Michael Compton

Santa Anita to Host 2014 Breeders’ Cup

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
The Breeders’ Cup announced today that Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, Calif., has been selected as the site for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The 31st Breeders’ Cup will consist of 14 races with purses and awards totaling $27 million, and will be held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2014, and brings the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Palace Malice Wins Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Long shot Palace Malice turned back Oxbow and Orb to prevail in the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes. Ridden by Mike Smith for trainer Todd Pletcher, Palice Malice rolled through the stretch to post a 3 ¼-length victory over Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Oxbow, with Kentucky Derby winner and 2-1 [...](Read more...) Read More...

Point of Entry Best in Manhattan

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Point of Entry fought off stern challenges from Optimizer and Real Solution to win the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (G1) on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The classy 5-year-old Phipps homebred, ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, took the 1 ¼-mile fixture for 3-year-olds and up under top weight of 124 pounds in a time [...](Read more...) Read More...

Forty Tales Scores in Woody Stephens Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Forty Tales rallied down the center of the track in deep stretch to score in the Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on June 8. Sent off at 8-1, the Tale of the Cat colt relaxed well behind brisk fractions of 21.99 and 44.73 seconds set by Let E... Read More...

Fast Bullet Fires Winning Shot in True North Handicap

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Fast Bullet took advantage of a surface kind to speed on the Belmont Stakes undercard to win the True North Handicap (G2) on April 7. The Zayat Stables colorbearer shot to the lead coming out of the gate and turned back a late bid from entrymate Justin... Read More...

Power Broker Rolls in Easy Goer Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Power Broker made short work of eight rivals in the Easy Goer Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard June 8. Piloted by Rose Napravnik, the son of Pulpit led from start to finish in the 1 1/16-mile fixture, crossing the wire 3 3/4lengt hs clear of runn... Read More...

Calidoscopio Last to First in Brooklyn

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Calidoscopio may have needed a telescope to see the leaders along the backstretch, but that wasn’t the case at the finish line. The long-fused 10-year-old erased a 22-length deficit with a dramatic stretch run to win the 125th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap on Friday at Belmont Park. An Argentine import who [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Belmont Stakes Preview”

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
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Freedom Child Generating ‘Buzz’ at Belmont

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
In 2006, trainer Tom Albertrani entered a Triple Crown race with a fresh, talented horse and came away with an upset victory. Seven years after Bernardini’s triumph in the Preakness, Albertrani is taking aim at the Belmont Stakes with Freedom Child, who has been gaining plenty of attention leading up to the race. “Everyone’s been [...](Read more...) Read More...

Field of 14 Set for Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
When Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness winner Oxbow meet in Saturday’s 145th Belmont Stakes, they’ll have plenty of company. A field of 14 was drawn Wednesday for the final jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the biggest field for the 1 ½-mile race since 1996, when Editor’s Note defeated 13 rivals. Televised by NBC (5-7 [...](Read more...) Read More...

Post Positions Drawn for 145th Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Post positions for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes (G1) were drawn Wednesday morning at Belmont Park. Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite. Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Oxbow is a 5-1 choice and Revoluti... Read More...

Clubhouse Ride Wins Californian at Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Ending a streak of five consecutive runner-up finishes, Clubhouse Ride won the Grade 2 Californian Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Positioned closest to an early duel between Batti Man and Blueskiesnrainbows by jockey Garrett Gomez, Clubhouse Ride took over midway around the turn, drew clear and wasn’t seriously challenged by favored Liaison in the final [...](Read more...) Read More...

Clubhouse Ride Wins Californian at Hollywood Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Ending a streak of five consecutive runner-up finishes, Clubhouse Ride won the Grade 2 Californian Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Positioned closest to an early duel between Batti Man and Blueskiesnrainbows by jockey Garrett Gomez, Clubhouse Ride took over midway around the turn, drew clear and wasn’t seriously challenged by favored Liaison in the final [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb and ‘Todd Squad’ Set to Work Sunday For Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
A number of Belmont Stakes hopefuls will have key workouts at Belmont Park Sunday morning, including Kentucky Derby winner Orb and five prospective runners from trainer Todd Pletcher.   Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said that Orb will run in the 1 ½-mile Belmont if he breezes well Sunday. The Malibu Moon colt will [...](Read more...) Read More...

Oxbow Works at Churchill Downs Ahead of Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Oxbow recorded his first published breeze since winning the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) and clocked six furlongs in 1:14.60 on Thursday at Churchill Downs. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained 3-year-old, who is targeting the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8,... Read More...

Sahara Sky Prevails in Dramatic Met Mile

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Sahara Sky made an unwavering charge from last to defeat a resilient Cross Traffic by a nose in the 120th running of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) on Monday at Belmont Park. Attempting to avenge a close loss in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct ... Read More...

