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  • Artie Schiller, Better Talk Now Among Woodford Reserve Nominees

    Artie Schiller, winner of the 2005 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), are among 128 nominees to the 20th running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Magna Graduate, right, narrowly defeats Suave, center, to win the Clark Handicap.

    Pletcher Strikes Again With Magna Graduate

    On a day that Todd Pletcher set the North American earnings record for trainers, an ultra-game Magna Graduate proved to be his cherry on top, winning the $573,500 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at chilly Churchill Downs Friday by a head over Suave.

  • Suave, winning the Saratoga Breeders' Cup, among the top contenders in the Clark Handicap.

    Suave, Perfect Drift Clash in 12-Horse Clark

    Grade I winners Perfect Drift and Total Impact will face rising star Suave and a strong group of 3-year-olds in Friday's 131st running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Afleet Alex's heroics were the highlight of the 2005 racing season.

    Steve Haskin's Analysis: Afleet Group of Horses in 2005

    Not to take anything away from the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, or Saint Liam's grade I victories in the winter, summer, and fall, or Giacomo's stunning upset in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Lost in the Fog's remarkable cross-country odyssey, but 2005 will be remembered for the heroic deeds of Afleet Alex.

  • Perfect Drift Assigned Top Impost in Clark

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the 2003 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), has been assigned high weight of 122 pounds for Friday's Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. Martin L. Cherry's Pampered Princess was assigned 123 pounds for the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Thursday.

  • Hurricane Run Tops IFHA Rankings

    Hurricane Run, winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), continues to head the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) rankings of the top racehorses of 2005 after a very extensive month of International racing that included the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in America, Melbourne Cup in Australia, and major events in Europe and Canada.

  • Choctaw Nation among those whose prospects improve with Rocky's defection from Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: Here Come the Longshots

    If it's the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, you can bet (literally) that there will be several longshot winners. With so many of the grade I races this year appearing to be wide-open, with full fields, there is no reason to think this year will be any different from past Breeders' Cups.

  • Perfect Drift 'On Schedule' After Breeze

    Perfect Drift, pre-entered in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at the 'sloppy' Churchill Downs Training Center in 1:01 1/5 Saturday morning.

  • Riskaverse, gets no respect despite winning or placing in grade I races in each of the last five years, including this win in the Flower Bowl.

    Countdown to the Cup: The Most, the Best, and Other Lists

    It is still too early to make final selections for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Most of the important works are finished, and the majority of the mounts have been assigned. So, basically there is nothing much to do but wait for the shippers to arrive and concoct lists that may or not prove helpful.

  • Could Perfect Drift be the Next Volponi?

    Countdown to the Cup: Perfect Drift the Next Volponi?

    With his disappointing fourth-place finish in Saturday's Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), Perfect Drift has now become a longshot special for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). And that makes him even more enticing, as he tries to emulate Volponi, another versatile, hard-knocking warrior who saved his best performance for the Classic.

  • Super Frolic (3) edges Lord of the Game for the victory in Saturday's Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Super Frolic Toys With Slop in Gold Cup

    Millennium Farms' Super Frolic, making his second start for Southern California trainer Vladimir Cerin, wore down Lord of the Game in the final furlong to win the $750,000 Hawthone Gold Cup (gr. II) on a slick course in Chicago Saturday.

  • Perfect Drift, winning the 2004 Stephen Foster, is one of two horses seeking a second Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Hawthorne Gold Cup Boasts Two Past Winners

    Hawthorne isn't wasting any time presenting its premier event. Just two days into the meeting, the Chicago track will host the $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II), and those ready to battle it out in Saturday's 1 1/4-mile race include the past two winners.

  • Lava Man, winning the California, is favored in the Pacific Classic.

    Lava Man Favored In Pacific Classic

    Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Lava Man and outstanding 3-year-old Surf Cat head a field of 12 assigned post positions Wednesday night for Sunday's 15th  running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • Perfect Drift Gets Reacquainted With Del Mar

    Perfect Drift, who shipped in from Kentucky on Monday, met the Del Mar track for the first time since last year by jogging and galloping with a pony over the strip Wednesday morning in preparation for Sunday's Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • Even Dozen Entered for Pacific Classic

    The $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sunday expanded to 12 prospects when outsiders Oceanus and Polish Times joined 10 others as entries closed at mid-morning Wednesday.

  • Pacific Classic contender Borrego.

    Borrego Completes Pacific Classic Preparations

    Borrego, multiple graded-stakes performer and runner-up to Lava Man in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), wound up his preparations for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic with a solid five furlong work in 1:01.40 at Santa Anita.

  • 10 Likely for Pacific Classic After Nominations

    Hollywood Gold Cup winner Lava Man heads a list of 14 nominations to Del Mar's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 21. Of those, a field of 10 seems likely for the 1 1/4-mile test.

  • Pacific Classic Trio Work; Field Taking Shape

    Preachinatthebar, Musique Toujours, and Super Frolic turned in sharp workouts Monday morning as they moved a step closer to running in Del Mar's grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic Sunday, Aug. 21.

  • Perfect Drift Ends Dry Spell in Washington Park

    Perfect Drift, a millionaire three times over, hadn't won a stakes in 22 months. But thanks to an aggressive move by jockey Mark Guidry, the 6-year-old gelding brought his drought to an end in the $300,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Perfect Drift Heads Rich Washington Park

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, a grade I winner with earnings in excess of $3 million, looms as the overwhelming favorite over six rivals in the $300,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Perfect Drift Seeks Comeback in Washington Park

    Third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). A thrilling win over 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft in that year's Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). Ten wins--six in graded stakes--and earnings of more than $3 million. On the board in 22 of 30 trips to the post. Strong credentials, to be sure.

