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  • Royal Delta dominates the Delaware Handicap.

    Royal Delta Cruises in Delaware Handicap

    Racing without Lasix in search of a return to dominant form, Besilu Stable's champion mare Royal Delta cruised to victory by 10 3/4 lengths in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 20 at Delaware Park.

  • Emollient holds off Emotional Kitten to take the American Oaks.

    Emollient Takes to Turf for American Oaks Win

    Making her first start on grass, favored Emollient staved off a determined Emotional Kitten in deep stretch to post a half-length victory in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) July 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Game On Dude and Mike Smith are in control in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

    Game On Dude Dominates Hollywood Gold Cup

    Left alone on the lead, heavy choice Game On Dude won the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 6 for the second year in a row under a measured ride from jockey Mike Smith at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Verrazano wins the Pegasus Stakes.
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    Verrazano Flies Home Alone in Pegasus Romp

    In the first major stakes for 3-year-olds following the Triple Crown, favored Verrazano was an easy winner of the $148,500 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) June 16 after his main challenger, Itsmyluckyday, was pulled up at Monmouth.

  • Palace Malice and Mike Smith take the 2013 Belmont Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-145/29744699_jpqpwR#!i=2562968408&k=TqQX6Hp">Order This Photo</a>

    Palace Malice Reigns With Belmont Surprise

    A patient Palace Malice collared Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow coming out of the final turn and dominated the stretch run to post a convincing upset win in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8 at Belmont Park.

  • Palace Malice
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    Less Blinkers, More Malice

    Dogwood Stable's Cot Campbell hopes Palace Malice has matured to the point where he can relax and rate in the Belmont Stakes, allowing him to use his natural speed to gallop the field into submission in the 1 1/2 mile test.

  • Mizdirection

    Mizdirection Shipping to NY for Just a Game

    Jungle Racing's Mizdirection, winner of four consecutive graded stakes, worked five furlongs on turf in 1:00 1/5 June 2 at Betfair Hollywood Park in preparation for the $500,000 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park June 8.

  • Pianist and Mike Smith roll to victory in the Gallorette Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2519375700&k=kM7Bz9B">Order This Photo</a>

    Pianist Zips to Victory in Gallorette

    Benefiting from a quick start, Pianist set a fast pace en route to a gate-to-wire victory in the Gallorette Handicap on the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Princess of Sylmar at Churchill Downs<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2483922492&k=55dZvh4">Order This Photo</a>

    Princess of Sylmar Will Run in Kentucky Oaks

    Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed April 29 that King of Prussia Stable's homebred filly Princess of Sylmar will compete in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The daughter of Majestic Warrior will be ridden by Mike Smith.

  • Code West and Midnight Lucky work in company 4/28/2013.
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    Baffert On Fence with Derby Contenders

    Trainer Bob Baffert sent out Kentucky Oaks hopeful Midnight Lucky and potential Kentucky Derby starter Code West together April 28 at Churchill Downs. He expects to make a call April 29 on his Derby starters.

  • Emollient rolls to victory in the Ashland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2443841913&k=xwF3gGm">Order This Photo</a>

    Second Chance Pays for Emollient in Ashland

    Juddmonte Farms homebred Emollient established a clear lead early and then opened up on her dozen rivals in the stretch to register an easy victory in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 6 at Keeneland.

  • Dubai World Cup: Mike Smith

    Jockey Mike Smith talks about Royal Delta, who he rides in the Dubai World Cup on March 30.

  • 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.

  • War Academy won his March 15 allowance by 3 1/2 lengths.

    War Academy Ready for Big Test, Baffert Says

    With his dominating 3 1/2-length allowance score going 1 1/16 miles March 15, War Academy is ready to join the Derby party, according to both Bob Baffert and Mike Smith.

  • Rumor wins the Las Flores Stakes.

    Rumor Runs True in Las Flores Surprise

    Rumor put it together for the Hall of Fame tandem of trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Mike Smith to register her first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 10 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Game On Dude is all alone at the finish of the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Game On Dude Doubles Fun With Big 'Cap Romp

    Game On Dude erased any doubts about his ability to get 1 1/4 miles and proved once more that he's the king of Santa Anita Park with a breathtaking front-running score in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 2.

