Kentucky Oaks Barn Notes for Thursday, April 27:MISS SKY WARRIOR – Trainer Kelly Breen discovered the meaning of widely scattered showers in Louisville, Kentucky, Thursday morning when he breezed Miss Sky Warrior a half-mile in :49.20 with jockey Paco Lopez up.
The 7-year-old gelding Imperative (Bernardini) joined Researcher as a two-time winner of the $1.25-million GII Charles Town Classic with a game neck tally over Matt King Coal (Cool Coal Man) over a sloppy track Saturday afternoon. It was another neck back to War Story(Norther Afleet) in third.
A few moments with Kelly Breen and it is easy to sense the roots of his success. A proper balance of blunt, thoughtful and calculated in delivery, he speaks about his operation with honesty, consistency and an urgency for excellence.
Arlene London's homebred Miss Sky Warrior will head to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on a roll after securing her fifth straight victory—this time in spectacular fashion—April 8 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Glencrest bred IMPERATIVE, a 7-year-old gelding, pushed his earnings to $2,240,790 in a thrilling inaugural edition of the $400,000 Poseidon Handicap culminating in a stretch duel between heavyweights Imperative and Standford; Imperative just got by the younger Stanford at the wire to be declared the winner in a photo finish.
Donegal Racing and the brothers Jerry and Ronnie Frankel have reached a partnership agreement to start Donegal’s Keen Ice in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in south Florida on Jan. 28, the partners said on Wednesday.
Keen Ice, the only horse to beat American Pharoah during the Triple Crown champion's historic 2015 Horse of the Year campaign, is scheduled to prep for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) in Saturday's $100,000 Harlan's Holiday (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Although it lacks the mass popularity of America's major sports leagues, Thoroughbred racing's fan base is dedicated and loyal, and the people that work within its confines wouldn't think of leaving it for a job in the "real world."
Arlene's Sun Star Stable's Miss Sky Warrior continues to find new gears during her steps up in class, turning back a late bid from favorite Jamyson 'n Ginger to capture the $300,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies Nov. 26 by half-length at Aqueduct Race Course.
In Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita Glencrest Farm-bred KEEN ICE will attempt another huge upset, similar to what he accomplished in the 2015 Travers Stakes when he defeated Triple Crown winner and eventual Horse of the Year American Pharoah.
Owner Jerry Crawford suggested to the Daily Racing Form on Friday that 4-year-old Keen Ice, the only horse to beat American Pharoah in 2015, is being considered for a shot in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 5.
When an Uncle Mo filly went through the ring during the fifth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, partners in the Cockaigne Ranch partnership that purchased her for $30,000 had high hopes for a healthy profit.
Back on their preferred surface after stints on the Triple Crown trail, Airoforce and Oscar Nominated have run well since the Kentucky Derby in multiple starts on turf, but have yet to find the winner's circle despite close calls.
On the bare face of things, the decision to use blinkers on Dubai World Cup starter Keen Ice is unusual. The 4-year-old has made 15 starts, none in blinkers, and the equipment change comes as Keen Ice gets set to line up in the richest race of his life, and while he is stabled and training thousands of miles from trainer Dale Romans's winter base in Florida.
Uncle Mo is the next great sire. While some may think that making that statement so early in a stud career is premature, foolish, outlandish, or all of the above, history suggests that you can reach some educated conclusions about a sire's future arc based on his first crop of foals.
Blofeld rallied up the rail and ran down stable mate Stanford in the final strides to upset Saturday’s$500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a one-two finish in the Grade 2 event.
Already guaranteed his place in the history books as the only horse to beat 2015 US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the Dale Romans-trained Keen Ice embarks on his latest quest, a crack at the 2016 Dubai Wold Cup, when he lines up in at Meydan tomorrow evening.
The question needs to be asked: Just how good has Tepin become? The way she finished last year, and the way she has begun this year, it seems to me the Champion Turf Mare is starting to approach the exalted territory of special.
John C. Oxley's Airoforce has done little wrong in his career.
A smashing winner on debut going six furlongs on the grass at Kentucky Downs in a sharp 1:10.34, the son of Colonel John was equally as dominant in the Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) next time out at Keeneland in his two-turn debut.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepinenjoyed a few weeks kicking up her heels in South Florida after beating the boys Oct. 31, but now it's time for Robert Masterson's Bernstein runner to get back to work.
Kentucky Derby Top 10: Casey’s Picks– Another weekend has come and gone, and more Kentucky Derby points have been distributed. So far, horses are emerging as either tough competitors or top competitors.
Don’tforgetaboutme (Malibu Moon) will join the Claiborne Farm broodmare band with an expected visit to War Front next spring after selling for $675,000 during Thursday’s session of the Keeneland November sale.
TEPIN and AIROFORCE Tune Up for Breeders' Cup While Greathouse Bloodstock yearling purchase TEPIN didn't blaze in her final workout before facing males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31 font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; background-color> at Keeneland, trainer Mark Casse was pleased with the 4-year-old filly's half-mile breeze Oct. 23 at Churchill Downs.
After winning the first main-track mile race held in many years—perhaps ever—at Keeneland, jockey Corey Lanerie had some advice for riders trying the distance in the weeks to come, including the Oct. 30 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I): Get out of the gate.
KEEN ICE SPRINGS TRAVERS UPSET ON 'PHAROAH' Before the running of the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Dale Romans thanked the New York Racing Association for capping attendance at