There were few surprises on Independence Day at Evangeline Downs as favorites won seven of the eight stakes on the Louisiana Legends Night card highlighted by Stormdriver's victory in the featured Classic.
A week after he ran second in an allowance/optional claiming event, Big Chief Racing's Crucero stunned the field in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Charles Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, who was second in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will ship west for the first time for the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Chuck Fipke has traveled the world many times over searching for precious metals, and this weekend he will mine Belmont Park looking for something equally as valuable -- a classic win for his homebred Tale of Verve.
Sam-Son Farm homebred His Race to Win, a two-time grade III winner, will make his 2015 debut in the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) June 7 at Woodbine.
Power Alert will try to notch the most lucrative victory of his career for a second straight race when he starts in the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint Stakes May 30 at the Opelousas, La. track.
Michele and Cliff Love's Xtra Luck took over from pacesetter Majestic Harbor in early stretch and held his command for a comfortable win in the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) May 23 at Churchill Downs
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. watch video
Trainer Paul McGee also has the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II), a 1 1/2-mile dirt race on the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, under consideration.
Multiple graded stakes winner Something Extra looks to add to his resume in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs on May 1.
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.
A celebration of the career of Gary Stevens on the occasion of his 5,000th North American victory. View Slideshow
Spendthrift Farm's Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning full brother to Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, sired his first reported foal just after midnight Feb. 8. The colt was born at Windhorse Thoroughbreds in Middleburgh, N.Y.
One King's Man ruled the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship Feb. 7 at Delta Downs, using a big late kick to win by 3 1/2 lengths, highlighting an evening of stakes racing for state-breds.
Odds-on choice Coalport, shipping from Florida for Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker, dominated the $200,000 John Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) Jan. 24 at Sam Houston Race Park for his first graded stakes victory.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino announced the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint will be renewed May 30, three weeks earlier than the inaugural event in 2014.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star, winner of the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, was bred in New York by Marylanders Katharine Voss and Robert Manfuso.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds on January 17, 2015. Watch Video
In the Nov. 8 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT), Gainesway Stable's Villandry finally notched a graded win for trainer Charles LoPresti. Following a move to the barn of David Carroll, he looms Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds.
Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.
Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable's well-bred Savoy Stomp will look for his first stakes win Jan. 17 in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.
Brittlyn Stable's Sunbean will seek his third stakes win in six weeks when he defends his title in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Grade II winner Ive Struck a Nerve and stakes winner Awesome Bet will join the stallion roster at Peach Lane Farms near Opelousas, La. for the 2015 season.
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm bought the half brother to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow. The colt is by Unbridled's Song.
|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||
|Heitai||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Ive Struck a Nerve||J. Keith Desormeaux||
|Malibu High||G. Ray Trisler||
|Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||
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