Owner Happy Alter reported the morning of Dec. 18 that Curlin's Approval emerged from her second-place finish in the Rampart Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park in good order and is expected to run her back during the championship meet.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have California Chrome in his Southern California swan song, a trio of grade III races at Gulfstream Park, and more.
Todd Pletcher attempts to corner the market in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes (gr. III), sending out three of the field's seven entrants in graded stakes winners Stanford, Madefromlucky, and Keen Ice.
Cali Star put away Best Behavior in early stretch and drew off to victory in the $100,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) to claim the first stakes victory of her career in the one-mile test for fillies and mares Dec. 12.
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Trainer Marty Wolfson will have Cali Star, Best Behavior, and Curlin's Princess in the one-turn-mile Rampart Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 12, and also has Lori's Store in the $100,000 South Beach on the Saturday card at Gulfstream.
Joseph Shields Jr.'s House Rules overcame a bump at the start and survived an objection to win her first graded stakes Feb. 21 -- the $100,000 Rampart (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Never worse than second in seven lifetime starts, Godolphin Racing's speedy Wedding Toast goes for her sixth victory and second in a graded stakes Feb. 21 in the $100,000 Rampart (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
A $3.9 million broodmare, a record $3 million weanling filly, and a daylong parade of seven-figure horses helped the Keeneland November sale post gains across the board at its lively second session Nov. 5 in Lexington.
Ciao Bella, a 5-year-old Giant's Causeway mare in foal to Speightstown, was purchased for $1.6 million by Don Alberto Corp. Nov. 5 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Devil's Cave did all her running from the start as the 1-2 favorite in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream March 29, so stablemate Gamay Noir picked up the pieces in deep stretch to win at odds of 49-1.
Devil's Cave, winner of the Feb. 16 Sabin Stakes (gr. II), heads a field of eight including multiple graded stakes winner Unlimited Budget in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Smooth as silk under jockey Gary Stevens, Beholder vanquished both two-time champion Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar while rolling to an open-lengths victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 1.
The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may only have a field of six, but they have created perhaps the most riveting puzzle in the entire series this year.
While most of the New York-based horses for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) are traveling to California Oct. 28, Authenticity has been at Santa Anita since running second in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) a month earlier.
A good number of the Oct. 26 works at Santa Anita were by Breeders' Cup candidates getting in major licks before the Nov. 1-2 World Championships, including Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man and Moreno.
It was a busy morning Oct. 19 at Santa Anita Park, as Breeders' Cup contenders led by Classic runner Mucho Macho Man turned in moves over the track.
Three Chimneys Sales has added three high-profile broodmares or broodmare prospects to its Fasig-Tipton November consignment.
Mucho Macho Man, fresh off his first grade I victory for trainer Kathy Ritvo, posted a half-mile workout Oct. 12 at Santa Anita Park, where he is expected to make a return start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve offers some early thoughts on the Breeders' Cup. read blog
Beholder left no doubt that she is ready to take on the best distaffers on the continent after easily going gate-to-wire in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) against a salty group of shippers and older fillies and mares.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder and grade I winner Joyful Victory head a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Besilu Stables' two-time champion Royal Delta continued on her path toward a third crown with an easy victory in the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25.
Champion mare Royal Delta is the class of a small group entered in the $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 25 at Saratoga, but as we saw last year in this event, sometimes even class gets beat.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Authenticity||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Call the Ten||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Ciao Bella||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Go Unbridled||H. Allen Jerkens||
|One Last Dance||Dale L. Romans||
|Successful Song||Edward Plesa, Jr.||
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