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Florida & Louisiana Derby Open Thread

Talk about all of this weekend's major racing action.

Big fields highlight World Cup day at Meydan

It's an international affair at Meydan for the 2014 World Cup, unless you're looking for American-based horses.

Intense Holiday leads Louisiana Derby field

Risen Star winner Intense Holiday leads a field of 10 in the 2014 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, March 29th (Post time: 7:10 p.m. Eastern; TV: NBCSN, HRTV).

Plenty on the line in the Florida Derby

Cairo Prince leads a field of eight as the 9/5 morning line favorite in Saturday's Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (Post time: 6:48 p.m. Eastern; TV: NBCSN, HRTV)

Sunland Derby: Chitu & Midnight Hawk run 1-2

The Sunland Derby was comin' up Bafferts!

#FullStoryPETA Gives Racing a Voice

A very nice piece from the always excellent Claire Novak at The Blood-Horse.

Baffert & Pletcher corner the market at Sunland

The Sunland Derby has, in just 11 years time, gone from an afterthought to a key stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby.

We Miss Artie by a nose in the Spiral

We Miss Artie wins the Spiral and takes a big step towards the 2014 Kentucky Derby, but can he take his synthetic form to the dirt at Churchill Downs?

Gay Dalton and other forgotten horses of Hollywood Park - Sid Fernando+Observations

Yet unbeknownst to many racing fans, somewhere within the vicinity of the stable area are interred several equine athletes from a long time ago. These horses that were "lost to time" did not have the fortune of having their resting places identified for posterity, making the relocation of their remains nearly impossible. These forgotten horses will most probably end up lying underneath a parking lot or a building. While they did not reach the stature of Landaluce, Great Communicator or Native Diver, they were also protagonists of the racing past of Hollywood Park and some were the idols of racing fans that are no longer around to reminisce about them.

Gay Dalton and other Forgotten Horses of Hollywood Park | Sid Fernando + Observations

Asmussen Fallout

The fallout from the New York Times report on allegations by PETA of misconduct and abuse by the barn of trainer Steven Asmussen has begun.

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