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  • Came Home, winning the Hopeful.

    Hopeful Winner Came Home Returns in San Vicente

    All eyes will be on Came Home in Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. Last year's Hopeful Stakes winner will be making his first start since finishing seventh in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but trainer Paco Gonzalez has the homebred son of Gone West ready for a solid performance.

  • Strub Stakes contender Scorpion, winning the Jim Dandy Stakes.

    Scorpion 'Blows Out' in Strub Workout

    D. Wayne Lukas-trained Scorpion blew out three furlongs in :35 over a Santa Anita track rated "good" Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $400,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II).

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg, topped the Experimental Free Handicap.

    No Surprise Here: Johannesburg Tops Experimental

    To Keeneland racing official Howard Battle, it was simple when it came time to decide who was going to get top weight on the 2001 Experimental Free Handicap for males. "He won very easily. How could you <i>not</i> give him the top weight?"

  • Del Mar Show Connected in Fort Lauderdale

    Del Mar Show and North East Bound head a field of eight older horses in Saturday's $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles over the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • Changeintheweather Works Toward Fountain of Youth

    Pin Oak Stable's homebred Changeintheweather worked five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Thursday in preparation for his American racing debut in the Feb. 16 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I). The David Bell-trained son of Gone West completed the breeze in 1:02 2/5 on a fast track.

  • Hallowed Dreams Pan Zareta Bound

    Hallowed Dreams, who lost for just the third time in her career in the Dec. 8 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes seven days after notching her 25 victory, will likely return to the races in the Feb. 9 Pan Zareta Handicap at the same track.

  • Dutrow Enters Pair in Paumonok

    Trainer Richard Dutrow is pulling out the big guns for Saturday's $75,000 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct. Dutrow has entered stable stars Here's Zealous and Late Carson in the six-furlong sprint event.

  • Kiss a Native To Prep For Donn in Fort Lauderdale

    Trainer Bill White said Kiss A Native, owned by John Franks, will run in Saturday's Ft. Lauderdale Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park as a prep for the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at the same south Florida oval.

  • Iron Deputy fractured a cannon bone during this win in the Count Fleet Stakes.

    Injury Forces Iron Deputy to the Sidelines

    John and Susan Moore's Iron Deputy, winner of the Count Fleet Stakes, has been taken off the Kentucky Derby trail after a slight fracture was discovered in his cannon bone. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said the injury was sustained during the running of the Count Fleet.

  • Record 144 Entered in Martell Grand National

    A modern-day record entry of 144 is announced today for the world's most famous steeplechase, the £500,000 Martell Grand National, run at Aintree on Saturday, April 6. This year's number of entries compares with 133 in 2001 and beats the previous best of 141 that dates back to 1984.

  • Snow Dance, Batique Highweighted for De La Rose

    John Oxley's Snow Dance, the top filly in trainer's John Ward's strong barn, will make her 2002 debut in Friday's $100,000 De La Rose Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Gulfstream Park.

  • Baffert Sophomores, Werblin Work at Santa Anita

    Trainer Bob Baffert sent out a trio of 3-year-olds coming off stakes wins for four-furlong works at Santa Anita Wednesday, including Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) winner Danthebluegrassman. All three completed their assignments in :48 3/5 on a fast track.

  • Adelphia to Launch TVG in California

    TVG, the 24-hour interactive horse racing network, announced Wednesday its television network will be included in the digital cable television service for select Los Angeles area cable systems owned and operated by Adelphia Communications.

  • Snow Dance Headed for De La Rose; Veil of Avalon Likely

    John Oxley's Snow Dance, the top filly in trainer's John Ward's strong barn, will make her 2002 debut in Friday's $100,000 De La Rose Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Gulfstream Park

  • Red Bullet Heads Donn Worktab

    Frank Stronach's classic-winning Red Bullet worked toward his anticipated start in next month's Donn Handicap (gr. I) Wednesday morning, getting five furlongs in 1:03, breezing. In other news, Mongoose, who defeated Monarchos last weekend, may get a start in the Donn; and Beatrice Oxenberg's Best of the Rest, prepares for Gulfstream Park's signature race for older horses.

  • Siphonic remains Steve Haskin&#39;s top pick for this year&#39;s Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Watch: Week 1

    Despite Siphonic's second in the Santa Catalina, Steve Haskin says the 3-year-old remains his top pick for the May 4 Kentucky Derby. In this first installment leading up to the spring classic, Haskin lists his top 25 and those "Knocking on the Door."

  • Squirtle Squirt, Spain Return This Weekend

    Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Squirtle Squirt drilled six furlongs in 1:13 at Hollywood Park for Bobby Frankel on Sunday as he prepares for his return in Sunday's Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II).

  • Squirtle Squirt, Spain Return This Weekend

    Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Squirtle Squirt drilled six furlongs in 1:13 at Hollywood Park for Bobby Frankel on Sunday as he prepares for his return in Sunday's Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II).

  • Booklet, Harlan's Holiday to Meet Again in Fountain of Youth

    Booklet and Harlan's Holiday, the respective first and second place finishers in Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes, are expected to meet again Feb. 16 in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), the next step on the road to the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Maryland Jockey Club Lures Analyst from Charles Town

    The Maryland Jockey Club has hired Frank Carulli as racing analyst and handicapper effective Jan. 30. Carulli, 39, racing analyst and publicity coordinator at Charles Town, will take over duties at Pimlico and Laurel Park now shared by three people.

  • Repent Breezes at Gulfstream

    Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Repent breezed a half-mile in :50 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday under regular rider Tony D'Amico.

