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Adversaries Unite at Trainers’ Dinner

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
An evening of laughter and warmth began with the presentation of a trophy to Bob Baffert as the winning trainer of last year's Derby. Read More...

Concord Fast justifies short price in Riley Allison

DRF | 2 hours ago
Concord Fast flattered Collected on Tuesday when he rallied to a 1 1/2-length win over Ten Penny Cents in the $100,000 Riley Allison on the closing-day card at Sunland Park. Read More...

Next ARCI Town Meeting in Ocala

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Earlier meetings described as "sparky and productive." Read More...

Pocono: Burke quartet ready for battle in Pennsylvania Classic Final

DRF | 4 hours ago
Ron Burke will send four horses to Saturday night’s $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and he is undecided, at this point, which is the best. Of course, with three of them leading the morning-line odds, it is easy to understand why. Read More...

Godolphin establishing awards for farm, racetrack workers

DRF | 4 hours ago
Godolphin announced that it is establishing the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards to recognize excellence and achievement for grooms, foaling crews, exercise riders, office staff, and others who work on both farms and racetracks in the United States. Read More...

New Award for Horse Racing’s Top Employees

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Godolphin announced May 3 the launch of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, in partnership with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and The Jockey Club. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 7 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Power Alert Seeks Turf Sprint Rebound

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
AJ Suited Racing Stable's Power Alert (AUS) looks to become the first repeat winner of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. IIIT) when he faces 12 rivals including grade I winner Hootenanny May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Grudge Match in the Alysheba

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Eagle, Noble Bird, and Majestic Harbor have taken turns beating one another. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 7 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2016: Inside the numbers

DRF | 7 hours ago
Let’s look at a few contenders for this Derby and see how they stack up in terms of similar Derby runners since 1991. Caveat emptor: These stats are mostly intended to be fun, playful, silly, or just interesting discussion starters, so use them at your own risk when upgrading or downgrading who you’re likely to bet Saturday. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse Looks Tops in Edgewood

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Catch a Glimpse has already won at Woodbine, Keeneland, and Gulfstream Park, and looks to add Churchill Downs to that list in the Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Three Grade I Winners Vie for La Troienne

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Grade I winners Curalina, Sheer Drama, and Angela Renee will seek to enhance their reputations in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) on the May 6 Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

NBC Sports Group Sets Derby Week Coverage

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
NBC Sports Group will present 15 1/2 hours of live coverage of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, the network announced May 3. Read More...

Clocker: Nyquist bursting with energy

DRF | 8 hours ago
There was lots to look at and lots to look for during Tuesday’s Kentucky Derby/Kentucky Oaks training session, which featured the first local gallop from the undefeated Nyquist and first real local work by the Japanese invader Lani. Read More...

Brody’s Cause owner will donate purse to college

DRF | 8 hours ago
Dennis Albaugh, whose family owns Brody’s Cause, has announced the winner’s share will be donated to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation if the colt prevails Saturday in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Haskin: We Shadwell Overcome

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
They say to err is human; to forgive, divine. Well, why can’t that apply to horses as well? Read More...

Brody’s Cause? An Iowa Community College

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Dennis and Susan Albaugh announced that if their horse, Brody's Cause, wins the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 7 at Churchill Downs, he will donate his share of the purse to the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation. Read More...

Star-studded fields on Kentucky Oaks undercard

DRF | 9 hours ago
Led by elite older females Curalina and Sheer Drama, 51 horses were entered in five supporting stakes on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Despite Challenges, Derby Starting Crew Gets It Right

By the time the gates open for Kentucky Derby 142 on Saturday, hours of work will have gone into assuring a safe, fair and unbiased start to the race. It's no small task. Every Derby field is filled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Meadowlands: Nine trotters sign up for Elitlopp Playoff

DRF | 10 hours ago
The inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff (a Grand Circuit event) will be the featured first race on a special Meadowlands Mother’s Day matinee card beginning at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Nine of the continent's finest trotters with collective career earnings in excess of $12 million comprise the field. Read More...

Yearlong Process to Set Derby Odds

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially. Read More...

Synthetic inner track being considered for Aqueduct

DRF | 10 hours ago
The New York Racing Association is once again considering the installation of a synthetic surface for its Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, an official of the association told the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board at a meeting on Tuesday. Read More...

Carina Mia, Nickname Face Off in Eight Belles

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Carina Mia came up short in points for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Nickname's connections opted not to run, but both graded winners will still be prominent on Oaks Day in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Nyquist’s Groom Keeps Top Derby Horse Happy

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Groom Elias Anaya is in charge of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Nyquist and has a long history with America's greatest race. Read More...

