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2016 Kentucky Derby News & Notes


Road to the Kentucky Derby News & Notes

May 1st

• Both American Pharoah and Dortmund, the expected top two betting choices in the 141 st Kentucky Derby, were out early on May 1 for their final gallops in preparation for the race and will be walked around the barn shedrow on the morning of May 2

• Derby hopeful Firing Line had a routine gallop on May 1 and will go to the track early on May 2 for a routine jog

• G2 UAE Derby hero Mubtaahij trained in the mile chute on May 1 but did not go to the main track

• Multiple graded stakes hero International Star was back on the Churchill Downs track on May 1 after having a day off on April 30

• Stanford, who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby on April 30, will likely run next in the G2 Peter Pan S. on May 9 at Belmont Park or in the G1 Preakness S. at Pimlico on May 16

• Should Frammento start in the Derby as planned, the Nick Zito trainee will become the first also-eligible entrant to run in the race

• Tale of Verve, a surprise Derby entrant as an also-eligible, is likely for the Preakness

• Bold Conquest, who was not entered as an also-eligible in the Derby, is possible for the Preakness

• Triple Crown nominee Smart Transition, winner of a Santa Anita maiden race on April 30, will make his next start at Belmont Park

April 19th

• Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel has been named to ride El Kabeir in this year's race

• Jockey Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount on Kentucky Derby candidate Bolo following One Lucky Dane's withdrawal due to injury

• Zayat Stables named Kentucky Derby rookie Ramon Vazquez to ride Mr. Z in the 2015 edition

• Jockey John Velazquez, the regular rider for both Materiality and Carpe Diem, is expected to make a decision on April 20 as to which one he'll ride in the Derby

• G1 Blue Grass S. runner-up Danzig Moon exited his April 19 work in good order and will have his final pre-Derby exercise on April 25

• G1 Arkansas Derby second-place finisher Far Right will have his final pre-Derby workout on April 25 or 26

• Multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir is likely to work at Belmont Park on April 26 before vanning to Churchill Downs later that afternoon

• Kentucky Derby hopeful Bold Conquest is slated to work on April 20 towards a possible run for the roses

• Loooch Racing Stables and Glenn K. Ellis' War Story is scheduled for a pre-Derby work on April 22

• Mr. Z, third last out in the Arkansas Derby, will work on April 22 or 23 in advance of his expected Derby start

• Philip S. Birsh's Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur is set to arrive at Churchill Downs on April 20 after a van ride from New York

• Triple Crown nominee Bodhisattva is possible for the G1 Preakness S. after winning Pimlico's local prep, the Federico Tesion S. on April 18

• G3 Illinois Derby hero Whiskey Ticket, who is not Triple Crown-nominated, is unlikely to be supplemented to either of the final two legs of the series

April 13th

• American Pharoah exited his G1 Arkansas Derby romp in good order and will fly to Churchill Downs on April 13 to begin final preparations for the G1 Kentucky Derby

• American Pharoah will have one work at Churchill Downs prior to the Derby

• Arkansas Derby runner-up Far Right emerged from his effort in good shape and is scheduled to fly to Churchill Downs on April 13

• Far Right will race in the Kentucky Derby in the silks of majority owner Harry Rosenblum, who won a coin flip with co-owner Robert LaPenta

• Arkansas Derby show finisher Mr. Z also came out of the race well and will ship to Churchill Downs on April 13

• Madefromlucky, who completed the Arkansas Derby superfecta, will travel to Keeneland on April 13, with plans for his next start to be determined

• Trainer Rick Violette reported that Upstart's temperature was normal on the morning of April 12, one day after he spiked a sudden fever that forced him to miss a scheduled work at Palm Meadows

• G1 Wood Memorial winner Frosted will likely work twice at Palm Meadows before shipping to Louisville

• Trainer Todd Pletcher's trio of Materiality, Stanford and Itsaknockout will all work one more time at Palm Beach Downs before shipping to Churchill Downs on April 21

• G3 Sunland Derby victor Firing Line will have two more workouts at Santa Anita before traveling to Churchill Downs on April 26

April 7th

• G2 Louisiana Derby last-place finisher Mr. Z could run back in the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 11, with a decision pending from owner Ahmed Zayat

• Maiden Triple Crown nominee Win the Space is under consideration for the Arkansas Derby

• Angel Cruz, who rode Bridget's Big Luvy in the Private Terms S., is scheduled to have the return engagement in the Arkansas Derby

• Donegal Racing's Rock Shandy will not be entered in the Arkansas Derby after missing a scheduled breeze due to tenderness in a hoof

• G1 Wood Memorial S. winner Frosted will arrive in Kentucky in time for at least one and possibly both of his pre-Derby workouts

• Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur exited the race in good shape and will likely move on to the Kentucky Derby

• Tencendur will need a new jockey in Louisville since Jose Ortiz is the regular rider of Upstart

• Wood Memorial show finisher El Kabeir is being considered for the Derby, as well as a return in the G1 Preakness S. on May 16

• Stablemates Dortmund and One Lucky Dane, the top two finishers in the G1 Santa Anita Derby, are set to move on to the Kentucky Derby

• Dortmund lost his right front shoe at the start of the Santa Anita Derby but did not suffer any injury as a result

• One Lucky Dane had a sore eye after the Santa Anita Derby, likely from being hit by a dirt clod

• Santa Anita Derby third-place finisher Bolo remains possible for the Kentucky Derby, with trainer Carla Gaines awaiting a decision from the colt's owners

