Lady and The Track | June 28, 2017

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Songbird Soars in 4-Year-Old Debut

June 10, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Seven months after suffering her first defeat by a short nose to the great mare Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI), two-time champion Songbird returned to the races brilliantly, cruising to a deceivingly easy one-length victory in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (GI). After her heartbreaking loss at the Breeders’ Cup, Songbird […]

Kentucky Derby Week 2017 Photo Gallery

May 16, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Following are images from the mornings and afternoons during Kentucky Derby week 2017 at Churchill Downs, including thrilling racing moments, morning training, paddock schooling and some backside fun. Click on image to enlarge. Enjoy! Photos ©Lady and the Track/Jordan Sigmon  

Playful McCraken Sitting on ‘Go’ For Kentucky Derby

May 4, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s Kentucky Derby (GI) contender McCraken comes into the classic race as one of the leading contenders, despite his disappointing third-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes (GII) most recently. Prior to that race, the son of Ghostzapper had won the Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs […]

Bodemeister Colt Was ‘Always’ Special

April 26, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Expectations are always high when a horse is purchased for several hundred thousand dollars. However, those expectations don’t always come to fruition. For Matthew O’Connor, the 19-year-old nephew of Anthony Bonomo, a part-owner of Florida Derby (GI) winner and leading Kentucky Derby (GI) candidate Always Dreaming under the name of Brooklyn Boyz […]

Mo Town, Irish War Cry Seek Redemption in Wood

April 7, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon It’s been 17 years since a Wood Memorial Stakes (GII) winner went on to win the Kentucky Derby (GI) (Fusaichi Pegasus) and before that there was a 19-year gap. This year, Irish War Cry and Mo Town will look to not only buck that trend, but also to rebound from disappointing finishes […]

Talented Field Assembles For Blue Grass

April 6, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon It’s been nearly 20 years since the Blue Grass Stakes (GII) was run at the grade 2 level, but in its first edition since being downgraded from grade 1 status, possibly the deepest field in a decade will line up. While it’s just a field of seven, four of the entrants are […]

Farrell Makes Final Kentucky Oaks Prep in Fair Grounds Oaks

April 1, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon In four of the last 10 years, the winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) has gone on to Kentucky Oaks (GI) glory and with the big Tapit filly Unique Bella off the trail, Farrell will look to continue her winning ways in this year’s edition of the race and take over […]

Tequilita Tries Two Turns in Gulfstream Park Oaks

March 31, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon In the past seven years, trainer Todd Pletcher has dominated the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), saddling four winners, and this year he sends out the undefeated Nonna Bella, a full sister to last year’s Wood Memorial Stakes (GI) winner Outwork. She will face a stern test, however, coming from the barn of […]

Gunnevera Seeks First Grade 1 Victory in Florida Derby

March 30, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Since the turn of the century, winners of the Florida Derby (GI) have gone on to win six Triple Crown races — five Kentucky Derby winners and a Belmont Winner. It has also served as an important stallion-making race, producing the likes of Empire Maker, Harlan’s Holiday, Scat Daddy and Quality Road. […]

Mind Your Biscuits Takes Aim at Golden Shaheen Glory

March 25, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon The New-York-bred star has found himself very far from home, but Mind Your Biscuits is right where he belongs, competing with the best the world has to offer in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (GI). The colt was joined on his journey to Dubai by fellow American sprinters Stallwalkin’ Dude and St Joe […]