Honor Code turned on the afterburners and flew home June 6 in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, with last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist getting up for second.
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The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) is on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard for the second year in a row. With the 2014 edition won by the previous year's Belmont winner, Christophe Clement hopes Tonalist can also win.
Two-time grade II winner Honor Code remains on track for his scheduled start in the $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra is preparing for his first Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) since taking charge last winter.
Private Zone won the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, May 2 at the Louisville oval, holding off a stretch challenge from Nates Mineshaft. Bayern struggled in his 2015 debut.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will make his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard May 2.
After a six-furlong workout in 1:10 4/5 at Santa Anita Park April 25, trainer Bob Baffert is mulling over Bayern's options for Kentucky Derby Week.
Champion 3-year-old filly Untapable, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and classic winners Palace Malice and Tonalist are among horses nominated to 10 stakes during Kentucky Derby Week at Churchill Downs.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 490 entries for its 2015 Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., on Monday and Tuesday, May 18-19, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT daily.
Shared Belief will make his first start outside of California in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18, co-owner Jim Rome said March 25.
Shared Belief, who most recently won the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), and Bayern, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in his last start last November, are among 56 nominees for the April 18 Charles Town Classic.
The stars were out for workouts in Southern California the morning of Feb. 21. California Chrome led the group with a half-mile work in :48 4/5 at his home track, Los Alamitos Racecourse.
The discussion over riding rules brought into the spotlight the controversial start of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) during the California Horse Racing Board's Feb. 18 meeting.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has recovered from a hind foot abscess and worked Feb. 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Led by the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2, Monmouth Park announced a graded stakes schedule worth $3.5 million for 2015. In addition, the popular bonus programs for owners and trainers will return.
Horse of the Year California Chrome, dual champion Main Sequence, and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern are among U.S. runners nominated for races on the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) card March 28 at Meydan.
Horse of the Year California Chrome breezed one mile in 1:41 2/5 at his Los Alamitos Race Course headquarters Jan. 25 as he moves ever closer to his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes.
With a top rating of 130, Japan-based Just a Way was crowned the 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse during ceremonies in London Jan. 20.
Newly crowned Horse of the Year California Chrome drilled seven furlongs at Los Alamitos Race Course Jan. 19 as he continues preparations for his expected 2015 debut next month in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II).
Here is a complete list of the 2014 Eclipse Award winners, as voted on and presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Equibase, Daily Racing Form, and National Turf Writers Association.
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable was a runaway winner for best 3-year-old filly with four grade I victories, including defeating older mares in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it's not. The voting for 2014 Horse of the Year fell into the latter category, and the outcome surely will be debated for quite some time.
Casual poll at Gulfstream Park asks, "Who do you like for Horse of the Year?" A majority put the most weight on the Triple Crown races.
Jerry Bossert says the nation's best 3-year-old in 2014 was California Chrome. But will the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner edge Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) victor Bayern in Eclipse Award voting?
Bayern, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) who suffered a minor crack several days ago, galloped two miles Jan. 12 and may breeze at the end of the week, said owner Kaleem Shah.
Finalists for the 2014 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 7 on HRTV at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Bayern, California Chrome, and Main Sequence were named as finalists for the Horse of the Year title.
Bayern and California Chrome took another step toward a possible early-season rematch when the leading Horse of the Year contenders worked sharply about an hour apart the morning of Jan. 3 at their respective training bases.
For the second straight year, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, and Ken and Sarah Ramsey were North America's respective top trainer, jockey, and owners for 2014.
Both Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victor California Chrome posted works Dec. 27 with a possible rematch looming that could include Shared Belief.
The California Horse Racing Board is considering a rule change that would result in the scratch of a horse that has been gelded since his last race if that information is not disclosed well in advance of the race.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5.
You voted for the top races of 2014, and the results are revealed in this slideshow. view slideshow
Assuming I have a vote, I will select California Chrome as Horse of the Year on my Eclipse Award ballot. read blog
California steward Kim Sawyer said having the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) as the final race of the day this year created problems in publicizing the reason for the decision to take no action following the race.
Here is your chance to choose the top race of 2014. The BloodHorse.com staff had a tough time narrowing down this year's poll to just 15 races, but here they are and now it is time for you to select the best race.
This year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) had it all: a close finish, a thrilling run through the stretch, and a lingering controversy. read blog
Lenny Shulman sits down for a fun interview with Ken Ramsey. Lenny also talks about racing this year's stand outs next year; including Bayern, Shared Belief, California Chrome, Hopportunity, and Honor Code. watch video
Thirty years after winning the first Breeders' Cup Classic, Wild Again is still relevant, counting high-profile runners Bayern, Just a Way, Fed Biz, and Vicar's in Trouble among his headlining descendants in 2014.
Following the controversial non-call in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), the California Horse Racing Board appears ready to change the rule that led to the decision. But it may take awhile.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I) victor Constitution headline 20 horses nominated to the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
With his victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Bayern moved into a tie for sixth on the Longines World's Best Race Horse Rankings.
After such a close Breeders' Cup Classic finish, one can only wonder if the outcome would have been different if California Chrome had not raced three wide through both turns. read blog
Lenny discusses the stewards' decision in the BC Classic, new seating at Churchill Downs, and follows up with Breeders' Cup star trainer Chad Brown. watch video
Steve Haskin makes a case for awarding Horse of the Year to Bayern. read blog
The wide-open race for Horse of the Year should make the 2015 annual Eclipse Awards dinner an intriguing event.
But when you really think about it, all the uproar over the incident is not about Bayern's interference. It's about who he interfered with. read blog
- By Frank Angst
Frank Angst examines possible solutions to challenges with determining fouls. read blog
Better calls overall will be made if stewards have discretion. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Baffert again found himself pleading with higher sources to spare him the pain of defeat when it became apparent Bayern was going to have to dig in like he's never dug in before to hold off the challenges. read blog
Syndicated sports show host Jim Rome, whose Jungle Racing owns part of Shared Belief, said he has moved on from the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) but is frustrated by the stewards' decision.
|Owner||Kaleem Shah, Inc.|
|Bayern View Five-Cross Pedigree||Offlee Wild||Wild Again|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Two-year-old||Ed Savant||Eddie Woods, agent||$320,000|