Claire Novak

  • Ticonderoga wins the 2017 Palm Beach Stakes

    Ticonderoga Powerful in Palm Beach

    Woodford Racing's Ticonderoga ran off the bench and into the winner's circle March 4 at Gulfstream Park, taking the $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3T) with a powerful rally.

  • Trainer Mark Hennig in 1995 at Churchill Downs

    Derby Hopeful Beasley Brings Back Memories

    In the days to come, Beasley's connections hope he'll take them full circle to a certain racetrack on a certain Saturday in May—where 24 years ago, owner Lee Lewis and trainer Mark Hennig found themselves with their only Kentucky Derby (G1) starter.

  • 2017 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale Recap Day 2

    Claire Novak recaps day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, including comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Fasig-Tipton Sale Kentucky Mixed Sale Recap Day 1

    2017 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale Recap Day 1

    Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, including comments from Donato Lanni of Hill 'n' Dale, Carl McEntee of Darby Dan Farm, and Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Isotherm finishes strong to win the San Marcos

    Isotherm Jumps Up in San Marcos

    Matthew Schera's Isotherm hadn't found the winner's circle since September of 2015, but on a red-hot afternoon for jockey Flavien Prat at Santa Anita Park, he was under the right man for the job.

  • El Areeb and Trevor McCarthy take the Withers (G3)

    El Areeb Too Good in Withers

    M M G Stables' El Areeb toyed with nine rivals in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3), summarily dismissed them down the lane, and cleared his fourth straight victory under a hand ride from jockey Trevor McCarthy Feb. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Taghleeb takes the W. L. McKnight in a tight finish

    Taghleeb Lands W. L. McKnight Score

    The 6-year-old son of Hard Spun came off a Dec. 31 victory in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream for trainer Mike Maker and got the perfect ground-saving rail trip in the McKnight.

  • I'm a Chatterbox has won three grade 1 races on dirt and could try turf Saturday at Fair Grounds

    I'm a Chatterbox Entered in Krantz at Fair Grounds

    Her connections are holding out hope she may be cleared to travel to the Jan. 29 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston, but due to an equine herpesvirus outbreak and resulting quarantine at Fair Grounds, she was entered in the 1 1/16-mile Krantz.

  • Dortmund works at Los Al

    Dortmund Drills for Sherman at Los Al

    With Anna Wells aboard, the towering chestnut stretched his legs through three furlongs in :36 3/5. As one chapter comes to a close with California Chrome's upcoming retirement, another begins with Dortmund as the hopeful figurehead. 

  • No catching Vale Dori in the La Canada

    Vale Dori Rolls Home in La Canada

    Vale Dori took heat early and kept on rolling in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (G2) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park, impressively picking up her second consecutive grade 2 and third straight victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Sales Spotlight Keeneland January Recap Day 2

    2017 Keeneland January Sale Recap Day 2

    Claire Novak recaps Day 2 of the 2017 Keeneland January Mixed Sale including comments from Frances Relihan, Martha Jane Mulholland and Geoffrey Russell. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Sales Spotlight Keeneland January Recap Day 1

    2017 Keeneland January Sale Recap Day 1

    Claire Novak recaps Day 1 of the 2017 Keeneland January Mixed Sale including a look at some of the top hips and comments from Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Blue Tone captured his first stakes win in the San Gabriel

    Blue Tone Preserves San Gabriel Advantage

    Blue Tone's connections supplemented to the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (G3) thinking it might come off the turf, and couldn't have been happier in rainy Southern California when he splashed through the slop to his first stakes score.

  • Champion Songbird will return soon to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's California barn

    A Plan for Songbird as Year-End Honors Loom

    Rick Porter is a sporting man and a planning man, and to that end he has mapped out a "perfect-world" scenario for Songbird that will have fans of the Medaglia d'Oro filly drooling in anticipation with hopes that all goes well.

  • Dortmund will move to trainer Art Sherman from Bob Baffert

    Bob Baffert and Kaleem Shah Part Ways

    During their association, Baffert trained several top-level runners for Shah, including 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and 2015 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Dortmund. The latter will be transferred to Art Sherman.

  • Decked Out wins the 2016 American Oaks

    Decked Out Flies Home in American Oaks

    Decked Out flew home late and caught front-running Sassy Little Lila by the slimmest of noses in the $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) Dec. 31 at Santa Anita Park, a day that saw a dead heat Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) win earlier on the card.

  • Cheers to You breaks her maiden at Golden Gate Fields

    Cheers to You First Winner for Santiva

    Richard Burton's hombred Cheers to You, a California-bred daughter of freshman sire Santiva, became the stallion's first winner from three starters Dec. 30 when she broke her maiden at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Jimmy Bouncer winning the Harris Farms Stakes

    Midnight Lute Stakes Offers Chance to Step Up

    With top California sprinter Masochistic denied entry in the wake of his post-race positive after the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), five will head postward in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III).

  • Champagne Room - Santa Anita, December 15, 2016

    Champagne Room Returns to Worktab

    Happily clicking through three furlongs in a bullet :35 1/5 to earn the rare Southern California "breezing" designation from local clockers Dec. 15 at Santa Anita Park, Champagne Room signaled her readiness to get back to business.

  • Big Brown will stand the 2017 season for $7,500

    Dutchess Views Lowers Fee for Big Brown

    Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, New York has announced the 2017 fees for its roster of stallions, which includes two of this year's leading New York sires, Big Brown and Bellamy Road.

  • Dynatail becomes the first winner for freshman sire Hightail

    Dynatail First Winner for Hightail

    Ballybrit Stable's Dynatail became the first winner for 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail when she broke her maiden at fourth asking with a wire-to-wire run Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arrogate

    Arrogate Returns to Work Tab

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.

  • Gun Runner takes the Clark Handicap

    Gun Runner Overcomes Elders in Clark

    Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Bigger Picture wins the 2016 Red Smith

    Bigger Picture Makes the Grade in Red Smith

    Bigger Picture picked up his first graded victory and held off accomplished rivals to get the job done Nov. 12 at Aqueduct Racetrack, winning the $200,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT) over Danish Dynaformer and Wake Forest.

  • 2016 Keeneland November Sale Day 4 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, including a look at some of the top hips. Also comments from James Keogh. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Keeneland November Sale Recap Day 3

    2016 Keeneland November Sale Day 3 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale including a look at some of the top hips, and comments from Patrick Lawley-Wakelin and Walker Hancock. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency

  • 2016 Keeneland November Sale Day 2 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 2 of the Keeneland November sale including comments from Eaton Sales Principal Reiley McDonald, Hill 'n' Dale President John Sikura, and Keeneland Sales Director Geoffrey Russell. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • 2016 Keeneland November Sale Day 1 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Keeneland November sale including comments from Keeneland Sales Director Geoffrey Russell and Three Chimneys CCO Case Clay. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Songbird after her Distaff loss to Beholder

    Songbird to WinStar for Freshening

    Fox Hill Farm's champion Songbird will get a freshening at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., before returning to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for her 4-year-old campaign.

  • Drefong runs away with the Breeders' Cup Sprint

    Drefong Gives Baffert Fifth BC Sprint

    Baoma Corporation's Drefong came in off the bench, racing for the first time since his Aug. 27 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) score, and turned back 8-5 choice Masochistic to land his second consecutive grade I by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Tamarkuz and Mike Smith take the Dirt Mile

    Tamarkuz Upsets Dirt Mile

    Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, under all-time leading Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith, ranged up outside and rolled past Gun Runner to upset the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).