With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Quality Road colt impressive in stakes score
Six 2-year-old males have been entered for the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 10 at Del Mar, and every one has taken a different path to their first graded stakes try.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird both were put through workouts July 17 at Del Mar in preparation for top-level East Coast starts this summer.
Kaleem Shah successfully bid $290,000 for a son of Candy Ride at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age and immediately pointed to his 20-year-old daughter, Sophie.
After picking up a grade I placing at Churchill Downs in her previous race, the connections of Enchanting Lady hope she can nail down her first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III).
Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style took the 2015 edition of the Great Lady M. Stakes (gr. II) in commanding fashion and will look for a repeat performance April 23 in the race's renewal at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style returned from a more than eight month layoff in style, easily scoring in the $100,000 Las Flores (gr. III) March 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style, last seen racing July 11 during an impressive score in the Great Lady M Stakes (gr. II), is scheduled to make her 4-year-old debut March 20 in the Las Flores (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Two-time grade I winner Dortmund will miss the Feb. 6 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Feb. 2.
After Dortmund's third workout following his victory in the Native Diver Stakes (gr. III), trainer Bob Baffert said a run in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park is no longer an option.
After a bullet workout Dec. 28, trainer Bob Baffert still wants to see one more work before deciding whether to run Kaleem Shah's Dortmund against California Chrome in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II).
Dortmund pushed his record in Southern California to a perfect seven-for-seven Nov. 28 at Del Mar, taking the $150,000 Native Diver with ease in his first start at the seaside racetrack.
Scratched from the Clark Handicap (gr. I) because of a quarter-crack, Kaleem Shah's Dortmund will stay home for his next race, the $150,000 Native Diver (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Del Mar.
Dortmund, fourth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in his last start in May, returned to racing Oct. 24 to capture the Big Bear stakes and improve his record at Santa Anita Park to 5-for-5.
Kaleem Shah's two-time grade I winner Dortmund is scheduled to make his first start since his Triple Crown bid in the $70,000 Big Bear Stakes Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park.
Plans to retire 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern are still to be determined following the colt's third-place finish as the 6-5 favorite in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Yet to find the winner's circle so far in his 4-year-old campaign, the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 may be Bayern's last hurrah.
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm went to $2.1 million to land a Tapit colt about midway through the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16 in Lexington, the highest price paid so far at the sale.
- By Myra Lewyn
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Ken and Sarah Ramsey were named National Owner of the Year and National Breeder of the Year the evening of Sept. 11 during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association national awards dinner held at Hill 'n' Dale Farms.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in 2016.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund might have been forgotten by some in the aftermath of stablemate American Pharoah's Triple Crown run, but the massive son of Big Brown could be getting primed for a fall campaign.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund will have his training delayed for a week or two because of bruised ribs, trainer Bob Baffert said Aug. 5.
Two proven Bob Baffert-trained grade I winners will be front and center in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 25 at Del Mar.
Fantastic Style took command coming out of the turn and then drew off to an easy victory in the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, July 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association July 6 named many of those who will be honored at its National Awards Dinner Sept. 11 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
After disappointing finishes in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), graded stakes winners Miss Ella and Promise Me Silver will look to get back to their winning ways in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
If Firing Line is ready for a return in the Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 4, he may run into a familiar rival in Kaleem Shah's Dortmund.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who will have certain favorite American Pharoah in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course, will seek his fourth Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) victory one day earlier with Luminance.
Workouts of note May 4 included last year's 3-year-old champion filly Untapable and grade I winner Lea, who both worked in Kentucky.
Private Zone won the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, May 2 at the Louisville oval, holding off a stretch challenge from Nates Mineshaft. Bayern struggled in his 2015 debut.
"I believe in fate," says Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I believe that something really good is about to happen... but it's something we're just going to have to wait and see."
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will make his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard May 2.
Kaleem Shah's undefeated Dortmund got reacquainted with the Twin Spires April 27, making his first trip around Churchill Downs this year after arriving from California. Firing Line and Bolo were also on the track Monday.
After watching the fillies he's considering for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) complete workouts April 27 at Churchill Downs, trainer Bob Baffert said he was leaning toward not entering either Luminance or Maybellene.
Undefeated Dortmund strode off the horse van April 26 at Churchill Downs and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was one step closer, one less thing to worry about, as the days count down to the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
This year Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner International Star and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Dortmund will try to add their sires to the list of Derby winners who have sired Derby winners.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park.
After a six-furlong workout in 1:10 4/5 at Santa Anita Park April 25, trainer Bob Baffert is mulling over Bayern's options for Kentucky Derby Week.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund breezed five furlongs in a bullet :58 4/5 April 18 at Santa Anita Park in his second-to-last timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, part of a three-prong attack on the Kentucky Derby by trainer Bob Baffert, came out of Oaklawn race fine and wasted no time getting to Churchill Downs.
Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style, riding a two-race win streak at Santa Anita Park, heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered for the $250,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (gr. II) at Keeneland.
The morning after Dortmund's impressive victory in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), the colt's connections were more than pleased with where they sit in the Triple Crown picture.
There might as well have been a stop sign on the hindquarters of Kaleem Shah's Dortmund April 4, because no colt was going to pass the massive son of Big Brown in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Of the 116 other horses nominated for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, only five have been entered to take on undefeated Dortmund in the West Coast's final Triple Crown prep.
Bob Baffert, trainer of leading Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) candidates American Pharoah and Dortmund, had the right answer when asked him which colt is better.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund recorded his first workout since winning the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) the morning of March 21 at Santa Anita Park.
Dortmund preserved his undefeated record March 7, cruising gate-to-wire in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. The son of Big Brown has won five in a row and looms on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Last time out, the son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown ran to a brilliant victory in the Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), fighting back on the inside after being passed by Firing Line to eke out the score.
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed March 1 that imposing colt Dortmund will start in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park March 7.
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