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  • American Dream Derby winner Deanna Manfredi

    Deanna's Dream: 'Derby' Stable and $250,000

    Deanna Manfredi, a 36-year-old marketing consultant from Toughkenamon, PA, took home $250,000 and a stable of eight Thoroughbreds when Avenueofknowledge won the "American Dream Derby" for her on Presidents' Day at Santa Anita Monday.

  • Uraib, number 7, rallied to win the Buena Vista.

    Uraib Tags Resplendency in Buena Vista

    Uraib came from off the pace to nip front-running Resplendency by a nose in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at sloppy Santa Anita on Presidents' Day Monday.

  • Saratoga County edges Don Six in the General George Handicap.

    Saratoga County Nips 'Six in General George

    Relentless Saratoga County reached the wire first in his final jump over a stubborn Don Six to win his third straight race in the $200,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Monday.

  • Fallon Cuts Short Gulfstream Stay

    After enjoying initial success, European champion jockey Kieren Fallon has apparently soured on his racing experience at Gulfstream Park and returned to Great Britain Monday.

  • 'Insane' Rain Keeps Falling at Santa Anita

    Santa Anita Park has been inundated with so much rain since opening day on Dec. 26 track superintendent Steve Wood is having trouble keeping up with it.

  • Graded Winner Ommadon's First Foal

    The first reported foal sired by graded stakes winner Ommadon is a filly born Feb. 3 at Michael and Debra Lischin's Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y.

  • Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko, may not make his first 2005 start until the March 19 San Felipe.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Birds of a Feather

    You could say that So Long Birdie has some awfully big wings to fill. Last year, his half-brother, Birdstone, won the grade I Belmont and Travers, and the year before, his half-sister, Bird Town, captured the grade I Kentucky Oaks and Acorn on her way to an Eclipse Award.

  • Vanier Headed for Swale With Straight Line

    Grade III winner Straight Line turned in a strong workout Monday as trainer Harvey Vanier prepares him for the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park March 5.

  • Dickinson Surprised by Flunixin Positive

    Trainer Michael Dickinson said he is surprised that one of his horses, Lofty Call, tested positive for Flunixin at Belmont Park last summer, and that the stewards in the case "were fair and understanding."

  • O'Neill's 'Appointment Wins Sensational Star

    Santa Anita's leading trainer Doug O'Neill won his seventh stakes of the meeting Sunday when Grand Appointment took the $137,875 Sensational Star Handicap for older horses bred in California.

  • Storm's Darling Surges Home in Chou Croute

    Storm's Darling made amends for a subpar performance last month by rallying to her first career stakes victory in the $75,000 Chou Croute Handicap Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Ray Sabille

    Ray Sibille Popular Pick for 2005 Woolf Award

    Ray Sibille, who rode 4,264 winners in a 35-year career before his retirement last July, is the winner of the 2005 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita Park announced Sunday.

  • Rockport Harbor (red cap) sidelined with bruised foot.

    Rebel Start On Hold for Rockport Harbor

    Rockport Harbor, unbeaten in four starts and the future book favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is being treated for a bruised left front foot, leaving his planned start in the $250,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. III) March 19 on hold.

  • 'American Dream Derby' Concludes Monday

    A top prize of $250,000 and a stable of Thoroughbreds will be on the line in the live finale of GSN's reality TV show, "American Dream Derby" at Santa Anita Park on Monday, Presidents' Day.

  • Weather Plays Big Role in Buena Vista

    Juddmonte Farms' Intercontinental, winner of the Nov. 28 Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park in her last start of 2004, is scheduled to make her 2005 debut for trainer Bobby Fankel in Monday's $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.

  • Greater Good (3) holds on to win the Southwest Stakes, Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

    Greater Good Along in Time in Southwest Win

    Odds-on choice Greater Good trailed the field much of the way but rallied while wide in the stretch to tag pacesetter Munificence in the final strides and win the $100,000 Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds under showers at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

  • License To Run and Patrick Valenzuela winning the San Luis Obispo Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    License To Run Spurts to Sloppy 'Obispo Win

    Given his head by jockey Patrick Valenzuela, Brazilian-bred License To Run spurted away from the field on the final turn and romped to a five-length victory Saturday in the $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap Handicap (gr. II).

