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  • McKnight, Da Silva Lead Woodbine Meet
    Leavem in Malibu scored in the Valedictory Stakes (G3) for Mark Casse, who finished second in the Woodbine trainer standings for the first time in over a decade as Norm McKnight took the lead with a five-win performance Dec. 10.
  • San Luis Rey Horsemen Begin to Recover From Fire
    If there was any indication healing from the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center Dec. 7 was beginning, it was the return of humor Dec. 10 at Del Mar, where the majority of evacuated horses and horsemen have been relocated.
  • Lucky Lilac Takes Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
    Lucky Lilac (JPN) circled the leaders into the stretch run in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) Dec. 10, grabbed the lead and held off Lily Noble (JPN) by three-quarters of a length, giving her sire, Orfevre (JPN), his first grade 1 winner.
  • Gun Runner Logs Second Pegasus Work
    Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner had his second timed work Dec. 10 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in preparation for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
  • Hong Kong Runners Dominate HK International Races
    Time Warp (GB) capped a stunning day for the local team in the Longines Hong Kong International Races Dec. 10 at Sha Tin, leading all the way to an easy victory in the Longines Hong Kong Cup (G1).
  • Highland Reel Goes Out a Winner in Hong Kong Vase
    Making the final start of his globetrotting career, Highland Reel reversed the order of finish from the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) a month earlier, defeating Talismanic in the Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1) Dec. 10 at Sha Tin by 1 3/4 lengths.
  • Ortiz, Douglas Star in Clasico Internacional del Caribe
     Jala Jala's Clasico del Caribe win capped a big day for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who earlier on the stakes card also won aboard Mexico's Jaguaryu in the $124,000 Copa Dama and Panama's Coltimus Prime in the $91,000 Copa Invitacional.
  • Mobile Bay Battles Back in LA Champions Day Classic
    Tigertail Ranch homebred Mobile Bay opened up by nine lengths in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes, but his competition caught up in the stretch and he had to fight to the wire to secure his second consecutive victory in the race. 
  • Silent Sting Takes Kingarvie
    Stronach Stables' Silent Sting came flying through the stretch along the rail to win the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds Dec. 9 at Woodbine.
  • Dream Tree Draws Off in Easy Starlet Triumph
    One race after taking the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1) with McKinzie, Dream Tree gave trainer Bob Baffert the sweep of the day's top-level tests when she drew clear of Yesterday's News in the stretch to take $300,000 Starlet Stakes (G1).
  • McKinzie Wins Los Al Futurity Via Solomini's DQ
    Bob Baffert-trained Street Sense colt was elevated to first after DQ of stablemate.
  • Jeff Runco Celebrates 4,000th Victory
    With Vua Saigon's win in the fifth race on the Dec. 9 Laurel Park card, trainer Jeff Runco joined an exclusive club as he becomes just the twelfth conditioner in the history of North American Thoroughbred racing to reach the 4,000 win plateau.  
  • Francisco Torres Retires to Pursue Career as Agent
    Having returned from breaking his neck four times, Ellis Park and Indiana Grand regular Francisco Torres said Dec. 9 that he is retiring from the saddle to pursue another career in horse racing.
  • Multiple Grade 1-Placed Neolithic Retired
    Neolithic, the third-place finisher in the world's two richest races this season, has been retired, co-owner Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing confirmed Dec. 9.
  • Talismanic Not Just a Pretty Face
    Talismanic goes into the Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1) no longer as just a poster boy but as a legitimate threat in the world's top mile and a half races.
  • Gunnevera to Skip Harlan's Holiday, Train Up to Pegasus
    Margoth's multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera will train directly up to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 27, 2018 at Gulfstream Park.
  • Equine Death Toll From San Luis Rey Fire at 46
    The equine death toll from the devastating brushfire that ripped through San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Dec. 7 is at 46 as of the morning of Dec. 9, according to officials at the California Horse Racing Board.
  • Debby Baltas Aids Backstretch Workers After SLR Fire
    While most volunteers came to Del Mar Dec. 8 to help horses, Debbie Baltas and others made sure to focus on backstretch workers evacuated from the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center.
  • Uncle Mo Season Donated to Horses First Fund
    In response to the terrible events in Southern California and in particular at San Luis Rey Downs, Coolmore Stud and owner Mike Repole will donate a 2018 season to sire Uncle Mo, who stands for fee of $125,000.
  • Handicapping Focus on Weekend's 2-Year-Old Stakes
    Look anywhere across the country, and there is no escaping the realization that the entire Thoroughbred racing world is at the mercy of Mother Nature. 
  • Officials Urge 'Vigilance' in Emergency Preparations
    With rescue and evacuation efforts underway at several California equine facilities in the wake of fast-moving fires, officials with San Diego County warned all to stay proactive in their emergency preparations.
  • Industry Commits to Aid Following Fire at San Luis Rey
    The horror of Dec. 7 has been followed a day later by an overwhelming effort in Southern California to save and care for horses evacuated from a devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center.
  • Wellman Pens Detailed Account of San Luis Rey Aftermath
    Aron Wellman, president of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, penned a detailed account Dec. 8 of his experience at Del Mar in the wake of the Lilac fire that engulfed San Luis Rey Training Center Dec. 7 and the outpouring of support that followed.
  • New York Veterinarian Suspended, Fined
    A New York veterinarian has been suspended and fined after he allegedly improperly provided the drug albuterol to a licensed owner without examining the horse and for using a fictitious name of the horse in connection with the incident.
  • Options for Assisting San Luis Rey Fire Victims
    The Stronach Group, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has established a GoFundMe account page to help pay for hospital and rehabilitative costs incurred by those injured in the Dec. 7 devastating Lilac Fire.

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