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  • Rated R Superstar moves past Chip Leader in the Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland

    Rated R Superstar Last to First in Ben Ali

    Radar Racing's Rated R Superstar, a 5-year-old gelding, roared past favored Chip Leader to win the April 13 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. The son of Kodiak Kowboy covered the nine furlongs in 1:49.31.

  • Caledonia Road April 11 at Palm Meadows Training Center

    Acorn New Goal for Champion Filly Caledonia Road

    Caledonia Road, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, returned to the work tab April 11 at Palm Meadows Training Center. After recovering from a viral infection, the daughter of Quality Road is being pointed to the June 9 Acorn Stakes (G1).

  • Cosmic Burst trains April 10 at Oaklawn Park

    Cosmic Burst Could Light Up Fantasy

    Norma Lee Stockseth and Todd Dunn's Cosmic Burst, winner of the March 10 Honeybee Stakes (G3), is poised to move forward in Oaklawn's April 13 Fantasy Stakes (G3). The daughter of Violence is one of eight 3-year-old fillies for the $400,000 event.

  • Blended Citizen wins the 2018 Jeff Ruby Steaks

    What's Going On Here: Cultural Divide

    We were fortunate enough to be part of a whirlwind week of racing—on both sides of the equator—in mid-March. After visiting the leafy Maronas course in Montevideo, Uruguay, March 11, we traveled to utilitarian Turfway Park.

  • Roman Rosso wins the Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano at Maronas Racetrack

    Roman Rosso Scores in Latinoamericano

    Roman Rosso, a son of the late Roman Ruler, defeats Leao De Prata in the stretch of the $500,000 Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1) March 11 at Maronas Racetrack in Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • Fly So High scores a three-length victory in the Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park

    Fly So High OK After Being Vanned Off

    Phipps Stable's Fly So High was vanned off following the March 3 Davona Dale Stake (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Daisy Phipps Pulito reports the 3-year-old filly is doing fine the following morning.

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    West Coast Regional: Golden Eight

    Come the turn of the calendar, optimism comes to the fore as new stallions are settled into new homes, and farm managers do their best to drum up business. Several new faces will try to break through in the Golden State in 2018.

  • What's Going On Here: Under The Gun

    Behind every Thoroughbred that makes its way to the racetrack is a team of people who have plowed plenty of capital and sweat equity into turning a dream into a reality. And there is always a great backstory.

  • What's Going On Here: First Blush

    News came in around our 'hot stove' during the last week in the form of foal announcements from farms popping buttons over the initial reports on the first arrivals from last year's first-year sires.

  • Lovely Bernadette wins the 2017 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes - Josephine Abercrombie

    What's Going on Here: Party On

    The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend offers us the opportunity to extend birthday wishes to a pair of pioneers and congratulations to a pair of new trailblazers in the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Miss Sky Warrior gallops at Churchill Downs before last year's Kentucky Oaks

    Multiple Grade 2 Winner Miss Sky Warrior Retired

    Al and Arlene London's homebred Miss Sky Warrior, a winner of three consecutive grade 2 races in 2016-17 and a favorite for last year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has been retired. She will be bred to American Pharoah for 2018.

  • What's Going On Here: Dan The Man

    The TCA held its 28th stallion season auction and celebration Jan. 7, and Dan Rosenberg, a longtime board member and past president of the TCA, was honored with the Allaire du Pont leadership award. Few have been as deserving.

  • Dan Rosenberg (left) receives the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award from Thoroughbred Charities of America president Mike McMahon

    Rosenberg, Caribbean Group Honored by TCA

    The 28th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America stallion season auction and celebration honored Dan Rosenberg and Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare during its main fundraising event Jan. 7 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

  • Jack Van Berg

    Trainer Jack Van Berg Dies at 81

    Jack Van Berg, the Hall of Fame trainer and the son of a Hall of Fame trainer, died Dec. 27 in Little Rock, Ark., at the age of 81. He is best known as the trainer of dual classic winner and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, 'America's Horse.'

  • Second Flight - By Evan Hammonds

    The Pegasus' date on the calendar has a certain appeal. The late January date gives runners plenty of time to recuperate from their efforts in the Breeders' Cup, but allows them time not to miss the year's breeding cycle.

  • What's Going On Here: Surprise Surprise

    For most of us that live east of the Pecos, the Breeders’ Cup weekend of Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar was like stumbling onto the lost city of the Incas. Who knew it was the best-kept secret in racing?

  • Americanize takes Nov. 3 opener at Del Mar

    Americanize Earns His Stripes in Damascus

    Americanize, a 4-year-old homebred for Kaleem Shah making his stakes debut Nov. 3, shook clear of Mr. Hinx to win the seven-furlong Damascus Stakes, the first race on the opening day Breeders' Cup program at Del Mar.

  • Angie Cheak, winner of 2017 White Horse Award

    Cheak Honored with White Horse Award

    Angie Cheak, who spearheaded the rescue of 43 Thoroughbreds from a Mercer County, Ky., farm, was honored with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award Nov. 2 at Del Mar.

  • Orbolution wins the Aug. 31 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

    StarLadies Pick a Pair for Breeders’ Cup

    StarLadies Racing, a partnership group led by Laurie Wolf, has two 2-year-old fillies for the Breeders' Cup: Orbolution in Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf and Stainless in Saturday's Juvenile Fillies.

  • Nothing beats a mint julep at the Derby.

    What's Going On Here: The List

    Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal featured an article “101 Things to Do Before You Die (At Age 101). In that bent, we’ve thought this through and have come up with a few “Things to Do in Racing Before You Die:”

  • Happily wins the group 1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly

    Happily the Star in Juvenile Fillies Turf

    While the race usually is a difficult puzzle considering the light form on 2-year-old fillies and a huge influx of European runners, this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) Nov. 3 at Del Mar features a ready-made star in Happily.