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It's Million Day at Arlington Park.

Saturday Racing Preview for August 17, 2013

Figure out who to bet or toss for the big races across the country at Arlington (Million Day), Saratoga (Alabama/Sword Dancer Day), and Del Mar (Del Mar Oaks Day).

2013 Million Entries & Odds

It's the biggest day of racing in Illinois as Arlington Park gears up for the 2013 Arlington Million, Beverly D., Secretariat and American St. Leger.

My friend Pete

Certain people touch your life more than others. This is the story of one such person.

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Mosse leads Europe to Shergar Cup victory | Racing Post

"Legendary American rider Gary Stevens won the final race of the day in magnificent fashion, swooping late on the Richard Hannon-trained Annunciation to narrowly deny his compatriot Rosie Napravnik, also making her British debut."

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Churchill Downs tweaks points system for Kentucky Derby eligibility | Daily Racing Form

"The points system introduced last year to determine eligibility for the 2013 Kentucky Derby will remain mostly the same for the 2014 Derby, Churchill Downs announced Friday."

(Not) random thoughts on a Saturday

A couple of significant news items hit the airwaves this week, one of which involves a new television partnership with Fox Sports.

Fourstardave: Wise Dan back for more at Saratoga

Wise Dan looks to keep his winning streak going in the Fourstardave at Saratoga.

Pedigree Profile: Cross Traffic

An impressive front-running winner of the G1-Whitney, Cross Traffic is a late bloomer who looks to run away from the best handicap horses as summer turns to fall.

Fort Larned leads field of eight in Whitney

With fall fast approaching, horses begin to stakes their claim as contenders for the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic.

Easy like Sunday morning: Verrazano rolls Haskell

His rivals were left to watch in amazement as even-money favorite Verrazano easily wins the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Jim Dandy 2013 Video Replay

Palace Malice is too good for his rivals in the 2013 Jim Dandy Stakes.

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Palace Malice cruises in the Jim Dandy

The Belmont winner made a triumphant return to the track in the Jim Dandy.

Haskell, Jim Dandy, Diana, Bing Crosby... oh my!

Summer racing heats up at the Spa, Del Mar and on the Jersey Shore.

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2013 Haskell Invitational Draw

From our good friends at America's Best Racing ( "Racecaller Larry Collmus and the connections of the 2013 Haskell Invitational Stakes contenders discuss the draw as well as the outlook of the race, which is the signature event each year at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J."

Oxbow, Verrazano headline Haskell at Monmouth

Preakness winner Oxbow and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens lead a field of seven in Sunday's Haskell.

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Wise Dan on course for Fourstardave; Successful Dan eyes Whitney - Handicappers' Edge

"Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan remains on course for a title defense in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on August 10, while Successful Dan is now under consideration for the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 3, according to LoPresti, who trains the geldings for Morton Fink. "

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Paynter, Liaison prepare for San Diego - Handicappers' Edge

"Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert worked Paynter and Liaison, candidates for Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, in tandem Sunday morning over the seaside track and pronounced them both ready for Saturday's potential stepping stone to the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on August 25."

A View from the Sales Ring: Fasig Tipton July Sale

There are several cornerstone events on the yearly sales calendar, none bigger than the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. But the bell-weather of the yearling sales is always the Fasig Tipton July Select Yearling Sale.

Sunday at Saratoga & Del Mar

Ah, it's that time of the year when we start watching juvenile stakes races.

Where The Turf Meets The Surf...and the Spa

It's summer time. That means Saratoga and Del Mar are here for a bit. Time to see what horses I like (and also which ones you should avoid, many of which could be one and the same).

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Farewell Hollywood Park

This article was written about a week ago, but I just found it. As a lover of the old place, it pulled a few emotions out once again.

Sunday Quick Thoughts

Saratoga and Del Mar are on the horizon as we reach the half-way point of July.

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Normandy Invasion to See Foot Specialist |

For the most part, this year's crop of three-year-old colts has held together fairly well with many still in training that began the year as notable horses. Hopefully, Normandy Invasion can get back to racing in good order but, from the tone of the current reports, he might be done for the year.

Weekend Stakes Action: Million Preview Day on tap

A quick look ahead at some of the action on tap this weekend around North America.

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Japan Select Sale: Deep Impact yearlings lead record totals (

"The Japan Horse Racing Association’s select sale kicked off its two-day run Monday with the yearling session, which posted record gross receipts and was headlined by an almost $1.8 million Deep Im...
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Midnight Aria makes every yard in Queen's Plate

Canada's biggest race goes to Midnight Aria.

Woodbine takes center (or "centre") stage

Up With the Birds leads the field in today's Queen's Plate at Woodbine.

Game On Dude wins final Hollywood Gold Cup

A race may exist in the future with the same name and grade as the Hollywood Gold Cup, but it won't be the same.

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Al Kazeem (GB) wins the G1-Coral Eclipse

Mukhadram (GB) tried to take the field gate-to-wire at Sandown but gave way in the final furlong after a long, grueling stretch drive from Al Kazeem. Queen Anne winner Declaration of War rallied to finish second. The Fuge (GB), 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf last fall at Santa Anita, finished 7th.

Weekend Stakes Action: Hollywood Gold Cup Edition

Game On Dude will face a field of just four rivals in Saturday's Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup, the final running of this historic race at Hollywood Park.