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  • Papa Clem powers home in the Arkansas Derby.

    Papa Clem Up in Time in Arkansas Derby

    Southern California shipper Papa Clem outfought even-money choice Old Fashioned in a thrilling stretch duel at Oaklawn Park to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) by a half-length April 11.

  • Hip #203; colt; Smart Strike - Private Feeling led session 2 with a final bid of $475,000.

    Keeneland Gross, Average, Median Fall

    Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training, like just about every other Thoroughbred auction in recent memory, generated results that lagged well behind the previous year's statistics. The gross revenue for the two-day sale, which ended the evening of April 7 in Lexington, dropped 27.6% while the average price declined 15.5%. The median price fell 21.7%.

  • Curlin at Lane's End Farm <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%3D7564379%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin's Book Stacked With Major Mares

    Curlin, the 2007-08 Horse of the Year, made a good showing when he covered the first of the mares booked to him for his first season at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Curlin at Lane's End<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%3D7564379%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Begins New Career as Stallion

    Curlin, North America's richest horse with earnings of more than $10.5 million, began his new career Feb. 13 when he covered his first mare at Will S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Woodchopper winner Jimmy Simms should be the pacesetter in the Fair Grounds Handicap.

    Back Class, Pace Figure in FG 'Cap

    The field that has passed the entry box for the Feb. 7 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) makes for an intriguing handicapping puzzle. The cast, which is about evenly split with horses making their first start off a layoff and those with some recent Fair Grounds experience, is long on back class, but a bit light on early pace.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity winner Square Eddie is headed to the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn.<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%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie to Try Dirt at Oaklawn

    High-profile Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls Old Fashioned, Silver City, and Flat Out are all likely for the Feb. 16 Southwest (gr. III) at Oaklawn, and now it seems there's a new contender coming from Southern California by the name of Square Eddie.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity winner Square Eddie, is continuing to prep for his 3-year-old debut in the San Rafael Stakes.<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%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie Breezes for San Rafael Try

    Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner Square Eddie, prepping for his 3-year-old debut in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) at one mile on Jan. 17 at Santa Anita, breezed six furlongs at Hollywood Park Jan. 8.

  • Lane's End Reduces 2009 Fees

    Lane's End Farm has reduced the 2009 fees for a number of its stallions, including major sire A.P. Indy.

  • Hip #1014; Danceinthesunlight (A. P. Indy - Dancethruthedawn by Mr. Prospector) brought $675,000 to start off day 4 at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Keeneland Day Four Gets Underway

    Sam-Son Farm-bred Danceinthesunlight, the first horse through the sales ring, got the fourth session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale off to a strong start Nov. 6 when she was purchased by Southern Equine for $675,000.

  • A. P. Indy

    A.P. Indy Remains at $300,000

    A.P. Indy, who shared top billing with Storm Cat and Distorted Humor with a $300,000 stud fee in 2008, now has the top all to himself in 2009 at that price.

  • Shadow Cast Sells for $2.3 Million

    Representing Sheikh Mohammed, John Ferguson went to $2.3 million to acquire grade I winner Shadow Cast during the afternoon portion of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • Shadow Cast brought $2.3 million during the Monday, Nov. 3 afternoon session at Keeneland.

    Shadow Cast Sells for $2.3 Million

    Representing Sheikh Mohammed, John Ferguson went to $2.3 million to acquire grade I winner Shadow Cast during the afternoon portion of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

  • Fabulous Strike, who missed the 2007 Sprint with a lung infection, will make this year's race.

    Fabulous Strike Makes Sprint This Year

    Todd Beattie is happy to be in California with Fabulous Strike for the Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). He had hoped to be at last year's Sprint, but instead had to battle a lung infection that could have ended the gelding's racing career.

  • Bewitch winner Communique is out of the BC Filly & Mare Turf.

    Communique Out of F&M Turf

    Communique will not run in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 24 due to a foot abscess in her right front leg.

  • Jess Jackson, majority owner of Curlin

    Owner Jackson Discusses Curlin's Future

    Though this weekend will feature power-packed racing that should impact the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships, all eyes will be on Curlin as he looks to defend his title in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and break Cigar's North American earnings record.