  • Affluent Favored in El Encino

    Although multiple grade I winner Affluent will be a deserving morning-line favorite in Sunday's grade II El Encino Stakes, it wouldn't be prudent to discount Graceful Cat's chances in the 1 1/16-mile event for 4-year-old fillies.

  • Ayanna Will Want Early Lead in Santa Ynez

    While the outcome of Monday's $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies won't be known until they run the grade II race at Santa Anita, there is one near-certainty in the race: Triple AAA Ranch Ayanna should have the lead at the first call.

  • Siphonic, winning the Hollywood Futurity.

    Siphonic Schooled and Ready for Santa Catalina

    Headed by Hollywood Futurity winner Siphonic, six 3-year-olds have been entered for Saturday's $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos will make his 2002 debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Derby Winner Monarchos Makes 2002 Debut Saturday

    John C. Oxley's Monarchos, who capped a strong winter-spring campaign with victories in the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) last year, makes his 4-year-old debut here Saturday as he preps for Gulfstream Park's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9.

  • Seven 3-Year-Olds Compete in Holy Bull

    Harlan's Holiday and Nokoma lead the seven-horse field entering Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16- mile Holy Bull is a major prep for the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. 1) on March 16. In the past four seasons, Hal's Hope (2000) and Cape Town (1998) have used the event as a springboard to victory in the Florida Derby.

  • Trio Works Toward Mac Diarmida

    Pleasant Divorce, Halo's Stride, and Two Point Two Mill were all on the Gulfstream Park track prepping for Sunday's $100,000 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT), covering 1 3/8 miles over the turf course.

  • Kiss A Native Pointed Toward Donn

    John Franks homebred' Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs in 1:03 Wednesday morning at Calder Race Course in preparation for his upcoming engagement in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9. Prior to Wednesday's work, Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs last Friday in 1:02 4/5.

  • Henning Takes Double Shot at First Lady

    Trainer Mark Hennig is entering a pair of multiple stakes winners, Raging Fever and Gold Mover, in the $100,000 The First Lady Handicap (gr. III) at six furlongs on Friday at Gulfstream Park.

  • Came Home Works Before Track Closed

    Hopeful Stakes winner and San Vicente Stakes probable Came Home worked five furlongs in 1:11.80 at Santa Anita on Wednesday as the track closed for workouts early due to heavy rains.

  • Royally Chosen Will Try to Dethrone Affluent

    The regally-named Royally Chosen will have another chance at dethroning the current queen of the 4-year-old fillies, Affluent, in Sunday's El Encino Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Spihonic, winning the Hollywood Futurity.

    Cottonwood Cowboy, National Park Seek to Upset Siphonic

    Christopher Paasch hopes Cottonwood Cowboy has come of age since his disappointing debut at Del Mar last August. The 45-year-old trainer realizes that the son of Meadowlake will have to be at his best to beat pro tem 3-year-old leader Siphonic in Saturday's $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Unite's Big Red Defends Mac Diarmida Title

    Breakaway Racing Stable's Unite's Big Red, who won the Mac Diarmida (gr. III) two years ago, breezed five furlongs in 1:04 2/5 at Calder Race Course last Sunday in preparation for his upcoming engagement in Sunday's renewal of that same stakes event.

  • Speedy Leon Follows Path of Hal's Hope; Saarland Works

    Two years ago, Harold Rose won the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) with Rose Family Stable Ltd.'s Hal's Hope and then parlayed that tally with a winning effort in the Florida Derby (gr. I) less than two months later. Rose is following the same path with the family's Speedy Leon, who worked a half-mile at Calder Race Course in :47 1/5 handily Monday morning in preparation for Saturday's Holy Bull.

  • China Visit Seeks Maktoum Challenge Repeat

    Godolphin Racing's China Visit will seek his second consecutive victory in the Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night, with three stablemates among the challengers.

  • Pletcher Horses on Track at Gulfstream Park

    Trainer Todd Pletcher had two of his best horses, Nokoma and Graeme Hall, out for morning trials on Sunday and was pleased with the way both horses went.

  • Ky. Commission Approves Derby Future Wager Dates

    The Kentucky Racing Commission on Monday approved the dates for the three Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools. The first pool will run Feb. 14-17, with Pool 2 opening March 14 and closing March 17. The third and final pool will run April 4-7. All pools run from Thursday through Sunday. The 128th renewal of the Derby will be May 4.

  • On to Donn for Red Bullet; Sir Bear's Next Start Undecided

    After finishing second to 9-year-old Sir Bear in Saturday's Skip Away Handicap (gr. III), trainer Joe Orseno said Red Bullet will race next in the 1 1/8-mile Donn Handicap (gr. I). Other Skip Away runners likely to return in the Donn are Traditionally and Skip Away third-place finisher Hal's Hope. The connections of the valiant Sir Bear are undecided on the gelding's next start.

  • Kentucky Derby prospect Repent breezed three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Sunday.

    McPeek Pair, Siphonic Work Sunday

    Trainer Ken McPeek sent out a pair of Kentucky Derby prospects for exercise at Gulfstream Park Sunday. Harlan's Holiday went five furlongs in :59 2/5, handily, while Repent breezed three furlongs in :36 1/5. Also working Sunday was Derby future-book favorite Siphonic, who went seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5, handily, at Hollywood Park.

  • Siphonic and Jerry Bailey will be reunited in the Jan. 19 Santa Catalina Stakes.

    Siphonic's Kentucky Derby Trek to Begin in Santa Catalina

    Eclipse Award finalist Siphonic will make his first start as a 3-year-old in the Jan. 19 Santa Catalina Stakes as trainer David Hofmans tries to win the $150,000 race for the second straight year. As of Jan. 9, Siphonic is Bally's 5-1 future-book favorite for the Kentucky Derby.