A bumped start barely fazed heavily-favored Khozan in his second straight romp at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22. The $1 million purchase by Al Shaqab Racing impressed again with a 12 3/4-length win.
Upstart was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park, with 5-1 Itsaknockout elevated from second to his first graded win.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Tickets for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. ET Feb. 23. All reserved seating, premium dining options, and admission to the grounds will be available through Ticketmaster.
The stars were out for workouts in Southern California the morning of Feb. 21. California Chrome led the group with a half-mile work in :48 4/5 at his home track, Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Texas Red remains on course for the April 4 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) as he swims his way back from an abscess on his right front foot following a sharp second in his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes Feb. 1.
An argument could be made that California's second-best Triple Crown hopeful at this point in the year might only have a maiden special weight win.
The top three finishers in the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) will face several new shooters in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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Kiaran McLaughlin, a former D. Wayne Lukas assistant who grew up near Lexington, has started five horses in the Derby, all longshots. He came tantalizingly close to winning with his initial starter, the 71-1 Closing Argument.
The redrawn Southwest Stakes (gr. III), part of a Presidents' Day program that was lost due to severe winter weather, brought back 10 of the original 12 sophomore entrants for Feb. 22 at Oaklawn Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club Feb. 19 announced the return of Black-Eyed Susan Day's "Ultimate Girls' Day Out," celebrating the spirit and strength of women May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst preview the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Watch Video
Major steppingstones, such as the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Arkansas Derby are now just one of many ways of getting to the winner's circle on the first Saturday in May. read blog
Pimlico Race Course plans a spring schedule featuring 21 stakes worth more than $4.2 million, including eight graded events on Preakness weekend May 15-16.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Fountain of Youth and Risen Star Stakes. read blog
A Thoroughbred owner for nearly 50 years, Ralph Evans has attended just one edition of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)--the 1979 renewal. Upstart could take him back with a runner and is looking to continue on the path Feb. 21.
The NBC Sports Group announced it will provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races for the first time on NBC Sports Radio.
Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen has a new horse at number 1, read to learn who received the honor. read blog
Ralph M. Evans' Upstart has been installed the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field entered for the Feb. 21, $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Four horses stormed toward the finish line in the $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year-olds Feb. 16 at Laurel Park before Savvy Street won the tightest of finishes over Combat Diver.
James Tagliaferri, a major investor in the IEAH Stables that raced Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, has been sentenced to six years in prison for securities and investment adviser fraud.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah Drew an appreciative appraisal from trainer Bob Baffert as he continued to work in preparation for his 3-year-old debut the morning of Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Undefeated 3-year-old Itsaknockout turned in his final breeze the morning of Feb. 15 in preparation for his stakes debut in the upcoming $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II) for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Metaboss, coming from well off the pace with a powerful wide move, overtook favored Conquest Typhoon in deep stretch for a 6-1 surprise in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) under Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.
Power Jam joined the crowded Bob Baffert barn of 3-year-old prospects with an easy 4 1/4-length victory in a six furlong maiden special weight event Feb. 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Upstart breezed five furlongs at Palm Meadows the morning of Feb. 14 in preparation for a planned start in the upcoming $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux said Feb. 13 he would not race Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Texas Red again in preparation for the Kentucky Derby if not for the current points system aligned with the Run for the Roses in May.
Convincing Smarty Jones winner Far Right is one of 11 3-year-olds seeking to advance on the road to the Triple Crown in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), the Presidents' Day feature from Oaklawn Park Feb. 16.
The El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), one of only three North American stakes on this year's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" contested on a synthetic track, drew a good field of 10 led by Conquest Typhoon.
Five projected starters for the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 16 at Oaklawn Park, completed their final major preparations at the Arkansas oval the morning of Feb. 11.
Steve Haskin and Ron Mitchell talk about the weekend of racing. Steve expands on the performances of Shared Belief, California Chrome, Dortmund, Firing Line, Danzig Moon, Cyrus Alexander, Far From Over, and Constitution.
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has suffered a foot abscess that will prevent him from running in the Feb. 21 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), said co-owner Erich Brehm.
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen has changed for the third week in a row. See who has moved off the list and what new face appears! read blog
Willis Horton's champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi breezed a half mile at Oaklawn Park Feb. 9.
Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah Feb. 9 turned in his second work as he prepares for his 3-year-old debut. The son of Pioneerof the Nile worked three furlongs in :36 2/5.
The "All Others" option was the 5-2 betting favorite as the second pool of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager came to a close Feb. 8. Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red emerged as the top individual choice.
The football comparisons might indicate the Bob Baffert's confidence in his current crop of 3-year-olds, because all have to do with the New England Patriots.
Far Right completed his major preparations for the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. II), the highlight of the upcoming Presidents Day card at Oaklawn Park, by breezing a half mile in company Feb. 8.
Trainer Todd Pletcher won three graded stakes races with older horses Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, but he also has a wealth of talented 3-year-olds in South Florida.
Far From Over and El Kabeir, the first two finishers in the Withers Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7, could be headed for a rematch in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) in one month at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Odds-on choice Dortmund, passed in upper stretch by rival Firing Line, fought back along the inside to score a head victory in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Far From Over recovered from a bad start to upset 1-2 favorite El Kabeir Feb. 7 in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, closing much ground en route to his first graded score.
American Pharoah could be looking at a return to racing in March, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
The former Derby Trial (gr. III), a one-mile race for 3-year-olds generally run on opening day of the spring meet at Churchill Downs, has been moved to the first Saturday in May and renamed the Pat Day Mile.
Unbeaten Dortmund can solidify his position as the West Coast's top 3-year-old when he faces five opponents in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
El Kabeir, the current leader on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will look to take the next step toward the starting gate on the first Saturday in May when he tackles the $250,000 Withers.
While the "all others" option figures to emerge as the favorite, it will be interesting to see where the public settles in terms of an individual favorite in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool Feb. 6-8.
With several horses on the sidelines, see who Steve picks to fill in the ranks! read blog
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