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  • Kentucky Derby 139.
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    Wagering Up at Churchill Downs Spring Meet

    Despite a decrease in wagering on this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), daily wagering at the recently concluded 38-day spring meet at Churchill Downs rose 5.4% from the same number of days a year ago.

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    Preakness Winner Oxbow Expected to Breeze

    Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow is expected to return to the worktab July 6 or 7 at Churchill Downs, Calumet Farm manager Eddie Kane confirmed July 5. He will be the third Triple Crown classic victor to get back into action.

  • Einstein

    First Crop Stallion Einstein Two-for-Two

    Two months ago, Einstein was awaiting his first starter. He now counts two winners from his first two starters, E Equalsmcsquared and Theoryofrelativity.

  • KHRC Faces Lawsuit Over Bridle Rule

    Edward Buck, inventor of the bitless Spirit Bridle, has filed a lawsuit seeking damages for his claim that the KHRC is committing deceptive trade practices and interfering with his economic opportunity.

  • Veteran Horseman Donald Potash Dies

    Donald Potash, horseman, manager of New York-based Tri County Stables, and longtime consultant for Milestone Farm near Lexington, died at his home in Bayside, N.Y., June 23. He was 70.

  • Wise Dan and John Velazquez take the Firecracker Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2605311988&k=RT9XjMr">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Squeezes Out Soggy Firecracker Win

    The conditions were dreadful, the weight spread oppressive, but Wise Dan found a way to overcome all adversity to capture the Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) on the night of June 29 over yielding turf at rainy Churchill Downs.

  • D'cajun Cat Set to Pounce in Bashford Manor

    After impressively winning his debut June 1 at Churchill Downs, D'cajun Cat will try to make it 2-for-2 under the twin spires when he faces six other juveniles in the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) June 29.

  • NTRA Reports Positive Net Revenue

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association reported that after several years of losses, the Lexington-based organization posted positive net revenue of $66,851 during fiscal year 2013.

  • Stakes Schedule Set for Churchill September

    The stakes schedule for the Churchill Downs September meet will feature a pair of 2-year-old races moved from the fall meet schedule and a new race for older horses that could serve as a prep for Breeders' Cup.

  • Ellis Park

    Improvements Seen in Ellis Park Surface

    With the general manager of Ellis Park saying June 27 that the track is "over the hump" in its efforts to clean up an inordinate amount of rock in its dirt surface, horsemen are hopeful the problem has been corrected.

  • Wise Dan has been assigned 128 pounds in the Firecracker Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2493078798&k=H3cVG9g">Order This Photo</a>

    Weighty Question for Wise Dan in Firecracker

    There's no doubt he's the best horse in the race, but can reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcome his 128-pound impost in the $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) June 29 against a modest group at Churchill Downs?

  • Ellis Park

    Training Resumes at Ellis Park

    Training resumed at Ellis Park the morning of June 26 as management at the Henderson, Ky., track continued to deal with an inordinate amount of rock in the main dirt track surface leading up to opening day.

  • Jockey Calvin Borel

    Celebrities Set for Team Penning Event

    Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Chris McCarron are among those scheduled to participate in the inaugural "Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event" at the Kentucky Horse Park's Covered Arena.

  • Kentucky Downs

    More Stakes, Higher Purses at Kentucky Downs

    The Kentucky racetrack, which will offer live racing five days in September, released a condition book that shows more stakes and hefty overnight purses, including $90,000 for 2-year-old maiden special weight events.

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    Wise Dan to Tote 128 in Firecracker Handicap

    Horse of the Year Wise Dan breezed a bullet half-mile on the Polytrack at Keeneland June 22 in :46 1/5 and later was named the 128-pound high weight for the upcoming $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Mark Casse will train Tracker Jacker, who sold for an auction-record $525,000.

    OBS Sales Topper Headed to Churchill Downs

    Tracker Jacker, who sold for an auction-record $525,000 at the OBS June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale, is scheduled to arrive from Ocala at trainer Mark Casse's barn at Churchill Downs June 21.

  • Palace Malice and Cot Campbell

    Dogwood, Eclipse to Officially Merge July 1

    When the working relationship between Dogwood Stable and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners becomes an official merger July 1, Eclipse will take over all purchasing duties and management of the Eclipse-Dogwood stable.

  • Ellis Park

    Horsemen Concerned About Ellis Track Surface

    Two weeks before the 29-day Ellis Park meet begins July 4, horsemen are expressing concerns about the condition of the main track and some, including prominent conditioner Larry Jones, have decided not to race at the track.

  • Amy Gregory

    Gregory Promoted at Keeneland

    Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason announced June 17 that Amy Gregory, a 30-year veteran of the Thoroughbred industry, has been named the company's director of communications.

  • Fort Larned in the Stephen Foster Handicap.
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    Whitney Next for Foster Winner Fort Larned

    Dominating Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (gr. I) winner Fort Larned will be pointed to the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Ian Wilkes said on the morning of June 16.

  • Kitten's Dumplings comes home strong to win the Regret Stakes.

    Kitten's Dumplings Mashes Regret Stakes Field

    Odds-on choice Kitten's Dumplings took the overland route to victory for a confident Joel Rosario, winning the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) going away on Stephen Foster Handicap night June 15 at Churchill Downs.

  • Code West (right) fights off Uncaptured to win the Matt Winn Stakes.
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    Code West Taps Out Gritty Matt Winn Triumph

    Code West and Uncaptured treated fans at Churchill Downs to a thrilling stretch drive in the $113,100 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) on the night of June 15, with the Bob Baffert-trained son of Lemon Drop Kid winning by a head.

  • Funny Proposition and Joel Rosario upset the Fleur de Lis Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2577184889&k=csRLszs">Order This Photo</a>

    Funny Proposition Takes Down Royal Delta

    John Oxley's Funny Proposition upset reigning champion older female Royal Delta while securing the first stakes win of her career in the $186,375 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) June 15 at Churchill Downs.

  • RMTC Accredits First Two Laboratories

    The University of California-Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Laboratory and HFL Sport Science in Lexington became the first two fully accredited laboratories under the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation program June 11.