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  • Here and There

    Brisnet.com has introduced a series of three online handicapping contests...Members of the Dance Theater of Harlem's Cast from "St. Louis Woman" visit Belmont Thursday.

  • New Faces to Challenge Cuvee in Bashford Manor

    Cuvee, a romping winner in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III), looms as a heavy favorite in Sunday's 102nd running of the six-furlong race for 2-year-olds - but he will be challenged by some new faces.

  • Ethan Man Back in Action

    Ethan Man, winner of the 2002 Swale (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, reached a career milestone on Tuesday with his first work in more than a year.

  • Breeders' Cup Future Bet Returns; First Period July 25-27

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited announced Tuesday that Breeders' Cup Future Bet wagering will be offered again this year on the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races, to be held Saturday, October 25, during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

  • Explosive Action Planned at Belmont

    Belmont Park will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend by offering six graded stakes worth more than $1.35 million. The weekend action gets underway with Friday's running of the Prioress Stakes (gr. I) and also includes the Suburban Handicap (gr. I).

  • Led by Cuvee, Asmussen Runners Tune Up at Churchill

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Cuvee, who looms as a heavy favorite in Sunday's 102nd running of the $125,000-added Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds, finished his major preparation for the six furlong race with a Monday work at Churchill Downs.

  • Too Late Now Chases Bison City at Fort Erie

    Come By Chance Stable's Too Late Now faces five challengers in her march toward a Canadian Triple Tiara sweep when the $250,000 Labatt Bison City Stakes, the second jewel of the three-race series, goes to post at Fort Erie on the Canada Day Holiday Tuesday.

  • Special Ring to Run in American Handicap

    Trainer Julio Canani ended the suspense Sunday by announcing that Special Ring would remain at Hollywood Park to run in the $150,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) Friday rather than ship to Kentucky for the $250,000 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

  • International Field Forms for American Oaks

    French imports Liska and Welcome Millenium worked on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday in preparation for the second running of the $750,000 American Oaks at 1 1/4 miles on grass Saturday.

  • Private Chef Looks for Respect in Cinema

    Private Chef, unbeaten but seemingly unconvincing, will seek his third victory and some appreciation on Sunday in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

  • Tates Creek seeks to duplicate her Gamely victory in the Beverly Hills.

    Tates Creek Shoots for 5th Straight in Beverly Hills

    Tates Creek, victorious in the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) last month, will seek her fifth straight graded stakes win Saturday in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

  • All Eyes On Ipi Tombe in Locust Grove

    The international reputation of Ipi Tombe has helped limit the opposition to only five rivals as the South African champion makes her American racing debut Saturday in the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Bullet Grass Work for Santa Catarina; American Oaks Next

    Bob & Beverly Lewis' grade II winner Santa Catarina worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 handily over the turf course at Hollywood Park Thursday in preparation for the $750,000 American Oaks on July 5. With Hall of Famer Gary Stevens in the irons for trainer Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old filly was caught galloping out the six furlongs in 1:12 and change.

  • Field of Six in Mother Goose Begins Triple Tiara

    Graded stakes winners Yell and Roar Emotion are among six 3-year-old fillies set for Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes, the first leg in the New York Racing Association's revamped Triple Tiara.

  • Imports Could Rule Arlington Classic

    Irish-bred colts European and Good Day Too add an international flavor to Saturday's renewal of the $175,000 Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve.

  • Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest Available

    Registration is now open for the 2003 Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest at www.ntra.com. The contest, keyed to the July 19 Claiming Crown Day card at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., challenges handicappers to pick one horse in each of the 11 live races run that day.

  • Honor In War, 'Blues Top Firecracker Nominees

    Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) winner Honor In War and Gainsborough Farm's multiple stakes winner Touch of the Blues head a strong list of 64 older horses nominated to the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs on July 5.

  • Summer Colony, faces small field in Molly Pitcher.

    Summer Colony Highlights Small Molly Pitcher Field

    Summer Colony carries topweight of 120 pounds in Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap. The race will be part of the NTRA Summer Pick 3 and will be televised live on CBS.

  • Tenpins Near Seasonal Debut

    Tenpins moved closer to his 2003 racing debut with a strong seven-furlong workout Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike breezed the distance in 1:26.60 over a fast track under regular rider Robby Albarado.

