John Nerud's influence can be found in both the male and female family of Arrogate, the sensational Travers, Breeders' Cup Classic, and Pegasus World Cup winner who set off a frenzy of superlatives with his incredible victory in the Dubai World Cup.
Speedway Stable's Collected returned from a more than 10-month layoff to impressively win the $75,000 Santana Mile April 1 at Santa Anita Park, and left behind tiring former stablemate Dortmund in the process.
After just missing by a head his first graded stakes attempt last time out, Sadler's Joy had another close call April 1 at Gulfstream Park in the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (G2T), but this time he finished on top.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner up in the 2016 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), will miss the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and be sidelined the next few months after emerging from an April 1 workout with an injury.
Girvin booked his trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) with a 1 1/4-length victory over Patch in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Juddmonte Farms' world champion Arrogate returned to his Santa Anita Park base the afternoon of April 1 looking amazingly fresh, considering he'd just come out of quarantine following a roughly 20,000 mile round-trip trek to Dubai.
From maiden winner to Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) prospect, the talented bay picked up her first graded stakes score in her stakes debut, and earned 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. That's where Casse confirmed she's headed next.
DARRS Inc's Honorable Duty recorded his third consecutive stakes win in as many starts since being gelded last year, running down Breaking Lucky by a neck to capture the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots April 1.
With top-level wins April 1 at Royal Randwick, R & C Legh Racing and GPI Racing's 6-year-old gelding Chautauqua (AUS) and Godolphin's It's Somewhat earned automatic berths into the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) and the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T).
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan earned his 3,000th victory April 1, when he guided Allied Racing Stable's Brad Cox-trained Inveniam Viam to a 3 1/4-length victory in the day's first race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
This past December more than 5,400 veterinarians, students, and industry members from 48 countries convened in Orlando, Fla., for five days of continuing education at the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention.