Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
Conquest Typhoon capped a big day for Conquest Stables in a big way Sept. 13 at Woodbine, galloping clear in a dominant performance over seven other 2-year-olds in the $200,000 Summer Stakes while punching his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.
Kaigun, winner of the Play the King Stakes in his first graded score for trainer Mark Casse, heads a field of 11 as the 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile Sept. 14 at Woodbine.
When Southern Equine Stables' Whitney winner Moreno and runner-up Itsmyluckyday face off again Aug. 30 in the final grade I race of the Saratoga Race Course season for older horses, the $600,000 Woodward Stakes.
On May 16, colic surgery took Wise Dan out of action after he took his first two races of the season -- repeat victories in the April 11 Maker's 46 Mile and the May 3 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes -- but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast jumped up from allowance company to Grade 1 competition and did not disappoint his connections Aug. 23, running down pacesetter Fast Anna with powerful strides to ace the $500,000 King's Bishop Stakes.
Few knew the story of Hardest Core, who scratched from the $400,000 American St. Leger at Arlington International Racecourse to run in the Arlington Million.
Belmont Derby runner-up Adelaide charged down the center of the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse and edged away to a determined victory in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes Aug. 16 as the even-money favorite.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti was still mulling over comeback options for Wise Dan but seemed more inclined toward deciding after sending the two-time Horse of the Year through his third dirt work at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 16.
Tim O'Donohue's Wallyanna was running where his 23-1 odds said he should be coming off the turn in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes.