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  • Researcher took the Charles Town Classic for the second year in a row.

    Another 'Classic' Victory by Researcher

    Kinross Corp.'s Researcher again played to the home crowd at Charles Town Races & Slots April 17 with a repeat victory in the Charles Town Classic, one of the richest races in the country for older horses.

  • Awesome Gem

    A Tale of Two Classics for Awesome Gem?

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Awesome Gem, no stranger to coast-to-coast travel, is back on the East Coast for a race his connections hope lay the groundwork for another try in the Breeders' Cup World Championships this year.

  • Battle Plan finishes strong in the New Orleans Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8864074%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Battle Plan Shows Way in New Orleans 'Cap

    The impeccably bred Battle Plan lived up to his billing in the $300,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), taking the field all the way in his stakes debut to defeat General Quarters by 1 1/2 lengths March 27 at Fair Grounds.

  • Tuscan Evening takes on males in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8726957%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tuscan Evening Stuck Outside in Kilroe Mile

    Tuscan Evening, brilliant winner of eight of 12 starts since transferring to the United States last year, squares off against males for the first time in the $250,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park March 6.

  • You have to bet Presious Passion to win.

    Forget the Favorites, Gimme Some Prices

    If there is one thing you can always count on in the Breeders' Cup it's that it will have it's share of longshot winners and mid-price overlays who get lost in the handicapping frenzy that is so much a part of the event.

  • El Gato Malo is ready for the Turf Sprint.

    Door Opened for El Gato Malo in Turf Sprint

    El Gato Malo's owners had entered their Turf Sprint contender in an optional claiming race Nov. 5, fearing they would get shut out of the big dance. But a spot in the Turf Sprint came open and now they feel they have a shot.

  • Rip Van Winkle Fighting Another Foot Injury

    Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien took a chance by entering only Rip Van Winkle in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), despite the colt's history of foot problems, and now they could wind up without a horse in the race if Rip's most recent setback proves serious enough to force his withdrawal.

  • Gio Ponti is gearing up for a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8319927%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic Report: Some Final Angles

    In looking at the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), several thoughts and angles emerged that could have a bearing on the race. While they may turn out to be mere folly, they are at least worth mentioning just to make sure all bases are covered and there is less of a chance of Monday morning quarterbacking.

  • Rip Could Have Eclipsed 'Stars'

    There is no way of telling what might have been in any given race had circumstances been different. And it would be seem audacious to say that Rip Van Winkle was the best horse in the Coral Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), won by Sea the Stars, but a close look at the race reveals several reasons why that statement might have validity.

  • Awesome Gem flies home in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Hawthorne Gold Cup: Awesome Gem Finds Luster

    Southern California shipper Awesome Gem came from off the pace to run down Nite Light in deep stretch for a 1 1/4-length win in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at muddy Hawthorne Park Oct. 3.

  • All eyes will be on Sea the Stars in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

    Haskin's Weekend Stakes Analysis

    Let's start in Paris. Despite the presence of a number of top-class horses in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), all eyes will be on Sea the Stars as he attempts to put the finishing touch on an unforgettable 3-year-old campaign.

  • Stephen Foster winner Macho Again<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8233512%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    West Point Pair Aiming For BC Classic

    West Point Thoroughbreds will be represented by graded stakes winners Macho Again and Awesome Gem in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), West Point president Terry Finley confirmed Sept. 16.

  • Colonel John won the Wickerr Stakes on the turf last time out.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8378126%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Col. John, Einstein Clash in Pacific Classic

    Colonel John and Einstein, who were expected to clash in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) this past spring, should finally have their first meeting as the favorites in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar on Sept. 6.

  • West Point Horses Run in Support of Alliance

    A percentage of any purse monies earned by West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga; and Awesome Gem in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Del Mar will be donated to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.

