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  • Forest Code Takes Outside Path in Giant's Causeway

    Favored Forest Code, overcoming a tough outside post, battled on the lead from the outset and drove clear in the final stages for a 1 1/2-length win in the $115,000 Giant's Causeway for fillies and mares sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on grass Saturday at Keeneland.

  • Master Command Dominates 3 Rivals in NJC 'Cap

    Aaron and Marie Jones' Master Command made short work of three overmatched rivals when he drew off to win the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne by a convincing 3 3/4 lengths Saturday, helping him to eclipse $1 million dollars in earnings.

  • Pletcher, Velasquez Win Gulfstream Park Titles

    Gulfstream Park closes its 2007 racing season Sunday with Eclipse-winning trainer Todd Pletcher capturing his fourth consecutive title at the South Florida track. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez has sealed his first riding title.

  • Cowtown Cat in sharp workout at Keeneland.

    Cowtown Cat Drills :58 2/5 at Keeneland

    Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Cowtown Cat, one of trainer Todd Pletcher's horses currently being pointed toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 at Keeneland on the Polytrack surface Saturday.

  • Lawyer Ron exploits "home court" advantage in Oaklawn 'Cap 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%3D979417%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Happy Oaklawn Handicap Homecoming for Lawyer Ron

    Under confident handling by reigning Eclipse Award winner Edgar Prado, Lawyer Ron completed a happy homecoming Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park when he charged from off the pace to win the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) by four lengths over Brother Bobby.

  • Icy Atlantic Storms to Arcadia Triumph

    James Scatuorchio's Icy Atlantic rallied from last to get up by a head on the outside for Ramon Dominguez in Saturday's $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Cowtown Cat wins the Illinois Derby  Saturday at Hawthorne.

    Cowtown Cat Milks Pace for Smart Illinois Derby Win

    WinStar Farm's Cowtown Cat had the benefit of the front end on the speed-favoring Hawthorne Race Course main track and the Todd Pletcher trainee took full advantage, drawing off in the final furlong for a 2 1/4-length triumph in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Magna Graduate earns honors in Excelsior 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%3D979269%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Magna Graduate Passes Excelsior BC Test

    Corinthian, after jumping in the air at the start, never reached contention, leaving the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for second choice Magna Graduate under a picture perfect ride from John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Cotton Blossom Strong Pick in Fantasy

    Dogwood Stable's Cotton Blossom, winner of the recent Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs, will clash with Honeybee Stakes winner Time's Mistress and six others in Friday's $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies, the opening feature event of Oaklawn Park's "Racing Festival of the South."

  • Scat Daddy wins the Florida Derby to give jockey Edgar Prado his sixth win of the day.

    'Daddy Just Dandy in Florida Derby

    Favored Scat Daddy put away his rival Stormello soon after they reached the stretch and finished strongly to hold off the grinding Notional, capturing the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in an impressive effort Saturday.

  • Fairbanks, with Richard Migliore up, wins the Tokyo City Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.<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%3D949150%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Fairbanks Ices Foes in Tokyo City Handicap

    Able to avoid the stumbling start that cost him any chance in his most recent race, Team Valor's Fairbanks easily toppled his five opponents with a smooth, gate-to-wire triumph by 6 3/4 lengths in Saturday's $107,200 Tokyo City Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita.

  • Bulls Eye for Skip Away Winner A.P. Arrow

    Allen Paulson Living Trust's 5-year-old homebred A.P. Arrow may have been the 1-to-2 favorite in Saturday's $114,500 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, but the chestnut horse was all out to hold on for his first stakes victory by a head over the hard-charging Rehoboth.

  • Indian Vale, with Mike Luzzi up, wins the Next Move Stakes, Saturday at at Aqueduct.<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%3D949011%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Indian Vale Makes Smart Return in Next Move 'Cap

    Melnyk Racing Stable's Indian Vale, who endured several false starts to begin her 5-year-old year, finally got back to the races Saturday afternoon and delivered a 5 1/2-length victory in the $104,800 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the Aqueduct inner track.

  • Safari Queen Sails to Orchid Handicap Win

    Trainer Todd Pletcher was half a world away in Dubai when the Gulfstream stakes races began Saturday afternoon, but his powerful stable came out strong with heavily favored Safari Queen and Almonsoon posting a one-two finish in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT), the first of five stakes on the Florida Derby Day program.

  • Santa Anita Oaks winner Rags to Riches headed to Kentucky 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%3D869365%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rags to Riches Won't Run in Santa Anita Derby

    Santa Anita Oaks winner Rags to Riches, who would have been only the fourth filly to start in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) in 70 runnings, will instead go "straight to the Kentucky Oaks," trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday morning.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher, pointing Sam P. toward the Santa Anita Derby.

    Plans Change for Sam P., to Run in Santa Anita Derby

    With the withdrawal of Ravel from the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) due to an injury, Todd Pletcher and co-owner Jack Wolf have decided to run Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) runner-up Sam P. at Santa Anita, instead of the Illinois Derby (gr. II), as originally planned.

  • Full Field to Compete in Bourbonette

    A full field of 12 fillies is slated to compete in the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 24. Led by the stakes-winning trio of Sealy Hill, Our Dancing Babe, and Olivine, each filly is seeking her first graded stakes victory.

