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For the first handful of strides in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (G2), it appeared as if Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella would get a challenge, but the big gray machine did away with that quickly.
For her 6-year-old debut in the Feb. 10 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (G3T), Dona Bruja (ARG) showed up with a new dimension to her game, which yielded some sufficient swagger in her step.
Under the familiar guidance of jockey Julien Leparoux, Heart to Heart had his way with the pace on the front end and earned his first top-level victory in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (G1T) Feb. 10 at Gulfstream Park.
OXO Equine's Instilled Regard got his final timed workout for the Feb. 17 Risen Star Stakes presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) when he covered six furlongs in 1:13 flat Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Hartnell (GB) has never defeated Winx (AUS) in seven tries but, after his victory in the Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (G1) at Caulfield Feb. 10, his trainer thinks the planets may be aligned for the eighth time to be the charm.
Nineteen people were killed and more than 60 injured Feb. 10 when a Hong Kong bus packed with passengers heading home from a day at the races crashed, the South China Morning Post reported.
President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act Feb. 9, a bill that, among other measures, extends the uniform three-year racehorse depreciation retroactively for fiscal year 2017.
David Staudacher's Conquest Windycity set a demanding pace and had something left to hold off Mind Your Biscuits through the final sixteenth of a mile and spoil the multiple grade 1 winner's 5-year-old debut Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
The breeder of Classic Empire has Red Ruby running in Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 10.
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.
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.
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.