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2hMike Watchmaker

Gun Runner, Uncontested have edge at Oaklawn

Since this holiday weekend's two best and richest races are Monday at Oaklawn Park, it seems like a timely idea for a Weekend Warrior-like look at these two races.

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1dMike Welsch | Daily Racing Form

Curlin's Approval goes distance in Royal Delta

Trainer Marty Wolfson and owner-breeder Happy Alter never had any doubt that Curlin's Approval would stay two turns. The problem was finding just the right time to stretch her out.

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1dJim Dunleavy | Daily Racing Form

High Ridge Road turns it on late to win Fritchie

Saturday, in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie, High Ridge Road got the best of By the Moon again, but this time it was by a desperate neck in the shadow of the wire. The exacta paid $19.40.

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1dChuck Dybdal | Daily Racing Form

Zakaroff scores big upset in El Camino Real Derby

Zakaroff scored the second biggest upset in the 36-year history of the El Camino Real Derby, scoring a half-length victory at nearly 49-1 as locally based runners swept the top three position.

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1dJim Dunleavy | Daily Racing Form

Imperial Hint outduels Stallwalkin' Dude

Imperial Hint, who is small in stature but big at heart, held off even-money favorite Stallwalkin' Dude the length of the Laurel Park stretch to win the Grade 3, $250,000 General George.

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4dJay Privman | Daily Racing Form

Classic Empire at top of Derby watch list

From the time the horses crossed the wire in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile until the Holy Bull was run on Feb. 4, Classic Empire was the acknowledged favorite for the Kentucky Derby.

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2dSteve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

Santa Anita adds two Thursday cards to spring schedule

Santa Anita will add Thursday programs on April 20 and June 1 to its schedule to compensate for three days of cancellations because of wet weather during January and on Friday.

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4dJim Dunleavy | Daily Racing Form

Fritchie field boasts five last-out stakes winners

The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie, the top race of the Laurel Park winter meet, and the feature race on this Saturday's Winter Festival program, on Wednesday drew a field of eight.

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SoCal Report: Friday, Feb. 17 (10:23)
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Laurel Park Pick 4: Saturday, Feb. 18 (7:36)
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7dMike Watchmaker

How good can Derby hopeful McCraken be?

What makes McCraken even more intriguing is he is trained by Ian Wilkes, who has a long history of using prep races to develop horses and bring them to peak for their primary goals.

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Horse Racing weekend recap (1:38)
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Weekend Wrap: Gulfstream Turf Handicap (5:36)
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Weekend Wrap: Sam Davis (8:04)
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Weekend Wrap: Santa Maria (6:43)
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Weekend Wrap: Gulfstream Handicap (6:02)
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Weekend Wrap: Tampa Bay Stakes (5:35)
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8dMike Welsch | Daily Racing Form

Almanaar takes Grade 1 Gulfstream Turf Handicap

Trainer Chad Brown predicted that Almanaar would become a Grade 1 winner this season, and it didn't take very long for his prediction to come true.

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Weekend Wrap: Arcadia Stakes (5:35)
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Weekend Wrap: Suwannee River (4:17)
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8dSteve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

Vale Dori gets another G2 win in Santa Maria

Even a brief pre-race tantrum could not prevent Vale Dori from winning her third consecutive Grade 2 stakes in Saturday's $200,345 Santa Maria Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

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8dMike Welsch | Daily Racing Form

Sharp Azteca backs up trainer's words in GP 'Cap

Trainer Jorge Navarro is not one to mince words. He told anyone who would listen prior to the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap that his Sharp Azteca has never looked or felt any better.

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8dSteve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

Bolo runs to repeat win in Arcadia Stakes

Bolo overcame trouble on the first turn to win Saturday's Grade 2 Arcadia Mile on turf for the second consecutive year at Santa Anita.

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8dMarty McGee | Daily Racing Form

John Velazquez guides Inspector Lynley to victory

Inspector Lynley never got much chance to run in his last start, so Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez couldn't wait to get back aboard the colt for his next start.

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SoCal Report: Friday, Feb. 10 (6:59)
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10dSteve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

Santa Anita names race for retired champion Beholder

The Grade 1, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita has been moved from late June to Memorial Day weekend this year and will be the richest race of the track's spring-summer meeting.

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Race of the Day: Saturday, Feb. 11 (8:53)
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Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap preview (7:08)
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Endeavour Stakes preview (7:06)
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11dDavid Grening | Daily Racing Form

NYRA cuts purses for Wood Memorial, Phipps

The Grade 2 Wood Memorial, New York's last major prep for the Kentucky Derby, and the Ogden Phipps Stakes, a Grade 1 event that continually drew short fields, have had their purses cut.

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Gulfstream Park Handicap preview (5:35)
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Suawannee River Stakes preview (8:17)
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Race of the Day: Sunday, Feb.12 (4:35)
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Tampa Bay Downs Pick 4 (11:13)
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12dDavid Grening | Daily Racing Form

Aqueduct cancels Thursday's card ahead of winter storm

The forecast for a winter storm that could bring six to 10 inches of snow to the New York City area prompted the New York Racing Association to cancel Thursday's eight-race program at Aqueduct.

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Tampa Bay Stakes preview (8:28)
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Santa Maria Stakes preview (5:10)

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