Just as he did when winning the Count Fleet Stakes a month earlier, Alpha easily defeated an overmatched field to take the $200,000 Withers (gr. III) by 3 1/4 lengths Feb. 4 at Aqueduct.
Alpha is the heavy favorite for the $200,000 Withers (gr. III), which replaces the Whirlaway Stakes as the first of three New York preps leading up to the Triple Crown. The Feb. 4 race is now at two turns on the inner track.
Repole Stable's 3-year-old How Do I Win, pointing to the $200,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Feb. 4, breezed a half-mile in :49 flat over Belmont Park's training track.
Tested at top of the stretch by 4-5 favorite I Want Revenge, the front-running Redding Colliery battled back along the inside to register a two-length victory in the $73,500 Evening Attire Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Godolphin Racing's highly-regarded Alpha rebounded from a disappointing effort in the Breeders' Cup by comfortably winning the $150,000 Count Fleet Stakes Jan. 7 at Aqueduct in his 3-year-old debut.
Grade II winner Trappe Shot has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2012 at Claiborne Farm, according to farm representative Bernie Sams.
In trainer Kiaran McLauglin's mind, Trappe Shot is a star. But Mill House's 4-year-old son of Tapit hasn't won a grade I race. He'll try to achieve that goal in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Godolphin Racing's Alpha may be 15-1 on the morning line for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but his connections believe he can outrun those odds if he moves forward from his last start in the Champagne Stakes.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin worked the final four of his Breeders' Cup contenders Oct. 29 over Belmont Park's training track.
Prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Trappe Shot continued preparations for the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) with a breeze Sept. 17, working in company with stablemate Rattlesnake Bridge. The tandem was clocked in :49.90 for the four-furlong distance.
It's Tricky turned in her first work following her victory in the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), breezing four furlongs in :49 1/5 Aug. 6 at Saratoga.
Godolphin Racing's It's Tricky recorded her second straight grade I victory when she outdueled Plum Pretty and defeated an all-star cast in the $250,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks July 23 at Saratoga.
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat has been given some time off and will possibly return to racing in the fall, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin July 1.
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Son of Tapit wins the True North Handicap by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:08.86; gives trainer Kiaran McLaughlin his second stakes score in a row on Belmont Stakes undercard.
Darley Stable's It's Tricky turned back a stern challenge from 3-5 favorite Turbulent Descent to win the TVG Acorn Stakes (gr. I) by 3 3/4 lengths over a muddy track June 11 at Belmont Park.
An anticipated $20-30 million purse boost due to VLTs key to mood around New York as Belmont Stakes day approaches.
Trappe Shot and Calibrachoa put their winning streaks on the line when they square off in the $250,000 True North Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park.
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat turned in his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) breeze Friday, April 29 at Palm Meadows under the watchful eye of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Darley Stable's 3-year-old colt Fort Hughes broke down Sunday morning, March 13, during a breeze on the Belmont Park training track and had to be euthanized.
The Florida Derby (gr. I) would be next for Soldat following the colt's dominating two-length win in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, his trainer said Feb. 27.
Soldat ran away from To Honor and Serve and held off Gourmet Dinner to win the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he might scratch Crossbow from the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream in favor of next week's Gotham (gr. III).
Yankee Fourtune remained undefeated in five starts on turf, inching away in upper stretch and holding off a pair of rivals in the late going to win the $121,900 Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT) by a length Nov. 13.
Eye of Taurus picked up her second consecutive stakes victory by virtue of her easy triumph in the $100,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 16 at Belmont Park.
What Yankee Fourtune did in the Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 9 is what he does best, and that is to set the pace.
Careless Jewel, arguably the second-best 3-year-old filly of 2009 behind Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, has been retired from racing and will be offered for sale Nov. 7 at Fasig-Tipton in November.
A determined Etched held off the closing charge of odds-on favorite Musket Man to win the Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 9.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin looks to have a strong hand in the Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Oct. 9, as he sends out a pair of graded stakes winners to head a field of 11 3-year-olds.
The favorite, he holds off Giant Oak by three-quarters of a length.
Making his turf debut, maiden Soldat seized the lead at the head of the stretch and scored a convincing three-length win in the $100,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Sept. 3.
Mill House's Trappe Shot, second to Lookin At Lucky in the IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I), will make his next start at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 28, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Aug. 4.
Fantasy Lane Stable's Uptowncharlybrown was scratched from the $1 million IZOD Haskell Invitational on morning of the Aug. 1 race after the colt spiked a fever just before getting on a van at Belmont Park.
Trappe Shot and Uptowncharlybrown worked in New York the morning of July 26 in preparation for the $1 million IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 1.
Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky appears to be on schedule for the Aug. 1 IZOD Haskell Invitational.
After scoring an impressive victory in the $175,000 Long Branch Stakes July 10 at Monmouth Park, Mill House's Trappe Shot may have earned himself a spot in the Aug. 1 Izod Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
After setting a Maryland record in the sale ring, the Tapit colt could develop into a major force in this year's 3-year-old division.
Harvey Clarke and Ron Winchell's Krypton took over from 3-5 favorite Nordic Truce rounding the turn and held off his rival to win the $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a neck June 4 at Belmont Park.
For a trainer to find success in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I) it might be good if their horse is familiar with 'Big Sandy.'
Redding Colliery disposed of pacesetter Euroears leaving the final turn and left his seven rivals far behind in capturing the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) for his first graded stakes victory May 31.
First Dude tuned up for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) May 29 with a solid five-furlong work under exercise rider Tammy Fox. Uptowncharlybrown also worked for Kiaran McLaughlin.
Kiaran McLaughlin will saddle Uptowncharlybrown for the first time in the June 5 Belmont Stakes.
Alex Rankin's Tar Heel Mom, the Distaff Handicap (gr. II) winner last month at Aqueduct, will tote top weight of 119 pounds as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) May 29 at Belmont.
Taqarub, a son of Aldebaran, goes wire to wire in the six-furlong Maryland Sprint Handicap at Pimlico on the Preakness Day undercard.
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Attorneys arguing about drug testing policies and procedures may differ in their opinions about the applications of such high-profile systems, but they agree that the landscape in which they work has changed.
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The sensitivity of equine drug testing is a big plus for the racing industry, but it also has created confusion. How are the public and media supposed to understand when some industry participants can't make sense of it?
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Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will serve three concurrent 30-day suspensions handed down by the Kentucky Racing Commission for three individual medication violations, the New York-based horseman confirmed Dec. 1.
Eye of Taurus, a 13-1 shot, stole the second leg of the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT), giving trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey John Velazquez a sweep of both divisions of the Oct. 23 feature for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland.
Darley Stable's homebred Etched held off a late rush by Kiss the Kid to win the $300,000 Meadowlands Cup (gr. II) Oct. 16 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
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