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  • Badge of Silver continues winning ways with victory in the New Orleans Handicap.

    Frankel Flashes 'Badge' for Rich FG Double

    Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's odds-on favorite Badge of Silver returned to his favorite track, Fair Grounds, to register a resurgent victory in the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Summerly, center, with Jerry Bailey aboard, runs to victory in the Fair Grounds Oaks, Saturday at the Fair Grounds.

    Summerly Stays Hot in Fair Grounds Oaks

    Odds-on choice Summerly opened up a daylight lead heading into the first turn and romped to victory in the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) Saturday, spoiling the return to action this year of Runway Model.

  • Rockport Harbor, with trainer John Servis, in the barn at Oaklawn.

    Rockport Harbor Suffers Another Setback; May Miss Rebel

    Rockport Harbor's rocky road to Louisville continued Saturday when trainer John Servis announced that the undefeated colt has re-aggravated the foot bruise he suffered on Feb. 20. Although he still is on schedule for the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. III), Servis won't know for sure until Sunday morning.

  • Primary Suspect, ridden by Pablo Fragoso, wins the Toboggan Stakes.

    Primary Suspect Skates to Toboggan Triumph

    Jockey Pablo Fragoso, under instructions from trainer Mark Hennig to stay close to 4-5 favorite Shake You Down, guided Primary Suspect to victory in the 112th running of the $107,100 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Trainer Howard Fined for Procaine Positive

    Trainer Neil Howard was fined $1,000 and his Alumni Hall was disqualified from a third-place finish in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited drug procaine, Fair Grounds stewards ruled March 10.

  • Afleet Alex shares mid-point Derby Pool lead with Lost in the Fog.

    Afleet Alex, Lost In The Fog Lead Derby Pool

    Cash Is King Stable's Afleet Alex and Harry Aleo's unbeaten Lost In The Fog emerged as the favorites at the midway point of Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager following the defection of the injured Declan's Moon.

  • Haskin Analyzes the Odds in Derby Future Wager Pool 2

    With wagering beginning today on the second of three pools in the 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, analyzes the 23 individual horses and mutuel field and their respective morning-line odds.

  • Oaks Future Pool Mostly Ignored at Midpoint

    Only $9,021 had been wagered through the midway point of the second 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool, with Sweet Catomine, winner of an Eclipse Award as the 2-year-old filly champion of 2004, emerging as the solid favorite.

  • TVG to Air Interview With Trainer Jeff Mullins

    TVG will present an interview with Southern California-based trainer Jeff Mullins, who became embroiled in controversy resulting from a column written by T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles <i>Times</i> that appeared March 6.

  • Tyler Baze Hangs Win Number 1,000

    Tyler Baze, a 22-year-old Seattle native, rode the 1,000th winner of his career Friday, guiding Mashiko to a five-length victory in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

  • Purge returns to Oaklawn.

    Purge Can End Bad Streak in Razorback

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Purge makes his first start at Oaklawn Park since his fifth-place finish in last spring's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) when he faces nine rivals in the $125,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) Sunday.

  • TVG to Air Interview With Trainer Jeff Mullins

    TVG will present an interview with Southern California-based trainer Jeff Mullins, who became embroiled in controversy resulting from a column written by T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles <i>Times</i> that appeared March 6.

  • River Belle Looks to Cruise in Honey Fox

    River Belle ended 2004 on a high note by winning the hard fought Ms. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT). Now the 4-year-old filly is looking to start her 2005 campaign with the same winning magic in Sunday's $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT), going 1 1/16 miles over the turf course at Gulfstream Park.

  • Changes, New Stakes Day Highlight 2005 Ellis Park Schedule

    A few new changes will highlight the 2005 Ellis Park meeting, which begins July 13 and concludes with a special Labor Day program Sept. 5. The track will feature ten events with $850,000 in total purses and add a special day of racing with four stakes races highlighted by the 24th running of the track's signature event, the $150,000-added Gardenia Handicap (gr. III).

  • Better Catalogue Could Boost Top of Market at Barretts

    With a better catalogue of offerings, there could be fireworks at the top of the market for the Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in training on Tuesday at Fairplex Park in Southern California. "We have a better catalogue this year in terms of pedigree and physicals," Barretts president Jerry McMahon said.

  • More Than Ready's Dam, Woodman's Girl, Dies

    Woodman's Girl, dam of millionaire and successful young sire More Than Ready, was euthanized Feb. 21 because of colic after giving birth that day by cesarean section to a Mineshaft filly.

  • Declan&#39;s Moon injured his left knee in his Santa Catalina victory.