• Prospect Park, who completed the Santa Anita Derby superfecta, sustained a few minor leg lacerations during the race but could still head to the Kentucky Derby

• G1 Blue Grass S. hero Carpe Diem exited his three-length victory in good order and will remain at Keeneland before moving to Churchill Downs

• Blue Grass second-place finisher Danzig Moon was set to join conditioner Mark Casse's Churchill Downs string on April 6

• Blue Grass S. show finisher Ocho Ocho Ocho left Keeneland for California Sunday morning after the race and is possible for the Kentucky Derby

• Trainer Nick Zito will train Blue Grass fourth-place finisher Frammento towards the Kentucky Derby with the hopes that his 20 qualifying points will be sufficient to get into the gate

• Classy Class has been removed from Kentucky Derby consideration after finishing fifth in the Blue Grass and will likely shorten up in distance for his next start

• Blue Grass seventh-place finisher Unrivaled could return in the new Parx Derby on May 2 at the Pennsylvania oval

March 31st

• G1 Florida Derby victor Materiality will remain at Palm Beach Downs for the next three weeks and will have one or two works there before shipping to Kentucky to have his final work at Churchill Downs

• Florida Derby second-place finisher Upstart will remain at his Palm Meadows winter base to prepare for the Kentucky Derby and ship to Louisville the week of the race

• Florida Derby show finisher Ami's Flatter shipped to trainer Josie Carroll's Woodbine barn where he will remain while his connections decide whether to point for the Kentucky Derby or prepare for the Queen's Plate on July 5

• Itsaknockout, a distant fourth in the Florida Derby, will continue training at Palm Beach Downs and be evaluated over the next several weeks while is connections decide whether to pursue the Kentucky Derby

• International Star, Stanford, War Story and Keen Ice, the top four finishers in the G2 Louisiana Derby on March 28, are all expected to train towards the Kentucky Derby

• UAE Derby hero Mubtaahij is scheduled to fly from Dubai to Kentucky on April 16 to run for the roses

• Unbeaten G1 Hopeful S. champ Competitive Edge exited his score in Gulfstream Park Tamarac S. in good order and will likely be pointed to the G3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day

• Candidates for the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are Dortmund, Bad Read Sanchez, Bolo, Cross the Line, One Lucky Dane and Rock Shandy

• Rock Shandy is also under consideration for the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 11 but will definitely not ship to Keeneland for the G1 Blue Grass S. on April 4

• G1 Wood Memorial probables are Daredevil, Far From Over, Frosted, El Kabeir, Tencendur and Toasting Master

• Following his fourth in the G2 Fountain of Youth S. on Feb. 21, Frosted underwent a minor throat operation designed to help a horse from displacing his soft palate and inhibiting his breathing

• Classy Class, previously considered for the Wood Memorial, will instead have his final Kentucky Derby prep in the Blue Grass

• Guapo Man, a 17-length maiden race winner at Fair Grounds on March 29, could make his next start in a Kentucky Derby week allowance contest at Churchill Downs

March 24th

• Ami's Flatter is probable for Gulfstream Park's G1 Florida Derby on March 28 following a sharp March 23 work at Palm Meadows Training Center

• Other probables and possibles for the Florida Derby are Upstart, Itsaknockout, Materiality, Dekabrist, Felifran, Indianaughty, My Point Exactly, Quimet and Eh Cumpari

• Entries for the Florida Derby will be drawn March 24 at 5 p.m. Eastern in the track's walking ring

• Those being considered for the G2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on March 28 include International Star, War Story, Keen Ice, St. Joe Bay, Mr. Z, A Day in Paradise, Defondo, Comfort and Stanford

• Jockey Joe Talamo made a two-race commitment to ride War Story in the Louisiana Derby and G1 Kentucky Derby

• Mr. Z will lose his blinkers for the Louisiana Derby

• G3 Sunland Park Derby hero Firing Line will race next in the Kentucky Derby

• G3 Spiral S. winner Dubai Sky will be made a late nominee to the Triple Crown and train at Churchill Downs as his connections decide whether or not to run for the roses

• Spiral S. runner-up Conquest Typhoon will be taken to Churchill Downs, but trainer Mark Casse said the Pat Day Mile on Derby Day might become his next target

• Trainer Bob Baffert said the G1 Santa Anita Derby is one of three options for One Lucky Dane, along with the G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4 and the G3 Lexington S. at Keeneland on April 11

• Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed that Frosted will make his next start in the Wood Memorial with Joel Rosario taking the reins from Irad Ortiz, Jr.

• McLaughlin said Classy Class could run in either the Wood or Blue Grass

• Others under consideration for the Wood are El Kabeir, Far From Over, Daredevil, Tiz Shea D and Tencendur

• Trainer Nick Zito has secured fellow Hall of Famer Gary Stevens to ride Frammento in the Blue Grass

• Unrivaled is scheduled to arrive March 31 at Keeneland for his appearance in the Blue Grass with Robby Albarado in the saddle

• Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts when finishing eighth behind Dortmund in the San Felipe S., could be rerouted from an expected return in the Santa Anita Derby to the Blue Grass

• Expected for the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on April 11 are American Pharoah, Far Right, Bold Conquest and The Truth Or Else

• In addition to being a late nominee to the Triple Crown, Tiz Shea D will be nominated to the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass and G3 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne on April 18

• Mr. Jordan and Competitive Edge, both undefeated as juveniles before being sidelined with injuries, will launch their sophomore campaigns in a 7F overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 27

• Ghost Bay, who broke his maiden while winning the Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 27, skipped Laurel Park's Private Terms S. due to missed training as a result of poor weather, and will likely run next on April 18 in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico or the Illinois Derby

• Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin scratched Imperia from the Spiral with a hind-end issue

• Lord Nelson was scratched from the G3 Sunland Park Derby on March 23 and will now be pointed to the G3 Bay Shore S. at Aqueduct on April 4.

