Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap loaded with veterans
Calder Race Course
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Ten horses, many of whom are Calder stakes veterans, are entered for the 6½-furlong $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap, to be run this Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Bluestone Thoroughbreds LLC’s Black Diamond Cat won back-to-back stakes races at Calder in 2011 and returned to win the 6-furlong Ponche Handicap in June by 1¾ lengths over Samuel H.[continue reading...]
Honor Code, Tapiture win Derby points races
Honor Code now is tied for first the early points standing with Havana for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. Both colts have 14 points after Honor Code won the Grade 2 Remsen on Nov. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The minor awards in the Remsen went to Cairo Prince 4, Wicked Strong 2 and Intense Holiday 1.
Tapiture picked up 10 points when he won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club, also…[continue reading...]
Closing weekend at Saratoga full of excitement
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – On the closing weekend at Saratoga we were once again treated to a number of great performances. The first stakes of the weekend came when Midnight Watch stole the Riskaverese Stakes going gate to wire for Kiaran McLaughin and Darley Stable with Irad Ort Jr. up. In one of the easier wins of the weekend, Irad took advantage of the speed bias and was all alone on[continue reading...]
Betfair Hollywood Park
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — A return to Betfair Hollywood Park proved the tonic for Boat Trip, a last-to-first winner of the $99,998 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday.
Some five weeks removed from a 12th place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the 4-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday took full advantage of a three-pronged pace duel to win for the fourth time in five starts over the local grass.
Given the fact No Silent, Chips All…
Betfair Hollywood Park
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Thirty years after winning a division of the Hollywood Derby with the brilliant filly Royal Heroine, trainer John Gosden was successful again Sunday with Seek Again, a son of Speigtstown making his initial appearance in a group or graded stakes.
Winner of the $39,990 Coral Mobile Stakes in his most recent start – Oct. 12 at York – in Great Britain, Seek Again accelerated along the rail to gain the lead…
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Millennium Farms’ Great Mills made the pace in Sunday’s $53,000 allowance grass dash at about 5½ furlongs over a Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course rated good and drew off late for a two-length tally under David Flores.
Conditioned by Fair Grounds 13-time champion Steve Asmussen, Great Mills cut out early fractions of 22.27 and 46.21, came home in 1:05.01 and paid $6, $4 and $3.20 while increasing his career earnings to…
Hawthorne Race Course
STICKNEY, Ill. – The Grade 2, $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap, Presented by Xpressbet looked to be a matchup of three horses exiting Breeders’ Cup starts, and in the end one of those emerged on top while a pair of locals ran big races.
Breaking from the gate in the 1¼ mile Gold Cup, Alpha got away in good order under jockey Eddie Castro, trying to slow things down. He was able to do…
Betfair Hollywood Park
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Although the tactics were different than those employed in her maiden win Oct. 17, the result was the same for Full Ransom in the $100,250 Miesque Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Staying perfect in two starts on grass, the daughter of Full Mandate, who was purchased for $25,000 at the Barretts May sale earlier this year, rallied strongly in the final eighth of a mile to post a 12-1 upset…
Churchill Downs release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tapiture had failed to find the winner’s circle in the first three races of his young career, but he displayed a liking for a brighter spotlight when he rallied from just off the pace under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. for an easy 4¼-length victory in the 87th running of the $175,200 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) for 2-year-olds, the co-featured event on Saturday’s closing day of the 25-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.
We return to Fair Grounds Thursday, where on this, the 10th day of the 142nd meet, we’ll play a full card. Its easy reading, so let’s get started.
Fair Grounds – post time: 2:00 EST
Race 1: 1 Song to You, off since placing here last March. Trainer Mike Stidham is above average with his well rested, and his three wins this meet have been with Jimmy Graham in the irons. 4 Seeking…
NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans-born trainer Andy Leggio Jr. was fortunate enough have the greatest Louisiana-bred of all time in his barn when he conditioned Stewart Madison’s Happy Ticket, but Sunday morning during training hours he updated his plans for the Louisiana-breds he has now that were nominated to this Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
No decision has been made concerning Glen Warren’s Hud’s Rebellion, nominated to the…
Santa Anita Park
ARCADIA, Calif. — Led by the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Park has announced its proposed stakes schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 winter/spring meeting, which will open on Dec. 26 with a pair of prestigious Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea. Santa Anita’s 69-day meet will include a total of eight Grade I events and will conclude April 20.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer…
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Heading into the Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle this past week, trainer Todd Pletcher remarked how he was surprised Stopchargingmaria hadn’t earned a higher speed figure for winning the Grade 3 Tempted on Nov. 3 considering how powerful a performance it appeared to be.
On Saturday, the 2-year-old Tale of the Cat filly backed up Pletcher’s impression of her, holding off uncoupled stablemate Got Lucky by a neck to win the Demoiselle…
OZONE PARK N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. has hired Dan Silver to serve as the organization’s director of television and interactive platforms.
Silver previously was NYRA’s director of communications and media relations from 2009 – 2012, having joined the company in 2008 as the marketing communications manager.
He spent the past year as the director of racing operations at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. In his role there, Silver helped create the inaugural…
Jockey Javier Castellano, the current leading North American rider in both money earned and wins, is close to breaking the all-time single-season earnings record of $25,634,852 set by Ramon Dominguez in 2012. Through racing yesterday, Dec. 9, Castellano’s record for the year stands at 344 wins from 1,551 starts with 285 seconds and 211 thirds and earnings of $25,626,003.