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  • Forty Niner (inside) won the NYRA Mile in 1988.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/Classics/Classic-Photos/i-XB3xjmf/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Cigar Mile as 'Stallion Maker'

    While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.

  • John Veitch

    Judge Rules Veitch Improperly Dismissed

    A circuit court judge has ruled John Veitch, the former chief state steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, was improperly dismissed from his position in November 2011 and has ordered him reinstated with back wages.

  • Calumet Farm foundation mare Blue Delight

    Preparing for Breeding Season

    Preparation for the breeding season always begins with an honest assessment of the mare -- not just her pedigree, conformation, and race record, but her status as an individual.

  • Daddy D T won the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 3.

    Daddy D T Tops Cecil B. DeMille Stakes

    After finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31, Daddy D T appears the one to beat in Sunday's $150,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar Race Course.

  • Finnegans Wake comes home strong to take the Hollywood Turf Cup.

    Finnegans Wake Prevails in Hollywood Turf Cup

    Finnegans Wake recorded the biggest win of his career when he held off longshot Patrioticandproud to take the $251,250 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Del Mar Race Course on Nov. 27.

  • Frivolous holds off Don't Tell Sophia to win the Falls City Handicap.

    Frivolous Posts Falls City Handicap Upset

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Frivolous stalked the early pace before taking over in the stretch and held off 9-10 favorite Don't Tell Sophia to win the $222,600 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.

  • Lot 778, a filly from the first crop of the stallion Nathaniel, brought 300,000 guineas.

    Nathaniel Filly Tops Tattersalls Foal Session

    A filly from the first crop of the stallion Nathaniel was sold for 300,000 guineas to top the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale as the Nov. 27 session produced gains in gross and average prices.

  • Salutos Amigos takes the Fall Highweight Handicap in the slop at Aqueduct.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-mm4Ps6j">Order This Photo</a>

    Salutos Amigos Rallies to Win Fall Highweight

    Carrying top weight of 133 pounds, favored Salutos Amigos rallied from off the pace to take the Fall Highweight Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths over longshot Mewannarose on the Thanksgiving Day card at Aqueduct Race Track.

  • Rainha Da Bateria is the only stakes winner in the Jimmy Durante Stakes.

    Rainha De Bateria Heads Durante at Del Mar

    A field of 11 freshmen fillies have been signed up for the gr. III Durante over turf, and stakes experience is at a premium in the field, with Rainha De Bateria being the only added-money winner.

  • Secret Circle faces Itsmyluckyday and 7 others in the Cigar Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Sprint/33149951_TtjBB8#!i=2878478445&k=cDxfdZG">Order This Photo</a>

    Secret Circle, Itsmyluckyday in Cigar Mile

    A solid field will line up Nov. 29 for the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, as grade I winners Secret Circle and Itsmyluckyday face off amongst a cast that includes Private Zone, Vyjack, and Bourbon Courage.

  • Cary Street won the Las Vegas Marathon on Oct. 31.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-KgphR8P">Order This Photo</a>

    Cary Street Leads 11 in Hawthorne Gold Cup

    A field of 11 will gather for the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course Nov. 29, contesting the only graded stakes and open event of Hawthorne Race Course's fall stand.

  • Cassatt dominates the Zia Park Oaks.

    Speedy Cassatt Dusts Rivals in Zia Park Oaks

    Bouncing back from a ninth-place finish in last month's Raven Run Stakes (gr. II), eastern invader Cassatt led at every call while drawing off in the final furlong for an emphatic win in the $309,000 Zia Park Oaks Nov. 26.

  • Brooklynsway faces males in the Coronation Futurity.

    Brooklynsway Takes on Males at Woodbine

    Already a two-time stakes winner on the Polytrack at Woodbine, filly Brooklynsway will try to pick up a third stakes score over the track Nov. 29 when she faces males for the first time in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity.

  • Lord Nelson won the Speakeasy Stakes Oct. 13 at Santa Anita.

    Lord Nelson Could Rule Kentucky Jockey Club

    Peachtree Stable's Lord Nelson, an easy winner of a stakes race at Santa Anita Park in his previous start, will take aim at his first graded victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).

  • Sageburg Will Stand in Ireland in 2015

    Garryrichard Stud announced Nov. 26 it has acquired the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) winner Sageburg to stand his first season in Ireland in 2015. His stud fee has not been set yet.

  • Stronach Group chief operating officer Tim Ritvo

    Maryland Jockey Club Focus on Daily Product

    As the Maryland Jockey Club moves forward under new leadership, it will place an emphasis on improving the day-to-day racing product by lowering takeout to attract new bettors and improving regional cooperation.

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    Churchill Proposes Derby Bet on Winning Sire

    Churchill officials will outline their ideas for the wager at the Dec. 2 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting in Lexington. If approved in time, the wager could be offered in advance of the 2015 Derby.

  • Condo Commando won the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 31 by 13 1/4 lengths.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-JJTknZg">Order This Photo</a>

    Condo Commando Tries 2 Turns in Demoiselle

    Rudy Rodriguez isn't sure why Condo Commando failed to fire in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I), but the trainer's hoping she'll rebound in the $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 29.

  • Cristina's Journey won the Pocahontas Stakes on Sept. 6.

    Golden Rod Holds Plenty of Opportunity

    A full field of 12 for the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs looks wide open. The 1 1/16-mile race shares the card with the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) for the boys.

  • Tampa Bay Downs

    Tampa Bay 2014-15 Meet Kicks Off Nov. 29

    Tampa Bay Downs opens its 89th season Nov. 29 with the first of 89 racing days through May 3. The Oldsmar, Fla., track will have 10 races on its opening day card, including three over the turf.

  • Animal Kingdom, 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, registered huge efforts on dirt, synthetic surfaces, and turf. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2011-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-137/i-DnRz3DF">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Winners Have Enjoyed Turf Success

    California Chrome will try to become the latest Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victor to also find success on the turf, joining the likes of recent Derby winners who excelled on grass like Animal Kingdom, Big Brown, and Barbaro.

  • TAA Accredits 19 Aftercare Organizations

    The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has awarded accreditation to 19 equine aftercare organizations, bringing the total number of accredited organizations to 42, with more than 120 facilities throughout North America.

  • Penn National Postpones Big Wednesday Card

    The threat of a Thanksgiving Eve holiday snowstorm set to hit the mid-Atlantic region has forced the postponement of the Wednesday, Nov. 26 Holiday Racing Festival card at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

  • Indiana Trainer Facing Three-Year Suspension

    The Indiana Horse Racing Commission's executive director is recommending a three-year suspension of trainer Mike Norris for allegedly administering drugs on race day at least five times this spring at Indiana Grand.

  • Haskin: Zayats Tested Like Few Owners Before

    There is little doubt that Ahmed Zayat is determined to own Thoroughbreds. And there is no greater qualification when it comes to horse ownership than determination and perseverance, especially in the face of adversity.