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  • Elusive Lady looks to improve off a second-place finish at Aqueduct in the Demoisel Stakes.

    Old Hat Draws Talented Field

    3-year-old fillies including Indy's Alexandra and Elusive Lady will launch their 2008 campaigns in the Jan. 12 edition of the Old Hat Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Einstein who hasn't raced since May 19 Pimlico spill, faces Minister's Bid, others in Gulfstream allowance.

    Einstein Returns in GP Allowance

    Midnight Cry Stable's Einstein could not defy the laws of gravity in his last start, when he went down in a frightening spill in the Dixie Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico on Preakness (gr. I) day, May 19. A mild injury from that spill cut short the 6-year-old's 2007 campaign, but he'll be back in a one-mile turf allowance feature at Gulfstream Park Jan. 11.

  • Stormin Baghdad headlines the F.W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes.

    Six Stakes at Fair Grounds Jan. 12

    Fair Grounds' "Road to the Derby" Jan. 12 kickoff day is headed by Silverfoot in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) and Blackberry Road in the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), but four other $100,000 stakes races have drawn familiar names as well.

  • Kellyn Gorder

    The Making of a Trainer

    Kellyn Goder is a skilled horseman, one of the few trainers who actually deserve that distinction. He is not famous, but that is about to change. Gorder is on the verge of a breakthrough.

  • Kentucky Cup Juvenile winner Texas Fever takes on favored Blackberry Road in the Lecomte Stakes.

    Blackberry Road Favored in Lecomte

    Dogwood Stable's Blackberry Road may be the 7-2 morning line choice for the $100,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), but he'll face two unbeaten runners, a graded stakes winner, and an impressive 9 1/4 length victor when a field of nine heads to the post at the Fair Grounds Jan. 12.

  • New York Jockeys Call for Solutions

    A group of New York jockeys is asking all parties in the ongoing negotiations for the New York racing franchise to come up with creative solutions to the problems facing the industry.

  • Top Flight winner Mini Sermon carries the top weight of 118 in the Sabin.<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%3D2853236%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Top Flight Fillies Meet in Sabin

    The top three finishers from Aqueduct's Nov. 23 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II), led by Edward P. Evans' Mini Sermon, will meet again in the $150,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 6.

  • Pennsylvania Derby victor Timber Reserve is back from a layoff and looking good.<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%3D2174429%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Timber Reserve Back for Hal's Hope

    Timber Reserve missed three months of training after his game victory in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II). Now he's back, seeking to emerge as a top 4-year-old in the Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) Jan. 6 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Keyed Entry won the Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) last February at Gulfstream Park.

    Mr. Prospector Key for Keyed Entry

    Keyed Entry has not raced since June 9, when he bore out on the turn in the six-furlong True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Making his first start since returning from a five-month layoff, the 5-year-old son of Honour and Glory carries highweight of 118 in the Jan. 5 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Quiet Royal, 5-for-19 over turf, tries dirt for first time  in the Stage Door Betty Handicap.

    'Quiet' May Steal Stage Door Betty

    Making her first attempt over dirt after 19 career starts on the turf, the Todd Pletcher-trained Quiet Royal gets a light impost and looks to steal the Dec. 29 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course.

  • Charlie Camac

    A Racetrack Original

    BloodHorseNOW.com staff writer Claire Novak chronicles the racetrack career of 72-year-old Charlie Camac, who found his greatest success in the starters' stand by showing empathy and concern for the fields of Thoroughbreds he controlled.

  • Into Mischief in CashCall

    'Mischief' Nabs CashCall Futurity

    The closest B. Wayne Hughes ever came to owning a Kentucky Derby winner was when his Don't Get Mad finished fourth behind Giacomo in 2005. But when 2-year-old Into Mischief won the $753,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 22, the colt had Hughes speaking of roses once again.

  • Jerry Bailey

    Bailey to Guild Creditors' Panel

    In the latest development in the Jockeys' Guild bankruptcy case, former Guild president Jerry Bailey was appointed to a creditors' committee that is chaired by outsted Guild manager Wayne Gertmenian.

  • Unbeaten Massive Drama heads a field of 14 in the CashCall Futurity.<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%3D2844014%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Drama' Tops CashCall Futurity

    The top three finishers from the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III), led by the unbeaten Massive Drama, will meet again in the Dec. 22 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

  • Trainer John Morgan Dead at 76

    John Morgan, a retired horseman who trained Thoroughbreds for approximately 35 years, died Dec. 16 in Hot Springs, Ark. According to a release from Oaklawn Park, the 76-year-old trainer succumbed to cancer.

  • Cornelio Velasquez

    The Inside Track: The Quiet Man

    He spurns in-depth interviews, seeking the privacy of the jockeys' room with hermit-like tenacity. You'll rarely find him socializing with his fellow riders, and his post-race celebrations are generally undetectable. But Cornelio Velasquez doesn't have to say much. His ability speaks for itself. Trainers call Velasquez "a warrior" and "an agressive rider" who is solid, determined and "consistently gives his all." These qualities are probably the reason he is the nation's fourth-leading rider by purses earned this year. And we're about to let you in on another secret. Velasquez will not volunteer this information, but 2007 has been his best year ever. (Read More)

  • Hawthorne Cancels Racing

    Hawthorne Race Course cancelled the remainder of its Dec. 13 card due to unacceptable track conditions, the racetrack announced following the second race of the day.

