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Exaggerator, Brody's Cause put in final Derby works

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Exaggerator, the Santa Anita Derby winner, on Saturday at Churchill Downs turned in his final work for the Kentucky Derby seven days hence, one of five potential Derby runners who worked at two different locales.

Saez sweeps Woodhaven, Park Avenue stakes

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Luis Saez was the seventh leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2015 with 115 wins, eight of those coming in stakes.

Uptown Twirl refuses to lose in Surfside Stakes

CYPRESS, Calif. - The brawler in Uptown Twirl was on full display in Sunday’s $75,000 Surfside Stakes at Los Alamitos.Uptown Twirl held an early lead in the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, but fought back when headed in the stretch by Moment Is Right. Racing on the inside, Uptown Twirl was passed before the eighth pole, but retook the lead in the final sixteenth.

For cookies, Chrome willing to endure flocks of fans

Use him for a windbreak, a coat rack, a barn doorstop. It doesn’t matter to California Chrome as long as you set him free in his paddock for most of the day and have a bag of Mrs. Pastures horse cookies handy on demand

One-turn mile should hit Always Sarah between the eyes

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Jim Ryerson was just as surprised as everybody else when Always Sarah returned from an eight-month layoff to win a six-furlong maiden race Feb. 11 as the longest shot in a five-horse field. Ryerson’s surprised reaction was not because he didn’t think the filly had talent but because he thought she would prefer going a longer distance.

Fever knocks Songbird out of Kentucky Oaks

A fever will prevent the champion Songbird from starting in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6.

Mrs. McDougal part of four-win day for Jose Ortiz

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Jose Ortiz continued his dominance of the Aqueduct spring meet on Saturday, winning four more races, including the $100,000 Plenty of Grace Stakes on Mrs McDougal, who received a perfect stalking trip.

Jose Ortiz outbreaks field in jockey race

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jose Ortiz, who won the Aqueduct winter-meet riding title, is off to a blazing start at the spring meet.Through the first nine days, Ortiz had won 24 races from 66 mounts, opening up a seven-win lead on his brother Irad.

Miss Melinda should get nice setup

Miss Melinda and More Than a Party look like the main players in an optional $62,500 claiming race at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. Miss Melinda does her best running late and will try to catch More Than a Party, who is the speed of the speed in the six-furlong dash, which drew seven fillies and mares.

Lady Bling ready to fire off layoff

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With only two weeks remaining at Aqueduct and a favorable forecast for later in the week, New York Racing Association officials are looking to get some use out of the turf course, carding four grass races for both Thursday and Friday.


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