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The Great War, who was last of 10 in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at Turfway Park after bleeding during the race, is no longer a candidate for the Kentucky Derby.
Stellar Wind blows 'em away in G3 Santa Ysabel
Virginia-bred Stellar Wind swooped in from the East Coast to claim the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Feb. 28 in her stakes debut at Santa Anita Park.
Gulfstream Park cancels rainy card after race 5
Gulfstream Park canceled the remainder of their Feb. 28 card as a deluge pelted the South Florida area, with the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes and the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes among the events lost on the 12-race program.
Devine Aida wins soggy G3 Herecomesthebride
Stronach Stables' Devine Aida splashed home in an off-the-turf edition of the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes Feb. 28, earning her first graded score at soggy Gulfstream Park by 6-3/4 lengths to build a four-race win streak.
Oaklawn adds days to weather-plagued season
The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a request by Oaklawn Park Feb. 28 to add two Wednesday dates to its 2015 racing season -- March 18 and March 25 -- to compensate for days lost to winter weather.
California Chrome working toward Wold Cup
California Chrome, the dual classic winner and 2014 Horse of the Year, continued to prepare for an appearance in the Dubai World Cup with a five-furlong workout in 1:00 at Los Alamitos Racecourse Feb. 27.
American Pharoah ready for March 14 Rebel
American Pharoah may be more than ready to make his 3-year-old debut.
NYRA ends rule on rest days between races
Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trainer Wells headed to prison for rigging races
Trainer David J. Wells, who raced horses at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, has been sentenced to five years intermediate punishment, with the first three months in prison.
Far Right finds rail and wire to win Southwest
Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum's Far Right found himself behind a wall of horses at the top of the stretch in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
International Star rides rail to win G2 Risen Star
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Upstart disqualified from Fountain of Youth win
Holy Bull Stakes winner and 4-5 favorite Upstart was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park, with 5-1 Itsaknockout elevated from second to his first graded win.
C. Zee breaks through for G3 GP Sprint victory
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred C. Zee picked up the pieces in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park and landed his first graded score by 2-3/4 lengths.
Main Sequence strong in Mac Diarmida victory
Flaxman Holdings' homebred two-time Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence powered to victory in his season debut Feb. 21, taking the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream Park with an impressive kick in the final furlong.
Chocolate Ride wires field in FG Handicap
John Wentworth's Chocolate Ride went right to the front and never looked back to upset the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 21.
Longshot goes wire-to-wire in Davona Dale
Phaedrus Flights' Ekati's Phaeton, a 25-1 shot, took a good field of 3-year-old fillies wire to wire to win the Davona Dale Stakes Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
I'm a Chatterbox rallies to win Rachel Alexandra
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox, winner of the Jan. 17 Silverbulletday Stakes at a mile and 70 yards, rallied to win the $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Long On Value shows stuff in Canadian Turf
Long On Value returned to his winning ways with a closing victory in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
California Chrome, American Pharoah work Sat.
The stars were out for workouts in Southern California the morning of Feb. 21.
Take Charge Brandi works five-furlong bullet
Willis Horton's champion Take Charge Brandi posted a five-furlong bullet work in 1:00 2/5 Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park, a major move in preparation for her upcoming outing in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes for 3-year-old fillies March 7.
California trainer suspended for meds violation
The California Horse Racing Board has suspended trainer Genaro Vallejo for 180 days and fined $5,000 after a horse under his care tested positive for the Class 3 medication Promazine, a metabolite of Acepromazine.
Far Right, Mr. Z top redrawn Southwest Stakes
The redrawn Southwest Stakes, part of a Presidents' Day program that was lost due to severe winter weather, brought back 10 of the original 12 sophomore entrants for Feb. 22 at Oaklawn Park.
Bayern back to work Monday at Santa Anita Park
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic, has recovered from a hind foot abscess and worked Feb. 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Diversy Harbor just gets up to win G2 Buena Vista
Glen Hill Farm's Diversy Harbor reeled in heavily favored La Tia in the final strides to take the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita Park Feb. 16.
Oaklawn cancels Monday, Southwest rescheduled
A winter storm has led Oaklawn Park to cancel its Feb. 16 Presidents' Day card that included the $300,000 Southwest Stakes. The Southwest, part of Oaklawn's series of prep races for the Arkansas Derby, will be rescheduled for the Feb. 21-22 weekend.
