Life is Good Faces Elders in Kelso

'TDN Rising Star' Life is Good (Into Mischief) takes on his elders for the first time Saturday and will be heavily favored to defeat them in a four-horse renewal of Belmont's GII Kelso H. Informative (Bodemeister) is scratching in favor of Saturday's Parx Dirt Mile. Devastating the field to graduate by 9 1/2 lengths and earn a 91 Beyer Speed Figure on debut at Del Mar Nov. 22, the $525,000 KEESEP buy captured the one-mile GIII Sham S. next out at Santa Anita Jan. 2. Romping by eight lengths when...

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Code of Honor Meets Complexity in Kelso

W.S. Farish's multiple Grade I winner Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}) will meet surging 'TDN Rising Star' Complexity (Maclean's Music) for the first time since their juvenile season over a flat mile in the GII Kelso S. Saturday at Belmont. Second to Complexity at 14-1 in the GI Champagne S. here two falls ago, Code of Honor captured the GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. two starts later and was runner-up via disqualification in the GI Kentucky Derby two starts after that. Dominating the GIII Dwyer S. over track...

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Behind the Lens: Tod Marks

   This is the third installment in a series highlighting racetrack photographers. Each time we profile a photographer, TDN will feature their hand-selected favorite shots in multiple editions throughout the week. Tod Marks initially aspired to be a writer, and in four decades as a print journalist, he was drawn to reporting those offbeat "man bites dog" stories that require being able to see the surreal within the weave of the ordinary. That sensibility carries over to his Eclipse Award-winning Thoroughbred photography, which is rooted in the disciplines of patience...

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Renowned Racing Official Tommy Trotter Dies at 93

by Reg Lansberry Tommy Trotter, whose 56-year career encompassed decades as one of the sport's most acclaimed racing secretaries, died Sunday in Aventura, FL, after a brief illness. In addition to his renown as a racing secretary, he was a widely respected handicapper who stamped the immortal careers of Kelso, Forego and other champions by assigning them forbidding amounts of handicap weight that served to certify their greatness. "When I think of Tommy Trotter, I think of Jimmy Kilroe," said Tom Robbins, executive vice president for racing at Del Mar....

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Ironicus to Miss Breeders' Cup Mile

Stuart S. Janney homebred Ironicus (Distorted Humor) is the third horse this week to be removed from Breeders' Cup consideration due to injury. The gray fractured his cannon bone and will be forced to miss the GI Breeders' Cup Mile, in which he was likely to be one of the top choices. "He has a small fracture of his cannon bone," trainer Shug McGaughey told the TDN via phone Thursday. "They will put a screw in it tomorrow and he will be fine. He was training until last Sunday and...

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