  • Half-Interest in Cuvee Sold

    In Tuesday barn notes from Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed that Winchell Thoroughbreds has reached an agreement to sell half-interest in Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) winner Cuvee.

  • Ipi Tombe Breezes for Locust Grove

    Ipi Tombe completed her serious training for her American racing debut in Saturday's $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) by breezing a half-mile Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Zimbabwe-bred daughter of Manshood covered four furlongs around the dogs on firm turf in :51 for trainer Elliott Walden.

  • Zavata, in his Saratoga Special win.

    Zavata Attempts to Get Back on Track at Monmouth

    Stakes winner Zavata returns to the track on Thursday at Monmouth Park in the day's featured $41,000 optional claiming allowance race for horses that have never won three races other than maiden, claiming, or starter.

  • Mineshaft, Cuvee Work at Churchill

    William S. Farish, Temple Webber, Jr. and James Elkins' Mineshaft turned in an easy four furlong breeze on Monday at Churchill Downs, his first work since his narrow loss to Perfect Drift in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14.

  • Ipi Tombe to Make American Debut in Locust Grove

    South African champion and international star Ipi Tombe is scheduled to make her American racing debut on Saturday in the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Fourteen Invited to American Oaks July 5

    Hollywood Park Racing secretary Martin Panza has invited 14 fillies to the second running of the $750,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 mile on turf July 5.

  • De Seroux Charts Stakes Course; No Plan for Azeri

    Trainer Laura de Seroux raised her stakes-leading total to four with Azeri's victory in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) Saturday and seeks to add to those numbers during the next two weeks of the Hollywood Park spring/summer meet.

  • Unbeaten Candy Ride Preps for American

    Sid and Jenny Craig's Candy Ride, gearing up for his North American stakes debut in the July 4 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 handily over the a fast main track Saturday morning.

  • Saratoga Simulcasts to Belmont

    For the first time ever, racing fans in New York will be able to watch and wager on the entire Saratoga meeting this summer from Belmont Park. In the past, Aqueduct served as the Saratoga simulcast site.

  • The Name's Bond Faces Six in Unbridled

    William and Annabel Murphy's homebred The Name's Bond should be a solid choice to win for the fourth time in his last five starts Saturday as he faces six rival 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Unbridled Stakes at Calder Race Course.

  • Beau's Town Invades Aristides for Norman

    Saturday's $100,000-added Aristides Handicap (gr. III) shapes up like an old-fashioned shootout, with the lightning fast Louisiana-based gunslinger Beau's Town invading Churchill Downs to take on a strong group of determined local stars.

  • Outta Here Confirmed for Affirmed

    Bill Currin and Al Eisman's Outta Here was confirmed a starter for Sunday's Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park after logging a five-furlong work in :59 4/5 handily over Hollywood Park's main track Thursday morning.

  • Affluent Skips Phipps, Stays Home for A Gleam

    Janis R. Whitham's four-time grade I winner Affluent will likely make her next start in the $250,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park on July 13, trainer Ron McAnally said after watching her work six furlongs in an easy 1:16 1/5 over the track on Thursday morning.

  • Azeri returns to action in Saturday's Vanity Handicap.

    Azeri Takes On an Overmatched Vanity Cast

    Azeri, the magnificent 5-year old mare who ruled racing last year, will attempt to extend her victory string to ten on Saturday when carrying an imposing 127 pounds in Hollywood Park's $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I).

  • Sightseek to Battle Take Charge Lady

    Juddmonte Farms' Sightseek, a filly who always fires, is the likely favorite in Saturday's $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, but she'll have to beat an extremely tough if compact field.

  • Summer Colony to Surface 'Down the Shore'

    Monmouth Park racing secretary Mike Dempsey said he expects six fillies and mares for next Saturday's Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), the star of the show to be Edward P. Evans' Summer Colony.

  • Russell Baze Favored in All-Star Jockey Event

    Russell Baze, who is on pace to surpass Laffit Pincay Jr. as horse racing's all-time leading jockey, was installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite for Friday night's seventh annual NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Ministers Wild Cat Ready to Go in Affirmed

    Ministers Wild Cat is finally where trainer Neil Drysdale wants him following a six-furlong work in 1:13.20 at Hollywood Park Tuesday for the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Sunday.