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  • Virginia Group Advocates Review of Whips

    The board of directors of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association passed a resolution advocating the review and possible changes regarding jockeys' whips at the upcoming Colonial Downs meet, it was announced June 3.

  • Medaglia d'Oro got his first winner as a stallion May 31 at Calder.

    Medaglia d' Oro, 'Livingston Get Winners

    Freshmen sires Medaglia d'Oro and Mr. Livingston, both by El Prado, were represented by their respective first winners when Richard Rowan's Renda and Theresa and David Palmer and Merritt Racing's D. C.'s Legacy won at Calder Race Course May 31.

  • Indian Chant (no. 4) noses out Noonmark in the Aristides (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

    Indian Chant Fierce in Aristides

    Maggi Moss's Indian Chant set his sights on a victory in the $125,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and would not be denied, holding off a bid from the late-closing Noonmark to win the May 31 event by a nose.

  • Raw Silk went wire-to-wire in the May 31 Sands Point (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.

    Raw Silk Smooth Winner of Sands Point

    Darley Stable's Raw Silk staged a minor upset at a rainy Belmont Park May 31, when she took the $150,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) in a wire-to-wire effort under jockey Alan Garcia.

  • In 1984, Fit to Fight won the New York Handicap Triple which consisted of the Metropolitan, Suburban (shown), and Brooklyn Handicaps -- all grade I.

    Fit to Fight Euthanized

    Fit to Fight, one of the original three stallions to enter stud at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End near Versailles, Ky., was euthanized Friday, May 30, due to the infirmities of old age.

  • Ready's Echo

    Belmont Profile: Ready's Echo

    There are plenty of reasons for Ready's Echo to not prove contentious in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). But a stunning late run to third in the May 10 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) demands respect for the maiden winner.

  • Appalachian winner Alwajeeha (inside) takes on 6 in the Sands Point Stakes.

    Alwejeeha Too Good to Miss Sands Point

    It's never especially exciting when all other entries in a race carry 117 pounds and your filly is given 121, but trainer Kiaran McLaughlin considers extra weight a fair assignment considering the last performance of his Alwejeeha, and he expects good things from the Shadwell homebred in the $150,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont May 31.

  • Assistant Raises $1M for Miami Project

    Assistant trainer Robin Cleary, who was paralyzed in an accident at Calder Race Course in 1996, will be celebrated May 30 at Calder's Turf Club for raising more than $1 million for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis' spinal-cord injury research programs.

  • Keep the Peace, who finished just a neck behind in the La Troienne, meets a similar field in the Dogwood.

    Dogwood a Reunion for LaTroienne Runners

    Add a little more distance and throw in a few extra runners, and a rerun of the May 3 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) is essentially what you'll have in the $100,000 Dogwood (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Edgar Prado will ride Casino Drive in the June 7 Belmont (gr. I).

    Prado to Ride Casino Drive in Belmont

    Although top jockeys from across the country were clamoring for a chance to ride Casino Drive in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), one rider's prior experience at shooting down Triple Crown contenders made him the perfect man for the job. On May 28, it was announced that Edgar Prado would become the colt's pilot, adding more intrigue to the highly-anticipated June 7 event.

  • Behindatthebar

    Belmont Profile: Behindatthebar

    Behindatthebar comes into the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) a fresh horse, having scratched from the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) due to a bruised left front foot.

  • Giant Gizmo wins the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III), the feature race on Lone Star Million Day May 26.

    'Gizmo and Gomez Get 'Em at Lone Star

    Frank Stronach's Giant Gizmo landed a third consecutive score and proved his affinity for the 1 1/16-mile distance when he took control of the $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) and rolled home a solid winner in Texas May 26.

  • Divine Park storms home to take the Met Mile (gr. I).

    Bargain Baby Divine Park Grabs Met Mile

    James Barry purchased his 4-year-old Divine Park for just $20,000 at Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2005. Less than three years later, the son of Chester House became a grade I winner when he ran down the talented Commentator in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Lattice takes the Louisville Handicap under Robby Albarado.

