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Valiant Rogue easily wins Rainbow Derby for Quarter Horses

DRF | 33 mins ago
Valiant Rogue, a colt held in high regard by trainer Judd Kearl for more than a year, won his third consecutive race, and first stakes, in Saturday’s $1,224,488 Rainbow Derby for 3-year-old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Hard-charging Dacita goes from last to first in Diana

DRF | 1 hour ago
Dacita charges from last to a narrow victory over a game but hard-luck runner-up Recepta with Rainha Da Bateria and the favorite Miss Temple finishing just a head and a nose farther behind in one of the more thrilling renewals of the Grade 1 Diana under a light shower Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Late Run Lifts Dacita to Victory in Diana

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
With a strong outside rally in the final furlong, Dacita (CHI) just edged Recepta at the wire to win the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) July 23 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Late Rally Lifts Dacita to Victory in Diana

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
With a strong outside rally in the final furlong, Dacita (CHI) just edged Recepta at the wire to win the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) July 23 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

A J’s Grand handles longer distance in CTBA Breeders Oaks

DRF | 3 hours ago
A J’s Grand, the lukewarm favorite at 7-2, successfully stretched out from six furlongs to a mile and 70 yards to win Saturday’s $40,000 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Breeders Oaks at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Hit It Once More much the best in New York Derby

DRF | 3 hours ago
Hit It Once More scored an easy win in the second-richest race of the Finger Lakes meet Saturday, taking the $164,150 New York Derby by 6 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Front Pocket Money takes control, keeps it in Jersey Shore Stakes

DRF | 3 hours ago
In his most recent races, Front Pocket Money had come from several lengths off the pace. But on Saturday in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes, he took jockey Antonio Gallardo to the lead. Despite being pressured the entire race, he stayed there too, winning the six furlong stakes for 3-year-olds by three-quarters of a length. Read More...

Ascot: Highland Reel earns berth in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 3 hours ago
Highland Reel had won a major race in North America, the Grade 1 Secretariat, and in Asia, where he captured the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase, and on Saturday he took down one of the most prestigious prizes in Europe when leading all the way under Ryan Moore in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Read More...

Puntrooskie outlasts Noholdingback Bear in Bold Venture

DRF | 3 hours ago
Puntrooskie ($18.10) wore down the imposing 4-5 favorite, Noholdingback Bear, in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bold Venture at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Fat Kat too quick for rivals in Power By Far

DRF | 4 hours ago
Fat Kat, winless in three previous tries on turf, including a ninth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in this same stakes last year, displayed outstanding speed in a front-running victory in the Power By Far, the first of two $100,000 stakes for Pennsyvlania-breds on Saturday's program at Parx Racing. Read More...

Blanconia survives two foul claims to score 31-1 upset in Miss Ohio

DRF | 4 hours ago
Blanconia, despite claims of foul by two riders claiming interference at the start and nearing the wire, along with a stewards’ inquiry, earned her first career victory when she narrowly held off fellow 30-1 outsider True Cinder in the $75,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown. Read More...

Peck: Saratoga pick three for Sunday, July 24

DRF | 5 hours ago
Saratoga’s Sunday program seems to offer plenty of value, including a midcard pick three starting with race 4. Read More...

The Meadows: Racing Hill, Manhattan Beach score in Adios eliminations

DRF | 5 hours ago
The field for the 50th edition of the Coors Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows was set on Saturday afternoon with a pair of $25,000 eliminations, and it would be Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach taking the victories. Read More...

Bar of Gold looks to break through in Honorable Miss Handicap

DRF | 5 hours ago
The talented New York-bred Bar of Gold once again will seek her first graded stakes victory when she runs in Wednesday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. Read More...

Stopchargingmaria to miss Shuvee Handicap

DRF | 5 hours ago
Stopchargingmaria, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, will miss Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap due to a cough, trainer Todd Pletcher said Saturday. Read More...

