Michael Compton

Designer Legs Placed First in Roughly Run Adirondack

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
In a roughly contested stretch run in the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga on Sunday, Designer Legs was elevated to first place following the disqualification of Who’s in Town. Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Designer Legs remained perfect through three starts. Who’s in Town, ridden by meet-leading jockey Joel Rosario, repelled [...](Read more...) Read More...

Wise Dan Clearly Best in Fourstardave

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan ran his win streak to eight with a decisive victory in the Fourstardave Handicap (G2) at Saratoga Saturday. Favored at 2-5 in a field of six, Wise Dan covered one mile on the inner turf course in 1:34, only .58 seconds off the track record set by L’Oiseau [...](Read more...) Read More...

Ownership Group Little Dreams Racing Taking Flight

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Carlo Vaccarezza enjoyed a spectacular 2012 racing season when his homebred Little Mike put the local restaurateur and his wife, Priscilla, in the winner’s circle following some of the industry’s biggest events. Little Mike captured such marquee races as the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs, the Arlington Million (G1) at Arlington Park [...](Read more...) Read More...

Fox Sports 1 and The Jockey Club Announce New Racing Package

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
FOX Sports and The Jockey Club announced today a multi-year agreement to air prominent graded stakes races starting in 2014 from many of horse racing’s best known tracks on FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching Saturday, Aug. 17. The newly created package of nationally televised races consists of up to 10 telecasts per [...](Read more...) Read More...

Concave Scores in Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Reddam Racing’s Concave became the first stakes winner for her sire, Colonel John, when she won the Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 7. Concave, a winner over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass course in her only previous race, was able to run down a game foe in She’s a Tiger to win the 6 [...](Read more...) Read More...

OBS Graduates Clash in Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Florida-bred Stop Smiling, an impressive debut winner at Betfair Hollywood Park in July, returns today in the Sorrento Stakes (G2) at Del Mar. A $130,000 OBS March graduate owned by Mark De Domenico and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Stop Smiling notched a smart tally in her first start at Betfair Hollywood Park. She broke a tad [...](Read more...) Read More...

Asmussen Targeting Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Justin Phillip

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Zayat Stables’ Justin Phillip was in good shape the morning after earning his first career Grade 1 victory in Sunday’s $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, according to NYRA Press. The 5-year-old son of First Samurai came a neck shy of winning last year’s Vanderbilt and had won two of eight starts since, including the Grade [...](Read more...) Read More...

Clear Sailing for Cross Traffic in Whitney Invitational

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Cross Traffic parlayed a smooth trip to earn the initial stakes victory of his career in the 86th Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. Ridden by John Velazquez, Cross Traffic recorded solid fractions of :24.17 with Mucho Macho Ma... Read More...

No Denying Saginaw in Morrissey at Saratoga

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Sprint star Saginaw added to his impressive resume with a 1 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 John Morrissey on Thursday at Saratoga. It was the fifth consecutive victory and 21st in 40 lifetime starts for Saginaw, who also annexed the Morrissey in 2012. “There is nothing left to say. He’s an incredible horse,” trainer David [...](Read more...) Read More...

Post positions drawn for Whitney Invitational

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
A field of eight headed by Fort Larned is set to square off in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday, Aug. 3. Post positions for the race were drawn on Wednesday.  Fort Larned, last year’s Whitney winner, drew post position No. 3 and was installed as the 7-5 favorite. From the rail [...](Read more...) Read More...

Long On Value Remains Perfect With Delaware Park Stakes Score

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Long On Value remained perfect in three starts and won his second consecutive stakes race with a six-length romp in the Strike Your Colors Stakes at Delaware Park July 29. The son of Florida stallion Value Plus blazed through fractions of :21.65 and :44.80 before drawing clear late to win the 5 ½-furlong test in [...](Read more...) Read More...

