American Pharoah Ready For His First ‘Date’

American Pharoah's first date will be Untouched Talent, dam of Bodemeister

American Pharoah’s first date will be Untouched Talent, dam of Bodemeister

American Pharoah is ready to begin his second career, this one in the breeding shed, one his owners hope will be at least half as good as his career on the track.

There are reports that the Triple Crown winner’s first date will be Untouched Talent, the dam of Bodemeister, a horse that went on to have a career marked by near misses in the biggest races…the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Like American Pharoah, Bodemeister was also trained by Bob Baffert.

It’s the start of what is expected to be a busy year for the reigning Horse of the Year. He will also be bred to Ivanavinalot, dam of Songbird; champion Rags to Riches, the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in over 100 years; Playa Maya, dam of Uncle Mo; Grade 1 winners Awesome Maria and Judy the Beauty; and Arch’s Gail Edith, dam of Kentucky Derby winner, I’ll Have Another; and Broodmare of the Year, Take Charge Lady.

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Hot City Girl Suitable Replacement For Half-Sister in G2 Barbara Fritchie

Hot City Girl will be the one to catch in the G2 Barbara Fritchie Saturday at Laurel Park

Hot City Girl will be the one to catch in the G2 Barbara Fritchie Saturday at Laurel Park

LAUREL, MD – Hot City Girl came in a package deal when half-sister La Verdad was purchased by trainer Linda Rice for the Lady Sheila Stable three year ago.

The graded stakes-winning daughter of City Zip has gone on to more than hold up her end of the bargain sale, earning more than $500,000 in purses and Grade 1 stakes-placed credentials, but she has nevertheless raced in the shadow of her older multiple Grade 1 stakes-winning sibling with earnings of more than $1.5 million.

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I’m A Chatterbox Records First Work of 2016

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Eclipse Award finalist for champion 3-year-old filly of 2015 and Grade I winner I’m a Chatterbox had the first work of her 4-year-old campaign on Monday morning, negotiating three furlongs in a bullet 35.40 under regular jockey Florent Geroux 

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Nyquist, Mohaymen Top Picks But “All Others” Still Top Derby Future Pick

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist is the second favorite among the individual choices in the KDFW

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist is the second favorite among the individual choices in the KDFW

A pair of unbeaten 3-year-old Thoroughbreds – Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen (#15) and Reddam Racing LLC’s champion Nyquist (#17) are rated as the top individual horses, but the ever-popular “All Others” (#24) wager is the odds-on favorite among 24 betting interests set for this week’s second of four pools of Churchill Downs’ 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) that begins a 3-day run on Friday, Feb. 12.

The wager, now in its 18th year, enables fans of the Kentucky Derby (Grade I) to wager on contenders for its 2016 running well in advance of the race at odds that could be much more attractive than those available on Derby Day. Wagering on Pool 2 of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager will open a noon (all times EDT) on Friday, Feb. 12 and continue through

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Goldenscents Is A Daddy: Newest Foal is a Colt

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The newest foal by two-time Breeders’ Cup winner, Goldencents is a colt. He was born Wednesday morning at Mapleshade.

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Texas Red Back on the Comeback Trail With Work at Santa Anita

Texas Red worked for the first time since last September on Tuesday

Texas Red worked for the first time since last September

By Jim Charvat

Trainer Keith Desormeaux called an audible and worked 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red at Santa Anita Tuesday morning. The colt has not been out on the track since bruising a cannon bone last September. He went 3-furlongs in 39.4.

Desormeaux had indicated over the weekend that he would work Texas Red on Saturday. He did not say why there was a change in plans.

Texas Red’s star-crossed career has been marred by injuries. He missed a significant amount of time during his 3-year old campaign in 2015 but did return during the summer to

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The Deadly Equine Herpesvirus Continues to Spread at Sunland Park

horses-barn-windowsReports Tuesday out of Sunland Park in New Mexico are that the number of horses showing symptoms of the highly contagious and deadly disease, the Equine Herpesvirus, has climbed to 56. Twenty barns at the track are infected, prompting many racetracks to ban horses from the area.

The Equine Disease Communications Center said 56 horses tested positive for the virus at Sunland Park, up from 51 last Saturday. Six horses have died from the disease at Sunland which has not raced since the first horse on the grounds showed signs of the virus on January 22nd.

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Kentucky Derby Point Standings for Week 2-9-16

churchill downs (2)Some minor adjustments to this week’s standings following the running of the G3 Robert B. Lewis last Saturday. The winner, and Bob Baffert’s hopes for a repeat, Mor Spirit jumps up to the #2 spot behind only Nyquist who runs this weekend. Oddly enough, the race Nyquist runs in next Monday, the G2 San Vicente at Santa Anita, is not considered a Derby prep.

We also picked up a couple of newcomers to the standings from the Bob Lewis, Uncle Lino and I Will Score, the dueling pacesetters who got run down by Mor Spirit in the end. Uncle Lino is trained by Gary Sherlock while I Will Score is from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn.

That leads us to this weekend’s prep races, the final two

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Airoforce to Miss G3 Sam Davis, G3 Southwest Still A Possibility

Airoforce has not run since Nov. 28th when he won the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs.

Airoforce has not run since Nov. 28th when he won the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs.

One of the top contenders on this year’s Derby trail had a slight hiccup last week and will miss his projected 3-year old debut, but his return may not be delayed for too long.

Airoforce, the winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club last November, will not run in Saturday’s G3 Sam Davis at Tampa Bay Downs after trainer, Mark Casse found some mucous build up in the colt following a work last week.

Casse told Jessica Martini of the Thoroughbred Daily News that the colt had a “fair amount of mucous” in him when they scoped him last Monday (Feb. 1st) so they gave Airoforce some antibiotics and he was as good as new the next day. While Airoforce will miss Saturday’s date in Tampa, he’s still very much alive for the G3 Southwest at Oaklawn

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Nyquist Puts In Final Breeze For Next Week’s 3-Year Old Debut

Nyquist worked Sunday, his final prep before his 3-year old debut a week from Monday

Nyquist worked Sunday, his final prep before his 3-year old debut a week from Monday

By Ed Golden

Champion two-year-old male of 2015 Nyquist worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s pristine main track at 10:15 Sunday morning in 59.38, his final major breeze for his three-year-old debut a week from Monday, Feb. 15, in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.

Working in company on the outside of Bad Read Sanchez, the undefeated son of Uncle Mo trained by Doug O’Neill for Paul and Zillah Reddam had fractional times of 23.65 and 47.16, with a six furlong gallop out clocking of 1:13 flat.

Wearing a red shadow roll and with regular rider Mario Gutierrez in the irons, the bay colt started about three-quarters of a length behind Bad Read Sanchez, passed him

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Songbird to Target Santa Anita Oaks for Next Start

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Champion Songbird came out of her expected victory in Saturday’s Las Virgenes Stakes as good as she went in, and now prepares for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9. “I liked the way she went in the gate,” said Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “She was kind and so calm. That’s the big advantage that you have; she’s so smart.”