Triple Crown

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  • Holy Bull Starts Separation on Derby Trail

    The Holy Bull Stakes almost always serves as my Kentucky Derby Trail kick-off because it begins the separation of the contenders from the pretenders.

  • Derby Trail: Where They're Going Next

    Kentucky Derby prospects are gathered and waiting to run, waiting in the wings, and waiting to come out of the woodwork. Let's take a look at where they're going next on the Kentucky Derby Trail.

  • Cairo Prince faces 10 in the Holy Bull Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2881574873&k=dvzWBXq">Order This Photo</a>

    Cairo Prince Leads Solid Cast for Holy Bull

    Colt heads a stout field of 11 sophomore contenders in first start since Remsen for the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull, a Jan. 25 event that drew the likes of undefeated Coup de Grace, Almost Famous, and Mr Speaker.

  • Tanzanite Cat wins the Smarty Jones Stakes.

    Tanzanite Cat Handy Winner of Smarty Jones

    James and Ywachetta Driver's Tanzanite Cat gave up the lead on the backstretch but took it back in mid-stretch and went on to a smooth victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park Jan. 20.

  • Mr Speaker
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    Mr Speaker, Cairo Prince Post Holy Bull Works

    Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile at Payson Park the morning of Jan. 19 in preparation for a scheduled start in the upcoming $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Exit Stage Left stayed undefeated in the California.

    Exit Stage Left Steals Cal Derby Spotlight

    Exit Stage Left kept his record unblemished with his third consecutive stakes victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields, denying favored Enterprising by half a length.

  • Vicar's in Trouble (center) takes control as they enter the stretch in the Lecomte.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3029260023&k=RJ5BXmX">Order This Photo</a>

    Lecomte No Problem for Vicar's in Trouble

    After demolishing 10 over-matched Louisiana-breds to close out his 2012 season, Vicar's in Trouble gave open company the same treatment Jan. 18 when he rolled to an easy victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III).

  • Enterprising won the Eddie Logan Stakes on the turf on December 28.

    Cal Derby Pits Enterprising, Exit Stage Left

    Enterprising, sharp winner of the Eddie Logan Stakes over the Santa Anita Park turf last time out, takes on undefeated local favorite Exit Stage Left in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Misses Work with Popped Abscess

    Undefeated Shared Belief missed a scheduled workout the morning of Jan. 12 but is still on course for his 3-year-old debut in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), according to the assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Smarty's Echo
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    Smarty's Echo Breezes Half Mile for Lecomte

    Windy Hill Farm's Smarty's Echo worked a half-mile in company Jan. 12 in preparation for the upcoming Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, centerpiece event of the "Road to the Derby Kickoff Day."

  • Midnight Hawk comes home strong to win the Sham Stakes.

    Sham Stakes: Midnight Hawk Soars Over Kristo

    The $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 11 was a two-horse race all the way down to the final sixteenth, and considering the fact that only four runners started, that was not surprising.

  • Top Fortitude broke his maiden by 2 3/4 lengths on Nov. 16.

    Six Potential Stars Line Up in Sham Stakes

    First-out maiden winners Top Fortitude and Midnight Hawk each take a giant step into graded company as part of a field of six 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 11 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Works, Pointing for Lewis

    Undefeated CashCall Futurity (gr. I) winner Shared Belief, a leading candidate for 2013 Eclipse Award honors as outstanding male juvenile, worked five furlongs handily Jan. 3 in 1:00 2/5 over the main track at Santa Anita.

  • Mr Speaker wins the Dania Beach Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2982487033&k=bXDxGHP">Order This Photo</a>

    Mr Speaker Hopes to Follow in Orb's Footsteps

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES<br/> If Mr Speaker is to follow in Orb's footsteps, he will have to make the switch from turf to dirt at some point, and according to his trainer that switch may come as soon as his next start.

  • New Year&#39;s Day
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    New Year's Day Retired Due to Injury

    New Year's Day, who upset favored Havana in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired after sustaining an injury and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington.

  • Shared Belief

    Tentative Derby Plan Set for Shared Belief

    Undefeated Shared Belief, runaway winner of the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 14, is likely to make two starts this spring prior to an anticipated start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Shared Belief rolls to victory in the CashCall Futurity.

    Shared Belief Puts CashCall Futurity in Bank

    Odds-on favorite Shared Belief, ridden patiently by Corey Nakatani, swept past outsider Candy Boy coming into the stretch and easily rolled to his third consecutive victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 14.

  • Dunkin Bend will face 11 in the Remington Springboard Mile on Dec. 15.

    Solid Field Drawn for Springboard Mile Stakes

    The Springboard Mile attracted a field of 12 from all points, with some intriguing connections sending their young horses to the Oklahoma City oval for the race won last year by Texas Bling over Will Take Charge.

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    Ria Antonia Readies for Run Against Boys

    The longshot winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) doesn't know she's competing against girls, just knows she wants to beat other runners, according to owner Ron Paolucci.

  • After the Wire: Clark Handicap

    Evan Hammonds reviews Honor Code, Flat Out, and Will Take Charge vs. Game On Dude. Watch recaps of the Clark Handicap, Cigar Mile, and Remsen Stakes.