Ben's Cat looks to become the fourth horse to win a Maryland Million race three consecutive years when he faces nine rivals in the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint at Laurel Park Oct. 6.
Graded stakes winner and established sire Partner's Hero has rejoined the stallion roster at the Giangiulio family's Castle Rock Farm, in Unionville, Pa.
After Heros Reward's aggressive front-running win in the $200,000 Scotts Highlander Stakes (Can-III), Maryland-based trainer Dale Capuano must be wondering why he would leave Woodbine, where his 6-year-old gelding has banked more than $460,000 in earnings in three starts on the turf.
Grade II winner Partner's Hero will stand next year at Castle Rock Farm near Unionville, Pa.
The ultra-consistent Heros Reward took command in the stretch and held on late to record his first graded stakes score in the $500,000 Nearctic (Can-II) on the Woodbine turf course Oct. 21.
Favored Heros Reward notched his fourth successive win when he carried jockey Edgar Prado to a one-length victory in the $100,000 Baltimore City Turf Sprint in the first of eight stakes on the Preakness Stakes card at Pimlico Saturday.
Jockey Javier Castellano dropped the left rein briefly aboard Love Match at the start of the $150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker (gr. IIIT), but it wasn't enough to keep the 5-year-old mare from registering a 27-1 surprise Sunday on the Monmouth Park turf.
Love You Madly turned the tables on the overwhelming favorite and won Saturday's $50,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss' Private Chef, making his second career start, came storming from behind to register a narrow victory over pacesetting Banshee King in Sunday's $112,600 Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
Paraneck Stable's New York Hero's valiant win in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds highlighted a five-stakes day at Turfway Park Saturday.
Sons of Partner's Hero and Fantastic Fellow, two sires whose first foals are 2-year-olds this year, brought $60,000 each to top Thursday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
The first winner for grade II winner Partner's Hero was his daughter Joanie's Smile, who won opening day at Belmont Park, May 8, in her initial start.
Freshman sire Partner's Hero was represented by his first winner as a sire when Joanie's Smile won a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park Wednesday.
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