Michael Compton

McGaughey Says Orb’s Latest Work ‘Breathtaking’

Michael Compton | 11 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months ago
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Post Positions Drawn for Kentucky Oaks

Michael Compton | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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...

Vyjack Gallops at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 12 months ago
Pick Six Racing’s Vyjack jogged to the finish line and then galloped 1 ½  miles under trainer Rudy Rodriguez after the renovation break at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning. “He looked around a little bit at first but then settled in and went about his business. He was very good this morning,” Rodriguez told Churchill [...](Read more...) Read More...

Borel Gets Acquainted With Revolutionary

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Revolutionary breezed four furlongs in :48.80 and recorded fractions of :12.60, :24.80 and :37 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20 and six furlongs in 1:15.20 with Calvin Borel in the irons on Sunday at Churchill Downs. Borel will be aboard Revolutionary on the First Saturday in May. “We wanted to get Calvin familiar with [...](Read more...) Read More...

Verrazano Works at Churchill With Gary Stevens Up

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Verrazano breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 and recorded fractions of :13, :25.20 and :36.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.20, seven furlongs in 1:26.80 and a mile in 1:41.60 on Sunday at Churchill Downs. Guided in the work by Gary Stevens, Verrazano started one length back behind the workmate and they finished together. “We [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb Impresses McGaughey in Latest Work

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Florida Derby (G1) victor Orb impressed trainer Shug McGaughey Sunday morning at Payson Park. The colt breezed five furlongs during a key workout for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 4. “This was the one we need to get behind us,” McGaughey shared with Gulfstream Park Publicity. “What I really wanted [...](Read more...) Read More...

Winning Cause Cruises in Coolmore Lexington Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Alto Racing’s Winning Cause won the 32nd running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland on Saturday. In addition to the $120,000 winner’s share, Winning Cause earned 20 points toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 4 at Churchill Downs. The Derby is limited to the top [...](Read more...) Read More...

Summer Front Best in Miami Mile at Calder

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Waterford Stable’s Summer Front proved 1 ½ lengths best in the Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday. Ridden by Joe Bravo, Summer Front covered the eight-furlongs in 1:35.31 over a turf course listed as good. Starting from post one, Summer Front was always traveling comfortably along the hedge [...](Read more...) Read More...

Derby Contender Itsmyluckyday Drills at Calder

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby hopeful Itsmyluckyday on Thursday put forth what is likely his penultimate workout before shipping to Louisville, Ky. for the Kentucky Derby. He covered one mile in 1:43.20 over a fast track at Calder. The Eddie Plesa, Jr.-trained colt is tentatively scheduled to breeze one more time before departing next week. “He is scheduled [...](Read more...) Read More...

City Zip Filly Fastest at OBS Breeze Show

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
A City Zip filly consigned by Old South Farm, agent, sped an eighth in :9 3/5 to post the fastest work at the distance at Tuesday’s under tack show for the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The chestnut filly, hip No. 252, is out of Danse Kongo, by Petionville, and is a half-sister [...](Read more...) Read More...

Verrazano and Normandy Invasion Arrive at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
The Tex Sutton flight from New York transporting Wood Memorial (G1) winner Verrazano and runner-up Normandy Invasion arrived in Louisville, Ky.  late Sunday afternoon. Verrazano, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) prior to capturing the Wood Memorial, is owned by Let’s Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Mr. and Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith. The [...](Read more...) Read More...

Xavier Perez Bravely Handles ‘Wild Ride’ on Spicer Cub

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
It did not make SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays, but Spicer Cub’s eventful trip in Saturday’s 11th at Pimlico Race Course has gone viral and is generating interest outside of horse racing circles. The Mary Eppler trainee took the early lead but bolted midway on the far turn before jockey Xavier Perez was able to straighten [...](Read more...) Read More...

Mylute Breezes at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby (GI) with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.20 on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. Working under Shaun Bridgmohan in company with two other Tom Amoss trainees, Mylute (ranked No. 16 on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented [...](Read more...) Read More...

Overanalyze Wins Arkansas Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Overanalyze stamped his ticket to Churchill Downs with a clear victory in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. With Rafael Bejarano riding for trainer Todd Pletcher, Overanalyze made a sweeping move to the leaders, brushed with Frac Daddy in the stretch and went on to win by 4 ½ lengths over Frac Daddy. Carve [...](Read more...) Read More...

Java’s War Gets Up in Final Strides to Win Blue Grass

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Charles Fipke’s Java’s War overcame a slow start to catch Palace Malice in the final yards to win the 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday. Java’s War won by a neck before a crowd of 37,161.Saturday’s attendance is the second largest in track history, surpassed only by [...](Read more...) Read More...

Derby Contender Black Onyx Works at Churchill

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Spiral Stakes (G3) winner Black Onyx breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning. Working on the outside of the Eddie Kenneally-trained duo of Golden Gulch and Gombey Dancer, Black Onyx recorded fracti... Read More...