Dance to Bristol Wins Exciting Honorable Miss at Saratoga

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
With a relentless charge between horses in deep stretch, 4-5 favorite Dance to Bristol collared Classic Point in the final strides to win the Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) at Saratoga July 29. The victory, Dance to Bristol’s sixth straight at five different tracks, sent trainer Ollie Figgins, III to the Spa winners’ circle for the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Take Charge Indy Officially Retired

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Grade 1 winner and millionaire Take Charge Indy was retired from racing today after surgery to repair his left foreleg resulting from an injury sustained in yesterday’s Monmouth Cup (G2) at Monmouth Park. The son of A.P. Indy will stand at WinStar Farm for the 2014 breeding season. “I was on the lead with a [...](Read more...) Read More...

Verrazano Dazzles in Haskell Invitational

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Verrazano emphatically proved that he’s back in the 3-year-old championship picture as he rolled to a decisive victory in the 46th running of the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. With a crowd of 36,284 on hand roaring in approval, 11-10 favorite Verrazano left the others gasping far behind through the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Palace Malice Strong in Jim Dandy Score

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Palace Malice notched a convincing victory in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga July 27. The victory appeared to set up Palace Malice perfectly for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on Aug. 24, a race in which the ... Read More...

Verrazano Heads Field of Seven in Haskell

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
A field of seven headed by Verrazano and Oxbow will decide the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Verrazano, an impressive winner of the Pegasus Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park last out, drew the post position No. 7 and was i... Read More...

Indy Point Makes Impressive U.S. Debut at Del Mar

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Indy Point made an impressive U.S. debut at Del Mar July 24, taking down top prize in the Wickerr Stakes. Ridden by Gary Stevens for trainer Richard Mandella, Indy Point rallied impressively in the stretch to win the Wickerr going away by 1 1/4 lengths... Read More...

Palace Malice Tops Jim Dandy Field

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
The wide-open race for 3-year-old championship honors starts anew in Saturday’s 50th running of the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course. Heading the field for the 1 1/8-mile race is Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice, who will face nine other sophomores in the Spa’s traditional springboard to the Grade 1, $1 million [...](Read more...) Read More...

Jeranimo Takes Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
B.J. Wright and Robert LaPenta’s Florida-bred Jeranimo flashed a tremendous late burst to win the Eddie Read Stakes (G1) July 20 at Del Mar. Sent postward the 5-2 favorite in an outstanding field of grass campaigners, Jeranimo was ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Outrun in his customary style during the early stages of the nine-furlong race [...](Read more...) Read More...

Princess of Sylmar Best in CCA Oaks at Saratoga

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Princess of Sylmar followed up her Kentucky Oaks (G1) upset score with an impressive six-length win in the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga July 20. Last of five behind a modest opening half-mile in 48.98 seconds, Princess of Sylmar beg... Read More...

My Brown Eyed Guy and Scandalous Act Win FSS Heats at Calder

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Gilbert Campbell’s My Brown Eyed Guy and Scandalous Act dominated the Florida Stallion Stakes events at Calder on Saturday. My Brown Eyed Guy went into the gate as the favorite, and showed every bit of his talent with his win in the $75,000 Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. Conditioned by Calder-based trainer [...](Read more...) Read More...

Dead Heat in Opening Day Feature at Saratoga

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah hit the wire as one in a thrilling finish to the Schuylerville Stakes on opening day at Saratoga. Following a fierce battle through the final yards in the 95th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 event for 2-year-old fillies, ... Read More...

Gervinho and Rising Legend Win Divisions of Oceanside

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Before the largest crowd to attend the races in California this year, Gervinho and  Rising Legend shared honors by winning divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes for three-year-olds on opening day of the 2013 racing season at Del Mar. In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 43,030, Gervinho, piloted by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from mid-pack [...](Read more...) Read More...

Princess of Sylmar Returns in Coaching Club American Oaks

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Princess of Sylmar will make her first start since winning the Kentucky Oaks when she competes in the Grade 1, $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-ye... Read More...

Emollient Wins American Oaks in Turf Debut

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Favored Emollient made an extremely successful turf debut, winning the Grade 1, $350,750 American Oaks Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Making her first start since failing at 4-5 in the Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan May 17 at Pimlico, Emollient fought o... Read More...

