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  • Smokey Stover will test the Monmouth surface in the Icecapade Stakes.

    Smokey Stover Heats Up Icecapade at Monmouth

    Smokey Stover, one of the top-rated sprinters in the country, will test his affinity for the Monmouth Park racing strip, site of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), when he faces four foes in the $100,000 Icecapade Stakes Sept. 1.

  • High Finance goes for 3 in a row in the Forego.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    High Finance: A New York State of Mind

    New York: Either love it or hate it. There is no doubt what side of the fence High Finance falls on. The 4-year-old colt has started five times in the Empire State, and won four races. In nine other career tries, the Kentucky-bred has won just once. Go figure.

  • Kodiak Kowboy<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Kodiak Kowboy Poised for Run at Title

    If the 2007 racing season ended right now, it would be hard to argue against Kodiak Kowboy as the champion 2-year-old male. With four straight wins under his girth, he is the most accomplished colt to emerge so far this season. Kodiak Kowboy is by Posse, who has has five stakes winners so far from 59 named foals of racing age, 29 of which have started and 13 have won. Three of Posse's stakes winners are out of mares from the Mr. Prospector sire line. Another pattern that has been frequently tried with Posse is inbreeding to Northern Dancer.

  • Will the Woodward produce another track record for Lawyer Ron?<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Another Monster Effort From Lawyer Ron?

    Todd Pletcher is not expecting another Saratoga track record, but the nation's leading trainer is looking forward to another big effort from Lawyer Ron in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 at Saratoga.

  • Stoneside Bears Watching in Del Mar Derby

    With no standout apparent in the 3-year-old turf division in Southern California this summer, trainer Julio Canani could well hold the trump card in the $400,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 2 with the French import Stoneside.

  • N.Y. Legislators Set Meeting on Franchise

    The New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold a meeting Sept. 12 to review Gov. Eliot Spitzer's anticipated recommendation regarding the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

  • Sir Percy

    Epsom Derby Winner Sir Percy to Lanwades

    Sir Percy, a Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner and English champion at 2 and 3, has arrived at Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud near Newmarket, England

  • Seabiscuit Ranch Tour to Benefit Horse Rescue Group

    Ridgewood Ranch, the historic Northern California home of the legendary Seabiscuit and his owner, Charles Howard, will conduct a special tour for the general public Sept. 15 with proceeds to benefit Geva, Inc., a Thoroughbred rescue foundation located in Sonoma County, Calif.

  • A Day At The Spa: Aug. 30, A Good Story

    Turf writers are an infamously hardened and cynical bunch. We take all information not only with a grain of salt, but with the entire shaker and a pinch thrown over the shoulder for good measure. We want the truth, but it is so rarely handed to us that when it is, we have a hard time beliving it. Still, few other sports writers are so dedicated to the game they cover, and while we may appear apathetic at times, we want the best for racing.

  • Expanded Fairs Offered as Option for California Racing

    California fairs offer a realistic option for horse racing's future at a time when two major racetracks in the state are facing redevelopment and other privately held venues are pressured by stockholders for greater revenue returns amid escalating property values.

  • Horse Tests Positive; New South Wales Locked Down

    The chances of the New South Wales lockdown being lifted at the end of the coming weekend took a dramatic turn for the worse when a Thoroughbred in training returned a positive for equine influenza Aug. 30.

  • Gold Coyote looks to continue his winning ways in the Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity.

    Gold Coyote Looks for Fourth Straight Victory

    The racing career of Gold Coyote could not have started any more impressively. On Sept. 1, he'll get his sternet test when he headlines a field of eight in the $200,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity (gr. III) for a group of promising 2-year-olds.

  • Calvin Borel

    Borel Leaves the Spa But Says He'd Love to Return

    Trying to catch Calvin Borel for an interview during his last day of racing at Saratoga was like attempting to pin down a darting dragonfly, and the Cajun jockey looked the part in Bill Farish's brilliant green and yellow silks as he scurried back to the private courtyard behind the jockeys' room before the fourth race of the day.

  • Strength in a Regional Market

    The Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale that concluded Tuesday with 14.8% and 12.7% increases in average and median prices, respectively, benefited from demand for Louisiana-breds.

  • Porter Starts New Partnership, Turf Club USA

    Rick Porter, whose Hard Spun won the Aug. 25 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), is launching a new partnership venture named Turf Club USA. Porter, who races as Fox Hill Farm, has also campaigned grade I winners Jostle and Round Pond.

  • RTCA Loses Bid for Kentucky Property

    Members of the Georgetown, Ky., City Council voted 7-0 Aug. 27 to sell 20 acres of the former Bradshaw farm property to Tracy Hilander instead of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

  • Half Ours

    Record-Priced Half Ours to Taylor Made

    Half Ours, a record-priced purchase and grade II winner, has been retired from racing to stand in 2008 alongside his sire, Unbridled's Song, at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Stallions near Nicholasville, Ky.

  • Rags to Riches

    Rags to Riches' Temperature Back to Normal

    Trainer Todd Pletcher reported this morning that Rags to Riches, the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in 102 years, has had her temperature drop to normal levels and will likely head back to the track Aug. 30.

  • Seminars to Focus on Fraud and Tax Issues

    A series of owners' seminars focusing on fraud and tax issues in the Thoroughbred industry is scheduled for Sept. 12 in Lexington, and will be hosted by a group of attorneys that include those involved in the high-profile James McIngvale lawsuit.

  • bay f; Rainmaker - Namora; brought $77,000 at the Texas Summer Yearlings Sale.

    Big Sale Score for Small Owner

    Oklahoman Judy Curry netted a major windfall for herself and partners with a filly she bought for $2,500 brought $77,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Texas Summer Yearlings sale.

  • Isolated EIA Case in New Mexico

    A group of about 100 horses at Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico has been tested for Equine Infectious Anemia by the New Mexico state veterinarian's office after a horse stabled near the track's barn area tested positive for the virus last week.

  • Reminder for Reports of Mares Bred

    The Jockey Club encourages stallion owners and managers who have not already done so to submit their reports of mares bred as soon as possible to avoid delays in receiving their service certificates for the 2007 breeding season.