Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's undefeated grade I winner Lion Heart got his final major prep for his March 6 sophomore debut, breezing six furlongs from the gate under regular jockey Mike Smith in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita on Wednesday.
Patrick Biancone expects major improvement from Whoopi Cat in Sunday's $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, and not just because Halfbridled is passing the race.
Grade I winner Lion Heart progressed toward the first start of his sophomore year in the March 6 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) by working six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Wednesday morning.
Trainer Patrick Biancone sent two of his most promising Triple Crown hopefuls, Lion Heart and Pomeroy, out for workouts Wednesday morning over Santa Anita's fast main track.
Grade I winner Lion Heart was put through his first workout of the new year on Friday, breezing a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track.
Trainer Patrick Biancone said he plans to take the Southern California route to prepare Lion Heart for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) winner Lion Heart is scheduled to return to the work tab in about a week, trainer Patrick Biancone said. The son of Tale of the Cat has not worked since his victory in the Futurity on Dec. 20.
Mambo Slew rallied from slightly off the pace and drew clear for a three-length victory in the $76,300 Blue Norther Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Wednesday at Santa Anita Park.
Undefeated Lion Heart, a future book favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will take the Southern California route to the Run for the Roses on May 1, trainer Patrick Biancone said.
Front-running Lion Heart spurted away from his four opponents with three furlongs to go in the $376,000 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and romped to an easy 3 1/2-length victory.
Unbeaten Lion Heart, the probable favorite for Saturday's $200,000-added Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), completed drills for the 1 1/16-mile test with a five-furlong work in :59 1/5 Sunday at Santa Anita.
Maiden winner Rings and Things was confirmed a starter for the Dec. 21 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) by trainer Patrick Biancone Thursday after the chestnut daughter of Thunder Gulch and the Far North mare Andriana B. worked seven furlongs in 1:27 4/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track.
Frank Manganero's Mambo Slew gained a clear advantage in the stretch and held off a late charge from Ticker Tape for a 1 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Miesque (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies battling on the Hollywood Park turf Friday.
Lion Heart, an impressive six-length winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday, will be be prepared for a start in the Dec. 20 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Lion Heart, a $1.4-million purchase, toyed with four rivals en route to a six-length victory in stakes record time under jockey Mike Smith in Saturday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.
Lion Heart, the $1.4-million sales topper at February's Fasig-Tipton auction, will attempt to parlay an impressive debut victory into a graded stakes triumph on Saturday when heading a field of seven in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.
Lion Heart, an impressive maiden winner in his debut, will attempt to remain unbeaten as the probable favorite in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes, a grade III test for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs on Saturday.
Grade I winner Whywhywhy has arrived at Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, where he will enter stud for $7,500.
While most of the Breeders' Cup attention in his barn has centered on 2-year-old Halfbridled, trainer Richard Mandella is looking for a big effort from his other promising juvenile, Siphonizer, in Sunday's $250,000 Norfolk (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Brancusi, scheduled to make his first start in Thursday's fourth race since finishing 16th and last in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), was scratched from the one-mile turf race.
Grade I winner Joey Franco worked six furlongs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday in preparation for a start over the Oct. 4-5 weekend. It was part of a very busy morning at the Arcadia, Calif. oval as it prepares for the Oak Tree meeting that begins Sunday.
Michael Tabor's multiple graded stakes winner Zavata, getting ready for a likely start in the Oct. 5 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita, worked a half-mile in :48 1/5 over the Arcadia, Calif. oval's fast main track Friday morning.
The $200,000 King's Bishop, a seven-furlong stake for three-year-olds, has been a chalk player's delight the last four years. But if the likely favorites Saturday, Zavata and Posse, a pair of multiple graded stakes winners, want to keep that trend going, they better have their "A" game.
Whoopi Cat worked hard to get past Unbridled Beauty but did so to win the Adirondack (gr. II) at Saratoga on Monday.
Mother Goose (gr. I) and Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) winner Spoken Fur breezed four furlongs in :51 2/5 Sunday morning over the muddy Oklahoma training track in preparation for the Alabama (gr. I) on Saturday.
Unbridled Beauty, a $750,000 yearling purchase at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga's yearling sale a year ago, returns to The Spa in Monday's $150,000 Adirondack Stakes.
Business continued its upswing Wednesday night during the second of three sessions at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga yearling sale, with strong gains in gross receipts and average and a modest gain in the median price.
