Month: February 2019

Eclipse Award champion turf runner World Approval retired – Horse Racing Nation

Photo: Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire Live Oak Plantation’s homebred World Approval, Eclipse Champion Turf Horse of 2017 and winner of that year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar, has been retired from racing, it was announced Tuesday. The gelded 7-year-old son of Northern Afleet, the last foal produced from the blue hen mare Win Approval, will…

Don’t Underestimate Super Steed on 2019 Kentucky Derby Trail

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2019 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style,…

Jaywalk, Serengeti Empress lead Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes nominations – Horse Racing Nation

Photo: Parker Waters/Eclipse Sportswire Joel Politi’s recent Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner Serengeti Empress, the leading point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks, and D. J. Stable and Cash is King’s Jaywalk, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2018, lead the accomplished 3-year-old fillies nominated to the 82nd running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 6, opening…

Your Retired Racehorse Training Questions, Answered: Part Two

In the conclusion of our OTTB Training Questions Answered series, Paulus Racing and Performance Thoroughbreds’ Amy Paulus, New Vocations’ Anna Ford, Retired Racehorse Project’s Jen Roytz, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s Stacie Clark answer questions ranging from what they focus on during a first ride to how they think stereotypes about Thoroughbreds can be combated. You…

Nine Things You Should Know About the 2019 Fountain of Youth

The road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve heats up this weekend, as top Triple Crown hopefuls convene at Gulfstream Park for the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes. The historic race attracts a competitive field of 3-year-olds each year and this year is expected to include the likes of Hidden Scroll, Signalman, Code of…

Across the Board: Signlaman a Fountain of Youth must-play – Horse Racing Nation

Photo: Eclipse Sportswire While there were no stakes races over the weekend designed to give 2019 Kentucky Derby prospects opportunities to improve their credentials for America’s most famous race, I couldn’t ignore a playable renewal of the Buena Vista Stakes (G2), a turf event at Santa Anita Park that offered a pretty profitable exacta opportunity.That…

Maximus Mischief to bypass Fountain of Youth Stakes – Horse Racing Nation

Photo: Eclipse Sportswire Trainer Robert ‘Butch’ Reid Jr. cancelled plans to run Maximus Mischief in next Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park following a subpar workout Sunday morning. “The horse didn’t breeze too good, so he is out of the Fountain of Youth,” Reid said of the 2019 Kentucky Derby hopeful. Maximus Mischief…