If not for his gray stablemate's late-season ascension, Baoma Corporation's Drefong would have been the brightest rising star of 2016.
The margin may have only been a neck over challenger Ransom the Moon, but the context of Danzing Candy's win in the San Carlos Stakes (G2) may put his performance at or near the top of his résumé.
The parade of Bob Baffert-trained top threats is set to march on this weekend with Danzing Candy installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite to keep the train rolling in the $250,000 San Carlos Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park July 1.
When the hard-knocking Mor Spirit earned a 6 1/4-length win in the $1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1), it marked the fourth victory on the day for Bob Baffert and fifth triumph for Mike Smith.
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
Faversham, the last full sibling to California Chrome, is scheduled to run for the first time June 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Bloodstock agent Tom McGreevy, who likes to work exclusively for one client, has signed on to buy yearlings and 2-year-old at sales for Texas owner Mike Stinson.
Kobe's Back has a few reasons to improve in the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) May 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade 1 winner Denman's Call will make his first start out of California when he faces a field of 14 going seven furlongs in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) May 6.
Arrogate’s big finish, career earnings are unprecedented
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome will shuttle to Oussama Aboughazale's Sumaya Stud near Santiago, Chile, for the next three seasons, according to announcements March 16 from Taylor Made Farm and Sumaya Stud.
Gilman Racing, Westside Rentals.com, and W.C. Racing's Denman's Call made a bold move in the turn and wore down favored Masochistic in the stretch to spring a 16-1 upset in the $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) March 11 at Santa Anita Park.
Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable's Masochistic will try to open 2017 by winning the $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G1) for the second time March 11 at Santa Anita Park.
The popular son of Lucky Pulpit easily settled in to the routine at Taylor Made, residing in the same stall where he rested up in 2015 prior to resuming his racing campaign the following year.
Lucky Pulpit, the sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, died Feb. 13 of an apparent heart attack while covering the first mare of the breeding season, according to Harris Farms, where he's stood his entire career.
California Chrome was named the California-bred Horse of the Year for 2016 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual meeting and awards dinner Feb. 8 at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena.
- By Steve Haskin
Since last year's Travers Stakes, the racing world has been trying to place Arrogate's astounding feats in historical perspective.
What is extraordinary is the number of pedigree interrelationships that bind most of the champions.
A behind-the-scenes look at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the career finale of fan favorite and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome.
Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome is settling in at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., after arriving Jan. 29. X-rays following his final race are all clear.
- By Steve Haskin
In three races, Arrogate has led all the way, came from third, and came behind from fifth. He’s won being on the inside and won being on the outside, and won his three stakes in three different states in the East, West, and South.
The rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome in the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup drew the best afternoon ratings for a non-Triple-Crown horse race since American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic.
His usual self in his stall in Barn 2 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Jan. 29, two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome awaited a scheduled trip to Taylor Made Farm where he will begin his stallion career.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
For a 1 1/8-mile race, trainers Art Sherman and Bob Baffert will be paying an added level of attention to the start of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|California Chrome||Art Sherman||
|Go First||Dean Pederson||
|Kobe's Back||Peter Eurton||
|One More||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Solid Wager||Peter Miller||
|Street Icon||Uriah St. Lewis||
|Time for a Hug||Walther Solis||
|Willie B Awesome||Walther Solis||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Prairie Gold Lassie S.||PRM|
|A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase H. (G1)||SAR|
|John Morrissey S.||SAR|
|Real Good Deal S.||DMR|
|Prairie Gold Juvenile S.||PRM|