March 16, 2018
The unbeaten Dream Tree, one of the top 3-year-old fillies in the country, will miss the Kentucky Oaks on May 4 at Churchill Downs after emerging from her most-recent work at Santa Anita with a minor injury, trainer Bob Baffert said Friday morning.
Trainers Steve Asmussen, D. Wayne Lukas, and Todd Pletcher are all pointing horses to the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby on March 25.
McKinzie will remain at Santa Anita for the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, while Justify will go to Oaklawn for the Arkansas Derby on April 14, trainer Bob Baffert said Friday.
Smile Big proved to be a useful claim for owner Vincent Scuderi and trainer Rudy Rodriguez as the filly won three races from 11 starts and earned $171,642 after being taken for $40,000 in December 2016.
In an effort to increase field size – and subsequently handle – the New York Racing Association announced a rewards program for horses who race frequently at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. Not all trainers support the idea.
Trainer Mark Hennig could not be happier with the way his Florida Derby hopeful Strike Power continues to progress following his second-place finish two weeks ago in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.
Two-time Eclipse Award champion Songbird has been confirmed in foal to fellow champion and first-year stallion Arrogate. It would be the first foal for the Medaglia d'Oro mare.
Matt Rose's analysis of the Sunday Afternoon 3/18 card at Yonkers Raceway.
Trainer Richard Baltas will send out three runners with differing styles on Sunday at Santa Anita in the Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile grass race for older females that drew a field of nine, but likely is to be smaller.
The duel on the front between Native River and Might Bite in Friday’s Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup turned into a private race in the historic steeplechase in the west of England.