The 2014 champion male sprinter and a 4-year-old that finished second in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are among the horses entered on an all-stakes undercard for the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby.
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Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), continued to progress toward the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby with a five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs
Lion Hearted, perennially among Maryland's leading sires, died May 28 of an apparent heart attack at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md. He was 19.
On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? watch video
- By Steve Haskin
First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts. read blog
Trainer Christophe Clement proclaimed Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist ready for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.88 over the Oklahoma training track Aug. 16.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist turned in his first breeze Aug. 9 since finishing second in the July 26 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), covering five furlongs in 1:03.36 over the Oklahoma training track.
- By Claire Novak
Tonalist and Wicked Strong will face several new shooters this week in the Jim Dandy Stakes. Who do you like in the Jim Dandy? Listen to Claire Novak and Frank Angst give their picks. watch video
Sometimes, handicapping a horse race can be as much about the horses whose chances you don't like as it is about the horses whose chances you do like. read blog
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist and fourth-place finisher Wicked Strong share a highweight assignment of 123 pounds for the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga on July 26.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve could make his first start since his ninth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in the July 25 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Relive Tonalist's victory in the 2014 Belmont Stakes. See where your favorite horse was at seven points of the race with our interactive slideshow. view slideshow
View the dramatic images during the unfolding of the 2014 Belmont Stakes. view slideshow
Join the ranks of those who have tracked the shooting star journey of California Chrome. You don't have to like him. You can even pick against. But what would you do if this time, the hype turned out to be real?
Images from the weeks leading up to the Belmont Stakes. View Slideshow
Everything seemed to sparkle and shine Friday morning. read blog
Claire Novak and special guest Peter Rotondo handicap the Belmont Stakes. Peter has had success at picking winners in the Belmont and shares stories while providing insight on this year's running. Watch Video
Meet the Belmont Stakes Contenders. Use this quick and informative guide for a look at the field for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). It is compiled in post position order by Ron Mitchell, with analysis by Evan Hammonds.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Dual classic winner California Chrome drew post position 2 and was installed the 3-5 morning-line favorite for his attempt at the coveted Triple Crown when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Claire Novak reports on the post position draw, including reactions from California Chrome's connections. Watch Video
Steve Haskin looks at how the Belmont Stakes might develop, and shares photos from Tuesday and Wednesday. read blog
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including California Chrome schooling and galloping under the watchful eye of Art Sherman. Also, Commanding Curve, and the status of Kid Cruz. Watch Video
West Point Thoroughbreds hopes to land its first classic win when Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve tackles the Belmont Stakes and tries to spoil the Triple Crown bid of California Chrome.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome was out for some exercise on Belmont Park's main track the morning of June 2, jogging once clockwise around the oval under regular exercise rider Willie Delgado.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve grazes Monday, June 2 at Belmont Park. watch video
Claire Novak updates us on the status and works of several horses from this morning. Watch work footage from Ride On Curlin, Commanding Curve, Wicked Strong, Commissioner, Matterhorn, Palace Malice, and Princess of Sylmar. watch video
Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin, runner-up to California Chrome in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), stretched his legs June 1 with a seven-furlong breeze under exercise rider Bryan Beccia at Belmont Park.
California Chrome isn't likely to run a clunker in the Belmont Stakes, but the distance could be a key factor, say rival trainers Billy Gowan and Dallas Stewart.
As Triple Crown contender California Chrome went about his daily routine May 24 in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), a sizable field was shaping up to challenge the colt in the 1 1/2-mile race.
Many of the leading contenders in this year's Test of the Champion have pedigrees that are so contradictory, it is difficult to say with any conviction who can and cannot get the distance. read blog
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby last out, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs May 23 as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Belmont Stakes.
The owners of Ring Weekend are hoping his distant second-place finish in the Calder Derby isn't a true indication of his chances in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.
Experience an interactive turn-by-turn slideshow of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. view slideshow
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to California Chrome, will target a run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), his connections said May 5.
One day after saddling California Chrome to win the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Art Sherman was still absorbing the magnitude of the achievement.
Art Sherman trainee California Chrome leads the slate of likely runners for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., where he'll encounter new rivals such as Kid Cruz and Social Inclusion.
Favored California Chrome took command at the head of the lane and drew well clear to win the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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Trainer Graham Motion said because of a fever, Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Ring Weekend is no longer being considered for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
- By Steve Haskin
From Kentucky to New York to California to Maryland, there were Kentucky Derby works galore the past two days. read blog
Dallas Stewart, who sent out overlooked Golden Soul to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), hopes to have Commanding Curve in this year's race.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning at Churchill Downs April 26 as a handful of hopefuls for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) went to the track.
Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend satisfied his connections with a drill at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland April 25 and will move on to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Vicar's in Trouble led every step of the way, turning back the challenge of favored Intense Holiday to post a comfortable win in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II)at Fair Grounds March 29.
Intense Holiday has drawn the rail post position as the 2-1 morning line favorite for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 29 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
|Owner||West Point Thoroughbreds|
|Breeder||T. F. VanMeter|
|Commanding Curve View Five-Cross Pedigree||Master Command||A.P. Indy|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent||VanMeter Sales, agent||$60,000|
|Two-year-old||West Point Thoroughbreds||Eddie Woods, agent||$75,000|