Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.
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Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Noble Bird, the horse who has had a most fitful relationship with consistency, brings some of his best recent form to the table in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 25.
Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate came out of the race in good condition, trainer Bob Baffert said Nov. 6, the morning after the climactic end to the World Championships.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
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.
It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.
With three horses across the track at the eighth pole, Hoppertunity forged to the lead late to secure a half-length victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
We tend to forget or simply overlook those hard-knocking, consistent horses, who do not possess the talent of the major stars, but still show up every time.
While this year's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) lacks superstar power, the field of six older horses is an interesting mix of consistent veterans and less consistent types who have at times flashed talent.
Art Sherman was a swirling mixture of exasperation and confidence when he learned of California Chrome's draw for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The margin was insignificant, because the field never had a chance against California Chrome Aug. 20 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Grade I winner Hoppertunity will miss the Cougar Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar July 24 after spiking a fever Thursday, July 21.
Grade I winner Hard Aces highlights a field of six entered for the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I), featuring Melatonin, Hoppertunity, Second Summer, Hard Aces, and Imperative. Sponsored by Equibase.
If the 1 1/4 miles truly is his sweet spot, Melatonin should be primed for another big run in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) June 25, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
For U.S. fans, Claire Novak runs down the post times for races on the Dubai World Cup card March 26 at Meydan.
American runners Frosted, Mshawish, Hoppertunity, and Keen Ice join California Chrome for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for owners March 25.
Horses preparing for Dubai World Cup Day including Mshawish, Frank Conversation, California Chrome, Hoppertunity, Peniaphobia, Handassa, and Keen Ice. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Horses preparing for Dubai World Cup Day including Mshawish (white 9), Frank Conversation (pink 8), California Chrome (white 1), Hoppertunity (white 7), Peniaphobia (Black 1), Handassa (gray 4), and Keen Ice (white 2). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Five U.S.-based Dubai World Cup contenders are preparing for March 26 race.
Hoppertunity with Dana Barnes aboard checks out the track at Meydan in preparation for the Dubai World Cup on March 26. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Smokey Image and Danzing Candy put on an unintentional preview of the March 12 San Felipe (gr. II) during their morning workouts Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
A year-long stretch of near misses ended for Hoppertunity Feb. 6 in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Dortmund may be on the sidelines for now, but Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert still holds a good hand going into the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Two-time grade I winner Dortmund will miss the Feb. 6 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Feb. 2.
Successfully managing American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep and Breeders' Cup Classic was a transcendent season in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was rewarded with his fourth Eclipse.
He had new co-owners and new silks, but California Chrome got his mojo back with a powerful victory in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, his first start off a nine-month layoff.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the San Pasqual Stakes. Learn about the implications of California Chrome's return to face Hoppertunity. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the San Pasqual Stakes. Learn about the implications of California Chrome's return to face Hoppertunity. Sponsored by Equibase Download Equibase Past Performances for the San Pasqual Stakes.
California Chrome is scheduled to face seven other older horses in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park, but with rain in the forecast, he could be racing over wet footing for the first time.
After a bullet workout Dec. 28, trainer Bob Baffert still wants to see one more work before deciding whether to run Kaleem Shah's Dortmund against California Chrome in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II).
Trainer Bob Baffert told Churchill Downs officials Nov. 28 that Hoppertunity would be prepared for a start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 next year.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex capped his big season in a big way Nov. 27, holding off defending winner Hoppertunity in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Heathcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Clark Handicap (gr. I) featuring Effinex, Race Day, Shotgun Kowboy, Hoppertunity, Protonico, and Keen Ice. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
On Friday, Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs, Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex will try to nail down the first grade I victory of his career when he faces an expected eight other horses in the $500,000 Clark Handicap.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund didn't ship from California after developing a quarter crack following his Nov. 21 work at Santa Anita Park, according to a Courier-Journal report.
Matthew Schera's Race Day moved between horses leaving the second turn and continued his momentum to win the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time on the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup card at Keeneland.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity and V. E. Day plus a trio of horses from trainer Todd Pletcher headline a field of 11 entered for the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II).
Taris' final timed workout at Santa Anita Park before shipping to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Filly &Mare Sprint (gr. I) was impressive enough on paper, a bullet five furlongs in :59 flat.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Awesome Again Stakes featuring Bayern, Hoppertunity, Global View, Imperative, and Point Piper. Watch Video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Awesome Again Stakes featuring Bayern, Hoppertunity, Global View, Imperative, and Point Piper. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Awesome Again.
Trainer Richard Mandella said he'd try two-time champion Beholder against males in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), as long as she showed she was ready three weeks after her romp in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I).
If her workout at Del Mar Aug. 17 was any indication, two-time champion Beholder is ready for the challenge when she faces males for the first time and runs farther than she's ever run in the Aug. 22 TVG Pacific Classic.
Dialing back in distance proved to be the winning formula for Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Catch a Flight, who wore down longshot Appealing Tale in the final strides to take the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 25.
|Owner||Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul|
|Breeder||Betz/D.J. Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenalt|
|Hoppertunity View Five-Cross Pedigree||Any Given Saturday||Distorted Humor|
|Weekend in Indy|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Bob Baffert, agent||Betz Thoroughbreds, agent||$300,000|
|Mind Your Biscuits|
|Highland Reel (IRE)|
|Vale Dori (ARG)|