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Frankel to face six in Lockinge

Unbeaten superstar Frankel will line up against no more than six opponents when returning to action in Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes over a mile at Newbury. Two of those are pacemakers -- his own, Bullet Train, and Aidan O'Brien's Windsor Palace, who hopes to set the stage for stablemate Excelebration, the presumptive second choice behind Frankel's odds-on favoritism.

Cozzetti feeling feisty

Albaugh Family Stable's Cozzetti went out after the renovation break and galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Mary Doser Thursday morning at Pimlico Race Course. The gray colt flew in from Louisville on Wednesday.

Motion rates I'll Have Another the one to beat

Team Valor International and Mark Ford's Went the Day Well galloped a mile, stood in the starting gate and galloped another mile at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning. Fourth in the Kentucky Derby, he joins Derby also-rans Creative Cause, Daddy Nose Best and Optimizer in the Preakness.

Gutierrez getting used to the spotlight

Jockey Mario Gutierrez proved again Thursday morning that he could handle himself on stage. The Kentucky Derby-winning rider showed confidence and a good sense of humor during a news conference for Saturday's Preakness outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course.

Bodemeister takes first tour of Pimlico

Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister made his first visit to the main track at Pimlico Thursday morning, galloping 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider George Alvarez after the renovation break.

Byrne looking forward to Positively's debut

The Kentucky Derby journey for Take Charge Indy ended with the three-year-old dark bay son of A.P. Indy finishing 19th of 20 in the Run for the Roses, but his connections are hoping to get right back on the Derby trail with Positively, a two-year-old son of Distorted Humor who is scheduled to make his career debut in Friday's 6TH race at Churchill Downs.

Dixie highlights Preakness undercard

Grade 2 winners Casino Host and Smart Bid are top contenders in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Dixie Stakes, one of six stakes races on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico. The 1 1/8-mile affair will feature a field of 11 turf horses.

NYRA responds to criticism on appointments

On Wednesday, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) responded to criticism about its Monday appointment of Ellen McCalin as president and Kenneth Handal as secretary by issuing the following statement:

I'll Have Another walks shedrow on wet morning

Rather than take I'll Have Another out to exercise on a wet track Tuesday morning, trainer Doug O'Neill opted to keep the Kentucky Derby winner under cover and out of the heavy rain falling at Pimlico, where he is set to run in Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

Master Command colt brings $300,000 at Barretts

Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent, consigned the top two offerings at Monday's Barretts May Two-Year-Old in Training Sale in Pomona, California. Heading the leaderboard was a Master Command colt who sold for $300,000 to Brett Lindenbaum, agent, after touring the ring as Hip No. 9.

Frankel set to return in Lockinge

The world's top-ranked horse, Frankel, makes his eagerly-anticipated reappearance in Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and is likely to be joined in the field by stablemate Bullet Train. He will act as pacemaker for Sir Henry Cecil's brilliant and unbeaten colt who confirmed his well being with a good piece of work at Newmarket on Saturday.

Unbeaten Camelot on course for Epsom Derby

Trainer Aidan O'Brien on Monday paraded Group 1 Derby favorite Camelot at a media morning organized by Epsom Downs Racecourse and Investec at his Ballydoyle Stable in County Tipperary and is counting down the days until the premier classic on June 2. O'Brien is chasing a third Derby victory following success with Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002).

Peter Fuller, owner of Dancer's Image, dies

Peter Fuller, who waged an unsuccessful four-year legal battle to get his homebred colt Dancer's Image re-instated as winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, has died. Bloodhorse.com reported that Fuller died Monday at age 89 after a lengthy illness.

Arcadius captures Iroquois, then collapses and dies

Hudson River Stable's Arcadius spearheaded a sweep of Saturday's Grade 1, $150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, but the elation soon turned to devastation at Percy Warner Park as the winner fatally collapsed.

