Running for the first time since a third behind Beholder and Songbird in the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), the 5-year-old took down her rivals with a strong late rally in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2).
Freshman sire Freedom Child was represented by his first winner June 17, when Maryland-bred Limited View soared clear of her competition in a five-furlong maiden special weight at Laurel Park.
Joe Turner's homebred Sircat Sally will bring her undefeated record into the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (G2T) June 17 at Santa Anita Park, and her Hall of Fame trainer appears to be as confident as her 3-5 morning-line odds.
Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella is progressing well in her recovery process from a shin issue. The 3-year-old Tapit filly should start galloping for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer soon.
Claire Novak pays a visit to Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit and checks in on the status of several other Belmont contenders including Irish War Cry, Patch, Gormley, Senior Investment, and Hollywood Handsome.
Claire Novak recaps the Belmont Stakes, where Tapwrit ran down Irish War Cry to become the third Belmont Stakes winner sired by Gainesway's Tapit, and trainer Todd Pletcher's third Belmont Stakes winner as well. Also an update on Hollywood Handsome.
Juddmonte Farms' Antonoe announced her presence with a tremendous run in the $700,000 Longines Just a Game (G1T) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert brought West Coast to the East Coast ready to rumble, and the son of Flatter impressed like a 9-5 choice should June 10 in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak with news updates on Belmont Stakes day morning on June 10, 2017, at Belmont Park.
Epicharis, who traveled from Japan to contest the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1), was a vet scratch the morning of the race June 10, after he failed to train several days in a row at Belmont Park.
Australian Bloodstock's Red Cardinal (IRE) invaded Belmont Park June 9 and claimed the $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup (G3T) with a strong turn of foot.
Claire Novak reports on the status of Belmont Stakes contender Epicharis, who was seen Friday morning by the New York Racing Association's chief examining veterinarian. Also includes footage of Tapwrit, Meantime, Senior Investment, and more!
Divisidero has been given significant time off throughout his career, and rewarded his connections for it.
Claire Novak shares information on Belmont Stakes contender Epicharis, who did not go to the track to train Thursday morning after being treated for lameness. Plus footage of Irish War Cry and Gormley in their first trips over the track!
- By Lenny Shulman and Claire Novak
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Triple Crown, Northeast Region
The status of Japanese contender Epicharis is in question for the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) after the colt was treated with bute June 7 and did not go out to train June 8 at Belmont Park.
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.
Rounding the turn for home in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (G1T) June 3 at Santa Anita Park, Bal a Bali again validated owner Calumet Farm's decision to keep the striking bay off their stallion roster for another year.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Grand Jete (GB) took the next step in her stateside progression June 3, closing with powerful strides to win the $100,000 Eatontown Stakes (G3T) at Monmouth Park.
Sharp handling of grade 1 winner Illuminant brought big rewards May 27 at Santa Anita Park for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Sol Kumin's Head of Plains Partners, and SF Racing.
Rockingham Ranch's Stormy Liberal ran to his 1-2 odds and captured the $150,000 Daytona Stakes (G3T) May 27 at Santa Anita Park, but just in the nick of time.
Claire Novak updates us on Cloud Computing, Classic Empire, Lookin At Lee, and more! Learn who is heading to the Belmont Stakes and when.
Claire Novak recaps the Preakness Stakes won by Cloud Computing.
Whitmore added the latest feather to his cap May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, where he ran down multiple grade 1 winner A. P. Indian to take the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3).
Claire Novak sets the scene for the 142nd Preakness Stakes. Current track condition is muddy, but no more rain is forecast.
Actress, a homebred Tapit filly raced by Gary and Mary West, came flying from far back to break her maiden in the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-old fillies by a head.
Homebred grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost took his skills to Maryland and gave owner Frank Stronach a thrill on the state's biggest racing weekend.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including trackwork for Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and the scratch of Noble Bird from the Pimlico Special.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including trackwork for Always Dreaming, Classic Empire, Multiplier, Conquest Mo Money, Lookin At Lee, and Hence.
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.
Arms Runner became the first black-type winner for his sire, Ocala Stud stallion Overdriven, with a 1 1/2-length victory for Rockingham Ranch May 13 in the $101,690 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Boggy conditions at Belmont Park were of no concern to John Murrell's Zhukova, who trounced her male rivals by six lengths May 13 in the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (G1T).
Miss Temple City's connections hope a start in the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3T) May 13 at Belmont Park will get her on track for her ultimate target—a return to Royal Ascot in June.
Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby runners Always Dreaming, Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway, Classic Empire, and more.
Claire Novak recaps Always Dreaming's win in Kentucky Derby 143 and shares post race details.
Juddmonte Farms' recent purchase Paulassilverlining had never run at Churchill Downs before, but that didn't stop her from collecting her second consecutive grade 1 May 6 with a game victory in the $300,000 Humana Distaff (G1).
Claire Novak sets the scene for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, including a brightening on the horizon.
Claire Novak recaps Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
Start to finish, Bird Song led the field in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes presented by Big Fish Casino (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak sets the soggy scene for the 2017 Kentucky Oaks.
Divisidero has rewarded Buff Bradley's patience with glimpses of brilliance throughout his career. Now he's set to return to the grade 1 ranks as the morning line favorite for the May 6 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T).
Claire Novak reports on the activities of Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders Girvin, Classic Empire, J Boys Echo, Sailor's Valentine, and more.
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby contenders Girvin, Master Plan, Always Dreaming, Patch, and the post position draw.
Godolphin Racing's group 1 winner Thunder Snow cleared quarantine as expected the morning of May 2, and headed out around 8:30 a.m. EDT to continue his preparations for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Claire Novak updates us on Thunder Snow, Irish War Cry, Gormley, State of Honor, Classic Empire, the Kentucky Oaks draw, and more!
Calumet Farm homebred Sonneteer is a compliant sort, so it was no surprise to assistant Julie Clark when Corey Lanerie, aboard May 1 for a four-furlong work, reminded the striking Midnight Lute colt to get down to business and Sonneteer responded.
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak provides updates on Untrapped, Lookin At Lee, Hence, and more!
Godolphin Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender Thunder Snow arrived April 30 at Churchill Downs, and is expected to clear a 42-hour USDA-mandated quarantine in time to train the morning of May 2.
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak provides updates on McCraken, Fast and Accurate, Irish War Cry, and more!
Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry put in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) April 30 at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md., clocking six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 on trainer Graham Motion's watch.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's gritty homebred I'm a Chatterbox will transition into her second career, as a broodmare whose first visit will come this season to Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro.
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