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Previous Articles from 2004

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Eclipse Award Ceremony Photos - Since I was busy accepting my award, my husband Terence got to be the photographer for the evening. Here is a selection of photos from the event for you to enjoy.
2004 Eclipse Award Winners - Frank Stronach and Ghostzapper came out the big winners 3 awards for breeder, older male, and Horse of the Year. Get all the results here with photos of the winners.
My Eclipse Award winning photo! - It is still hard to believe I won! Here is the photo along with how I took it and a couple of follow up shots.
Media Eclipse Award Winners - Here are the winners for writing, television, and radio/multimedia.
2004 Year in Review - From Smarty Jones to the Breeders' Cup to jockey insurance woes, it has been an eventful year in racing. Check out this recap with links to race results, events, and obituaries from throughout the year.
2004 Sovereign Awards - The year end championships for Canadian racing were presented Friday night and Sam-Son Farms were the big winners with 5 awards including Horse of the Year for their colt Soaring Free.
Voting now open for NTRA "Moment of the Year" - Choose from 10 images from the year's racing. Those selecting the winning image will be entered in a drawing for a grand prize of $1,000.
Steve Asmussen breaks training record - Saturday night, he broke Jack van Berg's long standing record for wins in a single season with his 497th victory. How many will he get before the year ends?
Jockeys banned at Churchill Downs - 14 jockeys have been banned from all Churchill Downs Inc. tracks until further notice because of a dispute over health insurance coverage.
Alexander Goldrun wins the Hong Kong Cup - The Irish filly became the first female to ever win the race when she got up by a head over local hero Bullish Luck. Get results and photos for this and the other 3 Group One races on the card.
Soumillon and Take tie in International Jockey Championship - Christophe Soumillon and Yutaka Take shared the honours in a thrilling finish to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Jockeys Championship at Happy Valley.
Online Christmas Shopping - Now is the time to place your orders for delivery by the holidays. Lots of different places to shop all listed in one place.
Lion Tamer wins the Cigar Mile - He upset favored Pico Central and probably cost him his bid for the sprint Eclipse Award. Results, charts, and photos here.
Rockport Harbor wins the Remsen Stakes - He led all the way and held off favorite Galloping Grocer by a neck at the finish. Results, charts, and photos here.
Breeders' Cup Records and Wrap-up - What records were set, awards given, and post race comments.
2004 Breeders' Cup Results - Results, charts, and lots of pictures here for all 8 races.
Ghostzapper wins the Classic - He led the entire way and won by 3 lengths despite having been off for over 2 months. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Better Talk Now upsets in the Turf - He rallied from last early to beat favorite Kitten's Joy by 1 3/4 lengths. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Wilko shocks in the Juvenile - The European import came on strong in the stretch to win over Afleet Alex. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Ashado dominates the Distaff - She didn't disappoint her backers and won by 1 1/4 lengths as the favorite. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Sweet Catomine rules in the Juvenile Fillies - She had the widest winning margin of the day at 3 3/4 lengths as the favorite. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Singletary upsets in the Mile - He combined with fellow longshot Antonius Pius for a $1495 exacta payoff. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Speightstown wins the Sprint - He bounced back to his winning ways with an impressive victory in the Sprint. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Ouija Board triumphs in the Filly and Mare Turf - She relished the yeilding turf and lived up to her short odds to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Results, charts, and lots of pictures here.
Breeders' Cup Miscellaneous Photos - scenic and other photos from Lone Star Park and the Breeders' Cup.
2004 Breeders' Cup Entries - Entries have been taken, post positions drawn, and final rider assignments have been made. Check out the list for each race with profiles and photos for every horse.
Friday Breeders' Cup Workouts - It was another busy morning as the contenders had their last chance to get a feel for the track. Here are photos and comments for 28 of them including Pleasantly Perfect, Star Over the Bay, and Special Ring.
Thursday Breeders' Cup Workouts - This morning the track was crowded as almost all the horses are on the grounds now. Here are photos and comments for 19 of them including Roman Ruler, Perfect Drift, and Powerscourt.
Wednesday Breeders' Cup Workouts - Even more horses were on the track this morning. Here are photos and comments for 17 of them including Ouija Board, Birdstone, and Soaring Free.
Tuesday Breeders' Cup Workouts - Lots of horses were on the track this morning. Here are photos and comments for 15 of them including Kitten's Joy, Sense of Style, and Roses in May.
Azeri to run in the Classic - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas announced at the Tuesday media luncheon that Azeri will run in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic and not the Distaff.
Sulamani wins the Canadian International - He skipped the Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup Turf to come to Woodbine and take home the top prize in the $1.5 million Canadian International. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Commercante wins the E.P. Taylor Stakes - She came off a 2nd place finish in the Flower Bowl to run down Punctillious to win at Woodbine. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Breeders Crown Results - the eight 2 and 3-year-old division finals were held Saturday night at Woodbine. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
2004 Canadian International Entries - Sulamani heads a field of 11 outstanding turf specialists in the $1.5 million Canadian International Sunday October 24 at Woodbine.
Breeders' Cup Pre-Entry Odds - Odds for all the races based on the pre-entries courtey of Daily Racing Form.
Breeders' Crown Entries - The year end championships for 2 and 3 year old harness racers will be held Saturday evening at Woodbine. Here are the entries, posts, and morning line odds.
Local Info for Lone Star Park - If you are travelling there for the Breeders' Cup, you need to read this. Lots of important facts you need to know.
Breeders' Cup Weather Forecasts - It is less than two weeks to the big day so it is showing in extended forecasts now. Currently it calls for mid-70's and cloudy.
Morning Workouts open to public Breeders' Cup week - Good news for those going to Lone Star Park, morning works will be open to the public for free the 9 days leading up to the even. Details here.
2004 Breeders' Cup Video Preview Website and DVD - 80 key prep races for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be available for free viewing online via streaming video or you can purchase them on DVD.
Sightseek wins the Beldame - She won the race for the second year in a row and was retired afterwards. She beat Society Selection and Storm Flag Flying convincingly to push her total earnings to $2,445,216. Results, chart, and photos here.
Proud Accolade upsets Afleet Alex in the Champagne - He put his bid in for champion juvenile with a 1/2 length victory over the favorite. Results, chart, and photos here.
Mr. O'Brien wins the Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap - He finally broke his losing streak by drawing off to win over Millennium Dragon and Gulch Approval. Results, chart, and photos here.
Balletto wins the Frizette - She staked her claim for champion filly with this win over Ready's Gal. Results, chart, and photos here.
Breeders' Cup officially sold out - All 51,034 seats available are sold now. You can still get tickets if you want to go, but expect to pay a premium.
Sample Chapter of The Home Run Horse - Written by DRF bloodstock business writer Glenye Cain, the book's opening chapter "The Gamble" follows two high-profile buyers and their bidding battle over a top prospect at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton August Select Yearling Sale at Saratoga. Read it here courtesy of DRF Press.
Weekend Stakes Recap - Results and details from 14 major stakes last weekend including Funny Cide winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Bago winning the Arc de Triomphe, and more with photos for the winners.
Funny Cide wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup - Funny Cide rebounded to his 3-year-old from to win impressively over Newfoundland and earn a trip to the Breeders' Cup Classic. Results, chart, and lots of photos here.
Kitten's Joy beats his elders in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic - The 3-year-old turf star proved he really was that good with a 2 1/2 length victory in the 1 1/2 mile race. Results, chart, and lots of photos here.
Pico Central romps in the Vosburgh - The Brazilian-bred sprinter upset favored Speightstown by 4 lengths. Results, chart, and lots of photos here.
Riskaverse gets the job done in the Flower Bowl - The 5-year-old won the race in her second attempt while favorite Wonder Again fades to 6th. Results, chart, and lots of photos here.
