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SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015


Triple Crown News & Notes
American Pharoah continues Belmont preparations under Twin Spires
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) continued his preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) by galloping 1 3/16 miles over the fast Churchill Downs main track under regular exercise rider Jorge Alvarez on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). more...

Frammento works on cold Saratoga morning
Looking to pull off another upset of a Triple Crown bid, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito had Belmont S. (G1) hopeful Frammento (Midshipman) put in another workout over the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs, New York, Saturday morning with a trackside temperature of 38 degrees at 7:30 a.m. (EDT). more...

Espinoza 'taking it one day at a time'
Victor Espinoza leaves on Monday, June 1, for New York and what he hopes is a date with destiny when he pursues the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6. more...

Graded Recaps
Xtra Luck too good in Louisville
Michele and Cliff Love's Xtra Luck (Exchange Rate) surged clear entering the stretch and posted a comfortable victory in Saturday's Louisville H. (G3) at Churchill Downs more...

Triple Crown News & Notes
American Pharoah gallops, Conquest Curlinate breezes, at Churchill
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) hero American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) had his first gallop on Friday at Churchill Downs since his seven-length romp in last Saturday's second jewel of the Triple Crown. more...

Pletcher's Belmont Stakes trio work at Big Sandy
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out a veritable "Who's Who" of contenders for their penultimate workouts this morning at Belmont Park for the upcoming Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on June 4-6. more...

Frosted tours track with Tamarkuz ahead of likely Belmont Stakes bid
Twinspires.com Wood Memorial S. (G1) winner Frosted (Tapit) took to the fast Belmont main track Friday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 one day after he was declared a likely starter for the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. more...

American Pharaoh jogs at Churchill Downs
Dual classic winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) returned to the track Thursday for the first time since last Saturday's seven-length romp in the sloppy Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico. more...

Desormeaux praises Espinoza's decision to send American Pharoah
Kent Desormeaux has never won the Belmont Stakes (G1), but the 45-year-old Hall of Fame rider certainly knows his way around the massive 1 1/2-mile oval more...

American Pharoah to stand at Ashford upon retirement
Coolmore have purchased the breeding rights to dual classic winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and he will stand at Ashford Stud in Kentucky on his retirement from racing. more...

Racing Headlines
Sky Treasure finds gold in the Nassau
Sky Treasure (Sky Mesa) made a wide bid down the middle of the course and rallied past the three betting choices in the final furlong to upset the $171,981 Nassau S. (Can-G2) for fillies and mares at Woodbine on Saturday. more...

Neveradoubt upsets Snow Chief as favorites rule Gold Rush undercard
There was plenty of double about Neveradoubt's (Decarchy) chances in Saturday's $200,750 Snow Chief S., the highlight among five stakes on Santa Anita Park's California Gold Rush Day program Saturday. more...

Bravo reaches 5,000 wins
Saturday's sixth race at Monmouth Park proved an extra special one for the jockey aptly nicknamed "Jersey" Joe Bravo when he piloted Boss Man (English Channel) to victory, marking the 43-year-old journeyman's 5,000th trip to the winner's circle more...

Promise Me Silver has 'earned' the right to face Grade 1 rivals
Promise Me Silver (Silver City) breezed five furlongs over the fast main track at her Churchill Downs home base on Friday ahead of an expected bid in the $750,000 Acorn S. (G1) during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on June 6. more...

Fanticola the one to catch in Gamely
Queen of the Sand (Footstepsinthesand) nipped long-time leader Fanticola (Silent Name) by a nose in last month's Santa Barbara H. (G3) over 1 1/4 miles, but might have a more difficult time doing it again over a furlong shorter in Monday's $300,000 Gamely (G1) at Santa Anita. more...

Tapiture, Carve head Lone Star Park Handicap field
Tapiture (Tapit) and Carve (First Samurai), familiar foes during the Oaklawn meet, will square off for a third time this season on Monday in the $200,000 Lone Star Park H. (G3), a 1 1/16-mile event that highlights the Texas track's Memorial Day program. more...

