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Inside Track: World's Smartest Horse

Inside Track: World's Smartest Horse

In all of Karen Murdock's 37 years of experiences she has never encountered a horse quite like Lukas. Starting out as a downtrodden "racetrack reject," Lukas is now known to many as one of the most intelligent animals on the planet because of Murdock's soft-spoken training techniques.

Baffert Reflects on His Road to the HOF

Baffert Reflects on His Road to the HOF

With both his parents by his side, Bob Baffert, the sixth winningest trainer of all time by money won, will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Aug. 14. A three-time champion trainer, Baffert, who has three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) wins, four Preakness (gr. I) victories, and seven Breeders' Cup titles under his belt, enthusiastically reflected on his experiences in the industry during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference Aug. 11.

'General' and 'Private' in Preakness Works

'General' and 'Private' in Preakness Works

General Quarters and Flying Private, the respective 10th- and 19th- place finishers in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked at Churchill Downs May 11 as they tuned up for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Professor Z Leads Smarty Jones Field

Professor Z Leads Smarty Jones Field

A special Monday race card at Oaklawn Jan. 19 features the second running of the Smarty Jones Stakes. The one-mile race will feature a talented field of 3-year olds that could stamp their ticket for a chance at the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and maybe a shot at the Triple Crown.

Maker Establishes a Churchill Win Record

Maker Establishes a Churchill Win Record

Trainer Mike Maker established a Churchill Downs fall meet record for victories Nov. 19 when One Eyed Joker won the eighth race. His victory gave Maker his 21st triumph of the season.

Lantana Mob Heads Hirsch Jacobs

Lantana Mob Heads Hirsch Jacobs

Vinery Stables' Lantana Mob is the most likely choice in the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico May 17, which is why he's been assigned the high weight of 122 pounds in a nine-horse field. But several 3-year-olds looking for graded stakes-winning status could step up to provide a challenge in this Preakness undercard event.

Terlingua, Storm Cat's Dam, Dead

Terlingua, Storm Cat's Dam, Dead

Terlingua, who made a name for herself as one of the fastest fillies of her generation and as the dam of leading sire Storm Cat, was euthanized April 29 because of complications from the infirmities of old age at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

The Inside Track: The Quiet Man

The Inside Track: The Quiet Man

He spurns in-depth interviews, seeking the privacy of the jockeys' room with hermit-like tenacity. You'll rarely find him socializing with his fellow riders, and his post-race celebrations are generally undetectable. But Cornelio Velasquez doesn't have to say much. His ability speaks for itself. Trainers call Velasquez "a warrior" and "an agressive rider" who is solid, determined and "consistently gives his all." These qualities are probably the reason he is the nation's fourth-leading rider by purses earned this year. And we're about to let you in on another secret. Velasquez will not volunteer this information, but 2007 has been his best year ever. (Read More)

Red Smith Kentucky Derby Award Winners Announced

Red Smith Kentucky Derby Award Winners Announced

First time winners Eric Crawdford of the Louisville Courier-Journal and John Cheinman of the Washington Post joined repeat winners Steve Haskin and William Nack (both writing for The Blood-Horse Magazine) as the winners of Churchill Downs' 2007 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, the Louisville racetrack announced Oct. 18.

Blue Grass Stakes Winner War Dead

War, who won the 1987 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) following the disqualification of Alysheba, was euthanized in August at Dr. Pamela Barlow's Wandering Farm near Bowie, Texas, because of complications from arthritis.

Time's Mistress Stings Honeybee Foes

Charles Kidder's Time's Mistress, twice third to Devil House in stakes at the meeting, turned the tables on that rival when she raced to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Honeybee Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Friday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

McCarthy Covers Pletcher's Churchill Base

The key to any Thoroughbred trainer's success is the quality of people around them. Trainer Todd Pletcher learned that from his mentor, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Pletcher, the two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer, is working with the same model. Holding down the Churchill Downs barn is assistant Mike McCarthy.

Pletcher Ties Lukas' Graded Stakes Mark in Discovery

The hits just keep on coming for trainer Todd Pletcher. First, he tops his own single-season earnings mark; then he enters a record 18 horses for the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships; on Wednesday, he ties D. Wayne Lukas' single season mark for graded wins. It's only Oct. 25, folks.

'Cat Gets His Final Work for Toyota Bluegrass

WinStar Farm homebred Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in the recent Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

Dance Daily, Sabatini Battle in Bourbonette

Saturday's $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup on the Lane's End undercard at Turfway Park, run this year for the first time as a grade III race, has attracted 10 sophomore fillies, including four who have already won a stakes race and two others who are stakes placed.

Bob Lewis Remembered as the 'Real Thing'

Family and friends of Robert Lewis filled the Saint James Church to capacity Thursday morning to remember the highly successful Thoroughbred owner-breeder and businessman who died in his Newport Beach, Calif., home last Friday.

Dance Daily Steps Out When Folklore Falters

Folklore, the presumptive champion 2-year-old filly in 2005, proved vulnerable Monday at Santa Anita in her first start since capturing the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Oct. 29. But owners Robert and Beverly Lewis still had reason to celebrate when entry mate Dance Daily held on to win the $150,000 Santa Ynez (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies during the Martin Luther King Day program.

Folklore Towers Over Short Santa Ynez Field

Folklore, likely to be named last year's champion 2-year-old filly later this month, enjoys a huge class edge over five rivals in her 2006 debut on Monday in Santa Anita's $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs.

Folklore Ready for Santa Ynez, Lukas Says

Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) champion Folklore is ready to make her 3-year-old debut at Santa Anita Park in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs on Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Industry Shows Appreciation for Day's Career

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After more than 11,000 racing fans enjoyed "Pat's Day" at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon, horsemen gathered to honor the Hall of Fame jockey at a charity roast Saturday evening.

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