Infinite Magic Narrowly Best in American Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Team Valor International’s Infinite Magic captured the $200,000 American Derby (G3) at Arlington Park on July 13. Infinite Magic, a colt making only his fourth start in America after racing in Europe to begin his career, was given a stealthy ride by Channing Hill to take the second leg in the Mid-America Triple.  Trained by [...](Read more...) Read More...

Eblouissante to Return at Saratoga

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
John Shirreffs on Friday indicated to NYRA Press that Eblouissante, a half-sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will make her long-awaited return to the races during opening week at Saratoga. Shirreffs said she will start either in the Grade 3, $200,0... Read More...

Flat Out Delivers in Suburban Handicap

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Flat Out delivered as the even-money favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2, $350,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. The Florida-bred took command with a quarter-mile to go and pulled clear to a commanding 2 ½-length victory over Last Gunfighter. His winning time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:46.87. “He was pretty much the best horse in [...](Read more...) Read More...

Cecily Evans Gets First Win on Ladies Night at Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
There were female firsts in both the second and third races Friday night at Betfair Hollywood Park. Jockey Cecily Evans, a 10-pound apprentice jockey, won her first race as a professional in the second, a $10,000 claiming event in which Kristine Leahy,... Read More...

Ben’s Cat Prevails in PARX Dash Handicap

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Fan favorite Ben’s Cat collared race favorite Tightend Touchdown in deep stretch and drew away for a 1 ¼-length score in the PARX Dash Handicap (G3) at PARX Racing July 5. Ridden by Julien Pimentel, Ben’s Cat raced near the rear of the field early but closed resolutely through the lane to prevail. The 7-year-old [...](Read more...) Read More...

Alley Oop Oop Wins Armed Forces Stakes at Gulfstream

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
After hardly distinguishing himself in the first 17 starts of his career, Alley Oop Oop appeared to have finally gotten his footing with the switch to turf racing. Although the 5-year-old son of Monsieur Cat had proven himself to be a bona fide turfer ... Read More...

Top Sprinters Set for Calder’s Summit of Speed

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Top sprinters are set to for  the Summit of Speed at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, July 6. A total of $1.2 million in purse money is up for grabs in the Summit of Speed stakes action, which features the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Wise Dan Overcomes Adversity to Win Firecracker Handicap

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a host of adversity to win the Firecracker Handicap (G2) June 29 at Churchill Downs. In a driving rainstorm over a yielding turf course, Wise Dan overcame a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretc... Read More...

Centralinteligence Best in Triple Bend

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Centralinteligence’s first stakes win couldn’t have come at a better time. A runner-up twice in four previous appearances in graded races, the 5-year-old Smarty Jones gelding rolled to a 3 ½-length victory in the Grade 1, $250,750 Triple Bend Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. In the process, the 8-1 shot received fees-paid entry into [...](Read more...) Read More...

Gentlemen’s Bet Upsets Delauney in Iowa Sprint

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Gentlemen’s Bet got the best of 1-5 favorite Delauney in the $125,000 Iowa Sprint at Prairie Meadows on June 28. Ridden by David Mello, pinch-hitting for Robby Albarado, Gentlemen’s Bet defeated the odds-on favorite by 1 ¾ lengths and covered six furlongs in 1:09.51. Delauney bumped with Credit Report at the start, made the lead [...](Read more...) Read More...

Game on Dude Heads Noms for Hollywood Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Defending champion Game On Dude and 2011 CashCall Futurity winner Liaison head the list of nominees to the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup. The signature race of the Spring/Summer meet, the Gold Cup, which is run at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, will be renewed for the 74th time Saturday, July 6 at [...](Read more...) Read More...

Ken and Sarah Ramsey Earn Single Season Win Mark at Churchill

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Churchill Downs’ all-time leading owners in races won with 360, scored a single-season record 28th win of the 38-day Spring Meet on June 27. Delivering the record win was The Sixties (GB), who cruised to a five-length victory in Thursday’s fifth race. The Ramseys’ record 28th win broke the previous single-season [...](Read more...) Read More...

Java’s War Heads Swaps Stakes Field at Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Charles Fipke’s Java’s War, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes April 13 and a troubled 13th in the Kentucky Derby, heads a field of five or six likely starters in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes. The Swaps, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track, will be run Thursday, July 4, kicking off [...](Read more...) Read More...

