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Sunny Desert, Risky Rachel clash in Broadway at Aqueduct

Mar 24th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

risky-rachel275webJenny Kellner
NYRA/Aqueduct Racetrack

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Multiple stakes winners Sunny Desert, victorious in the 2013 edition of the Broadway, and Risky Rachel, who took the 2012 running, make their long-awaited return to Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday when they meet for the first time in the 35th renewal of the $100,000 sprint for New York-bred fillies and mares.

The 5-year-old Sunny Desert, unraced since winning the Shot Berry last April at the Big A while in the care…



New Orleans Handicap shaping up strong

Mar 20th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Palace_Malice275webGraham Ross
Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, hero of last spring’s Belmont Stakes in the final jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, is expected to be one of several notable graded stakes winners to invade the Crescent City for the upcoming 90th anniversary edition of the Grade II New Orleans Handicap March 29 on Louisiana Derby Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.



Vagabond Shoes tops San Luis Rey Stakes

Mar 19th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Vagabond-Shoes275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Trainer John Sadler’s Vagabond Shoes, a handy winner of the Grade II San Marcos Stakes Feb. 8, heads a field of five older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes going 1½ miles on turf at Santa Anita.

Off as the 5-2 favorite in the San Marcos going 1 ¼ miles on turf, Irish-bred Vagabond Shoes, a 7-year-old gelding by Beat Hollow, rallied from off the pace to…



Romansh looks to build on success in Excelsior

Mar 17th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Romansh275webSean Morris
NYRA/Aqueduct Racetrack

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Romansh will take on a small but talented field of older horses in the $150,000 Excelsior on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, run at 1 1/8 miles over the inner track.

A $750,000 purchase as a yearling, the 4-year-old son of Bernardini was always tabbed to be a good one. After two underwhelming starts to kick off his career, the dark bay or brown colt stormed out of the



Hey Leroy headed to bigger and better things

Mar 16th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

(Edited Gulfstream Park report)

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Snapping a runner-up streak that had reached four races, Hey Leroy is headed for tougher competition in his next start.

The gelded 4-year-old son of Grade 1 winner Any Given Saturday gradually wore down pacesetting Thor’s Mjolnor through the stretch before prevailing late in an 8½-furlong optional claiming allowance on Saturday.

It was the seventh start at the Championship meet for Hey Leroy, who is trained by 85-year-old Manny Azpurua on behalf…



Emollient heads Santa Ana

Mar 15th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Emollient275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Three-time Grade I winner Emollient, idle since running fourth, beaten one length in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Nov. 2, heads a strong field of seven older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita going 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Trained by Bill Mott, the 4-year-old Empire Maker filly ships west from her base at Payson Park in South Florida…



Mamdooha re-emerges in Cicada

Mar 10th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Jon Forbes
NYRA/Aqueduct Racetrack

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Mamdooha, freshened after a pair of stakes wins in December and January, will return to the races on Saturday to compete in Aqueduct Racetrack’s Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

Second in her debut in September at Monmouth Park, Mamdooha went on to win three straight. She broke her maiden by four lengths in November on Aqueduct’s main track, posted a 4¼-length victory in the Gin Talking…



Honor Code to run at Gulfstream Park on March 12

Mar 9th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Honor_Code275webBlood-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.



Judy the Beauty heads field of five in Las Flores Sunday

Mar 8th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

heirkitty275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Florida-based Judy the Beauty, second, beaten a half length by multiple Eclipse Award Champion Groupie Doll in her most recent start, the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, heads a field of five older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at seven furlongs.

Owned and trained by Wesley Ward, Judy the Beauty battled back gamely in deep stretch to…



Deep field will go to post in Frank E. Kilroe Mile

Mar 6th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Za_Approval275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — A deep and competitive field of 10 older horses has been assembled for Saturday’s Grade I, $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, with Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up Za Approval, Grade II Citation Handicap winner Silentio and Grade II Arcadia Stakes winner Winning Prize heading the lineup. 

Trained by Christophe Clement and presently based at Payson Park in South Florida, Za Approval has been idle since running second, beaten three quarters of a…