Rockingham Ranch's Stormy Liberal ran to his 1-2 odds and captured the $150,000 Daytona Stakes (G3T) May 27 at Santa Anita Park, but just in the nick of time.
Don Alberto Stable's homebred Rubilinda became the first winner in the United States for her sire Frankel when she showed an impressive turn of foot to go last to first in a May 27 maiden special weight at Belmont Park.
Only eight 3-year-olds have won both the English 2,000 Guineas and the Irish 2,000 Guineas. On May 27 Coolmore owned/Ballydoyle trained Churchill became number nine.
Tapwrit, winner of the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and sixth in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), worked five furlongs in 1:02.25 under his regular jockey Jose Ortiz in preparation for the Belmont Stakes (G1).
Before and after Gormley logged his workout May 27 at Santa Anita Park, trainer John Shirreffs emphasized that, although the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) is under consideration, nothing is set in stone.
For her latest turn on the worktab, trainer Graham Motion gave Miss Temple City a little taste of some race-day atmosphere when he worked her on the turf at Fair Hill Training Center May 27 just prior to the Saturday's slate of steeplechase events.
Gotham Stakes (G3) winner J Boys Echo will head to New York for a planned start in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1), Jason Loutsch of owners Albaugh Family Stable confirmed May 27.
In his first workout since finishing tenth in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Irish War Cry kept the door open for a start in the Belmont Stakes (G1) when he turned in a five-furlong move at Fair Hill Training Center May 27.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- International, Thoroughbred Racing, Southwest Region, Midwest Region, Kentucky, West Region
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week a pair of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park and graded stakes at six other racetracks.
Big Apple Showcase Day for New York-breds at Belmont Park has solid fields for all six of its stakes races. The $200,000 Commentator Stakes and $125,000 Kingston Stakes have drawn many top older runners.
Intello, winner of the 2013 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, G1) and a freshman sire, got his first winner with his first starter May 25 when his daughter Sonjeu took a maiden race by 2 1/2 lengths at Tarbes Racecourse.
Tweenhills Farm & Stud's freshman sire Havana Gold garnered his first black-type winner May 25 when his son Havana Grey won the Better Odds With Matchbook National Stakes by a length at Sandown Park in England.
The grade 1 action is at The Great Race Place on Saturday, May 27 of Memorial Day weekend, as the $300,000 Gamely Stakes and $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes share top billing.
In its first year, a pinhooking venture established by Ahmed Zayat sold eight 2-year-olds for more than $4.1 million, a healthy return on the aggregate yearling purchase price of $1.63 million.
Multiple graded stakes winner Destin, runner-up in last year's Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), is set to make his first start in nearly nine months when he goes to post May 28 in an allowance optional claiming race at Belmont Park.
Always Dreaming, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), will bypass the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) as expected and be freshened for a summer campaign, Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds confirmed May 26.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual breeding clinic is scheduled for June 2-4 in Lexington, Ky.
Hong Kong champion Able Friend has been retired from racing. He will parade in front of his fans after the third race on the May 28 card at Sha Tin during a farewell ceremony to honor his outstanding career.
Gelded son of Hidden Truth won the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (G1) in Argentina for the third time in the past four years.
Trainer Jeff Mullins admits a rough run of second-place finishes with Itsinthepost were hard to swallow, but the payoff ended up being worth it.
Both the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced support for re-introduced legislation that would give USADA oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1).
Multiple grade 1 winner and 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch A Glimpse will return to her roots to run in Woodbine's $175,000 Nassau Stakes (G2T) May 27.
In the aftermath of Masochistic's disqualification from the 2016 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), Del Mar and the Breeders' Cup asked the California Horse Racing Board May 25 for permission to avoid such an event in the 2017 World Championships.
Fox Hill Farm's champion Songbird will make her first start of 2017 in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park June 10.
Three graduates from the April Siren Lure Stakes will face each other again in the Daytona Stakes sprinting 6 1/2 grassy furlongs over the Santa Anita Park downhill turf course
Carrot Farm's UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) runner-up Epicharis is one step closer to his bid in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10, as he emerged from a May 24 breeze in good order and entered isolation in Japan.
John Oxley's Classic Empire, who finished second in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) by a head, is scheduled to begin preparations for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) with a morning jog May 25 at Churchill Downs.
In re-introducing federal legislation that would give the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing, Congressmen Paul Tonko and Andy Barr emphasized the need for uniformity in medication rules.
This week is a scene setter and a race recap of the July 12, 1930 Arlington Classic won by Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox.
Midnight Storm will have another shot at a grade 1 win on dirt in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and he won't have to contend with Shaman Ghost, who came back to win the Pimlico Special Handicap (G3) May 19 off his Big 'Cap victory.
The California Horse Racing Board's Race Dates Committee, which normally handles year-to-year disputes between industry stakeholders in the Northern and Southern regions of the state, discussed a wider issue of horse racing's future May 24.
The grade 2 Monrovia Stakes, at 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill course at Santa Anita Park, features a field of nine fillies and mares topped by grade 1-placed Enola Gray and grade 1 winner Illuminant.
Geno's Bambino is being fine-tuned by his owner Kate Anderson for the upcoming Arapahoe Park meet. Anderson and the Golden Creek Equine staff have been training "Geno" in classical dressage and experimenting with trail work.
After finishing a close third as the favorite in last year's Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (G1) on the Sha Tin turf, Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther is likely to be favored for a second straight year May 28.
Trainer Mike Maker has three sophomores for the May 27 Arlington Classic Stakes (G3T), including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) runner Fast and Accurate.
Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen finished with 38 points to earn a $50,000 bonus from a total pool of $100,000 offered to trainers who ran a minimum of five horses in the 15 stakes races over Preakness Stakes (G1) weekend at Pimlico Race Course.
Louisiana freshman sire Flashpoint's first runner eventually become his first winner when Flashy Coop took a five-furlong maiden claimer May 19 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.
Multiple grade 1 winner Lady Eli headlines a field of six in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (G1T) at Santa Anita Park May 27.
- By Steve Haskin
Damascus went into the August 5 American Derby having already run 10 times as a 3-year-old, including victories in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Carl Moore Management's sprinter Finley'sluckycharm will put her unbeaten record at Churchill Downs on the line May 27 as she attempts to land her first graded stakes in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) against seven other fillies and mares.
Follow along with Terry Finley, a minority owner of Always Dreaming and the president and CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds, as he experiences the 2017 Preakness Stakes from the viewpoint of the Kentucky Derby winner.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced May 24 that the Phipps family will be the recipient of the inaugural Dinny Phipps Award when it is presented at the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration the evening of June 8 in New York City.
John R. Gaines, Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, and Matt Winn have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame as the 2017 Pillars of the Turf selections, it was announced May 24.
Highlighted by a program of six stakes on June 24, Laurel Park will offer 21 stakes worth $1.6 million in purses during its summer meet which opens Friday, June 9.
John Sikura’s instincts result in classic bloodlines
Preakness, Dixie, Black-Eyed Susan, Kona Gold, Eclipse, Maryland Sprint, Gallorette, Adena Springs Miss Preakness, Pimlico Special, Allaire DuPont Distaff, Louisville Handicap, Matron, Selene, Japanese Oaks and more.
Agent Dennis O'Neill has high regard for Orb, whose progeny have been in high demand at 2-year-olds in training sales this year, purchasing one of the Claiborne Farm stallion's 2-year-olds for $710,000.
Led by a Curlin colt sold for a sale-record $1.5 million, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale in Timonium, Md., produced solid across-the-board gains during the two-day stand.
Tigerbeach won his third start by 3 3/4 lengths at Indiana Grand.
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