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  • Jockey Chris DeCarlo celebrates the 1,000th winner of his career at Monmouth Park June 23.

    Jockey DeCarlo Rides 1,000th Winner

    Jockey Chris DeCarlo rode the 1,000th winner of his career at Monmouth Park June 23, piloting Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbreds' Oconee Gold to victory in the eighth race on the card for trainer Ramon Moya.

  • Park Avenue Ball has been retired from racing.

    Park Avenue Ball Retired

    Park Avenue Ball, a millionaire and grade II winner, has been retired from racing.

  • Bishop Court Hill makes his first start for trainer Tom Albertrani in the Fall Highweight.

    Fall Highweight 'Cap Attracts Seven

    Grand Champion appears to have landed in the perfect spot to earn his first open stakes win in the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct Nov. 22.

  • Any Given Saturday at Monmouth Park.

    Steve Haskin's BC Analysis: Wet and Wild on the Jersey Shore

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships and the Jersey Shore met head on this week, and judging from the weather forecast, a good portion of the shore will be washing up on Monmouth Park Friday and Saturday. The expected heavy rains will leave the 11 Breeders' Cup races pretty much a mess and a guess.

  • Discreet Cat will be making his first start in nearly six months in the Vosburgh.

    Vosburgh: Discreet Cat on Comeback Trail Again

    The spectacular Sept. 30 card at Belmont Park includes four Grade I events, each with Breeders' Cup implications. One of the more anticipated is the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), which includes the return of 4-year-old superstar Discreet Cat, who will be making his first start in nearly six months.

  • Man o' War winner Doctor Dino, part of the initial European invasion.

    Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: The Invasion Begins

    A Spanish owner and a British trainer are overheard conversing in French following a grade I victory on turf. Welcome to the Belmont Park fall meeting. It is here that the best American grass horses and their trainers and owners get their annual reality check from Europe's advance guard.

  • California invader Smokey Stover, with Aaron Gryder up, wins the Icecapade Stakes at Monmouth Park.

    Test Lap Goes Well for Smokey Stover in Icecapade

    Leading sprinter Smokey Stover took a successful test spin for the upcoming TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, winning the $103,000 Icecapade Stakes over three rivals in a solid time of 1:08 4/5 at the New Jersey track Sept. 1.

  • Smokey Stover will test the Monmouth surface in the Icecapade Stakes.

    Smokey Stover Heats Up Icecapade at Monmouth

    Smokey Stover, one of the top-rated sprinters in the country, will test his affinity for the Monmouth Park racing strip, site of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), when he faces four foes in the $100,000 Icecapade Stakes Sept. 1.

  • Utopia Makes U.S. Debut as Belmont Meet Opens

    The Japanese-bred Utopia, winner of the 2006 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II), makes his United States debut in the $100,000 Westchester Handicap (gr. III) as Belmont Park begins a 60-day spring/summer meet Wednesday.

  • Istan Doesn't Look Back, Wins Artax 'Cap

    Darpat S.L. Stable's 5-year-old Istan went to the front at the start of Saturday's $100,000 Artax Handicap for older horses at Gulfstream Park and went all the way to score by 2 1/2 lengths over Paradise Dancer.

  • Wild Gams Takes Top New Jersey-bred Honors

    Multiple graded stakes winner Wild Gams has been named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly for 2006. Bred and owned by New Farm, the daughter of Forest Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.

  • Richter Scale BC Owned by Half Ours

    Favored Half Ours remained unbeaten in five starts when he staved off the hard-charging Park Avenue Ball in the closing strides to take the $225,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap (gr. II) by a half-length at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Pletcher Sends Unbeaten Half Ours in Richter Scale

    Trainer Todd Pletcher sends out 'live' contenders in all four of Saturday's stakes at Gulfstream Park. That includes the $225,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap (gr. II) when he saddles Marie and Aaron Jones' undefeated 4-year-old Half Ours with John Velazquez aboard.

  • Park Avenue Ball (near) wins the Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Stakes.

    Park Avenue Ball Sweeps to Iselin BC Win

    Char-Mari Stable's Park Avenue Ball moved to the lead around the far turn and held off all challengers to win the $265,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) by three quarters of a length Saturday at Monmouth Park.

  • Master Command Totes Top Weight in Iselin

    Master Command will carry top weight of 121 pounds while breaking from the rail Saturday at Monmouth Park in the 72nd Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) and face seven rivals. The Iselin, worth $250,000, has a post time of approximately 4:52 p.m. EDT.

  • Park Avenue Ball Iselin Bound

    So far, the plan is working, and Char-Mari Stable's Park Avenue Ball will go off as one of the top starters in Saturday's $250,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III). The 4-year-old son of Citidancer, bred by owners Charles and Marianne Hesse, will not only be among the betting favorites. He'll also be a sentimental favorite as a New Jersey-bred, and a Monmouth specialist.

  • Flower Alley, John Velazquez up, wins a soggy Salvator Mile Saturday at Monmouth Park.

    Cloudburst Can't Stop Flower Alley in Salvator Mile

    Melnyk Racing Stables' Flower Alley showed his class in the stretch, powering his way through a cloudburst to a 3 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) at sloppy Monmouth Park.

