Tags ‘Little Mike’

Little Mike won’t race again until 2015

DRF | 1 month ago
Little Mike, who has started just once in 2014, will not race again this year, owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza said on Thursday. Read More...

Little Mike will rest before gearing up for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 months ago
Owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza has decided to point to a late summer and fall campaign that would have Little Mike primed for yet another start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, a race he won two years ago while under the guidance of Dale Romans. Read More...

Little Mike wires Flying Pidgeon Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
Little Mike made a triumphant return to the races Saturday at Gulfstream Park, leading throughout to register a 2 3/4-length victory over Hakama in the $75,000 Flying Pidgeon Stakes. Read More...

Little Mike gets season started in Flying Pidgeon

DRF | 5 months ago
Little Mike, who has made more news off the track than on the track over the last several weeks, will finally make his 2014 debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $75,000 Flying Pidgeon Stakes. Read More...

Little Mike to make 2014 debut Saturday

DRF | 5 months ago
Multiple Grade 1 winner Little Mike will make his 2014 debut here Saturday in the $75,000 Flying Pidgeon Stakes, which will be a prep for the Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont on June 7. Read More...

Vaccarezza protests by pulling Little Mike from Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

DRF | 6 months ago
Carlo Vaccarezza, the owner and trainer of multiple Grade 1 winner Little Mike, pulled his horse from Churchill Downs on Tuesday, in a protest of a decision by Kentucky racing regulators to take a blood sample from the horse for out-of-competition testing. Read More...

Little Mike on collision course with Wise Dan

DRF | 6 months ago
Little Mike will likely make his 2014 debut in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs on May 3 – the same race Wise Dan is targeting. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Little Mike works toward Manhattan as first major target

DRF | 7 months ago
Little Mike moved nearer to his 2014 debut after working six furlongs in 1:15.81 shortly after the first renovation break Friday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Little Mike breezes easy three furlongs

DRF | 8 months ago
Multiple Grade 1 winner Little Mike got his first feel for the local strip since arriving from Ocala, Fla., on Saturday, breezing a very easy three furlongs in 38.23 seconds on Monday at Gulfstream for his owner and now trainer, Carlo Vaccarezza. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Little Mike’s new trainer, Romans remain friends

DRF | 8 months ago
Carlo Vaccarezza said his decision to train Little Mike is definitely not any indication, as some people have inferred, that he has had a falling out with Dale Romans. Read More...

Asian Sweep in Hong Kong: Sport’s Beauty Shines at International Races

Home track advantage proved to be too much to overcome for the international contingent at Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin. All four races were swept by horses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hong Kong: Lord Kanaloa, Glorious Days, Dominant, Akeed Mofeed win Grade 1 races

DRF | 11 months ago
The Hong Kong Jockey Club rolls out the red carpet for international shippers to the Hong Kong International Races, but Sunday’s Grade 1 contests at Sha Tin continued to be inhospitable to overseas runners. Read More...

Hong Kong: Stud-studded field in Mile

DRF | 11 months ago
A top-notch international contingent – perhaps the best ever – has shipped to Hong Kong for the four Group 1 races on Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse, but the big Hong Kong races have so far proven elusive targets for international shippers. Read More...

Halfway ‘Round the World: Americans Relish Underdog Role in Hong Kong

At Thursday’s Barrier Draw for the Longines Hong Kong International Races, American connections were clearly in a small minority. There are only two horses representing the U.S. among the many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Churchill Downs notes: Magic Hour must slow it down in Falls City Handicap

DRF | 11 months ago
There’s a filly with a blood connection to Fort Larned still in trainer Ian Wilkes's barn at Churchill Downs, and she stands a chance to reprise a fraction of family glory on Thanksgiving Day in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Magician pulls one out of his hat

