Latest Racing News2019-02-25T18:20:39-05:00

Latest Racing News

Get Caught up on Thoroughbred Horse Racing, The Sport of Kings with Jonathan Stettin’s Take on The Latest Racing News.

Belmont Stakes and Festival Doings

May 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Belmont Stakes and Festival Doings: Japanese-bred Master Fencer arrives at Belmont Park Katsumi Yoshizawa's homebred Master Fencer, a Japanese-bred son of Just a Way arrived at Belmont Park on Friday evening from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has trained towards the 1 ½-mile 'Test of a Champion' following his sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. "Today he will just walk and graze. It's a relax day for him. He'll go to the training track and the main track probably tomorrow morning," racing manager Mitsuoki Numamoto said. With Julien Leparoux up for the Kentucky Derby, Master Fencer was last of 19 at third call before launching a menacing bid up the rail to finish seventh, defeated just four lengths. When Maximum Security was disqualified, Master Fencer was elevated to sixth besting the effort of the two previous Japanese-based horses in the Derby topping Lani [9th, 2016] and Ski Captain [14th, 1995]. Numamoto said Master Fencer should appreciate the added distance in the Belmont. He also said: "In Kentucky, after the race, his jockey Julien said, 'I needed one [...]

Phoenix of Spain Takes Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas

May 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Phoenix of Spain under Jamie Spencer and trained by Charles Hills took the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas leaving both Too Darn Hot, the odds on favorite trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori in his wake. Further back was Aidan O' Brien's Magna Grecia under Ryan Moore.   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Peter Brant Closes the Deal on Payson Park

May 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

  After a long hiatus from the Sport of Kings Peter Brant returned and pretty much picked up where he left off when he had champions with the late Leroy Jolly. Having come back to the game with horses with Chad Brown it did not take Brant long to get another champion in Mysistercharlie. Now he has gone a step further and purchased Payson Park, the training facility in Florida. Brant had this to say about the purchase: "We're keeping the name Payson Park as a tribute to Mrs. Payson, who had taken it to this high level and really got involved with it 40 years ago, she was the steward of it. Originally, it was strictly for my own plans. Like other leading owners, I wanted to have a place to winter without being forced to run, so you could pick your spots to race. Having your own facility allows you to decide how many starts you want in Florida or if you just want to start your campaign in New York," Brant said. "I love the dirt course, and [...]

Quite the Team

May 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The long time  tandem of Britain's leading trainer and one of racing's most recognizable faces recorded their 500th winner together in Britain on Thursday when John Gosden's Terebellum won at Goodwood under Frankie Dettori. A potent force at the highest level of horse racing, Gosden and Dettori had been on 499 winners since Stradivarius struck in the Yorkshire Cup at York last week. They moved onto the milestone when Terebellum, who is owned by Princess Haya, won a maiden race on the first day of Goodwood's May meeting. 500 wins together, many at the Group 1 level is a remarkable accomplishment for any trainer and jockey combo.     Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Arroyo: A Quiet Return

May 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. has made a quiet but thus far successful return to riding and winning races. Back from a broken ankle which caused him a lengthly hiatus from the saddle Norberto began accepting mounts at Santa Anita two weeks ago. He has ridden 10 horses and has two wins for a 20% comeback ratio to date. Arroyo is riding for Jack Cavara, Phil D'Amato, and Jerry Hollendorfer this weekend. It was not that long ago Arroyo won the riding title at the Del Mar Bing Crosby meet, and also led the standings for periods at Santa Anita and Oaklawn Park. Norberto had this to say about his return: "It took longer than I expected for my ankle to heal, but I wanted to make sure I was 110% in every way before I came back. I was anxious to start winning races again but knew I had to be ready and completely healed. Once I was, then I came back and I am feeling as good and strong as ever. It feels good to be back and focused [...]

