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  • Siphonic Favored as Derby Future Wager Closes

    Though the Kentucky Derby future wager closed before Sunday's San Felipe was run, that race's likely favorite, Siphonic, was the favorite when pool two of the wager closed Sunday afternoon.

  • Johannesburg Drifts Slightly, Still Favored in Future Wager

    Odds for Coolmore's Johannesburg drifted slightly in day two of the Kentucky Derby future wager and are currently at 9-2. The first day of pool two wagering closed with the undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner at 7-2.

  • Hallowed Dreams will miss her scheduled start in the Victoria Lass due to a slight case of colic.

    Hallowed Dreams Out of Victoria Lass Due to Sickness

    Hallowed Dreams was withdrawn from Saturday's $125,000 Victoria Lass Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds due to illness. Trainer Lloyd Romero pulled her name from the field Thursday when entries were pulled.

  • Descapate Tough Chalk in Oaklawn B.C.

    Trainer Steve Asmussen will saddle the favorite, Descapate, in Saturday's $100,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oaklawn Park, which serves as a major prep for fillies and mares pointing toward the 1 1/16 mile Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) on April 6.

  • Crafty Shaw Shoots for Fifth Straight in Razorback

    Crafty Shaw looks to keep the winning ball rolling with a victory in Saturday's $100,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, but he will face a tough challenge from defending champion Mr Ross.

  • Poker Handicap winner Affirmed Success faces Wrangler in the Toboggan Handicap.

    Affirmed Success and Wrangler to Tangle in Toboggan

    When Affirmed Success and Wrangler hook up in Saturday's $100,000 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct, it will be under equal conditions. As likely co-favorites, the pair will carry 119 pounds over the seven-furlong distance.

  • Request For Parole Completes Final Spiral Workout

    Request For Parole, the likely favorite for the March 23 Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park posted his final major workout Thursday, breezing six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 and galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26 over a fast track.

  • Warners, Quest Star Entered in Ocala Stakes Races

    Triple Crown nominees Warners and Quest Star are entered in separate stakes races on Monday's Ocala Breeders Sales Company's six-race card. Warners, who sold for just over $1 million at the March 2001 2-year-old sale, will make is sophomore debut in the OBS Sprint Stakes, while $150,000 purchase Quest Star goes in the 1 1/16-mile OBS Championship Stakes.

  • San Felipe contender Siphonic, winning the Hollywood Futurity last year.

    Siphonic Preps for San Felipe With Gate Work

    Trainer David Hofmans put Amerman Racing Stable's Triple Crown hopeful Siphonic through his final preparations for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) with a half-mile work in :47 from the gate shortly after Santa Anita's renovation break on Wednesday.

  • San Felipe Contenders, Officer Work

    The Thoroughbred Corporation's Puerto Banus, gearing up for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr.II), worked five furlongs in :59 2/5, handily, over Santa Anita's fast main track Tuesday morning.

  • Mayakovsky Flashes His Speed in Gotham Workout

    Michael Tabor's Mayakovsky, who will represent the West Coast Triple Crown hopefuls in Sunday's $200,000 Gotham S. (gr. III) at Aqueduct, was put through his final preparations for the one-mile event with a bullet half-mile work in :46, breezing, over Santa Anita's main track on Tuesday.

  • Repent Slight Morning-Line Choice for Pool Two

    Louisiana Derby winner Repent has been made the slight favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia listed Repent as the 4-1 favorite, and the mutuel field as the 5-1 second choice in his morning line for the 24 betting interests.

  • Personal Reward, Monthir Prep for Florida Derby Day

    Lee Lewis' homebred Personal Reward and Shadwell Stable's Monthir were on track Sunday morning in preparation for their respective starts on Saturday's Florida Derby card at Gulfstream Park.

  • McAnally Shoots for Seventh Santa Margarita With Printemps

    Printemps is trainer Ron McAnally's entry in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares on Sunday at Santa Anita. Chilean-bred Printemps may not be favored in the race, but McAnally's history of success in the race is undeniable: he trained two-time winners Paseana and Bayakoa, Queens Court (1995), and longshot Toda Una Dama (1998).

  • Risen Star Stakes winner Repent tops field for Sunday's Louisiana Derby.

    Repent Heads Strong Field of Eight in Louisiana Derby

    A field of eight was entered Friday for Sunday's Louisiana Derby, with Risen Star winner Repent heading one of the race's strongest and deepest fields in years. The 1 1/16-mile event also attracted some of the nation's top riders, including Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, Jorge Chavez, and Russell Baze.

  • Steeplechase Season Begins at Little Everglades

    The National Steeplechase Association season kicks off Sunday, when Little Everglades Steeplechase near Dade City, Fla., hosts a five-race card. The season had been expected to begin Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs but a lack of entries forced the cancellation of the scheduled race.

  • 'Ladies' Day at Fair Grounds Saturday

    The expected battle of the 'ladies' never materialized in the Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III), the local prep race for Saturday's Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) won by Take Charge Lady, but Lake Lady will attempt to rebound from a fourth-place finish in that race in Saturday's $350,000 feature.

  • Cozy Susie Honeybee Highweight

    Cozy Susie, a two-time winner on turf but a maiden of the main track, will go to post as the highweighted filly in Saturday's Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Owners Plunk Down Florida Derby Fee For Puck

    In a surprise move, Classic Contenders Stable on Thursday plunked down the $3,000 fee to nominate Puck, a 3-year-old colt who has won or placed in all four career starts, to the March 16, $1-million Florida Derby.

  • Siphonic, shown winning the Hollywood Futurity, worked seven furlongs Wednesday.

    Siphonic Impresses in San Felipe Work

    Amerman Racing Stable's Siphonic, gearing up for his next start in the March 17 San Felipe S. (gr. II) at Santa Anita, drilled an impressive seven furlongs in 1:24 2/5 over a fast main track at Hollywood Park on Wednesday.

  • Skip Away Handicap winner Sir Bear is pointing toward the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

    Trio Works Toward Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Barbara Smollin's Sir Bear, hero of last year's Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) breezed one mile in 1:49 3/5 at Calder Race Course Wednesday in preparation for a defense of that championship.

  • Hal's Hope Fresh for Crème Fraiche

    Rose Family Stable's Hal's Hope, hero of the 2000 Florida Derby (gr. I), remains on target for Sunday's Crème Fraiche Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Harlan's Holiday Works Toward Florida Derby

    With owners Jack and Laurie Wolf looking on, Halran's Holiday breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday as he continued preparations for the March 16, $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Streakin Rob Named Early Queen's Plate Favorite

    Streakin Rob was named the 4-1 Winterbook favorite for the 143rd running of the Queen's Plate. The 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, Canada's most famous horse race and North America's oldest continuously run stakes event, is set for Sunday, June 23 at Woodbine.

  • 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.