As impressive as American Pharoah's workouts have been, trainer Bob Baffert seems most concerned about the weather going east for the 2-year-old champion male's 3-year-old debut.
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Oaklawn officials said Take Charge Brandi appears headed for a showdown against top 3-year-old males in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14, as last year's champion 2-year-old filly will not race in the Honeybee (gr. III).
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes to breeze champion filly Take Charge Brandi March 2 at Oaklawn Park in preparation for her next start, possibly against males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14.
American Pharoah may be more than ready to make his 3-year-old debut. The Zayat Stables-owned son of Pioneerof the Nile worked an eye-catching seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
It wasn't the fractions that excited Bob Baffert about undefeated Dortmund's workout the morning of Feb. 26 at Santa Anita Park, it was how the massive 3-year-old son of Big Brown handled himself.
Owner Willis Horton confirmed Feb. 25 that the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 14 is under consideration as a target for champion Take Charge Brandi, although a decision has not yet been made.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah Drew an appreciative appraisal from trainer Bob Baffert as he continued to work in preparation for his 3-year-old debut the morning of Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Runner-up in the Essex Handicap Feb. 14, Ride On Curlin will point toward the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) in one month, trainer Billy Gowan said the morning after the son of Curlin made his return to stakes action.
Returning to Oaklawn Park where he secured his first career stakes win, Golden Lad held off last year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ride On Curlin to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Essex Stakes.
Ride On Curlin, under regular exercise rider Bryan Beccia, worked an easy half mile in :49 3/5 after the break the morning of Feb. 11 in preparation for the $100,000 Essex Handicap to be run Feb. 14 at Oaklawn Park.
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The showdown everyone wanted to see produced a clear verdict for Shared Belief over reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $500,000 San Antonio Invitational Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
In the days leading up to the big race between California Chrome and Shared Belief, industry figures and fans shared their excitement about the showdown -- and talked about who they wanted to win.
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For the fifth race in a row, a formidable Bob Baffert-trained contender is looming to take on Shared Belief. Only Bayern, in the Breeders' Cup Classic, has got the best of the dark bay gelding.
Shared Belief wrapped up serious preparations for his 2015 debut in the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) with a four-furlong move Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Golden Gate Fields.
Untapable, last year's 3-year-old filly champion, continued her steady works at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, breezing an easy half-mile in :51 on Feb. 2, while stablemate Tapiture breezed his half in :50 3/5.
Grade I winner Hoppertunity will run in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert confirmed after the 4-year-old son of Any Given Saturday worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Park Feb. 1.
Horse of the Year California Chrome put in the final major drill for his 4-year-old debut when breezing five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 Feb. 1 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Untapable completed the first workout of her 4-year-old season Monday, Jan. 26, when she breezed four furlongs in :51.4/5 on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Smarty Jones Stakes winner Far Right is expected to resume his Triple Crown preparations at Oaklawn Park, but the son of Notional may skip next month's Southwest Stakes (gr. III) in favor of the Rebel (gr. II) March 14.
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Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin returned to the races in winning fashion Jan. 15, taking a six-furlong allowance optional claimer at Oaklawn Park by a head in his season debut.
Trainer Billy Gowan had several options for the 4-year-old debut of Ride On Curlin, but he decided to take what he believes is the path of least resistance: a second-level allowance Jan. 15 in the ninth race at Oaklawn.
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