Handicapping

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  • Went the Day goes very Well in Spiral

    Providing a strong sense of deja vu, Team Valor International's Went the Day Well booked his ticket to the Kentucky Derby with a convincing victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Viver Racing Spiral Stakes

  • Triple Crown late nomination deadline looming

    Thoroughbred owners and trainers who wish to make their late-blooming three-year-olds eligible to compete in the 2012 Triple Crown series of classic American races have until Saturday to add their horses to the roster of late nominations to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

  • Game On Dude

    American Horses Land Safely in Dubai

    America's contenders for the $27 million Dubai World Cup program, including champion Royal Delta and multiple grade I winner Game On Dude, have landed safely in Dubai and are in good health after the long flight from Florida.

  • Eight set for Sunland Derby

    With its lucrative $800,000 purse, the Grade 3 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sunlandderby12">Sunland Derby</a> is an attractive prep race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls lacking graded earnings, and three-year-olds from the barns of notable trainers Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher and Steve Asmussen have shipped into the New Mexico track this year in search of a guaranteed berth to the Run for Roses. The 1 1/8-mile race gained notoriety in 2009 when producing Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

  • Purses for Oaklawn 'Cap, Count Fleet Sprint raised

    Oaklawn Park, which has already announced three purse increases this meet, is increasing the purses of the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap by $50,000, bringing the April 14 events to $400,000 and $250,000, respectively. Additionally, the track will offer a participation bonus for the fourth consecutive year on all non-stakes races that attract more than eight wagering interests for the final three weeks of the season (March 29 ? April 14).

  • Kentucky Derby Report

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  • Pletcher looking for third win in Spiral

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Spiral Stakes in 2001 with Balto Star and in 2005 with Flower Alley when it was a Grade 2, will be looking for his third win in the now Grade 3 race when he sends out the uncoupled duo of Heavy Breathing and Holiday Promise on Saturday at Turfway Park.

  • Gemologist confirmed for Wood Memorial

    WinStar Farm's undefeated Gemologist is headed to Aqueduct for next month's Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed by phone Wednesday morning.

  • Arlington announces overnight stakes

    A schedule of 11 overnight stakes races worth an aggregate $725,000 for the 2012 meet was announced Wednesday by Arlington Park Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Polzin.

  • Mark Valeski, Mr. Bowling work for Louisiana Derby

    Mark Valeski, runner-up in last month's Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes, made a case for favoritism in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1, breezing an impressive five furlongs over the fast main track at Fair Grounds on Tuesday. He completed the move in :59 2/5 under regular rider Rosie Napravnik, the fastest of 11 works at the distance by a full second.

  • Louisiana Derby in mix for Alpha

    South Florida-based Alpha, easy winner of the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct on February 4, is now considered probable for the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Tuesday.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

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  • Kentucky Derby DreamBet contest returns

    For the third consecutive year, Churchill Downs and NBC have partnered to give one person the chance to place a life-changing $100,000 win bet in the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

  • Gemologist to Wood; Bode could go to Arkansas

    Undefeated Grade 2 hero Gemologist will use the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7 as his final prep for the Kentucky Derby, owner WinStar Farm confirmed via Twitter on Monday.

  • Probable fields for Dubai World Cup night released

    Multiple Grade 1 hero Game on Dude and champion filly Royal Delta are among 14 horses projected to compete in the Group 1, $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31, according to the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/2012dubaiprojectedfields.pdf"> list of probable competitors</a> released Sunday by the Dubai Racing Club.

  • Maker to send two to Spiral

    The field for Saturday's Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park is expected to fill or nearly fill the gate as trainers solidify plans for their Kentucky Derby hopefuls.&nbsp; The race's $500,000 purse virtually assures the winner a spot in the Derby gate, as proved true for the 2011 Spiral Stakes and Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom.

  • Tapitsfly swoops in Honey Fox

    Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly, who had not won a stakes race since the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, remedied that statistic with a strong late rally in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/honeyfox12.pdf">Honey Fox</a> at Gulfstream Park. Typically up on or near the pace, the Dale Romans filly enjoyed being held up a little farther back by Julien Leparoux, and rolled past Bay to Bay and La Reine Lionne by a measured three-quarters of a length.

  • Havre de Grace has relaxing morning after New Orleans Ladies win

    Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, fresh once more after the spoils of victory attained Saturday afternoon at Fair Grounds in the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies, was standing quietly in her stall early Sunday morning while trainer Larry Jones was still in town.

  • Baffert pleased with Rebel winner Secret Circle

    With a third straight Grade 2 Rebel Stakes victory sealed thanks to Secret Circle, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was eagerly looking forward to the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby next month at Oaklawn.

  • Alpha leaning toward Wood

    As of Sunday morning, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin appeared to be in a New York state of mind when thinking about the next starts for Godolphin stakes runners Alpha and It's Tricky.

  • Perfect Shirl to miss Sheema Classic

    Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Turf upsetter Perfect Shirl has been forced to withdraw from the Group 1, $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield announced.

  • Hansen breezes easy half for Wood

    On Sunday, reigning champion two-year-old male Hansen recorded his first move since taking the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes by three lengths on March 3.

  • Secret Circle gets the job done in Rebel

    &quot;It looks like he will (keep going),&quot; assistant trainer Jim Barnes said of Secret Circle, who was stepping up to 1 1/16 miles for the first time.

