Tapiture bounced back from his 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in May with flair, scoring a convincing victory in the $109,400 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 14 at Churchill.
A pair of horses who earned graded stakes wins as juveniles will try to add to their resumes June 14 at Churchill Downs when Tapiture and Rise Up meet in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III).
Hard-knocking Delaunay secured his second graded victory May 31 in the $112,900 Aristides Stakes (gr. III), driving clear by 3 1/2 lengths under Rosie Napravnik at Churchill Downs.
The 8 3/4-length winner of the Oak Hall at Evangeline Downs in his last start headlines a field of nine including last year's 1-2 finishers, Scatman and Jasizzle, and eight-time stakes winner Delaunay.
In her first work since capturing the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred filly Untapable breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of May 26.
Maggi Moss' Grand Contender will try to nail down a third straight stakes victory when he faces an expected five rivals in the $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) May 26.
Though People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has submitted a 10-page complaint and a 22-minute video to the KHRC alleging animal abuse in trainer Steve Asmussen's Churchill Downs stable, no smoking gun is evident.
Lemon Drop Dream and Action Andy are co-highweights at 115 pounds for the Maryland Sprint Handicap, with Lemon Drop Dream entering the race off a victory in the Count Fleet Sprint H. (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
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Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Untapable, the even-money favorite, drew clear to win the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Steve Asmussen told NBC Sports Network in a segment aired May 2 the allegations made against him by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are untrue, and he hopes to have the chance to defend himself in court.
Untapable, the overwhelming 4-5 morning line favorite in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has worked hard for the odds she received.
They saw the potential of their futures played out in furious rallies, wire-to-wire rumbles, by the widest of margins and the slimmest of victories. Weeks like this bring back those memories.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) morning line favorite Untapable schooled in the Churchill Downs paddock on Tuesday, April 29. read blog
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said April 30 it has far more evidence gleaned from an undercover investigator in trainer Steve Asmussen's barn in 2013, but gave no indication when it intends to make it public.
Watch Kentucky Oaks contender Untapable school in the Churchill Downs paddock April 29. watch video
Watch Kentucky Oaks contender Untapable school in the Churchill Downs paddock April 29.
Tapiture smoothly rocketed through the turn on the sloppy track on his way to completing four furlongs in :50 April 28 at Churchill in his final timed work before this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Breeder/owner Ron Winchell, whose Winchell Thoroughbreds races Kentucky Derby contender Tapiture and likely Kentucky Oaks favorite Untapable, is sticking with trainer Steve Asmussen--for now.
Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Euphrosyne will not be entered in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), trainer Asmussen confirmed April 22.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Untapable, likely favorite for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:00 under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs the morning of April 20.
At least one regulator investigating violations alleged in a PETA video posted last month involving the stable of trainer Steve Asmussen expects the inquiry to take at least several months.
Lemon Drop Dream, tracking a blistering pace into the stretch, charged home to register a well-timed victory in the $294,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) in his graded stakes debut April 10 at Oaklawn Park.
Reigning 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and stablemate Strong Mandate both worked April 1 at Oaklawn Park, while Southwest Stakes winner Tapiture was also on the Arkansas oval's tab.
Steve Asmussen-trained colt will be the likely favorite in 1 1/8-mile test at Oaklawn
Rosie Napravnik, Steve Asmussen, and Maggi Moss repeated their respective titles as leading jockey, trainer, and owner at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, which concluded its winter/spring meet March 30.
Untapable will head to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) as the likely favorite after another decisive victory in the $384,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 29 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
On March 28 Jockey Club chairman and owner/breeder Ogden Mills Phipps released a statement following allegations of horse abuse in racing raised by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it will "go away" if horse racing addresses its medication issues, and industry officials who have been trying to do just that suggest progress is evident but not recognized.
A survey of more than 800 people conducted by HorsePlayerNOW.com, a fan education website that hosts the weekly "Night School" program, indicates a strong belief that racehorses are well cared for in Thoroughbred racing.
Zayat Stables has terminated Steve Asmussen and moved all 12 of its horses that were previously in the trainer's care following an internal investigation on the PETA report and video that was published in the New York Times.
A guest blog from Mandy Haskin responding to the Steve Asmussen-Scott Blasi furor. read blog
Zayat Stables intends to move all its horses from trainer Steve Asmussen.
Scott Blasi, the assistant trainer to Steve Asmussen, has been relieved of his duties pending an examination of documents and videos released by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which alleges animal abuse.
- By Claire Novak
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Racing industry organizations have greatly stepped up their call for swift adoption of national model rules on medication and drug testing in the wake of probes into allegations of mistreatment and over-medication of horses.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced March 21 that the nomination of Steve Asmussen for possible induction into the shrine this year has been tabled as a result of developments over the last two days.
Prominent owner Zayat Stables has directed the scratching of all of the stable's horses entered for this weekend's races under the name of trainer Steve Asmussen.
The New York Gaming Commission said March 20 it is investigating allegations of "abuse and mistreatment" of Thoroughbreds after receiving information gleaned from an undercover investigation performed by PETA.
A major Thoroughbred racing stable was the subject of a 2013 undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which alleges over-medication of and cruelty to horses.
The first four finishers of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 15 came out of the race none the worse in spite of the roughly-run final furlong, and three of them are definitely pointed for a return in the Arkansas Derby.
Homebred Tapiture looks to continue his journey to the Kentucky Derby when he takes on two he beat in the Southwest Stakes along with California invaders, among others, in the March 15 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.
Southwest Stakes winner breezes easy half mile for the March 15 Rebel Stakes.
Euphrosyne was awarded the win in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 8 after first-place finisher Sugar Shock was disqualified for interference in the Oaklawn Park stretch.
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and trainer Steve Asmussen, who saddled him to nine stakes wins in the years he won those titles, are among 10 finalists on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot.
The major prep for the grade II Fantasy Stakes April 5 drew mostly up-and-coming locally based fillies, but it is the two shippers -- Please Explainand Taris -- who may be the most intriguing.
Southwest Stakes (gr. III) winner Tapiture got back to serious work the morning of March 2 at Oaklawn Park as he prepares to make his next stop along the Triple Crown trail in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
Add another to the list of impressive Tapit homebreds campaigned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen this season; Untapable won the Feb. 22 Rachel Alexandra (gr. III) by 9 1/2 lengths.
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