Lady and The Track | June 27, 2019

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J Boys Echo Wins First Stakes in Gotham

March 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom For the past few months, Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo had been knocking at the door belonging to the club of contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby (GI) and, on Saturday, he finally burst through by winning the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct by a widening 3 ½ lengths. The […]

The Best Three-Year-Old in America Races on Saturday

March 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The best sophomore currently in training in North America, arguably, will race this weekend — but not in one of the high-profile Kentucky Derby (GI) preps set to be contested at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct. On Saturday, while the connections of the colts and geldings hungry for points to make the gate […]

Arrogate Works at Santa Anita, Confirmed for Dubai World Cup Start

February 27, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate worked a mile in 1:38 2/5 over Santa Anita’s fast main track Monday morning in preparation for a start in either the March 11 Santa Anita Handicap (GI) or the March 25 Dubai World Cup (GI) at Meydan Racecourse. Trainer Bob Baffert’s go-to work rider, Martin Garcia, was aboard […]

Girvin Announces Arrival on Triple Crown Trail With Risen Star Win

February 26, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Brad Grady’s lightly raced Girvin officially announced himself as a legitimate Triple Crown candidate on Saturday with an impressive two-length score in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds. The son of Tale of Ekati was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. for trainer Joe Sharp and as an 8-1 outsider […]

Farrell Proves Best in East With Rachel Alexandra Win

February 26, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Coffeepot Stables homebred Farrell officially took over as the top sophomore filly in the East on Saturday with her impressive wire-to-wire score in the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The bay daughter of Malibu Moon was ridden to victory by jockey Channing Hill for trainer Wayne […]

Gun Runner Returns in Razorback at Oaklawn

February 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Eight older runners will head postward in Monday’s 58th running of the Razorback Handicap (GIII), led to the gate by Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables’ Grade I winner Gun Runner, who is making his 2017 debut and first start since winning the Nov. 25 Clark Handicap (GI) at Churchill […]

Full Field Set for Oaklawn’s Southwest

February 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The Triple Crown trail running through Arkansas officially gets underway Monday with the 52nd running of the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, the traditional prep for the Rebel Stakes (GII), which is on March 18 this year and, eventually, Arkansas Derby (GI), which has been set for April 15. Though, so […]

McCraken Remains Undefeated With Sam F. Davis Win

February 12, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Janis Whitham’s McCraken took another giant step on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (GI) on Saturday with an impressive near last-to-first victory by 1 ½ lengths in Saturday’s $200,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs. The bay Kentucky-bred son of Ghostzapper remains undefeated in four careers starts and […]

Recent Maiden Winners Square Off in San Vicente

February 12, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Used to be that the San Vicente Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita was an important stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby (GI). Even though last year’s winner, Nyquist, went on to win in Louisville on the first Saturday in May and the runner-up, Exaggerator, won the Preakness Stakes (GI), the […]

Unique Bella Amazing in Las Virgenes Victory

February 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella proved she is the force to be reckoned with down the path to the May 5 Kentucky Oaks (GI) with her 8 ½-length romp in the Las Virgenes Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. The gray, Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit, though Triple Crown nominated, will more than likely […]