DRF | 12 months ago
There was no illusion or tricks to Magician’s win in Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. In his first start since a ninth-place finish in the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, Magician ($25) made his first start over 1 1/2 miles on turf and took to the distance with ease, winning by a half-length over The Fugue, the 3-2 favorite. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Horse of the Year title on the line at Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 12 months ago
One year ago, the choice for Horse of the Year was settled in the final hour of the Breeders’ Cup. Wise Dan defeated high-class international competition to capture the Mile and establish his supremacy as a grass specialist. When Game On Dude, regarded as the country’s best dirt runner, flopped in the Classic, he handed the sport’s top honor to Wise Dan. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: The Fugue seeks win against males as the favorite

DRF | 12 months ago
A year is a long time to wait for a shot at redemption. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Little Mike breezes speedy five furlongs

DRF | 12 months ago
Quick five-furlong workouts are rare for Little Mike, the 2012 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The 6-year-old gelding often works that distance in times of between 1:01 and 1:03 when exercising at Churchill Downs or Gulfstream Park, where he has been based with trainer Dale Romans the past few years. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Romans stable looks ahead to championship event in wake of Dullahan’s death

DRF | 12 months ago
Of the many people saddened by the death of multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan, perhaps no one took it harder than Bailey Romans. The 20-year-old daughter of Dale Romans and Tammy Fox absolutely reveled in the exploits of an exceptional chestnut colt who died Oct. 20 from a ruptured colon. Read More...

Keeneland notes: Little Mike breezes for Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 1 year ago
Little Mike had his first breeze since his win in the Sept. 28 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic when going an easy five furlongs in 1:03 on Saturday over a fast main track at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Point of Entry might make it back for race

DRF | 1 year ago
Point of Entry, unraced since June because of injury, still might have enough time to be ready for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Indy Point joins field with John Henry Turf Championship score

DRF | 1 year ago
Indy Point joined the list of leading contenders for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 with his comprehensive win in Sunday’s $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship at the same track. Read More...

Trip Notes for September 28-29: Beldame, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Frontrunner, Awesome Again and more…

DRF | 1 year ago
Trip Notes for September 28-29: 16 stakes races including Beldame, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Frontrunner, Awesome Again and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Belmont Park notes: Princess of Sylmar unlikely to run again this year

DRF | 1 year ago
Princess of Sylmar most likely will not run again this year but will be pointed to a 2014 campaign, her owner said Sunday. Read More...

Little Mike Victorious in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Little Mike rediscovered his best stride on Saturday, rallying from off the pace to win the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park. A 6-year-old gelding, Little Mike is known for his early lick, but won the Turf Classic coming from o... Read More...

Belmont Park: Brown has formidable pair for Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

DRF | 1 year ago
Trainer Chad Brown is taking his best shot at Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. With no other suitable spots to split them up before the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, Brown will run the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-owned Grade 1-winning pair of Real Solution and Big Blue Kitten. Read More...

Little Mike targets Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

DRF | 1 year ago
Owner Carlo Vaccarezza has announced that Little Mike, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf last year, will run next in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Sept. 28 at Belmont instead of the Shadwell Turf Mile a week later at Keeneland. Read More...

Kentucky notes: Admiral Kitten getting ready for Jamaica

DRF | 1 year ago
Admiral Kitten had his first breeze Saturday since his breakthrough victory in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes and will make his next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Jamaica on Oct. 5 at Belmont Park. 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...

Arlington Million: Little Mike draws post 11 for repeat bid

DRF | 1 year ago
Little Mike’s bid to become the first winner of back-to-back Arlington Millions started with at least a small measure of success at the Million post position draw. Read More...

Arlington Million attracts balanced cast of pre-entrants

DRF | 1 year ago
Fourteen horses, including defending champion Little Mike, were pre-entered Friday for the Aug. 17 Arlington Million. Read More...

Arlington Park: Little Mike will seek Million repeat

DRF | 1 year ago
After working a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.80 this past Saturday on the main track at Churchill Downs, Little Mike is on track for an attempt to do something no horse ever has done: Win the Arlington Million two years in a row. Read More...

