Keeper Ofthe Stars delivered again Feb. 22 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Jonathan Wong and owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds by running down heavily favored Jolie Olimpica by a half-length in the $202,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G2T).
Somelikeithotbrown returned a winner in an open allowance race Feb. 21 at Turfway Park. Sent to Turfway to prep for the $150,000 Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes there Mar. 14, the Big Brown colt pressed the pace in second before powering away.
Jockey Florent Geroux has picked up key mounts in Triple Crown trail preps aboard Ete Indien in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Feb. 29 at Gulfstream Park and Sole Volante in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) March 7, agent Doug Bredar said Feb. 22.
Whenever trainers are fortunate enough to have a horse with talent, a common inquiry is to ask when it crystalized for them that they were dealing with something special. In the case of champion Maximum Security, numerous moments stand out.
After breezing grade 1 winner Tom's d'Etat at a half-mile in :50 2/5 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 22, trainer Al Stall said the horse would be pointed for the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) April 11 at Keeneland.
Santa Anita Park announced Feb. 22 the promotion of longtime executives Nate Newby to senior vice president and assistant general manager, and Amy Zimmerman to senior vice president and executive producer.
French King dominated a dozen rivals in the HH The Amir's Trophy Presented by Longines Feb. 22 at Al Rayyan Racecourse in Doha, Qatar, winning the country's top Thoroughbred race by 2 1/2 lengths over American invader Standard Deviation.
Collaboration was identified as one of the key factors in helping racing authorities around the world form partnerships with government in a Feb. 21 session at the Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
Winner of the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in October, Lothenback Stables' Bell's the One heads an overflow field that includes fellow graded winners Break Even and Hotshot Anna in the $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes Feb. 25 at Fair Grounds.