Big Apple Showcase Day for New York-breds at Belmont Park has solid fields for all six of its stakes races. The $200,000 Commentator Stakes and $125,000 Kingston Stakes have drawn many top older runners.
Things may not have gone as well as they could have for Governor Malibu in the Empire State's most iconic 3-year-old races this season, but in starts against his fellow New York-breds the Malibu Moon colt has been dominant.
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.
Favored Blacktype, an impressive winner of an allowance race at Belmont Park in his previous start, rallied in the stretch to win the $158,500 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 31 at Monmouth 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.
Since moving down to Florida in September, Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte has been unbeatable. He continued his streak Nov. 21 at Gulfstream Park West, claiming the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte, upset winner of the 2014 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), tops the field for the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 21.
Former claimer Royal Posse will try for his second straight stakes win against other New York-breds and third victory overall when he faces an expected eight rivals in the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap.
The 11th installment in the rivalry between New York-breds Lubash and Kharafa was staged Sept. 20 at Belmont Park, where Kharafa easily got past his opponent in the stretch and went on victory.
With one of his familiar rivals looking to play spoiler, Lubash will try to win $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds and older a second straight year and third time overall Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
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.
The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte hopes to get back on the winning track as the 5-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d'Oro tops the field for the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.
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
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.
After cruising to victory in an allowance/optional claiming race May 2 at Belmont Park, stakes winner Ostrolenka appears ready to deliver a top effort in the $125,000 Mike Lee Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds May 25.
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.
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.
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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.
Avanzare pressed the pace before kicking clear in the stretch and scoring a clear win from fast-finishing Za Approval in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bio Pro||William I. Mott||
|Dawly||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|General Logan||H. Graham Motion||
|Hamp||Ignacio Correas, IV||
|Kharafa||Timothy A. Hills||
|Sayaad||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Za Approval||Mark E. Casse||
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