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  • Street Sense Sizzles in Churchill Downs Work

    James Tafel's Street Sense, a major contender for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the reigning 2-year-old champion of American racing, tuned up for a scheduled run in next week's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a sizzling five-furlong workout of :58 2/5 on Wednesday at Churchill Downs.

  • Street Sense Returned to Churchill Downs Stable

    James Tafel's homebred Street Sense, America's reigning 2-year-old champion, has returned to familiar surroundings at Churchill Downs, where he is to continue his preparations for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5.

  • Street Sense (right) battles Any Given Saturday down the stretch on the way to this Tampa Bay Derby win.

    Street Sense Noses 'Saturday in Tampa Bay Derby

    James B. Tafel's 2006 juvenile champion Street Sense returned to action in gutsy style Saturday when he defeated 7-10 favorite Any Given Saturday by a nose in a tremendous finish to the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III).

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    Steve Haskin's Weekend Analysis: Tampa Tussle Highlights Derby Preps

    The Derby trail hits four fronts this weekend, with all eyes on Tampa Bay Downs, Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita, and Sunland Park. Although the races in general are more about potential stars than proven stars, that certainly doesn't apply to the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) which features the match-up of the year, so far.

  • Street Sense Breezes at Churchill Downs

    Although a steady rain fell throughout the early morning, the main track at Churchill Downs was labeled fast Oct. 26 when James B. Tafel's Street Sense breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 in preparation for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • Saratoga Diary: 'Graveyard of Favorites' Sums Up Monday Card

    This season, the sobriquet "Graveyard of Favorites" is appropriate for Saratoga in more ways than one. Monday brought the fifth day of daily on-track attendance decline and featured an upset of enormous proportions in the Amsterdam (gr. II).

  • G'Day for Trainer Wilkes; Wins 3 at Gulfstream

    Australian-born conditioner Ian Wilkes, who began his own training career New Year's Day after serving as an assistant to Carl Nafzger for 13 years, saddled the winners of three straight races at Gulfstream Park Thursday, the last one establishing a track record.

  • Eurosilver Shines in Skip Away

    Front-running Eurosilver recorded his first graded stakes win in 18 months when he held off 21-1 outsider Twilight Road by a half-length in the $100,000 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Commentator Runs Away with Perryville

    The Nick Zito-trained Commentator glided to an easy seven-length win in Thursday's $112,600 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland. Eurosilver was second, with Weigelia a half-length back in third.

  • Hard to Find a Favorite in Turfway BC

    So contentious is Saturday's Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) that the morning line has five of the seven entrants at odds of between 5-2 and 5-1. The 1 1/16 miles Turfway Breeders' Cup is one of five stakes on the Kentucky Cup card at the northern Kentucky track.

  • Mayo On the Side Tops Chicago BCup Handicap

    Lathenbach Stablesê grade I stakes winner Mayo On the Side, looms the likely choice of the betting public when she faces four rivals in Saturday's $175,000 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.

  • Lead Story Retired With Ankle Fracture

    A. Stevens Miles' Lead Story, a winner of three major stakes races at Churchill Downs and a leading contender for Saturday's $400,000-added Fleur de Lis (gr. II), has been retired from racing after suffering a fractured ankle in her final work for the race.

  • Last Song Set for Oaks After Breezing

    Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song was an early bird who got a good track to work over at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 for trainer Carl Nafzger in preparation for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Madcap Escapade Zips at Churchill

    Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade and Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song, two candidates for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) April 30, worked out over the Churchill Downs surface on Thursday.

  • Last Song, with Edgar Prado aboard, wins the Bonnie Miss Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Nafzger Singing Last Song's Praises

    Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song got the trip she needed to defeat odds-on favorite Society Selection by two lengths in Saturday's $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park.

  • Westerly Breeze battles high winds to take the Alcibiades.

    Westerly Breeze Takes Sloppy Alcibiades

    The question in the grade II Walmac International Alcibiades (gr. II) at Keeneland Friday was who would relish the off going. The answer was Westerly Breeze and Ruby's Reception.

  • Small Field Set For Mother Goose

    With Take Charge Lady and Bella Bellucci both on the sidelines, a field of just five 3-year-old fillies will run Saturday at Belmont in the grade I Mother Goose Stakes.

  • Unshaded (left), with Shane Sellers in the irons, wins the Travers Stakes over Albert the Great (right).

    Travers Winner Unshaded Entered at Churchill Saturday

    Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Unshaded kicked off his 4-year-old campaign with a victory over Da Devil in a Churchill Downs allowance race on May 17 last year. Trainer Carl Nafzger now brings him back to begin his 5-year-old season a year and a day later in a optional claiming/allowance race at Churchill.

  • Take the Cake Upsets 2-5 Favorite A New Twist

    Odds-on favorite A New Twist set the pace through the opening quarter-mile then dueled with Cherokee Girl for a half-mile, before 22-1 longshot Take the Cake rolled by the leading pair to win the $100,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) by 3 1/4 lengths Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

  • Repent won the Kentucky Jockey Club as the favorite.

    Belterra, Repent, and Bet On Sunshine Win at Churchill

    Trainer Kenneth McPeek saddled the favorite in both of Churchill Downs' stakes races for 2-year-olds Saturday but won only with Repent in the $217,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) as his Take Charge Lady finished second in the $215,200 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for fillies. In between those two races, Bet On Sunshine stretched out for a rare route race, winning the 1 1/16-mile allowance race by 7 1/4 lengths.

  • Unshaded Successful in Return; Stephen Foster Next

    James Tafel's 4-year-old gelding Unshaded returned to the races Thursday for the first time since winning the Travers Stakes (gr. I) last August, winning a Churchill Downs allowance race by 1 1/2 lengths. Unshaded, who had been sidelined by a tendon injury, completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.11 under Robby Albarado.

  • Unshaded (6), passes Albert the Great (on rail) en route to victory in this year's Travers Stakes.

    Unshaded Injured; To Undergo Surgery

    Trainer Carl Nafzger reported Friday that Unshaded came out of his Travers victory with a strained tendon in the left front leg and will undergo surgery at Rood & Riddle Clinic in Lexington, Ky. on Monday.

  • Unshaded (left), with Shane Sellers in the irons, wins the Travers Stakes over Albert the Great (right).

    Unshaded Nips Albert the Great in Travers

    James B. Tafel's Unshaded split horses on the second turn and dueled outside Albert the Great through the stretch, pulling to the lead in the final strides to win an exciting renewal of the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) by a head Saturday at Saratoga.

  • Solvig Wins Pucker Up

    Solvig saved ground before finding running room late to win Saturday's $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at a rainy Arlington International.

  • No Belmont For Unshaded

    Citing the 3-year-old gelding's inexperience, trainer Carl Nafzger announced Wednesday that Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Unshaded will not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and instead will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday.

  • No Decisions on Pegasus, Unshaded

    The trainers of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and Peter Pan Stakes runner-up Unshaded still have not made decisions on whether their colts will compete in the June 10 Belmont Stakes.