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Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia retired to Shadai Stallion Station

DRF | 1 hour ago
Epiphaneia, winner of the 2014 Japan Cup, has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan in 2016. Read More...

CTHS British Columbia yearling and mixed sale now online

DRF | 1 hour ago
The catalog for the 2015 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s British Columbia Division yearling and mixed sale is now available online, with 91 offerings entered. Read More...

Racetracks Open Their Wallets in Attempt to Attract American Pharoah

The first Triple Crown champion in 37 years is a star attraction whose presence would lift attendance and handle and boost publicity. Read More...

First Winners for Pair of Louisiana Stallions

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Louisiana-based freshman sires Custom for Carlos and Flashy Wise Cat saw their first winners Thursday, July 30 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel. Read More...

Emerald Downs to Unveil New Video Screen

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Emerald Downs will unveil its new jumbo-sized video screen for its live racing audience July 31. Read More...

Meadows: Callahan hoping ‘Dude’ can be the ‘Man’ in Adios

DRF | 12 hours ago
For much of his career Dude’s The Man has been a follower rather than a leader. The 3-year-old by American Ideal has only won four times in 19 career starts heading into Saturday afternoon’s $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows. That said, the Jessica Okusko-trained colt couldn’t be in a better spot to finally become “The Man” facing eight others as the probable favorite. Read More...

Meadows: My Hero Ron heads Burke trifecta in Adios

DRF | 12 hours ago
My Hero Ron could be trainer Ron Burke’s hero with a win in Saturday’s $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids presented by Coors Light at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Read More...

His Race to Win Seeking Repeat in Seagram Cup

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Sam-Son Farm homebred His Race to Win will seek a repeat performance in the $150,000 Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 2 at Woodbine. Read More...

Untapable Looks for Shuvee Relief

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Champion Untapable will seek class relief in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course, coming off a five-length loss to Wedding Toast in the June 6 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Read More...

Gimme Da Lute Brings Class to Real Good Deal

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
After back-to-back wins in the Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) and Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II), Bob Baffert landed on the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for Gimme Da Lute's next start. Read More...

Strong Field Lines Up for Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. Read More...

Protonico Heads Monmouth Cup Stakes Cast

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Multiple graded-stakes winner Protonico leads the cast of older horses going 1 1/16 miles in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 2. Read More...

DeVivo: Pick three play at Del Mar for Friday, July 31

DRF | 15 hours ago
DRF handicapper Joe DeVivo provides a pick three play on Friday's program at Del Mar. Read More...

Matchmaker Offers Intriguing Matchup

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Graded stakes winners Testa Rossi and I'm Already Sexy face rising filly Casual Smile on the turf at Monmouth Aug. 2 in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT). Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Haskell Invitational

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the return of the Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Lochte Seeks Winning Form in Oceanport

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte hopes to get back on the winning track as the 5-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d'Oro tops the field for the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Haskell Invitational Draw Highlights

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
America's Best Racing and host Penelope Miller show us highlights from the Haskell Invitational Draw. Read More...

Meadowlands: Alagna high on Haughton starter Winter Harbor

DRF | 16 hours ago
Winter Harbor will hope to make the most of the summertime stakes – and beyond – for trainer Tony Alagna and his ownership group. A $240,000 yearling purchase, the son of Muscle Hill will make his second career start in Friday’s eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Read More...

Moonlight Song relishes slop in John Morrissey

DRF | 16 hours ago
The rain that put a damper on Thursday’s program at Saratoga put a smile on the face of trainer Charlton Baker, whose wet-track specialist Moonlight Song took advantage of the situation to register a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory over the fast-closing John’s Island in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes for New York-breds. Read More...

Monmouth Tried to Launch Three-Race Series

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Monmouth Park officials said July 30 that they reached out to other tracks to try to create a post-Triple Crown three-race series that would have carried a bonus. Read More...

Inside the August 1, 2015 Issue

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Hard Not to Like closes from six lengths back to take Diana Stakes in record time and more in the August 1, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine. Read More...

American Pharoah has no rival in terms of popularity

DRF | 17 hours ago
Still, there is no horse in recent memory whose popularity can be even remotely compared to American Pharoah. Not California Chrome, last year’s media darling. Not Funny Cide, who drew the current record attendance of 53,368 at the 2003 Haskell. Not the wondermare Zenyatta, who had an adoring cadre of loyal fans. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 23 to July 26

DRF | 17 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 23 to July 26, 2015. Read More...

New York OTBs, CDI at Odds Over Host Fees

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
New York's five off-track betting corporations said they have cut ties with Churchill Downs Inc. and won't offer signals from tracks owned by the company or tracks that contract with CDI to sell their simulcast signals. Read More...

Watchmaker: Pick three play at Saratoga for Saturday, Aug. 1

DRF | 17 hours ago
DRF handicapper Mike Watchmaker provides a pick three play on Saturday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Goldfeder: How I’d play Del Mar for Friday, July 31

DRF | 17 hours ago
Goldfeder: How I'd play Del Mar for Friday, July 31 Read More...

