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  • Spanish Chestnut among Santa Catalina rivals who worked Saturday.

    Declan's Moon Tightens Up for Santa Catalina

    Champion Declan's Moon, getting ready to start in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita March 5, worked seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 Saturday at Hollywood Park. Trainer Ron Ellis also breezed Don't Get Mad, while across town, Spanish Chestnut and Scipion drilled for Patrick Biancone.

  • Spanish Chestnut, winning the San Rafael.

    Spanish Chestnut Has Gate Work; Santa Catalina Next

    San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Spanish Chestnut remains on schedule for his next start in the March 5 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) and the Florida-bred tuned up for the 1 1/16-mile event with a six-furlong work in 1:14 from the gate on Wednesday morning over a fast track Santa Anita.

  • Scipion took a big stride forward with Risen Star victory.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Scipion to the Rescue

    Simply put, this has been a relatively uneventful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Until Feb. 12, no 3-year-old had done anything exciting enough to infiltrate the top spots, occupied by last year's stars, none of whom have even run yet in 2005. Then, along came Scipion.

  • Scipion wins Risen Star.

    Scipion Springs Risen Star Surprise

    Scipion, a half-brother to juvenile champion Vindication who was a bit disappointing last year, rallied impressively to win the $150,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Spanish Chestnut Crackles in 'Anita Drill

    Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Spanish Chestnut, getting ready for his next start in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) March 5, worked a half-mile in a blistering :45 over Santa Anita's fast main track Friday morning.

  • Spanish Chestnut, right, holds off Iced Out to win the San Rafael Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Spanish Chestnut Pops San Rafael Upset

    Spanish Chestnut took a big step forward Saturday at Santa Anita Park by winning the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds -- his graded stakes debut -- in determined style.

  • Sense of Style Recovering from Ankle Surgery

    Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's grade I winner Sense of Style is recovering from surgery to remove a chip from an ankle, trainer Patrick Biancone said Dec. 23, and won't make her sophomore debut until sometime earlier this spring.

  • Sense of Style, on track at Lone Star Park Sunday.

    Sense of Style Looks Good in Workout; Ready's Gal Out

    Sense of Style, the 2-year-old filly whose unbeaten record ended when she finished fifth in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) turned in her final prep for the Breeders'Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Sunday when she breezed five-eighths of a mile in :59 4/5.

  • Dynever, exercising at Lone Star Park.

    Calm Before the Storm at Lone Star Park

    With only 13 of the 101 horses pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on the grounds at Lone Star Park, there has been a paucity of activity this week by the Cup horses. In fact, an unseasonable heat wave in North Texas has been been the hottest topic of conversation around the track the past couple of days.

  • Bwana Charlie, winning the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga earlier this year.

    Bwana Charlie Zips in Work; Biancone Horses Take to Track

    With workers at Lone Star Park continuing to prepare for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and with the North Texas heat wave continuing (the forecast high was 91 degrees), Sprint (gr. I) contender Bwana Charlie went to the track Tuesday and zipped five furlongs in :59 2/5.

  • Sense of Style the Fashionable Alcibiades Pick

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Sense of Style is the logical favorite in Saturday's Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) on opening day of Keeneland fall meet. The unbeaten filly will have her work cut out for her though, as 10 other 2-year-old fillies have passed the entry box.

  • Sense of Style remains unbeaten with Matron win.

    Sense of Style Struts Her Stuff in Matron

    Despite her slow break, odds-on favorite Sense of Style, guided by Edgar Prado, remained unbeaten with a facile one-length victory in the $300,000 Matron (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Sunday.

  • Spinaway winner Sense of Style goes for three-in-a-row in Sunday's Matron mile.

    Sense of Style the Fashionable Pick in Matron

    Sense of Style, a convincing winner of the seven-furlong Spinaway Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga last month, figures to be a very short price against five rivals in Sunday's Matron Stakes (gr. I) at a mile at Belmont Park.

  • Magistretti (4) and Edgar Prado win the Grade I Man o'War, Saturday at Belmont.

    Magistretti, Prado Take Well-Timed Man o' War

    Epalo appeared to be home free in the late stages of the $500,000 Man o'War, but Michael Tabor's Magistretti, last at the top of the stretch, flew down the middle of the track to win going away on yielding turf at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Pomeroy, with Edgar Prado aboard, set a stakes record and missed a track record by a mere two-fifths of a second in winning Saturday's King's Bishop at Saratoga.

    Pomeroy Makes His Move in King's Bishop

    Pomeroy, who had always been in the shadow of Lion Heart in the Patrick Biancone stable, captured his first grade I race Saturday with a smart victory in the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga.

  • Lion Heart, still in the championship picture.

    Just Who is The Best 3-Year-Old of 2004?

    Patrick Biancone, who will saddle Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Lion Heart in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 28, and Todd Pletcher, trainer of Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Purge, have different opinions about the 3-year-old championship picture.

  • Sense of Style, with Edgar Prado aboard, captures the Spinaway Stakes, Friday at Saratoga.

    Sense of Style Fashions Spinaway Win

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Sense of Style toyed with six other 2-year-old fillies Friday afternoon, then dismissed them with a sudden flourish in the stretch to win Saratoga's 113th running of the grade II, $250,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs.

  • Lion Heart

    Zito Pair, Lion Heart Work Toward Travers

    Trainer Nick Zito sent two of his three starters for the grade I, $1 million Travers Aug. 28 out for works on the main track at Saratoga Friday morning. Sir Shackleton breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 while The Cliff's Edge went the same distance in 1:01 1/5.

