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  • 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.

  • California Chrome<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-146/i-3PffLXd">Order This Photo</a>

    California Chrome Works Six Furlongs

    Stretching out for the first time since returning to trainer Art Sherman's barn in October, California Chrome breezed six furlongs Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • Street Fancy rolls home to win the Starlet Stakes.

    Street Fancy Bursts to Starlet Score

    Agave Racing Stable's Street Fancy went from maiden winner to grade I winner Dec. 12, taking the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course with a strong late burst of speed.

  • Tonalist
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    Tonalist Retired to Lane's End

    Four-time grade I winner Tonalist has been retired to Lane's End Farm, according to a Dec. 9 release. The son of Tapit will stand the 2016 season for an advertised fee of $40,000.

  • Room for Me came rolls to the win in the Garland of Roses Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-sX8wfj5">Order This Photo</a>

    Room for Me Wins Garland of Roses

    Room for Me came off a seventh in the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland to return to winning form Dec. 5, when she aired by 3 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes.

  • California Chrome on track at Los Alamitos

    California Chrome Continues Los Al Progress

    Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman after the Lucky Pulpit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.

  • Smarty Jones settling in at Calumet Farm.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/Thoroughbred-Greats/Smarty-Jones/i-Ft2kj89/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Smarty Jones Settles in at Calumet

    On a brisk fall morning at Calumet Farm, dual classic winner Smarty Jones stood alertly in his paddock. The 14-year-old son of Elusive Quality is settling in well at the Lexington landmark.

  • Tonalist gets up late to win the Cigar Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-k9fqWtZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Tonalist Charges to Cigar Mile Victory

    Tonalist came flying with a big late run Nov. 28 to win the $670,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, edging out Red Vine in a photo finish after tracking far back under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.

  • Commissioner and Florent Geroux takes the Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Commissioner Ends Career on High Note

    WinStar Farm's Commissioner went out on a high note Nov. 28, ending his career with a victory in the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Airoforce takes control late to win the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

    Airoforce Splashes Home in KY Jockey Club

    Airoforce splashed over the sloppy, sealed track at Churchill Downs Nov. 28 with nary an issue, closing gamely to grind out a victory when making his dirt debut in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).

  • Effinex (#8) and Mike Smith take the Clark Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-PjDRrcD">Order This Photo</a>

    Effinex Lands Grade I in Clark Handicap

    Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex capped his big season in a big way Nov. 27, holding off defending winner Hoppertunity in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Heathcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Big Cazanova heads north for the Berkeley Handicap.

    Big Cazanova Visits Golden Gate for Berkeley

    Big Cazanova is 3-for-3 on the old synthetic surface at Del Mar, and now trainer Peter Miller will see if he can carry his affinity for an artificial track to the Nov. 29 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Taris rolls home to win the Go for Wand Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-fmPWXJv">Order This Photo</a>

    Taris Rolls Clear in Go for Wand

    Coming off a third in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), Taris collected another stakes score Nov. 27 when she rolled clear to victory in the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • Favorite Tale comes home strong to win the Fabulous Strike Handicap.

    Favorite Tale Easy Fabulous Strike Winner

    There was a reason bettors made PJG Stable's Favorite Tale the 1-2 favorite for the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap; he was the class of the field off a third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Saham won the Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs on Sept. 26.

    Saham Returns for Commonwealth Turf Bid

    The 2-3 finishers from the Oct. 17 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT), plus a contender who had a bad-luck run in that race, meet again Nov. 27 in the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Exaggerator comes home in front in the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes.

    Exaggerator Holds in Delta Jackpot

    Exaggerator was the class of the field headed into the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) on the merit of a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and the Curlin colt delivered.

  • Jet Black Magic streaks home to win the Delta Downs Princess Stakes.

    Jet Black Magic Upsets Delta Princess

    Carl R. Moore's Jet Black Magic turned the tables on 1-5 favorite La Appassionata and soared clear to victory in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21 at Delta Downs.

  • Ben's Cat will try for his fourth Fabulous Strike Handicap.

    Ben's Cat Seeks Fourth Fabulous Strike

    Ben's Cat, the formidable iron horse who keeps on campaigning for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, could take home his fourth consecutive edition of the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap Nov. 25 at Penn National.

  • Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones to Stand at Calumet Farm

    Smarty Jones, whose 2004 Triple Crown bid and affable connections earned him legions of fans, is returning to Central Kentucky from Pennsylvania to take up stallion duties at Calumet Farm. His fee for 2016 will be $7,500.

  • Shotgun Kowboy

    Shotgun Kowboy in Final Pre-Clark Breeze

    Shotgun Kowboy, winner of the Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) and Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park, turned in his final breeze Nov. 18 at his home track leading up to the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I).

  • La Appassionata won the My Trusty Cat Stakes on October 23.

    La Appassionata Heads Delta Downs Princess

    Undefeated La Appasionata will be chasing her first graded win Nov. 21 in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III), as the runners she easily conquered last out face her for another try at Delta Downs.

  • Madefromlucky faces 6 in the Discovery Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-Q9wjpQV">Order This Photo</a>

    Madefromlucky Seeks Discovery Comeback

    Dual grade II winner Madefromlucky seeks a rebound from his seventh in the Sept. 19 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in the $150,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 11 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Spelling Again leaves the competition behind in the Chilukki Stakes.

    Spelling Again Sails Clear in Chilukki

    About four lengths clear at the wire under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, the 4-year-old Awesome Again filly completed her first graded score for trainer Brad Cox and Sea Jay Racing.

  • Big World rolls to victory in the Tempted Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-H7nrBMB">Order This Photo</a>

    Big World Takes Tempted for 'Carlos'

    Big World easily made the lead and kept it Nov. 4 in the $200,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) on opening day at Aqueduct Race Track, securing her first graded win and becoming the first stakes winner for her sire.

  • American Pharoah arrived at Coolmore's Ashford Stud Nov. 2.

    American Pharoah Retires to Ashford

    American Pharoah will be the first Triple Crown winner to stand at stud since Affirmed was retired in 1979, and the first available to breeders since Affirmed died in 2001. A stud fee announcement is expected soon.

  • Runhappy wins the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
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    Runhappy Sets Track Record in BC Sprint

    Runhappy lived up to the hype and galloped home strong in the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), running down veteran grade I winner Private Zone in the final furlong Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

  • Songbird runs away from the competition in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2015-Breeders-Cup/14-Hands-Winery-Breeders-Cup-J/i-mhH98NV/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Songbird Scores in BC Juvenile Fillies

    Songbird delivered a beautiful performance Oct. 31 in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), controlling the pace throughout and winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Rachel's Valentina.

  • Catch a Glimpse leads the way to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2015-Breeders-Cup/Breeders-Cup-Juvenile-Fillies-/i-sBjnRTn">Order This Photo</a>

    Catch a Glimpse Gives Casse First BC Win

    Catch a Glimpse had been touting herself in the mornings, and came through Oct. 30, giving trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup win when taking the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).