When the hard-knocking Mor Spirit earned a 6 1/4-length win in the $1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1), it marked the fourth victory on the day for Bob Baffert and fifth triumph for Mike Smith.
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Michael Lund Petersen, a co-owner of the successful worldwide Pandora Jewelry company, hopes his Mor Spirit will become an unforgettable keepsake by continuing to win mid-distance races at the highest level.
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
Exactly one year after running off the board in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Michael Lund Peterson's grade 1 winner Mor Spirit notched the first graded score of his 4-year-old season.
More than 13 months after his last victory, Michael Lund Petersen's Mor Spirit returned to the winner's circle with style March 18 in the $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.
- By Claire Novak
Mor Spirit looks to regain winning form in his third start off the layup March 18, when he carries highweight assignment of 121 pounds in the $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Hoppertunity grinded out his second straight victory in the San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 and pushed his earnings to more than $4 million with the victory.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity will look for his second straight score in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
After a quality third-place run in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Mind Your Biscuits trained back in New York, then returned to California to grind out a grade I victory Dec. 26 in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes.
With rival and Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Drefong declared out of the Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the odds are greatly in Mind Your Biscuits' favor in the 10-horse field entered for the seven-furlong test at Santa Anita Park.
The smooth strides of Arrogate were in full effect during a busy morning at Santa Anita Park as the Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner turned in a handy six-furlong move in 1:11 1/5 in company with stablemate Mor Spirit.
The gray son of Unbridled's Song broke off well back of stablemate Mor Spirit but finished with a monster kick as he readies for an expected showdown with California Chrome.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has had two horses who are combined 0-for-8 against undefeated champion Nyquist but that isn’t stopping him from taking another shot May 21 with Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Whatever has been thrown at Reddam Racing's Nyquist, he has been able to handle. And May 7 he added the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to his already impressive résumé.
The field for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) came together May 4, as 22 horses were entered for the May 7 test at Churchill Downs.
An evening of laughter and warmth began with the presentation of a trophy to Bob Baffert as the winning trainer of last year's Derby.
Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially.
Nyquist tops poll of experts in the 3-year-old poll, while California Chrome tops overall poll.
Claire Novak updates us from the backside of Churchill Downs on Mor Spirit with Gary Stevens aboard, Gun Runner, Creator, Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia, Majesto, and Lani.
"I feel that he's in a position where he's going to run his race, and we'll see if he's good enough," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.
Steve Haskin fine tunes his Kentucky Derby Dozen as we approach the final week
Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney, who was claimed for $16,000 in 2013 and since then has earned more than $1 million, was named Pennsylvania-bred horse of the year for 2015.
"When you have a horse like Mor Spirit and Cupid that could be competitive, there's a little hope, a little dream there," the trainer said. "But you still have to get there, just get in that gate."
The only horse in the $1 millon Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) field to have win over a wet track sure looked like he loved the slop April 9.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. read blog
Almost every runner Danzing Candy put away to win the San Felipe (gr. II) impressively will be back to challenge the son of Twirling Candy April 9 in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Nyquist passes Mohaymen on Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen read blog
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit worked four furlongs March 24 in :47 4/5 at Santa Anita Park, and earned the "breezing" tag in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 9.
Cupid flutters into Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen this week. Where does he land? Read to find out! read blog
The "all others" wagering interest closed as the 5-1 second favorite.
Unraced until November of last year, Danzing Candy emphatically announced his arrival on the Triple Crown trail with a gate-to-wire, two-length score over favored Mor Spirit in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
With undefeated Nyquist bypassing the Southern California Triple Crown preps in favor of the Florida Derby (gr. I), an opportunity has presented itself for some talented but still unproven locals in the San Felipe (gr. II).
Mohaymen, California Chrome top week one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association polls for 2016.
A week ahead of Southern California's next Triple Crown prep race, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), three of the top contenders were on the track at the same time March 5 at Santa Anita Park.
The North American Thoroughbred industry will be watching with rapt attention Wednesday, March 2, when Fasig-Tipton launches the 2-year-olds in training sale season with the March sale at Gulfstream Park.
A little added competition seemed to do the trick for Mor Spirit Feb. 28 at Santa Anita Park in his first timed workout since jockey Gary Stevens had to abort a drill Feb. 23.
Gary Stevens said he didn't know grade I winner Mor Spirit was wearing earplugs when he jumped in to work him on the fly Feb. 23. After failing to get a response on the turn, he eased the Bob Baffert trained-runner.
How did the Risen Star results impact the Derby Dozen? Did winner Gun Runner crack the top 12? read blog
Undefeated Mohaymen (15) and Nyquist (17) were the top individual horses, while the mutuel field option, or "all others" (24), was favored when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Feb. 14.
With Nyquist already making plans to head east for the Florida Derby (gr. I), Mor Spirit is more likely to stay home in Southern California for his Triple Crown preps.
John C Oxley's Airoforce has done little wrong in his career.
This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Steve Haskin adjusts the Kentucky Derby Dozen this week. Who has moved up? read blog
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens delivered an icy ride and grade I winner Mor Spirit responded full of run in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) and Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II). read blog
As the series of Southern California Triple Crown preps really kicks into gear with the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park, once again a Bob Baffert-trained colt looms prominently.
Bolstered by having the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years with American Pharoah, owner Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert have nominated the largest numbers of 3-year-olds among the 368 nominated to this year's series.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 154 juveniles for The Florida Sale, scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, in the walking ring at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Steve Haskin analyzes how much of a factor the Holy Bull Stakes will be for his Derby Dozen. Who do you think deserves to be at number 1? read blog
|Jockey||Mike E. Smith|
|Owner||Michael Lund Petersen|
|Breeder||Elkstone Group, LLC|
|Mor Spirit View Five-Cross Pedigree||Eskendereya||Giant's Causeway|
|Im a Dixie Girl||Dixie Union|
|Im Out First|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Ciaran Dunne, agent for Redwings||Allied Bloodstock, agent||$85,000|
|Two-year-old||Bernard Schiappa & M. Petersen||Wavertree Stables, agent||$650,000|