Tiz the Law Tunes Up for Belmont

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law (Constitution), last-out winner of the GI Florida Derby, tuned up for the June 20 GI Belmont S. with a five-furlong work in :59.75 (1/5) at Palm Meadows Sunday. “He’s doing fine. He had a nice work,” said trainer Barclay Tagg. “I sent a little filly here ahead of him so

Baker’s Dozen of Deep Impact Yearlings in JRHA Select Sale

The 2020 Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) Select Sale catalogue, featuring 13 yearlings from the penultimate crop of the late Deep Impact (Jpn), was released on Monday. Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus, the live-format sale at the Northern Horse Park on the island of Hokkaido features 257 yearlings on July 13th, with

Daring Tact Remains Unbeated in Japanese Oaks

Daring Tact (Jpn) (Epiphaneia {Jpn})’s win in the G1 Yushun Himba at Tokyo on Sunday puts her in an exclusive club as only the second filly to take the first two legs of the Japanese Fillies’ Triple Tiara while undefeated alongside Miss Onward (Jpn) (Hard Sauce {GB}), who completed that feat in 1957. Bet down

Ramseys Win 500th Churchill Race

Ken and Sarah Ramsey extended their record number of Churchill Downs wins with their milestone 500th victory at the Louisville oval Sunday. The Ramseys, the all-time leading owners at Churchill Downs ahead of Overbrook Farm in a distant second with 206 victories, won Sunday’s third race with Spanned (Arch). The Nicholasville, Ky. couple have won

Gulfstream Increases Overnight Purses

Overnight purses will be raised 10-15% at Gulfstream Park beginning in June. “We were very conservative with our purse structure beginning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gulfstream’s Vice President of Racing Mike Lakow. “Without our casino operating and with no on-track attendance and handle we had to make adjustments with the purse

Half-Sister to Zarkava Debuts at Chateaubriant

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Monday’s Insights features a half-sister to European Horse of the Year Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar).

Bernardini Filly Off the Mark at First Asking in Gulfstream Slop

4th-Gulfstream, $40,000, Msw, 5-24, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:10.83, sy. GRAND CRU CLASSE (f, 3, Bernardini–Christmas Lass, by Lemon Drop Kid), a $335,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic pick-up last year off a :22 1/5 breeze, sported a steady series of drills at Payson Park but was let go at 6-1 for this first go as the money poured

Sports Science: Is Racing On Board?

   Any lover of modern cycling will attest to the prevalence of science and data in all discussions of the sport, with frequent mention of wattage, power-to-weight ratio, lactate threshold, VO2Max and other measurements now within the common vernacular. It was not always so, however. Roll back to pre-2008 and there was still very little

Call The Wind Advertises Gold Cup Claims in Deauville

Fresh from a break having garnered the immensely valuable Longines Turf H. at Riyadh Feb. 29, George Strawbridge’s Call the Wind (GB) (Frankel {GB}) managed to continue the winning sequence in Sunday’s G3 Prix de Barbeville at Deauville and book a potential trip to Royal Ascot. Prior to his Saudi venture, the homebred had been

The Week in Review: Not the Test of a Champion, but Belmont Won’t Lack for Star Power

To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want. But sometimes, you get what you need. That might end up being the case regarding the retooled GI Belmont S. announced last week by the New York Racing Association (NYRA). For its 2020 running, COVID-19 has transformed the $1.5-million, 12-furlong “Test of Champions”

Walsh Considering Options for Maxfield

Godolphin’s Maxfield (Street Sense) exited his victory in Saturday’s GIII Matt Winn S. in fine shape, according to trainer Brendan Walsh. Plans for the handsome colt’s next start are still undecided. “I have just been thinking all along to go one race at a time with this colt,” Walsh said. “We’ll talk it over with

Monday’s Racing Insights: $650K Speightstown Filly Unveiled at Santa Anita

8th-SA, $50K, Msw, 3yo/up, 5 1/2f, 7:00 p.m. ET HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud’s FIERCE FOR SUL (Speightstown) has strung together a series of solid Santa Anita works–including a four-furlong move in :47 flat May 10 followed by a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 3/5 (XBTV) May 18–leading up to this first go for