Lady and The Track | August 23, 2017

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Elate Rolls To Easy Alabama Victory

August 22, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon The expectations had always been high for Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s Elate, and the 3-year-old filly finally lived up to them in winning the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga. Elate sat a few lengths off of a swift pace set by eventual runner-up It Tiz Well throughout […]

Con Te Partiro Back in U.S. For Del Mar Oaks

August 19, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Fresh off of a win at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting, the Wesley Ward-trained Con Te Partiro has hit the road again, this time to contest the Del Mar Oaks (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday. Owned by Hat Creek Racing Co. LLC, the daughter of perennial leading sire Scat Daddy was […]

Will The Real Arrogate Show Up Against Seven In Pacific Classic

August 18, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A tremendous 11-race card is on tap at Del Mar on Saturday, led by the 27thrunning of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (GI), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) set for November over the Del Mar main track, as well as […]

The Holy Bull Story, Part II

August 18, 2017 |

By Ben Baugh (For part 1, click here) High Expectations With his impressive juvenile campaign came a wave of popularity among racing enthusiasts’ nationwide, along with praise and respect from the media. But Jimmy Croll stayed grounded despite the gray colt’s success, understanding the vagaries of the sport — one that often teaches humility. “My […]

Talented Field Of Nine Set For Alabama

August 18, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Going down the list of Alabama Stakes (G1) winners since its inception in 1976 is like reading a who’s who list of great fillies in racing. From Our Mims to Go For Wand and Sky Beauty, all the way up to Royal Delta and Songbird in more recent editions of the race […]

Stallion (Gelding) Stories: John Henry

August 12, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom When legendary gelding John Henry was finally retired in 1986 after amassing a career record of 83-39-15-9 and earnings of $6,591,860, he was the richest North American-based racehorse of all time. The then 11-year-old won the inaugural Arlington Million (GIT) in 1981, also known as the “Miracle Million” thanks to the fire […]

The Holy Bull Story, Part 1

August 9, 2017 |

By Ben Baugh It all started with a phone call. However, it was one with a lasting impact that touched not only the lives of those who were directly involved, but captured the spirit and imagination of thoroughbred racing fans throughout the nation. Bonnie and Kim Heath arrived back home in Ocala, Fla., after being […]

Del Mar’s Sorrento Draws Seven

August 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom California’s road to the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) gets underway on Saturday when seven 2-year-old fillies race 6 ½ furlongs in the 32nd running of the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (GII), the traditional prep for the Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 2. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert put his ownership […]

Six Take Best Shot At Gun Runner In Whitney

August 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 90th running of the Whitney Stakes (GI), a Saratoga staple for older handicap stars based on the East Coast. In 2017, the former handicap offers a purse of $1.2 million and drew a field of seven, all of whom were considered inferior to division leader Arrogate before his loss […]

Ten To Take On Test Stakes

August 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Ten 3-year-old fillies will tackle the seven-furlong distance of the $500,000 Test Stakes (GI) at Saratoga, the traditional prep for the Alabama Stakes (GI) later in the summer meet at the upstate New York track. This year, seven local fillies will line up and face the starter and will be joined by […]