Michael Compton

Untapable Draws Post 13 for Kentucky Oaks

Michael Compton | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 months ago
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Wise Dan Returns in Maker’s 46 at Keeneland

Michael Compton | 6 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 | 7 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...

Constitution Wins Florida Derby in Stakes Debut

Michael Compton | 7 months ago
Making only his third lifetime start and his stake debut in the Grade 1 Triple Crown prep, Constitution showed he belonged with the big colts Saturday at Gulfstream Park, winning the Besilu Florida Derby (G1). Gulfstream Park Publicity- Constitution em... Read More...

Cairo Prince Made 9-5 Favorite in Florida Derby

Michael Compton | 7 months ago
Multiple graded-stakes winner Cairo Prince was installed as the 9-5 program favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered on Wednesday for Saturday’s 63rd running of the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream Park Publicity- Dominant winner of the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream on Jan. 25 [...](Read more...) Read More...

Spot Added to List of Florida Derby Contenders

Michael Compton | 7 months ago
According to Gulfstream Park Publicity, Spot has been added to the list of contenders for the Florida Derby (G1) following a bullet workout at Palm Meadows Saturday morning. The 3-year-old son of Pulpit, who was purchased privately and turned over to trainer Nick Zito before his dominant 2 ½-length victory in the $200,000 Swale Stakes [...](Read more...) Read More...

Classic Contenders Work at Gulfstream Park

Michael Compton | 7 months ago
A host of Triple Crown contenders hit the main track together on a busy Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park.  Gulfstream Park Publicity- Wildcat Red, Social Inclusion and Honor Code each put in timed works through a light rain shortly after 7:30 a.m. Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod was also out for a routine [...](Read more...) Read More...

Cairo Prince Tops Florida Derby Nominations

Michael Compton | 7 months ago
Cairo Prince, a convincing 5 ¾ -length winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) in his most recent start, tops a group of 97 3-year-olds nominated for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29 at Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream Park Publicity– The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained colt has produced a solid series of workouts [...](Read more...) Read More...

Game on Dude First Three-Time Winner of the Big ‘Cap

Michael Compton | 7 months ago
Game on Dude became the first three-time champion of the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita on March 8 with a sparkling win over Will Take Charge. Game On Dude snapped a three-race skid with his victory against seven rivals, including Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge, the one-two finishers over the track [...](Read more...) Read More...

Samraat Remains Undefeated With Gotham Score

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Samraat battled his way to a narrow victory over Uncle Sigh and In Trouble in the 62nd running of the Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Saturday. The victory – his fifth straight – gave the son of Noble Causeway 50 points in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” qualifying series. Along with his win [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Rich Purse”

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
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Tampa Bay Derby Draws 57 Nominations

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Vinceremos and Harpoon, the 1-2 finishers in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) on Feb. 1, head 18 Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-olds nominated for the 34th edition of the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs. Pletcher’s sophomores are among 57 horses nominated to the Tampa Bay Derby, the showpiece [...](Read more...) Read More...

Jennifer Lopez to Perform Concert at Dubai World Cup

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
According to a Meydan press release, Jennifer Lopez will perform a full-length concert to close out the 19th renewal of the Dubai World Cup program at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday March 29. The world’s richest day of horse racing at Meydan is the culmination of the three-month-long Dubai World Cup Carnival. “I traveled to Dubai [...](Read more...) Read More...

Kobe’s Back Much the Best in San Vicente

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Kobe’s Back notched a stylish 5 ¼-length win in Sunday’s San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Kobe’s Back covered seven furlongs in 1:21.84. The victory earned him a spot among Southern California’s leading Kentucky Derby prospects. “I wanted Joel to ride him patiently, because everybody has kind of counted us [...](Read more...) Read More...

Bayern Impressive in Santa Anita Allowance

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
In a race that could have Derby implications, Bayern stretched out to a mile and dominated a $58,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, winning by 15 lengths. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, Bayern covered the distance in 1:35.77—and was then ridden out past the wire another sixteenth of a [...](Read more...) Read More...

