Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux has parted ways with agent J.R. Pegram and teamed up with agent Nelson Arroyo it was announced May 22.
Ransom the Moon stepped up in class May 20 when he took the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) by 2 1/4 lengths in his first stakes attempt.
After three solid performances in graded stakes competition, What a View returned home to Santa Anita Park and relished his role as favorite among California-breds in the $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes May 20.
For the second year in a row, the late In Excess—a former juggernaut on the California stallion scene--has figured in the first three generations of a Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (G1) winner.
Kobe's Back has a few reasons to improve in the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) May 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Two California-breds from Kim McCarthy's McCarthy Bloodstock Agency consignment brought the highest prices at the Barretts May 2-year-old sale, held May 17 at Del Mar.
The son of Nureyev was a six-time leading sire in California and led the sire standings by California-conceived turf runners 13 times.
In a victory for The Stronach Group tracks suing the contest site Derby Wars, a U.S. District Court has ruled that entry fees paid in contests are considered wagers under the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978.
A combination of California-breds and Kentucky-breds constitute much of what will likely be Barretts' final May 2-year-olds in training sale. The auction is scheduled for May 17 at Del Mar, beginning at 2 p.m. PDT.
Royal Mo successfully underwent surgery to repair a fractured sesamoid in his right-front leg, trainer John Shirreffs said May 15.
American Anthem let a trio of frontrunners gun for the lead in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) and closed to win the seven-furlong test.
Arms Runner became the first black-type winner for his sire, Ocala Stud stallion Overdriven, with a 1 1/2-length victory for Rockingham Ranch May 13 in the $101,690 Desert Code Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Cloud Computing tuned up for his expected run in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) with a half-mile breeze in :48.85 over the Belmont Park training track May 13.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have a quartet of graded stakes at Belmont Park and grade 3 races at Arlington International Racecourse and Santa Anita Park.
Stellar Wind worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Park in 1:00 2/5 May 12, while Songbird fired a :59 bullet there going the same distance May 11.
Trainer Simon Callaghan acknowledges the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) May 13 at Santa Anita Park will be a unique experience.
Owner Kaleem Shah's horses have found another barn on the Santa Anita Park backside once again, just more than four months after a split with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on New Year's Eve.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori extended her winning streak to six May 7 in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (G3) but needed every bit of stamina to hold off up-and-comer Skye Diamonds.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland rode her 1,000th winner May 6 at Santa Anita Park, where she guided Donald Valpredo's homebred Giro Candito to victory in a maiden claiming event.
Four weeks after her easy, frontrunning victory in the Providencia Stakes (G3T), the California-bred daughter of Surf Cat put in a repeat performance May 6 in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
Joe Turner's versatile Sircat Sally will bring her undefeated record back to Santa Anita Park for the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (G3T) May 6.
Vincent Viola went to Aqueduct Racetrack with his father early in life, and learned lessons that have helped him in his profession and a market trader, business founder, and Thoroughbred owner, lessons he is using with Derby hopeful Always Dreaming.
Daniel Robles is a groom for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Calumet Farm homebred Sonneteer is a compliant sort, so it was no surprise to assistant Julie Clark when Corey Lanerie, aboard May 1 for a four-furlong work, reminded the striking Midnight Lute colt to get down to business and Sonneteer responded.
David Day, Michael Day, and Mary DiPietro's Evo Campo appears to have found her niche going long on the Santa Anita Park grass.
San Vicente Stakes (G2) winner Iliad has been retired because of an ankle injury he sustained during an April 22 workout at Santa Anita Park, owner Kaleem Shah said April 30.
In his second start for trainer Phil D'Amato, Matthew Schera's Farhaan took an impressive step forward April 29 to win his first graded stakes in the $100,000 Thunder Road (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay was sent off at 3-5 to defend his title in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29, and the 6-year-old gelding had no problem doing so, as he held on gamely to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have a trio of grade 3 turf miles Saturday, Churchill Downs' opening night, and more.
Instead of working Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley, his Derby mount, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard the Mosses' Ziconic, who served as the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner's target.
Churchill Downs Inc. has purchased advance-deposit wagering site BetAmerica, multiple sources from both companies said April 28-29.
In his first mount since it was announced he was headed to the Hall of Fame, jockey Victor Espinoza applied a deft touch in to guide favored Liam the Charmer to a head victory in Santa Anita Park's allowance feature April 28.
Abel Tasman went on the work tab for seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5, but was asked for more run after the wire by jockey Martin Garcia and continued to run strongly well into the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita Park.
WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable's Battle of Midway put in his final timed workout April 28 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). He covered six furlongs in 1:13 2/5.
Alert Bay, G. G. Ryder, and Stryker Phd—the elder statesmen of Northern California—will face off once again at Golden Gate Fields in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29.
With a pair of Santa Anita executives before them to discuss the recent race meets at the track, the CHRB commissioners did not directly broach the subject of the April 27 live racing card's cancellation.
Richard Mandella has a certain giddiness about him when one of his good horses is going well. Not so long ago, after Beholder's morning breezes, he had a frequent pep to his step. In the Santa Anita grandstand April 27, the excitement was back.
No better than ninth in four trips outside of California, Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle Mack's Bolo will stay home instead of getting caught up in Kentucky Derby week for a third straight year.
The $40,000 claim from October continued to pay dividends for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller April 23 at Santa Anita Park.
Irad Ortiz Jr. added another riding crown to his résumé when he secured the Aqueduct Racetrack 2017 spring meet title following closing day April 23.
Santa Anita Park cancelled its live racing for April 27 because of a lack of entries, Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle said April 23.
Just watching Martin Garcia's mannerisms aboard Speedway Stable's Collected for every step of the $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) April 22, it was clear the jockey knew what he had underneath him.
It was a long road back to the winner's circle for Paymaster Racing's Inordinate, but he found his way April 22 at Santa Anita Park.
The clocker's stopwatch at the top of the Santa Anita Park grandstand may have shown 1:15 4/5 for Gormley's six-furlong workout April 22, but the slow time doesn't tell the whole story.
Reach the World, who was pointing toward runs in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1), was euthanized after sustaining an injury during training April 22, according to Don Alberto Stable racing manager Fernando Diaz-Valdes.
After a speedier-than-designed half-mile workout April 22 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Ian Kruljac said champion female sprinter Finest City will almost surely head to the May 6 Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs for her next race.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Northeast Region, Midwest Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have big stakes cards at Charles Town and Laurel Park, a pair of graded stakes at Santa Anita Park, and more.
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association’s annual summer sale will be Tuesday, August 22, at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion located on the grounds of the beautiful Emerald Downs near Seattle.
"Beautiful" is how Mandella described the April 21 work of Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Paradise Woods, who went four furlongs in :47 3/5 Friday at Santa Anita Park in her penultimate exercise for the May 5 test.
Battle of Midway, runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and 17th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, has been purchased in partnership by WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable.
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