    Lattice Loves Louisville 'Cap Length

    In the $150,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's homebred Lattice got an extension to the 1 1/2-mile distance, a confident ride from jockey Robby Albarado, and a soft pace to run at courtesy of Transduction Gold. Those factors were all he needed to put together a winning run.

  • Richter Scale winner Commentator heads the Met Mile.<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%3D3788789%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator Takes on Met Mile

    In January, Tracy Farmer's Commentator blistered to a new track record at Gulfstream Park as he trounced an outclassed field of five allowance competitors by 14 lengths. In March, he demolished six Richter Scale Sprint Handicap (gr. II) contenders while drawing off to win by 13 3/4 lengths. But the 7-year-old Distorted Humor gelding faces his steepest test of the season this Memorial Day, when he heads a field of nine in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Valenzuela Eyes Louisiana Downs Return

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, on three years' probation for a California DUI and unable to apply for a riding license in that state until Dec. 31 of this year, plans to begin riding races at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.

  • The popular gelding Brass Hat will make the 25th start of his career in the Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs.

    Brass Hat to Run in Louisville 'Cap

    On May 24, while reporters trace the every move of Triple Crown contender Big Brown, a hard-knocking 7-year-old gelding will make the 25th start of his career in the $150,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. And although the racing industry looks to a 3-year-old runner to attract nationwide fans, the reality is that Fred Bradley's Brass Hat is an equally intriguing horse to follow.

  • Buy the Barrel and Gabriel Saez take the Allaire DuPont.<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%3D4542122%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jones, Saez Capture DuPont With 'Barrel'

    On May 17, the jockeys at Pimlico wore patches on their boots to honor Eight Belles. Each time the television networks showed a replay of Big Brown's latest performance, the late runner's image filled the frame. And when Buy the Barrel took the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Handicap (gr. II) for trainer Larry Jones and jockey Gabriel Saez, we were reminded of Eight Belles once again.

  • Lantana Mob runs down the pace setters to take the Hirsch Jacobs.<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%3D4541452%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lantana Mob Speeds to Hirsch Victory

    Lantana Mob equaled the six-furlong track record at Pimlico May 17 when he ran down Silver Edition for a neck victory in the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III) on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard.

  • Palanka City cruises to victory in the Miss Preakness.<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%3D4531882%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Palanka City Aces Miss Preakness Test

    Going into the $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III), the question for Palanka City was whether the black-type winner could step up to graded competition. At odds of 1-2, it was a question the Terry Gestes trainee answered with an emphatic "yes" at muddy Pimlico May 16.

  • Rite Moment seeks her third successive grade II win in the Shuvee.<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%3D4229575%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Shuvee Handicap Brings Out Rite Moment

    There will be racing at other locations besides Pimlico on May 17, although most of the nation will be prone to forget it. At Belmont Park in the $150,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II), older fillies and mares head out a mile on the New York dirt just one hour before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) goes off in Maryland.

  • Roman Emperor looks to bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the Wood Memorial in the Barbaro Stakes.

    Roman Emperor Gets Shot in Barbaro

    That Roman Emperor likes the 1 1/16-mile distance has already been proven. Whether he'll bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial (gr. I) remains to be seen. We'll find out when the Steve Klesaris trainee leads a field of seven 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Bayakoa Stakes winner Buy The Barrel tries graded company for the first time in the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes.

    Jones and Saez Pair in DuPont Distaff

    Just 14 days after saddling Eight Belles to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones will give a leg up to jockey Gabriel Saez and the two will take Hinkle Farms' Buy the Barrel postward in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (gr. II) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Lantana Mob comes into the Hirsch Jacobs (gr. III) off a win in the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 6.

