Track Notes

Busanda fails to fill

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The $100,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, a race that offered qualifying points to the May 4 Kentucky Oaks, drew only four entrants and was not carded for Sunday as scheduled.

Divine Miss Grey eyes Barbara Fritchie Handicap

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Divine Miss Grey, dominant winner of Monday’s $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct, will point to the Grade 2, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 17, trainer Danny Gargan said Thursday.

Regally bred Sherini among seven in Ladies

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The extremely well-bred Sherini will try to join a long list of stakes-winning siblings when she runs in Sunday’s $100,000 Ladies Stakes at Aqueduct. This will be the 147th running of the Ladies, first contested in 1868.

Hoppertunity drills five furlongs for San Pasqual Stakes

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Hoppertunity drills five furlongs for San Pasqual

ARCADIA, Calif. – Hoppertunity worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Thursday in preparation for an expected start in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 3.

Selcourt has Santa Monica, Beholder Mile on agenda

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Selcourt may point to Beholder Mile

ARCADIA, Calif. – Selcourt won her 4-year-old debut by 7 1/2 lengths in the Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita last Sunday, and trainer John Sadler hopes to start her in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes in March and perhaps the Grade 1 Beholder Mile in June.

Las Cienegas pivotal race for Beau Recall

ARCADIA, Calif. – Beau Recall will run in the shortest race of her American career in Saturday’s Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita in an effort to produce the best race of her career.

Keeneland raises purse of Appalachian Stakes to $200,000

Keeneland Racecourse has increased the purse of its Grade 2 Appalachian Stakes by $75,000 for this year’s spring meet, which will feature 16 stakes races worth a record $4.4 million in total purses, the track said on Thursday.

The $200,000 Appalachian, which was recently elevated from a Grade 3 to a Grade 2, will be run on opening day of the spring meet, April 6. The race was the only stakes race targeted for a purse increase this year. All of the other stakes will have the same purse as last year.

Fair Grounds cancels Thursday card

Fair Grounds Race Course on Wednesday cancelled the racing program on Thursday, Jan. 18 owing to wintry weather in the area.

Sassy Sienna possible for Martha Washington, Honeybee

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Sassy Sienna turned in an impressive performance on the Smarty Jones card Monday, when the 3-year-old filly drew off by 9 1/2 lengths in an optional $62,500 claiming race at a mile. The race came one start after Sassy Sienna finished fifth in the $100,000 Trapeze at Remington.

Mourinho, Combatant could get rematch in Southwest Stakes

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Mourinho emerged from his win in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn in good order, and he will be considered for the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest here Feb. 19, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday.

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