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  • Awesome Gem has earned more than $2.7 million in his career.

    Awesome Gem Faces Hudson Landing in Berkeley

    Awesome Gem, lifetime winner of more than $2.7 million, and San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) victor Hudson Landing head the field for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields May 28.

  • Kailani supplemented to Oaks

    The Mahmood al Zarooni-trained Kailani was supplemented to the Group 1 Oaks at a cost of £20,000, making 14 three-year-old fillies still eligible to contest Friday's classic at Epsom Downs. Kailani is out of the 2002 Oaks heroine Kazzia and like her dam is owned by Godolphin, which has also enjoyed Oaks success with Balanchine (1994) and Moonshell (1995).

  • Dullahan worked a mile at Churchill Downs on May 26.

    Dullahan Breezes at Churchill Downs

    Donegal Racing's Dullahan, the Kentucky Derby third-place finisher who will be seeking to block I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid, breezed a mile at Churchill Downs the morning of May 26.

  • Quiet Oasis won the Wilshire Handicap on April 29.

    Reddam, Gutierrez Team Up Again in Gamely

    J. Paul Reddam's Quiet Oasis, an upset winner in her first start of 2012, will seek to keep it going when she returns to grade I stakes company in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park May 28.

  • I'll Have Another wore a nasal strip when he won the Preakness Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Preakness-Stakes-137/23013252_TrG3NS#!i=1856148129&k=CFsVKRF">Order This Photo</a>

    No Nasal Strip, No Problem, O'Neill Says

    I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness wearing a nasal strip. He'll make his first start in the Belmont without one because NYRA bans nasal strips. The reason for the ban is unclear.

  • Eight line up in Gamely; Rail Trip returns in LA 'Cap

    Up-and-coming turf distaffers Quiet Oasis and Capital Plan will clash in pursuit of Grade 1 laurels in Monday's $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gamely12.htm">Gamely Stakes</a> at Hollywood Park. The Memorial Day card also features the return of Grade 1 veteran Rail Trip, who meets a field of sprint specialists in his tightener, the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/losangeles12.htm">Los Angeles Handicap</a>.

  • Bolger seeks first Irish 2000 Guineas against top-class field

    Jim Bolger has one omission from his list of big-race successes and will be hoping that Parish Hall can put it right by providing a belated first victory in Saturday's Group 1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas at The Curragh. New Approach appeared poised to bring the trophy home to Coolcullen four years ago only to be denied by Henrythenavigator, while Parish Hall's sire, Teofilo, would have been a leading player had he the chance to flaunt his wares at three.

  • Short, but competitive, field set for Met Mile

    Only six were entered for Monday's Memorial Day feature of the Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/metmile12.html"> Metropolitan Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, but the short field is comprised of some of the best older runners currently in training.

  • On Fire Baby tries Belmont Park in the Acorn Stakes.

    On Fire Baby Returns in Acorn

    Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby cuts back to a one-turn mile at Belmont Park in the May 28 TVG Acorn Stakes (gr. I). The Smoke Glacken filly was a disappointing fifth as the second choice in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Churchill raises overnight purses by 10 percent

    Effective Monday, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purses 10 percent because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels during Kentucky Derby Week.

  • Awesome Maria was a winner in last year&#39;s Ogden Phipps Handicap.

    'Maria' the Main Star in Ogden Phipps

    Awesome Maria carries highweight of 124 pounds against four rivals May 28 in Belmont Park's Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I). The Phipps is one of three grade I races on the Memorial Day card in New York.

  • Racing Language Protected in OH Gaming Bill

    Language pertaining to the horse racing industry remained intact May 24 when the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate passed a casino cleanup bill that was sent to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

  • NTRA adds 'best bet' feature to NHC

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Friday that the the 14th annual <i>Daily Racing Form</i>/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) will again be contested over a two-day period and consist of 15 race selections each day -- eight from mandatory races and seven from races of the player's choosing among available contest tracks.

  • I'll Have Another 'hard to pull up'

    It was the first gallop over Belmont's 1 1/2-mile track for I'll Have Another, who jogged the previous two days after arriving in New York Sunday. The Flower Alley colt, who is bidding to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, was accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man, as he made his way to the track shortly after the renovation break.

  • Slideshow: Affirmed

    Celebrating the career of Affirmed, the most recent Triple Crown winner.

  • No Re-Vote, But Maryland THA Makes Changes

    In the wake of recent conflict over its structure, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced "major leadership changes" after a closed May 23 board of directors meeting held at Laurel Park.

  • Digital Radiographs Beat Analog for Enterolith Detection

    Veterinarians have known for many years that analog radiography is an efficient means of diagnosing enteroliths in adult horses, but computed, or digital, radiography has since replaced many analog machines. Researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) recently put the newer technology to the test and found it outperformed its predecessor...

  • CHRB hands down 45-day suspension to O'Neill

    The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) met in closed session Thursday to consider the recommended decision of the Hearing Officer in the case involving Doug O'Neill, the trainer of Argenta, a filly that finished eighth in the 6TH race at Del Mar on August 25, 2010.

  • CTT Objects to Exchange Wagering at Del Mar

    John Sadler, president of the California Thoroughbred Trainers, told the state horse racing board his group objects to exchange wagering and is not prepared to sign an agreement with the Del Mar for the upcoming meet.

  • I'll Have Another jogs ahead of Belmont

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero I'll Have Another, who on June 9 will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the $1 million Belmont Stakes, had a second tour of Belmont Park's main track Thursday morning, jogging 1 1/2 miles in company with a pony.

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  • Upperline takes on 6 in the Arlington Matron Stakes.

    Upperline Looks to Double Luck at Arlington

    A competitive filed of older fillies and mares, including previous Arlington Park graded stakes winner Upperline, comprise the lineup for the May 26 Arlington Matron Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington Park.

  • Balding hopes to join Epsom Derby honor roll

    Breakfast with the Stars, hosted by Clare Balding and Nick Luck, took place early Thursday morning at Epsom Downs Racecourse, eight days ahead of the start of the Derby Festival.

  • Gosden discusses Epsom team

    John Gosden, who won the Group 1 Derby with Benny the Dip (1997), worked three horses during Thursday morning's Breakfast with the Stars at Epsom. Last year's Group 1 St Leger winner Masked Marvel (William Buick) goes for the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup June 2, while Joviality (Robert Havlin) targets the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes on the Derby Festival's opening day, June 1. There was also a lead horse, partnered by Saleem Golam. Masked Marvel finished ahead of the lead horse with Joviality in third after none was pushed hard.

  • The Black Lillies featured in Paddock Concert Series

    A Paddock Concert Series performance by The Black Lillies on Friday evening kicks off a festive four-day holiday weekend at Churchill Downs that includes a special Memorial Day racing program on Monday, infield fun Saturday-through-Monday with the first Bluegrass Art Experience, and another &quot;Family Fun&quot; Sunday Presented by Kroger.