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  • Leave the Light On

    Leave the Light On for Storm Cat

    Remsen winner Leave the Light On is one of many stakes winners to be inbred to Storm Cat, with both duplications within the first four generations.

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

    WV Racing Struggles With Plan for Stability

    A request by management and horsemen at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to reduce the number of live racing days for 2015 has renewed a discussion about the future of West Virginia Thoroughbred racing.

  • Researchers Study Near-, Farsightedness in Horses

    You’re rounding the corner toward a big blue oxer, hoping your horse will clear it right out of stride. All you’re thinking is, “Jump, buddy, jump!” But all your horse is thinking is, “Is that a … jump? Or another horse? Or … Man, I wish I had some glasses!”

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    Lukas Pointing 'Brandi' to Kentucky Oaks

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the game plan at this time for Take Charge Brandi, leading contender for champion 2-year-old filly honors, includes the Longines Kentucky Oaks and none of the Triple Crown preps.

  • Kiri's Clown with Michael Blowen at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility.

    Millionaire Kiri's Clown Euthanized at Age 25

    Millionaire grade I winner Kiri's Clown, a resident of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, was euthanized Dec. 22 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington due to complications following colic surgery.

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    Dads Caps Tops Five Entered in Gravesend

    Dads Caps, winless in five starts since winning the biggest race of his career in the Carter Handicap (gr. I) last spring, has been installed the 124-pound co-highweight for the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct.

  • Upcoming Open Houses, Stallion Shows

    BloodHorse.com is compiling a list of upcoming open houses and stallion shows for the 2015 breeding season. These open house days will be added to the list below as they are received.

  • Secret Circle
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    Secret Circle Aims for Season-Ending Win

    While plenty of connections would gladly take the 2014 season turned in by sprinter Secret Circle, the two-time Breeders' Cup winner on Dec. 27 will look to address the "0" currently listed in the win column for this year.

  • Handsome Mike

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    Handsome Mike to Stand at Pleasant Acres

    Handsome Mike, a two-time graded stakes-winning millionaire by Scat Daddy, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season for $4,000 at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla.

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    Qatar Sponsorship Boosts Goodwood Purses

    England's Goodwood Racecourse has announced a 10-year partnership with Qatar that will result in more than £2 million invested in prize money for eight key races during the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2015.

  • Leading Sire of 2014 - Tapit

    Watch Tapit at Gainesway Farm as Michael Hernon reviews the year's success. Hernon discusses Tapit's big races, his background, personality, some of his top winners. Read more on Tapit's year in the January 10, 2015 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Indianapolis

    Baffert Quartet Faces Shared Belief in Malibu

    Bob Baffert will take four shots at champion Shared Belief in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the featured event as Santa Anita Park kicks off its 2014-15 winter/spring meet the day after Christmas.

  • Awesome Baby
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    Awesome Baby Heads Speedy Field in La Brea

    A two-time graded stakes winner earlier this year at Santa Anita Park, Awesome Baby will put her speed to the test when she returns to action in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on opening day Dec. 26 at the Arcadia track.

  • Los Alamitos Race Course

    Los Alamitos Concludes Successful Winter Meet

    Los Alamitos Race Course ended a successful first winter Thoroughbred meet Dec. 21, averaging $5,640,866 in daily total combined mutuel handle during the 12-day stand, and showing a sizable gain in wagering out of state.

  • Speechify
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    Speechify Goes for Grade in Mr. Prospector

    Fresh off of a victory in last month's Kenny Noe Jr. Stakes, Speechify will be the one to beat in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 from Gulfstream Park.

  • Irish Mission
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    Clement Trio Looms Large in La Prevoyante

    Christophe Clement is enjoying the best year of his career since going out on his own in 1991 with almost $9 million in purse earnings, including a first victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Tonalist.

  • Favored Act of War Captures Cape Guineas

    Brilliant 3-year-old Act of War justified his status as longtime favorite for the Grand Parade Cape Guineas (SAf-I) when scoring an authoritative win Dec. 20 at Kenilworth.

  • CHRB executive director Rick Baedeker

    CHRB Eyes Scratching of Unreported Geldings

    The California Horse Racing Board is considering a rule change that would result in the scratch of a horse that has been gelded since his last race if that information is not disclosed well in advance of the race.

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    Bayern Turns in Bullet Move at Santa Anita

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5.