  • Paradise Dancer finished 2nd in last year's running of the Kenny Noe.

    Solid Field Set for Kenny Noe 'Cap

    Racegoers might get a sense of deja vu when the field heads postward for the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course Dec. 15. Many of the runners in the seven-furlong event have faced each other before, sometimes with very close results.

  • CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

    The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

  • CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

    The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

  • CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

    The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society?s Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

  • Ballast splits horses to take the Tropical Turf Handicap.

    Ballast Afloat in Tropical Turf

    Getting his first win since a 2006 score in the Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT), Richard C. Thompson's Ballast took the 2007 edition of same race after splitting horses in a dramatic move at Calder Race Course Dec. 1.

  • Ballast Afloat in Tropical Turf

    Getting his first win since a 2006 score in the Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT), Richard C. Thompson's Ballast took the 2007 edition of same race after splitting horses in a dramatic move at Calder Race Course Dec. 1.

  • Ballast Afloat in Tropical Turf

    Getting his first win since a 2006 score in the Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT), Richard C. Thompson?s Ballast took the 2007 edition of same race after splitting horses in a dramatic move at Calder Race Course Dec. 1.

  • Hall of Fame jockey, Bill Hartack.

    Hartack Funeral Set for Dec. 6

    Funeral arrangements have been made for the late Bill Hartack, whose remains will be buried Dec. 6 in Iberia, Mo., with a memorial service to follow Dec. 10 in Miami Springs, Fla.

  • Dr. Wayne Gertmenian

    Gertmenian Reviews Guild Bankruptcy

    The largest creditors in the Jockeys' Guild bankruptcy case are two past national managers now involved in legal proceedings against the organization, and both have been selected as part of a five-member committee made up of creditors with significant claims against the Guild.

  • Jocks' Guild to Assemble Dec. 2-4

    The first gathering of membership since the Jockeys' Guild filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will take place Dec. 2-4 in Louisville, with an update on the financial and legal status of the organization expected from Guild leaders.

  • Host looks for victory in the Tropical Turf Handicap.

    Host Heads Tropical Turf Handicap

    Coming off a fifth-place finish in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and carrying significantly less weight than his 126-pound load in that race, Eugene Melnyk's Host looks for his first victory since May 26 when he competes in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder Race Course Dec. 1.

  • Pure Clan remains undefeated in the Golden Rod.

    Pure Clan Perfect in Four Starts

    Lewis Lakin's Pure Clan remained unbeaten and earned her fourth career victory as she unleashed a powerful late run in the $250,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24.

  • A.P. Arrow wins the Clark over Brass Hat and becomes a millionaire.

    A.P. Arrow Shoots Straight in Clark

    The Todd Pletcher-trained A.P. Arrow survived a cavalry charge at the head of the lane and a stretch duel with Fred Bradley's Brass Hat to win the $554,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 23, bumping his career earnings past the $1-million mark.

  • Thorn Song gets up to win the River City.

    Thorn Song Nabs River City

    Zayat Stables' Thorn Song continued his excellent record on the turf when he got up in the final strides to take the $200,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 23.

  • Pocahontas winner Pure Clan tries to remain unbeaten in the Golden Rod.

    Pure Clan Aims Higher in Golden Rod

    Lewis Lakin's Pure Clan, unbeaten in three career starts, will stretch out to 1 1/16 miles and aim for grade II status when she heads to the post against eight other 2-year-old fillies in the $250,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 24.

  • Guild Waiting for Industry Response

    With little response coming from industry groups involved in a Nov. 13 meeting with representatives of the Jockeys' Guild, riders across the country--and Guild representatives themselves--are raising concerns over the organization's ability to provide health insurance for its members.

  • The Green Monkey will try the Hollywood turf for his third start.

    The Green Monkey Tries Turf

    The Green Monkey, that well-known $16-million purchase from Fasig-Tipton's 2006 Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, will run in a $44,000 maiden special weight over the Hollywood Park turf course Nov. 21 as trainer Todd Pletcher seeks a win for the colt.

  • The Leopard, who finished 7th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, is a leading contender in the Generous.

    The Leopard Takes on Graded Company

    Six of the 10 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23 are coming into the one-mile turf event off victories. But the winner could very well be a colt whose record shows the worst effort of the group last time out -- Todd Pletcher trainee The Leopard, whose seventh-place finish in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf came over a soggy grass course that left many floundering.

  • Silent Name hopes to rebound in the Citation after a 12th-place finish in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile.

    Citation 'Cap Wide Open

    If trainer Bobby Frankel could write a perfect scenario for the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 23, it would involve a dry forecast and a one-two finish. Frankel sends out a pair of starters in the 1 1/16-mile turf event -- Silent Name, whose 12th-place finish in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) was a result of the soft turf, says the trainer, and Proudinsky, whose back-to-back wins in his last two starts have earned him the jump to grade I company for the second time in his career.

  • Dr. Janet Hoke, center, and her partner Alan Parker, left, with a check from Central Bank executive vice president David Moore. The check represents contributions collected from the sale of her horses on behalf of the Komen Foundation's Lexington chapter.

    Hoke Donates $53,600 to Komen-Lex

    Dr. Janet Hoke of Tym Mar Farms in Plant City, Fla., presented Komen-Lexington with the largest donation the organization has ever received when she donated $53,600.00, 10% of the purchase price buyers paid for her fall yearlings consigned at three different sales this year.