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Emerald Purses to Rise 20% for 2015 Season

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track. Read More...

OBS Winter Mixed Sale Catalog Now Online

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale, set for Jan. 28-29, is now available on the OBS website. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Los Alamitos for Saturday, Dec. 20

DRF | 3 hours ago
Saturday’s card at Los Alamitos Race Course will be highlighted by the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity – a race which will feature the current favorite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Dortmund. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 12/22 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 3 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 12/22 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 12/22 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 12/22 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Bayern Turns in Bullet Move at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 12/21 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 12/21 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

California Chrome Drills at Los Alamitos

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
California Chrome drilled a handy half mile in 49 seconds flat at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 19 as he prepares for his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Penn Mile Tops 193-Day Penn National Schedule

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has received approval from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to conduct 193 days of live racing in 2015. Read More...

OBS winter mixed sale catalog now online

DRF | 4 hours ago
The catalog for the 2015 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale is now available online. Read More...

Hofmans looks ahead with Home Run Kitten

DRF | 5 hours ago
Home Run Kitten provided one of the highlights of 2014 for trainer David Hofmans when the 3-year-old scored a dramatic come-from-behind win in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on the Santa Anita hillside turf course in September. Read More...

Travis Stone Named Churchill Downs Announcer

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Travis Stone, race caller at Monmouth Park in 2014, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs and will be the voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Bayern notches solid workout for Baffert

DRF | 5 hours ago
Bayern, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1, zoomed a half-mile in 46.20 seconds when working at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

R Limo Joe Goes Wire-To-Wire at GP

TDN | 5 hours ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 2:49 PM ET 5th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)MSW ($34K)     Winner: R Limo Joe by Kantharos R Limo Joe (Kantharos) becomes the 18th winner for his freshman... Read More...

Lemon Drop Kid Colt Impresses in Big Easy

TDN | 5 hours ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 2:44 PM ET 1st at FGX (Fair Grounds)Alw ($38k)     Winner: Another Lemon Drop by Lemon Drop Kid Another Lemon Drop (c, 2, Lemon Drop Kid) rides the r... Read More...

Boyce enjoys first local meet

DRF | 5 hours ago
Jockey Forest Boyce, who made a last-minute decision to ride this season at Fair Grounds instead of staying home in Maryland to ride at Laurel, said she’s enjoying the track and the city. Read More...

Forever Unbridled targets Silverbulletday

DRF | 5 hours ago
Forever Unbridled, who defeated 2-year-old maiden fillies at a mile and 70 yards by 2 1/4 lengths Dec. 12 in her second start, will race next in the Silverbulletday, trainer Dallas Stewart said. Read More...

Travis Stone named new Churchill Downs race-caller

DRF | 5 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Friday that Travis Stone has been hired as the new race-caller at its flagship track, replacing Larry Collmus, who resigned after just one year to work primarily at the New York Racing Association. Read More...

Bridlewood Owner Malone Purchases Ballylinch

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Bridlewood Farm owner John Malone has completed a deal to purchase Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, Ireland, from the Mahony family's Killeen Group Holdings. Read More...

New York racing in jeopardy over workers’ compensation dispute

DRF | 6 hours ago
A dispute over workmens' compensation pricing could threaten to shut down New York racing beginning Jan. 1. Read More...

Celebrity Status tries to end losing streak Sunday

DRF | 6 hours ago
Celebrity Status is winless in the last 19 months, a losing streak that has not diminished his status in trainer Don Warren’s stable. Read More...

Hovdey: Sherman the year’s breakout star at 77

DRF | 6 hours ago
John Houseman was an overnight sensation at the age of 71 when he stepped out from behind his role as producer of award-winning films and mentor of acting talent to accept an Oscar for his supporting role in the 1973 movie “The Paper Chase.” Read More...

Honor Code’s 2015 debut pushed back to March

DRF | 6 hours ago
Trainer Shug McGaughey has decided to tweak the original itinerary he set out for Honor Code when the horse first arrived in south Florida. Instead of launching his 2015 campaign in the one-mile Hal’s Hope on Jan. 10 as a prep for the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, Honor Code will now start just once at the meet, in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 7. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Milwaukee Brew

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Milwaukee Brew's turf heritage has probably been an advantage in Canada, as the country's richest races are conducted on Polytrack and turf at Woodbine. Read More...

Old Friends to Receive Special Eclipse Award

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
The nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented the Special Eclipse Award at ceremonies Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Read More...

Britain’s New Steroid Policy Change Delayed

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Full implementation of an enhanced zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of anabolic steroids in Great Britain has been delayed until March 2015, the British Horseracing Authority announced Dec. 19. Read More...

Casino Could Negatively Impact Finger Lakes

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino. Read More...

Casino Would Negatively Impact Finger Lakes

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino. Read More...

John Malone, Owner of Bridlewood Farm, Acquires Ballylinch Stud

TDN | 7 hours ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 12:37 PM ET John Malone, owner of Bridlewood Farm in Florida, acquires Ballylinch Stud in Ireland Read More...

