Evan Hammonds

  • Exchange Rate's Excellent Week

    Three Chimneys stallion Exchange Rate gets a pair of graded stakes winners at Keeneland April 11-12 and has a pair of 2-year-olds sell for $350,000 and $190,000 at the Tattersalls breeze-up sale in England.

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    Birdatthewire Puts Another Jones in the Oaks

    Lynn and Kathy Jones have been in the horse business for 35 years. The Central Kentucky couple will enjoy their trip to Churchill Downs this year as the breeders of Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Birdatthewire.

  • Angela Renee (inside) worked a half-mile in :47 3/5 at Keeneland April 16.

    Oaks Hopeful Angela Renee Drills at Kee

    Siena Farms' Angela Renee (by Bernardini) worked a half-mile in company in :47 3/5 April 16 at Keeneland. The grade I winner may make her next start in the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • KY Oaks: Feels Like a Final Four

    The "Road to Louisville" and the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has a "Final Four" feel to it. Who are the top seeds? Evan Hammonds explores a group of talented 3-year-old fillies.

  • Condo Commando leads the way home in the Gazelle Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-rv5mGNV">Order This Photo</a>

    'Condo' in Full Command in Gazelle

    Condo Commando, the 3-5 favorite, was an easy winner of the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 4 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old filly covered the nine furlongs in 1:52.17.

  • Stellar Wind dominates the Santa Anita Oaks.

    Stellar Wind Rolls in Santa Anita Oaks

    Stellar Wind, the 6-5 favorite for the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), delivered with a commanding 5 1/4-length win over Luminance April 4 at Santa Anita Park. The daughter of Curlin traveled the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.26.

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    I'm a Chatterbox Notches Easy FG Oaks Victory

    I'm a Chatterbox, a homebred racing for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, won the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite March 28, sweeping the three stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.

  • War Correspondent closes strongly to win the Appleton Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-sp4jb7v">Order This Photo</a>

    War Correspondent Captures Appleton

    War Correspondent, the favorite and a full brother to Declaration of War, rallies to catch Aripeka to win the one-mile Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a neck March 28 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Solow leaves the competition behind in the Dubai Turf.

    Solow All Alone in Dubai Turf

    French runner Solow was all alone at the line in the $6 million Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (UAE-I) March 28. The 5-year-old covered the 1,800 meters in 1:47.76 to give trainer Freddy Head his first win in Dubai.

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    Grade I Winner La Tia Retired

    Salvador Hernandez' homebred La Tia, winner of the 2014 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT), has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old daughter of City Place will be bred to Candy Ride.

  • Ekati's Phaeton is the likely favorite for the Gulfstream Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-zxf99ZF">Order This Photo</a>

    Streaking Phaeton Heads Gulfstream Oaks

    Ekati's Phaeton, a surprise winner of the one-mile Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), attempts to stretch out an additional sixteenth of a mile March 28 in the $250,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II).

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    I'm a Chatterbox the Talk of the FG Oaks

    Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox (by Munnings), goes for her third straight stakes win March 28 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles.

  • From left: Pin Oak general manager Clifford Barry, trainer Malcolm Pierce, Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, jockey Jose Lezcano, and Pin Oak's Nancy Stephens

    March Madness: Streaking Pin Oak Stable

    Pin Oak Stable rides a hot streak with two graded stakes winners this month, a $950,000 sale 2-year-old by sire Broken Vow, and general manager Clifford Barry-bred Florida Derby (gr. I) hopeful Itsaknockout.

  • Sharla Rae won the California Oaks on Feb. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.

    Bourbonette is Anybody's Ballgame

    The Pure Romance Bourbonette Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park is a 100-proof handicapping challenge with a full field of 3-year-old fillies going a mile on Polytrack.

