Grade I winner Dayatthespa was named Horse of the Year for 2012 by the North Carolina Thoroughbred Association Feb. 2 at its annual awards dinner.
Fox Hill Farms' Joyful Victory, a multiple graded stakes-winning earner of more than $625,000, heads a competitive field of 11 fillies and mares entered for the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.
Champion Royal Delta works six furlongs in 1:16.30 Feb. 9 at Payson Park on her way toward the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). At Palm Meadows, Godolphin's Consortium drills a half-mile in :50.90.
Dancinginherdreams, who had been working toward the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), will skip the Run for the Lilies due to her poor performance in the April 9 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
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Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables' homebred filly Kathmanblu, a stakes winner on grass and dirt, will attempt to transfer that form to Keeneland's Polytrack surface April 9 in the Central Bank Ashland (gr. I).
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R Heat Lightning returned to the winner's circle for the first time since last summer's Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) with a 7 1/4-length romp in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 26.
Surprise Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) winner Pomeroys Pistol figures to get a sterner test from likely favorite Dancinginherdreams and R Heat Lightning when the trio battles again in Gulfstream's $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes.
Lightly-raced Pomeroys Pistol took the rail to a front-running 14-1 upset win in the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II), outlasting favorite Dancinginherdreams by three-quarters of a length at Gulfstream Park Jan. 30.
Grade I winner R Heat Lightning, second to champion Awesome Feather in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), makes her 2011 racing debut in the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 30.
Leave of Absence worked a sharp half-mile in :48 flat Jan. 20 at Palm Meadows as he prepares for a possible run in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) to be run at Gulfstream Park Jan. 30.
Even-money choice Dancinginherdreams charged through an opening at the rail and romped to victory in the $165,450 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) on the opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meet Oct. 31.
Maybesomaybenot, who won the Sanford (gr. II) this summer before tailing off in his last two, will carry top weight of 123 pounds in the $100,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. II) on opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meet.
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