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  • Commissioner pleases Pletcher; McGaughey upbeat about Honor Code, Top Billing

    Todd Pletcher-trained Commissioner is training forwardly for his scheduled stakes debut in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 22.

    "We're very pleased with him," Pletcher said. "Physically, he's in great order. He holds his weight well. He's a very easy horse to train.

  • Risen Star contenders take to the track

    A number of Risen Star hopefuls have put in works over the past week in advance of the Grade 2, $400,000 contest on February 22 at Fair Grounds.

    Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, whose New Orleans invaders have won three of the last six renewals of the Risen Star, will be sending Intense Holiday to this year's 41st running of the Risen Star, centerpiece event of four graded stakes on the New Orleans oval's Louisiana Derby Preview Day.

    Intense Holiday breezed a half-mile Sunday over the fast main track at Palm Meadows in :48.

  • Larry Collmus Named Track Announcer at Churchill Downs, Now On-Track & Broadcast 'Voice of the Kentucky Derby'

    When Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) unveils its 15,224 square foot LED “Big Board” and an enhanced audio system on the “Opening Night” of its April 26-June 30 Spring Meet, a new voice will be calling the action, highlighted by an on-track call of the biggest race of them all: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).

  • Tamarando provides an ample substitute in El Camino Real Derby

    Grade 1 winner Tamarando heads a field of eight entered for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Jerry Hollendorfer originally planned to run California Derby winner Exit Stage Left in the 1 1/8-mile event instead, but called an audible when the unbeaten colt was injured last week.

    The El Camino Real Derby offers points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers as part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- Feb. 13

    Candy Boy came to play in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita last Saturday, posting an impressive victory in his 2014 debut. With champion two-year-old Shared Belief still sidelined by a foot injury, Candy Boy made a compelling case that he's the horse to beat for the Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

    Gary Stevens had the mount on the John Sadler-trained colt.

    "It was a lot of fun and he didn't even take a deep breath after the race. He's a super talent," the Hall of Fame rider said.

  • Shared Belief resumes training; Candy Boy awaits SA Derby

    Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has issued an update on champion two-year-old male Shared Belief, who has been recovering from a quarter-crack on his right front foot.

    Shared Belief is "in training again, but won't be breezing for another few days," Hollendorfer said.

  • Candy Boy can in Lewis

    Utilizing a strong finishing kick, C R K Stable's homebred Candy Boy captured the Grade 2, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita Saturday. The John Sadler-trained colt won going away under Gary Stevens to enhance his Kentucky Derby credentials.

  • 'All Others' Favored in Derby Futures Pool 2; Honor Code Favored Individual in Six-Way Battle

    Much of the country was covered by snow and ice during the three-day run of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s second of four pools of its 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but fan betting produced a hot battle between six 3-year-old Thoroughbreds for the honor of favored individual horse, and trainer Shug McGaughey’s Honor Code (#8) topped that tight group by the betting equivalent of a nose.

  • Final Odds and Will Pays for Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager

    Click here for a complete list of closing odds and $2 will-pays for the wagering intrerests in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

    For a look at payouts for $2 exacta wagers in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager, click here.

  • 'Late Mail' Lifts Derby, Triple Crown Early Nomination Total to 414

    The nomination of a 3-year-old Thoroughbred to the 2014 Triple Crown races received via “late mail” has lifted the overall total for early nominations to the coveted three-race series of American classics to 414.

    Even Echo, a Kentucky-bred son of Street Hero owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, has been added to the roster of early nominations that was announced on Saturday, Feb. 7. The addition of Even Echo raised the number of early Triple Crown nominees produced in Kentucky to 303.

  • Kentucky Derby Report -- Feb. 6

    New York-breds were in the Kentucky Derby spotlight last weekend at Aqueduct. Samraat recorded a commendable one-length victory in the Withers, remaining perfect in his fourth career outing, and runner-up Uncle Sigh ran well in his first start against winners.

  • Midnight Hawk tops seven-horse Lewis field

    Unbeaten Midnight Hawk will put his perfect mark on the line Saturday when taking on six rivals in the Grade 2, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita Park. The 1 1/16-mile race is worth 10 points to the winner toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby starting gate, but before that it is a steppingstone to the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

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  • Cairo Prince, Shared Belief, Honor Code Favored Individuals, But 'All Others' Favored In Derby Futures 2

    With fewer than 90 days remaining before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia ranks Cairo Prince, unbeaten champion Shared Belief and Honor Code as the most attractive individual horses featured in this week’s second pool of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).

  • Garoffalo: Wildcat Red is 'getting mature mentally'

    On the morning after becoming a graded stakes winner, Wildcat Red proudly walked the shedrow at trainer Jose Garoffalo's Gulfstream Park barn following his authoritative win in Saturday's Grade 3 Hutcheson.

    "He's very smart. He knows that there is something different around him," Garoffalo said. "He looks good, to tell you the truth; very good, very fresh, very full of himself. He ate up everything last night and came out of the stall this morning very nicely. It's all good."

