• Game On Dude, Nonios in good order after Native Diver

    "I thought he was impressive," said Marlow, who is a longtime assistant to Bob Baffert. "He was tested all the way. Mike Smith's move on the first turn was a key factor in the race."

  • Dust and Diamonds gears up for Pletcher debut; Romacaca ready for South Beach

    Dust and Diamonds was timed in an easy :52 in advance of her debut for new connections, while Turbulent Descent drilled in a bullet :47, tying for the fastest of 23 moves at the distance on the fast main track. Both four-year-olds are kept on edge for their first start since the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 3.

  • Nihonpiro Ours conquers Japan Cup Dirt in record time

    Hyakutaro Kobayashi's homebred Nihonpiro Ours swept from just off the pace to dominate Sunday's Grade 1 Japan Cup Dirt in stakes-record time. By finishing nine furlongs at Hanshin in 1:48 4/5, the five-year-old son of White Muzzle handed jockey Manabu Sakai and trainer Yuki Ohashi their first career Grade 1 victory.

  • Ramsey-Maker team cap off four Claiming Crown wins in Jewel

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey teamed up with trainer Mike Maker to take four of the seven Claiming Crown events on Gulfstream Park's opening-day card Saturday, including the richest race of the day, the $194,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Claiming Crown Jewel</a>.

  • Game On Dude digs deep, takes Native Diver

    Game On Dude was outhustled by Nonios leaving the starting gate in Saturday's Grade 3, $242,500 <a target="_blank" href=""> Native Diver</a>, but would not allow that younger rival to outfinish him in the 1 1/8-mile Cushion Track test at Hollywood Park.

  • Calabrese, Dwoskin and Saez top the standings at Calder's Tropical meet

    The centerpiece event of the Tropical Meet was once again the prestigious Festival of the Sun program on October 13 that featured the final legs of the lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes Series. Jockey Angel Serpa used the day to show off his riding prowess, taking top prize in the $300,000 My Dear Girl division with Verso a Verso before returning two races later to claim glory in the $300,000 In Reality division with the promising colt Speak Logistics.

  • Philly 'aces' Tropical Turf

    Brushwood Stable's homebred Philly Ace bided his time down on the rail during Friday's Calder's closing-day co-feature -- the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Tropical Turf Handicap</a> -- before running down pacesetting 9-5 favorite Hollinger to post a half-length victory.

  • Closing Range steals La Prevoyante at 19-1

    Closing Range had engineered a similar theft two starts back in the August 26 Twin Lights over 1 1/8 miles at Monmouth, where she just lasted in a photo-finish. The daughter of After Market was coming off her worst career effort, a non-threatening eighth in a division of the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland October 19. That was thoroughly uncharacteristic for the lightly-raced filly, who had previously won three of four starts and placed second in the other.

  • Acclamation to enter stud at Old English Rancho in 2013

    Acclamation has encountered setbacks that have limited his 2012 campaign to just two starts. The six-year-old son of Unusual Heat has won them both, however, extending his winning streak to seven. After scoring an unprecedented three-peat in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap in his belated reappearance on June 9, Acclamation successfully defended his title in the Grade 1 Eddie Read on July 21.

  • Fink honored with second annual John Deere Award

    Bolstered by his homebred Wise Dan, dominating winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile on November 3, Morton Fink has won the second annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeder of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Grade 1 winners Comma to the Top, Smiling Tiger highlight Underwood

    Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Vernon O. Underwood</a> drew a short but salty field of seven at Hollywood Park. Grade 1 winners Comma to the Top and Smiling Tiger are logical win challengers given their recent form, but Capital Account, Fast Bullet and Private Zone also merit respect in the six-furlong event.

  • Gulfstream offers fans the chance to give and receive

    The Gulfstream VIP Fan Experience will once again be made available to racing fans during the 2012-2013 Gulfstream Park meeting. The unique and exclusive experience will provide fans with an all-access and behind-the-scenes look at Thoroughbred racing from the training of Thoroughbreds in the morning to presenting a trophy in the winner's circle in the afternoon.

