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  • Harlan's Holiday sired the top-seller, a filly out of the unraced Septieme Ciel mare Leading the Way, at Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Harlan's Holiday Filly Tops Barretts May

    The Barretts May 2-year-old in training sale saw decreases in the number of horses sold, gross, average, and median price, while the sale topper, a daughter of Harlan's Holiday, brought $700,000 to top the one-day sale.

  • CHRB Issues Steroid Advisory

    The California Horse Racing Board has issued an advisory to explain the changing regulatory scheme of anabolic steroids.

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    Storm Cat Pensioned

    Storm Cat, North America's premier sire for years, has been pensioned from stallion duty because of declining fertility at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

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    Passion Tops Miss Preakness

    Between Pletcher, Passion, and Pimlico, there are plenty of alliterations. And here is another for the record-preference-which is what the Eclipse Award-winning trainer will be trying to pinpoint as he sends his versatile 3-year-old filly to the $100,000 Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III).

  • Kentucky Bear

    Preakness Notes: May 13

    Behindatthebar, Giant Moon, Riley Tucker, Stevil, and Tres Borrachos turn in their final workouts before the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.

  • Eight Belles

    TCA Announces Eight Belles Memorial Fund

    Thoroughbred Charities of America, ("TCA"), has announced the formation of the Eight Belles Memorial Fund. Donations made in Eight Belles honor will go specifically toward retraining of Thoroughbreds for secondary careers and research into catastrophic breakdowns.

  • Wagering through Oregon Hub Grows 3%

    Advance deposit wagering through the Oregon hub system grew nearly 3% in the first quarter of 2008 despite an overall decline in national betting numbers in North America.

  • Davona Dale winner Bsharpsonata looks to return to the Winner's Circle in the Black-Eyed Susan.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3741923%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bsharpsonata Heads Black-Eyed Susan

    Multiple-graded stakes winner Bshapsonata will look to continue her outstanding sophomore season May 17 in the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course, as she takes on eight 3-year-old fillies.

  • Commentary: Healing the Wounds

    <i> by Dan Liebman</i> - There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public.

  • Commentary: It Just Is

    <i>by Joel B. Turner</i> - It is what we owners and breeders fear the most. A call from a farm employee, trainer, or vet with that oddly familiar, awkward tone foretelling the bad news we have lost one of our horses.

  • Icabad Crane

    Preakness Profile: Icabad Crane

    Icabad Crane proved he stands a chance in the second jewel of the Triple Crown with his impressive performance in the April 19 Frederico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico.

  • Riley Tucker

    Preakness Profile: Riley Tucker

    Ahmed Zayat sent two runners to the Derby who wound up chasing Big Brown home. For the Preakness, Zayat Stables' will send out Riley Tucker, a son of Harlan's Holiday who has earned a shot.

  • Behindatthebar

    Preakness Profile: Behindatthebar

    Behindatthebar wasn't ready for a start in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after winning the April 19 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). But with two more weeks between races under his girth, the Todd Pletcher trainee could be one of the more legitimate contenders for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Racing Industry Opinion: Healing the Wounds

    <P>There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public. Normally that attention would be in celebration of the Kentucky Derby winner, but this year the attention came in the form of criticism due to the tragic catastrophic breakdown suffered by second-place finisher Eight Belles. <P>The industry...

  • A. P. Arrow, shown winning the Clark Handicap, is the morning-line choice for the Pimlico Special.

    A.P. Arrow Tops Special Field

    Nine older horses, including 5-2 morning-line favorite A.P. Arrow, have been entered for the $250,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course. The 1 3/16-mile Special is contested at the same distance as the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which will be held the following day.

  • Sadler&#39;s Wells

    Sadler's Wells Pensioned

    Irish-based Coolmore Stud announced May 12 that legendary sire Sadler's Wells is to be retired from stud duties due to declining fertility.

