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  • Hip 128, a bay colt by Unbridled's Song, attracted a final bid of $330,000 at the Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic 2YOIT sale.

    Unbridled's Song Colt Tops Midlantic Day 1

    A bay colt by Unbridled's Song consigned by De Meric Sales, agent, attracted a final bid of $330,000 to top the first of two sessions at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic 2-year-olds In training sale in Timonium, Md., on May 20.

  • A Little Warm in the Jim Dandy Stakes.<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%3D9124504%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    A Little Warm Lukewarm Travers Favorite

    A field of 11 was drawn for the Travers, with Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm pegged as the 7-2 morning-line favorite. Trappe Shot, First Dude, Super Saver, Afleet Again, and Ice Box are also returning from the Haskell.

  • Dwyer winner Fly Down is the one to beat in the Jim Dandy.<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%3D8950311%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Solid Jim Dandy Field Led by Fly Down

    Richard Pell's Fly Down, who turned in a huge effort in the Belmont Stakes last out in his grade I debut, returns as the horse to beat in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 31 at Saratoga.

  • Our Edge made easy work of 10 rivals in the 2009 Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park.

    Our Edge Rules Over Barbaro Rivals

    Our Edge, a fast-developing 3-year-old colt trained by Nick Zito for Robert LaPenta, made easy work of 10 rivals in the $152,100 Barbaro Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park July 19.

  • Coal Play takes the Salvatore Mile under Joe Bravo.

    Coal Play Has Plenty of Fuel in Salvator Mile

    Coal Play, ridden on the front end by Joe Bravo, ran his seven rivals off their feet in the $250,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth Park July 4, gaining an early berth to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

  • Robert LaPenta

    Twice Would Be Nice For LaPenta

    When considering company that you'd be honored to be associated with, Penny Chenery would make a fine start. Owner Robert LaPenta has two chances to join Chenery and her Meadow Stable as the most recent back-to-back winners of the Triple Crown's third jewel.

  • Trainer Nick Zito has decided to run Nowhere to Hide in the Kentucky Derby.

    Nowhere to Hide: We're In!

    Trainer Nick Zito said the defection of Win Willy led him to decide to enter My Meadowview Farm's Nowhere to Hide in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Wanderin Boy tops the 20th running of the grade I, $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile.

    Wanderin Boy Tops Balanced Cigar Mile

    Stone Farm's Wanderin Boy tops the 20th running of the grade I, $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Nov. 29 as Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito attempts a rare double: winning graded stakes with 7-year-olds on consecutive days.

  • Belmont winner Da' Tara will try to get back to the lead in the Jerome.

    Jerome Pace Scenario Favors Da' Tara

    Da' Tara, who exploited a field lacking speed to the fullest in winning the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), could be in a position to do it again in the $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Oct. 5.

  • War Pass, shown winning the 2007 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been retired.<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%3D2626406%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    2YO Champ War Pass Retired

    War Pass, last year's unbeaten champion 2-year-old male and multiple grade I winner who was injured in April of this year, has been retired to stud to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Anak Nakal bests Acai in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 1 at Philadelphia Park. <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%3D5750073%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Anak Nakal Nabs Pennsylvania Derby

    Anak Nakal, rallying from far back for jockey Joe Bravo, got up in the final strides to defeat Acai in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park Sept. 1.

  • Jim Dandy winner Macho Again is one of the probables for the Travers.<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%3D5286679%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Travers Field Begins to Take Shape

    According to New York Racing Association Stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes, Acai, Colonel John, Da' Tara, Harlem Rocker, Macho Again, Mambo in Seattle, Pyro, Tale of Ekati, and Tres Borrachos are probable for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Commentator cruises towards his 2nd win in the Whitney Stakes.<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%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator Up to Old Tricks in Whitney

    Three years after last winning the Whitney Handicap (gr. I), 7-year-old Commentator returned to the Saratoga winner's circle when he galloped to a surprisingly easy front-running victory in the $750,000 Spa fixture.

  • Business as Usual for Zito on Sunday

    Slightly more than 12 hours after saddling Da' Tara to an upset victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Nick Zito was back at his barn at Belmont Park the morning of June 8 to oversee his stable.

  • Divine Park storms home to take the Met Mile (gr. I).

    Bargain Baby Divine Park Grabs Met Mile

    James Barry purchased his 4-year-old Divine Park for just $20,000 at Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2005. Less than three years later, the son of Chester House became a grade I winner when he ran down the talented Commentator in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Richter Scale winner Commentator heads the Met Mile.<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%3D3788789%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator Takes on Met Mile

    In January, Tracy Farmer's Commentator blistered to a new track record at Gulfstream Park as he trounced an outclassed field of five allowance competitors by 14 lengths. In March, he demolished six Richter Scale Sprint Handicap (gr. II) contenders while drawing off to win by 13 3/4 lengths. But the 7-year-old Distorted Humor gelding faces his steepest test of the season this Memorial Day, when he heads a field of nine in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Roman Emperor looks to bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the Wood Memorial in the Barbaro Stakes.

    Roman Emperor Gets Shot in Barbaro

    That Roman Emperor likes the 1 1/16-mile distance has already been proven. Whether he'll bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial (gr. I) remains to be seen. We'll find out when the Steve Klesaris trainee leads a field of seven 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Stevil

    Preakness Profile: Stevil

    Stevil has not won a race since his maiden score at Belmont in October of 2007, but trainer Nick Zito has the grey son of Maria's Mon on track for a start in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Morning Line: Super Tuesday

    Trainer Nick Zito is holding court with a ring of media members outside his barn. The two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer has two starters for Saturday's running: Cool Coal Man and Anak Naktal. Zito is talking about the subject of the year: synthetic surfaces. We have a feeling he's not a big fan.

