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  • Roman Ruler reigns supreme in Haskell win.

    Roman Ruler Reigns in Haskell

    With Afleet Alex on the bench, Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler finally reigns over the national 3-year-old division. The injury-plagued 'Ruler, who missed this year's Triple Crown with foot problems, realized his potential Sunday by capturing the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park impressively.

  • Roman Ruler, defeating Flower Alley in the Dwyer, is favored to win Sunday's Haskell Invitational.

    Moment of Truth for Roman Ruler; Faces Seven in Haskell

    Trainer Bob Baffert firmly believes that Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler is one of the most gifted horses in the country. On Sunday, the colt will try to prove him right when he takes on seven opponents in Saturday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).

  • Belmont Stakes champ Afleet Alex faces seventeen as highweight in next month's Haskell Invitational.

    Afleet Alex Assigned 123 for Haskell

    Cash Is King's Afleet Alex, winner of two jewels of the Triple Crown this year, has been assigned highweight of 123 pounds for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. 1) Aug. 7.

  • Sun King Shines Again in Leonard Richards

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, fitted with blinkers by trainer Nick Zito, went gate to wire to win the $300,000 Leonard Richards (gr. III) for 3-year-olds by 5 3/4 lengths Sunday at Delaware Park.

  • Sun King, High Limit Lead Leonard Richards Stakes

    Graded stakes winners Sun King and High Limit highlight a tough, compact field of seven in Saturday's $300,000 Leonard Richards Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park. The 1 1/16-mile contest marks the first start for the duo since finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Greeley's Galaxy is Haskin's choice to win at the window.

    Preakness Offers Enticing Wagering Possibilities

    If logic and the science of handicapping confuse you, if you're more comfortable guessing than analyzing, then Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is right up your alley. Regardless of what the experts say, there are no experts when it comes to this race. It's a pure guess, period.

  • Zito Looks Forward to a New Day

    Nick Zito ran five horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) -- including the favorite -- and no one has to remind him they finished seventh, eighth, 10th, 14th, and 15th. But the Preakness (gr. I) is a new day, Zito said Friday morning at Pimlico.

  • Greeley's Galaxy, Steve Haskin's pick to win the Preakness, upon his arrival at Pimlico Wednesday.

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Analysis: Galaxy Shot

    When the field crossed the finish line in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), it already was clear who my Preakness (gr. I) selection would be. In fact, it was at the quarter pole, as Greeley's Galaxy closed to within four lengths of the leaders, that I started thinking, 'There's the Preakness winner.'

  • Trainer Nick Zito, who may start three horses in the Preakness Stakes.

    Zito May Start Three in Preakness; Two Work at Churchill

    Although High Fly will have to wait until Tuesday morning to earn his way into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) field during a scheduled half-mile workout at Churchill Downs, stablemates Noble Causeway and Sun King punched their tickets to Pimlico Race Course after pleasing trainer Nick Zito with their respective five-furlong workouts Monday morning

  • For Zito, Multi-Tasking Is A Blessing

    "Come on six! Stay up three! Get out of there 12! Where's the four? Who's that?" These may sound like the common shouts of an overzealous, exotics-playing railbird, but on Saturday, it just might be something you hear from as esteemed a place as the Churchill Downs box of New York-born trainer Nick Zito.

  • Sun King, in Thursday breeze at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Strange Morning at the Track

    Most Kentucky Derby (gr. I) works are pretty uneventful, but that certainly wasn't the case Thursday morning. You had Bobby Frankel calling a last-minute audible and working High Limit in company with Ghostzapper, and you had Greater Good and Greeley's Galaxy turn in two of the strangest Derby works in memory.

  • Greater Good Hits the Track at Churchill Downs

    Taking advantage of the sunny, dry conditions at Churchill Downs, Thursday's work tab was busy, with five contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) breezing over the fast track.

  • Fountain of Youth winner High Fly worked Friday morning at Churchill.

    High Fly, Noble Causeaway Turn in Easy Works

    The Nick Zito-trained pair of High Fly and Noble Causeway, the one-two finishers in the Florida Derby (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs Friday, although Zito said both colts actually worked six furlongs after breaking off between poles. Also on the work tab Friday was Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Greeley's Galaxy.

  • Gary Stevens, named to ride Noble Causeway in Kentucky Derby.

    Stevens Named to Ride Noble Causeway in Derby

    Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito now has jockeys set for all five of his contenders for the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, May 7.

  • Bandini reasserts himself with Blue Grass romp.

    The Great Bandini Emerges in Blue Grass

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Bandini stepped into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) spotlight with a brilliant performance in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland Saturday.

  • Mr Sword Tunes Up for Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Mr Sword tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong breeze Tuesday morning over the Central Kentucky oval. The Jennifer Pedersen-trainee got the distance in :57 4/5.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Runaway Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road is favorite in final pool.</a>

    Bellamy Road Made 3-1 Favorite for Roses

    On the strength of his 17 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road emerged from a record-smashing third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as a strong 3-1 favorite to win the famed "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • High Fly Sets Pace at Derby Future's Midpoint

    Live Oak Plantation's High Fly, whose recent victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I) was his fifth in six career races, emerged as the betting favorite on Friday as Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") reached the midpoint.

