West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve has been retired from racing and will begin retraining for a second career with Olympic level three-day event rider Phillip Dutton, according to a May 24 release.
The three trainers of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runners expected to start in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are confident the six weeks between races will not be a problem for their horses.
Slipping saddle can't stop California Chrome in the World Cup and more inside the April 2, 2016 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Follow along with America's Best Racing for a compelling behind-the-scenes look as GMB Racing Manager Greg Bensel experiences the 2016 Louisiana Derby (gr. II). Watch Video
Follow along with America’s Best Racing for a compelling behind-the-scenes look as GMB Racing Manager Greg Bensel, the vice president of communications with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, experiences the 2016 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with two 3-year-old Thoroughbreds vying to earn enough points to qualify for the starting gate of the upcoming Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, May 7.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, who captured the grade II Risen Star Stakes in his last start, was a commanding winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 26.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) featuring Greenpointcrusader, Dazzling Gem, Gun Runner, Mo Tom, and Forevamo. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) featuring Greenpointcrusader, Dazzling Gem, Gun Runner, Mo Tom, and Forevamo. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Louisiana Derby.
Risen Star (gr. II) winner Gun Runner will take on grade I winner Greenpointcrusader, who last finished second to Mohaymen in the Holy Bull (gr. II), when the two go postward in the March 26 Louisiana Derby (gr. II).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. read blog
Louisiana-based owners and a Louisiana-based trainer hope the home cooking works for their Mo Tom, who hopes to turn the tables on Gun Runner in the March 26 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds
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.
Brittlyn Stable's Forevamo has exited his second-place finish in the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) in good order, according to trainer Al Stall and owner Evelyn Benoit.
"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."
Trainer Tom Amoss, multiple leading trainer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has a couple of promising 2-year-olds he hopes end up competing in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in 2016.
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.
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.
Richard Bahde's Cougar Ridge, claimed for $62,500 in April, won his fourth race in a row when he rallied from just of the pace to capture the $250,000 Delta Mile Nov. 21 at Delta Downs in Louisiana.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Watch Video
Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
While he has struggled since last year's front-running victory in the Presque Isle Mile, the connections of Decisive Moment hope a return to the Pennsylvania track helps the veteran runner in this year's edition.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester and Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid will go toe-to-toe once again in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park.
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course this week to train for a possible start in the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Albano||J. Larry Jones||
|B and B's Pulpit||Merrill R. Scherer||
|Blue Forty Two||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Clueless Rusty||L. Jay Cuccia||
|Commanding Curve||Dallas Stewart||
|Dixie Beat||Brent Delahoussaye||
|Flat Gone||Shaun C. Morrow||
|Gold Appointment||Robert Rockwell||
|Gold Hawk||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Grand Isle||Leo G. Gabriel, Jr.||
|Hail to the Nile||Sturges J. Ducoing||
|Hot Zapper||Andrew Leggio, Jr.||
|In Trouble||Anthony W. Dutrow||
|Intense Holiday||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Kapenta||Henry B. Johnson, Jr.||
|King Cyrus||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Let Me In||Ron Faucheux||
|Louies Flower||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Montbrooks Miracle||Ray Sibille||
|Rise Up||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Salute the L T J G||Patrick Mouton||
|Vicar's in Trouble||Michael J. Maker||
|Yankee Gambler||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Youve Got a Friend||Louie J. Roussel, III||
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