Larry Collmus Named Track Announcer at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Larry Collmus will succeed Mark Johnson as track announcer for Churchill Downs. Collmus, one of the premier race callers in North America, will be on the microphone as the seventh announcer at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby starting with the first race of the “Opening Night” program on Saturday, April 26. The 47-year-old [...](Read more...) Read More...

Candy Boy best in Robert Lewis Stakes

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Candy Boy announced his arrival on the Kentucky Derby trail with a stylish score in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) Feb. 8 at Santa Anita. Under Gary Stevens, Candy Boy won the 1 1/16-mile test by a half-length and covered the distance in 1:41.83 for trainer John Sadler. “I just wanted Gary to be [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Last Rung on the Class Ladder”

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
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Lorde to headline Preakness InfieldFest Concert

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that double Grammy Award winner Lorde will headline the 2014 Preakness InfieldFest concert. The 17-year-old rising star will play an extended set on the main stage Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course when th... Read More...

Gulfstream to raise purse for Hurricane Bertie if Groupie Doll runs

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Gulfstream Park announced Feb. 2 that if two-time champion Groupie Doll runs in Sunday’s Hurricane Bertie (G3) as expected, the purse will be increased $50,000 to $200,000. Groupie Doll put in her final workout for the race Sunday, breezing four furlongs under Jada Schlenk at Gulfstream in :48 1/5 under the watch of trainer Buff [...](Read more...) Read More...

Samraat Remains Perfect With Withers Win

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Samraat outlasted Uncle Sigh to win the Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Feb. 1 to remain unbeaten in four career starts. Backed as the second choice in the $250,000 Withers off a 16 ¾-length win in the Damon Runyon on Dec. 18, Samraat broke alertly from post position 5 and led in the opening [...](Read more...) Read More...

Cairo Prince Dominates Foes in Holy Bull Stakes

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Cairo Prince returned to his winning ways with a dominant victory in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 25. After experiencing a less-than-perfect trip while losing his first career race by a nose to Honor Code in the Remsen Stakes (G2), Cairo Prince asserted himself with a 5 ¾-length [...](Read more...) Read More...

Competitive Field Set for Holy Bull Stakes

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
A competitive field is set for Saturday’s $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Shug McGaughey will send out Mr Speaker, winner of the Dania Beach Stakes (G3) on turf last time out. Mr Speaker will be racing over dirt for the first time in the Holy Bull. “He’s trained good [...](Read more...) Read More...

Mucho Macho Man an Easy Winner in Sunshine Millions Classic

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Jockey Gary Stevens had a message for trainer Kathy Ritvo following Mucho Macho Man’s 14-length tally in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. “Congratulations,” said the Hall of Fame jockey following the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner’s 14-length romp in the finale of Saturday’s $1.3 million Sunshine Millions program, ‘you’re [...](Read more...) Read More...

“A Clean Break”

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
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Mucho Macho Man Set for Sunshine Millions Classic

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Mucho Macho Man, the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, went to the track at Gulfstream Park Wednesday to continue preparation for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Classic. The 6-year-old son of Macho Uno went to the track  around 7:30 a.m. following a heavy rainstorm, said Kathy Ritvo, who trains Mucho Macho Man for owners Dean and Patti [...](Read more...) Read More...

Midnight Hawk Best in Sham Stakes

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Midnight Hawk stamped himself as a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in winning Saturday’s Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. With two scratches out of the Sham, the field was reduced to four and 2-1 second choice Kristo, with Rafael Bejarano up, was sent to the lead going into the first turn, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Eclipse Award Finalists Announced

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Led by Horse of the Year candidates Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Wise Dan, Eclipse Award finalists were announced on Wednesday. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group on Saturday [...](Read more...) Read More...

General A Rod Wins First Derby of the Year

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
What trainer doesn’t want to see his horse opening up a clear lead in the stretch? Well, Mike Maker, for one – at least during the early stretch run of Wednesday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby. When General a Rod took a narrow lead at the top of the stretch in the one-mile stakes for newly [...](Read more...) Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Selected to Receive Vox Populi Award

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Mucho Macho Man, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been selected to receive the 2013 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People” Award. The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing. Mucho Macho Man was the unanimous favorite among [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Naughty or Nice?”

