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  • Connections of Ticker Tape Return to Tattersalls

    The connections of grade I Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup and grade I American Oaks heroine Ticker Tape (by Royal Applause), bought for 100,000 guineas at last year's Tattersalls autumn horses In training sale, collected a juvenile by the same sire at the opening session of the 2004 auction.

  • Afleet Alex, following his workout at Lone Star Park Monday morning.

    Afleet Alex Lives Up to Name in Monday Work

    Afleet Alex, the 2-year-old colt who amuses himself by playing with a blue rubber ball suspended in his stall at Lone Star Park, showed his affinity for the Grand Prairie track Monday when he zipped five furlongs in :58 2/5.

  • Pleasantly Perfect, Perfect Drift Arrive at Lone Star

    Diamond A Racing Corporation's Pleasantly Perfect, who will attempt to defend his title in the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), arrived at Dallas' Love Field at 10:15 (CT) Monday morning from California, and was loaded for bear after arriving at the barn.

  • Birdstone, one of three Classic contenders already at Lone Star Park.

    Countdown to the Cup: Action is Hot and Heavy

    The action was hot and heavy going into Breeders' Cup week, with 26 pre-entered horses working on Oct. 24, an influx of horses arriving from all parts of the country and Europe, and a serious injury to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Ready's Gal.

  • Lucky Lionel Lass Hello Lucky Wins Anoakia

    Hello Lucky, a Florida-bred filly who had finished no better than third in three graded stakes, put things together in Sunday's $85,350 Anoakia Stakes at Oak Tree as she held off late-charging longshot No Bull Baby to win by ¾ of a length.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Sizzles in Workout

    Pleasantly Perfect, seeking to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered (gr. I) worked seven furlongs in company Saturday on a "good" track in a bullet 1:23 4/5 under Crystal Brown.

  • Humaita Nips Aud in Dowager Duel

    Humaita edged Aud at the finish of a long stretch duel to win the $150,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes Sunday going 1 1/2 miles on soft turf at Keeneland.

  • Sulamani Likely to Retire After Canadian Smasher

    In what was his likely his last race, Godolphin's Sulamani added to his hefty list of accomplishments when he notched his sixth group or grade I win under a hand ride from Frankie Dettori in the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International Sunday at Woodbine.

  • I Thee Wed Wins Nearctic Calvary Charge

    Pin Oak Stable's I Thee Wed, the second-longest shot on the board, captured the $282,750 Nearctic Handicap (Can-II) for turf sprinters Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Commercante All Business In E.P. Taylor

    Commercante overtook favored Punctilious in deep stretch to win the $607,500 E.P. Taylor (Can-I) for fillies and mares at foggy, showery Woodbine Sunday for her first North American stakes victory.

  • Birdstone got his first look at the main track at Lone Star Park Sunday.

    Birdstone Gets First Feel of Lone Star

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone had his first gallop over the Lone Star Park track Sunday after arriving Saturday afternoon on a private charter from Albany, N.Y. that also brought three other Nick Zito-trained horses.

  • Sense of Style, on track at Lone Star Park Sunday.

    Sense of Style Looks Good in Workout; Ready's Gal Out

    Sense of Style, the 2-year-old filly whose unbeaten record ended when she finished fifth in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) turned in her final prep for the Breeders'Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Sunday when she breezed five-eighths of a mile in :59 4/5.

  • Fantasticat Works at Churchill to Prep for Classic

    Trainer Bobby Barnett insists it wasn't planned but admits it's an eerie coincidence his 2004 Breeders' Cup contender Fantasticat now occupies the stall at Churchill Downs that once housed Answer Lively, the horse he trained that won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and went on to be named 2-year-old champion.

  • Tattersalls Sales to Offer 2,000-Plus Horses

    The catalogues for both the Tattersalls foal and breeding stock sales in England are out now and can be viewed online at www.tattersalls.com. The foal sale has 1,115 lots and is scheduled for Nov. 24-27. The breeding stock auction has 1,207 lots and will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

  • Tattersalls Sales to Offer 2,000-Plus Horses

    The catalogues for both the Tattersalls foal and breeding stock sales in England are out now and can be viewed online at www.tattersalls.com. The foal sale has 1,115 lots and is scheduled for Nov. 24-27. The breeding stock auction has 1,207 lots and will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

  • Graded Winner Adcat's First Winner

    Swift Mercedes, from the first crop of graded turf stakes winner Adcat, became his sire's first winner when winning Oct. 23 at Calder Race Course.