Chuck Liddell and Brad Penny Visit Santa Anita

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell, left, and Brad Penny, former major league starting pitcher, were on hand at Santa Anita on Thursday, April 11. Penny’s homebred Tribal Syn, a 3-year-old California-bred filly by Tribal Rule, made her debut in the sixth race with jockey Tyler Baze, center, aboard.  Penny owns the filly’s dam, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Post Positions Drawn for Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
A full field of 14 horses plus one also-eligible passed the entry box Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 89th running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass serves as a major steppingstone for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). The race offers 170 points [...](Read more...) Read More...

Post Positions Drawn for Arkansas Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Post positions were drawn on Wednesday for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. Rebel runner-up Oxbow drew post position No. 10 and was installed as the 5-2 second choice. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow will be ridden for the first time by jockey Gary Stevens. Overanalyze, who will break from post [...](Read more...) Read More...

Goldencents Wins Santa Anita Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill is headed back to the Kentucky Derby, and this time, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is along for the ride. O-Neill-trained Goldencents, co-owned by Pitino, won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) over even-money favorite Flashback by 1¼ lengths on Saturday not long before Pitino’s team rallied to beat Wichita State 72-68 [...](Read more...) Read More...

Verrazano Stays Perfect in Winning Wood Memorial

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Verrazano held off a fast-closing Normandy Invasion to win the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on Saturday to remain undefeated in four career starts. Tracking pedestrian fractions of :24.89 and :49.62 set by long shot Chrisandthecapper, Verrazano assumed command at will.  Vyjack took a run at him at the head of the lane as Normandy [...](Read more...) Read More...

Close Hatches Sharp in Gazelle Victory

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Close Hatches turned back a stern test from the more experienced Princess of Sylmar at the head of the lane and went on to a sharp victory in the Grade 2 Gazelle at Aqueduct on Saturday.Ridden by Joel Rosario, the daughter of First Defence burst out of... Read More...

Krigger Rides Four Winners at Santa Anita on Friday

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Jockey Kevin Krigger and Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, are all smiles as Krigger wins four races in-a-row at Santa Anita on Friday. Krigger won Friday’s sixth race aboard A Thousand Aces (pictured) for trainer Doug O’Neill, who also recorded his fourth win on the day—three of them in combination with Krigger.  The [...](Read more...) Read More...

Churchill Downs Honors University of Louisville B-Ball Teams

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Churchill Downs is in the spirit for this weekend’s Final Four appearances by the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The legendary racetrack’s iconic Twin Spires that sit atop the grandstand will be cast in a red glow throughout the remainder of the NCAA tournaments to honor its U of L neighbors. The [...](Read more...) Read More...

Dixie Union Filly Breezes in :9 4/5 at Keeneland Under Tack Show

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Dixie Blossom breezed an eighth of a mile in :9.4 – the fastest time of the day at that distance – to highlight Thursday’s breeze show in advance of the Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Monday. The filly, hip No. 78, by Dixie Union out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Blossom [...](Read more...) Read More...

Rosario Returns to Gulfstream Park After Big Day in Dubai

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Joel Rosario returned to Gulfstream Park to ride on Wednesday’s program, but the 28-year-old jockey hasn’t come back to earth after riding Animal Kingdom to victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. “It was really a special moment for me and something I’ll remember for my whole life,” Rosario told Gulfstream [...](Read more...) Read More...

Verrazano Works at Palm Meadows Ahead of Wood Memorial

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Undefeated Verrazano worked five furlongs in 1:01.17 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. The work completed the colt’s major preparations for an expected start in Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct Racetrack. With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez aboard for the work, Verrazano was sent in company with Discreet [...](Read more...) Read More...

Orb Wins Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Orb engaged Itsmyluckyday in the stretch of Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) and drew clear late to post a 2 ¾-length victory in the colors of Stuart Janney III. Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by John Velazquez, Orb raced in fifth during the early stages of the 1 1/8-mile fixture. He raced into [...](Read more...) Read More...

Revolutionary Best in Louisiana Derby

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Revolutionary closed from last to take down top prize in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds on Saturday. WinStar’s son of War Pass made a sweeping, five-wide move around the far turn under Javier Castellano and dueled through the stretch with Mylute and Shaun Bridgmohan. At one point, it appeared Mylute had [...](Read more...) Read More...

Animal Kingdom Dazzling in Dubai World Cup Win

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Leroidesanimaux’s Animal Kingdom produced a scintillating performance to defeat the best horses in the World on Saturday, simply dominating the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). Ridden by Joel Rosario, Animal Kingdom won the world’s richest race with relative ease. Rosario steered Animal Kingdom to loom outside two-time American champion filly Royal Delta, who had [...](Read more...) Read More...

Shea Shea Breaks His Own Course Record at Meydan

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
South African-bred sprinter Shea Shea  broke his own course record in winning the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Saturday. The victory could set the stage for a possible clash with World Champion sprinter Black Caviar later in the year. The win also completed a double on World Cup night for trainer Mike [...](Read more...) Read More...