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  • Cigar Street leads the way in the Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs.

    Cigar Street Returns in Homecoming Classic

    Cigar Street returned to his winning ways when he easily held off favored Departing to take the $135,500 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths.

  • Long On Value rolls to victory in the Mystic Lake Derby.

    Long On Value Captures Mystic Lake Derby

    Wachtel Stable and George Kerr's Long On Value, who won the first three starts of his career at 2, finally returned to the winner's circle in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby for 3-year-olds at Canterbury Park Sept. 13.

  • Julie's Love returns from a layoff to run in the Noble Damsel Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-races-2012/i-qCfG3Lg">Order This Photo</a>

    Freshened Julie's Love Heads Noble Damsel

    Julie's Love, who has plenty of graded stakes experience, gets a slight edge in the Sept. 13 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. The $200,000 race for older fillies and mares is at a mile on the Widener Course.

  • Close Hatches is in complete control in the Personal Ensign.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-BXVmCfL">Order This Photo</a>

    Close Hatches Dominates Personal Ensign

    Close Hatches took command on the opening turn and never looked back in the $500,0000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I), romping over a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 22 for her third grade I triumph in a row.

  • Crown Queen and jockey John Velazquez take the Lake Placid.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-FCdLV3d">Order This Photo</a>

    Crown Queen Rules Small Lake Placid Field

    Besilu Stables' Crown Queen stepped up to graded stakes company Aug. 16 and scored a third consecutive victory when edging out longshot Duff One to win the $285,000 Knob Creek Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.

  • Adelaide (outside) running in the Belmont Derby Invitational.
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    Adelaide, Tourist to Clash in Secretariat

    European-based Irish-bred Adelaide and American-bred and based Tourist top a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at 1 1/4 miles Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Seek Again comes home strong to win the Fourstardave Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-2q4BP9g">Order This Photo</a>

    Seek Again Wins Fourstardave in Record Time

    Seek Again overcame traffic in the stretch, advancing at the rail with an eye-catching run to win the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. II) in course-record time Aug. 9 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Filimbi pulls free from pacesetter Dayatthespa to take the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-gVVFCmR">Order This Photo</a>

    Filimbi Outkicks Dayatthespa in De La Rose

    Juddmonte Farms' Filimbi collared pacesetter Dayatthespa in the stretch and outfought that tenacious rival for her first U.S. stakes win in the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Tourist comes home strong to win the Sir Cat Stakes.
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    Tourist, Dettori Both Win on Spa Opening Card

    Making his first start in stakes company, front-running Tourist put away Storming Inti rounding the turn for home and spurted clear in the stretch to take the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes on opening day at Saratoga July 18.

  • Empire Dreams streaks home to win the New York Derby.

    Empire Dreams Lands New York Derby

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Empire Dreams benefited from an outside post and clear trip July 12 to take the $161,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes, while an incident at the start impacted more than half the field.

  • Size splashes to victory in the Iowa Oaks.

    Size Handles Distance, Captures Iowa Oaks

    Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Size captured her first stakes and third win overall in four starts with a handy upset victory in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino June 28.

  • Riposte comes home quick to take the New York Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-N6nPkBr">Order This Photo</a>

    Riposte Quickens to New York Stakes Score

    Coming off a victory in the May 24 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, Juddmonte Farms' homebred Riposte continued her winning ways with a quick turn of foot June 28 in the $200,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT).

  • Grace Hall ships to Southern California to contest the Vanity Stakes.

    Grace Hall Continues Her Comeback in Vanity

    Grade I winner Grace Hall, a good second in her initial start in 13 months for trainer Bill Mott, ships to Southern California to take on a well-matched field in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) June 14 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Imagining
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    McGaughey, Mott Charges Clash in Manhattan

    The 2014 renewal of the Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) June 7, a race with a strong collection of past winners, features three trainers--Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott and Christophe Clement--who have won it three times each.

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    Beholder Makes Eastward Trek for Ogden Phipps

    A sporting gesture put two-time champion Beholder on a plane to Belmont Park last week for the brewing rematch between her and 2013 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Princess of Sylmar in the $1 million Ogden Phipps (gr. I).

