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Finishing seventh in last year's $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3), Crewman turned the tables in this year's event, when he won by a neck at odds of 25-1 May 13.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have a quartet of graded stakes at Belmont Park and grade 3 races at Arlington International Racecourse and Santa Anita Park.
Live Oak Plantation, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Joel Rosario made it two straight stakes scores at Keeneland when they teamed to win the Shakertown Stakes (G2T) on turf with Holding Gold
Mongolian Saturday, whose affinity for the Keeneland turf course includes the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) and last year's Woodford Stakes (G3T), headlines the field of nine entered in the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes (G2T) at 5 1/2 furlongs.
William Stiritz's 8-year-old gelding Hogy sped home to take the $60,000 Colonel Power Overnight Stakes in a track record time for 5 1/2 furlongs on the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Mongolian Saturday, a surprise winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at Keeneland, makes his first start of the year in the U.S. in the Oct. 8 Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) in Lexington.
Lothenbach Stable's homebred multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Mister Marti Gras has been retired from racing and is ready to start his second career, trainer Chris Block said.
Shortleaf Stable's homebred Trace Creek made his Polytrack debut a success when he captured the grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup May 21 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich left no doubt Nov. 29 at Woodbine, smashing the course record for 1 3/4 miles by nearly two seconds in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III).
Multiple graded stakes winner Commissioner headlines a field of eight for the 79th running of the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Daniel Dougherty's classic-placed Ride On Curlin returns to the races Nov. 26 in search of his first stakes win in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Homebred Holiday Star defended his title in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 15, galloping to a second consecutive win for Augustin Stable in the 1 -mile turf test at Keeneland.
King's Bishop winner Runhappy and Breeders' Cup Sprint victor Work All Week bookend a field of 12 going six furlongs in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Oct. 2 at Keeneland.
Midnight Cello earned his first graded stakes score and first victory of the season in style July 18, taking the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse with a bold early move up the rail.
Nine older horses square off in the one-mile $100,000 Hanshin Cup over Arlington's Polytrack in a wide-open affair
Last-out stakes winners The Pizza Man, Dramedy, and Xtra Luck will seek to continue their successful ways at the marathon distance of 1 1/2 miles at Arlington International Racecourse.
Saddling three of the seven expected starters, trainer Mark Casse will try to grab a third straight victory in the Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) on Wednesday, July 1 at Woodbine.
Alsvid carried on with his winning ways May 30 at Churchill Downs, upsetting the season debut of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Work All Week in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. I).
Work All Week was the king of midwest sprinters last year. In the Breeders' Cup, he defeated defending Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle and two-time Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) winner Private Zone.
Trainer Paul McGee also has the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II), a 1 1/2-mile dirt race on the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, under consideration.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will make his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard May 2.
World Thoroughbreds Racing homebred Rerun scored the biggest victory of his career when he took the $100,000 Miami Mile (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park April 25.
The field for the $1 million, 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7 is full, but beyond headliner Shared Belief, the race lacks the potential star power that appeared to be possible when nominations came out.
Nates Mineshaft did his sire proud when upsetting the 2012 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) as the longest shot on the board. On Feb. 21 he'll be a price again in this year's $125,000 renewal at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|All Stormy||Greg Geier||
|Hammers Terror||Michael J. Maker||
|Mister Marti Gras||Chris M. Block||
|Nates Mineshaft||Anne P. Smith||
|Night Party||Patrick Huffman||
|Patrioticandproud||Mark E. Casse||
|Seruni||Philip J. Oliver||
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