Blue Grass, Ashland, Madison, Carter Handicap, Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Oaks, Queen Elizabeth, Oka Sho, Gazelle, Royal Heroine, Shakertown, Wood Memorial, Transylvania, Providencia, Excelsior, Disftaff H., Commonwealth, Bay Shore and more.
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.
After winning four of his first five starts, Centennial Farms' Unified will try grade 1 company for the first time in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Brava Stable's Louisiana-bred filly gets up to win by a head Oct. 20 at Delta Downs.
Keeneland’s marathon September yearling sale highlighted by the sale of Beholder’s half brother for $3 million ended Sept. 25, with strength at the top and middle of the market and continued tepid demand for lower quality individuals.
In our first installment we focused on the new stallions with a half-dozen or more yearlings in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. Here we will look at 11 other stallions—those that had 50 or more foals in their first crop.
Rallying from last of eight in the slop, Salutos Amigos grabbed his first career grade I win April 9 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Salutos Amigos and Calculator, who both spent the winter in California but didn't meet up out there, will hook up back in New York as two late runners who should benefit from a hot early pace in the Carter.
The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is conducting an online auction of seasons to more than 180 stallions from 16 states.
Following the scratch of Beholder from the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has lowered Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's morning-line odds from 6-5 to 4-5.
Frosted is a son of Tapit, the first sire from the Seattle Slew line to benefit consistently from inbreeding to Seattle Slew.
Swagger Jack, a grade I-winning son of leading sire Smart Strike, has relocated to Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa., for the 2016 breeding season. His fee will be $3,500.
Old Friends at Cabin Creek, the New York satellite of the Georgetown, Ky., Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center, welcomed multiple stakes winner Be Bullish May 28.
Mike Battaglia, who sets the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands morning-line odds, is struggling to decide between stablemates Dortmund and American Pharoah when it comes to choosing a favorite for this year's classic.
The Big Beast, a ginormous long-striding runner with a penchant for peppermints, will return to the big leagues April 4 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Grade I King's Bishop winner The Big Beast and defending Carter Handicap winner Dads Caps turned in final preparations March 28 for the April 4 Carter, while 3-year-olds tuning up for the Wood Memorial were also on the tab.
The first reported foal for grade I-winning millionaire Morning Line is a colt born over the weekend of Jan. 24.
Grade I winner Swagger Jack, a son of two-time leading sire Smart Strike, will stand the 2015 season for $2,500 at Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind.
Grade I-placed Apriority, winner of the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III), has been retired to stand at Michele Rodriguez and Lee Daniel Thomas's Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, La.
Dads Caps, a front-running sprint specialist who won the April 5 Carter Handicap (gr. I), tops the nine-horse field of 4-year-olds and up entered for the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park June 6.
Popular gelding Ribo Bobo continued his remarkable rise from the claiming ranks May 10 in capturing the $79,000 Decathlon Stakes, Monmouth Park's opening-day feature, by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths.
Hard-knocking Dads Caps had been three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 10-1.
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Runner-up in the 2013 Carter Handicap (gr. I) and lightly raced since then, California-based Sahara Sky will get another crack at the seven-furlong sprint April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Ribo Bobo, who has won six of seven since he was claimed, and the solid mare My Pal Chrisy top the fields for the Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint and Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint Jan. 18 at Gulfstream.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Be Bullish||David Jacobson||
|Calibrachoa||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Fastus Cactus||Naipaul Chatterpaul||
|Have You Ever||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Independence War||Bruce N. Levine||
|Kensei||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Laysh Laysh Laysh||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|More Than a Reason||Randi Persaud||
|Sunrise Smarty||Michael E. Hushion||
|Yawanna Twist||John Parisella||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Arlington Classic S. (G3T)||AP|
|Paradise Creek S.||BEL|
|Keertana Overnight S.||CD|
|Winning Colors S. (G3)||CD|
|Valentine Memorial S.||FAI|