  • Curlin and Robby Albarado pull away in the Woodward.

    Curlin Cashes in Woodward, Nears Cigar

    Defending Horse of the Year Curlin made his return to dirt racing in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) a successful one at Saratoga Aug. 30, but he had to work to get the job done.

  • Curlin, shown working at Saratoga on August 4, will make his next start in the Woodward.

    Curlin to Make Next Start in Woodward

    Curlin will make his next start in the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga, Stonestreet Stables' Jess Jackson told media members Aug. 5, but the majority owner would not commit to sending the reigning Horse of the Year anywhere after that, including the Breeders' Cup later this year at Santa Anita. Jackson also left the possibility open that Curlin could race next year, saying the chances were "pretty slim, but not foreclosed."

  • Fabulous Strike Destroys Moscarelli Foes

    Fabulous Strike, an early favorite for last year's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) before a serious lung infection ended his season, returned in the Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park June 21, easily defeating two rivals in the six-furlong event.

  • Curlin glides under the wire an easy victor in the June 14 Stephen Foster (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

    Curlin's Circle Considering Arc Attack

    Following Curlin's dominant win in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14, trainer Steve Asmussen says he's planning to work the reigning Horse of the Year over the Churchill Downs grass course while considering a bid in France's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).

  • Curlin and Robby Albarado dominate the Stephen Foster.<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%3D4832693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Waltzes to Stephen Foster Victory

    Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin took the lead entering the stretch and rolled to an impressive 4 1/4-length victory in the $1-million Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Curlin school in the Churchill Downs paddock on June 12.

    Curlin Schools for Stephen Foster

    Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year and 3-5 morning line favorite for the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), schooled in the paddock at Churchill Downs following the fifth race June 12. He was accompanied by trainer Steve Asmussen and assistant trainer Scott Blasi.

  • Curlin turned in a six furlong work at Churchill Downs June 2.

    Curlin Gears Up for Stephen Foster

    Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable's Curlin dazzled onlookers with a strong work at Churchill Downs June 2 as the reigning Horse of the Year tuned up for planned run in the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14.

  • Curlin works at Churchill Downs

    Curlin Sharp in Six-Furlong Work

    Curlin, 2007 Horse of the Year and winner of the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), continued to train toward his return to competition May 26 with a strong six-furlong work at Churchill Downs.

  • Smart Strike is one of four horses to be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Canadian Hall of Fame Inductees Named

    The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced its 2008 inductees May 20. Four horses and four people will be honored at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Centre Aug. 28.

  • Rite Moment seeks her third successive grade II win in the Shuvee.<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%3D4229575%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Shuvee Handicap Brings Out Rite Moment

    There will be racing at other locations besides Pimlico on May 17, although most of the nation will be prone to forget it. At Belmont Park in the $150,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II), older fillies and mares head out a mile on the New York dirt just one hour before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) goes off in Maryland.

  • Smart Stike has been nominated for induction into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

    Smart Strike Nominated to Canadian Hall

    A total of 22 nominees have been put forward by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's Thoroughbred and Standardbred Nominating Committees. The nominees consist of six Thoroughbred horses, four Standardbreds and 12 people.

  • Communique takes the Bewitch (gr. IIIT) under Garrett Gomez.

    Communique Works Magic in Bewitch

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Communique worked rail-skimming magic in deep stretch of the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) and swung out just in time to keep Helen Groves' Tejida from a wire-to-wire win in the April 24 event at Keeneland Race Course.

  • Curlin arrives at Belmont Park.

    Curlin Ships Back to Belmont from Dubai

    Fresh off his impressive victory in the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin shipped into Belmont Park April 2 to begin his quarantine period after spending the past several weeks in Dubai.

  • Curlin rolls to victory in the Dubai World Cup.

    Curlin Conquers the World

    As 12 horses headed to the post in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), trainer Steve Asmussen stood in the paddock at Nad Al Sheba racecourse. "I'm just wanting the real Curlin to show up," he said. Moments later, the Smart Strike colt more than obliged, rolling to a 7 3/4-length win and convincing viewers of one sure thing - right now "the real Curlin" is the best horse in the world.

