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  • Seasons of 2006

    <em>By Patricia Ranft</em> - It's been a tumultuous year in Thoroughbred racing, although most years have their share of turmoil in this sport. Emotions changed with the seasons, resulting in a 2006 that won't soon be forgotten.

  • Brother Derek Tops 13-Horse Malibu Field

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Brother Derek is the marquee entrant among the 13 horses entered in the 44th running of the grade I Malibu Stakes as Santa Anita Park begins its 70th year of racing at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

  • EHV-1 Precautions Taken at Calder, Tampa Bay Downs

    Although there are no confirmed cases of the contagious disease equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) at either Florida track, Calder Race Course and Tampa Bay Downs have instituted precautionary measures, including moratoriums on any new horses shipping into their stable areas.

  • Romance Is Diane  wins the Hollywood Starlet, giving jockey David Flores his fifth victory of the day.

    Romance Blooms for Flores, Mitchell in Starlet

    Romance Is Diane drew away from the field at the head of the stretch to post a major upset in the $459,250 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I), giving jockey David Flores his fifth win Sunday and providing a measure of satisfaction for winning trainer Mike Mitchell.

  • Mitchell Horses to Run Out of Detention Barn

    All horses trained by Mike Mitchell will run out of the detention barn for a period of 45 days that begins with those entered for Dec. 17, Hollywood Park announced, after a horse under his care exceeded the permitted total carbon dioxide level.

  • Valenzuela, O'Neill Take First on Breeders' Cup Card

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela and trainer Doug O'Neill got off to a winning start on the Breeders' Cup Championship Day card at Churchill Downs when Maryfield posted a convincing victory in the day's first race, the Emirates Airline Very Subtle Stakes.

  • Texcess, left, edges out Cheroot to win the California Cup Classic.

    After 2 Years, Texcess Strikes in California Cup

    Texcess, winless since capturing the $1 million Delta Jackpot as a 2-year-old in December 2004, ended his long drought with a smart victory in the $250,000 California Cup Classic Saturday at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting.

  • Symphony Sid wins the Carleton F. Burke Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Symphony Sid Orchestrates Burke Surprise

    Symphony Sid turned Saturday's 38th running of Oak Tree's Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr.IIIT) into a laugher on the Santa Anita Park grass, bringing an eight-race losing streak to an end in stakes-record time.

  • Mitchell Makes Quick Return at Emerald Downs

    Emerald Downs' all-time leading rider Gallyn Mitchell returned to the saddle on Friday night, less than a day after he was thrown to the track in a dramatic fall during the fourth race on Thursday.

  • Meeker Presides Over Final Shareholders' Meeting

    As the search for his successor continues, Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker presided over his 22nd and final shareholders' meeting Thursday, painting a positive picture of the racetrack operating company's future while also accepting plaudits from fellow directors and company employees.

  • Memories Carry Mitchell into Barrera Stakes

    When trainer Mike Mitchell sends out Remembering Star in the $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park on Saturday, fond memories of both the horse after which the colt is named and the trainer after which the race is named will be rekindled.

  • Yolanda B. Too to Contest Distaff

    West Point Thoroughbreds' 3-year-old filly Yolanda B. Too, who lost a narrow decision to unbeaten Nothing But Fun in the Cotillion Handicap Oct. 1, was proclaimed to be on target for the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) by trainer Rick Violette Jr. after a workout Monday morning at Aqueduct.

  • Leprechaun Kid among distinguished field for Hirsch on the turf.

    Mitchell Hopes 'Kid Still Lucky in Hirsch

    Trainer Mike Mitchell still gets emotional when he speaks of Leprechaun Kid, who runs in Sunday's Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) at 1 ¼ miles. The gray gelding reminds Mitchell of his best claim, Star Over The Bay, a horse that became a multiple stakes winner after being claimed for $80,000. Unfortunately, Star Over The Bay was euthanized after being injured racing in Singapore.

  • Original Spin Flawless in Arlington Lassie

    Illinois-bred filly Original Spin, who races in the colors of the Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc., rallied four-wide in the stretch to win the $147,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie (gr. III) by 4 ¼ lengths in her second career start.

  • Leprechaun Kid (near) proves good luck charm in Sunday&#39;s Del Mar Handicap.

    Leprechaun Kid Finds Gold in Del Mar 'Cap

    Leprechaun Kid, claimed for $80,000 a month ago, turned out to be a good luck charm for trainer Mike Mitchell and struggling jockey Tyler Baze in Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT).

  • Kela to Stand at Margaux Farm

    Kela, a grade I-winning sprinter who ran second in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) to champion Speightstown, has been retired and will stand at Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky., in 2006.

  • Jockey Club Rule Changed; Inspections Possible of Early Foals

    The Jockey Club has announced a change in its Stud Book rules that will permit representatives of the organization to physically inspect horses. According to a release, the rule change was made to insure the accurate foaling date of foals listed as born right after the first of the year.

  • Trainer Mitchell Can't Forget Star Over the Bay

    Trainer Mike Mitchell tried to concentrate on work in his Hollywood Park stable office Wednesday but found it impossible to forget about grade I winner Star Over the Bay, whose winner's circle pictures hung on the wall.

  • High Limit in 'Good' Work at Churchill Downs

    Working in company with Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner High Limit zipped six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 at Churchill Downs Thursday morning.

  • Greeley&#39;s Galaxy, on track at Churchill Downs.

    Greeley's Galaxy Displays Fitness in Thursday Workout

    B. Wayne Hughes' Greeley's Galaxy worked a mile at Churchill Downs Thursday, displaying his readiness for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), according to 83-year-old veteran California trainer Warren Stute.

  • Greater Good Hits the Track at Churchill Downs

    Taking advantage of the sunny, dry conditions at Churchill Downs, Thursday's work tab was busy, with five contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) breezing over the fast track.

  • Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.

    Bailey Hopes High Fly Lifts Him Into Winner's Circle

    After a one-year hiatus from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey is back, seeking his third win in the classic. Bailey, 47, who also just released his autobiography "Against the Odds: Riding for My Life," is booked to ride Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for trainer Nick Zito.

  • Afleet Alex, impressive in Tuesday workout at Churchill Downs.

    'Alex' Impresses in Morning Workout

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex displayed his affinity for the track at Churchill Downs when he zipped five furlongs in :59 Tuesday morning in preparation for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey, on horses: &quot;You cannot baby them.&quot;

    Trainer Uses Unorthodox Methods With Afleet Alex

    As a budding athlete in grade school, Tim Ritchey recalls, he did "two-a-day" drills as a member of the football team. Now, Ritchey is applying those lessons learned at a young age, along with lessons learned as a trainer of show horses and a healthy dose of what he calls "common sense," in his training of Afleet Alex, one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • 'Rocky Has Blood Clot; Nominated to Lexington Stakes

    Trainer John Servis made a phone call Monday morning, a phone call he didn't really want to make. Servis called the Keeneland racing office to nominate Rockport Harbor to the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) scheduled for April 23 at the Lexington, Ky. track.

  • Sensibly Chic, Cativa Square Off Again in Distaff

    Trainer Tim Tullock Jr. believes that Sensibly Chic has a few points in her favor that will help her extract revenge upon Cativa when they hook up at Aqueduct on Saturday afternoon in the 51st running of the $150,000-added Distaff Breeders' Cup (gr. II).