  • Assessment Captures Longacres Mile

    Tice Ranch Stables' Assessment overcame the unenviable 12 post and took advantage of a hot pace to win the $294,375 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 16, handing trainer Howard Belvoir his second straight victory in Emerald Downs' most prestigious event.

  • Awesome Gem is the 2-1 favorite in the Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.

    Awesome Gem Favored For Longacres Mile

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Awesome Gem, graded stakes-placed eight times in his career but with only a single blacktype victory, will look to shed his bridesmaid status when he takes on 11 rivals in the Emerald Downs' signature race -- the $300,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) on Aug. 16.

  • Awesome Gem

    Countdown to the Cup: Hidden Gem

    Are you looking for an early Volponi for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)? Well, you just might have seen him on Saturday...on the grass...finishing second. When it comes to the hard-knocking Awesome Gem, who has his good days and his bad days, I can't help hearing Ralph Kramden (yes, I'm a Honeymooners fanatic): "One of these days...one of these days - "Bang! Zoom!"

  • Global Hunter powers home in the Eddie Read.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8362996%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Global Hunter Hits Target in Eventful 'Read

    Little-known Argentina bred Global Hunter surged past even-money choice Monterey Jazz in upper stretch and held sway for jockey Corey Nakatani to register a 14-1 upset in an eventful $350,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) at Del Mar July 25.

  • Whatsthescript will try to catch Monterey Jazz in the Eddie Read.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4968554%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Whatsthescript Needs Some Luck in Eddie Read

    A little more speed in the lineup and a turf course that's not quite so conducive to front-runners would help trainer John Sadler feel better about the chances of Whatsthescript in the $350,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) at July 25, the highlight on the opening weekend of action at Del Mar.

  • Mervyn LeRoy winner Ball Four is co-high weight for the Californian.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8086985%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Even Dozen to Clash in Californian

    Ball Four, who proved too tough for the previously undefeated Rail Trip on the front end in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) one month ago, is back as the 120-pound co-high weight for the $250,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park June 13.

  • Autism Awareness Springs Berkeley Shocker

    With a long sustained drive, the 30-1 shot Autism Awareness surged past Bold Chieftain at the wire to win the $150,000 Berkeley Stakes (gr. III) by a head on Memorial Day at Golden Gate Fields May 25.

  • Madeo carries top weight in the Inglewood Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5739875%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Madeo Mighty Tough in Inglewood Lineup

    Madeo, coming off a third-place finish as the favorite in the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita, is the 119-pound top weight in the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park lawn April 26.

  • Kip Deville

    Kip Deville, Others to Hong Kong

    Breeders Cup Mile (gr. IT) runner-up Kip Deville will head a record American raiding party for this year's Cathay Pacific International races in Hong Kong December 14.

  • Smooth Air is one of 10 Breeders' Cup starters in the Race for Education program.

    Ten Starters for Race for Education

    More owners than ever before have joined The Race For Education by pledging a portion of winnings from a record 10 starters in Breeders' Cup World Championships races Oct. 24-25.

  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville will try to do it again in 2008.
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    Kip Deville Seeks Repeat in BC Mile

    It won't be easy given the competition, but the connections of Kip Deville believe the 5-year-old horse has an excellent chance to become the fourth repeat winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

  • Curlin<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6084310%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic: Step Right Up

    Although the Breeders' Cup dirt races will have some element of the unknown due to the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita, the unchartered waters of the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) will be the deepest of all.

  • Delightful Kiss, Borel Take All American

    Veteran jockey Calvin Borel, making his first-ever appearance in a race at Golden Gate Fields, drove Delightful Kiss past favored Awesome Gem for a one-length victory in the $211,800 All American Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) Sept. 27.

  • Hyperbaric appears to be the horse to beat in the Oak Tree Mile.

    Oak Tree Mile Right Spot for Hyperbaric

    Jack Preston, owner of Prestonwood Racing, and trainer Julio Canani could have another shot at the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in their future with Hyperbaric, who appears to be the horse to beat in the $200,000 Oak Tree Mile (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf Sept. 28.

