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  • Lava Man<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%3D1592952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lava Man 'Fantastic' for Goodwood Return

    Well beaten in the Pacific Classic last time out, California star Lava Man has an opportunity to prove he's as good as ever when he takes on nine rivals in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting Sept. 29.

  • O'Neill Comes Full Circle to Saddle 1,000th Winner

    He's saddled starters in several different countries, hoisted trophies at tracks from Santa Anita to Belmont Park, and trained champion horses to victory in the world's top races, but trainer Doug O'Neill came full circle at a bullring track Sept. 9 when he saddled the 1,000th winner of his career during Fairplex Park's 16-day meet.

  • Maryfield (left) takes the Ballerina Breeders' Cup at the wire.<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%3D2114354%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mighty Maryfield Wins Ballerina Shocker

    California shipper Maryfield certainly shines in New York. Returning to the Empire State for the first time since she captured Aqueduct's Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for trainer Doug O'Neill in March, the late-charging 6-year-old mare won a desperate head bob at odds of 16-1 to nose an unlucky Baroness Thatcher at the wire of the $250,000 Ballerina Breeders' Cup (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 26.

  • Lava Man Gets P.M. Drill for Pacific Classic

    Defending Pacific Classic (gr. I) champion Lava Man had his final major prep for the $1 million test on Aug. 19 when he breezed six furlongs before the first race Saturday in 1:14 4/5 over Del Mar's Polytrack surface.

  • French-bred Shamdinan makes U.S. debut with  Secretariat Stakes win.

    Shamdinan Sizzles in Secretariat Triumph

    The French-bred Shamdinan, making his United States debut for new trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Triple B Farms, caught a game Red Giant in the final strides to win the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 11.

  • Lava Man faces eight in Gold Cup.<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%3D631837%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lava Man Tackles 8 in Historic Gold Cup

    Lava Man, attempting to match legendary Native Diver with his third consecutive victory in Saturday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), will face eight rivals in the 1 1/4-mile classic at Hollywood Park.

  • Lava Man seeks a repeat of this victory in the Whittingham.

    Lava Man Seeks Whittingham Repeat

    California legend Lava Man will seek to maintain his status as the West Coast's dominant older runner in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

  • Sprint Champ Thor's Echo Back in O'Neill's Barn

    Sprint champion Thor's Echo, a California-bred 5-year-old gelding who captured the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) last year, has been returned to the Doug O'Neill stable at Hollywood Park after a disappointing winter in Dubai.

  • Bonfante Wins San Simeon Stretch Duel

    Saturday's $103,488 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita, pared to four starters from an original field of nine when switched from the hillside turf course to the main track at 6 1/2 furlongs, went to Bonfante, the longest shot in the field who won a stirring stretch battle with Battle Won.

  • Super Freaky Pops Providencia Surprise

    Stalking Super Freaky surged to the lead leaving the eighth pole and dug in gamely under jockey Jon Court for her first graded stakes victory in the $112,600 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Santa Anita grass Saturday.

  • Cobalt Blue gives owner Merv Griffin a legitimate Derby contender with convincing San Felipe win.<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%3D896187%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cobalt Blue Gets the Green in San Felipe

    Cobalt Blue could be entertainer Merv Griffin's first Kentucky Derby starter after the inexperienced colt went gate to wire for a sharp two-length win in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Perennial Derby player Bob Baffert sends out "last hope for this season" as Air Commander faces five in Saturday's San Felipe.

    Judgment Time in San Felipe for Griffin, Baffert

    Show business entrepreneur Merv Griffin, whose Derby hopes were dashed last year, and trainer Bob Baffert, a fixture on the Triple Crown trail since 1996, each reach the crossroads of their aspirations this year in Saturday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

  • Mistical Plan took the lead at the top of the stretch and went on to win the Fair Grounds Oaks.<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%3D868391%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    No Catching Mistical Plan in Fair Grounds Oaks

    J. Paul Reddam's Mistical Plan emerged from a strong pace battle with the lead and was never headed while leaving the field behind in the stretch run of the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday.