Geller to succeed Loiselle as Woodbine announcer
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced that Robert Geller will succeed Dan Loiselle as Woodbine's new Thoroughbred race caller. more...

Veteran rider Hole earns 2,000th career victory
Veteran jockey Taylor Hole picked up his 2,000th career victory on Friday, riding Dr Bolt (Cherokee's Boy) to victory in the 6TH race at Pimlico. more...

Court to be honored with 2015 Mike Venezia Memorial Award
Kentucky-based jockey Jon Court was announced as the 2015 recipient of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, which will be presented on Memorial Day at Belmont Park more...

Vanderbilt, Whitney elected Hall of Fame Pillars of the Turf
Esteemed sportsmen Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame as Pillars of the Turf. more...

Diversy Harbor euthanized
Grade 2 winner Diversy Harbor (Curlin) has been euthanized more...

Ellis Park renames Gardenia after Groupie Doll
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that Ellis Park has renamed the Gardenia S. (G3), the track's only graded stakes, as the Groupie Doll S. for its 2015 edition. more...

Triple Crown News & Notes
American Pharoah returns to Churchill Downs; Belmont field takes shape
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) flew from Baltimore to Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday and settled in at Churchill Downs, where the Bob Baffert colt will train for his date with Triple Crown destiny in the June 6 Belmont S. (G1). more...

American Pharoah 'a little tired...looks good' day after Preakness romp
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert covered many topics on Sunday, the morning after saddling Kentucky Derby (G1) champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) for a dominating seven-length victory in Saturday's 140th Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico -- a triumph that moved him into position to bid for a sweep the Triple Crown. more...

Espinoza appears on 'Today Show' following second straight Preakness victory
Jockey Victor Espinoza spent part of Sunday morning at Pimlico following his victory aboard American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in Saturday's Preakness S. (G1). Espinoza appeared with trainer Bob Baffert on NBC's "Today Show" and reflected on the victory over a sloppy track during a driving rainstorm. more...

Tale of Verve headed to Belmont, Divining Rod not after Preakness placings
Before heading to the airport to catch an 8:30 a.m. (EDT) flight bound for Kentucky on Sunday, trainer Dallas Stewart stopped by the Pimlico Stakes Barn to check on Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati), who finished second in Saturday's 140th edition of the Preakness S. (G1). more...

Casse: Danzig Moon 'had half the race track in his throat'
Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon) stood quietly in his stall Sunday morning, his heavy coughing spells having substantially subsided after Saturday's sixth-place finish in the 140th edition of the Preakness S. (G1) in the slop. more...

Pletcher happy to have skipped Preakness; Mubtaahij works bullet for Belmont
If American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) is to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, he'll have to go through a trio of runners from the barn of Todd Pletcher, as the trainer is likely to send out the sixth and 10th-place finishers from the Kentucky Derby (G1), Materiality (Afleet Alex) and Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway), and the winner of the Peter Pan (G2), Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky), in the June 6 Belmont S. (G1). more...

Zayat enjoying Preakness ride with American Pharoah
With his obligations as a student at New York University completed, Justin Zayat, racing manager for Zayat Stables, spent Friday morning at Pimlico checking up on his family's Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile). more...

Firing Line entering Preakness 'as well as he was going into the Derby'
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line (Line of David) galloped 1 1/4 miles over Pimlico track Friday morning to the satisfaction of trainer Simon Callaghan, one day before he takes part in the 140th Preakness S. (G1). more...

Divining Rod tours Pimlico's main track for the first time
Trainer Arnaud Delacour sent Lael Stables' Divining Rod (Tapit) out for his first tour of Pimlico early Friday morning, one day before the Kentucky-bred faces seven rivals in the 140th Preakness S. (G1). The colt, who shipped from Fair Hill Training Center Thursday, galloped 1 1/4 miles. more...

