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Louisiana Downs: Eramia set to return Wednesday

DRF | 32 mins ago
Jockey Richard Eramia did not compete this past week at Louisiana Downs because he was serving a suspension for a riding infraction, according to his agent, Rick Mocklin. Eramia is due to resume riding Wednesday. Read More...

Six stakes winners in Sunday feature

DRF | 35 mins ago
There are six stakes winners in the seven-horse feature Sunday at Lone Star Park. W V Jetsetter, Solar Charge, A M Milky Way, and Johnny Whip are among the older horses set to clash in the optional $40,000 claiming race over six furlongs. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, June 26

DRF | 41 mins ago
Some limited field sizes may limit your options in terms of trying to hit a “big one.” The final pick three of the day (races 7-9) incorporates the two largest fields on the card, and while hitting here likely won’t send you to the IRS window, it still presents an opportunity. Read More...

Upgrades in place for DRF Tournaments

DRF | 51 mins ago
Daily Racing Form announced this week that it will be rolling out upgrades to the new DRF Tournament site as early as next week, responding to player input and suggestions during its first month of operation. Read More...

Casse may run two Smile Sprint nominees in Sea of Grass

DRF | 59 mins ago
Stablemates Grande Shores and Sing Praises are among the 17 horses nominated for next Saturday’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint. But trainer Mark Casse may not wait that long. Both horses are entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Sea of Grass, an overnight stakes restricted to Florida-breds going 6 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Familiar voice Byers back at Lone Star

DRF | 1 hour ago
Jim Byers is back in the game. Byers, an announcer who took a more than 15-year break from racing to work in other sports, is back calling races on a regular basis this meet at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Hovdey: Puhich looks for moment in the sun in Kent

DRF | 1 hour ago
Trainer Mike Puhich ran Profound Moment for a $25,000 claiming tag in her debut on May 7 at Emerald Downs, not quite sure how good she was. In fact, she was good enough to win by 13 lengths, at which point Puhich held his breath until he was sure no one had dropped in a claim. Read More...

BHA Working on Strategies After ‘Brexit’ Vote

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
Following the June 23 referendum in which Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, stakeholders in the Thoroughbred industry are working to ensure its interests are represented as the nation enters a time of transition and uncertainty. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 6/26 Analysis

DRF | 2 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 6/26 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Owner Donald Blahut dies

DRF | 2 hours ago
Donald Blahut, who owned such stakes winners as Caracortado, Kelly Leak, and Southern Image, died Monday after an illness, according to trainer Mike Machowsky. Read More...

Danzing Candy likely for Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 2 hours ago
Danzing Candy, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby on May 7 after setting the early pace, is a likely starter in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita on July 2, trainer Bob Baffert said. Read More...

Plate win no guarantee of stallion appeal

DRF | 2 hours ago
Winning the Kentucky Derby practically guarantees the victor will have a leg up against his contemporaries when it comes to attracting quality and quantity for his first book at stud. The Queen's Plate is more of a mixed bag as a stallion-making race. Read More...

How a Sire Line Develops

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
There are two overriding theories of how breeders decide on a mating for racing, and possible future breeding success: Paper Pedigree Analysis and Physical Analysis. Read More...

Dortmund may return in San Diego Handicap

DRF | 2 hours ago
Dortmund, the six-time stakes winner who was third in the 2015 Kentucky Derby behind American Pharoah, is nearing his 2016 debut. Trainer Bob Baffert said this week that Dortmund is a candidate for the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Del Mar on July 23. Read More...

The Week in Photos for 6/21/2016

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Stephen Foster Handicap, Wise Dan Stakes, Fleur de Lis Handicap, Summertime Oaks, Honeymoon Stakes, Poker Handicap, Pegasus Stakes, Matt Winn Stakes, Regret Stakes. Read More...

California’s Internet poker bill heads to full Assembly

DRF | 2 hours ago
Legislation that would legalize Internet poker in California and provide California racing interests with a $60 million annual subsidy passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations by a vote of 14-1 on Wednesday. Read More...

Impact of Brexit uncertain

DRF | 2 hours ago
The question on a lot of people's minds in racing Friday was whether Brexit, the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, would have any effect on the auction or bloodstock markets in North America. The short answer is probably not, though it's too early to tell. Read More...

Daily Fantasy Sports Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Coming To A Track Near You?

