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  • California Chrome
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    Chrome's Influence Evident at Barretts Sale

    California Chrome continues to wield his influence, this time with the plethora of yearlings by his sire, Lucky Pulpit, in the Barretts October yearling sale. The catalog of 259 hip numbers includes 23 by Lucky Pulpit.

  • High Jinx Makes All to Capture Prix Cadran

    High Jinx broke through in his third attempt to win the Qatar Prix du Cadran (Fr-I) Oct. 5 at Longchamp, making all the pace and holding on to score by a neck in the stamina-sapping marathon.

  • We Are wins the Prix de l'Opera Longines (Fr-I).
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    Vindication for We Are in Prix de l'Opera

    George Strawbridge's homebred We Are gamely charged between rivals and was up in time at Longchamp Oct. 5 to win the Prix de l'Opera Longines, her first victory at the group I level.

  • Found wins the Total Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches (Fr-I).
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    Found Much the Best in Marcel Boussac

    Coolmore and partners' Found scored in convincing fashion in the Total Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches (Fr-I) for 2-year-old fillies Oct. 5 at Longchamp.

  • Big Bane Theory and Joe Talamo take the City of Hope Mile Stakes.

    Big Bane Theory Stars in City of Hope Mile

    Favored Big Bane Theory threaded his way along the inside for Joe Talamo and put away the field in the stretch to register his first stakes win in the $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) on the turf Oct. 4 at Santa Anita.

  • Tiz Windy comes running late to win the Indiana Oaks.

    Tiz Windy Breaks Through, Takes Indiana Oaks

    Tiz Windy made her second attempt in graded stakes company a successful one when she ran down the leaders late to take the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Race Course the evening of Oct. 4.

  • Wise Dan flies home to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-sZVMrVG">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Blows Away Shadwell Turf Mile Foes

    No matter what obstacles are thrown at him this season, Wise Dan refuses to lose. The 7-year-old gelding was slow at the break of the Shadwell Turf Mile, but recovered to blast past his rivals in the final strides.

  • Rich Tapestry (right) gets his nose in front of Goldencents to win the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

    Rich Tapestry Weaves Santa Anita Surprise

    Hong Kong-based sprinter Rich Tapestry, prepping for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), produced a superb come from behind win Oct. 4, nosing out Goldencents in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I).

  • Racing on closing day at Suffolk Downs.

    Bittersweet Finale for Closing Suffolks Downs

    Carl Gambardella, the all-time leading rider in New England, hadn't been back to Suffolk Downs in four years but wanted to be on hand for the last day of the meet, as it is slated to be the 79-year-old track's last.

  • Top Kisser comes on late to take the L.A. Woman Stakes.

    Top Kisser Spoils Stopshoppingdebbie's Party

    Top Kisser proved she can handle the heat when she came from off the pace to win the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes (gr. III) as undefeated Emerald Downs shipper Stopshoppingdebbie fizzled when favored at Santa Anita Oct. 4.

  • Carpe Diem leads them home in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-fqtgDF7">Order This Photo</a>

    Carpe Diem Seizes Breeders' Futurity

    WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem seized control from front-runner Conquest Tsunami and rolled away to a powerful victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 4 at Keeneland,

  • Leigh Court and Gary Boulanger take the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-BgrsVh3">Order This Photo</a>

    Leigh Court Earns Ticket to Breeders' Cup

    Melnyk Racing Stables' Leigh Court punched her ticket to the Breeders' Cup World Championships by outrunning the competition to win the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland Race Course Oct. 4.

  • Daredevil romps to victory in the Champagne Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-f3mTSH5">Order This Photo</a>

    Daredevil Cruises to Victory in Champagne

    Favored Daredevil cruised to victory in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Belmont Park Oct. 4, handing trainer Todd Pletcher his third consecutive win in the prestigious race.

  • Pari-Mutuel Handle Down 10.5% for September

    Wagering on United States Thoroughbred races for September was down 10.55% from the corresponding month in 2013, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase Oct. 4.

  • No Nay Never leads them home in the Woodford Stakes.

    No Nay Never Returns With Woodford Win

    A long layoff proved no problem for the talented No Nay Never, who scored a front-running victory in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4 at Keeneland.

  • By the Moon splashes to the win in the Frizette Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-TW2nDSg">Order This Photo</a>

    By the Moon Upsets Frizette at 24-1

    Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Colonial Owner: OK Plan or Operations Cease

    The owner of Colonial Downs said the Virginia racetrack and its network of off-track betting parlors will close Nov. 1 if the Virginia Racing Commission doesn't approve its plan for live Thoroughbred racing in 2015.

  • Variety Club

    Dual South African HOY Variety Club Retired

    Two-time South African Horse Of The Year Variety Club has been retired from racing and will return home to South Africa to take up stallion duties at Klawervlei Stud in 2015.

  • Waller Strikes With Two Group I Exactas

    Trainer Chris Waller tallied two group I exactas Oct. 4 at Royal Randwick, the first in breathtaking fashion when French-bred He's Your Man bested stablemate Royal Descent by the slimmest of margins in the Epsom Handicap.

  • Off and running in the first race on the new dirt at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-fvWcW8Z">Order This Photo</a>

    The Dirt on Keeneland Opening Day Numbers

    With sporadic rain showers throughout the day for Keeneland's fall meet opener Friday, which also marked the return to dirt for the Lexington track, attendance and handle figures were down compared with last year.

  • Work All Week rolls to victory in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes.

    Work All Week Makes Phoenix Win Look Easy

    Win machine Work All Week remained undefeated in nine starts on dirt and stamped his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a smart win in the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 3

  • American Pharoah

    Pedigree Analysis: American Pharoah

    Although too early for objective conclusions, we can say subjectively with some confidence that Pioneerof the Nile is well on his way to an important career as a stallion.

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    Alpha Retired, to Stand at Sequel Stallions

    Alpha, a son of leading sire and fellow Darley stallion Bernardini -- and the first horse to win both the Travers and the Woodward in nearly 15 years -- has been retired to Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in New York.

  • Kent Desormeaux

    Desormeaux Broke Five Ribs in Horse Kick

    Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux is recovering from five fractured ribs and a bruised lung in Covina, Calif., where he and his wife, Rosie, recently bought a home, according to trainer Bob Hess, a longtime friend.