CHRB Meeting: Horse Shortage a Concern

May 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Most tracks are having trouble filing races, are drawing later and later and keeping entries open longer. The horse shortage is affecting racetracks across the country and the big meets are not immune. Del Mar may be forced to run fewer races per day during the upcoming summer meeting that runs from from July 17 to Sept. 2. Officials are concerned about the number of race-ready horses based in Southern California. Talking at a recent California Horse Racing Board meeting at Santa Anita, Tom Robbins, the track’s director of racing, stressed that Del Mar plans to run five days a week during the 36-day summer meeting. Robbins said: “We realize times are different, we know it’s been tough in Southern California. We have a contingency plan, knowing our horse population is fluid. We want to get back to our regular program of five days a week.” Robbins also said: "There is a possibility that some Wednesday and Thursday programs could have seven races instead of eight from past summer seasons and some Saturday cards could have nine races instead of [...]

Maximum Security back on the Work-Tab

May 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Slow breezes have been the norm for Maximum Security, and trainer Jason Servis. Maximum Security worked three times at Palm Meadows between his March 30 Florida Derby win and his Kentucky Derby run, where he was disqualified to 17th for interference on the far turn. Each of those three moves was the slowest at the distance that day. Maximum Security has returned to the work-tab and completed four furlongs in :53 4/5. The move ranked 20th-fastest of 21 at the distance. Monmouth Park is familiar ground for Maximum Security, who worked there six times previously. Servis said Maximum Security had settled in nicely at the New Jersey track where he has stabled before. As for his return to the races Servis said: "We haven't decided where he is going to run yet … but he's starting to come around,"        Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..   The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP  Subscribe to our columns at Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire Like us on FaceBook @pastthewire [...]

Chad Brown Ordered To Pay

May 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

    Chad Brown has been ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in back wages, liquid damages, and civil penalties. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the three time Eclipse Award winning trainer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act multiple times. The trainer failed to pay grooms, and hot walkers their overtime wages while working at the Saratoga Race Track and other locations. Brown also failed to keep required time and payroll records. Now Brown is ordered to pay $1.6 million to the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..       The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP  Subscribe to our columns at Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire Like us on FaceBook @pastthewire OUR TEAM ON TWITTER Follow on Twitter @pastthewire Follow on Twitter @kaitlinefree Follow on Twitter @Nicky_DAgs Follow on Twitter @jonathanstettin Follow on Twitter @SetteBetterDays Follow on Twitter @CourtneyNSnow Follow on Twitter @nchorseplayer Follow on Twitter @SadandSulk Follow on Twitter @MargaratDammit Follow on Twitter @cannonshell Follow on Twitter @hOrsebackwriter [...]

Pender and Polanco Out

May 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  A pair of Southern California trainers, Mike Pender and Marcelo Polanco, have officially been ordered to vacate their stalls at Santa Anita Park. The citations behind those orders include “an undisclosed horse welfare issue” for Pender and “training a horse on behalf of another person” for Polanco. There was a hearing on the Pender welfare issue on May 13th,  but no details or decision have been released. Commander Coil, euthanized at Santa Anita on Friday due to a shoulder injury suffered during a gallop, was listed as being trained by Polanco. Pender, Polanco both join William Morey as trainers who have been sanctioned and removed from the grounds at Santa Anita Park since the meet started last December and has been marred by several fatalities.   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..         The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP  Subscribe to our columns at Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire Like us on FaceBook @pastthewire OUR TEAM ON TWITTER Follow on Twitter @pastthewire Follow on Twitter @kaitlinefree Follow [...]

Who’s Going Where

May 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Past the Wire takes a look ahead at who might be going where in the future months leading up to the Breeders' Cup. Of course nothing is official, and this is horse racing so everything is subject to change in a flash. These are some of projections based on what we hear, what we know, and what we suspect. Code Of Honor is likely passing the Belmont and pointing to the Jim Dandy and Travers at Saratoga. He broke his maiden up there as a two-year old so Shug McGaughey knows he likes that track. Maximum Security is looking at the Haskell at Monmouth. His connections have confirmed he will pass the Belmont but may prep for the Haskell in the Pegasus also at Monmouth. If he wins the Haskell, the Travers and Pennsylvania Derby would be the next logical targets. War of Will is heading to the Belmont. Tacitus will probably be meeting him there. Thunder Snow is looking at a trip to the US for the Metropolitan Mile on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The Met Mile is shaping [...]

