Handicapping

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  • Came Home comes home victorious in the San Rafael.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report (3/4): Lost Weekend

    For a weekend in which we had five races of note for 3-year-olds, we learned very little. Three of the five races were run on sloppy or muddy tracks, and in the highlight event, the San Rafael Stakes, we really didn't learn much more about Came Home than we knew before, other than he can now get a mile with no problem.

  • Booklet, winning the Fountain of Youth.

    Booklet, D'Coach Work Toward Florida Derby

    Fountain of Youth and Holy Bull winner Booklet turned in a bullet 5-furlong work in :59 4/5 at Gulfstream Friday morning in preparation for the March 16 Florida Derby. Also on the work tab was Florida Derby hopeful D'Coach, who breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02.

  • Rampart contender Forest Secrets, winning the Acorn.

    Lily's Affair Tries Rampart Handicap

    Lily's Affair well enough in the Escena Stakes on Jan. 11 that she earned a chance in Saturday's $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park.

  • Siphonic, winning the Hollywood Futurity.

    Siphonic Continues Progress With 'Awesome' Work

    With two weeks left until his next start in the March 17 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, Amerman Racing Stable's Siphonic took another positive step forward with a seven-furlong work in 1:28 over a fast Hollywood Park track Friday morning.

  • Saarland, the Remsen Stakes winner who may finally get a race in the Gotham.

    Competitive Field Taking Shape For March 17 Gotham

    The $200,000 Gotham Stakes, to be run Sunday March 17, could draw a talented group of 3-year-olds from different parts of the country, including two big-name colts from last year who will be making their 3-year-old debut. Coming up from Florida will be Remsen winner Saarland, who was unable to get a 7-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream to fill on three occasions.

  • Godolphin Seven Stars Contest Opens

    A luxury trip for two to the 2003 Dubai World Cup and $150,000 cash are the top prize in Godolphin's 2002 Seven Stars Competition, a free-to-enter on-line racing contest. The competition began accepting entries Friday and continues through March 22 at <a href="www.godolphin.com">www.godolphin.com</a>.

  • Will Fonz&#39;s be able to duplicate this Prevue victory in the San Rafael?

    Came Home Heads San Rafael; Looks to Remain on Derby Trail

    Although Saturday's San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita has drawn several classy colts, there is a major question whether or not the race will produce any Kentucky Derby contenders. Of the top choices in the one-mile race, only Pelirrojo looks like he wants any part of 1 1/4 miles. The other big names, Came Home, Fonz's, and Werblin, all have either pedigree issues or logistics going against them.

  • Asmussen Saddles Four in Split Southwest Stakes

    With his main Kentucky Derby contender Easyfromthegitgo awaiting the Louisiana Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen will unleash the second string Saturday in the one-mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, which will be run in two divisions.

  • No Cakewalk for Malabar Gold in Kilroe Mile

    Malabar Gold will try to stretch his speed around two turns when he takes on Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) champ Val Royal in Saturday's Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IIT) on the Camino Real Turf Course at Santa Anita Park.

  • Sir Bear Breezes for Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Barbara Smollin's Sir Bear, the defending champion in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I), breezed a half-mile at Calder Race Course Wednesday in :49 4/5 while tuning up for the 2002 edition of the 1 1/4 event slated for March 30.

  • Hal's Hope Gets Five Furlongs in Crème Fraiche Prep

    Rose Family Stable's Hal's Hope, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) two years ago and most recently seventh in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9, worked five furlongs handily in 1:00 4/5 at Calder Race Course Feb. 26 in preparation for the Crème Fraiche Handicap (gr. III) on March 10 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Mandella Duo Drills For Big 'Cap

    The Richard Mandella-trained Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) duo of Cagney and Kudos were both put through their final drills Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $1 million event, set at 1 1/4 miles over the main track.

  • Zippy Chippy, with owner Felix Monserrate, at Northampton State Fair last year.

    Zippy's Winless Streak on Line Again Thursday

    The hapless Zippy Chippy, whose effort in futility has seen him go to post 92 times without a victory in his lengthy career, will once again try to make the winner's circle Thursday night in the first race at Penn National Racecourse.

  • Steve Haskin's Derby Watch-Week 6 (2/26)

    To help sort out the contenders from the pretenders for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin has listed the horses to look for in coming weeks.

  • Sunday Break, another Japanese-owned Derby contender for Neil Drysdale.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report (2/25): Deja Vu-saichi

    Yes, we have been here before. Two years ago, Japanese-owned Fusaichi Pegasus, trained by Neil Drysdale, broke his maiden sprinting in January, then won a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February as a springboard to victories in the San Felipe, Wood Memorial, and the Kentucky Derby. Now, we have Japanese- owned <b>Sunday Break</b>, trained by Neil Drysdale, breaking his maiden sprinting in January, then winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February.

  • Split Southwest Stakes Possible

    With a large number of trainers expressing interest in running their 3-year-olds in the $75,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 2, the track's racing secretary, Pat Pope, is considering spilling the race into two divisions. Among those possible for the one-mile fixture is the promising Frank Brothers trainee Clergy.

  • Freedom Crest, winning the Goodwood Handicap last fall.

    Freedom Crest to Attempt Big 'Cap Off Layoff

    Freedom Crest is being prepared to make his 6-year-old debut in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 2. The Kentucky-bred son of To Freedom last raced in October, when last in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after defeating Tiznow and Skimming in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Hnadicap (gr. II).

