Sarah Sis led the field all the way and held off a strong late bid from two-time defending winner Living The Life to narrowly prevail in the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. II) Sept. 19.
Living The Life, a four-time stakes winner and an earner of nearly $1 million, certainly has nothing to be ashamed of regarding her career, but it's hard not to wonder what could have been if she arrived in the U.S. a handful of years earlier.
Bill Kaplan, one of South Florida's most successful trainers over the past 30 years and conditioner of 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance, will retire from training after this weekend.
Thunder Gulch, champion 3-year-old male of 1995 and leading sire of 2001, has been retired from stallion duty at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The 23-year-old is the sire of 96 stakes winners.
Keeneland's September yearling sale posted more across-the-board gains Sept. 17 at its ninth session as four horses brought $200,000 or more, helping the 13-day sale remain ahead of last year on average and median prices.
All-weather sprint specialist Living The Life, a recent arrival from overseas, added a third straight win to her record Sept. 8 in taking the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association named J. Paul Reddam the leading owner of 2012. Ocala Stud was named the top national breeder and Morton Fink was honored as the leading small breeder of 2012.
Beat the Blues, runner-up in Churchill Downs' Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) the last two years, gets the win May 27 in wire-to-wire fashion.
Vuitton came from well off the pace to edge favored Beat the Blues by a nose in the $100,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 11, capping a sensational afternoon for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.
Greg de Gannes, an equine veterinarian who parlayed his knowledge of horses into a career as a successful trainer, died Feb. 23 in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 50.
After a six-year hiatus, the Calder Casino & Race Course Hall of Fame will welcome nine new members to its roster when inducting three horses, two jockeys, two trainers, and two owners/breeders.
Musical Romance, who sold for $1.6 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, is headed to Japan where she will be a broodmare, one of her former owners said.
The Fasig-Tipton November sale, which is known for its prominent cast of selected entries, will again feature several standouts, including this year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Zagora.
Trainer Bill Kaplan discusses champion sprinter Musical Romance. Watch Video
Having stunned the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) a year ago at odds of 20-1, reigning divisional champion Musical Romance seeks to defend her title in the 2012 edition of the race.
Fans at Santa Anita's Clockers' Corner had plenty of action on the morning of Oct. 25 as 10 horses pointing to the Breeders' Cup breezed. At Calder, defending Filly & Mare Sprint winner Musical Romance worked five furlongs.
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 24 that 180 horses, including eight former or defending winners, were pre-entered for the Nov. 2-3 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
Champion Musical Romance breezed six furlongs in 1:14 1/5 at Calder Casino & Race Course Oct. 18 as she continues to work toward a defense of her title in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Pinnacle Racing Stables and Bill Kaplan's 2011 Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter Musical Romance bid a proper farewell to Calder Casino & Race Course Oct.6.
Dust and Diamonds, getting good at the right time, disposed of better-known rivals Musical Romance and Turbulent Descent with ease in capturing the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths at Belmont.
Headed by national female sprint champion Musical Romance and multiple grade I winner Turbulent Descent, the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 22 at Belmont Park came up as an exceptionally tough race.
Musical Romance, the champion female sprinter of 2011, will be consigned to the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November sale, Three Chimneys announced Sept. 18.
Emma's Encore and Turbulent Descent are among the others targeting the Sept. 22 race at Belmont Park.
Four months after she wowed the racing world with a track-record victory at Churchill Downs, Groupie Doll returned to action with another impressive effort in winning the $400,600 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. II) Sept. 8.
Multiple grade I stakes winner Groupie Doll, who got a freshening in the spring and summer, is among the 12 fillies and mares entered in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 8.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Ariana D||Andrew McKeever||
|Beat the Blues||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Diamond Song||Dallas Stewart||
|Divine Sophia||Donna R. Skolrud||
|D'wild Ride||Joseph F. Orseno||
|Jenny's So Great||Gregory de Gannes||
|Kitty in a Tizzy||H. James Bond||
|Love That Dance||Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr.||
|Malibu Win||Paula S. Capestro||
|Musical Romance||William A. Kaplan||
|Promised Mandate||Robert G. Smith||
|Shotgun Gulch||C. R. Trout||
|Sweet Lorena||Michael S. Ferraro||
|Waccamaw||Robert M. Gorham||
|Worstcasescenario||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Matriarch S. (gr. IT)||DMR|
|Bear Fan S.||GG|
|Valedictory S. (gr. III)||WO|
|Magic City Classic S.||FG|
|Louisiana Champions Day Starter S.||FG|