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  • Songbird

    Songbird 'Wonderful' in Santa Anita Drill

    Unbeaten Songbird, the likely favorite in upcoming Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Keeneland, worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Oct. 18 under regular rider Mike Smith.

  • Curvy wins the E.P. Taylor Stakes.

    Curvy Hits Pay Dirt in E.P. Taylor Stakes

    A two-time group winner in England and Ireland, Curvy made the most of her second North American start, taking the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes Presented by HPIBet (Can-IT) Oct. 18 at Woodbine.

  • Cactus Kid wins the Ontario Fashion Stakes Oct. 18.

    Cactus Kris Last to First in Ontario Fashion

    Last into the stretch, Cactus Kris unleashed a thrilling burst of speed and swept past eight rivals in Ontario Fashion (gr. III) before nailing front-runner Endless Light in the final stride to win Oct. 18 at Woodbine.

  • Bye Bye Bernie wins the Nearctic Stakes.

    Bye Bye Bernie Takes Nearctic at 22-1

    DARRS Inc.'s Bye Bye Bernie may have given an indication of what was coming when he just missed, by a neck, in the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash Stakes Sept. 14 at odds of 55-1.

  • Pretty N Cool wins the Matron Stakes.
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    Pretty N Cool Leads Way in Matron Win

    Trainer Bob Baffert's West Coast shipper Pretty N Cool scored a front-running one-length victory as the favorite in the $200,000 Matron Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies Oct. 18 at Belmont Park.

  • Lovelyn Denies Dylan Mouth at San Siro

    Gestut Ittlingen's Oaks d'Italia (Ity-II) winner Lovelyn stepped up to the group I level and defeated older males in the Grand Premio del Jockey Club Oct. 18 at San Siro.

  • Mikki Queen wins the Shuka Sho.
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    Mikki Queen Closes to Record Shuka Sho Win

    Mikki Queen, successful in the Japanese Oaks (Jpn-I) earlier this year, added a second classic success to her record when taking the Shuka Sho (Jpn-I) in stakes record time Oct. 18 at Kyoto.

  • Private Zone was an easy winner of Forego Stakes in his last start Aug. 29

    Private Zone Strong in Five-Furlong Work

    Trainer Jorge Navarro got exactly what he wanted from Private Zone, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful who worked a solid five furlongs in :59 on a fast track at Keeneland Oct. 18.

  • Defending Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Untapable breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Oct. 18 at Keeneland.

    Untapable, Tapiture Work Early at Keeneland

    A pair of Winchell Thoroughbreds' leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup were on the track at Keeneland early Oct. 18, with Untapable breezing five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and Tapiture getting the same distance in 1:00 3/5.

  • Belle Hill fights for the win in the Autumn Miss.

    Belle Hill Ships in for Autumn Miss Score

    Shipping in from Emerald Downs, Belle Hill outdueled fellow stalker Paulina's Love in the stretch to win the $100,000 Autumn Miss (gr. IIIT) by a half-length, claiming her first graded stakes in her first start on turf.

  • Exaggerator worked five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 at Keeneland Oct. 17.

    Exaggerator, Bobby's Kitten Work at Keeneland

    Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, one of two 2-year-olds who could give trainer Keith Desormeaux his second consecutive win in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 at Keeneland.

  • Lucky Lindy rolls to victory in the Hawthorne Derby.

    Lucky Lindy Invades for Hawthorne Derby Win

    Augustin Stables' Lucky Lindy traveled south from Woodbine on an Illinois raiding trip and easily claimed his second graded score, sailing home in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/4 lengths.

  • Sarah Sis and Florent Geroux get the victory in the Lexus Raven Run.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-zGvxdfh">Order This Photo</a>

    Geroux Guides Sarah Sis to Raven Run Victory

    Under a patient and heady ride by red-hot Florent Geroux, 17-1 shot Sarah Sis wore down the pacesetting 3-2 favorite Bar of Gold for a one-length victory in the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) at Keeneland Oct. 17.

