Kitasan Black, reigning Japanese Horse of the Year, dominated a tough field in the Tenno Sho Spring (G1) at Kyoto April 30, chasing down the runaway leader and sweeping to a 1 1/4-length victory.
Fast and Accurate, winner of the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 April 30 at Churchill Downs while readying for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
In his final major preparation for what will be his most significant race beneath the Twin Spires, Janis Whitham’s homebred looked every bit the house horse, turning in a strong five-furlong move in 1:00 4/5 under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.
Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry put in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) April 30 at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md., clocking six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 on trainer Graham Motion’s watch.
Leading the Kentucky Derby work tab on Sunday morning were top contenders McCraken and Irish War Cry, though each completed the exercise in a slightly different atmosphere. At Churchill Downs, a large throng of reporters surrounded trainer Ian Wilkes’ barn as Brian Hernandez prepared to take McCraken through his final Derby breeze. The 3-year-old son […]
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Bill Mott has been training for nearly a half-century now, and he says he can’t remember having a horse as laid-back as The Money Monster. “He’ll absolutely pull himself up if you don’t keep working on him,” Mott said Saturday night after Jose Lezcano rode The Money Monster to perfection in a mild upset in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes, the opening-night feature as Churchill Downs opened its 38-day spring meet.
War Correspondent returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in more than two years after rallying to a one-length victory over the pacesetting Applicator in Saturday’s Grade 3 Miami Mile at Gulfstream Park.
In his second start for trainer Phil D’Amato, Matthew Schera’s Farhaan took an impressive step forward April 29 to win his first graded stakes in the $100,000 Thunder Road (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
Many Roses and G.G. Ryder didn’t make it easy for odds-on favorite Alert Bay in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, but the millionaire brought his ‘A’ game and scored a victory in the $100,225 turf race.
Jessica’s Star was always prominent in a neck win over Way Striking in the $75,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes on Saturday at Fonner Park in Nebraska.