Keyword: Todd Pletcher

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    Pletcher Ready for Another Kentucky Derby Run

    Pletcher currently has five horses ranked in the top 20 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard used to determine the field: Always Dreaming (7), Tapwrit (12), Malagacy (13), Patch (18), and Battalion Runner (19).

  • D. Wayne Lukas surrounded by former assistants

    Toasting, Not Roasting, Legendary D. Wayne Lukas

    They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.

  • One Liner in the Southwest Stakes post parade prior to winning the grade 3 race

    Undefeated 3-Year-Old One Liner Out Indefinitely

    WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing's undefeated One Liner is out indefinitely and will miss his planned start in the April 15 Arkansas Derby (G1) and is off the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail.

  • Sweet Loretta wins the April 9 Beaumont by three lengths

    Sweet Loretta Back to Form in Beaumont

    St. Elias Stable's grade 1 winner Sweet Loretta got back to winning form when she took the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (G3) by three lengths at Keeneland April 9. 

  • Tapwrit draped in flowers after his win in the Tampa Bay Derby

    Tapwrit Tunes Up for Blue Grass Stakes

    The high energy level Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Tapwrit has flaunted in recent weeks was on display March 31, when he tuned up for the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) with a half-mile move at Palm Beach Downs.

  • Girvin's win in the Risen Star set the colt on the Kentucky Derby trail

    Girvin Heads Louisiana Derby Field

    In a Triple Crown prep season that has been full of chaos, Brad Grady's Girvin will hope to supply a bit of stability April 1 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Gunnevera works five furlongs 1:01 4/5 over the main track at Gulfstream Park West

    Gunnevera Leads Busy Sophomore Work Slate

    Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.

  • Thunder Snow (outside) and Epicharis duel to the wire in the UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow Gets Up in UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow, only days after being made a late nominee to the U.S. Triple Crown series, justified the investment with a hard-fought victory March 25 in the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Zulu wins the Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park

    Zulu Seeks Skip Away Rebound

    The 4-year-old son of Bernardini is scheduled to compete at Gulfstream March 25 in the $100,000 Skip Away (G3), seeking to recapture the form that had earned him the favorite's role in last year's Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.

  • Malagacy wins the Rebel in his first two-turn test and first try against graded company

    Malagacy Flaunts His Talent in Rebel Stakes

    Malagacy  gave his future Hall of Fame conditioner another legitimate sophomore to point toward the first Saturday in May when he captured the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) by two lengths over Sonneteer at the Hot Springs oval March 18.

  • Battalion Runner wins an allowance optional claiming race Feb. 3 at Gulfstream

    Battalion Runner Works Toward Florida Derby

    St. Elias Stable's Battalion Runner, a promising 3-year-old who has yet to be tested in stakes company, continued his march to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) by working six furlongs March 11 at Palm Beach Downs.

  • Tapwrit wins the 2017 Tampa Bay Derby

    Tapwrit Shows His Class in Tampa Bay Derby

    Despite incurring some traffic trouble around the first turn, Tapwrit became the latest sophomore to make a play for a starring role in the ever-evolving 3-year-old male picture when he drew clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).

  • Neolithic

    Neolithic Confirmed For Dubai World Cup Bid

    Neolithic, third last time out in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), will take another crack at Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate in the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) March 25.

  • Eskenformoney wins the 2016 Rampart Stakes

    Eskenformoney Makes Seasonal Debut in Royal Delta

    Having broken through at the end of 2016 to earn her first graded stakes victory, StarLadies Racing and Lisa Troutt's Eskenformoney will aim to duplicate that form when she makes her seasonal debut in the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (G2).

  • Sharp Azteca wins last year's City of Laurel Stakes at Laurel Park

    Sharp Azteca to Face Elders at Gulfstream Park

    After earning his first grade 1 placing when second in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes in his final start of 2016, Sharp Azteca will return to the one-turn mile in the $350,000 Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) Feb. 11.

  • Rags to Riches would win five grade I races in her 3-year-old championship season including the Kentucky Oaks (pictured) and Belmont Stakes.

    Look Back: Rags to Riches Arrives in Las Virgenes

    When a filly costs $1.9 million as a yearling, expectations run high. Yet Rags to Riches soared beyond those initial hopes by vaulting out of a maiden victory straight into the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park.

  • El Areeb wins the 2017 Jerome Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct

    El Areeb Aims to Continue Roll in Withers Stakes

    After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4.

  • Three Rules wins the 2016 Florida Sires In Reality Stakes

    Three Rules Returns in Swale

    Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).

  • Imperative and Antonio Gallardo after Saturday's win in the Poseidon at Gulfstream Park

    Imperative Edges Stanford in Poseidon

    The new owners of Imperative are feeling good about their purchase after the grade 2 winner secured a narrow win in the first edition of the $400,000 Poseidon Handicap Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Prayer for Relief worked five furlongs in 1:00.81 at Gulfstream

    Pegasus Workers Drill Across Florida

    Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.

  • Tommy Macho wins the Hal's Hope

    Tommy Macho Overcomes Trip to Win Hal's Hope

    Paul Pompa Jr. and J Stables' Tommy Macho didn't have the easiest trip in the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 14, but that didn't stop him from powering down the stretch to win by 5 3/4 lengths like nothing happened. 

  • Sandiva wins the Marshua's River

    Sandiva Not Done Yet, Takes Marshua's River

    Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva picked up another graded stakes victory and a second win in the $150,000 Marshua's River (G3T) when she won this year's edition by a half-length in a possible cap to her racing career.