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  • Eight Belles winning the April 6 Fantasy Stakes.

    Saez to Ride Eight Belles if in Derby

    Should Eight Belles run in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands instead of the previous day's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), jockey Gabe Saez will have the mount, trainer Larry Jones said April 24.

  • Fantasy Stakes winner Eight Belles worked at Keeneland April 20.

    Eight Belles, Proud Spell Both Work

    Fox Hill Farms' Eight Belles and Brereton Jones' Proud Spell, two fillies who have either the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in their immediate futures, each worked a half-mile April 20 in their final moves at Keeneland before they are shipped to Churchill Downs April 25.

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    'Day-to-Day' on Eight Belles Decision

    Trainer Larry Jones said it is still up in the air whether his filly Eight Belles will challenge the boys in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) or if she will battle the fillies the day before in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Eight Belles was the 5-1 favorite at the April 6 close of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool 3.<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%3D3918868%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Eight Belles Narrow Oaks Future Favorite

    Fox Hill Farms' Eight Belles, who made the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park her fourth consecutive victory, emerged as a narrow favorite as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager concluded April 6.

  • Fair Grounds Oaks winner Proud Spell is the narrow choice in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

    Proud Spell Narrow Choice in Oaks Future

    Two fillies headed for a showdown in Keeneland's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5, Brereton Jones' Proud Spell and Stonerside Stable's Country Star, stood as the top two choices in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager as the four-day betting pool reached its halfway point.

  • Country Star, winner of the 2007 Alcibiades (gr. I), is back at Keeneland for the Ashland (gr. I) Saturday, April 5. <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%3D2489596%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Country Star, Proud Spell in Ashland

    A field of seven, headlined by graded stakes winners Country Star and Proud Spell, will take to the gate for the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5 at Keeneland.

  • Proud Spell, trained by Larry Jones, has been installed as the narrow 4-1 choice in Pool 3 of the Future Wager by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.

    Proud Spell, Country Star Top 'Futures'

    Brereton Jones' Proud Spell, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), and Stonerside Stable's Country Star, a two-time winner in grade I company, are the top choices for the third pool of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which begins four days of betting April 3.

  • Country Star, who won the Alcibiades at Keeneland last year, will make her sophomore debut in the Ashland.<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%3D2489596%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ashland Fillies Ready for Showdown

    A field of nine fillies is expected for the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5 at Keeneland, and the race should help sort out who is the best filly heading into the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Pyro worked six furlongs at Keeneland the morning of March 31.

    Pyro Works Six Furlongs at Keeneland

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his two starts this year, continued his preparations for the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) by working six furlongs in 1:14.60 March 31 at Keeneland.

  • Proud Spell winning the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II)<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%3D3811576%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Proud Spell Nominated to Triple Crown

    Airdrie Stud's-homebred filly Proud Spell has been nominated to the Triple Crown. She is slated to make her next start against fillies in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5 at Keeneland.

  • Proud Spell is now a top Kentucky Oaks contender after winning 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%3D3811576%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Doing Her Young Sire Proud

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Proud Spell stamped herself as a top contender for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by winning the 8.5-furlong Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) in 1:44.01, a shade faster than the 1:44.44 that Pyro ran in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II). She is the leading runner to date for the second-crop sire Proud Citizen. Considering Proud Citizen ran better at 3, more of his runners are expected to blossom this year. Keep an eye in particular on those horses whose dams have Northern Dancer blood.

  • Darley Alciabiades (gr. I) winner Country Star was the 5-1 favorite at the March 9 close of Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool 2.

    Country Star Tops Oaks Future Wager Pool

    Indian Blessing's surprising slip from the ranks of the unbeaten in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8 left Country Star and Proud Spell atop the betting in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which closed March 9.

  • According to trainer Bob Baffert, a start in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) is in doubt for Indian Blessing.

    Indian Blessing Could Miss Kentucky Oaks

    After suffering her first defeat March 8 in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), Bob Baffert said 2007 2-year-old filly champion Indian Blessing would receive a break and possibly miss the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 4.