  • And They're Off: Spring Training Edition

    Lenny and Steve discuss Foaling Season, the 'Old Guys' - Gary Stevens and Mike Smith, and talk to Nick Sallusto, Racing Manager and Bloodstock Agent, who purchased by Violence and Falling Sky. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Royal Delta wins the Sabin Stakes.
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    Champ Royal Delta Cruises in Sabin Comeback

    Looking more powerful than ever, two-time champion Royal Delta tuned up for a possible return trip to the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with an easy five-length victory in the $98,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 17 at Gulfstream.

  • Game On Dude wins the San Antonio Stakes.

    Game On Dude Looks Super in San Antonio

    Game On Dude took some heat for six furlongs, then sped away in the stretch to take the $196,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) as expected Feb. 3 for his sixth win in seven tries at Santa Anita Park.

  • Jockeys' Guild Supports Medication Reform

    Members passed a resolution supporting The Jockey Club's Reformed Racing Medication Rules including a two-category medication system, progressive points-style penalties, and reciprocity among jurisdictions.

  • Fed Biz fights off Tritap to win the San Fernando.

    Fed Biz Bounces Back in San Fernando Triumph

    Fed Biz, a colt that came with a big price tag and a world of potential, recorded the first graded stakes win of his career with a gate-to-wire triumph in the $151,000 San Fernando (gr. II) Feb. 12 at Santa Anita Park.

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    Royal Delta Gets Back to Work at Payson

    During that time of year when champions are gearing up for their new campaigns, a familiar name popped up at Payson Park. Royal Delta is back on the worktab and prepping for a start in the Feb. 17 Sabin (gr. III).

  • Mizdirection wins the Monrovia Stakes.

    Hillside Ace Mizdirection Wins Monrovia Again

    Mizdirection, making her first start since defeating males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), ran down speedy Kindle in the shadow of the wire to register a repeat victory in the $150,000 Monrovia Stakes.

  • Game On Dude pulls away late to win the Native Diver.

    Game On Dude Delivers Gritty Native Diver Win

    Game On Dude put his disappointing Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) behind him with a gritty front-running win in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes Presented by the Oak Tree Racing Association Dec. 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Mike Smith

    Mike Smith Wins Bill Shoemaker Award

    Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) and Mizdirection in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award.

  • Fort Larned (right) holds off Mucho Macho Man to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Classic/26128658_j8xsjs#!i=2193240130&k=kC2vZxZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Fort Larned Wins Thrilling BC Classic

    Janis R. Whitham's Fort Larned led from gate to wire and held off a sustained stretch bid by Mucho Macho Man to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) before a crowd of 55,123 at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3.

  • Mizdirection fights off Unbridled's Note to win the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Turf-Sprint/26130142_BL5TMr#!i=2192867259&k=bLF9NcM">Order This Photo</a>

    Mizdirection Takes Turf Sprint Over the Boys

    Mizdirection provided a rumble in The Jungle at Santa Anita Nov. 3, taking the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) with a thrilling stretch drive in near-record time.

  • Know More, who won the Best Pal in his first start, returns in the Del Mar Futurity.

    Know More Heads Dozen in Del Mar Futurity

    Twelve juveniles will contest the 65th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), the Southern California oval's traditional closing-day headliner Sept. 5, including the precocious Best Pal Stakes winner Know More.

  • Hansen

    Hansen Faces Nine in West Virginia Derby

    The brilliant, nearly white frontrunner will find the eyes of the nation upon him Aug. 4 when he heads postward as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II)

  • Amazombie wins the Bing Crosby Stakes.

    Amazombie Looks Awesome in Bing Crosby Win

    Sprint champion Amazombie returned to his best form in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I), sitting just off a hot pace and coming to get the leaders in deep stretch to win going away on the Polytrack at Del Mar July 29.

  • Mike Smith

    Smith to Ride Hansen in West Virginia Derby

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be aboard 2011 2-year-old champion Hansen when the colt makes a start in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 4, owner Dr. Kendall Hansen confirmed July 25.

  • Royal Delta holds off Tiz Miz Sue to win the Delaware.

    Royal Delta Fully Extended in Del Cap

    Besilu Stables' Royal Delta held off a late challenger to win the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) by a neck at Delaware Park July 21, but it wasn't the nemesis everyone thought she'd face near the wire.