Misconnect runs by Cutty Shark in Gen. George
Mike Repole's Misconnect connected on the biggest win of his career when he ran down Cutty Shark in the final yards to take the $250,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park by a neck Feb. 16.
American Pharoah's work impresses Baffert
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah continued to work in preparation for his 3-year-old debut the morning of Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Malfunction causes no-contest at Golden Gate
The first race at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 15 was declared a no-contest when, because of a malfunction, the starting gate couldn't be moved off the track in time for the one-mile event to be completed.
Mufajaah pushed by Flashy American in Bayakoa
It was no surprise favored Mufajaah crossed the wire first in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park, against many of the same runners she beat just less than a month ago.
Metaboss wins Derby points in El Camino Real
Metaboss, coming from well off the pace with a powerful wide move, went from maiden winner to Triple Crown prospect with his victory in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby Feb. 14 at Golden Gate Fields.
Ron the Greek a big winner in Saudi Arabia
Iron horse Ron the Greek, a former multiple grade I winner in the U.S., notched a fourth consecutive win Feb. 14 in Saudi Arabia as he romped to a seven-length triumph in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup at Al Janadriah Racecourse in Riyadh.
Warren's Veneda notches Santa Maria victory
Warren's Veneda claimed her first graded stakes victory with a wide closing drive in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes Feb. 14 at Santa Anita Park, continuing a path of improvement for the 5-year-old mare by Affirmative.
Merry Meadow easy winner in Hurricane Bertie
Favored Merry Meadow turned what was shaping up as a match race with More Than a Party on the turn into a romping 9-1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park.
Lady Sabelia runs away to Fritchie 'Cap win
The graded stakes debut for Maryland-based Lady Sabelia in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap was a runaway success at Laurel Park Feb. 14 as Mrs. Frank P. Wright's homebred led gate to wire.
Jockey Gary Stevens notches his 5000th victory
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens earned his 5000th win on Friday at Santa Anita Park.
Texas Red out of Risen Star with foot abscess
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has suffered a foot abscess that will prevent him from running in the Feb. 21 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, said co-owner Erich Brehm.
Shared Belief rolls by California Chrome for win
The showdown everyone wanted to see produced a clear verdict for Shared Belief over reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $500,000 San Antonio Invitational Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Constitution leads all the way in Donn Handicap
WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Constitution notched his second Grade 1 victory Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park and made an impressive 4-year-old debut, taking the $500,000 Donn Handicap wire-to-wire while holding off 2014 Donn winner Lea.
Dortmund gives ground, rallies back for win
Odds-on choice Dortmund, passed in upper stretch by rival Firing Line, fought back gamely along the inside to score a determined head victory in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Four Tampa Bay jockeys hospitalized after spill
A four-horse spill in the sixth race Feb. 6 at Tampa Bay Downs caused the death of one horse and resulted in four jockeys being taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for observation.
Far From Over upsets El Kabeir in Withers victory
Black Rock Thoroughbreds' Far From Over overcame a bad start to upset 1-2 favorite El Kabeir Feb. 7 in the $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, closing much ground en route to his first graded score.
Mshawish wins close Gulfstream Turf Handicap
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish overcame traffic in the stretch and prevailed in a tight finish with Slumber in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Valid holds off pair in thrilling Fred Hopper finish
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid won a thrilling three-horse finish in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Finnegans Wake rises again in San Marcos
Finnegans Wake extended his winning streak in graded turf races to three with a late-running victory in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Sandiva takes G3 Suwannee River by a length
Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva won her second straight stakes and first North American graded contest with a length victory over Rosalind in the Suwannee River Stakes Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Salutos Amigos rallies in stretch to win Toboggan
David Jacobson and Southern Equine Stables' Salutos Amigos wouldn't be denied Feb. 7, rallying through the stretch to take the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack by 1-3/4 lengths over Dads Caps.
Baffert: American Pharoah set to return in March
American Pharoah should be looking at a return to racing in March, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
American Pharoah puts in work at Santa Anita
Zayat Stables' homebred champion American Pharoah, who was withdrawn from the 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile with an injury, had his first workout of the year Feb. 2, drilling an easy three furlongs in :36 1/5 at Santa Anita Park.
