The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.
Aktabantay, a $625,000 yearling purchase, is set to seek his first stateside triumph and graded-stakes success in the Miami Mile in his third start for trainer Tom Morley.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, the Curlin colt who beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) last year, has been moved from the barn of trainer Dale Romans to Todd Pletcher.
Michael House's Big John B has only raced on dirt twice in his last 36 starts, but he seems to take to the surface just fine.
The champion racemare remains on track for the April 16 Apple Blossom (gr. I), while Whitmore moved closer to his scheduled start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on the same day.
Michael House's Big John B has only raced on dirt once in his past 35 starts, but that lone start -- a score in last year's Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar -- was one of his best.
For U.S. fans, Claire Novak runs down the post times for races on the Dubai World Cup card March 26 at Meydan.
American runners Frosted, Mshawish, Hoppertunity, and Keen Ice join California Chrome for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan.
Horses preparing for Dubai World Cup Day including Mshawish, Frank Conversation, California Chrome, Hoppertunity, Peniaphobia, Handassa, and Keen Ice. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Horses preparing for Dubai World Cup Day including Mshawish (white 9), Frank Conversation (pink 8), California Chrome (white 1), Hoppertunity (white 7), Peniaphobia (Black 1), Handassa (gray 4), and Keen Ice (white 2). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Five U.S.-based Dubai World Cup contenders are preparing for March 26 race.
There are so many factors that can affect the outcome of a horse sale it is often difficult to predict a probable outcome. But all signs are pointing toward a positive Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has scheduled under tack workout sessions from March 9-11 for horses entered in the March sale of 2-year-olds in training that will be held in Ocala, Fla., March 15-16.
Special Fighter led at every call of the $400,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 Sponsored by Emirates (UAE-I) March 5 at Meydan, spoiling the Dubai debut of last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice.
Last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice will become the latest U.S. raider to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in Dubai when he runs March 5 in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (UAE-I).
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Following is information on incoming stallions to Kentucky standing for $10,000 and up and on select leaders in other markets:
Last year Mshawish took the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), but this season transitioned his form to dirt in brilliant style, and brought home the second grade I win of his career Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Donn Handicap (gr. I) featuring Mexikoma, Mshawish, Valid, Madefromlucky, and Keen Ice. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Connections of Keen Ice, Mshawish will use Feb. 6 race as guide for World Cup runs.
Godolphin's multiple graded stakes winner Frosted will make his Dubai debut Feb. 4 in the Al Maktoum Challenge Sponsored by EGA (UAE-II), with William Buick named to ride from post 5.
Led by 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, a strong contingent of U.S.-based horses head the nominees to this year's $10-million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
Javier Castellano was voted outstanding jockey after he exceeded his own previous single-season earnings record as his mounts in 2015 earned $28,120,767, surpassing his previous mark of $26,219,907 in 2013.
Voting for 2015 NTRA Moment of the Year is underway via Twitter through Jan. 3, 2016.
The Ohio Derby will return to the distance of 1 1/8 miles and for the second year in a row will be worth $500,000 for its 82nd running June 25, 2016, at ThistleDown Racino in North Randall, Ohio.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bold Conquest||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Carpe Diem||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Conquest Tsunami||Mark E. Casse||
|Firespike||Michael J. Maker||
|Hashtag Bourbon||Kellyn Gorder||
|Ike Walker||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Keen Ice||Dale L. Romans||
|Mr. Z||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Sharm||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Tough Customer||Ron Faucheux||
|W V Jetsetter||George Weaver||
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