Horse Racing News by Mike Welsch
Trainer Graham Motion and Team Valor International capped off a memorable week after their uncoupled entry of Howe Great and Lucky Chappy finished first and second, respectively, in Saturday's $100,000 Kitten's Joy at Gulfstream Park.
If the stars align just right and everybody sticks to their current plans, all three reigning Triple Crown race winners could wind up making their 4-year-old debuts on the same day, Feb. 11, at Gulfstream Park.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom launched his 3-year-old campaign on the grass, and there is a good chance trainer Graham Motion may use the same strategy to get Animal Kingdom legged up for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Hansen turned in his first serious work Saturday since arriving in south Florida, going a half-mile in 48.60 seconds.
Apriority left it all out on the track and a little in the winner's circle, too, after surviving an eventful start to get up in the final stride and nail pacesetter Zero Rate Policy by a nose in Saturday's $100,000 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream Park.
Royal Delta, winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, has returned to the barn of trainer Bill Mott and is being pointed to the $10 million Dubai World Cup next year, Mott said on Monday.
Ancient Rome made his stakes debut a winning one, surging from between horses in the final 40 yards under jockey Joe Rocco Jr. to outfinish For Oby by a nose to capture the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes.
The 2011 Calder racing season ends one month earlier than usual but will go out with a bang as Friday's 10-race closing-day program features a pair of Grade 3 stakes on the grass, the $150,000 La Prevoyante and $100,000 Tropical Turf handicaps.
Any doubt how Uncle Mo might have bounced out of his relatively disappointing final work for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic on Sunday morning were erased the moment he stepped out onto the racetrack.
Trainer Phil Gleaves has had a year to think about Mad Flatter's one-sided win over his odds-on Mambo Meister in the 2010 Spend A Buck.