  • Breeders' Cup Future Wager Scaled Down

    Breeders' Cup officials and tote companies have scaled down the size of a proposed World Thoroughbred Championships future wager slated for later this year. Instead of a minimum of 100 betting interests, as originally hoped for, Breeders' Cup's first future pools would offer 24 runners each.

  • TVG Launches Redesigned Web Site

    TVG launched its newly redesigned Web site, TVGNetworks.com, featuring complete interactive wagering capabilities with real-time odds and betting pool information.

  • Hap, winning last year&#39;s Bernard Baruch Handicap.

    Hap Favored in Canadian Turf

    Team Mott-Bailey will be favored to chalk up another stakes victory Saturday when Hap heads a field of nine older horses in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the Gulfstream turf course.

  • The 2002 debut of Sakhee has been delayed due to a death in the Maktoum family.

    Maktoum Family Death Postpones Sakhee's Start

    Due to a death of a member of the United Arab Emirate's ruling Maktoum family, racing at Nad Al Sheba has been canceled Thursday, pushing back Sakhee's scheduled start until Sunday. According to Web reports from the Gulf, Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, son of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, died Thursday in an automobile accident.

  • Imperial Gesture Faces Modest Field in Moonshell Mile

    Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Imperial Gesture will face four rivals including stablemate Seba in Sunday's Moonshell Mile at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Frankie Dettori will ride Imperial Gesture in the dirt track test for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Wide Open Palm Beach Lures 13

    Four last-out winners over the Gulfstream Park turf course head a well-matched field of 13 in Friday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Perry Has Pair For Canadian Turf Handicap

    Trainer Bill Perry has two stakes-winning turf horses, North East Bound and One Eyed Joker, and will be running them both in Saturday's $150,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park.

  • NTRA Unveils Online Education Program, Redesigned Web Site

    As part of the rollout of its new, fully redesigned Web site, NTRA.com, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has unveiled "Bet the Net," an interactive simulation designed to help new and light horseracing fans learn the fundamentals of pari-mutuel wagering.

  • Kentucky Derby contender Siphonic.

    Hofmans Sets Friday or Saturday Workout for Siphonic

    Trainer Dave Hofmans said Wednesday that Siphonic will work five furlongs at Hollywood Park on Friday or Saturday, depending on the track. The son of Siphon missed his last work due to what Hofmans called "a very slight temperature."

  • Haskin says Repent&#39;s victory in Sunday&#39;s Risen Star Stakes &quot;finally gave us something to get excited about.&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Repent's Star Rises to the Top

    In the wild, wacky, wonderful world of cliches, you could say Repent finally showed us a light at the end of the tunnel, giving us something to sink our teeth into; something we can hang our hat on; something to bring a smile to our face and twinkle to our eye. OK, you get the point. In short, Repent's victory in Sunday's Risen Star Stakes finally gave us something to get excited about.

  • Record Handle for Future Wager; 'Field' 5-2 Favorite

    A record $577,889 was wagered into pool one of the pari-mutuel Kentucky Derby future wager offered this weekend, with the mutuel field emerging as the first-round favorite for the fourth straight year.

  • Astra Returns Vs. Clement Shipper in Monday's Buena Vista 'Cap

    Astra returns Monday to make her first start since August in Santa Anita's $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. II). The two-time grade I winner will go to post as the 121-pound highweight in the one mile turf test for older fillies and mares.

  • 'Field' Slips to 3-1 in Derby Future Wagering

    The favored mutuel field entry, consisting of all 3-year-olds except the 23 individual betting interests, drifted up to 3-1 following the third day of wagering in Pool One of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The field began the day at 8-5.

  • Affirmed Success Favored in General George

    A field of eighth will go to the post for Monday's $200,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park. The likely favorite for the President's Day feature is Affirmed Success, the winner of the race in 2000

  • 'Field' is Huge Favorite in Derby Future Wager

    Reflecting the lack of a strong favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby, bettors have made the mutuel field a prohibitive favorite in the first day of wagering in Pool One of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Band Is Passing Plays in Gulfstream Turf Test

    A full field of 12 will contest the $200,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) over 1 3/8 miles Saturday on the Fountain of Youth undercard. This is a wide open contest full of veterans. Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing is the mild 7-2 morning line favorite.

  • Denon, winning the Hollywood Derby, stretches out in the San Luis Obispo.

    Denon Goes Long in San Luis Obispo

    Seven turf runners will get a chance to stretch their legs in the 1 1/2 mile $200,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at Santa Anita. Not surprisingly, trainer Bobby Frankel has the highweight and likely favorite, Denon.

  • 'Field' Still Favored in Derby Future Wagering

    The field entry, comprised of all 3-year-olds aside from the 23 individual betting interests, remains the favorite late into the first day of wagering in round one of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Printemps 2002 Debut Due in Sunday's Santa Maria

    Two-time Chilean champion Printemps will make her first start of 2002 in Sunday's $200,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita. Printemps will receive a three-pound concession from 119-pound highweight Spain in the 1 1/16-mile race.

  • Val Royal Misses Training With Fever; Kilroe Start Up in the Air

    Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal has an elevated temperature and will miss some training time over the next few days. Trainer Julio Canani was uncertain Thursday if Val Royal would be able get in enough conditioning to make his anticipated 2002 debut in the March 2 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT).