Keyword: Neil Drysdale

  • Red Fort in Bullet Move for Whittingham 'Cap

    Red Fort worked seven furlongs on turf in a bullet 1:27 4/5 Sunday in his final drill for the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/4 miles on the Hollywood Park turf on Saturday.

  • Drysdale Aims Fresh Pair at Murray Handicap

    Trainer Neil Drysdale, fresh off a one-two finish with King of Happiness and Red Fort in the Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday, may seek another stakes sweep on turf in the $350,000 Jim Murray Handicap (gr. IIIT) on May14.

  • 'King' Tops All-Drysdale Exacta in Inglewood

    Trainer Neil Drysdale was the coolest character at Hollywood Park as his turf horses King of Happiness and Red Fort battled to a desperate finish in the $107,200 Inglewood Handicap (gr. III) Saturday. King of Happiness won the head bob by a nose.

  • Girl Warrior holds on to best A.P Adventure in Sunday's El Encino.

    Girl Warrior Scratches Out El Encino Victory

    Girl Warrior battled along the inside to narrowly hold off the odds-on choice A.P. Adventure by a head in her stakes debut for trainer Neil Drysdale, winning the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies Sunday at Santa Anita Park.

  • Fusaichi Samurai Out of San Miguel

    Bad weather in Southern California will keep Fusaichi Samurai, the much-publicized $4.5 million colt who broke his maiden in his only start thus far, out of Sunday's San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds.

  • Splendid Blended struts her stuff in the Hollywood Starlet.

    Starlet Just 'Splendid' for Drysdale

    With no Sweet Catomine to be concerned with, Peter Vegso's homebred Splendid Blended was the star of Sunday's $389,000 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies.

  • Splendid Blended Cast As Starlet Choice

    In a field lacking a graded stakes winner, Splendid Blended, whose only setback came to probable 2-year-old filly champion Sweet Catomine, looks best of seven entered in Sunday's $380,000 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

  • Fusaichi Samurai wins in first-ever outing.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Will 2005 be the spring of the Samurai?

    December or no December, the journey to Louisville has officially begun. Just ask any trainer with a promising 2-year-old if the lure of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hasn't already taken a firm hold. Over the past 10 days we've seen several exciting hopefuls emerge. And there's still that little matter of crowning a champ this weekend.

  • Fusaichi Samurai wins in first-ever outing.

    Fusaichi Samurai Easily Wins Debut

    Fusaichi Samurai, a record-priced $4.5 million son of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, was an impressive two-length winner in his debut Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Drysdale Points Musical Chimes to Matriarch

    Musical Chimes, who was neck shy of victory behind Heat Haze in the 2003 Matriarch (gr. IT), worked six furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday for her second shot at the $500,000 test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf Nov. 28.

  • Musical Chimes, center, out bobs Buckland Manor, inside, obscured, and Singletary, outside, to win the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, Saturday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

    Musical Chimes 1st Filly to Win Oak Tree Mile

    The 4-year-old filly Musical Chimes, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, squeezed between horses in a spectacular stretch run to win a frantic finish by a nose over Buckland Manor in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Musical Chimes Tests Males in Oak Tree Mile

    Musical Chimes, poised for a possible return trip to the Breeders' Cup, will challenge males for the third time for trainer Neil Drysdale in Saturday's $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Sarafan Looks Like Old Self in Escondido

    Gary A. Tanaka's veteran stakes campaigner Sarafan showed his class Wednesday with a decisive victory in the featured $79,000 Escondido Handicap at the marathon distance of 1 3/8 miles on the grass at Del Mar.

  • French Lady Invited to American Oaks

    French Lady, a New Zealand import which joined the Neil Drysdale stable last week, was extended an alternate invitation Sunday to the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. I) July 3 by Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza.

  • King of Happiness Bittersweet Drysdale W

    King of Happiness, an impressive winner of the $62,000 allowance feature on the Hollywood Park turf Thursday is headed for bigger things. But the victory was bittersweet for trainer Neil Drysdale, who was out of the country due to the death of his mother.

  • Drysdale Heads North With Arabic Song

    Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale will be at Bay Meadows Saturday to saddle Arabic Song in the $125,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Tactical Edge Goes to Soud in Arcadia 'Cap

    Saturday's $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita has all of the earmarks of a springboard race for grass stakes later in the year at longer distances. Several of the eight entrants are better traveling farther than the Arcadia's 1 1/8-mile route. And none of the starters are coming off of a win.

  • Wixoe Express Roars Back to Win Tanforan

    Piers Pottinger's Irish bred Wixoe Express looked beaten in upper stretch by pacesetter Expresso Bay in Saturday's $84,900 Tanforan Handicap, but responded under jockey Matt Garcia to pull away in the final furlong for a two-length victory on a yielding Golden Gate Fields' turf course.

  • Valenzuela Works Dress to Thrill for Matriarch

    Dress To Thrill worked a half mile on the Hollywood Park turf course in :51 Sunday under Patrick Valenzuela in preparation for defense of her crown in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) for fillies and mares next Sunday.

  • BC Distaff Winner Supplemented to Matriarch

    Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration worked six furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf course in 1:18 1/5 Thursday under regular rider Patrick Valenzuela after being supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 30 for $15,000.

  • Maktoum's Touch of the Blues Retired

    Touch of the Blues, a 6-year-old horse who finished second in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) last month, has been retired, trainer Neil Drysdale reported Friday from Hollywood Park.