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
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Strapping Groom Rolls to Gravesend Win

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Strapping Groom, sent off as the 8-5 second choice in the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday, made his odds look like a gift to his backers. Ridden by Junior Alvarado, Strapping Groom rolled to a 6 ½-length victory over odds-on favorite Palace to win the 55th running of the six-furlong fixture in 1:09.74. [...](Read more...) Read More...

Shared Belief Powers to CashCall Futurity Win

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Shared Belief won his first two starts by a combined 14 ¾ lengths. In his first two-turn effort he proved dominant once again, winning the CashCall Futurity (G1) Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Ridden with confidence by jockey Corey Nakatani, Shared Belief, a gelded son of Candy Ride and the Storm Cat mare Common Hope, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Zaikov Sharp in Return

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Undefeated Zaikov returned from a nine-month layoff with a sharp score at Gulfstream Park on Friday. The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old colt had been on the sidelines with a shin issue since easily capturing his racing debut at Gulfstream Park on March 15 by 14 ¼ lengths. The son of Distorted Humor and champion Wait A [...](Read more...) Read More...

Zaikov Returns Friday at Gulfstream Park

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Nine months after his impressive maiden victory, Zaikov returns to Gulfstream Park in an optional claiming allowance on Friday. The Arindel Farm homebred will break from post six of 10 under jockey Javier Castellano in the sixth race, going six furlong... Read More...

Snowfall at PARX Racing

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Snowfall at PARX Racing on Dec. 8 courtesy of Equiphoto.(Read more...) Read More...

Mucho Macho Man to Remain in Training for 2014 Season

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
The connections of Mucho Macho Man announced Wednesday that their 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner will stay in training for the 2014 racing season. A title defense in the Classic at Santa Anita next November is the primary goal for the Kathy Ritvo-trained 6-year-old son of Macho Uno. “We just decided for sure (Tuesday) that [...](Read more...) Read More...

Honor Code Game in Remsen Win

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Honor Code re-rallied in deep stretch after being passed in the lane to prevail in the $400,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct on Nov. 30. A dawdling early pace—the opening half-mile was run in :52.74 and it required 1:17.56 to cover six furlongs—set the stage for a thrilling stretch duel. Honor Code, trained by Hall [...](Read more...) Read More...

Will Take Charge Defeats Game on Dude in Clark Handicap

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Will Take Charge turned in a strong late rally under Luis Saez to run down Game On Dude to win the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs. Beaten a nose by Mucho Macho Man in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 2, Will Take Charge collared Game on Dude in the final jump to [...](Read more...) Read More...

Majestic Stride Wins Underwood at Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Favored Majestic Stride gave trainer Jeff Bonde his second consecutive win in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park. After stalking the quick pace (21.86 and 44.35 for the opening half-mile) set by stablemate Anillo... Read More...

“Who Finished First”

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
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Groupie Doll Completes Work Ahead of Cigar Mile

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Champion Groupie Doll on Monday turned in her final breeze in preparation for Aqueduct Racetrack’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap, traveling four furlongs in 48.55 seconds over Belmont Park’s training track. With exercise rider Jada Schlenk aboard, Groupie Doll ran the opening quarter-mile in 24.44 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.79, according to [...](Read more...) Read More...

Drayden VanDyke Notches First Career Win at Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Apprentice jockey Drayden VanDyke earned the first win of his career as he guided Money Clip, a pick-up mount, to a last-to-first victory in Thursday’s sixth race at Betfair Hollywood Park. The half-length victory in the $45,750 contest for maidens came with the second career mount for VanDyke. The 19-year-old finished sixth aboard 13-1 outsider [...](Read more...) Read More...

Pletcher’s Cigar Mile Contenders Work at Belmont

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher’s three contenders for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap – Forty Tales, Capo Bastone, and Verrazano – took to the Belmont Park training track on Sunday to turn in their penultimate breezes prior to the Nov. 30 race at Aqueduct. All three are 3-year-old colts who are seeking their first victory against [...](Read more...) Read More...