News on horses gearing up for Indiana Grand's top event and other races.
General a Rod
- Dark Bay or Brown Colt
- Born 2011
W. S. Farish's homebred Eagle broke through for his first graded stakes win April 16 and kept an unbeaten record at Keeneland intact in the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
Are You Kidding Me, who was honored with a Sovereign Award last weekend as champion Canadian older horse for 2015, and grade I winner Noble Bird top the 10-horse field for the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland April 16.
Catch a Glimpse worked a half-mile in :49 2/5 while Curalina went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5, both prepping for upcoming stakes at the meet. Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) contender Heart to Heart was also on the tab.
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin provided a 16-1 shocker in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), taking the field of nine gate-to-wire to score by 4 1/4 lengths March 12.
With the likes of California Chrome and Hoppertunity heading overseas for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 12 appears primed for East Coast invaders looking to take advantage.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) twice and finished second four times, has three opportunities to improve on that record in the June 6 renewal of the classic at Belmont Park.
Multiple grade I winner Shared Belief failed to finish April 18 in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), eased by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as Southern Stables' Moreno took the 1 1/8-mile test at Charles Town.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) at Charles Town. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Charles Town Classic featuring Shared Belief. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Charles Town Classic.
Shared Belief, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, turned in his final workout April 14 in preparation for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18.
General a Rod will kick off his 4-year-old campaign Jan. 14 at Gulfstream Park after getting plenty of rest since competing in all three legs of last year's Triple Crown.
New York Racing Association steward Braulio Baeza Jr. has imposed a $2,500 fine on trainer Mike Maker in connection with General a Rod being a late arrival at the Belmont Stakes pre-race test barn June 7.
An official with the New York Racing Association said no rules were apparently broken June 7 when General a Rod was a late arrival to the pre-race testing barn for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
View the dramatic images during the unfolding of the 2014 Belmont Stakes. view slideshow
Images from the weeks leading up to the Belmont Stakes. View Slideshow
Belmont Stakes contender General a Rod galloped over the main track at 5:45 the morning of June 6, his first time over the Belmont Park course since arriving from trainer Mike Maker's Louisville base the previous evening.
Everything seemed to sparkle and shine Friday morning. read blog
Claire Novak updates on the news of the day, including new arrivals Medal Count and General a Rod on the track, and California Chrome schools in the paddock. Claire is joined by special guest, Kent Taylor of WAVE TV. watch video
Claire Novak updates us on the news of the day, including new arrivals Medal Count and General a Rod heading to the track, and California Chrome schools in the paddock. Claire is joined by special guest, Kent Taylor of WAVE TV.
Claire Novak and special guest Peter Rotondo handicap the Belmont Stakes. Peter has had success at picking winners in the Belmont and shares stories while providing insight on this year's running. Watch Video
Meet the Belmont Stakes Contenders. Use this quick and informative guide for a look at the field for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). It is compiled in post position order by Ron Mitchell, with analysis by Evan Hammonds.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). read blog
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome walked the shedrow the morning of June 1 after logging his final breeze before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) a day earlier in front of a crowd of adoring spectators at Belmont Park.
Medal Count and General a Rod are ready for a start in the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after working at Churchill Downs May 31.
Relive California Chrome's victory in the 2014 Preakness Stakes. See where your favorite horse was at six points of the race with our interactive slideshow. view slideshow
The morning of May 18 was time for Art Sherman to check his horse and relive the thrill of California Chrome's Preakness victory, while trainer Billy Gowan was all smiles about a runner-up finish from Ride On Curlin.
Steve Haskin shares with us glimpses of his Preakness week. read blog
There is always hope for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner when he gallops into the Preakness, and through him hope for racing to realize the making of another legend.
- By Claire Novak
Is California Chrome the real deal? Will blinkers off help Bayern? Will up and coming Kid Cruz hit the board? All of these questions and more in this week's episode! watch video
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Steve Haskin shares his Preakness selections. read blog
After the vans pulled in late the afternoon of May 14, all the contenders for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) were on the grounds at Pimlico Race Course except for Ring Weekend, who will arrive May 15 before noon.
Claire Novak updates us on location at Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes. Learn about Ride On Curlin's work with comments from Billy Gowan. See Kid Cruz, California Chrome, General a Rod, Social Inclusion and more! watch video
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday at 3:12 p.m. EDT to continue his quest for an elusive Triple Crown sweep in Saturday's 139th Preakness Stakes.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome boarded a van at Churchill Downs at 10:17 a.m. Monday, May 12 for the first leg of his journey to Pimlico Race Course to headline the 139th Preakness Stakes Saturday, May 17.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and seventh-place finisher Ride On Curlin will be joined in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) by General a Rod, who finished 11th in the Derby.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). read blog
The revised morning line for the 140th Kentucky Derby after the scratch of Hoppertunity.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the sale of General a Rod, Todd Pletcher's comments on We Miss Artie, Rick Porter, and talk to trainer Peter Eurton about Dance With Fate. Plus, Derby picks! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman catches up with defending Kentucky Derby winning jockey Joel Rosario. Joel explains what his win aboard Orb means today, shares thoughts on the strengths of General a Rod, and his Kentucky Oaks mount Rosalind. watch video
Lenny Shulman catches up with defending Kentucky Derby winning jockey Joel Rosario. Joel explains what his win aboard Orb means today, shares thoughts on the strengths of General a Rod, and his Kentucky Oaks mount Rosalind.
Mike Maker has been looking forward to working General a Rod since his unexpectedly slow work last week. read blog
Claire Novak reports on three new arrivals for the Kentucky Derby. Mike Maker and Joel Rosario comment on General a Rod, watch California Chrome jog on the track and Tom Proctor enters Please Explain. watch video
Claire Novak reports on three new Kentucky Derby contenders who have arrived for the big dance. Mike Maker and Joel Rosario comment on General a Rod, watch California Chrome jog on the track and Tom Proctor enters Please Explain in the Kentucky Oaks.
Starlight Racing, owner of Intense Holiday, and Skychai Racing, owner of Harry's Holiday, team up to buy additional Kentucky Derby starter General a Rod less than one week before the race.
Trainer Mike Maker discusses the April 29 workout by General a Rod and how other Derby horses are doing. Mike mentions how General a Rod handles an off track. read blog
One day after being purchased by new connections, General a Rod breezed at Churchill Downs the morning of April 29, showing marked improvement over his work at the track last week as the Kentucky Derby draws closer.
Trainer Mike Maker discusses the April 29 workout by General a Rod and how other Derby horses are doing. Mike mentions how General a Rod handles an off track.
Starlight Stables and Skychai Racing have purchased General a Rod, the Gulfstream Park Derby winner being pointed toward the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
|Trainer||Michael J. Maker|
|Owner||Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC|
|Breeder||Hare Forest Farm|
|General a Rod View Five-Cross Pedigree||Roman Ruler||Fusaichi Pegasus|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Jackman Bloodstock||Eaton Sales, agent||$100,000|
|Yearling||J. Armando Rodriguez Racing Stable||Dapple Stud, agent||$72,000|