Thoroughbred Racing

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  • Optimizer faces nine in the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap.

    Mervin Muniz 'Cap is Optimizer's to Lose

    Optimizer has been a different horse since he moved to the grass, and streaks into the March 30 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds with two graded stakes scores under his girth.

  • Prairie Meadows racing

    Keller Named Prairie Meadows Racing Secretary

    Prairie Meadows has named Chad Keller, who has been with the Altoona, Iowa, track since 2000, its new racing secretary over Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.

  • Successful Song seeks her sixth career stakes win in the Rampart.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2331527074&k=4Rm2X3r">Order This Photo</a>

    Successful Song Seeks Encore in Rampart

    Successful Song was supposed to be embarking on a new career as a broodmare by now, but her connections at Live Oak Plantation changed the plan for their homebred daughter of Successful Appeal thanks to her winning ways.

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    Unlimited Budget, Flashy Gray Head FG Oaks

    Undefeated Unlimited Budget and Honeybee Stakes runner-up Flashy Gray head a quality field that includes grade I winner So Many Ways in the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 30 at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Shivananda Parbhoo watches over Trinniberg's training in Dubai.

    Parbhoo Reflects on Tragedy and History

    Dubai is a mix of tough memories and a great opportunity for trainer Shivananda Parbhoo. His last trip to Dubai was last year with ill-fated Giant Ryan. Now he is trying to make racing history with Trinniberg.

  • 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy runs in the Skip Away on Florida Derby Day 2013.

    Take Charge Indy Among Skip Away Favorites

    A year after Take Charge Indy left seven other 3-year-olds in his wake with a front-running score in the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, he returns as one of the favorites in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III).

  • Live Lively (right) and Dreaming of Julia finished 1-2 in the Davona Dale on Feb 23.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2379020368&k=WrLjNcX">Order This Photo</a>

    Live Lively, Dreaming of Julia Clash Again

    She couldn't catch Live Lively in her seasonal debut five weeks earlier, but Dreaming of Julia figures to be much tighter for their next engagement in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II) March 30 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Starformer won The Very One Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths on Feb 16.

    Starformer Tops Orchid Line-Up

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Starformer seeks her second straight stakes score at Gulfstream Park March 30, going up against nine others in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the undercard of the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Royal Delta prepping for the Dubai World Cup.
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    U.S. Ready to End Dubai World Cup Drought

    If America is going to finally crack the Tapeta blockade that has prevented it from having a single horse finish in the money in the three Dubai World Cups run at Meydan, this will be the year.

  • Revolutionary was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the Louisiana Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2343307942&k=RWdJK2V">Order This Photo</a>

    Revolutionary Leads 14 in Louisiana Derby

    WinStar Farm's Revolutionary, winner of the Withers Stakes (gr. III), has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in a field of 14 for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 30 at Fair Grounds.

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    Royal Delta 'Enchanting' Onlookers at Meydan

    Besilu Stable's Royal Delta puts on an enchanting performance March 27 in Dubai, working three furlongs in :35.64 at Meydan in advance of the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates (UAE-I).

  • Shanghai Bobby
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    Big Three Ready for Florida Derby Showdown

    A field of 10 has been entered for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30 at Gulfstream Park, although three horses are getting almost all of the attention: Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby, and Orb.

  • Animal Kingdom in Dubai.

    Animal Kingdom Draws Post 12 in World Cup

    Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 12 of 13 when the field was drawn March 27 for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan March 30.

  • He's Had Enough in Dubai.
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    He's Had Enough, Dice Flavor Try UAE Derby

    American interests He's Had Enough and Dice Flavor take on top Godolphin contender Secret Number in the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II) March 30 at Meydan, three of 12 sophomores entered for the 1900-meter event.

  • Shea Shea won the Meydan Sprint by 2 1/2 lengths.

    Record-Setter Shea Shea Heads Al Quoz Sprint

    Trainer Mike de Kock's Meydan course-record setter Shea Shea aims for the most lucrative win of his career in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Emirates NBD (UAE-I) on the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) undercard March 30.

