Stonestreet Stables' homebred Terra Promessa made easy work of her seven rivals, taking control around the first turn and never looking back in the $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
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Miller Racing's Call Pat validated her graded stakes-winning credential from last year's Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III), with a score Feb. 14 in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
After a tough beat in the Jan. 23 American Beauty Stakes, Rags Racing Stable's grade II winner Sarah Sis takes on eight rivals in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
Multiple graded stakes winner Sarah Sis will make her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23 at Oaklawn Park, according to trainer Ingrid Mason.
Grade I winner Don't Tell Sophia, bought by trainer Phil Sims for $1,000 as a yearling, was purchased by Shunsuke Yoshida for $1.2 million during the early portion of the Nov. 2 session of the Keeneland November sale.
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.
Mufajaah, impressive winner of the Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed for the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14, postponing retirement at least one more race, trainer Dan Peitz said Feb. 18.
Favored Mufajaah went six wide in the final turn and closed to win the $100,000 Bayakoa (gr. III) by a neck over Flashy American for her second straight stakes win at Oaklawn Park Feb. 15.
Most of the entrants in the field of 10 for the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park are more than familiar with each other.
Grade I winner Don't Tell Sophia, the most accomplished older female runner based at Oaklawn Park the past two years, arrived Dec. 21 and is scheduled to work this weekend in preparation for her 2015 debut.
Charles Cella, president of the Oaklawn Jockey Club, announced Dec. 10 that the Arkansas racetrack will waive its $2 general admission fee for the 2015 season that begins in January.
Odds-on Tiz Midnight proved a popular winner of the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) at Los Alamitos for former Quarter Horse trainer Bob Baffert, when she battled back along the rail by a head over Warren's Veneda Dec. 6.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) at Los Alamitos. read blog
Fresh from a big win in Louisiana, Yahilwa returns to Southern California in search of her third consecutive victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) Dec. 6 at Los Alamitos.
Los Alamitos Race Course's 12-day winter meet opens Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 21.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Frivolous stalked the early pace before taking over in the stretch and held off 9-10 favorite Don't Tell Sophia to win the $222,600 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.
Phil Sims and Jerry Namy's Don't Tell Sophia heads a field of 10 older fillies and mares for the 99th running of the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Churchill Downs.
Oaklawn Park reported Nov. 7 that it has received a record number of stall applications for the 2015 winter/spring race season.
Untapable put the finishing touches on her 3-year-old filly championship campaign when she won the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in a driving finish Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
TimeformUS Breeders' Cup Preview: Can Close Hatches revert to form in the Distaff? read blog
Joe Rocco Jr. has found that one drawback in being a jockey is that he doesn't spend as much time with the horses as he would like.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several races from the Breeders' Cup Friday card. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Breeders' Cup Classic will post on Saturday as a separate show, so be sure to return then!
Trainer Phil Sims talks about the prospects of his Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Don't Tell Sophia, and also how she got her name. Watch Video
Trainer Phil Sims talks about the prospects of his Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Don't Tell Sophia, and also how she got her name.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bahama Bound||Grant T. Forster||
|Don't Tell Sophia||Philip A. Sims||
|Itsabeautifulthing||Donnie K. Von Hemel||
|Minesave||W. Bret Calhoun||
|One Last Dance||Dale L. Romans||
|She's All In||Donnie K. Von Hemel||
|Tiz Miz Sue||Steve Hobby||
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