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  • Rachel Alexandra covers the 5 furlong work at the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs.<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%3D8322404%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra in Bullet Work at Saratoga

    BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in 1:01.38 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Racecourse July 13.

  • Rachel Alexandra<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%3D8266928%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Breezes Over Oklahoma Track

    BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra breezed July 6 over the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course in her first workout since her record-setting victory in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) eight days ago.

  • Rachel Alexandra, fresh off her Mother Goose romp, settles in at Saratoga on Sunday, June 28.<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%3D8280599%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Takes Up Summer Residence at Saratoga

    Scarcely 12 hours after her record-setting victory in the Mother Goose (gr. I) June 27 at Belmont Park, Rachel Alexandra stepped onto a van that carried her up the Northway to Saratoga Race Course, which will be the base for her summer campaign.

  • Rachel Alexandra is all alone at the finish of the Mother Goose.<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%3D8279100%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Rachel' Sets Stakes Record in Mother Goose

    Rachel Alexandra faced only two opponents in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) June 27 at Belmont Park but the sensational filly put on a dazzling display anyway, setting a stakes record while romping by nearly 20 lengths under Calvin Borel.

  • Hightap pulls away late in the Iowa Oaks.

    Hightap Adds Iowa Oaks to Growing Resume

    Shipped north to Prairie Meadows for the June 26 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) off a big win in the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) last month at Churchill Downs, Hightap delivered again, taking the $200,000 race by three-quarters of a length over Sweet Relish.

  • Rachel Alexandra schooling at Belmont Park.<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%3D8274353%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Rachel' Gallops, All Set For Mother Goose

    Preakness (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra galloped about a mile and a quarter on Belmont's fast main track early June 26, well in advance of a 9:30 a.m. EDT downpour.

  • Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra takes on 4 in the Mother Goose.<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%3D8118025%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Rachel' Faces Only Four in Mother Goose

    Rachel Alexandra, who when last seen was making history by winning the May 16 BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I), will make her return to the racetrack in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) June 27 at Belmont Park. The Horse of the Year candidate will face only four rivals in the nine-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will send out Decelerator and Tidal Pool in an attempt to win his 7th Debutante.

    Lukas Shoots For Seventh Debutante

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has saddled the Debutante (gr. III) winner a record six times, will have two chances at bringing home a seventh June 27 when he sends out Westrock Stables' Decelerator and Tidal Pool in the $100,000 event at Churchill Downs.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Rachelmania: Free Admission, Pink Bracelets

    When Rachel Alexandra makes her Belmont Park debut in the 53rd renewal of the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) June 27, the New York Racing Association will give away pink bracelets embossed with the filly's name and admission for ladies will be free.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Asmussen on Rachel Work: 'She Went Beautiful'

    BlackBerry Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra turned in solid six-furlong workout June 8 at Churchill Downs as the team behind the 3-year-daughter of Medaglia d'Oro considers her next start.

  • Hightap draws off to victory in the Dogwood.

    Hightap Convincing Dogwood Winner

    Winchell Thoroughbreds and Gainesway Thoroughbreds' Hightap ran right by odds-on favorite Luster in upper stretch and sprinted her way to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $111,500 Dogwood (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs May 30.

  • Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Churchill, but her Belmont status has not yet been announced.

    Haskin's Belmont report: The Waiting Game

    And so the racing world waits anxiously for Jess Jackson to announce his decision regarding Rachel Alexandra's Belmont Stakes status. Notice it says announce his decision, not waits for him to decide.

  • Rachel Alexandra the 2-1 Preakness Favorite

    With slightly more than two hours until post for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the filly Rachel Alexandra is the 2-1 favorite. Four other horses are single-digit odds.

