Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
Multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice threw a shoe while galloping Jan. 28 and sustained a minor bruise to his left front foot, causing a slight delay in his training regimen in Aiken, S.C.
Racing secretary Pat Pope had some work to do hustling starters for the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes coming up Jan. 31.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Consumer Credit became a graded winner Jan. 24, closing on the outside with a solid run to capture the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes by 5-1/2 lengths.
On a night when they could win multiple Eclipse Awards for North America's leading owner and breeder, Ken & Sarah Ramsey found their first potential contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby when International Star aced the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes.
Louisiana-bred String King put away tough pacesetter Gentleman's Kitten and carried on to a well-earned victory Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, taking the $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap to become a graded stakes winner.
Trainer Larry Jones had the longest shot on the board and the shortest price on the board in the $75,000 Louisiana Handicap, expected to be an easy return spot at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for his 3-5 favorite Albano off the layup.
Dennis Dougherty's Ride On Curlin returned to the races in winning fashion Jan. 15, taking a six-furlong second-level allowance at Oaklawn Park by a head in his season debut.
Around this time last year, Hoppertunity still had 20 days to go before breaking his maiden. On Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish earned his first graded victory on North American soil Jan. 10, spinning wide off the final turn but still managing a neck decision in the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.