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  • Jeremy Rose Collects 1,000th Career Win

    Jockey Jeremy Rose, the focus of national attention with his acrobatic ride in winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) aboard Afleet Alex, notched his 1,000th victory in the eighth race at Delaware Park July 3.

  • Pletcher Slapped With 45-Day Suspension

    Top trainer Todd Pletcher has appealed a 45-day suspension and $3,000 fine levied by New York State Racing and Wagering Board stewards who found that a banned substance was used on a horse that won a race at Saratoga last summer.

  • Pletcher Slapped With 45-Day Suspension

    Top trainer Todd Pletcher has appealed a 45-day suspension and $3,000 fine levied by New York State Racing and Wagering Board stewards who found that a banned substance was used on a horse that won a race at Saratoga last summer.

  • Rakti, six-time group I winner.

    Superstar Rakti to Huma Park Stud

    Six-time group I winner Rakti has been purchased by Huma Park Stud in County Kildare, Ireland and will enter stud there beginning with the 2006 breeding season.

  • Intercontinental All Business in Royal Heroine

    The presence of Juddmonte Farms' grade I winner Intercontinental scared off half the rivals entered for Sunday's $200,000 Royal Heroine (gr. IIIT) and the 3-5 favorite showed the other half why, registering an easy victory on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Maggie Slew finished second in her career debut.

    Slew's Final Offspring Second In Debut

    Maggie Slew, the final offspring of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, finished second in her career debut in the third race at Churchill Downs on Sunday.

  • Smart N Classy Scores Eatontown Surprise

    Roseland Farm Stable's New Jersey-bred Smart N Classy rallied on the outside to get up in the final stride for a nose victory over Lentil in the $150,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

  • Revved Up Motors Home in Stars and Stripes

    Live Oak Plantation's Revved Up overtook pacesetter Gwaihir near the top of the stretch and cruised to a two-length victory in the $197,750 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park on Sunday.

  • Cesario made history in her American Oaks romp.

    Japan's Cesario Conquers American Oaks

    Making a huge statement for Japanese racing, Cesario demolished an international field of 3-year-old fillies in winning the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park grass Sunday.

  • Unfurl the Flag Earns Triple Bend Salute

    California-bred sprinter Unfurl the Flag won the first graded stakes race of his career Sunday when he dusted a large field in the $350,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) on Independence Day weekend at Hollywood Park.

  • Willing Whilly Wins American Handicap

    The pacesetter Whilly refused to give in when headed in the stretch by favorite King of Happiness and outlasted his rival to win the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday.

  • Adieu bids goodbye to her Astoria foes.

    Adieu Waves Good-Bye to Astoria Foes

    Favored Adieu dueled with Folklore from the break and drew away for a 1 ¼-length victory Sunday afternoon in the $109,500 Astoria for 2-year-old fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park.

  • Mr. Light Shows Way in Poker Handicap

    Argentine-bred Mr. Light found a lightning pace to his liking in Sunday's $100,000-added Poker Handicap, sweeping past the field in mid-stretch and holding off the late closer Willard Straight on the Belmont Park Widener turf course.

  • Splendid Blended finishes a head in front of Island Fashion in the Vanity.

    Splendid Blended Tops Elders in Vanity 'Cap

    Splendid Blended became the first 3-year-old filly to capture Hollywood Park's Vanity Handicap (gr. I) since It's In The Air in 1979 when she won by a head over determined Island Fashion in a desperate finish Sunday.

  • Violette Cleared in Colt's Blood Gas Positive

    The first horse to exceed the established limit of 37 millimoles in New York Racing Association's new blood gas testing program has been cleared through a second battery of tests over a three-day quarantine period conducted in the race day security barn at Belmont Park.

  • Victory Lap Gallops Home in Lone Star Oaks

    Victory Lap recorded the most decisive victory of the meeting with a 14 ¼-length score on the turf in the $100,000 Lone Star Oaks in Grand Prairie, Texas, for her fifth win in a row.

  • Spring Season Explosive Winner in James Penny

    An explosive move from Augustin Stable's Spring Season resulted in a three-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap on the turf at Philadelphia Park.

  • Louvain Tops Monday's Flawlessly Field

    Irish-bred Louvain, who had been extended an invitation to Sunday's American Oaks (gr. IT), heads a lineup of twelve 3-year-old fillies set to contest Monday's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood Park.

  • Firecracker Distance Concern for Kitten's Joy

    Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, winner of the Eclipse Award as America's grass champion in 2004, makes his season debut as the 3-5 morning line favorite in Monday's Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Stalker Purim Romps in Arlington Classic

    Unbeaten Purim stalked a quick pace before striking to the lead in the stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory in the $150,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Better Talk Now, right, wins the United Nations Handicap over Silverfoot and Request for Parole.

