Michael Compton

Fort Larned to Work Monday at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 10 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 | 10 months ago
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Conan O’Brien Calls a Race at Santa Anita

Michael Compton | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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...

Mucho Macho Man Gets Well Deserved Grade 1 Victory

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Mucho Macho Man earned the initial Grade 1 win of his career by cruising to a 4 ¼-length score in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 28. Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, Mucho Macho Man was runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Saturday’s win gave him an [...](Read more...) Read More...

Ron the Greek Scores Upset in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Ron the Greek, dispatched at odds of 21-1, dominated a competitive group in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) on Saturday at Belmont Park.Under Jose Lezcano, Ron the Greek won by 6 ¾ lengths over runner-up Palace Malice and third-place finisher Flat Out in the 95th edition of the $1 million event. The victory earned [...](Read more...) Read More...

Little Mike Victorious in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Little Mike rediscovered his best stride on Saturday, rallying from off the pace to win the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park. A 6-year-old gelding, Little Mike is known for his early lick, but won the Turf Classic coming from o... Read More...

Private Zone Prevails in Sizzling Vosburgh

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
California shipper Private Zone fought back gamely in deep stretch to turn back Justin Phillip to win the Vosburgh Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park on Sept. 28. Second choice in a field of seven, Private Zone had to survive a stewards’ inquiry and ran six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:08.02 for his [...](Read more...) Read More...

Chips All In Best in Eddie D. Stakes at Santa Anita

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Julien Leparoux guided 5-2 second choice Chips All In to a nose victory over longshot Boat Trip and Garrett Gomez in the Eddie D. Stakes (G3) on opening day at Santa Anita Sept. 27. Chips All In covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12 flat. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Chips All [...](Read more...) Read More...

Flat Out Seeking History in Competitive Jockey Club Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Florida-bred Flat Out on Saturday will attempt to join the famed Kelso as the only other horse in history to win three consecutive editions of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park. In 1962, Kelso became the first horse to achieve the monumenta... Read More...

Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar Top Beldame

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
A much anticipated showdown between Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar is on tap in the 74th running of the Beldame Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park on Super Saturday. Victory in the Beldame, a one-turn race run at 1 1/8 miles, automatically qualifies the winner for entry into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff as part of [...](Read more...) Read More...

Unbridled’s Note and Caracortado to Clash in Eddie D. Stakes

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Unbridled’s Note heads a strong field of 14 in the Eddie D. Stakes (G3) at about 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course on opening day Friday. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Unbridled’s Note won last year’s Eddie D. at age three and was subsequently second, beaten a half length by Mizdirection in the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Will Take Charge Rallies to Win Pennsylvania Derby

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Will Take Charge continued his recent winning ways with a dramatic tally in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at PARX Racing on Sept. 21.   Will Take Charge, winner of the Travers Stakes (G1) in his previous start, was handled patiently by jockey Luis Saez in the race’s early stages. Behind a wall of [...](Read more...) Read More...

Gary Stevens to Ride Mucho Macho Man in Awesome Again

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
According to Santa Anita Stable Notes, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will ride 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Mucho Macho Man in the Grade 1, Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 28. Mucho Macho Man is ticketed for a return engagement in the $5 million Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Alterite Best in Garden City Stakes

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
In her North American debut, Alterite ran down Discreet Marq to win the Garden City Stakes (G1) Saturday at Belmont Park. Purchased privately by Martin Schwartz following the final race of her juvenile season last fall in France, where she was bred, Al... Read More...

War Front Colt Commands $2.5 Million During Thursday Session at Keeneland

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Powered by the sale of 18 horses for $1 million or more, the first four days of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale – which comprise the premier Book 1 catalog – came to a close on Thursday. The first week saw gross sales reaching $153,385,000 for 546 horses sold. Five seven-figure yearlings were sold on [...](Read more...) Read More...

$2.2 Million Indian Charlie Filly New Topper at Keeneland September

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
The third session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale saw the continuation of a bullish market highlighted by the $2.2 million paid for a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy and Will Take Charge, winner of the 2013 Travers (G1).  The amount for the Indian Charlie filly, who is a daughter of four-time Keeneland [...](Read more...) Read More...

Four Yearlings Sell for $1 Million During Keeneland’s Second Session

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
The final horse through the ring during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale sold for $1 million to become the fourth yearling of the day to bring seven figures. Through the first two sessions of this year’s sale, eight yearlings have been sold for seven figures, exceeding the seven sold during the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro Filly Brings $1.5 Million at Keeneland Sale

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
The 70th Keeneland September Yearling Sale opened Monday with four yearlings selling for $1 million or more.  Topping the session at $1.5 million was a filly by Medaglia d’Oro out of Flying Passage, by A.P. Indy, who was purchased by Alan Cooper on behalf of the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Stables Ireland Limited. Gainesway, agent, consigned [...](Read more...) Read More...

Untapable Grinds Out Win in Pocahontas Stakes

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Untapable recorded a determined half-length victory over Stonetastic in Saturday night’s 45th running of the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by Steve Asmussen, Untapable ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:44.38 and banked $101,125 for the win. Additionally, the Pocahontas is part of the Breeders’ [...](Read more...) Read More...

