Trainer Bill Mott saved the best for last in 2011, and it helped him capture his third Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer in a tight race.
Bob Baffert, one of three finalists for the 2011 Eclipse Award as the nation's top trainer, says that he's not planning to attend the annual dinner Jan. 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
Royal Delta, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner and likely champion 3-year-old female, had her first official work of the year Jan. 10 at Payson Park Training Center in Florida.
Royal Delta, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner who later sold for $8.5 million, is back with trainer Bill Mott after spending some time at owner Benjamin Leon Jr.'s farm.
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Cutting back in distance in search of his first grade I win, To Honor and Serve put away Calibrachoa in upper stretch and held off Hymn Book late to take the Cigar Mile Handicap Nov. 26 at Aqueduct.
Even-money choice Arena Elvira passed longshot Afleeting Lady in deep stretch to give trainer Bill Mott his fourth win in the $193,725 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs.
With four wins at the track and a strong comeback effort in his most recent start, Haynesfield figures prominently in the $250,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I), which headlines Aqueduct's Nov. 26 program.
Bill Mott is pointing To Honor and Serve to the $250,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct.
Royal Delta brought the second day of the Keeneland November breeding stock auction to an electrifying conclusion when her price soared to $8.5 million in a spectator-packed sale pavilion.
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Likely Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta (by Empire Maker) was purchased by Ben Leon's Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Trainer Bill Mott put an exclamation point on his big Breeders' Cup weekend at Churchill Downs when the regally-bred Deluxe held on for a half-length victory in the $109,900 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov 6.
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Drosselmeyer came flying down the center of the track to sweep past pacesetter Game On Dude just before the wire, winning the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at odds of 14-1 Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
With the sun breaking through at Churchill Downs Nov. 5, all was quiet on the backside as everyone waited for the 12:05 p.m. EDT post time for day two of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Favorite Royal Delta takes the Ladies' Classic in deep stretch, claiming her second grade I for the year and giving trainer Bill Mott consecutive victories in the race.
Arena Elvira notched her third straight victory and first in a graded stakes when she pulled away to a 6 3/4-length triumph in the $98,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 4, the opening-day feature at Aqueduct.
Royal Delta is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. Four days after the race, she is scheduled to go through the sale ring at the Keeneland.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was beaming Oct. 30 after watching two of his entrants in the Breeders' Cup World Championships turn in impressive workouts at Churchill Downs.
Drosselmeyer went a powerful five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on Oct. 29, leaving Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott completely satisfied by his final move before the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Royal Delta and To Honor and Serve worked Oct. 23, on the main track at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott
WinStar Farm's Drosselmeyer, most recently second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), continued his preparations for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 in company Oct. 22.
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A trio of Breeders' Cup contenders from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott--To Honor and Serve (Classic, gr. I), Royal Delta (Ladies' Classic, gr. I) and Courageous Cat (Mile, gr. IT)--worked Oct. 16 at Churchill.
To Honor and Serve made a sweeping move past pacesetter Rush Now at the three-sixteenths pole and cruised to a dominating 2 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24 at Parx Racing.
Grade I winners Royal Delta and Winchester work five furlongs at Belmont Park.
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- By Vic Zast
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Royal Delta flew by It's Tricky and Plum Pretty at the eighth pole and pulled clear for an easy win in the $500,000 TVG Alabama (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Saratoga.
- By Vic Zast
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Making his first start in nearly four months, Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve returns in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Monday, Aug. 1, at Saratoga.
Aviate and Aruna, who ran one-two at Churchill Downs earlier this year, will square off again in a competitive edition of the $500,000 Diana (gr. IT) July 30 at Saratoga.
Devil by Design, making her season debut for trainer Bill Mott, overcame early trouble to take control in the final furlong, winning the $100,000 Chicago Handicap (gr. III) July 3 at Arlington Park.
Even-money favorite Courageous Cat chalked up his first grade I stakes victory when he held off the closing Caracortado by a neck to win the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) on a firm Hollywood Park turf course.
Breeders' Cup winner Unrivaled Belle, who broke her withers after falling backward in the paddock while waiting to be saddled for the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 18, has been retired
Stretching out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time, Preston Stables' Birdrun went wire-to-wire to win the $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Pam and Martin Wygod's homebred Courageous Cat took over from pacesetter Yield Bogey nearing the eighth-pole and cruised to victory in the $100,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred filly is 5-2 morning-line choice for June 11 Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. The one-mile race for older fillies and mares is worth $400,000.
Trainer Bill Mott has an excellent opportunity to get his Belmont Stakes weekend off to a great start at Belmont Park June 10 in the $100,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) and the $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II).
Making only the fourth start of her career, Royal Delta took over just beyond the quarter pole and held off Buster's Ready in the stretch to score in the Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course.
Drosselmeyer, out of the money in two starts since he won last June's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), got back to the winner's circle in his May 15 return to the Elmont, N.Y., track.
Juddmonte Farms' Aviate, with one U.S. race under her belt, rallied strongly in the stretch and pulled away for an easy victory in the $227,800 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares May 7.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was all smiles the morning of April 10 after James S. Karp's homebred Newsdad turned in an impressive work at Keeneland, covering six furlongs in 1:13 under exercise rider Rodolphe Brissett.
To Honor and Serve, third in the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year, has strained the suspensory ligament in his left foreleg, the Daily Racing Form reported April 8.
To Honor and Serve was widely touted as the horse most likely to pose a danger to Uncle Mo this spring, but his popularity took a hit after he faded badly to finish a distant third in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
Unrivaled Belle makes her first start since capturing last fall's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) when she faces six rivals in the Rampart Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park April 2.
WinStar Farm's 2010 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer, who has been working strongly toward his 4-year-old debut, is being pointed to the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan March 26.
Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve, the second highweighted colt on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap, breezed five furlongs in 1:04 1/5 at Payson Park Training Center Jan. 31.
Favored Changing Skies pounced on Casablanca Smile in the stretch and proved a handy 3 3/4-length winner of the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Calder Casino and Race Course Jan. 2.
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