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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016


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Champion Tepin returns in Endeavour; California Derby rematch on tap in El Camin
Tepin soundly defeated the boys in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), and on Saturday the Eclipse Award-winning champion turf mare returns to action in the Endeavour (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. more...

'All Others' listed at 4-5 in KDFW 2
Unbeaten 3-year-olds Mohaymen and Nyquist top individual interests at 8-1 and 12-1, respectively, but "all others" is expected to be a heavy favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend. more...

Whitmore and others tune up for Southwest
Whitmore was one of several Oaklawn-based horses to put in works Monday in advance of the $500,000 Southwest (G3) on February 15. more...

Nyquist primed for San Vicente following final major move
Undefeated Breeders' Cup champion Nyquist completed his final major preparations on Sunday at Santa Anita Park for that track's February 15 San Vicente S. (G2). more...

Songbird, Mor Spirit add to leaderboard totals with winning sophomore debuts
Songbird continued to dominate the filly division on Saturday with an effortless win in the Las Virgenes S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park. more...

Power Alert, Stanford are horses to watch in Gulfstream stakes
With so many favorites set for a blockbuster day of stakes action across the country, Twinspires.com's Vance Hanson took the time to ferret out a few profitable plays, including Power Alert in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint and Stanford in the Fred W. Hooper (G3) on Saturday. more...

Frosted crushes foes in Dubai World Cup prep
Frosted brought a class edge into Thursday's Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2) at Meydan and made it look easy, rolling to a five-length decision in track-record time. more...

Songbird returns in Las Virgenes; Mor Spirit tops Lewis
Champion juvenile filly Songbird will make her highly-anticipated return in the $300,000 Las Virgenes (G2) at Santa Anita, one of two Kentucky Oaks preps being offered Saturday along with the $100,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park. more...

Beasley to retire from Keeneland after 34 years
W.B. Rogers Beasley, a 34-year veteran of Keeneland as the company's director of racing and, previously, director of sales, will be retiring from the organization effective June 30. more...

Frosted ready for 2016 debut in Dubai
Frosted, last year's Wood Memorial (G1) and Pennsylvania Derby (G2) winner, gets his first Dubai World Cup (G1) prep Thursday in the $250,000 Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2) at Meydan at about 1 3/16 miles. more...

Flora Dora captures Busanda; Dolphus earns second win at Fair Grounds
Flora Dora improved her position on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) leaderboard Sunday when rallying for a one-length win in the rescheduled Busanda S. at Aqueduct. more...

Mohaymen, Sunny Ridge win Kentucky Derby preps
Mohaymen remained perfect in four starts with a comfortable, 3 1/2-length victory in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. more...

Nyquist, Songbird assigned top weights in 2015 Experimental Free Handicap
Champions Nyquist and Songbird were the top rated two-year-olds of 2015 according to the Experimental Free Handicap. more...

368 horses nominated to 2016 Triple Crown
The 2016 Triple Crown opens with May 7 with the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs and continues with the 141st Preakness (G1) at Pimlico two weeks later before concluding with the 148th Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 11. more...

Mohaymen leads field of six in Holy Bull
Gulfstream Park hosts five stakes on Saturday, headed by the $400,000 Holy Bull (G2) for three-year-olds at 1 1/16. more...

California Chrome, Frosted all settled in Dubai
Tuesday at the TwinSpires.com blog: International observer Kellie Reilly gives the latest updates on Frosted, who departed Florida for Dubai on Sunday; and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, who arrived Friday and is now on the grounds at Meydan after clearing quarantine. more...

Lost Bus pulls off stunner in Santa Monica
Lost Bus, claimed by her present connections for $32,000 at Del Mar two months ago, turned in a stunning 64-1 upset of the $200,000 Santa Monica (G2) at Santa Anita on Saturday, outlasting 8-1 chance Finest City by a head in the seven-furlong test for older fillies and mares. more...

Busanda attracts Alto Belle and Flora Dora
The Todd Pletcher-trained Alto Belle, who broke her maiden by more than 18 lengths in November, will make her stakes debut Saturday in the $100,000 Busanda at Aqueduct over one mile and 70 yards. more...

