Big Apple Showcase Day for New York-breds at Belmont Park has solid fields for all six of its stakes races. The $200,000 Commentator Stakes and $125,000 Kingston Stakes have drawn many top older runners.
Agent Dennis O'Neill has high regard for Orb, whose progeny have been in high demand at 2-year-olds in training sales this year, purchasing one of the Claiborne Farm stallion's 2-year-olds for $710,000.
To "peak in the Derby" was a main part of the strategy Pletcher and owners Anthony Bonomo and Vinnie Viola laid out for Always Dreaming this winter.
- By Frank Angst
A look at recent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) dirt prep races in the United States could determine if any potential bias toward a particular running style on the main track existed on particular race days.
An Orb colt purchased as a yearling for $30,000, reflecting his small size, brought a high bid of $685,000 from Three Chimneys Bloodstock, as agent, during the April 25 session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training auction.
An Orb colt purchased for $30,000 as a yearling lit up the Ocala Breeders’ Sales bid board April 25 when purchased by Three Chimneys Bloodstock for $685,000.
Always Dreaming, impressive winner of the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, breezed April 14 for the first time since his five-length victory in the $1 million event.
Gulfstream Park registered record daily average all-sources handle of just under $10 million a day for its 2016-2017 championship meet that concluded April 2.
Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park Oaks, Pan Americans, Louisiana Derby, Honey Fox, Muniz Memorial Handicap, New Orleans Handicap, Fair Grounds Oaks, Appleton, Orchid, Tokyo City Cup, Top Flight Invitaitonal, Australian Derby, T J Smith and more.
The top three finishers in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) exited in good order and connections said that all will be heading to Louisville to prepare for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Always Dreaming took a massive jump up in class and continued his winning ways April 1 with a five-lengths victory in the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Northeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
This week we have cards loaded with stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and Gulfstream Park, Dortmund's return to dirt, and more.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Triple Crown, Kentucky
On Feb. 28, 2014, breeders Pam and Jim Robinson sprung into action to save the life of Unbridled Rage when the 19-year-old broodmare began to hemorrhage while delivering a healthy, leggy colt.
The Southern routes to Louisville come to a climax April Fools' Day, when Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots each highlight their final stakes-studded April 1 programs with preps to Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby.
A.P. Indy has a son out there whose own sons have yet to show their potential—and each of the most promising ones has his first foals about to race.
Even as Sano considers the colt's greatest challenge yet—a run in the April 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) from a challenging outside post at Gulfstream Park—his confidence is unwavering.
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera recorded an easy five-furlong leg stretcher March 18 in his first work since capturing the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
Mo Town, winner of the Remsen Stakes (G2) last November, became acquainted for the first time with the Gulfstream Park surface March 16, working six furlongs for a possible start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1.
Claiborne Farm stallion Orb enhanced his reputation March 14 when a colt from his first crop was sold for $1.25 million to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s sale of 2-year-olds in training.
An Orb colt bought by consignor Crupi's New Castle for $350,000 as a yearling produced a healthy return on the investment March 14 when he was purchased by Solis/Litt on behalf of LNJ Foxwoods and partners for $1,250,000.
St. Elias Stable's Battalion Runner, a promising 3-year-old who has yet to be tested in stakes company, continued his march to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) by working six furlongs March 11 at Palm Beach Downs.
Two colts sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin top the 2-year-olds in training scheduled to go through the ring at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale.
Remsen Stakes (G2) winner Mo Town breezed the morning of March 8 at Payson Park in preparation for a possible start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables' impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Beau Choix||Barclay Tagg||
|Cool Blue Red Hot||Angel A. Penna, Jr.||
|Decisive Moment||Kathleen O'Connell||
|El Commodore||Michael Machowsky||
|Frac Daddy||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Howe Great||Thomas M. Bush||
|Indy's Illusion||Kevin McCarthy||
|Itsmyluckyday||Edward Plesa, Jr.||
|Joes Blazing Aaron||Peter R. Walder||
|King Kreesa||Linda Rice||
|Merit Man||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||
|Off the Jak||Bisnath Parboo||
|Omayad (CHI)||Oussama Aboughazale||
|Orb||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Pick of the Litter||Dale L. Romans||
|Shanghai Bobby||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Silver Max||Dale L. Romans||
|Upgrade||Chad C. Brown||
|Za Approval||Mark E. Casse||
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