Lady and The Track | January 18, 2018

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Smarty Jones Stakes Highlights Great Holiday Card at Oaklawn Park

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The route through Arkansas on the Kentucky Derby (GI) trail gets underway today with the 11th running of the Smarty Jones Stakes, named for the much beloved 2004 Derby and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner who swept the Southwest Stakes (GIII), Rebel Stakes (GII) and Arkansas Derby (GI) en route to dual classic winner […]

Jerome Draws Eight With Derby Hopes

January 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Jerome Stakes (GIII), the second-oldest stakes race in the country, was several years ago moved to January on the New York racing calendar in order for it to serve as a Kentucky Derby (GI) prep. And though no winner has emerged to even place in any of the Triple Crown races since that […]

McKinzie Takes Next Kentucky Derby Step With Sham Victory

January 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Triple Crown Trail’s route through Southern California officially got underway on Saturday as Watson, Pegram and Weitman’s McKinzie took the first Kentucky Derby prep of the new year, winning the $100,000 Sham Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita Park by 3 ½ widening lengths under regular rider Mike Smith. The Son of Street Sense gave his […]

Daddys Lil Darling Finally Gets Her Grade 1 In American Oaks

December 30, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Normandy Farm’s homebred Daddys Lil Darling finally earned herself a Grade 1 victory after four previous runner-up finishes with an impressive half-length triumph in Saturday’s $301,380 American Oaks (GIT) at Santa Anita. The bay daughter of Scat Daddy received a perfect, ground-saving trip just off the pace under Hall of Famer Mike […]