The status of Exaggerator for next Saturday’s Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes is up in the air, after the Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up received a “C or C+” grade for his workout Saturday morning from trainer Keith Desormeaux.
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the planned $12 million race announced by The Stronach Group earlier this year, has been granted Grade I status for its inaugural running in 2017, the American Graded Stakes Committee announced Friday.
Reigning champion turf female Tepin put in her first timed workout since winning the Group I Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, going an easy four-furlongs in 50.42 over the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga on Friday.
With the boutique Del Mar meet beginning last week and Saratoga opening its historic gates for the summer on Friday, the time of year has arrived when racing fans will have their heads spinning trying to keep up with the overflow of quality coming from the entry boxes
Trainer Tom McCarthy, who became a sentimental favorite when he conditioned former claimer General Quarters to victory in the 2009 Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, died on Thursday after a battle with melanoma. McCarthy was 82.
Steven Crist, the longtime Daily Racing Form executive and columnist, announced his retirement Wednesday. Crist, who put together an investment group to buy the property in 1998, served as the company’s Chief Executive until 2002, and most recently was its editor and publisher emeritus.