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  • Record Price at Hong Kong Sale

    For the third consecutive year, a member of the Danehill line brought a record-breaking price on Friday at the Hong Kong International Sale.

  • Toccet Confirmed for Hollywood Futurity

    Multiple stakes winner Toccet will be flown from Maryland to California Thursday for the $385,000-estimated Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Saturday, trainer John Scanlan confirmed Sunday from his base at Laurel.

  • Surya Drills as Frankel Mulls Dahlia Options

    Trainer Bobby Frankel seeks a record sixth victory in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, but as of Sunday he remained unsure of whether Surya or Tates Creek would represent his stable in the 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

  • Surya Drills as Frankel Mulls Dahlia Options

    Trainer Bobby Frankel seeks a record sixth victory in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, but as of Sunday he remained unsure of whether Surya or Tates Creek would represent his stable in the 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

  • Starrer, en route to Bayakoa victory.

    Starrer Skims Rail for a Handy Bayakoa Victory

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela found room along the rail and shot even-money favorite Starrer through the opening at the top of the stretch, going on to a five-length victory in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Hollywood Park.

  • Grey Comet Rambles in Runyon Stakes

    Grey Comet and jockey Aaron Gryder took the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away from the field to keep his career record perfect in the 24th running of the $82,575 Damon Runyon Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday.

  • Trainer Nick Zito.

    Zito Vows to Continue Legal Fight

    Trainer Nick Zito vowed to take a New York appeals court ruling Thursday, which upheld a 15-day suspension and $2,000 fine against him, to a higher court.

  • Krone Guides Spensive to Gold Rush Triumph

    Spensive, with Hall of Famer Julie Krone aboard, came back on in the final yards to defeat 25-1 long shot Always Remember by a head in the $81,075 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

  • Pincay Boots Piensa Sonando Home in Native Diver

    Nelson Bunker Hunt's Piensa Sonando kicked home in the final furlong under the spirited urging of ageless rider Laffit Pincay Jr. to nip Fleetstreet Dancer by a nose in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Maiden Julie's Prize Takes Hawthorne Debutante

    Richard Otto Stables' maiden Julie's Prize made a five-wide move into the stretch and surged to a four-length victory over Invader in Saturday's $100,000 Illinois Breeders Debutante at Hawthorne.

  • Maiden Julie's Prize Takes Hawthorne Debutante

    Richard Otto Stables' maiden Julie's Prize made a five-wide move into the stretch and surged to a four-length victory over Invader in Saturday's $100,000 Illinois Breeders Debutante at Hawthorne.

  • Martha's Music Scores Upset in Anne Arundel

    D.J. Stables' Martha's Music won her second straight stakes race at Laurel Park Saturday, taking the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year old fillies.

  • Trust N Luck Romps in What A Pleasure

    Trust N Luck dominated Saturday's $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes for 2-year-olds at Calder, leading from start to finish while covering the 1 1/16-mile distance in a stakes-record 1:44. The winning margin was 11 lengths.

  • Dakota Light Turns It On in Calder's Three Ring

    Dakota Light returned to running two turns in Saturday's $100,000 Three Ring Stakes at Calder, contested at a mile and a sixteenth, and the filly celebrated with her first stakes victory.

  • Dat You Miz Blue Spoils Xtra Heat's Party

    Xtra Heat, last year's 3-year-old filly champion, was expected to crush her foes in Saturday's six-furlong, $81,650 Garland of Roses Handicap for fillies and mares. But Dat You Miz Blue had other plans.

  • U.S. Stars Strive for International Respect

    United States entries Delta Form, Sarafan, Falcon Flight and Texas Glitter try their luck against many of the finest runners in the world in four turf stakes Sunday that make up the Hong Kong International Races.

  • Snow, Ice, Rain Can't Stop Turfway Track Crew

    In just eight days of live racing, Turfway Park's track maintenance crew has already been hit with four inches of snow, one inch of ice and several inches of rain. It's to their credit the track has only lost five races due to track conditions heading into the second full weekend of racing.

  • Tout Charmant Works for Dahlia

    Tout Charmant, winner of the 2000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on the turf at Hollywood Park, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.40 at Santa Anita Friday for the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on grass Dec. 21.

  • What Can You Do with Kinzie Woo?

    A stable that enters a maiden in a Grade I stakes race could not have a better name than Always Believe, Inc.

  • Starrer Should Find Bayakoa Foes Softer

    Starrer, winless in five races since her victory in last year's Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, will try to repeat in Sunday's 21st running of the $150,000 stakes race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Contessa Duo Tops Damon Runyon Cast

    Star Track Farm's Grey Comet and David Cassidy's Unswept are the colts to beat in Sunday's $75,000 Damon Runyon for New York-bred juveniles going 1/16 mile at Aqueduct.

  • Sunshine Millions Heavy With Nominations

    Early bird nominations to the inaugural Sunshine Millions closed Dec. 9 with more than 300 applications. The series of races, worth $3.6 million in purse money, will be Jan. 25, with four events at Gulfstream Park in Florida and four at Santa Anita Park in California.

  • NTRA Reviews Measures at Symposium

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association made its annual presentation Friday at the Symposium on Racing in Tucson., Arizona.

  • MRLS Impact Continues as Breeders' Cup Nominations Fall

    The number of 2002 foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup program is down 8% from last year, largely due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, which resulted in the loss of nearly 20% of the pregnancies of Kentucky-based mares when it swept through the region in the spring of 2001.

  • Shippers the Favorites in Anne Arundel

    Five high profile out-of-town trainers will converge on Laurel Park Saturday for the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes (grade III) for 3-year old fillies. Fourteen horses are expected in the 1 1/8-mile test.

  • Hong Kong Races on TVG

    The Hong Kong International races on Sunday will be shown on TVG beginning at 2 a.m. (ET). The special 2 1/2 hour telecast will include live coverage the group I Hong Kong Cup, group I Hong Kong Vase, and group I Hong Kong Mile, and tape delayed coverage of the group II Hong Kong Sprint. All races are on turf.

  • Account, Off-Track Wagering Closer in New Jersey

    After months of legal wrangling and negotiations, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is close to presenting the New Jersey Racing Commission with participation agreements between itself and two other racing companies in the state in regard to account and off-track wagering.

  • Xtra Heat back on the track Saturday.

    Xtra Heat Returns at Big A

    Making her first appearance since being sold privately last month, champion Xtra Head will line up for the $75,000 Garland of Roses at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Dahlia Candidates Work

    Three nominees for the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares on turf Dec. 21 worked Thursday.

  • Pincay to Sit Out Final Days of Hollywood Meet

    Laffit Pincay, Jr., entered the final nine days of the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet atop the jockey standings with 28 winners, but he will have a tough time staying there.

  • Warren Stute, 81, Saddles Watching You, Grey Memo

    Warren Stute was occupied mastering a new cell phone in his stable office in Barn 63 South at Hollywood Park on Thursday. For a trainer who some think is a contemporary of Alexander Graham Bell, the adaptation to the marvels of modern technology is no small feat.

  • Euchre, Grey Memo Head Native Diver Field

    Euchre and Grey Memo, second and fourth, respectively, in last year's Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), will return for Saturday's 24th running of the $100,000 stakes race.

  • Composure Should Be Heavy Favorite in Starlet

    Composure, second by one-half length to unbeaten Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Oct. 26, returns to action for trainer Bob Baffert at Hollywood Park on Saturday as the solid favorite in the $376,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I).