Midnight Lucky Rolls in Acorn Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Even-money favorite Midnight Lucky bounced back from her effort in the Kentucky Oaks and rolled to a commanding 6 ¼-length victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn at Belmont Park. It was the third victory in four starts for the 3-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, who had set the pace and finished fifth as one [...](Read more...) Read More...

Joao Moreira Gets First U.S. Win at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
In Sunday’s finale at Churchill downs, jockey Joao Moreira scored his first U.S. win aboard 25-1 long shot Princess Millie. Moreira, a native of Brazil and a champion jockey in Brazil and Singapore, booted home his first U.S. winner for Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds and trainer Wesley Ward. He will ride 5-2 morning line favorite Judy the [...](Read more...) Read More...

General Election Wins Arlington Classic

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
WinStar Farm’s General Election survived an eventful stretch drive and a claim of foul to prevail by a length in the Arlington Classic (G3) at Arlington Park on May 25. Trained by Kellyn Gorder and ridden by jockey Joe Rocco, Jr., General Election stopped the clock in 1:45.48 for the mile and a sixteenth on [...](Read more...) Read More...

Obviously Cruises in American Handicap

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Heavily-favored Obviously easily dispatched five opponents in the $150,250 American Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The victory by the Irish-bred gelding continued a stakes roll for jockey Joe Talamo. The 23-year-old native of Marrero, La. has won the last four stakes offered at Betfair Hollywood Park. He went 3-for-3 last weekend, taking the Fran’s [...](Read more...) Read More...

Chantal Sutherland to Return to Riding at Del Mar

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
In a Daily Racing Form article on May 23, jockey Chantal Sutherland announced that she plans to return to race riding at Del Mar in July. Sutherland retired last summer. “I just started dreaming about it again,” she told Daily Racing Form. “All of a sudden I started waking up at 4 a.m. I missed [...](Read more...) Read More...

Oxbow Puts Connections in Record Books With Preakness Win

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas made history at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday when he saddled Oxbow for a front-running upset victory in the 138th Preakness Stakes (G1). The 15-1 long shot gave his 77-year-old trainer a sixth Preakness victory, a... Read More...

Stars Aligned for Orb in Today’s Preakness?

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
As the sun rises over Pimlico Race Course this morning, the day of the 138th Preakness Stakes (G1), you can still grab a seat on Orb’s bandwagon. But you’d better hurry the bus is filling up fast. Racing fans can already purchase Orb apparel from concession stands around Pimlico. Why tempt the Racing Gods before [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Preakness Special”

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
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Post Positions Drawn for Preakness Stakes: Orb Draws Rail

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Post positions were drawn Wednesday for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico. Orb Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb drew the rail and has been installed as the even-money favorite in the field of nine. Following are post positions for the Preakness Stakes with morning line odds. 1. Orb (1-1) 2. Goldencents (12-1) 3. Titletown Five [...](Read more...) Read More...

Shug: ‘Maybe We’ll See Something Special’

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb got well acquainted with his new surroundings at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday morning. The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, who arrived from Belmont Park on Monday and walked the shedrow of the Preakness Stakes Barn Tuesday, made his first appearance on the racetrack at approximately 6 a.m. The Shug [...](Read more...) Read More...

D. Wayne Lukas Trio and Itsmyluckyday Arrive at Pimlico

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Five-time Preakness winner D. Wayne Lukas arrived at Pimlico Race Course with his three-horse contingent of Oxbow, Titletown Five and Will Take Charge at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday. The trio arrived at Pimlico following a 12 ½-hour van ride from Churchill Downs. Also arriving Tuesday from Monmouth Park was Itsmyluckyday. “They’re better than I am probably. It’s [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb Arrives at Pimlico for Preakness Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby winner Orb arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday, stepping off the van that transported him from Belmont Park shortly after 3 p.m., according to a Maryland Jockey Clu press release. Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s homebred 3-year-old colt grazed on grass for 40 minutes before being bedded down in Stall 40, the [...](Read more...) Read More...

McGaughey Says Orb’s Latest Work ‘Breathtaking’

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby winner Orb breezed a half-mile in a seemingly effortless 47.18 seconds Monday morning at Belmont Park. It was his final serious work for the next leg of racing’s Triple Crown, Saturday’s Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. The series concludes Saturday, June 8, with the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont [...](Read more...) Read More...

Itsmyluckyday Works Between Races at Monmouth

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Preakness Stakes contender Itsmyluckyday with jockey Elvis Trujillo in the saddle worked between races at Monmouth Park on Sunday. The son of Lawyer Ron drilled four furlongs in :47 1/5 between the 3rd and 4th races. Itsmyluckyday was ridden by Trujill... Read More...

