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  • Sis City is strong favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks.

    Sis City Shoots to Top of Oaks Odds at 5-2

    A 10 ½-length romp in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland made Sis City a strong 5-2 favorite to win the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 6 in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager that closed on Sunday evening.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Runaway Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road is favorite in final pool.</a>

    Bellamy Road Made 3-1 Favorite for Roses

    On the strength of his 17 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road emerged from a record-smashing third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as a strong 3-1 favorite to win the famed "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • Elusive Diva and jockey Patrick Valenzuela take the Las Cienagas Handicap.

    'Diva Proves Elusive Las Cienegas Target

    Elusive Diva won her second stakes on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita this meeting, shooting through an opening at the head of the stretch and drawing off to a four-length victory in the $111,100 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) in stakes-record time.

  • More Smoke blazes to Lafayette win.

    Plenty of Fire in More Smoke's Lafayette Win

    More Smoke popped the gate in a hurry from his inside post for jockey Clinton Potts and was never headed as he upset prohibitive favorite Razor and blazed to an eye-popping 14 1/2-length win in the $107,100 Lafayette (gr. III) for 3-year-old sprinters at Keeneland Sunday.

  • Consolidator hopes to return to the scene of last fall's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity win with a victory in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Consolidator Sharp, Ready for Blue Grass

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Consolidator sparkled in a swift five furlong breeze Sunday at Churchill Downs that marked his final major prep for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Madcap Escapade returns to Keeneland in Wednesday's Vinery Madison.

    Madcap Escapade Makes Keeneland Return

    Bruce Lunsford's talented 4-year-old filly Madcap Escapade will face six other fillies and mares in the $200,000 Vinery Madison (gr. III) at seven furlongs to be run Wednesday at Keeneland.

  • Smoke Smoke Smoke, Portsea in Hawthorne Wins

    In a pair of stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on the Illinois Derby undercard at Hawthorne Saturday, Smoke Smoke Smoke rolled to an impressive win over Santana Strings in the $143,650 Lost Code Breeders' Cup while the filly Portsea handled favored Magascape in the $144,000 Meafara BC.

  • Rapid Proof Shows He's No Fluke in Connally

    Rapid Proof unleashed a powerful kick in the stretch run to nip defending champion Warleigh by a head in the $216,000 John B. Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park Saturday night.

  • Grade II Winner Quest Retired to Stone Farm

    Quest, a homebred grade II winner for Arthur B. Hancock III and Gerald Healy, has been retired from racing and will stand at Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.

  • Rockport Harbor, foreground, with Stewart Elliott in the irons, works in company with Pilfer.

    Rockport Harbor Works; Heading to Lexington Stakes

    Fox Hill Farm's Rockport Harbor, who is still on target for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), worked seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 at Oaklawn Park Sunday, after which, trainer John Servis said the colt would pass the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and point instead to the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) a week later.

  • Berbatim Takes Control in Providencia

    Under steady handling from Alex Solis, Berbatim took control in the stretch and rolled to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $111,600 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Santa Anita turf Saturday.

  • Dream of Summer, right, wins the Apple Blossom.

    Dream of Summer Shines in Apple Blossom

    James Weigel's front-running Dream of Summer not only held off favorite Ashado in winning Saturday's $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), she also successfully fended off the challenges of two outsiders, unlucky Star Parade and Shadow Cast, in the final strides at Oaklawn Park.

  • Singletary and jockey Alex Solis take  the Arcadia Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Singletary Back On His Game in Arcadia 'Cap

    After a disappointing comeback race a month ago, Singletary, the 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) upset winner, proved he was back on top of his game with a solid victory in the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Buzzards Bay, left, beats General John B to win the Santa Anita Derby.

    Buzzards Bay Digs In, Wins Santa Anita Derby

    Trainer Jeff Mullins became the first trainer to win three consecutive editions of the Santa Anita Derby when his 30-1 outsider Buzzards Bay registered a gutty score by a half-length over 64-1 shot General John B Saturday.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Jockey Javier Castellano reacts to winning the 81st running of the Wood Memorial aboard Bellamy Road, Saturday at Aqueduct.</a>

    Bellamy Road Turns in Stunning Wood Win

    George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road became a serious contender for next month's Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) with a stunning 17 1/2-length victory over a half dozen overmatched rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

  • Greeley's Galaxy Derby-Bound After Illinois Romp

    After the inexperienced Greeley's Galaxy made a laugher out of Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II), it didn' take owner B. Wayne Hughes long to make a decision on whether he would spend $200,000 to supplement his chestnut colt to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Forest Danger wins Carter.

    Forest Danger Handles Blazing Carter Pace

    Forest Danger hadn't dropped off the early pace since rallying from sixth to win his debut race 14 months ago. Saturday he became a grade I winner for the first time when he closed into a scorching pace to win the $350,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in only his sixth lifetime start.

  • Lost in the Fog and Russell Baze cruise home for the win in the Bay Shore, Saturday at Aqueduct.