March 16th

• A group of 15 3-year-olds were entered for the March 21 G3 Spiral S. Turfway Park, resulting in three exclusions due to the track's 12-horse starting-gate limit

• Spiral S. runners are Another Lemon Drop, Big Family, Conquest Typhoon, Dubai Sky, Firespike, Imperia, Magic Of Believing, Metaboss, Royal Son, Task Force Glory, Watchyourownbobber and Wireless Future

• Excluded from the Spiral S. were Pepper Roani, Saham and Milwaukee Mist

• Spiral S. post positions will be drawn on Wednesday, March 18

• G2 Rebel S. top two finishers American Pharoah and Madefromlucky are likely to return to Oaklawn Park for the G1 Arkansas Derby on April 11

• Lord Nelson, fourth last out in the G2 San Felipe S., will come back on just 15 days' rest to compete March 22 in the G3 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park

• Unbeaten Islamorada H. victor Materiality may return in the G1 Florida Derby on March 28

• Islamorda H. show finisher Quimet, who is not nominated to the Triple Crown, is likely to run next in the Florida Derby

• Gulfstream Park allowance winner Indianaughty, last seen finishing ninth of 10 in the G3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 14, will try to earn qualifying points to run for the roses in the Florida Derby

• G2 Tampa Bay Derby fourth-place finisher Danzig Moon is under consideration for Florida Derby

• Grassy G3 Palm Beach S. hero Eh Cumpari will return to dirt for his next start in the G1 Wood Memorial S., the G1 Blue Grass S. or the G1 Arkansas Derby

• Southwest also-ran Majestico is a candidate for the G3 Transylvania S. on April 3 at Keeneland

• Principal owner Ron Paolucci said that Joe Talamo will ride War Story in the G2 Louisiana Derby on March 28 and retain the mount if the colt makes it to the Kentucky Derby

• Mike Smith will take over the mount on Bolo from Victor Espinoza in the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4

• Runaway Gulfstream Park maiden winner Unbridled Juan will be pointed to a Keeneland allowance race, with Woodbine's G1 Queen's Plate as the ultimate target

March 9th

• Dortmund, Prospect Park and Bolo - the first three finishers in the G2 San Felipe S. on March 7 at Santa Anita - all came out of the race well and are set for a rematch in four weeks in the G1 Santa Anita Derby

• Ocho Ocho Ocho, who emerged from his troubled eighth-place finish in the San Felipe with multiple cuts, is expected to return in the Santa Anita Derby

• G2 Tampa Bay Derby champ Carpe Diem will most likely be pointed to the G1 Blue Grass S. at Keeneland on April 4

• Tampa Bay Derby runner-up Ami's Flatter is also under consideration for the Blue Grass

• Divining Rod, third in the Tampa Bay Derby while racing with bar shoes on both front hooves, will be monitored closely for his quarter cracks to determine his next start

• Multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir exited his G3 Gotham S. victory on March 7 in good order and will have his final Kentucky Derby prep in Aqueduct's G1 Wood Memorial S. on April 4

• Gotham show finisher Classy Class is also possible for the Wood Memorial

• Tiz Shea D, the Gotham runner-up, will be nominated to the Triple Crown series for a $6,000 fee by the March 23 deadline and race next in the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, or G1 Arkansas Derby on April 11

• Upstart, who was disqualified from the top spot in the G2 Fountain of Youth S. last out, is on track for a start in the G1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park March 28, with the Wood Memorial remaining an option should he need an extra week of preparation

• Unrivaled, a runaway maiden winner when last seen at Parx in December, has been purchased by the Team Valor partnership and will make his seasonal debut in Laurel Park's Private Terms S. on March 14, with the hopes of moving on to the Blue Grass or Wood Memorial

• Materiality and Stanford, who crossed the wire one-two in Gulfstream Park's Islamorada H. on March 6, are stakes-bound, with specific races to be determined

• G2 Swale S. victor Ready for Rye will be kept sprinting for the immediate future, with Aqueduct's G3 Bay Shore S. on April 4 as a possible target

• Souper Colossal, who was cross-entered in the Tampa Bay Derby and Swale, spiked a temperature and was scratched from both races

March 3rd

•G3 Sam F. Davis S. champ Ocean Knight will return to Tampa Bay Downs to run in that track's G2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 7 rather than shipping to Aqueduct to race in the G3 Gotham on the same day as had been previously considered by owner Stonestreet Stable and conditioner Kiaran McLaughlin

•Owner Stonestreet Stable still plans to run G1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity victor Carpe Diem, trained by Todd Pletcher, in the Tampa Bay Derby as expected

•Others pointing to the Tampa Bay Derby include Danzig Moon, Divining Rod, My Johnny Be Good, Ami's Flatter, Toasting Master and Great Stuff

•Black Rock Thoroughbreds, which campaigns G3 Withers S. winner Far From Over, has sold a 25 percent interest in the colt to James Covello and Madaket Stable

