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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 […]

Fan Fave Hoppertunity Romps in San Antonio, Dubai World Cup on Schedule

February 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Pegram, Watson and Weitman’s Hoppertunity proved exactly why he’s a big fan favorite on Saturday with an impressive last-to-first victory in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (GI) at Santa Anita. The Bob Baffert-trained son of Any Given Saturday earned $180,000 for his latest graded stakes win to bring his bankroll to $4,066,425 […]

Irish War Cry Sounds Derby Call With Holy Bull Victory

February 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Isabelle de Tomaso’s New Jersey homebred Irish War Cry made his presence on the Triple Crown trail well known on Saturday with an impressive wire-to-wire score in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park. The Graham Motion-trained chestnut was ridden to victory by Joel Rosario and crossed the […]

El Areeb Shows Mettle With Withers Win

February 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom MMG Stable’s El Areeb proved himself anything but a one-race wonder Saturday with an impressive 4 ¼-length romp in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct. Under regular jockey Trevor McCarthy, the Cathal Lynch trainee stalked an early pace while racing near the middle of the track, launched a bold move while […]

Royal Mo Wins Lewis, Officially on Derby Trail

February 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Jerry and Ann Moss’ Royal Mo stamped himself a legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contender on Saturday with an impressive wire-to-wire score in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. The bay son of Uncle Mo did so in his graded stakes debut after breaking his maiden last out and […]