NEW YORK (AP) -- Went the Day Well, once a promising Triple Crown contender, ended a lengthy losing streak Sunday in the $59,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Aqueduct.
Posted: January 26, 2015, 12:01 am
Mischief Clem outdueled Pulmarack by a head to win the $250,000 California Cup Derby for 3-year-olds in a photo finish Saturday at Santa Anita, highlighting five races for California-bred or sired horses worth $1 million in purses. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, 11-1 long shot Mischief Clem ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.82 and paid $25.60, $9.60 and $13.40. I was able to ride him off my finger tips and he was just the consummate professional.'' California Chrome won last year's Cal Cup Derby before going on to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and being named Horse of the Year. Sent off at 7-2 odds, Tough Sunday was second at the half-mile pole before fading under Tyler Baze.
Posted: January 25, 2015, 1:02 am
Eblouissante, a half-sister to superstar mare Zenyatta, has been retired from racing and will be sent to Europe to begin her breeding career. She finished her career with two wins and a second in seven starts, losing a pair of graded stakes. The 6-year-old daughter of Bernardini out of the mare Vertigineux will be bred to either Frankel or Oasis Dream, according to Santa Anita. Trained by John Shirreffs, who oversaw Zenyatta, Eblouissante won her first two starts, but failed to live up to the promise she showed in those races.
Posted: January 24, 2015, 11:33 pm
Upstart strutted into the winner's circle, took a look around at the people in the stands and seemed to be basking in the moment. ''He's a bit of a punk,'' trainer Richard Violette said. ''He's pretty cocky.'' After performances like the one Upstart turned in at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Violette won't mind dealing with a little attitude. Upstart pulled away with ease in the stretch and coasted to a win in the $400,000 Grade 2 Holy Bull, one of the early races where horses earn points that will determine the field for the Kentucky Derby.
Posted: January 24, 2015, 11:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aqueduct has canceled the Saturday card because of wintery conditions in the New York area.
Posted: January 24, 2015, 5:35 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Ernest Shackleton won the $58,000 feature for 3-year-olds by a half-length Friday at Santa Anita, giving Eclipse Award-winning jockey Drayden Van Dyke his first victory as a journeyman.
Posted: January 24, 2015, 3:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pennymine nosed out long shot Flaring on Friday in the $67,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Posted: January 23, 2015, 10:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kate Is a Ten pulled a 15-1 upset Thursday in the $57,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Posted: January 22, 2015, 10:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seabiscuit jockey Red Pollard's race-worn saddle from the famed champion racehorse has sold for $104,260.
Posted: January 20, 2015, 9:01 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Sam's Sister rallied to win the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths Monday at Santa Anita.
Posted: January 20, 2015, 12:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Micromanage rallied in the mud to beat Turco Bravo by three-quarters of a length Monday in the $100,000 Jazil Stakes for his second straight stakes victory at Aqueduct.
Posted: January 19, 2015, 9:47 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Kitten's Point rallied in the final furlong to win the $75,000 Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
Posted: January 19, 2015, 2:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Captain Serious won the $100,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes on Sunday, beating Crafty Dreamer by three-quarters of a length on a sloppy Aqueduct track.
Posted: January 18, 2015, 9:40 pm
Tom Durkin could not walk five feet through the crowd at Gulfstream Park without someone yelling his name, asking for a handshake or stopping to chat. His last day was Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. His acceptance speech at Saturday night's Eclipse Awards brought some of the loudest applause and longest laughs of the evening, when he was honored for a lifetime of achievement. He has homes in Naples, Florida, and Saratoga Springs, New York - the latter being the one where his Eclipse Award will be placed.
Posted: January 18, 2015, 6:58 pm
The winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year picked up two Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park on Saturday night, including horse of the year - the biggest prize, one that would have figured to be unthinkable for the offspring of an $8,000 mare and $2,500 stallion. California Chrome also won the Eclipse for 3-year-old males, getting more than three times the first-place nods that went to Breeders' Cup Classic champion Bayern. ''This has been an incredible journey,'' said Steve Coburn, California Chrome's co-owner. California Chrome's bid to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since 1978 was foiled in the Belmont Stakes when he finished tied for fourth, but his year was still an unmistakable success with just over $4 million in earnings and six wins in nine starts.
Posted: January 18, 2015, 3:35 am
As he got ready for the Sunshine Millions Classic, trainer Peter Walder was thinking that he could have used a few more weeks to get to know Sr. Quisqueyano. Sr. Quisqueyano came up with an upset win in the biggest and most lucrative of the five stakes on the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, winning the $250,000 race by covering 1 1/8 miles on the dirt in 1:50.09 and paying $43.20 for the victory - a shocker, especially considering early favorites Wildcat Red and Transparent failed to even hit the board. Ridden by Edgard Zayas, Sr. Quisqueyano found a comfortable spot off the early pace, then made his move and had enough to hold off East Hall and Catholic Cowboy. Transparent and Wildcat Red were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Posted: January 17, 2015, 11:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Willet rallied from fifth to win the $100,000 Interborough Stakes for fillies and mares on Saturday at Aqueduct.
Posted: January 17, 2015, 9:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Overprepared held off Liberty Island by 1 1/4 lengths Friday in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Posted: January 16, 2015, 10:05 pm
(Reuters) - A racing Hall of Fame-nominated horse trainer was cleared by Kentucky gaming officials on Thursday of abuse allegations leveled against him by animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said in a report published on its website that PETA's claims that Steve Asmussen, his top assistant, Scott Blasi, and other staff had administered various performance enhancing and pain-masking drugs to horses and used electric shock paddles on them were unfounded. "When first reading the allegations and viewing the video, concern was raised," the report said. "After a thorough and rigorous investigation, no evidence of a rule violation was found." Asmussen's nomination to the Hall of Fame was tabled last March while the Kentucky and New York state racing commissions conducted investigations, after PETA posted a video online that was recorded by an undercover investigator working for Asmussen.
Posted: January 16, 2015, 6:27 am
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Bench Warrant won the $58,000 feature for 3-year-olds by a nose in his first try on turf Thursday at Santa Anita.
Posted: January 15, 2015, 11:08 pm