Claire Novak

  • Tepin
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    Tepin Takes on Hard Not to Like in Diana

    Robert Masterson's Tepin will take on Hard Not to Like July 25 in the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. I), both last-out grade I winners looking to add another event of the highest caliber to their resumes.

  • Went the Day Well<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Preakness-Stakes-137/23013252_TrG3NS#!i=1852402845&k=jPg2jHd">Order This Photo</a>

    Went the Day Well to Stand in Uruguay

    Grade III winner Went the Day Well, who finished fourth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has arrived in Uruguay and will stand for Las Zainas Farm, according to bloodstock agent Pablo Nunez.

  • Sky Kingdom

    Sky Kingdom Takes Third Shot at Cougar II

    A third time might be the charm for Westrock Stables' Sky Kingdom, back for yet another run in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar after finishing second the past two years in a row.

  • Tiz Shea D and Jose Lezcano take the Indiana Derby.

    Tiz Shea D Survives Mr. Z's Antics in Indiana

    Tiz Shea D tracked the pace set by Ohio Derby winner Mr. Z and then ran him down with a sweeping outside move to victory in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II), despite being floated wide around the turn by his erratic rival.

  • Midnight Cello runs away from the competition in the Hanshin Cup Stakes.

    Midnight Cello Soars in Hanshin Cup

    Midnight Cello earned his first graded stakes score and first victory of the season in style July 18, taking the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse with a bold early move up the rail.

  • Take Charge Brandi<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2014-Breeders-Cup/Juvenile-Fillies/i-qFN8cKG">Order This Photo</a>

    Take Charge Brandi to Test, Travers Next?

    If Take Charge Brandi aces her comeback in the Aug. 8 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga against her own division, a run against the boys could be possible in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), said owner Willis Horton.

  • Wise Dan breezed four furlongs in :48 1/5 at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-hZ5qSBB">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Back in Keeneland Breeze

    Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan wasted no time getting back to business after being cleared to resume full training June 30, as trainer Charlie LoPresti sent him out to his first breeze in more than eight months July 17.

  • Jockey Rajiv Maragh

    Maragh Released From Hospital

    Jockey Rajiv Maragh was released from North Shore Hospital July 13 and is resting at home near Hempstead, N.Y., after sustaining several injuries in a July 10 fall at Belmont Park.

  • Lady Eli dominates the Belmont Oaks Invitational.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-xjMmMQH">Order This Photo</a>

    Lady Eli Sparkles in Belmont Oaks

    Lady Eli preserved her perfect record and dazzled in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4, collecting the second grade I stakes score of her career in dominant fashion at Belmont Park.

  • Force the Pass rolls to victory in the Belmont Derby Invitational.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-RXzbmVc">Order This Photo</a>

    Force the Pass Brilliant in Belmont Derby

    Richard Santulli's Force the Pass delivered a career-best performance July 4 in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, making a powerful rail-skimming move heading into the far turn.

  • Irish Jasper comes home strong to win the Victory Ride Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-tmLKzvb">Order This Photo</a>

    Irish Jasper Draws Away in Victory Ride

    Derek Ryan's Irish Jasper continued a three-race win streak and earned her second grade III in a row July 4, closing with a wide rally and drawing away in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.

  • Force upsets the New York Derby at Finger Lakes.

    Force Upsets New York Derby

    Force proved one to be reckoned with in the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack July 3, upsetting at odds of 13-1 to give trainer Mark Casse his second win in the New York Derby.

  • American Pharoah
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    American Pharoah to Haskell

    Owner Ahmed Zayat has decided the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2 will be the Triple Crown winner's first start after a historic 5 1/2-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Barbados
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    Barbados Returns in Carry Back

    Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) winner Barbados will waste no time getting back to business July 5, when he makes his first start off the layup in the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Main Sequence
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    Main Sequence Class of Loaded United Nations

    Champion Main Sequence takes on talented grade I-winning rivals such as Slumber, Twilight Eclipse, 2013 United Nations victor Big Blue Kitten, and Imagining when seeking to defend his title in the United Nations (gr. IT).

  • Race Day

    Race Day Heads Loaded Salvator Mile

    Race Day, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) and Razorback Handicap (gr. III) in consecutive graded scores, is the 123-pound highweight for the $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) July 5 at Monmouth Park.

  • THS: Belmont Derby Invitational

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Belmont Derby Invitational at Belmont Park. Will the international contenders spoil the locals and how will Bolo perform?

