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The Friday Show: Will The Stars Align On The Racetrack?

In American racing, the discussion often centers around the need for superstars. Despite some key losses this year at the top level of competition, it’s hard to lament a lack of star power when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Eric Cancel, an Apprentice Jockey at Saratoga, Listens and Learns

Cancel, 19, is the new kid in the jockeys’ room, and while his success has been gratifying, the lessons from other jockeys about professionalism have been invaluable. Read More...

Red Mile: Weaver trio takes aim at Kentucky Sire Stakes finals

DRF | 6 hours ago
The Red Mile hosts eight Kentucky Sire Stakes championship races worth $175,000 each on Sunday night and owner Mark Weaver has three opportunities to come away with a big check. Read More...

OBS Yearling Sale Stays Steady on Final Day

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale closed out its three-day run Aug.27 with another steady day of trading in the second of two open sessions. Read More...

OBS August: Open portion ends with growth

DRF | 6 hours ago
While the select portion of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale remained on fairly steady footing, the auction’s two open sessions posted improved average and median prices over last year’s renewal with fewer horses sold. Read More...

Rainbow 6 carryover reaches $419.278

DRF | 6 hours ago
There will be a Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $419,278 into Friday’s card at Gulfstream Park. The sequence will run on races 5-10. Read More...

Making a Case for Transparency

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
New York stewards reach out to media, public Read More...

Stormy Regatta noses out Partisan Politics in Riskaverse

DRF | 9 hours ago
Stormy Regatta was put into a nice stalking position early by Irad Ortiz Jr. and had just enough in the stretch to score a nose decision over 4-5 favorite Partisan Politics in the $100,000 Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga on Thursday. Read More...

Keeneland Plans for Sale Activity During BC

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
When Keeneland hosts the Breeders' Cup, it will not only face the challenge posed by having the largest crowd to ever attend the races at the track, but also how to prepare for the mixed sale that begins Nov. 2. Read More...

Illinois Vote Could Impact Thoroughbred Dates

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
The Illinois Racing Board Aug. 27 granted Maywood Park permission to scrap the final three months of its harness season, a controversial decision with implications for the coming year's Thoroughbred dates. Read More...

Stellar Wind Tops Torrey Pines Field

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Hronis Racing's grade I winner Stellar Wind towers over a field of five other 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Del Mar. Read More...

Texas Thoroughbred Association plans sale of 2-year-olds at Lone Star

DRF | 10 hours ago
Lone Star Park near Dallas will be the site of a 2-year-olds in training sale next April, the Texas Thoroughbred Association announced on Thursday Read More...

Violette Undecided on Travers for Upstart

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Though pleased with how his horse is doing, trainer Rick Violette remains undecided whether to start Ralph Evans and WinStar Farm's Upstart in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

TTA to Conduct 2-Year-Old Sale in April

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced the establishment of a 2-year-olds in training sale to be held in April at Lone Star Park. The auction will be similar to the one held by Fasig-Tipton Texas in previous years. Read More...

Suffolk to Subsidize Shipping for Fall Dates

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Suffolk Downs, which on Sept. 5 will offer its first live racing program in almost a year, said it will subsidize the shipping of horses from seven tracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/29 Analysis

DRF | 10 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bradester, Valid Meet Again at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Joseph Sutton's Bradester and Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid will go toe-to-toe once again in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Burke 2-year-olds get tested in Metro eliminations

DRF | 11 hours ago
It’s been a regional season thus far for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, but on Saturday night at Mohawk the scene gets ratcheted up. Three $40,000 elimination divisions of the Metro highlight a stakes-filled program at Mohawk Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/29 Analysis

DRF | 11 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 8/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 8/29 Analysis

DRF | 11 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/29 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Snafu leaves Castellano without mount in Sword Dancer

DRF | 12 hours ago
The stewards have forced jockey Javier Castellano to sit out Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga after he elected not to keep a commitment he had made to ride Twilight Eclipse in the race. Read More...

Multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice retired

DRF | 12 hours ago
Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. Read More...

Guaranteed pools for Travers Day

DRF | 12 hours ago
With 13 races on Saturday’s card, bettors will not want for wagering opportunities, though there are a few changes from a regular card. Read More...

Belmont Winner Palace Malice Retired

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Palace Malice, a six-time graded stakes winner and the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victor, has been retired and will stand stud at Three Chimneys. Read More...

NBC Schedules Two-Hour Travers Broadcast

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
The $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), headed by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will be televised by NBC network during a two-hour program Aug. 29. Read More...

La Verdad, Dame Dorothy square off in Ballerina

DRF | 12 hours ago
Seven of the eight entrants in the Grade 1 Ballerina on Saturday at Saratoga enter off victories, but it is hard to get by La Verdad and Dame Dorothy, who share high weight of 124 pounds. Read More...

Untapable, Stopcharingmaria get rematch in Personal Ensign

DRF | 12 hours ago
When trainer Steve Asmussen decided to run Untapable in the Shuvee Handicap here earlier this month, it was as much about the past as the future.In the past, Untapable had a penchant for firing her best race second time off a freshening. With that in mind, Asmussen hopes Untapable got what she needed running second to Stopchargingmaria in the Shuvee to set her up for a rematch with that filly Saturday in the Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Moon Rainbow tries turf in allowance route

DRF | 12 hours ago
The promising 3-year-old Moon Rainbow makes her turf debut Saturday at Woodbine in the featured fifth race, a first-level, 1 1/16-mile allowance for fillies and mares that carries a purse of $58,600. Read More...