Donegal Racing’s Cleburne Leads Stable Sweep of Iroquois

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Donegal Racing’s unbeaten Cleburne, a 34-1 longshot, defeated stablemate Smart Cover to win the 32nd running of the Iroquois Stakes (G3) Saturday night at Churchill Downs. The result of a three-horse photo finish provided a 1-2 finish for Iowa-based Donegal Racing and trainer Dale Romans, a Louisville, Ky. native who won the Iroquois for the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Solitary Ranger Much the Best in Arlington-Washington Futurity

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Susan Moulton’s Solitary Ranger broke his maiden in style taking the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) at Arlington Park on Saturday. Trained by Wayne Catalano and ridden by Florent Geroux, Solitary Ranger staled the early pace, took command on the far turn and won by a widening 5 ½ lengths. He covered the one mile in [...](Read more...) Read More...

Diamond Bachelor Impressive in Oak Tree Juvenile Turf

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Diamond Bachelor rolled to an impressive 2 ½-length score in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf on closing day at Del Mar on Wednesday. Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Patrick Biancone, Diamond Bachelor covered the one mile on turf in 1:34 1/5. Now perfect in two starts, the handsome son of War Front was a [...](Read more...) Read More...

Diamond Bachelor Impressive in Oak Tree Juvenile Turf

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Diamond Bachelor rolled to an impressive 2 ½-length score in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf on closing day at Del Mar on Wednesday. Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Patrick Biancone, Diamond Bachelor covered the one mile on turf in 1:34 1/5. Now perfect in two starts, the handsome son of War Front was a [...](Read more...) Read More...

John Mattos named official artist for 2013 Breeders’ Cup

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup today announced that multi-award winning illustrator John Mattos has been named the official artist for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Mattos collection features two art deco images celebrating the 30th running of the event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on November 1-2. Mattos’ vintage-inspired official primary image features [...](Read more...) Read More...

Egg Drop Earns First Career Stakes Victory in Yellow Ribbon

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Florida-bred Egg Drop notched the first stakes win of her career in the Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) at Del Mar on Monday. The Little Red Feather colorbearer had to withstand a lengthy inquiry into the stretch run but her number remained up. Martin Garc... Read More...

Christina Rodriguez Wins With First Mount at Gulfstream

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Apprentice jockey Christina Rodriguez got off to a triumphant start at Gulfstream Park Monday, scoring a gate-to-wire victory aboard Ridge Kitten ($15) in the fifth race. Aboard her very first local mount, the 20-year-old California native hand rode the Dennis Ward-trained mare to a half-length victory. “The horse did everything,” said Rodriguez, who has been [...](Read more...) Read More...

Strong Mandate Romps in Hopeful Stakes

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
D. Wayne Lukas celebrated his 78th birthday in style on Monday, watching Strong Mandate stroll to a 9 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga. The bay son of Tiznow, owned by longtime Lukas clients Bob Baker and Bill Mack, was ridden by Jose Ortiz. Staying clear on the outside, Ortiz [...](Read more...) Read More...

She’s a Tiger Wins Del Mar Debutante

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
She’s a Tiger, a half-sister to Smiling Tiger, won the Del Mar Debutante (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday. Under Gary Stevens, the promising 2-year-old filly disposed of even-money favored Awesome Baby entering the stretch and then had enough left in the tank to hold off the fast-closing Fascinating by a half-length. She’s a Tiger [...](Read more...) Read More...

Alpha Prevails in Woodward Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Alpha and Flat Out hooked up for a furious finish in the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday with Alpha digging in gamely to secure the victory. Ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, Alpha–who dead-heated with Golden Ticket to win last year’s Grade 1 Travers -broke on top [...](Read more...) Read More...

Popular Multiple Stakes Winner Saginaw Euthanized

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Popular multiple stakes winner Saginaw was euthanized Friday after suffering an injury during the running of the third race at Saratoga Race Course. He appeared to take a bad step approaching the far turn and was pulled up by jockey Junior Alvarado and... Read More...

Fort Larned out of Woodward: Paynter Made Favorite

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Fort Larned, among the favorites for Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course, will be scratched from the race, said trainer Ian Wilkes. “He worked great Monday morning and jogged and walked fine Tuesday and Wednesday,” the trainer said of Fort Larned, most recently fifth in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap. “This [...](Read more...) Read More...

Cross Traffic to Jockey Club Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
GoldMark Farm’s Cross Traffic will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 28 at Belmont Park, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed on Wednesday. An impressive front-running winner of the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 3 at Saratoga, Cross Traffic also was being considered for Saturday’s [...](Read more...) Read More...

Game on Dude Powers to Pacific Classic Romp

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Game on Dude, the leading handicap horse in the country, dominated rivals in the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) on Sunday at Del Mar. With Martin Garcia filling in for the injured Joel Rosario, Game On Dude hustled to the lead in the first few strides from t... Read More...

“Stalking Position”

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
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Royal Delta Too Much for Personal Ensign Foes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Champion Royal Delta made it look all too easy in dispatching rivals in the 66th running of the Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap (G1) on Sunday at Saratoga.The victory earned the 5-year-old mare, a two-time Eclipse Award winner, an automatic berth and an all-fees-paid entry into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita this fall as [...](Read more...) Read More...

O’Connell and Campbell Sweep Florida Stallion Stakes Events

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
The second legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder belonged to trainer Kathleen O’Connell and owner Gil Campbell. After winning the Desert Vixen and Dr. Fager divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes with Scandalous Act and My Brown Eyed Guy, it was no surprise that O’Connell and Campbell had the morning-line favorites. Scandalous Act [...](Read more...) Read More...