Soaring Free wins the Atto Mile - He set the pace most of the way and held off the late kick of Perfect Soul to win in a stakes record time of 1:32.72. Get the results, chart, and lots of photos here.
Atto Mile Undercard Stakes - Also on the card were two $250,000 grade 2 stakes, the Summer Stakes won by Dubleo and the Canadian Handicap won by Classic Stamp. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Smarty Jones Retired - He was found to have chronic bruising of the bottom of the cannon bone in all four fetlock joints which would require at least 3 months off, so he has been retired despite more optimistic reports from earlier this week. Details here.
Birdstone wins the Travers - The Belmont winner made his first start since upsetting Smarty Jones a winning one, beating The Cliff's Edge by 2 1/2 lengths. More photos just added.
Evening Attire upsets Funny Cide - The 6-year-old veteran rated behind a hot early pace then came on in the stretch to win by 5 lengths over Funny Cide who was making his spa debut. Results, charts, and photos here.
Society Selection upsets the Alabama - She won easily over heavy favorite Ashado who had to settle for third behind Stellar Jayne. Also on the card, Afleet Alex wins the Hopeful Stakes. Results, charts, and photos here.
Sense of Style wins the Spinaway - She won her first graded stake in only her second career start, killing the field by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:23.83 for 7 furlongs. Results, charts, and photos here.
Breeders' Cup Race Order and Post Times - The official race order, post time, and wagering menu for the 2004 Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park.
Big Turf Saturday Results - Saturday had 5 graded stakes for the turf divisions, 4 of them Grade 1, including the Arlington Million and the Beverly D. The Million was again marred by a disqualification as Powerscourt was put 4th and Kicken Kris was moved up to first. Results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Summer Events at the National Museum of Racing - Get the full schedule of special events and tours for the Saratoga meet.
Smith Steps Down as NTRA Commissioner - He will conclude his term on Sept. 1 and D.G. Van Clief Jr. will serve as acting commissioner until a replacement is found.
Breeders' Crown Results - the Breeders' Crown open pace and trot races were held at The Meadowlands Saturday night and this year it was all upsets, including a $147 place pay-off to get things started. Results and photos here.
A Bit O'Gold wins the Breeders' Stakes - He tracked the early pace then won decisively in the 1 1/2 mile on the grass final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. He missed by 3/4 of a length in the first leg and swept the final two. Charts, results, and photos here.
Windsong's Legacy wins the Hambletonian - He came from off the pace to win by a length over Cantab Hall with Cash Hall in third. Trond Smedshammer became the first to driver-trainer to win since 2001. Charts, results, and photos here.
Pat Valenzuela out for the rest of the year - The stewards in California have suspeneded his license through the end of 2004 and recommended that it not be renewed. Details here.
Phil "P.G." Johnson 1925 - 2004 - The Hall of Fame trainer died Friday August 6 at his Rockville Centre, NY, home at the age of 78. He is probably best known for his upset in the 2002 Breeders' Cup with Volponi and his 36 year win streak at Saratoga.
Review: Saratoga Tales - Great Horses, Fearless Jockeys, Shocking Upsets and Incredible Blunders at America's Legendary Race Track by Bill Heller. This strongly recommended addition to every racing fan's personal library is hard to put down once you start reading.
Review: Legacies of the Turf - A Century of Great Breeders by Edward L. Bowen. An excellent reference book for racing history buffs and students of pedigree which can also help new fans understand racing's rich history.
Weekend Stakes Recap - Results and details from 9 major stakes this weekend including Eye of the Tiger in the Washington Park, Azeri in the Go For Wand, Wonder Again in the Diana, and more. Photos included for many of the winners.
Weekend Stakes Recap - Results and details from 9 major stakes this weekend including Senor Swinger in the Arlington Handicap, Ashado in the CCA Oaks, Special Ring in the Eddie Read Handicap, and more. Photos included for many of the winners.
Pat Valenzuela suspended again! - he failed to comply with the drug testing required by his latest re-instatement. He was ordered to have hair follicle drug testing, but shaved all the hair off his body!
