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Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale Day 2

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Tom LaMarra recaps Day 2 of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, including comments from Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning and Gainesway manager Neil Howard. Sponsored by Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale Posts Declines

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale concluded Feb. 9 with across-the-board declines as buyers continued to be selective and competitive on the upper echelon horses and little demand for lesser quality offerings. Read More...

Leigh Court overcomes bad start to win Mardi Gras Stakes

DRF | 5 hours ago
Leigh Court won her first race since October 2014 when she outclassed nine rivals in the $60,000 Mardi Gras Stakes on a special Mardi Gras card Tuesday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton February: Stronger second session, but overall declines

DRF | 5 hours ago
Tuesday’s second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale proved to be more in-step with the previous year’s renewal, but a weaker opening session led to across-the-board declines in the final numbers. Read More...

WinStar Derby Challenge Begins Feb. 12

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
The fourth annual Fantasy Derby Challenge, a free handicapping contest presented by WinStar StableMates, starts Friday, Feb. 12. Read More...

Industry Makes Its Case Against Decoupling

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Florida horse racing and breeding interests made their case against decoupling Feb. 9 during a House Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting, but lawmakers voted to move the legislation forward. Read More...

Vote on repealing Texas historical racing rules blocked

DRF | 7 hours ago
An anticipated vote on whether to repeal historical racing rules in Texas never came to fruition at a Tuesday meeting of the state’s racing commission after a temporary restraining order was presented prohibiting a vote. Read More...

Dubai World Cup: Alan Sherman and ‘Chrome’

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
The Dubai Racing Club asks trainer Alan Sherman a few questions about how California Chrome looks leading up to the Dubai World Cup. Video courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club Read More...

Training set to resume at Parx

DRF | 8 hours ago
Parx Racing plans to reopen its track for limited training on Thursday morning, and management hopes to conduct full training beginning on Saturday. Parx communicated this to horsemen on Tuesday via text. Read More...

Flashy American, Funfair Light Up Bid Board

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Graded stakes winner Flashy American and stakes-winning Funfair sold in quick succession for $395,000 and $350,000, respectively, Feb. 9 during the second day of the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale Read More...

Stormy Atlantic Gets 100th Stakes Winner

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Casa Tua's victory in the National Racing Club 6 Auction Sweepstakes 2 Stakes Feb. 8 at Portland Meadows provided a milestone victory for her Central Kentucky sire, Stormy Atlantic. Read More...

Florida decoupling debate postponed

DRF | 9 hours ago
The fate of complex gambling legislation in Florida involving a compact between the state and the Seminole Indian Tribe remained unclear as one of two state legislative committees postponed debate on the issue Tuesday. Read More...

Giwner: New Harness Speed Rating Guide

DRF | 10 hours ago
While many people disregard final time, it is impossible to deny the importance of speed when wagering on horse racing. Especially during optimal conditions, if a horse isn’t fast enough they are unlikely to win the race. Read More...

Casse Cues Up Sam F. Davis Wildcard

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Whatawonderflworld hasn't raced on the dirt, but trainer Mark Casse is hopeful the Tiz Wonderful gelding puts in a good showing in the Feb. 13 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Rood & Riddle Schedules Educational Seminar

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host the Rood & Riddle Report Live, an educational seminar for people engaged in the equine industry, Feb. 25 at Embassy Suites in Lexington. Read More...

East V. West in Second Derby Future Wager

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
A pair of unbeaten 3-year-olds -- Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist -- are rated as the top individual horses on the morning-line for the second Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Read More...

East Vs. West in Second Derby Future Wager

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
A pair of unbeaten 3-year-olds -- Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist -- are rated as the top individual horses on the morning-line for the second Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Read More...

Minnesota Offers Breeding, Sale Incentives

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Feb. 9 announced several incentives for those who breed in Minnesota, including bonuses for graduates of the MTA auction and a new stakes for eligible 2-year-olds. Read More...

13 new names for Pool 2 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 12 hours ago
A massive overhaul from Pool 1 just 11 weeks earlier has resulted in 13 new names being among the 23 separately listed wagering interests for Pool 2 of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

WGOH: Backpedaling on Progress

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
How many ways can the racing industry find to undermine its own efforts? Sadly, too many. Read More...

Sunland Park continues to battle equine herpesvirus

DRF | 12 hours ago
The number of horses testing positive for the equine herpesvirus at Sunland Park in New Mexico continues to climb, but Turf Paradise in Arizona has announced that it plans to lift its quarantine at the end of next week after reporting to health officials that no horses there have exhibited symptoms of the disease since a horse was euthanized nearly two weeks ago. Read More...

HRRN to Cover Penn Gaming Racing Challenge

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Horse Racing Radio Network will again serve as the exclusive radio home for five of the remaining events in the 2016 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge. Read More...

Inside the February 13, 2016 Issue

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Mshawish wins the Donn...on to Dubai and more inside the February 13, 2016 issue of Blood-Horse Magazine. Read More...

Meet the Rare White Foal at Rockridge Stud

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Rockridge Stud celebrated a remarkable new arrival on Jan. 24 when Pincesspatseattle foaled a rare white Thoroughbred colt. America's Best Racing took a trip to the New York farm to meet the son of Honorable Dillon. Read More...

Rounsefell to Represent Inglis in U.S.

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Australian auction company Inglis has appointed Craig "Boomer" Rounsefell as the company's representative in North America. Read More...

Making the Grade: Mohaymen

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
This week we take a closer look at Mohaymen, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Health Zone: Broodmare Care

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Udder problems are not as common in mares as in cows, but a number of things can occasionally occur to create problems for the mare. Read More...

