Michael Compton

Strong Mandate Romps in Hopeful Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year 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...

Will Take Charge Prevails in Travers Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
In a determined effort, Will Take Charge tagged a game Moreno eight on the wire to prevail in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. Derby winner Orb, making his first start since finishing third in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in June, checked... Read More...

Capo Bastone Charges Late to Win King’s Bishop Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Capo Bastone rallied from off the pace to collar pacesetter Mentor Cane in the stretch to post a 28-1 upset in the King’s Bishop (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Capo Bastone split horses at the three-sixteenths pole, took command in deep stretch and won going away by two lengths. Capo [...](Read more...) Read More...

Sweet Lulu Ships East and Wins Test Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Sweet Lulu turned in a brilliant effort in her first try on a traditional dirt surface to win the Test Stakes (G1) Saturday at Saratoga. Jerry Hollendorfer shipped the daughter of Mr. Greeley in from Del Mar for the historic Test off just three outings – wins in a maiden, allowance and optional claiming race. [...](Read more...) Read More...

Lezcano to Replace Rosario Aboard Orb in Travers Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Joel Rosario will be out for six weeks with a fractured bone in his left foot and will be replaced by Jose Lezcano aboard Orb in today’s 144th running of the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga. Rosario, who was unseated after finishing last aboard Casual Elegance in Friday’s seventh race, was taken to Saratoga Hospital [...](Read more...) Read More...

Dance to Bristol Wins Ballerina for Seventh Straight Score

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Susan Wantz’s 4-year-old filly Dance to Bristol, won her seventh consecutive race on Friday, taking the seven-furlong Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Dance to Bristol defeated Book Review by a head, and secured an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) in November at Santa Anita Park in California. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge [...](Read more...) Read More...

Accomplished Cast Set for Saratoga’s Travers Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb makes his return in Saturday’s Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga against Verrazano, Palice Malice and six others in a stellar renewal of the prestigious race. With championship implications, the Travers brings together a competitive and accomplished cast. The centerpiece of the summer meet at Saratoga, the Travers will be run [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb Fires a Bullet Work Ahead of Travers Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who arrived at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 11, turned in a four-furlong breeze over the Oklahoma training track on Monday for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Travers. Breezing for the first time since his arrival at the Spa, Orb was clocked in 47.68 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in [...](Read more...) Read More...

Discreet Marq Impressive in Del Mar Oaks

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
East Coast invader Discreet Marq swept to the lead at the head of the lane and proved best in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday. The recipient of a well-time ride by jockey Julien Leparoux, Discreet Marq was prominent from the start. She mov... Read More...

Real Solution Awarded Victory in Arlington Million

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Making only his third career start in the U.S. after beginning his career in Italy, Real Solution was awarded the victory in Saturday’s Arlington Million after The Apache was disqualified for interference nearing the wire. Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Real Solution was reserved toward the back of the 13-horse field early. Under Alan [...](Read more...) Read More...

Princess of Sylmar Much the Best in Alabama Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Princess of Sylmar continued her dominance of the 3-year-old filly division with a decisive score in the Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. Princess of Sylmar now has won seven of her past eight starts and becomes the first filly since Hall o... Read More...

Dayatthespa Returns to Winning Ways in Yaddo

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Putting her Grade 1 talents to full use, 1-4 favorite Dayatthespa made Saratoga Race Course’s $150,000 Yaddo her showcase on Friday with an easy 1 ¾-length victory over New York-breds. Dayatthespa returned to her winning ways on Friday with an easy 1 ¾-length victory over New York-bred runners in the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga. With [...](Read more...) Read More...

Stellar International Field Set for Arlington Million

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Florida-bred Little Mike will defend his Arlington Million crown on Saturday against a stellar international field. The Dale Romans-trained son of Spanish Steps has not finished better than 4th in three Grade 1 events in 2013, but he has reportedly bee... Read More...

Marketing Mix Tops Competitive Beverly D. Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Glen Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix headlines the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (G1) during Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing on Saturday. Marketing Mix finished second last year, and Chicago native Craig Bernick said he wants to win this race as the start to an international campaign that could include tilts in the Grade 1 Breeders’ [...](Read more...) Read More...

Corfu Hangs on For Saratoga Special Score

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Corfu held off Wired Bryan to take the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special by a nose, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the race. It also gave Pletcher a victory over his former assistant Michael Dilger and Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez his fifth winner on Sunday’s card at Saratoga Race Course. [...](Read more...) Read More...

Designer Legs Placed First in Roughly Run Adirondack

Michael Compton | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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...