2004 Hambletonian Entries - Tom Ridge, the fastest elimination winner ever, has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite for the $1 million Hambletonian Saturday at the Meadowlands. Entries, post positions, and odds here.
Smarty Jones Update - The latest info about his future plans according to trainer John Servis from a teleconference Tuesday afternoon.
Record setting weekend at Woodbine - Two track records and a North America record were set at Woodbine this weekend. On Sunday, Shoal Water set a new 1 3/8 miles turf record in the Chinese Cultural Center Stakes while Saturday stablemate Soaring Free set a new 7 furlong record.
Ashado dominates in the CCA Oaks - Favorite Ashado took the lead at the half-mile pole and cruised to a 4 1/2 length victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park.
Cooksey wins the 2004 Venezia Award - Fans, turf writers and jockeys have selected Patricia Cooksey as the recipient of the 2004 Mike Venezia Memorial Award. The award, named after the late jockey, is given to riders who "exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship."
Free House gone - the winner of the Santa Anita Derby, Pacific Classic, and Santa Anita Handicap died Monday from a fractured skull in an accident at Vessels Stallion Farm, where he stood at stud.
Weekend Stakes Recap - Results and details from 7 major stakes this weekend including Lion Heart winning the Long Branch, Pollard's Vision winning the Leonard Richards, and Yearly Report winning the Delaware Oaks. Photos included for many of the winners.
A Bit O'Gold wins the Prince of Wales Stakes - He beat out his arch rival Niigon, winner of the Queen's Plate, by only a head after an exciting stretch duel. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Weekend Stakes Recap - Results and details from 9 major stakes from July 10-11 including Total Impact winning the Hollywood Gold Cup and Rock Hard Ten winning the Swaps Breeders' Cup. Photos included for many of the winners.
Pam Berg wins Dogwood Dominion Award - A racing steward who also runs a ranch in Northern California that is home to 28 retired racehorses has been awarded the 2004 Dogwood Dominion Award.
Peace Rules wins the Suburban Handicap - He won by a neck over Newfoundland with Funny Cide only a nose farther back. Also on the card, Friendly Michelle won the Prioress Stakes.
Gulfstream Park Grandstand Demolition - A part of racing history was reduced to rubble Tuesday as Gulfstream Park's grandstand was demolished as part of a multi-year rebuilding project.
Smarty Jones to stand at Three Chimneys - When he is retired from racing, Smarty Jones will go to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. His schedule for the rest of the year includes the Haskell, Pennsylvania Derby, Pegasus Handicap, and Breeders' Cup Classic.
Niigon wins the 2004 Queen's Plate - the son of Unbridled held off favorite A Bit O'Gold to win Canada's premier race for 3-year-old by 3/4 of a length. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Popular Campbell Books to Benefit Equine Research - The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is now selling two of America's most popular equine books, with the profits going to veterinary research.
More Queen's Plate Photos - There were two other stakes on the card including the Highlander Stakes (G3) won by local favorite Soaring Free. Get the results and photos for these races plus other photos from Queen's Plate day here.
Queen's Plate Post Position Draw - During the draw process, the connection that selected their post was asked for comments on their chances. Read those here.
Stewart Elliott to ride in the Queen's Plate - Canadian-born jockey Stewart Elliott, regular rider of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, will return to Toronto on June 27 to ride in their top 3-year-old race, the Queen's Plate. He will also hold an autograph session from 10am to noon on Sunday.
2004 Pepsi North America Cup results - It was a big upset with Mantacular winning at 26-1 in the richest race in Canada with second choice Metropolitan finishing second. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
2004 North America Cup Undercard results - There were 4 other stakes on the card including the $601,300 Elegant Image Stakes won by Mystical Sunshine. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 4 races here.
Sightseek wins the Ogden Phipps Handicap - She romped home by 3 1/4 lengths over Storm Flag Flying while Azeri faded to last. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Eye of the Sphynx wins the Woodbine Oaks - She remained undefeated in her career with a 4 1/4 length win over longshot Touchnow. Get the results, charts, and photos for this and the two undercard stakes here.
