Malagacy gave his future Hall of Fame conditioner another legitimate sophomore to point toward the first Saturday in May when he captured the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) by two lengths over Sonneteer at the Hot Springs oval March 18.
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The Rebel Stakes (G2) is the penultimate leg of Oaklawn's Kentucky Derby prep race series, and with such a large purse, the Rebel has drawn a field of eleven horses that look very competitive on paper.
Sham Stakes (G3) runner-up American Anthem has arrived for the purpose of making sure the Rebel Stakes (G2) remains trainer Bob Baffert's out-of-town playground.
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.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale of 2-year-olds in training begins March 9 and continues through March 11, with sessions beginning at 8 a.m. daily at the OBS track in Ocala, Fla.
Tom Pedulla of America's Best Racing recently spent some time with Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert to talk about this year's classics.
Champion Arrogate turned in his trademark visually impressive workout at Santa Anita Park Feb. 21, when he covered five furlongs in :59 in company with stablemate Whiskey Ticket.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit, and Mastery each recorded bullet works Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Bob Baffert.
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).
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.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and recaps Irish War Cry's win in the Marylander Stakes.
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.
|Jockey||Mike E. Smith|
|Owner||WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd. et al.|
|Breeder||WinStar Farm, LLC|
|American Anthem View Five-Cross Pedigree||Bodemeister||Empire Maker|
|Indy's Windy||A.P. Indy|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||E. J. Stable||Select Sales, agent||$180,000|
|Two-year-old||WinStar & China Horse Club||Hoppel's Horse & Cattle Co., agent||$435,000|