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a new form of daily fantasy sports based on the kind of pari-mutuel wagering used in horse racing, and the man who came up with the concept said he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Favorites in New York Stallion Stakes unproven on turf

DRF | 3 hours ago
The New York Stallion Stakes series for 3-year-olds switches to turf on Sunday at Belmont Park, and the result is a pair of confusing races. Read More...

Too Early to Gauge ‘Brexit’ Effect on Sales

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Management of two major U.S. equine sales companies say it is too early to tell if the 52%-48% vote in favor of Great Britain exiting the European Union and the resulting drop in currency values will impact upcoming North American yearling sales. Read More...

EIA Positive Leads to Arapahoe Quarantine

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Arapahoe Park in Colorado said has enacted a quarantine in response to a positive test for equine infectious anemia discovered in a non-racing horse in the track's barn area. Read More...

Aging Senor Rojo should enjoy middle-distance claimer

DRF | 3 hours ago
Anyone watching Senor Rojo gallop along the rail in the mornings at Hastings wouldn't think he was a 10-year-old gelding with 66 starts behind him. The classy son of Out of Place loves to train, and he looks as youthful as he did when he won the Grade 3 Premiers at Hastings as a 4-year-old in 2010. He has lost a step or two since, but he was good enough to win two races in 2015 and he should appreciate the chance to stretch out to a middle distance for the first time this year when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race that will serve as the feature at Hastings Sunday. Read More...

Debut winner Chalon may run in Landaluce

DRF | 3 hours ago
Chalon beat 2-year-old maiden fillies at Santa Anita on Thursday in a fashion that left trainer Peter Miller eager for a quick turnaround in a stakes.Friday, Miller said Chalon is a candidate for the $125,000 Landaluce Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on July 9, the first stakes of the year for 2-year-old fillies in Southern California. Read More...

Thistledown to Lower Pick 5, Pick 4 Takeout

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
JACK Thistledown Racino will lower its takeout rate on multi-race pools for the remainder of the season, starting June 25, which is $500,000 Ohio Derby day. Read More...

Birdatthewire returns to surface she loves for Princess Rooney

DRF | 3 hours ago
While Gulfstream Park-based fillies such as Best Behavior, Kiss to Remember, Cali Star and My Miss Venezuela can claim home field advantage going into next Saturday's Princess Rooney Stakes, none can boast a better local record than Birdatthewire, who is expected to ship down from Kentucky for the Grade 2 event. Read More...

Eutrophia to Reduce Thoroughbred Holdings

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Ohio breeder/owner Elisabeth “Betty” Alexander will disperse most of her Thoroughbred holdings at the Fasig-Tipton July selected sale of horses of racing age sale July 11. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, June 25

DRF | 4 hours ago
Sticking around for the last two races Saturday at Santa Anita? The answer should be yes because both Grade 1 races include attractive betting opportunities. Read More...

Desert Stormer, McCann’s Mojave get just five apiece

DRF | 4 hours ago
The struggle to fill races at Santa Anita has spilled into the stakes program. Sunday's nine-race card attracted just 54 entrants; two stakes each has five. Read More...

Single Six jackpot may go unhit until closing night

DRF | 4 hours ago
A mandatory dispersal of the Single Six pool will be held on the final six races of a Downs After Dark card that will close the 38-day meet on July 2 at Churchill Downs, and if form holds, the Single Six could attract several million dollars in wagering handle atop a jackpot that has been building since May 13. Read More...

D’funnything gets class test in Ontario County Stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
In two starts since he began racing for trainer Michael Ferraro, D'funnything has been dominant, crushing New York-bred maidens and open-company allowance sprinters by a combined 19 3/4 lengths. D'funnything now will find out whether he can continue his success when he steps up to stakes company in Monday's $50,000 Ontario County for 3-year-old New York-breds at Finger Lakes. Read More...

Thistledown lowers takeout on pick fours, pick fives

DRF | 4 hours ago
Thistledown racetrack announced Friday that takeout on pick-four and pick-five wagers will be lowered from 22.5 percent to 15 percent for the rest of its race meet starting Saturday. The Saturday program, featuring the $500,000 Ohio Derby, is the biggest day of a meet that began April 25 and ends Oct. 22. Read More...

Unbeaten Chief Istan facing toughest test

DRF | 4 hours ago
The fast but fragile Chief Istan will face the toughest challenge of his undefeated career in the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Read More...

