Claire Novak

  • California Chrome
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    California Chrome Arrives in Newmarket

    California Chrome arrived in Newmarket April 1 and is settling in at the yard of trainer Rae Guest, who will supervise the U.S. Horse of the Year's preparations for a tilt at Royal Ascot.

  • That Handicapping Show: Blue Grass Stakes

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are on location at Keeneland, handicapping the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The Blue Grass Stakes is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 100 points to the winner. Hear about contender Carpe Diem.

  • Carpe Diem

    Carpe Diem Back at Keeneland for Blue Grass

    Carpe Diem won the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) by 6 1/4 lengths during the fall meet in his graded debut and returns to Lexington after winning the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) in his first start of 2015.

  • Peace and War at Keeneland March 31.

    Peace and War Returns for Ashland

    After missing the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with a slight ligament tear at the base of her fetlock, the Olly Stevens trainee is back with an eye on the April 4 Central Bank Ashland (gr. I).

  • Chocolate Ride and Joe Talamo take the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-62DqpKL">Order This Photo</a>

    Streaking Chocolate Ride Wires Mervin Muniz

    The 5-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride, a former claimer, is now 3-for-3 at the 1 1/8-mile distance on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots lawn, having aced the $300,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap (gr. IIT) March 28.

  • Dolniya streaks to victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

    Dolniya Quickens to Sheema Classic Score

    The 4-year-old filly Dolniya beat the boys March 28, taking the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines (UAE-I) at Meydan over Flintshire while American champion Main Sequence finished seventh.

  • Wise Dan

    Wise Dan Making Progress, Still Tack-Walking

    Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is progressing well since he returned to tack-walking, but the chestnut gelding will require 30 more days in his recovery from a non-displaced fracture before he can go to the track.

  • That Handicapping Show: Louisiana Derby

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap two Kentucky Derby prep races this week. The Louisiana Derby featuring International Star and the Besilu Stables Florida Derby featuring Upstart.

  • Commissioner
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    Commissioner Eyes Easier Skip Away Prize

    WinStar Farm's Commissioner returned in 2015 with his connections hopeful of a trip to Dubai, but after he ran sixth in the Donn Handicap (gr. I), they shifted gears to the March 28 Skip Away (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • International Star will attempt to keep his winning streak alive March 28 in the Louisiana Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-c4PfjDL">Order This Photo</a>

    International Star Tops LA Derby Lineup

    Ranked second on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and winner of two local preps, International Star will attempt to ace the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds on March 28.

  • Pine Bluff

    Preakness Winner Pine Bluff Confirmed Dead

    Pine Bluff, winner of the 1992 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and a multiple graded stakes winner for breeder Loblolly Stable, has been confirmed dead by his final owner, Danny Fred Duncan of Duncan 21 and Change Farm in Texas.

  • Bathtime for Mr. Z

    Zayat Stables' Mr. Z, pointing for the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), after training March 15 at Oaklawn Park.

  • American Pharoah leaves the competition behind in the Rebel Stakes.

    American Pharoah Romps in Rebel

    American Pharoah bobbled at the break but never looked back, galloping gate-to-wire to win the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) by 6 1/4 lengths in his season debut March 14 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Untapable
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    Untapable Exits 2015 Debut in Good Shape

    Trainer Steve Asmussen said champion Untapable exited her runner-up effort in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14 in good condition and will remain in training at Oaklawn Park until early April.

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    Surgery Goes Well for 'Brandi'; Back to Lukas

    A minor operation to place a pin in the right knee of champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi March 12 was a "textbook procedure," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported March 13 at Oaklawn Park.

  • American Pharoah at Oaklawn

    The 2-year-old champ walks off the racetrack in Arkansas March 13 after galloping in preparation for the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).

  • American Pharoah makes his 2015 debut in the Rebel Stakes.

