Keyword: Michael Matz

  • Ready Set (right) holds off Web Gem to win the West Virginia Derby.

    Ready Set Goes in West Virginia Derby

    The connections of Ready Set were rewarded for their patience Aug. 2 when the colt earned his first career stakes victory in a big way -- the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

  • Michael Matz sends Lael Stables' Ready Set in the Barbaro Stakes.

    Is Ready Set Ready For Barbaro Stakes?

    Michael Matz is expecting a big improvement from Ready Set in his next tilt, the $300,000 Barbaro Stakes (gr. III) July 13 at Delaware Park. Six 3-year-olds have been entered in the 1 1/16-mile event on the main track.

  • Mauralakana seeks her fourth stakes victory of the season in the New York Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4621974%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Red-Hot Mauralakana Eyes New York 'Cap

    Robert Scarborough's Mauralakana looks to increase her value as a future broodmare even more when she seeks her fourth stakes victory of the season June 21 in the $250,000 New York Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.

  • Chelokee<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1229952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Chelokee On the Improve

    Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard at Churchill Downs, continues to be on the improve at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.

  • Chelokee <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1229952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

    Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.

  • Nicanor just prior to leaving Florida for Fair Hill, Maryland.

    Inside Track: Great Expectations

    On the morning of April 30, as the eyes of the nation turned to Churchill Downs for the upcoming running of the 134th Kentucky Derby, a Brook Ledge horse van arrived at Stephens Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla.

  • Visionaire is accompanied from the racetrack by trainer Michael Matz aboard his pony Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

    Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

    Things are relatively quiet at the barn of trainer Michael Matz and void of the media buzz that surrounded other such barns as Richard Dutrow and Eoin Harty leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Chelokee, who won the Northern Dancer at Churchill Downs on June 16, 2008, takes on 6 in the Alysheba Stakes May 2.

    Chelokee Continues Comeback in Alysheba

    Centennial Farms' Chelokee, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, makes his return to graded stakes action May 2 when he faces six older horses in the $150,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the dirt at Churchill Downs.

  • Visionaire working at Churchill Downs April 28.

    Visionaire Breezes As Expected

    Michael Matz didn't expect Visionaire to sizzle in his final work before the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), so the trainer was satisfied when the colt breezed a half-mile in :48.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

  • 'First Saturday in May' Carried Over

    Documentary filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan announced their film "The First Saturday in May," which made its debut April 18 in approximately 20 cities around the country, has been carried over for at least one more week in six Truly Indie theaters. The film will also make its debut at several other theaters starting April 24.

  • Video: Blue Grass Stakes Preview Dinner

    The Blue Grass Stakes News Minute plus interviews from the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) dinner held on April 10, 2008. Includes interviews with Michael Matz, trainer of Visionaire, Edgar Prado, jockey for Monba, Robert LaPenta, owner of Cool Coal Man and Stevil and more.

  • J'Ray was second in last year's Suwannee and is the lone contender that enters off a stakes win.

    Parity Abounds in Suwannee River H.

    Todd Pletcher and Michael Matz will each saddle a pair of starters Feb. 3 in what looks to be an intriguing matchup of 12 fillies and mares for the $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • Barbaro's compelling story will be presented on HBO on June 6.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D399099%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    HBO's Barbaro Documentary Debuts June 6

    HBO's "Barbaro," a documentary exploring the triumph and tragedy of the winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will premiere June 6.

  • Street Sounds Spurts Clear in Hilltop Stakes

    Hidden Creek Farm's Street Sounds left the starting gate as the 1-5 favorite, quickly spurted to the lead from her outside post, and raced on cruise the rest of the way to score an easy victory in the $60,000 Hilltop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies contested over firm turf Saturday at Pimlico.

  • Emotions Run High at Trainers' Dinner

    The annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner in Louisville brought out a mixture of memories, tears, and honors. The post-dinner interviews with trainers of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls brought some insights into the running of Derby 133 on Saturday.

  • Sunday would have marked Barbaro's fourth birthday.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6822%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Barbaro Photo Gallery</a>

    Happy Birthday, Barbaro! Fans Pay Tribute

    Fans traveled from around the world to pay tribute and honor Barbaro at Delaware Park on Sunday on what would have been the Kentucky Derby winner's fourth birthday.

  • Chelokee will skip Derby; Preakness possible.

    No Derby Repeat for Matz; Chelokee to Return to Maryland

    Trainer Michael Matz was enthused with a strong gallop by Centennial Farm's Chelokee on Friday at Keeneland, but said a bid for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) had been ruled out for the third-place finisher in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • NBC's Barbaro Documentary Premieres Sunday

    NBC's one-hour documentary, "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse," will premiere Sunday, April 29, on what would have been the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner's fourth birthday.

  • Sean Clancy

    Final Chapter

    <i>By Sean Clancy</i> - In early January, I found myself at my kitchen table, trying to figure out an end to the book I was writing on Barbaro and Matz. I couldn't shake Matz' voice from my head, "How do you know that's the end? Maybe there's a lot more to the story..."

  • Barbaro&#39;s owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson (pictured) and New Bolton Center honored with special award.

