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  • The Pizza Man's greatest win of 2016 came in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Presented by HPIBet at Woodbine

    The Pizza Man Gets Rolling Again

    The massive Illinois-bred bay son of English Channel stretched his imposing stride April 18 in his first serious work toward an 8-year-old bow, working a half-mile in :50 flat.

  • D. Wayne Lukas surrounded by former assistants

    Toasting, Not Roasting, Legendary D. Wayne Lukas

    They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.

  • Ed Martin

    Regulatory Conference This Week in Charleston

    Many of the country's leading regulators will listen to panels and presentations on drug testing and enforcement, policing of the backstretch, and promotion of the sport when they gather this week in Charleston, S.C.

  • Derby Season Prime Time for Kentucky Proud

    The Kentucky Derby elevates the Commonwealth to a global stage. The Derby – as well as the Kentucky Oaks and the run-up to Thoroughbred racing’s biggest weekend – also gives Kentucky Proud foods a chance to shine.

  • Calumet Farm's Hence at Churchill Downs April 5

    Hence, J Boys Echo Breeze at Churchill

    Calumet Farm's Sunland Derby (G3) winner Hence and Albaugh Family Stable's Gotham Stakes (G3) winner J Boys Echo worked April 17 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

  • Kentucky Downs, EquiLottery Enter Into Agreement

    Kentucky-based entities Kentucky Downs and EquiLottery have entered into an agreement that will allow the use of races from the Franklin, Ky., racetrack as the basis for EquiLottery, a new lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.

  • Aristocratic and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the San Pedro by 4 1/2 lengths

    Aristocratic Speeds to San Pedro Victory

    Back home at Santa Anita Park, Kaleem Shah's Aristocratic shrugged off a poor off-the-board finish at Oaklawn Park last time out to score impressively in the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes April 16.

  • Made Bail scores in a close finish at Laurel Park

    Made Bail Spoils Return of Ben's Cat

    Made Bail held off late bids from four horses in the stretch, including 26-time stakes winner Ben's Cat in his 11-year-old debut, to capture the featured seventh race allowance April 16 at Laurel Park.

  • Keeneland Ahead of 2016 Through Seven Programs

    Spectacular weather and one of North America's highest purse structures that drew some of the top horses in training combined to boost the numbers in every major statistical category for Keeneland's first seven days.

  • Al Ain was kept close to the favorite, filly Fan Dii Na, and prevailed by a neck in the Satsuki Sho

    Al Ain Takes First Leg of Japan's Triple Crown

    Sent off as the favorite, Fan Dii Na was unable to maintain the lead she briefly gained while Al Ain prevailed by a neck over Persian Knight in the 2,000 meter (almost 1 1/4-mile) event at Nakayama Racecourse April 16.

  • Conquest Mo Money (lime green silks) races early in the Arkansas Derby

    Conquest Mo Money's Connections Pondering Derby Run

    Trainer Miguel Hernandez said Conquest Mo Money came out of the Arkansas Derby (G1) well and that he and owner Tom McKenna will discuss whether to pay the $200,000 for a supplemental nomination to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Salty wins the Gulfstream Park Oaks by 4 1/4 lengths

    State of Honor, Salty Get First Works at Churchill

    Less than 24 hours after champion Classic Empire crossed the wire first in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Mark Casse was overseeing approximately 20 of his runners put in their first works at Churchill Downs April 16. 

  • Lord Simba wins the 2017 Los Angeles Stakes

    Lord Simba Runs Away With Los Angeles

    Baoma Corporation's Lord Simba went from last-out maiden winner to graded stakes victor with an impressive score in the $100,000 Los Angeles (G3) April 15 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Watershed holds off Eagle and picks up his first graded win for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin

    Watershed Breaks Through in Ben Ali

    Godolphin's Watershed finally broke through in graded stakes company when he won the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) in a late drive over Eagle April 15 at Keeneland. 

  • Gunnevera

    Gunnevera Returns to Worktab

    Gunnevera, winner of the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), returned to the worktab at Gulfstream Park West April 15 for the first time since his late-closing third in the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 1.

  • Petrov

    Ron Moquett Seeks Derby Return With Petrov

    Just like 2015 with Far Right and Whitmore last year, trainer Ron Moquett is trying to get to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with only one candidate—Arkansas Derby (G1) contender Petrov.

  • Ever So Clever comes home strong to take the Fantasy

    Ever So Clever Rallies to First Stakes Win in Fantasy

    Behind a sustained late run through the far turn that saw her split horses entering the stretch, Clearview Stable’s Ever So Clever surged past rivals to register an upset victory April 14 in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Show Time at Oaklawn Park

    In a move designed to build the confidence of new horseplayers while emphasizing that racing offers a different form of gambling from random gaming like the lottery, Oaklawn Park is paying more money for winning on-track show wagers this year.

  • Street Cry

    Sunny Side of the Street

    A “hidden” sire-line story has emerged in two hemispheres bracketed by one daughter (Winx) and one son (Street Boss). They serve to remind us of how much influence the late Street Cry has exerted on the international breeding scene.