Claire Novak

  • 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).

  • Breeders' Cup News Update for November 3

    Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Lord Nelson's scratch from the Sprint, and the withdrawal of Suedois from the Turf Sprint, which allows Green Mask to run. Plus, more Europeans hit the track, including 2015 Turf winner Found.

  • Green Mask will run in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

    Green Mask Draws into Turf Sprint

    Trainer Brad Cox shipped D. J. Stable's Green Mask, third in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) in 2015, out to Santa Anita Park with the hopes of making the race again, despite being the second horse on the also-eligible list in a full field.

  • Melatonin breezing at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Classic

    Hofmans Has Melatonin Sitting on Go

    Tarabilla Farms' Breeders' Cup Clasic (gr. I) contender Melatonin got out on the Santa Anita Park main track Nov. 2 around 7:45 a.m. and stretched his legs, moving smoothly through a four-furlong work in :47 4/5 with a gallop out in 1:01 2/5.

  • Breeders' Cup News Update for November 1

    Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including works from American Gal, Holy Lute, and Mongolian Saturday, and the first Europeans on track, including Turf contender Ulysses. Also, I'm a Chatterbox, and the daily California Chrome report.

  • Found won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2015 and could become just the third back-to-back winner in the race's history

    Found Looks for Repeat Turf Win

    Pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), 2015 Turf winner Found will defend her title instead of taking on the boys on dirt.

  • Miss Southern Miss after her Surfer Girl Stakes victory

    'Southern Miss' Out of Juvenile Fillies Turf

    Peter Cantrell's Miss Southern Miss, who provided a standout performance in the Surfer Girl Stakes last time out, will miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) because of a shin injury, trainer Keith Desormeaux said Oct. 31.

  • California Chrome and groom Raul Rodriguez arrive at Santa Anita

    California Chrome Arrives at Santa Anita

    Arriving back at Santa Anita Oct. 30 around 11:45 a.m. local time after a smooth ride from Los Alamitos, the world's greatest racehorse soon powered down the ramp, ready for his Nov. 5 engagement as the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite.

  • Carina Mia working under assistant trainer Rodolphe Brisset

    Carina Mia, Tourist Work at Santa Anita

    After working Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I)-bound Carina Mia and Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) runner Tourist Oct. 30, Mott plans to breeze Turf Sprint (gr. IT) contender Celestine and Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) runner Good Samaritan Oct. 31.

  • Nyquist works Oct. 27 at Santa Anita

    Nyquist Injured, Out of Breeders' Cup Classic

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist will not run in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The multiple grade I winner exited an Oct. 27 workout with a "puffy ankle," according to a release from trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos passed away at age 18

    Kentucky Derby Winner Monarchos Dies

    John C. Oxley's 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos died the morning of Oct. 22, after displaying signs of internal discomfort Oct. 21 and undergoing emergency surgery to repair a ruptured intestine. He was 18.

  • 2016 Fasig-Tipton October Sale Preview

    Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton October sale, the last yearling sale of the year, including comments from Logan Payne of Taylor Made Sales. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency

  • Time and Motion (center, #7) gets the victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

    Time and Motion Wins QE II Thriller

    Time and Motion wore down Hawksmoor and held off Harmonize with a perfect run Oct. 15, edging her rivals to claim her first grade I in the final strides of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) at Keeneland.

  • La Coronel comes home strong to win the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes

    La Coronel Powers Home in Jessamine

    While champion Tepin is the barn's undisputed queen and Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse commands respect, 2-year-old La Coronel proved worthy to tread in their hoofprints Oct. 12 in the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT). 

  • Classic Empire and Julien Leparoux take the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity

    Classic Empire in Breeders' Futurity Score

    John Oxley's Classic Empire was on his best behavior Oct. 8 at Keeneland, and the additional work his connections have done paid off with a victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I).

  • Photo Call leads Tepin home in the  First Lady

    Photo Call Upsets Tepin in First Lady

    Photo Call went winging her way out to the early lead in the $400,000 First Lady (gr. IT) Oct. 8 at Keeneland, opening a large margin and leaving champion Tepin with too much work to do in her title defense.

  • No Denying A. P. Indian in Phoenix

    Nothing could stop Green Lantern Stables' A. P. Indian as he blazed toward the Keeneland finish line Oct. 7 in the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. II).

  • Champion Tepin is set for a return to Keeneland

    Tepin's Tour Returns to Keeneland

    Tepin aims to become the first horse to win the First Lady (gr. IT) in consecutive seasons. Her connections hope the race sets her up for a Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) repeat Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Songbird rolls to another win in the Cotillion

    Songbird Untouchable in Cotillion

    The champion filly toyed with fellow grade I winners Carina Mia and Cathryn Sophia Sept. 24 at Parx Racing, then built her win streak to 11 with a clear victory under a hand ride from Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

  • Blacktype finishes fast to win the Commonwealth Turf Cup

    Blacktype Wins Record Commonwealth Turf Cup

    Jump Sucker Stables' Blacktype set a course record Sept. 24 in the $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park, running a mile in 1:33.43 on the Maryland oval's All Along turf course.

  • Big Blue Kitten retires with four grade I wins, a championship, and course record to his credit

    Champion Big Blue Kitten Retired

    The homebred son of Kitten's Joy ran first for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, then was acquired by Calumet Farm at the end of his championship year and made three starts for that outfit in 2016. He will stand at Calumet.

  • The Pizza Man comes home strong to wn the Northern Dancer

    The Pizza Man All Class in Northern Dancer

    Illinois-bred The Pizza Man proved his class Sept. 17 at Woodbine in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Presented by HPIBet (Can-IT), edging Wake Forest and pacesetter World Approval in a blanket finish.

  • Rainha Da Bateria holds off Dacita to win the Canadian

    Rainha Da Bateria Edges Dacita in Canadian

    The 4-year-old Broken Vow filly moved to Chad Brown this spring, made her first start Saturday for Lael Stables, and won her first race since taking the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT) back in October of 2014, 12 starts back.

  • Amis Gizmo and Luis Contreras take the Ontario Derby

    Amis Gizmo Rebounds for Ontario Derby score

    Ivan Dalos' homebred Amis Gizmo rebounded from a disappointing sixth in the Aug. 21 Breeders' Stakes and won the $150,000 Ontario Derby (Can-III) by six lengths Sept. 17 in track-record time at Woodbine.