  • Heart Ashley (inside) holds off a determined Cinderella's Wish to win the Adena Stallions Miss Preakness 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%3D8114693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Heart Ashley Holds On For Miss Preakness Win

    Heart Ashley opened up on the turn for home, looked like she would coast to an easy win, and then had to hold off the late charge of Cinderella's Wish to win the $100,000 Adena Stallions Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) by a head May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra made a good team in the 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%3D8062164%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Borel Confident in Decision to Ride Filly

    With all the rain recently in Kentucky, and with a minor business matter requiring him to be out of town over the weekend, Calvin Borel had an important project to finish before leaving town. The morning of May 15 he was mowing his grass.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra<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%3D8062163%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Travel Plans Set For Rachel Alexandra

    The prospective field for the May 16 Preakness (gr. I) received a boost in star power when assistant trainer Scott Blasi informed Maryland Jockey Club director of horsemen's relations Phoebe Hayes that Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to fly to Baltimore May 13 for the May 16 $1 million classic. A decision on whether she actually gets on the plane will not be made until the filly works.

  • Calvin Borel

    Borel Commits to 'Rachel'; Filly to Preakness

    Stonestreet Stables and partner Harold T. McCormick announced May 8 that Calvin Borel has agreed to ride Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra for the current racing season.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra<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%3D8061529%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Preakness Notes - May 8

    A decision as to whether Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra will be supplemented into the field for the $1 million Preakness (gr. I) could be made May 10 or 11 after the filly works for her new trainer, Steve Asmussen.

  • Average Holds Steady at F-T Texas Sale

    The performance of the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training March 31 exceeded expectations when the average price held steady amidst tumbling figures at juvenile auctions across the country. The sale was held at Lone Star Park.

  • Team Curlin Garners Top NYTWA Honors

    Two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year Curlin and his connections have swept the top awards for 2008, as voted by the members of the New York Turf Writers Association. All of the 2008 award winners will be honored at the 86th annual NYTWA Awards Dinner at the Saratoga National Golf Club Aug. 24.

  • Whirlaway winner Haynesfield takes on 8 in the Gotham.<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%3D7683569%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Many Questions to Be Answered in Gotham

    On paper, the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) has turned out to be one of the most intriguing and highly-anticipated prep races of the season, as a number of promising 3-year-olds will attempt to answer questions about their ability to go on to the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I), and possibly the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • War Echo and Shaun Bridgmohan take the Silverbulletday.

    War Echo Rallies to Take Silverbulletday

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred War Echo passed stablemate Four Gifts inside the sixteenth-pole and went on to win the $150,000 Silverbulletday (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths Feb. 7 at Fair Grounds.

  • 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.

  • Haynesfield draws away in the Count Fleet.<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%3D7300630%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haynesfield Scores in Count Fleet

    Haynesfield picked up his third consecutive victory Jan. 3, warding off a stiff mid-stretch challenge from Mike From Queens and drawing off to a 3 1/2-length victory in the 34th running of the $69.700 Count Fleet Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards on Aqueduct's fast inner dirt track.

  • Steve Asmussen won a single-season record 622 races from 3,002 starts for North American earnings of $24,235,247 in 2008.

    Asmussen, Gomez Top 2008 Leaders

    Steven Asmussen, Garrett Gomez and Zayat Stables, LLC head the individual lists of the leading trainers, jockeys and owners...

  • Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables has produced earnings of $6,645,034, giving him a $271,321 advantage over second-place Zayat Stables.

    Leading Owner Title Still Up in the Air

    With less than two weeks remaining in the Thoroughbred racing season, nearly all of the 2008 leaders have been decided. The lone category without a clear-cut winner is earnings by owner, and it might take until the final few days of the year to determine a victor.

  • Trinity Magic

    Trinity Magic's Earnings to Aid Charity

    The owners of undefeated Trinity Magic have pledged a portion of the winning purse to the Blessed Trinity Church if the colt wins the $750,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 5.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Grateful for Win Record

    The trainer broke his own record for most wins by a trainer in a single season Nov. 23. He now has with 557 victories with six weeks of racing still remaining in 2008.

