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  • Grade I winner Dynaforce makes her 2009 debut in the Gallorette Handicap.<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%3D6084313%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dynaforce Return Part of Preakness Undercard

    Grade I winner Dynaforce makes her 2009 bow for Bill Mott in the Gallorette Handicap (gr. III), while Lael Stables' Ready Set looks best in the William Donald Schaefer Stakes (gr. III). The pair of $100,000 events are part of a graded stakes bonanza on Preakness Day at Pimlico May 16.

  • Nicanor (left) finished 2nd to Glittermans Cartel.<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%3D7958723%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Nicanor Half-Length Short in Maiden Try

    Nicanor, full brother to the ill-fated Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hero Barbaro, will have to wait until another day to get his first victory following his runner-up showing as the odds-one choice to Glittermans Cartel in a $42,000 maiden race at Gulfstream Park March 28.

  • Nicanor at Palm Meadows.<a href="http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/nicanor/archive/2008/12/19/new-nicanor-photos.aspx"> Additional Nicanor photos available here.</a>

    Miami TV Station to Feature Nicanor

    Nicanor, the full brother to the ill-fated Barbaro, will be featured in a news story on Miami's Channel 10 television station during its 11 p.m. newscast Friday, Dec. 19, and again on its Dec. 21 11:30 p.m. Sports Sunday program.

  • Herboriste takes the Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes under Julien Leparoux.

    Herboriste Mows Down Dowager Rivals

    Herboriste never let favored Palmilla get away from her and eventually wore her rival down in the stretch to win the $150,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths at Keeneland Oct. 19.

  • Dreaming of Anna heads a field of 11 older fillies and mares in the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap.

    Dreaming of Anna Back in Mint Julep

    Coming off a runner-up finish to Bayou's Lassie in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) May 3, Frank Calabrese's Dreaming of Anna heads a field of 11 older fillies and mares in the $150,000 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs June 14.

  • Valbenny (IRE) returns from an eight month layoff in the Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico May 17.

    Valbenny Returns for New Trainer Matz

    Grade II winner Valbenny, one of the leading turf fillies on the West Coast last season, returns from an absence of more than eight months while making her first start for trainer Michael Matz in the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Pimlico lawn May 17.

  • Northern Dancer winner Chelokee sustained a dislocated ankle in the Alysheba Stakes.

    Chelokee Update: No Fracture

    Centennial Farms' Chelokee, injured during the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, sustained a dislocated ankle and not a fracture, according to trainer Michael Matz.

  • The Derby Trophy stands watch over the Draw Proceedings.

    Favorite to Break from Post Position 20

    The connections of 3-1 morning-line favorite Big Brown selected the outside 20 post position for the undefeated colt in Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during the April 30 post position draw held in downtown Louisville.

  • Bennie Stutts, trainer of Smooth Air

    Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

    An interview with Benny Stutts Jr. was the highlight of the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association's Derby trainers' dinner, as the 70-year-old trainer expressed his delight at preparing to saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter - Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air.

  • Very One Handicap winner Mauralakana will find some familiar foes in the Orchid Handicap.<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%3D3788807%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Orchid 'Cap: Familiar Rivals Meet Again

    Five of the eight entrants in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) will face one another for second time in three weeks, as the older fillies and mares do battle March 30 on the turf at Gulfstream Park.

  • Gotham winner Visionaire will ship back to Florida March 11 to prepare for his next start on the Derby trail.<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%3D3788376%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Visionaire Exits Gotham in Good Shape

    Trainer Michael Matz said that Gotham winner Visionaire appears to have come out of his March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) victory in good shape, and will ship back to Palm Meadows in Florida March 11.

  • Visionaire comes from way back to nip Texas Wildcatter in a foggy Gotham.<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%3D3788376%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Visionaire Finds Way in Foggy Gotham

    The 3-year-old picture in New York was about as foggy as the weather conditions at Aqueduct March 8, but Visionaire helped clear things up a bit with a late burst to capture the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) by a nose over Texas Wildcatter.

  • Visionaire drew the outside post in the field of ten for the Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8.

    Visionaire to Get Biggest Test in Gotham

    Trained by Michael Matz, Visionaire looks to improve upon his third-place finish in the Feb. 9 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III). He will have to beat nine others March 8 at Aqueduct, including undefeated Giant Moon.

  • Hesanoldsalt

    Hesanoldsalt Euthanized

    Live Oak Plantation's Hesanoldsalt, a 5-year-old son of Broad Brush, was euthanized Jan. 16 following a freak accident at Palm Meadows, according to trainer Nick Zito.

  • Chelokee Won't Give In, Wins Northern Dancer BC

    Centennial Farms' even-money choice Chelokee, passed mid-stretch by Zanjero in Saturday's $223,800 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs, fought back along the inside to win by a long neck for jockey Ramon Dominguez.

  • Barbaro Stakes winner Chelokee will try to make it two in a row in the Northern Dancer.<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%3D1229952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Chelokee Clashes With Strong Field in Northern Dancer

    Trainer Michael Matz hopes Centennial Farm's Chelokee, winner of the Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico and third in the Florida Derby (gr. I), can launch the second half of the colt's 3-year-old campaign with a victory over a strong field of seven 3-year-old rivals in the 1 1/16-mile Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Chelokee wins the inaugural Barbaro Stakes for Michael Matz.<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%3D1229952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    No Surprise: Matz Colt Wins Inuaugural Barbaro Stakes

    Michael Matz sent out Chelokee to win the inaugural Barbaro Stakes, a Pimlico race named after the deceased winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby and Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the owners of Barbaro, made the winner's circle presentation to Matz.

