||James A. Jerkens||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Gold Cup S.||DED|
|Fiesta Mile S.||RET|
|Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame S.||RET|
|New Mexico Classic Cup Distaff Sprint Championship S.||ZIA|