Fans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots figure to be plenty familiar with most of the starters in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Saturday, Feb. 25.
In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.
Trainer Todd Pletcher heads to the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course with a fresh horse in Made You Look, who is set for his first start since his maiden-breaking win June 19 at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) featuring Effinex, Are You Kidding Me, Eagle, Bradester, and International Star. Sponsored by Equibase.
Effinex, who last year won the Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will look to add to his legacy there June 18 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Imperative and Page McKenney, second and third, respectively, behind Moreno in last year's Charles Town Classic (gr. II), are among 10 older horses entered in the $1.25 million event April 23 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Longshot S'maverlous proved up to the challenge of his first stakes try and registered a clear victory in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Gallant Stable's grade I winner Majestic Harbor will go for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Mar. 26.
Grade I winner Majestic Harbor outdueled Eagle in the long Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots stretch to snap a seven-race losing streak and earn his first stakes win since 2014 Feb. 20 in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III).
International Star, who last year swept the 3-year-old prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, will reenter the graded ranks Feb. 20 in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star got back to his winning ways Jan. 16 at the racetrack where he seemingly can't lose -- Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star returns to the site of his greatest accomplishments Jan. 16, when the reigning Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner starts in the $60,000 Louisiana Stakes.
Tigertail Ranch's homebred Mobile Bay got the bob and won the Zia Park Derby by a nose, while International Star checked in fourth in his first race since his victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in March.
Lenny Shulman recaps the Breeders' Cup meet at Keeneland and sits with Ken Ramsey to discuss several scoops on plans for Bobby's Kitten, international racing, and International Star. Sponsored by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions watch video
Lenny Shulman recaps the Breeders' Cup meet and analyzes how Keeneland performed as a host track. Lenny also sits and talks with Ken Ramsey and obtains several scoops on plans for Bobby's Kitten, international racing, and International Star. Sponsored by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions
Alto Racing's Azar won for the first time -- in a big way -- Sept. 2, taking the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade III winners World Approval and Night Prowler look to take the next step up Friday, Aug. 7 in the $200,000 National Museum Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Seven sophomore sprinters, including multiple stakes winners W V Jetsetter and Bluegrass Singer, will face off July 25 in the $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park going six furlongs.
Richard Santulli's Force the Pass delivered a career-best performance July 4 in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, making a powerful rail-skimming move heading into the far turn.
Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero overcame a troubled start and a wide trip to chase down his rivals and win the $200,000 Pennine Ridge for 3-year-olds by a neck May 30 at Belmont Park.
Upon further evaluation of sidelined Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner International Star, veterinarians have diagnosed a hairline fracture in his left knee.
Kentucky Derby day scene setter with Claire Novak at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015. Watch Video
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star has been scratched from today's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Several other horses owned by the Ramseys have been scratched from the May 2 Churchill card.
"I believe in fate," says Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I believe that something really good is about to happen... but it's something we're just going to have to wait and see."
Ken Ramsey said he is loaded with 2-year-olds for next year's Kentucky Derby, but International Star, who swept the Fair Grounds Derby preps, might get him the roses a year earlier than planned.
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|Blame Jim||David Jacobson||
|Creaky Cricket||Michael Dini||
|Designed for War||George R. Arnold, II||
|Hot Tin Roof||H. Graham Motion||
|International Star||Michael J. Maker||
|Nutty Futty||Christopher Van Culin||
|Startup Nation||Chad C. Brown||
|Strong Coffee||H. Graham Motion||
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