With rain due again Feb. 6, there were 247 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Park Feb. 5, and among them were many top-level horses preparing for their next stakes start.
Gulfstream Park announced Feb. 5 it will lower the minimum wager on its Pick 3 to 50 cents beginning Feb. 8.
Trainer Graham Motion reported Feb. 5 that the undefeated Irish War Cry, who posted a mild upset as the 3 3/4-length winner of the Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2), will target Gulfstream Park's Triple Crown preps.
Matthew Schera's Isotherm hadn't found the winner's circle since September of 2015, but on a red-hot afternoon for jockey Flavien Prat at Santa Anita Park, he was under the right man for the job.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Hoppertunity grinded out his second straight victory in the San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 and pushed his earnings to more than $4 million with the victory.
Jockey Malcolm Franklin rode his 1,000th winner Feb. 4, when he guided Belvin to a head victory in the fourth race at Turfway Park.
Jockey Gabriel Saez achieved a milestone Feb. 4 when the newly turned 29-year-old native of Panama City, Panama earned his 1,000th career victory on I Hope in the eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Trainer Chad Brown won his sixth consecutive edition of the Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T), when Rymska showed a powerful turn of foot and surged down the middle of the Gulfstream Park stretch to win in the final strides Feb. 4.
Nearly ten years to the day since his sire signaled his brilliance at Gulfstream Park, Irish War Cry showed he could follow in his father's footsteps as a force on the Triple Crown trail.
Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen's St. Joe Bay continued his scorching streak through the Southern California sprint ranks with a game victory in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
It appears Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs have another speedy colt ready to hit the Triple Crown trail.
M M G Stables' El Areeb toyed with nine rivals in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3), summarily dismissed them down the lane, and cleared his fourth straight victory under a hand ride from jockey Trevor McCarthy Feb. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Grade 1 winner Ralis has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury and will participate in the 2017 breeding season, trainer Doug O'Neill said Feb. 4.
The Michael Matz-trained daughter of Union Rags became the latest member of her clan to do her conditioner proud when she struck the lead in midstretch and held off grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer to take the seven-furlong Forward Gal.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Favorable Outcome rallied from last to run down favorite Three Rules in the stretch to win the $200,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4.
The three-furlong breeze in :36 4/5 was nothing groundbreaking--Stellar Wind happily went through the motions under exercise rider Jose Contreras--but it was simply a starting point
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have full slates of stakes at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, and a Triple Crown prep in New York.
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino announced Feb. 3 that it reached an agreement with the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta to run Thoroughbreds at the racetrack in the fall of 2017.
Battalion Runner won for the second consecutive time, capturing the featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 3. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the colt will start next in a stakes race on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail.
Almost three years after hitting the equine lottery, Ivan Fallunovalot bids for a record third consecutive victory in the Feb. 4 King Cotton Stakes, a $125,000 six-furlong event for older horses at Oaklawn.
If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense.
Move will put more money into overnight purses
Arrogate's official time has been dropped to 1:46.83
Champagne Room, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, will be in a unique position Feb. 5 at Santa Anita Park, where she'll make her 3-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner likely won't be favored.
Trainer Armando Lage died of a heart attack Dec. 31 at his home in Richmond, Calif., according to his long-time friend, fellow trainer O.J. Jauregui. Lage was 59.
Warren Williamson's homebred Texas Ryano will look to capture a rare stakes double in the male turf division Feb. 4 in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park.
Having saddled the winners of the last five editions of the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T), Chad Brown looks to continue his race-specific dominance when he leads over 9-5 morning line favorite Rymska Feb. 4.
Only five older sprinters passed the Santa Anita entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G3). St. Joe Bay heads group based on his dead-heat win on New Year's Eve in the grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes.
Classic Empire, winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), has been assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap for 2016.
When a filly costs $1.9 million as a yearling, expectations run high. Yet Rags to Riches soared beyond those initial hopes by vaulting out of a maiden victory straight into the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity will look for his second straight score in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo quietly squashed a NYRA restructuring bill with a "pocket veto."
After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park.
With positive returns in handle, attendance, television ratings, and the on-track experience, the Pegasus World Cup (G1) figures to remain in South Florida at The Stronach Group's Gulfstream Park.
Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).
With her five-furlong move over the turf at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 1, Tepin again succeeded in sparking renewed hope that Plan 'A' can come off as scheduled.
Lauded as a "game changer" by organizers from Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club, the 1,200-meter (six-furlong) race offers the same shareholder buy-in concept pioneered by The Stronach Group, which organized the Pegasus.
Steve Barham (Oregon), Bennett Liebman (New York), and Allan Monat (Illinois) will comprise the independent panel the Association of Racing Commissioners International has formed to certify compliance with key integrity standards each year.
The Barking Shark, a West Coast fan favorite who finished second in seven stakes, two grade 1s, died earlier this year of colic at the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy in California. The gelding by Naevus was 24.
Recent EHV-1 (Equine herpesvirus 1) outbreaks have again focused attention on this nasty disease.
An expert on speed figures and a respected clocker believe the listed final time of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is slow by about four-fifths of a second, and that the actual final time Arrogate ran should be close to the track record.
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit, and Mastery each recorded bullet works Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Bob Baffert.
Stronach Stable's Shaman Ghost exited his second place finish in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park in good order, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
Unbeaten standout in 2016, Classic Empire, ranked number one with 30 points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard takes the lead with (288 points and 28 first-place votes).
Red Oak Stable's homebred Unbridled Mo played the upsetter Jan. 29 in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3).
For the fourth year in a row, trainer Mike Maker saddled the winner of the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (G3T) at Sam Houston Race Park as Bigger Picture crossed the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front.
John Oxley's champion 2-year-old Classic Empire edged unbeaten rising stars Mastery and McCraken to be the favored individual contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
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