  • Street Sense edges Any Given Saturday in the Tampa Bay Derby.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Finally Making Some Sense of it All

    Not even a change to green silks on St. Patrick's Day for Any Given Saturday could deny 2-year-old champ Street Sense a hard-earned victory in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III). Also on Saturday, rapidly emerging stars Cobalt Blue and Curlin burst on the Derby scene with impressive scores in their two-turn debuts.

  • Cassydora Gets Grade for Pletcher in Hillsborough

    Jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher teamed for back-to-back stakes victories at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday when Green Hills Farm's favored Cassydora made every pole a winning one in the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the turf.

  • Circular Quay's victory in the Louisiana Derby continued trainer Todd Pletcher's dominance in Triple Crown preps. .<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%3D866216%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Torrid Todd Takes Two...Or Was it Three?

    Todd Pletcher is dominating the Derby trail. Todd Pletcher is dominating the Derby trail. Todd Pletcher is dominating the Derby trail. Remember the kid in school who is forced by the teacher to write something over and over on the blackboard? Well, sorry, folks, but Mr. Pletcher is making us all write the same column over and over every week.

  • Rags to Riches wins the Santa Anita 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%3D869365%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rags to Riches Flashy Winner of Santa Anita Oaks

    Sent along by jockey Garrett Gomez near the quarter pole while racing third on the outside, the 2-5 choice Rags to Riches quickly assumed command of Sunday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), striding out to an impressive win.

  • India (6) wins Oaklawn's Azeri Breeders' Cup by a head over Kettleoneup.

    Desperate India Hangs On in Azeri Breeders' Cup

    Completing a sweep of the weekend stakes for three-time Eclipse Award trainer Todd Pletcher, India won the Azeri Breeders' Cup (gr. III) by a diminishing head over Kettleoneup before a crowd of 20,533 on Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

  • Cowtown Cat, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, wins the Gotham Saturday  Aqueduct.<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%3D866240%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Lassos Gotham With Cowtown Cat

    If trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't manage to win a spring 3-year-old Classic this year, it won't be for lack of trying. On the day he saddled Circular Quay for a convincing victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), he was also taking the $200,000 Gotham (gr. III) with Cowtown Cat at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Circular Quay wins Louisiana Derby with five-wide move on far turn.<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%3D866216%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Circular Quay Takes Orbit in Louisi

    Favored Circular Quay, able to avoid the traffic issues he encountered in the Risen Star (gr. III) one month ago, circled the field five wide coming off the far turn under John Velazquez and rallied impressively to win the $594,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Saturday.

  • Magna Graduate scores impressive win in Oaklawn's Razorback BC 'Cap.

    Magna Graduate Aces Razorback Test

    Magna Graduate, trained by two-time Eclipse trainer Todd Pletcher and ridden by two-time Eclipse jockey John Velazquez, challenged the pacesetting Jonesboro at the head of the stretch, and drew off in the final furlong for a 1 3/4- length victory in the $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Queen County Handicap winner Magna Graduate.<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%3D697071%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Razorback Rivals Could Learn Lessons Friday

    Magna Graduate and Student Council plan to take their Oaklawn-based rivals to school in Friday's $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for older horses going 1 1/16 miles.

  • Champion Wait a While, won the Honey Fox Handicap in her 2007 debut.

    Wait's Worth it for Filly Champion in Honey Fox

    Arindel Farm's Wait a While, last year's Eclipse Award winner as the nation's top 3-year-old filly, started her 2007 season in fine style, going virtually gate to wire to win the $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT) as the prohibitive favorite on the Gulfstream Park turf Sunday.

  • Overlooked Scat Daddy scampered to victory in the Fountain of Youth.

    Scat Daddy's Late Scamper Wins Fountain of Youth

    Scat Daddy, somewhat overlooked in trainer Todd Pletcher's rich stable for this year's Triple Crown trail, stormed from far back to tag the tough-luck loser Stormello by a nose in the final stride of Saturday's $350,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

  • 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.

  • King of the Roxy, en route to victory in the Hutcheson.

    King of the Roxy Rules Hutcheson Stakes

    Team Valor Stables' King of the Roxy swept up on the outside coming off the turn and rallied smartly through the lane to win Saturday's $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Wait a While figures to be heavily backed in Sunday's Honey Fox Handicap.<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%3D493885%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    All Eyes on Champion Wait a While in Honey Fox

    Arindel Farm's 2006 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Wait a While makes her anticipated return to competition as a heavy favorite in a field of eight older fillies and mares entered in Sunday's $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • 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.

  • Audacious Chloe (left) and John Velazquez move past Dreaming of Anna to win the Gaily Gaily Stakes.

    Audacious Chloe Too Much for 'Anna in Gaily Gaily

    Audacious Chloe handed Dreaming of Anna her first defeat on the turf Sunday in the $76,500 Gaily Gaily Stakes, outfighting the champion 2-year-old filly of 2006 over the final furlong by a half-length at Gulfstream Park.

  • J'ray, with Robby Albarado aboard, wins the Bayou BC 'Cap, Saturday at Fair Grounds.

    Odds-On J'ray Breaks Through in Bayou Handicap

    Lawrence Goichman's odds-on choice J'ray, knocking on the door since November, earned her first graded stakes win in a romp over eight rivals in the $118,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Fair Grounds turf Saturday.