  • Presque Isle Downs

    ADWs Lose Presque Isle Downs Signal

    Presque Isle Downs is the latest track to get caught up in the battle over revenue sharing of online and telephone wagering companies as signals to many advance deposit wagering companies were cut off May 11 due to lack of agreements with the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Gayego may run in the May 17 Preakness (gr. I).

    Gayego Now Possible for Preakness

    Trainer Paulo Lobo reported May 12 that a start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course by Cubanacan Stables' Gayego is under consideration.

  • The on-going ADW dispute between Calder and the horsemen may prevent the Preakness simulcast signal from being shown in Florida.

    Preakness Day Simulcast in Jeopardy

    Calder Race Course and all other Florida tracks are facing the prospect of not receiving the signal for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and its Pimlico Race Course undercard.

  • MEC, THG Talking But No Deal in Sight

    Officials with Magna Entertainment Corp. and the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group have met twice recently to discuss the ongoing conflict over revenue splits for advance deposit wagering, though the sides aren't close to striking a deal.

  • Inside Track: Burnett's Journey

    On April 28, long time racetrack worker and paraplegic Rodney Burnett began a daunting journey with a worthy mission. Burnett, 51, is currently en route to the West Coast in a covered wagon on a 2,500-mile cross country trip that began in Williston, Fla.

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    Chelokee On the Improve

    Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard at Churchill Downs, continues to be on the improve at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.

  • Harlem Rocker will skip the Preakness (gr. I) in favor of the Queen&#39;s Plate (gr. I-C) June 22 at Woodbine. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4304424%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Harlem Rocker To Skip Preakness

    Big Brown's task just got a little - or a lot - easier with the decision of Harlem Rocker's owner Frank Stronach to bypass Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and await the $1-million Queen's Plate at Woodbine June 22.

  • Big Brown and Others Ready for Preakness

    IEAH Stable and Paul Pompa Jr.'s Big Brown, a dominant winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), had another easy morning May 12 at Churchill Downs as his bid for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown, draws closer.

  • Stevil

    Preakness Profile: Stevil

    Stevil has not won a race since his maiden score at Belmont in October of 2007, but trainer Nick Zito has the grey son of Maria's Mon on track for a start in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Yankee Bravo

    Preakness Profile: Yankee Bravo

    With any luck, Yankee Bravo could have been a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter. But it was not meant to be for the son of Yankee Gentleman, who finished fourth in the April 5 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) after being cut off in mid-stretch, which resulted in the dark bay colt falling short of the required graded earnings.

  • Russell Baze

    Baze Wins His Final Race at Bay Meadows

    All-time leading jockey Russell Baze won his final race at Bay Meadows, known over the years as "Baze Meadows" due to his long record of success there, as the San Mateo track's last winter/spring meet came to an end May 11.

  • The Pimlico Special will return to &quot;Old Hilltop&quot; after being left off of the schedule in 2007.

    Pimlico Special: Back By Popular Demand

    The Pimlico Special (gr. I), a historically-significant race for older horses, returns after a year off. The 1 3/16-mile race, sponsored by the Maryland Lottery, will be run the day before the Preakness (gr. I) at "Old Hilltop."

  • Reliving a Classic Rivalry: Part 3 of 4

    Recorded in 2008, Jockeys Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez look back on the rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar during the 1978 Triple Crown. Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez recount the Preakness battle between Affirmed and Alydar. A four part series: Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 1 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 2 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 3 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 4

  • Falco Soars to Victory in French Guineas

    A last minute change of plans paid off in a big way for the connections of Falco, as the 20-1 outsider captured the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I) by an impressive three lengths at Longchamp May 11.

  • Million Dollar Run Pulls Railbird Upset

    Everest Stables' homebred Million Dollar Run, a maiden making only her second career start, pressed the pace, took over at the top of the stretch, and drew clear to win the $100,000 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) by two lengths May 11.

