Taking advantage of racing's "What have you done for me lately?" mindset, Keith Desormeaux has found value at sales, an angle he says helped him land classic winner Exaggerator and Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red.
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In trying to explain the steady improvement of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the colt is benefitting from his breeding and from added distance.
Although a forecast calling for rain may affect the field, it can be argued that one of the deepest fields on a loaded stakes schedule April 9 is the $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Danzing Candy, in the first timed workout since his breakout score in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), went five furlongs in :58 3/5 March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is back in training at Santa Anita Park and is scheduled to record his first timed workout of 2016 on Feb. 13 at the Southern California racetrack.
A career launched with modest expectations led to almost surreal accomplishments for Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will miss the rest of 2015 due to a cannon bone bruise.
Photos highlighting the 2015 Saratoga race meet.
Trainer Dale Romans said Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice was tired the morning after upsetting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and that his trainee will ultimately point the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice upset American Pharoah by about three-quarters of a length Aug. 29 at Saratoga after a prolonged stretch battle.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Texas Red and Team Texas Red will partner with Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery Channel's "Fast N' Loud" for this weekend's race.
American Pharoah looks to be first Triple Crown winner to take Travers since Whirlaway in 1941. read blog
If you blinked, you might have missed it. American Pharoah was on the Saratoga Race Course main track for all of five minutes for an easy gallop Aug. 27. It was the Triple Crown winner's first time on the track.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Travers Stakes (gr. I) featuring American Pharoah, Texas Red, and Frosted. Watch Video
- By Steve Haskin
The 3-year-old showdown of the year will take place in the grade I Travers Stakes, where American Pharoah has made another cross-country trip to take on Texas Red and Frosted, and several others. read blog
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah drew post 2 and was installed as the 1-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I) to be run Saturday, Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Texas Red led a busy slate of workers bound for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) the morning of Aug. 22, when he breezed four furlongs in :46.66 over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.
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.
Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Texas Red emerged from his victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on course for the grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, according to Julie Clark, assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux.
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. read blog
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his final two mounts at Del Mar July 29 because of a failed breathalyzer test, stewards said July 30. Desormeaux said his carbonated water caused a false reading.
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his final two mounts of the day by Del Mar stewards July 29, after riding favored Tequila Mary to a fifth-place finish in a five-furlong maiden claiming event.
Grade I winner Frosted is scheduled to start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Godolphin Stable's Frosted put in his final work July 25 before the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) to be run Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, going four furlongs in 47.91 over the main track under exercise rider Rob Massey.
Two-time grade I winner Carpe Diem has been retired due to a knee chip and will enter stud next year at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced July 23.
WinStar Farm's homebred Speightster stayed unbeaten in style July 4, besting Longines Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Keith Desormeaux will have bigger plans in mind when he saddles Texas Red in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park, as the conditioner plans to keep a string at Saratoga for the first time this summer.
All eyes will be on Texas Red when the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner makes his first start in more than five months in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
In an effort to give Texas Red a true training test in preparation for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III), trainer Keith Desormeaux sent out the colt for a mile workout June 21, in between races at Santa Anita Park.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red worked an easy five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's main track May 30 as he continues preparations for his comeback from a foot injury.
Even with its limited footprint on the Southern California circuit, with racing dates interspersed throughout the year in short meets, Los Alamitos Race Course has done well to attract top talent to its centerpiece races.
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line was out on the track May 23 at Santa Anita Park for his first gallop since a troubled run in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Texas Red posted his first timed workout since mid-March, drilling an easy three furlongs May 19 at Santa Anita Park as he begins training toward a comeback from a foot issue.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red could get back to training in May, trainer Keith Desormeaux said April 19.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red has been taken off the trail to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Will Texas Red leaving the trail affect the order of Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen? read blog
Trainer Keith Desormeaux is unsure Texas Red can get ready in time for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, but that isn't going to stop him from trying.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner will begin working March 14; may go in Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4.
Steve Haskin provides a lot of new details and analysis in this week's Kentucky Derby Dozen! read blog
Champion American Pharoah headlines a strong roster of 162 horses nominated to Keeneland's $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) on Saturday, April 4.
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed March 1 that imposing colt Dortmund will start in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park March 7.
The past weekend's prep races have shuffled Steve's Derby Dozen this week, read to see who is new. read blog
Texas Red remains on course for the April 4 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) as he swims his way back from an abscess on his right front foot following a sharp second in his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes Feb. 1.
Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen has a new horse at number 1, read to learn who received the honor. read blog
Trainer Keith Desormeaux said Feb. 13 he would not race Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Texas Red again in preparation for the Kentucky Derby if not for the current points system aligned with the Run for the Roses in May.
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has suffered a foot abscess that will prevent him from running in the Feb. 21 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), said co-owner Erich Brehm.
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen has changed for the third week in a row. See who has moved off the list and what new face appears! read blog
The "All Others" option was the 5-2 betting favorite as the second pool of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager came to a close Feb. 8. Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red emerged as the top individual choice.
With several horses on the sidelines, see who Steve picks to fill in the ranks! read blog
|Trainer||J. Keith Desormeaux|
|Owner||Brehm, Erich, Detmar, Wayne, Michaels, Lee, Desormeaux, J. Keith et al.|
|Breeder||Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC|
|Texas Red View Five-Cross Pedigree||Afleet Alex||Northern Afleet|
|Ramatuelle (CHI)||Jeune Homme|
|Villa Torlonia (CHI)|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Erich Brehm||Three Chimneys Sales, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings||$17,000|