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  • Take the Points won eight of 16 starts.

    Take the Points Injured, Retired

    Take the Points, winner of last year's Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park, has been retired from racing after fracturing a splint bone in his right front leg.

  • Telling hasn't won since last year's Sword Dancer.<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%3D8407520%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wide-Open Sword Dancer Draws 10

    Despite the return of the last three winners of the race, the 2010 edition of the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) lacks a true standout. That was made possible after the defection of probable favorite Take the Points.

  • Chinchon pulls away late to win the United Nations.

    European Invader Chinchon Wins United Nations

    Irish-bred Chinchon, making just his second start in the U.S., showed an explosive turn of foot in the stretch and came from off the pace to capture the $760,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 3 at Monmouth Park.

  • Winchester may be the horse to beat in the United Nations.

    United Nations Stakes Ripe For the Taking

    Four grade I winners and a pair of intriguing international contenders were among the nine entered for a suddenly wide-open editon of the $750,000 BetFair/TVG United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 3 at Monmouth Park.

  • Winchester upsets the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at 21-1.

    Winchester Hits Target in Manhattan Upset

    Winchester registered his first stakes win since taking the 2008 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) when he posted a 21-1 stunner in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 5.

  • Al Shemali streaks to a surprise win in the Dubai Duty Free.

    Al Shemali Pulls Duty Free Shocker

    Longshot Al Shemali took over from a trio of American horses in upper stretch and pulled away to win the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) March 27 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Take the Points will run in the Dubai Duty Free on the Meydan Racecourse turf.

    Take the Points to Run in Dubai Duty Free

    In one of several changes involving horses slated to run on the March 27 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) program, Starlight Partners' dual grade I winner Take the Points has been given a new target, the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I).

  • Presious Passion

    Presious Passion Works Toward Mac Diarmida

    Seven-year-old turf specialist Presious Passion will look to defend his Mac Diarmida title Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park. Presious Passion was second in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Court Vision (center, white silks) was awarded the Gulfstream Park Turf after the disqualification of Take the Points (right).<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%3D8781837%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Court Vision Wins GP Turf Handicap After DQ

    Take the Points crossed the wire first in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 6, but the 4-year-old colt was disqualified for interference, giving the win to odds-on choice Court Vision.

  • Take the Points won the Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park in October.<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%3D8546259%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Deep Field Lines Up For Hollywood Derby

    Take the Points, winner of a pair of grade I stakes in his last two starts, will renew acquaintances with Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) winner Battle of Hastings and five other graded winners Nov. 29 in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Raven's Pass came across the pond to win last year's Breeders' Cup Classic. Will history repeat itself? <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%3D6458912%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Can it Happen Twice?

    On April 17, 2008, American racing fans were immersed in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and no one was even giving the Breeders' Cup a second thought. But across the Atlantic, there was a scene being played out that would have a far greater effect on the Breeders' Cup than anyone could have imagined.

  • Take the Points<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%3D8546259%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Points and Promise: Second-Crop Sires On Top

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<p> That this is an exceptional crop of second-year sires is not exactly news any more. Still, the point was hammered home again October 10 when two second-season horses were represented by grade I winners.

  • Take the Points powers home in the Jamaica.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8546259%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Take the Points Game in Jamaica Victory

    Starlight Partners Take the Points was rated off the leaders and took the lead rounding the turn to post a game head victory over Straight Story in the $300,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park on Oct. 10.

  • Secretariat winner Take the Points headlines the Jamaica Handicap.

    Jamaica Draws Take the Points, Courageous Cat

    Take the Points, narrow winner of the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) on Arlington Million (gr. IT) day, heads the field for the $300,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT), one of three grade I features on the Belmont Park program Oct. 10.

  • Take The Points (left) outfights Black Bear Island to take the Secretariat.

    Secretariat: Take the Points Earns the Money

    Starlight Partners' Take the Points, locked in a stirring stretch duel with Black Bear Island, got up in the final strides under Kent Desormeaux to earn his first graded stakes win in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 8 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Reb took the American Derby in his last start.

