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  • Tepin overtakes pacesetter Isabella Sings to win the Hillsborough Stakes.

    Tepin Runs Record-Setting Hillsborough

    Champion Tepin set a stakes record and a course record March 12 in the $200,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIT) at Tampa Bay Downs, running the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.26 when catching leader Isabella Sings

  • Cathryn Sophia rolls to victory in the Davona Dale Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-LzG6Cdb">Order This Photo</a>

    Cathryn Sophia Flawless in Davona Dale

    Cathryn Sophia continued her rise as one of the key contenders on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with a flawless performance Feb. 27 in the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Mor Spirit after winning the 2016 Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

    Stevens Calls Audible During Mor Spirit Work

    Gary Stevens said he didn't know grade I winner Mor Spirit was wearing earplugs when he jumped in to work him on the fly Feb. 23. After failing to get a response on the turn, he eased the Bob Baffert trained-runner.

  • That Handicapping Show: The Risen Star

    Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) featuring Its All Relevant, Mo Tom, Gun Runner, Dolphus, Airoforce, Tom's Ready, and Uncle Walter. Sponsored by Equibase.

  • International Star

    International Star Faces Mineshaft Four

    International Star, who last year swept the 3-year-old prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, will reenter the graded ranks Feb. 20 in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.

  • Tepin cruises to victory in the Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay.

    Tepin Flawless in Endeavour

    After beating the boys last time out in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the 5-year-old Bernstein mare handled her own division with exactly the kind of dominance trainer Mark Casse was seeking in her season debut.

  • Sarah Sis takes on eight rivals in the Bayakoa Stakes.

    Sarah Sis Targets Bayakoa

    After a tough beat in the Jan. 23 American Beauty Stakes, Rags Racing Stable's grade II winner Sarah Sis takes on eight rivals in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Tepin wins the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile.

    Tepin Set for Season Debut in Endeavour

    Looking to launch a campaign that could include another run at the boys at Keeneland in the Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) this spring, trainer Mark Casse has entered Tepin in the Feb. 13 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay.

  • Mshawish comes home a winner in the Donn Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-v9zkHXV">Order This Photo</a>

    Mshawish Dazzles in Donn Handicap

    Last year Mshawish took the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), but this season transitioned his form to dirt in brilliant style, and brought home the second grade I win of his career Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Lady Shipman cruises to victory in the Ladies Turf Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-2sft63x">Order This Photo</a>

    Lady Shipman Aces Season Debut

    In her first start of the season and first for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman was a comfortable winner of the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park.

  • Forever Unbridled takes the Houston Ladies Classic.

    Forever Unbridled Claims Ladies Classic

    Forever Unbridled continued her recent run of good form Jan. 30, taking over from pacesetter and defending race winner Cassatt to claim the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (gr. III) at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • Mohaymen rolls to victory in the Holy Bull Stakes.

    Mohaymen Romps in Holy Bull Stakes

    Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen made easy work of five rivals to draw clear in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30, pushing his perfect record to 4-for-4.

  • Untapable

    Champion Untapable Returns to Worktab

    The 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned to the worktab with a four-furlong breeze in :52 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 28 and is gearing up for a 2016 racing campaign.

  • California Chrome in Dubai

    California Chrome to Run Feb. 25 in Dubai

    California Chrome will run Feb. 25 in a 2,000-meter handicap to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE_I) rather than racing on the March 5 "Super Saturday" program, assistant trainer Alan Sherman confirmed Jan. 26.

  • Cassatt won the 2015 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes.

    Cassatt Back to Defend Houston Ladies Title

    Treated for a suspensory issue and osselets at Rood & Riddle, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned in her second start off the layup to win the Dec. 13 She's All In Handicap. Her connections hope for another win Jan. 30.

  • Haveyougoneaway fights off favorite Sarah Sis to win the American Beauty Stakes.

    Haveyougoneaway Wins American Beauty

    Haveyougoneaway edged game favorite Sarah Sis in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23, galloping through on the rail off the turn and working hard for the victory at Oaklawn Park.

  • Sarah Sis will launch her 4-year-old campaign in the American Beauty Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-xjgsxLn">Order This Photo</a>

    Sarah Sis Returns in American Beauty

    Sarah Sis, who won the Oct. 17 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) at Keeneland in her most recent start, will launch her 4-year-old campaign Jan. 23 in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

  • American Pharoah
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    At Eclipse Awards, 'AP' is King

    The connections of Beholder, La Verdad, and Glen Hill Farm also accepted honors with quote-worthy responses Jan. 16 at the 45th annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park.

  • The American Pharoah Story

    American Pharoah galloped straight into the hearts of racing fans with his hard-fought triumph in the Kentucky Derby and a follow-up romp in the Preakness, but there was nothing like the roar of the crowd after the Belmont.

  • Tepin following her Breeders' Cup Mile victory.
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    Tepin Secures Turf Female Championship

    Tepin secured her Eclipse Award honors with a slam-dunk performance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), beating the boys by 2 1⁄2 lengths in a race which has now had a female winner upon nine occasions.

  • Jet Black Magic won the Delta Downs Princess on November 21.

    Fields Line Up for LeComte, Silverbulletday

    With next Saturday's card drawn Jan. 8, an overflow field was entered for the mile and 70-yard LeComte, while the Silverbulletday drew eight led by Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) winner Jet Black Magic.

  • California Chrome: Groom Raul Rodriguez

    Raul Rodriguez, California Chrome's Main Man: Out of the limelight yet playing a vital role, one man provides day-to-day hands-on care for 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome.

  • Mshawish (left) fights off Valid to win the Hal's Hope Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-FnqMs9n">Order This Photo</a>

    Mshawish Gets His Dirt Win in Hal's Hope

    Al Shaqab Racing's versatile Mshawish successfully transfered his graded stakes-winning form to the dirt Jan. 9, edging Valid by a head in the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • La Verdad rolls to victory in the Interborough Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-pddzZFL">Order This Photo</a>

    La Verdad Gallops to Easy Interborough Win

    Lady Sheila Stable's multiple graded stakes winner La Verdad turned the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack into a cakewalk Jan. 9, and will have another start before being bred to Medaglia d'Oro.

  • Tepin winning the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland

    Tepin Gets Back to Work for Casse

    Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.

  • Love the Chase in Kentucky, Going to Tapit

    As the days count down to California Chrome's comeback in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual (gr. II), the defending Horse of the Year's dam continued her own journey with a trip to Kentucky, where she'll be bred to Tapit.

  • Financial Modeling rolls to victory in the Queens County Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-kWMNzkH">Order This Photo</a>

    Financial Modeling Wires Queens County

    The Street Sense colt was hustled from the gate and never looked back in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes Dec. 19 at Aqueduct Racetrack, picking up his first stakes score while galloping clear of 6-5 favorite Tommy Macho.