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.
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Calumet Farm will introduce four new stallions in 2017, led by 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten.
The 5-year-old son of Birdstone set a track record Oct. 29 at Keeneland, winning the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) by 5 3/4 lengths and running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.75.
W. S. Farish's homebred Eagle broke through for his first graded stakes win April 16 and kept an unbeaten record at Keeneland intact in the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
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.
Last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice will become the latest U.S. raider to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in Dubai when he runs March 5 in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (UAE-I).
The first reported foal for grade II winner Ive Struck a Nerve, who was gelded after the 2015 breeding season, is a colt born Feb. 27 at Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, La.
- 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.
Fruition Racing's Stormdriver outbatted runner-up One Man's King to win the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship Stakes Feb. 6 at Delta Downs.
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.
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.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. read blog
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, featuring Mo Tom, Uncle Walter, Dolphus, and Tom's Ready. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
"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."
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a partnership with TwinSpires.com that includes naming TwinSpires.com the official presenting partner of Louisiana Derby Day on March 26, 2016.
Strong bids for racing-age horses, including $550,000 for graded-placed stakes winner Donworth, helped Keeneland November's ninth session achieve gains.
English Channel tops the Calumet roster at $25,000, followed by Oxbow ($17,500) and Red Rocks ($12,500).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Avie's Quality||Josie Carroll||
|Circle Unbroken||Garry W. Simms||
|Fear the Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|Golden Soul||Dallas Stewart||
|Hawaakom||Wesley E. Hawley||
|Ive Struck a Nerve||J. Keith Desormeaux||
|Malibu High||G. Ray Trisler||
|Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||
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