Lady and The Track | February 18, 2018

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Stakes Recaps

Racing Gods Offer Twist Of Fortune For Kanthaka In San Vicente

February 11, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom West Point Thoroughbreds’ Kanthaka may not have earned any points toward making the gate for the May 5 Kentucky Derby with his impressive upset in Saturday’s $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita, but he sure signaled it’s just a matter of time. In his stakes debut, the handsome son of […]

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 […]

Audible’s Derby Intentions Heard Loud And Clear With Holy Bull Win

February 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club International, SF Racing and WinStar Farm’s Audible ran right into the South Florida Kentucky Derby (GI) picture with an impressive 5 ½-length romp in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park under Javier Castellano. In doing so, the son of Into Mischief, who is trained by Todd […]

Lombo Scores In Lewis, Earns First Derby Points

February 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Michael V. Lombardi’s Lombo set sail for the lead right from the break and never looked back en route to a two-length score in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. In doing so, the Mike Pender-trained son of Graydar earned 10 points toward making the Kentucky Derby (GI) […]

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) — […]

Mourinho Kicks Clear For Smarty Jones Victory

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Mourinho earned his first stakes victory and stamped himself a legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contender on Monday with his impressive wire-to-wire victory by 3 ¼ lengths in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Bob Baffert trainee was ridden to victory by regular jockey Drayden VanDyke and earned […]

Instilled Regard Wins Lecomte Stakes With Ease

January 14, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom OXO Equine LLC’s Instilled Regard earned his first stakes victory and took his first step toward the May 5 Kentucky Derby (GI) with a handy 3 ¾ length victory from just off the pace in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (GIII) at Fair Grounds. The $1.05 million 2-year-old in training purchase is trained […]

Firenze Fire Wears Down Seven Trumpets To Win Jerome

January 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Mr. Amore Stables’ Grade 1-winning homebred Firenze Fire returned to his winning ways on Saturday with a half-length victory in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Under jockey Manny Franco, the Jason Servis-trained son of Poseidon’s Warrior closed down the lane from his position near the back of the pack early to […]

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 […]