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Grade II Winner Woke Up Dreamin Retired

Woke Up Dreamin, a two-time grade II winner who was enjoying his best season yet, was retired from racing following an unplaced effort in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Roman Ruler Staying Home for Goodwood

Fog City Stables' grade I winner Roman Ruler will not make the trip to New York for Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said, and will instead run in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on the same day.

Bellamy Road Enters Travers Picture

Trainer Nick Zito said Tuesday morning that Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road will make his long awaited return to the races in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I), instead of the King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), the race that was originally on his schedule. Both races are Saturday at Saratoga.

Best Pal Winner What a Song Euthanized

What a Song, the $1.9-million Barretts March sale topper who won Sunday's Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar for owners Bob and Beverly Lewis, was euthanized Friday after suffering a fractured sesamoid in his right front leg during a routine gallop a few hours earlier.

Roman Ruler Reigns in Haskell

With Afleet Alex on the bench, Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler finally reigns over the national 3-year-old division. The injury-plagued 'Ruler, who missed this year's Triple Crown with foot problems, realized his potential Sunday by capturing the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park impressively.

Ohio Derby Winner Palladio Joins Haskell Cast

Canadian-based Palladio, winner of the Ohio Derby (gr. II), is scheduled to arrive at Monmouth Park Thursday evening for Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), which could draw as many as nine starters.

Bellamy Road Works at Spa; Heading for King's Bishop Stakes

Is it possible the race of year will be run on Travers (gr. I) day, but will not be the Travers? While the presence of Afleet Alex in the Travers will make the "Midsummer Derby" a special race, how about a showdown between Lost in the Fog, Bellamy Road, and Roman Ruler in the seven-furlong King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I)?

What a Song Makes Booming Stakes Debut

Bob and Beverly Lewis' $1.9 million colt What a Song is unbeaten in two starts after winning a thrilling duel with Bashert in Saturday's $104,500 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park.

What a Song Makes Stakes Debut at Hollywood

Bob and Beverly Lewis, whose horses have won six Triple Crown races, will get a feel for the Triple Crown potential of their $1.9-million purchase What a Song, who makes his stakes debut in Saturday's $100,000-added Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

Roman Ruler Returns to Form in Dwyer

Roman Ruler, disappointing at best in his 3-year-old season so far, could be ready to salvage the year. Under slight urging from jockey Jerry Bailey, the talented son of Fusaichi Pegasus won the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park Monday by a half-length over the hard-trying Flower Alley.

Roman Ruler Adds Sparkle to Dwyer

Roman Ruler, one of the West Coast's top juveniles last season, is the likely favorite for Monday's $150,000 Dwyer (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, one of two stakes on Belmont Park's special Independence Day racing program.

Baffert Points Roman Ruler to Jersey Shore

Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, who hasn't run since his eighth-place finish in the March 19 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), is scheduled to make his return in the six-furlong Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park on July 4.

Pleased Mullins Says Buzzards Bay to Skip Preakness

Trainer Jeff Mullins, back at his Santa Anita stable where he'll prepare Buzzards Bay for a probable start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11, said he took pleasure in seeing how well the much-criticized California contingent did against the best the East Coast had to offer in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Railbird Feels Inspiring for Baffert

Bob & Beverly Lewis's Inspiring, unbeaten winner of last summer's Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar before a recent setback in Santa Anita's Santa Paula Stakes, is the likely favorite among eight 3-year-old fillies contesting Sunday's $100,000 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

Chief Planner Nears Comeback After Two Years

Golden Eagle Farm's homebred Chief Planner, who hasn't started since winning the 2003 Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds by seven lengths more than two years ago, has returned to training and may be ready to race again before the end of the current Hollywood Park meet, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Baffert Goes to Bench for Railbird Pair

Trainer Bob Baffert initially hoped to run No Bull Baby in the $100,000-added Railbird Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Sunday. But after the stakes-winning filly suffered a career-ending ankle injury training at Santa Anita last week, Baffert will go to the bench.

Stacked Deck

By Ray Paulick - Only one trainer in the modern era of Thoroughbred racing--D. Wayne Lukas--has started more horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) than Nick Zito. Beginning with Thirty Six Red in 1990, Zito has sent 14 horses postward in the Run for the Roses. Two of them have won: Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go for Gin in 1994. He's sitting in the catbird seat with as many as five potential contenders for the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

Roman Ruler Impressive in Gate Work

Multiple grade II winner Roman Ruler, now targeted for the March 19 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:12 2/5 from the gate under jockey Gary Stevens over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning.

Bailey Rides Roman Ruler in San Vicente

Roman Ruler, who worked six furlongs from the gate in a swift 1:11 2/5 on Sunday morning, will have Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey aboard for his 3-year-old debut Feb. 13 in the $150,000 San Vicente (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert said.

Analyzing the 3-Year-Old Scene in 2004

Whether you felt this year's 3-year-old crop was a good one or bad one, it certainly inspired a good deal of passion and provided a number of memorable moments. The following is a look back at the tumultuous 3-year-old season and its most notable performers, broken down into categories.

Baze Takes No Bull Baby to Moccasin Win

No Bull Baby overcame traffic problems to rally in the stretch under the guidance of Tyler Baze to win the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by one-half length over Short Route Sunday at Hollywood Park.

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