  • Delightful Kiss will make his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Marathon in the $200,000 All American Stakes.

    Delightful Kiss Headlines All American

    Hobeau Farm's Delightful Kiss has already earned a berth into the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon next month at Santa Anita. Now, the 4-year-old gelding will make his final prep for that race when he faces six rivals in the $200,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) the richest race of Golden Gate Fields' fall meet.

  • Craig Dollase has finalized next race plans for his handicap stars Monterey Jazz and Awesome Gem.

    Dollase's Stakes Stars Set for Hollywood

    Monterey Jazz, who finished 12th as the 7-2 favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), and Awesome Gem will get their next starts at Hollywood Park.

  • Strub winner Monterey Jazz is one of the highweights in a well-matched Santa Anita Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3468386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Deep 14-Horse Field Set in Big 'Cap

    Fourteen horses, potentially matching the largest field in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in a quarter century, are headed for the $1 million event March 1 in a race that redefines "wide open."

  • El Gato Malo is undefeated in three starts.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3277578%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    West Point Derby Contenders Work

    Three top contenders from the West Point Thoroughbreds string prepared for starts in graded stakes while breezing for their respective trainers Feb. 21. Led by 4-year-old Awesome Gem, the worktab also included potential Derby contenders El Gato Malo and Saratoga Russell.

  • Well Armed (inside) holds off Heatseeker in the San Antonio.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3535901%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    A Well Armed Robbery in San Antonio

    WinStar Farms' homebred Well Armed, thanks to a well-crafted ride from Aaron Gryder on the front end, had just enough to hold off the surging Heatseeker by a head in winning the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 9.

  • Student Council headlines the San Antonio Handicap.

    Student Council Heads San Antonio

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, back-to-back winner of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) in 2007, looks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) when he heads a field of nine in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 9.

  • Student Council tops a field of nine for the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 3.

    Student Council Returns in 'Antonio

    Synthetic surface standouts Student Council and Awesome Gem, the first two finishers in last summer's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I), are expected to make their 2008 bow in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) over Santa Anita's Cushion Track on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 3.

  • California-based Awesome Gem is now being prepped for the Dubai World Cup (gr.I) next March.

    Dubai World Cup a Target for Awesome Gem

    West Point Thoroughbreds has decided to point grade II winner Awesome Gem, who finished third in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), toward next year's $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE- I).

  • Lear's Princess will remain in training next year.

    West Point: Lear's Princess Out of November Sale

    Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, said Oct. 29 grade I winner Lear's Princess would not go through the sale ring Nov. 4 as originally planned and will be pointed toward a 2008 campaign on the racetrack.

  • Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, talks about their 5 Breeders' Cup contenders, Dream Rush, High Finance, Lear's Princess, Irish Smoke and Awesome Gem.

    Video: Interview with Terry Finley

    Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, talks about their five Breeders' Cup contenders: Dream Rush, High Finance, Lear's Princess, Irish Smoke and Awesome Gem.

  • Any Given Saturday at Monmouth Park.

    Steve Haskin's BC Analysis: Wet and Wild on the Jersey Shore

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships and the Jersey Shore met head on this week, and judging from the weather forecast, a good portion of the shore will be washing up on Monmouth Park Friday and Saturday. The expected heavy rains will leave the 11 Breeders' Cup races pretty much a mess and a guess.

  • Francois Parisel will saddle Irish Smoke in the Breeders' cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. 1) for West Point Thoroughbreds.

    Many Ups, Few Downs for West Point Thoroughbreds

    While Terry Finley is flying high with his West Point Thoroughbreds having interests in five horses entered in the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships, the owner and his partners are lying low with regard to one of their former trainers.

  • Awesome Gem

    Awesome Gem

    Awesome Gem is one of an expected five starters for West Point Thoroughbreds in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.