Sherman says California Chrome is in Kentucky Derby
Santa Anita Park
ARCADIA, Calif. – The pressure is off Art Sherman. By earning 50 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby with California Chrome’s dazzling victory in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes, the door to Louisville and the Run for the Roses on May 3 was opened wide.
All the 77-year-old trainer has to do now is keep the colt healthy and pick and choose the best way to get[continue reading...]
California Chrome is best in the West, and maybe …
California Chrome wowed the racing world Saturday with a dominating win in the San Felipe at Santa Anita Park. It was the second fastest time ever (1:40.59) for the stakes race and he was geared down in the final sixteenth of a mile. He was eight lengths in front at the finish. He could back in the Santa Anita Derby, but with the 50 points he received in winning the San…[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...]
Santa Anita Park
ARCADIA, Calif. — Heavily favored Judy the Beauty, idle since running second to multiple Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2, showed her class in winning Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita by 4¾ lengths, negotiating six furlongs in 1:08.22.
Owned and trained by Wesley Ward, Judy the Beauty shipped in from her Gulfstream Park base and was ridden by…
Gulfstream Park report
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.– Palace Malice opened his 4-year-old season in dramatic fashion, surging in deep stretch after being passed by two horses to win the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Saturday. Making his first start since finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 2, Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Palace Malice hit the wire in 1:33.80 for the one-turn mile, just .67 off the track record set by Normandy Invasion on Feb. 22.
Santa Anita Park
ARCADIA, Calif. — Argentine-bred Winning Prize, with Corey Nakatani up, made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s Grade I, $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita, prevailing by a half length over Florida-based shipper Lochte while getting a mile on turf in 1:32.44.
Trained by Neil Drysdale, Winning Prize came off a sharp win in the Grade II, one mile Arcadia Stakes on Feb. 1, and was dispatched as the second choice…
Santa Anita Park report
ARCADIA, Calif. — Sahara Sky is back. Dead last, eight lengths off the lead with a quarter of a mile to run, the 6-year-old horse by Pleasant Tap avenged a disappointing run off the bench Feb. 2 to win Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length under Joel Rosario, covering seven furlongs in 1:20.84.
Breaking from the rail, Sahara Sky, who is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, broke sharply in…
NEW ORLEANS, La. – It figured to be a speed duel between Rowell Enterprises’ Heitai and Maggi Moss’s Delaunay, and that was exactly how the 61st running of the listed $100,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes turned out. However, the public wagered the wrong way.
It was second choice Heitai who quickly gained command after breaking behind the odds-on Delaunay, who is not a good breaker himself, but once Heitai had the advantage he never looked…
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Oliver Zip broke on top and kicked away from the field in the stretch to capture the $100,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela for 3-year-old sprinters on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, the chestnut colt left the gate sharply and led the field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.57 seconds, while the New York-bred Loki’s Vengeance applied light pressure in second. After a half in 46.37, Oliver Zip was given…
Blood-Horse and Gulfstream Park report
Remsen Stakes (G2) winner Honor Code will make his highly anticipated 3-year-old debut in a 1 1/16-mile allowance event over the Gulfstream Park main track on March 12, rather than shipping to Oaklawn Park for the Rebel Stakes (G2).
Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm’s Honor Code drew post 4 in a field of five Wednesday and will have regular rider Javier Castellano aboard.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation (ITBOF) are pleased to announce a groundbreaking program designed to rebuild Illinois racing from its core – the breeders and the owners.
“An ITBOF board member has said that this memorandum of understanding represents the biggest benefit accorded the breeders and owners of Illinois than any other action taken by the ITBOF in his memory,” said IBTOF President Dan Sullivan.…
Tampa Bay Downs report
OLDSMAR, Fla. – At the start of the week, the connections of 3-year-old gelding Ring Weekend planned to enter him in the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park, close to trainer H. Graham Motion’s Fair Hill base.
What a difference five days can make.
Having broken his maiden only four weeks ago at Gulfstream, Ring Weekend went wire-to-wire to win the Grade II, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby by three lengths from the Sam F. Davis…
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Jose Arias of Bell Gardens in Los Angeles topped a field of 500 to win the $750,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year at this weekend’s 15th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas.
The 36-year-old environmental safety engineer amassed a winning score of $338.20 over the three-day tournament from 45 mythical $2 Win…
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In 1985, jockey Christopher DeCarlo won with his first mount when he rode Romeo’s Mistress to a victory in a $25,000 claiming race at Aqueduct Racetrack. Things have come full circle for DeCarlo 29 years later as the 45-year-old veteran has found himself back at the Big A after establishing himself as a top rider in New Jersey, competing overseas, and having a brief foray as a stock broker.