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Gin Gin Seeks Kentucky Oaks Spot in Busher 

In the case of the March 2 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, a victory in the mile $200,000 race for 3-year-old fillies should be enough to deliver a starting spot in the May 3 Lillies for the Fillies at Churchill Downs.

Victory Avenue May Provide Restrepo a Road to Derby 

Tom Pedulla of America's Best Racing is interviewing prominent owners, trainers, and jockeys as they travel the Road to the 150th Kentucky Derby (G1) May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Ozara Looks to Build on Resume in Herecomesthebride 

Cheyenne Sables' multiple stakes winner Ozara (IRE) and Repole Stable's grade 3 winner Life's an Audible look to square off again in the $200,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 2.

Historical Horse Racing Gaming in KY Continues Growth 

Revenue from historical horse racing gaming, responsible for soaring purses in Kentucky and profits for track operators, swelled in December figures announced during a Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting Feb. 27.

Turf King Looks to Reign in Canadian Turf 

The $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3T) has drawn a field of 10 runners, including the lightly raced and aptly named Turf King, who has yet to be off the board in four starts.

Main Event, Kingmax Answer the Bell in Mac Diarmida 

Main Event and Kingmax, a head apart when 1-2 in the 1 1/8-mile Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream Park Dec. 30, square off again at Gulfstream over an additional quarter-mile March 2 in the 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T).

Turfway Park to Remain Open All Year for Training 

Officials from Turfway Park Racing & Gaming announced the track will again be open for year-round training, with summer stall applications due March 15.

Kentucky Basketball Star Sheppard Promotes Life Is Good 

WinStar Farm announced Feb. 28 that it has secured an NIL deal with University of Kentucky basketball player Reed Sheppard to promote WinStar stallion Life Is Good.

Broberg Wins 13th Straight Delta Downs Training Title 

The 2023-24 Thoroughbred season at Delta Downs Racetrack wrapped up Feb. 24. Vicente Del Cid finished atop the rider standings; Karl Broberg retained his grip on the leading trainer crown; and End Zone Athletics won another leading owner title.

Nysos Favored in Preakness Future Wager 

The first pool to wager on Preakness Stakes 149, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, begins Feb. 29 and will close just hours after three major prep races are contested March 2 in Florida, California, and New York. 

Prominent California Sire Mr. Big Dies at 21 

The top five California sire of 2023 sired grade 1 winner and California champion 3-year-old female Ceiling Crusher.

Everett's Flying Start Blog: In Rhythm in Kentucky 

The latest in Racing Post's Flying Start Files from those undertaking the prestigious course.

Gotham Starters Could Target Another Derby Day Stakes 

When the one-turn mile distance of the Gotham Stakes (G3) is taken into consideration, it's hardly a surprise that a different race on Derby Day at Churchill Downs could be on some of the travel itineraries.

Pounce Back in Action After Topping F-T Digital Sale 

The digital world moves fast, and Pounce is an example of just how efficient the emerging online market can be. Pounce won Feb. 11. Nine days later she topped the Fasig-Tipton February Digital Sale when she sold to Resolute Racing for $370,000. 

StarWatch: Keegan, Boutte Talk Tom's d'Etat 2-Year-Olds 

This week's episode profiles grade 1 winner Tom's d'Etat, the last great son of Smart Strike, whose first crop will be of racing age this year. Lucan Bloodstock's Karl Keegan and winning owner Lynne Boutte discuss their Tom's d'Etat colts.

Stakes Recap: Rebel & Honeybee 

Greg Wolf & Sara Elbadwi look back to the results of the Rebel Stakes & Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn.

Finger Lakes Adds Three More Claiming Series in 2024 

Finger Lakes racing secretary Jerry Richards has added three more claiming series to the 2024 meet that kicks off April 29, pending New York State Gaming Commission approval.

Dubai 'Super Saturday' Focuses on Stellar Individuals 

Dubai's "Super Saturday" program has been diluted by a new schedule that sprinkles key races more widely through the season, leaving the March 2 card more about some individual stars than the races themselves.

Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale Catalogs 124 Horses 

The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, April 3, catalogs 124 horses for the single-session sale. A breeze show will be held April 1 at Lone Star Park.

NFL Champ Coffey Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Jockey Basil Frazier, grade 1-winning mare Flag de Lune, and racing writer/broadcaster Jon White named 2024 Washington Racing Hall of Fame inductees. Longtime trainer and former NFL running back Junior Coffey to receive Lifetime Achievement award.

Longtime Maker Assistant Ramsey Starts Training Career 

After spending close to a decade as the top assistant for decorated trainer Mike Maker, Nolan Ramsey is striking out on his own. A 27-year-old native of Lexington, Ramsey is the grandson of prominent owner Ken Ramsey.

Expert Predicts Success for Kentucky Paddock Projects 

Paul Roberts, co-author of the 2013 book Racecourse Architecture, thinks paddock upgrades at Churchill Downs and Keeneland will be well-received.

Alvarado Still ‘On Cloud Nine’ Days After Saudi Cup 

Jockey Junior Alvarado was still "on cloud nine" while returning to action Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park, where he rode for the first time since capturing the $20 million Saudi Cup (G1) Feb. 24 aboard Senor Buscador.

English Racing Finds Some Support at Government Hearing 

Perhaps even more so than might have been expected, there was agreement that racing must not be damaged by the government's plans for gambling reform—even by those on the other side of the debate.