    Several With a Shot at Secretariat Stakes

    Ashbrook Farm's Reb, winner of the three straight including the American Derby (gr. IIT), and Irish invader Black Bear Island, who has a group II victory in England this season, lead a wide-open field of 11 in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds Aug. 8 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Battle of Hastings outfinishes Straight Story to win the Virginia Derby.

    Battle of Hastings Double Tough in VA Derby

    In a carbon copy of last month's Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT), Battle of Hastings dug in late to head Straight Story to win the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) on the Colonial Downs turf July 18.

  • Battle of Hastings holds off Straight Story to take the Colonial Turf Cup.

    Battle of Hastings Wins Colonial Turf Duel

    Battle of Hastings took advantage of a gaping hole along the inside to gain the lead and then held off an unlucky Straight Story for a head victory in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) June 20 in Virginia.

  • Lime Rickey has finished 2nd in three turf stakes, including the Dania (shown #8).

    Lime Rickey's Turn in Colonial Turf Cup?

    There is no doubt in the mind of Frank Alexander that Lime Rickey is a stakes-caliber type of horse. One of these days, perhaps in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) on June 13, the son of Lemon Drop Kid will prove it, Alexander said. All he needs is a little bit of racing luck.

  • Battle of Hastings has been installed as a 2-1 favorite in the fifth running of the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.

    Battle of Hastings Tops Colonial Turf Cup

    Battle of Hastings has been installed as a 2-1 favorite among 10 3-year-olds entered in the fifth running of the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Colonial Downs on Saturday, June 20.

  • And They're Off: May 27 (Video)

    A review of the Preakness and the Triple Crown so far, including the jockey situation, and the return of Zenyatta. Plus, special guest Jack Wolf of Starlight Stable.

  • Rachel Alexandra is one of 7 Preakness starters who will be saddled indoors.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8113474%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Preakness Starters Opt for Indoor Paddock

    It has long been the tradition for starters in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to saddle on the turf course at Pimlico Race Course, but more than half of this year's field -- including morning-line favorite Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile -- will be saddled indoors, Maryland Jockey Club paddock judge Mario Verge said May 15.

  • No horse has been training better on a day-in and day-out basis than Mine That Bird.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8113172%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Haskin's Preakness Report: Taking a Shot

    Can Rachel Alexandra come back in two weeks and beat the boys after earning outrageous speed figures that suggest a bounce is imminent? Was Mine That Bird's shocking Kentucky Derby score a fluke or the birth of a superstar?

  • Preakness Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Preakness contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • Dunkirk may run in the Belmont Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8057494%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Dunkirk Possible For Belmont Stakes

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said May 9 that Susan Magnier's Dunkirk, 11th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is under consideration for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;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&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    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.

  • Friesan Fire

    Tuesday Work to Determine Friesan Fire Status

    Friesan Fire, who grabbed his quarter and suffered a several cuts while finishing 18th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will ship down to Pimlico next Monday from Delaware Park and will work on Tuesday under jockey Gabriel Saez to determine whether the colt will run in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Big Drama is one of the new players expected for the Preakness.

    At Least Nine to Run in Preakness

    The prospective field for the Preakness (gr. I) grew by three confirmed starters when the connections of Musket Man, General Quarters and Terrain committed to the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown on May 6. The $1 million race now has nine definite starters, with Big Drama the first to arrive at historic Pimlico Race Course. The 1 3/16-mile event is on May 16.

  • Advice is still under consideration for the Ky. Derby.

    Pletcher: Two In Derby; Two Undecided

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said the morning of April 28 that two of the horses in his care, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance, are definite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Decisions have not been made on two others he trains, Advice and Take the Points.

  • Advice cools out after his workout at Churchill Downs on April 27.

    Pletcher Pleased With Works; Decision Tuesday

    Trainer Todd Pletcher reported he was pleased with the April 27 workouts by three of his possible starters in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and said a decision on which would actually start in the classic would be made April 28.