Calculator injured and off Triple Crown trail
Richard C. Pell's Calculator, fifth on the Kentucky Derby points list, will miss the Triple Crown due to an undisclosed injury.
Lord Nelson gets a neck ahead of Texas Red
Lord Nelson spoiled the 3-year-old coming-out party for Texas Red in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park Feb. 1, nipping the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner by a neck in a terrific finish.
Hoppertunity set to join strong San Antonio cast
Grade 1 winner Hoppertunity will run in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed after the 4-year-old son of Any Given Saturday worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Park Feb. 1.
Callback has all answers in G1 Las Virgenes S.
Stretching out for the first time, Callback became a grade I winner Jan. 31 when she took the field gate to wire to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Ocean Knight stays unbeaten with Davis victory
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, heads a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Take Charge Brandi gets close win in 2015 debut
Champion Take Charge Brandi got her 3-year-old campaign off to a winning start with a surprisingly tight head victory in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31 at Oaklawn Park, her fourth consecutive win.
Conquest Two Step overtakes Secret Circle
Benefiting from a sizzling early speed duel, Conquest Two Step rallied through the lane to take the $200,250 Palos Verdes Stakes over Secret Circle from Santa Anita Park Jan. 31.
Avanzare moves jockey G. Stevens to 4999 wins
Donato Lanni and John F. Youngblood's Avanzare was the recipient of a heady ride from Gary Stevens in Saturday's $200,500 Arcadia S. at Santa Anita.
Testa Rossi picks up Endeavour win after DQ
Hard Not to Like hit the wire first in the $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs but was disqualified, moving favored Testa Rossi into the winner's circle.
Injury forces Remsen winner off Derby Trail
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Leave the Light On, winner of last fall's Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, has been forced off the Kentucky Derby trail after suffering an ankle injury.
Kentucky approves license for embattled Blasi
A licensing committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Jan. 28 approved the license request of Scott Blasi, Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer who last year was at the center of allegations from an animal rights group.
Field of 10 Fillies set to go in G1 Las Virgenes
Her bid to upset champion Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet falling just short last time out, the Bob Baffert-trained Maybellene appears to be the one to beat in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Palace Malice bruises foot after throwing a shoe
Multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice threw a shoe while galloping Jan. 28 and sustained a minor bruise to his left front foot, causing a slight delay in his training regimen in Aiken, S.C.
Hutcheson winner Barbados out with knee chip
Suzanne Stables' Barbados, winner of the grade III Hutcheson Stakes and Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park this year, will undergo surgery next week to remove a small bone chip in his left knee, said trainer Michael Tomlinson.
Chapa to face felony race-fixing charges
Texas jockey Roman Chapa is facing felony criminal charges related to race-fixing following allegations that he carried an electrical shock device in a winning race at Sam Houston Race Park Jan. 17 in Houston.
Trainer Mott suspended, fined for drug overages
The New York State Gaming Commission has sanctioned trainer Bill Mott for a pair of medication overages in a single horse last fall, a decision the Racing Hall of Fame conditioner is appealing.
74-year-old takes National Handicapping title
John O'Neil of Huntington Station, N.Y., topped a field of 606 entries to win the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 23-25.
'Chrome' works for San Antonio, Bayern doubtful
Horse of the Year California Chrome breezed one mile in 1:41 2/5 at his Los Alamitos Race Course headquarters Jan. 25 as he moves ever closer to his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes.
Eblouissante retired after 2 wins in seven starts
Eblouissante, a half sister to the legendary Zenyatta, has been retired from racing and will begin her breeding career, it was announced Jan. 23.
Upstart earns Derby points with Holy Bull win
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes by 5-1/2 lengths.
Mischief Clem wins photo finish in Cal Cup Derby
Longshot Mischief Clem won the $250,000 California Cup Derby for 3-year-olds by a head in a photo finish at Santa Anita.
Birdatthewire rolls to easy win in Forward Gal
Rocketing from far back, Forum Racing's Birdatthewire easily took the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes from Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24.
Lochte beats surging pair in Tampa Bay thriller
Lochte returned to his winning ways when fending off late-running Old Time Hockey and favored Sky Flight in a Tampa Bay Stakes thriller on the turf Jan. 24.
