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  • Canadian invader Pool Play is the 119-pound high weight in the 1 1/8-mile Connally.

    John Connally Turf 'Cap a 14-Horse Puzzler

    The $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) came up as a real hat pin special Jan. 30, attracting a capacity field of 14 entrants with no clear standouts at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • Awesome Gem flies home in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Hawthorne Gold Cup: Awesome Gem Finds Luster

    Southern California shipper Awesome Gem came from off the pace to run down Nite Light in deep stretch for a 1 1/4-length win in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at muddy Hawthorne Park Oct. 3.

  • Alysheba Winner Giant Gizmo looks to keep rolling in the Lone Star Park Handicap.<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%3D4378527%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lone Star 'Cap: Giant Gizmo in Top Form

    Leading trainer Steve Asmussen could saddle three colts in the $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) May 26, but even though the odds are in his favor, it still might not be enough to conquer Frank Stronach's Giant Gizmo, who enters the 1 1/16-mile test at the top of his game.

  • Monterey Jazz Knows Tune in Texas Mile

    Southern California invader Monterey Jazz led the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) procession nearly every step of the way to register an eight-length laugher over five overmatched foes at Lone Star Park April 26.

  • Monterey Jazz will make his first lifetime start outside of California in the April 26 Texas Mile (gr. III).

    Monterey Jazz One to Catch in Texas Mile

    On paper, Monterey Jazz is the lone speed in a field of six contesting the $300,000 Texas Mile Stakes (gr. III) April 26 at Lone Star Park. If he kicks clear, there may be no catching the son of Thunderello, who looks for his third graded stakes score in less four months in the one-mile main track event.

  • Scrappy Roo won the John B. Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT).

    Scrappy Roo Won't Be Denied in Connally

    Texas bred Scrappy Roo held off the rallying Going Ballistic by a head in the $168,500 John B. Connally Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) on closing night at Sam Houston State Park April 5, earning his fifth consecutive victory.

  • Student Council tries the turf for the first time since December 2006 in the John B. Connally Turf Handicap.<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%3D2064001%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Student Council Tops 'Connally Turf

    Millennium Farms' Student Council will try the turf--a surface he's never won over--for the first time since December of 2006 when he tackles seven other starters in the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston April 5, but trainer Donnie von Hemel expects Going Ballistic to put up a fight.

  • Jonesboro powers to victory in the Razorback.<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%3D3811556%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sharp Razorback 'Cap Win for Jonesboro

    Odds-on choice Jonesboro finally shook loose of a stubborn Gouldings Green in the final furlong to post a front-running victory in the $149,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park March 8.

  • Indiana Derby winner Zanjero makes his 4-year-old debut for Steve Asmussen in the Razorback Handicap.

    Zanjero Makes 2008 Bow in Razorback 'Cap

    Zanjero, who won more than $1 million last year as a 3-year-old, makes his 2008 debut for trainer Steve Asmussen as the 118-pound high weight in the $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park March 8.

  • Ginger Punch, winner of the 2007 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), heads the list of Florida divisional champions.

    Florida-bred Champions Announced

    The 2007 Florida-bred champions have been determined by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners Association "Chase to the Championship."

  • Meadowlands Cup winner Diamond Stripes looks to rebound from an 8th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge in the Clark Handicap.

    'Stripes' Seeking Rebound in Clark

    Four Roses Thoroughbreds' Diamond Stripes looks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the slop in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) when he faces eight foes in a contentious renewal of the Clark Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs.

  • Going Ballistic

    Industry Going Ballistic Over Bargain Colt

    Going Ballistic was a bargain more in more ways than one, for his sire, Lite the Fuse, stood for a modest $7,500 when the colt was conceived in 2003. Now in Pennsylvania, where he stands for $3,500, Lite the Fuse has been the state's leading sire for three consecutive years. So far, he has sired 222 winners and 22 stakes winners in his first seven -- a quite respectable 62% and 6.1% of foals, respectively -- but Going Ballistic is his first graded stakes winner.

  • Going Ballistic jumps past Grasshopper for Super Derby win.