  • Tonalist takes on five in the Suburban Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-Fx4w4Wn">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic Winner Tonalist Towers Over Suburban

    Tonalist will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Genuine Reward as a foal with Genuine Risk.

    Genuine Reward to Old Friends

    Genuine Reward, one of only two living foals produced by 1980 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning filly Genuine Risk, has found a new home at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Lexington.

  • Kenzadargent won the Miss Liberty Stakes May 25 at Monmouth Park.

    New York Invaders Target Overflow Eatontown

    An easy drive down the road for New York horsemen, Monmouth Park offers expanded options -- specifically the chance for several turf fillies to try a step up in the $100,000 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 27.

  • Carve won the 2014 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap by a neck.

    Carve Seeks Cornhusker Handicap Repeat

    Michael Langford's Carve, a determined neck winner of the 2014 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III), is back in the 2015 edition and looking for his second score of the season June 27 at Prairie Meadows.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2015-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-147/i-fL4gP5n">Order This Photo</a>

    American Pharoah, Espinoza Nominated to ESPYS

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and his jockey, Victor Espinoza, have been nominated for two ESPYS to be presented July 15 during ESPN's annual awards show, the sports broadcast company announced June 24.

  • Mr. Z (center, blinkers) gets his head in front to win the Ohio Derby.

    Mr. Z Has His Day in Ohio Derby

    The Malibu Moon colt, who had not won a race since his debut maiden victory 14 starts back, had just enough to give in the 1 1/16-mile test, edging out Tencendur and Divining Rod for the victory June 20 at Thistledown.

  • Luna Time upsets the Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park.

    Luna Time Upsets Obeah Stakes

    Luna Time, claiming her first graded score in just her second start of the year, got the jump on favored Joint Return and upset the $100,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at odds of 15-1 June 20 at Delaware Park.

  • That Handicapping Show: Ohio Derby

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Ohio Derby at Thistledown this weekend. With several horses from the Triple Crown trail reuniting, who will come out on top?

  • Whiskey Ticket is the lukewarm favorite at 3-1in the Ohio Derby.

    Whiskey Ticket, Divining Rod Head Ohio Derby

    Nine 3-year-olds were entered for the 1 1/16-mile test, with Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Wiskey Ticket favored at 3-1 on the morning line and Preakness (gr. I) third-place finisher Divining Rod second choice at 7-2.

  • Fortune Pearl won the 2014 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park.

    Fortune Pearl Seeks Obeah Rebound

    Lukewarm favorite off a poor effort last time out, RMJ Stables' 2014 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) winner Fortune Pearl hopes to return to the winner's circle at the Mid-Atlantic track in the $100,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) June 20.

  • Talco takes the Shoemaker Mile over Midnight Storm.

    Talco Upsets Shoemaker Mile

    Hronis Racing's Talco earned his sought-after grade I win in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) June 13 at Santa Anita Park, upsetting even-money favorite Midnight Storm to take the turf test at odds of 13-1.

  • King Kreesa leads the way to victory in the Poker Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-kQrsgDD">Order This Photo</a>

    King Kreesa Wires Poker for Second Time

    Gerald and Susan Kreesa's King Kreesa stole away on the front end June 13 to take the $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park, becoming just the third two-time winner of a race he also won in 2013.

  • American Pharoah at Churchill Downs June 12, 2015.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-k3tTMwV">Order This Photo</a>

    American Pharoah Strong in Return to Track

    American Pharoah looked strong and fresh in his first exercise as a Triple Crown champion, returning to the dirt June 12 for a clockwise jog before media and adoring fans as the sun rose over Churchill Downs.

  • Honor Code wins the 2015 Met Mile.

    Honor Code to Target Whitney Handicap

    Honor Code will now target the Aug. 8 Whitney (gr. I) at Saratoga, McGaughey said. The 1 1/8-mile test will be just his second attempt at that distance and his first since winning the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) as a 2-year-old.

  • Fame and Power went gate-to-wire in the May 16 Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

    Baffert Sends Fame and Power to Matt Winn

    When he stops by Churchill Downs on June 13 to pick up his trophy from American Pharoah's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out Fame and Power in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III).

  • Garrett Gomez

    Garrett Gomez Announces Retirement

    After a long absence from the sport, multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez made his retirement official June 8, more than a year and a half after his most recent mount.

  • Honor Code and Javier Castellano take the Met Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-X5hHdz3">Order This Photo</a>

    Honor Code Flies Home in Met Mile

    Honor Code turned on the afterburners and flew home June 6 in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, with last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist getting up for second.