Favored Barbados wins tough fight in Hutcheson
Suzanne Stables' Barbados became a graded stakes winner Jan. 24 with a hard fought victory over X Y Jet in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Consumer Credit wins Grade 3 Sweetest Chant
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Consumer Credit became a graded winner Jan. 24, closing on the outside with a solid run to capture the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Seabiscuit saddle sale tops $104K at auction
Seabiscuit jockey Red Pollard's race-worn saddle from the famed champion racehorse has sold for $104,260.
Jockey suspended for allegedly using a device
Jockey Roman Chapa has been summarily suspended by Texas Horse Racing Commission stewards pending an investigation into his winning ride aboard Quiet Acceleration in a stakes race Jan. 17 at Sam Houston Race Park.
Far Right wins Smarty Jones; Mr. Z a bad third
In an eventful running of the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn on Monday, Far Right (Notional) flew up the inside to seize victory.
Sam's Sister rallies to win Grade 2 Santa Monica
Off the early pace through the opening stages, Sam's Sister came running off the turn and wore down front-runner Sweet Marini to win in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes , her second straight graded stakes victory, Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.
California Chrome wins horse of year award
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year, picked up two Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park on Saturday night, including horse of the year.
Main Sequence wins Champion Turf Male prize
Main Sequence found North American turf racing to his liking in 2014, as the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings homebred won all four of his starts -- each at the Grade 1 level -- to secure an Eclipse Award in the turf male division.
International Star runs down pair to win Lecomte
On a night when they could win multiple Eclipse Awards for North America's leading owner and breeder, Ken & Sarah Ramsey found their first potential contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby when International Star aced the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes.
Thegirlinthatsong to much in G2 La Canada
Thegirlinthatsong was the first to the wire in the $200,000 La Canada for older fillies Jan. 17 at Santa Anita Park.
Recently claimed Sr. Quisqueyano wins Classic
Fresh off the claim, Sr. Quisqueyano upset the $250,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park, holding off East Hall by a half-length in a shocker.
String King wins graded stakes in Bradley 'Cap
Louisiana-bred String King put away tough pacesetter Gentleman's Kitten and carried on to a well-earned victory Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, taking the $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap to become a graded stakes winner.
NYRA enhances safety protocols at Aqueduct
The New York Racing Association, in consultation with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, announced Jan. 16 additional steps to further enhance safety protocols for Thoroughbred racing already in place at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Manchurian High takes Sunshine Millions Turf
Late-running Manchurian High swept to the lead on the far outside at the top of the stretch and kept going, pulling away to an authoritative win in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes on Saturday Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
I'm a Chatterbox all the way in Silverbulletday
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox got the early lead from the rail and never looked back while romping by eight lengths in the Jan. 17 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Weekend Hideaway a winner in 'Millions' Sprint
New York-bred Weekend Hideaway dispatched pacesetter Happy My Way with a furlong to run and romped clear to win the $100,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Hard Aces an upset winner in Louisiana Handicap
Trainer Larry Jones had the longest shot on the board and the shortest price on the board in the $75,000 Louisiana Handicap, expected to be an easy return spot at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for his 3-5 favorite Albano off the layup.
Trainer Asmussen cleared after Ky. investigation
A nearly one-year investigation in Kentucky cleared trainer Steve Asmussen of allegations of horse abuse brought by the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
2014 safest year on record for Kentucky racing
Officials are crediting a collaborative effort after Kentucky delivered its safest year on record in 2014 in terms of both number of equine breakdowns in races and rate of equine breakdowns.
Ride On Curlin closes fast to win at Oaklawn
Dennis Dougherty's Ride On Curlin returned to the races in winning fashion Jan. 15, taking a six-furlong second-level allowance at Oaklawn Park by a head in his season debut.
Calculator breaks maiden with Sham win
Calculator entered the $100,750 Sham Stakes Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park still a maiden but left a stakes winner after posting a dominating 4-1/4-length victory over stablemate Rock Shandy.
California Chrome posts 'outstanding' work Sat.
Steve Coburn and Perry Martin's Horse of the Year finalist California Chrome had an "outstanding" workout at his home base, Los Alamitos Race Course the morning of Jan. 10.
Hoppertunity gives Baffert San Pasqual victory
Around this time last year, Hoppertunity still had 20 days to go before breaking his maiden. On Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Mshawish wins tight finish in G2 Ft. Lauderdale
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish earned his first graded victory on North American soil Jan. 10, spinning wide off the final turn but still managing a neck decision in the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Lea makes strong move in Hal's Hope repeat
Lea left no doubts he's back, posting an impressive 1/2-length victory over Confrontation to take the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 10.
