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  • Emollient  won the 2013 Ashland Stakes.

    Emollient Takes on Elders in Spinster Stakes

    Emollient will face her elders as one of 11 entered for the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 6 at Keeneland. Others include grade I winners On Fire Baby and Byrama, and grade II winner Summer Applause.

  • Solitary Ranger won the Arlington-Washington Futurity by 5 1/2 lengths on Sept. 7.

    'Ranger' Tops Deep Dixiana Breeders' Futurity

    Solitary Ranger, who broke his maiden by 5 1/2 lengths when winning the Sept. 7 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), headlines a field of 14, plus two also-eligibles for the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I).

  • Wise Dan has the outside post for the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes.

    Wise Dan Heads Shadwell Turf Mile Lineup

    Morton Fink's Horse of the Year Wise Dan makes his final start before the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 5 at Keeneland, defending his title in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT).

  • Winning Cause has won all 3 of his Keeneland starts.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2467745510&k=Pgx7J3w">Order This Photo</a>

    Phoenix Attracts Overflow Field of 14

    An overflow field of 14, highlighted by undefeated Keeneland contender Winning Cause, plus previous Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III) victors Sum of the Parts and Hoofit, are entered in this year's edition of the race.

  • Summer Stakes winner My Conquestadory heads a full field in the Alcibiades Stakes.

    Keeneland's Darley Alcibiades is Wide Open

    Grade II winner My Conquestadory heads an evenly matched field of 12 juvenile fillies in the Oct. 4 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I). The two-turn Polytrack event is the first of nine graded stakes this weekend at Keeneland.

  • Keeneland Fall Meet Begins With Momentum

    Keeneland officials are expecting a typical fall meet from a horse-population perspective, and that's a good thing given increasing competition for racehorses at tracks around the country.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Meet Handle Exceeded $46 Million

    The decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to grant racing dates to Churchill Downs for the month of September paid off, with total handle more than double the 16-day meet at Turfway Park in September 2012.

  • Kentucky Downs Racing

    KY Downs Re-accredited by Safety Alliance

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance announced that Kentucky Downs has been re-accredited following a complete review of all racing operations at the Franklin, Ky., facility.

  • Shug McGaughey

    McGaughey Honored by TCA

    The Thoroughbred Club honored Hall of Fame and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trainer Shug McGaughey Sept. 29 at Keeneland during the club's 82nd annual testimonial dinner.

  • Fort Larned delivers victory in the Homecoming Classic.

    Fort Larned Coasts to Homecoming Classic Win

    Owner/breeder Janis Whitham's Fort Larned, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), prepped for another shot at the race with a wire-to-wire score in the inaugural $191,275 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Sept. 28.

  • Father Frank Niehaus at River Downs

    Backstretch Advocate Frank Niehaus Dies

    Father Frank Niehaus, who served as the pastor of several parishes in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, in addition to heading numerous chaplaincies, and later was a racehorse breeder and owner, died Sept. 26 at age 84.

  • Groupie Doll<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1830325064&k=LTstFfm">Order This Photo</a>

    Groupie Doll Heads Keeneland November Catalog

    Champion Groupie Doll, some recent grade I-winning fillies, and Eblouissante, half sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta, are among the 3,602 horses Keeneland has cataloged for its 2013 November breeding stock sale Nov. 5-14.

  • 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned runs in the Homecoming Classic Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Classic/26128658_j8xsjs#!i=2193297292&k=QqvKxZH">Order This Photo</a>

    Churchill Offers Up Homecoming, Jefferson Cup

    On the final Saturday of Churchill Downs' "Homecoming" meet, the Louisville track will offer up a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) and the first edition of the Homecoming Classic Stakes.

