An outside post and a wide trip couldn't stop favored Irish Mission as she held off stablemate Tabreed by three-quarters of a length to take the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) from Gulfstream Park Dec. 27.
Christophe Clement is enjoying the best year of his career since going out on his own in 1991 with almost $9 million in purse earnings, including a first victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Tonalist.
In what is expected to be her final start, Successful Song secured the most lucrative victory of her career when she cruised through the stretch to easily win the $300,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes.
Successful Song was supposed to retire after the Dec. 30 Ocala Stakes, a one-mile dirt event run at Gulfstream Park. But when she won, her connections decided to run back in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff.
Able to milk an easy lead for jockey Elvis Trujillo, Closing Range spurted away from favorites Ciao Bella and Havant at the head of the lane and went on to post a 19-1 upset in the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Havant and Clarinet head a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder Race Course & Casino Nov. 30, but the lightly raced sophomore Ciao Bella could make an impact.
The demand for quality bloodstock was in full force at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, but the middle and lower markets were soft.
Esther Marr recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the sales of Pure Clan and Changing Skies, who both brought more than $4 million. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Wealthy buyers' enthusiasm for the young and the beautiful fueled the market again during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Royally bred Changing Skies, a graded stakes-winning daughter of Sadler's Wells, brought $4.2 million during the Nov. 7 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Mandore International Agency.
Pachattack, winner of the Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) in her only start since finishing third in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I), heads the field for the Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 16.
Bettors made Zagora the even-money favorite in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) and she rewarded their faith in her.
Jason Shandler, Tom LaMarra and Ian Tapp handicap the Marshua's River Stakes at Gulfstream Park this week. watch video
German-bred Daveron, who won three of her four starts in 2011, will tote top weight of 123 pounds in the $100,000 Marshua's River (gr. IIIT), which drew a full field of fillies and mares Jan. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
After 11 months off, the 5-year-old mare was back at Calder Casino & Race Course for the same race, and this time she wired the field in the 1 1/2-mile turf race.
Led by a pair of 4-year-old fillies from the barn of Christophe Clement, a field of 12 was drawn for the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes Oct. 23 at Keeneland.
Christophe Clement, already a four-time winner of the event, has three of the six betting interests entered in the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay (gr. IIT) May 28 at Belmont Park.
German-bred filly La Luna de Miel, making just her second start in the United States, collared Giants Play at the sixteenth pole and held on to win the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park grass March 20.
Christophe Clement has won the Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) six times dating back to 1994 and on March 20 he will have another solid chance when sending out a trio of contenders in the 1 1/2-mile turf event at Gulfstream Park.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Gilbert Campbell's homebred Watch Me Go enters Derby fray & focuses spotlight on sire West Acre, from the immediate family of Tale of the Cat and Pulpit and Johannesburg and Minardi.
Keertana bided her time behind the pacesetting Belle Watling and then outfought the late-charging Zapparition to win the $100,000 The Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a half-length on the Gulfstream Park turf course Feb. 20.
Swettenham Stud's homebred 6-year-old Changing Skies won the $100,000 The Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) a year ago and returns as the likely favorite in the 1 3/8-mile turf contest Feb. 20 at Gulfstream Park.
Askbut I Won'ttell figures to make things tough in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf when she takes on 13 rivals in the 1 1/8-mile race at Gulfstream Park Saturday, Jan. 29.
See the races from the first weekend of 2011. View Slideshow
Favored Changing Skies pounced on Casablanca Smile in the stretch and proved a handy 3 3/4-length winner of the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Calder Casino and Race Course Jan. 2.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Academicienne||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Becky's Exchange||Robert Barbara||
|Bodua||Michael J. Doyle||
|Casablanca Smile (CHI)||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Changing Skies (IRE)||William I. Mott||
|Dancing Rage||Manuel J. Azpurua||
|Liberally (IRE)||Thomas Albertrani||
|Speak Easy Gal||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Sweet and Flawless||Eric R. Reed||
|The Niagara Queen||Todd A. Pletcher||
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