Commissioner runs third in return at Gulfstream
Belmont Stakes runner-up Commissioner was a commendable third in his comeback from injury Jan. 10 after pressing the early pace in Gulfstream Park's third race and then fighting out a three-way finish in a narrow defeat.
Parranda makes statement in Marshua's River
Parranda collared pacesetter Skylander Girl with a sixteenth to run and pulled clear to win the $150,000 Marshua's River Stakes Jan. 10 at Gulfstream Park.
Pair earn Breeders' Cup berths in South Africa
Futura pulled an upset in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Jan. 10 at Kenilworth, where South African Horse of the Year and hot favorite Legislate ran a shocking last in the race regarded as South Africa's top contest at a mile.
Aqueduct cancels Saturday card due to weather
Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled live racing for Jan. 10 because of weather conditions, the New York Racing Association said.
California Chrome among Eclipse finalists
Oaklawn Park delays opening due to weather
Opening of the 2015 meet at Oaklawn Park has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 15, as a result of track conditions cause by cold weather.
No Hall of Fame for trainer Asmussen in 2015
Citing unresolved investigations in New York and Kentucky of Steve Asmussen following a video last year from an animal rights group alleging horse abuse and other violations, the trainer will not be allowed to be considered in 2015 for Hall of Fame.
West: Baffert sets path for Ky. Derby contenders
Trainer Bob Baffert sets projected paths for Triple Crown contenders Dortmund and American Pharoah.
Hollywood Park could be home to NFL stadium
Stockbridge Capital Group, which owns the 238 acres that includes shuttered Hollywood Park, and the real estate development firm belonging to St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, have revealed plans to build an 80,000-seat NFL stadium on the Inglewood, Cali
Bayern, California Chrome work toward rematch
Bayern and California Chrome took another step toward a possible early-season rematch when the leading Horse of the Year contenders worked sharply about an hour apart the morning of Jan. 3 at their respective training bases.
Finnegans Wake comes through in G2 San Gabriel
After struggling at times during his previous three seasons, veteran turf runner Finnegans Wake has found a home in California, coming from off the pace once again to capture the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
El Kabeir an easy winner in G3 Jerome Stakes
Despite bobbling at the start and racing wide on the first turn, favored El Kabeir posted an impressive 4-3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes Jan. 3 from rainy Aqueduct Racetrack.
Shrinking Violet strong in G2 Monrovia victory
Shrinking Violet, a bargain buy for owner/trainer Wesley Ward making her initial start at Santa Anita Park, scored a 10-1 upset in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes on the hillside turf course Jan. 4.
Seduire rolls to easy Santa Ynez victory
Gunning from the rail for Rafael Bejarano, Seduire put away pace rival Xoxo leaving the turn and kicked away in the drive to win the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes in a powerful performance Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Ekati's Phaeton wins first stakes in G3 Old Hat
Ekati's Phaeton wouldn't be denied in her bid for a first stakes victory, holding off R Sassy Lass through the stretch to take the $100,000 Old Hat at Gulfstream Park by a half length Jan. 3.
Night Prowler rallies late for Dania Beach victory
Missing the break proved advantageous for Night Prowler, who came fast and late for his first stakes victory Jan. 3 in the Dania Beach Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Angel Suarez shot after alleged break-in
Parx Racing-based rider Angel Suarez, who was a finalist for an Eclipse Award in 2012 as outstanding apprentice jockey, is in critical condition after being shot Dec. 28 following an alleged break-in, assault, and other offenses.
Divine Oath overtakes elders in Mcknight S.
Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath made his first try against older horses, and at 1 1/2 miles, a winning one in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 W.L. McKnight H.
Speechify enters stakes ranks in Mr. Prospector
Speechify continued his comeback in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Mr. Prospector, posting a 1 1/4-length victory at Gulfstream Park.
Jim Rome's Shared Belief back in winners circle
Shared Belief bounced back from a horrible trip in the Breeders' Cup Classic with his third grade I victory of the year, holding off a game Conquest Two Step by a head in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
Alert Bay razor sharp in G2 Mathis Brothers Mile
Alert Bay ran his stakes winning streak to four with an upset victory in Friday's Grade 2, $201,250 Mathis Brothers Mile on opening day of Santa Anita's 2014-15 meet.
