OCEANPORT, N.J. — You know who could really use a graded-stakes class female turf-route horse? Chad Brown, that’s who! Okay — maybe not. Brown just trained the one-three finishers in the Grade 1 Diana, the wonderful Lady Eli and the immensely talented Antonoe. He has three turf fillies pointed to the Grade 1 Beverly D.
OCEANPORT, N.J. — The Jim Dandy on Saturday opened the door for newcomers to join the upper echelon of the 3-year-old division, and on Sunday Girvin stepped through it with a dramatic late run to win the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational by a nose over McCraken. It was another half-length back to Practical Joke, who
DEL MAR, Calif. — Both trainer John Sadler and co-owner Kosta Hronis say watching Stellar Wind is difficult because the expectations are so high. Fortunately for Sadler and Hronis, Stellar Wind keeps meeting and even exceeding them. Stellar Wind continued her outstanding 2017 form on Sunday at Del Mar by out-dueling Vale Dori in a
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — As this is written the evening before Sunday’s Haskell at Monmouth, you might be hearing some of the things I’m hearing, like: “Graveyard of favorites,” or, “3-year-old picture is mud,” or, “Bill Mott’s birthday.” Okay, let’s tackle them. Saratoga is not the graveyard of favorites. It just isn’t. But it has
ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Jennifer Lynnette ($18.40) caught the sharp pacesetter Kasuga on the wire to notch her first stakes win in the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine on Saturday. Jennifer Lynnette, left, edges rival Kasuga to win the Royal North Stakes at Woodbine. Michael Burns Kasuga, fresh off a course-record performance over the six-furlong distance
ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Dragon Bay ($12.50) went straight to the front and never looked back to take the $177,100 Nijinsky Stakes over 2-5 favorite Can’thelpbeliveing at Woodbine on Saturday. With Gary Boulanger aboard, Dragon Bay set moderate fractions in the 10-furlong turf route, while being pressed by Pumpkin Rumble. Can’thelpbelieving saved ground in fourth and
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Shortly after El Deal came into his barn earlier this year, trainer Jorge Navarro had the jockey Emisael Jaramillo work the horse at Gulfstream Park. When Jaramillo got off El Deal, he told Navarro the horse was better than X Y Jet, the colt with whom Navarro won multiple graded stakes.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Trainer Jimmy Toner said he came into Saturday’s $250,000 Bowling Green at Saratoga thinking that if his Hunter O’Riley could finish third or fourth in a field that boasted two recent Grade 1 winners, it would be a good effort. But the hard-trying, stretch-running Hunter O’Riley exceeded those expectations, rallying from
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — As he watched the horses turn down the Saratoga backside with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming cruising on an uncontested lead, trainer Bill Mott wondered if he had made the right choice having Good Samaritan make his dirt debut in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes. “He was on such
There is every chance that the racing game could have survived without the influence of Amory Lawrence Haskell or Clement Lang Hirsch. Good thing, though, the game didn’t have to try. Born a generation apart, their spheres of immediate influence never really intersected, except as towering patrons of the sport who applied their position and