Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner came out of the race well, and his trainer, Steve Asmussen, indicated the colt will head straight to the Kentucky Derby. The Daily Racing Form reports that Mo Tom, who once again experienced a troubled trip, will also make his next start at Churchill Downs.
NEW ORLEANS – The more he races, the more Mo Tom looks like a horse who could have a real impact on the 2016 Triple Crown. His winning debut at Ellis Park last summer was slow but encouraging, and a subsequent sprint race at Keeneland showcased a powerful closing run. He was a stylish winner […]
Mike Rutherford’s homebred Stageplay remained unbeaten in two starts with a 1 ½-length victory over Dream Dance in the third running of the $84,400 Rags to Riches on Sunday at Churchill Downs. Sent off as the odds-on 3-5 favorite, Stageplay rallied under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. to beat a dozen 2-year-old fillies and stop the […]
Trainer Ralph Nicks saddled five horses on Sunday’s 11-race program at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., and all five found their way to the winner’s circle under jockey Tyler Gaffalione. Led by a quartet of 2-year-olds, Nicks captured the fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 11th races – five of the last seven races – with […]
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After capturing Saturday’s Wasted Tears Stakes with Can’t Explain, Whisper Hill Farm and Ralph Nicks will look to win a black-type event together for the second week in a row in Friday’s $75,000 Hard Worker with Zamquick. A 6-year-old daughter of Pomeroy, Zamquick is seeking her first stakes triumph in the […]
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ralph Nicks dominated the two $65,000 Lasix-free races for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday’s Gulfstream program, saddling GoldMark Farm’s Dancie ($7.40) and Bell Racing’s Kandoo ($4.60) for debut victories in the sixth and eighth races, respectively. Dancie, a daughter of D’wildcat, drew off to a 5¼-length front-runni
Following the success of past years’ outings, the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, a division of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, once again sponsored the biennial UF Student Appreciation Day, held Aug. 16 in Ocala for veterinary students with an equine interest. The event hosted approximately 30 UF College of Veterinary Med
By Carlos E. Medina 03/09/2014 When Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown in 1977, Jean Cruguet was in the stirrups. On Saturday night, during a charity dinner for retired horses, Cruguet was surprised with a birthday cake featuring Seattle Slew’s likeness. It was Cruguet’s 75th birthday and he was treated to a rendition of “Happy […]
By DRF Breeding Staff 02/27/2014 Two-time champion Groupie Doll, who concluded her career earlier this month, has arrived in Kentucky to begin her career as a broodmare. The 6-year-old Bowman’s Band mare, who was purchased for $3.1 million by Mandy Pope at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, is scheduled to be bred to Gainesway […]
Life has been way too busy for blogging since my last installment seventeen months ago. The Retired Racehorse Training Project has become to me like a growing child. My wife, my kids, and the farm are no less important, but all have sacrificed for this new kid on the block. So has this blog.