With an inside trip just off favored Irish War Cry, Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta's Tapwrit angled out late in the final turn under jockey Jose Ortiz and kicked well clear of the rest in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2014
Claire Novak interviews trainer Mark Casse about Classic Empire's defection from the Belmont Stakes (G1), and checks in on the juvenile champion on a busy Wednesday morning as the remaining Belmont contenders gear up for the race.
Belmont Stakes (G1) hopeful Multiplier, a colt from the first crop of The Factor, went unsold on a final bid of $120,000 at last year's Ocala Breeders' Sales' April sale.
Multiple graded stakes-placed Conquest Mo Money will bypass the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) and instead start in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) on the Belmont Park undercard that day, owner Tom McKenna said June 1.
With the glow of the sun pink on the horizon and most of the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn just beginning to rustle with activity, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Cloud Computing departed from Baltimore to return to his Belmont Park home base May 21.
Cloud Computing moved alongside Classic Empire in the final sixteenth of the Preakness Stakes (G1) and just got his head in front at the wire. Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming set the pace and finished eighth.
Todd Pletcher is taking a cue from Always Dreaming in that he, like his high-energy charge, have about had it with the minutiae leading into the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) and are ready to just run the race.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming was assigned post 4 and installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite May 17 at the post position draw for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.
Always Dreaming turned in another strong 1 1/2-mile gallop over the Pimlico Race Course main track May 17 as he readies for his start in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).,
Three vans transporting five candidates for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) arrived at Pimlico Race Course within minutes of each other the afternoon of May 16.
Illinois Derby (G3) winner Multiplier and Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) winner Senior Investment both turned in their final works at Keeneland May 14 for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
D. Wayne Lukas assured the connections of Gunnevera they made the right call in making plans to send the chestnut colt to Baltimore following his seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a very positive review of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming after the colt galloped once around Pimlico Race Course May 11, in preparation for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
Trainer Steve Asmussen said Hence may join Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands runner-up Lookin at Lee in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
Multiplier shook free in midstretch and ultimately gave his rider the kick he was seeking, getting up in the final strides to nail 9-5 favorite Hedge Fund by a head in the Illinois Derby (G3).
In his graded stakes debut, lightly raced Multiplier is slated to take on a field of six other more experienced sophomore colts and geldings in the $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) April 22 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
|Trainer||Brendan P. Walsh|
|Owner||Wachtel Stable, Kerr, George J. and Barber, Gary|
|Multiplier View Five-Cross Pedigree||The Factor||War Front|
|Ten Downing Street|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Weanling||Walter Bloodstock||Burleson Farms, agent||$62,000|
|Yearling||Hunter Valley Farm, agent||($220,000)|
|Two-year-old||Scanlon Training & Sales, agent||($120,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.