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  • No Conveyor Belt Early at Keeneland

    The new dirt surface at Keeneland generally has been fair and certainly has not produced the dramatic speed-favoring bias the former dirt track would sometimes display.

  • Hard Spun Colt Tops Barretts May Sale

    George Bolton buys the Barretts May Sale topper, going to $220,000 for a son of Hard Spun. The sale's average increases 2.5% over last year's figures as the buy-back rate tumbles to 19.1%.

  • Game On Dude at Belmont Park on June 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%3D9052520%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Belmont Dudes: Ernie and Bernie Hit New York

    Soaking in the atmosphere at the track before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Ernie Moody and Bernie Schiappia were on the apron the morning of June 4, hanging out with Bob Baffert, who trains their colt Game On Dude.

  • Game On Dude at Belmont Park on June 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%3D9052520%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Belmont Dudes: Ernie and Bernie Hit New York

    Soaking in the atmosphere at the track before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Ernie Moody and Bernie Schiappia were on the apron the morning of June 4, hanging out with Bob Baffert, who trains their colt Game On Dude.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Change of Speed

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Conventional wisdom suggests front-running horses have a huge advantage if they are allowed to set the tortoise-like fractions established in this year's Blue Grass. But Polytrack has thrown conventional wisdom out the window.

  • Seasons of 2006

    <em>By Patricia Ranft</em> - It's been a tumultuous year in Thoroughbred racing, although most years have their share of turmoil in this sport. Emotions changed with the seasons, resulting in a 2006 that won't soon be forgotten.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert will send out no runners in this year&#39;s Haskell.

    No Baffert Runner in 2006 Haskell

    Trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Haskell (gr. I) three times, including last year with Roman Ruler, will not have a runner in the Aug. 6 Monmouth Park race this year.

  • Florida Derby winner Barbaro.

    3-Year-Olds Affirm Their Quality as Derby Approaches

    Like any kind of crop, a 3-year-old crop requires time to grow before it can be determined whether it is weak or strong. In racing, people have a tendency to denounce a 3-year-old crop in its infantile stages, and then praise it when it suddenly bears fruit right before the Kentucky Derby.

  • Fletcher Distributes First Breeders' Incentive Fund Check

    Just days before the Run for the Roses, Gov. Ernie Fletcher made a trip to Churchill Downs to present the first Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund check. The recipients were Mike and Jeanne Owens, owners of Kentucky-bred Sinister Minister, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 15.

  • Sweetnorthenrsaint gets in good  Saturday morning work.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Work Festival

    It took a week, but we finally have works...and works...and works. In what has to be a one-day record, a dozen Derby horses were on the work tab on a mild, drizzly Saturday morning, and we had a little bit of everything, from Lawyer Ron's sizzling five-furlong drill to a mixed bag of six-furlong works.

  • Lawyer works Saturday morning! Kentucky Derby hopeful Lawyer Ron, that is - one of nine who dodged the raindrops at Churchill Downs.

    Working Out: Busy Morning at Churchill Downs

    With one week to go before the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), 13 candidates for the 1 1/4-mile classic were on the track at Churchill Downs Saturday morning, going through their final workouts before the rain that was forecast for later in the day in Louisville, Ky.

  • Haskin: Cause to Believe&#39;s &quot;small, Arabian-like head makes him an attractive and appealing individual.&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Sweet New Faces and More on the Way

    The biggest news of the day was the arrival Tuesday of Sweetnorthernsaint and Cause to Believe. With a lack of work activity once again, the talk of the morning was the cold and the unveiling of the new Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) saddle towels, which appear to be designed with the sole intention of going unnoticed.

  • Sharp Humor, whom trainer Dale Romans says will attempt to take the early lead in the Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Romans Issues Warning

    Sinister Minister or no Sinister Minister, Sharp Humor is the one they'll have to catch on May 6, says the colt's trainer Dale Romans. And any horse who dares look Romans' gladiator in the eye early in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will pay the price.

  • Baffert: Sinister Minister &quot;a runaway train.&quot;

    Baffert: No Comparing 'Minister, War Emblem

    Bob Baffert, who has three to get ready for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), says there's no comparing Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Sinister Minister and his 2002 Derby winner War Emblem, another speedster.

  • Haskin on First Samurai: &quot;... an immensely talented colt who is just now ready to define who he really is.&quot;

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Two Stakes Not All About the Favorites

    Put up or shut up; now or never; do or die. You get the picture. With the running of Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. II), we finally will have a good idea who will be in the starting lineup for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Still More Cause to Believe in California Derby

    Launching an impressive bid on the turn for home, odds-on choice Cause to Believe rallied from last to register an easy victory over his four rivals in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby for 3-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Haskin's Weekend Preview: Believe in Cal Derby

    The California Derby is not known as a spawning ground for Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners, and if the expected rain hits the San Francisco area and Racketeer is scratched, that likely will leave only Cause to Believe who has a legitimate shot at the Run for the Roses.

  • Sunshine Millions Dash winner Da Stoops heads strong Baldwin field.

    Da Stoops Expected to Lead Baldwin Charge

    Trainer Bob Baffert's Da Stoops, winner of his last two stakes races by a combined 16 ¼ lengths, is expected to be a prohibitive favorite in the Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds Saturday on the Santa Anita Park turf.