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  • Sweeping Paddy wins the 2017 Regret Stakes

    Sweeping Paddy Earns First Stakes Win in Regret

    Sweeping Paddy tracked the early leaders before he launched a four-wide move in the stretch to take over and quickly drew away for a 3 1/2-length win over 5-2 favorite Proctor's Ledge in the $100,000 Regret Stakes (G3T) June 17 at Churchill Downs.

  • Gun Runner wins the Stephen Foster Handicap by seven lengths

    Gun Runner Powers to Easy Stephen Foster Win

    In his first start since finishing second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (G1), Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner drew off in the stretch for an easy victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 17 at Churchill Downs.

  • Forever Unbridled rolls home to win the Fleur de Lis Stakes

    Forever Unbridled Makes Triumphant Return

    Running for the first time since a third behind Beholder and Songbird in the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), the 5-year-old took down her rivals with a strong late rally in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2). 

  • McCraken is suspended midair as he wins the Matt Win Stakes

    McCraken Back to His Old Self in Matt Winn

    The McCraken that inspires confidence from trainer Ian Wilkes is the one that showed up in the June 17 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, unleashing his typical kick after ranging up on the final turn en route to a 2 1/4-length triumph. 

  • Street Cry overwhelms rivals in the 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap

    Look Back: Street Cry Rolls to Stephen Foster Victory

    This week is the race recap of 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) won by Street Cry. The story, written by Lenny Shulman, carried the headline, "Street Song." The story ran in the June 22, 2002 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Forever Unbridled will look to further improve from last season

    Forever Unbridled to Return in Fleur de Lis

    Multiple grade 1 winner and last year's Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) third place finisher Forever Unbridled is scheduled to return after seven months in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill Downs June 17.

  • Pleuven winning the Opening Verse

    Pleuven Looks for Repeat in Wise Dan

    Trainer Phil Sims would just as soon have the Turtle Bowl gelding keeps things simple on June 17 by duplicating the same effort in Saturday's $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs that earned him the victory in the test one year ago.

  • Mastery won the San Felipe Stakes in impressive fashion but was pulled up after the race

    Mastery Retired After Claiborne Farm Arrival

    Undefeated grade 1 winner Mastery has been retired after arriving at Claiborne Farm June 12, according to representative Bernie Sams. The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) will begin stud duty at the Kentucky operation in 2018.

  • Meantime works five furlongs June 3 in preparation for the Belmont Stakes

    Meantime Could Put Silverton Hill on the Map

    Silverton Hill's Bonnie and Tommy Hamilton have an impressive cattle and horse farm, but it's an hour outside the heart of the Bluegrass in Springfield, KY, where Belmont hopeful Meantime laid up late last year.

  • Racing Loses One of its Greats: Holy Bull Dead at 26

    Holy Bull was 1994 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old. "If you were putting together your fantasy horse stable for the last 25 years, you'd have to have Holy Bull in your top five," Godolphin USA president Jimmy Bell.

  • Javier Castellano and Graham Motion in the winner's circle after Happy Mesa won the 45th Running of the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico on May 19, 2017.

    Elite Sales to Offer Happy Mesa at Fasig-Tipton Sale

    Bradley Weisbord and Liz Crow's newly formed sales agency Elite Sales will offer multiple stakes winner Happy Mesa in their upcoming consignment at Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale on July 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • EquiLottery, Ellis Reach Broadcast Rights Agreement

    EquiLottery and Ellis Park have entered into a broadcast rights agreement that will allow races from the Henderson, Kentucky racetrack to be utilized in conjunction with EquiLottery’s lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.

  • Lady Aurelia pulls ahead of Bound for Nowhere at Keeneland

    Ward Contingent Set for Royal Ascot Invasion

    Trainer Wesley Ward sent out 11 workers in five separate groups the morning of June 5 on Keeneland's turf course, headed by European champion Lady Aurelia who is bound for Royal Ascot a second straight year.

  • New Board Members at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

    Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which offers a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies at its base at the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors. 

  • Lane's End to Sponsor Royal Ascot Coverage on NBC

    Continuing Lane's End's commitment to present the best in racing worldwide, the Versailles, Ky. farm announced today the acquisition of title sponsorship of all Royal Ascot programming on the NBC Sports Network.

  • Gun Runner scores in the Razorback Handicap

    Gun Runner Breezes for Stephen Foster

    Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's grade 1 winner Gun Runner breezed five furlongs in :59 4/5 May 29 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a probable start in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 17.

  • Finley'sluckycharm wins the 2017 Winning Colors Stakes

    Finley'sluckycharm Romps in Winning Colors

    Finley'sluckycharm broke sharply and never looked back as she romped by 5 1/2 lengths to score her first graded stakes win, the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs May 27. 

  • Humane Society, PETA Support USADA Bill

    Both the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced support for re-introduced legislation that would give USADA oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing.

  • Classic Empire before the Preakness Stakes

    Classic Empire to Begin Belmont Training

    John Oxley's Classic Empire, who finished second in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) by a head, is scheduled to begin preparations for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) with a morning jog May 25 at Churchill Downs.

  • Congressman Andy Barr at last week's Pan American conference

    Congressmen Say Federal Bill Targets Lack of Uniformity

    In re-introducing federal legislation that would give the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing, Congressmen Paul Tonko and Andy Barr emphasized the need for uniformity in medication rules.

  • Lady Aurelia after winning the 2016 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot

    Lady Aurelia Continues Royal Ascot Preparations

    European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 on a firm turf course the morning of May 23 at the Lexington oval as she continues training toward a start in the June 20 King's Stand (G1).