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Grade 1 Winner Spiced Perfection Heads Go For Wand

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After taking on some of the best distaff sprinters throughout the year, Spiced Perfection will end 2019  on a longer yet easier note.

Delta's Royalty Earns Debut Victory at Kempton

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On Dec. 5 the regally bred daughter of Galileo (IRE)—Royal Delta, by Empire Maker, began to make good on her potential.

Anneau d'Or, Wrecking Crew Face Baffert Colts at Los Al

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The Dec. 7 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) lost its grade 1 status when downgraded this year, though perhaps not its significance as a late 2-year-old prep race for next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).

NYRA Announces Spring Stakes Schedule at Aqueduct

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NYRA announced the stakes schedule for the 2020 spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 5. The 13-day meet, which follows its winter meet and is highlighted by the Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) April 4, will commence April 2 and conclude April 19.

Godolphin Wins Second Straight John Deere Award

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Rewarded for wins by its progeny on three continents, Godolphin has repeated as the winner of the John Deere Award honoring the outstanding breeder of the 2019 Breeders' Cup World Championships and the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series.

Pletcher Sends Out Two in Grade 2 Remsen

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Winning the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) will not earn the victor an Eclipse Award. Yet in a year when the top 2-year-old males seem to become wallflowers whenever a spotlight has been shined on them, races like the Remsen take on added significance.

Curtain Falls at Tattersalls December Mare Sale

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With 60 fewer lots offered than the previous renewal, the aggregate fell by 5% year on year. But the average climbed by 4% and the median showed a significant 32% increase. 

BackTrack: Stablemates Queena, Versailles Treaty Win

Thu, 2019-12-05 13:54
This week is a recap of the 1991 Gazelle (G1) and Maskette (G1) stakes. The story, written by Jenny Kellner, ran in the Sept. 7, 1991 issue of BloodHorse, carrying the headline "A Pair of Queens."

Almond Eye Defection Leaves Balanced Hong Kong Cup

Thu, 2019-12-05 13:54
When star Japanese filly Almond Eye was withdrawn from the Longines Hong Kong Cup (G1) on the eve of her planned trip, the Dec. 8 race flipped from a potential star turn to a wide-open affair.  

Aethero Faces Mr Stunning, D B Pin in Hong Kong Sprint

Thu, 2019-12-05 13:54
With Hong Kong's veteran sprinters in a bit of disarray and the international raiders perhaps a cut below recent standards, the door is open for 3-year-old local sensation Aethero in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (G1) Dec. 8 at Sha Tin.

Another Miracle Returns to Dirt in Inaugural Stakes

Thu, 2019-12-05 13:54
After rallying to a third place-finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, Another Miracle will return to dirt racing Dec. 7 in the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes Dec. 7 at Tampa Bay Downs.

Improving Forest Fire Heads to Claiming Crown Jewel

Thu, 2019-12-05 01:52
The Claiming Crown returns to Gulfstream Park Dec. 7 to celebrate the hard-knocking horses on the racetrack. Eleven races are scheduled at the South Florida track Saturday, nine of which are starter stakes for horses who have raced for a tag.

Maedean to Tackle Two Turns in Demoiselle Stakes

Thu, 2019-12-05 01:52
The Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and the Remsen Stakes (G2) are basically family.

Donna Veloce, Bast Headline Short Starlet Lineup

Thu, 2019-12-05 01:52
After a narrow defeat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Donna Veloce is back in action Dec. 7 in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course, the final North American grade 1 race for 2-year-olds this year.

Maximum Security, Spun to Run Headline Cigar Mile

Thu, 2019-12-05 01:52
In the years to come, it will take some wild twists of fate for another horse to have as controversial and eventful of a year as Maximum Security.

Juddmonte Jewels Shine at Tattersalls December Day 3

Thu, 2019-12-05 01:52
Park Paddocks was notably quieter Dec. 4 than it had been 24 hours earlier during the headline session of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale.

Delta's Royalty Debut Next Chapter of a Poignant Tale

Thu, 2019-12-05 01:52
Delta's Royalty—the sole offspring of dual Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) heroine Royal Delta—will make her eagerly anticipated debut in the 2-year-old maiden fillies' stakes Dec. 5 over a mile at Kempton. 

Girvin Tops Ocala Stud's 2020 Stallion Roster

Wed, 2019-12-04 13:52
The grade 1 winner, who covered 149 mares in his first book this year, leads the farm's roster with a $7,500 stud fee.

Hong Kong-Based Teetan Prevails in Jockey Competition

Wed, 2019-12-04 13:52
Karis Teetan eked out a late-running third-place finish in the final leg to win the Longines International Jockeys' Championship Dec. 4 at Happy Valley Racecourse over a field of reigning and former champions from around the globe.

Asmussen to Appeal Suspensions for Acepromazine

Wed, 2019-12-04 01:48
During the last two weeks of November, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission issued multiple trainers suspensions due to medication violations, including Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen.