Racing newcomer Dan Schafer has reached an agreement with the owners of War Story to race the horse with his starting slot in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
Ron Paolucci started out with a $3,000 trotter at an Ohio harness track and parlayed his interest in the business into a large stable of horses that race at all levels, including graded stakes.
Nine 3-year-olds were entered for the 1 1/16-mile test, with Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Wiskey Ticket favored at 3-1 on the morning line and Preakness (gr. I) third-place finisher Divining Rod second choice at 7-2.
Ron Paolucci's War Story will bypass the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in favor of the June 20 Ohio Derby (gr. III), the owner confirmed May 26.
War Story, who placed in all three of Fair Grounds' top races for 3-year-olds, worked at Churchill Downs April 8 in preparation for a planned start in the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
WinStar Farm's Commissioner returned in 2015 with his connections hopeful of a trip to Dubai, but after he ran sixth in the Donn Handicap (gr. I), they shifted gears to the March 28 Skip Away (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Preakness (gr.I) contender Ria Antonia, the lone filly in the field, grazes at Pimlico after training May 15.
Claire Novak checks in with a quick update from the post position draw for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The filly Ria Antonia will compete in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and be ridden by Calvin Borel, the Maryland Jockey Club confirmed May 12.
Ria Antonia worked a half-mile in :47 3/5 over a track labeled as good the morning of May 11 at Churchill Downs with a decision looming on whether the 3-year-old filly is to take on males in the upcoming Preaknes
After finishing seventh in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), adjudged 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia could head to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) for trainer Tom Amoss.
Paolucci is Courageously Confident in Ria Antonia. read blog
Turfway Park concluded its 46th winter/spring meet March 30 with Albin Jimenez and Mike Maker repeating their respective leading rider and trainer titles.
Ria Antonia, a candidate for the April 5 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), blazed four furlongs March 14 in a bullet :46 3/5 for trainer Bob Baffert.
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart and owner Ron Paolucci have parted ways over Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia. The filly will be sent to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia appears headed for a start in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 22 rather than facing males in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II).
As of Jan. 30, Ron Paolucci, owner of Loooch Racing and manager of Ria Antonia's career along with trainer Jeremiah Englehart, was uncertain exactly what the future is for the 3-year-old Rockport Harbor filly.
The longshot winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) doesn't know she's competing against girls, just knows she wants to beat other runners, according to owner Ron Paolucci.
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