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Whisper Hill Colt Proves Quite ‘Elusive’

TDN | 18 mins ago
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 4:50 PM ET 7th at GP (Gulfstream Park)Msw ($43K)     Winner: Elusive Stamp by Elusive Quality Elusive Stamp burned up the turf with a wire-to-wire six-... Read More...

Machiavelique’s last two Beyers stand out

DRF | 29 mins ago
A repeat of either of his last two races would make Machiavelique a standout in Tuesday’s $31,000 feature at Mountaineer Racetrack, a no-conditions allowance scheduled for a mile and 70 yards on turf. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Wise Dan returns in Bernard Baruch

DRF | 43 mins ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who underwent colic surgery soon after winning the Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard, returns to the races in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch, which is race 5 and the first of four graded stakes on a 12-race program, along with the Prioress (8th), Forego (10th), and Woodward (11th). Read More...

Candy Ride Colt Wows at Second Asking

TDN | 55 mins ago
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 4:13 PM ET 1st at AP (Arlington Park)MSW ($31K)     Winner: Nun the Less by Candy Ride (ARG) Nun the Less (Candy Ride {Arg}) justifies 4-5 favoritism w... Read More...

Oxbow will stand at Calumet Farm in 2015

DRF | 1 hour ago
Oxbow, winner of the 2013 Preakness Stakes, will move to owner Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm for 2015. Read More...

Large fields for Parx Labor Day stakes

DRF | 1 hour ago
The four Labor Day Monday stakes at Parx drew large, deep fields that should make them highly appealing to horseplayers. Read More...

Minnesota enjoys sales upturn

DRF | 1 hour ago
Business rolled in at a record pace during the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association’s yearling and mixed sale Aug. 11, providing a potential glimpse at the future of the state’s breeding program in the wake of a lucrative agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Read More...

Jacks or Better Farm and Stanley Gold Loaded for Florida Sire Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 hour ago
Jacks or Better Farm, trainer Stanley Gold loaded for Florida Sire Stakes.(Read more...) Read More...

Micromanage Set for Another Distance Test

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
After rolling to the easiest of victories in the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes, Micromanage will cut back to a mere 1 1/2 miles when the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro colt starts in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Seeks Third Turf Monster Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat will seek his third victory in the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) when the race is run again Sept. 1 at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania. Read More...

Santa Anita Hosts Handicapping Event Oct. 4-5

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The Santa Anita Autumn Handicapping Challenge, featuring $100,000 in prize money, will be offered during the second weekend of the upcoming autumn meet Oct. 4-5, the track announced. Read More...

Texas Racing Commission OKs Instant Racing

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The Texas Racing Commission on Aug. 29 approved a plan to allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks statewide, despite pending legal action, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Washington Park Handicap

DRF | 2 hours ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for the Washington Park from Arlington. Read More...

State to investigate Saratoga horse deaths

DRF | 2 hours ago
The equine medical director for New York said Friday “a thorough investigation” will be conducted into the 10 equine fatalities that have occurred during the Saratoga meet. Read More...

Next stop Santa Anita for Stopshoppingdebbie

DRF | 2 hours ago
The undefeated 4-year-old Stopshoppingdebbie will make her next start in either the Grade 1, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 27, or the Grade 3, $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes on Oct. 4. Read More...

Vicar’s in Trouble, East Hall among large field expected for Super Derby

DRF | 3 hours ago
The Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby next Saturday, Sept. 6, at Louisiana Downs could have a sizeable field. There are at least 11 horses in the mix for the 1 1/8-mile race that will anchor a program of seven stakes worth a collective $900,000. The card is the richest of the meet in Bossier City, La. Read More...

Angela Renee gets the call for Grade 1 Spinaway

DRF | 3 hours ago
Though he is keeping the Schuylerville Stakes winner Fashion Alert in the barn, trainer Todd Pletcher still comes into Sunday’s Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga well armed.
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Officials Examining Horse Deaths at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
New York officials said Aug. 29 they are conducting a probe into the relatively high number of equine deaths during the New York Racing Association's Saratoga Race Course meet. Read More...

Knee Surgery to Sideline Kid Cruz for Year

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Grade III winner Kid Cruz, most recently fourth in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), is having surgery to remove a chip from his left knee and will miss the rest of the year, trainer Linda Rice said Aug. 29 from Saratoga. Read More...

California Chrome Progressing Toward PA Derby

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Dual classic winner California Chrome had his first five-furlong workout since returning to training at Los Alamitos Race Course Aug. 29, covering the distance handily in 1:01 flat with regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard. Read More...

Heat Transfer tries six furlongs in Tah Dah

DRF | 4 hours ago
Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies take center stage Sunday afternoon at Belterra Park to contest the $50,000 Tah Dah Stakes. Read More...

Enterprising seeks sweep of turf series

DRF | 4 hours ago
Enterprising, the winner of the Oceanside Stakes and the Grade 3 La Jolla earlier this meet, seeks a sweep of this track’s grass stakes for 3-year-olds when he heads a field of eight in the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sunday. Read More...

Needmore Flattery leads field of nine in DeBartolo Memorial

DRF | 4 hours ago
Older Ohio-bred fillies and mares will battle for superiority Sunday in the $50,000 Rose Debartolo Memorial at ThistleDown. Read More...

Attractive matchup looming in Hopeful

DRF | 4 hours ago
On Friday, trainer Tony Dutrow sounded as though I Spent It would run in Monday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful, setting up a closing-day showdown with impressive maiden winner Competitive Edge. Read More...

