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  • Itsaknockout (right) finishes second to Upstart in the Fountain of Youth, but is awarded the win.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-5k6H4RJ">Order This Photo</a>

    Upstart DQ'd in FOY, Itsaknockout Wins

    Upstart was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park, with 5-1 Itsaknockout elevated from second to his first graded win.

  • Eskenformoney will face 13 in the Davona Dale Stakes on Feb. 21. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-hGs32ZF/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Eskenformoney Heads Davona Dale Lineup

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, a three-time winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will send out the duo of Eskenformoney and Enchantress Feb. 21 in the one-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.

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    Itsaknockout Breezes for Fountain of Youth

    Undefeated 3-year-old Itsaknockout turned in his final breeze the morning of Feb. 15 in preparation for his stakes debut in the upcoming $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II) for trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Golden Lad leads them home in the Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

    Golden Lad Holds Off Ride On Curlin in Essex

    Returning to Oaklawn Park where he secured his first career stakes win, Golden Lad held off last year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ride On Curlin to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Essex Stakes.

  • Micromanage looks for his third win in a row in the Evening Attire Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-cKQGx3h">Order This Photo</a>

    Repole Entry Looks Tough in Evening Attire

    Owner Mike Repole will be well-represented in the $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 16, when he will send out the coupled entry of Micromanage and Village Warrior, both trained by Todd Pletcher.

  • Javier Castellano gets his 4000th win aboard Captain Stan.

    Castellano Reaches 4,000th-Win Milestone

    Javier Castellano reached a significant career milestone Feb. 8 at Gulfstream Park when the reigning two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey notched his 4,000th career victory aboard Captain Stan in the 10th race.

  • Constitution leads the way to victory in the Donn Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-DQZDV7P">Order This Photo</a>

    Constitution Wires Donn Handicap Over Lea

    Constitution notched his second grade I victory Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park and did so impressively, taking the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) wire-to-wire while holding off 2014 Donn victor Lea.

  • Mshawish gets the win over Slumber in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-d9bjvGj">Order This Photo</a>

    Mshawish Squeezes Out Gulfstream Turf 'Cap

    Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish overcame traffic in the stretch and prevailed in a tight finish with Slumber in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Sandiva flies home to win the Suwannee River Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-CWrLg4m">Order This Photo</a>

    Sandiva Surges to Capture Suwannee River

    Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva won her second straight stakes and first North American graded contest with a length victory over Rosalind in the Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Champion 2-year-old male American Pharoah heads the list of early nominees to the Triple Crown.

    Early Nominees to Triple Crown Races Increase

    American Pharoah and Take Charge Brandi, last year's respective champion 2-year-old male and female, head the list of 429 Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the 2015 Triple Crown during the early nomination phase.

  • Palace Malice<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3112265326&k=NhwzNDM">Order This Photo</a>

    Palace Malice Sustains Minor Foot Bruise

    Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice threw a shoe while galloping Jan. 28 and sustained a minor bruise to his left front foot, causing a slight delay in his training program in Aiken, S.C.

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    Untapable, Tapiture Drill for Asmussen

    Untapable completed the first workout of her 4-year-old season Monday, Jan. 26, when she breezed four furlongs in :51.4/5 on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Steve Asmussen.

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    Palace Malice Returns to Worktab in Aiken

    Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice turned in his first breeze of 2015 on Jan. 22 in Aiken, S.C., his initial recorded move since returning to training in mid-November after a layoff at Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Micromanage will face 6 in the Jazil Stakes on Jan. 19. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3149248165&k=bbthJcF">Order This Photo</a>

    Micromanage Opens Season in Jazil Stakes

    Repole Stable's Micromanage will start from the inside post in an expected field of seven older horses in the $100,000 Jazil Stakes on a Jan. 19, Monday holiday card at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Trainer todd Pletcher at the2013 kentucky Derby Post Position Draw...
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    Todd Pletcher IS Funny… No, Really

    Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. A competitive nature, sly wit, and drive to succeed have carried him to the top of the game.

  • Savoy Stomp at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale.

    Pricey Savoy Stomp Seeks Lecomte Victory

    Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.

  • Mshawish comes home strong to win the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-4WkMTLH">Order This Photo</a>

    Mshawish Gets U.S. Graded Ft. Lauderdale Win

    Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish earned his first graded victory on North American soil Jan. 10, spinning wide off the final turn but still managing a neck decision in the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIT) at Gulfstream.

  • Lea won the 2014 Hal's Hope by 3 1/4 lengths.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3017503749&k=vgtqKbZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Lea Aims to Win Second Straight Hal's Hope

    Lea looked like he would be a major player in 2014, when he began a promising campaign with victories in the $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) and the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Divine Oath wins the W. L. McKnight Handicap.
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    Divine Oath Holds On in McKnight Handicap

    Facing older horses for the first time in his career proved no problem for Divine Oath as he held on to top the field in the $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park Dec. 27.

  • Tom Durkin

    Durkin to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

    Capping an extraordinary career as one of North America's premier race track announcers and one of the most popular personalities in Thoroughbred racing, Tom Durkin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit.

  • A dozen people who stood out this year for leaving their mark on the industry.

    2014 Newsmakers

    Achievement and retirement. Shame and success. Low points and comebacks. 2014 offered a taste of just about everything. Here are a dozen people who stood out this year for leaving their mark on the industry.

  • Micromanage and Manuel Franco take the Queens County Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-gvRtGCZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Micromanage Rallies to Win Queens County

    Repole Stable's Micromanage returned to the dirt Dec. 13 and overpowered Vyjack in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying five wide before securing the victory by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Ron Burke

    Harness Trainer Breaks Pletcher Purse Record

    Harness trainer Ron Burke's record-setting year continued the evening of Dec. 12 when he broke Todd Pletcher's North American record for purses won by a trainer. Pletcher held the mark of $28,116,097 set in 2007.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Normalcy Returns with Gulfstream Set to Open

    There will be a sense of normalcy, with no neighborhood competition from Calder Casino & Race Course, and a scent of some still-fresh paint Dec. 6 when Gulfstream Park opens its 2014-15 "Championship Meet."

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    Commissioner Back in Training, Dubai Possible

    WinStar Farm's Commissioner, runner-up to Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is back in training in South Florida with Todd Pletcher after undergoing surgery to have a small chip removed from his left front ankle.

  • Protonico splashes to the win in the Discovery Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-DLjjnbr">Order This Photo</a>

    Protonico Flies From Last to Win Discovery

    Protonico powered past favorite Bay of Plenty in early stretch and kicked on for a clear win in the $200,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack, completing an easy last-to-first rally.