ROYAL ASCOT DAY 2 – SCAT DADDY SCORES AGAIN

On Day 1 at Royal Ascot, Carvaggio, a son of Scat Daddy, scored an impressive victory in the Coventry Stakes (gr. II). Last year, Scat Daddy was represented by Royal Ascot juvenile group winner Acapulco, and before that there was No Nay Never. None of that trio, however, was as

ROYAL ASCOT DAY 1 – TEPIN ON TOP

Day 1 at Royal Ascot was a big day for milers. The meet kicked off with the Queen Anne Stakes (gr. I) for older horses over the straight mile, and saw history made as U.S. invader Tepin (by Bernstein) became the first horse trained outside of Europe to capture this

ROYAL ASCOT DAY II – THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Even without reigning U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome – sidelined by a foot issue – the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (gr. I) was still a remarkably international race with runners from England, Ireland, France, Australia and Japan. In the end, Ireland’s Free Eagle, making only his fifth start,

ROYAL ASCOT DAY III – FIT FOR A QUEEN

U.S.-trainer Wesley Ward, who nearly took yesterday’s Queen Mary Stakes (gr. II) with Sweet Emma Rose (City Zip), gained compensation at Royal Ascot today with the Scat Daddy colt, No Nay Never in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II). Ward’s two-year-olds usually break like greased lightning, but No Nay Never dwelt leaving the stalls. He was

ROLLING THE DICE IN CALIFORNIA

This post first appeared on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76382/rolling-the-dice-in-northern-california#ixzz2NRYxMzyo The Northern Californian route to the Triple Crown events tends to be “the road less traveled by” these days, at least for major contenders. In fact, the last time the winner of Bay Meadows’ El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), Northern California’s top event

SECOND SEASON STARS

The three-year-old crop of 2007 was one of the most contentious of recent years as Street Sense, Curlin, Hard Spun and Any Given Saturday fought it out for leadership of the division. Curlin would emerge with titles as Champion Three-Year-Old and Horse of the Year, and remained in training to

UNLIKELY HERO

A busy week means that we’ve only just found a minute to post about last week’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trials, the the Florida Derby (gr. I), the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and UAE Derby (gr. II). The two events run in the U.S., and both worth $600,000 to the

PARALLEL LINES – SUNLAND TRIALS REVEAL SIMILARLY-BRED CLASSIC PROSPECTS FOR SECOND SEASON SIRES

Last weekend saw a pair of classic trials at Sunland Park in New Mexico, the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) and the Sunland Park Oaks (taken last year by subsequent Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) heroine, Plum Pretty). There were some interesting parallels between the two winners: both are by  horses from