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Untapable, Tapiture Turn in ‘Fantastic’ Works To Start Season

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ talented duo of newly crowned champion 3-year-old filly Untapable and multiple graded stakes-winning Tapiture had their first works of the season on Monday morning. Both trained by Steve Asmussen, who was looking on from horseback at the clocking … Continue reading

Aqueduct To Host Claiming Championship Series March 21

The New York Racing Association’s inaugural Claiming Championship Series will offer 10 stakes races worth $710,000 when it debuts at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, March 21. Named after some of the most familiar claiming horses to run at the Big … Continue reading

Royal Delta Half Brother Impresses in Career Debut

Al Shaqab Racing’s Khozan set the tone for Saturday’s sensational stakes action with a dazzling maiden score that lived up to a “big-time pedigree.” A half-brother to three-time Eclipse champion and two-time Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (Distaff) winner Royal Delta, … Continue reading

Desormeaux Eyeing Risen Star, Santa Anita Derby for Texas Red

The road to the Kentucky Derby could run through California and Louisiana for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red. Recently second in the voting for Eclipse Award champion juvenile, the son of Afleet Alex has been working steadily at Santa … Continue reading

California Chrome Breezes; Bayern ‘Doubtful’ for San Antonio

Horse of the Year California Chrome worked a mile in 1:41.40, breezing, at his Los Alamitos headquarters Sunday morning as he moves ever closer to his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7. Under regular rider … Continue reading

Plenty of Options for Upstart After Impressive Holy Bull Victory

A day after winning the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) in tremendous fashion, Upstart, now a prime contender on the Triple Crown Trail, could be found contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.’s barn at … Continue reading

Departing Gearing Up for 5-Year-Old Campaign

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred multiple graded stakes winner Departing has returned to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots barn of trainer Al Stall, Jr. and commenced preparations for a 5-year-old campaign. Last seen finishing a dull seventh … Continue reading

Front-Running Cassatt Holds Off Closers To Win Houston Ladies Classic

Fox Hill Farms’ Cassatt was able to hold off a pair of late runners after setting the early pace in Saturday’s $400,000 Houston Ladies’ Classic at Sam Houston Race Park. The gray filly, who went off the odds-on favorite, sprinted … Continue reading

Coalport Wire-to-Wire in Connally Turf Cup Victory

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Coalport got away with an uncontested lead throughout to win the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup at Sam Houston Race Park Saturday night. Jockey Miguel Mena guided the 6-year-old through an opening quarter … Continue reading

Upset Winners Rule Cal Cup Stakes

Several mild longshots came out on top in California Cup stakes races Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park, the biggest payoff being Spirit Rules’ $26.20 victory in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint over heavily favored San Onofre. Ridden … Continue reading