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  • Benny the Bull makes his long-awaited return in the True North Stakes.

    Benny the Bull Gearing Up for True North

    He was somewhat shadowed on Belmont Day last year by his stablemate Big Brown. But Benny the Bull may play a starring role this time around for trainer Rick Dutrow and the IEAH Stables, as the 6-year-old makes his long-awaited, somewhat surprising return in the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) on June 6.

  • Silver City

    Southwest: Will Silver City Upset Jones?

    Silver City's time in the 5 1/2-furlong Dixieland Stakes, 1:04.12, was the fastest since 1994, and he was able to relax early in the race. Now we'll see if he can get a mile in the Grade III Southwest Stakes.

  • Downey: 'Racecar' Looks to Rev It Up

    Connections of Racecar Rhapsody are thinking ahead. There's no other explanation for choosing Churchill Downs as the site of his final workout ahead of Keeneland's grade II Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

  • Downey: War Pass Could Give 'Em the Slip

    Before I looked twice at the past performances, I was concerned that trainer Nick Zito ordered the final Wood Memorial workout for War Pass nine days before the grade I race. But then I realized the trainer was following a pattern familiar to him and his horse.

  • Downey: War Pass to Face Pace Test?

    War Pass has never raced behind another horse, so an intriguing aspect of the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby will be to see whether something jumps out in front of him early, and how War Pass reacts in such case. There's one in this field that just might do that.

  • Downey: Is Colonel John Cranked?

    On Jan. 19, after Eoin Harty sent Colonel John out for his first recorded workout of the year, he said he'd crank him up from there for the Grade III Sham Stakes. Now it's time to see how hard the crank's been turned.

  • Downey Profile: Z Humor Tops Davis

    On paper, Z Humor tops the field in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, and his running style and jockey Garrett Gomez should get him into position to win. The question will be whether he can relax in the opening stages of the race.

  • Downey Profile: Pyromania at FG

    Last year, trainer Steve Asmussen finished third in the grade III Risen Star Stakes, beaten by shippers from California and Florida. This year, he appears to have the upper hand with Pyro.

  • Downey Profile: 'Crown' Steps Up

    We have one horse in mind for the top spot in Saturday's Grade II Robert B. Lewis, and that is the aptly-named Crown of Thorns, a son of Repent trained by Richard Mandella.

  • Hooked on Smarty

    I got hooked on Smarty Jones just off his name--then really got interested off his run in the Count Fleet when he stumbled out of the gate, swept three wide around the field and cleared by five.

  • Class Will Rule in the Gotham

    While we haven't been covering Saratoga County as a potential Kentucky Derby contender on <a target="_blank" href=""><br></a>, he is nominated to the Triple Crown, and there are several angles going for him in the Gotham.

  • Twelve-second Splits: Pre-Derby Performance

    In our last story, we demonstrated that splits close to 12 seconds per furlong are usually employed to win the Kentucky Derby. In this installment, we examine pre-Derby splits of the last 10 winners.

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Redux--Where Are They Now?

    Will the Breeders' Cup Juvenile jinx be broken in 2004? We won't know until May 1--unless none of the Juvenile starters is entered in the Kentucky Derby--but this is as good a time as any to see what the starters from last year's edition of the race are doing now.

  • Evaluating the O'Brien Nominees to the Triple Crown

    Nine Irish-based, Aiden O'Brien-trained colts, led by ONE COOL CAT and GRAND REWARD, were nominated to the 2004 VISA Triple Crown Challenge. Only one of them, TUMBLEBRUTUS, has raced in the United States.