Discreetness edges Gordy Florida in Smarty Jones
Discreetness tracked an early pace duel and wore longshot Gordy Florida to take Monday's $150,000 Smarty Jones, the first of Oaklawn Park's series of preps for the Kentucky Derby (G1). more...

Gulch dies at age 32
Gulch, the oldest living Breeders' Cup champion, was euthanized Sunday morning due to complications from cancer. The 1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) champion and Eclipse Award winner was pensioned to Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, in 2009. more...

American Pharoah crowned Horse of the Year
American Pharoah was honored as the 2015 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Award ceremony on Saturday evening at Gulfstream Park. more...

Toews On Ice among 14 entered in Smarty Jones
Trainer Bob Baffert, who has dominated Oaklawn's classic preps this decade, will send out Toews On Ice in Monday's $150,000 Smarty Jones, a one-mile event that kicks off the track's lucrative series for three-year-olds that includes the $500,000 Southwest (G3), $900,000 Rebel (G2), and $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). more...

Mohaymen readies for Holy Bull with five-furlong breeze
Remsen (G2) winner Mohaymen, a top Kentucky Derby (G1) contender and unbeaten in three starts, continued preparations for the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park on January 30, breezing five furlongs in 1:01 at Palm Meadows on Thursday. more...

Taris, Birdatthewire and Yahilwa square off in La Canada
At Santa Anita on Saturday, recent Go for Wand (G3) heroine Taris will battle La Brea (G1) winner Birdatthewire and Grade 3 scorer Yahilwa in the $200,000 La Canada, a 1 1/16-mile event for fillies and mares. more...

TwinSpires.com Lecomte, Silverbulletday to big day at Fair Grounds
Fields were drawn late last week for Saturday's Road to the Derby Kickoff Day at Fair Grounds, and fourteen three-year-olds are set to line up for the $200,000 TwinSpires.com Lecomte (G3), a prep for the upcoming Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) later in the meet. more...

Nyquist, Mor Spirit breeze at Santa Anita Park ahead of seasonal bows
Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) hero Nyquist, likely winner of an Eclipse Award as champion two-year-old next Saturday, and Grade 1 victor Mor Spirit continued preparing for their three-year-old by posting works on Sunday at Santa Anita Park. more...

California Chrome returns a winner; Baffert goes one-two in Sham
Everyone has been anticipating Horse of the Year California Chrome's return to competition and the popular chestnut did not disappoint on Saturday at Santa Anita Park when scoring in the San Pasqual S. (G2). more...

Mohaymen, Songbird work for seasonal bows
Eclipse Award finalists Mohaymen and Songbird both worked toward their respective three-year-old debuts on Friday. more...

California Chrome ready regardless of conditions; Scully's first installment of
Santa Anita has canceled all turf racing the rest of the week due to wet weather, but California Chrome is ready for Saturday's San Pasqual come rain or shine. more...

California Chrome returns in San Pasqual; nine entered in Sham
Dual classic winner and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome heads a field of seven for Saturday's $200,000 San Pasqual (G2) at Santa Anita. more...

Rees, Sullivan claim Media Eclipse Awards; Churchill releases spring stakes sche
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced a couple more 2015 Media Eclipse Awards on Tuesday, with Jennie Rees capturing the Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for "Dyslexia Doesn't Slow Down Keen Ice Trainer Romans" and Tim Sullivan taking the Writing in the News/Enterprise category for "Family, PETA at odds after Horseman's Death." more...

Trio of Media Eclipse Award winners announced
Media Eclipse Awards for 2015 in the Television -- Feature, Audio/Multi-Media and Internet, and Television -- Live Racing Programming were announced Monday by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. more...

Dortmund out of San Pasqual; Dolphus possible for Lecomte
Just as one horse was removed from consideration for a race, another entered the conversation, though for an entirely different contest. more...

Flexibility flexes his muscles in Jerome
Flexibility, runner-up to Mohaymen in the Remsen (G2) and Nashua (G2) in his previous two starts, earned 10 Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying points Saturday after an easy 4 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Jerome (G3) at Aqueduct. Trained by Chad Brown, the 1-2 favorite covered one mile and 70 yards over a fast track in 1:42.98. more...

 

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