Calder Releases Summit of Speed Nominations

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Headlined by nominations of out-of-towners from coast-to-coast, the Summit of Speed at Calder Casino & Race Course looks strong in its 13th renewal on Saturday, July 6. Calder’s Summit of Speed is comprised of six stakes with purses totaling $1,200,000: the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Stakes, the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap, the Grade 3 [...](Read more...) Read More...

Fiftyshadesofgold Impresses in Debutante: Special Win for Lanerie

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Fiftyshadesofgold delivered a jaw-dropping performance in defeating More Than Beauty by eight lengths in the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs Saturday night. The 2-year-old filly, ridden by Corey Lanerie and trained by Bret Calhoun, zipped six furlo... Read More...

Close Hatches Best in Mother Goose Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Close Hatches she rolled to an easy 7 ¼-length victory over prohibitive favorite Dreaming of Julia in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park. With Joel Rosario in the irons, the daughter of First Defence won under mild encouragement, with Dreaming of Julia coming on to edge Marathon Lady by a half-length for [...](Read more...) Read More...

Animal Kingdom Seeking History in Queen Anne Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Animal Kingdom is poised for a run at history on June 18 when he starts in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.   Winner of the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) at Meydan in his last start and the 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1), Animal Kingdom will take on 12 rivals in the Queen [...](Read more...) Read More...

Verrazano Cruises in Pegasus: Itsmyluckyday Eased

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Verrazano made short work of the field he faced in the Pegasus Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park on June 15 in a race that saw his main rival, Itsmyluckyday, eased on the backstretch by jockey Mike Smith. Ridden by John Velazquez, Verrazano assumed command ... Read More...

Fort Larned Rolls in Stephen Foster Victory

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Fort Larned, in an effort reminiscent of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) score, dominated the 32nd running of the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs on June 15. The co-starting high weight at 121 pounds, Fort Larned zipped 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track in 1:47.45 – the second fastest Stephen [...](Read more...) Read More...

Code West Edges Uncaptured in Matt Winn Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Gary and Mary West’s Code West, runner-up in the Risen Star (G2) this winter, collected the first stakes win of his career with a valiant head triumph over Uncaptured in Saturday’s $113,100 Matt Winn (G3) at Churchill Downs. Code West, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.37 to give Southern California-based Hall [...](Read more...) Read More...

Kobe’s Back a Stakes Winner in Career Debut

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
In the $100,001 Willard L. Proctor Memoril, Kobe’s Back, a first-time starter named in honor of Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant, overcame a slow start to win going away. The 9-5 favorite, Kobe’s Back spotted his eight opponents several lengths at the start, was still last after three-eighths of a mile, but finished strongly, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Notacatbutallama Wins Hill Prince Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
One week after winning the Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice, trainer Todd Pletcher was back in the winner’s circle at Belmont Park following a stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday. Pletcher-trained Notacatbutallama captured the Grade 3, $150,000 Hill Prince over the Belmont Park turf under John Velazquez. Leaving from the outside post in the field of [...](Read more...) Read More...

Paynter Impressive in Comeback Score at Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Making his long-awaited return to the races after surviving serious health issues, Paynter crushed an allowance field at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 14. With Ahmed and Justin Zayat in attendance, Paynter proved an easy winner in his 4-year-old debut, defeating Majestic City and six others. Sidelined due to several serious health issues – including [...](Read more...) Read More...

Ramon Dominguez Announces Retirement

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Jockey Ramon Dominguez announced his retirement June 13. “Riding thoroughbreds has always been my passion and my calling,” he wrote in a NYRA Press release. “When I was 13 and watched my first horse race in Venezuela, I knew that I would become a jockey, and my riding career has brought happiness and success beyond what [...](Read more...) Read More...

Paynter Makes Return Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Paynter, winner of the Haskell Invitational and runner-up in the Belmont Stakes in 2012, is scheduled to make his first start as a 4-year-old Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for owner Ahmed Zayat, the son of Awesome Again and the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizso has been away since [...](Read more...) Read More...