Preakness and Supporting Stakes Recap

May 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The weather cooperated and so did the Pimlico dirt and turf courses. The tracks played fair. The dirt was fast, but honest. While the facility appears dated, and even somewhat neglected, there is no denying the historic and electric atmosphere Pimlico and the Preakness produces. The first stake on the day, the Sir Barton went to Todd Pletcher's returnee King for a Day. He stalked the pace under John Velazquez and drew away with relative ease from his overmatched rivals. The JW Murphy went to the Graham Motion trained English Bee under Jose Ortiz. New York Central set a stakes record in the Maryland Sprint under a rail ride from Ricardo Santana Jr. The Steve Asmussen trained colt kept his sprint record at three for three at six furlongs finishing in 1:08.74. The Searching Stakes went to heavily favored Ickymasho with a wire to wire ride by Jose Ortiz. The Very One was taken by Wild About Star with a nice stalking ride by Daniel Centano. The Gallorette (Grade 3) went to the Bill Mott trained Mitchell Road, an up [...]

Black Eyed Susan Day Recap

May 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Chalon came back from a layoff to score easily in the Skipat Stakes under Javier Castellano. Trainer Arnaud Delacour had her ready to fire her A-game and she did. She finished the six furlongs in 1:09.46 and paid $3.20 as the odds on choice. Covfefe ran a hole in the wind breaking the track record in the Ms. Preakness (Grade 3). She was also ridden by the white hot Javier Castellano and finished in a blazing 1:07.70 for the three quarters of a mile. Covfefe is trained by Brad Cox. She returned $5.60 to win. The Hilltop went to the Chad Brown trained Dogtag under who else but Javier Castellano. She held off stablemate Nova Sol making her US debut. Dogtag paid $8.20 as co second choice. The Grade 3 Pimlico Special run at a mile and a quarter went to Tenfold who bulled his way through the field in the stretch under an aggressive ride by Ricardo Santana Jr. The Steve Asmussen trained 4 year-old paid $12.20. The day's feature, the Black Eyed Susan (Grade 2) went to George [...]

Stradivarius Again

May 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

    Stradivarius launched his bid for a second Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers' Million series bonus in fine style May 17 by landing his second consecutive Matchbook Yorkshire Cup (Grade 2). An anxious moment occurred when the whip was temporarily drawn by Frankie Dettori at the three-furlong marker but was gone as fast as it appeared cast aside as Stradivarius recorded a sixth consecutive victory, defeating Southern France by three-quarters of a length. John Gosden who has trained Stradivarius to win his sixth in a row had this to say: "Stradivarius is the best stayer I've trained, but he's never going to go and win by five lengths and show off, that's not his style. The season will map itself. We haven't trained him hard for this, and the Gold Cup is a different ballgame over 2 1/2 miles. The pace was slowed right down, which wasn't ideal, but I liked the way he showed a bit of grit at the end, and he was a little ring-rusty so should come forward. He's not the polished, finished article, but we hope to have [...]

Enable to Target Ascot

May 16th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Enable takes Breeders' Cup Turf   Two time and back to back Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Grade 1) and Breeders' Cup Turf (Grade 1)winner Enable has been taken out of the May 31 Investec Coronation Cup (Grade 1) at Epsom, with John Gosden and Juddmonte opting to start her season at Royal Ascot. Gosden said: "She is in good order. We're pointing right now to Royal Ascot for either the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) or the Hardwicke. We're aiming towards the first weekend of October (the Arc), so we certainly didn't want to be bringing her out very early in the year. We're looking at Ascot and then the King George (G1)."   Bookmakers narrowly favor Sea of Class, who finished a close second to Enable in the Arc, to take her revenge at Ascot, with 7-2 the best price for the William Haggas trained 4-year-old, with Enable available at 4-1. Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news…..