Francine Villeneuve wins the 2004 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award - the 17 year veteran jockey who has won almost 800 races in her career was the latest recipient of this award for Canadian jockeys.
NTRA Super Saturday debuts June 12 - This schedule of 5 shows of racing coverage airing on ABC and ESPN will debut Saturday June 12 on ESPN with a 2 hour telecast featuring 5 graded stakes from 4 different tracks.
Birdstone upsets Smarty Jones in the Belmont - The Triple Crown proved yet again just how hard a feat it is to achieve when Birdstone collared Smarty in the stretch to win the Belmont by a length at 36-1. Results, charts, and photos here.
The Belmont Field - Photos of every horse in the race with links to their profiles.
Belmont Undercard Stakes - There were six other stakes on the card including the Manhattan Handicap won by Meteor Storm and the Swale Stakes won by Fire Slam. Get the results, charts, and photos for all of them here.
Other Belmont Photos - The crowd, celebrities, and more from Belmont day.
2004 Acorn Stakes Results - Friday before the Belmont is the first Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies in New York, the Acorn Stakes. Fantasy and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Island Sand finally got her big win over favorite Society Selection. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Triple Crown Spoilers - details about the horses who upset the previous horses going for the Triple Crown and the path they took to achieve this.
Failed Triple Crown Attempts - details about all the horses who have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown only to fail in the Belmont.
Triple Crown Winners - All about the 11 Triple Crown winners and the near misses who lost in the Belmont
2004 Triple Crown Trail - All the preps have now been run. Check out the full list with all results and links to race recaps for each.
Smarty Jones, the Story of a Champion - a nice article with lots of photos courtesy of Horse Racing Tips
Dogwood Dominion Award Nominating Time - It is time to begin the search for the 12th annual Dogwood Dominion Award winner, an "unsung hero" of the Thoroughbred racing industry. Check here for details and the nomination form.
2004 Hall of Fame New Members - The new inductees to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame for 2004 are trainer Shug McGaughey, jockey Kent Desormeaux, Skip Away, and Flawlessly. Find out all about them here.
Five to go in Woodbine Oaks - Eye of the Sphynx heads a field of five entered for Sunday's Labatt Woodbine Oaks. Get the entries, odds, and more here.
2004 Belmont Stakes Entries - Smarty Jones drew the outside post in a field of 9 for the 136th Belmont. He is the 2-5 morning line favorite followed by Purge and Rock Hard Ten. Get the odds, post, and free past performances here.
Analyzing the Belmont Contenders - trying to pick a winner
Thursday Belmont Update - News update about the Belmont contenders workouts and plans for Thursday, June 3, 2004. Tuesday Update and Monday Update still available.
Smarty Jones final Belmont workout - He worked 7 furlongs in 1:29 1/5, galloping out a mile in 1:44 2/5 for a crowd of media and even a news helicopter.
2004 Belmont Stakes Fact Sheet - Everything you need to know about the 2004 Belmont from admissions to parking to what wagers will be offered. If you are attending, read this!
Belmont Contenders - It is off to New York for the final leg of the Triple Crown. Check out who will be going here.
Smarty Jones wins the Preakness - He came one step closer to becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner with his victory over Rock Hard Ten and Eddington. Results, charts, and photos here.
The Preakness Field - Photos of every horse in the race.
Preakness Undercard Results - Results, charts, and photos for all the other stakes on the card here.
Pimlico Special Results - Southern Image won his 6th race from seven starts with a victory over Midway Road in the Pimlico Special Friday. Results, charts, and photos here.
Black-Eyed Susan Results - There were three other graded stakes on the card today at Pimlico including the Black-Eyed Susan for the 3-year-old fillies won by Yearly Report. Results, charts, and photos for all three here.
Thursday Preakness Photos - More pictures from the workouts and stakes barn at Pimlico.
Preakness Post Position Draw - photos and comments from the trainers about their post position selections.