  • Tiz Miz Sue closes fastest of all to take Azeri

    Cresran's homebred Tiz Miz Sue bided her time just behind the early leaders before making her move in the stretch, closing strongly on the far outside to win going away in Saturday's Grade 3, $147,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/azeri12.pdf">Azeri Stakes </a>at Oaklawn Park. The five-year-old mare garnered her first graded stakes victory, scoring by three lengths under Joe Rocco Jr., and the Steve Hobby trainee completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:43 2/5 over the fast track.

  • Include Me Out is all in to win Santa Margarita

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Include Me Out was an easy winner of the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita on January 22 and continued that thread Saturday with a 3 3/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $294,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/santamargarita12.pdf"> Santa Margarita Invitational</a> under jockey Joe Talamo. The Ron Ellis trainee was sent off the 6-5 second choice to Ellafitz's 4-5 favoritism, but was much the best in this one while finishing nine furlongs on the sloppy, sealed dirt in 1:47 3/5.

  • Havre de Grace reigns supreme in New Orleans Ladies

    Fox Hill Farms' reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace made a winning return to competition on Saturday, easily outclassing four rivals to take the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/noladies12.pdf"> New Orleans Ladies Stakes</a> at Fair Grounds by 4 1/2 lengths. The Larry Jones trainee was sent off the prohibitive 1-9 favorite, and did not disappoint her backers, who may have decided to keep their tickets as souvenirs instead of cashing in for paltry across-the-board returns of $2.10.

  • Musical Romance rebounds in Inside Information

    After a troubled trip in her season debut in late January, reigning champion female sprinter Musical Romance was back in better form in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/insideinfo12.pdf">Inside Information</a> at Gulfstream Park. Under a ground-saving ride by Juan Leyva, the five-year-old mare settled just off the leaders for the opening three-quarters, split rivals in the stretch, and drew clear to win by three parts of a length in a time of 1:21 4/5 for seven furlongs over a fast track. She returned $11.20, $6.40 and $4.60 as the 9-2 third choice.

  • Marilyn's Guy holds off San Pablo in Excelsior

    Marilyn's Guy disposed of pacesetter San Pablo leaving the far turn, opening up a clear lead in midstretch, but nearly surrendered the advantage as that rival came again late in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/excelsior12.pdf">Excelsior Stakes</a>, desperately holding on by a neck over the inner track at Aqueduct. Ridden by Chuck Lopez for trainer Tony Dutrow, the six-year-old gelding was making his graded debut after notching his first listed stakes tally in his previous outing, the February 18 As Indicted Stakes.

  • Caleb's Posse posts quick drill for Carter

    Multiple Grade 1 winner Caleb's Posse powerfully returned to the Oaklawn workout sheet Saturday in his first drill since a close runner-up finish in this four-year-old debut in the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap March 3 in New York.

  • Castellano sets Gulfstream record with 98th win

    Castellano set the standard on the 72nd day of live racing. He shared the previous record of 97 with Jerry Bailey (1996 over 64 days), Wigberto Ramos (1991 over 81 days) and Julio Pezua (1987 over 50 days).&nbsp;

  • Giant Ryan posts half-mile breeze for Golden Shaheen

    Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan had his final workout Saturday morning in preparation for the Group 1, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, covering a half-mile on the fast track at Calder in :47 3/5 in advance of his seasonal debut under the lights at Meydan Racecourse on March 31.

  • Trainer McLaughlin wins 1,000th race

    Kiaran McLaughlin reached a personal landmark Friday when Que Posse won the 8TH race at Aqueduct to give the trainer his 1,000th career North American victory.

  • Gemologist devalues Currency in allowance romp

    Gemologist had not raced since November 26, when he captured the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. The Tiznow colt had recently posted a pair of bullet drills, however, and was sent off as the 3-5 favorite. Currency Swap, sidelined for more than six months since his victory in the Grade 1 Hopeful, rated as the 6-5 second choice.

  • Sabercat, Secret Circle highlight 13-horse Rebel

    Eleven of the 13 contestants in Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/rebel12">Rebel Stakes </a>are based locally at Oaklawn Park, but Southern California invaders Sabercat and Secret Circle are the top draws in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Derby prep race for three-year-olds.

  • Breeders' Cup board offers discount on early, online foal nominations

    In response to its popularity among horsemen over the past three years, the Breeders' Cup board of directors has again approved an early foal nomination program deadline which allows for a $100 discount off the standard $500 nomination fee for all foals nominated electronically by August 1 to the Breeders' Cup program.

  • Kentucky Derby Report

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">KENTUCKY DERBY REPORT</font></b></i>

  • New Vocations hosts 'Thoroughbreds For All!'

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.horseadoption.com">New Vocations</a> will host &quot;Thoroughbreds For All!&quot; -- an evening of education and fellowship for people who favor off-the-track Thoroughbreds combined with an invitation for equestrians to shop in Kentucky for the Thoroughbred of their dreams -- on April 28 shortly following the Rolex cross country at 5 p.m. (EDT).

  • Epsom Oaks draw 95 early entries

    A total of 95 fillies have been entered for the Group 1, £350,000 Epsom Oaks, highlight of Ladies Day at the Derby Festival at Epsom Downs on June 1. The figure is two more than the 2011 entry and way ahead of the 2010 total of 77.