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Enjoying a far cleaner trip than he had encountered in his maiden victory, Courtlandt Farms' Conquest Warrior galloped home the easiest of winners in a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park March 1.
With two graded stakes victories already at the current Santa Anita meeting, Newgrange faces six in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), postponed one day due to weather.
Jockey Junior Alvarado was still "on cloud nine" while returning to action Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park, where he rode for the first time since capturing the $20 million Saudi Cup (G1) Feb. 24 aboard Senor Buscador.
When the one-turn mile distance of the Gotham Stakes (G3) is taken into consideration, it's hardly a surprise that a different race on Derby Day at Churchill Downs could be on some of the travel itineraries.
In the case of the March 2 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, a victory in the mile $200,000 race for 3-year-old fillies should be enough to deliver a starting spot in the May 3 Lillies for the Fillies at Churchill Downs.
The progress on racing surfaces is due in large part to the Racing Surface Testing Laboratory, whose work grew out of the first Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit held in 2006 at Keeneland.
With a weather forecast calling for persistent rain, Santa Anita Park has announced that the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and three other graded stakes will be shifted to Sunday, March 3.
Bellabel looks to continue her successful return to the races as she faces a large field of 11 that includes familiar faces in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G2T) going one mile at Santa Anita Park March 3.
Bob Baffert's supremacy in the 3-year-old stakes program at Santa Anita Park should continue March 3 when the Southern California track stages the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2). He runs Nysos, Wine Me Up, and Imagination in the five-horse field.
A return trip to the Middle East is on the agenda for Annaf after he showed his love for sunnier climates with a lucrative success at the Saudi Cup meeting Feb. 24.