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16hJay Hovdey

Hovdey: Many reasons to be a Songbird fan

An open letter to a certain group of horse racing's most ardent followers.

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Weekend Horseracing Highlights (3:14)
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Race of the Day: Wednesday Feb. 10. (8:12)
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14hJim Dunleavy

Pair top Fritchie field

The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park will match last year's winner, the 6-year-old Lady Sabelia, against the rapidly improving 4-year-old Hot City Girl.

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1dSteve Andersen

Kobe's Back closes fast in Palos Verdes

The addition of blinkers for Kobe's Back in Sunday's Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita did not change the veteran sprinter's running style. He still drops far back and makes a furious rally.

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1dSteve Andersen

No Breeders' Cup impacts 2015 California handle

Handle on horse races throughout California declined in 2015, but the sport showed a slight increase in the number of racing days and average field size, according to an annual report.

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2dJay Privman

Hoppertunity disappoints Imperative in San Antonio

Hoppertunity ended his losing streak, but Imperative suffered a heartbreaking defeat, as Hoppertunity prevailed by a nose in a thrilling stretch drive in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes.

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2dMike Welsch

Mshawish beats Valid to the wire in Donn 'Cap

Under a perfectly judged ride by John Velazquez, Mshawish rated within easy striking distance of the early pacesetter Financial Modeling in Saturday's Donn Handicap at Gulfstream.

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2dSteve Andersen

Songbird a clear winner

Songbird was as brilliant in Saturday's $300,345 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita as she was in any of her four wins that led to her title of outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2015.

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2dMarty McGee

Lukes Alley gets up in time to win Turf 'Cap

Lukes Alley won his first stakes on turf and his first Grade 1 by wearing down Shining Copper in a hard-fought 34th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

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2dJay Privman

Baffert's Mor Spirit proves best in Lewis

Mor Spirit made an appropriate stop along the Derby trail on Saturday at Santa Anita by capturing the Grade 3, $150,345 Robert Lewis Stakes.

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3dMike Welsch

Power Alert, rider Leparoux back to winning ways

Power Alert reunited with his favorite rider, Julien Leparoux, and the combination clicked again when pairing up for a neck decision over Amelia's Wild Ride in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint.

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3dMarty McGee

'Tammy' gets out early, stays there for victory

Jockey Joel Rosario made an early decision that proved key to victory Saturday when Tammy the Torpedo led throughout in the 73rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Suwanee River.

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3dMike Welsch

Tommy Macho shows his muscle in Hooper victory

Tommy Macho drew off to a convincing 3-3/4-length victory over stablemate Stanford in the Fred W. Hooper for older horses Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

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Race of the Day: Sunday, Feb. 7 (6:52)
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3dMarty McGee

Lady Shipman a winner in stakes at Gulfstream

Lady Shipman made a splashy return to the races Saturday by easily winning the $75,000 Ladies' Turf Sprint, the first of six stakes on the big Donn Handicap card at Gulfstream Park.

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3dNicole Russo

American Pharoah to begin stud career

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will begin his stud career this month at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

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3dJay Hovdey

Hovdey: Football, racing have common pedigrees

Everyone has their favorite, but for my money, the most dramatic -- and hilarious -- intersection of horse racing and football came on the final turn of the 1996 Preakness Stakes.

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3dMike Welsch

Pletcher trio takes shot at Keen Ice in Donn 'Cap

Keen Ice is the only member of the eight-horse Donn field currently considered among the nation's elite in the handicap division, and as such, he'll carry the high weight of 121 pounds.

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Race of the Day: Saturday, Feb. 6 (7:26)
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3dMarcus Hersh

Pancake takes Broussard Stakes by a nose

Pancake broke from post 11 under Manny Esquivel and briefly was stacked wide around the clubhouse turn to start Fridays Broussard Stakes at Fair Grounds.

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4dJay Privman

I Will Score stretches out for Robert Lewis

Proven distance form will meet keen sprint speed when Mor Spirit takes on I Will Score as seven 3-year-olds try to keep their Derby dreams alive in Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

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4dJay Hovdey

Hovdey: A superlative Saturday

The hefty San Antonio purse was earmarked to attract a horse like Dortmund, instead the nine furlongs will be a toss-up between Imperative and Hoppertunity. That is just one highlight this Sat.

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4dMike Welsch

Big expectations for Ami's Flatter in Hooper

The lightly raced but talented Ami's Flatter will get the opportunity to prove just that when he takes on a strong field that includes Tommy Macho and Wildcat Red in Saturday's Hooper Stakes.

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Weekend Warrior: San Marcos Stakes (4:07)
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4dMarty McGee

Tammy the Torpedo set for Suwannee River

Chad Brown pulled off a remarkable feat last Saturday at Gulfstream Park by winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes for the fifth straight year.

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Weekend Warrior: San Antonio Stakes (3:30)
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DRF Podcast: Feb. 5, 2016

Pete and Mike recap highlight from the National Handicapping Championship, look ahead to four stakes races on Saturday, and Matt Bernier joins to discuss Super Bowl 50.

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4dDavid Grening

Dylan Davis may not have torn labrum

Upon further review, jockey Dylan Davis might not have a torn labrum after all and could return to the saddle much sooner than originally thought.

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Former Indiana Horse Racing Comm. exec dir Joe Gorajec on uneasy co-existence of policing & marketing. Expert discussion follows, & Barry on being SO CLOSE to Eclipse Awards.

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5dMarty McGee

'Pizza Man' looks to be on time in Turf 'Cap

On Saturday, The Pizza Man embarks on what owner Richard Papiese hopes will be another huge year when making his 7-year-old debut as the favorite in the Gulfstream Turf Handicap.

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4dMarcus Hersh

Frosted romps in Dubai World Cup prep

Frosted romped to victory in the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 on Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, looking like a major contender for the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

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4dPeter Thomas Fornatale

60-year-old Ernie Powers makes most of NHC opportunity

NHC Tour rookie Ernie Powers made the most of a great opportunity at last weekend's NHC, parlaying an online entry on NHCQualify.com into $54,000 at the world's richest tournament.

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6dJay Hovdey

Hovdey: Cal Cup winners set to shine

It feels strange to suggest that no fewer than three and maybe even four of the five winners of Cal Cup races at Santa Anita Park last Saturday could be heard from in large ways down the line.

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7dMarty McGee

Keen Ice has eye on Dubai

Keen Ice, who blew out working for the Donn Handicap last Saturday by going five furlongs in 1:00.20, will carry the high weight of 121 pounds in the Grade 1 event.

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