Tom Pedulla writes of Affirmed's rare talent and equally rare competition, Alydar.
Florida horseman Niall Brennan, along with Mike Ryan, purchased Nyquist as a yearling, then broke, trained, and sold the Derby winner as a 2-year-old.
Trainer Doug O'Neill and Nyquist's connections were happy with what they saw during the colt's two-mile jog May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.
Sumting Wong was named both Iowa-bred Horse of the Year and Iowa-bred older female for 2015 at the combined Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners and Iowa HBPA awards banquet at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino May 14.
Sandra New's Painting the Sky, a dual-registered Thoroughbred/Paint 3-year-old filly, will put her two-race win streak on the line the evening of May 19 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel in Louisiana.
Jenny Bowman has been promoted to racing secretary at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, the track announced May 17.
Images from Belmont Park, Santa Anita, Woodbine, Golden Gate Fields, and more.
Connections of the dual stakes-winning Uncle Mo colt, who is based at Parx Racing, were relieved to get the all-clear May 17 when an equine herpesvirus quarantine at the Pennsylvania track, in place since April 1, was lifted.
With the threat of early morning rain looming over Baltimore, trainer Doug O'Neill called an audible the morning of May 17 and sent out Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist to gallop at 6:08 a.m. EDT.
Sagamore Racing has appointed Hunter Rankin as president to oversee and guide the professional horse racing team and its farm operations, the Glyndon, Md.-based farm announced May 17.
Steve Asmussen officially took Gun Runner, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner who finished third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), out of consideration for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) the morning of May 17.
Colt's next start is June 18 during Royal Ascot
Mei Ling, Ahh Chocolate, and Savings Account will fight it out over Pimlico's main track in the Allaire DuPont, as none of the starters have asserted themselves this year to the point of obvious favoritism over the nine furlongs.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, a winner in his 10-year-old debut in a May 1 allowance contest at Laurel Park, will hope to keep the momentum going in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 20 at Pimlico Race Course.
Stanford and Page McKenney, the one-two finishers in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) last time out, are set for a rematch in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, if Stanford makes the gate.
Land Over Sea and Go Maggie Go will make a quick turnaround off positive runs in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to try another Friday feature May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
U.S.-trained Rawnaq held off two Irish invaders to win a thrilling edition of the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes (NSA-I) May 14 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.
Off the Triple Crown trail and back at arguably his best distance, Hans Poetsch's homebred I Will Score broke through for his first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera (gr. III) May 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Dominion Bloodstock and Barry Butzer's Thatlookonyerface split rivals in the shadow of the wire to win a photo over Bear'sway in the $150,000 Marine Stakes (Can-III) May 14 at Woodbine.
Weaving through horses in the stretch under John Velazquez, Wake Forest displayed a powerful late kick to surge past rivals in the final furlong to win the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes May 14 at Belmont Park.
Centennial Farms' Unified showed a new dimension May 14 in winning the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
A three-month layoff earlier this year may have helped Strike Charmer, as she registered her first stakes win since 2014 in the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, May 14 at Belmont Park.
Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting hasn't quite looked like her grade I-winning self in two starts following the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), but the Bernardini filly found her best stride again May 14 in the Ruffian Stakes (gr. II).
Maryland Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra confirmed May 14 that Pimlico Race Course is prepared to take special precautions to accept the Parx-based horses, both of which never showed signs of illness during the quarantine.
His 2,000th winner came at Gulfstream Park and he was at Woodbine, but that's just another day in the life of trainer Mark Casse and his far-flung racing operation.
Multiple graded stakes-placed maiden Laoban breezed six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 at Keeneland the morning of May 14 in preparation for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Under brilliant sunshine, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Nyquist put in another morning of light work at Pimlico May 14 in preparation for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), jogging a controlled two laps clockwise along the outer rail.
Graded stakes-placed Cherry Wine turned in a typically steadfast move in preparation for his expected start in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), working five furlongs May 14 in a handy 1:01 3/5 at Churchill Downs.
The 83rd running of the Kentucky Derby, however, is itself, a subplot in a much larger story, one that was revealed in the research for this BH 100 moment.
The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was better the second time around for Mario Gutierrez, even though he won it both times.
The undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, who was ridden by exercise rider Jonny Garcia, backtracked with a pony to the top of the first turn before reversing direction and galloping approximately a mile May 13.
Stradivari, Uncle Lino, and Collected—a trio of new faces to the Triple Crown campaign expected to start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I)—had their final serious tune-ups May 13.
For Demonstrative to nail down his third Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes May 14, the 2014 champion steeplechaser will have to beat a pair of stakes winners from the barn of Ireland's champion steeplechase trainer Willie Mullins.
Participants earn credit for the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Code of Standards.
Steady performers Thrilled and Caren face well-bred stakes winner Treasuring, from the family of Better Than Honour.
The Triple Crown trail didn't work out for much of the Lazaro Barrera (gr. III) field, and all seven entrants will seek their first graded stakes win in the $100,000 seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds May 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Exaggerator, Galileo Gold, Effinex, and Found were new additions to the list since the early April edition was released.
Two of Southern California's standout horses of 2015 took early steps toward their season debuts May 10 at Santa Anita Park, and both figure to return to racing sometime over the summer at Del Mar.
The Sovereign Award winner posted a bullet work at Woodbine May 1, and will be the one to beat if he's rounding back into top form.
Recepta, owned by Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin, leads the clutch of females who found mixed success in graded stakes last year and look again to prove themselves in top company.
Adventist and Unified may find a tough contender in Federico Tesio runner-up Governor Malibu in the May 14 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
What would become the world's richest race will be run at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28, 2017.
Grade I winner and dual classic-placed Bodemeister got his first winner as a sire May 11 in the second race at Gulfstream Park, where Bode's Dream won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event by 3 3/4 lengths.
Trainer Chad Brown appears to hold a strong hand in the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) May 14 at Belmont Park with three entrants: Morandi, Money Multiplier, and Wake Forest.
Nyquist returned to the track May 11 for the first time since scoring an impressive triumph in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), acquainting himself with Pimlico Race Course.
Wright won each Triple Crown race in separate years, and rose to prominence by number of wins and earnings quickly in his career. Tom Ochiltree also put together an excellent career early, winning the Preakness in his second start.
Wertheimer and Frere's Solow, a five-time group I winner last year, will not make a scheduled start in the June 16 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner appears to be well-poised, based on his class and pedigree, to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
A late change in the status of a horse entered May 10 at Parx Racing created confusion and ultimately frustration for bettors.
Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel ended May 10 the additional equine herpesvirus-1 biosecurity protocols implemented April 18.
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