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  • South African Stallion King of Kings Dies

    English Two Thousand Guineas winner King of Kings has died at stud in South Africa. The son of legendary sire Sadler's Wells was 20 years old, and his death was attributed to heart failure.

  • The New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.

    NYRA to End Rule on Time Between Races

    Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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    Monmouth Plans to Offer Fantasy Sports Game

    Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced the formation of a marketing partnership with Fantasy Sports Network, which will assist in the launch of a paid Monmouth Park daily fantasy game featuring professional sporting events.

  • Consider SDFT Attachment Problems in Lame Horses

    Many veterinarians agree that 90% of equine lamenesses originate in the foot. But if it’s not in the foot, there are many other areas where lameness can hide. One area practitioners should examine if a horse is hind-limb lame is where the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) attaches to the hock, suggests Sue Dyson, MA, Vet MB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, ...

  • Hip 39 sold for $400,000 at the Barretts selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Twirling Candy Colt Tops Barretts Auction

    With no seven-figure horses this year, the numbers declined at the 2015 Barretts selected sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 23 in Pomona, Calif., with a $400,000 son of Twirling Candy topping the one-day auction.

  • Trainer David Wells

    Trainer Wells Sentenced for Rigging Races

    Trainer David J. Wells has been sentenced to five years intermediate punishment, with the first three months in prison, for his role in rigging races by giving drugs to horses racing at Penn National Race Course.

  • Itsaknockout (right) won the 2015 Fountain of Youth via DQ.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Handle-Wise, Gulfstream Has One of Best Days

    Gulfstream had all-sources pari-mutuel handle of $20,583,598 for its 12-race Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) card Feb. 21, its second-best wagering total on a non-Florida Derby (gr. I) day since it opened its new facility.

  • Far Right wins the Southwest Stakes.

    Far Right Rallies to Capture Sloppy Southwest

    With a sharp move to the rail by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Far Right claimed the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 22. He had previously won the Smarty Jones Stakes at the Arkansas track.

  • The Great War

    The Great War Back for More in Battaglia

    The Great War, a blowout winner of the 96ROCK Stakes in his 2015 debut, will take the next step at Turfway Park when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at the Kentucky track.

  • Khozan wins at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22
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    Khozan Impresses Again at Gulfstream Park

    A bumped start barely fazed heavily-favored Khozan in his second straight romp at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22. The $1 million purchase by Al Shaqab Racing impressed again with a 12 3/4-length win.

  • Parranda wins the Singapore Cup Feb. 22, 2015.

    Parranda Captures Lucrative Singapore Cup

    China Horse Club's Parranda, an easy winner of the Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park in early January, made her overseas journey worthwhile with a strong victory in the CECF Singapore Cup (Sin-I) Feb. 22.

  • Itsaknockout (right) finishes second to Upstart in the Fountain of Youth, but is awarded the win.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Upstart DQ'd in FOY, Itsaknockout Wins

    Upstart was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park, with 5-1 Itsaknockout elevated from second to his first graded win.

  • International Star and Miguel Mena take the Risen Star Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    International Star Carries On in Risen Star

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.

  • Street Babe (left) fights off Mystery Train to win the Mineshaft.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Street Babe Upsets Mineshaft Handicap

    Making just his third career start Feb. 21, and sent off at odds of 21-1, Anstu Stables' Street Babe upset the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Ekati's Phaeton holds off Birdatthewire (outside) and Eskenformoney to win the Davona Dale.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Longshot Ekati's Phaeton Wires Davona Dale

    Ekati's Phaeton, a 25-1 shot, went wire-to-wire to win the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Tale of Ekati covered the one-turn mile in 1:37.66.

  • Take Charge Brandi

    Take Charge Brandi Turns in Major Work

    Willis Horton's champion Take Charge Brandi posted a five-furlong bullet work in 1:00 2/5 Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park, a major move in preparation for her upcoming outing in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 7.

  • Belmont Stakes Tickets Available Feb. 23

    Tickets for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. ET Feb. 23. All reserved seating, premium dining options, and admission to the grounds will be available through Ticketmaster.

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    'Chrome,' American Pharoah Top CA Worktab

    The stars were out for workouts in Southern California the morning of Feb. 21. California Chrome led the group with a half-mile work in :48 4/5 at his home track, Los Alamitos Racecourse.

  • Winter Weather Cancellations Continue

    Penn National, Charles Town, Laurel, and Turfway Park have canceled racing for Feb. 21. Penn National and Charles Town are now dark until Feb. 25, while Turfway is scheduled to resume live racing Feb. 22.

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    Texas Red Recovering, SA Derby Remains Goal

    Texas Red remains on course for the April 4 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) as he swims his way back from an abscess on his right front foot following a sharp second in his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes Feb. 1.

  • Top Billing

    One Year Later, Top Billing to Make Return

    Exactly a year to the day since his last start, 4-year-old Top Billing will make his return to the races Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park, his first race since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured cannon bone.