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Ben’s Cat Is Dazzling in 10-Year Old Debut Win at Laurel Park

Ben's Cat will make his 2016 debut Sunday. Photo from @LaurelPark

Ben’s Cat will make his 2016 debut Sunday. Photo from @LaurelPark

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Ben’s Cat never got in from his outside post, was three wide in the turn and five wide at the top of the lane. But the grizzled 10-year old shows he still has what it takes, rolling through the lane and running down a determined pace setter in Rapid Dan to win his 2016 debut, his 31st victory of his illustrious career.

 

Race Preview:

Multiple Grade 3-winning Maryland-bred Ben’s Cat is set to make his 10-year-old debut in Sunday’s fourth race at Laurel Park, a 5 ½-furlong sprint on the Fort Marcy Turf Course.

Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat drew outside post 9 in the $52,000

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Songbird Returns to the Racetrack, Jogs at Santa Anita

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Super filly, Songbird returned to the racetrack Sunday for the first time since spiking a low grade fever and scratching from the Kentucky Oaks. She went for a little jog on the Santa Anita track and then back to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn. The Hall of Fame trainer gave no indication of when Songbird might return to training or which race he is considering for her.

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Alert Bay Gets Home Court, Wins G3 San Francisco Mile

Alert Bay holds off a surging Gabriel Charles to win the G3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields. Photo from @ggfracing

Alert Bay holds off a surging Gabriel Charles to win the G3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields. Photo from @ggfracing

Locally based Alert Bay stalked the pace and held off late challenges from Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Seeking his first win since taking an allowance over the Golden Gate turf in November, Alert Bay tracked 2015 San Francisco Mile winner G.G. Ryder in second through a half-mile in 48.31 seconds and three quarters in 1:12.81.

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Records All-Around at Los Alamitos Saturday

Uncle Lino may pop up next in the Preakness Stakes

Uncle Lino, winner of the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos, may pop up next in the Preakness Stakes. @BenoitPhoto

It was a record setting day at Los Alamitos both on-the-track and at the betting windows.

The total handle of $8,286.660.54 was the highest since thoroughbred racing returned to the venue in July, 2014. The total on a day that featured the inaugural running of the $150,000-guaranteed California Chrome Stakes and an average field size of better than eight horses per race eclipsed the previous best of $8,022,511.76 set on July 4, 2015.

Getting some class relief after three consecutive appearances in graded stakes,

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California Chrome Due to Return to Sherman’s Barn on Sunday

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The connections for California Chrome say the Dubai World Cup winner will ship back to Art Sherman’s barn at Los Alamitos this Sunday. He has been ‘vacationing’ at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky since arriving back to the States after his triumphant visit to Dubai in March. 

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Nyquist Arrives at Wet Churchill Downs: O’Neill “He’s Doing Great”

Nyquist has arrived safely at Churchill Downs where in 7-days he'll run in the Kentucky Derby.

Nyquist has arrived safely at Churchill Downs where in 7-days he’ll run in the Kentucky Derby. @CoadyPhoto

Trainer Doug O’Neill almost always looks on the bright side when it comes to his racehorses. He’s shining especially brilliantly when it comes to his undefeated champion Nyquist.

“He’s just doing great,” he said Saturday morning as his colt prepared to ship from Keeneland to Barn 41 at Churchill Downs. “He could not have come out of his work (a mile in 1:41 Friday) here any better. He ate up everything in sight and this morning we put a new pair of shoes on him. He’s doing unbelievably well and we’re ready to come over and run in the Derby.”

Nyquist left Keeneland at noon for the ship to Churchill Downs. He took the short van ride with a light rain falling and arrived around two o’clock to a gathering of fans waiting for him.

Nyquist is a picture-perfect seven for seven

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Keeneland Spring Meet Closes: Dozens of Breeders’ Cup Runners Return

B.C. Mile winner, Tepin was one of dozens of horses who ran in last year's Breeders' Cup to return to Keeneland this spring. @CoadyPhoto

B.C. Mile winner, Tepin was one of dozens of horses who ran in last year’s Breeders’ Cup to return to Keeneland this spring. @CoadyPhoto

One of Keeneland’s goals in hosting the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships was to enhance the quality of horses racing here during the Spring and Fall Meets.

During the 2016 Spring Meet, 45 horses who competed in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup either raced or worked at Keeneland. Thirty-five horses raced in Lexington this past month and an additional 10 horses worked at Keeneland.

The horses who raced in the Breeders’ Cup and during the Spring Meet are Barbados, Brody’s Cause, Camelot Kitten, Catch a Glimpse, Da Big Hoss, Dacita (CHI), Dothraki Queen, Fioretti, Gliding By, Holy Boss, I’m a Chatterbox,

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Churchill Downs opens Star-Studded Spring Meet Saturday Night

American Pharoah begins his historic run to the Triple Crown in last year's Kentucky Derby. Photo by Reed Palmer

American Pharoah begins historic run to the Triple Crown in last year’s Kentucky Derby, holding off Firing Line. Photo by Reed Palmer from churchilldowns.com

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The Churchill Downs Spring Meet kicks off under the lights Saturday night and continues through the end of June. It includes the 142nd renewals the $2 million Kentucky Derby and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on the first weekend in May and a roster of 26 stakes events – 23 of which are graded races – highlighted by six Grade I races and total stakes purses of $8.25 million.

The racing program headlined by the Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race, on Saturday,

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The Menu: Post Times and TV Listings for Saturday’s Top Races

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It’s opening weekend at Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Prairie Meadows as spring racing kicks into high gear this weekend.

Belmont Park begins with stakes races on its first three cards and Prairie Meadows serves up an overnight stakes on its first Saturday of 2016. Churchill Down’s offers the second running of the $100,000 William Walker, the feature on opening night.

There’s also the first ever, California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos and trainer Art Sherman even has a runner in it.

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Gabriel Charles Returns in G3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields

Gabriel Charles hasn't been seen since winning the Eddie Read at Del Mar last July. Photo from dmtc.com

Gabriel Charles hasn’t been seen since winning the Eddie Read at Del Mar last July. Photo from dmtc.com

ALBANY, CALIF. –

Gabriel Charles, unraced since winning the 2015 Grade 1 Eddie Read, will face a large, competitive field when he makes his comeback in the Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

The San Francisco Mile, a turf event for 3-year-olds and up, was carded as the eighth race on a 10-race card.

Gabriel Charles posted a 3 ¾-length victory in

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