Lady and The Track | October 18, 2017

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Horses We Love

Lookin’ Good: OTTB Follows Yellow Brick Road to New Career

October 17, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue In April of 2016, a 6-year-old New York-bred gelding by Disco Rico set the pace throughout much of a starter allowance at Aqueduct going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, but faded in the stretch to finish fifth. It turned out to be Goodtolook’s last race; the hearty bay had compiled 33 […]

Heading for Home: Off-Track Thoroughbreds Excel at 2017 Makeover

October 17, 2017 |

by Mary Perdue What do a gelding who raced 50 times over seven years, a bay mare who finished dead last in her most recent race at Turf Paradise, and a 5-year-old who still hadn’t broken his maiden after 18 tries have in common? One word: success. Off-track Thoroughbreds Bowdrie, Dreamsicle and Uncle Silas were among […]

JC Thoroughbreds Keeps It In The Family

October 12, 2017 |

By Ben Baugh A little encouragement can go a long way. JC Thoroughbreds has consistently produced results for more than a decade. The father and son team of Juan and Jose Chavez are based at the Oak Ridge Training Center in Williston, Fla. Graduates from their program have gone onto be Grade I winners and […]

Aussie Star Winx Exposes Racetrack Myth

September 26, 2017 |

I love Winx. Not just because the Australian super mare has won 24 of 30 lifetime races, including her last 20 in a row. And not because she has a turn of foot that reminds me of myself in my 20s when the bartender yelled “last call.” No, I love Winx because she proves my point […]

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. […]

Mojovation Leads Hopeful On Saratoga’s Closing Day

September 4, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes (G1) has only produced two Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winners in its rich 42-year history, but it has served as an important stallion-making race on many occasions. With that in mind, a talented field of eight juveniles has assembled for this year’s edition of the race. Leading the field […]

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 […]

Gun Runner Keeps Rolling With Woodward Win

September 3, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon With Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) favoritism, and perhaps the Horse of the Year title up for grabs, Gun Runner continued on an upward trajectory towards those goals with a 10 ¼-length runaway win in the historic Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Looking for his third Grade I win in a row, Gun […]

Lady Ivanka Rallies to Spinaway Victory

September 3, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon While favored Separationofpowers engaged in a wicked speed duel in the early stages of the Spinaway Stakes (G1), Lady Ivanka stalked and pounced on those leaders in midstretch and held off a threatening rail bid from Maya Malibu en route to her first graded stakes victory. Rudy Rodriguez, Lady Ivanka’s trainer was […]

Gun Runner Goes For Fourth Grade 1 in Woodward

September 2, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Since the turn of the century, Saratoga’s Woodward Stakes (G1) has played host to six Horse of the Year winners (Saint Liam, Ghostzapper, Mineshaft, Curlin, Rachel Alexandra, and Havre de Grace) and two Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winners (Saint Liam and Ghostzapper). With his chief rival for both of those titles (Arrogate) […]