What is already a successful comeback by any definition could take a storybook twist when jockey Rajiv Maragh pilots grade 2 winner Irish War Cry in Saturday's Wood Memorial Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G2).
- By Dave Litfin
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Horse players will need three sets of eyes to keep track of this week's action, as Aqueduct Racetrack, Keeneland, and Santa Anita Park all run 170-point qualifiers to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
There was a time in the early 1980s when the quick wit of the late comedian Don Rickles was matched with the speed of the equine Don Rickles.
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) has announced its schedule for Saturday's vital Kentucky Derby preps.
A nearly five-year process to implement the third-party administration of race-day furosemide (commonly known as Lasix) in California could be nearing an end after the California Horse Racing Board approved a proposal to approve the process April 6.
Last year's Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (G1T) winner Harmonize will make her season debut in the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2T) for fillies and mares 4 and older April 8.
Chadds Ford Stables' grade 1 winner Dancing Rags aims to kick off her 3-year-old campaign by channeling some old magic over the Keeneland surface when she heads a field of seven entered for the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (G3) April 9.
A tentative deal to return the New York Racing Association to private hands ran aground April 5 when a broader package of state budget bills that included the NYRA component fell apart at the state Capitol in Albany.
Calumet Farm's undefeated Real Delight dashed to an easy five-length win in the second division of Keeneland's Ashland Stakes. Her time was a full second faster than Free For Me's winning race in the first division.
In the days following four-time champion Beholder's departure from the barn of Richard Mandella, the Hall of Fame trainer was asked a simple question—what's next?
Miss Sky Warrior and Yorkiepoo Princess meet in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, a race that will determine the likelihood of their progression to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Trainer Graham Motion views the April 8 Wood Memorial Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack as Irish War Cry's opportunity to convince him his presence in the first leg of the Triple Crown is necessary.
If there are no scratches in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 8, the 13-horse field entering the gate will be the largest for the West Coast's top Triple Crown prep race since 1981.
A. P. Indian, a finalist for 2016 champion sprinter, makes his 2017 debut in the Commonwealth, facing Ami's Flatter, who won last year's rendition of the race, at seven furlongs.
The Maryland Jockey Club is offering a $100,000 bonus to trainers that accumulate the most points by running a minimum of five horses in stakes races on Preakness weekend, May 19-20, at Pimlico Race Course.
After winning four of his first five starts, Centennial Farms' Unified will try grade 1 company for the first time in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and some additional race days in the first quarter of 2017 helped purses surge nearly 8% in the first three months of the year.
The Stronach Group announced April 5 plans to raise the purse of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) to $16 million for 2018, further enhancing its status as the world's richest Thoroughbred race.
Multiple grade 1 winner Miss Temple City will not make her seasonal bow during the upcoming Keeneland spring meet after suffering a minor setback in her training, trainer Graham Motion confirmed April 5.
Mongolian Saturday, whose affinity for the Keeneland turf course includes the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) and last year's Woodford Stakes (G3T), headlines the field of nine entered in the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes (G2T) at 5 1/2 furlongs.
Paulassilverlining is stepping into salty waters for her first start of 2017 as part of a deep nine-horse field for the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) going seven furlongs at Keeneland April 8.
As his connections watched their $1.2 million purchase finish last in the field of 10 in his Saratoga Race Course debut, they were hit with the sinking feeling that the potential they thought they saw the summer before had led them awry.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Midwest Region, Northeast Region
Eugene Melnyk, who has earned two Sovereign Awards as Canada's outstanding owner and one as outstanding breeder, is among five inductees on the Thoroughbred side selected for the 2017 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
The 1 1/16-mile Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland April 8 looks to be a proper challenge for John Oxley's grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer and Gary Barber's graded stakes placed Summer Luck.
Grade 1 winner, and hero of the group 1 $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse two weeks ago, Mind Your Biscuits was voted the 2016 New York-bred Horse of the Year.
Oscar Performance is entered for his 2017 debut in the Transylvania Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G3T) April 7, in what will mark the first start for the Kitten's Joy ridgling since winning last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T).
John Oxley's reigning juvenile champion Classic Empire worked April 3 at Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla. in preparation for his anticipated start in the Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn Park.
The Klein family's Cash Control, a five-time stakes winner, has been retired from racing and will take up residence at Clarkland Farm near Lexington, and will be bred this year to Quality Road.
Chad Brown will send out Practical Joke in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and the Eclipse Award-winning trainer likes that the April 8 race at Keeneland allows his two-time grade 1 winner an extra week of training.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll results were released April 3.
Although the 2016-17 Championship Meet has concluded, highlighted by the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) and the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), racing will continue at Gulfstream Park through the spring and summer.
Godolphin has officially launched Round Two of the Godolphin Fantasy Stable League, a pioneering interactive online gaming competition designed specifically for fans of horse racing.
The 7-year-old son of Hard Spun has two wins in his last 17 starts and both have come on the dirt at 1 1/2 miles.
McCraken closed as the narrow 5-1 favorite over Always Dreaming.
Averill Racing, CCF Racing Stable, and K Lauren Racing's R Angel Katelyn romped to an authoritative win in the $100,000 Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes April 2 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Leonard Green's Mo' Green sprung a mild upset when she flew by odds-on favorite Isabelle in the stretch to score by 3 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Top Flight Invitational Stakes (G3) April 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In preparation for their next start in the Wood Memorial (G2) April 8, Todd Pletcher trainees Battalion Runner and Bonus Points both worked April 2.
The top three finishers in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) exited in good order and connections said that all will be heading to Louisville to prepare for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Trainer Wesley Ward said Keeneland's listed Giant's Causeway Stakes, at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf April 15, is scheduled to mark the 2017 debut of Stonestreet Farm, George Bolton, Peter Leidel's Lady Aurelia, Europe's 2016 champion 2-year-old filly.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna underwent successful surgery April 1 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington to repair an incomplete condylar fracture in her left hind according to a release published by Stonestreet April 2.
Unbeaten McCraken soared through his final move in preparation for the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), covering a half-mile in :49 2/5 at Keeneland.
Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred grade 2 winner Irish War Cry, back on familiar ground at the Fair Hill Training Center in Fair Hill, Md., continued preparations for his next start with a six-furlong breeze over the main track April 2.
Speedway Stable's Collected returned from a more than 10-month layoff to impressively win the $75,000 Santana Mile April 1 at Santa Anita Park, and left behind tiring former stablemate Dortmund in the process.
After just missing by a head his first graded stakes attempt last time out, Sadler's Joy had another close call April 1 at Gulfstream Park in the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (G2T), but this time he finished on top.
Always Dreaming took a massive jump up in class and continued his winning ways April 1 with a five-lengths victory in the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner up in the 2016 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), will miss the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and be sidelined the next few months after emerging from an April 1 workout with an injury.
Girvin booked his trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) with a 1 1/4-length victory over Patch in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Coffee Pot Stable's homebred Farrell, by Malibu Moon, drew clear in the lane of the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) to win by 31/4 lengths.
Maxis Stable's Enterprising once again found himself in the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots winner's circle with a determined win April 1 in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T).
Juddmonte Farms' world champion Arrogate returned to his Santa Anita Park base the afternoon of April 1 looking amazingly fresh, considering he'd just come out of quarantine following a roughly 20,000 mile round-trip trek to Dubai.
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