•Far From Over will now skip the Gotham and be trained up to a start in the G1 Wood Memorial on April 4 at Aqueduct

•The defections of Far From Over and Ocean Knight figure to leave El Kabeir a heavy favorite for the Gotham

•Junior Alvarado has picked up the mount on Classy Class for the Gotham

•Combat Diver, who is possible for the Gotham, is also under consideration for Laurel Park's Private Terms S. one week later

•Tencendur, beaten four lengths when fourth in the G3 Withers S. at Aqueduct last month, will wear blinkers for the first time in the Gotham

•Unbeaten multiple graded stakes hero Dortmund will be entered in the March 7 G2 San Felipe S. at Santa Anita

•G1 Champagne S. champ Daredevil, whose seasonal debut was postponed when Gulfstream Park cancelled the G2 Swale S. and latter part of its Feb. 28 card due to weather, will return in that rescheduled stakes on March 7

•Souper Colossal, who was originally entered in the Swale, could now be rerouted to the Tampa Bay Derby

•Royal Son, a surprise winner of Turfway Park's John Battaglia Memorial S. on Feb. 28, returned to Pletcher's winter training base at Palm Beach Downs after his score and is expected to ship back to Northern Kentucky for the G3 Spiral S. on March 21

•Juvenile Filly Champion Take Charge Brandi has been confirmed to take on the boys in Oaklawn Park's G2 Rebel S. on March 14, with a jockey to be named

•Keen Ice, a closing third last out in the G2 Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds, is targeting a return to New Orleans for the G2 Louisiana Derby on March 28

•Verraco emerged from his victory in a Santa Anita optional claimer on Feb. 27 in good order and may make his stakes debut in the G3 Sunland Derby in New Mexico on March 22 or the Spiral at Turfway

•Danny Boy, who showed nothing when last in the G2 Fountain of Youth S. on Feb. 21, is under consideration for the Spiral

•Rock Shandy, third when last seen in the G3 Robert Lewis S. at Santa Anita on Feb. 7, is likely to ship from Southern California for the Sunland Derby in pursuit of more qualifying points to run for the roses

•Private Prospect, a multiple stakes winner who finished a dull seventh in Oaklawn's G3 Southwest, will skip the Rebel and may make his next start in the Gazebo S. there on March 21

•The Gulfstream Park stewards have suspended jockey Jose Ortiz for three days, beginning March 4, for his ride aboard Upstart in the Feb. 21 G2 Fountain of Youth

February 28th

• Two-time graded stakes hero Dortmund is now possible for Santa Anita's G2 San Felipe S. on March 7 after impressing trainer Bob Baffert with his morning works

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile champ Texas Red will remain at a Northern California farm until March 7 while recovering from a foot abscess

• Far Right, winner of the listed Smarty Jones S. and G3 Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park, will make his next start in the G1 Arkansas Derby there on April 11 and retain the services of jockey Mike Smith

• Southwest runner-up Truth Or Else will return in Oaklawn's G2 Rebel S. on March 14

• Mr. Z, beaten a nose for second in the Southwest, will make his next start without blinkers in the G2 Louisiana Derby on March 28 at Fair Grounds

• Bold Conquest, who was fourth in the Southwest, will be pointed to the Rebel

• Bayerd, an uncharacteristic eighth in the Southwest, will cut back in distance for his next start in the 6F Gazebo S. on March 21 at Oaklawn

• Gulstream Park's G2 Fountain of Youth S. official winner Itsaknockout is expected to come back in that track's G1 Florida Derby on March 28

• Upstart, who was disqualified from first to second in the Fountain of Youth, could return in the Florida Derby but is also being considered for the G1 Wood Memorial S. on April 4 at Aqueduct

• Fountain of Youth S. show finisher Frammento was nominated to the Florida Derby but is likely to have his final Kentucky Derby prep in Keeneland's G1 Blue Grass S. on April 4

• The connections of Frosted, who appeared headed for the Fountain of Youth winner's circle until stopping badly and finishing fourth, will regroup with the son of Tapit and explore options, including the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial and Blue Grass

• Marylou Whitney homebred Gorgeous Bird, a non-threatening fifth in the Fountain of Youth, will be pointed to the Blue Grass in a final attempt to earn a shot at running for the roses

• Trainer Marcus Vitali will look for one-turn races for Bluegrass Singer in the aftermath of his sixth-place finish in the Fountain of Youth

• Khozan, a romping winner of a Gulfstream allowance race on Feb. 22, is expected to challenge stablemate Itsaknockout in the Florida Derby

• International Star exited his win in the G2 Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds on Feb. 21 in good order and will be prepared for that track's G2 Louisiana Derby on March 28

• Risen Star runner-up War Story is slated to battle again with International Star in the Louisiana Derby

• Risen Star show finisher Keen Ice will be considered for the Louisiana Derby, Blue Grass and Wood Memorial as his final prep on the road to Louisville

• Imperia, the beaten Risen Star favorite when checking in fifth, could switch to a synthetic surface for a Derby prep in Turfway Park's G3 Spiral S. on March 21

• G2 Risen Star S. sixth-place finisher Bluff, who was not an early bird nominee to the Triple Crown, is under consideration for the Spiral and Keeneland's G3 Lexington S. on April 11

• Mine That Bird Derby victor Where's the Moon, who was not nominated to the Triple Crown by the early deadline, will make his next start in the March 22 G3 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park