  • Zarkava Sizzles at Longchamp

    Zarkava remained undefeated with an emphatic two length victory over Goldikova in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) at Longchamp May 11. With the win, the 3-year-old filly set a new stakes record for the classic, completing the eight furlongs in 1:35.2, which surpassed the previous mark of 1:35.7 set by Zalaiyka in 1998 and equaled by Torrestrella in 2004.

  • Smooth Air at Churchill Downs during Derby Week.

    Smooth Air Likely Bound for Ohio Derby

    Mount Joy Stable's 3-year-old Smooth Air bounced out of his 11th-place finish behind Big Brown in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in good condition, and trainer Bennie Stutts, Jr. now has him targeted for the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown May 31.

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    Bustin Stones To Skip Met Mile

    Undefeated Bustin Stones, one of the leading sprinters in the country, will not run as planned in the Metropolitan Mile Handicap (gr. I) May 26 at Belmont Park, trainer Bruce Levine said May 11.

  • Surf Town won the final race on closing day of the 2008 Bay Meadows meet.

    Bay Meadows Races Toward Final Call

    After more than 15 years of uncertainty over its future, Bay Meadows appears headed for its last call. May 11 is the final day of the current spring stand for the oldest continually operating racetrack in California.

  • Preakness Notes: May 11

    IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.'s Big Brown had his presence announced on the Churchill Downs track shortly before 7 a.m. May 11 with a loud clap of thunder. Unfazed, Big Brown went about his morning activity, jogging one mile with Michelle Nevin up accompanied by a pony.

  • Street Boss sets a Hollywood Park six furlong track record while winning the Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) on May 10.

    Street Boss Takes Charge of Los Angeles

    Favored Street Boss, overcoming much trouble in his stakes debut, showed why many feel he is the best sprinter in Southern California with a resounding late charge to win the $110,500 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Sweeter Still outlasts Magical Fantasy in the Senorita (gr. IIIT) May 10 at Hollywood Park.

    Sweeter Still Gains Nod in Senorita

    In spite of drifting out a couple of paths from mid-stretch to the wire, favored Sweeter Still won the $109,800 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf by a nose over Magical Fantasy. Stewards, following a lengthy inquiry, decided against making a change in the order of finish.

  • El Gato Malo flies home late to take the Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

    El Gato Malo Delivers in Lone Star Derby

    West Point Thoroughbreds' El Gato Malo, making his first start on traditional dirt, made a dramatic move in late stretch to take the 400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) by a half-length May 10 at Lone Star Park.

  • On the Acorn (left) takes his second straight Jim Murray Handicap (gr. IIT), beating heavily favored Champs Elysees

    On the Acorn Defends Jim Murray Title

    Indizguys Stable's On the Acorn hadn't won a race since last year's running of the $250,000 Jim Murrary Memorial Handicap, but he defended that score with dignity and took the May 10 event at Hollywood Park for the second time in a row.

  • Casino Drive, an easy winner in the Peter Pan (gr. II)

    Casino Drive Spectacular in Peter Pan

    On May 10 at Belmont Park, North America got its first look at the colt who could have the best chance at spoiling Big Brown's entry into racing immortality, as Japanese invader Casino Drive blew away eight challengers to win the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) in sensational fashion.

  • Lucky Island (center) won his third consecutive race with a win in the Bold Ruler (gr. III) May 10 at Belmont Park.

    Lucky Island Rolls to Bold Ruler Win

    Shadwell Stable's Lucky Island wore down the front-running Man of Danger and got his third consecutive victory when he took the $109,100 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park May 10.

  • Recapturetheglory will miss the Preakness due to a fever.

    Recapturetheglory Out of Preakness

    Recapturetheglory, fifth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has had his Preakness Stakes (gr. I) plans derailed by a fever. The son of Cherokee Run is officially out, according to co-owner Ronnie Lamarque, who confirmed the news at 2 p.m. EDT May 10.