Smart Strike’s biomechanical profile reveals he was a natural two-turn individual with as much power as stride, the kind of horse that can get out there and stalk and then keep going until the rest are left behind.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have the final preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland.
Trainer Doug O'Neill and Reddam Racing will look to sweep the two winter derbies at Golden Gate Fields and repeat in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) Feb. 18.
Grade 1 winner Ralis has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury and will participate in the 2017 breeding season, trainer Doug O'Neill said Feb. 4.
Keeneland announced Jan. 17 that Barbara Banke's Stonestreet has become the signature sponsor of the Spring Meet's Lexington Stakes (G3), to be held April 15.
Despite taking pressure from California Diamond nearly every step of the way in the mile stakes race for California-bred 2-year-olds, Ann Arbor Eddie pulled away late to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Two-time grade I winner Jeranimo will stand the 2017 breeding season at John Harris's Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif.
"When you have a horse like Mor Spirit and Cupid that could be competitive, there's a little hope, a little dream there," the trainer said. "But you still have to get there, just get in that gate."
Reddam Racing's homebred Found Money, a multiple stakes-winning 3-year-old colt, was euthanized after he sustained an injury in a workout April 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winner Ralis will make his 3-year-old debut in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Doug O'Neill said March 8.
Even-money favorite Found Money welcomed a return to the California bred or sired ranks with a 1 1/4 length victory in the $101,000 King Glorious Stakes Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
30 years after Tasso became the first grade I winner sired by a son of Mr. Prospector, another son of Mr. Prospector, Smart Strike, is emerging as a sire of sires.
With a slew of early-blooming 2-year-olds in his stable, it's no surprise Doug O'Neill has two prominent runners entered in Southern California's first graded race for young horses in the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II).
Multiple grade I winner Congaree will stand the 2016 breeding season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Texas near Hempstead, according to the Texas Thoroughbred Association.
Found Money gave owner Paul Reddam his seventh 2-year-old winner during Santa Anita Park's spring meet June 21, when he outdueled Doug O'Neill stablemate Mrazek by 1 3/4 lengths to win the $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile.
B.J. Wright, colorful Southern California owner of major winners Jeranimo and Ultimate Eagle, died July 8. He was 76.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith comments on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Hoppertunity.
Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker took to the Polytrack like a fish to water April 19, skipping home in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) in his first try on the synthetic stuff.
On Saturday, Game On Dude returns to Charles Town to seek another victory in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II). Will he win? read blog
Let's Go Stable's undefeated Divine Oath will make his stakes debut April 19 in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) at Keeneland after failing to draw in to the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I).
The Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), which served as a springboard for Charismatic in 1999, is no longer a key Kentucky Derby prep. However, Keeneland's 1 1/16-mile event was once a well-worn path to Louisville.
Points Offthebench was named California-bred Horse of the Year for 2013 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual meeting and awards dinner Feb. 10 at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley.
Fourteen horses have been entered for the San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita Park turf Feb. 8, led by recent San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Jeranimo.
- By Steve Haskin
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Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss three-year-olds including Commissioner and Top Billing, Jeranimo, field size at Santa Anita, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Advice||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Brave Victory||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Conservative||Randy J. Granger||
|El Crespo||George R. Arnold, II||
|His Greatness||Marco P. Salazar||
|Hull||Dale L. Romans||
|Omniscient||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Parade Clown||Katherine G. Ball||
|Pitched Perfectly||Barclay Tagg||
|Square Eddie||Doug F. O'Neill||
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