Irap proved his Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) win was no fluke when he caught fellow graded stakes winner Girvin on the line to edge out a victory in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown June 24.
In case the memo was missed the first time around, let it be known that Hawksmoor (IRE) alone on the lead is not a scenario that ends well for others.
Start to finish, Bird Song led the field in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes presented by Big Fish Casino (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap breezed one mile at Keeneland April 28 in 1:44 1/5 under Julien Leparoux.
Irap, who broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, put in his first move since that shocker, working a mile in 1:44 at Keeneland Friday morning.
State of Honor and Salty both put in five-furlong moves for trainer Mark Casse April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5.
Reddam Racing's Irap moved to the lead turning for home and held off a late challenge from grade 1 winner Practical Joke to upset the 93rd edition of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
After just missing by a head his first graded stakes attempt last time out, Sadler's Joy had another close call April 1 at Gulfstream Park in the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (G2T), but this time he finished on top.
Following a strong five-furlong work March 28 at Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla., the connections of Classic Empire set the Arksansas Derby (G1) as the next target for last year's champion juvenile male.
Terry Hamilton's Canadian champion Heart to Heart broke sharply and never looked back in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park March 4, taking the race in front-running fashion for a second year in a row.
Marylou Whitney's Bird Song took the lead after a half-mile and kept Realm and Tale of S'avall at bay in the stretch to earn his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna took the necessary first step into her 3-year-old season with a confident score Jan. 27 in a conditional allowance race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy, and Scott Stevens are the five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita Park announced Dec. 7.
WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber's Tourist turned the tables on several horses and did it on the biggest stage Nov. 5 in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
The 5-year-old son of Birdstone set a track record Oct. 29 at Keeneland, winning the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) by 5 3/4 lengths and running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.75.
Eight months after breaking her maiden first time out, Up Hill Stable's and Head of Plains Partners' Lightstream earned her second graded stakes victory when she captured the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths over Malibu Stacy.
In her first serious move since having her eight-race win streak snapped in the Oct. 8 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland, Tepin signaled she was "back to her normal self" when she turned in a solid four-furlong work in :48 2/5.
John Oxley's Classic Empire was on his best behavior Oct. 8 at Keeneland, and the additional work his connections have done paid off with a victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I).
Co-owner William S. Farish of Lane's End enjoyed a particularly memorable win Oct. 8 at Keeneland when Irish Jasper rallied up the rail to deny Stonetastic victory in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II).
Tepin aims to become the first horse to win the First Lady (gr. IT) in consecutive seasons. Her connections hope the race sets her up for a Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) repeat Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
In her first start back from a victory at Royal Ascot in June, Tepin held off all challengers for about a half-length score in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
The 4-year-old Broken Vow filly moved to Chad Brown this spring, made her first start Saturday for Lael Stables, and won her first race since taking the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT) back in October of 2014, 12 starts back.
Robert Masterson's Tepin headlines a probable field of nine for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
Songbird, as if she wanted to toy with onlookers and viewers across the nation to build the drama, took Carina Mia's best shot during the final turn in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), but was still able to win in her signature fashion.
Mark Casse worked several of his stars July 22 at Saratoga Race Course, as Tepin and World Approval worked on the turf course, and Noble Bird went a sharp half-mile on the main track.
Mary and Gary West’s Family Tree picked up her second consecutive graded stakes victory July 16 with a handy score in the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Julien Leparoux, completed an impressive 2-year-old stakes double July 2 at Churchill Downs.
Tepin defeated some of Europe's top milers at their own game June 14 at Royal Ascot when she scored a half-length victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I).
Robert Masterson's Tepin will face 13 opponents from four different countries as Royal Ascot 2016 gets underway with a truly international renewal of the £600,000 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) June 14.
The 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly earned her first grade I score, at Belmont Park in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11, a one-turn mile that followed her six-length victory in the seven-furlong Eight Belles (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
The 5-year-old Bernstein mare clicked off the solid fractions that have become her trademark—splits of :12 2/5 and :24 1/5 under regular rider Julien Leparoux en route to a four-furlong time of :48 2/5 and a five-furlong gallop out in 1:01 1/5.
Not one but two 4-year-old fillies secured their first stakes wins when Diva Express and I'm a Looker earned the dead-heat victory in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) May 28 at Churchill Downs.
John Oxley's Noble Bird rebounded from a disappointing effort at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier with a dominant victory in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course.
Champion Tepin came out to play May 7 at her home base of Churchill Downs, and trounced a field of rivals to repeat in the $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT).
Carina Mia, the 3-5 favorite, ran to her backing while drawing clear in the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies May 6 at Churchill Downs.
"On the biggest day of the year in horse racing, we’re proud to showcase the best horse we’ve ever trained,” Norm Casse said of May 7 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) contender Tepin.
German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.
W. S. Farish's homebred Eagle broke through for his first graded stakes win April 16 and kept an unbeaten record at Keeneland intact in the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
Champion Tepin returns to the site of her greatest victory April 16, when she headlines a field of 10 fillies and mares in the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
Champion Tepin and grade I winner Catch a Glimpse got a final chance to stretch their legs in sunny Florida for trainer Mark Casse April 1, before shipping to Kentucky where Keeneland engagements await.
Amerman Racing's Baciami Piccola made the best of her first U.S. start March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs, where she closed widest of all in the stretch to win the $155,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT).
Champion Tepin set a stakes record and a course record March 12 in the $200,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIT) at Tampa Bay Downs, running the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.26 when catching leader Isabella Sings
Trainer Chad Brown finished as well as he could March 5 in the $150,000 The Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
Though early indications are John Oxley's Airoforce came out of his 10th-place finish in the Risen Star (gr. II) in good health, trainer Mark Casse said the Colonel John colt is likely off the Triple Crown trail.
After beating the boys last time out in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the 5-year-old Bernstein mare handled her own division with exactly the kind of dominance trainer Mark Casse was seeking in her season debut.
Tepin secured her Eclipse Award honors with a slam-dunk performance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), beating the boys by 2 1⁄2 lengths in a race which has now had a female winner upon nine occasions.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart began 2016 the way his 2015 season ended -- with a victory in a graded stakes, this time the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIT) for 4-year-olds and up Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Solemn Tribute delivered a rousing performance in the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby on Dec. 19 at Gulfstream Park.
The online fashion auction "Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" continues with a second Derby chapeau going on the virtual auction block to raise money for Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
Airoforce splashed over the sloppy, sealed track at Churchill Downs Nov. 28 with nary an issue, closing gamely to grind out a victory when making his dirt debut in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
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