• Cinco Charlie, second in the 1 1/16m Mine That Bird Derby, is likely shorten up in distance for future races

• Why Two earned a spot in the Sunland Derby with his score in the Feb. 21 Turf Paradise Derby

• Magic of Believing, who won a first-level allowance on Feb. 19 at Oaklawn, is likely to advance to stakes competition next in the Spiral, Sunland Derby or UAE Derby in Meydan

• Probables for the G3 Gotham S. at Aqueduct on March 7 are Far From Over, El Kabeir, Classy Class, Tencendur, Ocean Knight, Blame Jim, Combat Diver, Lieutenant Colonel and Dontbetwithbruno

• Toasting Master, fourth last out on synthetic in the OBS Championship S., could return to dirt for the G2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 7

• Wireless Future, originally slated for the grassy Black Gold S. at Fair Grounds on Feb. 28, will instead make his Polytrack debut in the Spiral under jockey Florent Geroux

• Danish Dynaformer, who took a Feb. 21 maiden contest on Gulfstream's turf, has the G1 Queen's Plate at Woodbine as a long-range target

• Owner Willis Horton confirmed that the Rebel is a possible target for champion filly Take Charge Brandi

• Yockey's Warrior, a flashy debut winner at Fair Grounds on Feb. 21 and not yet nominated to the Triple Crown, will target a 7F first-level allowance race on opening day of the Keeneland meet

• China Horse Club has acquired a minority interest in G1 winner Daredevil, who is set to make his sophomore debut in Gulfstream's G2 Swale S. on Feb. 28

• Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired Fair Grounds maiden winner Comfort and transferred him to trainer Todd Pletcher

• Aqueduct's 6F Jimmy Winkfield S. failed to fill for the originally scheduled Feb. 28 date or for March 1 and could be brought back on March 6 or March 8

February 18th

• Oaklawn Park's G3 Southwest S., originally slated for Feb. 16, was rescheduled for Feb. 22 as a result of inclement weather that caused the track to freeze and two days of training to be lost

• Entries for the Southwest will be taken on Feb. 19 and the race is open to all original nominees

• Conditioner Donnie Von Hemel said original entrant Phenomenal Phoenix remains a go for the rescheduled Southwest and the undefeated Hillbilly Royalty may now be entered

• Hillbilly Royalty is under consideration for Oaklawn's G2 Rebel S. on March 14 and the G3 Sunland Derby on March 22 at Sunland Park should his connections opt to wait for another spot

• Original Southwest entrants Far Right, Bayerd and Bold Conquest are expected to remain in the stakes

• J S Bach and War Story, original entrants in the Southwest, have been entered in the G2 Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds on Feb. 21

• St. Joe Bay was supplemented to the Risen Star after trainer Peter Miller lost his intended starter, Calculator, to injury

• G3 LeComte S. fourth-place finisher Another Lemon Drop, who was expected to be entered in the Risen Star, may instead return to turf for his next race

• G3 El Camino Real Derby winner Metaboss will likely ship to Turfway Park for his next start in that track's G3 Spiral S. on March 21

• Aqueduct maiden winner Dontbetwithbruno, a half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner Cyber Secret, will make his stakes debut in the G3 Gotham S. there on March 7

• Kent Desormeaux has been named to ride impressive allowance optional claiming winner Prospect Park in the G2 San Felipe S. on March 7 at Santa Anita

• Bloom Racing Stable LLC's The Gomper is being pointed for a stakes debut in the San Felipe

• Governor's Cup S. hero Pain and Misery is being considered for the San Felipe after running second in the grassy Baffle S. at Santa Anita for new trainer Richard Mandella

• Allen's Landing S. runner-up Waging War is targeting the Feb. 28 Black Gold S. on the Fair Grounds turf

• G2 Saratoga Special S. victor I Spent It, whose connections forgot to nominate him to the Triple Crown by the early bird deadline in January, is a long-range candidate for the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn and could use the Rebel or March 21 Gazebo S. there as a prep

• Trainer Simon Callaghan said he will not make a decision for a “few weeks” as to whether two-time graded stakes runner-up Firing Line will start next in the Sunland Derby or wait for the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red will try to maintain his fitness with a swimming regimen at a layup facility while recovering from a foot abscess

• California Cup Derby champ Mischief Clem is likely to remain in races restricted to the California-bred division in the coming months after running seventh in the El Camino Real Derby

February 15th

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Texas Red was derailed from a planned next start in the Feb. 21 G2 Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds by a foot abscess and his connections are now hoping to run the colt in the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 or the G1 Arkansas Derby on April 11

• Far From Over, El Kabeir and Classy Class, the top three finishers in Aqueduct's G3 Withers S., are likely to have a rematch there in the G3 Gotham S. on March 7

• Unrivaled was scratched from the Withers, as well as a Laurel contest on the same day, after spiking a fever

• G3 Sam F. Davis winner Ocean Knight may be rerouted to the Gotham from an expected start in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby because owner Stonestreet Stables LLC has Carpe Diem targeting the latter race for his seasonal debut

• Blame Jim, second to stablemate Stanford in a Feb. 8 Gulfstream Park allowance, is being considered for the Gotham

• Dortmund and Firing Line, who battled to finish one-two in G3 Robert B. Lewis S. at Santa Anita, could meet for the third straight time in the Santa Anita Derby

• Firing Line is also under consideration for the G3 Sunland Derby on March 22 at Sunland Park