Travers Stakes: High Anxiety

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
The Travers scares the heck out of Steve Haskin, even though American Pharoah looks as if he could have everything his own way on the lead and could very well take the field on a merry romp. Read More...

Win or lose, American Pharoah will make history

DRF | 12 hours ago
Racing history is in store Saturday when American Pharoah becomes just the fourth of the sport’s 12 Triple Crown winners to compete in the Travers Stakes. Read More...

Competitive Edge gets class, distance relief in King’s Bishop

DRF | 12 hours ago
After taking on American Pharoah earlier this month going 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 1 Haskell, it is safe to say Competitive Edge will be getting decided class and distance relief when turning back to seven furlongs Saturday in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 20 to 23

DRF | 12 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 20 to 23. Read More...

Tepin poised for another good run in Ballston Spa

DRF | 12 hours ago
After losing the Diana Stakes by a nose, Tepin gets a chance for Saratoga redemption in the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Hovdey: Shirreffs goes whistling by the Graveyard

DRF | 12 hours ago
Saratoga Race Track unapologetically embraces its graveyard reputation with the running each summer of the key local prep for the Travers. The history behind the Jim Dandy Stakes is fascinating, and not lost on John Shirreffs. Read More...

Inconclusive looks to make statement in Lassie

DRF | 13 hours ago
On July 24, 2015, Inconclusive made her career debut for trainer Richie Scherer in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race over the Arlington Polytrack. She rallied from off the pace and won going away for a good-looking victory that produced a 71 Beyer. Now five weeks later, she returns in the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie and appears to have every chance to give Scherer his second win in the race. Read More...

Gimme Da Lute will be hard to deny in El Cajon

DRF | 13 hours ago
Gimme Da Lute will be heavily favored to win his fourth consecutive stakes in Saturday’s $100,000 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds at Del Mar. Read More...

Bob Le Beau wins New York Turf Writers Cup; Divine Fortune euthanized

DRF | 13 hours ago
"Bittersweet," trainer Elizabeth Voss said as she stood in the Saratoga winner's circle watching her Bob Le Beau take his victory lap after winning the New York Turf Writers Cup, a Grade 1, $150,000 steeplechase. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: The Travers Stakes

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Travers Stakes (gr. I) featuring American Pharoah, Texas Red, and Frosted. Read More...

Yonkers: Two starters confirmed for International Trot

DRF | 13 hours ago
After two decades, the return of Yonkers Raceway’s International Trot is within sight, thus it makes perfect sense that the field of world-class participants is beginning to take shape. Read More...

American Girl could benefit from lack of pace in Violet

DRF | 13 hours ago
Early speed could prove the difference in the 38th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Violet Stakes, the 11th of 12 races on the Saturday card at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Harness: Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story novel is released

DRF | 13 hours ago
Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, written by equine professionals Victoria M. Howard and DRF freelance writer Bob Marks, has been pre-released. Read More...

Sword Dancer fits Flintshire to a ‘T’

DRF | 13 hours ago
The purse of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga on Saturday was doubled to $1 million this year, and the extra green played a role in luring the grass race’s undisputed star, Flintshire. Read More...

The Big Beast faces another tough task in Forego

DRF | 14 hours ago
The Big Beast will jump out of the frying pan and into the fire Saturday at Saratoga, coming off a heartbreaking setback at the hands of the red-hot Rock Fall in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt to meet Private Zone and 10 other top sprinters in the $700,000 Forego. Read More...

Crist: Pharoah could be King of the Pick 5

DRF | 14 hours ago
There is an unprecedented achievement that American Pharoah can attain Saturday if he wins the Travers at Saratoga: He would become the first horse ever to win the Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Haskell, and Travers, the five most prestigious 3-year-old races on the calendar. Read More...

Catch a Flight could be pointed to Champions Cup in Japan

DRF | 14 hours ago
Catch a Flight, second or third in three Grade 1 races in Southern California this year, could have an international campaign this fall. Read More...

Appealing Tale eyes Kelso as BC Dirt Mile prep

DRF | 14 hours ago
Appealing Tale may be on his way to New York to prep for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 30. Read More...

Goldfeder: How I’d play Del Mar on Friday, Aug. 28

DRF | 14 hours ago
I’m looking to take what they give me on this seven-race card that begins the weekend. The best place to start is with the early daily double. Read More...

Oaklawn increasing average daily purses 12 percent in 2016

DRF | 15 hours ago
Purses during the Oaklawn Park meet that opens in January are projected to average a record $475,000 a program, the Hot Springs, Ark., track announced on Thursday. Oaklawn anticipates distributing $27 million in total purses during the season that starts Jan. 15 and runs through April 16. Of that amount, a record $7.5 million is dedicated to the stakes schedule that Oaklawn announced in July. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratiga for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 15 hours ago
DRF handicapper Mike Watchmaker outlines his best plays on Saturday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Oaklawn: Record $27 Million in Purses in 2016

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Oaklawn Park is projecting average daily purse distribution of $475,000, a 12% increase over 2015, for the meet that begins Jan. 15, 2016. Read More...