Lady and The Track | October 18, 2017

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Stallion Stories: Remembering The First Breeders’ Cup Classic – Wild Again And Slew O’Gold

October 17, 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, […]

Will Keen Ice Add His Name To List Of Legends In JCGC?

October 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The prominence and reputation of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI), set to be contested at Belmont Park Saturday, almost goes without saying. Any racing fan, from the newbie to the professional, knows what winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup means to the career of a handicap star, as well as his […]

Breeders’ Futurity Draws Nearly Full Field

October 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In a month from now, a full field of juveniles will race in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Del Mar in what will likely be the contest that decides who the division’s Eclipse Award winner will be. The reality, though, is that the race starts the incubation period for full-on Kentucky […]

Alcibiades Lures Ten Searching For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Berth

October 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 66th running of the Alcibiades Stakes (GI), the signature fall destination race for 2-year-old fillies at Keeneland. Always a major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI), it now serves as the second-to-last Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event for the juvenile fillies division and runners hoping to guarantee a spot […]

Eight Search For Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth in Awesome Again

September 29, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (GI), inaugurated as the Goodwood Stakes in 1982 at the now-defunct Oak Tree at Santa Anita fall racing season, was re-named in 2012 to honor track owner Frank Stronach’s 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner. And, for more than two decades, it was Southern California’s signature prep […]

Six Set For Zenyatta Stakes

September 29, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since the great Hall of Famer Zenyatta first won the race that would one day bear her name. Inaugurated in 1993 as the Lady’s Secret Stakes (GI) and originally named for the Hall of Famer and 1986 Horse of the Year, Santa Anita in […]

Del Mar Futurity Takes Closing Day Spotlight

September 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Monday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (GI) marks closing day of the prestigious summer racing season at Del Mar and, before getting out of town and heading back North, nine juveniles will square off over seven furlongs in search of bragging rights as the best of the division to represent the West Coast. […]

Moonshine Memories Remembers Winning In Del Mar Debutante

September 3, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Bridlewood, Magnier, Tabor and Smith’s Moonshine Memories rose to the top of the Southern California juvenile fillies division with her impressive wire-to-wire score by a half-length in the $300,690 Del Mar Debutante (GI) on the closing Saturday of the seaside oval’s signature summer meet. The daughter of Malibu Moon is trained by […]

Del Mar Debutante Draws Eight Fillies

September 1, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Labor Day weekend marks the closing days of the exciting summer racing on both coasts — Saratoga in New York and Del Mar in California. And Labor Day weekend also marks exciting action from the juvenile ranks with the first Grade 1s for the newly minted crop of potential superstars. The main […]

West Coast Raids East Coast For Travers Victory

August 27, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Gary and Mary West’s West Coast took the East by storm on Saturday, posting an impressive victory by 3 ¼ lengths in the $1.25 million NYRA Bets Travers Stakes (GI) at Saratoga. The bay son of Flatter was ridden to victory by trainer Bob Baffert’s go-to jockey Mike Smith, who was only […]