The best 3-year-old turf fillies in Southern California battled it out in a thrilling stretch run Aug. 20 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), but an invader from the East ended up getting a head in front at the wire.
Grade I-placed multiple times, Tourist finally got his breakthrough win at the highest level Aug. 20 in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. today announced the 2016 inductees to the Saratoga Walk of Fame: prominent owner W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell of Dogwood Stables and three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer William "Bill" Mott.
Wachtel Stables and George Kerr's Long On Value had won his only other start at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf in 2013, and July 25 at Saratoga Race Course he made it two-for-two with a victory in the $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes.
Songbird, as if she wanted to toy with onlookers and viewers across the nation to build the drama, took Carina Mia's best shot during the final turn in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), but was still able to win in her signature fashion.
Champion Songbird will put her perfect record on the line July 23 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, which features a purse pumped up from $300,000 to $500,000 to attract the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro.
Flipcup looks to continue her winning ways July 17 at Woodbine Racetrack in the $150,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (CAN-III), the second start of her 5-year-old campaign.
Grade I winner Photo Call headlines a field of eight older fillies and mares set to run in the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 9 at Delaware Park.
The Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) is without a clear-cut favorite, giving bettors many ways to go.
Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi (IRE), winner of the March 16 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park last out, chases a second graded victory in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial (gr. IIIT) July 4 at Parx Racing.
Champion Strut the Course is the 5-2 morning line choice, as she tries for a repeat in the July 3 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Vyjack, previously trained on the East Coast by Bill Mott, logged a half-mile drill in :47 2/5 June 23 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 68 works at the distance in his first move for D'Amato.
James Bryan Jr.'s 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly raced just off early leader La Berma in the mile turf test, breezed by in the far turn, and pulled away to win by 3 3/4 widening lengths.
The 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly earned her first grade I score, at Belmont Park in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11, a one-turn mile that followed her six-length victory in the seven-furlong Eight Belles (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
With reigning champion grass mare Tepin across the Atlantic Ocean, trainer Mark Casse will turn to another champion in Canada's 2014 Horse of the Year Lexie Lou for the $700,000 Longines Just a Game Stakes (gr. I) June 11 at Belmont Park.
Midnight Storm lost the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) last year by a half-length, but this time he would not be denied.
Vyjack—who last time out won a Keeneland allowance over the same lawn upon which his half sister, champion Tepin, has picked up three grade I wins—returns to the graded ranks June 5 in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT)
Heart to Heart could find his way back to the winner's circle for his first grade I victory in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) June 4 at Santa Anita Park, a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Flipcup, who takes things to another level when racing on all-weather surfaces, held off a stretch challenge from favorite No Fault of Mine to win the $100,000 Arlington Matron Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, May 28 at Arlington Park.
The 4-year-old Giant Gizmo filly upset heavy favorite I'm a Chatterbox two starts back on dirt, when she won the April 22 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland to earn her first graded score for trainer Bernie Flint.
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.
Carina Mia, the 3-5 favorite, ran to her backing while drawing clear in the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Carina Mia came up short in points for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Nickname's connections opted not to run, but both graded winners will still be prominent on Oaks Day in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
While Carina Mia will need a lot of help to make the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) field, her connections are confident the grade II winner will run well in whatever race she ultimately enters.
Enhancing what already is American racing's most lucrative daily purse program, Kentucky Downs will pump an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its five-date, all-turf meet in September.
Cash is King's unbeaten Cathryn Sophia is the even-money morning-line favorite for Keeneland's April 9 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I).
Phaedrus Flights' Celestine went wire-to-wire in the $300,000 Honey Fox Stakes (gr. IIT) April 2 at Gulfstream Park, picking up the first graded victory of her career for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
Blocked or hampered between horses in the final three-sixteenths of the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Santa Anita Park, Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi persevered for her first graded win.
Earle Mack, Wachtel Stable, and Brous Stable's Take the Stand popped the gate from the rail post position and never looked back in a handy victory in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds.
Ike and Dawn Thrash's grade I winner Her Emmynency drew the rail for the first time in her career and appears to be the class of a short field in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Multiple grade II winner Amira's Prince will stand his first season at stud at Pleasant Acres in Florida. His fee will be $5,000 stands and nurses.
Multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y., for an advertised fee of $2,500.
Japan, a stakes-winning son of top sire Medaglia d'Oro, will enter stud in 2016 at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y.
Entered in the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) off a dominating maiden special weight win Oct. 29 at Keeneland, Carina Mia handled the class jump Nov. 28 to register a decisive victory at Churchill Downs.
In a successful return to the Sunshine State, Lady Lara engaged longshot Pink Poppy off the far turn and took command in mid-stretch to deliver a clear victory Nov. 21 in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Flipcup wore down pacesetter Academic with a sustained outside rally and won the $150,000 Maple Leaf (Can-III) for fillies and mares Oct. 31 at Woodbine.
Pacesetter America turned back a mild challenge entering the stretch and scooted clear to win the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, snapping a five-race winless streak, Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
Two European-based fillies have won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) since its 2008 inauguration, and Denford Stud's Illuminate will try to become the third in this year's edition Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
The son of Unbridled's Song drew post 3 of 11 in the Dirt Mile (gr. I) and will look to use his swift turn of foot in the shorter race rather than throwing in with American Pharoah and Beholder in the Classic (gr. I).
After Lea's strong :47 2/5 half-mile work Oct. 26 at Keeneland, trainer Bill Mott said the horse will run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Monday, Oct. 19, was a busy morning for Bill Mott as the trainer oversaw Keeneland workouts that included two hopefuls for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at the Lexington track Oct. 30-31.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Lea, a grade I winner and earner of $2,182,398, will be retired following the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships and be retired to Claiborne Farm for the 2016 breeding season.
Harmonize showed a new dimension Oct. 7 at Keeneland, coming from far off the pace with a strong stretch run to win the Jessamine (gr. IIIT) and an automatic berth in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
War Dancer has faced the best of the older turf division all summer and takes a drop in class Oct. 10 in the nine-furlong Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
The top two finishers from the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT), Azar and Next Shares, will battle again Sept. 26 at Belmont Park in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.
Sitting eighth at the three-sixteenths pole, Mondialiste unleashed a furious stretch run and found just enough to win the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 13.
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) won't include Wise Dan after the two-time winner's retirement, but runners who dwelt in his shadow will have a chance to shine Sept. 13 at Woodbine.
The Tapit mare finally found her graded victory, and did so in course record time Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf test in 2:11.46.
Six promising 2-year-olds will go postward Sept. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, looking to add to their budding turf resumes with a victory in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT).
Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
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