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Winx had to work for it, but the mighty mare snagged her 24th straight victory with a determined stretch run in The Agency George Ryder Stakes (G1) at Rosehill Gardens March 24.
As the Road to the Kentucky Derby heats up, each week we will take a look at three things to watch from the 3-year-old division as they head into that weekend's respective prep races.
While there aren't many sale toppers under her shedrow, and the majority of the horses she has in training are owned by small owners or breeders from Florida, trainer Kathleen O'Connell loves working to develop the young horses who come her way.
Not only does his Bloom Racing have a leading contender for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in multiple graded stakes winner Midnight Bisou, it has a Kentucky Derby candidate in Snapper Sinclair, who starts in the March 24 Twinspires Louisiana Derby (G2).
Courtlandt Farms' homebred Strike Power put an exclamation point on his final major workout ahead of the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 31 with a bullet half-mile breeze over Gulfstream Park's main track the morning of March 23.
Saturday is the biggest day of the season at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, with the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) and the $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) heading a 14-race program.
The Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) headline a roster of 32 stakes races with total purses of $8.84 million scheduled for Churchill Downs' April 28-June 30 Spring Meet.
Congress on the morning of March 23 passed a Fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill which includes language that could almost double the number of H-2B visas available.
The spring meet for Hawthorne Race Course begins March 30
Joe Pickerrell and Courtney Roberts' Pick View has three horses cataloged to next week's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream selected 2-year-olds in training sale and two sale graduates competing in Sunday's Sunland Derby (G3).
Juddmonte Farms' remarkable mare produced five group 1 winners and champion sire Dansili.
James McIngvale's Gallery Racing, owner of champion sprinter Runhappy, will sponsor the 2018 grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, the New York Racing Association announced March 22.
Mongolian Stable's Mongolian Shopper will seek her second straight stakes win down the Santa Anita Park hillside turf course in the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes.
A huge purse and a full, competitive field of 2-year-olds have Australian fans anxiously awaiting the March 24 renewal of the Longines Golden Slipper (G1) at Rosehill Gardens.
Nothing could totally overshadow the March 24 renewal of the Golden Slipper (G1) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, but Winx showing up two races earlier on the same card does provide the cherry atop one of Australia's best race days.
Runaway Ghost, the first foal of multiple stakes winner Rose's Desert, by Ghostzapper, could land a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate with a win in the March 25 Sunland Derby.
The road to this year's American classic races has done much to enhance Malibu Moon's reputation as a reliable sire of top performers.
Died March 21 after a lengthy battle with lung disease.
Warren "Spud" Williamson, who with his wife, Alyce, bred and raced such top runners as millionaire Nashoba's Key, multiple graded winner Nashoba's Gold, graded stakes winners Tiz Elemental and Texas Ryano, died March 16. He was 89.
The Breeders' Cup today announced rule changes for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge which will be held on November 2 & 3 at Churchill Downs and at participating simulcast and Advanced Deposit Wagering sites