For over a year now, the top rated race horse in the world has been the British thoroughbred, Frankel. Bred out of world renowned Juddmonte Farms, he has won each of the eleven races he has entered, and has a knack for blowing away the field. For American racing fans not familiar with Frankel, he usually only runs in one mile races, but also has some seven furlong events under his belt, and as evidenced by his record, is quite dominant. Of his eleven wins, seven of those have been Grade I races. If you want to learn more about one of the greatest thoroughbreds in the world right now, visit the link below.
Last year’s two-year-old champion Hansen is finally ready to get back on the track after his disappointing finish in May’s Kentucky Derby. Hansen had been expected to run several times since the Derby, but due to a low blood count, he has been held back. Dr. Kendall Hansen’s white colt will be hitting the dirt on June 30th for the Iowa Derby, a Grade III Stakes race worth $250,000.
With the Travers Stakes still two months away, it’s becoming clear where some of the top ranked three-year-olds will be racing in preparation for that event. Dullahan, and the runner-up in the Preakness and Kentucky Derby, Bodemeister, will take part in the Haskell Stakes on July 29th, but the top race to watch leading up to the Travers is likely to be the Jim Dandy in Saratoga on July 28th. The field should be a strong one, as Belmont winner Union Rags, Alpha, Paynter, and Gemologist, all of whom ran in at least one Triple Crown race, are expected to enter.
Don’t forget that this is the final weekend of racing at Churchill Downs and there are two races of note on the cards. On June 30th, the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes for two-year-olds is taking place under the lights and on July 1st, the Grade II Firecracker Handicap will run on the turf. The Firecracker is for three-year-olds and the purse is $150,000.
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