  • Great Hunter could go on to the Blue Grass Stakes after winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

    Great Hunter Bags Lewis Stakes

    J. Paul Reddam's grade I winner Great Hunter unleashed a big move leaving the quarter pole and rolled to an impressive victory in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Lava Man successfully defended his title in the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Lava Man Conquers Big 'Cap Again

    How amazing is Lava Man? Absolutely invincible in California over the past two seasons on turf and dirt, the 6-year-old gelding became the third horse in 70 years to win back-to-back runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) Saturday.

  • Great Hunter wins last October's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

    Great Hunter Begins Derby Chase Saturday

    Grade I winner Great Hunter will be favored to provide trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Corey Nakatani with their second major stakes victory on Saturday when the colt joins a field of nine 3-year-olds for the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

  • Lava Man Red-Hot Choice for Big 'Cap Repeat

    Lava Man, the most prosperous claiming purchase in racing history, will be out to lay claim to another distinction on Saturday when the 6-year-old gelding will be an overwhelming favorite to win a second $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manual Indian Bingo & Casino (gr. I).

  • Derby Trail Possible for Griffin's Cobalt Blue

    Merv Griffin's Cobalt Blue may have raced himself back onto the Triple Crown trail Wednesday with an eye-catching victory in a $53,000 allowance event while returning from five months on the sidelines at Santa Anita.

  • Jockey James Graham (on ground) is unseated from his mount Slew's Tizzy (above him) as Notional (purple cap)  goes on to win the Risen Star Stakes.

    Notional Gets Lucky Trip in Fall-Marred Risen Star

    J. Paul Reddam's Southern California shipper Notional turned in an impressive effort in winning Saturday's $300,000 Risen Star (gr. III), a race marred by a fall that spoiled whatever chance the heavy favorite Circular Quay had of winning the 3-year-old test at Fair Grounds.

  • Lava Man Repeats as California Horse of the Year

    Lava Man was named the 2006 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, becoming a back-to-back winner of the honor, which was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 5.

  • Jockey Corey Nakatani kisses Lava Man after their Sunshine Millions Turf win at Santa Anita.

    Lava Man Rolls On in Sunshine Millions Turf

    Lava Man, who was on the verge of Horse of the Year honors last year, kicked off his 2007 campaign with a sparkling two-length win in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Turf Saturday at Santa Anita.

  • Mistical Plan (left) edges out Tiz Elemental to win the Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita.

    Millions Oaks Nod Goes to Mistical Plan

    J. Paul Reddam's favored Mistical Plan, in spite of lugging in through the lane, got the nod by a nose over outsider Tiz Elemental to win the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Notional wins Saturday's San Rafael at Santa Anita.

    Zippy Notional Sews Up San Rafael

    Notional, sent off at odds of 3-5, proved a punctual four-length winner of Saturday's $150,000 San Rafael (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at one mile at Santa Anita Park.

  • Harvard Avenue, outside, noses out Areyoutalkingtome to win the El Conejo Handicap, Monday at Santa Anita.

    Smart Win for Harvard Avenue in El Conejo

    Ron Crockett's homebred Harvard Avenue finished with a flurry under a perfectly timed move by jockey Garrett Gomez to nose Areyoutalkintome at the wire and give trainer Doug O'Neill the first two finishers of the $110,900 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) on New Year's Day at Santa Anita Park.

  • Valenzuela Kicked, Sustains Cracked Ribs

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, currently fifth in the jockey standings at Hollywood Park, was diagnosed with three cracked ribs after he was kicked by his mount in the paddock prior to the fifth race at Hollywood Nov. 26.

  • Thor's Echo (far left) makes his move on the way to the win in the De Francis Dash.

    Thor's Echo Makes Case in De Francis Dash

    TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion Thor's Echo, racing in the Superman silks of Suarez Racing, made his case for a 2006 Eclipse Award, repelling a menacing challenge from the unlucky Diabolical to win the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.

  • BC Sprint winner Thor's Echo the  morning line favorite in Sunday's  De Francis Dash.<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%3D633957%26%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Thor's Echo 8-5 Choice in De Francis Dash

    Thor's Echo, upset winner of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) on Nov. 4, is the 8-5 morning line favorite after drawing the outside post among nine entered in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.