  • Populist Politics aims to be Star Guitar's heir

    Klaravich Stables'&nbsp;Populist Politics,&nbsp;probably best known as the hard-knocking runner-up to Brittlyn Stable's&nbsp;Star Guitar&nbsp;on numerous occasions, is the early favorite to headline next weekend's&nbsp;$150,000 Louisiana&nbsp;Champions Day Classic&nbsp;when Fair Grounds hosts the 21st renewal of its series of 11 races restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds on December 8.<br> &nbsp;<br> The now-retired Star Guitar, of course, became the top Louisiana-bred money winner of all time last April 1 with a win in the $90,000 Costa Rising Stakes on Louisiana Derby Day. Populist Politics finished second behind him once again that day, beaten a head for the victory.<br> &nbsp;<br> &quot;Hopefully, next weekend, Populist Politics will get the opportunity to show he's the heir apparent,&quot; trainer&nbsp;Tom Amoss&nbsp;said Thursday morning during training hours.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Krypton Factor preparing for title defense in Golden Shaheen

    When Krypton Factor took to the track at Meydan Racecourse at the start of last season, he was a handicapper rated 100. This season he will embark on the defense of his 2012 Dubai Golden Shaheen Crown a Group 1 winner rated 123.

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  • Charles Town Classic purse increased to $1.5 million

    In its four runnings, the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic has attracted 32 different runners who have captured a total of 71 graded stakes between them, with 12 of those coming in races currently a part of the Breeders' Cup's &quot;Win &amp; You're In&quot; Challenge series.

  • Game on Dude looks tough to catch in Native Diver

    After finishing a well-beaten seventh as the 6-5 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Game on Dude will attempt to end 2012 on a winning note when he lines up for Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Native Diver </a>at Hollywood Park. The five-year-old gelding faces a couple of nice rivals in the five-horse field, but none appear quick enough to run with him early. He could prove difficult to catch from the rail with new jockey Mike Smith.

  • Dominguez sidelined a month with bruised foot

    Ramon Dominguez, who has effectively sewn up his fourth straight riding title on The New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit, will miss the next three race weeks after bruising his foot recently at Aqueduct Racetrack, according to his agent, Steve Rushing.

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  • Shackleford caps closing weekend at Churchill Downs

    A dazzling farewell victory by popular classic winner Shackleford and jockey Jesus Castanon in the 138th running of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap provided an exclamation point as arguably the brightest moment of Churchill Downs' memorable 21-day fall meet that concluded Sunday.

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  • Journalist, historian Kelly dies

    The Maryland racing community lost one of its most prominent members when award-winning journalist and racing historian Joseph B. Kelly passed away Monday at Stella Maris Rehabilitation and Hospice after a short battle with cancer. He was 94 years old.

  • Tropical Turf, La Prevoyante highlight Calder closing day

    Three-year-olds enjoyed a big day in a pair of Grade 3 events at Calder last weekend, and might do so again Friday as the Tropical meet concludes with the 2012 renewals of the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Tropical Turf Handicap</a> and Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">La Prevoyante Handicap</a> for fillies and mares.

  • Gentildonna outduels Orfevre to make Japan Cup history

    In a rousing stretch battle between Japanese Triple Crown winners, reigning Filly Triple heroine Gentildonna outdueled last year's Triple Crown star Orfevre by a nose in Sunday's Grade 1 Japan Cup at Tokyo. Aside from emulating her sire, 2006 Japan Cup legend Deep Impact, Gentildonna became the first sophomore filly ever to win her nation's signature international contest. But her place in the record book was only confirmed after she survived an inquiry, for she bumped Orfevre in their wrestling match.

  • Breakfast at Gulfstream scheduled for opening day

    Gulfstream Park will kick off its meet Saturday with Breakfast at Gulfstream, a family-friendly event that once again allows the public to attend Saturday morning workouts while enjoying a breakfast buffet trackside and meeting special guests.

  • Mena completes graded hat trick with Keep Up in River City

    Jockey Miguel Mena had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend at Churchill Downs, piloting the winners of the three graded events taking placing Saturday and Sunday. He capped off the graded hat trick Sunday aboard 30-1 longshot Keep Up in the Grade 3, $115,700 <a target="_blank" href="">River City Handicap</a>.

  • Better Lucky stuns eventful Matriarch at 35-1

    Godolphin Racing's Better Lucky was no match for leading three-year-old turf filly Dayatthespa last time out at Keeneland, but after a bizarre mishap to the 8-5 favorite in Sunday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Matriarch</a> at Hollywood Park, Better Lucky went on to post a 35-1 upset.

  • Bear Tough Tiger outgames stablemate to take Kennedy Road

    Bear Tough Tiger fought off stablemate Bear No Joke to earn his first stakes score in Sunday's Grade 3, $127,940 <a target="_blank" href=""> Kennedy Road</a> at Woodbine.

