Zipessa will be seeking her first victory of season and try to end a five-race skid dating back to last season when the 5-year-old daughter of City Zip starts in the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (G3T) at Delaware Park July 8.
A half-dozen years after Groupie Doll graced Ellis Park for the first time, the impact of the multiple Eclipse Award-winning sprinter still resonates at the summertime home of racing in the Bluegrass.
With more than 54,000 members, OTTB Connect is one of the largest horse-related groups on Facebook.
While Arrogate is fueling the massive earnings of Baffert and Smith, they have teamed to win grade 1 races this year with Abel Tasman and Mor Spirit. Smith also rides champion Songbird; Baffert has multiple graded stakes winner Vale Dori.
Calumet Farm's homebred Hence will attempt to get back to the winner's circle after two off-the-board finishes in the first two legs of the Triple Crown when he lines up against eight other sophomore colts in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3).
A jury found trainer Murray Rojas guilty of 14 counts related to misbranding of animal drugs but determined that Rojas was not guilty of seven charges of wire fraud.
The Sareen Family Trust's Om isn't the highweight in the $100,000 American Stakes (G3T), but he'll be carrying a significant emotional load July 4.
Woodbine Entertainment reports a third straight year of record Queen's Plate handle as the 13-race card July 2 at Woodbine saw handle of $13,560,678.
Ceremony took place June 30 at Kildangan Stud
Gulfstream Park's spring meet, which concluded June 30, showed record numbers in total and average handle for the second consecutive year.
Noting that the addition will allow the track to contest more turf races, owner Woodbine Entertainment plans to add a second grass course at Woodbine Racetrack in 2019.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs breeding operation—a seven-time Eclipse Award-winning operation—added another feat July 2 when homebred Holy Helena beat the boys as the favorite in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine.
With an incredible turn of foot, Rockingham Ranch's Surrender Now opened up to an eight-length victory in the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes at Santa Anita Park July 2 to become the first stakes winner for her sire Morning Line.
Stronach Stables' homebred Holy Helena carried on the storied tradition of fillies in the Queen's Plate with a commanding score July 2 in the $1 million race at Woodbine.
In his 8-year-old debut, Aldous Snow ran down second choice Bullards Alley to win the $125,000 Singspiel Stakes (G3T) over the Woodbine turf for a third time. The victory marked the Theatrical (IRE) gelding's fifth running in the 1 1/2-mile race.
In a thrilling finish of the $175,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (G2T), Starship Jubilee and Rainha Da Bateria flew down the stretch past favorite Suffused and hit the wire at the same time, resulting in a dead heat July 2.
Fourstar Crook steps out of her native New York for the first time and puts her seven-race win streak on the line when she breaks from the outside in the 10-horse field for the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (G3T) at Parx Racing July 4.
Trainer Bob Baffert has a habit of comparing his horses to human athletes, and with a wide grin on his face he went to the well again July 2 at Santa Anita Park.
- By Steve Haskin
It didn't take the M.C. Hammer long to make a major impact on the sport with the exciting filly Lite Light, who surged into national prominence by capturing the Las Virgenes Stakes, Santa Anita Oaks, Fantasy Stakes, and the Kentucky Oaks.
Well positioned by jockey Jesse Campbell behind a slow early pace, Gustav Schickedanz's homebred Go Bro made a three-wide move and just outfinished grade 1 winner Hootenanny by a head to win the $175,000 King Edward Stakes (G2T) July 2 at Woodbine.
In her first race since an off-the-board-effort in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), Clearview Stables' Ever So Clever will take on a field of nine other 3-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) July 6.
Finishing a close second in last year's event, Green Mask was determined to be the winner this time as he powered down the Woodbine stretch to victory in the $250,000 Highlander Stakes (G2T) July 2.
Nezwaah rallied smartly from well back to take the July 2 Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) at the Curragh by 3 1/2 lengths over Rain Goddess.
Santa Anita clockers timed Arrogate's six furlongs in 1:12 3/5, with a gallop out to seven furlongs in 1:26 1/6.
