Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially.
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.
Cupid, who finished 10th in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), won't compete in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), which means Mo Tom has secured a spot in the field for the May 7 first leg of the Triple Crown
The Jacks or Better Farm homebred worked four furlongs in :48 4/5 at Churchill Downs. It was his first work since being moved to the barn of Mark Casse.
Trainer Mark Casse has confirmed that he has picked 14 horses from Fred Brei's Jacks or Better Farm. The horses were previously trained by Stanley Gold.
Nyquist pushed his perfect record to seven-for-seven with a clear victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park, while his previously undefeated rival Mohaymen finished fourth.
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Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated 3-year-old Mohaymen breezed a half-mile March 11 at Palm Meadows in preparation for his next start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen dominated the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27, his fifth straight victory for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
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With Kentucky Derby (gr. I) qualifying points on a 50-20-10-5 scale available to the top four finishers, Mohaymen could rocket to the top of the standings with a victory in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen made easy work of five rivals to draw clear in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30, pushing his perfect record to 4-for-4.
Regarded as the top 3-year-old prospect on the East Coast, Mohaymen is the third major contender to open his sophomore season in the Holy Bull for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Cairo Prince and Frosted also ran here.
Colts Neck Stables' Awesome Speed, a back-to-back winner at Laurel Park, will stretch out to one mile for the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes and $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) are the South Florida track's first major 3-year-old races on the 2016 calendar.
H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice's East Hall is scheduled to seek a repeat victory in the Millions Classic Preview, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a field of seven.
The Oct. 3 Florida Sire Stakes finale at Gulfstream Park will feature three juveniles seeking their second win in the series.
Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold are well-positioned to improve on their record 16 wins in the Florida Sires Stakes Series in the Affirmed and Susan's Girl divisions at Gulfstream Park Sept. 5.
Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold, who have teamed for a record 16 victories in the Florida Sire Stakes series, are in a good position to improve on that tally at Gulfstream Park Aug. 8.
Viva Pataca became the highest money earner in the history of Hong Kong racing when he scored a stunning win in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin April 25.
Good Ba Ba made history at Sha Tin on Dec. 13 when capturing a dramatic win in the HK$16 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) for an unprecedented third time in a row.
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