An undefeated runner, a filly who has never been worse than second, and a Grade 1 winner seeking to improve her 3-year-old form will come together March 30 for the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
A race lacking starpower nevertheless delivered excitement at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, as longshot Golden Ticket and 2-1 favorite Alpha made history with the first dead heat in the modern history of the 143-year-old Travers Stakes.
Zagora won the Diana Stakes in 2011, but the 5-year-old mare faces a steep challenge this time around at Saratoga Race Course as Tapitsfly, Winter Memories, Hungry Island, and two European invaders join the fray.
Godolphin Racing's Questing earned the first grade I win of her career and gave 19-year-old jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. the same when she took the $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks by 4 1/4 lengths at Saratoga Race Course July 21.
Visitors guided on their way by a sign proclaiming "Springdale Race Course, 1 mile" will find two old ovals sprawled in broad and open expanse along both sides of Knights Hill Road in the sleepy little southern town of Camden, South Carolina.
Along with the glossy sheen of Havre de Grace's coat and the smooth and easy strides with which she took to the track, observant bystanders noticed an odd-looking contraption fitted to Gabriel Saez's helmet.
Trainer James J. Toner stood outside Barn 35 at Keeneland Race Course and tried to figure how Winter Memories, a 3-year-old filly with tenacious attitude and a graded stakes-winning resume, has captured the fancy of racing fans across the nation.