Keyword: Swingforthefences

  • Commentator (right) survives late surge by Saint Liam to win the Whitney.

    Commentator Holds Off Saint Liam in Whitney

    The classy sprinter Commentator was able to stretch his speed all the way to the wire under Gary Stevens in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I), digging in to hold off Saint Liam by a neck at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Offlee Wild, winning the Suburban, worked out at Saratoga Friday.

    Offlee Wild, Swingforthefences Work at Spa

    AZ Azalea Stable's Offlee Wild was on the Saratoga main track Friday morning for a workout for trainer Juan Rodriguez, who has been taking over the training responsibilities of Richard Dutrow Jr. Dutrow will return to Saratoga on Monday after serving a 60-day suspension handed down in New York.

  • Sutherland, Smokume Shoot for Tom Fool

    Hobeau Farm's Smokume, a four-time stakes winner in search of his first graded-stakes win, is among the leading contenders in the $150,000 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) over seven furlongs at Belmont Park Sunday.

  • Gygistar Rallies in Belmont's Westchester

    Edward P. Evan's hard-knocking Gygistar got the pace he was looking for Wednesday and rallied to win the 77th running of the $109,500 Westchester Handicap (gr. III), the opening-day feature at Belmont Park's spring/summer meeting.

  • Belmont Opens With Contentious Westchester

    Wednesday's $100,000-added Westchester Handicap (gr. III), the opening day feature on Belmont Park's 100th birthday and spring/summer meeting, presents a curious field of eight older horses.

  • Eddington Likely Choice in Big M's Pegasus

    Willmott Stables' Eddington, third in the Travers (gr. I) in his last start, drew post six for Friday's $300,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds on opening night at the Meadowlands.

  • Love Of Money Tops Indiana Derby Nominees

    The top three finishers of the recent Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) – Jay em Ess Stable's Love Of Money, Pollard's Vision and Swingforthefences – are among 32 top 3-year-olds nominated to the $500,000-added Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park.

  • Imperialism Heads Super Derby Eligibles

    Imperialism, the third-place finisher in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), heads the list of 3-year-olds who remain eligible for the Sept. 25 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.

  • Love of Money, ridden by Robby Albarado, wins the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park.

    Love of Money Pays Off in Pennsylvania Derby

    Making his stakes debut, little known Love of Money put Pollard's Vision away in the stretch and romped to a smashing 8 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park Monday.

  • Trainer Jason Orman, left, holds Rock Hard Ten while groom Jose Mejia gives him a bath Thursday at Monmouth Park.

    Lion Heart to Roar from Post 4 in Haskell

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Lion Heart, the 121-pound starting highweight for the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), drew post 4 on Thursday for Sunday's race. He was quickly installed the 9-5 favorite for the $1-million Haskell, Monmouth Park's signature race of the season.

  • Swingforthefences Goes Deep in Iowa Derby

    New York shipper Swingforthefences dug deep to prevail in a tough stretch battle by a half-length in Friday's $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows.

  • Purge, with John Velazquez aboard, captures the Peter Pan Stakes, Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Pletcher's Purge Powers to Peter Pan Win

    Jockey John Velazquez got the high-spirited colt Purge to relax while racing on the outside of the pacesetters and the colt responded to the easy handling with a quarter-mile to go to register a sparkling victory in the $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Florida Derby winner Friends Lake among Belmont hopefuls in this weekend's Peter Pan Stakes.

    Peter Pan May Produce More Rivals For Smarty

    Yes, believe it or not, there are other 3-year-olds who inhabit the wild and wacky world of Smarty Jones, and several of them will be using Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) as a dress rehearsal for their big showdown with America's wonder horse in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • TVG To Provide Live Peter Pan Coverage

    TVG will present live coverage of the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) from New York's Belmont Park on Saturday. The Peter Pan is the final major prep race for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Scheduled post time is 4:45 p.m.

  • Will the Peter Pan Stakes produce a challenger to impressive Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner Smarty Jones?

    Peter Pan Could Produce Rivals for Smarty

    Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at Belmont Park brings together a group of 3-year-olds taking their last shot to show they could possibly spoil Smarty Jones' quest to become racing's 12th Triple Crown champion.

  • Tapit steps to the front with impressive win in the Wood.

    Tapit Triumphs in Wood Memorial Thriller

    In spite of a lung infection that caused him to lose training time, Ronald Winchell's Tapit rallied powerfully in the stretch to get up in the closing yards of the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Value a Plus in the Wood

    Our choice to win the Grade I Wood Memorial is VALUE PLUS. This strapping, gray colt is versatile, fast and has the breeding to get the 1 1/8 mile distance. In last year's Wood, Funny Cide and Empire Maker were prominent throughout the race. We believe that early prominence will dominate this year's running as well.

  • Bob Baffert considering Wood for Consecrate's next start.

    Baffert Says Consecrate is Likely for Wood Memorial

    The Wood Memorial (gr. I) gained a probable starter when trainer Bob Baffert announced Friday it is likely that James McIngvale's Consecrate will ship east for next Saturday's $750,000 feature at a mile and an eighth.

  • Haskin: Sunday Silence last Santa Anita Derby winner to win Kentucky Derby.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Gearing Up For the Main Course

    The first course is over. It is time to take a deep breath and digest the odd smorgasbord of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps that has been laid out so far. Racing fans are starving for something more substantial, and they should get it beginning with the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Illinois Derby (gr. II).

  • Day Keys Limehouse Win in Tampa Bay Derby

    Dogwood Stable's favored Limehouse answered a major question about his distance capabilities, catching the leaders late to register a neck victory over Mustanfar in the $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) Sunday.

  • Dogwood Stable's Limehouse prominent among contestants in Sunday's Tampa Bay Derby.

    Contentious Derby Looms on Deep Tampa Bay Card

    Several strong invaders currently based on Florida's Atlantic Coast will travel to the state's Gulf Coast to face the local contingent March 14 in what should prove a contentious 24th edition of the $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Tampa Bay Derby is Pletcher's to take

    <i>Our guest picker, Mike Pearson, loves speed, and sometimes the cheaper the better. But there's nothing cheap about his preferences in the Tampa Bay Derby. Pearson's day job is prosecuting felons, and he never takes the easy way out. He's been on a handicapping roll of late, prompting TheDowneyProfile.com to ask him to apply his talents here.</i>

  • Limehouse to Take Next Step in Tampa Bay Derby

    Dogwood Stable's Limehouse, winner of the Feb. 14 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will make his next start in the March 14 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

  • Read the Footnotes&#39; Fountain of Youth was a tribute to the colt&#39;s tenacity and courage and his trainer&#39;s ability to get him fit off a layoff.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Big Weekend Helps Clear Picture

    Even with the injury to Second of June, it's refreshing to finally have a weekend that held true to form and helped put several pieces of the puzzle together rather than creating more confusion, as has often been the case in recent years.

  • Second of June, inside, comes out of Fountain of Youth with Triple Crown campaign-ending injury.

    Second of June Suffers Fractured Cannon Bone; To Undergo Surgery

    Second of June, a game runner-up in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) suffered a condylar fracture of the cannon bone, and was scheduled to undergo Sunday afternoon surgery at Dr. Stephen Selway's clinic near Gulfstream Park.