Hargus Sexton, who along with his wife, Sandra, bred dozens of stakes winners, died at his farm outside Versailles June 15 at the age of 96.
It took more than a year, but race circumstance finally cycled back into the 5-year-old gelding's favor as he barely held off Awesome Slew on the line to take the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com (G2).
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.
The grade I-winning son of Pleasant Tap out of the same family as Nyquist will stand for $4,000.
The Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) is without a clear-cut favorite, giving bettors many ways to go.
Grade I winner The Pizza Man towers over his field in the Stars and Stripes, but only if he can regain his form of a year ago when he won the Arlington Million. He is winless in two starts this season.
Catalina Red outsprinted eight others in taking Churchill Downs Stakes with favorite Speightster finishing unplaced in seven-furlong test.
Salutos Amigos facing Kobe's Back again
The first reported foal by grade I winner Capo Bastone arrived at Y-Lo Racing Stables in Ocala, Fla. Jan. 23. The foal is a filly out of Y-Lo's homebred Speightstown mare Speightstown Girl.
Spendthrift Farm's Shakin It Up, winner of the Malibu (gr. I), Strub (gr. II), and San Vicente (gr. II) stakes, sired his first reported foal late Jan. 6, when a colt was born at Brandywine Farm in Paris, Ky.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid gamely put away an onslaught of closers to win the $75,000 Groomstick Stakes Sept. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Three graded stakes winners will look to claim their second victories in that category in the $300,000 Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 12 at Kentucky Downs.
Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
Rebounding from an eighth-place finish in the Smile Sprint (gr. II), Newtown Anner Stud and Joseph Bulger's Falling Sky captured the $75,000 Trinniberg Stakes at Gulfstream Park Aug. 1.
Dialing back in distance proved to be the winning formula for Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Catch a Flight, who wore down longshot Appealing Tale in the final strides to take the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 25.
Two proven Bob Baffert-trained grade I winners will be front and center in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 25 at Del Mar.
Kevin Warner's Quiet Force, a sharp $40,000 claim in March 2014, comes from just off the pace to win the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). The son of Dynaformer will likely start in next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT)
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California-bred Masochistic, owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, made short work of six foes to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Maggi Moss' Delaunay, a winner of more than $1.1 million, ended his streak of second-place finishes in the Iowa Sprint Handicap with a victory in the $125,000 event the evening of June 26 at Prairie Meadows.
Under the tutelage of trainer Ron Ellis, Masochistic will try the top level of competition in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Delaunay, winner of 18 races and over $1.1 million in purse money through 52 outings, is 8-5 morning line favorite in the Iowa Sprint Handicap and the most accomplished runner in the Friday, June 26, Prairie Meadows race.
Private Zone won the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, May 2 at the Louisville oval, holding off a stretch challenge from Nates Mineshaft. Bayern struggled in his 2015 debut.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will make his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard May 2.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Broadway Empire||Robertino Diodoro||
|Capo Bastone||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Central Banker||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||
|Delaunay||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Falling Sky||John P. Terranova, II||
|Laugh Track||Mark E. Casse||
|Quiet Force||Michael J. Maker||
|River Bear||Rusty A. Hellman||
|Sahara Sky||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Shakin It Up||Bob Baffert||
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