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Upstart is Uplifting for Joanne Nielsen
Despite the fact she has seven empty mares and has yet to decide which stallions to breed to this year, Joanne Nielsen has had an uplifting start to 2015. She is the breeder of Upstart, who won the Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 24.

Upgraded Marine Gives Canada 44 Graded Stakes
At the Jockey Club of Canada's Graded Stakes Committee annual review of the graded and listed stakes in Canada, the committee upgraded one listed race to bring the total to 44 graded stakes for 2015.

Ties Atop TJC's Experimental Free Handicaps
The Jockey Club's 2014 Experimental Free Handicap features ties in both the male and female categories: Texas Red and champion American Pharoah top the male list and champion Take Charge Brandi and Lady Eli lead the females.

The Horse Who Changed the Triple Crown
It has been 30 years since a blazingly fast 3-year-old named Spend a Buck changed the face of the Triple Crown.

The Great War to Return in 96ROCK Stakes
The Great War, a promising colt who finished fourth in last year's Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) is set to make his 2015 debut in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 31 at Turfway Park.

That Handicapping Show: The Martha Washington
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.

Texas Red Set for Super Return in San Vicente
It may be Super Bowl Sunday but the eyes of the racing world will be on Texas Red as the overwhelming Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner returns to Santa Anita Park in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).

Testa Rossi Makes Endeavour Return for Brown
Multiple graded stakes winner Testa Rossi makes her return to the races in the $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) from Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 31.

Talented Field Assembles for the Sam F. Davis
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III).

TOBA January Member of the Month
2015 marks three decades as a Thoroughbred owner for Dr. Glen Warren.

Soumillon Scores Group II Double at Meydan
Jockey Christophe Soumillon landed a group II double at the Dubai World Cup Carnival Jan. 29 at Meydan, winning both the Cape Verdi aboard Cladocera and the Al Rashidiya with Vercingetorix.

Secret Circle Part of Salty Palos Verdes Cast
The 2013 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Secret Circle makes his seasonal debut in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) from Santa Anita Park Jan. 31.

Penn National Gaming Reports Losses for 2014
Penn National Gaming reported 2014 fourth quarter losses of $250.4 million Jan. 29, when the casino and racetrack owner also reported a decline of $233.2 million for the year.

Palace Malice Sustains Minor Foot Bruise
Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice threw a shoe while galloping Jan. 28 and sustained a minor bruise to his left front foot, causing a slight delay in his training program in Aiken, S.C.

PA Breeders Offering Stallion Season Auction
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association stallion season auction will be conducted Jan. 29-31, with proceeds to benefit the organization's political action committee and Turning For Home, a racehorse aftercare program.

Ocean Knight, Catalina Red Top Sam F. Davis
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, and record-setting Florida horse Catalina Red head a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs.

New Zealand Yearling Sale Continues Strong
Strong trade on the second day of New Zealand Bloodstock Limited's three-day select Sale at Karaka Jan. 29 has the average and median tracking ahead of last year's edition.

NTRA Meets With Treasury on Withholding Taxes
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials met with a representative of the United States Department of Treasury Jan. 28 to discuss the racing industry's efforts to alter the pari-mutuel withholding tax structure.

NJ Breeders Holding Online Season Auction
Seasons to 33 stallions will be available through the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey 2015 Stallion Season Auction, which begins Jan. 30 at noon and ends Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

Measuring Horses' Skin Temperature Changes Underwater
Water treadmill workouts are gaining in popularity, especially for rehabilitating injuries. Compared with swimming pool exercises, water treadmill therapy allows the horse to maintain correct posture and gives a handler the ability to control the speed, incline, water height, and resistance of the workout.

Majestic Affair, Lindisfarne Win at Laurel
Majestic Affair lived up to his 2-5 odds when romped to a 5 3/4-length win in the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes over seven rival 3-year-olds Jan. 29 at Laurel Park.

Ladies 'Cap: Belle Gallantey Seeks Turnaround
After opening 2015 with a fifth-place finish in the Affectionately Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, two-time grade I winner Belle Gallantey will try to bounce back in her second start of the year Jan. 31.

Knee Chip Sidelines Hutcheson Winner Barbados
Barbados, winner of the grade III Hutcheson Stakes and Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park, will undergo surgery next week to remove a small bone chip in his left knee, trainer Michael Tomlinson said Jan. 28.

Kentucky Approves Racing License for Blasi
A licensing committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the license request of Scott Blasi, Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer who last year was at the center of allegations from an animal rights group.

Kaigun Makes 2015 Debut in Arcadia Stakes
Kaigun, one of the most honest and classy grass horses in training last year, makes his first start since November when he takes on eight opponents in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 31 at Santa Anita.

KY Derby Winner Thunder Gulch Pensioned at 23
Thunder Gulch, champion 3-year-old male of 1995 and leading sire of 2001, has been retired from stallion duty at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The 23-year-old is the sire of 96 stakes winners.

Filly by The Factor Tops OBS Winter Opener
On a bid of $190,000 from George Bolton and Peter Leidel, a yearling filly from the first crop of multiple grade I winner The Factor topped the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale.

Fillies Vie for Grade I Glory in Las Virgenes
Her bid to upset champion Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet (gr. I) falling just short last time out, the Bob Baffert-trained Maybellene appears to be the one to beat in the grade I Las Virgenes Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park.

Euro Exchange Tops Finale at OBS Winter Sale
Euro Exchange, an unraced 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate, fetched $90,000 from Justin Casse, agent for Jim Stackpoole, to top the second and final day of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale Jan. 29 in Ocala, Fla.

82 Supplements to F-T Winter Mixed Sale
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 82 entries in the supplemental catalog to the winter mixed sale that will be held in Lexington Feb. 8-9.


Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Mount Earnings
1.   Javier Castellano $1,161,266
2.   Jose L. Ortiz $1,075,826
3.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. $987,502
4.   Rafael Bejarano $918,368
5.   Manuel Franco $781,983
6.   Miguel Mena $733,595
7.   Kent Desormeaux $732,264
8.   Tyler Baze $672,096
9.   James Graham $665,145
10.   Luis Saez $644,910
As of 01/25/15
Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Wins
1.   Javier Castellano 32
2.   Russell Baze 30
3.   Jose L. Ortiz 22
4.   James Graham 21
5.   Florent Geroux 21
6.   Antonio Gallardo 21
7.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. 21
8.   Ry Eikleberry* 21
9.   Rafael Bejarano 21
10.   Ricardo Gonzalez 19
As of 01/25/15
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Mount Earnings
1.   Ramon Sanchez $3,045,083
2.   G. R. Carter $3,041,425
3.   Cody Jensen $2,776,887
4.   Omar Reyes $2,415,359
5.   Larry Gamez* $2,391,386
6.   John Hamilton $2,131,755
7.   Cruz Mendez $2,098,545
8.   Sergio Becerra* $2,068,533
9.   Ricky Ramirez $2,047,733
10.   Jimmy Dean Brooks $1,909,291
As of 12/16/14
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Wins
1.   John Hamilton 155
2.   G.R. Carter 132
3.   David Alvarez* 128
4.   Cesar DeAlba 121
5.   Cruz Mendez 114
6.   Omar Reyes 101
7.   Agustin Silva 89
8.   Luis L. Vivanco 83
9.   Carlos Huerta 80
10.   Ramon Sanchez 79
As of 12/16/14

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