  • Flower Alley to Make Seasonal Debut in Salvator Mile

    Flower Alley headlines Saturday's $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III), the first graded stakes of Monmouth Park's 2006 season. It is the seasonal debut for the 4-year-old colt who won the 2005 Travers Stakes (gr. I) and finished second to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Roman Ruler, Flower Alley Top Travers Noms

    Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Roman Ruler and Flower Alley, winner of the Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga earlier this meet, head a list of 16 nominations for the $1 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.

  • Don't Get Mad, winning the Derby Trial, is working toward the Travers Stakes.

    Don't Get Mad Works Mile for Travers

    B. Wayne Hughes' Don't Get Mad, winner of the Derby Trial and Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), tuned up for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) with a mile work Friday in 1:41 at Santa Anita.

  • News and Notes from Saratoga

    Smuggler to miss Alabama... Travers field grows... Spot found for Alinghi's North American debut... High Limit to stay on grass... Book signings scheduled.

  • Roman Ruler reigns supreme in Haskell win.

    Roman Ruler Reigns in Haskell

    With Afleet Alex on the bench, Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler finally reigns over the national 3-year-old division. The injury-plagued 'Ruler, who missed this year's Triple Crown with foot problems, realized his potential Sunday by capturing the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park impressively.

  • Roman Ruler, defeating Flower Alley in the Dwyer, is favored to win Sunday's Haskell Invitational.

    Moment of Truth for Roman Ruler; Faces Seven in Haskell

    Trainer Bob Baffert firmly believes that Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler is one of the most gifted horses in the country. On Sunday, the colt will try to prove him right when he takes on seven opponents in Saturday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).

  • Roman Ruler leads growing Haskell field.

    Haskell Field Continues to Grow

    It is no surprise that the prospective field for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 7 is growing by the day since Afleet Alex's defection, and could now draw as many as 13 starters.

  • Dwyer Stakes winner Roman Ruler is preparing for the Haskell Invitational.

    Roman Ruler Works Sharp Seven Furlongs for Haskell

    Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, winner of the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) in his last start, worked seven furlongs in 1:24 at Del Mar Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 7.

  • Park Avenue Ball earns shot in the Haskell with convinsing Long Branch win.

    Park Avenue Ball Passes Test in Long Branch

    Char-Mari Stable's favored Park Avenue Ball proved he could be successful going two turns when he ran away from seven rivals for a 6 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Saturday.

  • Park Avenue Ball Reaches Fork in Long Branch

    Park Avenue Ball, who captured last year's Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont Park but has yet to find the winner's circle as a 3-year-old, gets another test around two turns in the Long Branch Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

  • Scrappy T Shows Punch in Withers Win

    Scrappy T, a distant third behind Bellamy Road in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) three weeks ago, found Saturday's $150,000 Withers (gr. III) more to his liking. The Fit to Fight gelding seized the lead from War Plan at the quarter pole and outlasted Park Avenue Ball for a one-length victory at foggy Aqueduct Park Saturday.

  • Proud Accolade Seeks Withers Kudos

    A field of eight 3-year-olds who swerved off the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail at some point will battle it out Saturday in the $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • High Fly, with Jerry Bailey, wins Florida Derby.

    High Fly Ends Zito's Florida Derby Drought

    Blanked with his 16 previous starters, trainer Nick Zito finally won the Florida Derby (gr. I) when his heavily favored High Fly rolled to a confident victory for Jerry Bailey Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

  • Defer to be Tested in Fountain of Youth

    Ogden Mills Phipps' Defer will face a two-turn test against a field of 10 other sophomores entered in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, the final major prep for the $ 1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.

  • Proud Accolade, with John Velazquez aboard, wins the Hutcheson Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Proud Accolade Earns Hutcheson Plaudits

    Padua Stables' Proud Accolade overcame some traffic trouble on the turn before exploding away from the field in the stretch for an impressive 4 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Proud Accolade

    Devil at Sea May Cause Waves in Hutcheson

    Juvenile graded stakes winners Proud Accolade, Park Avenue Ball, and Defer square off as part of a small field for Saturday's $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, but lightly raced Devil at Sea could be the surprise package.

  • Afleet Alex takes on seven in Saturday's Champagne Stakes.

    Afleet Alex Looks to Remain Unbeaten in Champagne

    Hopeful (gr. I) and Sanford Stakes (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex hopes to keep his record unblemished Saturday as he takes on seven of his fellow 2-year-old brethren in the 133rd running of the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Longshot Park Avenue Ball surprises everyone with Futurity win.

    Park Avenue Ball Waltzes to Futurity Surprise

    Able to avoid the early pace duel, overlooked Park Avenue Ball swept up on the outside of his rivals in upper stretch and went on to post a comfortable three-length victory in the $300,000 Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont Park Sunday.

  • Sapling Stakes winner Evil Minister faces Sapling place and show runners again in Sunday's Belmont Futurity.

    Sapling Trio Back in Belmont Futurity

    The one-two-three finishers in Monmouth's Sapling Stakes (gr. III) will line up against each other again Sunday in the Belmont Futurity (gr. II).

  • Park Avenue Ball Vs. Pletcher Trio in Sapling

    Park Avenue Ball, winner of the local Tyro Stakes on July 31, tries graded stakes company for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park. Lining up with him in the gate will be a three-prong attack from trainer Todd Pletcher and Flash Stakes (gr. III) winner Primal Storm.