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  • Comebacking Kyle Kaenel Gets Return Win

    The 17-year-old apprentice Kyle Kaenel, out since April with two fractured vertebrae and a broken shoulder, rode his first winner since being injured when he brought home Edward Fortino's 3-year-old Dobson in the sixth race at Hawthorne on Sunday.

  • Brother Derek Sneaks Away With Norfolk

    California-bred Brother Derek broke sharply for jockey Alex Solis and never looked back in winning the $200,000 Norfolk (gr. II) for 2-year-olds Sunday by three-quarters of a length over favored A.P. Warrior at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • Funfair surprises in Kelso win.

    Funfair Upsets Artie Schiller in Kelso

    Cheveley Park Farm's English homebred Funfair, unbeaten in three starts in the United States, enjoyed a perfect run along the inside to upset Artie Schiller by a head in the $350,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) on Belmont Park's Widener turf course Sunday.

  • Sensation wins the Astarita Stakes at Belmont.

    Promising Sensation Captures Astarita

    Favored Sensation, ridden by Eibar Coa, broke open a close race coming off the turn and drew away to an easy victory over an inexperienced group of juvenile fillies Sunday in the $108,400-added Astarita (gr. III) at Belmont Park.

  • Delaware Park's William Rickman Sr. Dies

    William M. Rickman Sr., who was instrumental in helping to save Delaware Park in the mid-1980s after it had closed due to declining business and competition from nearby racetracks, died Sept. 30 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md. He was 84.

  • Woke Up Dreamin

    Grade II Winner Woke Up Dreamin Retired

    Woke Up Dreamin, a two-time grade II winner who was enjoying his best season yet, was retired from racing following an unplaced effort in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Champion Aldebaran to Remain at $40,000 Fee

    Darby Dan Farm plans to keep the fee for Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Aldebaran at $40,000. The 2006 season will be the third season for Aldebaran (Mr. Prospector--Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account) at the Lexington farm.

  • Diamond Omi, right, battles Wild Fit down the stretch to win the Oak Leaf Stakes.

    Diamond Omi Sparkles in Oak Leaf Win

    Diamond Omi held off a heavily favored Wild Fit in a stretch duel to win the $200,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds by three quarters of a length Saturday at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • Preemptive Strike clears the final hurdle en route to victory in the Somerset Medical Center Steeplechase at the Meadowlands.

    Preemptive Strike Wins Meadowlands 'Chase

    Polaris Stable's Preemptive Strike broke on top and was never headed, winning the $75,000 Somerset Medical Center Steeplechase (NSA-II), a race for cancer awareness, at the Meadowlands on Saturday night by five lengths.

  • Lost in the Fog scores a perfect 10 with Bay Meadows Speed 'Cap win.

    'Foggy' Wins 10th Straight for Home Crowd

    Thrilling fans and packing stands, Lost in the Fog maintained perfection with his 10th consecutive win, romping to an impressive 7 3/4-length victory before his hometown crowd in Saturday's $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap.

  • Overlooked 'Sunrise Shines at Turfway

    The bettors overlooked Artemus Sunrise in the crowded $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship (gr. III) at Turfway Park Saturday, but at the wire he was right in front where they could see him.

  • Jockey Garrett Gomez looks back as Borrego pulls away to an impressive win in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    Borrego Blows Away Gold Cup; Pletcher Duo Unplaced

    West coast invader Borrego roared to the lead leaving the second turn and drew off to an impressive victory in the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) that highlighted Saturday's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Preview Day at Belmont Park.

  • Riskaverse wins second consecutive Flower Bowl.

    Riskaverse Lights Up in Flower Bowl Repeat

    She had not won a race in four starts, going back to Oct. 2, 2004. But Saturday afternoon, Fox Ridge Farm's 6-year-old Riskaverse woke up at Belmont Park at odds of 35-1 to win the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 10 furlongs on the inner turf course.

  • Megahertz bids farewell to Southern California fans with this victory in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Megahertz Rules Again on Santa Anita Turf

    Prohibitive choice Megahertz, who has made a career of winning grass stakes at Santa Anita Park, said good-bye to her Southern California fans Saturday with a trademark victory in the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) at Oak Tree.

  • Peeress Surprises at Newmarket

    Sir Michael Stoute appeared to be holding a strong hand going into Saturday's Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) for fillies and mares at Newmarket.

  • Mosse Makes Winning Return to Longchamp

    Court Masterpiece claimed the first of Longchamp's seven group I races this weekend when getting up in the final strides to claim the Prix de la Foret Casino Barriere de Biarritz (Fr-I) on Saturday.