  • First-Time Trainer Leo Powell Thinking Big

    Debuting trainer Leonard Powell, 27, plans to send out his first starter, Labirinto, in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, a grade I test at 12 furlongs at Hollywood Park on Nov. 22. "I've got to start somewhere," said Powell with a chuckle.

  • Sarafan Tunes Up for Possible Japan Cup Start

    Sarafan, prepping for a planned start in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 30, captured a $54,000 classified allowance event in a tune-up at Hollywood Park Thursday.

  • Corey Black, working out Breeders' Cup contender Storming Home.

    TVG's Corey Black Elated in His Many Roles

    Former jockey Corey Black wears several hats these days. He's a high-profile and well-liked racing expert on TVG. He leads the Seabiscuit backstretch tours several days a week at Santa Anita. And he's the work rider for the sometimes-troubled John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Storming Home.

  • Drysdale Runners, Others Work at Santa Anita

    Probable John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Storming Home worked seven furlongs in 1:28 2/5 in company with NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) hopeful Sarafan, who was clocked in 1:28 4/5 over Santa Anita's firm turf course Sunday.

  • Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens (3), en route to winning the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Storming Home Makes Amends in Hirsch

    Maktoum al Maktoum's odds-on favorite Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens, caught a determined Johar in deep stretch and went on to a half-length victory in Sunday's $245,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IT) on opening day of the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.

  • Touch of the Blues, foreground, crosses the finish line to win the Atto Mile Sunday in Toronto.

    Atto Mile Ends with Touch of the Blues

    Gainsborough Farm, jockey Kent Desormeaux and trainer Neil Drysdale teamed up once again to win a thrilling edition of the $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I) Sunday at Woodbine, this time with Touch of the Blues.

  • Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando set to contest Sunday's Atto Mile at Woodbine.

    Crown Winner Wando Faces Tough Atto Field

    Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando and a pair of Neil Drysdale-trained veteran turf specialists lead a powerful field of 11 entered for Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I) at Woodbine.

  • Stevens, Storming Home Return to Track – Separately

    Jockey Gary Stevens worked a horse at Del Mar Thursday morning for the first time since being injured in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 16. He was astride Fun House for trainer Ron McAnally in a 1:14 2/5 six-furlong drill.

  • Gary Stevens (4) falls from Storming Home as David Flores aboard Sulamani, far left, and R.R. Douglas aboard Kaieteur, center, try to avoid a collision after crossing the finish line of the Arlington Million.

    Sulamani Awarded Arlington Million; Storming Home Disqualified

    In the most controversial Arlington Million (gr. IT) ever, stewards awarded victory to Godolphin Racing's Sulamani after determining that winner Storming Home interfered at the finish with two horses behind him when he spooked badly just before the wire and unseated his rider, Gary Stevens.

  • Storming Home Can Do More, Says Drysdale

    Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum's Storming Home is undefeated in his two U.S. races, including a victory last time out in the Charles Whittingham Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale thinks his horse can do better in Saturday's Arlington Million than what he showed in that three-quarter-length win at 1-5 odds.

  • Soaring Free Heads Play The King Cast

    Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free puts his unbeaten four-race seasonal win streak on the line Saturday at Woodbine in the featured $165,000 Play The King Stakes (Can-III).

  • Senor Swinger Leads La Jolla Field

    Seven 3-year-olds with thoughts of the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) dancing in their heads will tackle the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 mile on the northern San Diego County track's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

  • Royal Heroine was the first graded stakes win for Magic Mission.

    Magic Mission Collects First Graded Win in Royal Heroine

    Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Magic Mission ended her seven-race losing streak at Hollywood Park Saturday, circling the field coming out of the turn for home to score an upset in $112,200 Royal Heroine (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares by a head over Little Treasure.

  • Bullet Drill for Ten Most Wanted at Hollywood

    Ten Most Wanted, runner-up in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 Thursday for trainer Wally Dollase to signal his readiness for a return in the $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. Ii) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on July 13.

  • Candy Ride in Much-Awaited American Test

    Friday's $150,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT), a turf event that has been won by nine champions, figures to more clearly define the burgeoning international status of South American superstar Candy Ride.

  • Ministers Wild Cat Ready to Go in Affirmed

    Ministers Wild Cat is finally where trainer Neil Drysdale wants him following a six-furlong work in 1:13.20 at Hollywood Park Tuesday for the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Sunday.

  • Storming Home (4) cruises to win the Charles Whittingham, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Storming Home Rumbles in Whittingham

    Trainer Neil Drysdale appears to have a star in Storming Home, who overcame some trouble to win Saturday's $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf as the 3-10 favorite.

  • Ministers Wild Cat to Start in Affirmed

    Ministers Wild Cat, scratched from the Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes May 26 because of a cough, is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 mile June 22, trainer Neil Drysdale confirmed Friday.

  • Whittingham Dominated by Storming Home

    Storming Home, whose United States debut in the Jim Murray Handicap last month produced an electrifying victory, is a strong favorite over five rivals in Saturday's $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Storming Home Gets 124 for Whittingham

    English import Storming Home, an impressive winner of the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap in his United States debut at Hollywood Park May 10, worked seven furlongs on turf in 1:29.20 Sunday.

  • Roll Hennessy Roll Aimed for Riva Ridge

    Stan E. Fulton's Roll Hennessy Roll, scratched from Monday's Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) after developing a slight foot bruise, may turn up next in the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard June 7, trainer Rafael Becerra said.

  • Bien Nicole Takes on California Invaders

    Bien Nicole, the locally-based winner of the Oaklawn Breeders' Cup, will defend the home turf in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff (gr. IIIT) at one mile on the Lone Star Park grass course.