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All Roads Lead to the Travers

The second season for 3-year-olds promises to be an exciting one, with a talented group of colts made up of seasoned Triple Crown veterans and budding superstars converging on the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 26 at Saratoga.

High Cotton Rises to Northern Dancer Victory

Peachtree Stable's High Cotton, under a vigorous ride from the top of the stretch by Garrett Gomez, surged past the tiring favorite Private Vow at the eighth pole and went on to win the $220,400 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Oonagh Maccool, Happy Ticket in Fleur de Lis

Oonagh Maccool and Happy Ticket, two of the brightest stars in the filly and mare division of American racing, square off in Saturday's $300,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Yate's Black Cat Tries Luck in Jefferson Cup

Yate's Black Cat had to win three times before he officially made it to the winner's circle, but he is favored to make a quick return in Saturday's $200,000-added Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on the Churchilll Downs turf.

Private Vow Back After Derby Disappointment

Private Vow and High Cotton, the first two finishers in last fall's Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, are back as the morning line favorites when they meet again in Saturday's $200,000-added Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.

Master Command Passes on Stephen Foster

Aaron and Marie Jones' Master Command, winner of the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico most recently, will pass on an expected run in Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

Velazquez Returns a Winner at Belmont Park

Jockey John Velazquez returned a winner in his first start since being sidelined in an April 20 racing accident at Keeneland when he piloted Mr Sam I Am to a 2 3/4-length win for trainer Todd Pletcher in Belmont Park's fourth race on Friday.

In Last-Minute Change, Velazquez to Make Comeback at Belmont Park

Jockey John Velazquez, originally planning a return to racing aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Scat Daddy at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, will make his comeback Friday at Belmont Park instead. According to Velazquez's agent, Angel Cordero, the jockey's original mount scratched at Monmouth and will run Saturday at Belmont.

Wait a While Back On Lawn for Sands Point

After facing the best 3-year-old fillies in the country in races like the Kentucky Oaks and Ashland (both gr. I), Wait a While moves back to the turf in Saturday's $100,000 Sands Point (gr. IIIT) at nine furlongs at Belmont Park.

Bluegrass Cat Breezes for Belmont Stakes

Bluegrass Cat, the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner up to Barbaro, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's main track Sunday morning in 1:00.30.

Pletcher Seeks Change of Luck in Met Mile

Todd Pletcher's career has been filled with sparkling highlights, but the prestigious $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) has been a frustration to him. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer sends out Bandini in Monday's renewal of the popular "Met Mile" at Belmont Park.

Ever Elusive's Late Surge Lands Winning Colors

Favored Ever Elusive, hard ridden by Rafael Bejarano, angled six-wide at the top of the lane and caught 50-1 shot Malibu Mint in the final yards to notch a neck victory in Saturday's $110,200 Winning Colors for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

Honey Ryder Buzzes Sheepshead Bay Rivals

The multiple graded stakes winner Honey Ryder shook off a zero-for-five record on the Belmont Park turf to capture Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares in smart fashion under Garrett Gomez.

Velazquez Hopes to be Riding Before Belmont

Jockey John Velazquez, sidelined with a fractured right shoulder blade and cracked ribs after a Keeneland racing accident on April 20, said he may return to racing before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 10.

Magna Graduate to Miss Foster With Injury

The Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) lost a major contender when trainer Todd Pletcher said that Elisabeth Alexander's Magna Graduate would miss the June 17 race after suffering an injury during a Sunday workout at Churchill Downs.

Honey Ryder Tries Sheepshead Bay Again

After finishing fifth as the favorite in last year's Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT), Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder returns to Belmont Park Saturday as the horse to beat once again in the $150,0000 feature for fillies and mares.

Maryland's Fastest? It's Friendly Island

Friendly Island attended the early pace, then took over in the stretch to win the $190,000 Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Saturday by three-quarters of a length. It was the second stakes win in a row for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Garrett Gomez.

Pool Land, In the Gold Clash in Dupont BC

A field of nine is set to go in the Allaire DuPont Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. III) Friday at Pimlico, led by trainer Todd Pletcher's Doubledogdare Stakes winner Pool Land and trainer Nick Zito's grade I winner In the Gold.

Pletcher Gets Hotter with Oonagh Maccool

It is Todd Pletcher day at Churchill Downs Friday. When he sent out Oonagh Maccool to an easy win in the $271,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares, the trainer was notching his fourth winner of the day...and that's from four races in which he had runners.

Fleet Indian Blows Away Foes in Sixty Sails H.

Forwardly placed throughout, Paul Saylor's 7-10 favorite Fleet Indian took full command at the top of the stretch before drawing away to a dominating 12 ½ length victory over Silver Highlight in Saturday's $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Hawthorne Race Course.

Velazquez Injured After Colt Wins Forerunner

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez remained hospitalized Thursday evening following a nasty spill in Keeneland's feature race, the Forerunner Stakes. The incident occurred when Velazquez's mount, Up an Octave (Brahms), broke down and fell less than a sixteenth of a mile after winning the $110,600 turf event for 3-year-olds.

Ready to Please Wins a Wild Fantasy

The 2006 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) will go down as one of the strangest races of the year when the 40-1 shot Miss Norman, who was leading the field and seemingly in control twice bolted toward the outside rail, allowing Ready to Please to take the victory Friday at Oaklawn Park.

Keyed Entry to Point for Kentucky Derby

Keyed Entry, who finished third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), will ship to Churchill Downs Monday, and if he trains to the satisfaction of trainer Todd Pletcher, will be pointed for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

'Cat Gets His Final Work for Toyota Bluegrass

WinStar Farm homebred Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in the recent Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

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