Horse Racing News
On her 11th attempt, Mopotism won a graded stakes in Saturday's Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.
The New York Racing Association announced two bonus programs intended to boost field size for the Aqueduct and Belmont Park spring meets.
If a Grade 1 winner starts in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial, the purse of the race will be bumped to $1 million from its current level of $750,000, the New York Racing Association announced Friday.
The three slots held by The Stronach Group granting berths in the company's own Pegasus World Cup later this month at Gulfstream Park have been marketed to potential entrants without any costs attached.
McKinzie sat comfortably just off a moderate pace while wide, then powered home to win the Grade 3, $100,345 Sham by a widening 3 1/2 lengths and solidify his position among the nation's best 3-year-olds.
In 2017, Itsinthepost was second in his first two starts and later won three stakes in a nine-race campaign. Saturday, Itsinthepost won his first start of the year in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita.
Trainer Ian Wilkes said he is expecting McCraken to arrive this week at Palm Meadows to begin preparing for a 4-year-old campaign that will focus primarily "on races of about a mile."
Ax Man, the dazzling winner of a maiden race for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita last Monday, is likely to have his stakes debut in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 10.
Fifteen were entered Friday for the 74th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, the featured event among six stakes on the Jan. 13 Road to the Derby Kickoff card.
The success of Gun Runner on the track in 2017 translated into Eclipse Award finalist recognition for he and many of those connected to him when the top three vote getters in all 17 divisions, both human and equine, were announced on Friday.