  • Dayjur in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/Classics/Classic-Photos/22651042_hrMBZZ#!i=2790452740&k=TX5mHnj">Order This Photo</a>

    European Champion and Sire Dayjur Dead

    European champion and sire Dayjur was euthanized Sept. 25 at Shadwell Farm in Lexington due to the infirmities of old age, according to an announcement from the farm. He was 26 and had been pensioned since 2010.

  • Lady of Fifty

    Clement Hirsch Winner Lady of Fifty Retired

    Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) winner Lady of Fifty has been retired and will not start in the Sept. 28 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, according to trainer and co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • George Bucky Sallee

    Bugler Bucky Sallee Retires from Keeneland

    George "Bucky" Sallee, bugler at the historic Keeneland racetrack for more than 50 years, will retire to become Bugler Emeritus beginning this fall, the Lexington oval announced Sept. 24. Steve Buttleman will replace him.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch Licensed in KY, to Work at Keeneland

    John Veitch, the former chief steward for racing in Kentucky who was fired and suspended, has been granted a license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and is set to resume his career during the Keeneland meet.

  • General Election

    Jefferson Cup General Election's Next Stop

    Grade III winner General Election will return to the site of his debut victory, sort of, when he starts in the $100,000 Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Sept. 28 at Churchill Downs.

  • Strong Mandate
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    Busy Work Day for Top Churchill-Based 2YOs

    Three of the most accomplished 2-year-olds on the grounds turned in major training moves at Churchill Downs Sunday Sept. 22 in preparation for what their connections hope will be a trip to the Breeders' Cup.

  • Sky Girl (right) gets up late to win the Dogwood at Churchill.

    Sky Girl Soars to Dogwood Victory

    After being purchased privately for a lofty but undisclosed sum, Sky Girl provided new owner John Clay's Alpha Delta Stables with a quick return on investment in the $110,000 Dogwood Stakes Sept. 21 at Churchill Downs.

  • Groupie Doll<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1793234127&k=sdMmCj8">Order This Photo</a>

    Groupie Doll Turns in Easy Half-Mile Work

    Champion Groupie Doll continued preparations for the Oct. 5 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. I) and a Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) defense with a half-mile move over the slop at Churchill Sept. 21.

  • Successful Dan<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1837287748&k=mrwbnK6">Order This Photo</a>

    Successful Dan to Bypass Homecoming Classic

    The inaugural Homecoming Classic on Sept. 28 at Churchill Downs still has reigning Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner Fort Larned at the top, but Successful Dan will bypass the race.

  • Churchill Downs

    Clark H. Heads Churchill Fall Stakes Schedule

    The 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) is the premier event on a roster of nine stakes races with total purses of $1.625 million scheduled for Churchill Downs' Fall Meet

  • Customer Needs Focus of Simulcast Conference

    The International Simulcast Conference in Lexington will commence Monday, Oct. 7, with a series of sessions devoted to the urgent need to improve and enhance the customer experience at tracks and simulcast facilities.

  • Klassy Briefcase at Old Friends

    Record-Setting Sprinter Klassy Briefcase Dies

    Klassy Briefcase, a record-setting sprinter and broodmare, died Sept.18 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center near Georgetown, Ky. The daughter of Medieval Man out of the Pruner mare Leather Gallery was 28.

  • Rosie Napravnik

    Napravnik Wins Five at Kentucky Downs

    Rosie Napravnik, fifth-leading jockey in North America by earnings in 2013, rode five winners Sept. 18 on the 13-race card at Kentucky Downs to emerge as the leading rider at the all-turf meet in Franklin, Ky.

  • Kitten's Joy Colt Tops Keeneland Session

    Keeneland's parking lot was still crowded Sept. 18 as the auction house's 12-day September yearling sale rolled into its ninth session, and the buyers on hand were keeping the auction's figures ahead of last year.

  • Kentucky Farm Managers to Honor Nuckols

    Hurstland Farm owner and manager Alfred Nuckols will be honored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club as its 2013 "Farm Manager of the Year" when it holds its annual dinner dance Sept. 27.