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Posse will be chasing his fourth straight stakes victory Saturday when he faces six top 3-year-old sprinters in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Dimitrova, winner of the second running of the $750,000 American Oaks Saturday, is scheduled to be flown back to Ireland this week but could return this autumn for the Matriarch (gr. IT), trainer Dermot Weld said. Weld won the Matriarch last year with Dress To Thrill.
Michael Tabor's Zavata will be among the high profile invaders flying in for Calder Race Course's $1.75 million Summit of Speed program on July 12 and may well be the favorite in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.
Michael Tabor's Zavata, a graded stakes winner last year who finished last in his first try as a 3-year-old, was all business Thursday at Monmouth Park as he outgamed Rockin on Ready to win the $41,000 allowance feature by a length.
Stakes winner Zavata returns to the track on Thursday at Monmouth Park in the day's featured $41,000 optional claiming allowance race for horses that have never won three races other than maiden, claiming, or starter.
Michael Tabor's Blue Grass Stakes bound Brancusi, a strong third in the March 16 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), had his first work since then on Wednesday morning. He went six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track.
Grade III winner Mayakovsky had his first official workout of 2003 Wednesday, logging five furlongs in :59 4/5 handily at Santa Anita under Tony Farina.
Michael Tabor's Brancusi was put through his final preparations for next Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) with a bullet seven-furlong work in 1:27 2/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track Saturday morning.
Trainer Patrick Biancone's Whywhywhy hit the Gulfstream Park track Thursday morning, working a solid five furlongs in 59 seconds. Whywhywhy is pointed toward the March 15 Swale Stakes, on the Florida Derby (gr. I) undercard.
Michael Tabor's Brancusi, who impressed while winning a one-mile maiden event by five lengths at Santa Anita on Feb. 15, may turn up next in either the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Mar. 8 or the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on Mar. 16, trainer Patrick Biancone said.
Patrick Biancone and Fabian Ouaki's Whywhywhy, fifth in the Fountain of Youth (gr. I) in his last start, has remained in Florida with trainer Biancone since last weekend's race and will likely start next in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. III) on the Florida Derby (gr. I) undercard Mar. 15, assistant trainer Yan Durepaire said.
Nine 3-year-olds were entered for Saturday's $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), Gulfstream Park's traditional send off on the road to the Triple Crown.
Michael Tabor's grade II winner Zavata, last seen being eased in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, may return to training as soon as mid-February, Patrick Biancone's assistant, Yan Durepaire, said.
Whywhywhy, prepping for the Feb. 15 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's fast track Sunday morning in a bullet :59.40, fastest of 22 drills at the distance.
Michael Tabor's Mayakovsky escaped a life-threatening injury in Saturday's $500,000 Barretts/CTBA Turf at Santa Anita.
Patrick Biancone and Fabian Ouaki's grade 1 winner Whywhywhy, who hasn't started since a 10th-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park Oct. 26, worked an impressive half-mile in :47 1/5, breezing, at Santa Anita Wednesday morning.
Whywhywhy, 10th as the 5-2 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), had his first breeze Friday morning at Santa Anita since that Oct. 26 race at Arlington Park.
Mayakovsky, a strapping dark bay or brown son of Matty G, raced to a front-running one-length victory in a one-mile turf race at Santa Anita Thursday. After the race, trainer Patrick Biancone proclaimed the Florida-bred 4-year-old on course for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.
Not the least disheartened by Mayakovsky's ninth-place finish in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita on opening day, trainer Patrick Biancone says the 4-year-old Florida-bred is ready to go as he prepares for the $1 million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic at 1 1/8 miles in the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.
Santa Anita kicks off its annual meeting Thursday with an intriguing 11-horse field in the $200,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds.
Jockey Pat Day was aboard Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) contender Whywhywhy for the first time Tuesday when the Hall of Famer worked the Mr. Greeley colt at Arlington Park.
Members of the Mr. Greeley syndicate and Spendthrift Farm have purchased a 50% interest in the breeding rights to top 2-year-old Whywhywhy.
Fabien Ouaki & Patrick Biancone's Whywhywhy and Michael Tabor's Zavata, a pair of 2-year-old colts being pointed for the $1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by the French-born but internationally renowned trainer Biancone, both breezed five furlongs Thursday morning at Arlington Park.
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