Headlines for Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Forever Unbridled takes the Houston Ladies Classic.

    Forever Unbridled Claims Ladies Classic

    Forever Unbridled continued her recent run of good form Jan. 30, taking over from pacesetter and defending race winner Cassatt to claim the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (gr. III) at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • Smokey Image and Victor Espinoza dominate the California Cup Derby.

    Smokey Image Dominant in Cal Cup Derby

    A homebred California-bred chestnut, with blinkers on and Victor Espinoza in the irons, broke away from the field to win the $250,000 California Cup Derby Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park. Sound familiar?

  • Pricedtoperfection leads the way to victory in the Sweetest Chant.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-56HQtrn">Order This Photo</a>

    Pricedtoperfection Game in Sweetest Chant

    Trainer Chad Brown struck for a fifth consecutive win in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant (gr. IIIT) when Pricedtoperfection asserted herself late between rivals in the Jan. 30 race for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park

  • Discreetness

    Discreetness, Whitmore Work for Southwest

    Smarty Jones Stakes winner Discreetness went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Jan. 30 at Oaklawn gearing up for the Feb. 15 Southwest Stakes (gr. III). Also working toward the Southwest that morning was Whitmore.

  • Mohaymen rolls to victory in the Holy Bull Stakes.

    Mohaymen Romps in Holy Bull Stakes

    Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen made easy work of five rivals to draw clear in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30, pushing his perfect record to 4-for-4.

  • Awesome Banner is in control of the Swale Stakes <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-CwMqsXD">Order This Photo</a>

    Awesome Banner Dominates Swale

    Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Awesome Banner led from the start in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and opened up in the stretch to win by five lengths Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park and remain unbeaten.

  • Nyquist

    Nyquist Works, Beholder Takes to Track

    With up to two inches of rain expected Jan. 31 in Southern California, trainer Doug O'Neill moved Nyquist's regular Sunday work up a day to Jan. 30, and the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 impressed on the track once again.

  • Colonel John's son Cocked and Loaded won the 2015 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Pedigree Analysis: Colonel John

    The unpredictable nature of this business is illustrated by Colonel John, a top-class runner whose fee dropped to $7,500 for 2016 and suddenly has a pair of colts on the Derby Trail.

  • Turf Paradise Enacts Virus Quarantine

    Turf Paradise in Arizona is the second racetrack in the Southwest to enact a quarantine because of equine herpesvirus. Live racing continues at the Phoenix track, though no horses may enter or leave the grounds.