Two of Southern California's standout horses of 2015 took early steps toward their season debuts May 10 at Santa Anita Park, and both figure to return to racing sometime over the summer at Del Mar.
Grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox began gearing up in earnest for her return to racing after arriving at Keeneland in early April. She is the 3-5 favorite for Friday's Doubledogdare (gr. III).
Second choice Wedding Toast led all the way in the $1 million Ogden Phipps (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 6, drawing off to win by five lengths while favored champion Untapable was second.
Untapable will try to unleash the same form that saw her cruise to victory in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) when the champion daughter of Tapit returns from a short layoff in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I).
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable, winner of last year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezed five furlongs May 11, and on May 14 was shipped to Belmont Park to prepare for the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
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Two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder is likely out until this fall as she recovers from a cut on her left hind pastern sustained when finishing fourth in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Close Hatches turned back Princess of Sylmar and picked up the pieces when Beholder finished fourth in the June 7 Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
NBC Sports Group will offer 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), more than double the number of hours initially scheduled. Coverage includes other grade I races from Belmont Park.
See video of Beholder prepping to run in the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park. watch video
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders weren't the only ones catching attention June 2 at Belmont Park. Champion filly Beholder and rival Close Hatches both turned in final pre-race preparations for the Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
Princess of Sylmar may not have won an Eclipse Award for 2013 despite four consecutive grade I victories, but owner Ed Stanco of King of Prussia Stable was a happy man at the Iroquois Awards Dinner in Pennsylvania May 30.
A list of likely starters for the five grade I events on the Belmont Stakes day undercard June 7 has been released by the track's racing office, headed by the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap.
Owner Spendthrift Farm said May 27 that Medal Count, a troubled eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is being pointed to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 7.
Awesome Maria, who hasn't competed since winning the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) last June, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 Jan. 16 at Palm Meadows in Florida.
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