  • Consumer Credit will break from post 7 in the Florida Oaks.
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    Consumer Credit Ranks High in Fla. Oaks

    Consumer Credit, a winner of three straight on the turf -- including a pair of stakes at Gulfstream -- heads a full cast for the $200,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) March 7 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Ekati's Phaeton holds off Birdatthewire (outside) and Eskenformoney to win the Davona Dale.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-xNHMgbW">Order This Photo</a>

    Longshot Ekati's Phaeton Wires Davona Dale

    Ekati's Phaeton, a 25-1 shot, went wire-to-wire to win the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Tale of Ekati covered the one-turn mile in 1:37.66.

  • Sabercat won the 2011 Delta Downs Jackpot.

    Sabercat to Averett Farm in Louisiana

    Sabercat, a son of Bluegrass Cat and winner of the 2011 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III), will stand the 2015 breeding season at Gerald Averett Jr.'s Averett Farm in Louisiana. His fee will be $3,500.

  • Upstart
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    Upstart is Uplifting for Joanne Nielsen

    Despite the fact she has seven empty mares and has yet to decide which stallions to breed to this year, Joanne Nielsen has had an uplifting start to 2015. She is the breeder of Upstart, who won the Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 24.

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    Barbados Rides Hot Streak into Hutcheson

    Barbados, Spectacular Bid Stakes three weeks earlier, heads the Jan. 24 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old son of Speightstown will break from post seven of eight going seven furlongs.

  • Katherine Voss of Chanceland Farm co-bred International Star.

    An International Star on the Rise

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star, winner of the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, was bred in New York by Marylanders Katharine Voss and Robert Manfuso.

  • I'm a Chatterbox dominates the Silverbulletday Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-LVZ8HVs">Order This Photo</a>

    I'm a Chatterbox Wires Silverbulletday

    Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox, by Munnings, takes 3-year-old fillies wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Calculator and owner Richard Pell following their Sham Stakes win.

    Calculator Adds to Ocala Stud Legacy

    Calculator's win in the Jan. 10 Sham Stakes (gr. III) adds to the legacy of the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud. The Florida-bred son of In Summation races for longtime Ocala Stud client Richard Pell.

  • Bayern and California Chrome at the finish of the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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    Eclipse Finalists Announced

    Finalists for the 2014 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 7 on HRTV at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Bayern, California Chrome, and Main Sequence were named as finalists for the Horse of the Year title.

  • Forty Niner (inside) won the NYRA Mile in 1988.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/Classics/Classic-Photos/i-XB3xjmf/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Cigar Mile as 'Stallion Maker'

    While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.

  • Cristina's Journey won the Pocahontas Stakes on Sept. 6.

    Golden Rod Holds Plenty of Opportunity

    A full field of 12 for the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs looks wide open. The 1 1/16-mile race shares the card with the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) for the boys.

  • Icon Ike

    Icon Ike to Stand at Starfish in Arkansas

    Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred Icon Ike, a stakes-winning son of Yes It's True, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Dr. Linda Robbins' Starfish Stallions near Hot Springs, Ark. His fee will be $1,000.

  • Leading Edge Heads Princess Elizabeth

    Chiefswood Stable's homebred Leading Edge, a daughter of Tapit out of a grade II winner, heads Woodbine's Princess Elizabeth Stakes Nov. 2. The $250,000 race is for Canadian-foaled fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

  • After the Wire: Shadwell Turf Mile

    Hear Evan Hammonds' analysis on Wise Dan's win in the Shadwell Turf Mile and Carpe Diem's victory in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland as well as Daredevil's win in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.

  • Strategic Maneuver winning the Demoiselle Stakes.
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    Two-Time GI Winner Strategic Maneuver Dies

    Strategic Maneuver, a two-time grade I winner at 2 in 1993 was put down Sept. 24 at Betty Moran's Brushwood Farm in Pennsylvania. The 23-year-old daughter of Cryptoclearance produced two group or graded winners.

  • After the Wire: Jockey Club Gold Cup

    Evan Hammonds recaps a plethora of graded stakes from the weekend. Learn how the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Awesome Again S., Zenyatta S., and FrontRunner S. will effect the Breeders' Cup.