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  • Lady Eli digs deep to score a determined victory in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga Race Course

    Lady Eli Surges to Victory in Ballston Spa

    Three years and one day after Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli won in her debut at Saratoga Race Course, the daughter of Divine Park surged down the stretch to pick up a victory in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes (G2T).

  • Paulassilverlining wins the Ruthless Stakes.
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    Determined Paulassilverlining Takes Ruthless

    Favored Paulassilverlining slipped through on the rail at the head of the lane and fought Noble and a Beauty to the wire to prevail by a nose in the $98,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Secret Romeo's First Winner

    Secret Romeo, a 17-time stakes winner, was represented by his first winner when his son Romeo Again won Aug. 17 at Pinnacle Race Course in his initial outing.

  • Michael Dickinson has decided to stop training and devote his time to his synthetic surface company, Tapeta Footings.

    Dickinson Full-Time to Tapeta

    Citing the time constraints involved with his synthetic surface company Tapeta Footings, Michael Dickinson has announced he will not seek a trainer's license for 2008.

  • Rock Lobster Rolls Late to Surprise Saranac

    Flatbird Stable's Rock Lobster shipped in from Maryland for trainer Michael Dickinson to surprise the field at odds of 8-1 in Sunday's $113,900 Saranac (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Saratoga Mellon Turf Course. It was Rock Lobster's graded stakes debut.

  • New York Regulatory Board Responds in Dickinson Case

    A spokeswoman for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said Tuesday that a blood sample taken from a horse trained by Michael Dickinson was not lost but that there was an insufficient amount of the sample to be sent for independent testing.

  • Dickinson Surprised by Flunixin Positive

    Trainer Michael Dickinson said he is surprised that one of his horses, Lofty Call, tested positive for Flunixin at Belmont Park last summer, and that the stewards in the case "were fair and understanding."

  • Bellamy Road will face the two horses he defeated in this Cradle victory in Lane's End Breeders' Futurity.

    Cradle 1, 2, 3 Meet Again in Breeders' Futurity

    The first three finishers in the River Downs' Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III)--Bellamy Road, Diamond Isle, and Scipion--are slated to meet again Saturday in Keeneland's $400,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I). The Breeders' Futurity, along with the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) highlight day two of Keeneland's Fallstars Allstars weekend.

  • Peace Rules won this year's Suburban Handicap.

    Grade I Winner Peace Rules Retired

    Peace Rules, a multiple grade I winner and multi-millionaire, has been retired from racing following the discovery of a filling in his left front leg.

  • Western Ransom, Art Fan Vie in Martha Washington

    Western Ransom and Art Fan, the first two finishers in last spring's Hilltop Stakes, return to Pimlico on Saturday as favorites for the $150,000 Martha Washington Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT). Twelve are entered to start in the grassy 1-1/16th mile test for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Millionaire Cetewayo Retired

    Cetewayo, a homebred turf millionaire for Dr. John Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm, was retired from racing because of minor problems and sent to Mill Ridge near Lexington.

  • Grade II Winner Soto Retired

    Grade II winner Soto, who sustained an injury while second to Ten Most Wanted in last year's Super Derby (gr. II), has been retired from racing.

  • Tapit Needs Throat Surgery, Will Miss Haskell

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Tapit, who was on target to make the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 8, will not start in the Oceanport, N.J. race after all, trainer Michael Dickinson reported Saturday.

  • Tapit, with trainer Michael Dickinson, preparing to work in the gate.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Morning at the Gate

    With the serious works out of the way, it was time to get a different perspective on things. The starting gate is a hotbed of activity, as you get to see many of the Derby horses close up and observe how they're acting, how they're looking, and how they handle the gate. It's also a great vantage point to watch the gallops.

  • Derby Hopeful Tapit Has Classic Pedigree

    Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner Tapit is by a horse that ran fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and out of a mare by a horse that won the Kentucky Derby.

  • Tapit steps to the front with impressive win in the Wood.

    Tapit Triumphs in Wood Memorial Thriller

    In spite of a lung infection that caused him to lose training time, Ronald Winchell's Tapit rallied powerfully in the stretch to get up in the closing yards of the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Master William Among 140 Still Nominated to Epsom Derby

    Master William, upset winner of the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Canada's Woodbine Racecourse last fall, is among 140 horses still being considered for the £1.25 million Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) after the first forfeit stage. The classic will be renewed June 5 at England's Epsom Downs.

  • Derby Profile: Tapit Has First Breeze at Palm Meadows

    Laurel Futurity (gr. III) winner Tapit had his first work since arriving at Palm Meadows training center, breezing an easy 7 furlongs in 1:30 3/5 Tuesday. Trainer Michael Dickinson still has not finalized plans as to when Tapit will make his 3-year-old debut.

  • Cetewayo Returns to Winner's Circle at Gulfstream Park

    On a yielding turf course and in a paceless race, Cetewayo closed from far back to win Saturday's $200,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) by 3 1/4 lengths over favored Band Is Passing. The win marks the first for the 8-year-old son of His Majesty since taking the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) in November of 2000.

  • Fleet Renee, shown winning the Ashland Stakes, was victorious in Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

    Fleet Renee Romps in Mother Goose

    Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Fleet Renee, who subsequently disappointed as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), made amends for her Oaks performance with a 5 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

  • Fleet Renee en route to her upset victory over Golden Ballet in the Ashland Stakes.

    Keeneland Race Report: Fleet Renee Preps for Oaks With Ashland Romp

    Michael Dickinson surprised us in 1996, when Da Hoss conquered the heavy favorite, Mark of Esteem, in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I). He surprised us again in 1998, when Da Hoss won the same race after a long layoff and just one prep. But this time the trainer surprised even himself. After he saddled Fleet Renee to upset the formidable Golden Ballet in the April 7 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, Dickinson looked a little bit stunned.