  • Papa Clem worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs on April 19.

    Papa Clem Breezes Easy Five Furlongs

    Bo Hirsch's homebred Papa Clem, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), breezed an easy five furlongs in the rain April 19 in his first serious training move over the track at Churchill Downs.

  • Pioneerof the Nile and Garrett Gomez take the Santa Anita Derby.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7980443%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Pioneerof the Nile Rolls at Santa Anita

    A lack of pace changed the game plan for odds-on choice Pioneerof the Nile, but jockey Garrett Gomez improvised, enabling the son of Empire Maker to hold off Chocolate Candy for a one-length win in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on a picture-perfect day in Arcadia, Calif.

  • The Pamplemousse will start from the outside in the Santa Anita Derby.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7833331%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    The Pamplemousse On Outside in SA Derby

    Trainer Julio Canani says The Pamplemousse doesn't need the lead to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4. After a couple of interesting developments when entries were taken, that theory could be put to the test.

  • Dunkirk may get a rabbit in the Florida Derby.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7783562%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Dunkirk May Get Rabbit in Fla. Derby

    As intriguing as the Florida Derby (gr.I) already looks to be, it became even more intriguing when Todd Pletcher, trainer of Dunkirk, said Tuesday he is "strongly considering" running the maiden Europe as a rabbit, in order to prevent Quality Road from getting loose on an easy lead.

  • The gray colts Take the Points (left) and The Pamplemousse enter the stretch in the Sham Stakes. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS612719%2Fphoto%2F7833326%2F%3Fo%3D5&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ky. Derby Trail: Simple Twists of Fate

    Lost in the overwhelming spectacle of the Kentucky Derby and the arduous road leading to Churchill Downs are the little-known ironies and twists of fate that get played out behind the scenes.

  • Chocolate Candy will be ridden by Joel Rosario in the Santa Anita Derby.

    Rosario to Get Chocolate Candy Mount

    Joel Rosario, Santa Anita's third-leading rider, will ride El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) winner Chocolate Candy in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 4, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

  • Even the Score's Fee Doubled to $15,000

    Citing the success of foals from his first crop that raced in 2008 and increased demand, Millennium Farms announced the stud fee for Even the Score has been doubled from $7,500 to $15,000 for any additional mares booked to the stallion for the 2009 breeding season.

  • Quality Road took the Fountain of Youth by 4 1/4 lengths.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Road to the Roses

    The last Saturday in November is NYRA's farewell to grade I and grade II racing, with the running of the Cigar Mile (gr. I) and the grade II Remsen and Demoiselle Stakes for 2-year-olds. But last year, there was a buzz in the air that had nothing to do with any of those three races.

  • The Pamplemousse cruises in the Sham.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7833045%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    The Pamplemousse Gets Loose in Sham Win

    Trainer Julio Canani insists he doesn't have Derby fever yet. But after the way his The Pamplemousse glided to victory as the 1-2 choice in the $200,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Feb. 28, that's going to be more difficult to believe as time marches on toward the first Saturday in May.

  • Take the Points at Woodstock Farm in 2006.

    Take the Points Already a Big Winner

    Take the Points, who shipped to California Thursday for Saturday's $200,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III), is a gamble that has already paid off big-time for the colt's breeders Ramiro Salazar and his wife Denise Belcher of Phoenix Farm.

  • Imperial Council to Run Next in Gotham

    March means horses shuttling all over looking for graded earnings and moving forward on the Kentucky Derby trail. One of the more interesting 3-year-olds is Imperial Council, who will head up to New York for the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) March 7, which promises to be a bang-up race.

  • Capt. Candyman Can, winner of the Jan. 30 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7601245%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ky. Derby Trail: Florida Follies

    Either tracks like Gulfstream and Oaklawn are getting noticeably slower or the horses are. From all indications, it is the tracks, which is fine if they keep horses sounder. (See end of text for first official Top 30)