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Takaful sharp in BC Sprint drill

DRF | 17 mins ago
Takaful, the Grade 1 Vosburgh winner, breezed four furlongs in 48.30 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Thursday morning. Read More...

Highway Star puts in strong work for BC Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 17 mins ago
While her fellow New York-breds are gearing up for New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, Highway Star put in a strong workout Thursday morning in preparation for the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Maryland Million supporting stakes have plenty to offer

DRF | 17 mins ago
The four Maryland Million supporting stakes for 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Park on Saturday are the Turf, Ladies, Sprint, and Distaff. Read More...

Twisted Tom tries older statebreds in Empire Classic

DRF | 23 mins ago
The New York Showcase Day Program, headlined by the rich Empire Classic and Empire Distaff, remains one of the best wagering cards of the season on this circuit. Read More...

King: YouTube tells the tales of Breeders’ Cup contenders

DRF | 23 mins ago
Trip handicappers looking to get started on their Breeders' Cup note-taking and opinions need not wait until entries for the races are drawn. There is plenty of time to gain visual observations of horses being pointed toward the Breeders' Cup if one knows where to look: YouTube. Read More...

Ribchester vs. the elements in Queen Elizabeth II

DRF | 27 mins ago
Ribchester was beaten a half-length by the excellent filly Minding a year ago in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but on Saturday he is the one to beat in the last major mile race of the European season. Read More...

Hovdey: Across the pond, then up and over in Jersey

DRF | 37 mins ago
Major events play out on the flat at a windswept Ascot Racecourse in England and over the jumps on a serene fall day in the New Jersey countryside. Read More...

Royal Ascot Rivalries Renew on Champions Day

Blood-Horse | 54 mins ago
The competition is so deep throughout QIPCO British Champions Day Oct. 21 at Ascot that even the lone group 2 race on an otherwise top-level card features a highly anticipated rivalry. Read More...

Sleepy Hollow isn’t a gimme for Battle Station

DRF | 57 mins ago
Eclectic groups have been assembled for the pair of juvenile stakes on Saturday's Empire Showcase Day program at Belmont Park, with outfits from California, Kentucky, and Maryland well represented in addition to those based in New York. Read More...

Macedonio: Sheer enjoyment at the Fryeburg Fair

DRF | 1 hour ago
Every so often a reminder is needed for us all . . . to simply remember why we are involved in Harness Racing to begin with. We need a moment to bring back the fun and rekindle the flame of love and passion that we have for this sport. Read More...

Cracksman, Barney Roy top Champion Stakes field

DRF | 1 hour ago
Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England, Cracksman will be favored to win his first Group 1 race in the $1.71 million Champion Stakes. Read More...

Robusto making dirt sprint debut

DRF | 2 hours ago
Robusto will try sprinting on the main track for the first time when he runs in a $16,000 optional-claiming race that will serve as Saturday's feature at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Bal a Bali training well for Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 2 hours ago
The turf miler Bal a Bali worked six furlongs in 1:13 at Santa Anita on Thursday, leading trainer Richard Mandella to plan for a start in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Read More...

Champion Stakes Loses Ulysses to Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Some classic confrontations are on tap for QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Oct. 21 although the event lost a marquee name in Ulysses, who will head directly for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar. Read More...

Bullards Alley will start in Breeders’ Cup turf

DRF | 2 hours ago
Bullards Alley, the runaway winner of the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine last Sunday, is a confirmed starter in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Read More...

Freedom Child’s offspring well represented in Nursery, Lassie

DRF | 2 hours ago
Two of the more intriguing Maryland Million Day stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday are the Nursery and Lassie, six-furlong races for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 10/21 Analysis

DRF | 2 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 10/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Statebred sprint stakes have open-company quality

DRF | 3 hours ago
New York-breds have faced open company with increased frequency and success in recent years, as evidenced by the sizeable contingent headed from the Empire State to the Breeders' Cup. Several statebred stalwarts who have turned in creditable efforts against top company figure prominently in Saturday's two $150,000 sprint stakes on Empire Showcase Day – the Hudson Handicap and the Iroquois Stakes for fillies and mares. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 10/21 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 10/21 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Admirals War Chest seeks 3rd straight Maryland Million Classic win

DRF | 3 hours ago
The true high point of the Laurel Park season comes Saturday when the Jim McKay Maryland Million will be held for the 32nd time. Read More...

Free Online Course Offered on Colic Prevention

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Equine Guelph announces the free offering of the new 'Gut Health & Colic Prevention' online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Read More...

An Early Look at the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Races

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). Read More...

WinStar raises Bodemeister’s fee to $40,000

DRF | 3 hours ago
WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., has released the advertised fees for its 2018 stallion roster, with the most dramatic rise in stud fee coming for Bodemeister, who sired Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming from his first crop. Read More...

Harness: Team effort helping Hoosier park rise

DRF | 3 hours ago
The Hoosier State, known much more for hoops than hopples, has everybody on board as Hoosier Park, not a major a player in the sport historically, now has management, government, patrons and horsemen all on the same page, as the seven-eighths mile track continues to make its way toward the sport’s mainstream. Read More...

Cairo Prince’s stud fee increasing for 2018

DRF | 4 hours ago
Cairo Prince, a breakout star with his first crop of commercial yearlings this season, will see his stud fee rise to $25,000 for 2018, Airdrie Stud has announced. Fees also were announced Thursday for the majority of the farm's stallion roster. Read More...