  • Hey Byrn Makes Quick Return in Holy Bull

    Bea Oxenberg's Hey Byrn returns just two weeks after a well-beaten fourth-place finish in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I). He's the choice in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) April 12 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Tale of Ekati takes the Wood Memorial over War Pass.<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%3D4084409%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tale of Ekati Takes Wood from War Pass

    Charles Fipke's homebred Tale of Ekati may have turned in a sub-par effort in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), but he sparkled at Aqueduct when he ran down War Pass in the final strides of the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 5.

  • War Pass heads a field of 10 in the $750,000 Wood Memorial.<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%3D3670138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass Has Questions to Answer in Wood

    Nick Zito has not lost faith in War Pass. True, the colt has questions to answer after finishing last as the 1-20 choice in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III). But the trainer saw his 2007 juvenile champ at his best during a five-race winning streak that carried over into this season, and he's hoping that side is revealed again when the son of Cherokee Run heads a field of 10 in Aqueduct's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I).

  • Fountain of Youth winner Cool Coal Man is scheduled to start next in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 12.<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%3D3670147%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cool Coal Man Sharp in Churchill Work

    Robert LaPenta's Cool Coal Man, a major contender for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), prepped for a planned run in the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a sharp half-mile work at Churchill Downs April 3.

  • War Pass will make his next start in the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I). <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%3D3670140%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass Breezes Sharp Half-Mile

    Judging from his half-mile breeze in a bullet :47 2/5 Thursday, perhaps the reports of War Pass' demise have been greatly exaggerated. The 2-year-old champ's work was the fastest of 11 at the distance.

  • Big Truck (left) takes the Tampa Bay Derby over Atoned. War Pass is not in the picture.

    Big Truck Stuns Tampa Bay; War Pass Last

    Trainer Barclay Tagg had prophetic words of wisdom for jockey Eibar Coa before he sent Eric Fein's Big Truck to the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III). He told Coa to ride for second, remarking that they'd win if 1-9 favorite War Pass did not. And that's exactly what happened.

  • Champion War Pass will be the heavy favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby.<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%3D3670138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass Ready to Rumble at Tampa Bay

    Handicappers who take on the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) will probably find their challenge not in choosing a winner, but in selecting the order of finish behind Robert LaPenta's prohibitive favorite War Pass.

  • Visionaire drew the outside post in the field of ten for the Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8.

    Visionaire to Get Biggest Test in Gotham

    Trained by Michael Matz, Visionaire looks to improve upon his third-place finish in the Feb. 9 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III). He will have to beat nine others March 8 at Aqueduct, including undefeated Giant Moon.

  • War Pass cruised to an easy victory in his first start of 2008, an allowance race Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park.
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    Ky. Derby Trail: Breakheart Pass

    There's just no escaping it. You can question his pedigree and his running style all you want, but War Pass is simply in a class by himself right now, and until someone figures out how to beat him or his pedigree catches up to him, he has to be the top dog.

  • Fierce Wind holds off Big Truck to take the Sam F. Davis.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Fierce Wind Blows

    Three-year-olds around the country continue to get "zapped" by the Derby trail's three-headed monster. You know, zap, as in Nick Zito, Steve Asmussen, and Todd Pletcher.

  • Nick Zito has four Triple Crown potentials nominated to the Feb. 24 Fountain of Youth.

    Zito Leads Fountain of Youth Noms

    Four runners trained by Nick Zito, all potential contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), lead the list of 52 3-year-olds nominated for the $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24.

  • Robert LaPenta's undefeated Eclipse champion War Pass continued to prep for his seasonal debut.<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%3D2632609%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass, Other Derby Hopefuls Work

    Robert LaPenta's undefeated Eclipse champion War Pass continued to prep for his seasonal debut when he worked a bullet half-mile in :46.80 at Palm Meadows training center Feb. 2. Anak Nakal and Tale of Ekati also worked.

  • Commentator Sets Track Record

    For trainer Nick Zito, this week has truly been the best of times and the worst of times, at least where older horses are concerned. One day after 5-year-old Hesanoldsalt had to be euthanized following a freak accident at Palm Meadows, 7-year-old Commentator set a track record at Gulfstream Park - and blew away his competition with a 14-length victory Jan. 17.

  • Hesanoldsalt

    Hesanoldsalt Euthanized

    Live Oak Plantation's Hesanoldsalt, a 5-year-old son of Broad Brush, was euthanized Jan. 16 following a freak accident at Palm Meadows, according to trainer Nick Zito.

  • Cornelio Velasquez

    The Inside Track: The Quiet Man

    He spurns in-depth interviews, seeking the privacy of the jockeys' room with hermit-like tenacity. You'll rarely find him socializing with his fellow riders, and his post-race celebrations are generally undetectable. But Cornelio Velasquez doesn't have to say much. His ability speaks for itself. Trainers call Velasquez "a warrior" and "an agressive rider" who is solid, determined and "consistently gives his all." These qualities are probably the reason he is the nation's fourth-leading rider by purses earned this year. And we're about to let you in on another secret. Velasquez will not volunteer this information, but 2007 has been his best year ever. (Read More)

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner War Pass <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%2Fbloodhorse%3Fprocess%3Ddynamic%26name1%3Dmetadata%252Fany%26value1%3Dwar%2Bpass%26ref%3Dstory">Order War Pass Photos</a>

    Lane's End to Stand War Pass

    Undefeated War Pass, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the favorite for divisional championship honors, will stand at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., upon his retirement from racing.

  • Sun King has two scheduled starts in November before joining the stallion roster at Darby Dan Farm.

    Sun King Retired to Darby Dan

    Sun King, a millionaire and multiple grade II winner, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.