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  • Early August Jim Dandy win puts Travers target on Street Sense.<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%3D1864412%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Trainers Target Street Sense as Travers Looms

    With one week remaining until the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, top trainers in New York are aiming for a single target in the stalwart form of Street Sense, who will head up the field of the Aug. 25 "midsummer Derby" with a solid bullseye on his back.

  • Wanderin Boy Finds Alysheba Winner's Circle

    Arthur B. Hancock III's Wanderin Boy made a successful return to the races Friday by scoring a 4 1/4-length gate-to-wire victory over Half Ours in the $112,300 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on a sloppy track at rainy Churchill Downs.

  • Utopia wins Westchester in U.S. debut with Mike Luzzi aboard.

    Utopia Wins Rough Westchester in U.S. Debut

    Godolphin Stable's Utopia, a 7-year-old Japanese-bred who had not started since winning the 2006 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) more than a year ago, stayed strong on the rail, overcoming a rough stretch run for a one-length victory in Wednesday's $107,700 Westchester Handicap (gr. III), the opening day feature of Belmont Park's 60-day spring/summer meet.

  • Zito to Start Boogie Boggs in Florida Derby; 10 Probable

    Trainer Nick Zito plans to run My Meadowview Stable's Boogie Boggs in Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old son of Dixie Union would make only his third career start in the major 3-year-old 1 1/8-mile test.

  • Invasor Works Five Furlongs for Saturday's Donn

    Shadwell Stable's Invasor worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows in final preparation for next Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. 1) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Hesanoldsalt Makes Grade in Fred W. Hooper

    Live Oak Plantation's favored Hesanoldsalt repelled a mid-stretch challenge from Rehoboth and Dry Martini to secure his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) on a sloppy track at Calder Race Course Saturday.

  • Morning Line Goes to the Breeders' Cup

    A bronze statue of Pat Day is unveiled in the garden near the paddock at Churchill Downs. John Asher cracks a joke that it will allow Day to live out his dream of being five feet tall since the statue is just slightly larger than life.

  • Classic hopeful Sun King led Saturday work slate for Nick Zito.

    Sun King Leads Zito's Clan to Work Saturday

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, runner-up in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, breezed a strong five furlongs Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), which will be run at the Louisville track on Nov. 4.

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    Invasor Likely to Run in Woodward Next

    Invasor, winner of Saturday's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga in a thrilling stretch drive over Sun King, is likely to make his next start in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) on Sept. 2.

  • Flower Alley, winning the Travers, returns to Saratoga for the Whitney.

    Saratoga Specialist Flower Alley Heads Whitney

    It's hard to imagine this year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) could top the 2005 running when the speedy Commentator held off a surging future Horse of the Year in Saint Liam.

  • Team Valor's Oh So Awesome Breezes Thursday

    Team Valor Stable's Oh So Awesome breezed seven furlongs on Belmont Park's fast main track Thursday morning in 1:27 4/5 as he prepared for the 138th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 10.

  • Sun King charges from seventh in the stretch to win Commonwealth BC, Saturday at Keeneland.

    Sun King Conquers All in Commonwealth BC

    The turn-back in distance to seven furlongs did the trick for the slumping Sun King, who charged from seventh in the stretch to win Keeneland's $443,200 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) going away Saturday.

  • Beacon Shine Dies After Bout of Colic

    Beacon Shine, a 3-year-old son of Montbrook owned by Kinsman Stable, died April 8 after a bout of colic. The colt, trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, was based at Churchill Downs and was entered to run in last Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.

  • Sir Shackleton Sets 7-Furlong Mark at Tampa

    Tracy Farmer's homebred millionaire Sir Shackleton, who came into the $50,000 Super Stakes fresh off of a layoff and a series of good works at Palm Meadows, left the Oldsmar oval the holder of the seven furlong track record at Tampa Bay Downs with an additional $30,000 in earnings.

  • Haskin on Bob and John: "getting close to the finished product."

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Seeing Through the Slop

    What could have been a revealing weekend at Gulfstream Park was instead a muddy mess that left us with just as many questions as we had going in. We also had to try and digest some huge performances by former claimers in lesser races and several defeats that may have outshone the victories.

  • The Cliff's Edge's First Foal

    The first reported foal sired by grade I winner The Cliff's Edge is a filly born Jan. 9 at Lane's End/Oak Tree Division near Lexington.

  • Pies Prospect Breaks Tampa Bay Track Mark

    Pies Prospect shattered the 1 1/16-mile track record at Tampa Bay Downs in Friday's featured ninth race with a clocking of 1:43.27. The old mark set on March 29, 1989 was held by Sunny Prospector of 1:43.40.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: On Your Mark, Get Set...

    It's time once again to officially embark on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Now is as good a time as any to preview what's to come by listing the most accomplished and promising youngsters. Many of these names will be only that in a few months, but for now, this is how the classic division shapes up as we begin the road to the May 6 Derby.

  • Andromeda's Hero Spins Win in Hooper 'Cap

    Andromeda's Hero overpowered his stablemate Seek Gold with a big move on the far turn and sped to victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Calder Race Course, his first win in 10 starts.

  • Bejarano Reaches 1,000 Victories in 4th Year

    Twenty-three-year-old Rafael Bejarano won the 1,000th race of his career on Thursday when he piloted the Greg Foley-trained Northern Vacation to victory in the first race at Keeneland.

  • Whitney winner Commentator will miss the rest of this season.

    Commentator Sidelined Until Next Year

    Tracy Farmer's grade I winner Commentator, who owns two of the year's fastest Beyer Speed Figures, has been taken out of training after re-aggravating a shin injury.

  • In The Gold fastest in Gazelle.

    In the Gold Sparkles in Gazelle Victory

    Battle-tested In the Gold, given a confident ride by Gary Stevens, outlasted odds-on favorite Leave Me Alone to win the $245,000 Gazelle (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • High Fly resumes flight in Sunday's Jerome Handicap.

    High Fly Ready to Take Off in Jerome

    Grade I winner High Fly, 10th in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (gr. I) before heading to the sidelines, returns to action in the $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Sunday.

  • Leave Me Alone Goes Long in Gazelle

    Mitchell Ranch's Leave Me Alone, runaway winner of the seven-furlong Test Stakes (gr. I), will stretch out to 1 1/8 miles in Saturday's $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I), which drew only five starters.

  • Commentator (right) survives late surge by Saint Liam to win the Whitney.

    Commentator Vs. Saint Liam in Woodward

    Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park managed to pry four horses out of the comfort of their stalls for the dubious task of taking on the race's two brilliant stars, Commentator and Saint Liam, the one-two finishers in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I).

  • Trainer Nick Zito, right, is interviewed by NYRA announcer Tom Durkin during Wednesday's Travers Stakes post position draw.

    Minus Classic Winners, Travers Draws Competitive Field of Seven

    Despite the absence of this year's two classic winners, Giacomo and Afleet Alex, Saturday's $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) drew a talented and competitive field of seven today, headed by Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Roman Ruler and Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Flower Alley.