Repole Stable's Micromanage seemed to have forgotten the way to the winner's circle, but he found it again March 29 in South Florida when galloping clear in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
It isn't often that bettors find a Todd Pletcher-trained runner sent off at high odds, but on past performances alone, Gala Award didn't exactly figure to ace the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 1.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, always loaded with 2-year-old talent when the Saratoga Race Course season rolls around, will waste no time testing two promising fillies in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes July 19 at the Spa.
Starlight Stables' 2-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby drew the rail in a field of 10 for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby to be run March 30 at Gulfstream Park, with Holy Bull Stakes winner Itsmyluckyday assigned post 3.
Two Eclipse Awards finalists -- Pletcher and Velazquez -- were involved in one of the sport's blackest incidents last season, the Life At Ten debacle that remains under investigation by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Drama! Controversy! Excitement! With a post-race brawl, an eased key contender, and the thrilling stretch run in the Breeders' Cup Classic, this year's World Championships had it all. What racing can learn in the aftermath.