Mylute Confirmed for Preakness Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (G1) is a go for the Preakness. “I talked with Paul Buhlman (of GoldMark) and Mandy Pope (of Whisper Hill) and we discussed how he was doing and how he was training and the decision was made to go to the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Hollywood Park to Close Following Autumn Meet

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
The anticipated development of the Hollywood Park property by owner Hollywood Park Land Company has become a reality. It was announced today that Hollywood Park Racing Association will not apply to the California Horse Racing Board for 2014 race dates ... Read More...

Goldencents Arrives at Pimlico for Preakness Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents settled in at Pimlico Race Course Tuesday after arriving in the middle of the night from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., according to Maryland Jocky Club Publicity. In 2012, trainer Doug O’Neill sent Derby winner I’ll Have Another to Baltimore two days after the race, and the colt won the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Returns to Belmont Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario returned to Belmont Park Sunday, prepared to gear up for the next leg of the Triple Crown. Orb’s next goal is the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, May 18. The series concludes June 8 with the 145th running of the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb Wins Kentucky Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb rallied from far off the pace to take command in mid-stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1). Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by Joel Rosario, Orb covered the 1 ¼ miles on a sloppy main track in [...](Read more...) Read More...

Princess of Sylmar Surprises in Kentucky Oaks

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
King of Prussia Stable’s Princess of Sylmar, the second-longest shot on the board at 38-1, won the 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Friday. The filly won the Oaks by a half-length before the second-largest Oaks Day crowd in history, 113,820. Friday’s attendance was surpassed only by the 116,046 that [...](Read more...) Read More...

Black Onyx Scratched From Kentucky Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
There is a late scratch from Kentucky Derby 139.  Number one Black Onyx has been scratched from Saturday’s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, it was announced Friday. The reason for the scratch was not shared at the time of the announcement. Stewards have decided that the No. 1 slot in the starting gate will [...](Read more...) Read More...

Post Positions Drawn for Kentucky Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Post positions were drawn on Wednesday for Saturday’s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. Florida Derby (G1) winner Orb, who has impressed onlookers at Churchill Downs in recent days, was installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite. Wood Memorial (G1) winner Verrazano is the second choice at odds of 4-1. In [...](Read more...) Read More...

“Threw a Shoe”

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
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Post Positions Drawn for Kentucky Oaks

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Post positions for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) were drawn Tuesday morning. The race drew a competitive field of 11, headed by morning line favorite Dreaming of Julia (3-1) and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Beholder (7-2). The Kentucky Oaks field in position order and morning line odds: 1–Silsita, 20-1 2–Midnight Lucky, 9-2 3–Beholder, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb Works at Churchill Downs: Continues to Impress McGaughey

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb breezed four furlongs in :47.80 under exercise rider Jennifer Patterson Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Working in company, Orb broke off just behind stablemate Overwhelming before pulling even on the turn and drawing clear by several lengths through the stretch. The Florida Derby (GI) winner galloped out five [...](Read more...) Read More...

Kentucky Oaks Contender Midnight Lucky Pleasing Baffert

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Trainer Bob Baffert had good things to say about Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Midnight Lucky Sunday after she breezed five furlongs in :59.60 with exercise rider Dana Barnes in the irons. Undefeated after two career starts, the gray filly prepped for Friday’s Oaks with the fourth fastest of 42 works at the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Forty Tales Prevails in Derby Trial

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Perretti Racing Stable’s Forty Tales held off Capo Bastone by a diminishing neck to win the 89th running of the $201,425 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 27. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Forty Tales was the fourth of five winners on the night for jockey Joel Rosario. “When we turned for home, I asked [...](Read more...) Read More...

Normandy Invasion Gets in Early Work at Churchill

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Fox Hill Farms’ Wood Memorial (G1) runner-up Normandy Invasion tuned up for the Kentucky Derby with a five-furlong work in :59 at 5:45 a.m. Saturday. It was the second-fastest of 52 works at the distance. With rain in the forecast, trainer Chad Brown didn’t want to take any chances and sent the colt out to [...](Read more...) Read More...

Verrazano Drills at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
At 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning there was a lot of weather checking going on at Todd Pletcher’s Churchill Downs barn. Pletcher and his staff were covering it all ways possible – using smart phones, computers, TVs. Finally, Pletcher went to the source of sources, working through Churchill Downs’ senior director of communications Darren Rogers to [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb Gallops at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Jennifer Patterson and visited the starting gate after the renovation break at Churchill Downs Friday morning. “He’s getting over the track great. He’s feeling good. I couldn’t be more satisfied,” trainer Shug McGaughey said. The Fountain of Youth (G2) and Florida Derby [...](Read more...) Read More...

Itsmyluckyday Works at Calder Prior to Shipping to Kentucky

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby contender Itsmyluckyday worked four furlongs in :53 at Calder Race Course on Thursday morning prior to shipping to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (G1). Second to Orb most recently in the Florida Derby (G1) and winner of the Holy ... Read More...