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  • Volcat Virginia

    Pin Oak Valley View to Be Run in Divisions

    An overflow of 24 sophomore fillies passed the entry box for the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT), forcing Keeneland officials to split the Oct. 19 running of the race into divisions for the second time in history.

  • Aruna won the 2011 Spinster for trainer Graham Motion under jockey Ramon Dominguez.

    Aruna Primed for Juddmonte Spinster Defense

    Flaxman Holdings' Aruna seeks back-to-back wins in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 6, facing 12 rivals as she attempts to become just the fourth horse to accomplish the feat.

  • Julie's Love won the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2083637599&k=M3K27Wc">Order This Photo</a>

    Noble Damsel Has Strong European Flavor

    With five of its nine entrants bred outside the United States, including slight favorites Julie's Love and Dealbata, the $150,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 15 at Belmont Park will have a strong European flavor.

  • Volcat won the Virginia Oaks on July 21 at Colonial Downs.

    Pucker Up Draws Full Field of Twelve

    A full field of 12 grass-favoring sophomore fillies, topped by Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) winner Volcat and Italian transplant Angegreen, will line up Sept. 15 for the $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park.

  • Quick Wit won an off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Aug. 10.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2018011396&k=24PpZTt">Order This Photo</a>

    Versatile Quick Wit Back On Lawn in Saranac

    Michael J. Bruder's Quick Wit returns to the grass in the Sept. 2 Saranac Stakes after winning an off-the-turf running of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, but Lucky Chappy is the 2-1 morning line favorite.

  • Grade I winner Summer Soiree makes her 2012 debut in the Ballston Spa Stakes.

    Summer Soiree Makes Return in Ballston Spa

    Grade I winner Summer Soiree, last seen finishing second in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) last November, makes her 2012 debut in the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes Presented by Jose Cuervo (gr. IIT) on Saratoga's inner turf.

  • Toby's Corner captured the Mountainview Handicap at Penn National Race Course July 28 by nearly four lengths.

    Toby's Corner Tackles Six in Iselin Stakes

    Fresh from his first win since taking the Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (gr. I) in April 2011, Toby's Corner returns in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 18 at Monmouth Park.

  • Morrow Cove won the Serena's Song by 4 3/4 lengths on July 15.

    Morrow Cove Chases Monmouth Oaks Breakthrough

    Morrow Cove has stamped herself as a talented filly on the improve in her past two starts for trainer Graham Motion. Whether she's good enough to get a graded score will be discovered Aug. 11 at Monmouth Park.

  • Aruna won the Sheepshead Bay in her most recent start.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1869209213&k=HjpDNPK">Order This Photo</a>

    Aruna, Banimpire Battle in New York Stakes

    Flaxman Holdings' top-class turf mare Aruna will face a new contender in the $200,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park June 30, when trainer Chad Brown sends Banimpire to her U.S. debut.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert

    Horsemen React to New Derby Qualifying System

    Trainers and owners share mixed opinions on the points-based system that will be implemented this fall for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks in 2013, but all agree the newly-announced system could use some tweaking.

  • Pachattack has been cross-entered in the June 16 All Along Stakes at Colonial Downs.

    Pachattack the One to Beat in Obeah

    Pachattack, a 6-year-old mare conditioned by Graham Motion, has been entered in the local prep for the July 21 Delaware Handicap (gr. II), but her connections are keeping their options open for this weekend and beyond.

  • Coup won the Hilltop Stakes by a length on May 18.

    Coup One to Catch in Regret

    Coup, an Empire Maker filly and winner of Pimlico's Hilltop Stakes on Preakness day, has the top stakes experience in the field for the June 16 Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Pachattack won the Doubledogdare by a neck.

    Pachattack May Try Luck On Turf in All Along

    Pachattack, winner of the Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) in her only start since finishing third in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I), heads the field for the Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 16.

  • Aruna is in command in the Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1869209457&k=WGNBt6S">Order This Photo</a>

    Aruna Takes Start-Plagued Sheepshead Bay

    Flaxman Holdings homebred Aruna took charge at the five-sixteenths pole and held off Hit It Rich to win the Sheepshead Bay, a race that was impacted by a troubled start for Mystical Star and Magical Cat.

  • Unbridled Humor will be looking for her first win of the year in the Violet Stakes.

    Unbridled Humor Solid Fit in Violet Stakes

    Unbridled Humor will be looking for her first win of the year and her first graded stakes victory since last September when she goes postward in the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) over the Monmouth Park turf May 28.

  • Aruna won the grade I Spinster in 2011.

    Aruna Looks to Get Back On Beam in Sheepshead

    No factor in her only start this year, Aruna looks to get back on the beam for trainer Graham Motion in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT), scheduled for the inner turf course at Belmont Park May 26.

  • D. Wayne Lukas visits with Doug and Dennis O'Neill at the Alibi Breakfast.

    Few Alibis Offered at Alibi Breakfast

    A Preakness tradition, the Alibi Breakfast gives trainers a chance to offer up an 'alibi' before the second jewel of the Triple Crown. This year there were few alibis and a lot more confidence from the connections.

  • Pachattach (left) outfinishes Kathmanblu to win the Doubledogdare at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1804183652&k=rFtWWqD">Order This Photo</a>

    Pachattack Denies Kathmanblu, Leparoux

    On a day that belonged the Julien Leparoux, it was Rajiv Maragh that was able to narrowly outduel his fellow rider in the Keeneland feature, as Pachattack defeated Kathmanblu by a neck in the $100,000 Doubledogdare.

  • Went the Day Well (left) worked five furlongs in 1:02 on April 14 at Keeneland. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1793990242&k=VrvpNxB">Order This Photo</a>

    Went the Day Well Works at Keeneland

    Team Valor International and Mark Ford's Went the Day Well, winner of the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) in his most recent start March 24, worked five furlongs in company in 1:02 April 14 at Keeneland.

  • Went the Day Well pulls away to victory in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.

    All's 'Well' in Spiral for Team Valor, Motion

    Went the Day Well did a good imitation of Animal Kingdom when he easily won the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 24, giving Team Valor International consecutive victories in the race.

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    Animal Kingdom in Easy Turf Workout

    Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom worked an easy five-eighths of a mile on turf in 1:04 4/5 at Palm Meadows Training Center March 10 as he preps for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on March 31.

  • Musketier

    10YO Musketier Back for Mac Diarmida Stakes

    A six-time group/graded stakes winner and a veteran of 44 career starts, 10-year-old Musketier returns for yet another season when he opens up his 2012 campaign in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 26.

  • Animal Kingdom comes home strong to return a winner at Gulfstream.<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%3D9814991%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Animal Kingdom Sharp in Return

    Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom made a successful return after being off for nearly nine months, as he kicked away from rivals in the stretch to win an optional claimer by two lengths Feb. 18 at Gulfstream Park.

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    Animal Kingdom Entered in Gulf Allowance

    Champion Animal Kingdom, who had originally been scheduled to make his 2012 debut in the Feb. 25 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT), will now run instead in a turf allowance race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 18.

  • Julien Leparoux

    Leparoux, Garcia to Ride in El Camino Real

    Julien Leparoux, a two-time champion jockey in the United States, and Alan Garcia, who won the 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will both be at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 18 to compete in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III).