  • Rock Hard Ten, center, runs by Roman Ruler, right, and Choctaw Nation, left, to win the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Rock Hard Ten Picks Up Where He Left Off

    Returning from a seven-month layoff, Rock Hard Ten swept past reluctant pacesetter Roman Ruler in the final furlong to win Saturday's $484,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • The Daddy's in Charge in Super Derby

    Owner Greg Norman and trainer Salvador Gonzalez figured they had the speed edge heading into the 1 1/4-mile Super Derby (gr. II). That advantage was the difference as The Daddy held off A.P. Arrow in the $750,000 test for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs Saturday.

  • Ashado (inside) moves by Happy Ticket on the way to the win in Saturday's  Beldame Stakes.

    Ashado Bounces Back Into Winner's Circle

    Ashado, last year's champion 3-year-old filly, rebounded nicely from her worst career defeat with a game triumph Saturday in the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park and will now move on to attempt to win the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), which she won last year.

  • Taste of Paradise tastes victory in the Vosburgh.

    Hunch Pays for Taste of Paradise in Vosburgh

    Trainer Gary Mandella played a hunch that Taste of Paradise would appreciate the wide turn and sandy surface of Belmont Park and came away with a shocking victory in the Vosburgh (gr. I) Saturday at odds of 26-1.

  • First Samurai Drills Bullet Five Furlongs

    First Samurai, trainer Frank Brothers' undefeated winner of Saratoga's Hopeful (gr. I), worked five furlongs over Belmont Park's main track handily Saturday morning in :58 2/5. It was the fastest of 42 works at the distance.

  • Flying Glitter Soars to Indiana BC Oaks

    Fourth choice Flying Glitter broke sharply from the gate and wired the field on her way to a comfortable victory in the $405,100 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) Friday night at Hoosier Park.

  • Magna Graduate wins the Pegasus Stakes at the Meadowlands.

    Magna Graduate Takes Pegasus Honors

    Elisabeth H. Alexander's Magna Graduate took command turning for home and held 54-1 shot Crown Point at bay through the lane to take the $250,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) at the Meadowlands on Friday, opening night of the 2005 Thoroughbred season.

  • Leprechaun Kid among distinguished field for Hirsch on the turf.

    Mitchell Hopes 'Kid Still Lucky in Hirsch

    Trainer Mike Mitchell still gets emotional when he speaks of Leprechaun Kid, who runs in Sunday's Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) at 1 ¼ miles. The gray gelding reminds Mitchell of his best claim, Star Over The Bay, a horse that became a multiple stakes winner after being claimed for $80,000. Unfortunately, Star Over The Bay was euthanized after being injured racing in Singapore.

  • Top 2-Year-Olds Draw Focus at Belmont

    The Todd-Pletcher-trained Unobstructed View is part of an inexperienced Astarita (gr. III) field and the blue-blooded Dr. Pleasure headlines the Cowdin in a pair of 6 1/2-furlong juvenile stakes at Belmont Park Sunday.

  • Artie Schiller tunes up for BC Mile in Sunday's Kelso 'Cap.

    Artie Schiller Gets His Turn in Kelso BC 'Cap

    Multiple graded stakes winner Artie Schiller tunes up for a return trip to the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) when he faces a deep field of American-based turf horses in the $350,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Belmont Park turf Sunday.

  • Delta Downs to Hold Meet at Evangeline

    In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which severely damaged the Fair Grounds and Delta Downs, the Louisiana Racing Commission approved a shift of racing dates and locations during a Sept. 30 meeting.

  • Kentucky Equine Drug Council Forms Committees

    In the wake of controversy concerning its new medication regulations, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has formed two standing sub-committees to oversee the next phase of integrating the new race-day medication regulations. The two new committees, which will report back to the council, are charged with developing medication withdrawal guidelines and better defining permissible medications.

  • Hurdle Champion Dave Bentley Retires

    Two-time NSA jockey champion Dave Bentley announced his retirement at the start of the 2005 fall season. Bentley, 35, began riding in the U.S. in 2000 and won championships in 2002 and 2003.

  • McDynamo Tops Meadowlands 'Chase Event

    Michael Moran's McDynamo, winner of the last two runnings of the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I), heads a field of eight entered in a rare steeplechase at the Meadowlands Saturday night.

  • Only registered white Thoroughbred stallion in North America moves to Kentucky.

    White Thoroughbred Sire Moved to Lexington

    Arctic White turned four years old in 2003 and became the only Jockey Club registered white Thoroughbred stallion in North America. Thursday, he moved from Oregon to Kentucky to stand at Lexington's newest Thoroughbred farm, Shadow Mountain Stallions.

  • Afleet Alex back on track for BC Classic.

    Afleet Alex Turns in 'Amazing' Work; Pointing for Classic

    Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, who had not worked since his surgery for a hairline fracture, added to his growing list of amazing feats when he drilled five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 Friday morning, closing his final eighth in :11 2/5. Trainer Tim Ritchey said afterward the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) is very much in the picture.