Claire Novak

  • Exaggerator Exits Belmont Without Issue

    The Preakness (gr. I) winner, one of only two horses this year to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown, emerged from an 11th-place finish in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont without an excuse, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux.

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    Belmont Stakes Recap

    Claire Novak recaps Creator's win in the Belmont Stakes. Claire talks about Creator's connections of Irad Ortiz, Jr., Bobby Flay, WinStar, and Steve Asmussen.

  • I'm a Chatterbox Gets Mojo Back in Obeah

    Maybe I'm a Chatterbox needed a race, maybe she needed an easy target. Either way, the grade I winner got her mojo back in the $100,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III), in which she made short work of a short field June 11 at Delaware Park.

  • Economic Model Rolls Home in Easy Goer

    Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Economic Model got a good trip in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, while favored Cupid missed the break, rushed up on the backside, and faded to finish last.

  • Rain is forecast for Belmont Stakes Day

    Showers Loom on Belmont Day

    The Weather Channel predicts an 80% chance of rain for the day, with isolated thunderstorms likely to move in around 3 p.m. ET, and a 60% probability for 6 p.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:37 p.m.

  • Unified working for Jimmy Jerkens on June 10, 2016.

    Effinex, Unified Set for Stakes Engagements

    Jimmy Jerkens might not have a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender this year, but he's holding a hot hand with June 18 Stephen Foster (gr. I) contender Effinex and June 19 Pegasus (gr. III) runner Unified, who will go favored in their respective races.

  • Joking runs down Dads Caps to win the True North.

    Joking Upsets True North Stakes

    Joking, a 9-1 shot who returned $21.80 while giving owner/trainer Charlton Baker his first graded stakes victory, dashed across the line to upset by a neck.

  • Exaggerator with Peedy Landry on the main track at Belmont Park June 10

    All Systems Go for Belmont Choice Exaggerator

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Exaggerator moved through the rhythms of a big horse pre-race day June 10; gate-schooling, going for an easy jog, and moving into a controlled gallop as the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) looms.

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 9

    Claire Novak recaps a busy morning at Belmont Park, including a 4-furlong work for Governor Malibu, and track activities for Creator, Lani, Suddenbreakingnews, Trojan Nation, Brody's Cause, Cherry Wine, Stradivari, Destin, and more.

  • Cathryn Sophia, the morning after her Kentucky Oaks victory.

    Cathryn Sophia, Go Maggie Go Tangle in Acorn

    Cash is King's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia will make her first appearance since that career-high victory when she takes on Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) winner Go Maggie Go in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11 at Belmont.

  • Tepin Puts Polish on Royal Ascot Preparations

    The 5-year-old Bernstein mare clicked off the solid fractions that have become her trademark—splits of :12 2/5 and :24 1/5 under regular rider Julien Leparoux en route to a four-furlong time of :48 2/5 and a five-furlong gallop out in 1:01 1/5.

  • Vyjack wins race 7 at Keeneland April 21, 2016.

    Vyjack Returns to Graded Ranks in Red Bank

    Vyjack—who last time out won a Keeneland allowance over the same lawn upon which his half sister, champion Tepin, has picked up three grade I wins—returns to the graded ranks June 5 in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT)

  • Bens Cat Better Than Ever

    Ben's Cat: Better Than Ever

    Fan favorite Ben’s Cat continues to excel for Hall of Famer King Leatherbury. The Blood-Horse caught up with the 10-year-old warrior and his connections in Maryland, where he dashed to his fifth Jim McKay Turf Sprint score.

  • Beholder works May 25, 2016

    Beholder Fires Bullet, Ready to Rumble

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder threw down a warning to her rivals May 25 at Santa Anita Park, when she clocked a five-furlong bullet in :59 2/5 and earned the "breezing" tag rarely awarded on the South California circuit.

  • Brooklynsway wins the Dobledogdare (gr. III)

    Brooklynsway Heads Arlington Matron

    The 4-year-old Giant Gizmo filly upset heavy favorite I'm a Chatterbox two starts back on dirt, when she won the April 22 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland to earn her first graded score for trainer Bernie Flint.

  • Songbird wins the 2016 Santa Ysabel Stakes.

    Songbird Fleet in First Work Back

    The June 18 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park is the hopeful target for Songbird's return, if all goes well as she gears up in training. After that, owner Rick Porter said, "there's a lot of good races on the East Coast."

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    Post-Preakness Stakes News Update

    Claire Novak gives us updates on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, runner-up Cherry Wine, third-place Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victor Nyquist, and more! Learn who is heading to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and when.

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    Preakness Stakes News Wrap

    Claire Novak reports on Exaggerator's Preakness Stakes win trackside at Pimlico Park. Hear about Exaggerator's future plans and other Belmont Stakes probables, plus an update on Uncle Lino.

  • Meet the Budweiser Clydesdales

    The world-famous Budwesier Clydesdales are a fixture at Pimlico for Preakness weekend. Go behind the scenes for a special look at their daily routine and on-track performance.

  • Go Maggie Go wins the Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II)

    Go Maggie Go Soars in Black-Eyed Susan

    Lightly raced but perfectly primed for a big effort, Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go soared to her second grade II victory May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Abiding Star Gets All Clear for Preakness

    Connections of the dual stakes-winning Uncle Mo colt, who is based at Parx Racing, were relieved to get the all-clear May 17 when an equine herpesvirus quarantine at the Pennsylvania track, in place since April 1, was lifted.

  • Abiding Star #2 with J.D. Acosta riding won the $100,000 Parx Derby at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on May 7, 2016.

    Preakness: Abiding Star Needs Quarantine Lift

    Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra confirmed May 14 that Pimlico Race Course is prepared to take special precautions to accept the Parx-based horses, both of which never showed signs of illness during the quarantine.

  • Nyquist grabs a snack of grass as he meets the public and media in the barn area at Churchill Downs May 8.

    Nyquist Greets Public After Derby

    Trainer Doug O'Neill caught an early flight back to Southern California the morning of May 8, but Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist is headed to the other coast following his May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victory.

  • Tepin (right), with Julien Leparoux up, wins the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT).

    Tepin Soars in Distaff Turf Repeat

    Champion Tepin came out to play May 7 at her home base of Churchill Downs, and trounced a field of rivals to repeat in the $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT).

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    Kentucky Derby Ponies of 2016

    Claire Novak introduces us to the horses who help out our Kentucky Derby contenders. Meet the Kentucky Derby ponies Satire, Harley, Smokey, Chester, and Red.

  • THS Kentucky Derby 2016

    That Handicapping Show: Kentucky Derby

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase

  • THS Kentucky Oaks 2016

    That Handicapping Show: The Kentucky Oaks

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) featuring Rachel's Valentina, Land Over Sea, Mokat, Cathryn Sophia, Weep No More, Go Maggie Go, and Lewis Bay. Sponsored by Equibase.