  • KOFW: Eight Belles, Pure Clan Show Way

    Proud Spell's upset of previously unbeaten champion Indian Blessing in the Fair Grounds Oaks March 8 left Eight Belles and Pure Clan co-favored at odds of 5-1 with one day of betting remaining for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

  • Proud Spell leaves Indian Blessing behind in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

    Proud Spell Bewitches Indian Blessing

    Three days ago, trainer Larry Jones said he hoped Proud Spell would pressure Indian Blessing through the early lead in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II). Although Brereton Jones' homebred Proud Citizen filly didn't exactly do that, she did manage to wear down the Eclipse Award winner and get her own score in the March 8 event in New Orleans.

  • Indian Blessing (right) and Proud Spell will meet again in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

    Indian Blessing Heads Fair Grounds Oaks

    In a recent Q&A with Blood-Horse staff writer Jason Shandler, trainer Bob Baffert said the Eclipse Award-winning Indian Blessing is "so talented, I think she can handle anything." The 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie will only have to handle three other runners in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8.

  • Indian Blessing, the 2007 champion 2-year-old filly, is the solid morning line choice in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs&#39; 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

    Indian Blessing Favored in Oaks Pool 2

    Hal and Patti Earnhardt's unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Feb. 9 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, is the solid morning line choice over rival Proud Spell in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which is scheduled to open March 6.

  • Indian Blessing wiil face just three foes in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8.

    Indian Blessing Favorite in FG Oaks

    Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing and archrival Proud Spell match strides for a third time in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at Fair Grounds March 8.

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    Indian Blessing Tops Kentucky Oaks Noms

    Hal and Patti Earnhardt's unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007, and winner of the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), tops a roster of 165 3-year-old fillies nominated to compete in the 134th running of the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 2.

  • Silverbulletday winner Indian Blessing is the narrow choice in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

    Indian Blessing Tops Oaks' Pool 1

    Unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007, took over the role of narrow favorite in the first pool of the 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after the Bob Baffert-trained filly's win in the $200,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • Indian Blessing holds off Proud Spell to take the Silverbulletday.

    Indian Blessing Stays Perfect

    Last year's 2-year-old champion filly and Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Fillies (gr. I) winner won at her fifth different racetrack and captured her fourth graded stakes.

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    Indian Blessing In Silverbulletday

    Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing will attempt to maintain a perfect record for Hal and Patti Earnhardt when she leads a field of seven in the $200,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • All Others Strong in Oaks Future

    Unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion Indian Blessing and the impressive grade I winner Country Star head a strong roster of 3-year-old fillies listed as wagering interests in the first of three pools of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

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    Fields Filling for Churchill Stakes

    Fields are beginning to take shape for each of the five graded stakes at Churchill Downs Thanksgiving weekend, highlighted by the Nov. 23 $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II).

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    Indian Blessing Clearly Best in Juvenile Fillies

    Indian Blessing, the 8-5 favorite, led he 13-horse field on a merry chase in the $2-million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Oct. 27, cruising to an easy 3 1/2-length gate-to-wire victory.

  • Steve Haskin interviews Larry Jones about the undefeated Juvenile Filly, Proud Spell and Hard Spun&#39;s post position for the Classic.

    Video: Interview with Larry Jones

    Steve Haskin interviews Larry Jones about the undefeated Juvenile Filly, Proud Spell and Hard Spun's post position for the Classic.

  • Tale of Ekati

    Porter on Pedigrees: Tale of Two 2-Year-Olds

    Juvenile racing in New York treated us to Tale of Ekati and Proud Spell, a pair of 2-year-old stakes winners Sept. 15, with intriguing, and somewhat linked, pedigrees.

  • Lear&#39;s Princess

    Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: West Point Wows 'Em Again

    Many have attempted to dethrone racing's supreme monarch, Rags to Riches, this year, from the fairest of maidens to the bravest of knights. They all failed. But then, in the Sept. 15 Gazelle Stakes (gr. I), came a stately, kindhearted damsel named Lear's Princess, who dared to look the "Belle of Belmont" in the eye.

  • Proud Spell wins Matron Stakes.

    Proud Spell Scores Convincingly in Matro

    Proud Spell was a bit further off the pace than she had been in her first two career starts, but a decisive four-wide move around the final turn was plenty good enough, as the Larry Jones-trained filly scored by three lengths in the $250,000 Matron Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 15 at Belmont.