    Special Eclipse Award to Jacksons/New Bolton

    The Special Eclipse Award, which honors outstanding individual achievements or contributions to Thoroughbred racing, isn't given out every year. Not surprisingly, the award for 2006 has been bestowed upon Roy and Gretchen Jackson and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at New Bolton Center.

  • Barbaro Stakes to Debut at Pimlico in May 2007

    The Maryland Jockey Club has changed the name of the Sir Barton Stakes to the Barbaro Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds is one of eight added money races on the Preakness (gr. I) undercard.

  • Matz Back in Churchill Winner's Circle

    Sangrita, running for the Kentucky Derby-winning team of trainer Michael Matz and jockey Edgar Prado, grabbed the lead approaching the top of the stretch and powered to a two-length victory over Joint Effort in the $170,250 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Thursday.

  • National Turf Writers to Honor 'Team Barbaro'

    The individuals associated with undefeated Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro, veterinary surgeon Dr. Dean W. Richardson and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, and veteran racing journalist Steven Crist will be honored later this year with awards presented by the National Turf Writers Association.

  • Dr. Richardson Upbeat About Barbaro's Program

    Though the public has commended Dr. Dean Richardson's dedication to Barbaro's recovery from his catastrophic Preakness (gr. I) injuries and recently developed laminitis, the Landenberg, Pa. veterinarian insists he is only one of many to help the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning colt throughout each day.

  • Everyone was all smiles after successful surgery.

    After Successful Surgery, Barbaro's Chances Remain 'Coin Toss'

    Veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and trainer Michael Matz flashed smiles during a press briefing that followed afternoon-long surgery Sunday to repair the right hind ankle of classic winner Barbaro that was severely injured one day earlier in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico. Barbaro was standing and eating in a recovery stall following the surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

  • Can Barbaro duplicate his Derby win in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes?

    Steve Haskin's Derby Analysis: The Crown Awaits

    Back in January, before Barbaro had ever run on the dirt, Michael Matz was asked if he knew where the name Barbaro came from. He called to assistant trainer Peter Brette: "Hey, Peter, what does the name Barbaro mean?" Brette didn't hesitate with his answer: "Kentucky Derby winner."

  • Derby-winning trainer Michael Matz makes his way to the winner&#39;s circle.

    Matz Savors Win as Others Plan Ahead

    As trainer Michael Matz savored Saturday's impressive victory by Lael Stables' Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainers of the horses that finished behind the son of Dynaformer reflected Sunday morning on what went wrong and what lies ahead.

  • Barbaro becomes sixth unbeaten Derby winner.

    Undefeated Barbaro Conquers All in Derby

    No horse had won the Kentucky Derby with a five-week or longer layoff since Needles 50 years ago. But Barbaro showed how special he is by remaining undefeated and winning the 132nd running of the race by a wide margin.

  • Michael Matz

    Amazing Actions

    <i>By Melissa Radcliffe</i> - When I was 12 years old, something extraordinary happened to me, something that helped shape the person I have become. I met Michael Matz.

  • Lawyer Ron trainer Bob Holthus

    For Derby Trainers, Wait Is Almost Over

    Three first-time Kentucky Derby trainers joined veteran conditioner Bob Holthus on a national teleconference April 25 to discuss final preparations for their horses heading into the Derby.

  • Barbaro made reservations for May 6 with impressive Florida win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Five Weeks or Bust

    Fresh is best. Those are the words Barbaro's trainer Michael Matz is living by. Whether he's right or wrong, you have to admire him for going against history and public opinion and sticking to his guns, much like another former equestrian rider, Tim Ritchey, did last with his unorthodox training of Afleet Alex.

  • Aunt Henny (1) and Javier Castellano finish just ahead of Diamond Spirit (3) to win the Herecomesthebride Stakes, Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

    Handy Aunt Henny Wins Herecomesthebride

    J'ray, expected to be the prohibitive favorite in the $100,000 Herecomesthebride (gr. IIIT), was scratched instead and Aunt Henny took full advantage, overcoming some early rankness to win the 3-year-old filly stakes Sunday on the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • Barbaro, winning the Holy Bull, is working toward a start in the Florida Derby.

    Barbaro Working Toward Florida Derby

    Lael Stable's undefeated 3-year-old Barbaro, the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) winner who bypassed Saturday's Fountain of Youth (gr. II) in favor of a next start in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 1, was in action Saturday morning at Palm Meadows, working five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.

  • Barbaro and jockey Edgar Prado win the Holy Bull Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Barbaro Breathes Fire in Winning Holy Bull

    The undefeated Barbaro showed himself to be one of the most exciting prospects for this year's Triple Crown series Saturday when he handled a sloppy strip to win the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in his first main track attempt at Gulfstream Park.

  • &lt;a href =&quot;http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P14-1015&quot; target=&quot;blank&quot;&gt;Champagne winner First Samurai makes his 2006 debut in the Hutcheson Stakes.&lt;/a&gt;

    First Samurai, Barbaro Make Seasonal Debuts Saturday

    The first 2006 appearance of leading 3-year-old Florida Derby (gr. I) threat First Samurai in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) and seasonal debut of the promising 3-year-old Barbaro in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) are among the highlights on a stakes-filled card at Gulfstream Park Saturday..