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    Lava Man Settles into Role as Stable Pony

    When trainer Doug O'Neill's charges head to the racetrack during training hours at Hollywood Park, Lava Man, who won three Hollywood Gold Cups (gr. I) during a long racing career, often accompanies them.

  • Lava Man faded late and finished last in the San Gabriel at Santa Anita.

    Lava Man Retired After Brief Comeback

    Lava Man, who returned to racing after a more than 17-month layoff only to finish last in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, has been retired after his failed comeback attempt.

  • Lava Man faded late and finished last in the San Gabriel at Santa Anita.

    O'Neill, Wood Mull Future for Lava Man

    There was some disappointment in the Lava Man camp after the soon-to-be 9-year-old gelding faded to last in his comeback from retirement in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Dec. 27.

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    Lava Man Back on Work Tab for Doug O'Neill

    Lava Man, the former claimer who earned more than $5 million, has returned to training at Doug O'Neill's Hollywood Park barn. The 8-year-old gelding worked three furlongs in :36 flat Sept. 23 at Hollywood, his first official work.

  • Lava Man is scheduled to move to Old Friends, near Georgetown, Ky, on Sept. 16. <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%3D5353707%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lava Man to Reside at Old Friends

    A jubilant Michael Blowen announced Thursday that Lava Man, one of the great geldings of all time, is scheduled to arrive at Old Friends on Sept. 16, where he will live out the rest of his days.

  • Lava Man and Tony Romero in 2006.<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%3D619526%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quiet Mood at Lava Man's Former Stable

    Two key men in Doug O'Neill's Del Mar barn were saddened by the announcement that seven-time grade I winner Lava Man won't be coming to the barn anymore.

  • Sweeter Still outlasts Magical Fantasy in the Senorita (gr. IIIT) May 10 at Hollywood Park.

    Sweeter Still Gains Nod in Senorita

    In spite of drifting out a couple of paths from mid-stretch to the wire, favored Sweeter Still won the $109,800 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf by a nose over Magical Fantasy. Stewards, following a lengthy inquiry, decided against making a change in the order of finish.

  • Lava Man had his first recorded workout of the year at Hollywood Park Wednesday morning, March 12, breezing 3/8 in 36.20 under regular exercise rider Antonio Romero.

    Lava Man Works Three Furlongs

    Lava Man, who is gearing up for a 2008 campaign to add to his career earnings of $5,214,706, had his first recorded workout of the year at Hollywood Park Wednesday morning, March 12, for trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Lava Man Set for Return to Racetrack

    Lava Man is scheduled to have his first workout of the year the morning of March 12 at Hollywood Park, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Lava Man and Corey Nakatani in the Winner's Circle after the 2007 Hollywood 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%3D1592952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin Commentary: Lava Man a Treasure to be Shared

    We all know about Lava Man's dislike for any track east of the Sierra Madres and west of Santa Catalina. And we know his speed figures are not exactly in orbit. And we know he hasn't been beating champions in the Golden State. But Lava Man nonetheless is a true phenomenon, and America needs him badly.

  • Corey Nakatani guides Lava Man to a record-tying third consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup win.<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%3D1573138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Move Over 'Diver, Make Room for Lava Man

    Favored Lava Man joined the legendary Native Diver as the only horse to win the prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in three consecutive years when he prevailed by a nose over the gritty A. P. Xcellent in a heart-pounding stretch duel Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Lava Man may be going home to California for the last time.<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%3D952607%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lava Man to Return Home, Probably to Stay

    Lava Man is scheduled to return to his Hollywood Park base Wednesday night after his trip to Dubai, and trainer Doug O'Neill said it's "reasonable to say" the gelding won't be leaving his home state again.

  • Lava Man successfully defended his title in the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Lava Man Conquers Big 'Cap Again

    How amazing is Lava Man? Absolutely invincible in California over the past two seasons on turf and dirt, the 6-year-old gelding became the third horse in 70 years to win back-to-back runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) Saturday.

  • Lava Man Repeats as California Horse of the Year

    Lava Man was named the 2006 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, becoming a back-to-back winner of the honor, which was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 5.

  • Jockey Corey Nakatani kisses Lava Man after their Sunshine Millions Turf win at Santa Anita.

    Lava Man Rolls On in Sunshine Millions Turf

    Lava Man, who was on the verge of Horse of the Year honors last year, kicked off his 2007 campaign with a sparkling two-length win in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Turf Saturday at Santa Anita.

  • Lava Man runs away from veteran field to post impressive Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap win.

    Lava Man Cements His Classic Credentials

    Odds-on choice Lava Man proved once again he's the class of the West Coast by winning his seventh straight race of the year with another convincing turn in Saturday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.

  • Lava Man Seeks Historical Southern Cal Win

    For Lava Man, it's time to go with the flow. A victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sunday at 1 1/4 miles will make Lava Man the first horse to sweep Southern California's "Big Three" grade I handicaps in the same year.

  • Lava Man (near) noses past Ace Blue at the finish line to win his second consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup.

    Lava Man Noses Way Into History Books

    Lava Man, a former claiming horse, became the first runner since Native Diver in 1967 to win back-to-back editions of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) when he won a heart-pounding finish by a nose Saturday over the longest shot in the field, Ace Blue.

  • Lava Man and Corey Nakatani easily won the Charles Whittingham Memorial on the grass last month.

    Conditions Ideal for Gold Cup Eruption

    Dynamic California-bred Lava Man, on a four-race winning streak, was assigned 124 pounds for Saturday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). But after everything the 5-year-old gelding has accomplished this year, that probably wasn't enough -- just four rivals are signed on to challenge him.

  • Lava Man and Corey Nakatani win the TVG Khaled Stakes, Sunday at Hollywood Park.

    Lava Man Flows Again in Turf-Record Win

    After winning million-dollar races in his last two starts, Lava Man successfully took on another challenge Sunday, shifting to turf and winning the $150,000 TVG Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park in course record time of 1:44.26 for nine furlongs.

  • Santa Anita 'Cap victor Lava Man looks for next win in Gold Rush.

    Lava Man to Stay Home for Gold Rush Turf Race

    Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) and Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Lava Man is expected to be among the starters for trainer Doug O'Neill on the Cal National Gold Rush program April 30 at Hollywood Park.

  • Lava Man Named Top California Bred of 2005

    Lava Man was named the 2005 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, it was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 7.

  • Lava Man and jockey Corey Nakatani win the Sunshine Millions Classic, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Lava Man Returns to Life in 'Millions Classic

    The grade I winner Lava Man flashed his former brilliance with a sweeping 2 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic to conclude the rich program for California and Florida-bred horses at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Itty Bitty Pretty and jockey Patrick Valenzuela win the Santa Ysabel Stakes.

    Itty Bitty Pretty Demolishes Santa Ysabel Foes

    Itty Bitty Pretty left the 2-5 favorite Sabatini well behind in the stretch while registering her first stakes win by six lengths in the $109,200 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park Saturday.