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  • Interview: Baffert Looking Forward to Derby Week
    Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent owners, trainers and jockeys for America's Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
  • Royal Ascot Hopeful Beckford set for Churchill Opener
    Newtown Anner Stud's Beckford (GB) heads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered April 28 for the fourth running of the $100,000 William Walker Stakes going five furlongs on the turf, the highlight of Churchill Downs' Opening Night presented by Budweiser.
  • Japan vs. Hong Kong on Champions Day
    The newly structured "Champions Day" at Sha Tin Racecourse April 29 shapes up largely as a defense by the talented home team against a team of raiders from Japan, and one from Dubai, in three group 1 races.
  • 10-Year-Old Soi Phet Seeks Graded Glory in Californian
    Benowitz Family Trust, Mathilde Powell, and Paul Viskovich's Soi Phet could have his best shot at graded stakes glory—at the age of 10—April 28 in the $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.
  • Daddys Lil Darling Stretches Out in Bewitch Stakes
    Daddys Lil Darling is set to have her talents stretched again at Keeneland April 27 when she headlines a field of seven entered in the 1 1/2-mile $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (G3T).
  • Mike Venezia Memorial Award Voting Set to Open
    The New York Racing Association April 25 announced that online voting to select the 2018 Mike Venezia Memorial Award will open April 27.
  • Hofburg Takes First Spin Around Churchill Downs
    Juddmonte Farms' Hofburg, runner-up in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) in his most recent start, made his first visit to the track at Churchill Downs the morning of April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).
  • Pletcher's Derby Hopefuls Get to Work at Churchill
    Trainer Todd Pletcher's four Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) hopefuls arrived at Churchill Downs at 2:30 Monday afternoon with the trainer following a few hours later. On Tuesday morning, it was back to work.
  • Thistledown Racing Season Opens April 30
    "Return" is the theme of JACK Thistledown's 2018 race meet that opens Monday, April 30, as Thoroughbreds and horsemen come back for live racing and a celebrated racing series makes a stop in Cleveland.
  • Ortiz, Brown, Klaravich Stable Earn Aqueduct Honors
    Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. and trainer Chad Brown wrapped up the Aqueduct season with respective three-win days April 22 to secure top honors for the spring meet at the Big A. Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stable emerged as leading owner for the 13-day meet.
  • A Nack BackTrack: Walking the Kentucky Derby Walk
    It is a richly symbolic journey that has come to be known, over the last 10 or so years, as The Walk.
  • Mendelssohn Moves Up in NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll
    Voters appear to be coming around to UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn, the only 3-year-old to move up in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll just 12 days out from the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
  • Gronkowski to Miss Kentucky Derby Due to Illness
    Phoenix Thoroughbreds' Gronkowski has incurred a slight infection and will miss his scheduled start in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), his connections announced April 23.
  • Oaklawn Park Sees Double-Digit Handle Increase in 2018
    Oaklawn raced 55 of 57 days after two weather cancellations in January for total handle of $209,695,403. The average total daily handle of $3,812,644 was up 15% over 2017.
  • Quip to Bypass Kentucky Derby, Point to Preakness
    Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Quip will bypass the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and point for the Preakness Stakes (G1) instead, trainer Rodolphe Brisset confirmed April 23.
  • Nessy Breaks Through in San Juan Capistrano
    The way Nessy was running recently, he figured to break through at some point, and did April 22 in the $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park
  • Silent Sting Steps It Up with Queenston Win
    Launching a determined drive to edge out the favorite, Stronach Stables' Silent Sting strode into first place to take the $125,000 Queenston Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack April 22 on the synthetic track.
  • Significant Form Gets Easy Score in Memories of Silver
    Stephanie Seymour Brant's Significant Form led the entire way April 22 to win the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in her season debut at Aqueduct Racetrack.
  • Woodbine Announces Two Incentive Programs for 2018
    Woodbine Racetrack has announced two new competition incentive programs with bonuses up to $50,000 for horses shipping in to race at the Toronto track this year.
  • West Point Purchases Interest in My Boy Jack
    West Point Thoroughbreds has purchased an interest in Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) contender My Boy Jack.
  • Bolt d'Oro Flashes Speed in Kentucky Derby Work
    In his first of two scheduled timed workouts for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), Ruis Racing's Bolt d'Oro flashed his speed immediately April 22 at Santa Anita Park.
  • Midnight Bisou Works in the Dark for Kentucky Oaks
    Midnight Bisou, the potential favorite for the May 4 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), went about her business early in the morning April 22 at Santa Anita Park and covered five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.
  • Diamond King Punches Ticket to Preakness With Tesio Win
    With a surge in the final furlong of the April 21 Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park, Diamond King secured a place in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
  • What a View Takes American Stakes by a Neck
    The last few races for What a View hadn't been all that encouraging entering the $100,000 American Stakes (G3T) April 21, but the grade 1 winner from two years ago flashed his talent again at Santa Anita Park.
  • Something Awesome Stretches to Charles Town Classic Win
    Stronach Stables' homebred Something Awesome came to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on a roll, Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado arrived on a mission, and the two brought home the money April 21 in the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic (G2). 

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