Lady and The Track | June 17, 2019

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Stakes Recaps

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 […]

Despite Low Expectations, Giant Expectations Upset Winner Of San Antonio

December 26, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom For a race expected to answer so many questions about next month’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup (GI) and who the legit contenders from the west would be, Tuesday’s San Antonio Handicap (GII) result could not have created more confusion. In an upset of enormous proportions, longshot Giant Expectations and jockey Gary […]

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 […]

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 […]