U S S Michigan Seeks Kentucky Derby Berth in Cardinal Conditions Stakes

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The European Road to the Kentucky Derby will conclude on Thursday with the running of the Cardinal Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford City in England, and I’d advise everyone to keep a close eye on what transpires in this one-mile race. Held over a Polytrack course similar in size and shape to Churchill Downs, the Cardinal Conditions Stakes has attracted nine starters, and while only two have been nominated to the Triple Crown, one of [...]

Roaring Lion Edges Saxon Warrior Again in Irish Champion Stakes

Following his determined win in the Irish Champion Stakes, Roaring Lion remains under consideration for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill D0wns (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) A neck. Just a neck. That’s seemingly all that separates the talented three-year-olds Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior when they both run their best race, and that was the margin that separated them in a thrilling renewal of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) on Saturday at Leopardstown. [...]

Roaring Lion Dominates Older Rivals in Juddmonte International

As a son of Kitten’s Joy, he might be considered a “kitten” by some, but on the track there can be no denying that the remarkable Roaring Lion has earned his name and matured into a “lion.” Just look at the way this John Gosden-trained runner obliterated a fantastic field in the prestigious Juddmonte International (gr. I) on August 22nd at York, in the process earning a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I). Roaring [...]

Lightning Spear Earns Breakthrough Win in Sussex Stakes

Will Lightning Spear accept his "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs? (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) Durability and consistency were rewarded on Wednesday when the veteran Lightning Spear finally (finally!) secured a signature victory in the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood racecourse in Great Britain. On fifteen previous occasions—yes, fifteen!—Lightning Spear had competed against Group 1 company without scoring a single victory. Oh, there were plenty [...]