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  • Senga takes the French Oaks by a length over Sistercharlie

    Senga Rallies for Prix de Diane Score

    None could muster enough to challenge Senga, as the striking bay blaze-faced filly passed the finish a length ahead of Sistercharlie in the Prix de Diane Longines (French Oaks, G1) June 18.

  • The Truth About Patch

    Humans and animals overcoming physical handicaps and going on to achieve great things has always been a sure way to bring out the sentimental side of people, who admire grit and resolve in the face of adversity.

  • Paradise Woods works at Santa Anita June 18

    Paradise Woods, Arrogate Get to Work at Santa Anita

    After a stint at Julie Adair-Stack's farm—where trainer Richard Mandella also sent four-time champion Beholder for some time off—Paradise Woods got back to serious training June 18 at Santa Anita Park with an easy half-mile breeze.

  • Sweeping Paddy wins the 2017 Regret Stakes

    Sweeping Paddy Earns First Stakes Win in Regret

    Sweeping Paddy tracked the early leaders before he launched a four-wide move in the stretch to take over and quickly drew away for a 3 1/2-length win over 5-2 favorite Proctor's Ledge in the $100,000 Regret Stakes (G3T) June 17 at Churchill Downs.

  • Faypien (between horses) wins the Summertime Oaks

    Faypien Edges Mopotism in Summertime Oaks

    Baoma Corporation's Faypien continued her trip up the class ladder June 17 with a victory in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita Park, but she needed every ounce of effort in the final strides.

  • Gun Runner wins the Stephen Foster Handicap by seven lengths

    Gun Runner Powers to Easy Stephen Foster Win

    In his first start since finishing second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (G1), Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner drew off in the stretch for an easy victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 17 at Churchill Downs.

  • Forever Unbridled rolls home to win the Fleur de Lis Stakes

    Forever Unbridled Makes Triumphant Return

    Running for the first time since a third behind Beholder and Songbird in the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), the 5-year-old took down her rivals with a strong late rally in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2). 

  • McCraken is suspended midair as he wins the Matt Win Stakes

    McCraken Back to His Old Self in Matt Winn

    The McCraken that inspires confidence from trainer Ian Wilkes is the one that showed up in the June 17 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, unleashing his typical kick after ranging up on the final turn en route to a 2 1/4-length triumph. 

  • Horses break from the gate at Suffolk Downs

    Monmouth Park Bans Shipping to Suffolk Downs

    As Suffolk Downs readies to open for its six days of racing this year, track officials were hard hit with the news that horses stabled at Monmouth Park will not be allowed to return to the stable area there if they are shipped to compete in Boston.

  • Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith poses aboard Unique Bella in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle

    Unique Bella Nears Return to Training

    Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella is progressing well in her recovery process from a shin issue. The 3-year-old Tapit filly should start galloping for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer soon.

  • Street Cry overwhelms rivals in the 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap

    Look Back: Street Cry Rolls to Stephen Foster Victory

    This week is the race recap of 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) won by Street Cry. The story, written by Lenny Shulman, carried the headline, "Street Song." The story ran in the June 22, 2002 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Inside Aftercare by Erin Shea

    TRF Fundraising Initiative Gives Ownership Feel

    An initiative launched by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation gives donors an opportunity to help provide for the care of a former racehorse while getting the feel of horse ownership without the added responsibilities.

  • An Astrology filly sold for $300,000 to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales 2-year-olds and horses in training sale June 14

    Astrology Filly Closes Out Strong OBS Sale

    After a session topped by an Astrology filly bought by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $300,000, the Ocala Breeders' Sales' 2-year-olds in training sale ended June 14 with double-digit increases in average and median prices.

  • Faypien (front) edges stablemate Noted and Quoted in the Angels Flight Stakes

    Baffert Duo Tops Summertime Oaks Field

    The Bob Baffert-trained duo of Faypien and Noted and Quoted—the top two finishers in the May 14 Angels Flight Stakes—will stretch out and square off once again in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (G2) June 17 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Forever Unbridled will look to further improve from last season

    Forever Unbridled to Return in Fleur de Lis

    Multiple grade 1 winner and last year's Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) third place finisher Forever Unbridled is scheduled to return after seven months in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill Downs June 17.

  • Pleuven winning the Opening Verse

    Pleuven Looks for Repeat in Wise Dan

    Trainer Phil Sims would just as soon have the Turtle Bowl gelding keeps things simple on June 17 by duplicating the same effort in Saturday's $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs that earned him the victory in the test one year ago.

  • The Day Hansel Defied Lasix

    To set the stage for Hansel's Belmont victory, one must go back to Churchill Downs, where the colt had thrown in an inexplicably bad performance in the Kentucky Derby, finishing 10th after looking like a winner at the top of the stretch.

  • Soledad O'Brien Named Keynote Speaker For Equestricon

    Equestricon, LLC., announced that Soledad O’Brien, award-winning documentarian, journalist, and philanthropist, will kick off festivities at Equestricon 2017 by delivering a keynote speech focused on Thoroughbred aftercare.