Live Oak Stud homebred Za Approval has been retired sound after a long and successful racing career that saw the 8-year-old gelding amass $1,394,666 in six years of racing.
Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously (IRE) returned from a four-month break between races and led gate to wire to win the $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Belmont Park.
Ever-popular The Pizza Man, winner of last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT), returns to Churchill Downs for the June 18 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT). The race goes under the lights with an approximate post of 9:05 p.m.
There are so many factors that can affect the outcome of a horse sale it is often difficult to predict a probable outcome. But all signs are pointing toward a positive Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds.
Javier Castellano was voted outstanding jockey after he exceeded his own previous single-season earnings record as his mounts in 2015 earned $28,120,767, surpassing his previous mark of $26,219,907 in 2013.
Grade I-winning miler Jack Milton will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Kentucky for the 2016 season, where he will stand for a published fee of $6,500.
Top miler Jack Milton, currently the leading U.S. turf earner for his sire War Front, has been retired and will be offered as a stallion prospect at Fasig-Tipton's mixed sale in Lexington on Nov. 1.
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) won't include Wise Dan after the two-time winner's retirement, but runners who dwelt in his shadow will have a chance to shine Sept. 13 at Woodbine.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey hopes the $500,000 Fourstardave (gr. IIT) will open the door to a Breeders' Cup bid for Ironicus, who will do battle with last year's Fourstardave winner Seek Again Aug. 15 at Saratoga.
Ten older turf runners will face off in an evenly drawn edition of the Nijinsky Stakes, including two German imports making their first starts in North America
Gerald and Susan Kreesa's King Kreesa stole away on the front end June 13 to take the $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park, becoming just the third two-time winner of a race he also won in 2013.
Stuart S. Janney III's Ironicus shoots for his second straight graded stakes score in the $500,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park on June 13.
Fourth in last year's Eclipse Stakes (Can-II), Are You Kidding Me made amends in this year's edition of the race June 7 with an easy off the pace win at Woodbine.
Sam-Son Farm homebred His Race to Win, a two-time grade III winner, will make his 2015 debut in the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) June 7 at Woodbine.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Twilight Eclipse will look to make it a double June 6 in the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, coming off his first grade I win in the May 9 Man o' War Handicap (gr. IT).
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) twice and finished second four times, has three opportunities to improve on that record in the June 6 renewal of the classic at Belmont Park.
Black Hornet opened a clear lead early in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 17 at Woodbine and outlasted rivals for the gelding's first graded score.
Woodbine homebody Calgary Cat will look to win his third stakes in a row at the Canadian track in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 17.
Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch's Finnegans Wake returned from California in winning form to capture the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again, who just missed winning last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, will try again in his first start of the year in $500,000 turf stakes May 2 at the Kentucky track.
Gary Barber's Jack Milton went from last to first to claim his first grade I score in the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT), tracking down longshot Aripeka in the lane April 10 at Keeneland
Class handicappers won't find much of a toehold going into this year's Maker's 46 Mile Stakes (gr. IT) on Friday, April 10 at Keeneland, as all seven starters are looking for their initial victory at the top level.
Judy the Beauty, Contested, Hunters Bay, Za Approval, Moreno, Better Lucky & More! view slideshow
Judy the Beauty, Contested, Hunters Bay, Za Approval, Moreno, Better Lucky & More
David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson's Winning Prize will look to defend his title in $400,000 Frank Kilroe Mile (gr. I) March 7 at Santa Anita Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Big Screen||Thomas Albertrani||
|Bio Pro||William I. Mott||
|Jack Milton||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Peace and Justice||Thomas Drury, Jr.||
|Sinatra||William I. Mott||
|Za Approval||Mark E. Casse||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Go for Wand H. (gr. III)||AQU|
|Bayakoa H. (gr. II)||DMR|
|Hollywood Derby (gr. IT)||DMR|
|Battle of New Orleans S.||FG|
|Gold Rush S.||GG|