Lady and The Track | February 18, 2018

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Racing Gods Offer Twist Of Fortune For Kanthaka In San Vicente

February 11, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom West Point Thoroughbreds’ Kanthaka may not have earned any points toward making the gate for the May 5 Kentucky Derby with his impressive upset in Saturday’s $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita, but he sure signaled it’s just a matter of time. In his stakes debut, the handsome son of […]

Unique Bella Wins Santa Maria In A Romp

February 10, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Don Alberto Stable’s champion Unique Bella went straight to the lead and never looked back en route to a nine-length romp in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee sped through splits of :23.54, :46.80, 1:10.95 and 1:36.49 under regular jockey Mike Smith, drawing […]

Audible’s Derby Intentions Heard Loud And Clear With Holy Bull Win

February 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club International, SF Racing and WinStar Farm’s Audible ran right into the South Florida Kentucky Derby (GI) picture with an impressive 5 ½-length romp in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park under Javier Castellano. In doing so, the son of Into Mischief, who is trained by Todd […]

Lombo Scores In Lewis, Earns First Derby Points

February 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Michael V. Lombardi’s Lombo set sail for the lead right from the break and never looked back en route to a two-length score in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. In doing so, the Mike Pender-trained son of Graydar earned 10 points toward making the Kentucky Derby (GI) […]

Six Square Off In Aqueduct’s Withers

February 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Withers Stakes (GIII), which will be contested over Aqueduct’s main track on Saturday, is one of the oldest stakes for 3-year-olds contested in the country. Since it was first run in 1899 and won by Jean Bereaud, some highly talented sophomores have added their names to the winners’ list, including Colin, Sir […]

Give Peace A Chance In Robert Lewis

February 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of nine newly turned 3-year-olds, none to have yet reached the winner’s circle as a stakes winner, will line up and face the starter in Saturday’s $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita, the second main prep on the Southern California racing calendar with implications for the first […]

The Michelle Nihei Story: From Neuroscientist To Racehorse Trainer

February 1, 2018 |

By Ben Baugh A western Canadian sunset, with the silhouette of a young girl on a horse, riding until the sun could no longer be seen and her parents beckoned her to come inside, perfectly captures what was a routine day in the life of a young Michelle Nihei. Passion, confidence and knowing who you […]

Gun Runner Caps Stellar Career With Pegasus Victory

January 28, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom In his final start, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ and Three Chimneys Farm’s recently crowned Horse of the Year Gun Runner put an impressive exclamation point on what has been a standout career with his impressive 2 ½-length victory in the world’s richest horse race — the $16.3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (GI) — […]

Does Class Matter In Graded Stakes? The Results May Shock You

January 26, 2018 |

By Derek Simon A long time ago, I read a handicapping book — for the life of me, I can’t remember the title — that made the point that previous stakes winners had a huge advantage in added-money races. And while I’ve never been dogmatic about it, I do think it makes sense, especially in graded events […]

Mourinho Kicks Clear For Smarty Jones Victory

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Mourinho earned his first stakes victory and stamped himself a legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contender on Monday with his impressive wire-to-wire victory by 3 ¼ lengths in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Bob Baffert trainee was ridden to victory by regular jockey Drayden VanDyke and earned […]