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  • Michelle Rodriguez

    TOBA January Member of the Month

    Involved in every aspect of equine care, Rodriguez speaks passionately about the sport that's been part of her life for 30 years.

  • Istan pulls away for an impressive win in the Ack Ack.

    Istan Destroys Ack Ack Field

    Laying just off the pace for three-quarters, 5-year-old Istan exploded at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win by 8 resounding lengths in the $200,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3.

  • Sun King has two scheduled starts in November before joining the stallion roster at Darby Dan Farm.

    Sun King Retired to Darby Dan

    Sun King, a millionaire and multiple grade II winner, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

  • Lawyer Ron<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%3D2178603%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: Law of the Land

    Following another blowout by Lawyer Ron in Saturday's Woodward Stakes (gr. I), we're down to one champion-caliber older horse who looks capable of withstanding this year's 3-year-old juggernaut in the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Lawyer Ron, John Velazquez aboard, wins the Woodward 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%3D2161294%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lawyer Ron Crushes Woodward Foes

    Well, it wasn't another course record, but the performance by Lawyer Ron in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 was every bit as impressive as what he did one month earlier in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I).

  • Will the Woodward produce another track record for Lawyer Ron?<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%3D1864107%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Another Monster Effort From Lawyer Ron?

    Todd Pletcher is not expecting another Saratoga track record, but the nation's leading trainer is looking forward to another big effort from Lawyer Ron in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 at Saratoga.

  • Invasor, shown winning the 2006 Suburban, will try for a repeat on June 30th.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3DS204611%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails%26ref%3Dstory">Order Invasor Photos</a>

    Invasor, Aiming at Repeat in Suburban, Tops Noms

    Invasor, the defending Horse of the Year, heads a list of 16 nominations for Belmont Park's $400,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) on June 30, a race the Argentine-bred horse won in 2006.

  • Carter Handicap winner Silver Wagon trains for Metropolitan 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%3D979025%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Silver Wagon Works Toward Metropolitan

    Four Roses Thoroughbreds' Silver Wagon worked four furlongs in a bullet :47.81 handily Thursday morning at Aqueduct as he prepares for Monday's 114th running of the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I)--Belmont Park's traditional Memorial Day feature race

  • Utopia wins Westchester in U.S. debut with Mike Luzzi aboard.

    Utopia Wins Rough Westchester in U.S. Debut

    Godolphin Stable's Utopia, a 7-year-old Japanese-bred who had not started since winning the 2006 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) more than a year ago, stayed strong on the rail, overcoming a rough stretch run for a one-length victory in Wednesday's $107,700 Westchester Handicap (gr. III), the opening day feature of Belmont Park's 60-day spring/summer meet.

  • Utopia Makes U.S. Debut as Belmont Meet Opens

    The Japanese-bred Utopia, winner of the 2006 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II), makes his United States debut in the $100,000 Westchester Handicap (gr. III) as Belmont Park begins a 60-day spring/summer meet Wednesday.

  • Morning Line Goes to the Breeders' Cup

    A bronze statue of Pat Day is unveiled in the garden near the paddock at Churchill Downs. John Asher cracks a joke that it will allow Day to live out his dream of being five feet tall since the statue is just slightly larger than life.

  • Bernardini Works for Classic; Stage Set for Showdown with Lava Man

    Darley Stable's Bernardini turned in a bullet five-furlong breeze in 1:02 2/5 at Belmont Park Wednesday, much to the satisfaction of trainer Tom Albertrani. His main rival for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Presented by Dodge (gr. I) will be Lava Man, whose trainer, Doug O'Neill, paid tribute to Bernardini.

  • Classic hopeful Sun King led Saturday work slate for Nick Zito.

    Sun King Leads Zito's Clan to Work Saturday

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, runner-up in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, breezed a strong five furlongs Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), which will be run at the Louisville track on Nov. 4.

  • Aidan O'Brien, trains Dylan Thomas.

    Countdown to the Cup: No Doubting Thomas

    The wheels have been turning at Ballydoyle. The decision to send group I Irish Derby and Irish Champion winner Dylan Thomas to Belmont for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) is a departure from their normal strategy. But they have done it before, and it is understandable why they would want to try a different approach

  • Premium Tap (8) wins the Woodward.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6823%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D533386%26sequencenum%3D%26page%3D">Order This Photo</a>

    Premium Tap Pours It On in Woodward Shock

    Saratoga Race Course's first running of The Woodward (gr. I) produced what is believed to be the highest winning odds in the prestigious stake's 53-year history when 31-1 shot Premium Tap edged Second of June by a half-length Saturday.

