Michael Compton

Samraat Remains Perfect With Withers Win

Michael Compton | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 6 months ago
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Mucho Macho Man Set for Sunshine Millions Classic

Michael Compton | 6 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 | 6 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 | 7 months ago
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Strapping Groom Rolls to Gravesend Win

Michael Compton | 7 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 months ago
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Groupie Doll Completes Work Ahead of Cigar Mile

Michael Compton | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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...

Gary Stevens Wins Big Sport of Turfdom Award

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
The Turf Publicists of America announced today that its membership has elected jockey Gary Stevens, winner of the 2013 Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, as the recipient of this year’s Big Sport of Turfdom Award. Turf Publicists of America press release The annual honor is bestowed upon a person or group of people who [...](Read more...) Read More...

Shared Belief Defeats Kobe’s Back in Hollywood Prevue

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Shared Belief followed up his impressive debut win at Golden Gate Fields with a dazzling score in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (G3) Nov. 10 at Betfair Hollywood Park. Purchased privately after his debut score by a partnership that includes radio and television personality Jim Rome, Alex Solis II, Jason Litt, George Todaro and Hall of [...](Read more...) Read More...

Javier Castellano Notches First Six-Win Day at Aqueduct

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Jockey Javier Castellano registerd his first six-win day at Aqueduct on Saturday, Nov. 9. He closed out a superlative day by piloting North Star Boy to win the ninth and final race of the card. Castellano, the leading rider in New York in 2013 with 217... Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Back at Gulfstream Park

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Mucho Macho Man returned to his Florida roots Wednesday, arriving at Gulfstream Park just before noon following a cross-country flight from Southern California. Upon arriving at Palm Beach International airport on a flight that originated in Los Angeles, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Breeders’ Cup hero was vanned to Gulfstream, where he was [...](Read more...) Read More...

Awesome Maria Brings $4 million at Keeneland November Sale

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Grade 1 winner Awesome Maria sold for $4 million during the first session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale on Tuesday. Total sales increased 52 percent from the first session of the 2012 sale, while the average increased 35 percent and the median jumped nearly 73 percent. During the session, six horses – led [...](Read more...) Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Prevails in Thrilling Breeders’ Cup Classic

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Florida-bred Mucho Macho Man proudly carried the Sunshine State’s banner to a thrilling victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Saturday at Santa Anita. With Gary Stevens in the irons, Mucho Macho Man rated off the early pace in fourth. He ranged up menacingly five-wide outside race favorite Game on Dude around the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Beholder Runs Away With Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Trainer Richard Mandella had been preparing Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder to rate behind horses during her workouts. The morning training paid off in a big way on Nov. 1 when last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly likely locked up another championship in winning the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Ridden by Gary Stevens, Beholder rated [...](Read more...) Read More...

Majestic City Wires Rivals in Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Hard-sent from the gate by Edwin Maldonado, longshot Majestic City led throughout to win Friday’s $70,000 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita. Majestic City ran a flat mile in 1:35.20 while prevailing by a neck over 8-5 favorite Rousing Sermon. The biggest price in the five-horse Big Bear at 15-1, Majestic City had lost his [...](Read more...) Read More...

Fort Larned Works Five Furlongs at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Fort Larned completed his serious preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) at Santa Anita with a five-furlong workout under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. early Monday morning at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Janis Witham homebred son of E Dubai was among Monday’s early workers as he went to the track at approximately 6:40 [...](Read more...) Read More...

Fort Larned to Work Monday at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Janis Whitham’s Fort Larned, the reigning winner of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G I), is set for a final pre-race tune-up on Monday at Churchill Downs. He is scheduled for a Tuesday flight to California for his bid for a rare second consecutive victory in the Championships’ main event on Saturday, Nov. 2 [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Haunted Halloween”

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
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Conan O’Brien Calls a Race at Santa Anita

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien replaced Trevor Denman in the announcer’s booth for the second race at Santa Anita on Friday. In a performance that would have to be categorized as “Not yet ready for prime time,” O’Brien left ‘em laughing as he put his oratorical stamp on the race, unwittingly cementing Trevor [...](Read more...) Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic in Primetime on NBC

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
The 30th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live in primetime on Saturday, Nov. 2, culminating 9½ hours of Breeders’ Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group. All 14 Breeders’ Cup races from Santa Anita will be televised live by NBC and NBCSN. Live NBC Sports Group [...](Read more...) Read More...

