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  • Talkin' Horses Podcast with Larry Jones

    Join Trainer Larry Jones as he answers questions like: Tell about how your two leading Kentucky Derby contenders Old Fashioned and Friesan Fire are doing and what the plans are for them between now and the first Saturday in May.

  • Street Sense

    Young Darley Stallions Have 1st Foals

    The stallion barn at Darley America hosts a dazzling quartet of young stallions who have all celebrated the birth of their first offspring in recent weeks.

  • Storm Cat

    2008 Commercial Sires: Big 'Cat' Rebound

    Storm Cat has been a titan among North America's commercial sires, and he added to his considerable reputation in 2008, leading all stallions based on the average price of their yearlings sold at public auction for the sixth time in his breeding career. He returned to the top following a two-year break during which he fell to second behind Danzig in 2006 and ranked third behind A.P. Indy and Kingmambo in 2007.

  • Street Cry

    Street Cry's Fee Rises to $150,000

    Darley America has announced the stud fees for its 16 stallions for the 2009 breeding season. All stallions, with the exception of Street Cry, Elusive Quality, and E Dubai, have had their fees reduced from their 2008 levels.

  • Rick Porter

    Porter Hires Barkley as Trainer

    Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms has hired Jeff Barkley as his private trainer, beginning a transition resulting from trainer Larry Jones' recent announcement that he will wind down his operation and retire.

  • Larry Jones plans to retire from training by the end of 2009.

    Trainer Jones to Retire by End of 2009

    Trainer Larry Jones, who earlier this year saddled Proud Spell to win the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the following day had ill-fated Eight Belles finish second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), said he plans to retire by the end of 2009.

  • Bernardini is one of several Darley U.S. stallions shuttling to Australia for the 2008 southern hemisphere breeding season.

    Darley Australia's 2008 Fees

    American combo of Bernardini, Elusive Quality, Hard Spun, Any Given Saturday, Consolidator, and Henny Hughes to shuttle to Darley Australia.

  • Danzig

    Danzig Line Rebounding

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Big Brown's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Hard Spun's second in the Derby last year are the latest indicators that the Danzig line is asserting some authority in America's premier dirt races. Want more proof? How about last year's older male champion Lawyer Ron (a son of Danzig's son Langfuhr)and the emerging sire Exchange Rate, who got two grade I winners in his first crop.

  • Larry Jones

    Ringing in the Derby With Larry Jones

    Should Eight Belles run on Saturday, she will provide trainer Larry Jones with his second Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starter. Last year he conditioned Hard Spun, who ran a credible second behind Street Sense and was also owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms.

  • Street Sense and Bernardini (above) are two of the Darley stallions that will be shuttling to Australia for the 2008 breeding season.

    Bernardini, Street Sense Shuttling

    Eclipse Award winners Bernardini and Street Sense will be headed to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation in Australia for the 2008 Southern Hemisphere breeding season once their duties are completed at Darley near Lexington.

  • The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named Hard Spun Horse of the Year.

    Pennsylvania Champions Named

    The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named Hard Spun as its first-ever Horse of the Year.

  • Mario Pino

    Pino Delivers 6,000th Win

    Mario Pino became the 15th jockey in North America to earn 6,000 wins Nov. 7 when he piloted Pass Play to victory in the seventh race at Laurel Park.

  • Curlin tied the Monmouth Park track record of 2:00 2/5 in Breeders&#39; Cup Classic (gr.1).&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2627349%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Haskin's Classic Recap: Curl Jam

    Prior to this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Larry Jones, trainer of eventual runner-up Hard Spun, said of the meteoric rise of the then undefeated Curlin, "Six months from now, we could be looking at Curlin as a super horse." Well, it is now six months later, and Jones' words, unfortunately for him, have become prophetic.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup Classic champ Curlin tops Steve Haskin&#39;s list of likely Eclipse Award winners.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2627349%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Eclipse Awards a No-Brainer This Year

    Start engraving the Eclipse Awards. This year's honors are all but a done deal. Despite the horrible conditions at Monmouth Park, the Breeders' Cup World Championships were surprisingly formful, with several favorites and leading contenders turning in dominating performances.

  • Steve Haskin interviews Larry Jones about the undefeated Juvenile Filly, Proud Spell and Hard Spun&#39;s post position for the Classic.

    Video: Interview with Larry Jones

    Steve Haskin interviews Larry Jones about the undefeated Juvenile Filly, Proud Spell and Hard Spun's post position for the Classic.

  • Todd Pletcher

    Pletcher Reviews Breeders' Cup Starters

    Two days before the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships, trainer Todd Pletcher reviewed his 11 starters and shared his thoughts on the upcoming races, including possible scratches should the surfaces turn up wet or yielding due to weekend showers.

  • Breeders' Cup Will Showcase Solid 3-year-old Crop

    There are five top 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), but there are strong 3-year-old contenders in at least three other World Championship races.

  • The speedy Hard Spun will break from post 8 in the Breeders&#39; Cup Classic (gr. 1).&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D923452%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Front-end Tactics Loom Key to Breeders' Cup Classic

    A field of nine was drawn Oct. 23 for one of the deepest and most contentious runnings of the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). The two horses who drew the most attention were Hard Spun and Lawyer Ron, who likely will dictate how the race will be run.

  • Monmouth Park will host the Breeders&#39; Cup for the first time in its history.

    Year of Firsts For Breeders' Cup

    The eyes of the horse racing world are squarely fixed on next week's Breeders' Cup, with a total of 160 pre-entries (141 individual horses, 19 cross-entered) for 11 races. It will be a year of many firsts for the World Championships.

  • Kodiak Kowboy

    BC Focus: Kodiak Kowboy

    Ask Rick Porter and Vinery Farm manager Tom Ludt to comment on the sales histories of the 2-year-old Posse colt Kodiak Kowboy and his dam, Kokadrie, and the two men spin a circular tale.

  • This time, it&#39;s Hard Spun.

    Hard Spun Trumps Street Sense in Kentucky Cup Classic

    There they were at the head of the stretch, and the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) had developed into the showdown everyone hoped it would be. On the lead, Hard Spun barreled toward the finish line. Just off his hip, Street Sense dug deep to reel him in. This time, unlike in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Hard Spun would not be denied the victory.

  • Cat Shaker May Surprise in Classic

    Sitting in the stakes barn at Turfway Park two days before the Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. III), Craig Callis still has a hard time believing that a $2,300 yearling purchase actually brought him here.

  • Street Sense

    Street Sense, Hard Spun Rivals in Kentucky Cup Classic

    Making final preparations for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, Jim Tafel's Street Sense and Rick Porter's Hard Spun will have a much-anticipated rematch in the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) over Turfway Park's Polytrack.

  • Carl Nafzger

    Nafzger: Kentucky Cup Classic Close, But Not Easy

    Carl Nafzger, trainer of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense, discussed his reasoning for racing against grade I winner Hard Spun in the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association media teleconference Sept. 25.

  • Street Sense

    Street Sense Tunes Up for Kentucky Cup Classic

    James Tafel's Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tuned up for a run in the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park with a five furlong work Sept. 25 at Churchill Downs.

  • Porter Starts New Partnership, Turf Club USA

    Rick Porter, whose Hard Spun won the Aug. 25 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), is launching a new partnership venture named Turf Club USA. Porter, who races as Fox Hill Farm, has also campaigned grade I winners Jostle and Round Pond.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Commentary: Running Start

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Thankfully, someone at the time did have an interest in standing Danzig, Storm Cat, and Mr. Prospector, respectively. And, our breed has been changed forever because of their decisions.

  • Hard Spun takes King&#39;s Bishop with yet another gutsy performance in the stretch.

    Hard Spun Fights Back, Wins King's Bishop

    Heavily favored Hard Spun, a colt who has made all the major dances for trainer Larry Jones this season, earned his elusive first grade I victory when he turned back a serious challenge from First Defence in the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Aug. 25.

  • A Day At The Spa: Aug. 23, And They Race Horses, Too

    While slightly difficult, it is entirely possible to come to Saratoga without watching a horse race. You can come, for instance, to enter the hot dog eating contest â€" and if you are like Crazy Legs Conti from New York City and can consume 21.5 hot dogs as he did yesterday, you can also win.

  • Hard Spun

    Hard Spun Shortens Up For King's Bishop

    Hard Spun likely has only three races left in his career. That was conformed when it was recently announced that the Danzig colt would stand for Darley after the Breeders' Cup. That means, Saturday's $250,000 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) may provide Hard Spun with his best chance to finally capture an elusive Grade I race, as he shortens up to seven furlongs in a test for 3-year-olds over Saratoga's main track.

  • Hard Spun Works at Delaware Park

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Haskell Invitational (gr. I) runner-up Hard Spun worked at Delaware Park Aug. 19 in preparation for the King's Bishop Stakes (gr.I) at Saratoga Aug. 25.

  • Street Sense on track at Saratoga.

    Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: A Road Less Traveled

    There was the rubber match between Street Sense and Curlin in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Didn't Happen. There was the showdown between the two in the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Not going to happen. There was Rags to Riches headlining Lady's Day at Belmont for the CCA Oaks (gr. I). Didn't Happen. There was Rags in the Saratoga limelight for the Alabama. Not going to happen.

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    Any Given Saturday Romps in Haskell

    Under a confident ride from Garrett Gomez, Any Given Saturday moved past pace-setting Cable Boy, then caught Hard Spun in mid-stretch and pulled away for a decisive 4 1/2-length victory in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

  • Preakness winner Curlin faces old rivals in Sunday&#39;s Haskell Invitational.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1375099%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Curlin the Star of Aug. 5 Haskell

    During the post position draw for the Aug. 5 running of the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. 1), Steve Asmussen was asked if Curlin was the best horse he has ever trained. A master of understatement, Asmussen flatly replied: "I think that would be very reasonable."

  • Field for Haskell Taking Shape

    The 2007 running of Monmouth Park's $1-million Haskell Invitational Presented by Vonage (gr. I) promises to be one of the best ever, with Preakness (gr. I) winner Curlin, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Hard Spun, and the undefeated Cable Boy heading the field.

  • Preakness winner Curlin and Tiz Wonderful gallop out after a six-furlong work Monday at Churchill Downs.

    Curlin, Hard Spun Turn in Sharp Works for Haskell

    The second season for 3-year-olds began on July 4, with the emphatic victory by Any Given Saturday in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II), and judging from the works turned in by Curlin and Hard Spun on Monday, as well as Street Sense's work on Sunday, the heavy hitters from the Triple Crown are all primed and ready for their respective returns.