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» Thursday, March 31, 2011

Soldat and Dialed In to meet in Florida Derby

Hallandale Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Soldat and Dialed In, two of the leading three-year-olds in the country, lead a field of eight for Sunday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile race is an important prep event for the Kentucky Derby.

» Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Uncle Mo early favorite for last Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Eclipse Award winner Uncle Mo is the opening 3-1 favorite for the final Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The wagering pool gets underway this Friday at noon (et) and ends Sunday at 6 p.m. (et).

Finalists revealed for 2011 Racing Hall of Fame class

Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - A list of 10 finalists has been announced by the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame for the 2011 class. The four candidates with the highest vote totals will be elected.

» Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Kentucky Derby shooters make their mark

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The winners of the $1 million Louisiana Derby, the $500,000 Spiral Stakes and the $800,000 Sunland Derby will all make their next start in the Kentucky Derby, but don't expect any of them to be a factor in the Run for the Roses.

» Monday, March 28, 2011

New leader emerges in National Poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) - A loss in the New Orleans Handicap has precipitated a shake up in the NTRA National Poll, while the three-year-old rankings remain virtually unchanged.

» Sunday, March 27, 2011

Twice the Appeal surprises in Sunland Derby

Sunland Park, NM (Sports Network) - Longshot Twice the Appeal, ridden by Christian Santiago Reyes, proved to be too much for the favorite Astrology in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park. The 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep was worth $400,000 to the winning owners.

Early odds for Santa Anita Derby revealed

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Two weeks to go until the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9 and track handicapper Jon White has installed San Felipe Stakes winner Premier Pegasus as the preliminary favorite.

Oaklawn Park already set for 2012

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - While the 2011 racing season is still going strong, Oaklawn Park is already looking forward for the 2012 racing year.

» Saturday, March 26, 2011

Animal Kingdom takes Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes

Florence, KY (Sports Network) - Lightly raced Animal Kingdom rallied from last to win Saturday's $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. It was only the fourth lifetime start for the three-year-old.

Pants On Fire erupts to win Louisiana Derby

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Pants On Fire made a successful return to the Crescent City to win Saturday's $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Racecourse.

Japanese horses go one-two in Dubai World Cup

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - A pair of Japanese-bred and owned horses swept the first two spots in Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. The 1 1/4-mile World Cup is the richest race in the world and was conducted for the 16th time.

» Friday, March 25, 2011

Zito gets to train another three-year-old

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito has received the opportunity to train another Kentucky Derby contender.

Twice Over and Gio Ponti return for Dubai World Cup

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - One year after failing to contend, Twice Over has been installed as the 4-1 early favorite for Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup. The six-year-old will be making just his fourth start on a synthetic track, compared to 20 on turf.

Mucho Macho Man: The Main Attraction in the Louisiana Derby

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Kathy Ritvo-trained Mucho Macho Man looks to become the third horse in the last four years to win both the Risen Star Stakes and the Louisiana Derby. Pyro and Friesan Fire were the other two, in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and both failed miserably in the Run for the Roses.

» Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes attracts dozen starters

Florence, KY (Sports Network) - A full field of 12 three-year-olds have been entered for Saturday's $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. The 1 1/8-mile race is a major prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

Asmussen sends two for Sunland Derby

Sunland Park, NM (Sports Network) - Champion trainer Steve Asmussen has entered two three-year-olds into Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park. The 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep has drawn a field of 11.

Gio Ponti returns for second Dubai World Cup

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - Three-time Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti leads a field of 14 for Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. The six-year-old champion was fourth as the favorite in last year's running.

» Monday, March 21, 2011

Uncle Mo opens lead, The Factor advances

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Early Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo extended his lead while The Factor jumped five spots in the latest NTRA Three- Year-Old Poll. Giant Oak remained in first in the National Poll.

Churchill chairman retires, Evans promoted

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Carl F. Pollard, chairman of Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) will retire and be replaced by Robert L. Evans. The change in leadership will occur on June 16, 2011.

The Factor Puts Fear into Rebel Rivals

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Despite going off as the 7-5 favorite, there was still a segment of those in attendance at Oaklawn Park that did not know how well The Factor would fair stretching from a one turn seven-furlong race to a 1 1/16-mile event around two turns.

» Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Factor likely for Arkansas Derby

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - The Factor, front running winner of Saturday's Rebel Stakes, is probable for next month's $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

Mucho Macho Man highlights Louisiana Derby

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Risen Star Stakes winner Mucho Macho Man headlines a field of 13 for Saturday's $1 million Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile race for three-year-olds will have a post-time of 5:55 p.m. (et).

» Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Factor dominates to win Rebel Stakes

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - The Factor, coming in from California, proved to be an honest Kentucky Derby contender with a front running victory in Saturday's $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Rebel is the final local prep for the Arkansas Derby on April 16.

Havre de Grace gets best of Blind Luck at Oaklawn

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Havre de Grace and Blind Luck met for the fifth time on Saturday and it was Havre de Grace who proved the better horse in the $150,000 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

» Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sponsorship gives Wood Memorial purse boost

Ozone Park, NY (Sports Network) - The 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial, a major test leading to the Kentucky Derby, will receive a purse increase with the addition of a presenting sponsorship. Aqueduct Racetrack's premier race will be worth $1 million, an increase of $250,000, and is to be sponsored by Resorts World New York.

Havre de Grace and Blind Luck to renew rivalry

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Arguably the leading rivalry in thoroughbred racing is between four-year-old fillies Havre de Grace and Blind Luck. The two females will renew their war on Saturday in the $150,000 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

The Factor - A Major Factor in Upcoming Rebel Stakes

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For those folks who were impressed with Premier Pegasus' handy win in the San Felipe, remember, his lone defeat came at the hands of The Factor. Can The Factor duplicate the same winning performance that Premier Pegasus accomplished in his first race around two turns?

The Factor and Archarcharch in Rebel Stakes

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - The Factor and Archarcharch lead a solid field of 13 three-year-olds in Saturday's $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Rebel is the final local prep for the Arkansas Derby on April 16.

» Monday, March 14, 2011

Uncle Mo and Giant Oak continue to lead

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Eclipse Award winner Uncle Mo solidified his place as the leading three-year-old and Donn Handicap champ Giant Oak stayed in the lead in the latest NTRA Polls.

Uncle Mo - A Walk in the Park

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Uncle Mo, the consensus Derby favorite, began his three-year-old campaign with a glorified workout disguised as a race in Saturday's Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

» Sunday, March 13, 2011

Uncle Mo leads the way in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Leading three-year-old Uncle Mo has been made the favorite with the close of betting in the second Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The wagering pool began this past Friday at noon (et) and ended Sunday at 6 p.m. (et).

» Saturday, March 12, 2011

Premier Pegasus romps in San Felipe Stakes

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Premier Pegasus, ridden by Alonso Quinonez, exploded coming off the turn to dominate in Saturday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The San Felipe serves as the last local prep for the Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

Watch Me Go go gets Tampa Bay Derby win

Oldsmar, FL (Sports Network) - Watch Me Go outlasted Crimson Knight to capture Saturday's $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs. The time for the 1 1/16-miles was 1:44.25 on a fast track.

Uncle Mo gets it done in Timely Writer Stakes

Hallandale Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Making his first of the year, 2010 champion two-year-old colt Uncle Mo captured Saturday's $78,400 Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The mile race was especially written to give Uncle Mo a race at Gulfstream Park.

» Friday, March 11, 2011

Saturday is Uncle Mo Time

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After more than four months of waiting, Uncle Mo finally hits the racetrack for his 3-year-old debut on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner is undefeated in three career starts with a combined winning margin of 23 1/4 lengths.

» Thursday, March 10, 2011

All you gotta know is Uncle Mo

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The long awaited return to racing for 2010 champion two-year-old Uncle Mo takes place Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park. The now three-year-old colt will begin his 2011 season in the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes, an event specifically written for the horse.

Graded earnings on the line in Saturday's San Felipe

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - A solid bunch of three-year-olds are scheduled to meet this Saturday in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes. The Grade Two $250,000 event features impressive maiden winners Runflatout and Albergatti, along with stakes winners Comma to the Top, Jaycito, Bench Points, and Premier Pegasus.

