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  • African Story holds off Prince Bishop to win the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3.

    African Story Excels in Maktoum Challenge

    Godolphin's African Story, last year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner, outran stablemate Prince Bishop and won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (UAE-I) March 7 on the Super Saturday card at Meydan.

  • Khozan<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-GnpHpmX">Order This Photo</a>

    Khozan Injured, Off Kentucky Derby Trail

    Because of an issue with his right hind leg, Khozan has been taken off the road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), according to Al Shaqab Racing's U.S. racing manager Bradley Weisbord.

  • Flavien Prat

    At Santa Anita, Prat Delivers at a Price

    French import Flavien Prat is one of many up-and-coming young jockeys hoping to take the reins from the sport's best. He rides Pain and Misery in the San Felipe (gr. II) and Silentio in the Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) March 7.

  • Ike Walker rolls to victory in the South Mississippi Owners and Breeders' Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-3RsM62t">Order This Photo</a>

    Ike Walker Rules South Mississippi at FG

    Ike Walker took control after a quarter mile and coasted to a dominating victory in the $40,000 South Mississippi Owners and Breeders' Stakes March 6 at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.

  • 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2014-Breeders-Cup/Juvenile-Turf/i-ZcVdH3Z">Order This Photo</a>

    Belardo, Hootenanny Among Guineas Nominees

    Belardo, winner of the 2014 Dubai Dewhurst (Eng-I), and Hootenanny, victorious in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), are among 82 nominees the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket.

  • That Handicapping Show: The Santa Anita Handicap

    Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) featuring Shared Belief, and also look at the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Santa Anita Handicap.

  • Saratoga Study Touts Impact of VLT Revenue

    Video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack have helped push up prices of New York-bred yearlings and increased the state's foal crop in what economic development officials say has been a far-reaching impact.

  • Roman Chapa aboard Quiet Acceleration

    Jockey Chapa's Fine Increased to $100,000

    Texas Racing Commission executive director Chuck Trout has imposed a $100,000 fine on jockey Roman Chapa, who was initially fined $25,000 and suspended five years after it was determined he carried an electrical device.

  • Colonial Downs

    Compromise Possible for Racing in Virginia

    Winter weather didn't just force cancellations of race days this week, it also forced the Virginia Racing Commission to postpone its regular meeting that had been scheduled March 5, when it had hoped the future of racing.

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    Pedigree Analysis: Far From Over

    Far From Over stems from one of the most prolific branches of the Betty Derr family, that of his fourth dam, the 1983 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Courtly Dee.

  • Winter Weather Continues to Impact Racing

    Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled racing March 6 due to the impact of winter weather on the racing surface and aggressive efforts to get the track ready for the March 7 program highlighted by the $400,000 Gotham Stakes.

  • Carpe Diem

    Coffee Pot Brews a Good One in Carpe Diem

    'He wouldn't run and hide behind his mother. He'd lead through the door,' Beau Lane of Woodline Farm said of Carpe Diem, a leading contender for the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) on the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Roman Chapa

    Jockey Chapa Appeals Suspension, Fine

    Roman Chapa has appealed the five-year suspension and $25,000 fine levied him by the Texas Racing Commission after it was determined the 43-year-old jockey carried an electrical shocking device during a stakes victory.

  • Hip No. 130, a chestnut colt by Scat Daddy -- Alittlebitearly, by Thunder Gulch brought $1.4 million.

    Scat Daddy Colt Tops Sale at F-T Florida

    Judging by the final results of Fasig-Tipton's Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training at Gulfstream Park March 4, the sales company's decision to return its select offering to South Florida was clearly a winning one.

  • Gulfstream Park has selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year.

    Status Quo for 2015-16 Florida Racing Dates

    In filings made to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Gulfstream and Tampa Bay selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year that are almost identical to its 2014-15 schedule.

  • El Camino Real Derby winner Metaboss

    Metaboss Working Toward Spiral Start

    After a five-furlong workout in 1:00 4/5 March 5 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Jeff Bonde said Metaboss is scheduled to race next in the 1 1/8-mile $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.