  • Flower Alley looks to regain his former brilliance in the Woodward.

    Sadness in Woodward for Flower Alley's Connections

    The running of the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga could turn out to be the most crucial start of the year for 2005 Travers (gr. I) champion Flower Alley. It will be the colt's first race since the death of his breeder, George Brunacini, one of 49 people who perished Sunday morning in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington.

  • Saratoga Diary: Half-time Report

    Saratoga's first three weeks were marked by muggy hot weather followed by splendid cool days and nights, a card cancellation, upsets, an onslaught of New York-bred races, declining attendance, numerous mishaps at the starting gate, and soap opera politics. Will the next 18 days be as rocky as the past 17 days?

  • Woodward next up for Invasor.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6823%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D473189%26sequencenum%3D%26page%3D">Order This Photo</a>

    Invasor Likely to Run in Woodward Next

    Invasor, winner of Saturday's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga in a thrilling stretch drive over Sun King, is likely to make his next start in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) on Sept. 2.

  • Invasor (right) rolls on with courageous Whitney win.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6823%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D473189%26sequencenum%3D%26page%3D">Order This Photo</a>

    Invasor Still Perfect After Whitney Thriller

    Shadwell Stable's Invasor, nearly overtaken by the surging Sun King, dug in for the final furlong to emerge with a nose victory in $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.

  • Flower Alley, winning the Travers, returns to Saratoga for the Whitney.

    Saratoga Specialist Flower Alley Heads Whitney

    It's hard to imagine this year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) could top the 2005 running when the speedy Commentator held off a surging future Horse of the Year in Saint Liam.

  • Trainer John Kimmel joined the Thousand Victory Club with a Friday win at Belmont Park.

    Kimmel Gets 1,000th Win With Premium Tap

    Trainer John Kimmel scored the 1,000th victory of his career on Friday afternoon at Belmont Park when he saddled Premium Tap to a win in the third race, the $65,000-added Albert the Great.

  • Bandini and John Velazquez win the Skip Away Handicap on April 1.

    Pletcher Seeks Change of Luck in Met Mile

    Todd Pletcher's career has been filled with sparkling highlights, but the prestigious $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) has been a frustration to him. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer sends out Bandini in Monday's renewal of the popular "Met Mile" at Belmont Park.

  • Sun King charges from seventh in the stretch to win Commonwealth BC, Saturday at Keeneland.

    Sun King Conquers All in Commonwealth BC

    The turn-back in distance to seven furlongs did the trick for the slumping Sun King, who charged from seventh in the stretch to win Keeneland's $443,200 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) going away Saturday.

  • Saint Liam, working at Aqueduct Monday morning.

    Countdown to the Cup: Cavalcade of Stars

    It was a chaotic Monday morning on the Belmont work tab, with 21 Breeders' Cup horses having their final tune-ups for the World Thoroughbred Championships. And over at Aqueduct, Rick Dutrow worked his two Breeders' Cup horses, Saint Liam and Silver Train.

  • Jockey Garrett Gomez looks back as Borrego pulls away to an impressive win in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    Borrego Blows Away Gold Cup; Pletcher Duo Unplaced

    West coast invader Borrego roared to the lead leaving the second turn and drew off to an impressive victory in the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) that highlighted Saturday's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Preview Day at Belmont Park.

  • Solid Field for $1-Million Jockey Club Gold Cup

    With Saint Liam pretty much established as the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), a competitive field of eight will line up for Saturday's $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) to determine who will pose the most serious challenge to the Woodward (gr. I) and Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner.

  • Andromeda's Hero Works Toward Travers

    Trainer Nick Zito had Andromeda's Hero on the track Thursday morning at Saratoga Race Course working toward a start in the Aug. 27 Travers (gr. I). With exercise rider Jorge Abreu, Andomeda's Hero breezed five furlongs on the Saratoga main track in 1:02.

  • Baffert Mulls Options as Roman Ruler Moves on to Saratoga

    Just 12 hours after posting a 1 1/2-length win in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, Roman Ruler was on a van headed for Saratoga as trainer Bob Baffert weighs his options with his now grade I winning colt.