As the owner of the speedy 3-year-old Social Inclusion, Ronald Sanchez chose the $500,000 Woody Stephens (gr. II) June 7 instead of taking another shot at Triple Crown aspirant California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes.
Lightly raced unbeaten colt Constitution will make his stakes debut in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29.
A son of Giant's Causeway who breezed a furlong in :09 4/5 topped the Barretts March 2-year-old sale at $1,150,000. He and three others sold for more than $500,000 to push up the average by 23.9% to $177,750 for the sale
Making his initial start for trainer Nick Zito, Spot collared weakening No Nay Never in the drive and bounded away to a 2 1/2-length win in the $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 1 at Gulfstream Park.
Foxwoods Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Havana, 9-5 program favorite for the $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park March 1, was scratched the morning of the race due to a quarter crack in his right front foot,
TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita read blog
Two of the more accomplished juveniles of 2013 will make their 3-year-old season debuts March 1 when Havana and No Nay Never meet in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 1 at Gulfstream Park.
Vinceremos and Harpoon, the 1-2 finishers in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III), are among 18 Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-olds nominated for the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs
Grade I winner Havana returned to the work tab for the first time since his runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with a three-furlong breeze at Palm Meadows Feb. 1.
Led by a record 42 nominees from Todd Pletcher's barn, 413 3-year-olds were nominated to the 2014 Triple Crown series during the early nomination period, which closed Jan. 25.
The catalog for the 25th annual Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training, featuring 141 juveniles March 3, is now online and will be mailed soon.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Havana is likely to make his 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park March 1, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
Best known as the breeder of I'll Have Another, Harvey Clarke has continued his streak in 2013 with a number of brilliant juveniles now aiming for the next classics.
Todd Pletcher's deep bench of top quality runners sometimes make it difficult to gauge his accomplishments when compared to those of other trainers. But in 2013, he was in a league of his own.
The three finalists for champion 2-year-old male of 2013 each made three starts, and each has a grade I victory. The situation didn't make it easy for Eclipse Award voters. Or did it?
With a Derby Dozen teaser, Steve Haskin talks about Fappiano and his son Unbridled. read blog
Besides giving thanks, eating turkey, and shopping this weekend, Churchill Downs hopes race fans find some time to think about next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Getting back into the swing of things with some photos from Breeders' Cup weekend. read blog
There weren't any audible groans when post positions were drawn for the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), but with a field of 13--one short of the maximum permitted--the run to the first turn could prove critical.
Reddam Racing's Bond Holder, trained by Doug O'Neill, has a strong foundation with five previous races, including a victory in the grade I FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park in his last start Sept. 29.
Champagne Stakes winner Havana, undefeated in his first two starts for Michael Tabor, John Magnier, and Derrick Smith, is one of six 2-year-olds in training sale graduates pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Palace Malice, Graydar, and Havana for their penultimate workouts Oct. 20 on the training track at Belmont Park prior to their scheduled Breeders' Cup starts.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Shadwell Turf Mile, Darley Alcibiades, Frizette, and Champagne Stakes. watch video
Havana extended his neck in the final strides and reached the wire just in time over a surging Honor Code to capture the $500,000 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Champagne, Shadwell Turf Mile, and Sprint Championship. read blog
Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner takes on brilliant maiden winners Honor Code and Havana in $500,000 headline event for 2-year-olds Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
- By Vic Zast
Tempo rising at Spa Course for Travers Stakes. read blog
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