A 19-1 shot gave 7-5 favorite Protonico what-for in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) on the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard, but the 4-year-old Giant's Causeway runner surged back May 1 to win.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his long-awaited Churchill Downs debut in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (Stakes (gr. II) on the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard.
After being eased during his seasonal debut in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, Protonico bounced back with an easy victory in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, April 11 at Keeneland.
Protonico, winner of the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) and runner-up in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) to close 2014, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in a field of six entered for the April 11 Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation (GJCRF) announced Feb. 10 that it has reached the target prompted by Starlight Stable's challenge to raise $75,000 for laminitis research.
Son of First Samurai faces a tall task Feb. 7 for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, coming back to defend his title against Commissioner and Constitution along with European invader Sloane Avenue.
Trainer Todd Pletcher's quartet of candidates for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park all breezed four furlongs at Palm Beach Downs the morning of Feb. 1.
After winning last year's Holy Bull (gr. II) with Cairo Prince, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin returns to the $400,000 race Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park with another strong contender in the highly regarded Frosted.
Hoppertunity made the most of his chance to finally run at Churchill Downs, grinding out his greatest career victory Nov. 28 in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
A solid field will line up Nov. 29 for the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, as grade I winners Secret Circle and Itsmyluckyday face off amongst a cast that includes Private Zone, Vyjack, and Bourbon Courage.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra look at the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Friday. Watch Video
Bear No Joke will attempt to end a streak of three successive runner-up finishes as he defends his title in the $200,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 23 at Woodbine.
Protonico powered past favorite Bay of Plenty in early stretch and kicked on for a clear win in the $200,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack, completing an easy last-to-first rally.
Noble Moon and Protonico hold a class edge over their five rivals in the Nov. 1 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds is worth $200,000.
Airdrie Stud announced 2015 stud fees Oct. 29. Topping the roster is Creative Cause at $15,000; newcomer Cairo Prince to stand for $10,000.
Cairo Prince, the early spring favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I), has been retired and will stand in 2015 at Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. under a partnership deal with Darley.
Although too early for objective conclusions, we can say subjectively with some confidence that Pioneerof the Nile is well on his way to an important career as a stallion.
Coltimus Prime and Ami's Holiday, two of the best 3-year-olds in Canada this year, square off again in the $150,000 Ontario Derby (Can-III) at Woodbine Sunday, Sept. 21.
Nominally a Grade 2, the $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby has a Grade 1 feel this year, as well as a Grade 1 purse, and that, of course, is due to the presence of 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. read blog
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), will break from the rail in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Parx Racing.
Frank Angst and Evan Hammonds handicap the talented field of the Pennsylvania Derby. California Chrome, Candy Boy, Protonico, Bayern, Tapiture and more. Who do you think is the best horse in the field? watch video
One of the early successes for Starlight Racing and Jack Wolf was Harlan's Holiday, the multiple grade I-winning earner of $2.9 million who went on to a successful stud career at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the Grade 2 Super Derby read blog
This year's edition of the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs Sept. 6 drew a competitive filed of 11, headed by the one-two finishers of the Ohio Derby and the first three finishers of the Prelude Stakes.
Todd Pletcher recorded his 1,000th career stakes winner when Protonico surged late under Joe Bravo to take the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) at Parx Racing on the Labor Day Pennsylvania card Sept. 1.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Awesome Wildcat||Guadalupe Preciado||
|Cairo Prince||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Financial Mogul||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
|Grand Arrival||Linda Rice||
|Intense Holiday||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Jose Sea View||Reade Baker||
|Louisiana Flyboy||Ron Faucheux||
|Manhattan Johnnie||Jeremiah C. Englehart||
|Master Lightning||Heather Wallerstedt||
|Noble Moon||Leah Gyarmati||
|Protonico||Todd A. Pletcher||
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