Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise Dan Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track, and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return.
Fasig-Tipton kept true to its tradition of showcasing the first yearlings by some of the nation's eagerly awaited young stallions at its July sale at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.
A field of established turf runners will compete in the Red Bank Stakes, but most are seeking a reversal of recent form in stakes company as they compete over the one-mile distance.
When a hole opened up in the stretch, Big Blue Kitten shot through to win the $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 2 at Belmont Park.
Michael J. Bruder's Guys Reward will look to defend his title in the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 24 when he faces a full field of older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the grass.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred Icon Ike, a stakes-winning son of Yes It's True, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Dr. Linda Robbins' Starfish Stallions near Hot Springs, Ark. His fee will be $1,000.
Weanlings were the top sellers Nov. 9 at the Keeneland November auction's sixth session, where a $200,000 Trappe Shot colt got the highest bid on a day of across-the-board increases.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the River City Handicap (gr. III) and the Long Island Handicap (gr. III). read blog
The Paris, Ky., farm's top sire War Front will remain at $150,000 for the 2015 breeding season.
Though he has been with Wise Dan throughout a 30-race campaign that began in the winter of 2010, trainer Charlie LoPresti continues to be awed by his two-time Horse of the Year.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, making his first start since returning after May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot Optimizer to win the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the return of Wise Dan in the Bernard Baruch Handicap and handicap the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga this week. watch video
Ten-time grade I winner Wise Dan is set to race for the first time in nearly four months Aug. 30, but the last thing on trainer Charlie LoPresti's mind, he says, is a third straight Horse of the Year title.
On Aug. 30, Wise Dan will face a solid field in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) as the 127-pound highweight while making his long-awaited return after May 16 colic surgery.
Anne M. Eberhardt shares photos and updates on Wise Dan's comeback from colic surgery. read blog
In preparation for a possible start in the upcoming Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT), two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan breezed through the fog on the main track at Saratoga Race Course the morning of Aug. 24.
The Chad Brown trainee used the 2013 United Nations to propel his way to victory in back-to-back grade I races, now looks to Cliff Hanger (gr. IIIT) Aug. 24 to return to graded victory.
Hard-working Guys Reward, making the 46th start of his career, wore down pacesetter Fredericksburg in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $170,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park turf July 27.
Grade I-winning gelding is trying to regain his top form in 1 1/16-mile turf test.
Hangover Kid, surging along the inside, produced a head-bobbing victory over odds-on Grandeur in the $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT), the 6-year-old's first graded stakes score July 12 at Belmont Park.
Making his first start since finishing fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), favored Silver Max wired his seven rivals in Churchill Downs' Firecracker Stakes (gr. IIT), covering the mile in 1:34.21.
Dale Romans will play a strong hand on June 28 when he sends out the accomplished duo of millionaire Silver Max and 2010 winner Guys Reward in a bid to win this year's $200,000 Firecracker Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan didn't scare away many rivals as he attempts to take down a second edition of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 3 at Churchill Downs.
"Going Green" is a feature published in the March 8, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. The feature examines why turf sires may be making a comeback in North America. view slideshow
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Alma d'Oro||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Crimson China||H. Graham Motion||
|Data Link||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Dominus||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Guys Reward||Dale L. Romans||
|Prince Will I Am||Michelle Nihei||
|Queen'splatekitten||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Sky Blazer||Barclay Tagg||
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