The grade III race is a key Tampa Bay Derby prep
- By Ron Mitchell
The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla.
Shaman Ghost bided his time down on the inside and then easily flew past frontrunners Doyouknowsomething and Waymond Boyd to take the Brooklyn Invitational June 11 at Belmont Park.
Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable's Kid Cruz will look to win his third straight stakes June 11 in the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II).
W. S. Farish's homebred Eagle broke through for his first graded stakes win April 16 and kept an unbeaten record at Keeneland intact in the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
Destin surged to the lead off the far turn and then turned back a stretch challenge from Rafting to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Whatawonderflworld hasn't raced on the dirt, but trainer Mark Casse is hopeful the Tiz Wonderful gelding puts in a good showing in the Feb. 13 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs.
Rafting will try to open his 3-year-old season in similar fashion against an expected six other sophomores in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.
WinStar Farm's Commissioner went out on a high note Nov. 28, ending his career with a victory in the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course.
Multiple graded stakes winner Commissioner headlines a field of eight for the 79th running of the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
With a patient ride and a sweeping move on the final turn, Bailoutbobby took the 1 3/4-mile $200,000 Marathon Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland by 5 1/4 lengths.
Neck 'n Neck and Majestic Harbor head the Oct. 30 Marathon Stakes (gr. II) at 1 3/4 miles, the longest race that will be run over Breeders' Cup weekend at Keeneland.
Ted Mitzlaff's Neck 'n Neck just got up in the final strides to take the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) from Parx Racing on Monday afternoon.
A Shamardal colt sold for the highest price of 720,000 euros (U.S. $799,919) at the opening session of the Arqana Deauville yearling sale, launching Europe's yearling auction season Aug. 15.
Godolphin Racing's Bay of Plenty, beaten 24 lengths by the victorious Honor Code in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), rebounded nicely with a wire-to-wire win in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes Aug. 9 at Saratoga.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex went eye-to-eye with two-time grade I winner Tonalist in the stretch and won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) by a head bob July 4 at Belmont Park.
Tonalist will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex enters the marathon event having won his last two starts, including a game victory in the Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 25.
A. Stevens Miles Jr., a retired Kentucky banker, civic leader, and Thoroughbred owner, died April 25 in Louisville. He was 85.
A 19-1 shot gave 7-5 favorite Protonico what-for in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) on the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard, but the 4-year-old Giant's Causeway runner surged back May 1 to win.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his long-awaited Churchill Downs debut in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (Stakes (gr. II) on the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard.
After being eased during his seasonal debut in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, Protonico bounced back with an easy victory in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, April 11 at Keeneland.
Protonico, winner of the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) and runner-up in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) to close 2014, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in a field of six entered for the April 11 Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Erik and Pavla Nygaard, breeders of the brilliant Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) winner Ocean Knight, are doing things the right way.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Abuela||Victoria H. Oliver||
|Battle Hardened||Kelli Martinez||
|Blue Angel Express||Butch Silva||
|Burning Time||David Fawkes||
|Crying Lightening (IRE)||James J. Toner||
|Dundalk Dust||Chris M. Block||
|Ecabroni||Wesley A. Ward||
|Exclusive Love||Mark E. Casse||
|Fox Rules||M. Anthony Ferraro||
|Holy Highway||Kerry Zavash||
|Jenny's So Great||Gregory de Gannes||
|Keertana||Thomas F. Proctor||
|Martita Sangrita||Leigh Delacour||
|Master Shade (ITY)||H. Graham Motion||
|Moroccan Brew||Hugh H. Robertson||
|Neck 'n Neck||Ian R. Wilkes||
|Prospective||Mark E. Casse||
|Ravelo's Boy||Manuel J. Azpurua||
|Reveron||Agustin C. Bezara||
|State of Play||Richard C. Mettee||
|Zagora (FR)||Chad C. Brown||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Ashley T. Cole S.||BEL|
|Noble Damsel S. (gr. IIIT)||BEL|
|Elge Rasberry S.||LAD|
|A. L. (Red) Erwin S.||LAD|