    Cue Baffert: American Pharoah Heads Rebel

    This season Baffert comes in loaded for bear, with Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah set to make his 2015 debut. American Pharoah has turned in a series of scintillating works at Santa Anita.

  • Take Charge Brandi

    Take Charge Brandi Out of Rebel With Chip

    Take Charge Brandi will miss the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) with a non-displaced bone chip in her right knee. The injury will also prevent her from a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Alan Garcia Plans Move to Woodbine

    Jockey Alan Garcia plans to try his hand at the Woodbine colony when the meet there opens April 11, according to agent Anthony Esposito, who will manage his book.

  • Carpe Diem and John Velazquez take the Tampa Bay Derby.

    Carpe Diem Returns a Tampa Bay Derby Winner

    Carpe Diem made his 2015 debut in style March 7, taking the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs by five lengths. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up claimed his third win from four starts.

  • Dortmund rolls to victory in the San Felipe.

    Dortmund Cruises Wire-to-Wire in San Felipe

    Dortmund preserved his undefeated record March 7, cruising gate-to-wire in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. The son of Big Brown has won five in a row and looms on the road to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Ready For Rye leads all the way to take the Swale.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-8df6Bqz">Order This Photo</a>

    Ready for Rye Upsets Daredevil in Swale

    Ready for Rye became Tom Albertrani's third winner on the day when he upset favored Daredevil by 2 3/4 lengths in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at Gulfstream. The trainer entered the card 0-for-60.

  • Sarah Sis (right) finished second to Take Charge Brandi in the Martha Washington.

    Sarah Sis Without 'Brandi' for Honeybee Run

    The would-be spoiler will get a chance at victory sans 'Brandi' March 7, as her more accomplished rival will start against boys March 14. Sarah Sis heads a group of nine sophomore fillies in the $150,000 Honeybee.

  • Dortmund will face 9 in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

    On the Muscle, Dortmund Ready for San Felipe

    Last time out, the son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown ran to a brilliant victory in the Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), fighting back on the inside after being passed by Firing Line to eke out the score.

  • Wise Dan at the barn in December.
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    Champion Wise Dan Back at the Track

    Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin tack-walking and is expected to undergo further evaluation in two to three weeks as to whether he will return to the races in 2015, trainer Charlie LoPresti said March 2.

  • Palace Malice
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    Palace Malice in First Work Back for Pletcher

    Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice continued to prepare for his return to the races with a three-furlong move Feb. 28 at Palm Beach Downs, his first since rejoining the Florida string of trainer Todd Pletcher.

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    Gulfstream Park Cancels Card in Deluge

    Gulfstream Park canceled the remainder of its Feb. 28 card as a deluge pelted the South Florida area. The $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) were among the events lost.

  • Devine Aida comes home strong to win the Herecomesthebride Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-BkCNV42">Order This Photo</a>

    Devine Aida Aces Sloppy Herecomesthebride

    Stronach Stables' Devine Aida splashed home in an off-the-turf edition of the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 28, earning her first graded score at soggy Gulfstream Park and building a four-race win streak.

  • THS: Swale Stakes

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes this week. The duo discuss Daredevil, Souper Colossal, Senor Grits, and more!

  • Take Charge Brandi

    Horton Considers Rebel for Take Charge Brandi

    Owner Willis Horton confirmed Feb. 25 that the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 14 is under consideration as a target for champion Take Charge Brandi, although a decision has not yet been made.

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    Consumer Credit Tops Herecomesthebride

    Sweetest Chant Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Consumer Credit could build a four-race win streak if she takes home the money in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park.

  • 2-year-old champion American Pharoah is scheduled to make his 2015 debut in the March 14 Rebel Stakes.

    Zayat 3YOs Continue Cross-Country Derby Preps

    Zayat Stables will continue its chess game of 3-year-old prep racing by shipping Mr. Z to the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), while American Pharoah runs in the Rebel (gr. II) and El Kabeir starts in the Gotham (gr. II).