Desormeaux Failed Breathalyzer at Del Mar

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off of his final two mounts July 29 because of a failed breathalyzer test, Del Mar stewards said July 30. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 8/1 Analysis

DRF | 18 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 8/1 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Boulet promoted to senior director in track management shakeup

DRF | 18 hours ago
Jason Boulet, the racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, has been promoted to senior director of racing and will oversee all aspects of Fair Grounds’s racing operations, the track announced Thursday. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/1 Analysis

DRF | 18 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

First Winner for Giant Surprise

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Sudden Surprise, a Repole Stable homebred, is the first winner for his sire Giant Surprise. Giant Surprise broke his maiden in his debut at Saratoga July 30, 2011. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/1 Analysis

DRF | 18 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 8/1 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Franco out for a week after spill

DRF | 18 hours ago
Jockey Manny Franco, involved in a frightening-looking spill here on Wednesday, will be off his mounts until next Wednesday Read More...

Wicked Strong gets serious for Whitney

DRF | 18 hours ago
Wicked Strong, last year’s Jim Dandy winner, worked five furlongs in 1:00.19 over Saratoga’s main track Thursday morning in preparation for a start in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes on Aug. 8. Read More...

Change of plans for Judy the Beauty

DRF | 18 hours ago
Judy the Beauty, last year’s champion female sprinter, left Saratoga early Thursday morning and headed back to Keeneland where she will prepare for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, to be run Oct. 31. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 8/1 Analysis

DRF | 18 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/1 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Zayas Recovering From Surgery After Spill

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Jockey Edgard Zayas is rehabilitating following successful surgery July 28 to repair a fractured left clavicle, according to his agent Tito Fuentes. Read More...

R Dub looks best in Silver Cup Futurity

DRF | 18 hours ago
R Dub has established himself as a 2-year-old of note at the current Arapahoe Park meet. He won his maiden by more than 10 lengths in June and rolled to a stakes win in July. R Dub will be favored to add to his reputation Saturday in the $35,000 colts and geldings division of the Silver Cup Futurity. He will be chasing his third straight win in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint that shares a card with the $35,000 fillies division of the Silver Cup Futurity. Read More...

Delaware Park Battles With Regional Pressures

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Track president Bill Fasy said Delaware Park continues to make money, but when it comes to long-term things like capital improvements, the racetrack gaming industry in the state needs some assistance. Read More...

Stallion Mr. Big Moves to California

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Mr. Big, sire of recent $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes winner Big Book, will continue his stallion career at E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif. Read More...

Churchill Downs Stock Price Soars

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
A day after Churchill Downs Inc. reported record second quarter adjusted earnings, the company's stock was soaring July 30 on the NASDAQ market, up by $8.78, or 7.02%, in trading as of early afternoon. Read More...

Ad Exec Siegel Wins First Emmy Award

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Jon Siegel won a regional Emmy Award as director in the short form category for video about WinStar Farm entitled "Dedicated to the Dream." Read More...

Management Changes at Fair Grounds

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Jason Boulet, a former racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has been named senior director of racing at the New Orleans track. Read More...

Beholder looks formidable in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 20 hours ago
There are several indications Beholder will be difficult to beat in Saturday’s $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Read More...

Real Solution Acquired by Calumet Farm

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Real Solution, who stood his first season at Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. this year, has been acquired by Calumet Farm near Lexington to stand at stud. Read More...

Crist: Crossing the line with reaction to DQ

DRF | 20 hours ago
Saratoga’s opening weekend this year may be best remembered for the highly unusual disqualification of horses who finished first in graded stakes on consecutive afternoons: the takedowns of Magna Light in the Grade 3 Sanford Saturday, and of I’m a Chatterbox in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks Sunday. Read More...

Seven to Face American Pharoah in Haskell

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
For his first start since sweeping the Triple Crown, American Pharoah drew post four for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) to be run Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park. Read More...

The Green Monkey daughter wins Panama’s filly Triple Crown

DRF | 21 hours ago
Monkey Business, a daughter of U.S. sire and record-priced juvenile The Green Monkey, clinched the 2015 Panamanian filly Triple Crown on July 12 when she won the Group 2 Clasico Raúl (Lul) Arango, Raúl (Baby) Arango y Roberto (Bob) Arango Chiari at Hipodromo Presidente Remon. Read More...

Lady Eli Showing Improvement From Laminitis

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Undefeated 3-year-old filly Lady Eli continues to recover from laminitis at trainer Chad Brown's Belmont Park stable, with her connections encouraged that she is doing as well as possible at this point. Read More...

Ready Racer steps up in search of third straight win

DRF | 21 hours ago
Ready Racer will be shooting for the hat trick when he runs in the $35,000 optional-claiming race that headlines the eight-race card Saturday at Northlands Park. Read More...