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.
Mei Ling returned to stakes-winning form March 5, taking the $150,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational wire-to-wire at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In her second start off a more than five-month layoff following a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Forever Unbridled broke through Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III).
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.
Topped by $6 million Take Charge Brandi and a record $3.2 million War Front--Take Charge Lady filly in Book 1, Keeneland's November breeding stock sale ended Nov. 13 with gross and average up but a 14.3% decline in median.
Keeneland November sale topped by Take Charge Brandi and more inside the November 14, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse Magazine!
Ian Tapp recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including comments from John Sikura, Mandy Pope, and Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell. Watch Video
Ian Tapp recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including comments from John Sikura, Mandy Pope, and Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell.
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale's Book 1 ends with champion Take Charge Brandi sold for $6 million and a record $3.2 million weanling as upper-market bidding pushes Book 1 to across-the-board increases.
Champion Take Charge Brandi became the new Keeneland November breeding stock sale topper when she was sold for $6 million, with Hill 'n' Dale's John Sikura signing the ticket.
Last-out Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) winner Delightful Joy will look for her second straight graded victory in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
No decision yet on whether the 2014 champion will be sold at Keeneland November.
The connections of I'm a Chatterbox are hoping for a change of luck in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 19 after tough beats in her previous two starts.
Magdalena Racing's Dothraki Queen splits 2-year-old fillies in mid-stretch and draws clear to win the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 12 at Churchill Downs. Just Wicked, the 1-2 favorite, tires and finishes fourth.
Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) victress Just Wicked heads a field of eight for the $200,000 Pocahontas (gr. II) Sept. 12 at Churchill Downs, an event that officially launches the 2015-16 Road to the Kentucky Oaks.
A well-balanced field of 3-year-old fillies, including recent grade II winners Mrs McDougal and Sentiero Italia, has been entered in the Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Sept. 12 opening Saturday card at Belmont Park.
Stonestreet Stables continued its winning ways Aug. 8, when Cavorting rallied to win the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course.
Take Charge Brandi will cut back in distance, but not in class, when last year's champion 2-year-old filly starts for the first time since January in the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
If Take Charge Brandi aces her comeback in the Aug. 8 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga against her own division, a run against the boys could be possible in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), said owner Willis Horton.
Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be honored by Churchill Downs with the naming of a stakes race in his honor at its September meet that will feature eight stakes events with total purses of $1.025 million.
Joe Ragsdale's Sarah Sis established the early lead and just held off the fast-closing Pangburn to win the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) June 27 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Sarah Sis, winner of the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) earlier this year, heads the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) off her win in the May 30 Panthers Stakes over the Prairie Meadows surface.
Don't Leave Me will try to notch a second graded stakes win in Kentucky when she faces an expected six other 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 13 at Churchill Downs.
As last year's 2-year-old champion male American Pharoah prepares to bid for the Triple Crown June 6 at Belmont Park, the 2-year-old champion filly of 2014 is nearly ready to breeze again.
It took a while for Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli to find room in the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes, but she did just in time to remain undefeated May 31 at Belmont Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Cristina's Journey||Dale L. Romans||
|Frolic to the Wire||Milton W. Wolfson||
|Loom||Victoria H. Oliver||
|Milehigh Butterfly||William R. Connelly||
|Pangburn||William B. Van Meter||
|Phoenix Park||James J. Toner||
|Queen's Ready||Gennadi Dorochenko||
|Rachel's Ready||David R. Vance||
|Take Charge Brandi||D. Wayne Lukas||
|True to You||Thomas M. Amoss||
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