Alto Racing's son of Tapit splashed his way to a 6 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Westchester (gr. III) May 7, picking up his first graded stakes win and stamping himself a contender for the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on June 11.
- Dark Bay or Brown Colt
- Born 2011
The 6-year-old Candy Ride son is seeking that elusive first graded stakes victory following five consecutive graded-stakes placings.
It's too soon to know if Jose Ortiz will have a Derby ride this year, but he did pilot the promising Matt King Coal to an allowance win March 6. The son of Cool Coal Man is under consideration for the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Recent Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Texas Red turned in his penultimate breeze Saturday, Aug. 15, ahead of his planned bid in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Dayatthespa, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), was named 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year April 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She also was named state-bred champion turf female and older female.
Trainer Rick Violette said Samraat will rejoin his string at the upstate oval. The colt underwent surgery July 25 to repair a stress fracture in his shin. He had been training for the July 26 Jim Dandy.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist turned in his final work before the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26, going five furlongs in 1:01.79 in company with stablemate Life In Shambles at Saratoga Race Course.
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
Dust will be shaken from the records of three old horses heading into the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) this Saturday thanks to New York-bred Samraat and his run in the June 7 classic.
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.
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 how those wins will influence his bets on Saturday. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Belmont Stakes.
Claire Novak updates today's activities, including Samraat jogging, California Chrome schooling, and rain at Belmont Park. Watch Video
Claire Novak updates today's activities, including Samraat jogging, California Chrome schooling, and rain at Belmont Park.
Trainer Rick Violette Jr., talks about Belmont longshot Samraat.
Trainer Rick Violette Jr., talks about Belmont longshot Samraat.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome walked the shedrow the morning of June 1 after logging his final breeze before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) a day earlier in front of a crowd of adoring spectators at Belmont Park.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome looked sharp in his final workout May 31 in preparation for the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I), breezing a half-mile in a quick :47.69 at Belmont Park.
My Meadowview Farm lost the cornerstone of its breeding operation with the death of Noble Causeway, the sire of upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender Samraat.
Intense Holiday was taken out of consideration for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after being diagnosed with a condylar fracture following a May 25 workout for the $1.5 million classic.
Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) winner Tonalist took to the Belmont Park track early the morning of May 25, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.66 in preparation for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
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.
Several horses slated to challenge dual classic winner California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 are scheduled to breeze this weekend at Belmont Park.
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
Trainer Rick Violette said he was delighted with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fifth-place performance put in by his colt Samraat, but was unsure of the colt's next start.
An unofficial poll of media members covering the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs put Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count at the top of the selections list May 3.
The Kentucky Derby is like a roulette wheel. read blog
TimeformUS Kentucky Derby and Oaks Day Analysis read blog
In-depth analysis of the 2014 Kentucky Derby including pace figures and Form Cycle Pattern of each starter. read blog
California Chrome, the morning-line favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 5 of 20.
Claire Novak reports the news of the day, including gallops from California Chrome and Samraat, Medal Count, the official entries for the Kentucky Derby, and comments from Ron Turcotte. Watch Video
Trainer Gary Contessa, the winner of more than 2,000 races, sends out his first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter May 3 with New York-bred Uncle Sigh.
Mike Maker has been looking forward to working General a Rod since his unexpectedly slow work last week. read blog
Claire Novak reports on three new arrivals for the Kentucky Derby. Mike Maker and Joel Rosario comment on General a Rod, watch California Chrome jog on the track and Tom Proctor enters Please Explain. watch video
Claire Novak reports on three new Kentucky Derby contenders who have arrived for the big dance. Mike Maker and Joel Rosario comment on General a Rod, watch California Chrome jog on the track and Tom Proctor enters Please Explain in the Kentucky Oaks.
California Chrome, Dance With Fate, and Samraat all took to the track April 29 at Churchill Downs, the morning after arriving in Louisville, Ky.
- By Steve Haskin
From Kentucky to New York to California to Maryland, there were Kentucky Derby works galore the past two days. read blog
Three contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)--Wicked Strong, Samraat, and Uncle Sigh--had their final classic preparations in New York April 25.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome will try to become the first California-bred to win the Louisville classic since Decidedly in 1962, but six other Derby hopefuls were also foaled outside of Kentucky.
With a few horses moving off the Kentucky Derby contenders list, Steve adjusts his. read blog
The battling New York-breds Samraat and Uncle Sigh both turned in solid works at Belmont Park April 18, and will have one more work there before shipping to Churchill Downs.
In his first work since winning the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I), Wicked Strong breezed a solid half-mile in :49.62 seconds the morning of April 17 over the Belmont Park training track.
Doug Salvatore profiles each of the expected Kentucky Derby starters in terms of classic breeding and current form/speed. read blog
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
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
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Wicked Strong will remain at Belmont Park to do the bulk of his training prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Jimmy Jerkens said April 6.
From maiden winner to latest addition to the field for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong soared past tiring 8-5 favorite Social Inclusion and runner-up Samraat to win the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I).
|Trainer||Richard A. Violette, Jr.|
|Owner||My Meadowview Farm LLC|
|Breeder||My Meadowview LLC|
|Samraat View Five-Cross Pedigree||Noble Causeway||Giant's Causeway|
|Mimi's Golden Girl|
|Little Indian Girl||Indian Charlie|
|Brighter Than Gold|
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