My Heart Goes On should be tough to catch in Kent Stakes

DRF | 5 hours ago
My Heart Goes On ran too good to lose when she was nipped at the wire by Hastings-invader Princess Katie in the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes at Emerald Downs on May 29. Now, with Princess Katie staying home, My Heart Goes On looks like the one to beat in the $50,000 Kent Stakes at Emerald Sunday. Read More...

Legends: Joe Hirsch, Racing Ambassador

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
He received numerous awards and accolades, and was dedicated to the future of the sport and mentoring upcoming journalists in the racing industry. Read More...

Bergman: Sun Stakes eliminations should provide thrills at Pocono

DRF | 5 hours ago
It’s been a year that’s been tempting for many a standardbred follower. Those who have witnessed horses with exceptional talent have been waiting for roads to collide. Well, given the draw for this Saturday’s Sun Stakes eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the wait is definitively over. Read More...

Del Mar Decreases Overnight Purses

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Del Mar will drop overnight purses for a second consecutive year, according to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club vice president of racing and industry relations, Tom Robbins. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, June 25th, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 5 hours ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, June 25th, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore Read More...

Lynch allowed to train at Woodbine after failed drug test in New York

DRF | 5 hours ago
Trainer Brian Lynch, who had to surrender his New York license on June 8 after failing a drug test for marijuana, will continue to be allowed to train at Woodbine, according to steward Fenton Platts. Read More...

Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs donate money for equine medical research

DRF | 5 hours ago
Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs are the latest to join the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s Ocala Initiative, each donating $10,000 in support of the cause. Read More...

DRF’s Hovdey, Simon honored by American Horse Publications

DRF | 6 hours ago
Daily Racing Form's Jay Hovdey and Mark Simon earned first-place honors in their respective categories at the American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards, presented at the organization's annual seminar in Orlando, Fla. Read More...

Meadowlands: Matured Obrigado seeks Cutler victory

DRF | 6 hours ago
Driver Mark MacDonald doesn’t leave Yonkers very often. The Canadian transplant won six of the 11 races at Yonkers this past Saturday night and is in high demand. On Friday night his services will be required out of town as Obrigado seeks his third straight major stakes triumph in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Queen’s Plate pedigree analysis: Leavem in Malibu

DRF | 6 hours ago
Leavem in Malibu could be considered a late bloomer since he didn't make his racing debut until April 16. However, there is something to be said about peaking at the right time, and there are few better opportunities to do so than in the Queen's Plate. Read More...

Queen’s Plate: Casse has solid contender in Leavem in Malibu

DRF | 6 hours ago
Last year, trainer Mark Casse looked to have a strong contingent pointing toward the Queen's Plate. Danzig Moon had run fifth behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby, Conquest Curlinate was second in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes, and Conquest Boogaloo was a troubled third in the Plate Trial. Read More...

Phantom Dollars Flood Track’s Double Pool

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
A computer glitch linked to United Tote resulted in more than $100,000 in bogus wagers pouring into a daily double pool in late April at Plainridge Park, a Massachusetts Standardbred track. Read More...

Forevamo gets class relief in allowance

DRF | 6 hours ago
Forevamo spent the first half of his 3-year-old season in heady company. Now trainer Al Stall Jr. is trying to determine whether more races against some of the best of his class should be in store for the Florida-bred colt. Read More...

Marten River worth a lot more than $3,500 heading into Frost King

DRF | 6 hours ago
Owner/trainer David Bell might have gotten the bargain of the 2015 Canadian Premier yearling sale when he bought Martin River for just $3,500. Martin River could be favored in Sunday's $125,000 Frost King Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-sired juveniles at Woodbine. Read More...

Gulfstream, Tampa Bay Support Equine Research

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Two of Florida's premier Thoroughbred racing tracks, Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park, have each donated $10,000 in support of the Ocala Initiative, a Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation project to advance equine medical research in Florida. Read More...

Weather Impacts Churchill June 23 Program

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Weather played havoc with Churchill Downs’ twilight card of June 23, with the first race delayed and then the final race cancelled after severe thunderstorms moved through the Louisville, Ky., area. Read More...

Albuquerque Downs Meet Opens with Renovated Grandstand, Night Racing

A new era will begin at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, as the track opens its 60-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program and the first night racing in New Mexico in several decades. Read More...

Seeking an Upset in the Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby at Thistledown. Read More...