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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.
String King defended his victory in last year's $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf with another Turf win on the evening of July 2 at Evangeline Downs.
Dual-registered Thoroughbred and Paint filly Painting the Sky is expected to make her first stakes start in the July 2 program, with the eight Louisiana-bred stakes races worth $775,000 in purses.
The sire power lost when Scat Daddy collapsed and died suddenly Dec. 14, 2015, at age 11 was substantial, but he has six sons standing at stud.
Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has announced the 2015 Louisiana-bred divisional champions for 2015, along with stallion of the year, broodmare of the year, and breeders of the year.
Morning-line favorite Chocolate Ride, state-bred star String King have 19 starts between them on the Fair Grounds turf; They square off Feb. 20 in the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Chocolate Ride will try for a third graded victory on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots grass in less than 12 months Jan. 16 in the $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT).
The top two choices in the Dec. 12 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes at Fair Grounds hooked up in early stretch, but it didn't last long as The Pickett Factor put away Mobile Bay and drew off to win.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture returned to winning form Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs, gamely holding off favored Viva Majorca to win the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
Still looking to find his stride in 2015, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture will dial back to try a one-turn turn mile in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.
Mobile Bay missed in the prep race but delivered in the one that counted, rallying to victory in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) Sept. 12 at Louisiana Downs.
The Pickett Factor will try to extend his Louisiana Downs win streak to four straight races when he starts in a graded stakes for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II).
Louisiana-bred String King seems to be getting better with age as the 7-year-old gelding rolled to an impressive victory in the Louisiana Turf Classic at Harrah's Louisiana Downs Casino & Racetrack Aug. 8.
String King, the Louisiana-bred gelding who has earned $890,552 for owner-breeder-trainer Charles Craig Smith, will be seeking his third straight win in the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Louisiana Downs Aug. 8.
Nine older horses square off in the one-mile $100,000 Hanshin Cup over Arlington's Polytrack in a wide-open affair
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.
World Thoroughbreds Racing homebred Rerun scored the biggest victory of his career when he took the $100,000 Miami Mile (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park April 25.
Get Happy Mister, who has dominated at Arapahoe Park, liked the Southern California grass just fine Sunday, winning the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Annette Bishop's Get Happy Mister has a lot working against him in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 19 at Santa Anita Park, but he's shown an affinity for crossing the wire first.
Ramsey 6-year-old homebred will face six opponents and carry topweight of 121 pounds in the 1 1/8-mile grass test
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Louisiana-bred String King put away tough pacesetter Gentleman's Kitten and carried on to a well-earned victory Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, taking the $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) to become a graded winner.
Brereton C. Jones' Albano looks to kick off what could be a breakthrough year when he heads the Louisiana Handicap; grade I winner Kitten's Dumplings returns for her first race since November of 2013 in the Marie G. Krantz.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Adios Nardo||Leo G. Gabriel, Jr.||
|Agent Di Nozzo||Steve Margolis||
|Daddy Nose Best||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Grand Contender||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Marine Patrol||Dale L. Romans||
|Potomac River||Jose M. Camejo||
|Pure Tactics||Morris G. Nicks||
|Runaway Stephen||Karl Broberg||
|Slip and Drive||McLean Robertson||
|Speaking of Which (IRE)||Christophe Clement||
|String King||Charles Craig Smith||
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