Lady and The Track | March 29, 2017

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Arrogate Becomes World’s Richest Racehorse With Dubai Win

March 25, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In a performance that will no doubt go down in history as one of the most impressive of all time, Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate captured the 2017 Dubai World Cup (GI) at Meydan Racecourse with a jaw-dropping last-to-first rally that left little doubt as to who the best horse in the world is. […]

Arrogate Headlines “Duel in the Desert”

March 24, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Since the first running of the Dubai World Cup (GI) and Cigar’s amazing victory at Nad Al Sheba in 1996, some really talented American-based horses have taken their best shot in the great “Duel in the Desert.” Half of the winners over the last decade have been Americans, including dual Horse of […]

Stallion Stories: Affirmed

March 22, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Lexington, Kentucky native Wes Lanter has spent most of his life surrounded by some of the best thoroughbreds of the last generation. The veteran horseman served as both stallion groom and/or stallion manager at the most successful and popular breeding farms in the Bluegrass, including Spendthrift Farm, Three Chimneys and Overbrook Farm, […]

Zenyatta’s Son Ziconic Second in Long-Awaited Return

March 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss’ homebred Ziconic, the second foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, made his long-awaited return to racing on Sunday at Santa Anita, posting an impressive second-place finish in the afternoon’s fourth race, a one-mile maiden special weight turf event for 4-year-olds and up. The John […]

Malagacy Officially a Derby Contender With Rebel Win

March 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Malagacy catapulted himself right into the center of the Kentucky Derby (GI) picture with an impressive two-length victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park. The son of 2011 Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Shackleford, who is trained by Todd Pletcher and was ridden to victory by Javier […]

In the Breeding Game, Sometimes Love Is More Important Than Money

March 15, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Sam Britt and Mike House’s grade 1 winner Gabriel Charles was retired late last year after re-injuring a tendon that previously kept him sidelined for more than a year and is now standing his first season at stud at Dave and Sommer Smith’s Nexstar Ranch near Temecula, CA, for a fee of […]

Mastery Wins San Felipe, Derby Dreams Dashed With Condylar Fracture

March 11, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Cheyenne Stables LLC’s Mastery won Saturday’s $400,690 San Felipe Stakes (GII) in impressive wire-to-wire fashion, digging in for a gritty stretch drive after being challenged on the turn for home before drawing away to victory. But the colt’s 6 ¾-length victory was marred when jockey Mike Smith pulled the bay son of Candy […]

Shaman Ghost, Midnight Storm Top Big ‘Cap Field

March 11, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A talent-filled 11-race card featuring four graded stakes is on tap at Santa Anita Park Saturday, led by the featured 80th running of the Santa Anita Handicap (GI). The 1 ¼-mile feature is worth $750,000 this year and has drawn a strong field of nine older runners. Since its inception in 1935 […]

Mastery, Gormley Square off in San Felipe

March 10, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Seven sophomores, including a pair of Grade I winners, will race 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita Park. This year’s 81st running of San Felipe is a critical California prep for the Kentucky Derby in that it offers 50 coveted points and establishes the winner […]

The Best Still in West as Unique Bella Wins Again

March 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella returned to her familiar spot in the winner’s circle on Saturday following an impressive 2 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita. Despite the win, however, the big gray daughter of Tapit actually had to work for it for the first time […]