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Bandini to Return Wednesday at Gulfstream

Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's 4-year-old Bandini was nominated to Saturday's $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. II), but trainer Todd Pletcher will let the talented colt get his season started in a one-mile allowance/optional feature Wednesday at Gulfstream Park instead.

Silver Train, Bandini Work for Richter Scale

Buckram Oaks Farm's 4-year-old Silver Train, winner of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), worked six furlongs in 1:14 Friday morning at Palm Meadows as he prepares for his expected season debut in the $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. II) going seven furlongs March 4.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Cat and Cotton Tales

Kentucky Derby Trail: Cat and Cotton Tales

So far, Todd Pletcher has been probing the enemy forces with his second- and third-stringers, with and without success. But this week it was time to get serious and bring out the heavy ammo. He hit his target with Bluegrass Cat on Saturday and now gets ready to fire off his second round with High Cotton on Wednesday.

Host Starts New Year in Appleton Handicap

Melnyk Racing Stable's grade I winner Host, beaten by a half-length when second in last year's $100,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park, gets another chance in Saturday's renewal of the one-mile turf course test.

Kentucky Derby Trail: On Your Mark, Get Set...

It's time once again to officially embark on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Now is as good a time as any to preview what's to come by listing the most accomplished and promising youngsters. Many of these names will be only that in a few months, but for now, this is how the classic division shapes up as we begin the road to the May 6 Derby.

New York Upholds 45-Day Suspension for Pletcher

New York Upholds 45-Day Suspension for Pletcher

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who recently set a single-season record for earnings, was suspended for 45 days by New York regulators Dec. 15 for a banned substance found in one of his horses that raced a year ago at Saratoga.

Pletcher, Purge Continue Surge in Cigar Mile

Pletcher, Purge Continue Surge in Cigar Mile

There's no denying Todd Pletcher these days, no matter the odds. A day after setting the North American record for earnings by a trainer and winning the rich Clark Handicap (gr. II) with Magna Graduate, Pletcher hit again with 25-1 shot Purge in the $350,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Saturday.

Indian Vale Sneaks Away in Turnback the Alarm

Indian Vale's chances to win her first graded stakes race were improved dramatically with the scratches of Shebelongstoyou and Personal Legend and the Melnyk Racing Stables homebred took full advantage to capture the $105,800 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) by 9 1/2 lengths Saturday at Aqueduct.

Indian Vale Out to Make Amends in 'Alarm 'Cap

Melnyk Racing Stable's Indian Vale, who disappointed as the 2-5 favorite in last month's Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park, will try to atone for that effort Saturday in the $100,000-added Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

Churchill Fall Meet Opens With Ack Ack 'Cap

Dogwood Stable's Vicarage, a dominating 10-length winner of the Perryville Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, the featured event on the opening day of a 21-day fall meet.

Pletcher Leads Pre-Entries With Eight

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who broke through with his first two Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships victories last year with Ashado and Speightstown, has eight horses pre-entered this year.

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