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J S Bach out of Risen Star, Villandry skipping FG 'Cap 6:30 am

According to trainer Todd Pletcher, J S Bach (Tale of the Cat) will be scratched from Saturday's $400,000 Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds because of a fever detected on Wednesday.Expected to vie for favoritism after commencing his career with two impressive races -- including a romping 8 1/2-length victory against maiden special weight rivals on January 17 while going 1 1/16 miles -- the...

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Southwest to be held Sunday 6:30 am

Smarty Jones winner Far Right, originally listed as the morning line favorite, is still committed to the Southwest (Oaklawn/Coady Photography) After being postponed due to a winter storm, the Southwest (G3) will be held Sunday at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-mile event is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, offering points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the top...

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Main Sequence turns in final work for Mac Diarmida 6:30 am

Grass champ Main Sequence will be looking to remain unbeaten in the U.S. in Saturday's Mac Diarmida (Carl Sari/Equi-Photo) Main Sequence (Aldebaran), the 2014 champion turf and older horse titlist, breezed an easy half-mile on turf at Palm Meadows Training Center Monday in preparation for his scheduled 2015 debut in Saturday's $200,000 Mac Diarmida S. (G2) at...

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Forjatt defends Jebel Ali Mile title by slimmest of margins 3:30 am

Jebel Ali's biggest race of the season, the 1600 meter Jebel Ali Mile (UAE-G3), produced one of the track's closest finishes of the campaign with Silver Galaxy (Galileo) and defending champion Forjatt (Iffraaj) crossing the line locked in battle on Friday.It was the latter, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose nostrils were...

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Gorgeous Bird carries Whitney legacy into Fountain of Youth 3:30 am

For the past century, the Whitney name and Eton blue and brown silks that have accompanied it to racetracks around the world rank among the most recognizable, and successful, in thoroughbred racing. They will be on display again Saturday when Marylou Whitney homebred Gorgeous Bird (Unbridled's Song) steps up to stakes company for the first time in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth S. (G2) at...

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Texas Red on target for Santa Anita Derby 12:30 am

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex) remains on course for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 4 as he swims his way back from an abscess on his right front foot following a sharp second in his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente S. (G2) on February 1.The ultimate goal for the bay colt, of course, is the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 2 at Churchill Downs."He'll...

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Baffert impressed with American Pharoah's breeze 12:30 am

American Pharoah hasn't competed since late September (Harold Roth/Horsephotos.com) Champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), a leading member of trainer Bob Baffert's "best crop of three-year-olds in years," worked five furlongs Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park in 1:00 2/5 as the bay colt prepares for his three-year-old debut.American Pharoah was clocked in :47 2...

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Nominations, voting open for Survivors Parade 12:30 am

Churchill Downs Racetrack and its charitable beneficiaries Bright Pink and Horses and Hope announced Tuesday that the public can now nominate and vote for breast and ovarian cancer survivors to walk in the 2015 Longines Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade.The Survivors Parade is an annual march along Churchill Downs' historic homestretch that will take place immediately prior to the 141st running of...

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