Exaggerator Questionable for Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
The status of Exaggerator for the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 30 is up in the air, after the colt received a "C" grade for his workout July 23 from trainer Keith Desormeaux. Read More...

Exaggerator likely to skip Jim Dandy after subpar workout

DRF | 5 hours ago
The anticipated meeting between Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes winner Creator in this Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga likely will not materialize after the connections of Exaggerator said their horse most likely will skip the race. Read More...

Velvet Mood by a neck in My Dear Stakes

DRF | 5 hours ago
The sharp Presque Isle Downs shipper Velvet Mood took the $129,000 My Dear Stakes in a professional manner under Pablo Morales at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

Bitumen’s rally gives him Sanford Stakes victory

DRF | 5 hours ago
It wasn’t that Bitumen won Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes, but more how he won the $150,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga that has his connections excited about the future. Read More...

Apprentice Aparicio Rides First U.S. Winner

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Arturo Aparicio, an 18-year-old apprentice from Panama, landed his first and second wins in the United States July 17 at Ellis Park. Read More...

Racing commission will use West Virginia Derby nominees to debut new drug-testing program

DRF | 6 hours ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission will begin pulling samples this week from horses pointing to the Aug. 6 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park as the first step in the state’s launch of an out-of-competition testing program, according to the commission’s executive director. Read More...

Hall of Fame trainer Leatherbury suspended for medication violation

DRF | 6 hours ago
Trainer King Leatherbury has been suspended 15 days and fined $500 by the Laurel Park board of stewards for a medication violation. Leatherbury's suspension began July 11 and continues through this Monday. Read More...

Undrafted set for Saratoga turf debut in Lucky Coin Stakes

DRF | 6 hours ago
Undrafted has raced over just about every major turf course in the U.S. as well as at Ascot and Newmarket during a career that has produced earnings in excess of $1.2 million. But Undrafted has yet to try his luck on the grass at Saratoga, a situation that will be remedied Monday when he goes postward as the favorite in the $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes. Read More...

Fair Eva First Stakes Winner for Frankel

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Juddmonte Farms' unbeaten champion Frankel reached an important milestone as a freshman sire July 23 when his daughter Fair Eva won the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot, providing him with his first stakes winner. Read More...

Enola Gray eyes Rancho Bernardo Handicap

DRF | 7 hours ago
Enola Gray extended her unbeaten streak to three races in Friday’s $147,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies at Del Mar, enhancing trainer Phil D’Amato’s deep team of prospects in the division for late summer. Read More...

Bitumen Rallies to Sanford Score

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Joseph Sutton's Bitumen ran the way a favorite should July 23 , closing with a powerful rally to take the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Paulassilverlining Rolls into Honorable Miss

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Entered off back to back graded stakes wins, grade II winner Paulassilverlining will try to extend that streak to three against a deep field of female sprinters in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Stakes (gr. II) July 27 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Sir Dudley Digges, Amis Gizmo get rematch in Prince of Wales Stakes

DRF | 8 hours ago
Sir Dudley Digges caught Amis Gizmo in the final strides to win the 157th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate on July 3 at Woodbine and will continue his quest to become Canada's first Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in Tuesday night's $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack. Read More...

Highland Reel Leads Every Step in King George

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
The six rivals facing Highland Reel in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot had no answer for his early speed, and the 4-year-old son of Galileo led every step to score a clear victory. Read More...

Meadowlands: Alagna sends out three winners in baby races

DRF | 9 hours ago
Trainer Tony Alagna had the winner in the three of the seven qualifiers for 2-year-olds on Saturday morning at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Beer: Saratoga pick three for Saturday, July 23

DRF | 9 hours ago
Race 6 is a 2-year-old maiden special weight race with a full field of 10. There are, as always at Saratoga, some interesting first-time starters entered, including Any Questions, a $300,000 half-brother to Runhappy. Still, I prefer to rely on horses with experience in these races, and Pretty Boy Flash is the horse I will lean on. Read More...

