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Making his initial start for trainer Nick Zito, Spot collared weakening No Nay Never in the drive and bounded away to a 2 ½-length win in the $200,000 Swale Stakes March 1 at Gulfstream Park.
'Macho Man' assigned 124 pounds for Big 'Cap
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, one more pound than Classic runner-up and 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge.
Awesome Baby wires field in G3 Santa Ysabel S.
Kaleem Shah Inc.'s Awesome Baby has proven to be a horse of a different color this season, wiring the Santa Ynez in her three-year-old debut on January 4 and duplicating that effort Saturday with a 2 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Santa Ysabe
'Gala' eyes Derby prep after Palm Beach win
It isn't often that bettors find a Todd Pletcher-trained runner sent off at high odds, but on past performances alone, Gala Award didn't exactly figure to ace the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 1.
Pletcher scratches Havana due to quarter crack
Foxwoods Champagne Stakes winner Havana, 9-5 program favorite for the $200,000 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park March 1, was scratched the morning of the race due to a quarter crack in his right front foot, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
Darley new majority owner of Cairo Prince
Darley announced Feb. 28 that it has purchased a majority interest in Cairo Prince, a leading contender for this year's Kentucky Derby. The colt will remain with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and race in the blue colors of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Stable.
Candy Kitty looks for third straight stakes win
Leading Gulfstream Park trainer Todd Pletcher saddles top-weighted Candy Kitty for the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes, one of nine sophomore fillies set to contest the 1 ⅛-mile turf event March 2.
Ky. Derby Future Wager: Pool 3 opens Thursday
Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens its three-day run Feb. 27 at noon EST.
Intense Holiday all business in Risen Star
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday finally got his graded score, and did so with a thrilling late run by a nose Feb. 22 in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Wildcat Red roars to victory in Fountain of Youth
It's relatively early on the Derby trail but it's unlikely there will be another two-way duel as good as the one in the $415,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth, won by Wildcat Red over General a Rod Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Normandy Invasion returns to track in style
Normandy Invasion, last seen finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby, returned in a track record-setting victory in a one-mile allowance optional claiming race Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Untapable big winner in G3 Rachel Alexandra
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's Untapable threw in a subpar eighth two starts back in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, then finished a one-paced third in the Hollywood Starlet over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track on December 7.
Onlyforyou remains unbeaten in Davona Dale
Onlyforyou remain undefeated from four career starts with a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park.
Injury to keep Bond Holder out of Risen Star
Reddam Racing's Bond Holder, winner of the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes, has been scratched out of the Feb. 22 Risen Star Stakes after suffering an injury en route to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Tapiture crushes foes in G3 Southwest Stakes
Revenge was sweet but victory was sweeter for Taptiure, who stormed home a dominating winner of his three-year-old debut in Monday's Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest at Oaklawn Park.
Pontchatrain wins fourth straight stakes in 'Vista
Pontchatrain rolled to her fourth consecutive stakes win over the Santa Anita turf with a one-length tally in Monday's Grade 2, $201,250 Buena Vista.
Kobe's Back scores a layup in G2 San Vicente
Kobe's Back lived up to his name with a stylish rebound in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,250 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.
Rachel Alexandra's sis has rocky start in debut
Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, had an adventurous career debut, but managed to run on for second in a maiden special weight test for 3-year-old fillies Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Devil's Cave sets new track record in G2 Sabin
Alpha Delta Stables' Devil's Cave wired the field in record fashion in Sunday's Grade 2, $215,000 Sabin Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Don't Tell Sophia defends crown in Bayakoa
Don't Tell Sophia proved to still be going strong when opening her six-year-old campaign in the Pippin at Oaklawn Park.
Mucho Macho Man has eye on March 8 Big 'Cap
Four months after his victory in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Classic, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Man will be returning to Santa Anita Park for his next start.
Tamarando makes point in El Camino Real Derby
Following the injury to Exit Stage Left, the presumptive favorite for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer called up the reserves in the form of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams' homebred Tamarando, and
Iotapa leads all the way in Santa Maria Stakes
Hronis Racing LLC's Iotapa didn't lose any time taking the lead in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,250 Santa Maria at Santa Anita, and she also didn't waver in her control of the pace under jockey Joe Talamo.
Twilight Eclipse wins season debut in Mac Diarmida
West Point Thoroughbreds' Twilight Eclipse opened his 2014 season with a nice victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park, proving best by a determined one-length margin. Now a four-time stakes winner, the Tom Albertrani-traine
Inimitable Romanee pulls upset in The Very One
Gallagher's Stud's Inimitable Romanee captured her second graded stakes in a row in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
'Fiftyshades' returns a favorite at Sam Houston
Trainer Bret Calhoun has been through a deep valley with Fiftyshadesofgold, but Saturday at Sam Houston the filly has the chance reach a peak.
Belmont schedule offers six million-dollar races
Some stakes will have new names and larger purses at Belmont Park this year as the New York Racing Association plans two big days of racing at the spring/summer meet along with its previously announced Belmont Stakes Festival June 6-8.
