Michael Compton

Wise Dan Holds Off Optimizer to Win Bernard Baruch

Michael Compton | 2 days ago
Wise Dan, Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year, returned from a 15-week layoff to hold off late-running long shot Optimizer and win the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap by a nose at Saratoga Race Course. It was the third win in as many races this year for the 7-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding, […](Read more...) Read More...

Jacks or Better Farm and Stanley Gold Loaded for Florida Sire Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 days ago
Jacks or Better Farm, trainer Stanley Gold loaded for Florida Sire Stakes.(Read more...) Read More...

Shared Belief Remains Undefeated With Pacific Classic Win

Michael Compton | 1 week ago
Shared Belief defeats older in Pacific Classic to remain undefeated for Jim Rome's Jungle Racing and partners.(Read more...) Read More...

V. E. Day Nips Stablemate Wicked Strong to Win Travers

Michael Compton | 1 week ago
V.E. Day runs down stablemate Wicked Strong to win Travers Stakes in dramatic fashion.(Read more...) Read More...

Close Hatches Sharp in Personal Ensign Score

Michael Compton | 1 week ago
Close Hatches leads from start to finish to take down top prize in Personal Ensign at Saratoga(Read more...) Read More...

Tonalist, Wicked Strong Renew Rivalry in Travers Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 weeks ago
Tonalist and Wicked Strong clash again in Travers Stakes at Saratoga.(Read more...) Read More...

Hardest Core Springs Arlington Million Upset

Michael Compton | 2 weeks ago
Andrew Bentley Racing Stable’s Hardest Core surprised 9-5 race favorite Magician and took down top prize in the Grade 1 Arlington Million at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday. After a good break from the rail, the field of seven starters – including five Grade 1 or Group 1 winners – the son of Hard Spun […](Read more...) Read More...

“Tote Board Action”

Michael Compton | 2 weeks ago
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Somali Lemonade Headlines Beverly D. Contingent

Michael Compton | 2 weeks ago
Two of the past three winners of the Grade 1 Beverly D. have gone on to win an Eclipse Award as champion turf female. With six Grade 1 winners entered in this year’s $750,000 1 3/16-miles race today at Arlington International Racecourse, a win would mark a big step toward the statue. The Grade 1 […](Read more...) Read More...

Larry Collmus to Succeed Tom Durkin as NYRA Race Caller

Michael Compton | 3 weeks ago
Launching a new era for horseplayers and racing fans, New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay announced the appointment of Larry Collmus as the organization’s next race caller.  The voice of the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup for NBC Sports, Collmus will succeed Tom Durkin. “The New York Racing Association was privileged […](Read more...) Read More...

Enterprising Much the Best in La Jolla Handicap

Michael Compton | 3 weeks ago
Glen Hill Farm’s Florida-bred Enterprising simply blew away his opposition in the stretch to win Saturday’s La Jolla Handicap (G2) at Del Mar. Rallying from far back, Enterprising weaved his way around rivals in the stretch to win the 1 1/16 turf test by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:41.31 under jockey Mike Smith. “Last sixteenth […](Read more...) Read More...

Skyway Wins Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar

Michael Compton | 4 weeks ago
Skyway’s victory in the Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar gave trainer Mark Casse and jockey Stewart Elliott their initial stakes score at the seaside oval. Skyway gamely withstood the late stretch challenge of fast-closing Henry’s Holiday to win the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes Sunday before a crowd of 14,204. “I was just wanting […](Read more...) Read More...

Moreno Wires Foes in Whitney

Michael Compton | 4 weeks ago
Moreno, often the bridesmaid, finally broke through and landed a major prize, wiring his rivals in the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday at Saratoga. Ridden by Junior Alvarado, Moreno broke slowly but rushed to the front per trainer Eric Guillot’s instructions. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper gelding took it from there. Pressed by Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile […](Read more...) Read More...

Sweet Reason Aces Test at Saratoga

Michael Compton | 4 weeks ago
Sweet Reason emerged victorious from a four-horse scramble to take down top prize in the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The win gave the Leah Gyarmati-trained filly her second consecutive Grade 1 victory and third overall. Owned by Treadway Racing Stable, Sweet Reason burst onto the sprint scene as […](Read more...) Read More...

Bayern Sharp in Haskell Score

Michael Compton | 1 month ago
Kaleem Shah’s Bayern broke sharply and rolled to a sharp score in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Bayern defeated runner-up Albano by 7 ½ lengths and covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 4/5. Wildcat Red checked in third. The filly Untapable, who went off as the […](Read more...) Read More...

Wicked Strong Turns the Tables on Tonalist

Michael Compton | 1 month ago
Seven weeks after finishing behind Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes, Wicked Strong turned away a challenge from the Grade 1 winner to win the 51st running of the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) on Saturday at Saratoga. Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Centennial Farms’ Wicked Strong took the lead from pacesetting Legend on […](Read more...) Read More...

