Trainer Todd Pletcher says that only Materiality and Carpe Diem are confirmed for the Derby, and that weekend works will determine status of other potential Derby horses.
Dogwood Stable's classic winner Palace Malice is in Aiken, S.C., to be prepared for a 2014 campaign that will likely start in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Sweet Whiskey and Stopchargingmaria, two Todd Pletcher-trained fillies headed to the $300,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), worked over the Saratoga Race Course main track Aug. 26.
The makeup of the grade III Derby Trial presents several interesting scenarios that could impact the makeup of the Kentucky Derby field.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said a decision on whether to point Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) winner Winning Cause toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be made after the colt breezes April 28.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands contender Verrazano galloped at Churchill Downs the morning of April 15 as trainer Todd Pletcher outlined the training regimen for the colt and his other probable Derby starters.
A trio of juveniles trained by Todd Pletcher and Dover Stakes winner Vegas No Show top the field for the Nov. 24 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, a 1 1/8-mile, two-turn test that drew 10 entries.
Starlight Racing's grade III winner Algorithms, winner of all three career starts, has been retired following the recurrence of an injury that knocked the son of Bernardini off the Triple Crown Trail earlier this year.
Stronach Stables' Hunters Bay, whose three-race win streak was broken when he stepped into grade I company last out, is the moderate 3-1 morning line choice in an oversubscribed edition of the Presque Isle Mile Sept. 7.
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WinStar Farm's Gemologist will head to the Kentucky Derby undefeated and one of the favorites after he held off a surging Alpha to win the $1 million Wood Memorial in thrilling fashion April 7 at Aqueduct.
Just as she did in her last start, E. Paul Robsham's homebred Broadway's Alibi went wire-to-wire, this time scoring by 3 1/2 lengths in the $250,000 Comely (gr. III) and perhaps punched her ticket to the May 4 Kentucky Oaks.
Broadway's Alibi, a 16 3/4-length winner of the Forward Gal (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park in January, will attempt to deliver another brilliant performance when she tops a field of seven in the Comely (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Before any Triple Crown talk can start, Union Rags must handle his business against eight contenders in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 31 at Gulfstream Park.
In Lingerie destroyed an overmatched group of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III), leading a one-two finish for trainer Todd Pletcher March 24 at Turfway Park.
Newtown Anner Stud's More Than Love will carry top weight and figures the one to beat in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 22 at Turfway Park.
Spring Hill Farm, who finished fourth in the March 10 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), suffered a right knee fracture and will have surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington March 14.
Three of the top four finishers of last month's Sam Davis are back for the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), but it's a Todd Pletcher trained horse--go figure--making his stakes debut who will likely be favored.
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb's Posse will likely draw the most betting attention in the Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct, but he will have to face a pair of multiple graded stakes winners with a fondness for the track.
Holy Bull (gr. III) winner Algorithms, who missed the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (gr. II) last weekend, is off of the Kentucky Derby trail after X-rays confirmed a fractured splint bone in his right front leg.
Her Smile, third in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) when last seen, will make her season debut for her new connections Feb. 19 in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Mike Repole's Calibrachoa made it a perfect 4-for-4 over the Aqueduct inner track, as he ran down longshot Diski Dance at the top of the stretch to win the $150,000 Toboggan (gr. III) for the second consecutive year.
Royal Delta, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner who later sold for $8.5 million, is back with trainer Bill Mott after spending some time at owner Benjamin Leon Jr.'s farm.
Discreet Dancer, a first time starter for Todd Pletcher, pulled away to a 9 3/4-length triumph opening day at Gulfstream Park Dec. 3, setting the 5 1/2-furlong track record in the process.
With four wins at the track and a strong comeback effort in his most recent start, Haynesfield figures prominently in the $250,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I), which headlines Aqueduct's Nov. 26 program.
The Thanksgiving Day Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. IIIT), the holiday feature at Aqueduct, drew a field of 10 older sprinters.
A day after one of the closest first-to-last finishes in the history of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), connections of the horses that participated in the race won by Drosselmeyer were at the track early Nov. 6.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite Uncle Mo returned to the track at Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 2, three days after his final workout for the Nov. 5 race, and galloped 1 3/8 miles under Hector Ramos.
Finale, a 10 1/2-length stakes winner in his last start, is expected to be the heavy favorite in the $250,000 Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
As versatile as Sidney's Candy is, the options for WinStar Farm and Todd Pletcher are virtually limitless. For his next start, the connections decided to sprint him on dirt in the $250,000 Forego (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga.
Stay Thirsty definitively stamped himself as the 3-year-old division leader when he won the $1 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
Sanford (gr. II) winner Overdriven will undergo tests following the cancellation of Thursday morning's scheduled breeze, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
With jockey John Velazquez aboard, Uncle Mo worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 1/5 Aug. 9 at Saratoga as preparations continue for his scheduled return in the Foxwood King's Bishop (gr. I) later this month.
Queen'splatekitten, the 3-1 morning line favorite in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third leg of Canada's Triple Crown Aug. 7 at Woodbine, has been scratched from the race.
Stay Thirsty finally grabbed his breakthrough win July 30 at Saratoga when he turned in a dominating performance in the $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II).
Well beaten in her last two tries, Bobby Flay's Her Smile became a grade I winner July 4 when she rallied from last to score in the $250,000 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
Buster's Ready took over at the top of the lane and emphatically repelled the bids of her rivals, including odds-on favorite Joyful Victory, to score the $250,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) June 25 at Belmont Park.
Led by undefeated Texas-bred Shocktime, a field of eight 2-year-old fillies was drawn for the $100,000 Debutante (gr. III) June 25 at Churchill Downs. It is the first graded race of the year for juvenile fillies.
One of three chances for Todd Pletcher, Awesome Maria seeks her first grade I win when she faces a small but solid field in the $250,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap.
Travelin Man and Justin Phillip are both entering off losing efforts, but those two could be the ones to beat in the $250,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old sprinters June 11 at Belmont Park.
TVG will have live, on-site coverage of the five-day, 2011 Royal Ascot meet from England that begins Tuesday, June 14 and runs through Saturday, June 18. Each day's card will air from 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m. EDT.
One of the racing industry's closely watched legal proceedings begins May 31 as state regulators in New York commence a hearing that could lead to the revocation of trainer Rick Dutrow's license.
A large and evenly-matched field of 11 was drawn for the Met Mile, which headlines Belmont Park's Memorial Day lineup that also includes the Sands Point (gr. IIT).
Jinks Fires, Kathy Ritvo, and the duo of Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole were among the highlights at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner, an annual event held on the Tuesday leading up to the Derby.
Making his first start for Mike Repole and Todd Pletcher after being claimed for $62,500, Caixa Eletronica pulled a 10-1 upset in the $100,000 Westchester (gr. III) April 30 at Belmont Park.
Wertheimer and Frere's Kentucky homebred Exhi had no problem returning from his six-month layoff, as he took a short field wire-to-wire in the $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III) April 23 for his second graded stakes win at Keeneland.
Embur's Song shot to an early lead and never looked back, as she held off a late bid from Check the Label to win the $125,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (gr. III) in track record time April 22 at Keeneland.
The one-time heavy favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Repole Stable's Uncle Mo, was out for a gallop at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, April 19 in his first full day since arriving in Louisville.
Aikenite rallied from off the pace, collared Cool Bullet at the sixteenth-pole, and drew away for a decisive victory in the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) on April 16.
The general consensus is that Uncle Mo will have little trouble in the Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 9 at Aqueduct when he takes on nine seemingly overmatched rivals in his final Derby prep.
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