Jockey Stewart Elliott won his first Southern California riding title, while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and Doug O'Neill shared training honors at the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos Race Course, which concluded Sept. 25.
California Chrome wasn't the only star on the work tab Sept. 10 in Southern California. Champions of 2015 Stellar Wind and Nyquist both put in drills for upcoming starts, as did 2016 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate.
The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.
Klimt surged past favored early leader Straight Fire in the stretch and drew off to about a four-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Del Mar.
Three potential stars head the field in Monday's 69th Futurity: Klimt, Chasing Aces, and Straight Fire.
Champagne Room broke her maiden in the grade II Sorrento by 1 1/4 lengths and now heads a field of the most impressive fillies from Del Mar's loaded 2-year-old summer slate in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
On the morning following Arrogate's record-smashing performance in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.
It was 1996 and Bob Baffert, then a relatively unknown trainer, made his first impact on the classic scene when he brought Santa Anita Derby winner Cavonnier to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.
Charles Chu's Drefong broke alertly from the outside in a field of 12, took the lead, and never faltered en route to victory in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.
Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra, a full sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, drilled six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 22 in preparation for her scheduled start in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) early in September.
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the July 30 Jim Dandy (gr. II), post a bullet half-mile breeze at Saratoga Aug. 19 in his final serious move before Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Creator and Gun Runner breezed in company on the Saratoga main track on Aug. 14, working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 ahead of possible starts in the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I),
Bob Baffert will bid to win the Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) for a third time when he sends out Pretty N Cool and Enchanting Lady against grade I winner Tara's Tango Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Quality Road colt impressive in stakes score
Six 2-year-old males have been entered for the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 10 at Del Mar, and every one has taken a different path to their first graded stakes try.
Chad Brown is off to a quick start in his bid to unseat Todd Pletcher as the top trainer at the prestigious Saratoga meet
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Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, and Derrick Smith's Cupid, no worse for wear after his second trip from California in a month, dominated nine other 3-year-olds in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate cruised to his third straight victory in Southern California Aug. 4 at Del Mar and may be heading east for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Unlike her Triple Crown-winning sibling, Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra won her debut at Del Mar.
Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, and Rocker O Ranch's Exaggerator continued to show his affinity for off tracks with a sweeping off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Chris Hartman brought a string to Del Mar this year, but one in that group stood out. The trainer calls Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid the "head dog" of his stable and he'll try to earn his first top-level score in the Bing Crosby (gr. I).
Few horses in recent years have generated as much buzz before ever competing in a race as American Cleopatra, who will debut July 31 in the third at Del Mar.
The Del Mar crowd roared as California Chrome put a head in front of Dortmund in the final turn of the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 23, but little did they know the battle they were in store for in the stretch.
Grade I winner Hoppertunity will miss the Cougar Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar July 24 after spiking a fever Thursday, July 21.
Grade I winner Hard Aces highlights a field of six entered for the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar.
Pretty N Cool, who began her career last summer at Del Mar, rallied powerfully in the stretch to win the $75,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes July 20 at the seaside racetrack.
Back in his namesake state for more than three months now, California Chrome is set to resume his 2016 campaign July 23 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, where he'll take on fellow multiple grade I winner Dortmund.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird both were put through workouts July 17 at Del Mar in preparation for top-level East Coast starts this summer.
Cupid, whose last win came in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) in March, rebounded from two disappointing efforts to gut out a victory in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino the evening of July 16.
Cherry Wine headlines a field of twelve 3-year-olds in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) July 16 at Indiana Grand Race Course. Hot off the Triple Crown trail, the son of Paddy O'Prado is seeking his first graded stakes victory.
The 3-year-old son of Hat Trick returns to the seaside track July 15 on opening day with a drop in class to the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, but will face a loaded field as he seeks a return to the winner's circle.
A total of 30 invites have gone out for the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I), centerpiece of the racing season at Monmouth Park, to be renewed for the 49th time July 31.
Dalmore continued his rapid improvement on the Southern California circuit July 2 with an upset of odds-on favorite Danzing Candy in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Gary and Mary West's American Freedom earned his first graded score with a clear victory in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) July 1 at Prairie Meadows.
Danzing Candy, who moved to Bob Baffert's barn after finishing 15th on the First Saturday in May for trainer Cliff Sise, will make the first start for his new trainer July 2 in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got up just in time to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent American Cleopatra—the 2-year-old full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah—through her first official breeze at Santa Anita Park June 17.
For the second day in a row, a telephone bid secured the topper at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale, when John Fort went to $250,000 to buy an Into Mischief filly during a session that saw numbers continue to spiral downward.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Economic Model got a good trip in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, while favored Cupid missed the break, rushed up on the backside, and faded to finish last.
American Cleopatra began her early conditioning at McKathan Brothers Training Center, and graduated to Santa Anita Park last week. She is expected to breeze there Belmont Stakes (gr. I) weekend, one year after her full brother swept the Triple Crown.
For an hour June 9, trainer Bob Baffert and members of the Zayat family told stories and shared memories at Belmont Park on how American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory last year affected them.
Justin Squared carries his win streak into the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. I), while Cupid returns in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park.
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Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be honored this summer by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fundraising and awards dinner.
Idle since Dec. 26, Lord Nelson came back running June 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Kaleem Shah successfully bid $290,000 for a son of Candy Ride at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age and immediately pointed to his 20-year-old daughter, Sophie.
The May 7 silent auction at dozens of U.S. tracks featured framed, autographed photos of Secretariat and American Pharoah.
After picking up a grade I placing at Churchill Downs in her previous race, the connections of Enchanting Lady hope she can nail down her first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III).
Undefeated Justin Squared retained that status with a front-running two-length victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard May 21.
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