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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dame Dorothy wins the Turnback the Alarm Stakes.
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    Dame Dorothy Delivers in Turnback the Alarm

    Bobby Flay's Dame Dorothy remained undefeated in four starts when she held off a late run from Catch My Drift to take the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) by a half length on closing day at Belmont Oct. 26.

  • Teen Pauline won the 2014 Top Flight Handicap. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3100291660&k=W2xzSV8">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Pair Heads Turnback the Alarm

    Todd Pletcher appears to hold a strong hand in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 26 with the duo of Teen Pauline and Dame Dorothy, who are both riding three-racing winning streaks.

  • American Pharoah already has a pair of grade I victories.

    Top Three Juveniles Get Lots of Company

    Fifteen juveniles have been pre-entered with first preference in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile, as headliners and grade I winners American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, and Daredevil lead the battle for 2-year-old supremacy.

  • Euro Charline won the 2014 Beverly D. Stakes.

    Euro Charline to Return to England

    Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) winner Euro Charline will return to trainer Marco Botti in England for a 4-year-old campaign that will include a bid for the $6-million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) at Meydan, it was announced Oct. 14.

  • Blofeld wins the Futurity Stakes.
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    Rail Rally Lifts Blofeld in Futurity Stakes

    Eased just off the pace in the turn by red-hot jockey John Velazquez, Blofeld then rallied along the rail to win the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.

  • Carpe Diem leads them home in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-fqtgDF7">Order This Photo</a>

    Carpe Diem Seizes Breeders' Futurity

    WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem seized control from front-runner Conquest Tsunami and rolled away to a powerful victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 4 at Keeneland,

  • Daredevil romps to victory in the Champagne Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-f3mTSH5">Order This Photo</a>

    Daredevil Cruises to Victory in Champagne

    Favored Daredevil cruised to victory in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Belmont Park Oct. 4, handing trainer Todd Pletcher his third consecutive win in the prestigious race.

  • Angela Renee wins the Chandalier Stakes.

    Angela Renee Dominant in Chandelier Stakes

    Siena Farm's Angela Renee, beaten more than 19 lengths in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) in her last start, rebounded in a big way with a victory in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

  • Stopchargingmaria takes on older fillies and mares in the Beldame Stakes.
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    Stopchargingmaria Takes on Elders in Beldame

    Sophomore Stopchargingmaria, winner of the C.C.A. Oaks and Alabama Stakes (both gr. I) at Saratoga, steps up against older fillies and mares in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.

  • Divine Oath faces 6 in the Kent Stakes.

    Divine Oath Needs Kent to Get Back on Track

    Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath looks to get back on track Sept. 20 in the $150,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park, coming off a sixth-place finish in the Aug. 16 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International.

  • John Velazquez

    Velazquez to Ride Euro Charline in QEII

    Euro Charline will have the services of Racing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when she pursues a second straight grade I victory Oct. 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland.

  • Carpe Diem at the OBS March Sale.

    Carpe Diem, OBS March Co-Topper, Wins Debut

    Carpe Diem, whose $1.6 million sale price was the co-highest at the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training, led all the way to win his career debut Sept. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Protonico wins the Smarty Jones Stakes.

    Protonico Surges in Smarty Jones for Pletcher

    Todd Pletcher recorded his 1,000th career stakes winner when Protonico surged late under Joe Bravo to take the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) at Parx Racing on the Labor Day Pennsylvania card Sept. 1.

  • Albano won the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park in June.

    Competitive Group Entered for Smarty Jones

    Ten 3-year-olds, some of which may have their sights on the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in three weeks, will battle in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 1 at Parx Racing.

  • Micromanage won the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes on August 7.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-vzj3QXL">Order This Photo</a>

    Micromanage Set for Another Distance Test

    After rolling to the easiest of victories in the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes, Micromanage will cut back to a mere 1 1/2 miles when the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro colt starts in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes.