Odds-on choice Dortmund remained unbeaten by a slim margin as he nipped Firing Line and Mr. Z by a head in a nail-biting finish to the first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 20 at the Orange County, Calif. track.
Favored Take Charge Brandi registered her second Grade 1 win of the year and third graded victory in a row when she captured the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a neck Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Undefeated Ocho Ocho Ocho, one of several Southern California shippers in the field, outfought Mr. Z through the drive to capture the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot by a nose at Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino, and Hotel Nov. 22.
Euro Charline, a stakes winner at Ascot three weeks ago, soared through the stretch under a well-timed ride by Ryan Moore to upset the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes in her U.S. debut Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Istanford, a game front-running winner of the San Clemente Handicap when shipped to Del Mar one month ago from Arlington International Racecourse, heads the field for the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks Aug. 16.
A change in tactics helped Fire With Fire produce a 7-1 upset in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap May 24 on the grass at Santa Anita Park, giving Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale a record-tying seventh win in the race.
Lemon Drop Dream, tracking a blistering pace into the stretch, charged home to register a well-timed victory in the $294,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap in his graded stakes debut April 10 at Oaklawn Park.
It's relatively early on the Derby trail but it's unlikely there will be another two-way duel as good as the one in the $415,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth, won by Wildcat Red over General a Rod Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, had an adventurous career debut, but managed to run on for second in a maiden special weight test for 3-year-old fillies Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Candy Boy stamped himself as the top contender for the Santa Anita Derby when he overpowered a pair of well-regarded Bob Baffert trainees in winning the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Sham Stakes winner Midnight Hawk takes his next step on the Triple Crown trail for trainer Bob Baffert when he faces six other 3-year-olds in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.