While Crown the Kitten is scheduled to make his graded stakes debut in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes Jan. 3 on the turf at Gulfstream Park, the Kitten's Joy gelding enters the 1 1/16 mile turf race with experience.
A dozen people who left their mark on the Thoroughbred industry this year. View Newsmakers
Achievement and retirement. Shame and success. Low points and comebacks. 2014 offered a taste of just about everything. Here are a dozen people who stood out this year for leaving their mark on the industry.
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Chad Brown, and jockey Javier Castellano finished atop the standings in the inaugural Penn Gaming Racing Challenge, which concluded Nov. 29.
There will be a sense of normalcy, with no neighborhood competition from Calder Casino & Race Course, and a scent of some still-fresh paint Dec. 6 when Gulfstream Park opens its 2014-15 "Championship Meet."
Leave the Light On, owned by Klavarich Stables and William Lawrence, rode the rail at Aqueduct Racetrack to a wire-to-wire victory Nov. 29 in the $400,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Dale Romans is hoping the extra distance of the $400,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 29 will be worth the trip for Keen Ice and Thirtysevenliveson.
When Easter Gift finished a solid third to eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in last year's Clark Handicap (gr. I), trainer Chad Brown was hoping that big things could be on the horizon.
Ranked first among owners with $9.77 million in earnings this year, Ken and Sarah Ramsey can add to that total Nov. 15 when multiple grade I winner Big Blue Kitten goes to post in the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Lenny discusses the stewards' decision in the BC Classic, new seating at Churchill Downs, and follows up with Breeders' Cup star trainer Chad Brown. watch video
Lenny discusses the stewards' decision in the BC Classic, new seating at Churchill Downs, and follows up with Breeders' Cup star trainer Chad Brown.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Bobby Kitten, a speed type who never had raced shorter than one mile, went from last to first with a dramatic run to capture the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Front-running Dayatthespa, making her first start at the 1 1/4-mile distance, skipped away in the stretch to post a mild upset in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Comments from connections of 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Lady Eli, including trainer Chad Brown and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli remained undefeated in three starts with a dynamic victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Two of America's best chances to wrest the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) from the firm grip of European challengers both reside in trainer Chad Brown's barn.
Lenny Shulman takes his show to Santa Anita Park. This episode includes an interview with trainer Chad Brown as he prepares for the Breeders' Cup. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman comes to you from Santa Anita, including an interview with trainer Chad Brown as he prepares for the Breeders' Cup.
Turf test draws a talented and deep field of 2-year-old fillies from U.S. and Europe
It seems like just yesterday Stevens looked to have little or no shot to make the Breeders' Cup following knee reconstruction surgery. But if there is one thing we have learned about Stevens it is to never count him out.
After sharing the spring/summer Belmont meet title with Javier Castellano, Irad Ortiz Jr. made sure he was alone atop the fall leaderboard by winning seven races on closing weekend.
The chestnut daughter of City Zip had been overlooked at a 2-year-olds in training sale for immaturity, offset knees, and a wider than typically accepted way of walking in front. She has since soared above all expectations
Todd Pletcher appears to hold a strong hand in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 26 with the duo of Teen Pauline and Dame Dorothy, who are both riding three-racing winning streaks.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, a 10-time Breeders Cup winner, will be riding in this year's event at Santa Anita Park, exactly 14 weeks to the day after undergoing total knee replacement surgery July 25.
Let's face it, the older horse division that at one time looked like a sure thing to dominate the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has pretty much fallen apart. Could a horse like Zivo jump up and beat the 3-year-olds?
America looks to have a powerful contingent this year to turn back the Europeans in this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
French-bred Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) winner Alterite has been consigned to the Arqana December sale that takes place Dec. 6-9 in Deauville, France. She will be part of the Haras des Capucines consignment.
Native Bombshell shook off the rust after a year's absence, coming from off the pace to get up by a neck over favored Disco Barbie in the $139,006 Ontario Fashion Stakes (gr. III) Oct. 19 at Woodbine.
John Oxley's Lockout, who has faced better company in his past three outings, holds a class edge against nine rivals Oct. 19 in the six-furlong Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Landaluce Educe Stables' Rosalind and Sagamore Farm's Daring Dancer head an overflow field of 14 plus two also-eligibles for the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) slated for Oct. 17 at Keeneland.
If Lady Eli continues her progress as planned, 43-year-old Jay Hanley will come full circle back to Santa Anita on Oct. 31 when he is represented by his first Breeders' Cup starter in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I).
Grade I winners Minorette and Personal Diary top a field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered for the 31st running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 11.
Dayatthespa rated in second for about seven furlongs before taking over and pulling away to capture the $400,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) on the turf at Keeneland Oct. 4.
Conquest Tsunami, who won his career debut in the spring on the former Polytrack at Keeneland, will make his second start at the track Oct. 5 with a still unblemished record in the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. III).
Lady Eli blew past battling front-runners in the stretch and drew clear to victory in the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Tonalist and Zivo, first and second, respectively, in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), could meet up again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), their trainers said the morning of Sept. 28.
Favored Stephanie's Kitten drove clear down the stretch on the outside to register her first win of the year Sept. 27 in the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) on the grass at Belmont Park.
About one month after winning the P. G. Johnson, Partisan Politics will try for a second straight stakes win when she faces an expected 11 other 2-year-old fillies in Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 28 at Belmont.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Startup Nation, 2-for-2 with a grade II stakes win, looks for another victory in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds on the turf Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Stephanie's Kitten and Alterite have each failed to earn a trip to the winner's circle this season, but no one will be ignoring the two grade I winners Sept. 27 when they start in the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes.
Main Sequence, Imagining, and Twilight Eclipse -- the top three finishers from the last month's Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga -- will face off again Sept. 27 in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT)
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Chad Brown, and jockey Javier Castellano remained at the top of the standings of the Penn Gaming Racing Challenge after action Sept. 20 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Several horses aiming for races on Belmont Park's TVG Super Saturday card Sept. 27 put in works at various tracks Sept. 20, including Itsmyluckyday and Moreno.
French import Ball Dancing, making her United States debut, surged late from between horses to edge stablemate Xcellence in the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 13 at rainy Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.
Martin Schwartz has enjoyed great success buying European fillies and bringing them over to enjoy graded stakes success in the U.S., a move he seeks to repeat with Xcellence, who makes her third U.S. start in the Sands Point
Grade III stakes winner Waterway Run will make her first start in her home state when she takes on fellow Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares in the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes on the grass Sept. 6 at Parx Racing.
The New York Racing Association reported attendance spiked during the 40-day summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, which also experienced a decline in wagering.
Little Journey, looking to rebound from a last-place finish in the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT), heads the field in the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT), the Labor Day feature event at Monmouth Park Sept. 1.
New York-bred Startup Nation rolled to an impressive victory Aug. 28 in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, surviving and inquiry and claim of foul to earn his first graded stakes score.
Lane's End will consign grade I winner Dayatthespa to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale. New York-bred won 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT).
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