Life Is Good returns with spectacular John A. Nerud (G2) performance
Saturday, July 2, 2022

Life Is Good, making his first start since the Dubai World Cup (G1), turned in yet another dominating showing in the July 2 John A. Nerud S. (G2) at Belmont Park, defeating Speaker’s Corner by five lengths.

The victory was the seventh in nine career starts for the 4-year-old co-owned by WinStar Farm and CHC Inc. His Beyer Speed Figure of 112 was a career-best and the seventh time in eight starts in the U. S. that Life Is Good earned a triple-digit number.

Life Is Good was hustled out of the gate for the lead by Flavien Prat, and quickly took command to settle in nicely. Speaker’s Corner tracked the pacesetter, who was leading by less than a length, through a fast half-mile in :44.70. Coming into the stretch, Life Is Good began to pull clear under a hand ride, pouring it on in the stretch to finish the seven furlongs in 1:21.70 on a fast track.

“You never take anything for granted,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “There’s only one outcome that was okay and that was for him to win. He ran against a Grade I winner [Speaker’s Corner] and drew the rail, so you worry about all those things. He broke sharp, high-cruising speed and just kept going. I loved the way he galloped out. I’m just happy to get that win under our belt and hopefully move forward to the Whitney like we planned.”

The Whitney (G1) is at Saratoga on Aug. 6.

Life Is Good, who has now earned $3,551,700, won this year’s Pegasus World Cup (G1), and capped a terrific 2021 that included four graded wins with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

$1.25 million colt tops stellar Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale for Constitution title=
Constitution

$1.25 million colt tops stellar Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale for Constitution

With a sale average of $411,875, Constitution had many highlights during the Aug. 8-9 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale, none better than Tuesday’s $1.25 million colt...

[read more]

Well-related Audible colt hammers for $375,000 Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga title=
Audible

Well-related Audible colt hammers for $375,000 Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

WinStar Farm’s First-Crop sire Audible had a trio of horses bring at least $275,000 during Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale, topped by a $375,000 colt...

[read more]

Speightstown colt goes for $950,000 to high-profile connections title=
Speightstown

Speightstown colt goes for $950,000 to high-profile connections

Speightstown had one of the top five lots during the first night of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale, with hip No. 56 hammering for $950,000...

[read more]

$700,000 colt kicks off Saratoga sale for Constitution title=
Constitution

$700,000 colt kicks off Saratoga sale for Constitution

Leading Fourth-Crop sire Constitution had one of the most sought-after colts during Monday’s session of the Saratoga Yearling sale...

[read more]

Life Is Good punches Breeders’ Cup ticket with $1 million Whitney S. (G1) victory title=

Life Is Good punches Breeders’ Cup ticket with $1 million Whitney S. (G1) victory

CHC Inc’s and WinStar Farm’s Life Is Good showed his brilliance once again in Saturday’s $1 million Whitney S. (G1) at Saratoga...

[read more]

Constitution’s Ridin With Biden an easy winner of the Deputed Testamony S. title=
Constitution

Constitution’s Ridin With Biden an easy winner of the Deputed Testamony S.

Ridin With Biden got his first career stakes win in Saturday’s $100,000 Deputed Testamony S. at Laurel, rolling home by 6 ¼-lengths...

[read more]

Heywoods Beach best in Cougar II at Del Mar title=
Speightstown

Heywoods Beach best in Cougar II at Del Mar

After finishing third in last year’s Cougar II Stakes (G3) at Del Mar, Speightstown’s Heywoods Beach got his vindication on Saturday, July 24, winning this year’s renewal of the 1 ½-mile turf test with a determined score over last year’s victor Tizamagician.

[read more]

More Than Ready filly breaks through in Gulfstream Park’s Miss Gracie S. title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready filly breaks through in Gulfstream Park’s Miss Gracie S.

More Than Ready tallied his eighth stakes winner of 2022 Saturday at Gulfstream Park when the 3-year-old filly Omixochitl prevailed by a length in the $75,000 Miss Gracie S...

[read more]

Fair and Square wins Hoover S. in black type debut

Fair and Square wins Hoover S. in black type debut

WinStar Farm’s and Blazing Meadows Farm’s homebred 2-year-old colt Fair and Square won his stakes debut on July 22 with a two-length victory in the $75,000 Hoover S...

[read more]

Speightstown filly joins the ranks of stakes winners title=
Speightstown

Speightstown filly joins the ranks of stakes winners

Fairchild, a 4-year-old daughter of Speightstown, was a decisive winner of Lone Star Park’s $150,000 Wasted Tears S. on July 16, drawing off in the stretch...

[read more]