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  • 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.

  • All Roads Lead to the Travers

    The second season for 3-year-olds promises to be an exciting one, with a talented group of colts made up of seasoned Triple Crown veterans and budding superstars converging on the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 26 at Saratoga.

  • High Cotton Rises to Northern Dancer Victory

    Peachtree Stable's High Cotton, under a vigorous ride from the top of the stretch by Garrett Gomez, surged past the tiring favorite Private Vow at the eighth pole and went on to win the $220,400 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • Oonagh Maccool, Happy Ticket in Fleur de Lis

    Oonagh Maccool and Happy Ticket, two of the brightest stars in the filly and mare division of American racing, square off in Saturday's $300,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Yate's Black Cat Tries Luck in Jefferson Cup

    Yate's Black Cat had to win three times before he officially made it to the winner's circle, but he is favored to make a quick return in Saturday's $200,000-added Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on the Churchilll Downs turf.

  • Private Vow Back After Derby Disappointment

    Private Vow and High Cotton, the first two finishers in last fall's Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, are back as the morning line favorites when they meet again in Saturday's $200,000-added Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.

  • Master Command Passes on Stephen Foster

    Aaron and Marie Jones' Master Command, winner of the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico most recently, will pass on an expected run in Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will point Belmont winner Jazil toward the Travers.

    Belmont Follow-Up: Travers Next Goal for Jazil

    You'd never know Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin slept a whole four hours Saturday night. McLaughlin was bright-eyed and all smiles Sunday morning as he sat in his office and talked about Jazil's victory.

  • Acorn next step on comeback trail for Adieu.

    Adieu Resumes Her Comeback in Acorn

    Adieu makes her second start of the year for trainer Todd Pletcher in the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Woodford Reserve winner English Channel top choice for Saturday's Manhattan.

    English Channel Tops Stellar Manhattan Field

    English Channel leads a stellar cast in the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the Belmont Park turf Saturday, the race that precedes the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Velazquez Returns a Winner at Belmont Park

    Jockey John Velazquez returned a winner in his first start since being sidelined in an April 20 racing accident at Keeneland when he piloted Mr Sam I Am to a 2 3/4-length win for trainer Todd Pletcher in Belmont Park's fourth race on Friday.

  • In Last-Minute Change, Velazquez to Make Comeback at Belmont Park

    Jockey John Velazquez, originally planning a return to racing aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Scat Daddy at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, will make his comeback Friday at Belmont Park instead. According to Velazquez's agent, Angel Cordero, the jockey's original mount scratched at Monmouth and will run Saturday at Belmont.

  • Wait a While Back On Lawn for Sands Point

    After facing the best 3-year-old fillies in the country in races like the Kentucky Oaks and Ashland (both gr. I), Wait a While moves back to the turf in Saturday's $100,000 Sands Point (gr. IIIT) at nine furlongs at Belmont Park.

  • Bluegrass Cat Breezes for Belmont Stakes

    Bluegrass Cat, the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner up to Barbaro, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's main track Sunday morning in 1:00.30.

  • Bluegrass Cat Breezes for Belmont Stakes

    Bluegrass Cat, the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner up to Barbaro, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's main track Sunday morning in 1:00.30.

  • Bandini and John Velazquez win the Skip Away Handicap on April 1.

    Pletcher Seeks Change of Luck in Met Mile

    Todd Pletcher's career has been filled with sparkling highlights, but the prestigious $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) has been a frustration to him. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer sends out Bandini in Monday's renewal of the popular "Met Mile" at Belmont Park.

  • Ever Elusive's Late Surge Lands Winning Colors

    Favored Ever Elusive, hard ridden by Rafael Bejarano, angled six-wide at the top of the lane and caught 50-1 shot Malibu Mint in the final yards to notch a neck victory in Saturday's $110,200 Winning Colors for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

  • Team Valor's Unbridled Belle Wins Go For Wand

    Team Valor Stable's favored Unbridled Belle won a hard fought head victory over Amandatude in the $100,600 Go For Wand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park Saturday.

  • Honey Ryder, with Garrett Gomez aboard, wins the Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park.

    Honey Ryder Buzzes Sheepshead Bay Rivals

    The multiple graded stakes winner Honey Ryder shook off a zero-for-five record on the Belmont Park turf to capture Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares in smart fashion under Garrett Gomez.

  • Velazquez Hopes to be Riding Before Belmont

    Jockey John Velazquez, sidelined with a fractured right shoulder blade and cracked ribs after a Keeneland racing accident on April 20, said he may return to racing before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 10.

  • Magna Graduate to Miss Foster With Injury

    The Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) lost a major contender when trainer Todd Pletcher said that Elisabeth Alexander's Magna Graduate would miss the June 17 race after suffering an injury during a Sunday workout at Churchill Downs.

  • Honey Ryder, left, defeats Film Maker in the Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) on closing day of the 2005 Saratoga meet.

    Honey Ryder Tries Sheepshead Bay Again

    After finishing fifth as the favorite in last year's Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT), Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder returns to Belmont Park Saturday as the horse to beat once again in the $150,0000 feature for fillies and mares.

  • Sunriver catches Lewis Michael at the wire to win Saturday's Peter Pan.

    Sunriver Comes From Clouds in Peter Pan

    Favored Sunriver needed the entire length of the Belmont Park homestretch in order to nab the game pacesetter Lewis Michael at the wire in Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.

  • Friendly Island gives team of Pletcher & Gomez two-in-a-row with Emirates Air Maryland BC Sprint win.