Monmouth Park: Little Mike returns to action in United Nations

DRF | 1 year ago
After a fruitless trip to Dubai, Little Mike returns to action Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations at Monmouth Park. The U.N. will be the first U.S. start this season for Little Mike, a monster on the turf last year with Grade 1 wins in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the Arlington Million, and the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Read More...

Ellis Park: Long-distance commuter Nelson takes over as announcer

DRF | 1 year ago
When the 29-day Ellis Park meet begins Thursday in Henderson, Ky., it will be with Keith Nelson as the new full-time caller. Read More...

Churchill Downs: Little Mike set for second half

DRF | 1 year ago
Little Mike, an Eclipse Award turf division finalist last year, is gearing up for an ambitious second half of 2013 after recently returning to Churchill Downs following a brief rest. Read More...

Dubai World Cup: Animal Kingdom might end career at Royal Ascot after impressive victory

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh In a way, the Dubai World Cup was a race Animal Kingdom needed to win. Animal Kingdom had his victory in the Kentucky Derby and subsequently had performed in ways that suggested he c... Read More...

Dubai Duty Free: Sajjhaa completes rise to the top

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Sajjhaa came to Dubai this winter with a Group 3 win in Italy as the pinnacle of her career, but she has blossomed into a star at Meydan. Her conv... Read More...

Dubai Duty Free: Little Mike will play catch me if you can

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – When the racing people in Dubai laid out a grand vision for the Dubai World Cup meeting, a race like this year’s $5 million Duty Free could ... Read More...

Jam-Packed Weekend Ahead of Us, Enjoy!

Wow, where do we begin?! It doesn’t matter if you reside in the United States or around the World, the “World” of horse racing will have plenty to offer this coming Saturday, March 30. The Road to the Kentucky Derby heats up as we head... Read More...

Sheema Classic favorite Gentildonna shows why she’s special

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The three Japanese horses here in Dubai for World Cup Night took to the track at Meydan for the first time Monday morning. Keiai Leone, who starts... Read More...

Dubai World Cup: Dullahan, Little Mike go easy

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday was a light training day for the two Dale Romans-trained horses here, with Dullahan going once around the main track at Meydan, and Little Mike ... Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Romans giving Class Included shot on turf in Honey Fox

DRF | 2 years ago
Mike Welsch 0 Barbara D. LivingstonA multiple stakes winner, Class Included makes her turf debut in the Honey Fox on Saturday.HALLANDALE B... Read More...

Little Mike named Florida-bred Horse of the Year

DRF | 2 years ago
DRF Breeding Staff 0 Tom KeyserBreeders' Cup Turf winner Little Mike was named 2012 Florida-bred Horse of the Year by the Florida Thorough... Read More...

Dubai: Animal Kingdom leads U.S. team out to end World Cup futility

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh 0 Barbara D. LivingstonAnimal Kingdom is expected to run in the Dubai World Cup on March 30 at Meydan. U.S.-based runners are... Read More...

Dubai: Little Mike goes back to turf and gets Stevens

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh 0 Barbara D. LivingstonLittle Mike will target either the $5 million Sheema Classic or the $5 million Duty Free.Little Mike w... Read More...

Dubai: Dullahan, Little Mike prep for World Cup on Super Saturday card

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh Carryover Tom KeyserDullahan has not started since the Breeders’ Cup Turf in November.The so-called Super Saturday card at ... Read More...

Dubai: Little Mike and Dullahan set for local World Cup prep races

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh 0 Barbara D. LivingstonDullahan is one of two American horses set to run on the Super Saturday card.For the first time since ... Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Romans ponders Dubai prep races for Dullahan, Little Mike

DRF | 2 years ago
Mike Welsch 0 Barbara D. LivingstonLittle Mike will prep for the Dubai World Cup in a race to be determined on March 9.Trainer Dale Romans... Read More...