  • Beholder breezes at Belmont Park June 2.
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    Beholder, Close Hatches Work for Ogden Phipps

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders weren't the only ones catching attention June 2 at Belmont Park. Champion filly Beholder and rival Close Hatches both turned in final pre-race preparations for the Ogden Phipps (gr. I).

  • Riposte comes home strong to win the Sheepshead Bay Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-QVhWK8F">Order This Photo</a>

    Riposte Relishes Boggy Turf in Sheepshead Bay

    Riposte found the yielding turf at Belmont Park to her liking as she rolled to a front-running victory in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) over a good field for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott May 24.

  • Emollient seeks her first win of 2014 in the Gamely Stakes.

    Emollient Returns to Santa Anita for Gamely

    Multiple grade I winner Emollient has burned plenty of money in her two starts this year, but she'll attempt to regain her winning form with a return to Santa Anita Park for the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) Memorial Day.

  • Newsdad won the Fayette Stakes at Keeneland in 2012.

    Fayette Winners Square Off in Ben Ali

    Newsdad and Nikki's Sandcastle, winners of the past two runnings of Keeneland's Fayette Stakes (gr. II), top the field of 10 older runners entered for the Lexington track's $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) April 19.

  • Close Hatches rolls to victory in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn.

    Close Hatches Secures Apple Blossom Victory

    Defeating four older fillies and mares, Juddmonte Farms' Close Hatches secured her third grade I with a front-running performance in the $588,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 11 at Oaklawn Park.

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    Fever Knocks Lea Out of Charles Town Classic

    Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea, who was expected to race in the upcoming Charles Town Classic (gr. II), spiked a fever the week of April 7 and will miss a couple weeks of training, according to trainer Bill Mott.

  • Close Hatches won the Azeri Stakes on March 15 at Oaklawn.

    Close Hatches Heads Compact Apple Blossom

    Close Hatches will try to add a third top-level victory to her resume in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), in which she meets four opponents, including last year's winner On Fire Baby, April 11 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Newsdad was a determined winner in the Pan American Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3149374521&k=5P8kMJ6">Order This Photo</a>

    Newsdad Shows Something Extra in Pan American

    Newsdad, making just his second start in the past year, closed with authority to nip outsider Vertiformer at the wire in the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park March 29.

  • Admiral Kitten won the John B. Connally Turf Cup on January 25.

    Kittens Set to Take Flight in Pan American

    In the $200,000 Pan American Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/2 miles at Gulfstream Park March 29, Ken and Sarah Ramsey will send out the pair of Admiral Kitten, trained by Mike Maker, and Charming Kitten, trained by Todd Pletcher.

  • Close Hatches and Joel Rosario take the Azeri at Oaklawn Park.

    Close Hatches Proves Class in Azeri Stakes

    Favored at odds of 3-5 and making her first start of the season, Juddmonte's 4-year-old First Defence filly galloped wire to wire in the 1 1/16-mile test, taking rider Joel Rosario straight to the winner's circle March 15.

  • Emollient

    Santa Ana Features Return of Emollient

    Emollient, a three-time grade I winner last year for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, makes her first start of the 2014 season in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf at Santa Anita Park March 16.

  • Don't Tell Sophia won the 2014 Bayakoa Stakes.

    Azeri: Don't Tell Sophia Faces Close Hatches

    Don't Tell Sophia has sailed through the early part of 2014, but faces a stout test March 15 in the $200,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) against multiple grade I winner Close Hatches, On Fire Baby, and Flashy American.

  • Riposte won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last June.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2586534230&k=TQNzFLw">Order This Photo</a>

    Riposte Heads Solid Hillsborough Field

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Riposte heads a field of nine in pursuit of her first graded stakes victory stateside in the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Lea wins the Donn Handicap.
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    Lea Takes Donn Handicap in Track Record Time

    Lea opened a big lead off the final turn and turned back the late charge of 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge to capture the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) in track-record time Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Riposte will make her U.S. debut in the Suwannee River.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2586534230&k=TQNzFLw">Order This Photo</a>

    Riposte Makes U.S. Debut in Suwannee River

    Although she hasn't run since Oct. 5 and hasn't won since June 20, Juddmonte Farms' Riposte looks to have a decisive class edge over her seven opponents in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 8 at Gulfstream.