» Wednesday, March 09, 2011

San Felipe Stakes draws field of 10

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Saturday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park will have 10 three-year-olds break from the starting gate in the 1 1/16-mile race. The San Felipe serves as the last local prep for the Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

Uncle Mo and Brethren top Tampa Bay Derby entries

Oldsmar, FL (Sports Network) - Ten Kentucky Derby hopefuls, including champion colt Uncle Mo, have been entered for Saturday's $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby. Uncle Mo is expected to start in Gulfstream Park's Timely Writer Stakes the same day in his 2011 debut.

Uncle Mo versus five in Timely Writer Stakes

Hallandale Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Breeders' Cup Juvenile champ Uncle Mo will take on five rivals Saturday as he makes his three-year-old debut in the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The mile race will be the colt's first start in four months.

Field and Uncle Mo top second Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - The second of three Kentucky Derby Future Wagers will get underway Friday at noon (et) and the mutuel field and Eclipse Award winner Uncle Mo are again the top two selections in the morning-line.

» Monday, March 07, 2011

Search committee set for new BC head

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - A search committee has been created to find the next president and CEO of Breeders' Cup Limited. Breeders' Cup Chairman Bill Farish announced Monday that Director Tom Ludt will serve as the group's chair.

New leader for NTRA National Poll

New York, NY (Sports Network) - The second NTRA National Poll of the year already shows a shakeup at the top. While champion colt Uncle Mo remains the choice in the Three-year-old Poll.

Dialed In Loses his Florida Derby Prep

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Nick Zito desperately wanted to find a two-turn, 1 1/8-mile race for Dialed In as a prep for the $1 million Florida Derby, preferably sometime in early March. He got what he desired this past Sunday at Gulfstream Park, but he had to enter another one of his own horses just to fill the race. Ironically, the horse he chose to enter pulled off the colossal upset sending Dialed In to defeat for the first time in three lifetime starts.

» Saturday, March 05, 2011

Stewards' inquiry decides Santa Anita Handicap

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - A rough and tumble 74th running of the Santa Anita Handicap (Big 'Cap) was decided after a lengthy stewards review of the stretch run on Saturday.

Gotham Stakes is swallowed up by Stay Thirsty

Ozone Park, NY (Sports Network) - Odds-on favorite Stay Thirsty thundered down the stretch Saturday to win the $250,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in his 2011 debut. The three-year-old colt is a stablemate of Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo.

» Friday, March 04, 2011

Big 'Cap has big favorite in Twirling Candy

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In the middle of the quest for the Kentucky Derby, older thoroughbreds are featured Saturday in the 74th Santa Anita Handicap at 1 1/4-miles.

Breeders' Cup CEO resigns

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Greg Avioli, Breeders' Cup President and Chief Executive Officer, has announced his resignation from the organization. After five years as CEO, Avioli is leaving Breeders' Cup to accept a position with a new company involved in racing and gaming.

» Thursday, March 03, 2011

Stay Thirsty - My Friends

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - No, this is not a write-up of a beer commercial. Stay Thirsty, trained by Todd Pletcher, is a three-year-old colt vying for a trip to Churchill Downs for the 137th Kentucky Derby. The son of Bernardini will make his 2011 debut in Saturday's Gotham Stakes after finishing fifth (beaten 14 1/2-lengths) to his stablemate Uncle Mo in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

» Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Campaign to begin for Havre de Grace

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - With a successful 2010 behind her, four- year-old filly Havre de Grace is ready to start the 2011 season. Fox Hill Farms' stakes winning female is likely to make her debut in the $100,000 Azeri Stakes on March 19 at Oaklawn Park.

Twirling Candy steps up for Santa Anita Handicap

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Leading four-year-old colt Twirling Candy heads a field of 11 for Saturday's 74th running of the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (Big 'Cap) at Santa Anita Park. The 1 1/4-mile race has a post-time of 7:30 p.m. (et).

Champion colt Big Jim tops North America Cup nominations

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Dan Patch Award winner Big Jim highlights a group of 83 three-year-old pacers who have been nominated for the $1.5 million North America Cup. The mile pace is set for Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack.

Gotham Stakes features Repole and Pletcher three-year-old

Ozone Park, NY (Sports Network) - Owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher will send out the likely favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. The men who handle the affairs of champion colt Uncle Mo, have entered Stay Thirsty in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for three-year-olds.