The first stakes of the Delaware Park meet, the Our Mims for 3-year-old fillies, is worth $50,000 but attracted multiple graded-stakes competitors as the local prep for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) July 9.
- By Steve Haskin
Some years ago, a young groom at Belmont Park looked admiringly at all the well-bred Ogden Phipps horses and said to himself, "If I could ever train those horses, my life would be made."
Phipps Stable's homebred Carrumba, a tough-luck second-place finisher in the Comely (gr. III) last time out, broke through for her first stakes win April 10 in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Phipps Stable homebred Reload opened his 7-year-old season with a bang, outlasting longshot Take the Stand (Arg) in the stretch to win the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, Feb. 13 on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs.
Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, died Jan. 22 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from complications during foaling, according to Claiborne Farm bloodstock manager Bernie Sams.
Honor Code earned his Eclipse Award the old-fashioned way. He campaigned from late winter until the fall, didn't duck the competition, and won prestigious and historic grade I events in New York.
Grade I winner Mr Speaker has been retired from racing and will stand at Lane's End near Versailles, Ky. for the 2016 season. His first-year fee is set at $10,000.
Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Mill Ridge Farm has announced that 1998 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Keeper Hill died Nov. 20 at age 20.
Commonwealth Oaks (gr. IIIT) winner Onus looks for her second graded stakes win in the Nov. 14 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is one of the few big U.S. races to elude Racing Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who will send out Honor Code in the race on Saturday.
Honor Code worked a half-mile in :48 Oct. 25 over Belmont's main track in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was pleased after Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) candidate Honor Code worked five furlongs in a sparkling 1:00 2/5 Oct. 12 over the main track at Belmont Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey will prepare Honor Code in New York for the two-time grade I winner's planned Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) start Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
In his final prep before an expected start in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Honor Code will face six rivals in the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Onus grabbed the lead near the three-sixteenths pole and powered away to an open-lengths win in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies Sept. 26 at Laurel Park.
Ironicus, record-setting winner of the Sept. 7 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT), is at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington to repair a minor fracture in the cannon bone of his right foreleg.
Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker showed off his top-level class Sept. 19 with a score in the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park.
Preparing for a probable start in the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) on Oct. 3 at Belmont Park, multiple grade I winner Honor Code breezed five furlongs in :59.45 Sept. 12 over the Belmont main track.
Rallying from last, Ironicus exploded through the stretch to take the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course in a turf course record time Sept. 7.
Grade I winners Honor Code and Tonalist remain on target for races on Belmont Park's Oct. 3 "Super Saturday" card.
Honor Code caught early leader Liam's Map in the final strides to win the $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Off a scintillating Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) win on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, Honor Code was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Met Mile (gr. I) winner Honor Code went five furlongs in 1:01 flat, while Noble Bird got the same distance in :59.90 July 25 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York.
Honor Code will now target the Aug. 8 Whitney (gr. I) at Saratoga, McGaughey said. The 1 1/8-mile test will be just his second attempt at that distance and his first since winning the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) as a 2-year-old.
Stuart S. Janney III's Ironicus shoots for his second straight graded stakes score in the $500,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park on June 13.
Two-time grade II winner Honor Code remains on track for his scheduled start in the $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Northwest Stud stallion Gone Astray got his first winner when first-time starter It's High Time won the second race May 21 at Gulfstream Park. The winner is a homebred for Tracy Pinchin.
The 2014 Arlington Million winner will step straight into the highest level of competition for his first start of the year, and takes on 2014 Man o' War victor Imagining May 9 at Belmont Park.
A 19-1 shot gave 7-5 favorite Protonico what-for in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) on the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard, but the 4-year-old Giant's Causeway runner surged back May 1 to win.
Claiborne Farm reports Smuggler, the 3-year-old filly champion of 2005, died April 16 because of complications from foaling. The foal, by War Front, also died.
Phipps Stable's homebred Imagining finally returned to the winner's circle, snapping a five-race losing streak and proving best in the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park on March 28.
Not For Love, Maryland's leading sire for the past 12 years, has been retired from breeding duties at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code, in his first start of 2015, mowed down the front-runners with a strong rally to capture the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 7.
Good Friends' Stable's Private Zone, who closed last season with his third grade I stakes win in New York, is scheduled to make his 6-year-old debut Saturday, March 7, in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).
Exactly a year to the day since his last start, 4-year-old Top Billing will make his return to the races Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park, his first race since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured cannon bone.
Knocked from last year's Triple Crown trail by injury just two weeks apart, both Honor Code and Top Billing are nearing their 4-year-old debuts this winter at Gulfstream Park.
Honor Code returned a winner following a layoff of more than eight months Nov. 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying from sixth at mid-stretch to score impressively while in hand for jockey Javier Castellano.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his first start since March on Nov. 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack, returning from the injury that knocked him off the road to the Kentucky Derby.
You wouldn't be out of line if you called the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 4 the best grade III race of the year.
Phipps Stable homebred Abaco made an eye-catching swoop from last and prevailed in a thrilling finish with Strathnaver in the Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Mr Speaker, winner of the Belmont Derby Invitational (gr. IT) on turf in his most recent start, has been confirmed for the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) on the dirt after breezing Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Steve Haskin
Shug McGaughey threw everyone a bit of a curve when he stated that his grass star Mr Speaker was being considered for the Travers Stakes. read blog
Mr Speaker, ignored at odds of 23-1, charged along the inside to overtake favored Adelaide by a head for a major upset in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (gr. IT) on the inner turf course July 5 at Belmont Park.
Norumbega came from well back to win the Brooklyn Invitational at the same 12-furlong distance as the Belmont Stakes for Shug McGaughey and Stuart Janney III, who teamed to win last year's Kentucky Derby with Orb.
The 2014 renewal of the Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) June 7, a race with a strong collection of past winners, features three trainers--Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott and Christophe Clement--who have won it three times each.
Mr Speaker exits a four-length win in the Lexington Stakes (gr. III) on Keeneland's Polytrack April 19, and Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey believes he will relish the Belmont Park turf course.
A resilient Imagining took the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) field the entire 1 3/8 miles to hand trainer Shug McGaughey his third consecutive win in the prestigious turf race May 11 at Belmont Park.
Sunday Silence and Easy Goer battled through the Triple Crown 25 years ago.
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