  • Red-Hot Habaneros Burns Burke Foes

    It wasn't planned, but a change in race tactics paid off in a 14-1 surprise when Habaneros broke on top in his stakes debut and repelled all challengers in the stretch to win the 1 1/2-mile Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Saturday.

  • 'Devil's Late Move Lands Empire Classic

    Hardwicke Stable's late-running Spite the Devil found himself to be the right horse in the right spot to win Saturday's $250,000 Empire Classic at Belmont Park.

  • Built Up Edges Super Frolic in Spend A Buck

    Raymond Susi's Built Up rallied from just off the pace to take the lead at the top of the stretch and had just enough to win the Spend A Buck Handicap (gr. III) by a head over rallying Super Frolic on Saturday at Calder Race Course.

  • McDynamo takes second Breeders' Cup Steeplechase in a row.

    McDynamo Repeats in Breeders' Cup 'Chase

    Defending champion McDynamo became just the second horse in history to win back-to-back runnings of the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) when he scorched six rivals in the $175,000 event Saturday before a sold-out crowd of 50,000 at Moorland Farms race course in Far Hills, N.J.

  • Aclassysassylassy Finishes FSS Filly Sweep

    Aclassysassylassy completed a sweep of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, winning the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths at Calder during the Festival of the Sun.

  • Joe Torre, right, part owner of Sugar Punch, walks the horse to the winner's circle after Sugar Punch, ridden by Edgar Prado, won the Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park.

    Sugar Punch Sweetens Torre's Tough Week

    IEAH Stable's and Joe Torre's favored Sugar Punch knocked her rivals out of contention with a big move on the turn to easily win the $125,000 Iroquois Handicap for fillies and mares going seven furlongs at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Eddington Takes Turf Debut in Calder Derby

    Making his first start on grass, former Triple Crown contender Eddington squeezed between horses in the stretch to nip the determined pacesetter Bob's Proud Movement by a head for victory in the $200,000 Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) in Florida.

  • Motivator No Surprise in Racing Post Trophy

    Heavily favored Motivator confirmed himself as a Classic contender for trainer Michael Bell next year with an unsurprising 2 1/2-length victory in the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) for 2-year-olds at Doncaster Saturday.

  • Changing World Spins to Victory in Violet

    Samuel H. Rogers Jr.'s Changing World took charge at the break and was never headed in winning the $200,000 Violet Handicap (gr. IIIT) at the Meadowlands on Friday night.

  • Storm Flag Flying, could post an historic Juvenile Fillies-Distaff double.

    'Storm Flag' Readies to Fly to Lone Star

    Trainer Shug McGaughey is gearing up Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying for a historic run at the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I) at Lone Star Park. The $2-million Distaff kicks off the eight-race World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • TV Analyst Gabriel to Receive Cancer Award

    Arlington Park TV analyst Christine Gabriel, a three-time cancer survivor, will he honored as a recipient of the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation (CTRF) "Superhero Award" Saturday night.

  • Nakatani to Ride in All 8 Breeders' Cup Races

    Corey Nakatani, who celebrated his 34th birthday Oct. 21, has been booked to ride in all eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

  • Sulamani Headlines Canadian International

    Godolphin's Sulamani, one of the best turf horses in the world during the past three seasons, has been established as the 2-1 morning line favorite in an outstanding field of 11 for the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Lone Star Notebook: Big Day Just a Week Away

    Week 3 drew to a close at Lone Star Park on Sunday and, as a result, the Breeders' Cup is inching closer and closer. Many of the likely participants in these races are putting the final touches on their serious preparation for the World Thoroughbred Championships, as all the significant prep races for this prestigious event have been concluded.

  • Belmont Notebook: Three Key Stakes

    Although the stakes action has slowed considerably at Belmont Park with much of racing's focus on the upcoming Breeders' Cup, we still had time for a trio of exciting stakes events last week.

  • Hawthorne Notebook: Santos Proves the Best 'Conductor'

    COOL CONDUCTOR (Stravinsky) is a head strong colt that neither Pat Day nor Cornelio Velasquez could keep under control. Jose Santos had him under control soon after the start on Saturday, under a hard hold and in behind other horses.