In what is expected to be his second-last workout before the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), American Pharoah completed six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Mongolian Saturday, runner-up in the Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT), breezed three furlongs in :37 2/5 at Keeneland Race Course Oct. 20 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Chasemore Farm's Mutatis Mutandis, pointing for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) contender Catch a Glimpse both worked at Keeneland Oct. 20.
A spokesman for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission says an "object" found in a test barn at Keeneland that sparked an investigation is not something that would impact the outcome of a race.
Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong. The 4-year-old son of Hard Spun will stand at the farm in 2016 after a start in the Breeders' Cup.
The 5-year-old racemare's white blood cell count was only slightly elevated, and the 101.3 degree temperature she had in the early morning hours of her first day in Kentucky was likely caused by shipping.
Although winner Ageless is continuing to recover from an injury sustained in her dramatic victory in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes, the 6-year-old mare was pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT)
Champion racemare Beholder missed her first day of training for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 20, when she spiked a slight temperature after shipping from California to Kentucky Oct. 19.
A $340,000 Scat Daddy filly from the family of Ashado was the top price in a polarized market at Fasig-Tipton's expanded October yearling sale, which saw a 35% buyback rate at the first of four sessions.
WinStar Farm Oct. 19 announced stud fees earlier than usual for the upcoming breeding season, and Pioneerof the Nile will stand for a minimum of $125,000, the highest on the farm's roster of 22 stallions.
It provided few details, but the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced Oct. 19 it is conducting an investigation into an object found in a test barn at Keeneland the previous day and is seeking the public's assistance.
Argentina-bred Ordak Dan has settled in well at his temporary home in the Keeneland stable area and is ready to face a tough field in the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT).
Grade I winner Competitive Edge has been retired and will launch his stallion career in 2016 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Monday, Oct. 19, was a busy morning for Bill Mott as the trainer oversaw Keeneland workouts that included two hopefuls for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at the Lexington track Oct. 30-31.
Champion Judy the Beauty tuned up for the defense of her title in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) by working five furlongs in company in 1:01 4/5 at Keeneland Oct. 19.
Greenpointcrusader put in the first of two scheduled Keeneland works for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 over a fast track the morning of Oct. 19.
Champion Beholder arrived in the bluegrass on a sun-splashed afternoon Oct. 19, 11 days before her engagement in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Kentucky Downs near Franklin, Ky., has been re-accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Led by champion Judy the Beauty and two from the Bill Mott barn, the worktab at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 19 was quite active for Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls.
Trainer Chad Brown continued his Breeders' Cup preparations the morning of Oct. 18 at Belmont Park, working a slew of potential starters over the inner turf course, including Stephanie's Kitten and Dacita.
Augustin Stable's Kitten's Point found plenty of room along the rail in the stretch to rally past a determined Ceisteach and win the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 18 at Keeneland.
Trainer Jorge Navarro got exactly what he wanted from Private Zone, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful who worked a solid five furlongs in :59 on a fast track at Keeneland Oct. 18.
A pair of Winchell Thoroughbreds' leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup were on the track at Keeneland early Oct. 18, with Untapable breezing five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and Tapiture getting the same distance in 1:00 3/5.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, one of two 2-year-olds who could give trainer Keith Desormeaux his second consecutive win in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 at Keeneland.
Fasig-Tipton's October yearling sale, which runs Oct. 19-22 and features a larger catalog, is expected to maintain overall market solidity as yearling sale season wanes.
Under a patient and heady ride by red-hot Florent Geroux, 17-1 shot Sarah Sis wore down the pacesetting 3-2 favorite Bar of Gold for a one-length victory in the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) at Keeneland Oct. 17.
A cadre of candidates for the Breeders' Cup World Championships worked at Belmont Park Oct. 17, led by Tonalist, who went six furlongs in 1:14 in advance of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice turned in a steady breeze Oct. 17 at Churchill Downs, preparing for a rematch in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
The morning of Oct. 17 was another busy one for Todd Pletcher, as the trainer with a barn full of Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls sent five of his trainees out for workouts at Keeneland.
A week after a bullet work at Keeneland, Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox was back on the track Oct. 17, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 2/5.
Juddmonte Farms' brilliant homebred Flintshire will pass up a chance to run in the Oct. 31 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and will target the Nov. 29 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) instead.
Multiple graded stakes winner Bradester had his first work over the main track at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 17, breezing five-eighths of a mile in company in a quick :58 3/5.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Breeders' Cup hopefuls, led by grade I winner Frosted, continued their preparations in New York Oct. 15-16.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been confirmed to join Justin and Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert for the Oct. 27 fundraiser called "An Evening With Team American Pharoah."
On the tab as well was Sticksstatelydude, who went a half in :47 4/5 for trainer Greg Burchell and will be pre-entered in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
The Bernstein filly, who will make her first run against the boys when she starts in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31, went a half in :50 flat alone under jockey Julien Leparoux.
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) contender Undrafted has raced at 11 different tracks during a 21-race career that has included two forays to England.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms has released its stallion roster and fees for 2016, but it hasn't yet announced the fee for its newly acquired stallion Curlin. His fee will be announced at a future date.
Juddmonte Farms is wrestling with a multi-million dollar decision regarding the next start for its brilliant homebred Flintshire -- the $3 million Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT) or the $5.2 million Japan Cup (Jpn-I).
Homebred Holiday Star defended his title in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 15, galloping to a second consecutive win for Augustin Stable in the 1 -mile turf test at Keeneland.
Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Daredevil has been retired and will stand in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. The farm said the fee will be announced soon.
A total of 10 evenly matched turf marathoners are entered for the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (gr. IIIT), to be run at 11/2 miles Oct. 18 at Keeneland.
Working on her own, Yahilwa worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 Oct. 15 at Keeneland.
Following a narrow defeat when heavily favored in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes Oct. 9 at Keeneland, Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman is still on target for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
- By Tom LaMarra
- Horse Health, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Kentucky
The RMTC, which met Oct. 13, cited progress in state-by-state adoption of components of the National Uniform Medication Program and also added four drugs to the list of controlled substances.
Top sprinter Secret Circle, whose retirement was announced in September, has found a home at stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms, per an Oct. 14 release.
Skychai Racing's Da Big Hoss will bypass the Oct. 15 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland and head to the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) instead.
Miss Ella will attempt to join Gypsy Robin (2012) as the only filly to win the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) and Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland Oct. 17.
War Emblem arrived in the United States Oct. 12 after 13 years standing stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. He will clear quarantine at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital before vanning to Old Friends.
University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari will draw post positions for two races at the Breeders' Cup Post Positon Draw at Keeneland on Monday, Oct. 26.
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