Litfin: Gulfstream pick three play for Saturday, Dec. 20

DRF | 8 hours ago
If the fields remain intact, there will be 2,744 possible pick three combinations involving races 8 through 10 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday – the Tropical Park Derby; an allowance scheduled for turf at 1 7/16 miles; and the Tropical Park Oaks. Read More...

West Coast Belle another filly success for Catalano

DRF | 8 hours ago
Trainer Wayne Catalano was all smiles after watching the undefeated 2-year-old filly West Coast Belle work a half-mile Wednesday morning at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Cassatt using Tiffany Lass as a tune-up for richer Texas race

DRF | 8 hours ago
Graded stakes winner Cassatt, coming off a front-running, 4 1/2-length romp against 3-year-olds in the Zia Park Oaks on Nov. 26 for trainer Larry Jones, is the only stakes winner among the five runners in the Tiffany Lass for older fillies and mares Sunday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Varsity returns from 10-month layoff in turf-sprint feature

DRF | 8 hours ago
A six-time winner from 17 starts, Varsity will return after a layoff of nearly 10 months in the Sunday feature at Gulfstream Park, a $42,000 allowance with wide-open conditions. Read More...

Giwner: Mindboggling year-end voting results

DRF | 9 hours ago
In the overall scheme of things, two deserving horses—JK She’salady and Sweet Lou—will be honored. That I can accept. What is a bit harder to swallow is the typical nonsensical voting for horses that simply do not merit a vote. Read More...

Musselman Drops Lawsuit Against Churchill

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Ed Musselman's litigation against Churchill Downs Inc. involving backstretch access has come to an end after the Indian Charlie publisher and the track owner on Dec. 16 jointly agreed to a voluntary dismissal. Read More...

Sparkman: Map to stardom for Unbridled’s Song colt

DRF | 10 hours ago
It was with considerable surprise that I read the results of the fourth session of the 2012 Keeneland September sale on Sept. 13, 2012. I had left Kentucky for my home in Tennessee earlier that day with the understanding that my part-time employer Vincent Viola was finished buying at the sale. Read More...

Slideshow: Top 10 Races of 2014

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
You voted for the top races of 2014, and the results are revealed in this slideshow. Read More...

Marketer Voluntarily Recalls Equine Gastric Ulcer Product

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
A firm warned by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cease selling the equine ulcer product Gastrotec without that agency's approval has voluntarily recalled that product. Read More...

Another Oatie tops Southern California Derby

DRF | 11 hours ago
Through 2014, the 3-year-old Quarter Horses Another Oatie, All Guns Firing and Dynasty of Habits have chased Moonist in several derbies at Los Alamitos. In Sunday’s $145,850 Southern California Derby, they are finally rid of him. Read More...

Beyer: No doubt about Horse of the Year

DRF | 12 hours ago
Voting has begun to determine 2014’s Eclipse Award winners, and it has provoked sharp differences of opinion. Some of the choices – such as leading trainer and best older horse – require special thought and analysis, but Thoroughbred racing’s top honor, the Horse of the Year title, shouldn’t be as controversial as most people see it. Read More...

Tom Durkin, Retired Announcer, to Receive Eclipse Award

The retired track announcer Tom Durkin will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit given by the thoroughbred industry. Read More...

Harness: Rocklamation among those for sale in January

DRF | 21 hours ago
The Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, in the Meadowlands race paddock. Post time is 11:00 a.m. Read More...

Meadowlands: Trainer Ford tries to roll a seven on Saturday

DRF | 22 hours ago
Trainer Mark Ford likes to move his horses around. With many of the east coast tracks closed, the longtime conditioner has essentially been forced to putting all of his eggs in one basket. On Saturday, he will ship in a full seven pacers for the 13-race Meadowlands program. The most intriguing in the group is the fast-class Warrawee Needy. Read More...

Disco Rico Euthanized After Laminitis Battle

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
"He was a cool horse," said owner Joe DiRico. "They are all heartbroken at Keane Stud." Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:19 PM ET The Jeep Magic Millions Raceday, Australia's first A$10-million program, will be held Jan. 9, 2016,... Read More...

Horsemen, Suffolk Downs Continue Discussion

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Negotiations on a lease agreement between the management of Suffolk Downs and officials of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association remain on track, contrary to a published report. Read More...

KEEP Changes Include Staff, Expenditures

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The departure of the executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project is apparently related to changes in staffing and expenditures as it refocuses its efforts away from trying to get legalized casino gambling. Read More...

California Horse Racing Board considering new gelding rule

DRF | 1 day ago
At its monthly meeting at Los Alamitos on Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board discussed creating a rule that would result in the scratch of any horse who has been gelded since his last start if that information is not disseminated to the betting public in a timely fashion, Read More...

Gold Coast to Host A$10-Million Raceday

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:28 PM ET Magic Millions and Racing Queensland announced the A$10-million Jeep Magic Millions Raceday next January. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/20 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 12/20 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...