The massive Illinois-bred bay son of English Channel stretched his imposing stride April 18 in his first serious work toward an 8-year-old bow, working a half-mile in :50 flat.
Five jockeys, three trainers and three racehorses comprise the 11 finalists on the National Museum of Racing's 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum's Hall of Fame Nominating Committee.
With his Eclipse Award for male sprinter awarded Jan. 21, Drefong joins Lost in the Fog (2005), Trinniberg (2012), and Runhappy (2015) as the only 3-year-olds who earned the honor this century.
Mondialiste (IRE), winner of the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT), is likely to bypass a rematch with champion Tepin in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park in favor of a start in the 1 1/2 miles Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Charles Chu's Drefong broke alertly from the outside in a field of 12, took the lead, and never faltered en route to victory in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.
Last seen in the U.S. finishing second to Tepin in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), Mondialiste (IRE) would not be denied Aug. 13, emerging from a multi-horse stretch battle in the Arlington Million XXXIV Stakes (gr. IT).
Midwest Thoroughbreds' homebred The Pizza Man will look to become the first horse to win the Arlington Million (gr. IT) back-to-back Aug. 13, but will have to pick up his recent form to do so.
Trainer Chad Brown said 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten has developed a foot abscess and will miss the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT), a race in which he ran second last year.
The Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) is without a clear-cut favorite, giving bettors many ways to go.
After a third-place run in the Plate Trial June 12, an extra furlong seemed to suit Sir Dudley Digges July 3 in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine.
Should his performance at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening be a good one, trainer Roger Brueggemann would send the horse to Arlington once more for a defense of his Arlington Million (gr. IT) title.
The auction offers horseshoes worn by Afleet Alex and First Samurai, a VIP Three Chimneys tour, and autographed race photos. All proceeds help with the mission of racehorse retirement and rescue.
Back against state-breds after finishing unplaced in graded company in New York, Ravenheart proved best in knuckling down late for a narrow win in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 26 at Laurel Park.
Castleton Lyons has announced the 2016 stud fees for its two stallions, Gio Ponti ($12,500) and Justin Phillip ($5,000).
A 2-year-old son of Gio Ponti went to Conquest Stables for $250,000 to top the horses of racing age section of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2015 Fall Mixed Sale Oct. 14.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 on the Churchill Downs dirt Sept. 19 for trainer Roger Bruggemann.
Citing higher than anticipated handle on its Aug. 15 Arlington Million card and following days, Arlington International Racecourse announced it will card additional races daily and increase purses for state-bred races.
The Pizza Man, who became the first Illinois-bred to win the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15, will make his next start at Keeneland with an eye on the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and beyond.
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The 6-year-old English Channel gelding galloped to victory in the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, scoring the greatest victory of his career.
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Big Blue Kitten, a three-time grade I winner and morning-line favorite for the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15, will take up stud duty at the end of his racing career at Calumet Farm.
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|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Cape Blanco (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Dean's Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|General Perfect||Donna S. Zook||
|Gio Ponti||Christophe Clement||
|Mission Approved||Naipaul Chatterpaul||
|Proceed Bee||Scott Becker||
|Rahystrada||Byron G. Hughes||
|Tajaaweed||Daniel C. Peitz||
|Wigmore Hall (IRE)||BELL MICHAEL||
|Zack Hall (FR)||ROHAUT FRANCOIS||
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