Dallas Stewart, who has saddled longshots to finish second in the Kentucky Derby, isn't making any drastic changes as he seeks classic victory with Tom's Ready.
Grade I winners Curalina, Sheer Drama, and Angela Renee will seek to enhance their reputations in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) on the May 6 Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs.
Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.
With WinStar Farm owner Kenny Troutt looking on, Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Creator breezed four furlongs in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of May 2 in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Majesto, the runner-up to champion Nyquist in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I), will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the all-time leading rider in Venezuela, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
When the auctioneer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park dropped the hammer on Hip 87 at $400,000, Dennis O'Neill was pleasantly surprised that he was the buyer of the colt named Nyquist.
Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.
Although only one of his horses is currently among the 20 horses with sufficient points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans sent Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine out for workouts the morning of April 30.
- By Ron Mitchell
Steve Asmussen and Rachel Alexandra, the great mare he trained to Horse of the Year honors, as well as Horse of the Year Zenyatta and jockey Ramon Dominguez have been selected for induction this year into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
Topped by a Quality Road filly sold for $775,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded April 22 with a slight decline overall in gross, and record average and median prices.
A filly by Quality Road brings $775,000 just three hips from the sale's end.
With Donato Lanni signing the ticket, a Ghostzapper filly was acquired by Susan Chu’s Baoma Corporation for $720,000 at the final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 22.
Mark Casse signed on behalf of EastWest Stable for a filly by Colonel John for $375,000 during the April 22 final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April spring 2-year-olds in training sale lost some of its star power during the April 22 closing session when Hip 1102, a striking Tapit colt, was a late withdrawal.
An attractive Broken Vow colt owned by a partnership group headed by Billy Koch of Little Red Father Racing Club was sold for $1.2 million April 21 to top the penultimate session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale.
A Broken Vow colt was purchased by Michael Hall of Breeze Easy stable for $1.2 million to become the new sale topper April 21 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale.
A Candy Ride ridgling was purchased by Dennis O’Neill on behalf of Paul Reddam for $875,000 to bring the highest price thus far at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Offspring of freshman sires Gemologist and Overdriven topped the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale April 20 during a session in which gross, average, and median prices declined from the comparable sale date a year ago.
A colt from the first crop of Gemologist was sold for $550,000 to agent David Ingordo and trainer Peter Eurton for an undisclosed client during the April 20 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.
The O’Farrell family’s Ocala Stud hit another home run at the April 20 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale, going to $525,000 for Hip 517, a colt from the first crop of Overdriven.
Musician Susan Hunter hits the high notes with Thoroughbreds.
Trainer Linda Rice went to $440,000 to acquire a Speightstown filly from the Wavertree Stables consignment during the April 20 second day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A filly by High Cotton was purchased by Mike Ryan for $400,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Topped by an Into Mischief colt bought by Spendthrift Farm for $335,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training began on a strong note April 19, with across-the-board increases in gross, average, and median prices.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April sale of 2-year-olds in training has come a long way over the last five years and in some quarters is the best juvenile sale in country.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training came to a conclusion Saturday, April 16, with two more horses equaling the quarter-mile fastest time of :20 4/5 for a quarter mile.
Three juveniles shared the eighth of a mile fastest time of :09 4/5 during the April 15 fifth set of under tack workouts for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training sale.
In his first workout since his impressive Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) victory April 2, Reddam Racing’s champion Nyquist breezed five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 at Keeneland the morning of April 15 .
During the April 14 under tack session for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale, a son of Shackleford breezed a quarter-mile in :20 2/5, the fastest at the distance so far during the first four of six workout sessions.
- By Ron Mitchell
The third day of six under tack show workout sessions leading up to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April spring sale of 2-year-olds in training resulted in horses equaling the fastest times set the previous two days.
Are You Kidding Me, who was honored with a Sovereign Award last weekend as champion Canadian older horse for 2015, and grade I winner Noble Bird top the 10-horse field for the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland April 16.
Workouts for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April spring sale of 2-year-olds in training continued April 12, with three horses equaling the fastest breeze time for an eighth of a mile.
A filly from the first crop of group I winner Biondetti breezed a quarter-mile in :20 3/5 as the fastest worker at the distance during the April 11 under tack show for the the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale.
In his first serious exercise since winning the April 2 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I), Reddam Racing's Nyquist galloped strongly once around the main track at Keeneland the morning of April 11.
After jogging for a second day at Keeneland April 10, Nyquist's training regimen leading up to the May 7 Kentucky Derby will intensify this week as the undefeated colt will begin galloping Monday.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner Catch a Glimpse was honored as Canada's Horse of the Year for 2015 and her trainer Mark Casse was named outstanding trainer a ninth time.
Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.
Contingent upon test results showing he no longer has an elevated white blood cell count, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist is scheduled to make his first appearance at Keeneland Saturday.
John Menary and trainer Gail Cox's Something Extra will attempt to repeat his 2015 victory in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) for turf sprinters on the April 9 Blue Grass Stakes card at Keeneland.
There will be few graded stakes during the 16-day Keeneland Racecourse meet that will draw as tough of a field as the April 9 $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) for older fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs.
Despite fewer races and race days, commingled wagering on U.S. racing rose nominally during the month of March, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase April 5.
A Texas-bred daughter of Too Much Bling was purchased by Danny Keene for $95,000 to top the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale conducted by the Texas Thoroughbred Association April 4 at Lone Star Park.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox zipped through five furlongs in a bullet :59 at Keeneland April 4 as the 4-year-old filly prepares for the April 22 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. I).
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, impressive winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II), put in his first work at Churchill Downs the morning of April 4.
Although the number of horses cataloged is down this year from last at the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale that will be held April 4, sales director Tim Boyce said the auction will still likely have as many quality horses.
A Texas-bred filly by Too Much Bling worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 as the fastest worker during the April 2 under tack show for the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park.
The $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) on the April 2 Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park drew six talented older horses who will go 1 1/8 miles over the main track.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel has decided to retire, effective immediately, according to his agent, retired jockey Larry Melancon.
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.
Top turf sprinter Bobby's Kitten won his European debut easily March 28 when he posted an 8 1/2-length victory in the March 28 listed Cork Stakes at Cork Racecourse in Ireland.
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