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August Dawn Farm's Nine Route edged clear of odds-on favorite Empire Line and Gio d'Oro in the stretch to win the $100,000 Gander Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Nonkono Yume and Gold Dream both missed the break in the February Stakes (G1) Feb. 18 at Tokyo Racecourse but, after a furious stretch run, it was Nonkono Yume a neck in front of the favored Gold Dream at the finish.
Sumahama scored his third straight win in the Hyacinth Stakes Feb. 18 at Tokyo Racecourse and earned first dibs on Japan's spot in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).
Ciaglia Racing and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Paved became the first filly to win the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby Feb. 17 with a 1 1/4-length score in Northern California's lone Triple Crown prep race at Golden Gate Fields.
In his second start this year and third crack against graded stakes company, Bravazo tracked pacesetter Snapper Sinclair every step of the way and got his best stride down when it counted to win the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds.
Pin Oak Stable homebred Synchrony earned his first graded stakes victory in style when he edged favored Mr. Misunderstood in the stretch to take the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T) by two lengths Feb. 17.
Nancy A. Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbreds' consistent Streamline—never worse than third in Oaklawn Park’s last 10 two-turn stakes races for older fillies and mares—reaffirmed her affinity for the Arkansas oval Feb. 17.
New connections and some new surroundings suited Fault just fine Feb. 17 in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park.
A step up to top-level company could be next for Ms Locust Point after she splashed her way to a gate-to-wire, 4 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2) Feb. 17 at Laurel Park.
Straight off the bench into the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Monomoy Girl shook off the rust and took home the victory, along with 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks.
Now undefeated in three starts since his return from a 13-month layoff, Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm's X Y Jet is set to jet to Dubai for a second try in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1).
Bouncing back from his last two off-the-board efforts, The Player made his 4 1/4-length win look easy Feb. 17 in the $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) when he lead at every call in the 1 1/16-mile event at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Veteran trainer George "Rusty" Arnold plans to file an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Feb. 19 after state stewards suspended him a total of 90 days for a pair of post-race positives for the drug ractopamine dating back to 2016.
Mendelssohn, Seahenge, and Threeandfourpence possible for either the Kentucky Derby Conditions Race March 1 at Kempton Park or the Patton Stakes March 2 at Dundalk.
After an encouraging first start sprinting Jan. 15, Perry and Denise Martin's Faversham, the last full sibling to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, will stretch out and step up into stakes company in the California Cup Derby Feb. 19.
There will be no shortage of accomplished rivals awaiting Curlin's Approval when she tries to defend her 2017 victory in a revamped Royal Delta Stakes (G3) Feb. 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Martin Pedroza has been suspended 15 days and was fined $500 Feb. 16 for his actions during an altercation with a valet Dec. 29 at Santa Anita Park.
Before making his foray into horse racing with the purchase of two yearlings in 2016 and four 2-year-olds purchased for high-dollar figures last spring, Larry Best dutifully studied the Thoroughbred industry.
Sonneteer, Futile, Far Right, and Untrapped will meet again in the Feb. 19 Razorback Handicap (G3), the second of four major two-turn races for older horses run at the Arkansas track.
A 4-year-old filly trained by Tom Albertrani, who had been suspected to have an equine herpesvirus-1 infection, had to be humanely euthanized midday Friday, Feb. 16.