It wasn't long after West Coast's 2 3/4-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile Los Alamitos Derby that the word "Travers" came out of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's mouth.
California's last graded stakes on dirt restricted to 3-year-olds is a test of sorts for at least two entrants.
Racing has been Jason Servis' livelihood as long as he can remember and while the start of his training career wasn't exactly planned, he has thrived as a conditioner, sending out at least one graded stakes winner for the past four seasons.
Lael Stables' homebred No Dozing, who has four graded stakes starts under his belt, holds the class edge in Keeneland's Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) April 15. The 1 1/16-mile race for sophomores is worth $200,000.
It took six Thoroughbred stakes for a favorite to come in at Zia Park and she provided the most impressive performance of the day in the final race.
A Bernardini colt from the family of top handicap horse Frosted was purchased by Ben Glass on behalf of Gary and Mary West for $600,000 to top the Sept. 19 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in which numbers dipped slightly.
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.
Gary and Mary West's Family Tree turned the tables on Ready to Confess and earned her first stakes win June 30 in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.
Bob Baffert wouldn't indicate whether Malibu Sunset was on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail after his easy 1 1/2-length allowance/optional claiming win Feb. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
The Keeneland September yearling sale closed out its two Book 2 sessions Saturday night in Lexington with a $485,000 Mineshaft colt session-topper and across-the-board gains as compared with last year's Book 2 portion.
A bay colt by Flatter out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Caressing was purchased by agent Ben Glass for $425,000 Sept. 19 during the fifth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
With a week remaining until the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, the field continues to take shape as Top Clearance joins the list horses likely to take on American Pharoah.
Power Broker, a grade I-winning son of Pulpit, sired his first two reported foals Feb. 5 for owners Gary and Mary West, Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced.
Jay Adcock's Red River Farms in Coushatta, La., has added three new stallions in 2015 in Guilt Trip, Cameo Appearance, and Sum of the Parts.
Daily purses were up 9.2% for Churchill Downs' weather-shortened fall meet, which concluded Nov. 30.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington has released its stallion roster and fees for 2015, headed by Stormy Atlantic and Midnight Lute at $25,000 live foal stands and nurses.
The Keeneland September yearling sale ended Sept. 21 with slight declines in gross and average but equaled last year's $50,000 record for median in a market roughly level with that of 2013.
Flashback, a grade II-winning son of leading sire Tapit, has been retired and will stand in 2015 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey took home honors as national owner of the year and national breeder of the year for 2013 during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner in Lexington the evening of Sept. 5.
Achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 22 states and Canada will be honored at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual National Awards Dinner.
Kentucky shipper Room Service, the only grade I winner in the field, overpowered the leaders in the drive for the wire to tally impressively in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) May 31 on the Santa Anita turf.
Room Service appreciated some extra ground as she rallied from last to first to deny favored Candy Kitty in the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 2 on the Gulfstream Park turf.
Prominent Thoroughbred owners Gary and Mary West have agreed to offer up to $2.5 million in breeders' bonuses for their grade I-winning stallions New Year's Day and Power Broker.
New Year's Day, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will stand the 2014 breeding season for a fee of $12,500 live foal stands and nurses, Hill 'n' Dale Farm announced Jan. 1.
- By Ron Mitchell
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, West Region, Kentucky
New Year's Day, who upset favored Havana in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired after sustaining an injury and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington.
Pulpit's grade I-winning son Power Broker has been retired from racing and will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, for a 2014 fee of $10,000 live foal.
Gary and Mary West's New Year's Day rallied up the rail to get past favorite Havana and win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. The winner is trained by Bob Baffert.
Gary and Mary West's Poker Player has a shot at the big money Nov. 1 at Santa Anita in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT).
Gary and Mary West's Poker Player unleashed a huge move in mid-stretch to collar the leaders for an impressive victory in the off-the-turf Bourbon Stakes at a water-sogged Keeneland Race Course Oct. 6.
Gary and Mary West's Power Broker found clearance at a key point early in the race and continued on under pressure to win the $514,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Indiana Downs Oct. 5.
Corporate Jungle, who was pulled up during the Wickerr Stakes, sustained a fractured sesamoid of the right fetlock, according to trainer Tom Proctor, who said the prognosis that the horse can be saved is "good/guarded."
Currently campaigning a pair of graded stakes winners by the late sire Pulpit, Gary and Mary West landed a yearling from his second-last crop Monday, July 15 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.
Book Review made a three-wide bid in the final strides of the A Gleam (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park to prevail by a decisive 2 1/2 lengths over Teddy's Promise.
Code West and Uncaptured treated fans at Churchill Downs to a thrilling stretch drive in the $113,100 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) on the night of June 15, with the Bob Baffert-trained son of Lemon Drop Kid winning by a head.
Gary and Mary West's Power Broker secured an early lead in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes and then drew off in the Belmont Park stretch to register his first stakes win since taking last year's FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I).
In search of his fifth Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory, trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent out Oxbow for a five-furlong breeze Monday, April 22, at Churchill Downs.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up has small chip in his right knee and will be sent to Rood and Riddle April 10 to have the chip removed, trainer Bob Baffert said April 7.
Power Broker, one of three likely starters for trainer Bob Baffert in the April 6 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked four furlongs in company the morning of March 31 in :47 2/5.
Both colts will be among the favorites for the Santa Anita and Florida Derbys.
Just days before the Breeders' Cup board of directors conducted a vote on Salix use at its world championships, prominent owners Gary and Mary West threatened litigation against the organization.
Champion Shanghai Bobby and fellow top Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders Orb and Verrazano lead the 189 nominees to this year's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Flashback moved a step closer to his much-anticipated showdown with Goldencents in the upcoming San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) with a five-furlong workout March 3 in a bullet 59 seconds flat under regular rider Julien Leparoux.
Gainesway Farm's Tapit has three graded stakes winners in the span of about two hours Feb. 2. His winners, all 3-year-olds, came at Tampa Bay Downs, Santa Anita, and Gulfstream.
Trainer Bob Baffert and owners Gary and Mary West had nothing to apologize for after favored Guilt Trip gave them their second grade II win of the afternoon in the $200,000 Strub Stakes Feb. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert viewed the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) as a scrimmage for untested Flashback, and the talented son of Tapit proved he was ready for tougher with an easy tally at Santa Anita Park Feb. 2.
Rockamundo, who won the 1993 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at 108-1 for owners Gary and Mary West, died Jan. 18 at age 23 because of complications from colic.
The third day of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale saw a Medaglia d'Oro yearling colt make headlines while steady interest in both yearlings and broodmares helped the median nearly double compared with last year.
Gary and Mary West's Power Broker made short work of the field in the $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29, drawing away to win easily over Know More and Capo Bastone.
Favored Book Review, invading from New York for trainer Chad Brown, took down the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks with a big sweeping move from the back of the pack on the night of Sept. 22 at Charles Town.
Casino Host, with a well-timed ride by John Velazquez, closed with determination on the outside to post a half-length win in the $400,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds April 1.
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