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Racing fans had been clamoring for a rematch between racing's two titans since the previous September when Damascus crushed Dr. Fager in the Woodward Stakes to clinch 3-year-old and Horse of the Year honors.
Come the turn of the calendar, optimism comes to the fore as new stallions are settled into new homes, and farm managers do their best to drum up business. Several new faces will try to break through in the Golden State in 2018.
Wagering on Montauk (#15), an 11 1/4-length debut winner at Belmont Park in October, has been suspended for the second of four pools of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its three-day run Feb. 9 at noon (all times Eastern).
Nationwide stakes action comes fast and furious Saturday, highlighted by the seasonal debuts of Eclipse Award winners World Approval in the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3T), and Unique Bella in the Santa Maria Stakes (G2).
Chris Larmey, a tireless horseplayer advocate and 12-time NHC qualifier, and Steve Wolfson Jr., the 2003 NHC winner and an 11-time qualifier, have been selected for induction to the NHC Hall of Fame.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Ethan Fey, a former employee of Churchill Downs Inc.-owned United Tote, was sentenced to prison for extortion after threatening to release the information of thousands of customers of his former employer.
Members of Horse Country will open their gates March 3 and 4 for a weekend of special free tours for the second annual "Meet the NEIGHbors."
Decorated Army officer Raymond H. Cottrell Sr., a successful auto dealer in Kentucky who owned Thoroughbreds for more than 25 years, including grade 1 winner Prince Arch, died Feb. 5 at age 84.
A full scoreboard will be updated regularly at https://www.ntra.com/nhc, where fans and players can also find each day's contest race menu and news updates.
Even after Blackjackcat's impressive run through much of 2017, the Tale of the Cat gelding impressed trainer Mark Glatt most in the contest that ended his four-race win streak.
John Oxley's grade 1-winning homebred Dream Dancing, beaten as the favorite in her 4-year-old debut last month, seeks a return to her winning ways in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3T) Feb. 10 at Gulfstream Park.
Super Derby (G2) winner and Louisiana favorite Mobile Bay will head the $170,000 Louisiana-Bred Premier Night Championship Stakes Feb. 10 at Delta Downs.
Multiple grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits will make his 2018 debut Feb. 9 in the third race on Gulfstream Park's card, a seven-furlong allowance optional claiming test that has also lured graded stakes winner One Liner.
The grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park, grade 3 Suwannee River at Gulfstream Park, and Jimmy Winkfield Stakes will highlight the Feb. 10 three-track Cross Country Pick 4 hosted by NYRA
The $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 10 at Oaklawn Park will see locally based stakes winner Cosmic Burst try to extend her win streak to four in a field that includes Tyfosha, who found her initial success on the Oaklawn oval.
Champion turf male World Approval will make his 2018 debut at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 10, as trainer Mark Casse will use the $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (G3T) as a prep for the $6,000,000 Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) March 31 at Meydan.
Glamorous Approach (IRE), a dual stakes-winning daughter of New Approach, provided the highlight of the third and final day of Goffs February sale, when the mare was purchased by Ballylinch Stud for €280,000 (US$345,322).
Tickets for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which is being held at Churchill Downs from Nov. 2-3, will go on sale June 7, though there will be pre-sale access online.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.
Group 1 winner Thunder Snow (IRE) and his half sister Winter Lightning (IRE) produced a double victory for the Godolphin "home team" Feb. 8 at Meydan Racecourse.