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  • Wood Memorial winner Tapit among probables for Monday's Pennsylvania Derby.

    Big Field Expected for Pennsylvania Derby

    The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sep. 6 may draw as many as 12 to 13 starters, in what promises to be a competitive race. Although the absence of Smarty Jones will be felt by the expected large holiday crowd, the 1 1/8-mile race is expected to draw some of the top 3-year-olds in the country.

  • Big Field Expected for Pennsylvania Derby

    The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 6 may draw as many as 12 to 13 starters, in what promises to be a competitive race. Although the absence of Smarty Jones will be felt by the large holiday crowd, the 1 1/8-mile race is expected to draw some of the top 3-year-olds in the country.

  • Countdown to the Cup: What to Expect at Lone Star Park

    The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships comes to Lone Star Park. The question is, what to expect? Most fans and horsemen don't know a thing about Lone Star, mainly the dirt surface, grass course, and any track biases. So, sit back for the next eight weeks or so and follow the world's best horses on their journey to the unknown.

  • Gander retired after suffering injury while breezing at Saratoga.

    Gander Retired Following Leg Injury

    Gander, the grand old New York-bred gelding, has run his last race. The 8-year-old son of Cormorant suffered a fracture of the short pastern in his front leg while breezing at Saratoga Wednesday morning and is scheduled to fly to Kentucky Thursday morning for surgery.

  • Haskin on Smarty Jones: One Final Look

    <i>Blood-Horse</i> senior correspondent Steve Haskin was at Philadelphia Park on Saturday, Aug. 14 for Smarty Jones' farewell appearance. He reports on the ceremony and reflects on the colt's meteoric rise to stardom and untimely retirement.

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    Smart Send-Off?

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Cries of "Smarty! Smarty!" and "We love you, Smarty," poured out from the large crowd gathered along the rail from one end of the stretch to the other. It was one final burst of emotion from an adoring public who opened their hearts to this dynamo of a horse.

  • Lion Heart, still in the championship picture.

    Just Who is The Best 3-Year-Old of 2004?

    Patrick Biancone, who will saddle Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Lion Heart in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 28, and Todd Pletcher, trainer of Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Purge, have different opinions about the 3-year-old championship picture.

  • Haskin's Saratoga Journal -- Aug. 4

    Highlights of this week's report from Saratoga: Redemption for Lukas and Azeri...Anniversary of an historic Travers... No spa visit for Actxecutive... Stamina in the Family of Afleet Alex... Sir Shackleton, Zito's Sleeper.

  • Haskell contender Lion Heart, winning the Long Branch Stakes.

    Lion Heart, Rock Hard Ten Set for Haskell

    The second season begins in earnest for the 3-year-olds the weekend of Aug. 7-8, with the runnings of the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), and West Virginia Derby (gr. III). If there is even the slimmest chance of dethroning Smarty Jones for the title, someone is going to have to run the table.

  • Trainer John Servis, said Smarty Jones is on track for Breeders&#39; Cup Classic.

    Servis Says Smarty Jones Still on Track for Breeders' Cup

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones, who was declared Monday from the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) with a bruise in his left front foot, is still on track for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), trainer John Servis said Tuesday.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone set to return in the Travers.

    Zito: Birdstone Will Train Up to Travers Stakes

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, who denied Smarty Jones the Triple Crown with his victory in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will make his first start back in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer Nick Zito said July 23.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Ashado squares off against Stellar Jayne in Saturday&#39;s CCA Oaks.

    Ashado/Stellar Jayne Showdown in CCA Oaks

    Saturday's $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), reduced in distance once again to 1 1/4 miles, drew a field of six 3-year-old fillies, highlighted by another showdown between Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Ashado and Mother Goose (gr. I) winner Stellar Jayne.

  • Wood Memorial winner Tapit may run in the Haskell.

    Tapit May Return in Haskell Invitational

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapit, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), may make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth on Aug. 8, racing manager David Fiske said Tuesday.

  • Smarty Jones, being pointed toward Pennsylvania Derby.

    Smarty Jones Targets Pa. Derby; Purse Hike Possible

    With the Aug. 8 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) eliminated from his plans, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones now sets his sights on the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), the purse for which could be raised from $750,000 to $1 million.

  • Trainer John Servis, meets the press Wednesday at Philadelphia Park.

    All Systems Go As Smarty Bounces Out of Preakness in Great Shape

    Trainer John Servis, having just returned from a couple of days of relaxation up in the Poconos with his wife, Sherry, told a gathering of reporters Wednesday morning that Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones has come out the second leg of the Triple Crown as strong as ever.

