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Unbeaten Hillbilly Royalty under consideration for Rebel, Sunland Derby 6:00 pm

Unbeaten three-year-old Hillbilly Royalty (Langfuhr) is under consideration for the $750,000 Rebel S. (G2) on March 14 at Oaklawn Park following his front-running 4 1/2-length optional claiming victory going 1 1/16 miles on February 6, according to trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel.Von Hemel said it's likely Hillbilly Royalty will make his stakes debut in his next start -- whether it's the Rebel or a...

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Southwest hopefuls out in force 6:00 pm

Five projected starters for Monday's $300,000 Southwest S. (G3) completed their final major preparations Wednesday morning over the fast track at Oaklawn Park, including Mr. Z, who worked a half-mile in :49 1/5 for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.Lukas said he's been "fooling with some different bridles" during training hours on Mr. Z, who is coming off a troubled third-place finish in the...

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Sam's Sister, Lady Sabelia top Barbara Fritchie 6:00 pm

Sam's Sister will compete outside of California for the first time in the Fritchie (Benoit Photos) A field of 11 distaffers has been entered for Saturday's $300,000Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) at Laurel Park, headlined by Grade 1 winner Sam's Sister (Brother Derek) and multiple stakes queen Lady Sabelia (Majestic Warrior).The two fillies have campaigned on different sides of...

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Charles Town, Aqueduct cancel 6:00 pm

Live racing at Charles Town for Thursday night, February 12, has been canceled due to winter weather, including low temperatures and high winds expected to produce a wind chill well into single digits. Live racing is slated to resume Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. (EST) at the West Virginia track.The New York Racing Association (NYRA), out of an abundance of caution for its equine athletes and...

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Motion tabs Maragh to ride Main Sequence in Mac Diarmida 6:00 pm

Maragh in the winner's circle with Main Sequence just one race before breaking his arm in the JCGC (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography) Jockey Rajiv Maragh will be reunited with two-time Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence (Aldebaran) in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park on February 21.Although Hall of Famer John Velazquez rode Main Sequence to a decisive...

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Bayerd looking to give Asmussen second straight Southwest score 6:00 pm

Bayerd is 2-2-0 in his four stakes tries thus far (Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography) Familiarity with his surroundings can only help a young horse, especially one following the Triple Crown trail, so trainer Steve Asmussen decided to leave Bayerd (Speightstown) at Oaklawn Park following his second-place finish in the Smarty Jones S. last month. Now, he hopes that decision...

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McLaughlin adding blinkers for Frosted's Fountain of Youth run 6:00 pm

Frosted will get an equipment addition for the Fountain of Youth (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography) Dual Grade 2-placed Frosted (Tapit) will have an equipment change when he makes his next start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth S. (G2) on February 21 at Gulfstream Park.Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the gray three-year-old wore blinkers in his most recent workout and...

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Maftool turns tables in U.A.E. Guineas; Reynaldo, Tamarkuz stay hot 6:00 pm

Newly visored Maftool (left) edged Mubtaahij in a battle of US Triple Crown nominees (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club) Godolphin's Maftool (Hard Spun), third to Mubtaahij (Dubawi) after flubbing the start of the January 15 trial, turned the tables with the help of a first-time visor in Thursday's $250,000 U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-G3). Breaking like a shot for Paul...

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