Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way.
Songbird ambled home to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita , 6 1/2 lengths ahead of Land Over Sea, but Smith had such a tight hold on her, the margin might as well have been 26 1/2 lengths.
Marquee Miss edged 1-2 favorite Nickname in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn Park, acing her graded debut for trainer Ingrid Mason.
Grade I winner Nickname is among eight horses entered in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. She'll make her first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird will make her 2016 debut in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 and will again be a commanding favorite when the gates open at Santa Anita Park.
Bob Manfuso, breeder of Maryland-bred Cathryn Sophia, believes the filly can move forward off her scintillating score in the Jan. 30 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II).
A slow start threw her off her usual front-running game, but Cash is King's talented Cathryn Sophia didn't falter in the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
After earning a stakes win and grade III placing last season, Flora Dora is scheduled to begin her 3-year-old campaign on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Gov. Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, winner of the 2015 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has been sold to Japanese interests, it was confirmed by Jones son, Bret.
Cash is King's filly won both of her starts by a combined 29 lengths, each in handy fashion, and takes on graded stakes company Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Stoneway Farm's Dream Dance has been disqualified from her third-place finish in the 2015 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs after she tested positive for an overage phenylbutazone.
On the mend since a bone chip was discovered and removed in her ankle last October, Reddam Racing's Gomo should be returning to track soon for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Undefeated Songbird worked five furlongs in a bullet :58 1/5 Jan. 8 at Santa Anita Park under regular rider Mike Smith.
Lucy N Ethel, two-for-two at Parx last year, went wire-to-wire in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park. The daughter of During covered the six furlongs in 1:10.03.
Turfway Park's winter/spring Thoroughbred race meet opens Jan. 1, with eight stakes highlighting the 46-day schedule. The meet runs through April 3 and includes the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Entered in the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) off a dominating maiden special weight win Oct. 29 at Keeneland, Carina Mia handled the class jump Nov. 28 to register a decisive victory at Churchill Downs.
Alpha Delta Stables homebred Lewis Bay swung wide off the turn, rallied in the center of the track, and seized the lead in early stretch on her way to a clear victory.
Dothraki Queen, a grade II winner over the track, heads a field of nine juvenile fillies for the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.
Mill Ridge Farm has announced that 1998 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Keeper Hill died Nov. 20 at age 20.
Carl R. Moore's Jet Black Magic turned the tables on 1-5 favorite La Appassionata and soared clear to victory in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21 at Delta Downs.
Undefeated La Appasionata will be chasing her first graded win Nov. 21 in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III), as the runners she easily conquered last out face her for another try at Delta Downs.
With his stud fee doubling from $10,000 this year to $20,000 for 2016, Majesticperfection will carry the top fee for the upcoming season at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud.
Churchill Downs announced Aug. 24 a redesigned website for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and a partnership with Ticketmaster for the sale of tickets to the Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks.
Churchill Downs announced Aug. 12 that points for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) have been doubled for the 2015-2016 "Road to the Kentucky Derby."
Churchill Downs Racetrack July 21 unveiled the official logos for the 2016 editions of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Churchill Downs Inc. announced July 14 that Robert L. Evans will retire as executive chairman of the company and as a member of management effective Sept. 30.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Triple Crown, Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region
With pari-mutuel wagering up for the Kentucky Oaks day card, the Kentucky Derby day card, and the Preakness day card, racing enjoyed a 4.82% increase in wagering in the all-important month of May.
Lovely Maria does have some of that old-fashioned classic stamina on her dam's side, as she's out of Thundercup, an unraced daughter of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Thunder Gulch.
Churchill Downs Inc. has filed suit against Daily Racing Form, alleging the company's DRF Bets wagering service violated the Interstate Horseracing Act when it took bets on this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
The National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame Historic Review Committee has selected jockey/trainer Vincent Powers and the horse Billy Kelly for enshrinement.
Relive Lovely Maria's victory in the 2015 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow. View Interactive
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Wagering from all sources on both the full 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day card and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) alone was the highest all-time.
Claire Novak recaps Lovely Maria's victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and updates the condition of Sarah Sis, who was pulled up. Watch Video
American Pharoah is the favorite in the will-pays for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) daily double.
Molly Morgan rallied inside off the far turn to win the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes May 1 at Churchill Downs, earning the first grade I victory of her career.
Feathered seized control at the start and went wire to wire to win the Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) over 3-2 favorite Quality Rocks on the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card at Churchill Downs.
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Well before sunrise May 1, the first horses on the track at Churchill Downs were hopefuls for that day's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Larry Jones, born and raised in Kentucky and with two winners of the Longtines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to his credit, has a pair of strong candidates for the May 1 filly race at Churchill Downs.
Kosta Hronis said Stellar Wind will have to do "something special" if she is going to top 13 other 3-year-old fillies May 1 in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Forum Racing, founded by three friends in 2011 at Saratoga, has Birdatthewire for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Stellar Wind was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite when 15 fillies were entered for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Equine surgeon Keith Latson will represent the American Association of Equine Practitioners' On Call program and assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the May 1-2 live racing telecasts from Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Watch Video
After finishing second in last year's La Troienne Stakes (gr. I), Molly Morgan will again try for the first grade I victory of her career in this year's edition of the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Carpe Diem, Mubtaahij, and International Star on track, comments from trainer Mike de Kock, and the Oaks post position draw. Watch Video
Forever Unbridled, out of 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, makes the gate for this year's Oaks. Her full sister, Unbridled Forever, was third in the race last year.
After a record-breaking first quarter for Churchill Downs Inc., company officials expect more good news as one executive predicts record revenues from Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) week.
NBC plans coverage of Kentucky Derby Week across all social media platforms, featuring NBC Sports Group's fashion and lifestyle experts and social media mavens Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.
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