• Multiple stakes hero Souper Colossal is being pointed to Gulfstream's Feb. 28 G2 Swale S. after taking the grassy Texas Glitter S. on the South Florida oval

• G1 Champaign S. victor Daredevil is expected to make his sophomore debut in the Swale

• Southern California-based jockey Joe Talamo will ride War Story in the G3 Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 16

• Gulfstream Park maiden winner J S Bach will ship to Oaklawn for his stakes debut in the Southwest under jockey John Velazquez

• Multiple graded stakes-placed The Truth Or Else will be ridden by Calvin Borel if trainer Ken McPeek decides to run his charge in the Southwest

• Two-time G2 runner-up Frosted is being pointed to Gulfstream's G2 Fountain of Youth S. on Feb. 21 and the G1 Florida Derby on March 28

• Gulfstream allowance winner Gorgeous Bird is training towards a his stakes debut in the Fountain of Youth

• Unbeaten Itsaknockout is slated to make his initial stakes appearance in the Fountain of Youth

• G2 San Vicente S. champ Lord Nelson is being prepared for the March 7 G2 San Felipe S. at Santa Anita

• Madefromlucky, winner of a Feb. 4 Gulfstream allowance optional claimer, will return in one of the Kentucky Derby preps yet to be determined

• Debut winners Materiality and Khozan are likely to go back in a Gulfstream allowance race

• Churchill Downs' G3 Derby Trial has been renamed the Pat Day Mile and moved to the Kentucky Derby undercard

• In place of the Derby Trial on opening night, April 25, Churchill is using a new $100,000 sprint for 3-year-olds named the William Walker, honoring the jockey of the 1877 Derby winner, Baden-Baden

January 31st

• A total of 429 3-year-olds, topped by Eclipse Award winners American Pharoah and Take Charge Brandi, were nominated to this year's Triple Crown by the early bird deadline of Jan. 17

• The deadline for late Triple Crown nominees with a payment of $6,000 is March 23

• Horses also can be supplemented to each of the Triple Crown races, beginning with a $200,000 payment prior to the Kentucky Derby that would be due on entry day, April 29, and would make a horse eligible to all three contests

• 11 fillies nominated were nominated to the Triple Crown

• Only seven of the Triple Crown nominees are horses bred outside the United States or Canada

• 12 horses nominated to the Triple Crown are based outside the United States

• Todd Pletcher again leads all trainers in Triple Crown nominations with a total of 34

• Calumet Farm has the most Triple Crown nominations among owners with 15

• Darley and WinStar lead the breeders with 11 Triple Crown nominees each

• Tapit tops sires with a total of 14 horses nominated to the Triple Crown

• Allen's Landing S. champ Exodus was not Triple Crown-nominated and will be kept around one turn for the immediate future

• G3 Sam F. Davis S. champ Ocean Knight is likely to ship back to Tampa Bay Downs from his winter base at the Palm Meadows Training Center and run in the March 7 G2 Tampa Bay Derby

• Punctuate was withdrawn from the Feb. 1 G2 San Vicente S. at Santa Anita after becoming cast in his stall on Jan. 31 and could be re-routed to the G3 Robert B. Lewis S. there on Feb. 7

• Others under consideration for the Lewis S. include Dortmund, Bolo, Firing Line, Rock Shandy, Hero Ten All and Tizcano

• OBS Championship S. hero Firespike will try to jump on Turfway Park's Triple Crown trail with preps in the Feb. 28 John Battaglia Memorial S. followed by the G3 Spiral S. on March 21

• Prospect Park, winner of a 1m optional claimer at Santa Anita on Jan. 30, will make his next start in a stakes, with his connections searching for the "easiest spot"

• Filly Triple Crown nominee Take Charge Brandi is expected to follow up her Jan. 31 score in Oaklawn Park's Jan. 31 Martha Washington S. with a start in the G3 Honeybee S. there on March 7

January 30th

• Texas Red, winner of the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and American Pharoah, champion 2-year-old male and dual G1 winner, shared the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club's 2014 Experimental Free Handicap

• After racing in the G2 San Vicente S. at Santa Anita on Feb. 1, Texas Red could make a quick turnaround and ship to Fair Grounds for the G2 Risen Star S. on Feb. 21

• Calculator, who broke his maiden in the G3 Sham S. at Santa Anita, will ship out of town for his next start, which is most likely to come on Feb. 21 in either the Risen Star or the G2 Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Park

• Flashy Fair Grounds maiden winner Bluff is expected to make his stakes debut in the Risen Star

• G1 Los Alamitos Futurity runner-up Firing Line will be ridden by Gary Stevens in the G3 Robert B. Lewis S. on Feb. 7 at Santa Anita

• Mike Smith, who rode Firing Line in his first two starts, is booked to ride Bolo in the Robert Lewis

• Mawthooq, the beaten favorite in Gulfstream Park's Jan. 3 Mucho Macho Man S., is now being pointed to the G3 Withers S. at Aqueduct on Feb. 7 and will be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez

• C.C. Lopez, who rode El Kabeir to victory in the G3 Jermone S. after Calvin Borel missed the race due to a death in the family, will retain the mount in the Withers

• Others under consideration for the Withers are General Bellamy, March, Market Conduct and Tencendur

• Good Luck Gus, who won Aqueduct's Damon Runyon S. in mid-December, was not nominated to the Withers after missing training due to weather in New York, and is now targeting the G3 Gotham S. there on March 7