Wednesday Preakness Photos - Pictures from the workouts and stakes barn at Pimlico.
Preakness Entries - Entries have been taken and post positions selected. Here are the horses entered with morning line odds and more.
Analyzing the Preakness Contenders - Trying to pick a winner for the Preakness by comparing the contenders to the profile of past Preakness winners.
Preakness Weather - the latest forecasts for Baltimore
Pimlico Special and Black-Eyed Susan Entries - The boys have centerstage in the Preakness, but the fillies and the handicap division will have their big races on Friday. Get entries, odds, and free past performances here.
Kentucky Derby Ticket Application Online - For the first time you can apply for tickets to the Kentucky Derby online. Applications for tickets to the 2005 running are due by September 1st, so get them in now!
Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby - The undefeated Pennsylvania-bred collared pacesetter Lion Heart in the stretch and drew away to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Imperialism rallied for third. Results, charts, and photos here.
The Kentucky Derby Field - Photos of every horse in the race courtesy of Tina Hines.
Kentucky Derby Photos - from the rain and mud to the fans, miscellaneous photos from Derby day courtesy of Tina Hines.
Kentucky Derby Undercard Results - There were five other stakes on the card Saturday with 4 of them graded. Biggest shock was Azeri losing the Humana Distaff to Mayo on the Side. Results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Kentucky Oaks Results - Ashado ran down pacesetter Madcap Escapade to win the Kentucky Oaks as the lukewarm favorite. Longshot Island Sand rallied for second while Madcap Escapade finished third. Results, charts, and photos here.
Kentucky Oaks Undercard Results - There were five other stakes on the card Friday with 3 of them graded. Kitten's Joy increaded his win streak to 5 in the Crown Royal American Turf while Lead Story upset Sightseek and Yell in the Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap. Results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Derby Barn Photos - More photos from the backside for Thursday afternoon and Friday morning courtesy of Tina Hines. Includes Imperialism, Pollard's Vision, and Tapit among others.
Wimbledon and St. Averil scratched from Derby - Wimbledon was scratched early Friday morning when an injury was discovered on his left front leg. St. Averil has also scratched due to sore feet. Details here.
Thursday Morning Derby Works - With only two days before the Derby, many of the contenders were out to stretch their legs. Lots of photos from the backside this morning courtesy of Tina Hines.
Jockeys win lawsuits - Two lawsuits were filed by jockeys over the right to wear advertising and Jockeys Guild patches on their clothing during the Derby.
Review: Handicapping for Bettor or Worse - A Fresh Perspective for Betting the Races by John Lindley. Strongly recommended for novice to intermediate players who want to fine-tune their strategies or look into different ones.
2004 Kentucky Derby Entries - Lots of info about the horses entered in the 130th Kentucky Derby. Post positions, odds, and past performances now available.
Analyzing the Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - An analysis of 16 top Derby contenders to determine which best fit the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner.
Tapit Works on Press Day at Tapeta - Wednesday was press day for Tapit at Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm in Maryland. Tom Sporney was there for us to take pictures and file a report.
Kentucky Derby Contender Graded Earnings - since only 20 horses can enter the Derby, earnings in graded stakes determine who can get in the gate. Here is a list of the top earners as of 4/17.
Lexington Stakes Results - The last chance for the Derby hopefuls to pick up some graded earnings was in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Quintons Gold Rush shipped in from California to win for new trainer Steve Asmussen over Fire Slam and Song of the Sword.
Opening day at Woodbine - Saturday was opening day at Canada's premier thoroughbred track after a 4 month winter break. The first stakes of the year was the Jacques Cartier won by Chris's Bad Boy in near track record time.
2004 Triple Crown Late Nominations - 14 additional horses were nominated by the March 27 deadline for $6000 each. Check out the full list.
2004 Triple Crown Nominees - 434 horse have been nominated to this year's Triple Crown series during the early nomination period. Check out the full list sorted by name, sire, trainer, or owner.