  • Curlin has drawn post 12 for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

    Curlin Takes on the World in Dubai

    No horse has ever won the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) from post position number 12, but Curlin could change that fact when he tackles 13 runners in the March 29 event.

  • Robby Albarado, jockey of Curlin

    Albarado Confident on Curlin in Dubai

    Robby Albarado will have a definite target on his back when he rides Curlin in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse March 29. But the Cajun jockey is confident in his mount's ability and the way the 2007 Horse of the Year is going to handle his 4-year-old campaign.

  • Curlin cruised to an easy win at Nad al Sheba Feb. 28, prepping for the Dubai World Cup (gr.I) March 29.

    Curlin Romps in Dubai

    Curlin got a perfect trip, a perfect ride, and a perfect prep for the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he won the $175,000 Jaguar Trophy Handicap at Nad Al Sheba Race Course Feb. 28.

  • Curlin, with Carmen Rosas on board, gets his first taste of the Nad Al Sheba racecourse, and is accompanied by Scott Blasi on his pony Poncho.

    Curlin Canters at Nad Al Sheba

    Horse of the Year Curlin looked in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, home to his main target, the $6million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), sponsored by Emirates Airline.

  • Fabulous Strike

    Fabulous Strike Eyes 2008 Campaign

    Walter Downey's Pennsylvania-bred Fabulous Strike, an early favorite for last year's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) before a lung infection put an early end to his season, has recovered and will return to the track for trainer Todd Beattie at his Hollywood Casino at Penn National base.

  • Curlin will make his first two starts of 2008 in Dubai.

    Curlin Going to Dubai World Cup

    Horse of the Year Curlin is being pointed to the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 29 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse to make his first start of 2008, majority owner Jess Jackson said.

  • Roses in May was one of several graded stakes winners selected by Danzel Brendemuehl.

    Classic Success

    Danzel Brendemuehl's passion for Thoroughbred racing was ignited -- almost literally -- when she was just 16 years old. Now, after gaining valuable experience in the trenches of the industry, she's selecting top performers such as Monterey Jazz, Roses In May, Fleetstreet Dancer, and Fridays a Comin.

  • Curlin worked five furlongs in 1:04 on Jan 18.<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%3D3277646%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin, Pyro, Grasshopper Work

    Horse of the Year candidate Curlin continued his path toward an unrevealed destination when trainer Steve Asmussen sent him to an easy five-furlong work over the Fair Grounds surface Jan. 18. The 4-year-old Smart Strike colt went the distance in 1:04 flat on a fast track.

  • Curlin at the Fair Grounds<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%3D3277646%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Works at Fair Grounds

    Potential Horse of the Year Curlin turned in a slightly faster work at Fair Grounds Jan. 12, going four furlongs in :51.20 six days after he went the same distance in :53.40.

  • Einstein and Trainer Helen Pitts.

    Einstein Sharp in Gulfstream Return

    Midnight Cry Stable's 6-year-old Einstein made an emphatic comeback from eight months on the sidelines Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park with a one-length victory going a mile on turf in a classy $59,500 allowance race.

  • Tammy Samuel-Balaz

    Samuel-Balaz of Sam-Son Dies

    Tammy Samuel-Balaz, whose family bred and raced champion Dance Smartly and leading sire Smart Strike, among numerous others, under their Sam-Son banner, died Jan. 5 in Canada after battling cancer. She was 47.

  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Winner Curlin

    Curlin Ships to Fair Grounds

    Curlin, the leading candidate for 2007 Horse of the Year, arrived at Fair Grounds Nov. 27 following a van ride from Churchill Downs, but his racing future is still undecided.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Performance-based

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In a perfect world, professional athletes would all have one-year contracts. The results of their previous season would determine whether or not they would receive a raise for the following year.

  • Veteran Sires Lead Way at Keeneland

    Veteran stallions A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, and Smart Strike -- all of whom stand at Lane's End Farm -- top the list of covering sires by average during the first two sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.