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  • Lenny's Place - 12/16/2014 - Episode 7

    Lenny Shulman sits down to ask Old Friends Farm founder Michael Blowen how he became interested in horse racing. Lenny also comments on Kentucky Derby prep implications with Keeneland's changes to the Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Snowbell wins the 2014 Comely Stakes.

    Fourteen Stakes Set for Aqueduct Spring Meet

    The $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) will be supported by 13 other stakes worth an additional $2.3 million when racing moves to the main track April 1 for Aqueduct's 19-day Spring Showcase meet.

  • Bayerd wins the Remington Springboard Mile.

    Bayerd Bounces Back in Springboard Mile

    All out in the drive, Bayerd reached the wire a head in front of Shotgun Kowboy in a terrific renewal of the $255,000 Remington Springboard Mile in the mud Dec. 14 on closing night of the 2014 Remington Park meet.

  • Acceptance wins the King Glorious Stakes.

    Unbeaten Acceptance Rolls On in King Glorious

    Acceptance remained unbeaten in three starts with a three-length victory as the 3-10 favorite in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 14.

  • Good Luck Gus wins the Damon Runyon Stakes.
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    Good Luck Gus, Freudie Anne Win at Aqueduct

    New York-bred juveniles took center stage Dec. 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack with a pair of impressive performances by Good Luck Gus in the $100,000 Damon Runyon Stakes and Freudie Anne in the $100,000 East View Stakes.

  • Mr Z
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    Lukas Has Los Alamitos Futurity in Sights

    Fresh off a grade I victory at Los Alamitos with Take Charge Brandi in the $350,500 Starlet, trainer Wayne Lukas will return to his former Quarter Horse base with Mr. Z in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.

  • Shonan Adela wins the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.
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    Shonan Adela Rolls On Outside to Hanshin Win

    Shonan Adela stamped herself as Japan's top 2-year-old filly when she came with an overpowering outside run and edged past Let's Go Donki in the final strides in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Jpn-I) Dec. 14.

  • Take Charge Brandi comes home strong to win the Starlet.

    Take Charge Brandi Wires Starlet Thriller

    Favored Take Charge Brandi registered her second grade I win of the year and third graded victory in a row when she narrowly captured the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • Fernando Perez

    Perez Rebounds From Fall, Wins Race Next Day

    Jockey Fernando Perez was unseated after an incident approaching the far turn in the seventh race at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 13 and, though he complained of neck pain, was back in the saddle and won a race Dec. 14.

  • Idolo Porteno Powers Clear in Pellegrini

    Idolo Porteno powered clear of rivals in the final furlong and comfortably won the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (Arg-I), South America's flagship race Dec. 13 at Hipodromo San Isidro in Buenos Aires.

  • Sunbean (outside) catches Watch My Smoke late to win the Louisiana Champions Day Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-f7dswmT">Order This Photo</a>

    Sunbean Grinds Out LA Champions Day Repeat

    Last in the early running, Brittlyn Stable's homebred Sunbean edged ahead in deep stretch and scored a repeat win in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Merry Meadow comes home strong to win the Sugar Swirl Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-GLfWLZB">Order This Photo</a>

    Merry Meadow Takes Sugar Swirl for Castellano

    Jockey Javier Castellano notched his first winner at the Gulfstream Park meeting when he rallied Merry Meadow from just off the pace to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 13.

  • Ron Burke

    Harness Trainer Breaks Pletcher Purse Record

    Harness trainer Ron Burke's record-setting year continued the evening of Dec. 12 when he broke Todd Pletcher's North American record for purses won by a trainer. Pletcher held the mark of $28,116,097 set in 2007.

  • The fence at Calder

    New Calder Backside Fence Stirs Controversy

    Parent company Churchill Downs Inc., preparing to redevelop parts of Calder Race Course, has started on the backside by putting up a wire fence. Trainers are saying the fence is a safety hazard and hinders access to barns.

  • Buggin Out leaves the rest behind in the Magic City Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-KtBSwtM">Order This Photo</a>

    Buggin Out Wins Alabama-Bred Stakes in LA

    Alabama-breds took center stage at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Dec. 12 as 4-5 choice Buggin Out led wire to wire in the $50,000 Magic City Stakes.

  • Eighttofasttocatch

    Laurel Park to Recognize Eighttofasttocatch

    Laurel Park will recognize the popular locally based gelding Eighttofasttocatch upon his retirement with a ceremony after the fourth race Saturday, Dec. 13.

  • Saratoga will have a 40-day summer meet in 2015.

    NYRA Schedules 251 Race Days for 2015

    The New York Racing Association released its 2015 racing schedule Dec. 12, which calls for 251 days of live Thoroughbred action, headed by a 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course.

  • Breeders' Cup Sues Air Charter Company

    Breeders' Cup Ltd. has filed suit against a New Jersey-based air charter company, claiming the firm breached a contract under which it was to transport attendees back to Lexington following this year's races.

  • Noble Mission at Lane's End

    Frankel's full brother shows for the media at a press event at Lane's End Farm, where he has entered stud for 2015.

  • Northern Dancer

    Kentucky Sire Lines for 2015

    There are 175 stallions, give or take, standing in Kentucky at a fee of $5,000 or more. The dominant sire lines are very evenly represented, with 53 from the Northern Dancer line and 52 from the Mr. Prospector line.

  • Shotgun Kowboy defeated Bayerd in the Clever Trevor Stakes on November 7.

    Springboard Mile Pits Bayerd, Shotgun Kowboy

    After splitting two previous juvenile stakes earlier in the meet, Bayerd and Shotgun Kowboy square off in the rubber match, the $250,000 Remington Springboard Mile on closing night Dec. 14 at Remington Park.

  • Main Sequence won the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and two grade I Breeders' Cup Challenge races. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2014-Breeders-Cup/Turf/i-TW3B7bB/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Niarchos Family Top Breeders' Cup Breeders

    The Niarchos Family, racing under the Flaxman Holdings name, has won the fourth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

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    Symposium: Steward Revisits BC Classic

    California steward Kim Sawyer said having the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) as the final race of the day this year created problems in publicizing the reason for the decision to take no action following the race.