This week we take a closer look at Mo Tom, winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Awesome Banner is three-for-three, but trainer Stanley Gold indicated he's taking it one race at a time.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen, who won the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) to remain undefeated in four starts, came out of the race in good order and is on target for the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I).
A homebred California-bred chestnut, with blinkers on and Victor Espinoza in the irons, broke away from the field to win the $250,000 California Cup Derby Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park. Sound familiar?
Smarty Jones Stakes winner Discreetness went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Jan. 30 at Oaklawn gearing up for the Feb. 15 Southwest Stakes (gr. III). Also working toward the Southwest that morning was Whitmore.
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen made easy work of five rivals to draw clear in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30, pushing his perfect record to 4-for-4.
Sunny Ridge would not be denied his first graded stakes win Saturday, Jan. 30 as he outlasted Vorticity to win the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
With up to two inches of rain expected Jan. 31 in Southern California, trainer Doug O'Neill moved Nyquist's regular Sunday work up a day to Jan. 30, and the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 impressed on the track once again.
The unpredictable nature of this business is illustrated by Colonel John, a top-class runner whose fee dropped to $7,500 for 2016 and suddenly has a pair of colts on the Derby Trail.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Shagaf was an easy winner of a 3-year-old allowance race at Gulfstream Park Jan. 29 and appears headed to his stakes debut in his next start.
With 3-year-olds running basically two or three times tops prior to the Derby, there is little or no room for races that offer zero points. read blog
At any level of racing, there is something a bit magical about an undefeated horse. Make it a 3-year-old colt, and the mind goes to one place.
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Bolstered by having the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years with American Pharoah, owner Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert have nominated the largest numbers of 3-year-olds among the 368 nominated to this year's series.
Regarded as the top 3-year-old prospect on the East Coast, Mohaymen is the third major contender to open his sophomore season in the Holy Bull for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Cairo Prince and Frosted also ran here.
After opening the season with an easy victory in the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, Flexibility will try for a second straight stakes win there in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III).
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup, Kentucky
In record-setting fashion, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah secured the Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year honor Jan. 26.
Steve Haskin analyzes how much of a factor the Holy Bull Stakes will be for his Derby Dozen. Who do you think deserves to be at number 1? read blog
After sending out at least 17 horses for works Sunday, the Mark Casse stable had another busy day Monday, Jan. 25, with champion Tepin and 3-year-old Airoforce on the work tab at Palm Meadows Training Center.
For Matt Schera, whose multiple graded stakes winner Race Day entered stud this year, Vorticity could be a star on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Conquest Stables' Tapit colt Conquest Big E took another step toward his 3-year-old debut in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park with an easy half-mile breeze Jan. 24.
Undefeated Nyquist ran a full lap around the Santa Anita Park main track during a workout Jan. 24, but was officially given a time of 1:15 3/5 for six furlongs.
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit continued to work toward his 3-year-old debut Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park with a six-furlong workout under regular jockey Gary Stevens.
The New York Racing Association announced Jan. 22 that tickets for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 28.
Zulu, an impressive winner of his first two starts, will skip the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) and resurface in the Feb. 27 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Pin Oak Stable's Synchrony will "more than likely" make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park.
Ten 3-year-olds looking to earn a spot in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 13 and $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 12 are set for the $100,000 Pasco Stakes at seven furlongs Jan. 23 at Tampa Bay Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson discusses two Kentucky Derby-related handicapping topics. read blog
Shadwell Stable's undefeated multiple graded-stakes winner Mohaymen signaled his readiness for the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park with a sharp final work Jan.21.
Two-time stakes winner Discreetness, who captured the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, said trainer William "Jinks" Fires.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said American Pharoah, the newly minted World's Best Racehorse, brought fans back to the sport.
American Pharoah was named the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Longines World's Best Racehorse three days after winning Eclipse Awards as U.S. Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.
It's Here, the long awaited return of Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen! Steve held American Pharoah as the top horse last year, can he repeat his success in 2016? See next week's Blood-Horse magazine for more analysis. read blog
"Of the horses I'm familiar with," trainer "Buddy" Delp said in a 2001 interview with the Los Angeles Times, "only Citation and Secretariat would have run with the Bid."
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southwest Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region
Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
The connections of Beholder, La Verdad, and Glen Hill Farm also accepted honors with quote-worthy responses Jan. 16 at the 45th annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park.
American Pharoah galloped straight into the hearts of racing fans with his hard-fought triumph in the Kentucky Derby and a follow-up romp in the Preakness, but there was nothing like the roar of the crowd after the Belmont. Read More
A by-the-numbers look at Zayat Stables' American Pharoah's Triple Crown run in which he became the 12th Triple Crown winner completing a sweep of the classics with his June 6 victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Nyquist, the morning after securing the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male of 2015, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Jan. 17 in 1:00 4/5.
Owner Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables reflected on the accomplishments of American Pharoah, the homebred colt who was named champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year for 2015.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Thoroughbred Breeding, Southeast Region
When Zayat Stables finally broke through with a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) win with American Pharoah, it proved worth the wait, as he delivered U.S. racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
Successfully managing American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep and Breeders' Cup Classic was a transcendent season in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was rewarded with his fourth Eclipse.
Speed, stamina, class, and gameness were the hallmarks in an unbeaten season for J. Paul Reddam's Nyquist, a three-time grade I winner who was the overwhelming choice for the 2015 Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old male.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation made his Northern California debut a winning one with a victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
Mo Tom used a sustained run through the long Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots stretch to secure a victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert often describes American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, as the "horse of a lifetime." But that doesn't mean he's not looking for the next one.
Ahmed and Joanne Zayat, in South Florida where their American Pharoah is expected to be crowned with racing's top honor later today, are OK following a fire in the couple's suite late Jan. 15 at the Diplomat.
With next Saturday's card drawn Jan. 8, an overflow field was entered for the mile and 70-yard LeComte, while the Silverbulletday drew eight led by Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) winner Jet Black Magic.
Trainer Stanley Gold will resist the temptation to run undefeated 3-year-old Awesome Banner in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park, opting to send the colt in the Swale Stakes (gr. III).
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