2003 Experimental Free Handicap - The rankings for 2-year-olds of 2003 have been released with 3 co-topweights this year: Action This Day, Cuvee, and Ruler's Court. Get the full list for both colts and fillies with the dual qualifiers marked.
Triple Crown Prep Results - The last of the big preps were this weekend with Tapit winning the Wood, The Cliff's Edge taking the Blue Grass, and Smarty Jones remaining undefeated the Arkansas Derby. Get the full results with photos for these and the Bay Shore.
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wagers Pool 3 - The final pool is now closed and the field is still the favorite for the Derby! Halfbridled is still on top for the Oaks despite missing her race on Saturday. Get the final odds and free past performances here.
Weekend Derby Prep Results - Castledale turns in a huge upset in the Santa Anita Derby while favorite Pollard's Vision wins the Illinois Derby. Results, charts, and photos for these and the Aventura and Ashland Stakes.
2004 Dubai World Cup Results - It was a repeat of the Breeders' Cup Classic as Pleasantly Perfect and Medaglia d'Oro finish 1-2 after an exciting stretch duel in the Dubai World Cup. Get results, charts, and photos here.
2004 Dubai World Cup Undercard - There were 5 more big races for the thoroughbreds on the card and an exciting dead heat finish for one. Get results, charts, and photos for them here.
Seabiscuit Equine Actor Retires - Rich in Dallas, one of the seven horses who played Seabiscuit in the movie of the same name, arrived in Lexington on March 25. The 9-year-old gelding was claimed and retired by three Thoroughbred retirement groups. Get all the details here.
2004 Big 3 Pick 3 - The Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes, and Arkansas Derby will once again make up this national pick 3 wager on April 10th. Get some history, stats, and details here.
San Luis Rey Handicap - Meteor Storm was a mild upset winner in the 1 1/2 mile turf marathon on Saturday. Get the details and charts here plus bonus photos of the first baby race of the season at Santa Anita.
Weekend Prep Results - It was another weekend of upsets in the biggest races with Saratoga County winning the Gotham and Sinister G taking the Lane's End Stakes. Only Smarty Jones winning the Rebel wasn't a surprise. Get the details and charts here.
Florida Derby Results - Friends Lake pulls off a shocking upset at 37-1 over Value Plus, while favorite Read the Footnotes was fourth. And in the Swale, Wynn Dot Comma defeats favored Eurosilver. Details and photos here.
Santa Anita Weekend Results - Silent Sighs upsets Halfbridled in the Oaks, Preachinatthebar wins the San Felipe, and Adoration takes the Santa Margarita. Details and lots of photos here.
Tampa Bay Derby Results - Limehouse defeats Mustanfar as the 9-10 favorite, while Ender's Sister takes the Florida Oaks. Details and lots of photos here.
Edgar Prado gets win #5000 - His victory aboard Wynn Dot Comma in the Swale gave him his 5000th career win. Details here.
Glen Gallivan Special - Many of you will remember Glen who used to post his picks here. He was remembered Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs with a race in his honor.
Breeders' Cup Winners at Santa Anita - Photographer Tina Hines captured Action This Day and Halfbridled schooling for their upcoming races and Pleasantly Perfect leaving for his trip to the Dubai World Cup. Check out the photos here!
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wagers Pool 2 - Pool is now closed and the final odds are posted. Pool 3 will be in early April.
2004 Dubai World Cup Final Entries - Saturday is the 9th running of the $6 million Dubai World cup and a field of 12 including Medaglia d'Oro and Pleasantly Perfect is set. Get all the entries, free past performances for the entire card, and more here.
Gotham Stakes Entries - Richard Migliore and Redskin Warrior will head up a field of 8 for the Gotham Stakes on Saturday. Get the entries and free past performances here.
Triple Crown prep results - Imperialism scored a big come from behind victory over Lion Heart in the San Rafael. Get all the details and photos here.
Big Cap Weekend - Southern Image won his second $1 million race this year in the Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. Get details and lots of photos for the Big Cap plus the Frank E. Kilroe Mile and San Carlos Handicap here.
