Triple Crown

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  • El Areeb and Trevor McCarthy take the Withers (G3)

    El Areeb Too Good in Withers

    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.

  • Rags to Riches would win five grade I races in her 3-year-old championship season including the Kentucky Oaks (pictured) and Belmont Stakes.

    Look Back: Rags to Riches Arrives in Las Virgenes

    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.

  • Term of Art wins the 2016 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3) at Del Mar

    O'Neill Sends Three Out for Robert B. Lewis

    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.

  • El Areeb wins the 2017 Jerome Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct

    El Areeb Aims to Continue Roll in Withers Stakes

    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.

  • Three Rules wins the 2016 Florida Sires In Reality Stakes

    Three Rules Returns in Swale

    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).

  • Classic Empire

    Classic Empire Tops Initial 3-Year-Old Poll

    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).

  • Bourbon Empire (left) finished third in the 2016 Notebook Stakes

    Bourbon Empire Added to Early TC Nominees

    Because of a clerical error, Bourbon Lane Stable's Bourbon Empire was inadvertently omitted from the original list of 3-year-olds made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the 2017 Triple Crown.

  • Classic Empire, jockey Julien Leparoux, and trainer Mark Casse after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)

    Classic Empire Unanimous Champion 2-Year-Old Male

    Classic Empire, a rangy, good-looking son of Pioneerof the Nile, came to hand under the tutelage of Mark and Norm Casse, and then left the rest of the juvenile division in arrears as he claimed the Eclipse Award for 2016’s top 2-year-old male.

  • Uncontested wins 2017 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park

    A Closer Look at Smarty Jones Winner Uncontested

    Uncontested rebounded from a disappointing stakes debut in November with a powerhouse performance in the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn Park, where he stamped himself a contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • El Areeb in his maiden win in October at Laurel Park.

    Jerome Winner El Areeb to Breeze This Weekend

    M M G Stables' sophomore sensation El Areeb continues to train forwardly at his Laurel Park base after stamping himself a legitimate 3-year-old prospect with his 11 1/4-length romp in the Jerome (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Gormley edges American Anthem (obscured) by a head in the Sham Stakes

    Gormley Edges American Anthem in Sham

    Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.

  • Inside the Kentucky Derby Trail

    What better way to bring color to winter than to envision roses in bloom on the first Saturday in May, scented green leaves adorning glasses of mint juleps, and the famed Twin Spires piercing a bright cerulean sky.

  • Gunnevera, Three Rules Work in Florida

    Multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera and Florida Sire Stakes victor Three Rules spent the final morning of their freshman seasons working Dec. 31 in Florida for scheduled 3-year-old debuts at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4.

  • Shareholder Value secures victory Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds

    Amoss Considering Options for Shareholder Value

    Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Shareholder Value impressed many with a swift acceleration Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, beating winners in a first-level 2-year-old allowance going a mile and 70 yards.

  • Voting Opens for NTRA Moment of the Year

    Thoroughbred racing fans again have an opportunity to have their voices heard at the Eclipse Awards by voting for the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year.

  • Belmont Stakes Tickets On Sale Jan. 26

    Tickets for the 2017 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.

  • U S Officer wins Clever Trevor Stakes Nov. 4 at Remington Park.

    U S Officer, Cool Arrow Set for Springboard

    A pair of 2-year-olds who already have open stakes victories over the Remington Park surface in U S Officer and Cool Arrow will face one another there Sunday, Dec. 11 in the $300,000 Springboard Mile Stakes.

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Classic Empire is the 6-1 second choice in the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool

    KY Derby Future Wager Pool 1 Closes

    The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.

  • Mo Town leads the way home in the Remsen Stakes

    Mo Town Wins Stakes Debut in Remsen

    In his first stakes try, Mo Town soared past favored Takaful in the stretch and was not seriously threatened late to post a clear victory in the $300,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Mont Saint Legame wins the 2016 Cattleya Sho

    Mont Saint Legame in Kentucky Derby Picture

    Mont Saint Legame tracked the pace in the Nov. 26 Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse, went by outside the leader in mid-straight, and claimed a 1 1/4-length victory, becoming the leading Japanese contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

  • Classic Empire won Breeders' Cup Juvenile earlier this month

    Classic Empire Top Individual in Derby Future

    While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.

  • Beauty Parlor

    Brant Dominates Goffs Breeding Stock Sale

    Peter Brant continued his return to Thoroughbred breeding and racing in a big way Nov. 18, with his White Birch Farm going to €1.6 million (US$1,700,639) to purchase Beauty Parlour at the Goffs November breeding stock sale.