  • Honor Code jogs at Gulfstream; Havana back on worktab

    Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code jogged at Gulfstream Park for the second straight morning on Sunday. The highly regarded three-year-old colt was transferred from trainer Shug McGaughey's division at Payson Park in Indiantown, Florida, to the Hall of Fame trainer's barn at Gulfstream Park Thursday.

    "I wanted to get him off the deeper track and I wanted to be around him, too," McGaughey said.

  • Fashion Plate struts her stuff in Las Virgenes

    Arnold Zetcher LLC and Michael B. Tabor's Fashion Plate handed even-money favoriteStreaming her first loss when holding that rival by a half-length to wire Saturday's Grade 1, $300,500 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita. The Simon Callaghan trainee was making her stakes bow in the one-mile contest off a 6 1/2-length maiden victory, and paid $11.40 for the win as the 9-2 third choice.

    Jose Arias, who won the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship last weekend, presented the Las Virgenes trophy.

    "It's awesome to be out here," he said. "It's been a great day and it's an honor to present the trophy for such a historic race like the Las Virgenes."

    Fashion Plate and Taste Like Candy both headed for the lead out of the gate, with the former taking command on the backstretch through splits of :23, :46 1/5 and 1:10 4/5.Streaming was seeking to move her record to a perfect three-for-three following victory in the Hollywood Starlet last out, and bided her time in third before beginning her move entering the turn.

    Taste Like Candy started to drop back rounding the turn but Fashion Plate and Streamingwere still going strong. Under encouragement from jockey Gary Stevens, Fashion Platemanaged to hold off her rival as Arethusa came flying to just miss second on the wire.

    "She's a very cooperative filly. You never know first time going long," Stevens said. "I will say, the other day another horse broke in on her during a work and it showed me a lot about her.

    "She broke very relaxed and I didn't want to get her rolling (too early.) She was content to stay inside of Rafael (Bejarano on Taste Like Candy) around the first turn and at the three-quarter pole I knew (the pace) wasn't good for either one of us, even though she was relaxed so I let her out a notch and she did what I wanted her to do. This was pretty-much the hardest I've had to work this meet."

    "When they came to her, she really dug in and tried real hard," Callaghan remarked. "She's a special filly. It means a lot to win this race. Gary put up a great ride. She went nice fractions, she went pretty quick and I think that was a testament to her courage and ability that she was able to do that and sustain the run."

    StreamingArethusa and Taste Like Candy all met up in the Starlet last out, with the former posted a 1 1/2-length victory over Taste Like Candy while Arethusa was back in fifth. On Saturday, Streaming filled the runner-up spot as Arethusa finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of fourth-placer Taste Like Candy. Artemis, Saintly Joan and Sushi Empire completed the order of finish following the scratch of U.S. debuter Earthflight.

    "Turning for home, I thought we had it," said Bob Baffert, who trains Streaming. "That's why (Stevens is) the best though, he's tough. (Streaming) ran better when she was 10-1!"

    Fashion Plate took three tries to break her maiden, finishing a well-beaten seventh on the synthetic Polytrack at Del Mar before another far back third on Hollywood Park's all-weather Cushion Track. Making her dirt bow December 29 at Santa Anita, the change in surface was obviously a welcome change as the Old Fashioned filly wired that six-furlong contest by 6 1/2 lengths.

    Saturday's stakes debut triumph boosted Fashion Plate's career earnings to $219,250 and her line now stands at 4-2-0-1. She also earned 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series.

    "We'll look at the (Grade 1, $400,000) Santa Anita Oaks (on April 5) and if she does well there, maybe we'll take her to (Grade 1) Kentucky (Oaks on May 2)," Callaghan declared.

    Bred in Kentucky by Springland Farm and Fox Hill Farms Inc., Fashion Plate is no stranger to the auction ring. The dark bay sophomore brought $75,000 as a Keeneland November weanling before selling as a Keeneland September yearling for $35,000. Last spring she eclipsed those prices when purchased for $340,000 at the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.

    Fashion Plate is out of the listed-placed Citidancer mare Mizz Puzzle, who has also produced stakes winner Mr. Candy Bar, and counts as her second dam Group 3 runner-up Miss Tree. That mare is a half-sister to New Zealand Horse of the Year and multiple champion Tit for Taat.

  • Aragorn Ami takes stakes bow in Martha Washington

    Ivan Dalos' Aragorn Ami survived a claim of foul from Channing Hill, rider of runner-up Euphrosyne, after coming in on that rival during the stretch run of Saturday's $100,000 Martha Washington to take her stakes debut in the one-mile race and move her record to a perfect two-for-two.

    Trained by Josie Carroll and ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr., the bay filly was sent off the 13-1 seventh choice but ran like a favorite to reward her backers with a $28.80 win payout.

  • Vinceremos captures photo in Sam Davis

    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.

    The Todd Pletcher charge vied for the lead from the start down on the inside of pacesetter Cousin Stephen, who led the field through opening fractions of :24 1/5, :48 3/5 and 1:13 3/5.