Lady and The Track | August 23, 2017

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Collected Holds Stablemate Arrogate Safe For Pacific Classic Victory

August 22, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In doing so, Collected guaranteed himself a spot in the starting gate for the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) as the Pacific Classic is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million race. A confirmed early runner, Collected sped right to the front after a clean […]

Will The Real Arrogate Show Up Against Seven In Pacific Classic

August 18, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A tremendous 11-race card is on tap at Del Mar on Saturday, led by the 27thrunning of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (GI), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) set for November over the Del Mar main track, as well as […]

Stallion (Gelding) Stories: John Henry

August 12, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom When legendary gelding John Henry was finally retired in 1986 after amassing a career record of 83-39-15-9 and earnings of $6,591,860, he was the richest North American-based racehorse of all time. The then 11-year-old won the inaugural Arlington Million (GIT) in 1981, also known as the “Miracle Million” thanks to the fire […]

Gun Runner Runs Rivals Out Of Their Shoes In Whitney Win

August 6, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner didn’t have a lot to prove heading into Saturday’s $1.176 million Whitney Stakes (GI) at Saratoga. The son of Candy Ride is easily the best handicap horse in the East having won three of his last four starts and finishing second to Arrogate in […]

Del Mar’s Sorrento Draws Seven

August 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom California’s road to the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) gets underway on Saturday when seven 2-year-old fillies race 6 ½ furlongs in the 32nd running of the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (GII), the traditional prep for the Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 2. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert put his ownership […]

Six Take Best Shot At Gun Runner In Whitney

August 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 90th running of the Whitney Stakes (GI), a Saratoga staple for older handicap stars based on the East Coast. In 2017, the former handicap offers a purse of $1.2 million and drew a field of seven, all of whom were considered inferior to division leader Arrogate before his loss […]

Ten To Take On Test Stakes

August 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Ten 3-year-old fillies will tackle the seven-furlong distance of the $500,000 Test Stakes (GI) at Saratoga, the traditional prep for the Alabama Stakes (GI) later in the summer meet at the upstate New York track. This year, seven local fillies will line up and face the starter and will be joined by […]

Girvin Rallies to Haskell Victory

July 31, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Brad Grady’s Girvin, who once was a leader in the sophomore division after winning two key preps in Louisiana before logging a dismal 13th-place finish in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (GI), returned to the winner’s circle in fine fashion on Sunday capturing the $1 million Haskell Invitational (GI) at Monmouth Park […]

Seven Set for Haskell

July 30, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Haskell Invitational (GI), an important summer stop for sophomores, many of which are exiting a grueling Triple Crown campaign. Once run as a handicap, the 1 1/8-mile Monmouth Park feature was switched to stakes conditions in 2006 and, in 2015, Triple Crown hero American Pharoah […]

Ransom The Moon Rises to Victory in Bing Crosby

July 30, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Agave Racing Stable or Wilke’s Ransom the Moon on Saturday earned himself a spot in the gate for the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) with a 1 ½-length victory under jockey Flavien Prat in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (GI) at Del Mar, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” […]