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Known Agenda may have earned his way into the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) after romping to an 11-length victory Feb. 26 in the fourth race at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/8-mile allowance optional claiming for 3-year-olds.
As expected in a year that many of its facilities were forced to close or faced significant attendance restrictions because of protocols aimed to halt the spread of COVID-19, casino and track owner Churchill Downs Inc. reported losses for 2020.
Essential Quality and Jackie's Warrior stood above the crowd in 2020, the only juvenile males to win multiple grade 1s in North America. Now they battle as 3-year-olds in the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.
After a quiet week of racing activity among 3-year-olds, many leading contenders are training toward their next starts on the Road to the Kentucky Derby as Byron King reviews his Top 12.
With qualifying points toward the 2021 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on the line, the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 26 at Turfway Park has drawn a strong overflow field of 13 horses.
Drain the Clock has already established himself as a dominant sprinter in the 3-year-old division. Now he'll get a chance to strut his stuff in the deeper waters of the Triple Crown Trail.
Courtlandt Farms' Greatest Honour breezed an easy half-mile Feb. 21 at Payson Park Training Center in preparation for a start in the $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Undefeated Life Is Good worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Park the morning of Feb. 21 for trainer Bob Baffert in a bullet :59.60 in preparation for the March 6 San Felipe Stakes (G2).
La Perouse jumped to the lead in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby with a late-running victory Feb. 21 in the Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse.
Roman Centurian is gearing up for another go at Life Is Good in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) March 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Florida-based trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said he is likely to ship either Drain the Clock or Super Strong to race in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack March 6.
The 2020-2021 Sunland Park race meet officially was canceled Feb. 18 when the New Mexico Racing Commission passed a motion to call off the meet that had previously been delayed.
Courtlandt Farms' Holy Bull Stakes (G3) winner Greatest Honour is scheduled to return in the $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
After losing eight days of racing due to record-breaking winter weather, Oaklawn Park announced Feb. 17 a series of changes to its racing schedule designed to restore as much of the season as possible for the benefit of horsemen.
The 1-2 finishers in the Feb. 13 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course are now ranked on the Derby Dozen as the weeks count down on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
While brutal winter weather has tossed a wrench into the racing schedule at Oaklawn Park, trainer Brad Cox said Feb. 16 a two-week delay has not posed a significant problem in preparing Essential Quality and Monomoy Girl for their 2021 debuts.
The Southwest Stakes (G3), Bayakoa Stakes (G3), and Razorback Handicap (G3) have again been postponed with Oaklawn Park cancelling live racing Feb. 18-21 due to the weather forecast.
The top three finishers from the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) Feb. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course are likely to renew acquaintances on the March 20 card at the New Orleans track, according to their respective connections.
Life Is Good and Freedom Fighter, two of trainer Bob Baffert's Triple Crown contenders, worked at Santa Anita Park Feb. 15 toward their next expected starts on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Drain the Clock breezed a half-mile Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a possible start in the Feb. 27 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).