Keyword: Choctaw Nation

  • Frankel Flashes 'Badge' to Begin Year

    Making the first start of his career on the grass, the pacesetting Badge of Silver sped away from his rivals in the stretch to register a mild upset for trainer Bobby Frankel in the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf at stormy Santa Anita Park Sunday.

  • Magna Graduate, 'Frolic Assigned 120 for New Orleans

    Recent grade II winners Magna Graduate and Super Frolic have each been assigned 120 pounds and are co-highweights for Saturday's $400,000-added New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), the biggest race of the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

  • Badge of Silver, winning the New Orleans Handicap in March, tries the turf for the first time in the San Gabriel Handicap.

    Big Chance for Whilly in Wide Open San Gabriel

    Triple B Farms' Whilly, who won a pair of grade II races in front-running fashion in 2005 for trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Felipe Martinez, can start the new year in the same way in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita Park grass Sunday.

  • Vienna Has Two New Faces for San Gabriel

    Darrell Vienna plans to enter Southern California newcomers Atlando and Don Incauto in Sunday's San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Choctaw Nation among those whose prospects improve with Rocky's defection from Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: Here Come the Longshots

    If it's the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, you can bet (literally) that there will be several longshot winners. With so many of the grade I races this year appearing to be wide-open, with full fields, there is no reason to think this year will be any different from past Breeders' Cups.

  • On to Breeders' Cup Classic for Rock Hard Ten

    Mercedes Stables and Madeleine Paulson Pickens' Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Rock Hard Ten came out of his latest victory in top shape, trainer Richard Mandella said, and will make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

  • Rock Hard Ten, center, runs by Roman Ruler, right, and Choctaw Nation, left, to win the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Rock Hard Ten Picks Up Where He Left Off

    Returning from a seven-month layoff, Rock Hard Ten swept past reluctant pacesetter Roman Ruler in the final furlong to win Saturday's $484,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • Rock Hard Ten hopes to take Goodwood on way to Classic.

    Rock Hard Ten on Goodwood Trail to Classic

    Pleasantly Perfect used the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) to prepare for his victory in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Tiznow took the same route in 2000. Now trainer Richard Mandella hopes the $500,000 stakes at Oak Tree Saturday can be a springboard to the $4 million Classic for handicap star Rock Hard Ten.

  • Lava Man, winning the California, is favored in the Pacific Classic.

    Lava Man Favored In Pacific Classic

    Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Lava Man and outstanding 3-year-old Surf Cat head a field of 12 assigned post positions Wednesday night for Sunday's 15th  running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • Perfect Drift Gets Reacquainted With Del Mar

    Perfect Drift, who shipped in from Kentucky on Monday, met the Del Mar track for the first time since last year by jogging and galloping with a pony over the strip Wednesday morning in preparation for Sunday's Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • Even Dozen Entered for Pacific Classic

    The $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sunday expanded to 12 prospects when outsiders Oceanus and Polish Times joined 10 others as entries closed at mid-morning Wednesday.

  • Pacific Classic contender Borrego.

    Borrego Completes Pacific Classic Preparations

    Borrego, multiple graded-stakes performer and runner-up to Lava Man in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), wound up his preparations for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic with a solid five furlong work in 1:01.40 at Santa Anita.

  • 10 Likely for Pacific Classic After Nominations

    Hollywood Gold Cup winner Lava Man heads a list of 14 nominations to Del Mar's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 21. Of those, a field of 10 seems likely for the 1 1/4-mile test.

  • Pacific Classic Trio Work; Field Taking Shape

    Preachinatthebar, Musique Toujours, and Super Frolic turned in sharp workouts Monday morning as they moved a step closer to running in Del Mar's grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic Sunday, Aug. 21.

  • Choctaw Nation wins the San Diego Handicap,Sunday at Del Mar.

    Choctaw Nation Back On Winning Path

    Coming off the worst race of his career, Robert Bone's Choctaw Nation displayed all of his old late charge to annihilate the field in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Sunday for his second straight victory in the stakes at Del Mar.

  • Lava Man wins the Californian.

    Lava Man Rumbles in Californian Surprise

    Former claiming horse Lava Man poked his head in front on the far turn and inched away for his first graded stakes win in the $250,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Mullins' Buzzards Bay, Choctaw Nation Return

    Although he will be saddling a horse in England on Saturday, trainer Jeff Mullins will hold a strong hand in a pair of graded stakes races that day at Hollywood Park: the Californian (gr. II) with Choctaw Nation and the Affirmed (gr. III) with Buzzards Bay.

  • Roses in May leads American parade in Dubai World Cup.

    Roses in May Gets World Cup Bouquet

    The 10th edition of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) may not have been the best quality race ever staged at Nad Al Sheba but, as predicted, the Dale Romans-trained Roses in May scored a fifth win in the race for America.

  • Mullins Horses Work Toward World Cup

    Jeff Mullins' Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) hope Choctaw Nation and stable companion My Cousin Matt, whose target is the Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), turned in their final serious pieces of work Monday at Nad Al Sheba in preparation for Saturday's big race card.

  • Rene Douglas rides Hasty Kris to the win in the San Carlos Handicap.

    Hasty Kris Hurries Home in San Carlos

    Seven furlongs and racing at Santa Anita always seem to bring out the best in Hasty Kris. Combined with a rail-skimming ride from Rene Douglas, it was more than enough to put the 8-year-old gelding in the winner's circle after capturing the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Choctaw Nation On War Path in San Carlos

    Robert Bone's Choctaw Nation, who has not started since suffering his only career loss in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar six months ago, has been entered in Saturday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) over seven furlongs at Santa Anita.

  • Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by jockey Jerry Bailey, draws away to win the Pacific Classic, Sunday at Del Mar.

    Pacific Classic is Pleasantly Perfect

    Pleasantly Perfect, rebounding strongly from defeat three weeks ago in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), convincingly took the centerpiece of the Del Mar meeting, the Pacific Classic (gr. I), with a scintillating turn of foot the last quarter mile.

  • Dodge Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect in final preparations for Sunday's Pacific Classic.

    Busy Del Mar Work Tab for Pacific Rivals

    Likely favorite Pleasantly Perfect led a large contingent of Pacific Classic (gr. I) contenders Monday getting in their final serious preparations for Sunday's $1 million event at 1 1/4 miles.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Remains On Top in NTRA Poll

    Pleasantly Perfect, winner of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and second in his comeback effort, the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 1, remains atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Top 10 poll released on Tuesday.

  • Choctaw Nation remains unbeaten with gritty win in the San Diego Handicap, Sunday at Del Mar.

    Choctaw Nation Ruins 'Perfect' Return

    Robert Bone's undefeated Choctaw Nation earned his reservation for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) with a powerful rally to mow down Pleasantly Perfect and capture the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Sunday.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Fresh, Ready for San Diego

    Pleasantly Perfect always fires when he's fresh and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, out of action since winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March, is training as though he'll be ready for Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) At Del Mar Sunday.

  • Choctaw Nation Buys Blue Ribbon Downs

    Backstretch LLC, a private company wholly-owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, closed a deal Monday to purchase Blue Ribbon Downs, one day before the Sallisaw, Okla. track was to be auctioned.