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  • Buena Vista rallies late to win the Japan Cup.

    Buena Vista Earns Japan Cup Redemption

    Buena Vista, disqualified from first to second for interference in last year's Japan Cup (Jpn-I), found no such problems this year. The 5-year-old mare surged late to win the $6.1 million event Nov. 27 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Cape Blanco won the Arlington Million on August 13.

    Quality Over Quantity in Turf Classic

    Cape Blanco and Teaks North, both two-time grade I winners on turf this year, headline a star-studded six-horse field for the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT).

  • Cape Blanco powers home in the Man o' War.<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%3D9590952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cape Blanco Denies Gio Ponti in Man o' War

    European invader Cape Blanco, making his United States debut, denied champion Gio Ponti a third straight victory in the $600,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) when he held him off in the stretch to win by about two lengths July 9.

  • Gio Ponti won the Man o' War in 2009 and 2010 (shown).<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%3D9102014%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gio Ponti Seeks Third Straight Man o' War

    Two-time reigning turf champion Gio Ponti still has a chance to remain one of the division leaders and he can do that while attempting to make history in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 9 at Belmont Park.

  • Mission Approved upsets the Woodford Reserve Manhattan 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%3D9561760%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mission Approved, 21-1, a Manhattan Shocker

    Mission Approved, claimed for $35,000 two starts back and making his first start in 11 months, went wire-to-wire to pull a 21-1 shocker in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) June 11 at Belmont Park.

  • Gio Ponti headlines the Woodford Reserve Manhattan 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%3D9102048%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Multiple Turf Champ Gio Ponti Tops Manhattan

    Multiple Eclipse Award winner and $5.3 million earner Gio Ponti heads the field of 10 turf specialists that have been entered for the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the June 8 Belmont Stakes card.

  • Gio Ponti overtakes longshot Mission Approved to repeat in the Man o' War.<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%3D9102014%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gio Ponti Up Late to Repeat in Man o' War

    Reigning champion Gio Ponti closed into a slow pace but was still able to get up by a measured neck to score his first win of the season and defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 10 at Belmont.

  • Musketier sweeps to four-length Singspiel win over the Woodbine turf course.

    Musketier Fires His Best Shot in Singspiel

    Helped out by the scratch of morning line choice Spice Route, Musketier earned his first North American win in six starts when he registered an easy tally over four rivals in the $135,520 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine June 21.

  • Last year's Highlander winner, Heros Reward, returns to try again in 2009.

    Highlander, Singspiel Top Woodbine Undercard

    Heros Reward and Mission Approved, winners of last year's Highlander (Can-IIIT) and Singspiel (Can-IIIT) stakes, respectively, are back to defend their titles in each event June 21 at Woodbine. The turf races are part of the $1 million Queen's Plate undercard.

  • 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin will take on a top field on the turf in the Man o'War.<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%3D4832693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stiff Test Set for Curlin in Turf Debut

    Trainer Steve Asmussen said he wanted a true measure of champion Curlin's potential to compete against the best grass runners in the world, and that's what he's likely to get in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park July 12.

  • English Channel is trying to become just the third horse to win the Hirsch multiple times.

    English Channel Looks to Get Back in Winner's Circle

    One month from now, English Channel's connections will be taking dead aim at the elusive $3-million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) for a third time. But first, owner James Scatuorchio and trainer Todd Pletcher have to get the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike back on the winning track, as they must tackle six challengers in the one-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 30.

  • Longshot Mission Approved in Saranac surprise.<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%3D2168340%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mission Approved Pulls Off Saranac Shocker

    Most people watching the $100,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 2 figured that 34-1 longshot Mission Approved was nothing more than a pacesetter, setting modest early fractions on the Saratoga turf until one of the more explosive 3-year-olds, namely Distorted Reality, blew by down the stretch. But it never happened.