Stakes schedules with combined purses of more than $3.2 million were announced July 27 by Churchill Downs for the Kentucky track's upcoming 2016 meets.
Grade II winner Lady Sabelia will be seeking to defend her title as she tops a field of seven fillies and mares entered in the Willa On the Move Stakes, one of three stakes each worth $100,000 at Laurel Park Dec. 5.
There was a reason bettors made PJG Stable's Favorite Tale the 1-2 favorite for the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap; he was the class of the field off a third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Proven more than formidable sprinting, Taris will try a slightly new aspect heading east for the $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trainer Linda Rice Oct. 25 said Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, who won the Iroquois Stakes for New York-breds at Belmont Park the previous day, will be entered in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Finding two-turn racing to his liking, Cocked and Loaded used a powerful move in the far turn to open a clear advantage and was not threatened in the stretch in winning the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) Saturday.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. read blog
Conquest Windycity, an $800,000 juvenile sale buy in March, gets a second chance to break his maiden from the rail in the Sept. 12 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Miss Temple City ran to her 6-5 favoritism May 15, taking the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes presented by Rams Head Group at Pimlico Race Course to notch her first stakes score.
The Jim Stable's Maryland-bred stalwart Ben's Cat goes for a fourth Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes victory May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
Three winners of the Eclipse Award for the best steeplechase horse in the land will square off in the $150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase on Saturday.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Mamdooha shrugged off a nearly year-long layoff to win her fifth straight race and fourth straight stakes in the $100,000 Correction Stakes March 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Favored Merry Meadow turned what was shaping up as a match race on the turn into a romping 9 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park.
Homebred Merry Meadow, winner of the Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) for trainer Mark Hennig, is the 121-pound highweight in a field of seven entered for the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park.
Filly named for trainer's granddaughter looks for graded breakthrough Nov. 28 at Aqueduct.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad found her way back to the Belmont Park winner's circle Oct. 18, landing the $150,000 Iroquois on Empire Showcase Day for her fifth stakes score of the year.
Four times a runner-up in stakes races this season, including a second-place finish to Palace in the Forego (gr. I), Big Business will try to secure the first stakes win of his career in the Hudson Handicap Oct. 18.
Chester and Mary Broman's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) winner Artemis Agrotera will face five rivals as she looks to continue her winning ways in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.
Grade III winner Cinco Charlie and local standout Galiana won two of the four Delaware Certified stakes on Owner's Day at Delaware Park Sept. 13.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Super Derby, Iroquois Stakes, and retirement of Palace Malice. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Super Derby, Iroquois Stakes, and retirement of Palace Malice.
Lucky Player outfought stablemate Bold Conquest through the Churchill Downs stretch to win the $115,500 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) and give trainer Steve Asmussen the winning exacta Sept. 6.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) and Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III). read blog
Bourbon Lane Stable's Hashtag Bourbon will try to add a second straight stakes win and more luster to the strong start by his freshman sire Super Saver in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs on Sept. 5 opens its second annual September meet, which runs 12 days every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Sept. 28.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Cluster of Stars||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Galiana||Jose S. Rodriguez||
|Here's Zealicious||Naipaul Chatterpaul||
|Kimmies Lucky Star||Phillip Scott||
|Miss Valentine||Christophe Clement||
|Vicki's Dancer||Gary P. Gullo||
|Willet||James H. Iselin||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Grover Buddy Delp Memorial S.||DEL|
|Harry F. Brubaker S.||DMR|
|Harry F. Brubaker S.||DMR|
|Shelby County S.||IND|
|William Henry Harrison S.||IND|