For High Dollar Woman, it’s wait till next year

DRF | 4 hours ago
High Dollar Woman, who won a fast maiden race for 2-year-old fillies here earlier in the meet, will likely not run again until next year, trainer Tony Dutrow said Friday. Read More...

Clement pair should handle distance in Glens Falls

DRF | 4 hours ago
There are plenty of questions to be answered in Sunday’s $150,000 Glens Falls Handicap, among them the prospective pace scenario and the ability of several of the top contenders to maintain their form while stretching out around three turns for the first time in their careers.
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Lemon Drop Kid: A Class Act

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Lemon Drop Kid was the complete package when he went to stud in 2001 with an impeccable pedigree, top-of-his-class ability all three years racing, and dashing good looks. Read More...

Delaware Park issues refunds after tote malfunction

DRF | 4 hours ago
All wagers were refunded on the third race at Delaware Park on Thursday after a technical issue allowed betting to remain open after the race had started. The refunds totaled $148,376. Read More...

Saratoga Racing Secretary Gabriel Leaving

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Dan Eidson has been named the New York Racing Association's interim racing secretary for the fall championship meet at Belmont Park, which begins Sept. 5. Read More...

Big Cazanova will target graded stakes

DRF | 5 hours ago
Big Cazanova set his second track record of the season with a runaway allowance victory going 1 1/8 miles Thursday and now will get a shot in graded stakes company, trainer Peter Miller said Friday morning. Read More...

Santa Anita to hold live-money handicapping tournament

DRF | 5 hours ago
Santa Anita will have a live-money handicapping tournament, the Santa Anita Autumn Handicapping Challenge, the second weekend of its autumn meet, Oct. 4-5, the track announced on Friday. Read More...

Wallyanna Back for More in Saranac

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
After acing his graded stakes debut Aug. 8 with a 23-1 upset of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, Wallyanna looks to continue his success Sept. 1 in the Saranac (gr. IIIT). Read More...

Iron Fist will take a shot in Futurity

DRF | 5 hours ago
Om would have been the favorite in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on closing day Wednesday, but a minor setback will keep him out. As a result, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said he will take a shot in the race with Iron Fist, who is winless after two starts but was second to Om in a maiden race here Aug. 9. Read More...

Broken Sword the one to beat in Tranquility Lake

DRF | 5 hours ago
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has the horse to beat Sunday in the $90,000 Tranquility Lake Stakes. Read More...

Shared Belief targets Awesome Again on path to BC Classic

DRF | 5 hours ago
Shared Belief is back home at Golden Gate Fields, but his trainer and co-owner, Jerry Hollendorfer, was back at Del Mar on Friday morning, where he was overseeing the final preparations for the horses he will run here the last few days of the meet, as well as contemplating the fall campaign for Shared Belief. Read More...

California Chrome works toward Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 5 hours ago
California Chrome will need an ideal preparation in early September to be ready for his scheduled comeback in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Sept. 20.That was the opinion of trainer Art Sherman after California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Los Alamitos early Friday. Read More...

Fashion Plate starts over in Torrey Pines

DRF | 5 hours ago
Fashion Plate had a perfect season at Santa Anita last winter, winning a maiden race and two Grade 1 races for 3-year-old fillies. Nothing went right for her in spring and summer. Read More...

Gelfenstein Farm Blossoms in Ocala

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
The first runners broken and trained last year at Gelfenstein Farm have shipped to South Florida and are in training with Antonio Sano. Read More...

Lab behind on drug tests for three states

DRF | 5 hours ago
A backlog of incomplete post-race drug tests at a widely respected laboratory in Lexington has sent regulators scrambling to get the work done while underlining the growing pains associated with the industry’s move to adopt stricter rules on therapeutic medications. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 6 hours ago
Some good-sized, competitive fields in the middle of the card make the pick three for races 5-7 intriguing and potentially profitable. Read More...

Hammersly’s preview: Bejarano, Hollendorfer lead the way

DRF | 6 hours ago
It’s taken a while for Rafael Bejarano to re-establish himself at the top of the riding heap here after being sidelined a few months after suffering injuries in a spill at Santa Anita. However, the guy who perennially has been atop the jockey pecking order surely is all the way back and leading the way again. Read More...

Son of Passage of Time Graduates at Sandown

TDN | 7 hours ago
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 10:28 AM ET 3rd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)�6,000 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden S.     Winner: Time Test (GB) by Dubawi (Ire) Time Test (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), a son of G1SW Passage of Time (GB) (Dansili {GB}), sheds maiden tag at Sandown Read More...

Kentucky to Tackle Drug Compounder Concerns

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
In a 12-month period that has seen drug compounders linked to horse deaths at a training center and integrity issues at the track, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is researching ways it could add regulatory oversight. Read More...

Minnesota-Breds Featured at Canterbury

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
A total of 98 horses have been entered for the 11 races that comprise the 21st Minnesota Festival of Champions Aug. 31 at the Shakopee, Minn., oval. Read More...

Nebraska Court to Decide on Instant Racing

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
A ballot measure that would allow electronic betting on previously run horse races in Nebraska now rests with the state Supreme Court, which heard arguments Aug. 27 on an effort to kill it before it reaches voters. Read More...

TimeformUS Weekend Plays: Woodward Stakes

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the Woodward Stakes and Del Mar Debutante. Read More...

Indiana Proposes Emergency Cobalt Threshold

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
An analysis of more than 350 blood samples has led the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to recommend establishing a testing threshold level for cobalt and classifying the substance as Class A. Read More...

Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Will Wise Dan Triumph in the Bernard Baruch?

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 20 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:27 PM ET Thomas Coleman's Zivo (True Direction) looks to add Saturday's GI Whitney H. to his win in the GII... Read More...