Robert LaPenta's S.S. Stone again showed his affinity for the main track at Gulfstream Park with an easy victory in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) April 3.
Relentless Dialed In came from last on a speed-favoring Gulfstream Park main track to get up in the final couple of strides over 68-1 outsider Shackleford by a head in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 3.
Despite having only three races to his credit, Dialed In will be among the favorites in Sunday's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Robert LaPenta is hoping Dialed In can get him and trainer Nick Zito back to the Kentucky Derby.
Dialed In breezed a half-mile in a bullet :47 2/5 for the April 3 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Fly Down, who placed in some of America's most prestigious races, including the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), may not return to the United States following the Dubai World Cup.
Triple Crown contender Dialed In got the two-turn workout he needed in a 1 1/8-mile Gulfstream Park allowance race March 6. What trainer Nick Zito's 1-5 favorite in the five-horse field didn't get was the victory.
Robert LaPenta said March 3 that Dialed in would probably go in the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) if a March 6 Gulfstream allowance race did not fill.
Barns are busy at the Palm Meadows Training Center as the start of the world's fanciest juvenile auction approaches.
The Groom Is Red and Yankee Victor, both grade I winners in New York, died in the Republic of Korea.
Da' Tara, who carried Robert LaPenta's colors to victory in the 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been reunited with his Hall of Fame trainer, Nick Zito, and is in light training in Florida.
Trainer Nick Zito's decision to bypass an allowance event nine days earlier for the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) looks pretty good after the inexperienced Dialed In swept to an impressive win at Gulfstream Park.
Najran, 12, a record-setter for one mile at Belmont Park, moves from Kentucky to Louisiana for the 2011 breeding season
Champion and multiple grade I winner War Pass died Dec. 24 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Da' Tara, who captured the 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), brought $180,000 Nov. 16 during the ninth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) winner Morning Line is made the 7-2 morning line favorite for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Graded stakes winner Coal Play, who finished a close second to Big Brown in a grade I stakes, has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2011 at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.
Four trainers and two jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be part of a special "It's My Derby" event at the Kentucky Derby Museum during Breeders' Cup week.
Da' Tara, the only horse to beat Big Brown, is selling as a racing or stallion prospect at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won last year's Frizette Stakes (gr. I) with Devil May Care, is likely to have a foursome for the $300,000 race Oct. 9 at Belmont Park.
Coolmore must decide whether to go for the BC Classic or Mile with Rip Van Winkle.
Passed in upper stretch by A Little Warm, Morning Line battled back along the rail to get up by a neck in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) to win his stakes debut for trainer Nick Zito at Parx Racing Sept. 25.
Trainer Nick Zito reported Aug. 30 that Miner's Reserve sustained a hairline fracture in his right knee in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and the Mineshaft colt will be sidelined for several months.
He set the pace in the "Midsummer Derby" before finishing seventh.
Robert LaPenta's 3-year-olds Miner's Reserve and Ice Box put in workouts Aug. 20 at Saratoga, with both colts from the barn of Nick Zito listed as possible for the $1 million Travers (gr. I) on Aug. 28.
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Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito had Ice Box, Fly Down, and Miner's Reserve all put in half-mile workouts over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 12.
Fly Down, the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up, tuned up for Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) with a bullet half-mile move July 26 under jockey Jose Lezcano.
Trainer Bill Mott said he's looking forward to his primary goal this summer for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer, the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 28.
WinStar Farm's Drosselmeyer gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first win in a Triple Crown race, as he wore down pacesetter First Dude and held off a late charge from Fly Down to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Lenny Shulman talks to Nick Zito about his Belmont entries, Ice Box and Fly Down. Watch Video
Ice Box, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post position 6 and was installed as the 3-1 morning favorite when a dozen horses were entered for the June 5, $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
For Richard Pell, the owner of Fly Down, a victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) would be a hometown home run.
If people think there is nothing historical about this year's Belmont, they are greatly mistaken.
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito put the finishing touches on the second of his two Belmont Stakes (gr. I) candidates May 30, sending Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) winner Fly Down out for a bullet half-mile work.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box turned in a bullet half-mile work in :46 3/5 over the Oklahoma training track.
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Robert LaPenta Jr.'s Ice Box, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up and probable morning-line favorite for the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I), turned in a four-furlong work at Saratoga May 19.
A little gate training and an easy gallop was all Jackson Bend required May 14 to be honed for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Jackson Bend was aboard a flight from Churchill Downs along with many of the other hopefuls for the May 16 race that was scheduled to arrive in Baltimore May 12.
Nick Zito found another major contender for next month's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), as Richard Pell's Fly Down demolished six 3-year-old rivals in the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) May 8 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Nick Zito confirmed May 5 that Ice Box, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will not be going on to Baltimore to compete in the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
Super Saver teamed up with three powerhouses to win the 136th Kentucky Derby.
On a wet morning of May 2 at Churchill Downs, trainer Todd Pletcher was absorbing the previous day's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victory by Super Saver as the trainers of others made future plans.
The two top choices in the first leg of the 2010 Triple Crown are based in California. Lookin at Lucky, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, and Sidney's Candy, the 5-1 second choice, lead a field of 20 3-year-olds in Derby 136.
Nick Zito's Florida Derby (gr. I) winner heats things up over a sloppy Churchill Downs surface April 23.
Jackson Bend, who is on the outside looking in as far as getting into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field of 20, turned in a bullet five-furlong move April 22 at Churchill Downs for trainer Nick Zito.
Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Ice Box tuned up for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a solid four-furlong workout on Friday, April 16 at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs will re-open April 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas, Bob Baffert, and Nick Zito.
Jackson Bend, runner-up in both the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Wood Memorial (gr. I) stakes, displayed a fondness for Churchill Downs as the Nick Zito trainee worked a fast four furlongs April 15.
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