    Injury Derails Declan's Moon's Derby Quest

    Declan's Moon, champion 2-year-old and early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been taken off the Derby trail after X-rays disclosed a small chip fracture in his left knee, trainer Ron Ellis said Friday morning.

  • Corey Johnsen Elected President of TRA

    Corey S. Johnsen, president of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and Remington Park, was elected the 32nd president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) at its annual board of directors' meeting Thursday at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.

  • Uncle Denny, Stellar Magic in El Camino Clash

    California Breeders' Championship Stakes winner Uncle Denny is the morning line choice in a contentious field of ten 3-year-olds included for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Bay Meadows Saturday.

  • Frankel Guns for First Santa Margarita Win

    Bobby Frankel, who has won nearly every major stakes race during a Hall of Fame career of nearly 40 years, seeks to add the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) to his impressive resume, sending out Personal Legend and Sweet Lips in Saturday's $300,000 race.

  • Fans Seeing a New Attitude from Desormeaux

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame last August at the young age of 34, jockey Kent Desormeaux has a new agent and is displaying a better attitude while regaining his status among Southern California's best riders.

  • Fogelsonger Returns to Win On Only Mount

    Ryan Fogelsonger, thrown in has last race at Laurel Park, returned to action March 10 after missing three racing days and won with his first and only mount.

  • Lion Tamer Seeks Repeat in Richter Scale

    When the Todd Pletcher-trained Lion Tamer takes the gate for Saturday's $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park he will be doing more than making the first start of his 5-year-old season. He will be looking to duplicate his 1 3/4-length win in the 2004 edition of the seven-furlong sprint.

  • Fencelineneighbor Heads Oaklawn's Azeri BC H.

    California shipper Fencelineneighbor moves into Hot Springs to challenge five other older fillies and mares in the $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III). Formerly known as the Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Handicap, the traditional prep for the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) was renamed this year for the three-time winner of the Apple Blossom, thrice an Eclipse champion older mare, and 2002 Horse of the Year.

  • Ultracade, NTRA Debut Breeders' Cup Arcade Game

    UltraCade Technologies, Breeders' Cup Limited, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) have released a new, officially licensed arcade game, "Breeders' Cup – Tournament Edition" at the Amusement Showcase International (ASI). The ASI show was attended by nearly 3,300 members of the coin-op industry, which is comprised largely of video game distributors and operators.

  • CEO Says MEC Must First Improve Balance Sheet

    Magna Entertainment Corp. must establish a stronger balance sheet before it considers expansion or the acquisition of other racing and gaming properties, said Thomas Hodgson, the newly appointed chief executive officer of the company.

  • Grade I Winner Salt Champ Retired

    Salt Champ, an Argentine champion who won the Jan. 30 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) in her North American debut, has been retired from racing after suffering a slight strain in a tendon.

  • In South Florida, a Tale of Two Tracks

    Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park are just eight miles away, both straddling the Miami-Dade/Broward County line in South Florida. But following the results of the March 8 municipal elections, the tracks may soon be entirely different.

  • Bellamy Road, Now Trained by Zito, Debuts in Gulf Allowance

    Nick Zito, who already has four solid Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, will try to add to his roster when he sends out the newly acquired Bellamy Road, winner of the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III), in a one-mile allowance race at Gulfstream Saturday.

  • Champion Sweet Catomine Among Ashland Stakes Nominees

    Sweet Catomine, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, tops the list of 68 fillies nominated tor Keeneland's $500,000, Ashland Stakes (gr. I). The race will be run at 1 1/16 miles April 9, nearly a month before the Kentucky Oaks.

  • Painted  horse to be auctioned for the benefit of Race Track Chaplaincy of America&#39;s Ocala Farm Ministry.

    Crute Artwork to be Auctioned at RTCA Benefit

    <i>Above and Beyond</i>, a painting by noted Ocala, Fla. artist Sharon Crute, will be auctioned during the "Throwing Full Crosses" banquet to benefit Race Track Chaplaincy of America's Ocala Farm Ministry. The banquet will be held 6:30 p.m., March 19 at the Gallery Square, next to the Arthur Appleton Museum on Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.

  • Jeff Mullins, anxious to put controversy behind him.

    Mullins Says Columnist Used Quotes Out of Context

    Trainer Jeff Mullins, center of controversy over comments made in Sunday's Los Angeles <i>Times</i>, expressed regret that his remarks offended anyone and contended that the article's author, columnist T.J. Simers, used his quotes entirely out of context.

  • Racing Novelist William Murray Dies

    Author William Murray, a writer whose series of popular mysteries featuring "Shifty" Lou Anderson blended racetrack characters, magic, and intrigue, died early Wednesday morning from an apparent heart attack at the age of 78.