  • Curlin will enter stud in 2009 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%3D4843854%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin To Stand at Lane's End in 2009

    Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will enter stud in 2009 at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced Nov. 21. The son of Smart Strike will stand for $75,000.

  • Curlin working at Santa Anita prior to the Breeders' Cup <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%3D6315883%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Asmussen Rules Out Curlin for Clark

    When majority owner Jess Jackson released a statement earlier this week announcing Curlin would be retired after this year, he also left the door open that the reigning Horse of the Year would make one final start before his racing career comes to an end.

  • Record Purses For Fair Gounds Meet

    Fair Grounds continues its increasingly exciting growth pattern when the 137th live Thoroughbred meeting at the nation's third-oldest racetrack gets underway Nov. 14.

  • Zanjero will stand at Millennium Farms in 2009.

    Zanjero to Stand at Millennium Farms

    Millennium Farms announced Nov. 6 that Zanjero, the leading money-earner by Cherokee Run with over $1.6 million, will join its stallion roster for the 2009 breeding season. Zanjero will stand for a fee of $10,000 live foal.

  • Copper State takes on 10 rivals in the Chilukki Stakes.

    Copper State Hopes to Break Through

    Millennium Farms' Copper State, a bridesmaid in four consecutive stakes efforts, will finally try to get over the hump Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs when she takes on 10 rivals in the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II), a one-mile main track test for fillies and mares.

  • Curlin returned to his Churchill Downs base on Monday, Oct. 27 following a flight from California.

    Curlin Back at Churchill Downs

    Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin returned to Churchill Downs Oct. 27 following a flight from southern California and the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

  • Magna Graduate heads a compact field in the Ack Ack at Churchill Downs Oct. 29. <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%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Magna Graduate Tops Ack Ack Field

    Magna Graduate, a multiple graded stakes winner who has amassed nearly $2.2 million in career earnings, will look to snap a losing streak as he faces five rivals in the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III), the featured event on the opening day of Churchill Downs Oct. 26-Nov. 29 Fall Meet.

  • J Be K won the Bay Shore earlier this year.

    J Be K Out of Breeders' Cup Sprint

    J Be K is out of the Oct. 25 Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita, according to Sobhy Sonbol, racing manager for Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables.

  • Curlin

    Curlin, Stablemates in Classic Preps

    On a foggy, overcast morning Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Steve Asmussen worked three of his star stablemates, including Horse of the Year Curlin, who will contend against one another in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • 2008 Kentucky Cup Classic winner Zanjero has been retired.

    Grade II Winner Zanjero Retired

    Winchell Thoroughbreds has retired grade II winner Zanjero. Plans for the 2009 breeding season have not been finalized.

  • Rated Fiesty will try to earn her first victory of the season when she faces a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the Lexus Raven Run Stakes.

    Raven Run: Rated Fiesty Could be Tough

    Tough racing luck has kept Rated Fiesty from maintaining the undefeated streak she enjoyed as a juvenile. The daughter of Exchange Rate, owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and JMJ Racing Stable, tries again to reach the winner's circle for the first time this season Oct. 18 when she faces a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Curlin, at left, works with stablemate Hawaii Calls between races Oct. 13 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%3D6308537%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Works Toward Classic Start

    Curlin took another step closer to the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when he executed a flawless workout between races at Santa Anita Oct. 13. With regular exercise rider Carlos Rosas aboard and in company with Hawaii Calls, Curlin traveled five furlongs in :59.11, galloping out in 1:12.14.

  • 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%3D979269%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Magna Graduate to Stand At Darby Dan

    Magna Graduate, Elisabeth Alexander's multiple graded stakes-winning son of Honor Grades, will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington upon the completion of his racing career, it was announced Oct. 10.

  • Red Giant in this year's Fourstardave 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%3D5403345%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Cup Countdown: A Time for Kudos

    Now that we're in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm, with the deluge of preps behind us and the main event only two weeks away, this is the perfect time to recognize a trainer and a horse whose accomplishments may have gone overlooked - Steve Asmussen and Red Giant.