  • High Fly Favorite for Final Pool of Derby Future Wager

    High Fly and Sun King, trained by two-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning trainer Nick Zito, and juvenile filly champion Sweet Catomine are listed among the favorites in a wide open third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its April 7-10 run Thursday.

  • Charlotte Weber, right, and Eric Hamelback, left, owner and general manager, respectively, of Live Oak Stud, with Florida Derby winner High Fly.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: 'Z Troop' Marches On

    Nick Zito's Run For the Roses Regiment continued its assault on Churchill Downs this past weekend, as High Fly and Noble Causeway finished one-two in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) on April 2, giving Zito five top Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders for five different owners.

  • Sun King Has First Work at Churchill Downs

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, winner of both his starts this year including the Tampa Bay Derby, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

  • High Limit Working Toward Blue Grass; Rush Bay Works

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said that Mary and Gary West's High Limit, winner of the Louisiana Derby (grade II), was doing well on the day after his first work at Churchill Downs and would make his next start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on April 16.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: The Week That Was-Part 2

    With the next Kentucky Derby Trail column not until Wednesday, March 30, when the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and UAE Derby (UAE-I) will be discussed belatedly, this seems like a good time to offer some lingering thoughts, facts, and observations left over from last weekend.

  • Santa Anita was playing to speed Saturday when Consolidator won the San Felipe.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Rocky and Elvis and Other Headliners

    So, where are the best 3-year-olds based? Florida, Arkansas, California, and New York can all make a case for being the hot spot right now following Saturday's stirring and strange turn of events. With Declan's Moon and now Roman Ruler out of the picture, and Afleet Alex and Wilko facing uphill battles, last year's top 2-year-olds are fading fast.

  • Sun King Shows Grit in Tampa Bay Derby

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, sent off as the 1-20 wagering favorite in the $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) Saturday, showed some true grit while fending off a couple of challenges from the quarter pole to mid-stretch before pulling away to a 3 1/4-length victory.

  • Haskin on Tampa Derby: Sun King vs. Sun King?

    Sun King Overwhelming Choice in Tampa Bay Derby

    The March 19 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) drew a field of eight, but the race for all intents and purposes comes down to Sun King vs. Sun King. The Nick Zito-trained colt is the class of the field, and the race his to lose. Only two others in the field have even been nominated to the Triple Crown.

  • Live Oak Plantation owner Charlotte Weber, left, with trainer Nick Zito.

    Zito Still Flying High Over Derby Trail

    Thanks to High Fly's victory in the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and Noble Causeway's stylish win in a $33,000 allowance, trainer Nick Zito is building a stockpile of Kentucky Derby contenders and crystallized his hold on favorite status for the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.

  • Will High Fly run back to the form shown in winning the Aventura?

    Kentucky Derby Trail: High Fly Can Fly High Again

    Nick Zito is licking his chops after last weekend's impressive victories by Sun King and Andromeda's Hero. Now, he tries to put the finishing touches on his four-horse feast when he saddles High Fly in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Noble Causeway in an allowance race. All indications are that Zito will be flying high once again.

  • Zito Again Off to Good Start On Derby Trail

    Trainer Nick Zito, always a threat along the Triple Crown trail, was sitting comfortably Sunday after two of his 3-year-olds posted wins Saturday and a third, High Fly, cruised through his workout and into the picture for the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) on March 5.

  • Wilko surprises everyone in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile.

    Wilko Pulls Shocker In Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    Wilko, who had won just two of 10 starts in Europe, beat the best 2-year-old colts at Lone Star Park Saturday at odds of 28-1, winning the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • Birdstone got his first look at the main track at Lone Star Park Sunday.

    Birdstone Gets First Feel of Lone Star

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone had his first gallop over the Lone Star Park track Sunday after arriving Saturday afternoon on a private charter from Albany, N.Y. that also brought three other Nick Zito-trained horses.

  • Birdstone won the Travers in his last start.

    Birdstone Breezes in Final Work for Classic

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of the Belmont (gr. I) and Travers (gr. I), breezed six furlongs in 1:16 4/5 over a muddy training track at Saratoga Oct. 22 in preparation for the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Lone Star Park Oct. 30.

  • Proud Accolade remains perfect with Champagne win.

    Pletcher Pops Champagne with Proud Accolade

    Unbeaten Proud Accolade, ridden confidently in his stakes debut by John Velazquez, dealt heavy favorite Afleet Alex his first loss with a half-length victory in the $500,000 Champagne (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Afleet Alex takes on seven in Saturday's Champagne Stakes.

    Afleet Alex Looks to Remain Unbeaten in Champagne

    Hopeful (gr. I) and Sanford Stakes (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex hopes to keep his record unblemished Saturday as he takes on seven of his fellow 2-year-old brethren in the 133rd running of the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.