G1 winner Honor Code, last seen winning the G1 Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont day, returned to the work tab for the first time in two weeks at Belmont Park, going 3F in 36.81. Trainer Shug McGaughey tells DRF's David Grening that he gave Honor Code a few weeks off because he wanted him to be fresh and because he says he's earned it. Also, he said that he did not feel it was necessary to do too much too soon before his next start in the G1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. McGaughey says his small vacation is over and he will crank up Honor Code for his next start in what McGaughey called possibly "the toughest test of his career", as this race could be determined to see if Honor Code is a true one turn horse or two turn horse. Article on DRF
Looks like a possible return at the Saratoga meet. nice!!!!!!
Spendthrift Farm announces that GSW Medal Court has been retired on the heels of his lackluster effort in G2 Firecracker. Medal Count will stand at Spendthrift for an advertised fee of $5,000 with his Share The Upside fee being $6,500. According to DRF
HELL YEAH!!!!! August 2nd, let's go!!!!!!! Will be the best day ever!!!!!
Hopefully, I can see him going to a farm like Spendthrift.
Shaman Ghost, winner of the 2015 Queen's Plate, came out of the race in good shape and will likely make his next start in the July 28th Prince Of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, becoming the first Queen's Plate winner to attempt to win the 2nd leg of the Canadian Triple Crown since 2010. Trainer Brian Lynch says as long as he is happy and healthy , he will try to win the Prince of Wales and attempt to become the 13th Canadian triple crown winner, saying he believes he has the horse to do it. Article on DRF
Chitu, a speedy colt who pushed the early pace in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Baffert said the decision was made to retire the 4-year-old son of Henny Hughes because he would be unable to get back to the same level at which he competed before developing an ankle problem following a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Shared Belief, in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) last Dec. 26. While there has been some interest, Baffert said there has been no commitment on where the colt will stand at stud. Article on bloodhorse
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to prep for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with a half-mile work in :47 3/5 at Santa Anita Park July 6. The work, which followed a three-furlong work in :36 2/5 June 26 in his first breeze since winning the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), was the co-seventh-fastest of the day among 50 working that distance July 6. "He was just cruising out there," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. "He looks good. Based on this work, it looks like he has not been affected by the 3 races and back in form. Article on bloodhorse
Big Blue Kitten appears to have come out of the United Nations in good shape. Trainer Chad Brown tells DRF's Jim Dunleavy that Big Blue Kitten seems to be getting better every race."A little extra distance is always better for this horse, and he got the pace he needs today," Brown said. "He worked as a team with Mr. Ramsey's other horse, who Mike Maker was good enough to send in. Mr. Ramsey doesn't make too many wrong decisions." Big Blue Kitten, a 7-year-old son of Kitten's Joy, now has won 13 of 27 career starts and went over $2 million in earnings by winning Sunday's $500,000 race. Brown said the two races most likely for Big Blue Kitten's next start are the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green at 1 3/8 miles Aug. 1 at Saratoga or the Arlington Million at 1 1/4 miles Aug. 15. Article on DRF
Good to see him back
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