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    Stellar Path Breaks Through in Athenia

    A group III winner in France back in 2013, Trevor Stewart's Stellar Path broke through with her first graded score in North America Oct. 17 at Belmont Park, taking the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Dr. Shane and Jaime Rodriguez take the New York Breeders' Futurity.

    Dr. Shane Upsets NY Breeders' Futurity

    Dutchess Views Farm's homebred Dr. Shane upset 1-4 favorite Championofthenile by two lengths in the $206,963 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 17, collecting his first stakes win at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

  • Shotgun Kowboy takes the Oklahoma Classics Cup under Cliff Berry.

    Shotgun Kowboy Wins Classics Cup

    The Classics Cup is the third straight win this season for Shotgun Kowboy, who has now won six of his eight career races -- all of which have been at Remington Park. He will now go on the road to the Nov. 27 Clark (gr. I).

  • Mongolian Khan delivers victory in the BMW Caulfield Cup.

    Mongolian Khan Powers Away in Caulfield Cup

    Favorite Mongolian Khan asserted his authority in the final sixteenth of the Aus$3 million BMW Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) Oct. 17 and pulled away to a commanding victory.

  • Muhaarar Trounces Sprint Rivals at Ascot

    Sheikh Hamdan's homebred Muhaarar underscored his rank as Europe's top sprinter Oct. 17 when he earned a fourth group I win this year in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot.

  • Annual Report shakes free from King Kranz to win the Futurity Stakes<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-CZjzSC3">Order This Photo</a>

    Annual Report Rallies to Futurity Score

    Annual Report was in tight at the break and trailed the field early on, but the 2-year-old colt rallied with a big late run to win the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) Oct 17 at Belmont Park.

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    Keen Ice Heads BC Works for Romans

    Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice turned in a steady breeze Oct. 17 at Churchill Downs, preparing for a rematch in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

  • Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale: Preview

    Ian Tapp talks with Boyd Browning, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fasig-Tipton, and Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency about the upcoming Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale.

  • Simple Verse caught Journey late to  win the QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes.

    Simple Verse Up in Time at Ascot

    Simple Verse tallied the second group I win of her career Oct. 17 after chasing runner-up Journey into the Ascot straight and getting past that rival close to home in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes.

  • Dame Dorothy worked four furlongs in :49, galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 and six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.

    Another Busy Morning for Pletcher

    The morning of Oct. 17 was another busy one for Todd Pletcher, as the trainer with a barn full of Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls sent five of his trainees out for workouts at Keeneland.

  • Stellar Wind

    Stellar Wind Goes Long in Santa Anita Breeze

    Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind put in a seven-furlong breeze Oct. 17 at Santa Anita Park, covering the distance in 1:27 1/5 in her penultimate drill in preparation for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale: Preview

    Ian Tapp talks with Boyd Browning, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fasig-Tipton, and Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency about the upcoming Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale.

  • Mario Gutierrez celebrates 5 wins on October 16.

    Gutierrez Wins With All Five Mounts

    Jockey Mario Gutierrez won on all five of his mounts Oct. 16 at Santa Anita Park and took five of the first six races at the Arcadia, Calif., track. All of his victories came for different trainers.

  • Suffolk, Brockton Fair Apply for 2016 Dates

    The ownership groups of Suffolk Downs and the Brockton Fairgrounds, which has not hosted Thoroughbred racing since 2001, have filed applications with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for live racing dates in 2016.

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    Pedigree Analysis: Frosted

    Frosted is a son of Tapit, the first sire from the Seattle Slew line to benefit consistently from inbreeding to Seattle Slew.

  • Meet International Model Esther de Jong

    This original four-episode series follows international model Esther de Jong as she sells her first horse at Keeneland's prestigious September Yearling Sale. Courtesy of ABR.

  • Meet International Model Esther de Jong

    This original four-episode series follows international model Esther de Jong as she sells her first horse at Keeneland's prestigious September Yearling Sale. Courtesy of ABR.

  • Gleneagles Still on Fence for Ascot Start

    Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Gleneagles, walked the course at Ascot Racecourse the afternoon of Oct. 16 to test the ground on which the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO (Eng-I) will be run Saturday.