Thoroughbred Corp. Dispersal - It was the end of an era Tuesday night as the remaining Thoroughbred Corp. horses were sold at Barretts in California.
Triple Crown Prep Results - There were five minor preps this weekend on the Triple Crown trail from Maryland to California. Get details, results, and photos here.
"NTRA Super Saturdays" to Debut June 12 - This series of five TV broadcasts of horseracing coverage airing on ABC and ESPN, will debut on June 12.
La Habra Stakes Results - Sunday at Santa Anita, Very Vega scored a big upset over favorite Aspen Gal. Get details, results, and photos here.
Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball Game - Thursday the Santa Anita jockeys basketball team lost their third consecutive game to Holy Angels School 7th and 8th graders despite team captain Kent Desormeaux scoring 25 points. Get details and photos here.
Buena Vista and Las Flores Handicaps - Fun House upset in the Buena Vista on Saturday while Ema Bovary stretched her win streak to 8 in the Las Flores on Sunday at Santa Anita.
Bullish Luck wins the CSL Hong Kong Gold Cup - The 20-1 outsider rallied from last to beat 1-2 favorite Elegant Fashion by a head at the wire at Sha Tin Racecourse.
NTRA Players' Panel Recommendations - After studying areas of concern and importance to customers, the panel has issued recommendations in 8 areas.
Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo Handicaps - Santa Anita's special holiday card included two graded stakes, one for the distaffers and one for the turfers. Get the results, charts, and photo here.
Las Virgenes and La Canada Stakes - Santa Anita had two important races for the fillies this weekend. Get the results, charts, and photo here.
Triple Crown Prep Results - Sunday's prep was the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds where Gradepoint held off Mr. Jester for the win. Results, chart, and photo here.
Triple Crown Prep Results - Gulfstream Park had 3 races Saturday with Kentucky Derby implications: the Fountain of Youth, Hutcheson Stakes, and an allowance. Read the Footnotes, Limehouse, and Birdstone came out the big winners. Update: Second of June is now off the trail.
Kentucky Derby Future Bet Pool 1 - Wagering is now closed. Check out the betting interests, closing odds, and free past performances for both the Oaks and Derby pools. Pool two will open in March.
Mike Rowland loses his fight for life - Michael Rowland, injured in an accident at Turfway Park February 4, died early Feb. 9 at University Hospital in Cincinnati as a result of those injuries. He was only 41 years old.
Albarado receives 2004 George Woolf Award - Robby Albarado was honored as the winner of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a winner's circle ceremony at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Patrick Valenzuela suspended again - He was suspended indefinitely by the Santa Anita stewards for failing to appear for a mandatory drug test.
Breeders' Cup Ticket Applications Available - Prices for the general public range from $25 to $125. Applications are due by June 4. Get details and seat locations here!
Belmont Stakes & Saratoga Ticket Prices - new prices and policies for the Belmont Stakes and Saratoga meet in 2004. Applications close on Feb. 15 for Saratoga tickets.
San Antonio and Palos Verdes Handicaps - Santa Anita hosted two Grade 2 handicaps this weekend for the older horses: the San Antonio won by Pleasantly Perfect and the Palos Verdes won by Bluesthestandard. Get all the details and photos here.
Donn Handicap and Strub Stakes - The handicap division stars were out on both coasts Saturday with Medaglia d'Oro winning the Donn and Domestic Dispute the Strub. Get all the details and photos here.
Triple Crown Prep Results - This weekend there were several preps across the country. Here are the results and photos for 7 of them including the Sham and San Vicente out at Santa Anita.
Santa Monica Handicap Results - Island Fashion upsets Sightseeker and Got Koko in the first Grade 1 race of the year. Get the results and lots of photos here.
Sunshine Millions Results - The Florida-breds win the most points with 45 vs. 27 for the Cal-breds. Southern Image takes the biggest race, the $1 million Classic. Get all the results and lots of photos here.

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