Beholder’s workout postponed following three injuries to horses Saturday

DRF | 9 hours ago
After watching three horses get injured – two while working and one while galloping – between 6:30 and 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Del Mar, resulting in the death of one of the three, trainer Richard Mandella called off a planned workout at 7:45 for the champion mare Beholder, postponing it by 24 hours. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Clever Trevor dies at 30

DRF | 10 hours ago
Clever Trevor, a Grade 1-winning millionaire who won the inaugural Remington Park Derby in 1989, was euthanized Friday night due to deteriorating health, according to his former trainer, Donnie K. Von Hemel. The gelding was 30. Read More...

Beholder Work Moved After Del Mar Breakdowns

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Three breakdowns within a span of 10 minutes marred the early training session at Del Mar on a hazy morning July 23, forcing Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella to postpone a scheduled breeze for three-time champion Beholder. Read More...

Enola Gray Still Unbeaten After Del Mar Romp

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Nick Alexander's homebred Enola Gray continued her blitz through the Californa-bred ranks July 22 in the $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Saratoga opening-day handle increases slightly

DRF | 22 hours ago
All-sources handle on Friday’s opening-day card at Saratoga was $17,763,037, a less than 1 percent increase compared to last year’s figure of $17,706,202. Read More...

Enola Gray dominates in Fleet Treat Stakes

DRF | 22 hours ago
Enola Gray exerted minimal effort to remain unbeaten after three starts with a convincing win in $147,000 Friday’s Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Blame Angel Wins a Day After Trainer’s Death

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
"Divine intervention in the nightcap," Ellis Park announcer Jimmy McNerney told the crowd after Blame Angel captured the eighth race July 22 by 2 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Ancient Secret Scores in Lake George

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Alpha Delta Stables' Ancient Secret took another step up in class and remained undefeated July 22 at Saratoga Race Course in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) Read More...

7-Year-Old Gelding Wins First Start at Ellis

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Seven-year-old gelding Ain't in No Hurry led most of the way in his first start ever to take Ellis Park's second race July 22 by three lengths in the field of $16,000 maiden claimers. Read More...

Ancient Secret wins Lake George as Brown sweeps exacta

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Chad Brown got his 2016 Saratoga meeting off to the same flying start as last summer, winning the opening-day feature, the $200,000 Lake George, for the second year in a row, this time with the undefeated Ancient Secret. Read More...

Sweet Loretta salvages day for Pletcher by winning Schuylerville

DRF | 1 day ago
Opening day at Saratoga didn’t get off to a good start for trainer Todd Pletcher. But it certainly ended well. Sweet Loretta, away slowly, took advantage of a hot pace and a good ride by John Velazquez to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths on a hot opening afternoon at Saratoga. Read More...

Sweet Loretta Powers to Schuylerville Win

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
St. Elias Stable's Sweet Loretta kicked off stakes action at Saratoga Race Course with an impressive victory in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies July 22, opening day at the upstate New York track. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Songbird Logs First Gallop at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Champion Songbird logged her first gallop over Saratoga Race Course's main track July 22. Read More...

Casse Stars Work Out at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Mark Casse worked several of his stars July 22 at Saratoga Race Course, as Tepin and World Approval worked on the turf course, and Noble Bird went a sharp half-mile on the main track. Read More...

Alberta Downs Takes Unique Approach to Races

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The simple sentence posted at 10:50 a.m. July 17 on the Alberta Downs facebook page was not especially surprising to anyone following the twists and turns of the small track this summer: "There will be no racing today at Alberta Downs." Read More...

Surgical Strike eyes Secretariat

DRF | 1 day ago
Surgical Strike, a close fifth last out in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational, is likely to make his next start in the Grade 1 Secretariat on the Aug. 13 Arlington Million card, trainer Ben Colebrook said. Read More...

Faufiler likely to return to Chicago for Beverly D.

DRF | 1 day ago
Modesty Stakes winner Faufiler is a likely runner in the Beverly D. Stakes on Aug. 13 at Arlington, trainer Graham Motion said Thursday. Read More...