Derby top three all raring to go in Preakness
After watching Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and third-place finisher Dortmund (Big Brown) gallop over the track at Pimlico for the first time Thursday morning in preparation for Saturday's 140th running of the Preakness S. (G1), trainer Bob Baffert said that he liked what he saw. more...

Lukas: Mr. Z coming into Preakness 'same way Oxbow did'
At Pimlico on Thursday, Calumet Farm's new acquisition Mr. Z (Malibu Moon) galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Edvin Vargas for six-time Preakness (G1)-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas. more...

McCarthy celebrates 21st birthday with first Preakness ride on Bodhisattva
Jockey Trevor McCarthy, who turns 21 on Saturday, will be celebrating with a special gift from owner/trainer Jose Corrales. McCarthy will be riding in his first Triple Crown race when Corrales gives him a leg up on Bodhisattva (Student Council), the only horse in the 140th running of the Preakness S. (G1) with a race over the Pimlico track. more...

Mr. Z to race in Preakness for Calumet
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported Wednesday afternoon that multiple graded stakes-placed Mr. Z (Malibu Moon) has been sold and entered in the Preakness S. (G1). more...

Materiality out of Preakness
Trainer Todd Pletcher informed Maryland Jockey Club officials Tuesday morning that Florida Derby (G1) winner Materiality (Afleet Alex) will not run in Saturday's Preakness (G1) more...

American Pharoah, Dortmund continue to receive positive reviews
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and third-placer Dortmund (Big Brown) continued their Preakness preparations on a mild Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, galloping 1 1/2 miles more...

Preakness contenders gallop at Churchill
Five-time Preakness-winning trainer Bob Baffert was back at Churchill Downs Monday morning to get his first live look in a week at Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and third-place finisher Dortmund (Big Brown). more...

Rosario to ride Tale of Verve; Mr. Z out of Preakness
Charles Fipke's Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) entered the Preakness (G1) picture after a five-furlong work in 1:00 2/5 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs and Zayat Stables' Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), 13th in the Kentucky Derby (G1), was withdrawn from consideration by owner Ahmed Zayat. more...

Bodhisattva tours five-eighths at Laurel
Jose Corrales-owned and -trained Bodhisattva (Student Council) breezed a leisurely five furlongs in 1:04 Sunday morning at Laurel Park under jockey Trevor McCarthy while in company with a stablemate. more...

Mubtaahij gets back to work; Frosted possible for Belmont
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Makotum's Mubtaahij (Dubawi), eighth in the Kentucky Derby (G1), put in his final work over the Churchill Downs main track Sunday morning before shipping to Belmont Park on Tuesday where he will work toward a start in the June 6 Belmont S. (G1). more...

Zetcher 'very proud' of Firing Line
During 15 years of owning Thoroughbreds, Arnold Zetcher has enjoyed considerable success in major stakes with horses trained by Bob Baffert. more...

Racing Headlines
Sarah Sis records first move since pulling up in Kentucky Oaks
Grade 3 victress Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor), who is based at Arlington with trainer Ingrid Mason, returned to the worktab on Saturday morning for the first time since a perplexing trip in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1). more...

Fame and Power wires Sir Barton; Ageless sets new course mark in The Very One
Fame and Power (First Defence) put his speed to good use in Saturday's $100,000 Sir Barton at Pimlico, leading wire to wire in a three-length victory more...

Divisidero readies for next start; Departing's grass work an 'absolute success'
Gunpowder Farm LLC's Divisidero (Kitten's Joy) returned to the work tab on Friday morning, breezing a half-mile in :49 over Churchill Downs' fast main track. more...

Ben's Cat courageous in Jim McKay; Miss Temple City, Galiana win Pimlico stakes
Ben's Cat (Parker's Storm Cat) would not be denied in Friday's $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, willing his way to a neck victory as the veteran gelding proved he's still got it age nine more...

Jones returns to Old Hilltop for Black-Eyed Susan Day
Trainer Larry Jones' enthusiasm for his sport and his job are unfettered -- an amazing thing, really, when you think about the man. He has had wondrous successes, yes; but cruel turns of fate, as well. more...

