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Top Fortitude, Scott Stevens set for Belmont Day appearances

All eyes turn to Belmont Park for its blockbuster Belmont Day card that includes a 10-stakes roster that will make it the second-richest day of racing in North America in 2014, topped off by a tilt at the Triple Crown by California Chrome.

Competitors with Arizona connections currently slated to appear on the Belmont Day card include Arizona-bred Top Fortitude, recent winner of the Grade 3 Lazaro Barrera at Santa Anita, shipping in to try the Grade 2 Woody Stephens; and Turf Paradise-based jockey Scott Stevens, set to ride Broadway Empire in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap for trainer Robertino Diodoro.

Top Fortitude, a full brother to Grade 2 winner Uh Oh Bango, races for owner and breeder Triple AAA Ranch and trainer Kory Owens. The 3-year-old Top Hit colt is the winner of two of three lifetime starts.

A good fourth, beaten three and a quarter lengths behind Central Banker in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, Broadway Empire had won an optional claiming event under Stevens at Turf Paradise in April.

Top Fortitude wins G3 Lazaro Barrera

Top Fortitude, a full brother to G2 winner Uh Oh Bango, joined the ranks of graded stakes winners by winning the G3 Lazaro Barrera at Santa Anita on May 10. An impressive maiden winner at 2, Top Fortitude had disappointed in his 3-year-old debut but rebounded with style to win the seven-furlong Lazaro Barrera in […]

Brookerson wins ATBA Spring Sales Stakes

Brookerson led home a parade of stablemates to win the $52,826 ATBA Spring Sales Stakes at Turf Paradise on closing day, Sunday, May 4. After getting to the front shortly after the break, the Henny Hughes colt led the rest of the way, holding off the odds-on favorite Aggressive Beauty to win by a length […]

Name “Running for Annie” approved by The Jockey Club

The weanling filly donated to benefit injured jockey Anne von Rosen is now named “Running for Annie.” The run-away winner of the naming contest, where horsemen and breeders voted with their wallets for one of three name choices, was approved by The Jockey Club. Running for Annie, a daughter of Arizona’s perennial leading sire Margie’s […]

Rocker, Zeus headline Spring Breeders’ Festival

The $50,000 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby was settled by inches with favored J P Rocker just holding off the late surge of G Faikir, one of the longest-priced horses in the nine-horse field. Deadly Black Eagle bounded to an early lead in the mile and a sixteenth event and led the field until giving way […]