A trio of Mike Maker-trained graded stakes winners will face eight other older horses when they line up April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T).
- By Mary LaRue
Ken and Sarah Ramsey added another graded stakes winner to their list of homebreds by their stallion Kitten's Joy when Granny's Kitten wore down Western Reserve to score in the $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes (G3T) Jan. 21 at Fair Grounds.
Faces Western Reserve again after neck defeat
Sent to post at odds of 29-1 in a field of 11 for the 1 1/16-mile event, Hay Dakota was third-to-last at the top of the stretch but swung wide to deliver his late kick and outran Bondurant at the finish to stop the clock in 1:43.60 over firm turf.
Classic-placed Cherry Wine will return to grass racing Saturday, Aug. 13 as one of nine 3-year-olds entered in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International Racecourse.
The two have been most successful on turf, and if both advance to the Secretariat, they will be making their first grade I attempts on that surface.
The addition of blinkers and a dawdling pace may have helped, but in any event the consistent 3-year-old Red Giant colt Surgical Strike finally broke through for his first grade stakes victory May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice took command at the head of the stretch and cruised home by two lengths over Entertainer to win the second running of the William Walker Stakes April 30 at Churchill Downs.
Toews On Ice heads a field of five 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes on the April 30 opening night Churchill Downs card.
Shakhimat, among the early favorites for Canada's Queen's Plate this year, tops the nine-horse field that will contest the Transylvania Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) on the April 8 opening-day card at Keeneland.
Nyquist's first step onto the Triple Crown trail comes Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park, where he'll look to keep his undefeated record intact against five other sophomore males in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
J R 's Holiday earned his first stakes win and second victory in a row in the $100,000 Kitten's Joy Stakes Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park .
Graded stakes winners Azar, Life Imitates Art, and Conquest Daddyo will take to the Gulfstream Park Turf Jan. 30 for the $100,000 Kitten's Joy Stakes.
Awesome Banner put away an early challenge from Noholdingback Bear and drew off in the stretch to post a 4 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Stakes winners Full Salute and Sheikh of Sheikhs top the field of seven 3-year-olds entered in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 2, one of five stakes on the first Saturday card of 2016.
Repole Stable's Sudden Surprise, a homebred by Giant Surprise, fought off Dr. Shane to win the $150,000 Great White Way New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Dec. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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.
Dutchess Views Farm's homebred Dr. Shane upset 1-4 favorite Championofthenile by two lengths in the $206,963 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 17, collecting his first stakes win at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
An oversubscribed field for the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4 at Keeneland includes four juveniles that have finished in the money in a stakes.
Two notable graded winners from Saratoga Race Course's summer meet will head west for the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland, with a spot in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on the line.
Moyglare Stud Farm homebred Free Eagle will try to score at the highest level Wednesday, June 17, in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
A quartet of trainer Wesley Ward's Royal Ascot hopefuls each breezed a half-mile on the turf at Arlington International Racecourse May 24.
Favorite Sugar Punch won her fifth consecutive race when she overcame frontrunner Cologny in midstretch of the $107,700 Schenectady Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park on Sunday.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bruised Orange||Wesley A. Ward||
|Don't Be So Salty||Gary C. Contessa||
|Dr. Shane||Nicholas Esler||
|Laxfield Road||Wesley A. Ward||
|Montauk Cove||Charles A. Walker||
|One Mean Man||Bernard S. Flint||
|Sheikh of Sheikhs||Wesley A. Ward||
|Too Discreet||Christophe Clement||
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