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1hMark R. Simon

Points ceiling keeping fillies out of Derby

A filly in the Kentucky Derby is an exciting proposition. It gets every fan's blood pumping, even when fans are divided on the prospect -- it's either a great idea or a terrible idea.

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6mDarren Rovell

American Pharoah has first breeding session

Friday morning, at around 7 a.m., American Pharoah departed his stable and marched 30 steps to the left. That's where he met the first mate of his breeding career, a mare called Untouched Talent.

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Race of the Day: Saturday, Feb. 13 (6:31)
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Endeavour Stakes preview (5:35)
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1dNick Fortuna

Champion Tepin set for Endeavour Stakes

Trainer Mark Casse will celebrate his 55th birthday on Sunday, but he hopes to start celebrating a day early when he sends out Eclipse Award winner Tepin in the $150,000 Endeavour Stakes.

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1dJay Hovdey

Hovdey: Stevens, Om find balance

Jockey Gary Stevens has been working with Om and trainer Dan Hendricks since last summer, when they first teamed to win the Del Mar Derby. Saturday all are back in action for the Arcadia.

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Santa Maria Stakes Preview (7:59)
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2dDick Jerardi

Nyquist's speed figures show weakness

As the unbeaten Nyquist gets set for his season debut in the San Vicente look back at recent history to check out accomplished 2-year-olds with similar profiles to see how they did at three.

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Tampa Bay Stakes Preview (6:48)
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16hNick Fortuna

Solemn Tribute likely early speed in TB Stakes

Solemn Tribute showed a lot of heart in his most recent start, battling hard to the wire to score by a head over next-out winner Team Colors in the Tropical Park Derby.

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1dNick Fortuna

Morning Fire to get test in Sam F. Davis

Trainer Keith Nations said that Morning Fire has always shown signs of being a two-turn horse, and the colt will get the chance to prove it Saturday in the Grade 3, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes.

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Arcadia Stakes preview (7:15)
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2dMatt Hegarty

Dominguez will be considered for Hall of Fame

Ramon Dominguez, who sustained a career-ending injury in 2013, can be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame this year even though he has not been retired for five years.

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Weekend Wrap: Donn Handicap (4:06)
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3dMatt Hegarty

Turf Paradise set to lift quarantine

The number of horses testing positive for the equine herpesvirus at Sunland Park in New Mexico continues to climb, but Turf Paradise in Arizona has announced that it plans to lift its quarantine.

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Weekend Horseracing Highlights (3:14)
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4dJim 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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5dSteve 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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5dSteve 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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Weekend Wrap: San Antonio Stakes (5:45)
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6dJay 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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6dMike 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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Weekend Wrap: Las Virgenes Stakes (4:41)
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6dSteve 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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Weekend Wrap: Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (5:08)
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6dMarty 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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Weekend Wrap: Robert Lewis Stakes (5:37)
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6dJay 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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6dMike 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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6dMarty 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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6dMike 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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6dMarty 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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7dJay 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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7dMike 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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7dMarcus 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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7dJay 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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