  • The Big Beast is scheduled to make his next start in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-mCSVkK9">Order This Photo</a>

    The Big Beast Looking at Stakes Return

    Trainer Tony Dutrow said that The Big Beast appeared fine physically coming out of a win in his 4-year-old debut March 1 and is scheduled to make his next start in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) April 9.

  • Todd Pletcher has Stanford and Materiality in the  Islamorada Handicap.

    Friday's Islamorada Could Impact Triple Crown

    Although the $60,000 Islamorada Handicap March 6 at Gulfstream Park is not a graded stakes, it could feature some eventual Triple Crown horses, including Stanford and Materiality from the well-stocked barn of Todd Pletcher.

  • Storied Lady won the Bay Ridge Stakes on Dec. 31 at Aqueduct.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-hM6z4r6">Order This Photo</a>

    Inner-Track Star Storied Lady Set for Cat Cay

    Storied Lady will try for her second stakes win of the current meet when she starts from the outside in an expected field of six fillies and mares in the $100,000 Cat Cay Stakes Saturday, March 7, at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Stephanie's Kitten makes her seasonal debut in the Hillsborough Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-j8Rtk5H">Order This Photo</a>

    Major Stakes Winners Show Up for Hillsborough

    When entries for the Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) came out, the field of 12 included multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten, grade II winner Ball Dancing, and grade II winners Sparkling Review and Filimbi.

  • Consumer Credit will break from post 7 in the Florida Oaks.
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    Consumer Credit Ranks High in Fla. Oaks

    Consumer Credit, a winner of three straight on the turf -- including a pair of stakes at Gulfstream -- heads a full cast for the $200,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) March 7 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Betfair chief executive officer Breon Corcoran

    Betfair U.S. Enjoys 25% Spike in Revenue

    Behind a strong quarter that saw 17% revenue growth at its New Jersey online casino, compared with the same quarter a year ago, Betfair reports a 25% revenue growth in its U.S. operations for the three months ended Jan. 31.

  • Shared Belief is the heavy favorite for the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Shared Belief a Massive Favorite in Big 'Cap

    The field for the $1 million, 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7 is full, but beyond headliner Shared Belief, the race lacks the potential star power that appeared to be possible when nominations came out.

  • Georgia Pari-Mutuel Legislation Advances

    Legislation that would put a constitutional amendment legalizing pari-mutuel wagering to a vote in 2016 passed an important Georgia Senate committee March 4. The full Senate may consider the bill next week.

  • Divisidero won his only start on Feb. 7 on the Gulfstream Park turf.

    Divisidero Has Buzz in Redrawn Palm Beach

    Divisidero, a son of Kitten's Joy, broke his maiden first-time out Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park and steps up to graded stakes company March 7 in a re-drawn edition of the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds.

  • Conquest Two Step won the Palos Verdes by 1 1/4 lengths.

    Conquest Two Step One to Beat in San Carlos

    Coming off a powerful victory in the Jan. 31 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, Conquest Two Step appears the one to beat in the $250,000 San Carlos Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at the Southern California oval.

  • Private Zone ended 2014 with a win in the Cigar Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-4vV3pr2">Order This Photo</a>

    Gulfstream 'Cap Distance Fits Private Zone

    Good Friends' Stable's Private Zone, who closed last season with his third grade I stakes win in New York, is scheduled to make his 6-year-old debut Saturday, March 7, in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).

  • Sarah Sis (right) finished second to Take Charge Brandi in the Martha Washington.

    Sarah Sis Without 'Brandi' for Honeybee Run

    The would-be spoiler will get a chance at victory sans 'Brandi' March 7, as her more accomplished rival will start against boys March 14. Sarah Sis heads a group of nine sophomore fillies in the $150,000 Honeybee.

  • Daredevil will start from the rail in the Swale Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-Q2RvXqB">Order This Photo</a>

    Daredevil Back in Rescheduled Swale

    Daredevil will make his much-anticipated sophomore debut in $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park one week after the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds was postponed due to torrential rainstorms.