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  • Hyper has made three starts this season for trainer Chad Brown.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2750249369&k=8DFL7PK">Order This Photo</a>

    Hyper the New 'Man' in St. Leger

    Should fan favorite The Pizza Man start in the Arlington Million XXXIII Stakes (gr. IT), then Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Hyper becomes the main threat for the 1 11/16-mile American St. Leger Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Speighter Man to All Star in Louisiana

    Speighter Man, a 7-year-old son of top sire Speightstown and a half brother to Colonel John, will stand in 2016 at Jack Hebert's All Star Thoroughbreds near Sulpher, La. His fee will be $2,000.

  • Happy My Way<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3155879041&k=gMGPp6x">Order This Photo</a>

    Happy My Way, 5, Dies

    Sagamore Farn and Mel Paikoff's Happy My Way, a grade III-winning gelding by Wilko, was put down following a slab fracture that could not be repaired. The 5-year-old ran fifth Aug. 1 in a stakes race at Mountaineer.

  • Hillaby won last year's Bessarabian Stakes (Can-II) at the Seaway's seven-furlong distance.

    Hillaby Likely to Bounce Back in Seaway

    Hillaby, a close second to Endless Light in the July 1 Sweet Briar Too Stakes, figures to be tighter second time out in the Aug. 8 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. The seven-furlong race drew seven older fillies.

  • Most Inspiring First Winner for Gio Ponti

    Most Inspiring, from the first crop of three-time champion Gio Ponti, breaks her maiden in her first attempt July 31 at Woodbine, winning a six-furlong maiden special weight on the turf in 1:10.36.

  • First Winner for Giant Surprise

    Sudden Surprise, a Repole Stable homebred, is the first winner for his sire Giant Surprise. Giant Surprise broke his maiden in his debut at Saratoga July 30, 2011.

  • Quiet Force comes home strong to win the Arlington Handicap.

    Quiet Force Speaks Up in Arlington H.

    Kevin Warner's Quiet Force, a sharp $40,000 claim in March 2014, comes from just off the pace to win the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). The son of Dynaformer will likely start in next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT)

  • Hip 317, a filly by Tapit, brought $500,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

    Tapit Filly Tops F-T July Sale at $500,000

    A filly by Tapit brings a sale-topping bid of $500,000 deep in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington. Bloodstock agent Steven Young signed the ticket on the chestnut out of French Dip, by Speightstown.

  • Hip 99, a Blame colt, brought $335,000 during the July 9 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

    Blame Colt Brings $335,000 at F-T July

    A colt by Blame, pinhooked by First Finds for $20,000 as a weanling in 2014, brings $335,000 during the July 9 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale. Ellen Charles, of Washington, D.C., is the buyer.

  • F-T July Sale Off and Running

    The first two hours of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale see figures on par with last year's final numbers. A filly by Quality Road selling for $300,000 highlights the early going.

  • Sarah Sis won the Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 7.

    Sarah Sis Heads Iowa Oaks

    Sarah Sis, winner of the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) earlier this year, heads the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) off her win in the May 30 Panthers Stakes over the Prairie Meadows surface.

  • My Sweet Addiction won the Vanity on May 9.

    'Addiction' Nice Addition to Fleur de Lis

    Pamela Ziebarth's homebred grade I winner My Sweet Addiction makes her Kentucky debut against five exiting the La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) in the June 13 Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Stephanie's Kitten wins the Hillsborough Stakes.

    Stephanie's Kitten Tops New York Field

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten returns in the June 5 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. The daughter of Kitten's Joy won Tampa Bay's Hillsborough Stakes (gr. III) last time out.

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    Red Rifle May Fire in Belmont Gold Cup

    Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Red Rifle, a front-running type, will carry the field a long way in the June 5 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Stakes at two miles on the Widener Turf Course.

  • Hollywood Park Grandstand Demolished

    The grandstand at Hollywood Park, vacant since the fall meet closed in December 2013, was imploded the morning of May 31, clearing the way for a proposed $2 billion football stadium, entertainment, and residential complex.

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    Frosted, Keen Ice Drill Toward Belmont

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) participants Frosted and Keen Ice breezed May 15 at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs, respectively, in their first workouts since the Run for the Roses.

