If not for his gray stablemate's late-season ascension, Baoma Corporation's Drefong would have been the brightest rising star of 2016.
In the time between races of Del Mar's 10-race opening day card July 19, fans and horsemen figure to give some thought to the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be contested at the seaside Southern California track this fall.
After a positive test for methamphetamine in Richard's Boy, owner Rockingham Ranch is taking extra measures to ensure the security of the Idiot Proof gelding ahead of his start in the July 8 Parx Dash Stakes (G3T).
In three starts this year, Rockingham Ranch's Roy H has done no wrong, and his most recent was his most impressive.
Rockingham Ranch's Stormy Liberal ran to his 1-2 odds and captured the $150,000 Daytona Stakes (G3T) May 27 at Santa Anita Park, but just in the nick of time.
The horse who ended the dominance of Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico Race Course May 19 was taking a pretty significant step down in class.
The $40,000 claim from October continued to pay dividends for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller April 23 at Santa Anita Park.
Back to serious training in 2017, the only horse to beat Unique Bella will make her return to racing April 9 in the $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita.
Rockingham Ranch and Chad Littlefield's Conquest Farenheit shows his affinity for the Santa Anita turf, winning the $75,000-added Pasadena Stakes March 19.
For the second year in a row the 5-year-old son of In Summation has given his connections reason for hope after a long layoff.
Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen's St. Joe Bay continued his scorching streak through the Southern California sprint ranks with a game victory in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Only five older sprinters passed the Santa Anita entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G3). St. Joe Bay heads group based on his dead-heat win on New Year's Eve in the grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes.
Trainer Peter Miller is on quite a run at Santa Anita Park—so much so that he won the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 31 with two different horses.
With top California sprinter Masochistic denied entry in the wake of his post-race positive after the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), five will head postward in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III).
Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie was significantly upbeat after the last race of Cypress, Calif., racetrack's two-week meet.
California Diamond will stretch out to a mile for the first time as he aims for his fifth stakes win of 2016 in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes Dec. 18 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Plenty of promising juveniles have fallen short in their first try at two turns, but Cheyenne Stables' Mastery shrugged off the looming question mark Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I).
Undefeated Mastery is the commanding favorite for the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I). He's also a colt under expectations.
After a run of three straight stakes wins, Rockingham Ranch's California Diamond will wade into graded stakes waters for the first time Nov. 19 in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar.
The scratch of odds-on morning-line favorite Enola Gray opened the door of opportunity in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 28 at Del Mar and Belvoir Bay shot right through it.
Six 2-year-old males have been entered for the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 10 at Del Mar, and every one has taken a different path to their first graded stakes try.
Six runners from the Oceanside Stakes will try the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT).
A head and a nose apart in their last two outings, Stays in Vegas and Be Mine will once again do battle in the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) July 23 at Del Mar.
Peter Miller hasn't had Monster Bea for long, but he's already reaped the rewards.
David Bienstock and Chuck Winner's Flamboyant just started to hit his stride early in 2016, when he shipped overseas for the Dubai Turf (UAE-I) in March.
The 3-year-old son of Hat Trick returns to the seaside track July 15 on opening day with a drop in class to the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, but will face a loaded field as he seeks a return to the winner's circle.
Trainer Peter Miller was forward about his intentions bringing grade I winner Finnegans Wake back off a nearly nine-month layoff last time out in the Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT), which was a prep for bigger and better things.
Offspring of freshman sires Gemologist and Overdriven topped the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale April 20 during a session in which gross, average, and median prices declined from the comparable sale date a year ago.
Although a forecast calling for rain may affect the field, it can be argued that one of the deepest fields on a loaded stakes schedule April 9 is the $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
There was an intensity in Peter Miller's eyes as he peppered the winner circle with as many high fives as he could, indicating the neck victory in the seventh race was a little more than just a run-of-the-mill allowance win.
Once a legitimate hopeful for the Triple Crown series, Richard Pell's Calculator will make his first start in more than a year Feb. 13 at Santa Anita Park.
In his first race since 2014, jockey Stewart Elliott couldn't have started worse, but finished up just fine.
Two grade I winners will go toe-to-toe in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 2 at Santa Anita Park, but they couldn't differ more in style and experience.
Sidelined after sustaining multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung during a spill at Los Alamitos Race Course Sept. 17, jockey Flavien Prat registered his first win on the comeback trail Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
At the conclusion of its second fall season since the closure of Hollywood Park, Del Mar saw a decrease in daily average handle for the five-week stand when compared with last fall's four-week slate.
Silver Ranch Stable and Wachtel Stable's Poshsky rallied in the stretch and just got up to defeat longshot Pepper Crown in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29.
Big Cazanova is 3-for-3 on the old synthetic surface at Del Mar, and now trainer Peter Miller will see if he can carry his affinity for an artificial track to the Nov. 29 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Gary Barber's Appealing Tale, a grade II winner in his last two starts, will miss the Breeders' Cup due to an ankle injury he sustained in training, trainer Peter Miller said Oct. 25.
Grade I winner Wild Dude got within a head of front-running Appealing Tale in the stretch during the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at Del Mar, but the pacesetter re-rallied on the rail to secure his first graded victory.
Coming off arguably the best performance of his career, Gary and Cecil Barber's Appealing Tale will dial back to seven furlongs in the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 22.
Los Alamitos Race Course's second two-week Summer Thoroughbred Festival saw an increase in all-sources handle and an uptick in wagering on live races from last year's numbers.
In a neck-and-neck contest that came down to the final race of the meeting, Santa Anita Park's trainer title ended in a dead heat, with Doug O'Neill and Peter Miller tied atop the standings with 22 wins apiece.
Finnegans Wake has found success running on grass late in his career, but trainer Peter Miller feels it is time to send him back to dirt for the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park June 27.
Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch's Finnegans Wake returned from California in winning form to capture the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again, who just missed winning last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, will try again in his first start of the year in $500,000 turf stakes May 2 at the Kentucky track.
Finnegans Wake extended his winning streak in graded turf races to three with a late-running victory in the San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Finnegans Wake and Patrioticandproud are set to renew their rivalry once again in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 7 on the grass at Santa Anita Park.
Richard C. Pell's Calculator, fifth on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) points list, will miss the Triple Crown due to an undisclosed injury.
Calculator's win in the Jan. 10 Sham Stakes (gr. III) adds to the legacy of the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud. The Florida-bred son of In Summation races for longtime Ocala Stud client Richard Pell.
Veteran turf runner Finnegans Wake has found a home in California, coming from off the pace once again to capture the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
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