Michael Compton

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...

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...