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  • Kaigun faces eight in the Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

    Kaigun Makes 2015 Debut in Arcadia Stakes

    Kaigun, one of the most honest and classy grass horses in training last year, makes his first start since November when he takes on eight opponents in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 31 at Santa Anita.

  • Hip 105, a yearling filly by The Factor, brought $190,000 to top the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale.

    Filly by The Factor Tops OBS Winter Opener

    On a bid of $190,000 from George Bolton and Peter Leidel, a yearling filly from the first crop of multiple grade I winner The Factor topped the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale.

  • Maybellene (left) finished 3rd in the Starlet behind Take Charge Brandi (center) and Feathered.

    Fillies Vie for Grade I Glory in Las Virgenes

    Her bid to upset champion Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet (gr. I) falling just short last time out, the Bob Baffert-trained Maybellene appears to be the one to beat in the grade I Las Virgenes Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Scott Blasi

    Kentucky Approves Racing License for Blasi

    A licensing committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the license request of Scott Blasi, Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer who last year was at the center of allegations from an animal rights group.

  • Catalina Red won the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes in a track record time of 1:21.40 Dec. 27.

    Ocean Knight, Catalina Red Top Sam F. Davis

    Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, and record-setting Florida horse Catalina Red head a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs.

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    The Great War to Return in 96ROCK Stakes

    The Great War, a promising colt who finished fourth in last year's Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) is set to make his 2015 debut in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 31 at Turfway Park.

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    Knee Chip Sidelines Hutcheson Winner Barbados

    Barbados, winner of the grade III Hutcheson Stakes and Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park, will undergo surgery next week to remove a small bone chip in his left knee, trainer Michael Tomlinson said Jan. 28.

  • Xpressbet Offers 'X-Country Pick 4' Feb. 7

    Online wagering provider Xpressbet, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and The Stronach Group, unveils a new Pick 4 wager Feb. 7 featuring four important stakes races at the two tracks.

  • The fence at Calder

    No Movement on Plans for Calder Barn Area

    Calder and Churchill Downs Inc. still have not applied for any of the permits required to tear down barns and put up new structures, the head of the development department for the city of Miami Gardens said.

  • Take Charge Brandi will break from post 6 under 122 pounds in the Martha Washington.

    Take Charge Brandi Set for Martha Washington

    Few connections wanted to face Take Charge Brandi, but in the end a field of seven was drawn with the champion 2-year-old filly making her sophomore debut from post 6 under a highweight assignment of 122 pounds.

  • Downey Profile: 10 U.S. Noms to UAE Derby

    The UAE Derby, which carries 170 Kentucky Derby points and a $2 million purse, drew only 10 nominations from United States-based trainers among 92 overall.

  • Wise Dan

    Through the Lens: Wise Dan Photo Gets Award

    Anne Eberhardt Keogh, visuals director and chief photographer for The Blood-Horse, received a second-place award at the Kentucky News Photographers Association 2014 Picture of the Year competition.

  • Subjective vs. Objective Lameness Identification Methods

    Lameness evaluations can be extremely subjective. When examining a horse with a mild lameness, in particular, veterinarians often don’t agree on a diagnosis—some are prone to seeing a more sound horse, others a more lame one. To overcome such disparities, practitioners have turned to objective methods such as force plates and inertial sensor s...

  • New Leadership Coming for Illinois Board

    Newly inaugurated Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is shaking up the Illinois Racing Board, ousting chairman William Berry and appointing three new members -- one perhaps only for transition purposes.

  • Firespike won the male division of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-xv3pPKL">Order This Photo</a>

    Flashy Performances at OBS Day of Champions

    A large and energetic crowd packed the grandstand for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 26th annual Day of Champions races at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 27, and the festive day of racing did not disappoint.

  • Trickmeister

    Trickmeister to Tomorrow Bloodstock in NY

    Trickmeister, a grade II-placed multiple stakes winner, has been retired and will take up stud duties in 2015 at Tomorrow Bloodstock near Thompson Ridge, N.Y.

  • First Foal Reported for Fort Larned

    Fort Larned, a three-time grade I winner, including the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic, was represented by his first foal Jan. 26. Fort Larned will stand in 2015 at Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.

  • California Chrome
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    'Chrome' Tops U.S. Nominees for World Cup

    Horse of the Year California Chrome, dual champion Main Sequence, and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern are among U.S. runners nominated for races on the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) card March 28 at Meydan.

  • OBS Expects Solid Start for Auction Season

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. predicts a solid start to its 2015 auction season during the Jan. 28-29 winter mixed sale, which will offer a consignor preferred session, open session, and horses of racing age section.

  • Karen and Mickey Taylor with Seattle Slew

    Final Call for Taylors of Seattle Slew Fame

    The six broodmares, six racing prospects, four yearlings, one 2-year-old, and one stallion that were to be offered at the Barretts sale Jan. 26 represent the last vestiges of the holdings of the co-owners of Seattle Slew.

  • Bill Mott

    New York Sanctions Mott for Drug Overages

    The New York State Gaming Commission has sanctioned trainer Bill Mott for a pair of medication overages in a single horse last fall, a decision the Racing Hall of Fame conditioner is appealing.

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    Untapable, Tapiture Drill for Asmussen

    Untapable completed the first workout of her 4-year-old season Monday, Jan. 26, when she breezed four furlongs in :51.4/5 on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Steve Asmussen.

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    Main Sequence Works at Palm Meadows

    Flaxman Holdings' Main Sequence, champion turf male and champion older male, continued to progress toward his 2015 debut, working five furlongs in 1:00.30 at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 26.