Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Highway Star got back to her winning ways April 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack with a half-length victory over Indulgent in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (G3).
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have massive stakes cards at Aqueduct Racetrack, Keeneland, and Santa Anita Park built around three top Triple Crown preps.
Repole Stable's homebred Clipthecouponannie's undefeated record will be on the line when she steps up in class and faces five other fillies and mares in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 9.
More than 24 hours after Paulassilverlining won her second graded stakes, the Distaff (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 17, owner and breeder Vincent Scuderi was still beaming.
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining earned the second graded victory of her career and first since October 2014 with an emphatic score in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. III) April 17 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The top two finishers from last year’s Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) will meet again Saturday, April 16 when Cavorting, Bar of Gold, and By the Moon start in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Graded stakes-producing mare Michele Royale, owned by Sam and Jo Pollock's Pollock Farms, was euthanized March 3 at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky. because of infirmities of old age.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad returned to the races and to her winning ways April 18, galloping by 5 1/4 lengths over three rivals in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
The $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, April 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack has attracted just four fillies and mares, led by Mamdooha and La Verdad.
Front-running La Verdad left her rivals behind leaving the turn en route to her initial graded stakes win, a 3 3/4-length romp in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 19.
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Todd Pletcher-trained filly makes first start in nearly nine months in six-furlong test at Aqueduct Racetrack April 19.
Godolphin Racing's It's Tricky swung three-wide into the stretch, fought her way to the front, and drew clear by 3 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct April 14.
Dual grade I winner It's Tricky will cut back to seven furlongs as she heads a field of seven fillies and mares entered in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) April 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Nicole H picked up her third straight victory and first in a graded stakes with an easy 2 1/2-length score in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares April 16 at Aqueduct.
Led by 8-5 morning-line favorite Nicole H, a field of only five filly and mare sprinters will line up for the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) April 16 at Aqueduct.
Grade II winner Secret Gypsy is headed to Japan after being sold for $540,000 early in the afternoon of the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.
Richland Hills and John Kuehl's Secret Gypsy overcame a traffic-filled trip to win the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 11 at Delaware Park.
Richland Hills Stable and John Kuehl's Secret Gypsy will be looking to continue her comeback success story when she meets seven rivals in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 11 at Delaware Park for fillies and mares.
Secret Gypsy got an ideal trip for jockey Jamie Theriot to score a two-length win in the five-horse Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) Aug. 8 and remain undefeated in three starts at Saratoga Race Course.
Warbling, whose last two starts came in grade I sprints, takes a bit of a breather in the Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 8 facing four other distaffers.
Alex Rankin's 9-5 favorite Tar Heel Mom repelled a big from Hour Glass in upper stretch and bounded home for a 2 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) April 17 at Aqueduct.
Justwhistledixie, who is trying to regain the winning touch she had early in her sophomore season, takes on five fillies and mares all seeking their first graded stakes victory April 17 in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap
Royale Michele, winner of the 2009 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) and an earner of more than $230,000, has been retired from racing, it was announced Feb. 16.
As Laurel Park digs out from a pair of massive snow storms, the Maryland Jockey Club will run four stakes races Presidents Day, including the General George and Barbara Fritchie Handicaps (both gr. II).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Awesome Ashley||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Distorted Passion||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Moonshine Alice||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Royale Michele||S. Matthew Kintz||
|Secret Gypsy||Ronny W. Werner||
|Zada Belle||Saeed bin Suroor||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Cougar II H. (G3)||DMR|
|Jonathan Kiser Novice S.||SAR|
|Honorable Miss H. (G2)||SAR|
|Prairie Gold Lassie S.||PRM|
|A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase H. (G1)||SAR|