When the hard-knocking Mor Spirit earned a 6 1/4-length win in the $1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1), it marked the fourth victory on the day for Bob Baffert and fifth triumph for Mike Smith.
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Tale of S'avall
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Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
Multiple graded stakes winner Destin, runner-up in last year's Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), is set to make his first start in nearly nine months when he goes to post May 28 in an allowance optional claiming race at Belmont Park.
Dragon Bay mustered a giant upset in the $175,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2) at Woodbine May 20, holding off 4-5 post-time favorite Are You Kidding Me by a neck.
Whitmore added the latest feather to his cap May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, where he ran down multiple grade 1 winner A. P. Indian to take the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3).
In a field of nine older horses for the $175,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2), Ronald Kirk, John Bates, and Michael Riordan's multiple graded stakes winner Are You Kidding Me stands out as the one to beat May 20 at Woodbine.
Aqueduct Racetrack's third race April 23, a $100,000 optional-claiming allowance race, could have been mistaken for a stakes event, with Economic Model and Shagaf competing.
Gaston and Anthony Grant's veteran performer Green Gratto broke through for his first top-level score in his 53rd career start, holding off 4-5 favorite Unified at the wire to pull the upset in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1).
A. P. Indian, a finalist for 2016 champion sprinter, makes his 2017 debut in the Commonwealth, facing Ami's Flatter, who won last year's rendition of the race, at seven furlongs.
After winning four of his first five starts, Centennial Farms' Unified will try grade 1 company for the first time in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Regardless of what is written down and published, there’s always another angle—another lead, another quote, another phone call that could add further depth to a story. These Denali graduates have added their own exclamation points to this one.
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Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Bridlewood Farm, and Bob LaPenta came together two years ago to buy a Tapit colt for seven figures, and they've been rewarded by Tapwrit, now one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby.
Despite incurring some traffic trouble around the first turn, Tapwrit became the latest sophomore to make a play for a starring role in the ever-evolving 3-year-old male picture when he drew clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have a trio of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park, a Triple Crown prep on each coast, and more.
- By Dave Litfin
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
On the West Coast at The Great Race Place, the 80th running of the Santa Anita Handicap Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1) anchors a five-stakes program
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs.
When it was announced last week that track record-setting Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) winner McCraken would miss the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) with a slight ankle strain, a new level of opportunity was placed at the feet of classic aspirants.
Marylou Whitney's Bird Song took the lead after a half-mile and kept Realm and Tale of S'avall at bay in the stretch to earn his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
In the days to come, Beasley's connections hope he'll take them full circle to a certain racetrack on a certain Saturday in May—where 24 years ago, owner Lee Lewis and trainer Mark Hennig found themselves with their only Kentucky Derby (G1) starter.
Unbeaten multiple graded stakes winner McCraken will miss the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) March 11 after emerging from a four-furlong move Feb. 27 with a slight strain to his left front ankle.
Sharp Azteca may have been making his season debut Feb. 11 in the $350,000 Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), but the Gelfenstein Farm runner came ready for action.
After a quality third-place run in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Mind Your Biscuits trained back in New York, then returned to California to grind out a grade I victory Dec. 26 in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes.
Connect added to an already banner year for trainer Chad Brown as he engaged in a thrilling stretch duel with Divining Rod and just got his nose down at the wire to win the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.
House horse Mo Dont No picked up some help from above to register his fourth straight win and sixth in his past seven starts Monday, Nov. 21, when he was placed first by the stewards in the Steel Valley Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
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