Lady and The Track | February 18, 2018

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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 […]

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) — […]

Don’t Dismiss Gunnevera In Pegasus World Cup

January 27, 2018 |

By Maria Oachs If you told me a year ago that I would eventually come to respect and admire millionaire Gunnevera as a racehorse, I wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t notice him until the winter of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (GI) trail, and I honestly didn’t find him impressive. Bought for $16,000 at the […]

Is Mask A Contender Or Pretender On Kentucky Derby Trail

January 10, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Is he worthy of all the hype? In a word, no. Look, I get it. Mask won the Mucho Macho Man by 6 ¼ lengths — under wraps — and earned a 100 Brisnet Speed Figure (BSF) in the process. Over the past 26 years, 23 winners of the Run for the […]

McKinzie Takes Next Kentucky Derby Step With Sham Victory

January 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Triple Crown Trail’s route through Southern California officially got underway on Saturday as Watson, Pegram and Weitman’s McKinzie took the first Kentucky Derby prep of the new year, winning the $100,000 Sham Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita Park by 3 ½ widening lengths under regular rider Mike Smith. The Son of Street Sense gave his […]

Daddys Lil Darling Finally Gets Her Grade 1 In American Oaks

December 30, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Normandy Farm’s homebred Daddys Lil Darling finally earned herself a Grade 1 victory after four previous runner-up finishes with an impressive half-length triumph in Saturday’s $301,380 American Oaks (GIT) at Santa Anita. The bay daughter of Scat Daddy received a perfect, ground-saving trip just off the pace under Hall of Famer Mike […]

Stallion Stories: The Unconquerable, Invincible, Unbeatable Cigar

December 2, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A racing fan to the core, there hasn’t been an important race that well-respected Kentucky horseman and stallion manager Wes Lanter hasn’t watched, especially if it included any children or grandchildren belonging to one of his boys. But in 1994, Lanter was card-carrying bandwagoner for reigning Horse of the Year Holy Bull, who […]

Cigar Mile Offers Last Chance For Grade 1 Win In New York

December 1, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom There’s a saying in racing that goes something like this: “Great milers make great stallions.” When it comes to the Cigar Mile Handicap (GI) at Aqueduct, it’s ironic that one of the most important one-mile dirt events in the country is named after a horse who, despite a legendary career, did not make a […]

Breeders’ Cup Saturday Photo Gallery – 11/4/17

November 5, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon and Jim Safford

Gun Runner Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic in Decisive Fashion

November 5, 2017 |

By Derek Simon For much of the year, the Horse of the Year debate was no debate at all. It was Arrogate and everybody else. After a scintillating performance in the Dubai World Cup, Bob Baffert’s stable star was the horse that every other horse wanted to be when it grew up. He was American […]