  • Johnson Eyes Washington Park for Perfect Drift

    With a trip to California for Saturday's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) scrubbed because of a minor eye problem, trainer Murray Johnson has listed the $300,000-added Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) at Arlington Park as the next start for veteran star Perfect Drift.

  • Gold Cup Takes Shape; Musique Toujours Drills

    Musique Toujours, upset winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic in January, worked six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 Monday for Saturday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (gr. I).

  • Saint Liam, under jockey Edgar Prado, wins the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

    Subbing Frankel Wins Foster With Saint Liam

    Trainer Bobby Frankel couldn't have drawn up the running of Saturday's $828,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) any better for Saint Liam in his first start for the Hall of Fame conditioner. Saint Liam shook off pacesetter Presidentialaffair coming off the far turn and romped to a 2 3/4-length victory.

  • Frankel's Saint Liam, Badge of Silver Highlight Stephen Foster Field

    It's been a rough week for trainer Bobby Frankel. On Monday his 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper was retired due to injury, but things could improve dramatically by the weekend when he sends out Saint Liam and Badge of Silver in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), going 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs.

  • Second of June Out of Stephen Foster

    Barbara Cesare's Second of June, runner-up in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), has been knocked out of Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs an ailment in the colt's left hind ankle.

  • Saint Liam Assigned 121 for Stephen Foster

    Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren's Saint Liam, winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) and Clark Handicap (gr. II), has been assigned high weight of 121 pounds for next Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Meteor Storm Heads Woodford Reserve Cast

    Grade I stakes winners Meteor Storm, Sweet Return, and Perfect Drift head a field of ten accomplished turf runners entered for Saturday's $400,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Lundy's Liability ships East for the Clark Handicap.

    Lundy's Liability Faces Elite Line-Up in Clark

    Ten horses will vie in the elite race of Churchill Downs' fall schedule, the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) Friday in Louisville. The Brazilian-bred Lundy's Liability will carry high weight of 120 pounds over the nine furlongs.

  • Big Four Weekend at Churchill Downs Packed with Talent

    The $1.2 million "Big Four Weekend" stakes races at Churchill Downs Nov. 25-27 have attracted an outstanding group of nominees that includes Perfect Drift and Colonial Colony, the last two winners of Churchill Downs' Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I); 2002 "Horse of the Year" Azeri; and some of the most promising 2-year-olds in racing.

  • Midway Road, winning Keeneland's Ben Ali Handicap earlier this year.

    Midway Road '50-50' for Clark; Alumni Hall Sidelined

    Trainer Neil Howard listed William S. Farish's Fayette (gr. III) winner and Pimlico Special (gr. I) runner-up Midway Road as 50-50 for the Nov. 26, $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) after a six-furlong breeze at Churchill Downs Monday.

  • Perfect Drift to Try Roses in May Again in Clark

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)) Saturday at Lone Star Park, returned to the track on Thursday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center to prepare for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 26.

  • Haskin: "Watch for Perfect Drift charging in the final furlong."

    Classic Report: Post-Draw Strategy Unfolds

    Several trainers immediately began plotting strategy following Wednesday's post position draw for the $4 milllion Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), which likely will affect the two likely favorites, Pleasantly Perfect and Ghostzapper.

  • Trainer Dale Romans, with owners Sarah and Ken Ramsey, at the Breeders' Cup post position draw.

    Pleasantly Perfect is 5-2 Choice in Classic

    Diamond A Racing's Pleasantly Perfect was installed as the 5-2 favorite and drew the 12 post position as he attempts to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Texas' Lone Star Park Saturday.

  • Pleasantly Perfect, Perfect Drift Arrive at Lone Star

    Diamond A Racing Corporation's Pleasantly Perfect, who will attempt to defend his title in the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), arrived at Dallas' Love Field at 10:15 (CT) Monday morning from California, and was loaded for bear after arriving at the barn.

  • Birdstone, one of three Classic contenders already at Lone Star Park.

    Countdown to the Cup: Action is Hot and Heavy

    The action was hot and heavy going into Breeders' Cup week, with 26 pre-entered horses working on Oct. 24, an influx of horses arriving from all parts of the country and Europe, and a serious injury to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Ready's Gal.

  • Balto Star, edging Dynever to win the Meadowlands Cup.

    Countdown to the Cup: Time for that 'Old Meadowlands Magic'

    And you thought all the important preps for the Breeders' Cup Classic -- Powered by Dodge (gr. I) had been run. Well, sitting out there all by itself, virtually unnoticed among the morass of major stakes this past weekend was the $500,0000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II), just waiting to conjure up another live Classic longshot.

  • Freefourinternet Logs On in Hawthorne Gold Cup

    The $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) figured to be the remedy for Perfect Drift and trainer Murray Johnson, both winless in 2004. Perfect Drift looked the best on paper and was sent off at odds of 1-2. But after being part of the pace duel early, Perfect Drift didn't offer much response when Freefourinternet, at 27-1, came from far out of it to swoop by the field for a 1 3/4-length victory.

  • Perfect Drift, Take Charge Lady Tops in Kentucky

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift and Select Stable's Take Charge Lady have been chosen as the Kentucky-based "Horses of the Year" by members of Kentucky Thoroughbred Media, with the latter selected for her honor for an unprecedented third consecutive year.