Breeders’ Cup Legend Goldikova Dies: Relive Her Racing Career

GoldikovaAnyone who loves racing has heard of Goldikova even if they were too young to pay attention when she won her third Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf at Churchill Downs in 2010. Her passing at the age of 16 was announced on January 6 by Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager for her ultra-wealthy owners and breeders, the Wertheimer brothers.more…

Domestic Spending Triumphs in Hollywood Derby

Irad Ortiz JrDomestic Spending succeeded in spectacular, stalking style in the $303,000 Hollywood Derby by a head under the super cool Irad Ortiz Jr on November 28 at Del Mar. Run over a mile and a furlong on turf, it was a first Grade 1 score for this son of Kingman owned bymore…

Maxim Rate Magnificent in Goldikova Stakes

Maxim RateMaxim Rate scored in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes in emphatic style on Sunday (October 25) at Santa Anita. She started second favorite at 12/5 in this race for fillies and mares run over a mile but won with the ease of an odds-on shot in amore…

Kentucky Oaks beckons for Alabama heroine Swiss Skydiver

Kenny McPeekSwiss Skydiver was the 23/20 (+115) favorite in the 140th Alabama Stakes for fillies and mares at Saratoga on August 15 and triumphed in the style of one starting at a much shorter price. Now she heads firmly for the Kentucky Oaks and a clash with Gamine on September 4 at Churchill Downs.more…

Controversial Maximum Security Debuts For Baffert in San Diego Handicap

Last updated December 22nd, 2020

Bob BaffertMaximum Security will probably be posted as the long odds-on favorite when bookmakers issue betting for the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 25. The $150,000 Grade 11 race has attracted just seven entries but, despite the concession of weight to the field, the other runners may be competing for second place.more…

Wells Bayou Wins Louisiana Derby For All-Conquering Cox

Brad Cox: Louisiana Derby review 2020Wells Bayou crossed the wire unchallenged to take the 2020 $1m Louisiana Derby on March 21 at Fair Grounds. Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, Wells Bayou started as the 3/1 favorite and won in the style of a 1/3 shot. He finished without a spot of dirt on his white bridle and flicked his ears forward inmore…

Baffert’s Game Winner Scores in Del Mar Futurity

Mario GutierrezFollowing Bob Baffert trainees in Grade 1 contests for juveniles is generally a good policy but in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Stakes on September 4 most bettors picked the wrong one.

It was Baffert’s second string, the appropriately named Game Winner, the 8/5 second favorite, who gave hismore…

Carrick Surprises at 38/1 in Secretariat Stakes

John VelazquezThe crowd cheered when Chad Brown’s 4/5 favorite Analyze It took the lead in the stretch in the Secretariat Stakes but the 38/1 shot Carrick managed to get his head in front in the final 100 yards and win by a neck at Arlington Park on August 11.

Trained by the UK-born Tom Morley for Donegal Racing, Carrick had been pushed along by John Velazquez formore…

Lady Aurelia Retires From Racetrack: Review Of Her Career

Wesley WardGlobetrotting sprint star Lady Aurelia is set for a new career as a broodmare. Trained by Wesley Ward, the four-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy dazzled at the highest level as far afield as the UK and France.

Ward knew from day one that Lady Aurelia was something special, her work at home was spectacular. She wasmore…

Catholic Boy Triumphs in Belmont Derby Thriller

Javier CastellanoNot many pace-setting horses battle back after being headed in the stretch but the 5/1 shot Catholic Boy dug deep to deny Chad Brown’s 2/1 favorite Analyze It on the wire in the 2018 $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1T) on July 7.

Owned by Robert LaPenta, Sol Kumin (Madaket Stables), Twin Creeks Racing and Siena Farm, Catholic Boy seems tomore…

Belmont Stakes: Justify Cruises to Triple Crown Glory

Last updated June 23rd, 2018

Mike SmithBettors who believed Justify was set to continue his unbeaten record and sent him off as the 4/5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 9 were not only correct but they did not have a moment of anxiety.

Justify set the pace and kept on convincingly all the way to the wire under Mike Smith to become the 13th Triple Crown winner aftermore…