The Trainer of leading Breeders' Cup Sprint contender and defending champion Secret Circle discovers new threat after Fast Anna delivers super-quick move Oct. 26.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner arrived by van the morning of Oct. 26 and will begin his training and schooling at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
The Classic outcome most likely will be determined by what transpires on the front end, as we have two, possibly three, horses all trying to prove who is the fastest of the fast.
Whitney Stakes (gr. I) winner Moreno drilled six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 Oct. 24 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Todd Pletcher appears to hold a strong hand in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 26 with the duo of Teen Pauline and Dame Dorothy, who are both riding three-racing winning streaks.
The $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 25 drew a classy, competitive field of seven, headed by proven graded stakes horses Romansh, River Rocks, and Salutos Amigos.
A wide-open field of 15 has been pre-entered is this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), headed by a powerful 3-year-old group.
The depth of talent this year is unprecedented in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) with 19 fillies pre-entered.
Let's face it, the older horse division that at one time looked like a sure thing to dominate the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has pretty much fallen apart. Could a horse like Zivo jump up and beat the 3-year-olds?
America looks to have a powerful contingent this year to turn back the Europeans in this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
To most everyone, the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic was a punch in the gut, the end of a magical run that brought an eerie hush to the crowd at Churchill Downs. read blog
Magalen O. Bryant's V. E. Day, winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), will run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1, according to racing manager Cynthia Curtis.
Having scored an impressive victory in the New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes, Good Luck Gus now looks to aim higher in the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes Oct. 18 at Belmont Park.
Dual grade I winner works five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita Park Oct. 14 in preparation for the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
With the once-powerful older horse division now all but depleted, the spotlight in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) shines on the 3-year-olds, who should be as dominant at the mutuel windows as they look to be on the track.
- By Steve Haskin
When he eventually was sent to Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm as a baby, the son of Palace Music acquired a reputation for being feisty and mischievous. read blog
Racing lost one its all-time greats with the passing of Cigar. As a tribute, I am reprinting some of my most memorable experiences with this magnificent horse. read blog
For all those with aspirations of winning either Horse of the Year or the Older Male title or the Male Grass title, there is a force out there even stronger than Eric Guillot's voodoo dolls. It is the curse of Wise Dan. read blog
With impressive win in Mazarine Stakes, 2-year-old filly now among the favorites for Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Grade III winner Cinco Charlie is the only horse with stakes credentials in compact field for the six-furlong Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont Park Oct. 5.
You wouldn't be out of line if you called the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4 the best grade III race of the year.
With a clean trip, Bourbon Lane Stable's Hashtag Bourbon will be tough to beat as part of a 12-horse field in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 4.
Centennials Farms' Wicked Strong, who clipped heels in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and unseated jockey Rajiv Maragh, will not be sent to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup and will be put away for the remainder of the year.
Fashion Alert heads a field of 13 2-year-old fillies set for the $400,000 race Oct. 3, opening day of the fall meet, which marks the first season of a new dirt surface.
Although Super Saturday in New York and California had several twists that no one was expecting, it did help clarify the Breeders' Cup picture to some extent, but also raised questions as well. read blog
Sophomores Wicked Strong, Tonalist, and V.E. Day take on elders such as Whitney (gr. I) winner Moreno in the 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup Sept. 27 on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.
The illustrious Stonestreet Farms broodmare band gained two more celebrities with the announcement Sept. 24 that two of their star fillies, My Miss Aurelia and Dreaming of Julia, have been retired.
Not to put any pressure on Shared Belief in Saturday's Awesome Again Stakes, but racing desperately needs a victory by the son of Candy Ride. read blog
After working on the grass Sept. 20, Goldencents' trip to Keeneland to face Wise Dan in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4 has been canceled, said majority owner Glenn Sorgenstein.
Trainer Art Sherman couldn't be more pleased with how California Chrome is coming up to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing Sept. 20.
Game On Dude, the only horse ever to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), has been retired, trainer Bob Baffert announced Sept. 18.
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), will break from the rail in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Parx Racing.
Tapiture's owner, Ron Winchell, says he would not have chosen the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for California Chrome's return.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man will be making his first delivery outside the Chicago area 18 months, as he looks to extend his five-race winning streak in the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (gr. IT) at Woodbine.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin remembers reactions from New York horsemen after 9/11. read blog
Arlington Park Oaks first two finishers, Aurelia's Belle and Stellaris, clash again in the 1 1/8-mile turf test at Arlington Sept. 13.
It's anybody's race as 11 sprinters line up for 6 1/2-furlong Polytrack test at Woodbine.
An early glimpse at how the race might shape up and what each horse has to do to give him the best chance of winning. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Abigail Adsit is one of those fortunate few where success comes as the byproduct of following one's lifelong passion. read blog
Arlington International offers two of the last stakes run on Polytrack in the United States this year, as 2-year-olds take the stage in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Arlington-Washington Lassie Sept. 6.
This year's edition of the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs Sept. 6 drew a competitive filed of 11, headed by the one-two finishers of the Ohio Derby and the first three finishers of the Prelude Stakes.
- By Steve Haskin
The dawn is breaking on a beautiful, cool Saratoga morning. This is the day everyone in Charlie LoPresti's barn has been waiting for. read blog
Goldencents, last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, is to make his next start Oct. 4 in Keeneland's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT), where he would likely face two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan.
Cat's Claw has taken every step up the class ladder since her inauspicious beginning and has now scratched her way up to the $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.
Belmont Sprint (gr. III) stakes winner Clearly Now takes on nine opponents as he attempts to duplicate his Herculean performance in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is looking to turn the tables on Whitney Stakes (gr. I) winner Moreno with Itsmyluckyday in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Steve Haskin
The key to Shared Belief's greatness could very well be his maternal great-grandsire Grenfall, a horse unfamiliar to the vast majority of Americans. read blog
Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) was not just about V.E. Day, but also V.J. Day. We had the Victory in Europe tie-in and the Victory for Jerkens tie-in. read blog
On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.
- By Steve Haskin
First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts. read blog
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