    No Argument As Better Talk Now Wins U.N.

    Patiently guided by Ramon Dominguez, Bushwood Racing Partners' Better Talk Now stormed home along the inside to win Saturday's $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) on a soft Monmouth Park turf course.

  • New York Handicap marked the fifth straight win for Wend.

    Wend Wins Again in New York Handicap

    Claiborne Farm's homebred Wend captured her fifth straight win while making her graded stakes debut, holding off the hard-closing Wonder Again by a neck in the $250,000 New York Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Belmont Park inner turf course Saturday.

  • Roman Ruler Adds Sparkle to Dwyer

    Roman Ruler, one of the West Coast's top juveniles last season, is the likely favorite for Monday's $150,000 Dwyer (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, one of two stakes on Belmont Park's special Independence Day racing program.

  • Woodbine Gains Limited Access to U.S. Pools

    Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 2 that Canadian wagers on Balmoral Park, a Chicago-based harness track, will for the first time be combined with the U.S. host track's pools, giving customers in both countries the same winning payout prices.

  • Whimsy Wallops Cee's Irish in Iowa Oaks

    Pin Oak Stable's Whimsy used a ground-saving trip to stay close to the leaders, then angled out at the head of the stretch before pulling away for a 2 3/4-length victory over prohibitive favorite Cee's Irish in Friday night's $122,500 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.

  • A Bit O'Gold Dominates On Dominion Day

    A Bit O'Gold, Canada's top 3-year-old in 2004, registered a decisive 6 1/2-length victory in the $215,800 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) Friday at Woodbine.

  • Milady Handicap winner Andujar, favored in the Vanity Invitational.

    Dazzling Andujar Stands Out in Vanity 'Cap

    Coming off a dazzling seven-length victory in the Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on June 4, Andujar is the 6-5 favorite among nine fillies and mares in the $300,000 Vanity Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

  • King of Happiness Slight Choice in American

    King of Happiness, who lost the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) a month ago by one-half length to Castledale, has been accorded 9-5 favoritism among nine entrants in the $250,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday.

  • Ticker Tape Part of Stellar Royal Heroine Cast

    Ticker Tape, winner of the 2004 American Oaks (gr. IT), will be reunited with jockey Kent Desormeaux Sunday when facing eight other fillies and mares in the $200,000 Royal Heroine (gr. IIIT) at one mile on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • McPeek's Ex-Assistant Begins Career With Win

    It was business as usual at Churchill Downs when Cat Quatorze, the first horse saddled by new trainer Helen Pitts, who has replaced her former boss Ken McPeek, won Friday.

  • Poker Pace May Be Right for Willard Straight

    In the Texas Hold 'Em style of poker, what is referred to as the "turn" is the next-to-last community card dealt to the table. For Willard Straight, the turn of Sunday's, $100,000 Poker Handicap (gr. IIIT) at one mile on the Belmont Park turf, is where he will begin his closing run.

  • Swagger Stick Has Motion's Faith in Stars and Stripes

    Swagger Stick, nominated to the Arlington Million (gr. IT) next month by trainer Graham Motion, gets the opportunity to prove himself on the Chicago-area track's turf course in Sunday's $200,000 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 12 furlongs.

  • Smart N Classy Eatontown's Local Hope

    Smart N Classy, New Jersey breeder John Bowers Jr.'s successful fourth-generation mare, goes after her first graded stakes victory Sunday in the $150,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park turf.

  • Ellis Park to Offer Trainer Participation Bonus

    Ellis Park and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will distribute $10,000 in bonus money among trainers who have the highest number of starts during the track's 2005 racing meet that runs from July 13 to Sept. 5.

  • Rockport Harbor, will be given time off for abscess to heal.

    Rockport Harbor to be Turned Out For Two to Three Months

    Fox Hill Farm's Rick Porter, owner of Rockport Harbor, and trainer John Servis have decided to turn the colt out for two to three months after several tests and X-rays taken at New Bolton Medical Center revealed the abscess that has plagued last year's Remsen (gr. II) winner has not healed sufficiently.

  • Stewards to Rule on Pletcher Positive

    Trainer Todd Pletcher is awaiting the results of a New York stewards hearing concerning a positive drug test for a horse he ran last summer at Saratoga. Tales of Glory was found to have the banned substance mepivacaine in his system after the race.

  • Breeders' Cup Party Set for Backstretch Workers

    United Tote and The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host the "United Tote Backstretch Bonanza," a special event for backstretch workers, at Belmont Park Oct. 25 during the week of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.