    Maryland's Fastest? It's Friendly Island

    Friendly Island attended the early pace, then took over in the stretch to win the $190,000 Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Saturday by three-quarters of a length. It was the second stakes win in a row for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Garrett Gomez.

  • Friendly Island Faces 6 in Maryland BC Sprint

    Friendly Island, conditioned by Todd Pletcher, tackles the Richard Dutrow Jr. trainee Kazoo in Saturday's $200,000 Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III) on the Preakness (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.

  • Pool Land, In the Gold Clash in Dupont BC

    A field of nine is set to go in the Allaire DuPont Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. III) Friday at Pimlico, led by trainer Todd Pletcher's Doubledogdare Stakes winner Pool Land and trainer Nick Zito's grade I winner In the Gold.

  • Speedy Line-Up Ready to Go in Bold Ruler H.

    Melnyk Racing Stables' Bishop Court Hill, winner of the Carter Handicap (gr. I), is the lone open stakes winner in Saturday's $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.

  • English Channel wins Woodford Reserve as Derby time draws near.

    English Channel Tops Deep Woodford Reserve

    English Channel, a top turf horse last year as a 3-year-old, may be even better this year, now two-for-two in 2006 after a win Saturday at Churchill Downs in the $454,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT).

  • Easy win in Louisville Breeders' Cup H'cap by Oonagh Maccool gives trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth winner in four tries on the day.

    Pletcher Gets Hotter with Oonagh Maccool

    It is Todd Pletcher day at Churchill Downs Friday. When he sent out Oonagh Maccool to an easy win in the $271,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares, the trainer was notching his fourth winner of the day...and that's from four races in which he had runners.

  • Sizzling Oonagh Maccool Favored in Louisville

    Irish-bred Oonagh Maccool, who romped to victory in her last start for trainer Todd Pletcher, breaks from the rail as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Fleet Indian Blows Away Foes in Sixty Sails H.

    Forwardly placed throughout, Paul Saylor's 7-10 favorite Fleet Indian took full command at the top of the stretch before drawing away to a dominating 12 ½ length victory over Silver Highlight in Saturday's $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Jockey Garrett Gomez to ride for Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Says Gomez to Sub for Velazquez

    Jockey Garrett Gomez, currently riding in California, has been named to replace the injured John Velazquez as Todd Pletcher's first-call rider.

  • Kentucky Oaks hopeful Wait a While works a half-mile at Churchill Saturday morning.

    Balance in Sharp Drill for Oaks; Wait a While Works

    Amerman Racing Stables' Balance sharpened up for her May 5 engagement in the $500,000 added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a five-furlong work in :59 3/5 on Saturday morning at Hollywood Park.

  • Pat Valenzuela gets Derby mount on  Keyed Entry.

    Pletcher Names Valenzuela for Keyed Entry

    Patrick Valenzuela, who won the 1989 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Sunday Silence, has been named to ride Hutcheson (gr. II) winner Keyed Entry in the 2006 Run for the Roses, Todd Pletcher said Saturday in an interview with TVG.

  • Jockey John Velazquez lies on the turf Thursday at Keeneland after the horse he was riding broke down and fell after winning the Forerunner Stakes.

    Velazquez Injured After Colt Wins Forerunner

    Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez remained hospitalized Thursday evening following a nasty spill in Keeneland's feature race, the Forerunner Stakes. The incident occurred when Velazquez's mount, Up an Octave (Brahms), broke down and fell less than a sixteenth of a mile after winning the $110,600 turf event for 3-year-olds.

  • Pool Land (1) jumps out of the gate and runs away with Doubledogdare.

    Pool Land Tallies by 12 in Doubledogdare

    Pool Land established an early lead from her inside post and then dusted her four rivals in the stretch for a 12-length victory in the $107,300 Doubledogdare Wednesday at Keeneland.

  • Ready to Please wins wild Fantasy,  Friday at Oaklawn.

    Ready to Please Wins a Wild Fantasy

    The 2006 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) will go down as one of the strangest races of the year when the 40-1 shot Miss Norman, who was leading the field and seemingly in control twice bolted toward the outside rail, allowing Ready to Please to take the victory Friday at Oaklawn Park.

  • Keyed Entry Derby decision expected after Churchill work.

    Keyed Entry to Point for Kentucky Derby

    Keyed Entry, who finished third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), will ship to Churchill Downs Monday, and if he trains to the satisfaction of trainer Todd Pletcher, will be pointed for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • 'Cat Gets His Final Work for Toyota Bluegrass

    WinStar Farm homebred Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in the recent Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

  • Hutcheson Stakes winner Keyed Entry tops field for Wood Memorial.

    Keyed Entry Heads Solid Wood Memorial Field

    Keyed Entry, who was beaten just a neck in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct three weeks ago, could be the slight favorite among the nine entered today for Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at the same track.

  • West Virginia, ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr., races ahead of Funny Cide to capture the Excelsior Breeders' Cup.

    Funny Cide Can't Hold Off Surging West Virginia

    Looking for his first win in 18 months, Funny Cide gave a gritty effort in Saturday's $151,900 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) but couldn't hold off the surging West Virginia, who registered a mild surprise on the Aqueduct main track.

  • Honey Ryder Looks Sweet in Orchid Repeat

    Even-money favorite Honey Ryder soared past Noble Stella near the furlong pole and drove to a powerful victory in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Gulfstream Park turf Saturday.