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  • Game On Dude

    Game On Dude Heads BC Classic Drills

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contenders livened up the worktabs at Santa Anita Park and Churchill Downs Oct. 8, as Game On Dude cruised around his California base and Fort Larned and Will Take Charge drilled in Kentucky.

  • Emollient wins the Spinster Stakes.
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    Emollient Rolls Last-to-First in Spinster

    A smashing winner of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) this spring, favored Emollient returned to Keeneland Oct. 6 to capture the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) in another dazzling effort.

  • Points Offthebench gets the jump on favorite Goldencents to win the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

    Points Offthebench Nails Santa Anita Sprint

    Points Offthebench will take a four-race win streak into the Nov. 2 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) following a sharp victory in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 5.

  • No Jet Lag finishes strong to win the City of Hope Mile.

    No Jet Lag Zips to City of Hope Upset Score

    Making his second start in the U.S., No Jet Lag unleashed a strong turn of foot for a major upset in the Oct. 5 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park as 1-2 favorite Obviously gave up the lead to finish fourth.

  • Emollient  won the 2013 Ashland Stakes.

    Emollient Takes on Elders in Spinster Stakes

    Emollient will face her elders as one of 11 entered for the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 6 at Keeneland. Others include grade I winners On Fire Baby and Byrama, and grade II winner Summer Applause.

  • Mike Smith and Game On Dude

    Mike Smith Back on 'Dude' for BC Classic

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has been named by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert to ride California-based handicap star Game on Dude in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Big Blue Kitten tries for his 3rd straight grade I win in the Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2706549462&k=nQcVJZB">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Blue Kitten Stalks Third Straight Grade I

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred Big Blue Kitten will try to secure his third straight grade I win when he faces an expected nine rivals in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational Stakes Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.

  • Close Hatches rolls home to win the Cotillion Stakes.

    Second Straight Grade I Win for Close Hatches

    Close Hatches secured a second straight grade I victory Sept. 21 when she passed Test Stakes (gr. I) winner Sweet Lulu turning for home and held off all challengers in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I).

  • Points Offthebench wins the Bing Crosby Stakes.

    Points Offthebench Shows His Game in Crosby

    Points Offthebench made his first venture into stakes company a successful one, winning the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) over Goldencents in a terrific fight to the wire July 28 at Del Mar.

  • 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.