  • Lion Heart Returns to Saratoga; Travers Next

    Lion Heart shipped in Sunday morning, won the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Sunday evening, and by Sunday night he was on his way home to Saratoga.

  • Lion Heart moves to the head of the class with impressive win in the Haskell.

    Haskell Hero Lion Heart New Leader of Pack

    Smarty Jones' retirement left the door open for a new 3-year-old division leader and Lion Heart busted through, winning the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) in fine fashion at Monmouth Park Sunday.

  • Trainer Jason Orman, left, holds Rock Hard Ten while groom Jose Mejia gives him a bath Thursday at Monmouth Park.

    Lion Heart to Roar from Post 4 in Haskell

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Lion Heart, the 121-pound starting highweight for the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), drew post 4 on Thursday for Sunday's race. He was quickly installed the 9-5 favorite for the $1-million Haskell, Monmouth Park's signature race of the season.

  • Haskell contender Lion Heart, winning the Long Branch Stakes.

    Lion Heart, Rock Hard Ten Set for Haskell

    The second season begins in earnest for the 3-year-olds the weekend of Aug. 7-8, with the runnings of the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), and West Virginia Derby (gr. III). If there is even the slimmest chance of dethroning Smarty Jones for the title, someone is going to have to run the table.

  • Lion Heart Posts 'Unbelievable' Haskell Drill

    Lion Heart put in an impressive five-furlong workout Friday morning over the Saratoga main track in :58 2/5 handily in preparation for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 8.

  • Lion Heart, left, leads My Snookie's Boy, center, en route to winning the  Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes.

    Lion Heart Claws to Long Branch Triumph

    Lion Heart seemed ideally placed for his first win of 2004 in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup (gr. III), but the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up needed everything he had to prevail as the 3-10 choice by a head over stubborn My Snookie's Boy at Monmouth Park.

  • Lion Heart, Royal Assault Meet in Long Branch

    Two veterans of the Triple Crown trail whose paths have yet to cross will finally meet as the favorites in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Lion Heart's Return Planned in Long Branch

    Lion Heart, who ran second to Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is expected to top the field for the $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth on Saturday, July 17.

  • Mambo Slew Slithers to Sands Point Victory

    Jockey Edgar Prado weaved Mambo Slew through traffic along the inside in the stretch to catch favored Lucifer's Stone in the final jumps of the $114,800 Sands Points (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park on Sunday.

  • Living the Dream with Lion Heart

    Three generations of Tom Nachel's family have been in the Thoroughbred business. He'll be thinking of them this Saturday as he readies Lion Heart for his start in the Derby.

  • Workout Tab Busy as Derby Week Kicks Off

    The week leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) got off to good start Monday, with four definite starters and one horse that is still knocking on the door breezing over a fast track at Churchill Downs.

  • Louisiana Derby winner Wimbledon worked at Santa Anita on Monday.

    West Coast Work Tab Busy; Baffert Duo to Get New Jocks

    A handful of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls were out for workouts over Santa Anita's fast main track on Monday, including Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) hopeful Pomeroy, who went five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 in company with stablemate Tarkovsky, who was given the same final time.

  • Blue Grass Dinner Quotes and Notes

    The Keeneland Association honored its contestants for Saturday's running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) Thursday evening with a special dinner at the Keene Barn entertainment complex on the Keeneland grounds. The connections from most of the eight runners, Marylou Whitney Stable's Birdstone was scratched earlier in the day, were interviewed following the dinner, and following are some of the comments made by them.

  • Trainer Patrick Biancone, right, with Keeneland's John Henderson during the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes post position draw.

    Lion Heart 'That Good' as 5-2 Blue Grass Favorite

    Lion Heart was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite against eight other 3-year-olds for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and trainer Patrick Biancone agreed. "He's that good and I hope he gets to show it on the track," Biancone said.

  • Lion Heart had a bullet work Monday in preparation for the Toyota Blue Grass.

    Wood, Blue Grass Hopefuls Work on West Coast

    Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls Lion Heart and Preachinatthebar led the Monday morning worktab at Santa Anita. Lion Heart earned the bullet for five furlongs in :58 2/5 and Preachinatthebar posted a time of :59 1/5 for the same distance.

  • Lion Heart, will run in Blue Grass Stakes.

    Lion Heart Works; Added to Blue Grass Lineup

    Grade I winner Lion Heart will race next in the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, trainer Patrick Biancone decided Monday, shortly after the chestnut son of Tale of the Cat worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track. Regular exercise rider Jean Claude was aboard for the move.

  • Lion Heart may skip Santa Anita for Toyota Blue Grass.

    Biancone: Lion Heart May Run in Blue Grass

    Trainer Patrick Biancone revealed late Friday that he's considering skipping the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with grade I winner Lion Heart in favor of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland a week later.

  • Lexington Next for Gotham Runner-up Pomeroy

    Gotham Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Pomeroy arrived back at trainer Patrick Biancone's Santa Anita base late Tuesday night and will now begin preparations for his next start in the $325,000 April 17 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Lion Heart Among 3-Year-Olds to Work in California

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's grade I winner Lion Heart, in preparation for his probable start in the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked one mile in 1:42 2/5 in company with stablemate Tarkovsky March 22 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track.

  • Whoopi Cat Can Make Amends in Cicada

    Whoopi Cat, the likely favorite in Saturday's $100,000 Cicada (gr. III) Saturday at Aqueduct, was considered one of the East's leading juvenile fillies last summer until a foot abscess unexpectedly ended her season.