Coup de Grace Mows Down Speed in Amsterdam Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 month ago
Coup de Grace took advantage of an early speed duel to mow down the pacesetters in the stretch en route to a comfortable three-length score in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga on Saturday. Ridden confidently by Rosie Napravnik, Coup de Grace settled toward the back of the pack early while C. Zee and […](Read more...) Read More...

Spot Stretching Out for Zito in Curlin Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 month ago
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito will give Grade 2-winning sprinter Spot another chance to stretch out in Friday’s $100,000 Curlin for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles. Purchased by Joseph Moss following the Grade 3 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park in February, the gelded sophomore son of Pulpit came from off the pace to beat previously […](Read more...) Read More...

Fashion Alert Proves Best in Schuylerville

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Fashion Alert made it 2-for-2 in stakes appearances, outfinishing Take Charge Brandi after a protracted battle to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville, the opening-day feature for the 146th meet at Saratoga Race Course.   Bumping with Evrybdymstgetstonz after breaking inwardly, Fashion Alert was quickly righted by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and took […](Read more...) Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Retired From Racing

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
It was announced July 15 that Florida-bred Mucho Macho Man has been retired from racing. Bred by John and Carole Rio and owned by Dean and Patti Reeves, the 6-year-old son of Macho Uno—Ponche de Leona, by Ponche, will stand stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm alongside his sire. Mucho Macho Man captured this […](Read more...) Read More...

LoPresti Pleased With Wise Dan’s Breeze

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
“Couldn’t ask for anything better for his first breeze,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said after two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan worked on Keeneland’s turf course Friday morning. In his first breeze since emergency colic surgery less than two months ago, the 7-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding and regular exercise rider Damien Rock covered a […](Read more...) Read More...

Princess of Sylmar Tops Delaware Handicap

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Princess of Sylmar, owned by King of Prussia Stable and foaled about 30 miles from Delaware Park, tops the 77th renewal of the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile, $750,000 filly and mare summer classic has attracted a field of six Last year, the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Majestic Warrior won four consecutive […](Read more...) Read More...

12 Feet High

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Running in deep stretch at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, July 5, three horses manage the unusual feat of having all 12 hooves off the ground at the same time. In this open company maiden special weight race the horses are all in the same stride with their ears in the same position. Lynn Roberts of […](Read more...) Read More...

“Pre-Race Festivities”

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
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Soi Phet Wins Bertrando Stakes on Opening Day at Los Alamitos

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Soi Phet won the opening day feature at Los Alamitos July 3, taking down top prize in the Bertrando Stakes. An 11-1 shot, Soi Phet picked up his first win on dirt, rolling to a 3 ¾-length victory over pacesetter Spirit Rules and seven others older horses bred or sired in California. Trained by Leonard […](Read more...) Read More...

Shared Belief Tops Los Alamitos Derby

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old of 2013, will try to stay undefeated against six opponents in the Grade 2, $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby Saturday at Los Alamitos. For 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, the inaugural Derby is the richest event of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival and is the eighth of nine races. Known as the […](Read more...) Read More...

Wildcat Red Rediscovers Best Form in Quality Road

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Any questions about Wildcat Red’s future that may have been raised by his troubled 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby were dismissed emphatically Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where the multiple-stakes winner romped to a 10 1/4-length victory in the $90,000 Quality Road. “Actually, I’m more impressed than I expected to be impressed,” said trainer Jose […](Read more...) Read More...

Untapable Much the Best in Mother Goose Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Untapable won the Mother Goose Stakes (G1) as she pleased on Saturday, cruising to the wire 9 ¼ lengths clear of runner-up Princess Violet. The Winchell Thoroughbreds colorbearer covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.48 under John Velazquez for trainer Steve Asmussen. The only pebble in Untapable’s path came early in the race when Princess Violet […](Read more...) Read More...

Keeneland, Santa Anita and Del Mar to host next 3 Breeders’ Cups

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup announced June 24 the sites of the next three Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The announcement marks the second time in the event’s history and the first time since 1993 that it has revealed on the same day more than one future host site for the World Championships. The multi-year strategy represents the […](Read more...) Read More...

Alexandra Jara Gets First U.S. Win

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Apprentice jockey Alexandra Jara registered her first career victory in the U.S. while lighting up the toteboard in Sunday’s second race at Gulfstream Park. Riding in her 10th race since arriving from Panama, the 23-year-old 10-pound apprentice guided 80-1 outsider Naheelah to a narrow victory in the $25,000 claiming race. Jara, who attended the Laffit […](Read more...) Read More...

Calhoun Strikes Again in Debutante at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
For the second straight year, a 2-year-old Texas-bred gray filly from the barn of trainer Bret Calhoun invaded Churchill Downs to win the Debutante Stakes. Last year, it was Fiftyshadesofgold, who’d go on to win this year’s $200,725 Eight Belles (G3) on Kentucky Oaks Day. On Saturday, it was Promise Me Silver’s turn to shine […](Read more...) Read More...

