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That Handicapping Show: Breeders’ Cup Classic

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are joined by Eric Guillot for the Breeders' Cup Classic edition of That Handicapping Show. Read More...

Meadowlands: Cane Pace to Hambo Day; New trainer rules

DRF | 1 hour ago
On Friday (10/31) the Meadowlands made two key moves, one to the racing calendar and another to change the landscape of stakes races. The New Jersey track will move the Cane Pace, the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, and the Shady Daisy to Hambletonian Day beginning in 2015. The track also decreed that trainers in early and late closer events starting with the meet that commences on November 14 will be limited to two horses in each race. Read More...

Navarro tries to keep rolling with It’s Not Me

DRF | 2 hours ago
On Monday at Gulfstream Park West, Jorge Navarro will start It’s Not Me in one of the better races on the card, a $35,000 claiming sprint for 2-year-olds. Navarro claimed It’s Not Me for $16,000 out of a maiden win Oct. 20. Read More...

BC 2014: Friday Scene-Setter

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Claire Novak with an Oct. 31 update on Breeders' Cup Friday at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

2013 Cup Generated $64.9M for Los Angeles

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park generated $64.9 million in direct and indirect economic benefits for Los Angeles County, according to an impact study by Tourism Economics. Read More...

Blinkers on for Viva Majorca

DRF | 2 hours ago
When Viva Majorca heads to post in the featured eighth race at Churchill Downs on Sunday, he will be wearing blinkers in an effort to eliminate the mistake he made in his last two races, trainer Ian Wilkes said. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile wagering strategy

DRF | 2 hours ago
With American Pharoah out of the Juvenile, the focus of the race shifts toward the East Coast and specifically to the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, who sends out two top contenders in Daredevil and Carpe Diem. Read More...

Haskin’s Saturday Longshot Plays

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
If you think Friday's four-race mini Breeders' Cup card was confusing wait until you get a load of Saturday's races. Read More...

Stakes winner Merit Man retired to stud at Lovacres Farm

DRF | 3 hours ago
Stakes winner Merit Man has been retired from racing and will stand at stud in California in 2015. Read More...

BC Hoping Full Fields Carry Handle Numbers

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
After a 10.49% increase in total pari-mutuel handle in 2013 compared with 2012, Breeders' Cup officials are hoping for more gains this year. But they'll have to come in another year of depressed wagering. Read More...

Watchmaker: Pick four play for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

DRF | 3 hours ago
What a terrific sequence Saturday’s late pick four on the Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita is. There is a lot to sink your teeth into and a very real possibility, if you are right, to make a lot with a relatively modest investment. Let’s get into it. Read More...

Golden Finish drops, returns to dirt

DRF | 3 hours ago
Golden Finish will start as one of the top choices in a first-level optional $16,000 claimer Sunday at Gulfstream Park West, moving back to both the overnight ranks and dirt. Read More...

Ageless Getting Chance Over Downhill Course

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Trainer Arnaud Delacour will get his opportunity to see if the mare Ageless has an affinity for the Santa Anita Park downhill turf course in the Turf Sprint (gr. T). Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Saturday Selections

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Breeders' Cup Saturday races. Read More...

High Court Upholds WVRC on Ejection Appeals

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
The Supreme Court of Appeals in West Virginia has ruled the state racing commission has the power to place the burden of proof on racetracks should they choose to eject permit-holders from their facilities. Read More...

No Nay Never to Coolmore After BC Turf Sprint

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
No Nay Never, a course record-setter at Royal Ascot as a juvenile, will be retired after his scheduled start in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park to stand in 2015 at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Read More...

Pletcher sends out Enchantress, Miss Always Ready in search of sixth Tempted win

DRF | 4 hours ago
Only five horses ran in last year’s Temped Stakes, but the first- and third-place finishers came back as 3-year-olds to win top-class races such as the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks, both Grade 1s, and the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes. Read More...

TimeformUS Breeders’ Cup Preview: Classic

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Timeform US Breeders' Cup Preview: Will Shared Belief Remain Undefeated? Read More...

Louisiana Sale Reports Significant Gains

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana's open yearling and mixed sale Oct. 26 posted large gains in average and total receipts. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 4 hours ago
Experience is important when competing over the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita. Those in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint who have ventured down the hill include Reneesgotzip (5-1), who deadheated for second behind Mizdirection in last year’s edition of the race. She also was third in the 2012 renewal at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kathleen Rose skips Goldikova, targets Kathryn Crosby for first stakes win

DRF | 4 hours ago
Two near misses in stakes at Santa Anita and Del Mar by Kathleen Rose this year made it easy for trainer Mike Machowsky to pick an early November race.
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Litfin: How I’d play Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Santa Anita

DRF | 4 hours ago
Right off the bat, it seems like there’s an opportunity to play against a vulnerable morning-line favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Easy Listed Win For Kodiac Notable

TDN | 4 hours ago
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 11:36 AM ET 4th at NKT (NEWMARKET)Listed Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park S.     Winner: Terror (Ire) by Kodiac (GB) Qatar Racing's Terror (Ire) (Ko... Read More...

Vernon: Saturday 11/1 All-Stakes Pick Four Analysis

DRF | 4 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the all-stakes pick four at Vernon Downs for 11/1/14. Races include two Kindergarten finals, the Artiscape for Older Pacing Mares, and the Muscle Hill for Older Trotting Mares. Read More...

Blofeld primed for stretch-out to mile in Nashua

DRF | 4 hours ago
Blofeld, trained by Todd Pletcher, comes into Sunday's Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct off a hard-earned victory in the Grade 2 Futurity. Read More...