• California Cup Derby hero Mischief Clem could try open company next in the G3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate on Feb. 14 or the G3 Spiral S. at Turfway Park on March 21

• Cinco Charlie, who shipped from Fair Grounds to Sunland Park and wired the field in the Riley Allison Derby on Jan. 24, will return to New Mexico for the Mine That Bird Derby on Feb. 21

• Multiple graded stakes-placed Bold Conquest could make his seasonal debut in the G3 Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 16

• G2 Holy Bull S. hero Upstart is likely to come back in Gulfstream's G2 Fountain of Youth S. on Feb. 21 but could ship out of his South Florida base if trainer Rick Violette, Jr. prefers another option

• Holy Bull also-ran Frammento will try again at Gulfstream in the Fountain of Youth and may be equipped with blinkers

• Yiannis, a Midshipman colt who launches his career on Jan. 31 at Santa Anita for trainer John Sadler, is so named for a variation of "John" in Greek

January 16th

• Probable starters for the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20 include Dortmund, Mr. Z, Bench Warrant, No Problem, Firing Line, Calculator, Tizcano and Serbian Syclone

• Restricted Damon Runyon S. winner Good Luck Gus will test open company at Aqueduct for his sophomore debut in either the G2 Jerome S. on Jan. 3 or the G3 Withers S. on Feb. 7

• G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. champ El Kabeir will make his next start in the Jerome

• Belmont debut winner Classy Class will try to rebound from a fourth-place finish in the G2 Remsen S. when he returns in the Jerome

• Frosted, the Remsen S. runner-up and stablemate to Classy Class, is training towards a start in Gulfstream Park's G2 Holy Bull S. on Jan. 24

• King Glorious S. hero Acceptance is under consideration for the $250,000 California Cup Derby on Jan. 24 at Santa Anita

• Remington Springboard Mile S. victor Bayerd may head to Oaklawn Park with that track's G2 Rebel S. in mid-March as a target

• Springboard Mile S. runner-up Shotgun Kowboy will likely winter at Oaklawn Park and try to get on the Kentucky Derby trail with prep races there

• Kentucky Jockey Club show finisher Eagle is expected to start next in the G3 Lecomte S. on Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds

• Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity champion Dom the Bomb will head to Florida for a possible try on the turf before returning to Illinois for statebred stakes

• Damon Runyon S. also-ran Regal Minister will winter in New York to run in statebred sprint races

• Tiznow R J, a runaway winner of a Fair Grounds maiden special weight contest on Dec. 11, is being pointed to the Lecomte

• Kiaran McLaughlin's impressive Aqueduct debut winner Ocean Knight will join his trainer's string in south Florida while his connections plot his next start

• Marylander S. champ Golden Years will be given a brief rest before a potential sophomore debut in the Frank Whitely, Jr. S. on Jan. 24 and a later run in the Miracle Wood S., both at Laurel Park

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile third-place finisher Upstart will return during the Gulfstream Park meet in the hopes of getting three preps before a run for the roses

December 10th

• Catalina Red, who set a stakes record of 1:09.32 in Tampa Bay Downs' Inaugural S. on Dec. 6, is targeting that track's $100,000 Pasco S. on Dec. 27 for his return

• Unbeaten Golden State Juvenile S. champ Acceptance will make his route debut in the 1m King Glorious S. on Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos

• Undefeated Dortmund, a runaway winner of a Churchill Downs allowance race last out, is being pointed to the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20

• Pennsylvania Nursery S. hero Nasa, a homebred son of Smarty Jones for Someday Farm's Patricia Chapman, will be pointed to Aqueduct's G2 Jerome S. on Jan. 3 before heading to Oaklawn Park for Kentucky Derby preps

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile S. victor and dual G1 winner American Pharoah are both targeting Santa Anita's 7F G2 San Vicente S. for their sophomore season debuts

• The connections of impressive Del Mar maiden winner Firing Line are considering an allowance race, as well as the Los Alamitos Futurity and G3 Sham S. at Santa Anita next month for his return

• Bolo, who easily took a grassy Del Mar maiden contest on Nov. 29, is expected to make his next start in the listed Eddie Logan S. at Santa Anita on Dec. 27

• Punctuate, the first foal out of unbeaten Peppers Pride to race, suffered a hock infection after his winning debut in late September and should return during the upcoming Santa Anita meet

November 25th

• G3 Delta Downs Jackpot champ Ocho Ocho Ocho has wrapped up his 2-year-old season and will likely return to action in February, with the G2 Robert B. Lewis S. at Santa Anita a possible target

• Jackpot runner-up Mr. Z is under consideration for the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 20

• G3 Bob Hope S. show finisher St. Joe Bay is being pointed to the grassy G3 Cecil B. DeMille S. on closing day of Del Mar's current meet

• Sun Power S. victor Dom the Bomb will be pointed to the $100,000 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity on Dec. 13 at Hawthorne

• Unbeaten Juvenile Sprint S. hero Mr. Jordan will try two turns for the first time in Gulfstream Park West's $75,000 Smooth Air S. on Nov. 29

• Undefeated Richard the Great tops the nominees for Gulfstream Park West's 6F Buffalo Man S. on Nov. 29

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red remains at Santa Anita but could ship to Fair Grounds for a Kentucky Derby prep

• Dadtaughtmewell, who won his dirt debut in a Nov. 20 Hawthorne $25,000 maiden-claiming route race by more than 20 lengths, will be pointed to a first-level allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs

• Gorgeous Bird, an impressive Churchill Downs maiden winner on Nov. 22, will winter in Florida with trainer Ian Wilkes

• Maiden Danzig Moon will be entered in Woodbine's Nov. 29 Coronation Futurity

November 16th

• The connections of unbeaten Gottstein Futurity champ Prime Engine scratched the colt from the G3 Bob Hope S. at Del Mar on Nov. 15 in the hopes of getting into the more lucrative G3 Delta Downs Jackpot on Nov. 22

• G3 Pilgrim S. hero Imperia, who was a troubled 10 th in the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will try dirt for the first time in Churchill Downs' G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. on closing day

• Calculator, who was forced to scratch from the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita with a minor injury, will now be pointed to the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20

• Dual G2 stakes winner Blofeld will skip Aqueduct's Remsen S. and get a rest at Glencrest Farm before joining Todd Pletcher's string at Palm Beach Downs training center and preparing for a sophomore campaign

November 13th

• Conquest Typhoon, who was fourth last out in the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, is being pointed to Del Mar's $150,000 G2 Cecil B. Demille S. on Nov. 30

• Rock Shandy, a Peter Miller trainee who won on opening day at Del Mar, and could try to bookend the meet with a win in the Demille S.

• Sky Hero and Flashaway, the one-two finishers in a Nov. 8 Churchill Downs allowance race, might square off again in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club there on closing day

• Undefeated Mr. Jordan, an easy winner of the Juvenile Sprint at Gulfstream Park West, may make one more start this year in the that track's Smooth Air S. on Nov. 29

• Souper Colossal, last seen running seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will be pointed to the 3-year-old stakes at Gulfstream Park this winter, with the G3 Holy Bull S. a potential target for his seasonal debut

• Pre-entrants to the Nov. 22 $1,000,000 G3 Delta Downs Jackpot in order of career earnings are Wake Up Nick, Conquest Tsunami, Mr. Z, Golden Actor, Saratoga Heater, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Red Button, Dekabrist, Far Right, Big Big Easy, Prime Engine, Unblunted, Two Six Wins

• First preference for the Delta Downs Jackpot will be given to Golden Actor, who won the Jean Lafitte Stakes there on Oct. 25

November 10th

• Gulfstream Park West Juvenile Sprint S. hero Mr. Jordan, who is named for one of co-owner Leon Ellman's grandchildren, will be pointed to a two-turn race in about a month's time

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile show finisher Upstart will soon ship to south Florida to begin preparing for a 3-year-old campaign

• Santa Anita's G2 San Vincente S. next year is a likely target for American Pharoah's return after the Bob Baffert trainee was forced to withdraw from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile as the morning line favorite

• Trainer Mark Casse's Conquest Typhoon, fourth last out in the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will remain in California and likely race at the current Del Mar meet

• Breeders' Cup Juvenile also-ran Blue Dancer will be rested for a 2015 campaign at Northlands Park

• Souper Colossal, seventh last out after a stumbling start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will freshened for 30 days at owner Live Oak Plantation

November 5th

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile champ Texas Red will remain in light training at Santa Anita while conditioner Keith Desormeaux plots a 3-year-old campaign for the colt

• Carpe Diem, who got up in the final jump for place honors in the Juvenile, and Daredevil, who stopped abruptly and finished last, will be freshened at WinStar Farm before returning to Todd Pletcher's barn

• G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf victor Hootenanny will be prepared for a trip to Newmarket next spring to compete in the Qipco 2000 Guineas

• Kip Deville S. hero Bayerd will be ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. for the first time in Remington Park's Clever Trevor S. on Nov. 7 following Rosie Napravnik's retirement announcement last week

• Louisiana Downs maiden winner Let Us Be Glad is a candidate for the Louisiana Legacy S. at Delta Downs on Nov. 22 if he performs well in an allowance race there on Nov. 6

• Aqueduct maiden winner Frosted is under consideration for the G2 Remsen S. at Aqueduct on Nov. 29

• Thirtysevenliveson, who was second in an Oct. 26 race for non-winners at Churchill Downs, may try to break his maiden in the Remsen

• Multiple stakes winner Conquest Tsunami could try his first graded event in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29

• Maryland Million Nursery S. champion Golden Years will winter in Florida and likely begin his sophomore campaign in one of the sprint stakes at Gulfstream Park

• Hear the Chatter and One More Time, the top two finishers in the Henry Mercer Memorial S. at Charlestown, are both being pointed to the Tri-State Futurity and the West Virginia Futurity this fall


Online Horse Racing graded stakes

Graded Stakes Races

Dec 15

Gulfstream Park: Fort Lauderdale Stakes ,$200,000 ,3&up ,9f Turf

Gulfstream Park: My Charmer ,$100,000 ,3&up f/m ,8f Turf

Gulfstream Park: Rampart Stakes ,$100,000 ,3&up f/m ,8f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Sugar Swirl Stakes ,$100,000 ,3&up f/m ,6f Dirt

Dec 16

Japan Racing Association: Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes ,$1,257,000 ,2yo ,8f Turf

Dec 22

Gulfstream Park: Mr. Prospector Stakes ,$100,000 ,3&up ,7f Dirt

Japan Racing Association: Hanshin Cup ,$1,199,000 ,3&up ,7f Turf

Dec 23

Japan Racing Association: Arima Kinen ,$5,355,000 ,3&up ,12.5f Turf