  • Matz-Trained Chelokee One to Beat in Barbaro

    Michael Matz, who trained last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, will send out Centennial Farms' Chelokee against six rivals in the inaugural running of the Barbaro Stakes for 3-year-olds on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard.

  • Street Sounds Spurts Clear in Hilltop Stakes

    Hidden Creek Farm's Street Sounds left the starting gate as the 1-5 favorite, quickly spurted to the lead from her outside post, and raced on cruise the rest of the way to score an easy victory in the $60,000 Hilltop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies contested over firm turf Saturday at Pimlico.

  • Round Pond Ready to Make Splash in Rampart

    The 2006 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Round Pond makes her return to competition in Sunday's $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. She faces just five rival fillies and mares in the 1 1/8-mile test.

  • Report: HBO Planning Barbaro Documentary

    HBO Sports, in an effort to increase its stature within and outside the company, is planning to announce soon the production of a documentary about Barbaro, the deceased winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanized

    Barbaro, who thrilled racing fans with his sublime victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and captivated many millions more worldwide with his gut-wrenching fight for life after suffering a catastrophic breakdown in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), was euthanized Jan. 29.

  • Invasor Works Five Furlongs for Saturday's Donn

    Shadwell Stable's Invasor worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows in final preparation for next Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. 1) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Round Pond wins a somber Emirates Airline Distaff victory.<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%3D634057%26%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Round Pond Wins Injury-Marred Distaff

    The Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) epitomized the highs and lows of the sport. Round Pond won the 1 1/8-mile race, but co-favorites Pine Island and Fleet Indian suffered injuries.

  • Round Pond wins a somber Emirates Airline Distaff victory.<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%3D634057%26%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Round Pond Wins Injury-Marred Distaff

    Tragedy struck the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Saturday at Churchill Downs when the co-favored Pine Island was fatally injured and Fleet Indian suffered a serious injury in a race won easily by Round Pond.

  • Matz Back in Churchill Winner's Circle

    Sangrita, running for the Kentucky Derby-winning team of trainer Michael Matz and jockey Edgar Prado, grabbed the lead approaching the top of the stretch and powered to a two-length victory over Joint Effort in the $170,250 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Thursday.

  • Peter Brette, assistant to trainer Michael Matz, maintains his composure through triumph and tragedy.

    Assistant Trainer Brette Maintains His Composure in Triumph and Tragedy

    Whether it is winning the Run for the Roses or dealing with the crushing blow of Barbaro's catastrophic injury, Peter Brette keeps his emotions under control. Just as he rejoiced from within on May 6, he suffered in silence as the nightmare of Barbaro's horrific injury unfolded in front of a heartbroken nation.

  • Jockey Edgar Prado visited Barbaro at the New Bolton Center Tuesday.

    Barbaro Recovering; Jockey Prado Visits

    The tears for Barbaro have all been shed, and now people around the world anxiously await each daily report on the colt's condition. It's been more than a week since Barbaro's horrific injury in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which set off an outpouring of emotion on a national scale never before seen in Thoroughbred racing.

  • Evan Hammonds reports from Pimlico - updates throughout the day.

    Thursday Morning Line at Pimlico

    In the day's fifth race, Armed Brat, a 3-year-old running under an $8,000 tag, breaks his maiden in gritty fashion while between horses. The winning jockey is 18-year-old Kyle Kaenel.

  • Preakness Notes: Friday, May 12

    Upbeat reports continue to filter into Pimlico from training centers where Preakness (gr. I) hopefuls ready for next Saturday's middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown. Horses begin to arrive at Old Hilltop on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Aunt Henny (1) and Javier Castellano finish just ahead of Diamond Spirit (3) to win the Herecomesthebride Stakes, Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

    Handy Aunt Henny Wins Herecomesthebride

    J'ray, expected to be the prohibitive favorite in the $100,000 Herecomesthebride (gr. IIIT), was scratched instead and Aunt Henny took full advantage, overcoming some early rankness to win the 3-year-old filly stakes Sunday on the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • Barbaro and jockey Edgar Prado win the Holy Bull Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Barbaro Breathes Fire in Winning Holy Bull

    The undefeated Barbaro showed himself to be one of the most exciting prospects for this year's Triple Crown series Saturday when he handled a sloppy strip to win the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in his first main track attempt at Gulfstream Park.

  • Barbaro Stays Hot in Tropical Park Derby

    Lael Stables' undefeated Barbaro was an impressive winner of Sunday's Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT), the first 'derby' in the nation in 2006, at Calder Sunday for his third consecutive win on the turf.

  • Kent Desormeaux, aboard Kicken Kris, right, yells at Jamie Spencer aboard Powerscout (10) just after the finish of the Arlington Million.

    Kicken Kris Awarded Arlington Million Victory

    For the second consecutive year, the winner of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) was disqualified when Powerscourt, ridden by Jamie Spencer, was taken down for starting a chain of events in the stretch that stewards ruled cost K