Breeders’ Futurity

‘A Fantastic Mind’: Walsh Looking Ahead To Breeders’ Cup Juvenile With Maxfield

The morning after winning the first Grade 1 stakes of his career, Brendan Walsh reported cheerfully that Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner Maxfield came out of Saturday’s $500,000 race in far better order than his trainer. “We did a bit of celebrating last night,” Walsh said. “But if you don’t celebrate that, what do you […]

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Maxfield Loops Field For Impressive Victory In Breeders’ Futurity

With an eye-catching move going into the far turn under Jose Ortiz, Maxfield drew off to an impressive 5 1/2-length victory on Saturday in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, giving trainer Brendan Walsh his first career Grade 1 triumph. The Godolphin homebred son of Street Sense covered 1 1/16 miles on a fast […]

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Trio Of Breeders’ Cup ‘Win And You’re In’ Grade 1 Races On Tap For Opening Saturday At Keeneland

Six Grade or Group 1 winners, including Suedois (FR) and Next Shares, the past two victors of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile, are among the 14 horses and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 34th running of the prestigious race. The $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile serves as the centerpiece of a blockbuster 11-race […]

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‘First Horse’ Signalman Made Owner Crabtree ‘Off The Charts Lucky’

Signalman had another gallop session under Danny Ramsey at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning before vanning to Lexington for a scheduled Tuesday Tex Sutton flight to Baltimore, where the son of General Quarters is slated to run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. The Preakness contender is a one-horse stable for co-owner Steve […]

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‘Serious Work’: Knicks Go Fires 58 2/5 Bullet Toward Sam F. Davis

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-old Triple Crown hopefuls is expected to draw Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Knicks Go, among others. The mile-and-a-sixteenth stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, with the top four finishers being awarded points on a 10-4-2-1 scale toward qualifying […]

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Mind Control Will Avoid Flight To Oklahoma, Re-Routes To Jerome

Trainer Greg Sacco was planning to send Grade 1 winner Mind Control to Oklahoma for Remington Park’s Springboard Mile on Dec. 16, but told horseracingnation.com on Monday that he would re-route the son of Stay Thirsty to Aqueduct’s G3 Jerome on Jan. 1 instead. The primary reason for the change, said Sacco, was the amount of travel […]

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40-1 Juvenile Runner-Up Knicks Go Maps Out Path Toward Kentucky Derby

Keeneland-based trainer Ben Colebrook said his two Breeders’ Cup runners came back in good shape. Knicks Go, making a name for himself at delivering at big odds, ran second in the Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to the undefeated Game Winner at odds of 40-1; last month, he won Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity at 70-1. The stable’s […]

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Knicks Go Fires Bullet In Final Breeze Before Juvenile

KRA Stud Farm’s runaway 5½-length Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Knicks Go completed his major training for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs by working 5 furlongs in :59.20 over a fast track Friday morning. Working on his own after the morning renovation break, the colt […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: 26-Year-Old Breeder Defeats 70-1 Odds

At what point does a hobby become a passion? How often does that passion become a career? According to Maryland-based breeder Sabrina Moore, the odds of turning her passion for horses into a career were almost as high as those of her three-strong broodmare band producing a Grade 1 winner: about 70-1. When Knicks Go […]

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Changing Fortunes: Breeders’ Futurity Win ‘Still Sinking In’ For Colebrook

A lot can change in the racing game in 24 hours. Nobody knows that better than trainer Ben Colebrook. On Saturday morning, Colebrook was lamenting the troubled trip Katherine G. Ball’s Limousine Liberal had the day before in his third-place finish in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) at Keeneland. On Sunday morning, Colebrook was celebrating his first […]

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