Santa Anita Park stewards handed jockey Victor Espinoza a seven-day suspension Sept. 28 for his tactics in the handling of Sky Kingdom in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) the preceding day.
Bright Thought turned the tables on his heavily favored stablemate Big John B in the $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park with his first win since March 2013.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin took a shot with well-bred maiden Imperia in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 28 at Belmont Park, and the colt now appears Breeders' Cup bound after uncoiling a big late charge.
Lady Eli blew past battling front-runners in the stretch and drew clear to victory in the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Tonalist and Zivo, first and second, respectively, in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), could meet up again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), their trainers said the morning of Sept. 28.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh underwent surgery the morning of Sept. 28 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., to repair a broken right arm suffered when he was unseated during the Jockey Club Gold Cup a day earlier.
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Siena Farm's Angela Renee, beaten more than 19 lengths in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) in her last start, rebounded in a big way with a victory in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist returned to winning ways Sept. 27 at the site of his greatest triumph, defeating older horses in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Stuck wide every step of the way, odds-on choice Shared Belief stayed unbeaten in seven starts with a neck victory over a game Fed Biz in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
In a thrilling stretch battle, Juddmonte Farms' Emollient edged Parranda by half a length to win the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah captured his second grade I victory with an easy win in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Cigar Street returned to his winning ways when he easily held off favored Departing to take the $135,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths.
Beholder, a two-time champion, tuned up for the Breeders' Cup with a three-quarter-length score over Tiz Midnight in the 1 1/16-mile Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita.
Main Sequence earned his third consecutive grade I win in the United States since arriving from England when he narrowly outfought Twilight Eclipse in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Good Friend Stable's Private Zone, in his second start of the year, ran strongly to just pass Dads Cap at the wire to take the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Favored Stephanie's Kitten drove clear down the stretch on the outside to register her first win of the year Sept. 27 in the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) on the grass at Belmont Park.
Capitalizing on a good start and perfect ride from jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., Vyjack rallied from fourth to take the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) by a length over River Rocks.
Two-year-olds Lucida and Elm Park were impressive winners of group II races Sept. 26-27 at Newmarket, qualifying for starts at the Breeders' Cup World Championships next month at Santa Anita Park.
Former claimer Belle Gallantey continued her grade I success Sept. 27, taking the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in a wire-to-wire romp.
Home Run Kitten went deep to nab favored Ambitious Brew by a nose in the $101,500 Eddie D. Stakes to conclude opening-day action of the autumn meet at Santa Anita Park with a 10-1 upset over the hillside turf course Sept. 26.
Undefeated Shared Belief looms a heavy favorite as he heads a field of eight in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
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.
Sophomore Stopchargingmaria, winner of the C.C.A. Oaks and Alabama Stakes (both gr. I) at Saratoga, steps up against older fillies and mares in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Beholder, who loves racing at Santa Anita but will be making just her third start of the year, will have to outkick dual grade I winner Iotapa to win the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27.
Micromanage is one horse who has the bottom, and plenty of it, and is not going to get tired. read blog
Hardest Core will train up to the Santa Anita race off his driving victory in the Arlington Million Aug. 16, and enter 11 weeks fresh for trainer Eddie Graham.
Legendary guitarist Richie Sambora will sing and perform the national anthem for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1 as part of a charity effort for City of Hope.
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An overpowering 5 1/4-length winner of the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) last month, Big John B returns for the John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Sept. 28 against many of the same horses he beat previously.
Trainer Bob Baffert will be seeking a record 10th win in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) when he sends out recent maiden winner Maybellene to battle a promising field of 11 other 2-year-old fillies Sept. 27.
American Pharoah looks to solidify his status as the likely favorite for the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27, taking on nine others at Santa Anita Park.
After winning the Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) in the spring at Santa Anita Park, Miss Serendipity will try for another top-level victory at the Arcadia, Calif. in the Rodeo Drive Stakes Sept. 27.
Itsmyluckyday bounced back from a pelvic fracture to win the Woodward (gr. I), and now will try to add the Kelso (gr. II) on Sept. 27 to his resume en route to a potential Breeders' Cup bid.
Having already won the Forego (gr. I) and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) this year, Palace could cement his status as the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a victory in the Sept. 27 Vosburgh (gr. I).
Stephanie's Kitten and Alterite have each failed to earn a trip to the winner's circle this season, but no one will be ignoring the two grade I winners Sept. 27 when they start in the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes.
Main Sequence, Imagining, and Twilight Eclipse -- the top three finishers from the last month's Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga -- will face off again Sept. 27 in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT)
A California Chrome victory in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) would follow one of the more unique preparation schedules of a winner in the race's history. read blog
General admission tickets to the Breeders' Cup World Championships are now available for purchase online.
Two-time champion filly Beholder turned in a bullet seven-furlong workout Sept. 20 at Santa Anita Park as she prepares to defend last year's victory in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27.
Dual classic winner California Chrome came out of his unplaced finish in the Sept. 20 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in good order and is on course for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Two-time Horse of the Year worked five furlongs on the turf Sept. 23 in 1:01.20.
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Aaron Jones, who enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses, and in the sales ring, died Sept. 22 at his Eugene, Ore., home.
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
Khalid Abdullah's multiple group-I winning miler Kingman, who had been a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, has been retired and will stand in 2015 at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket
Advance-deposit wagering company Xpressbet is offering customers the chance to win a VIP trip to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park to make a $10,000 win bet on the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
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.
Belmont Park's TVG Super Saturday card Sept. 27 looks to be shaping up as a stellar day of racing with a number of elite runners listed as likely to compete in six graded stakes worth combined purses of $3.4 million.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou took charge at the quarter pole and romped away to her first graded stakes victory in the $112,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 20 at Churchill Downs.
Needing the entire length of Belmont Park's sandy stretch, heavily favored Artemis Agrotera got up to nail La Verdad on the wire to take the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by a head.
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