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  • 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 & 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

    "It looks like he will (keep going)," 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.

  • Musical Romance seeks better trip in Inside Information

    Champion female sprinter Musical Romance experienced a troubled trip when opening 2012 in the Sunshine Millions Filly &amp; Mare Sprint, grabbing a quarter and ripping off a shoe at the start, but the five-year-old will look to rebound when she lines up for Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/insideinformation12.htm">Inside Information</a> at Gulfstream Park. The Bill Kaplan-trained mare will square off against 10 rivals, including the top four finishers from the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes on February 29.

  • Ellafitz looks to give Baffert first Santa Margarita trophy

    Late-blooming five-year-old Ellafitz will aim for a career high note as well as her fourth straight stakes victory Saturday when facing five challengers in Santa Anita's 75th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/santamargarita12.html"> Santa Margarita Stakes</a>, the season's racing highlight for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Havre de Grace faces four in New Orleans Ladies

    Only four other distaffers will line up against reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace on Saturday in Fair Grounds' $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/noladies12.html">New Orleans Ladies</a> going 1 1/16 miles. The Larry Jones trainee will break from post 2 with regular rider Ramon Dominguez in the saddle.

  • Roster announced for Taste of Derby

    The perfect Kentucky Derby appetizer returns May 3 as Churchill Downs stages its third annual Taste of Derby -- a celebration of cuisine and racing on the eve of the Kentucky Oaks. Taste of Derby attendees will mingle with horse racing and Hollywood celebrities and savor exquisite cuisine and delectable wines from racing destinations across the country as nationally-renowned chefs serve samples of their regional specialties.

  • Aqueduct Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK </font> </b></i>

  • Betfair acquires Hollywood naming rights

    Betfair US and Hollywood Park on Tuesday announced the completion of a ground-breaking agreement intended to transform the customer experience for racing fans at the historic venue, online and on television. Under the terms of the five-year deal, the venue will be renamed &quot;Betfair Hollywood Park&quot; in the first naming rights agreement ever for a horseracing venue in the United States.

  • Gulfstream to host 2012 Claiming Crown

    Gulfstream Park will host the 14th running of the Claiming Crown on the opening day of its 2012-13 meet on December 1. The 2012 event will see a significant increase in purses to $850,000 for seven races with the individual race purses ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. In addition to the six Claiming Crown races conducted at the 2011 event, the Tiara for fillies and mares on the turf will return this year.

  • Florida Derby Festival raises money for charities

    Gulfstream Park will offer fans a week of activities and attractions leading up to the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday, March 31, including a concert by a mystery Grammy-winning country artist as well as golf and poker tournaments, a cocktail party with jockeys serving drinks, and the official Florida Derby cocktail party with live and silent auctions.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK </font> </b></i>

  • Craft Unicorn wins on debut at Ocala

    Dennis J. Manning's first-time starter Crafty Unicorn stayed close to the early pace of the 23rd running of the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/obs12race4.pdf">OBS Championship Stakes</a>, contested Monday at the Ocala Training Center in Florida. Crafty Unicorn fought to the lead along the inside in the stretch and beat Burn the Mortgage by 1 3/4 lengths, with Moon Traveler checking in third.

  • Havre de Grace puts in final work for New Orleans Ladies

    Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace put in her last workout in advance of Saturday's $150,000 New Orleans Ladies this morning at Fair Grounds, breezing five furlongs in :59 3/5 with regular exercise rider Jen Brasser aboard. The five-year-old mare worked in company with an unraced three-year-old filly, Just Jan, who went the same distance in 1:00 under Rosie Napravnik while breezing to the inside of Havre de Grace.

  • Fed Biz out of the Derby picture

    Bob Baffert's highly-regarded Fed Biz has been ruled out of Kentucky Derby consideration, the Hall of Fame trainer revealed to <i>Daily Racing Form</i> Monday.

  • Animal Kingdom to miss Dubai World Cup

    Champion Animal Kingdom will miss his intended start in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup on March 31 after developing lameness in his left hind leg over the weekend at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.

  • NTRA updates safety, integrity standards

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Monday that an updated set of racetrack safety and integrity standards has been circulated to members of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, and that it is now available for public comment. After finalization, the compliance standards will serve as the basis for future racetrack Alliance accreditation, including the re-accreditation of tracks previously accredited by the Alliance. The Alliance, formed in October 2008 with the goal of establishing national uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity, includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen's organization. Twenty-two racetracks have been accredited to date by Alliance safety teams.

  • Musical Romance probable for Inside Information

    Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan's five-year-old mare Musical Romance closed out an Eclipse Award campaign in 2011 winning the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on November 4, but her 2012 season debut did not go well when she finished fourth in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly &amp; Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park on January 28.

  • Gemologist, Currency Swap in Gulfstream allowance

    Friday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gpalw3-16-12.htm">3RD</a> race at Gulfstream Park looms as a battle of the unbeatens, as Gemologist and Currency Swap are set to kick off their sophomore campaigns in this one-mile allowance.

  • Kid Sidney waiting in the wings for Rebel

    There's a buzz back at the barn of Jinks Fires this spring a year after the magical run by Archarcharch that culminated in a victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby for his longtime clients Bob and Val Yagos. This time another set of longtime owners are eagerly hoping Kid Sidney can make up for lost time and get into the Grade 2, $500,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park on Saturday.

  • Izzy Rules in Las Flores

    George and Mary Clare Schmitt's Izzy Rules lived up to her name, and her 6-5 favoritism, in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lasflores12.pdf">Las Flores Stakes</a> at Santa Anita Park. Grabbing command soon after the start, the Jeff Bonde trainee led all the way home to finish the 6 1/2-furlong, fast track event in 1:14 2/5. The five-year-old daughter of Peace Rules paid $4.60, $3.20 and $2.80 to her faithful supporters.

  • Dayatthespa holds Regalo Mia to take Herecomesthebride

    Bradley Thoroughbreds, Steve Laymon and Jerry &amp; Ronald Frankel's Dayatthespa was all out to hold a closing Regalo Mia in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/herecomesthebride12.pdf"> Herecomesthebride Stakes</a> at Gulfstream Park. With Javier Castellano aboard, the Chad Brown-trained daughter of City Zip was a neck clear on the wire while finishing the nine-furlong, firm turf affair in 1:47 1/5.