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  • Get to know 19-year-old New York-based jockey Eric Cancel, whose mounts earned more than $5.4-million in 2015. Courtesy of ABRFilms

    Stars of Tomorrow: Eric Cancel

    Get to know 19-year-old New York-based jockey Eric Cancel, whose mounts earned more than $5.4 million in 2015. Courtesy of ABRFilms

  • Shagaf, My Man Sam Breeze Easy at Churchill

    Two very different workouts, but trainer Chad Brown was delighted with the training moves by his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1) contenders My Man Sam and Shagaf April 24 at Churchill Downs.

  • Finest City wins the 2016 Great Lady M. Stakes.

    Finest City Surges By to Win Great Lady M.

    With jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard for the first time, Finest City rallied furiously past her competitors in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths ahead of 1-2 favorite and defending Great Lady M. winner Fantastic Style.

  • Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

    Stanford Gate to Wire in Charles Town Classic

    Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 23.

  • Destin Works at Palm Beach Downs

    Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Destin breezed at Palm Beach Downs April 23 in his final South Florida tune-up ahead of a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Raging Smoke Unstoppable in Sugar Maple

    Raging Smoke took the $150,000 Sugar Maple Stakes presented by CANTER Mid-Atlantic wire-to-wire April 23, and in the process gave trainer Mike Salvaggio the biggest win of his career.

  • Da Big Hoss Bounces Back in Elkhorn Stakes

    Da Big Hoss continued his good form in long turf races when he secured his second graded stakes win of the season going 1 1/2 miles on the grass April 23 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Brody's Cause works at Churchill Downs, April 23, 2016

    Brody's Cause, Fellowship Head Busy CD Tab

    Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.

  • Danzing Candy Records San Luis Rey Move

    Back where he first learned to be a racehorse at San Luis Rey Training Center, Danzing Candy put in a surprisingly fast workout—at least to trainer Cliff Sise—in his first drill since his fourth-place finish the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Cathryn Sophia Swift in Work at Keeneland

    After a swift five-furlong breeze by Cathryn Sophia the morning of April 23 at Keeneland, trainer John Servis said he is leaning toward running the two-time grade II winner in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.

  • Nyquist Smooth in Keeneland Breeze

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist wanted to go early, but quickly settled into a smooth stride in his second-to-last breeze April 23 at Keeneland before the Louisville classic.

  • Hip 1214, a Quality Road-Over Andover filly topped the April 22 session at $775,000.

    OBS April Sale Nearly Even With 2015

    Topped by a Quality Road filly sold for $775,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded April 22 with a slight decline overall in gross, and record average and median prices.

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    Brooklynsway Stuns Doubledogdare Field

    Trainer Bernie Flint and long-time owner Dr. Naveed Chowhan paired to upset the $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland when Brooklynsway held sway over favorite I'm a Chatterbox, who could not get by the determined winner.

  • Outwork (outside) in his Wood Memorial (gr. I) victory.

    Outwork Breezes at Belmont

    With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons, Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Outwork had his penultimate breeze in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering a half-mile in :48 4/5 April 22 at Belmont Park.

  • Hip 1127, a Ghostzapper-Mighty Eros filly sold for $720,000.

    Ghostzapper Filly Sells for $720,000

    With Donato Lanni signing the ticket, a Ghostzapper filly was acquired by Susan Chu’s Baoma Corporation for $720,000 at the final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 22.

  • Arc First Among 2015's Top 100 GI Races

    The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe sits atop the list of the world's top 100 group I and grade I races for 2015, according to International Federation of Horseracing Authorities rankings released April 22.

  • Trainer Mark Casse.

    Another Colonel John for Mark Casse

    Mark Casse signed on behalf of EastWest Stable for a filly by Colonel John for $375,000 during the April 22 final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April spring 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Tapit Colt Late OBS Withdrawal

    The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April spring 2-year-olds in training sale lost some of its star power during the April 22 closing session when Hip 1102, a striking Tapit colt, was a late withdrawal.

  • Registration Open for Owner Conference

    The conference will coincide with Breeders' Cup week and will have panels about racehorse ownership. It will also feature a variety of social events and provide reserved seating for both Breeders' Cup days.

  • Kauai King

    Maryland Hall of Fame Class Selected

    Dave's Friend was one of the best sprinters in the nation and Kauai King developed into a two-time classic winner, still holding the distinction of being the only Maryland-bred to win the Kentucky Derby.

  • Pricedtoperfection, Lira in Aqueduct Clash

    After a layoff following the first graded stakes score of her career, Pricedtoperfection is back in New York for trainer Chad Brown and will try a strong edition of the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes April 24 on the Aqueduct Racetrack turf.

  • Session-topping Broken Vow colt.

    $1.2 Million Broken Vow Colt Tops OBS Session

    An attractive Broken Vow colt owned by a partnership group headed by Billy Koch of Little Red Father Racing Club was sold for $1.2 million April 21 to top the penultimate session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • CHRB OKs Reallocation of Fair Dates Despite Objections

    Despite multiple members expressing frustration with the way the process was handled, the California Horse Racing Board approved a reallocation of dates within the Northern California fair circuit April 21 during a meeting at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Littleprincessemma Ky Broodmare of the Year

    American Pharoah was named Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year, and his dam Littleprincessemma was named Broodmare of the Year. Michael Blowen of Old Friends Farm received a special achievement award for his dedication to Thoroughbred retirement.

  • ABR Films

    Triple Crown Training: Becoming a Racehorse

    Act III, Presented by Fasig-Tipton: Talented 2-year-old Thoroughbreds learn the art of being a racehorse under the care of the McKathan Brothers. More at www.AmericasBestRacing.net.

  • Old Hilltop Award to Stroble, Rosenblatt

    Charles Stroble, director of news operations at WBAL-TV, and Richard Rosenblatt of the Associated Press have been named recipients of the 2016 Old Hilltop Award, to be given out Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.