    Lantana Mob Heads Hirsch Jacobs

    Vinery Stables' Lantana Mob is the most likely choice in the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico May 17, which is why he's been assigned the high weight of 122 pounds in a nine-horse field. But several 3-year-olds looking for graded stakes-winning status could step up to provide a challenge in this Preakness undercard event.

  • Buffalo Man is the only runner in the Dixie's nine-horse field to carry more than 118 pounds.

    Buffalo Man, Shakis Vie in Dixie Stakes

    The top-weighted runner in the $250,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico May 17 is coming off a sixth-place finish, while his closest competitor also ran sixth in his last start. That leaves a chance at graded earnings readily available to seven other runners in the 1 1/8-mile turf event on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard.

  • Waldens Sell Gracefield

    Ben P. Walden Jr. and his wife, Elaine, prominent members of the Kentucky Thoroughbred industry, have sold their 310-acre farm near Lexington. The property, called Gracefield, was purchased by Robert and Lisa Lourie of Setauket, New York, for an undisclosed amount.

  • La Habra Stakes winner Passion tops the Miss Preakness field.<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%3D3474657%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Passion Tops Miss Preakness

    Between Pletcher, Passion, and Pimlico, there are plenty of alliterations. And here is another for the record-preference-which is what the Eclipse Award-winning trainer will be trying to pinpoint as he sends his versatile 3-year-old filly to the $100,000 Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III).

  • Behindatthebar

    Preakness Profile: Behindatthebar

    Behindatthebar wasn't ready for a start in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after winning the April 19 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). But with two more weeks between races under his girth, the Todd Pletcher trainee could be one of the more legitimate contenders for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Stevil

    Preakness Profile: Stevil

    Stevil has not won a race since his maiden score at Belmont in October of 2007, but trainer Nick Zito has the grey son of Maria's Mon on track for a start in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • On the Acorn (left) takes his second straight Jim Murray Handicap (gr. IIT), beating heavily favored Champs Elysees

    On the Acorn Defends Jim Murray Title

    Indizguys Stable's On the Acorn hadn't won a race since last year's running of the $250,000 Jim Murrary Memorial Handicap, but he defended that score with dignity and took the May 10 event at Hollywood Park for the second time in a row.

  • Lucky Island (center) won his third consecutive race with a win in the Bold Ruler (gr. III) May 10 at Belmont Park.

    Lucky Island Rolls to Bold Ruler Win

    Shadwell Stable's Lucky Island wore down the front-running Man of Danger and got his third consecutive victory when he took the $109,100 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park May 10.

  • Eight Belles<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%3D4335625%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Eight Bells for Eight Belles

    A petition urging Churchill Downs to honor Fox Hill Farms' deceased filly Eight Belles by ringing eight bells, a nautical euphemism for "finished," prior to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is gaining momentum among horse lovers across the nation.

  • Executive Fleet will look to build off a 2nd place finish in the Carter, as he tries the Bold Ruler.

    Bold Ruler Field Strong, Well-Matched

    Of the seven horses headed postward in the $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park May 10 - from the lightly-raced Lucky Island to the hard-knocking Callmetony - every one looks like a legitimate contender.

  • Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of Eight Belles to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue. <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%3D4394693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Eight Belles Wristbands Benefit Rescue

    Six days after Eight Belles' breakdown in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of the gallant filly, with proceeds to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue.

  • Bel Air Sizzle, winner of the Melair through disqualification, takes on the Senorita Stakes May 10.

    Bel Air Sizzle Back in Senorita Stakes

    The last time Bel Air Sizzle was entered in a race, it was through error. Less than 72 hours after the 3-year-old filly scored a solid 2 3/4-length allowance win at Hollywood Park, she was placed in the April 27 Melair Stakes, where trainer Barry Abrams intended to enter another starter, Lethal Heat, instead.

  • A.P. Magic Recovers from Injury

    A.P. Magic, a $2.3 million graduate of the Keeneland September yearling sale, came back from an injury thought to be career-ending when he broke his maiden at Calder Race Course May 3.

