It took WinStar Farm's homebred Commissioner seven tries to get his first graded stakes score, but the A.P. Indy colt appears to have found his best stride at the 1 3/16-mile distance.
- Chestnut Colt
- Born 2011
WinStar Farm's Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) winner Commissioner will look to claim his second graded event in a row in the $300,000 Pimlico Special Stakes May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
Exactly a year to the day since his last start, 4-year-old Top Billing will make his return to the races Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park, his first race since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured cannon bone.
Knocked from last year's Triple Crown trail by injury just two weeks apart, both Honor Code and Top Billing are nearing their 4-year-old debuts this winter at Gulfstream Park.
Coming up to his 2014 seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park, top 3-year-old prospect Honor Code breezed four furlongs March 9 in :47.97 over the main track.
Top Billing will miss the Florida Derby and is off the Triple Crown trail with a cannon bone injury. Stablemate Honor Code, who makes his season debut March 12 at Gulfstream, could now be a candidate for Florida's big event.
Steve Haskin shuffles his Kentucky Derby Dozen on the bottom end this week, but read what he says about those left unmoved. read blog
Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 closed March 1 with the mutuel field, or "All Others", the solid the 3-1 favorite.
Though relatively early on the Derby trail, it's unlikely there will be another two-way duel as good as the one in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II), won by Wildcat Red over General a Rod Feb. 22 at Gulfstream.
Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens its three-day run Feb. 27 at noon EST.
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen was rocked by the Risen Star and Fountain of Youth Stakes over the weekend. See who was removed from the top 12! read blog
Wildcat Red and General a Rod, the one-two finishers in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will likely take their nascent rivalry to the next level in the $1 million Florida Derby.
TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Gulfstream and Fair Grounds read blog
With Cairo Prince and Honor Code sitting out the next leg of the Florida sophomore series on the road to the Kentucky Derby, the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth attracted a strong 13-horse field led by Top Billing.
It's an age-old handicapping question -- what do you do when the horse you like has drawn a poor post position? read blog
No changes at the top of the Derby Dozen, but some new faces, including Bayern and Tapiture. read blog
Top Billing breezed a half-mile in :50 2/5 Feb. 17 at Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., in preparation for his stakes debut in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Todd Pletcher-conditioned Commissioner is training forwardly for his scheduled stakes debut in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22.
Steve Haskin adds a new horse to his Kentucky Derby Dozen, shuffles a little and removes one Kentucky Derby prep race winner completely. Read to find out who! read blog
There was no strong consensus for the top individual choice among six leading contenders in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager's second pool; it concluded Feb. 8, with the Shug McGaughey-trained Honor Code topping the list.
Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Honor Code jogged at Gulfstream Park & Casino the morning of Feb. 2, the second straight day.
Grade II winner Honor Code is unlikely to contest the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, but could target the March 1 Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Steve Haskin presents his first official Kentucky Derby Dozen this week! See if any of your Kentucky Derby horses to watch made his Derby Dozen. read blog
Mr Speaker will return to turf following a seventh-place finish in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), his first start on dirt Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Shug McGaughey said.
Highly touted Top Billing made easy work of a first-level allowance field as the even-money favorite in his second start as a 3-year-old Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park.
Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile at Payson Park the morning of Jan. 19 in preparation for a scheduled start in the upcoming $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
- By Steve Haskin
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss three-year-olds including Commissioner and Top Billing, Jeranimo, field size at Santa Anita, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. watch video
|Trainer||Claude R. McGaughey III|
|Owner||Farish, William S. and Hudson, Jr., E. J.|
|Breeder||W. S. Farish & E.J. Hudson, Jr. Irrevocable Trust|
|Top Billing View Five-Cross Pedigree||Curlin||Smart Strike|
|Parade Queen||A.P. Indy|
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