Month: December 2018

2018 Demoiselle Stakes Contenders & Odds

Seven promising 2-year-old fillies are set to square off in the 96th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack led by the regally bred Enliven for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Godolphin. The 1 1/8 -mile Demoiselle will be joined by three other graded dirt events on a star-studded Saturday…

Two Undefeated Triple Crown Winners? Kukulkan Makes Triumphant U.S. Debut

Welcome to another edition of America’s Best Racing’s Main Track. Each week in this space we spotlight the most meaningful story of the past seven days, detailing a story that stands out because of its importance or perhaps the emotional response it generates. Looking ahead, if you believe there’s a story this week that should…

Eight from the First 18: The Most Popular Racehorses of This Century (So Far)

Horse racing in North America is rich with history, and every era has its signature Thoroughbreds that transcend the sport. The best of the best endure long after they’ve passed on, their names becoming part of racing’s lore: Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Citation, Kelso, Secretariat, Ruffian, Cigar, and on and on. In this media-saturated 21st…

Looking Back at Foolish Pleasure’s Hall of Fame Career

It’s not unusual for pairs of human or equine athletes to be synonymous with each other. Muhammad Ali had Joe Frazier. Bjorn Borg had John McEnroe. Affirmed had Alydar. Billie Jean King had Bobby Riggs. Foolish Pleasure falls into the same category, only in a much different manner. Anytime his name is mentioned, it’s nearly…

Updated: Blowen clarifies no agreement yet for ‘Old Friends West’ – Horse Racing Nation

Photo: Eclipse Sportswire Following an announcement Thursday by Elizabeth Neil, who recognized herself as president of a new Old Friends Farm location in California, original founder Michael Blowen’s operation released the following Friday:Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, Ky., wishes to clarify an unauthorized press release…

Improbable Gives Baffert Fifth Straight Los Al Futurity

It might be time to just name the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity the Bob Baffert Futurity. Or at least the Los Alamitos Futurity Presented by Bob Baffert. Since the race moved to Los Alamitos Race Course from Hollywood Park in 2014, the Hall of Fame trainer has won every single edition of the Grade…

Top Trainers to Watch at Santa Anita and Oaklawn this Winter

OK, with the official start of winter another week closer, let’s move on to part two of our look at trainers’ stats at some upcoming winter meets. In this story, we’ll discuss Santa Anita Park and Oaklawn Park, starting at Santa Anita. If you look at the statistics for the last winter meet at “The…