A six-time group/graded stakes winner and a veteran of 44 career starts, 10-year-old Musketier returns for yet another season when he opens up his 2012 campaign in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 26.
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Proven over the Arlington Park turf course this year, grade II winner Willcox Inn switches Illinois venues to Hawthorne Racecourse for the first time in the $200,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Sponsored by TVG Oct. 15.
All In Stable's Willcox Inn is the 3-1 favorite for the $250,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 24 at Delaware Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf event has attracted a field of 13 sophomores.
Despite making his first start in North America, European-based grade I winner Treasure Beach was tabbed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 13 at Arlington Park.
Street Game, winner of the Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) earlier this summer, was installed as the 8-5 favorite for the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds Aug. 12 at Saratoga.
Banned, who has prospered after being switched to grass racing after just one start on the main track, heads a field of 12 in the 14th running of the $600,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) Saturday, July 16.
Tom, Evan and James Scully of TwinSpires.com handicap the Delaware Handicap and Virginia Derby. Both notable grade II races this weekend. Watch Video
A 35-slide review of the many races from the holiday weekend! View Slideshow
Most of the Blue Grass field needs a win to make the Derby; can Crimson China do it?
On paper, a decent case can be made for all dozen 3-year-olds entered in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), possibly opening the door for yet another outsider to jump into the Triple Crown mix.
- By Steve Haskin
No, not seats; tickets to the starting gate. Spaces are filling at a rapid rate and there aren't many left for all the horses scheduled to run over the next two weekends. Read Blog
Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman said the Lexington track is expecting field of 10 or 11 for the 87th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) on April 16.
Looking for a potential Derby contender coming out of this weekend's races? You might want to look outside the winner's circle. Read Blog
Animal Kingdom took the overland route to a possible start in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when he drew off late for a 2 3/4-length win in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 26
There are several under-the-radar horses who could run big in this weekend's 3-year-old stakes
Synthetic racing surfaces have brought out the best in Positive Response, so he'll get another opportunity over the Turfway Park Polytrack in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 26.
Officials at Turfway Park reported March 21 that as many as 18 runners are being pointed toward the March 26 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
|Trainer||H. Graham Motion|
|Owner||Team Valor International|
|Breeder||Plantation Stud/Silver Springs Stud Farm|
|Crimson China View Five-Cross Pedigree||Giant's Causeway||Storm Cat|
|Parisian Affair||Mr. Greeley|
|Star of Paris|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Paramount Sales, agent||($120,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
|Hard Not to Like|