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  • Rainha Da Bateria and Joel Rosario roll home to win the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes.

    Rainha Da Bateria Dazzles in Jessamine Win

    Rainha Da Bateria displayed a dazzling turn of foot through the homestretch to win the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT) handily over the Keeneland turf Oct. 8, earning a Breeders' Cup slot.

  • Minorette won the 2014 Belmont Oaks. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-LwgZGsV">Order This Photo</a>

    Minorette, Personal Diary Head QEII Field

    Grade I winners Minorette and Personal Diary top a field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered for the 31st running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 11.

  • Hip 307, a son of Spring At Last -- E T Phone Laura, by Roar, sold for $90,000.

    Shackleford Weanling Tops F-T Saratoga Sale

    A weanling colt from the first crop of Shackleford was the standout on the second and final day of the reformatted Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga fall sale Oct. 7 and brought the auction's overall highest price of $150,000.

  • Leigh Court won the 2014 Thoroughbred Club of America, earning her ticket to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

    Melnyk Could Add BC Win With Leigh Court

    While Eugene Melnyk is winding down his Thoroughbred ownership and breeding operation, the multiple Sovereign Award winner will have at least one chance to pick up another Breeders' Cup victory.

  • Amazombie

    BC Sprint Winner Amazombie to 'Old' KY Home

    Amazombie has a foothold in two states -- California and Kentucky. He was bred in California and did most of his racing there. But his biggest victory came in Kentucky, when he won the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint.

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    Keeneland Handle Improves Saturday, Sunday

    The opening weekend at Keeneland, which marked a return to a dirt racing main track for the first time since the spring of 2006, saw steady attendance and on-track wagering but total handle declined 5.7%.

  • Don't Tell Sophia wins the Spinster Stakes.
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    Don't Tell Sophia Last to First in Spinster

    Don't Tell Sophia, last rounding the far turn, roared down the stretch to register her first grade I victory in the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Oct. 5 on the Keeneland main track as overwhelming favorite Close Hatches fizzled.

  • Lawn Ranger wins the Bourbon Stakes.
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    Lawn Ranger Mows Down Bourbon Rivals

    Aptly named Lawn Ranger raced into Breeders' Cup contention when he surged to the lead at the top of the stretch and drove relentlessly to the wire to win the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland Oct. 5.

  • Tiz Windy comes running late to win the Indiana Oaks.

    Tiz Windy Breaks Through, Takes Indiana Oaks

    Tiz Windy made her second attempt in graded stakes company a successful one when she ran down the leaders late to take the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Race Course the evening of Oct. 4.

  • Wise Dan flies home to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-sZVMrVG">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Blows Away Shadwell Turf Mile Foes

    No matter what obstacles are thrown at him this season, Wise Dan refuses to lose. The 7-year-old gelding was slow at the break of the Shadwell Turf Mile, but recovered to blast past his rivals in the final strides.

  • Carpe Diem leads them home in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-fqtgDF7">Order This Photo</a>

    Carpe Diem Seizes Breeders' Futurity

    WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem seized control from front-runner Conquest Tsunami and rolled away to a powerful victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 4 at Keeneland,

  • Leigh Court and Gary Boulanger take the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-BgrsVh3">Order This Photo</a>

    Leigh Court Earns Ticket to Breeders' Cup

    Melnyk Racing Stables' Leigh Court punched her ticket to the Breeders' Cup World Championships by outrunning the competition to win the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland Race Course Oct. 4.

  • No Nay Never leads them home in the Woodford Stakes.

    No Nay Never Returns With Woodford Win

    A long layoff proved no problem for the talented No Nay Never, who scored a front-running victory in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4 at Keeneland.

  • Off and running in the first race on the new dirt at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-fvWcW8Z">Order This Photo</a>

    The Dirt on Keeneland Opening Day Numbers

    With sporadic rain showers throughout the day for Keeneland's fall meet opener Friday, which also marked the return to dirt for the Lexington track, attendance and handle figures were down compared with last year.

  • Work All Week rolls to victory in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes.

    Work All Week Makes Phoenix Win Look Easy

    Win machine Work All Week remained undefeated in nine starts on dirt and stamped his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a smart win in the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 3

  • Conquest Tsunami won the 2014 Victoria Stakes.

    Unbeaten Conquest Tsunami Takes Bourbon Shot

    Conquest Tsunami, who won his career debut in the spring on the former Polytrack at Keeneland, will make his second start at the track Oct. 5 with a still unblemished record in the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. III).

  • Wise Dan will be going after his 14th consecutive victory on grass in the Shadwell Turf Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2453943509&k=Fhrgx3t">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Faces Stiff Shadwell Turf Mile Test

    Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan faces the stiffest challenge of his remarkable return from colic surgery when he takes on Seek Again and Silver Max among seven rivals in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4.

  • Atreides is undefeated in 3 starts. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-9kzW4zg">Order This Photo</a>

    Atreides Gets Distance Test in Indiana Derby

    Stonestreet Stables' Atreides, winner of his first three starts by a combined 25 3/4 lengths, will make his first start around two turns in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds the evening of Oct. 4.

  • Marchman won the Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland in the spring<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3175855254&k=F6pVJqH">Order This Photo</a>

    Marchman Returns From Short Rest in Woodford

    Martin Racing Stable's Marchman, winner of the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland earlier this year, returns to the Lexington track for the $150,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4.

  • Stonetastic won the Prioress Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-zZcJJr8">Order This Photo</a>

    TCA Draws Balanced Field of Distaff Sprinters

    Recent grade II winners Stonetastic and R Free Roll top a solid field of fillies and mares entered in the Oct. 4 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) that is part of Keeneland's opening weekend stakes extravaganza.

  • Kentucky Downs

    2015 Dates Conflict at Two Kentucky Tracks

    A conflict over 2015 dates' requests for Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs arose Sept. 30 when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's dates committee held the first of several meetings to consider the state's calendar.

  • Dr. Larry Bramlage

    Bramlage: America Must Give Up Furosemide

    Two of three distinguished veterinarians being honored by the Thoroughbred Club of American, Dr. Larry Bramlage and Dr. Gary Lavin, addressed medication use in racehorses during their acceptance speeches.