Delta Prince, a 3-year-old maiden and half brother to three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta and grade I winner Crown Queen, made his third start a winning one in Gulfstream Park's eighth race Dec. 26 for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
Phillips Racing Partnership's turned the tables on 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse Aug. 21 and took the $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
On some level the connections of the six 3-year-old fillies expected to face Catch a Glimpse, who is undefeated on the grass, hope she doesn't bring her "A" game when she runs in the $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 21.
James Bryan Jr.'s 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly raced just off early leader La Berma in the mile turf test, breezed by in the far turn, and pulled away to win by 3 3/4 widening lengths.
A three-month layoff earlier this year may have helped Strike Charmer, as she registered her first stakes win since 2014 in the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, May 14 at Belmont Park.
Recepta, owned by Phillips Racing Partnership and Pam Gartin, leads the clutch of females who found mixed success in graded stakes last year and look again to prove themselves in top company.
Robert Masterson's Tepin put her sheer brilliance on display Oct. 3, destroying 10 rivals in the $400,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) when she aired by seven lengths. She will face males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
In the absence of undefeated Lady Eli, Sentiero Italia announced her presence in the 3-year-old filly turf division with a victory in the Maker's Mark Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Stakes winner Miss Temple City will try to nail down her first graded score in the $300,000 Maker's Mark Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Friday, Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Hard Not to Like came flying and secured her second consecutive grade I victory July 25, edging out Tepin in the final strides of the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga while setting a turf course record.
Robert Masterson's Tepin will take on Hard Not to Like July 25 in the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. I), both last-out grade I winners looking to add another event of the highest caliber to their resumes.
Molly Morgan rallied inside off the far turn to win the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes May 1 at Churchill Downs, earning the first grade I victory of her career.
Sire Afleet Alex will have an undefeated son in Materiality start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, a race in which Afleet Alex finished third.
After finishing second in last year's La Troienne Stakes (gr. I), Molly Morgan will again try for the first grade I victory of her career in this year's edition of the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.
Last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) runner-up My Miss Sophia will open her 4-year-old campaign Friday, April 15 as one of nine fillies and mares entered in the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Champion 3-year-old filly Untapable, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and classic winners Palace Malice and Tonalist are among horses nominated to 10 stakes during Kentucky Derby Week at Churchill Downs.
Though she didn't start for seven months, New York-bred Dayatthespa proved her credentials at season's end with a powerful victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) to earn an Eclipse as top female turf horse.
Ian Tapp takes us through the Fasig-Tipton November Breeding Stock Sale numbers. Listen to comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales, Jane Lyon, Brereton Jones, and Ken Ramsey. watch video
My Miss Sophia, second in this year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), sold for $2.15 million as a racing/broodmare prospect at the Nov. 3 Fasig-Tipton November sale.
Although the Hall of Fame trainer is closely associated with the legendary Cigar, he has always had that 'je ne sais quoi' with the fillies, including Breeders' Cup contenders Emollient and Close Hatches.
- By Tom LaMarra
A look at Crown Queen, Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and field size. read blog
Crown Queen, a half sister to champion Royal Delta, earned her first grade I victory with a sparkling late run in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 11.
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. read blog
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Crown Queen||William I. Mott||
|Duff One||Gary C. Contessa||
|Minorette||Chad C. Brown||
|My Miss Sophia||William I. Mott||
|V V Goodnight||Thomas F. Proctor||
|Xcellence (FR)||Chad C. Brown||