  • Kentucky Jockey Club top three heading south for the winter

    In Saturday's 86th running of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs, Uncaptured defeated Frac Daddy by a neck after a thrilling stretch run and both of those precocious two-year-olds, as well as third-place finisher Dewey Square, were in good order Sunday morning.

  • Flint already thinking Oaks for Seaneen Girl

    Seaneen Girl's upset victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs had trainer Bernie Flint thinking about the first Friday in May on Sunday morning.

  • Stutts calls it a career

    While Saturday's 6TH race at Calder Race Course offered the promise of juvenile fillies heading to the turf while still in the early stages of their career, the human narrative of the race centered on longtime trainer Bennie Stutts Jr., who started recent maiden winner Iwillneversaynever in what would be the final race of the 74-year-old conditioner's career.

  • Stay Thirsty caps off stellar day, and career, for Repole

    Even as Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap victor Stay Thirsty prepared to depart Todd Pletcher's barn for his upcoming career at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, the trainer and owner Mike Repole have plenty to look forward to next year following Unlimited Budget's front-running victory in the Grade 2 Demoiselle for juvenile fillies and Overanalyze's gritty nose triumph in the Grade 2 Remsen for two-year-olds.

  • Front-running Travesura surprises in Miesque

    Travesura was overlooked at odds of 11-1 in the circumstances. She was overshadowed by such rivals as multiple Group 3-placed Premier Steps, the 4-5 favorite in her American debut for Chad Brown, and Surfer Girl romper Flashy Ways, looking to rebound off a troubled 11th in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. But the pace scenario appeared soft on paper, and Travesura took full advantage.

  • Den's Legacy a popular winner of Generous

    Westrock Stables' Den's Legacy sat chilly behind the leading trio for more than six furlongs, dove through a gap along the inside at the top of the stretch, and charged home a half-length winner of the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Generous</a> at Hollywood Park on Saturday. The son of Medaglia d'Oro safely held off a late bid from Rising Legend and completed one mile on firm turf in 1:36 1/5.

  • Uncaptured fends off Frac Daddy in Kentucky Jockey Club

    John C. Oxley's Uncaptured rallied to the lead on the far turn and gamely fought a serious challenge from Frac Daddy through the stretch to prove best in Saturday's Grade 2, $177,150 <a target="_blank" href="">Kentucky Jockey Club</a> at Churchill Downs. The Mark Casse-trained colt confirmed his status as one of the early favorites for the 2013 Run for the Roses, earning 10 points in the new &quot;Road to the Kentucky Derby&quot; series for the gutsy neck score, and Uncaptured swept both graded events at Churchill Downs this fall, posting a 5 1/4-length score in the Grade 3 Iroquois on October 28.

  • Twilight eclipses his elders in McKnight

    Twilight Eclipse, a three-year-old Purim gelding making only his sixth career start, registered an 11-1 upset of Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="">W.L. McKnight Handicap</a> at Calder. His stalk-and-pounce rally under Manoel Cruz resulted in a 1 3/4-length triumph in a time of 2:26 3/5 for 1 1/2 miles on the firm turf.

  • Ducduc draws even late with Csaba in Hooper dead-heat

    Csaba nearly stole the whole prize and Ducduc just failed to overhaul his rival in the latter stages. In the end, both horses settled for a dead-heat in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Fred W. Hooper</a>, reaching the finish line together in the 1 1/8-mile event at Calder.

  • Stay Thirsty nips Groupie Doll in Cigar Mile

    Stay Thirsty culminated both a notable career and a sensational week for owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher with a nail-biting victory over the filly Groupie Doll in Saturday's Grade 1 $343,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Cigar Mile Handicap</a> at Aqueduct.

  • Dance Card drifts to Gazelle victory

    Godolphin Racing's Dance Card gave jockey Ramon Dominguez his fifth win on Saturday's card at Aqueduct when posting an easy four-length victory in the Grade 1, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Gazelle</a> as the wire-to-wire winner.

  • Unlimited Budget wires Demoiselle

    Emollient tried to snatch victory away from Repole Stable's Unlimited Budget in Saturday's Grade 2, $237,500 <a target="_blank" href=""> Demoiselle</a> at Aqueduct, but the Street Sense filly would not be denied, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire and improving her mark to a perfect two-for-two.