  • Rick Dutrow, Jr. making his way to the winner's circle after Big Brown's victory.

    Dutrow After Derby: 'The Horse is Good'

    Speaking to reporters on the Churchill Downs backside the day after Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was cautiously optimistic regarding his starter's chances in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Rene Douglas

    Derby Jockey Profile: Rene Douglas

    The past few years have been the best and worst of times for Rene Douglas. But in spite of personal hardship, the jockey is riding Z Humor in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Colonel John, shown schooling at Churchill Downs, has impressed Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Likes Big Brown, Colonel John

    Trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't have the first, second, or third choice in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). In fact, his horses were assigned odds of 15-1 (Monba) and 20-1 (Cowboy Cal) on the morning line. So, after giving an update on the status of his runners, Pletcher was left to confirm Rick Dutrow Jr.'s confidence in Big Brown during a May 1 press conference at Churchill Downs.

  • Big Brown worked three furlongs at Churchill Downs May 1.<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%3D4360890%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Gets Easy Work at Churchill

    Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. sent Big Brown for an easy work over the Churchill Downs surface May 1, and the imposing colt looked every bit the Derby favorite as he took to the track under regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin. Big Brown, installed as the 3-1 morning line choice following the April 30 post position draw, went three-eighths in :35 2/5.

  • Sugar Swirl seeks her first grade I victory in the Humana Distaff Stakes.<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%3D4024847%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sugar Swirl Could Sweeten Humana Distaff

    Stronach Stables' homebred Sugar Swirl has taken everything trainer Brian Lynch has thrown at her, including four back-to-back stakes races " three of them graded. Now the 5-year-old daughter of Touch Gold seeks her first grade I victory against the likes of Hystericalady, Baroness Thatcher, and Intangaroo in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).

  • Corey Nakatani

    Derby Jockey Profile: Corey Nakatani

    Although he has had 13 Kentucky Derby mounts, the winning prize has eluded 38-year-old Corey Nakatani. Not so honors in other racing events, from riding titles at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and Oak Tree, to seven Breeders' Cup victories.

  • John Velazquez

    Derby Jockey Profile: John Velazquez

    John Velazquez is well-known for his successful partnership with trainer Todd Pletcher, so it is extremely fitting that his Derby contender this year come from Pletcher's stable. Cowboy Cal is Velazquez's mount, and if the jockey improves off his second-place finish aboard Invisible Ink in 2001, he'll have himself a winner.

  • Hillsborough Stakes winner Dreaming of Anna is the one to beat in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT).

    Dreaming of Anna Leads CD Distaff Turf

    Frank Calabrese's homebred Dreaming of Anna, winner of the March 15 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) in her last start, will be the one to beat when nine older fillies and mares heads postward in the $150,000-added Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT).

  • Edgar Prado

    Derby Jockey Profile: Edgar Prado

    Who can forget Edgar Prado's winning ride aboard Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)? The experience seemed once-in-a-lifetime, but Prado is back this year aboard the H. Graham Motion-trained Adriano seeking a second Derby win.

  • Monba arrives at Churchill Downs on April 30.

    Pletcher's Pair Arrives at Churchill

    As Todd Pletcher's contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) arrived at Barn 34 from Keeneland April 30, accompanied by stakes contenders Danzon, Leah's Secret, and Garden District, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer took time to reflect upon the challenge of reaching - let alone winning - the first leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Visionaire is the first horse purchased by Vision Sales and the first horse campaigned under the Vision Racing colors.

    Name Games: Origins of Derby Monikers

    In our quest to discover the origins of names belonging to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, we discovered a diamond mine, picked up some basketball lingo, learned Indonesian, and found out what brown can do for us. Here are the stories behind the names of a few runners going into this year's first Saturday in May.

  • Bennie Stutts, trainer of Smooth Air

    Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

    An interview with Benny Stutts Jr. was the highlight of the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association's Derby trainers' dinner, as the 70-year-old trainer expressed his delight at preparing to saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter - Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air.