South East Regional: Big Numbers

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Florida breeders have a lot of new stallions to choose from in 2016 Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen – February 9, 2016

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Steve Haskin adjusts the Kentucky Derby Dozen this week. Who has moved up? Read More...

Fasig-Tipton February Sale Session 1 Wrap

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Tom LaMarra provides final session 1 numbers and compares them to last year. Hear thoughts from Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning on buyers and the sale climate. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency Read More...

Demand for Quality at F-T Winter Mixed Sale

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
There were few surprises during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale, with buyers continuing to show selectivity for quality stock while there was little demand for cheaper horses. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton February: Steep declines in opening session

DRF | 1 day ago
With the strength of the catalog largely coming in its second day, the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale further illustrated the market’s aversion toward less commercial offerings, posting significant declines across the board. Read More...

Uncle Mo Yearlings in Demand at Inglis

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Uncle Mo, North America's top freshman sire of 2015, was among the leading sires at the Inglis classic yearling sale in Australia, which closed Feb. 8 with records in all key market indicators and a 90% clearance rate. Read More...

Deja Vu: Texas Racing On The Brink

Seventy-nine years ago, Texas Gov. James Allred decided enough was enough. There was an “unparalleled wave and mania for gambling in the state of Texas,” Allred declared in January 1937. Later that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Week that Was in Racing, Feb. 1-7, 2016

DRF | 1 day ago
Here's a collection of some of the biggest stories in horse racing, all in one place. Unless noted, all of the links here are to free stories on DRF.com. Read More...

Departing to skip Essex Handicap, go to Fair Grounds

DRF | 1 day ago
The multiple Grade 2 winner Departing has been highweighted at 122 pounds for the $100,000 Essex Handicap on Saturday at Oaklawn, but he instead will run on turf at Fair Grounds, trainer Al Stall Jr. said Monday. Read More...

Litfin: Aqueduct horses to watch for week of Feb. 8

DRF | 1 day ago
Dave Litfin's horses to watch at Aqueduct for the week of Feb. 8. Read More...

Matt King Coal eyes Gotham Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt King Coal, an impressive maiden winner last fall at Belmont, returned to the work tab Sunday for the first time in 10 weeks, breezing a half-mile in 49.93 seconds in company over the training track. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.19 and six furlongs in 1:15.10. Read More...

NYRA to offer free shuttling from Laurel Park

DRF | 1 day ago
Continuing a program it began in late December for Parx horsemen, the New York Racing Association will offer free vanning for horsemen based at Laurel Park who want to run at Aqueduct from Feb. 19 to March 10. Laurel is not racing during that period. Read More...

Trainer Contessa serving seven-day suspension

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Gary Contessa on Monday began serving a seven-day suspension for a drug violation incurred nearly two years ago at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Team Valor Buys Half Sister to Songbird

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Wide Range, an 11-year-old half sister to 2015 champion 2-year-old filly Songbird, has been purchased privately in Thailand by Team Valor International, which plans to breed the mare this spring. Read More...

Masquerade in turf allowance feature Thursday

DRF | 1 day ago
Allow Masquerade an easy lead, and she’s not easy to run down on the Fair Grounds turf course. Hooked and cooked Jan. 17 in the Marie Krantz Memorial, Masquerade, dropped in for a $62,500 claiming price in a turf route that’s also open to third-level allowance runners, could shake loose and back up the pace under Florent Geroux in Thursday’s featured eighth race. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy eyes Mineshaft Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Shotgun Kowboy, the winner of the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and seventh last out in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill last fall, could make his 4-year-old debut Feb. 20 in the Grade 3, $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap. Read More...

Mshawish, Lady Shipman headed to Dubai

DRF | 1 day ago
Two horses coming off big performances Saturday at Gulfstream Park, Donn Handicap winner Mshawish and Lady Shipman, who cruised to victory as the odds-on favorite in the Ladies’ Turf Sprint, will be heading to Dubai for their next starts, while it appears that Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap winner Lukes Alley will not. Read More...

Roman Ruler, Zensational sold and to remain in Argentina

DRF | 1 day ago
Roman Ruler and Zensational, both former residents of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., have been sold to remain at their respective Southern Hemisphere farms in Argentina to stand at stud. Read More...

X Y Jet looks to burnish credentials for Dubai invite

DRF | 1 day ago
After winning his last two starts by a combined 13 1/2 lengths, including the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector, X Y Jet is looking for new worlds to conquer. In fact, his connections would love to send him halfway across the world for his next major test, the Dubai Golden Shaheen to be run March 26 on the Dubai World Cup undercard. Read More...

Old Fashioned to Stand in South Korea

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Central Kentucky sire Old Fashioned will soon join a number of other U.S. stallions who recently have shipped to the Far East to continue their careers in South Korea. Read More...

Airoforce to make 3-year-old debut in Risen Star Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Mark Casse on Sunday confirmed that Airoforce, an Eclipse Award finalist for champion 2-year-old male of 2015, will ship from south Florida to New Orleans next week to make his 3-year-old debut Feb. 20 in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. Read More...

Lady Sabelia, Hot City Girl top Fritchie field

DRF | 1 day ago
The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie on Saturday at Laurel Park will match last year's winner, 6-year-old Lady Sabelia, against the rapidly improving 4-year-old Hot City Girl. A field of seven was entered Monday for the $300,000 Fritchie, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Southwest Stakes contender Z Royal has Lukas feeling young

DRF | 1 day ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has put a health scare far behind him and is back in a familiar spot at this Oaklawn Park meet – with a promising 3-year-old prospect in Z Royal. Z Royal breezed Monday for an intended start in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes. Lukas said Gary Stevens will ride the Zayat Stables-owned horse in the race next Monday. Read More...