  • Wire Bound Bursts to Tampa Bay BC Victory

    Wire Bound used an explosive move approaching the quarter pole to blast around the far turn five wide then power down the Tampa Bay Downs stretch to an authoritative 2 1/2-length victory over favorite Remind in the $100,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup on the turf Saturday.

  • Game Coast Line Nips Offlee Wild in Stakes Debut

    In his first try against stakes company, Overbrook Farm's even-money favorite Coast Line held off graded stakes winner Offlee Wild by a neck for his fifth win in a row in the $125,000 John B. Campbell Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park Saturday.

  • Madcap Escapade, ridden by Jerry Bailey, wins the Shirley Jones Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

    Bad Start No Problem for Madcap Escapade

    Making her first start since April 30, the brilliant filly Madcap Escapade won Saturday's $150,000 Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park in little more than a canter after overcoming a terrible start.

  • Shadow Cast, ridden by Robby Albarado, wins the Bayou Breeders' Cup.

    Fair Grounds Lover Shadow Cast Wins Bayou

    Shadow Cast rallied to capture her third straight stakes win at Fair Grounds Race Course, winning the $125,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf Saturday.

  • Turf Paradise Cancels Racing Saturday

    For the second consecutive day, live racing was canceled at Arizona's Turf Paradise Saturday due to unsafe track conditions caused by severe weather in the Phoenix area.

  • Hollywood Gold Cup Returns to Handicap

    The Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), one of the nation's premier races since Seabiscuit won the inaugural running in 1938, will be returned to its handicap status for the 66th running on July 9.

  • Plesa Aims B.B. Best for Fountain of Youth

    B.B. Best, most recently fourth in Gulfstream Park's $250,000 Sunshine Millions Ocala Stud Dash Jan. 29, worked one mile handily in 1:44 4/5 at Calder Race Course Friday and is being pointed for the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream March 5.

  • AmericaTab's 'Road to Derby' Contest to Begin

    The second annual AmericaTab "Road to the Derby" handicapping contest is set to begin Saturday with the running of the $100,000 Southwest Stakes from Oaklawn Park.

  • Prairie Meadows Seeks More Table Games

    Prairie Meadows' table games have been so popular that the track wants to add more. The Racing Association of Central Iowa, which operates Prairie Meadows, voted Feb. 16 to add 11 table games to the 33 that were put in operation in December.

  • TOC Conformation Workshop at Santa Anita

    Fans and prospective owners can learn about what physical traits to look for in a racehorse – both good and bad – during the Thoroughbred Owners of California free workshop on racehorse conformation Feb. 26 at Santa Anita.

  • Don Six winning the Gravesend at Aqueduct this past December.

    Don Six the One to Catch in General George

    Speedy Don Six, a 5-year-old that trainer Scott Lake feels is good enough to win the 2005 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), takes an important step in Monday's $200,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs at Laurel Park.

  • Shadow Cast Seeks 3rd Straight in Bayou BC

    Shadow Cast chases her third consecutive stakes victory when she lines up against seven fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson turf course in Saturday's $125,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds.

  • Kentucky Tracks to Test for Milkshakes

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted Feb. 18 to recommend to the state's horse racing authority a set of guidelines for testing horses racing in the state for the practice known as "milkshaking." The horse racing authority will vote on the recommendations during its Feb. 22 meeting.

  • ESPN Airs Handicapping Contest Sunday

    Trying to piggyback on the phenomenal success of televised poker, the racing industry has high hopes for ESPN's one-hour program covering the National Handicapping Championship, which will air Sunday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. ET.

  • Conformation Development in Growing Thoroughbreds

    Selection of Thoroughbred horses for racing and breeding is based primarily on equine performance, pedigree, and phenotype (physical characteristics). Although conformation plays a critical role in the evaluation of horses, current methods of analyzing equine conformation are largely subjective and vary according to personal opinion and individual experie...

  • CHRB Takes Second Look at Jockey Weights

    For the second time in less than nine months, the California Horse Racing Board approved a 45-day public comment period for a series of rule changes that would replace the scale of weights assigned to horses starting in the state.