Hastings sees handle dip at 2014 meet

DRF | 5 hours ago
The daily average was off only slightly, but nine fewer days resulted in a sharp decline in the total live mutuel handle at Hastings’ 2014 meet, which ended Oct. 26. Read More...

Tactical Rocket, Highway Boss favored in stakes divisions

DRF | 5 hours ago
The local product gets the spotlight at Turf Paradise on Sunday with two divisions of the $35,000 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes. Both six-furlong events are for 2-year-old Arizona-breds who were consigned to the 2013 Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association fall sale. The fillies’ division goes as race 7; the males’ division is race 8. Both drew fields of 11. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 5 hours ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free provides his insight on how to wager on the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Quiet Morning for Breeders’ Cup Day 1

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
It was the proverbial calm before the storm at Santa Anita Park the morning of Friday, Oct. 31, as the Southern California track prepared for the first of two Breeders' Cup World Championships cards. Read More...

Owens high on London Tower ahead of Princess Elizabeth

DRF | 5 hours ago
Can London Tower win the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes off just one start? She may be favored to do so in the 69th running of the 1 1/16-mile test for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

The Outcrossing Advantage

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Among the great sires in Kentucky, outcrosses also dominate. In 2014, 16 stallions stood for a fee of $50,000 or more. Of those, 13, or 81.3%, were the result of outcross matings, a serious majority. Read More...

Filimbi will look to save ground in Goldikova Stakes

DRF | 6 hours ago
Filimbi has settled into a pattern in her first year of racing in the United States – she is often favored in turf miles. A 4-year-old filly, Filimbi was third as the beaten favorite in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes over a mile on turf at Keeneland on Oct. 4, missing by 1 1/2 lengths when racing in traffic late. Avoiding a similar scenario will be vital for Filimbi on Sunday when she makes her California debut in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes over a mile on turf. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 6 hours ago
Just The Judge may be dismissed by some horseplayers due to her 13-day turnaround from winning the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, but the opinion here is that she is still going to run another one of her “A” races. Read More...

Heza Dasha Fire seeks to remain eligible for lucrative bonus in Golden State Million Futurity

DRF | 6 hours ago
Heza Dasha Fire, the winner of the Ed Burke Million Futurity in June, will be a strong favorite to win Sunday’s $1,031,100 Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos. A win could put Heza Dasha Fire closer to a seven-figure bonus. Read More...

Growing up with Nelson Bunker Hunt

DRF | 6 hours ago
Nelson Bunker Hunt’s influence on racing has been felt in a sweeping way over the past month. Read More...

TOBA October Member of the Month

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
On October 4, Jay Em Ess, spearheaded by Samantha Siegel, produced its first homebred grade I winner when two-year-old filly By the Moon captured the Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

TOBA October Member of the Month

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
On October 4, Jay Em Ess, spearheaded by Samantha Siegel, produced its first homebred grade I winner when two-year-old filly By the Moon captured the Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

King: How I’d play Breeders’ Cup Friday

DRF | 6 hours ago
The first of two Breeders’ Cup days are upon us Friday, leaving horseplayers as giddy as children eating chocolate this Halloween evening. Here’s how I plan to play the races today at Santa Anita, specifically the Breeders’ Cup events. Read More...

Bob Neumeier Hospitalized After a Stroke

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Boston sports broadcaster and longtime racing analyst Bob Neumeier was hospitalized Oct. 29 after reportedy suffering a stroke, according to the Boston Globe. Read More...

Bob Neumeier Hospitalized After a Stroke

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Boston sports broadcaster and longtime racing analyst Bob Neumeier was hospitalized Oct. 29 after reportedy suffering a stroke, according to the Boston Globe. Read More...

BC connections to contribute to New Vocations charity

DRF | 7 hours ago
The owners and/or trainers of 36 horses scheduled to run in Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday have pledged a portion of their purse earnings over the two-day event to the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, the nonprofit organization announced Thursday. Read More...

Brown Brings Talent Times Two Into F&M Turf

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Two of America's best chances to recapture the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) from the firm grip of European challengers both reside in trainer Chad Brown's barn. Read More...

Brown Brings Talent Times Two Into F&M Turf

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Two of America's best chances to recapture the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) from the firm grip of European challengers both reside in trainer Chad Brown's barn. Read More...

King’s preview: Turf races moved to main track

DRF | 7 hours ago
Morning rain has resulted in the scheduled turf races at Churchill on Friday being moved to the main track. And as a result of the surface switch, the fifth race’s distance has been changed from 1 3/8 miles to 1 1/4 miles. Read More...

High-Risk Gamble with Fiesolana Pays Off

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
The Niarchos family's mare gets the chance to prove she is not only of group I caliber but a champion as well in the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT). Read More...

High-Risk Gamble with Fiesolana Pays Off

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
The Niarchos family's mare gets the chance to prove she is not only of group I caliber but a champion as well in the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT). Read More...

Drug Tests Help Protect Integrity of California Horse Racing

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
With big names like California Chrome, Bayern, and Shared Belief taking the field for the Breeder’s Cup Classic, taking place at California's Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1, it’s a safe bet that drug testing in American horse racing will be an ongoing topic. Read More...

Drug Tests Help Protect Integrity of California Horse Racing

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
With big names like California Chrome, Bayern, and Shared Belief taking the field for the Breeder’s Cup Classic, taking place at California's Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1, it’s a safe bet that drug testing in American horse racing will be an ongoing topic. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 11/1 Analysis

DRF | 16 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 11/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 11/1 Analysis

DRF | 16 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 11/1 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...