A five-time California-bred stakes winner before her start in the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (G3T), Nick Alexander's Enola Gray had yet to beat open-company stakes competition in three tries, but she cleared that hurdle impressively July 1.
Fletcher B. Clement and Henry B. Johnson Jr.'s Chloe Raven became the first winner for her freshman sire Winslow Homer with a romp at first asking July 1 at Louisiana Downs.
Imperial Hint, unraced since mid-February, made an emphatic return Saturday when he rocketed up the rail coming off the final turn en route to a 4 3/4-length victory in the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3).
The 2-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom became the first stakes winner for her sire June 30 in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes around 10:30 p.m. EDT, and Normandy Farm owner Polk, also Sunny Skies' breeder, was on hand.
Making just her fourth career start and first attempt at the stakes level, Unchained Melody was in control at every point of call in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G2) as she turned back six challengers in gate-to-wire fashion.
A crafty ride from Joe Bravo set 10-1 shot Bigger Picture up with dead aim on his first grade 1 victory July 1 in the United Nations Stakes, and the 6-year-old Badge of Silver gelding responded with a dazzling win in course-record time.
The margin may have only been a neck over challenger Ransom the Moon, but the context of Danzing Candy's win in the San Carlos Stakes (G2) may put his performance at or near the top of his résumé.
Curlin's Approval returned to her winning ways in the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes Presented by Hardacre Farm (G2) July 1 at Gulfstream Park, when she drew off from 10 rivals to a 4 1/2-length score.
Always Dreaming, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), put in his first workout since finishing eighth in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) and covered four furlongs in :49.96 over the Belmont Park training track July 1.
The retirement of Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously brought the end of an era in Barn 24 on the Santa Anita Park backside.
It was a mild upset for the Irish in the July 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1) at the Curragh with Capri home first, denying stablemate Wings of Eagles the "Derby double."
Multiple graded stakes winner McCraken recorded a half-mile breeze in :49 3/5 at Churchill Downs July 1 in preparation for a likely start in the July 30 betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
The $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) June 30 at Churchill Downs featured a pair of short-priced favorites and a pair of disparate trips.
After finishing up some turnout time at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, grade 1 winner Masochistic will be transferred to the barn of trainer Bob Baffert, co-owner Will Shamlian said June 30.
Handicappers of all persuasions will find something to sink their teeth into Saturday, as we turn the calendar page to July and officially begin the second half of the 2017 racing season.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong, the reigning Eclipse Award champion male sprinter, has been cranking his form up over the last month and could make his 2017 debut in the six-furlong, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), trainer Bob Baffert said June 29.
Arrogate has risen from allowance winner to the Longines World’s Best Racehorse with just four brilliant stakes races, shattering track and stakes records and setting a new worldwide lifetime earnings benchmark in the process.
Horse racing contest site DerbyWars.com announced June 30 it had reached partnership agreements with several tracks and racing associations that will allow the site to use those racing signals as part of its handicapping contests.
The New York Racing Association announced June 30 the launch of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, exclusively available to NYRA Bets members across the country and to bettors in New York wagering on-track or through a simulcast facility.
Stakes winner Bust Another and Korean-bred Rock Sapphire are among the seven new supplements to the Fasig-Tipton horses of racing age sale.
Green Mask will be tested by Calgary Cat and Noholdingback Bear in six-furlong sprint contest at Woodbine for older horses.
John Murrell's Zhukova, winner of the Man o' War Stakes (G1T) at Belmont Park in her last outing, heads a field of 11 for the July 2 Pretty Poly Stakes (G1) at the Curragh in Ireland.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Mother Goose Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park
D P Racing's Prize Exhibit (GB) seeks a return to form via a class drop July 1 in the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (G3T) for fillies and mares going a mile over the Santa Anita Park lawn.
Chris Welker spent the morning sitting under a tree in a paddock watching Ben's Cat settle into his new home on a breezy June 29 at Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky. She considered pinching herself, but didn't want to spoil the tranquility.
As documented by the PaulickReport.com, the trial of trainer Murray Rojas in U.S. District Court is yielding testimony that paints a picture of widespread illegal use of race-day medications at Penn National in 2013.
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