With an inside trip just off favored Irish War Cry, Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta's Tapwrit angled out late in the final turn under jockey Jose Ortiz and kicked well clear of the rest in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2014
In the days and weeks after Royal Mo's breakdown at Pimlico Race Course, in his last timed workout for the Preakness Stakes (G1), it was difficult for the trainer to power forward, but the other horses in his care deserved his best.
What has been an ever-shifting landscape for this year's 3-year-old runners is set to conclude its first-half act June 10 with a wide-open edition of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
Here we are at the end of the road--the often unpredictable Belmont Stakes, without the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner, without the favorite Classic Empire, and with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the head of the Japanese invader Epicharis.
Claire Novak shares information on Belmont Stakes contender Epicharis, who did not go to the track to train Thursday morning after being treated for lameness. Plus footage of Irish War Cry and Gormley in their first trips over the track!
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
- By Lenny Shulman and Claire Novak
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Triple Crown, Northeast Region
The status of Japanese contender Epicharis is in question for the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) after the colt was treated with bute June 7 and did not go out to train June 8 at Belmont Park.
When Victor Espinoza returns to ride in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park for the first time since guiding American Pharoah to a Triple Crown sweep in 2015, the memory of that day will still be fresh.
Circumstances required trainer John Shirreffs to throw two entirely new elements at Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley June 3, in his final work for a potential Belmont Stakes (G1) start.
Before and after Gormley logged his workout May 27 at Santa Anita Park, trainer John Shirreffs emphasized that, although the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) is under consideration, nothing is set in stone.
The term "wide-open" has been tossed about the Churchill Downs backstretch like a baseball of late whenever the connections of Kentucky Derby aspirants are asked about the complexion of this year's Run for the Roses.
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
Two stallions represented in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) already bear the mantle of Derby-winning sire. Their racing careers and their paths as stallions could not be more different.
Godolphin Racing's group 1 winner Thunder Snow cleared quarantine as expected the morning of May 2, and headed out around 8:30 a.m. EDT to continue his preparations for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Claire Novak updates us on Thunder Snow, Irish War Cry, Gormley, State of Honor, Classic Empire, the Kentucky Oaks draw, and more!
Jerry Moss, who has campaigned greats such as Zenyatta and built the hugely successful record label A&M Records, hopes to repeat his Derby success of 12 years ago with Giacomo when he sends Gormley to the starting gate.
- By Frank Angst
A look at recent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) dirt prep races in the United States could determine if any potential bias toward a particular running style on the main track existed on particular race days.
Instead of working Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley, his Derby mount, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard the Mosses' Ziconic, who served as the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner's target.
Gormley will soon occupy a high-profile place in the history of Castleton Lyons as the first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) starter produced by the Ryan family's international operation.
The details in the Dozen make the difference as the Derby draws near.
The clocker's stopwatch at the top of the Santa Anita Park grandstand may have shown 1:15 4/5 for Gormley's six-furlong workout April 22, but the slow time doesn't tell the whole story.
Battle of Midway and Royal Mo, second and third, respectively, in the April 8 Santa Anita Derby (G1), each worked April 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Heading into April weekends we love seeing stories with headlines such as "Preps to Clear Derby Picture" because: a) the features always focus on the obvious, over-worn angles, and b) the results often prove them to be incredibly wrong.
Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes said he's been waiting for the right son of his marquee stallion Malibu Moon.
Gormley showed a different dimension in a grind-it-out Santa Anita Derby (G1) victory.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and Ashland Stakes (G1).
If there are no scratches in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 8, the 13-horse field entering the gate will be the largest for the West Coast's top Triple Crown prep race since 1981.
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.
A sterling performance by Cheyenne Stables' Mastery in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) for a moment appeared to stamp him as the clear favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
- 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
Cheyenne Stables owner Everett Dobson has a simple mantra heading into the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) March 11 at Santa Anita Park. "In Bob we trust," the Oklahoma City resident said with a laugh March 8.
Two people in the past month have asked me, “So, who is your Derby horse?” Yet I was as dumbfounded at the second asking as I’d been on the first. I have no idea who my Derby horse is. And for two good reasons.
Sham Stakes winner Gormley, a leading classics contender on the West Coast, worked on Santa Anita Park's main track Feb. 20 under regular rider and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza.
John Oxley's champion 2-year-old Classic Empire edged unbeaten rising stars Mastery and McCraken to be the favored individual contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Off for nearly eight months without any serious running, Uncle Lino's first work since his start in the 2016 Preakness Stakes (G1) went about as well as could be expected Jan. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.
When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.
To celebrate the arrival of another year and another Kentucky Derby season, let's take a look at J. Keeler Johnson's Kentucky Derby Top 10 list for 2017.
Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
John Shirreffs has enjoyed Breeders' Cup glory at Santa Anita Park with the legendary Zenyatta as well as with Life Is Sweet, but Gormley would represent his first Juvenile winner at World Championships.
This year we not only have a deep, talented field for the Juvenile, but the vast majority of them also look like Derby horses in terms of class, pedigree, and running style.
A geographically diverse and evenly matched field is set to face the starter in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5.
As the deluge of workers lined up, eagerly awaiting the second training session to begin near the top of the Santa Anita stretch, trainer John Shirreffs held back Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley for a few minutes to let the track clear.
Grade I winners Hoppertunity and Melatonin, among others, turned in works at Santa Anita Park Oct. 22 ahead of the Breeders' Cup.
Gormley made his stakes debut a winning effort, scoring a front-running win in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
After extending his win streak to three straight races and securing his first grade I score in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), Klimt will try two turns for the first time in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
|Trainer||John A. Shirreffs|
|Owner||Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.|
|Breeder||Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate|
|Gormley View Five-Cross Pedigree||Malibu Moon||A.P. Indy|
|Race to Urga||Bernstein|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Paramount Sales, agent||($150,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
|Lookin At Lee|
|Irish War Cry|