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  • Suffolk Downs

    Horsemen, Suffolk Progress on Terms for 2014

    An agreement between the New England Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association and the management of Suffolk Downs on a conditional deal for the 2014 meet was reached Feb. 22, but terms must still be decided.

  • Normandy Invasion rolls to victory at Gulfstream Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3088094862&k=XPfQQVv">Order This Photo</a>

    Normandy Invasion Sets Track Record in Return

    Normandy Invasion, last seen finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned with a track record win in an allowance optional claiming race Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Earthquake Rocks in Blue Diamond Showdown

    In a face-off between an unbeaten colt and filly, Darley's filly Earthquake scored powerfully in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Aus-I) Feb. 22, leaving the highly regarded colt Rubick in her wake.

  • Mucho Macho Man<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3029254633&k=4cPQTTG">Order This Photo</a>

    Mucho Macho Man Works at Gulfstream Park

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man put in his last local work Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park, going five furlongs in 1:02.56 on the main track at the South Florida oval. He will leave for California Feb. 23.

  • CHRB Questions New Santa Anita Stakes Slate

    Santa Anita Park gained approval for its first spring/summer meet from the California Horse Racing Board Feb. 21 and presented a stakes schedule for the nine-week stand that looks quite a bit like Hollywood Park's.

  • Ron Paolucci, foreground, and trainer Jeremiah Englehart at Fair Grounds watching Ria Antonia work and at the barn.

    Ria Antonia's Connections Seek Respect

    What makes a man take a longshot gamble, and how often can he expect to be on the winning end? In a restaurant on Bourbon Street, Ron Paolucci contemplated this question. "That's how you hit the home runs," he said.

  • Katie Davis is "congratulated" after her first win.

    Davis Family Celebrates Another Winner

    Apprentice jockey Katie Davis, a daughter of retired jockey Robbie Davis, scored the first win of her career Feb. 21 by guiding Ivanovna to a one-length triumph in the second race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Vicar's In Trouble

    Vicar's in Trouble in Tough for Risen Star

    Vicar's in Trouble, dominant 6 3/4-length hero of the Jan. 18 LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, drew a tough outside post in an overflow field entered for the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 22.

  • Top Billing

    Top Billing Headlines Fountain of Youth

    With Cairo Prince and Honor Code sitting out the next leg of the Florida sophomore series on the road to the Kentucky Derby, the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth attracted a strong 13-horse field led by Top Billing.

  • Jeanne Mirabito with Our Mims

    Promise Keeper

    A chance meeting with a forgotten champion leads Jeanne Mirabito to create a haven for pensioners.

  • L.J. McKanas

    Tampa Bay Trainer Could be 'Lone Survivor'

    Tampa Bay Downs trainer Leon McKanas, longtime fan of the CBS-TV hit series Survivor, will get his chance to appear in the show's new season, which begins airing Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.

  • Emmett Park Moves into Risen Star Field

    Gore Range Stable's Emmett Park has joined the Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (gr. II) field at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as he drew in off the also-eligible list following the scratch of Bond Holder.

  • L'Amour de Ma Vie rolls home to win the Balanchine.

    L'Amour de Ma Vie All Heart in Balanchine

    L'Amour de Ma Vie flashed an impressive acceleration off the turn to the win the $200,000 Balanchine (UAE-II) Feb. 20 at Meydan while anxious favorite Certify suffered her first defeat.

  • That Handicapping Show: Risen Star Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst hope to continue their winning streak this weekend with two key Kentucky Derby prep races, the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes and Risen Star Stakes. Don't forget to check Frank and Tom's picks in last weeks That Handicapping Show for the Barbara Fritchie that is running this weekend. They are sticking with their picks! Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Risen Star Stakes.

  • Mike Smith, right, with his aunt Nedra Matteucci after his recent induction into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.

    Q&A With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith

    "I try to ride the best I know how to ride," Smith said. "I love horses, I truly do. I like people to know that and I hope it shows in my riding, let's put it that way. I have to be the best I can possibly be."

  • Smith to Co-Chair Racehorse Ranking Committee

    International Federation of Horseracing Authorities chairman Louis Romanet has appointed Phil Smith, the British Horseracing Authority's head of handicapping, as co-chairman of the World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.

  • Split Decision in Instant Racing Ruling

    The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled the state's horse racing commission has the statutory authority to allow wagering on historical racing, but questions about taxation will require further action in circuit court.

  • Calabrese Splits With Trainer Kirk Ziadie

    Owner Frank Carl Calabrese and trainer Kirk Ziadie have ended a high-profile partnership in which they each led in wins at two recent race meets at Calder Casino & Race Course and at the first summer/fall meet at Gulfstream.

  • Downey Profile: What Gets FOY Top Billing?

    The Fountain of Youth Stakes is comprised almost entirely of early-pace and stalking types, with a couple of closers looking to narrow the gap late. Let's try to sort them out.

  • Santa Anita Park abandoned its Pro-Ride track to return to dirt in 2010.

    Southern CA Synthetic Track Era Nears End

    With the announcement that Del Mar plans to switch from Polytrack back to a dirt main track in 2015, the grand experiment with synthetic racing surfaces in Southern California is likely coming to an end.

  • And They're Off: President's Day 2014

    Honest Stableboy makes an appearance with Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman. Steve and Lenny discuss current events, the Southwest Stakes, Kentucky Derby contenders Tapiture, Strong Mandate, Tamarando, and Kobe's Back.

  • Normandy Invasion
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    Normandy Invasion Back in Action Feb. 22

    Since mid-December Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion has been working steadily under the tutelage of trainer Chad Brown at Palm Meadows in Florida. On Feb. 22, the son of Tapit is to make a return to racing at Gulfstream.

  • And They're Off: President's Day 2014

    Honest Stableboy makes an appearance with Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman. Steve and Lenny discuss current events, the Southwest Stakes, Kentucky Derby contenders Tapiture, Strong Mandate, Tamarando, and Kobe's Back.

  • Major Marvel <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2954498013&k=sh6CKPM">Order This Photo</a>

    Ramseys' Major Marvel to Run in Barbados

    The Barbados Turf Club said Ken and Sarah Ramsey's multiple stakes winner Major Marvel has been added to the list of nominees for the 33rd renewal of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.