In his final move in advance of the Feb. 25 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2), Guest Suite stated his readiness for his next challenge on the Triple Crown trail, covering four furlongs in a bullet :48 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 21.
Guest Suite trained perfectly up to the Jan. 21 Lecomte Stakes (G3), then won it.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week, we have the return of Eclipse Award finalist Finest City, Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Park, the first Fair Grounds Triple Crown prep, and more.
Entries for the five stakes races on Saturday's card that also were offered on last year's card total 48. That total of 48 is up five horses from the number of runners in last year's five stakes on Lecomte day.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue this Saturday with a competitive renewal of the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds.
A promising field of 12 will go to post in New Orleans' first Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) prep of the year in the $200,000 LeComte Stakes (G3) Jan. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
With an Uncle Mo filly selling for a sale-topping $1 million, the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale that was expanded in numbers this year concluded May 24 with a record gross.
Action picked up midway through the second day of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale when a Friesan Fire colt became the highest price so far at $825,000, while a Speightstown colt sold for $500,000.
Either the track at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic was playing faster or the horses were just faster as the under tack show for the May 23-24 sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded May 19 with five of the eight fastest clockings.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Trainer Tom Amoss said the field for the Feb. 20 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds is one of the deepest he has seen at the Louisiana track, and he believes that's good for Mo Tom, who he trains for G M B Racing.
Tom's Ready fired a warning shot in the form of a five-furlong bullet in 1:00 flat Saturday Feb. 6 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
This week we take a closer look at Mo Tom, winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
After finishing second in three of his first four stakes tries, Morning Fire dug down Jan. 23 to hold off a stretch challenge from Epic Journey to win the $100,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Mo Tom used a sustained run through the long Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots stretch to secure a victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Uncle Walter looks to become the outfit's third consecutive winner of the $200,000 Twinspires.com Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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"You can either be excited about the future or worry that he's not there yet," trainer Tom Amoss said of his Lecomte (gr. III) contender. "I prefer to keep the glass half full. I've called him a work in progress."
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Au Moon, the former resident equine at the Kentucky Derby Museum, was euthanized following surgery for a soft tissue injury he suffered in his first race after coming out of retirement.
Au Moon, the 9-year-old brought out of retirement after greeting guests at the Kentucky Derby Museum, did not finish and was vanned off in his first race back at Monmouth Park Aug. 8.
Au Moon, who went to the track several times a week during his stint greeting visitors to the Kentucky Derby Museum, is now back in training with David Carroll at age 9.
Morning Fire won the second race at Parx Racing July 12 and became the first winner for multiple graded stakes winner and Maryland-based stallion Friesan Fire.
The top three finishers in the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) will face several new shooters in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Au Moon||David M. Carroll||
|Big Push||Keith W. LeBarron||
|Citizen||Bernard S. Flint||
|Dynamic Force||Mark E. Casse||
|Friesan Fire||J. Larry Jones||
|Indygo Mountain||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Patena||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Professor Z||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Uno Mas||Steven M. Asmussen||
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