NYRA Looking at Synthetic Track for Aqueduct

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
After years of discussion, New York Racing Association officials May 3 said they are planning a 2017 capital budget expense associated with installing a synthetic surface at Aqueduct Racetrack. Read More...

Graeme Baxter paints American Pharoah portrait

DRF | 11 hours ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been immortalized yet again. A portrait of himself and Bob Baffert, commissioned by the Hall of Fame trainer and his wife, Jill, was recently unveiled in a private ceremony. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Points and Pace

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Is the points system for entry to the Kentucky Derby altering the pace of the race? Read More...

Amoss Believes Lanerie Best Fit for Mo Tom

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Trainer Tom Amoss believes jockey Corey Lanerie is a great fit for Mo Tom in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets post 11 in Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 12 hours ago
Rachel’s Valentina has been pegged a lukewarm 7-2 favorite in an oversubscribed field of 3-year-old fillies in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks, to be run Friday at Churchill Downs as the 11th of 13 races. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: King on Beyer Speed Figure patterns

DRF | 12 hours ago
Although there are a vast number of considerations in handicapping the Kentucky Derby, one key element is determining which horses are the fastest. So let’s take a look at the probable Derby competitors by their Beyer Speed Figures, and the figure patterns they exhibit coming into the race. Read More...

Jockey DeShawn Parker Gets 5,000th Victory

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Jockey Deshawn Parker won the 5,000th race of his career when he guided heavy favorite Be Nice to victory in the third race May 2 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. Read More...

Kentucky Derby News Update for May 3

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Claire Novak updates us on Nyquist's gallop, Exaggerator, Lani, California shippers Danzing Candy and Trojan Nation, and the Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Nyquist Strong in First Churchill Gallop

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist was strong May 3, in his first gallop over the Louisville track. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina 7-2 Oaks Favorite

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, entered for May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks Read More...

Lani Breezes in Final Derby Preparation

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01. Read More...

Breeder Lucy Gay Bassett dies at age 87

DRF | 13 hours ago
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of former Keeneland President Ted Bassett, died on May 1 at her home on Lanark Farm in Woodford County, Ky. She was 87. Read More...

No new herpes cases at Parx

DRF | 13 hours ago
While the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Parx Racing is ongoing, there has not been a confirmed case of the disease at the Bensalem, Pa., track since April 25. Read More...

First Starters for Stay Thirsty, Shackleford

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Thirstforlife to make first start in Churchill Downs stakes. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy Seeks Texas Mile Prize

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
C. R. Trout's Shotgun Kowboy, an Oklahoma-bred who last year showed enough promise to warrant a start in the grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, will make his third start off a layoff in the May 6 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Stanco Hopes for Oaks Sequel with Mo d’Amour

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Ed Stanco, whose Princess of Sylmar took him on a magical journey three years ago including a victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), is back in the race this year with Mo d'Amour. Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen – May 3, 2016

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
It all comes down to this in the final Derby Dozen for 2016. Steve Haskin has one final shuffle up his sleeve. Read More...

Danzing Candy, Trojan Nation Train in KY

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
The last two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners to arrive at Churchill Downs May 2 went onto the track for the first time May 3. Read More...

Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Visions of Roses: Whitmore’s Journey

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Join Chance Moquett, the 23-year-old son of trainer Ron Moquett, as he describes the memories that are made with a runner on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Read More...

Deshawn Parker wins his 5,000th race

DRF | 1 day ago
Deshawn Parker became the 32nd rider to win 5,000 races Monday night, when he won the third race at Mountaineer Park aboard Be Nice for trainer Eric Reed. Read More...

Breeder Lucy Bassett Dies at 87

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of James E. "Ted" Bassett, died May 1 at 87. She owned Lanark Farm in Woodford Co., Kentucky, and bred Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration. Read More...

Zenyatta Bred to Medaglia d’Oro

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Jerry and Ann Moss' Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, was bred to Medaglia d'Oro the morning of May 2, according to Zenyatta.com, the mare's official website. Read More...

Zenyatta bred to Medaglia d’Oro

DRF | 1 day ago
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and newly elected Hall of Famer, was bred to Medaglia d’Oro for the 2017 foaling season. Read More...

Fanticola Up to Defend Royal Heroine Title

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A wide-open field of 14 will contest the May 5 $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...