While Tonalist enters the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, Oct. 3 on -- by his standards -- a downward trend, the Tapit colt will be favored to repeat his 2014 victory in the Belmont Park race.
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Reigning Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Tonalist drilled a bullet five furlongs Sept. 26 at Belmont Park in preparation for this year's edition of the race Oct. 3.
The fields for six graded stakes on Belmont Park's Oct. 3 "Super Saturday" card are beginning to take form.
Rallying from last, Ironicus exploded through the stretch to take the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course in a turf course record time Sept. 7.
Ironicus, who has an electrifying late kick, will have to catch front-running Constitution, who makes his turf bow and first start since the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at the Spa.
Multiple grade 1 winner Private Zone hit the main Saratoga track after the renovation break Saturday morning Aug. 22, working four furlongs in :45 4/5 to record a bullet for all horses at the distance.
Todd Pletcher sent out several of his stable stars for workouts July 26 at Saratoga Race Course, including graded stakes winners Stopchargingmaria, Angela Renee, and Competitive Edge.
Javier Castellano will ride all 14 races at Gulfstream Park March 28, including Ami's Flatter in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I), and he wasn't even supposed to be in South Florida that day.
California Chrome worked seven furlongs March 13 in an easy 1:23 4/5, turning in his final local workout before shipping to Dubai for the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Constitution, winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, has been ruled out of the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28 at Meydan because of heat and soreness in his left shin.
Lenny Shulman talks with Randy Gullatt of Twin Creeks Farm about Constitution, Mission Impazible, Graydar, Dubai, & business partner Steve Davison. Lenny also touches on TVG and the NTRA. Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions watch video
Steve Haskin and Ron Mitchell talk about the weekend of racing. Steve expands on the performances of Shared Belief, California Chrome, Dortmund, Firing Line, Danzig Moon, Cyrus Alexander, Far From Over, and Constitution.
Photos from Santa Anita Park, Delta Downs, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Aqueduct and more! view slideshow
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the San Antonio showdown and a great weekend of Derby preps. read blog
Constitution notched his second grade I victory Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park and did so impressively, taking the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) wire-to-wire while holding off 2014 Donn victor Lea.
J. Keeler Johnson previews the Donn Handicap, San Antonio Stakes and more! read blog
Son of First Samurai faces a tall task Feb. 7 for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, coming back to defend his title against Commissioner and Constitution along with European invader Sloane Avenue.
Trainer Todd Pletcher's quartet of candidates for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park all breezed four furlongs at Palm Beach Downs the morning of Feb. 1.
As a companion to the January 10, 2015 issue of The Blood-Horse, we present a look at Tapit's 2014 successes on the track and at the sales. view slideshow
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing a pair of grade I winners to the first major race for older horses in the country, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Hoppertunity made the most of his chance to finally run at Churchill Downs, grinding out his greatest career victory Nov. 28 in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra look at the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Friday. Watch Video
Many count the two top 3-year-olds in the field of nine among those who could have made some noise before heading to the sidelines earlier this season.
When Easter Gift finished a solid third to eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in last year's Clark Handicap (gr. I), trainer Chad Brown was hoping that big things could be on the horizon.
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.
The stakes-winning Winchill, by 2014 leading sire Tapit, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Pointer Farm near Bernville. He is the first son of Tapit to stand in Pennsylvania.
Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Constitution will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the other two Triple Crown races after a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone was discovered.
Steve Haskin reflects on this year's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and shares his thoughts on who will be on top on the first Saturday in May.
Steve Haskin tells us how the final weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races have affected his Derby Dozen. read blog
Undefeated Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Constitution returned to work for trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows Training Center April 13, along with We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday.
Steve Haskin changes his 'Wicked' Derby Dozen list this week. Many have moved up and a few have fallen off. Read to find out who! read blog
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin talk about Constitution, Untapable, the drug culture in horse racing, dirt at Keeneland, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm Watch Video
Race highlights from Dubai, Gulfstream, Fair Grounds, Japan, Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita and more. view slideshow
Steve Haskin brings Constitution into his Kentucky Derby Dozen this week, but read to see who falls off the list! read blog
Evan Hammonds comments on the efforts of Vicar's in Trouble and Constitution. watch video
Trainer Todd Pletcher was mulling his Kentucky plans for Constitution the day after the undefeated colt's courageous victory in $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29.
For only the third time in the 16-year history of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager's final pool, bettors were unable to decide on an individual horse, instead making the Mutuel Field the top choice.
Gulfstream Park set an all-time Florida Derby day handle record March 29 when $26.8 million was wagered on the live program highlighted by the 63rd edition of the grade I event sponsored by Besilu Stables.
If horseplayers had a question of which runner to bet in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29, the one Javier Castellano was named on seemed as sure a shot as any.
When the calendar pages turn to March, and the days slowly count down to the final Saturday of the month, the annual anticipation for one of the greatest days in horse racing begins to build. read blog
Kiaran McLaughlin knew he was taking a risk when he decided to bypass the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth with Holy Bull winner Cairo Prince; now the colt has little margin for error on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Did the Sunland Derby and Spiral Stakes shake Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen this week? You may be surprised, read and find out! read blog
Steve Haskin looks at the Florida Derby, examining Constitution and Cairo Prince.
Cairo Prince, the probable favorite for the upcoming $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, breezed an easy half-mile in :50.90 the morning of March 22 at Palm Meadows.
Cairo Prince, likely favorite for the March 29 Florida Derby (gr. I), worked at Palm Meadows March 15 while fellow Florida Derby contenders Wildcat Red and General a Rod prepped at Gulfstream.
A Kentucky newspaper is reporting that the Kentucky House Speaker does not expect state lawmakers to move forward on any bills that would expand gambling in the state.
Lightly raced unbeaten colt Constitution will make his stakes debut in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29.
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen was rocked by the Risen Star and Fountain of Youth Stakes over the weekend. See who was removed from the top 12! read blog
- By Tom LaMarra
Talking out both sides of the mouth ... and trying to make sense of it all. read blog
Proponents of expanded gaming in Kentucky should focus more on how it would generate revenue for the good of the Commonwealth, rather than how it would impact horse racing, Keeneland president Nick Nicholson said Tuesday at a public policy forum in Versailles, Ky.
|Trainer||Todd A. Pletcher|
|Owner||WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC|
|Breeder||Grapestock LLC & Fox Hill Farms|
|Constitution View Five-Cross Pedigree||Tapit||Pulpit|
|Tap Your Heels|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Twin Creeks Racing||Vinery Sales, agent||$400,000|