    Lost in the Fog Still Unbeaten After Bay Shore

    Harry J. Aleo's Lost in the Fog may not be on the Triple Crown trail, but he affirmed his position as one of the country's most exciting 3-year olds with another facile victory, this time in Saturday's $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • Sharp Lisa Misses Ashland With Foot Bruise

    Grade I winner Sharp Lisa, expected to be one of the favorites, was forced to scratch from Saturday's Ashland (gr. I) at Keeneland due to a bruised hind hoof.

  • Sweet Catomine, Sharp Lisa Top Oaks Wager

    On the eve of her anticipated showdown against males in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's champion filly Sweet Catomine remained the favorite among 24 wagering interest in the April 7-10 third pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

  • High Fly Sets Pace at Derby Future's Midpoint

    Live Oak Plantation's High Fly, whose recent victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I) was his fifth in six career races, emerged as the betting favorite on Friday as Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") reached the midpoint.

  • A Wood victory would move Bellamy Road up on the graded earnings list.

    It's Now or Never for Eight Wood Starters

    It's now or never for the eight starters entered in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I). If any hope to make it to the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), they must deliver the goods in the Wood, especially with only two of the participants – Bellamy Road and Survivalist – on the top 20 list of graded earnings.

  • Elusive Diva Back to Hillside for Las Cienegas

    After a sub-par effort on a sloppy track, Elusive Diva returns to the downhill turf course that she's had success on as the likely favorite in the $100,000-added Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) for older fillies at mares at Santa Anita Park Sunday.

  • 67-Day Lone Star Meeting Begins April 14

    More than five months since Ghostzapper posted his electrifying win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) last October, racing returns to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas April 14, beginning a 67-day run through July 17.

  • No Changes Planned in Derby/Oaks Security

    Churchill Downs plans to make no changes to the security policies and procedures used in the past three years for the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Oaks (both gr. I), the first renewals of those events since the completion of the track's $121 million renovation.

  • 'Peb' to Complete Churchill Derby Mural

    Acclaimed Thoroughbred racing cartoonist Pierre Bellocq, better known to generations of racing fans as "Peb," is scheduled Saturday to complete a mural at the Churchill Downs new clubhouse that depicts every jockey that has won the 130 renewals of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) .

  • U.S. Racing Indicators Decline in First Quarter

    Total wagering on United States horseracing declined by 6% across North America during the first quarter of 2005, while purses and racing days also dipped, according to statistics released Feb. 8 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • Temporary stalls damaged at Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.

    Tornado Causes Wide-Spread Damage in Ocala

    A suspected tornado that tore a path through Ocala, Fla. Thursday afternoon caused wide-spread damage to area horse farms, but early reports indicate no equine deaths or significant injuries were incurred.

  • Handle, Purses Down in First Quarter of 2005

    Total handle on United States Thoroughbred racing in North America, as well as U.S. Thoroughbred purses, were down in the first quarter of 2005 compared with the first quarter in 2004, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Equibase said.

  • Chattahoochee War (3) wins the Transylvania Stakes with Guillaume Tell (center) and Rey de Cafe (rail) putting him to the supreme test on opening day at Keeneland.

    Chattahoochee War Wins Transylvania Battle

    Amerman Racing Stables' Chattahoochee War won the Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Keeneland's opening day, but he had to battle hard to do it. The 3-year-old son of War Chant rallied to nip Guillaume Tell by a nose at the wire, then had to wait for the stewards to disallow an objection to secure the victory.

  • Cat Shaker On the Prowl to Arkansas Derby

    Cat Shaker, upset winner of the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) undercard March 26 is headed toward next Saturday's Arkansas Derby (gr. II), according to owner Bill Callis.

  • Ender's Sister Records Bullet Work

    Trainer Rusty Arnold sent Green Lantern Stable's Florida Oaks winner Ender's Sister out for a four-furlong work Friday morning at Keeneland. The daughter of A.P. Indy recorded a bullet work at that distance in :47.80.

  • Andromeda's Hero Works Toward Arkansas Derby

    Robert LaPenta's Andromeda's Hero, prepping for a possible start in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, worked five furlongs at Keeneland Friday morning.

  • Speedy Sophomores Headed for Lafayette

    Padua Stables' stakes winner Razor heads a field of five speedy sophomores headed to the gate for Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes (gr. III), going six furlongs at Keeneland.

  • Keeneland Shuts Out Five Wagering Outlets

    Keeneland will not make its live racing available for simulcasting to five outlets located both inside and outside of the United States. The official announcement was made Friday, the opening day of the 16-day meeting in Lexington.

  • Study Shows Cold Air Can Induce Airway Obstruction

    Researchers at Oklahoma State University recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in subfreezing temperatures can induce airway obstruction.

  • Cold Air and Lung Health

    Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in sub-freezing temperatures can induce airway obstruction (bronchoconstriction, or airway contraction). The research appeared in the ...

  • New Evangeline Downs Breaks From Gate

    The Louisiana horse racing industry continued its forward movement the evening of April 7 when the 7-year-old gelding Attakapa, appropriately bred in Louisiana, won the first Thoroughbred race at the new Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino.

  • Galt House Plans Derby Jockey Tribute

    The Galt House Hotel and Suites, one of Louisville's legendary landmarks, will unveil "Gallop to Glory," a one-of-a-kind tribute to the living Derby winning jockeys on May 5 during a special ceremony in front of the hotel.