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  • Winchester upsets the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at 21-1.

    Winchester Hits Target in Manhattan Upset

    Winchester registered his first stakes win since taking the 2008 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) when he posted a 21-1 stunner in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 5.

  • Gloria de Campeao (yellow cap) gets his nose in front to take the Dubai World Cup.

    Gloria de Campeao Narrowly Wires World Cup

    In a desperate drive to the wire in the world's richest race, Brazilian-bred Gloria de Campeao nosed Lizard's Desire and Allybar in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at the sparkling new Meydan Racecourse March 27.

  • Dual Eclipse winner Gio Ponti checks out the track at Meydan Wednesday morning.<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%3D8856875%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gio Ponti All Set For Dubai World Cup

    Gio Ponti can more than make up for his three consecutive runner-up finishes with a victory in the world's richest horse race -- the $10 million Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 27.

  • Meydan Hotel and Grandstand.

    World Cup Notes For March 25

    Blood-Horse correspondent Jason Ford makes his way around Meydan Racecourse for the March 27 Dubai World Cup.

  • Karelian (right) holds off Gio Ponti to win the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup.

    Karelian Stuns Champion Gio Ponti

    Gio Ponti, the champion male turf horse and champion older male of 2009, was upset at 1-5 odds in his seasonal debut Feb. 20 when 5-1 shot Karelian won a head bob and the $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup.

  • Champion Gio Ponti faces 8 in the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup.

    Dual Champion Gio Ponti Returns at Tampa Bay

    Gio Ponti, the 2009 Eclipse Award winner as older male and male turf horse, will make his first start of 2010 on Feb. 20 when he contests the $150,000 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/16 miles turf test for 4-year-olds and up.

  • 2009 Eclipse Awards

    Recap all of the Eclipse Award winners with this photo slideshow featuring photos from throughout the 2009 racing season.

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    Champion Older Male: Gio Ponti

    Son of Tale of the Cat dominated the turf division in a season that lacked a main track standout; finished second to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic

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    Champion Turf Male: Gio Ponti

    Castleton Lyons' homebred won four consecutive grade I turf races, ran second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Zenyatta's victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic was voted the 2009 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.
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    Zenyatta Wins NTRA 'Moment of the Year'

    The historic victory by the undefeated Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) -- the first in the race by a female -- has been voted the 2009 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.

  • Summer Bird sweeping of the Belmont Stakes, the Travers and the Jockey Club Gold Cup is one of the choices for NYRA's Story of the Year.<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%3D8530551%26ref%3Dstory">Order This</a>

    NYRA 'Story of the Year' Voting Now Underway

    Beginning Dec. 11 and through Jan. 15, 2010, fans can choose from among five compelling storylines some human, some equine and cast their ballots for NYRA "Story of the Year."

  • Gio Ponti, who finished 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Classic, is being pointed to the Dubai World Cup.<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%3D8626173%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gio Ponti to Race in 2010

    Gio Ponti, the leading candidate for champion turf male, will stay in training in 2010. Campaigned by Castleton Lyons, he is being pointed to the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in early spring.

  • Bernstein

    Bernstein's Fee Reduced

    Castleton Lyons (Shane Ryan, president) has reduced the fee for Bernstein to $25,000 from $27,500.

  • It's Zenyatta in the 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%3D8609665%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    It's All Zenyatta in the BC Classic

    Zenyatta made it look all too easy, becoming the first female to win the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Gio Ponti was second and Twice Over third.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gio Ponti is being pointed towards 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>

    Gio Ponti Likely For BC Classic

    Several trainers from the Oct. 3 races at Belmont indicated which way they were leaning for next month's Breeders' Cup.

  • Interpation upsets a stellar field in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. <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%3D8530558%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Interpatation Stuns Gio Ponti in Turf Classic

    Elliot Mavorah's Interpatation pulled a shocker in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) and did it in sensational fashion. The 7-year-old gelding was passed by Gio Ponti with a furlong remaining, then re-rallied on the heavy favorite to score a 43-1 upset Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

  • Arlington Million winner Gio Ponti seeks his fifth consecutive grade I grass victory in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.

    Gio Ponti Tries For Fifth Straight Grade I

    Christophe Clement has had many talented stakes winners during his years as one of the nation's leading turf conditioners, but the French-born trainer now admits Gio Ponti may be at the top of that list. On Oct. 3, the 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat seeks his fifth consecutive grade I grass victory when he lines up for the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

  • Travers winner Summer Bird continues to train for the Jockey Club Gold Cup.<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%3D8443336%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Horses Prepare for Belmont's Super Saturday

    A trio of contenders for the Oct. 3 $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) had their final tune-ups for the 1 1/4-mile race on a busy morning at Belmont Park Sept. 26.

  • Castleton Lyons presents a check for $29,400 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

    Castleton Lyons Presents Check to PDJF

    In a brief ceremony Sept. 18, representatives of Castleton Lyons presented a check for $29,400 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

  • Champs Elysees, who won the Northern Dancer in 2008, is back to defend his title in 2009.

    Strong Field Lines Up For Northern Dancer

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Champs Elysees is back to defend his title in the $750,000 Northern Dancer Turf Presented by Vtech (Can-IT), but will have to take down a deep field of turf routers Sept. 20 at Woodbine, including Melynk Racing Stables' Marchfield, who defeated the 6-year-old horse last month over the same course.

  • Gio Ponti will race next in either the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational or the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship.<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>

    Turf Classic or C. Hirsch Next For Gio Ponti

    Trainer Christophe Clement said Aug. 26 that Gio Ponti, winner of four consecutive grade I turf races, will race next in either the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Oct. 3 at Belmont or the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) Oct. 11 at Santa Anita in his final prep for the Breeders' Cup World Championships in November.

  • Einstein is one of the horses to beat in the Arlington Million.<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%3D3655479%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    American Trio Headlines Tough Million Cast

    Often times, European horses are the focus of attention in the internationally prestigious Arlington Million (gr. IT). And while the 2009 edition of the race does include three capable foreigners, it is a trio of terrific American horses that are the ones to beat this time around.