Sam's Sister springs upset in G1 La Brea Stakes
Outsider Sam's Sister ran down a tiring odds-on favorite Taris in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
Dortmund wins Futurity in tight 3-horse finish
Odds-on choice Dortmund remained unbeaten by a slim margin as he nipped Firing Line and Mr. Z by a head in a nail-biting finish to the first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 20 at the Orange County, Calif. track.
California Chrome works for Feb. 7 San Antonio
California Chrome drilled a handy half mile in 49 seconds flat at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 19 as he prepares for his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes. Meanwhile, trainer Art Sherman weighed in the Horse of the Year balloting.
Bayern works strong four furlongs at Santa Anita
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on the Santa Anita Park the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5 seconds.
New York trainer suspended 45 days, fined $6G
New York trainer David Cannizzo has been suspended 45 days and fined $6,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission after three horses he trains tested positive for a painkiller marketed under the name Darvon.
Take Charge Brandi gets head in front in Starlet
Favored Take Charge Brandi registered her second Grade 1 win of the year and third graded victory in a row when she captured the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a neck Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Castellano guides Merry Meadow to Sugar Swirl win
Jockey Javier Castellano notched his first winner at the Gulfstream Park meeting Dec. 13 when he rallied Merry Meadow from just off the pace to post a 1-1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes.
Micromanage rallies past Vyjack at Aqueduct
Repole Stable's Micromanage returned to the dirt Dec. 13 and overpowered 6-5 favorite Vyjack in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying five wide into the stretch before securing the victory by 1-1/4 lengths.
Trainer Pletcher pointing pair to Donn Handicap
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing a pair of Grade 1 winners to the first major race for older horses in the country, the $500,000 Donn Handicap Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Europe bans horse meat products from Mexico
The European Commission took action Dec. 8 that resulted in the ban of horse meat imports and meat products from Mexico.
Wise Dan recovers at Keeneland after season
On a cold December morning at Keeneland, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan stood near the front of his stall keeping a sharp eye on a group of yearlings as they trotted past.
Take Charge Brandi looks to top Starlet Stakes
Take Charge Brandi, the surprising winner of last month's 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will return to California for the $350,000 Starlet Stakes Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Tiz Midnight gets head in front to win Bayakoa
Odds-on Tiz Midnight proved a popular winner of the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos for the former Quarter Horse trainer Bob Baffert when she battled back along the rail by a head over Warren's Veneda Dec. 6.
Catholic Cowboy pulls upset in Claiming Crown
Catholic Cowboy recovered from two lackluster efforts at Keeneland in the fall to grind out a victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park, upsetting a group of 14 older horses at odds of 17-1.
Dortmund ends KDFW Pool 1 as top individual pick
Two 2-year-olds from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Dortmund and American Pharoah, paced the individual selections Nov. 30 as the first future wager pool for the 2015 Kentucky Derby concluded.
California Chrome shines on the Del Mar Turf
Dual classic winner California Chrome successfully debuted over turf in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby Nov. 29 at Del Mar when he defeated Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou by about two lengths.
Private Zone wires field to win G1 Cigar Mile
Private Zone, runner-up to Flat Out in the 2013 edition of the Cigar Mile Handicap, returned Nov. 29 to claim victory going wire to wire in the $753,750 event at Aqueduct Racetrack.
El Kabeir outruns Imperia in Kentucky Jockey Club
The finish came just in time as El Kabeir posted a wire-to-wire decision in Saturday's Grade 2, $233,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs.
Baffert-trained Hoppertunity takes G1 Clark H.
Hoppertunity was forced to miss the Kentucky Derby due to injury but the Bob Baffert-trained colt concluded his three-year-old season in stylish fashion at Churchill Downs, recording a half-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $551,000 Clark Handicap.
Leave the Light On holds on to win Remsen
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Leave the Light On took the early initiative and repelled 9-5 favorite Frosted by a half-length in Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Remsen at Aqueduct.
Condo Commando dominates in Demoiselle
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Condo Commando took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes.
Red Rifle wins Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup
Jockey Florent Geroux, who began November on a high note when guiding Work All Week to an upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, ended on one Saturday when taking the Grade 2, $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Red Rifle.