Honor Code back from bruise, works 3 furlongs
Highly regarded 3-year-old Honor Code officially breezed three furlongs in :35.66 seconds Feb. 12 at Gulfstream Park for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, while completing four furlongs in :47.78 seconds and galloping out five-eighths in 1:01.49.
Palace Malice set for March 8 Gulfstream 'Cap
Last year's Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice will launch his 2014 campaign in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap March 8 at Gulfstream Park, according to Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell.
Lea crushes field, sets track record in G1 Donn
Lea opened a big lead off the final turn and turned back the late charge of 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge to capture the $500,000 Donn Handicap in track-record time Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Lochte springs huge upset in GP Turf Handicap
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte charged up the rail and pulled off a huge shock in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9
Groupie Doll caps career with Hurricane Bertie win
Two-time champion Groupie Doll provided a satisfying conclusion to her stellar career with an eye-catching last-to-first romp in the $200,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
NYRA moves to make Belmont day even bigger
The Breeders' Cup may not be headed to New York in the near future, but the Big Apple will soon be home to an event tailored to evoke comparisons with Thoroughbred racing's world championships.
Candy Boy makes big move to win Robert Lewis
Candy Boy stamped himself as the top contender for the Santa Anita Derby when he overpowered a pair of well-regarded Bob Baffert trainees in winning the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Game On Dude fades to fifth in San Antonio
Blingo came from off the pace for his first graded stakes score when heavily favored Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows flamed out in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Falling Sky goes wire-to-wire in GP Sprint Stakes
Newtown Anner Stud and Joseph Bulger's Falling Sky hadn't visited the winner's circle in 12 months, but seems to have found new life in the New Year as he led all the way home in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint under jockey Luis Saez.
Vagabond Shoes storms home to win San Marcos
Hronis Racing LLC's Vagabond Shoes came flying late to capture his second U.S. win in Saturday's Grade 2, $201,500 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita. The John Sadler trainee was much the best as the 5-2 favorite and paid $7.40 for the score.
Parranda steals slow Suwannee River Stakes
Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Suwannee River was devoid of early speed, and horse-for-the-course Parranda seized the opportunity to steal the 1 ⅛-mile race under a canny ride by Jose Lezcano.
Breeders' Cup champion Chriselliam euthanized
Chriselliam, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and a finalist for an Eclipse Award, was euthanized Feb. 7 in Newmarket, England, as a result of a foot infection, according to Racing Post.
Jockey fails to meet with stewards, suspended
The California Horse Racing Board suspended jockey Patrick Valenzuela indefinitely Feb. 7 for failing to appear before stewards at Santa Anita Park over charges that he failed to fulfill his riding agreement.
'Doll' works for career finale in Hurricane Bertie
With owner Mandy Pope on hand, two-time champion Groupie Doll breezed Feb. 2 at Gulfstream Park & Casino in preparation for her final career start in the Feb. 9 Hurricane Bertie Stakes. Gulfstream Park announced the purse for the race will be increased $5
Verrazano to race in Europe for Aidan O'Brien
Dual Grade 1 winner Verrazano will remain in training in 2014, rather than retiring to stand at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Fashion Plate wire-to-wire in Las Virgenes
After getting a quick jump out of the gate, Fashion Plate went wire-to-wire and held off tenacious even-money favorite Streaming for a game victory in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Samraat outduels Uncle Sigh in Withers Stakes
Two New York-breds stood out in a six-horse field heading into the $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, and those two put on quite a show while developing a rivalry that could continue on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Wildcat Red Impresses in Hutcheson Stakes
Honors Stable Corporation's Wildcat Red turned in a sparkling performance Feb. 1 at Gulfstream Park, taking the $200,000 Hutcheson Stakes over eight other 3-year-olds in dominant fashion. The Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth will be his next target.
Vinceremos takes Sam Davis in photo-finish
WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC's Vinceremos pulled off the upset by a nose in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Sam F. Davis for three-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs. Off as the 12-1 fifth choice, the colt paid $26.80 for the score.
Guys Reward gets by favorite Salto in TB Stakes
The 1-2 favorite Salto appeared well on his way to an overdue first stakes victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes, only to have the 14-1 Guys Reward swoop fast and late to snatch the spoils.
Winning Prize easy winner in Arcadia Stakes
David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson's Winning Prize blew by a loose-on-the-lead Regally Ready and stormed clear in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,500 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita.
Candyman E tastes sweet victory in Toboggan
Candyman E rallied to catch pacesetter Dads Caps in deep stretch and posted his first graded stakes win in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan at Aqueduct.
Honor Code unlikely for Fountain of Youth start
Honor Code's scheduled 2014 debut in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 22 is in serious doubt due to a minor issue discovered by trainer Shug McGaughey.
Cairo Prince emerges legit in G2 Holy Bull S.
His slate-gray tail streaming behind him, favored Cairo Prince set sail for home in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park