Emerald Necklace Stakes a puzzle

DRF | 4 hours ago
The majority of the 2-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $75,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes at Thistledown are looking for their first victory. Read More...

Classy Tune among California invaders for Raven Run

DRF | 4 hours ago
The crisscrossing of America by equine transports will soon begin in earnest when horses are flown to California ahead of the Nov. 3-4 Breeders' Cup at Del Mar. Read More...

Grade 1 qualifier for World Championship of Handicapping on Saturday

DRF | 4 hours ago
These next two weekends are the calm before the storm that is the Breeders' Cup, but while many players are already looking ahead to two of racing's best cards, contest players have a chance to seize the day and qualify for the World Championship of Handicapping. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Oct. 21: Picks for Raven Run Stakes, Sleepy Hollow Stakes, Hudson Handicap

DRF | 4 hours ago
Keeneland's Grade 2, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes is the only graded event on Saturday's stakes schedule. Otherwise, it's state-bred day, with the Empire Showcase at Belmont; the $100,000 California Flag as the headliner at Santa Anita; and the Maryland Million program at Laurel. Read More...

Sunset Drive finds soft spot

DRF | 4 hours ago
Sunset Drive stands out in a $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up who have not won three races, the feature on the final Saturday of the Hastings meet. Read More...

O’Brien Could Start Record Weekend ‘Down Under’

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's first group 1 runner of the weekend is Johannes Vermeer, who ranks among the favorites for the BMW Caulfield Cup (G1) in Australia. Read More...

Registration Open for Thoroughbred Owner Conference

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
OwnerView is still accepting registrations for its fourth Thoroughbred Owner Conference, which is scheduled for Monday, October 30, through Wednesday, November 1, in Del Mar, California. Read More...

Danzing Candy to stand at Rancho San Miguel

DRF | 6 hours ago
Danzing Candy, a multiple Grade 2 winner, will enter stud during the 2018 breeding season at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif., where he will stand for an advertised fee of $5,000. Read More...

Game Time Decision brings steady excellence to Princess of Palms

DRF | 6 hours ago
The New Mexico invader Game Time Decision looks like the one to beat in Saturday's $30,000 Princess of Palms at Turf Paradise. The 6 1/2-furlong event for fillies and mares drew a field of nine, including defending champ B C Z Middleton. Read More...

California Flag rebound spot for Gold Rush Dancer

DRF | 6 hours ago
Gold Rush Dancer, Richard's Boy, and Tribalist are the three 2017 stakes winners among seven entrants in Saturday's $100,000 California Flag Handicap on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Their trainers approach the race, for statebred 3-year-olds and up, with varying goals. Read More...

Mr Havercamp faces older runners in Bunty Lawless

DRF | 7 hours ago
The gifted sophomore Mr Havercamp will take on older Ontario-sired opposition as the probable favorite in Saturday's $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes, a one-mile turf route at Woodbine. Read More...

Look Back: Sightseek Gives Fans Final Winning Memory

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
This week is a recap of the Oct. 9, 2004 Beldame Stakes (G1), the final race for Sightseek. The story, headlined "Last Sighting" was written by Steve Haskin and appeared in the Oct. 16, 2004 issue of The Blood-Horse. Read More...

Tequilita in Her Wheelhouse in Raven Run

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Tequilita will look to build on her reputation Oct. 21 when she heads a field of 11 going seven furlongs in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. Read More...

Jockey Megan Fadlovich Sees Upswing in OTTB Market

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Erin Shea talks to jockey Megan Fadlovich about her involvement in the aftercare industry and her thoughts on the state of the off-track Thoroughbred market. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

DRF | 21 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Twisted Tom Tries Older Horses in Empire Classic

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The 1 1/8-mile Empire Classic for New York-bred 3-year-olds and older is the featured race on a card that will offer eight stakes races for New York-breds with total purses of $1.75 million. Read More...

Tequilita In Her Wheelhouse in Raven Run

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Tequilita will look to build on her reputation Oct. 21 when she heads a field of 11 going seven furlongs in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. Read More...

Siyouni Colt Tops Second Session of Arqana Sale

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
After a dynamic opening day that contained the cream of the catalog, the Oct. 17 second session of the Arqana October yearling sale was a more low-key affair, but there was still good money changing hands for those lots the market settled on. Read More...

Gun Runner Pointing to Pegasus After Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm announced Oct. 18 that Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) contender Gun Runner will point to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park after his trip to Del Mar. Read More...

An American In Newmarket: Galloping Yearlings And The Veterinary Perspective

As Dr. Mike Shepherd, managing partner at Rossdales, strides down a gravel path at Tattersalls going warp speed, he is struck by how similar Thoroughbred yearling auctions are from a veterinarian's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Hoosier: Bob Key seeks his third Breeders Crown win

DRF | 22 hours ago
Bob Key has been a longtime participant in the Breeders Crown and an ardent supporter of the Grand Circuit. He knows what it takes to win at the sport’s top level and appreciates the opportunities for success. Read More...

Classic Winner Bumps Stud Fee for Maclean’s Music

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
With Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Cloud Computing in first crop, the son of Distorted Humor has had his 2018 stud fee set at $25,000. Read More...