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  • Tonalist
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    Belmont: Tonalist Has Ties to Pleasant Colony

    Following a four-length win at Belmont Park in the Peter Pan, Tonalist will have the opportunity June 7 to capture the Triple Crown race that eluded his maternal grandsire while carrying Robert S. Evans' colors.

  • Divine Light Dies in Turkey

    Turkey-based stallion Divine Light died May 12 at Adana Seyhan Covering Station due to complications from a lipoma tumor being coiled around his intestines. The son of Sunday Silence--Meld Sport, by Northern Taste, was 19.

  • Silver City Sires First Winner in Texas

    Stakes winner Silver City was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his 2-year-old daughter Promise Me Silver won the third race at Lone Star Park in her career debut May 11.

  • Deborah Kopatz at her Fox Chapel Farm.

    Ohio Breeder Kopatz Dies at 60

    Deborah Kopatz, an Ohio-based Thoroughbred owner and breeder, died May 8 at age 60. Kopatz owned Fox Chapel Farm near North Canton, Ohio and bred four-time stakes winner King of the Roxy.

  • Ring Weekend

    Gelded Ring Weekend Seeks Rare Preakness Win

    West Point Thoroughbreds founder and president Terry Finley had to reach deep into his wallet to acquire Preakness Stakes contender Ring Weekend, a son of Tapit, at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Please Explain

    Please Explain is Late Kentucky Oaks Entry

    Trainer Tom Proctor confirmed the morning of April 29 that he will enter Niall Racing's homebred filly Please Explain in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Jockey Jose Lezcano will ride the dark bay or brown filly.

  • Flatterer makes an appearance at the 1990 Breeders' Cup.
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    Sheppard Remembers Flatterer

    A few days after the death announcement of four-time champion steeplechase horse Flatterer, co-breeder and trainer Jonathan Sheppard reflected on the life of one of the greatest horses with which he has ever been associated.

  • Room Service
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    Room Service Will Not Run in Kentucky Oaks

    Gary and Mary West's homebred filly Room Service, who dead-heated for victory with Rosalind in the April 5 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I), has been withdrawn for consideration in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Fashion Plate

    Zetcher Hopes for Lilies With Fashion Plate

    In the early morning hours at Santa Anita Park when most Thoroughbred owners are still in their beds, Arnold Zetcher can often be found observing the progress of his horses in training at the Southern California oval.

  • Sugar Shock worked four furlongs with Calvin Borel aboard in :48 2/5.

    KY Oaks-Bound Fillies Work at Churchill

    Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-bound fillies Unbridled Forever, Sugar Shock, Aurelia's Belle, and Room Service all posted workouts at Churchill Downs the morning of April 24 in preparation for the "Run for the Lilies."

  • Forte Dei Marmi is the only grade I winner in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes.

    GI Winner Forte Dei Marmi Heads Elkhorn

    Stella Perdomo's 7-year-old gelding Forte Dei Marmi has the distinction of being the only grade I winner in the full 14-horse field set for the April 26 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Afternoon With the Regal Rosalind

    Last Tuesday afternoon (April 15), I had the privilege of going to Keeneland and visiting Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Rosalind at trainer Kenny McPeek's barn.

  • Gamay Noir won the Rampart Stakes on March 29.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3149907170&k=Z7KmDqP">Order This Photo</a>

    Rampart Winner Gamay Noir Heads Sixty Sails

    Gamay Noir, who snapped a five-race losing streak when she captured the Rampart Stakes (gr. III), tops a field of eight fillies and mares that will go to the post in Hawthorne's Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) April 19.

  • Sugar Shock won the 2014 Fantasy Stakes.

    Anderson Seeks Sweet Victory With Sugar Shock

    Iowa-based trainer Doug Anderson isn't a well-known name in the Thoroughbred horse racing game. But when his filly Sugar Shock contests the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), things may change for the small-time conditioner.

  • Ready to Act wins the Beaumont Stakes.

    Ready to Act Overcomes Start to Win Beaumont

    In her first start on a synthetic surface, Ready to Act recorded her second straight stakes victory for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence when she rallied from last to capture the April 13 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).

  • Sweet Whiskey won the 2014 Old Hat Stakes. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3005304950&k=9JPH6zc">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Has Strong Pair for Beaumont

    Alto Racing's Sweet Whiskey, who launched her 2014 campaign with a victory in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) leads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the April 13 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).

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    Fever Knocks Lea Out of Charles Town Classic

    Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea, who was expected to race in the upcoming Charles Town Classic (gr. II), spiked a fever the week of April 7 and will miss a couple weeks of training, according to trainer Bill Mott.

  • Centre Court won the 2013 Jenny Wiley Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2455324228&k=69pQKfC">Order This Photo</a>

    Centre Court to Defend Jenny Wiley Title

    G. Watts Humphrey's 5-year-old mare Centre Court will attempt become only the second repeat winner of the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland when she takes on nine rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race April 12.

  • Ashland Winners Have Stories To Tell

    The stories behind Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winners Rosalind and Room Service, the first horses in Keeneland history to dead heat in a grade I race, are worthy of sharing as both fillies go forward toward.

  • Storming Inti (right) won the Kitten's Joy Stakes by a head on Jan 19.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3031416723&k=vnLnSxg">Order This Photo</a>

    Storming Inti Looms in Transylvania

    Three-time stakes winner Storming Inti and 2013 Generous (gr. IIIT) victor Global View are the most accomplished horses in a full field of 12 that were entered in the Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 4.

  • Untapable takes on 4 in the Fair Grounds Oaks. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=3144375142&k=rhkbzfK">Order This Photo</a>

    Untapable Headlines Fair Grounds Oaks

    Decisive Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) winner Untapable takes the next big step to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) trail when she faces four others in the May 29 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • OTTB Spotlight: Kicken Kris

    Grade I-winning millionaire Kicken Kris has been turned into a fox hunter and event horse under the tutelage of Jane Sleeper in Pennsylvania.

  • Alidiva

    Champion Producer Alidiva Dies at 27

    Champion producer Alidiva died at the Taylor family's Taylor Made farm near Nicholasville, Ky., March 17. The Irish-bred daughter of Chief Singer had been pensioned for several years and died of the infirmities of old age.

  • Testa Rossi won the 2013 Miss Grillo Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2815276631&k=pLWqGG5">Order This Photo</a>

    Chad Brown Fillies Vie for Florida Oaks

    Stablemates Testa Rossi and Kitten Kaboodle, both graded stakes winners in 2013 from the barn of trainer Chad Brown, will make their first appearances as sophomores in the March 8 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay.

  • Lochte won the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap by 2 3/4 lengths on Feb 9.
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    Lochte Looks for First California Stakes

    Lochte, impressive 39-1 winner of the Feb. 9 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), will attempt to repeat his success in his first trip to California when he faces nine others in the March 8 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr.IT).

  • Normandy Invasion
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    Normandy Invasion Back in Action Feb. 22

    Since mid-December Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion has been working steadily under the tutelage of trainer Chad Brown at Palm Meadows in Florida. On Feb. 22, the son of Tapit is to make a return to racing at Gulfstream.

  • On February 5, 1949, Huaso nee Faithful, ridden by Chilean cavalry Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales, jumped a wall 8 feet and 1 inch (2.47 meters) high and set a world record.

    OTTB Spotlight: Faithful

    Guest blogger Paula Carleton Evans shares the story of Faithful, an ex-racer who jumped a wall higher than eight feet in 1949. Wednesday marked the 65th anniversary of Faithful's legendary jump.