Lady and The Track | December 7, 2022

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Laura Pugh

LATT’s Laura Pugh’s Favorite Race of 2016

December 31, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh It was very hard to choose a favorite performance in a year with so many stellar performances. Songbird dazzled from coast to coast, California Chrome conquered a foreign land while avoiding the Dubai bounce. However, neither California Chrome nor Songbird will lay claim to my personal, most memorable performance of the year. […]

Arrogate Dominant in Breeders’ Cup Classic Victory

November 7, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic featured a stacked field headed by 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome and the brilliant record-breaking Travers Stakes (GI) winner Arrogate. Fans were desperate for both to run their best races in hopes that they’d get their chance to see an epic showdown on racing’s biggest stage. […]

Beholder Caps Brilliant Career With Narrow Distaff Victory

November 5, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh In a race billed as the “Meeting of Champions” – Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) – the champions within gave racing fans all had hoped for and more. After a standout career that included multiple grade 1 wins and three Eclipse Awards, Spendthrift Farms’ Beholder on late Friday afternoon had only nine […]

For Sherman, ‘Chrome’ Now a Part of His Heart

November 5, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh “There is a lot on the line, but he doesn’t have anything to prove to me.” Those are the words of trainer Art Sherman who will be saddling California Chrome as the even-money morning line favorite for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. California Chrome may not have the […]

Tamarkuz Annexes Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

November 4, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh A hot pace and a fair track made the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) ripe for the picking, should a closer have the ability to capitalize, and that is exactly what the Godolphin Stables-owned Tamarkuz did winning at odds of nearly 12-1. At the break it was last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint […]

Analyzing the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Classic

November 4, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh This Friday kicks off the Breeders’ Cup weekend, once again held at Santa Anita Park. Friday is capped by a stellar field of eight fillies and mares for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI), and Saturday will end with the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI), which features a classic match-up of the young gun […]

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Does Age Matter?

November 3, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) at Santa Anita didn’t draw the full field that was expected, after 14 pre-entered, but the names of the 10 who did pass the entry box still make for a very elite field. One very noticeable thing about the entries, however, is the stark lack of 3-year-olds. […]

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Beholder, Stellar Wind, Songbird Lead Field

November 1, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh Not to be upstaged by the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) run on Saturday, Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) drew an all-star field of its own. Seven of the eight starters are grade 1 winners, and three of those lovely ladies are champions. Last year’s Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly Songbird, champion 3-year-old filly […]

Keen Ice Always Seems Best Flying Under the Radar

October 31, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh In 2015, before he became known as the horse to defeat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Keen Ice seemed to improve with each race. He put in good closing effort to run seventh in the Kentucky Derby (GI), before running a credible third in the Belmont Stakes (GI). The son of Curlin […]

Breeders’ Cup Classic Full With Grade 1 Winners, Millionaires

October 27, 2016 |

By Laura Pugh The Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) pre-entries maxed out at a field of 14 horses this year, however it isn’t the size of the projected field that is the interesting part, it’s the quality of top older horses it possesses. Only one pre-entered Classic horse—multiple grade/group 1 winner Highland Reel—has first preference in another […]