Oversubscribed Dixie highlights competitive turf action on Preakness undercard
A plethora of competitive stakes have been carded for Pimlico's Saturday program, highlighted by the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1). more...

Happy My Way goes for title defense in Maryland Sprint
Winless in five starts since winning on the Preakness (G1) undercard last season, Happy My Way (Wilko) hopes to reverse that streak of bad luck Saturday when he defends his title in the $100,000 Maryland Sprint H. (G3) over six furlongs. more...

Ward has three for Preakness undercard
Trainer Wesley Ward breezed a pair of horses Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for starts on Saturday's undercard for the Preakness (G1). more...

Graded Recaps
American Pharoah sails to sloppy Preakness score
The rain hit just as the call came for riders to mount in Saturday's 140th running of the Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico, and didn't let up as the eight-horse field paraded in front of the waterlogged stands. In the end, Kentucky Derby (G1) hero American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) sloshed to an easy victory over the sloppy track, reminiscent of when he opened his sophomore career in the sloppy Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park on March 14. more...

Ironicus laughs last in Dixie
Stuart S. Janney III's homebred Ironicus (Distorted Humor) turned a contentious renewal of the $300,000 Dixie S. (G2) into a laugher at Pimlico on Saturday, parlaying a ground-saving trip into a 2 3/4-length triumph in his stakes debut. more...

Watsdachances gets her Gallorette
A troubled second here last year, Michael E. Kisber, Bradley Thoroughbreds and Nelson McMakin's Watsdachances (Diamond Green) found a smooth road to success in Saturday's $150,000 Galllorette H. (G3) at Pimlico. more...

Sandbar pulls away late in Maryland Sprint
The four-year-old gelding Sandbar (War Pass) recorded his first stakes victory on Saturday in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint H. (G3) at Pimlico, the first graded stakes on the Preakness (G1) undercard. more...

La Verdad hangs on in Vagrancy
Lady Shelia Stable's La Verdad (Yes It's True) visibly tired in the final strides of Saturday's $147,000 Vagrancy H. (G3) at Belmont Park, but asserted her class to hold off Room for Me (Harlington) by a half-length on the wire. more...

Winning Cause catches Heart to Heart in Red Bank
Winning Cause's (Giant's Causeway) fondness for the Monmouth Park turf course was underscored once again Saturday when the five-year-old charged late to edge 8-5 favorite Heart to Heart (English Channel) in the $103,000 Red Bank (G3). more...

Keen Pauline wires Black-Eyed Susan in upset
Stonestreet Stables LLC's homebred Keen Pauline (Pulpit) entered Friday's $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) owning just a maiden win, but exited the 1 1/8-mile contest over Pimlico's fast main track a Grade 2 victress after putting her rivals to sleep on the front end. more...

Commissioner bosses Pimlico Special rivals
WinStar Farm's homebred Commissioner (A.P. Indy) continued his ascent in the older male division with a convincing score in Friday's $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3). more...

Stopchargingmaria outclasses rivals in Allaire du Pont Distaff
Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat) broke a tad slowly in Friday's $150,000 Allaire du Pont Distaff (G3) at Pimlico, but the 3-5 favorite had little trouble regrouping and asserting her superiority in the nine-furlong test for fillies and mares. more...

Irish Jasper captures Miss Preakness
Jockey Kendrick Carmouch and Irish Jasper (First Defence) proved a winning combination once again in Friday's $150,000 Miss Preakness S. (G3), prevailing by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire of the six-furlong sprint. more...

Features
Belmont Stakes Report
American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the West) superiority is unquestioned but we've been down this path many times more...

Handicapping Insights
Preakness (G1) 140 is in the books and American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) is on the verge of immortality more...

Notebooks
Belmont Notebook
A single graded affair headlined the week of racing at Belmont Park more...

Santa Anita Notebook
There was no graded action at Santa Anita this past week more...

 

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