  • Gentildonna
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    Gentildonna Towers in Dubai Sheema Classic

    Japan's brilliant filly Gentildonna begins her international campaign March 30 in the $5 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) on the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) undercard at Meydan.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    No Timetable Set for Dominguez Return

    Following an appointment with his neurosurgeon March 25, jockey Ramon Dominguez said he will continue physical and cognitive therapy for a fractured skull sustained in a Jan. 18 spill at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Govenor Charlie wins the Sunland Derby.

    Govenor Charlie Charges to Sunland Derby Win

    Fast-developing Govenor Charlie became the latest colt to jump into the Triple Crown fray when the Bob Baffert trainee dominated eight 3-year-old opponents in winning the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 24.

  • Midnight Lucky wins the Sunland Park Oaks.

    Midnight Lucky Looks Mighty in Sunland Oaks

    Trainer Bob Baffert grabbed his fifth win in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks when short-price favorite Midnight Lucky left the field behind on the far turn en route to an eight-length win March 24 in New Mexico.

  • Tiz Flirtatious wins the Santa Ana Stakes.

    Tiz Flirtatious Flies Home in Santa Ana

    Tiz Flirtatious held off the late charge of even-money choice Lady of Shamrock to nail down her first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. II) on the turf at Santa Anita Park March 24.

  • Dice Flavor

    Dice Flavor Hits Meydan Track After Illness

    El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) winner Dice Flavor visited Meydan Racecourse's all-weather track for the first time on March 24 following a check-up at the local equine hospital after his long travel from California to Dubai.

  • Live Lively
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    Live Lively Puts in Gulfstream Oaks Breeze

    Live Lively, expected to be one of the favorites for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II) following two impressive wins at the meet, breezed a half-mile in :49.78 on the morning of March 24 at Palm Meadows.

  • Lord Kanaloa wins the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.
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    Champ Lord Kanaloa Sets Chukyo Course Record

    Japan's reigning champion sprinter Lord Kanaloa uncoiled powerful strides on the uphill stretch at newly renovated Chukyo Racecourse and won the $2,195,000 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (Jpn-I) in course-record time March 24.

  • Sky Kingdom leaves the others behind in the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita.

    Sky Kingdom Reigns Supreme in Tokyo City Cup

    Sky Kingdom, on the comeback trail for trainer Bob Baffert, spurted away from challenger Oilisblackgold in the stretch to easily record his first stakes victory in the marathon Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Black Onyx and Joe Bravo take the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes.

    Black Onyx in Derby Picture After Spiral Win

    Sterling Racing's Black Onyx ran his way into the picture for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a 1 1/2-length victory in the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway March 23.

  • Silsita (outside) just gets up over Marathon Lady to win the Fathead Bourbonette Oaks.

    Silsita Just Up in Bourbonette Nail-Biter

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Tanourin Stable's Silsita upset heavily favored Pure Fun and survived a stretch duel with 31-1 shot Marathon Lady to take the $100,000 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 23.

  • Last Gunfighter gets up late to win the Excelsior Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2422047614&k=6Xbb7n3">Order This Photo</a>

    Last Gunfighter Draws Clear in Excelsior

    Last Gunfighter overcame a troubled start and came through on the rail to win the $150,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) March 23 at Aqueduct, while 2011 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice finished fifth.

  • Crop Report comes on late to win the Team Valor Rushaway Stakes.

    Crop Report Takes Rushaway for Race Sponsor

    Team Valor International's Crop Report, third in his United States debut in February, found the Polytrack at Turfway Park to his liking with a last-to-first victory in the $75,000 Team Valor Rushaway Stakes March 23.

  • Oaklawn Approved for 57-Day Meet in 2014

    The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a 57-day race meet for Oaklawn Park in 2014. The Hot Springs track will run from Jan. 10 through April 12 next year.