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  • Tapiture much the best in Southwest

    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.

  • Ria Antonia meets Streaming in Rachel Alexandra

    Ria Antonia, elevated to first in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will make her three-year-old debut at Fair Grounds Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, a 1 1/16-mile prep for next month's Fair Grounds Oaks.

  • Vicar's in Trouble draws outside in congested Risen Star

    Vicar's in Trouble might be the most aptly-named of the contestants in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star at Fair Grounds. Barring any scratches, the Louisiana-bred winner of last month's Lecomte will have to overcome post 14 in the 1 1/16-mile Louisiana Derby prep.

    The Risen Star, the highlight of the five-stakes Louisiana Derby Preview Day in New Orleans, attracted 14 colts and geldings plus two also-eligibles.

  • Commissioner, Top Billing get rematch in Fountain of Youth

    Commissioner and Top Billing, who fought out the finish of a key allowance race at Gulfstream Park on January 3, renew rivalry while making their stakes debut in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth -- this time with significant Kentucky Derby points on the line. The first race on the "Kentucky Derby Championship Series" of preps, the Fountain of Youth offers 50 points to the winner, 20 to second, 10 to third, and 5 to the fourth-place finisher.

  • Conquest Titan skips Fountain of Youth, awaits Florida Derby

    Conquest Titan, late-running second to Cairo Prince in the January 25 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park, will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby on March 29.

    Trainer Mark Casse, who will saddle Coastline in Monday's Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, said on Presidents' Day morning that he decided to skip Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth and train up to Gulfstream's signature race.

  • Kobe rebounds, slam dunks rivals in 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. By leaving his debacle in the December 14 CashCall Futurity well behind him, the powerfully-built gray joined stablemate Candy Boy on the Kentucky Derby trail for C R K Stable.

  • California Chrome on course for San Felipe; Baffert brigade posts works

    California Cup Derby winner California Chrome worked four furlongs at Los Alamitos Saturday in :47 4/5 in preparation for his foray into open company in the Grade 2, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 8, where it is expected he will face, among others, the Bob Baffert-trained Bayern, smashing 15-length allowance winner on Thursday.

    "I got him galloping out (five furlongs) in 1:00 3/5," said trainer Art Sherman, who had his regular exercise rider, Jay Conklin, aboard the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit.

  • Divine Beauty, Cassatt both out of Rachel Alexandra

    Brereton Jones' Divine Beauty and Fox Hill Farms' Cassatt will not run in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, trainer Larry Jones advised Sunday morning during training hours at Fair Grounds.

    The Rachel Alexandra is Fair Grounds' designed prep for the Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, to be run on Louisiana Derby Day, March 29, on the penultimate day of the current racing season in New Orleans.

  • Commissioner breezes half-mile for Fountain of Youth

    Commissioner, who ran his win streak to two races with an impressive allowance victory at Gulfstream Park on January 3, put in his final breeze for the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth on Sunday morning.

    With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez aboard, the three-year-old A.P. Indy colt was clocked in :49 for four furlongs on the fast main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

  • Tamarando denies Fate 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 he saved the day for the barn. With Hall of Famer Russell Baze aboard, Tamarando wore down Dance with Fate by a half-length in the shadow of the wire at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Lukas has 'such high regard' for Strong Mandate

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has had a lot of luck preparing his young horses at Oaklawn for Triple Crown race success dating back to 1985 when Tank's Prospect won the Arkansas Derby and then the Preakness Stakes. In 1996, the Lukas-trained Grindstone used a second in the Arkansas Derby as a launching pad to victory in the Kentucky Derby and most recently, Oxbow finished second to his champion stablemate Will Take Charge in the 2013 Rebel Stakes before going on to win the Preakness Stakes. 

  • Dutrow targets Gotham for In Trouble

    In Trouble, undefeated winner of the Futurity in his most recent start, will have one more work at Palm Meadows before making his three-year-old debut.

    Trainer Tony Dutrow schooled the bay Tiz Wonderful colt in the Gulfstream Park paddock during the first race on Friday.

    "He hasn't been in the paddock since late September at Belmont," Dutrow said. "He's nearly ready to run, and we're trying to cover all our bases."

  • Cairo Prince goes 'perfect' half-mile in first work since Holy Bull

    Cairo Prince, the early favorite for the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby on March 29, breezed a half-mile in :48 3/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

    The three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile was posting his first move since his dominating 5 3/4-length victory in the January 25 Holy Bull at Gulfstream. He completed the workout under a tight hold by motionless exercise rider Rob Massey.

  • Pletcher trio could vie for Davona Dale

    Trainer Todd Pletcher may enter as many as three horses for next Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for three-year-old fillies.

    "Right now, I'm planning to enter Onlyforyou, Stopchargingmaria and Got Lucky is also under consideration for here and the (Grade 3, $200,000) Rachel Alexandra (at Fair Grounds on the same day)," Pletcher said Saturday morning.

  • Strong Mandate, Tapiture get back to work in Southwest

    At this time a year ago, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas had a fairly deep bench of classic candidates, including eventual divisional champion Will Take Charge and Preakness winner Oxbow. For the time being, Lukas will be relying solely on Strong Mandate to reach similar heights as the Grade 1-winning son of Tiznow commences his sophomore campaign against 11 rivals Monday in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest at Oaklawn Park.

  • Wildcat Red clocks half-mile, gets new rider for Fountain of Youth

    Wildcat Red will have a new rider when he makes his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 22.

    Trainer Jose Garoffalo has lined up Luis Saez to ride Wildcat Red, an impressive 4 3/4-length winner of the seven-furlong Hutcheson on February 1 under Javier Castellano. The 2013 Eclipse Award winner and two-time defending meet champion, Castellano is committed to ride Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod in the Fountain of Youth.

  • Bayern crushes allowance, jumps onto Derby trail

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent out two Triple Crown nominees in Thursday's 7TH race at Santa Anita, and one -- Kaleem Shah's Bayern -- flaunted his readiness to join the big leagues. Stretching out from a 3 1/4-length debut victory on January 4, the 3-5 favorite turned the one-mile, entry-level allowance into a 15-length rout. His more experienced, but quirky, stablemate Tap It Rich wound up second best after again racing erratically.

  • 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).