Black-Eyed Susan attracts Mamma Kimbo, In Lingerie

Mamma Kimbo, In Lingerie and Oaks Lilly were all originally scheduled to contest the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last Friday, but for various reasons none of the trio made it to the starting gate. Instead, they are part of a nine-strong field entered for the Grade 2, $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes scheduled for this Friday, one day prior to the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico.

Dhaamer dominates in Round Table

Edward R. Brown's Dhaamer looked like the horse to beat going into Sunday's $72,950 Round Table Stakes at Hollywood Park, and the even-money favorite more than fulfilled expectations with a smashing 4 1/2-length victory. Under patient handling by new rider Joel Rosario, the Mike Mitchell trainee was anchored near the back of the pack before making rapid headway on the final turn, and blowing the race open down the stretch. The five-year-old gelding, who was making just his third American start, looms as an exciting new addition to the Southern California turf ranks.

Jurado leaving Calder for Macau

Already an internationally experienced rider that has practiced his trade in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, jockey Luis Jurado announced Sunday that he will leave the Calder riding colony by month's end to embark on a three-month riding tour through Macau on the Chinese coast.

O'Neill thrilled to spend time with Turcotte

In the week since Reddam Racing's I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O'Neill has been a gracious celebrity, taking part in many interviews, making appearances and posing for photos. Before his colt went to the track Sunday morning, O'Neill changed roles to a fan, happy to be able to chat with Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey.

Tiger Walk, Zetterholm drill at Pimlico

Sagamore Farm's Tiger Walk was shipped from Kevin Plank's nearby farm in Glyndon, Maryland, to Pimlico Race Course Sunday morning for a half-mile workout in preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

Cozzetti work postponed by rain

With more than an inch of rain in the Louisville, Kentucky, area and more coming down Sunday morning, trainer Dale Romans opted to postpone a work for Preakness Stakes contender Cozzetti and instead sent the colt out for a 1 1/2-mile gallop after the renovation break under exercise rider Romero Cordache.

Heart of Destiny works at Churchill, to prep for Regret in allowance

Heart of Destiny, second in last October's Grade 1 Alcibiades and most recently fourth in the Grade 1 Ashland, both over Keeneland's Polytrack, heads a field of 14 fillies entered in Thursday's 8TH race at Churchill Downs and trainer Jimmy Baker is hopeful the race will set her up for the Grade 3 Regret Stakes on June 16 under the Twin Spires.

Stay Thirsty return in Belmont overnight stakes

Stay Thirsty, who marked himself one of the leading three-year-olds of 2011 in winning the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course, will make his four-year-old debut Thursday at Belmont Park in the $90,000 Vanlandingham, a 1 1/16-mile overnight stakes scheduled as the day's third race with an approximate post of 1:54 p.m. (EDT).

Currency Swap, Going to Kukaro capitalize on Peter Pan undercard

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Currency Swap captured the $83,300 You and I Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday in wire-to-wire fashion. Sent off as the nearly 3-2 favorite, the Teresa Pompay trainee completed the seven-furlong contest in 1:22 2/5, winning by three-quarters of a length over the fast dirt. Jockey Rajiv Maragh was aboard to guide the High Cotton three-year-old to his second stakes victory and first win of 2012.

Mark Valeski captures Peter Pan

Brereton Jones and trainer Larry Jones opted to bypass the Kentucky Derby with dual Grade 2-placed Mark Valeski and the move paid off as the Proud Citizen colt scored his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who piloted the Jones duo's Believe You Can to victory in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, was aboard as Mark Valeski finished nine furlongs on the fast track in 1:48 1/5.

Drill nabs American Act again in Laz Barrera

In a reprise of the Grade 2 San Vicente earlier this year at Santa Anita, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's Drill rallied to deny American Act in Saturday's Grade 3, $98,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park. The Bob Baffert trainee thus reaffirmed his status as a seven-furlong specialist, moving his record to three-for-three at that distance.

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