A Total of 172 Horses Pre-Entered in 2013 Breeders’ Cup

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Led by an international all-star cast of the world’s best horses,172 horses have been pre-entered for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Breeders’ Cup press release Among the pre-entered runners are multiple grade 1 winner Game On Dude, Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, defending Breeders’ Cup [...](Read more...) Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Announces Race Order, Wagering Menu and Post Times

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup announced the official race order, wagering menu and post times for the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held on Nov.1 and Nov.  2 at Santa Anita Park. This year’s wagering menu on the 14 Breeders’ Cup races features an abundance of wagering opportunities including two Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick Sixes, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Sum of the Parts Works at Keeneland Ahead of BC Sprint

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s two-time Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) winner, Sum of the Parts, worked a half-mile in :50.60 under jockey Leandro Goncalves shortly after 6 a.m.  Saturday on the main track at Keeneland. “He did it well and in hand,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He worked a little quicker than he did [...](Read more...) Read More...

Wise Dan’s Scheduled Workout Postponed Due to Weather

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan had his morning workout postponed on Thursday due to inclement weather in Kentucky. With nearly a quarter of an inch of rain overnight and a forecast for more that materialized Thursday morning, there were no grass works at Keeneland, which meant Wise Dan had his morning exercise on [...](Read more...) Read More...

Discreet Marq Victorious in Pebbles Stakes

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Discreet Marq outkicked Tapicat to win the Pebbles Stakes, the Columbus day feature at Belmont Park on Oct. 14. The victory was the fourth in five starts, all in stakes, for the New York-bred daughter of Discreet Cat since she was transferred to the ba... Read More...

Queen’s Award Lights Up Toteboard in Buffalo Trace Franklin County

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Coudelaria Jessica Inc.’s Queen’s Award surprised defending champion Madame Giry in deep stretch to win the 17th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County at Keeneland on Friday.  Trained by Eduardo Caramori and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Queen’s Award was last in the field of 10 in the run down the backstretch as Bounding [...](Read more...) Read More...

Breeders’ Cup, Metrolink Partner On Thoroughbred Wrapped Train Car

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup has partnered with Metrolink in Los Angeles to encourage fans to use public transportation during Breeders’ Cup festivities at Santa Anita on Nov. 1-2. A wrapped train car adorned with six Thoroughbred horses is currently in service across the Metrolink system leading up to Breeders’ Cup week in Southern California. The wrapped [...](Read more...) Read More...

Havana Holds Off Honor Code in Champagne

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Havana held off a furious late charge from Honor Code on Saturday to win the Foxwoods Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., the 2-year-old son of Dunkirk broke alertly and hugged the rail to shadow Debt Ceiling through an opening q... Read More...

Silver Max Upsets Wise Dan in Shadwell Turf Mile

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Silver Max turned back the challenge of 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan at the top of the stretch to win the 28th running of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths. Because of heavy rain earlier in the afternoon, the race was taken off the turf course and run at [...](Read more...) Read More...

My Conquestadory Overcomes Trouble to Win Darley Alcibiades

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Conquest Stables’ My Conquestadory proved much the best in winning the 62nd running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland on Friday. The victory earned My Conquestadory a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. In the Darley Alcibiades, My Conquestadory was trapped [...](Read more...) Read More...

Gaming Commission Issues Ruling on Travers Stakes

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
The New York Gaming Commission has concluded its investigation into the allegation that an electrical device was used by the Jockey of “Will Take Charge” in the 2013 Travers Stakes. The Commission’s investigation concluded that Jockey Luis Saez was not carrying any sort of electrical device and that trainer Eric Guillot’s allegation was wholly unsubstantiated. [...](Read more...) Read More...

Groupie Doll to Face Five Rivals in Thoroughbred Club of America

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Groupie Doll, the champion female sprinter of 2012, will square off against five rivals when she defends her crown in the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) at Keeneland on Saturday. Winner of last year’s TCA by 6½ lengths, Groupie Doll will try to join Excitable Lady (1982-83) as the only repeat winner of the race [...](Read more...) Read More...

Indy Point Rolls in John Henry Turf Championship

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Indy Point made amends for disappointing in the Arlington Million (G1) in August by winning the John Henry Turf Championship (G2) at Santa Anita on Sept. 29. Under Gary Stevens, Indy Point rolled to an authoritative 1 ¼-length score as the 2-1 favorite. The win provided Stevens with his third graded stakes score of the [...](Read more...) Read More...