    Late Kick Earns Going Ballistic Super Derby

    Entering the $500,000 Super Derby Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 22 at Louisiana Downs, Going Ballistic had not won since May. With help from jockey Clifton Berry, Mike and Mary Kindred's 3-year-old colt soared through the middle of the racetrack to overtake heavy favorite Grasshopper to win by a length.

  • Grasshopper

    Grasshopper Not a Lock in Super Derby

    All the talk leading up to the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) has been centered around race favorite Grasshopper. But several of the 10 contenders in the Harrah's Louisiana Downs feature event Sept. 22 have more than enough credentials to make bettors give the 1 1/8-mile event a second look.

  • French-bred Shamdinan makes U.S. debut with  Secretariat Stakes win.

    Shamdinan Sizzles in Secretariat Triumph

    The French-bred Shamdinan, making his United States debut for new trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Triple B Farms, caught a game Red Giant in the final strides to win the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 11.

  • Virginia Derby winner Red Giant could be the horse to beat in the Secretariat.<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%3D1782327%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Red Giant Looms Large in Secretariat Stakes

    Red Giant burst onto the national stage July 21 with a victory at 37-1 in the Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) and the Todd Pletcher trainee could be the horse to beat in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-old turf specialists at Arlington Park Saturday.

  • Lattice mounts late rally to win the American Derby  Saturday on the Arlington Park turf.

    Lattice Works Late to Win American Derby

    Lattice rallied in the middle of the course to get the lead in the final strides, winning the $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT) presented by Jack Daniel's by three-quarters of a length over Going Ballistic on the turf Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Pleasant Strike Poised to Strike in American Derby

    Todd Pletcher trainee Pleasant Strike, coming off consecutive victories in the Arlington Classic and an allowance optional claimer at Arlington Park, looks to extend his winning streak when a field of nine sophomores goes postward in Saturday's reneweal of the $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT).

  • Delightful Kiss Smacks Iowa Derby Rivals

    Delightful Kiss proved his 3 1/2-length victory in the Ohio Derby (gr. II) at odds of 24-1 earlier this month was no fluke when he rallied six wide in the stretch to capture the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows Friday night.

  • Full Field to Contend for Iowa Derby

    Delightful Kiss, the 24-1 upset winner of the June 2 Ohio Derby (gr. II), will be striving for his second big win in the June 29 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows. The Iowa Derby, worth $250,000, is the richest of three stakes on the June 29 card.

  • Curlin enters Derby picture with impressive win in Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes.<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%3D895225%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Sweeps Into Derby Picture With Rebel Rout

    Curlin, coming off a dazzling maiden debut victory by nearly 13 lengths six weeks ago, was equally impressive Saturday, leaving his field behind while capturing the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park in his first start for trainer Steve Asmussen.

  • Teuflesberg en route to front-running upset victory in the Southwest Stakes.

    Curlin, Flying First Class New Faces in Rebel

    Teuflesberg and Officer Rocket, the first two finishers in the Southwest Stakes last month, return to Oaklawn Park Saturday for the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds where they will meet spectacular maiden winners Curlin and Flying First Class.

  • Hard Spun Takes Unbeaten Mark Into Southwest

    Fox Hill Farm's Hard Spun, a son of Danzig who has won all four of his career starts for trainer J. Larry Jones, heads a cast of nine for the $250,000 Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park, a fertile ground for grooming contenders for the $2 million Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Tiz Wonderful Tiz Undefeated After Jockey Club Stakes Triumph

    Unbeaten odds-on favorite Tiz Wonderful, ridden by John Velazquez, fought back after being passed in the stretch by Any Given Saturday to regain the lead near the finish and post a half-length victory in the 80th running of the $223,800, grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes for two-year-olds on the closing day of the 21-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.

  • Tiz Wonderful Odds-On Choice in KJC Stakes

    Stonestreet Stable's Tiz Wonderful, who has won his two career starts by a combined margin of 19 ¼-lengths, is the odds-on morning line favorite in a field of nine 2-year-olds entered in Saturday's $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).