  • The trifecta in the 2007 Preakness was the same as the Derby, but in a different order.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/Older-Triple-Crown-Images/Past-Preakness-Stakes-Winners/i-2CB6zQc">Order This Photo</a>

    Preakness Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3

    The top three Kentucky Derby finishers have only all hit the board in the Preakness twice since Affirmed, Alydar, and Believe It filled the frame in both races in 1978.

  • Stellar Wind

    Oaks Favoritism Goes to the 'Wind'

    Kosta Hronis said Stellar Wind will have to do "something special" if she is going to top 13 other 3-year-old fillies May 1 in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

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    American Pharoah Tops NTRA Poll

    American Pharoah, the likely morning-line favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tops the NTRA 3-year-old poll that was released April 27.

  • Joanne Nielsen

    Upstart Breeder Out of Hospital, CD Bound

    Joanne Nielsen, the breeder of Upstart, has been released from the hospital after an 11-night stay for viral pneumonia, and is hopeful to make it to Louisville for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

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    Three to Represent New York in Derby

    The New York-breeding program had two runners in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). This year it appears three Empire state-breds will go: International Star, Upstart, and Tencendur.

  • Lovely Maria worked 5 furlongs in :59 3/5 under jockey Kerwin Clark on April 26.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2015-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-sZZXT5g">Order This Photo</a>

    Jones Fillies Drill for Kentucky Oaks

    Trainer Larry Jones sent out his two fillies for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) the morning of April 26 at Churchill Downs. Lovely Maria went five furlongs in :59 3/5 and I'm a Chatterbox got the same trip in 1:01.

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    StarLadies On Oaks Trail With Eskenformoney

    StarLadies Racing, headed by Laurie Wolf and Barbara Lucarelli, have Eskenformoney for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) from their first band of runners. The Eskendereya filly was a $225,000 yearling buy in 2013.

  • Sarah Sis worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 on April 24.

    Sarah Sis: Sibling With a Shot in the Oaks

    Joe Ragsdale has been an owner for less than three years and the Oklahoman finds himself heading to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Sarah Sis, trained by Ingrid Mason.

  • Stuart Grant (right) with Condo Commando.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-XdX5nTm">Order This Photo</a>

    Patience the Key for Condo Commando

    The connections of Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Condo Commando passed on a trip to last year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park and have a fresh, strong contender at Churchill Downs.

  • Exchange Rate's Excellent Week

    Three Chimneys stallion Exchange Rate gets a pair of graded stakes winners at Keeneland April 11-12 and has a pair of 2-year-olds sell for $350,000 and $190,000 at the Tattersalls breeze-up sale in England.

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    Birdatthewire Puts Another Jones in the Oaks

    Lynn and Kathy Jones have been in the horse business for 35 years. The Central Kentucky couple will enjoy their trip to Churchill Downs this year as the breeders of Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Birdatthewire.

  • Angela Renee (inside) worked a half-mile in :47 3/5 at Keeneland April 16.

    Oaks Hopeful Angela Renee Drills at Kee

    Siena Farms' Angela Renee (by Bernardini) worked a half-mile in company in :47 3/5 April 16 at Keeneland. The grade I winner may make her next start in the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • KY Oaks: Feels Like a Final Four

    The "Road to Louisville" and the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has a "Final Four" feel to it. Who are the top seeds? Evan Hammonds explores a group of talented 3-year-old fillies.

  • Condo Commando leads the way home in the Gazelle Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-rv5mGNV">Order This Photo</a>

    'Condo' in Full Command in Gazelle

    Condo Commando, the 3-5 favorite, was an easy winner of the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 4 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old filly covered the nine furlongs in 1:52.17.

  • Stellar Wind dominates the Santa Anita Oaks.

    Stellar Wind Rolls in Santa Anita Oaks

    Stellar Wind, the 6-5 favorite for the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), delivered with a commanding 5 1/4-length win over Luminance April 4 at Santa Anita Park. The daughter of Curlin traveled the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.26.

  • I'm a Chatterbox flies home to take the Fair Grounds Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-jVg9nJ9">Order This Photo</a>

    I'm a Chatterbox Notches Easy FG Oaks Victory

    I'm a Chatterbox, a homebred racing for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, won the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite March 28, sweeping the three stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.