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  • Discreetness (right) battles Synchrony (left) to win the Smarty Jones.

    Making the Grade: Discreetness

    This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.

  • Smarty Jones winner Discreetness

    Fires to Point Discreetness to Southwest

    Two-time stakes winner Discreetness, who captured the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, said trainer William "Jinks" Fires.

  • Discreetness wins the Smarty Jones Stakes.

    Discreetness Just Up in Smarty Jones

    Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Almasty bounds home a winner in the Commonwealth Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-HStDdX6">Order This Photo</a>

    Former Claimer Almasty Wins Commonwealth Turf

    Claimed for $30,000 earlier this year, Almasty made that acquisition look adept Nov. 27, when he set the pace and ran away from the field to claim the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Take Charge Brandi

    Take Charge Brandi on Oaks Path, Lukas Says

    Despite comments made by the owner of Take Charge Brandi after her win in the Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31, trainer D. Wayne Lukas says the champion filly will remain pointed toward the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Take Charge Brandi (left) gets the victory in the Martha Washington over Sarah Sis.

    'Brandi' Makes Martha Washington Interesting

    Champion Take Charge Brandi got her 3-year-old campaign off to a winning start with a surprisingly tight head victory in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31 at Oaklawn Park, her fourth consecutive win.

  • Take Charge Brandi will break from post 6 under 122 pounds in the Martha Washington.

    Take Charge Brandi Set for Martha Washington

    Few connections wanted to face Take Charge Brandi, but in the end a field of seven was drawn with the champion 2-year-old filly making her sophomore debut from post 6 under a highweight assignment of 122 pounds.

  • Jon Court's wins this meet include the Falls City Handicap aboard Frivolous.

    Court Rolling After Return from Hand Surgery

    As Churchill Downs' fall meet nears conclusion, veteran jockey Jon Court is sitting comfortably among the leaders, not bad for a rider expected to be out of action much longer after suffering serious damage to his right hand.

  • Frivolous holds off Don't Tell Sophia to win the Falls City Handicap.

    Frivolous Posts Falls City Handicap Upset

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Frivolous stalked the early pace before taking over in the stretch and held off 9-10 favorite Don't Tell Sophia to win the $222,600 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.

  • Jon Court

    Jockey Court Eyes Return to Race Riding

    Jockey Jon Court, who suffered a broken right hand May 3 in the final race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Day, hopes to return to race riding at the track Sept. 26.

  • Mark Casse

    Casse Optimistic About Derby Prep Starters

    While Coastline and Conquest Titan have not yet registered breakthrough graded stakes victories, trainer Mark Casse sees some positive signs as they prepare for their most important stakes races to date.

  • Juvenile Behavior: Beautiful Dancer Prevails

    In the second-to-last juvenile filly race of the Keeneland spring meeting, Beautiful Dancer opened a clear advantage in deep stretch in her debut April 25 and had just enough to hold off a late charge from Maria Maria.

  • Will Take Charge (left) catches stablemate Oxbow to win the Rebel Stakes.

    Will Take Charge Tops Lukas Exacta in Rebel

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is holding the hottest hand of 3-year-olds he's had in a while, and that talent showed March 16 when stablemates Will Take Charge and Oxbow finished 1-2 in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes.

  • Optimizer leads the way home in the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap.

    Optimizer Wins E.R. Bradley for Red-Hot Lukas

    Optimizer went wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 26 for red-hot Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won three stakes races in eight days.

  • Oxbow pulls away in the stretch to capture the Lecomte Stakes.

    Oxbow in Lecomte, Silverbulletday is 'Magic'

    Bluegrass Hall's Oxbow went wire-to-wire to win the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes by 11 1/2 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 19. Earlier, Touch Magic took the Silverbulletday.

  • Optimizer streaks home to win the Kent Stakes at Delaware Park.

    Optimizer Continues Climb With Kent Score

    Bluegrass Hall's homebred Optimizer continued his climb through conditions on the turf with a powerful 4 1/4-length win in the $200,625 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park Sept. 22, earning his first graded stakes score.

  • Amie's Dini works towards the Kentucky Oaks.

    Amie's Dini Has Initial Work at Churchill

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Amie's Dini worked for the first time over the Churchill Downs track April 22. Trained by Ron Moquette, the daughter of Bandini covered four furlongs in :50 2/5.

  • Wise Dan wins the Firecracker Handicap.

    Wise Dan Scores Firecracker in Turf Debut

    Making his first start on turf in his 10th time out. Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan made a powerful stretch move en route to a 2 3/4-length win in the $203,000 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) July 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • Archarcharch and Jon Court capture the Arkansas Derby.

    Longshot Archarcharch Wins Arkansas Derby

    The parade of longshots to win major Kentucky Derby trail prep races continued April 16 when Archarcharch came from off the pace to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Eldaafer holds off Falling Knife and Atoned to win the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes.

    Eldaafer Earns His Way Back to BC Marathon

    Eldaafer, a starter in the Breeders' Cup Marathon a year ago, could be on his way back to the World Championship event once again thanks to his half-length score in the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III).

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    Sadler, Line of David Upset Arkansas Derby

    Red-hot trainer John Sadler captured the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with front-running upsetter Line of David at Oaklawn Park April 10, just a week after Sadler took the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with Sidney's Candy.

  • Fly by Phil outfinishes Lost Aptitude to take the Tropical Park Derby.

    Fly by Phil Pulls Tropical Park Derby Upset

    Fly by Phil, a 23-1 longshot making his stakes debut, got the graded stakes season off to a rousing start when he ran down odds-on favorite Lost Aptitude in the final jump to win the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT).

  • Castleton Lyons presents a check for $29,400 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

    Castleton Lyons Presents Check to PDJF

    In a brief ceremony Sept. 18, representatives of Castleton Lyons presented a check for $29,400 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

  • Citizen (#1) fights for the win in the Mountain Valley.

    Mountain Valley: Citizen Posts $60 Upset

    Citizen, ridden by Jon Court, rallied along the inside to open a wide lead in the stretch and then held on by a head over fast-closing Flying Private in the $50,000 Mountain Valley Stakes at odds of 29-1 Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Jockeys' Guild Updates Membership

    Jockeys from a majority of the leading tracks in the United States gathered in Las Vegas in the past two days to hear updates on Jockeys' Guild initiatives at the annual meeting of the Guild.