Tonalist Wins Belmont Stakes, California Chrome Fourth

Michael Compton | 3 months ago
The Triple Crown went unclaimed for a 36th year as Tonalist captured the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park. Tonalist won the Belmont by a head over Commissioner, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the “Test of […](Read more...) Read More...

“At the Top of the Empire State Building”

Michael Compton | 3 months ago
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Post Positions Drawn for 146th Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 months ago
Post positions for Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes (G1) were drawn today, and Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner California Chrome drew post position No. 2. Looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Florida-bred Affirmed in 1978, California Chrome is unbeaten this year, and his connections report that the 3-5 morning line […](Read more...) Read More...

California Chrome Continues to Impress

Michael Compton | 3 months ago
California Chrome had his connections raving about his form following his two-mile gallop on Tuesday at Belmont Park. Sherman, assistant to his father, Art Sherman, said the colt, who will attempt to sweep the Triple Crown when he competes in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7, expressed his eagerness Tuesday morning. […](Read more...) Read More...

California Chrome Dazzles Record Crowd in Preakness

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
California Chrome continued on his quest for a Triple Crown sweep Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, scoring a dominating victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) to the enthusiastic approval of a record crowd of 123,469. Two weeks after capturing the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths, the California-bred 3-year-old colt received yet […](Read more...) Read More...

“50 to 1″

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
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California Chrome Arrives at Pimlico

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday at 3:12 p.m. to continue his quest for an elusive Triple Crown sweep in Saturday’s 139th Preakness Stakes (G1). The 3-year-old California-bred colt, who captured the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths on May 3, was soon joined […](Read more...) Read More...

California Chrome Confirmed for Preakness Stakes

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome is headed to the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 17, bringing trainer Art Sherman back to Maryland for the first time in 55 years. Sherman confirmed his plans to run the Lucky Pulpit colt in the Middle Jewel of the Triple […](Read more...) Read More...

California Chrome Impressive in Kentucky Derby Win

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). A  crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby […](Read more...) Read More...

California Chrome Draws Post Position No. 5 for Kentucky Derby

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
California Chrome, winner of four consecutive races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. With 20 starters that include four Grade  1 winners, the purse for the Kentucky Derby will be $2,202,800 with $1,442,800 going to the winner. The […](Read more...) Read More...

Untapable Draws Post 13 for Kentucky Oaks

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
Untapable, who has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1), drew post position No. 13 at the Oaks draw Wednesday morning. The Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 ¼ lengths. The Oaks, to be contested at 1 […](Read more...) Read More...

Embellishing Bob Gets Derby Trial Win on DQ

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
Martin Cherry’s homebred Embellishing Bob was elevated to first place after Bayern was disqualified for drifting out in deep stretch to win the 90th running of the $176,700 Derby Trial (G3) at Churchill Downs. Trained by Steve Margolis and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Embellishing Bob tracked odds-on favorite through fractions of :23.23, :46.62 and […](Read more...) Read More...

Mr Speaker Much the Best in Coolmore Lexington Stakes

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
Phipps Stable’s homebred Mr Speaker took command at the head of the stretch and powered home to score a four-length victory in the 33rd running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at Keeneland Saturday. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Mr Speaker raced next to the rail while tracking early leaders Solitary Ranger and Supermonic, who raced […](Read more...) Read More...

Constitution Out of Kentucky Derby

Michael Compton | 5 months ago
Constitution, a leading Triple Crown hopeful off his win in last month’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1), will be forced to miss the May 3rd Kentucky Derby (G1)  due to the discovery of a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone on Monday. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the undefeated son of Tapit breezed a […](Read more...) Read More...

Dance With Fate Best in Blue Grass Stakes

Michael Compton | 5 months ago
Florida-bred Dance With Fate swept past Pablo Del Monte in the stretch and held at bay the late charge of Medal Count to win the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday. The win was accomplished in front of 39,722 in attendance, the seco... Read More...

Wise Dan Sparkles in Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland

Michael Compton | 5 months ago
Wise Dan sparkled in his seasonal bow on Friday, defeating Kaigun by a measured three-quarters of a length in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) at Keeneland. Trained by Charlie LoPresti and ridden by John Velazquez, Wise Dan, the 2012 and 2013 Horse of the Year, covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:34.91. [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Mixed Company”

Michael Compton | 5 months ago
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Wise Dan Returns in Maker’s 46 at Keeneland

Michael Compton | 5 months ago
Reigning two-time Horse of the Year returns to the races today at Keeneland, squaring off against six foes in the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on the turf. The Maker’s 46 Mile will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a post time of 5:13 p.m. ET. First post time Friday is [...](Read more...) Read More...

California Chrome Dazzles in Santa Anita Derby

Michael Compton | 5 months ago
Art Sherman knows what it takes to get a horse to the Kentucky Derby and win. He had a close-up view as an 18-year-old workout rider when Swaps won the 1955 Run for the Roses. Santa Anita Publicity- Nearly 60 years later, Sherman is taking his own colt... Read More...