Claire Novak

  • West Coast is clear by 3 3/4 lengths under Mike Smith

    West Coast Best in Easy Goer

    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.

  • Epicharis in his last day of training at Belmont Park June 6, before his soundness issues began

    Epicharis Out of Belmont Stakes

    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.

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 9

    Belmont Stakes News Update for June 9

    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!

  • Belmont Stakes News Update June 8

    Belmont Stakes News Update for June 8

    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!

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 7

    Belmont Stakes News Update for June 7

    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.

  • Bal a Bali and jockey Mike Smith win the Shoemaker Mile

    Comeback King Bal a Bali Takes Shoemaker Mile

    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.

  • Jockey Joe Bravo sitting chilly on Grand Jete as she soars under the wire

    Grand Jete Steps Up in Eatontown

    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.

  • Whitmore (outside) catches A. P. Indian (rail) to win the Maryland Sprint Stakes

    Whitmore Impresses in Maryland Sprint

    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).

  • Preakness Scene Setter

    Claire Novak sets the scene for the 142nd Preakness Stakes. Current track condition is muddy, but no more rain is forecast.

  • Preakness News Update for May 19

    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.

  • Always Dreaming May 17 at Pimlico Race Course

    Always Dreaming Draws Post 4 in Preakness

    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.

  • Zhukova finishes six lengths clear of her rivals in the Man o' War Stakes

    Zhukova Dominates Man o' War Rivals

    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).

  • Paulassilverlining and Jose Ortiz edge out Finest City and Mike Smith in the Humana Distaff

    Paulassilverlining Holds Tough in Humana Distaff

    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).

  • William "Buff" Bradley and Divisidero in the Churchill Downs winner's circle

    Bradley Keeps Eyes on Prize With Divisidero

    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).

  • Thunder Snow clears quarantine and heads to the track

    Thunder Snow and New Arrivals Visit Track

    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).

  • Sonneteer works at Churchill under jockey Corey Lanerie

    'Maturing' Sonneteer Fires Bullet for Derby

    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.

  • Personnel outside the quarantine area where Thunder Snow is stabled at Churchill Downs

    Thunder Snow Enters Quarantine at Churchill Downs

    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.

  • Irish War Cry (outside) breezes with Providence Road

    Irish War Cry Solid in Final Pre-Derby Work

    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.

  • Preston Troutt of WinStar Farm leads American Patriot and Javier Castellano into the Keeneland winner's circle

    American Patriot Steals Maker's 46 Mile

    Reserved at the start but flying at the end, WinStar Farm's American Patriot nipped hard-trying Heart to Heart in the final strides of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) April 14 at Keeneland.

  • Midnight Storm looks to win the Oaklawn Handicap off a runner-up finish in the Santa Anita Handicap

    'More Mature' Midnight Storm Heads Oaklawn

    This raiding trip to Oaklawn Park for a run at the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) comes on the heels of a game runner-up finish in the March 11 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1).