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Pretty City Dancer Takes First Oaks Step in Forward Gal

February 3, 2017 |

by Casey Laughter John C. Oxley’s early Forward Gal Stakes (GII) favorite Pretty City Dancer has not been seen since her dead-heat finish in the Spinaway Stakes (GI) at Saratoga last summer after being injured and missing some time, which caused her to also miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI). However, trainer Mark Casse […]

Royal Mo, Sheer Flattery Make Stakes Debuts in Robert B. Lewis Stakes

February 3, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Saturday’s $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita Park has drawn a short field of five, which could prompt an interesting rider’s race in California’s next step on the road to the Kentucky Derby (GI). Jerry and Ann Moss already have Gormley making headlines on the Derby Trail and they […]

Champion Classic Empire Returns in Holy Bull

February 3, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes (GIII) is run as the first major Kentucky Derby (GI) prep race at Gulfstream. Since 1990, only two horses have completed the Holy Bull-Kentucky Derby double: Go for Gin (1994) and Barbara (2006). However, there have been quality horses who have won the race and have had nice […]

California Chrome, Arrogate Bookend Full Pegasus World Cup Field

January 24, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Saturday’s inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup has been billed as the end of an era as two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome will square off against fellow champion Arrogate in a rematch of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) be heading to stud duty Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky. In […]

LeComte Draws Full Field at Fair Grounds

January 19, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The LeComte Stakes (GIII) at Fair Grounds has had its fair share of top-notch winners and some not-so-great winners and is the first race held in Louisiana on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The race drew a full field, even in the shadow of an equine herpes (EVH1) outbreak on the […]

Shane’s Girlfriend Puts Unbeaten Record on Line in Santa Ynez

January 7, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Nearly two months after demolishing her rivals in Louisiana, Delta Downs Princess Stakes (GIII) winner Shane’s Girlfriend returns to California for the seven-furlong $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita. The Florida-bred filly will have to defeat a strong field of nine if she hopes to extend her unbeaten record to […]

Gormley Set for Sham Return

January 6, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Saturday’s $100,000 Sham Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita is the first of the California Kentucky Derby (GI) prep races, which leads into the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII), the San Felipe Stakes (GII) and the Santa Anita Derby (GI) later in the spring. Some of the seven 3-year-olds will be making their […]

Jerome Draws Seven Newly Minted Sophomores

December 31, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter Since the Jerome Stakes (GIII) was moved to January to serve as a Kentucky Derby (GI) prep race, no winner has emerged to even place in the Triple Crown races. This year, however, a field of seven newly minted sophomores will try to turn that luck around win this event before continuing […]

Arrogate Preps for Pegasus World Cup in Sunday’s San Pasqual

December 31, 2016 |

By Jordan Sigmon Fresh off of a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI), likely 3-year-old champion and Horse of the Year candidate Arrogate will make his 2017 debut on New Year’s Day in the San Pasqual Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. Winning will be no walk in the park with the presence of Midnight […]

Local Fillies Decked Out, Stays in Vegas Headline American Oaks

December 30, 2016 |

By Jordan Sigmon Previously a summer feature on the Southern California racing circuit, the American Oaks (GIT) moves to the final day of the year for the 2016 running and has drawn a large field of 13 headed by the local fillies Decked Out and Stays in Vegas. Owned by Big Chief Racing LLC, Gene […]