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  • 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.

  • My Miss Sophia blisses out as Carol Seaver works her magic.

    Magic Touch: Human Therapist Helps Racehorses

    A keen observer of the subtle nuances of movement, balance, and alignment, Carol Seaver takes it all in and tunes into the Thoroughbreds that need her attention. When she works on horses, magic happens.

  • Winning Cause wins the Cliff Hanger Stakes.

    Winning Cause Ends String in Cliff Hanger

    Winning Cause, getting an ideal stalking trip from jockey Eddie Castro, staved off odds-on choice Big Blue Kitten to win the Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 24 on turf at Monmouth Park, halting a 10-race losing skid.

  • Stopchargingmaria is in control in the Alabama Stakes.
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    Stopchargingmaria Adds Alabama to Her Account

    Even-money choice Stopchargingmaria, always prominent for jockey John Velazquez, prevailed in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) for her second top-level win in a row at the Saratoga Race Course meet Aug. 16.

  • Verrazano<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2662607607&k=TtdLnd4">Order This Photo</a>

    GI Winner Verrazano Retired to Ashford Stud

    After a 2014 season that saw him add a pair of group I placings on turf to his resume, grade I winner Verrazano has been retired. The 2013 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner will stand at Ashford Stud.

  • Undefeated Vivian Da Bling will face 6 in the $200,000 Adirondack (gr. II) at Saratoga on August 10.

    Adirondack: Angela Renee Among Debut Winners

    A well-bred group of 2-year-old fillies will face off in the $200,000 Adirondack (gr. II) at Saratoga, with 5-2 morning line favorite Angela Renee taking on Take Charge Brandi and undefeated Vivian Da Bling.

  • Mr. Z (inside) finished second to Big Trouble in the 2014 Sanford Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-Dbt7vbV">Order This Photo</a>

    Troubled Mr. Z Gets Second Chance in Special

    Zayat Stables' Mr. Z, runner-up by a neck last time out to Big Trouble in the Sanford Stakes (gr. III), gets a second chance at his first graded stakes win Aug. 10 in the $200,000 Toyota Saratoga Special (gr. II).

  • Silver Max makes his second start of 2014 in the Fourstardave Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1829086852&k=s66rft8y">Order This Photo</a>

    Small Field for Silver Max in Fourstardave

    With Wise Dan still progressing in his comeback from May 16 colic surgery, favoritism and a highweight assignment in Saratoga's $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) go to Dale Romans trainee Silver Max.

  • Horsemen's Groups Circle Wagons on Lasix

    In response to several top trainers calling for the end of race-day furosemide, horsemen's groups throughout the country say they will continue to support the use of the diuretic to prevent or reduce the severity of EIPH.

  • Palace Malice<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-145/29744699_jpqpwR#!i=2563007502&k=SzzhQgN">Order This Photo</a>

    Palace Malice Hoping to Continue His Roll

    With four victories in four starts this year, Palace Malice hopes to continue making a statement in the second half of the season when he races Aug. 2 in the grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Majestic River wins the Molly Pitcher Stakes.

    Majestic River Rolls to Molly Pitcher Win

    Majestic River proved her affinity for Monmouth Park July 27, rolling to a third consecutive victory over the New Jersey oval and picking up her first graded stakes score in the $203,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II).

  • Flashy American won the 2014 Sixty Sails Handicap.

    Flashy American Wheels Back for Shuvee 'Cap

    Flashy American will take another run at the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course July 27, wheeling back after a third-place finish in the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) two weeks earlier.

  • Haskin: The Saint of Saratoga

    Unable to ride any longer due to a series of injuries and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Valerie Buck turned her passion in another direction.

  • Fashion Alert takes the Schuylerville Stakes on opening day at Saratoga.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-9xj92bd">Order This Photo</a>

    Fashion Alert Wins Hard-Fought Schuylerville

    Fashion Alert remained undefeated in two starts and picked up her first graded stakes victory in the process July 18, but had to work hard to do it in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Stopchargingmaria won the 2014 Black-Eyed Susan. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-LdChwcH">Order This Photo</a>

    No Untapable, But CCA Oaks Comes Up Slight

    Despite the absence of Untapable, who chose to run in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) instead of running in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), only six sophomore fillies were entered for the July 20 test.

  • I'm Already Sexy

    Full Field of 14 Contest Wide-Open Modesty

    The $200,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park July 12 is pretty much a roll of the dice, as 14 fillies and mares look to earn their way into the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 16.

  • Infinite Magic won the 2013 American Derby.

    Our Channel Makes Trek for American Derby

    Abdulla al Monsoori's Our Channel leads a group for the $200,000 American Derby (gr. IIIT) on "Million Preview Day" at Arlington Park, hoping to recover from a poor run in the June 7 English Derby (Eng-I).

  • Princess of Sylmar won the 2014 Cat Cay Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3164454433&k=KkrSr4x">Order This Photo</a>

    Princess of Sylmar Seeks Del 'Cap Rebound

    Second by a head to Close Hatches last time out in the June 7 Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I), multiple grade I winner Princess of Sylmar seeks a rebound July 12 in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) at Delaware Park.

  • 2014 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

    No Consensus on Fewer Starts, Shorter Fields

    A panel discussion during the first day of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit yielded no consensus on possible reasons for declines in average starts per horse and average field sizes over the past five decades.

  • Miss Behaviour won the 2013 Matron Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2799360795&k=wRGs27q">Order This Photo</a>

    Miss Behaviour Could Act Up in Victory Ride

    Grade II winner Miss Behaviour, who picked up the third stakes win of her career in her previous start, will try to continue that winning form in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) Sunday, June 29 at Belmont Park.

  • We Miss Artie won the 2013 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2813053442&k=8DQfZgC">Order This Photo</a>

    We Miss Artie Stands Out in Plate Trial

    After finishing off the board in the Kentucky Derby, grade I winner We Miss Artie will prepare for a run at the Canadian classics when the son of Artie Schiller starts in the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes June 14.

  • Palace Malice in the Met Mile.

    Pletcher: 'Half-Length Away from Career Day'

    With a victory by Palace Malice in the Metropolitan Handicap and Commissioner's Belmont Stakes runner-up, one of three near-misses June 7, trainer Todd Pletcher said he was "about a half-length away from a career day."

  • Charming Kitten rallies late to win the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-W8ppVrG">Order This Photo</a>

    Charming Kitten Wins First Belmont Gold Cup

    Attempting the rare distance of two miles on turf for the first time, Charming Kitten overcame 10 rivals to win the inaugural $200,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational by one length at Belmont Park June 6.

  • California Chrome
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    California Chrome Draws Post 2 for Belmont

    Dual classic winner California Chrome drew post position 2 and was installed the 3-5 morning-line favorite for his attempt at the coveted Triple Crown when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • The June 7th Belmont crowd will enjoy much more than the Belmont Stakes.

    Belmont Mega-Day Shines Along With 'Chrome'

    NYRA unveils the first in its mega-day strategy June 7 when it moves races like the Met Mile, Ogden Phipps, Acorn, and Brooklyn to Belmont Stakes day in an effort to ramp up interest, quality, and handle.