  • Will Smarty Jones duplicate his Preakness win in the Belmont and take home the coveted Triple Crown trophy?

    Cinderella Story

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Get the golden coach ready; we're heading to the ball again. After so many failed attempts, maybe this time Smarty Jones can fit into that elusive glass slipper, and Thoroughbred racing and the Visa Triple Crown finally can live happily ever after.

  • Undefeated Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby!

    Can't Keep Up With This Jones

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Get out the cheese steaks and pretzels. It's party time in Philly. Smarty Jones remains unbeaten with Kentucky Derby victory.

  • Zito Pair May Join The Cliff's Edge in Preakness

    Trainer Nick Zito, who saddled two horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), could have two or even three in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Zito said owner Tracy Farmer and racing manager Lincoln Collins are seriously considering the second leg of the Triple Crown for Sir Shackleton and/or Royal Assault.

  • Tapit, with trainer Michael Dickinson, preparing to work in the gate.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Morning at the Gate

    With the serious works out of the way, it was time to get a different perspective on things. The starting gate is a hotbed of activity, as you get to see many of the Derby horses close up and observe how they're acting, how they're looking, and how they handle the gate. It's also a great vantage point to watch the gallops.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Haskin: Smarty Jones {with owner Patricia Chapman after Rebel win} is having a tough time making believers out of people, despite being undefeated in five starts.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Will the Real Derby Favorite Please Stand Up

    It seems as if each Monday brings with it a new set of excuses for beaten favorites in Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps. Some will prove to be legitimate and some won't. But the bottom line is no one has a clue who is going to win this year's Derby, which is as muddled as any in memory at such a late date.

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    Raises For Roses

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- It's only mid-February, but it's never too early to start talking about the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Visa Triple Crown Challenge.

  • Trainer Nick Zito tops &lt;i&gt;Derby Watch&lt;/i&gt; with Eurosilver and Birdstone.

    Derby Watch (2/12/04): Zito Pair Tops Early List

    Two 3-year-olds trained by Nick Zito top the list of leading contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in the first installment of <i>Derby Watch</i>, by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for <i>The Blood-Horse</i>.

  • Damascus Is Most Underrated Horse of All-Time

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- In 2000, I wrote a book on Dr. Fager for the Thoroughbred Legends series. My admiration for the good doctor knows no boundaries, as he was the swiftest, most dominating, and in general, most unique Thoroughbred I have ever laid eyes on. But not one second went by while writing the book that I didn't feel like a traitor. It was his archrival Damascus, you see, who got me interested in Thoroughbred racing.

  • Donn Handicap winner Medaglia d&#39;Oro, began his journey to stardom in an Arizona desert.

    Medaglia d'Oro's Desert Journey

    With Medaglia d'Oro's brilliant victory in the Donn Handicap (gr. I), it looks as if the next stop is Nad al Sheba Race Course and the juicy $6 million pot that awaits him in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). But this won't be the colt's first trip to the desert.

  • Derby Profile: Tapit Has First Breeze at Palm Meadows

    Laurel Futurity (gr. III) winner Tapit had his first work since arriving at Palm Meadows training center, breezing an easy 7 furlongs in 1:30 3/5 Tuesday. Trainer Michael Dickinson still has not finalized plans as to when Tapit will make his 3-year-old debut.

  • A horse on the track at Palm Meadows training center, where some top 3-year-olds are based this winter.

    Derby Hopefuls Flock to Palm Meadows

    The electricity that once rippled throughout Gulfstream Park each winter has moved north to Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, where many of the country's top 3-year-olds prepare in style for their arduous journey to Churchill Downs.

  • Toccet Heading For Santa Anita's Strub Series

    Dan Borislow, encouraged by Toccet's solid third-place finish behind Congaree and Midas Eyes in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) has decided to send the colt back to Santa Anita and point for the Strub Series, beginning with the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26.

  • Top Form

    <i>By Steve Haskin </i> -- The void of not having Joe Hirsch's "At the Post" column grace the pages of the <i>Daily Racing Form </i>any longer is so vast it is impossible to even imagine it.

  • 2004 Kentucky Derby contender Birdstone won the Champagne Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Zito Loaded For Bear

    This is the first in a series of early looks at next year's 3-year-olds and where they might stack up on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Right now, it is Nick Zito, Richard Mandella, and Todd Pletcher who have the numbers.