Lady and The Track | August 21, 2019

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Stakes Recaps

Thunder Snow Blows Away Competition In Dubai World Cup

April 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom For the better part of the last year, Godolphin’s Thunder Snow was mostly known as the horse who did his best bucking bronco impression shortly after the start of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (GI), but all that changed on Saturday as the Saeed bin Suroor-trained son of Helmet left his bucking ways […]

Noble Indy Guarantees Kentucky Derby Slot With Louisiana Derby Win

March 26, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom WinStar Farm and Repole Stable’s Noble Indy punched his ticket into the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby with a neck victory in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds Race Course. The 3-year-old Todd Pletcher-trained son of Take Charge Indy earned 100 points for his initial stakes victory and added to […]

Magnum Moon Shines Brightly In Rebel

March 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon earned 50 points toward making the Kentucky Derby starting gate with a 3 ½-length romp in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park Saturday. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Malibu Moon was ridden to his first career stakes victory by regular jockey Luis Saez and […]

Blended Citizen Scores in Jeff Ruby Steaks

March 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Greg Hall and Sayjay Racing’s (Steve Young) Blended Citizen tested the Kentucky Derby waters further on Saturday and picked up an additional 20 points toward making the gate with his impressive come-from-behind neck victory in the $202, 400 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) at Turfway Park. The son of Proud Citizen is trained […]

First Big Sophomore Matchup Produces Big Drama In San Felipe

March 11, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita Park marked the first big matchup of the best 3-year-old Kentucky Derby (GI) hopefuls in the west in Bolt D’Oro and McKinize. And when all was said and done and the dust settled, racing fans clamoring for some excitement were not disappointed. At the finish […]

Promises Fulfilled Posts Upset In Fountain Of Youth

March 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Robert J. Baron’s Promises Fulfilled broke smartly from the far outside post position (10), sped to the lead and never looked back, cruising to a to a 2 ¼-length score in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. In doing so, the Dale Romans […]

Bravazo Surges To Kentucky Derby Points Lead With Risen Star Victory

February 18, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo earned his first career graded stakes score and 50 points toward making the gate for the Kentucky Derby with a nose victory in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds on Saturday. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Awesome Again was ridden by Miguel Mena, who […]

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 […]