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Evo Campo Scores Santa Barbara Victory

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
David Day, Michael Day, and Mary DiPietro's Evo Campo appears to have found her niche going long on the Santa Anita Park grass. Read More...

Rock Victor goes wire to wire in B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay

DRF | 6 hours ago
Rock Victor broke on top and never looked back in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay at Hastings on Sunday. He paid $9.60 for his 2 3/4-length win over Driller in the 6 1/4-furlong dash for B.C.-bred 3-year-olds. Read More...

B Squared handles two turns, turf in Silky Sullivan

DRF | 7 hours ago
Although his career is less than two months old, B Squared has accomplished plenty. A 3-year-old California-bred, B Squared ($5.60) scored his first stakes victory in his third start Sunday, stalking nicely and pulling away in the lane to win the $100,450 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Evo Campo, Bejarano reunite to capture Santa Barbara Stakes

DRF | 7 hours ago
Evo Campo and jockey Rafael Bejarano had been a perfect team in the last year. Last spring, Bejarano guided Evo Campo to consecutive wins in an optional claimer and the minor Possibly Perfect Stakes, both on turf at Santa Anita. They were reunited in Sunday’s Grade 3 Santa Barbara Stakes and benefited from a perfect trip to win the $101,035 race. Read More...

Royal Squeeze fires fresh in Jeblar Stakes

DRF | 8 hours ago
Royal Squeeze won in his first start since September on Sunday, when he overtook pacesetter Tiger Blood for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Jeblar Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of May 1

DRF | 8 hours ago
DRF handicapper Ron Gierkink provides a list of horses to watch at Woodbine. Read More...

Miss Sunset holds off Radish in Campanille

DRF | 8 hours ago
Miss Sunset showed her gameness while scoring a wire-to-wire victory in the $100,225 Campanile Stakes on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Portmagee gives Clement sweep of weekend’s turf stakes in License Fee

DRF | 8 hours ago
Trainer Christophe won the Elusive Quality, a seven-furlong turf race Saturday, with Disco Partner who looped his field from last position. On Sunday, in the $150,000 License Fee, a six-furlong grass stakes for fillies and mares, he sent out Portmagee, who went right to the lead and was never headed while winning by 1 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Iliad retired as result of ankle injury

DRF | 8 hours ago
San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad has been retired because of an ankle injury sustained in a workout last week at Santa Anita, owner Kaleem Shah said on Sunday. Read More...

Grade 2 Winner Iliad Retired

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
San Vicente Stakes (G2) winner Iliad has been retired because of an ankle injury he sustained during an April 22 workout at Santa Anita Park, owner Kaleem Shah said April 30. Read More...

Enstone solidifies Oaks credentials by winning Fury

DRF | 9 hours ago
Enstone stamped herself as the early Woodbine Oaks favorite with a decisive score in Sunday’s $125,400 Fury Stakes, a seven-furlong sprint for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Derby Museum to Become Home for Lukas Collection

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas announced April 30 that his personal Thoroughbred racing collection from his career will go to the Kentucky Derby Museum as part of its permanent collection. Read More...

Trainer Mike Johnson Knows a Good Horse in McCraken

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Since his high-water mark as a trainer, when Drogue scored a record-setting nine-length victory in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses in 2014, at Oaklawn Park, Mike Johnson has won only three races. But he's ridden some of the best. Read More...

Horseman Mike Johnson Knows a Good One in McCraken

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Since his high-water mark as a trainer, when Drogue scored a record-setting nine-length victory in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses in 2014, at Oaklawn Park, Mike Johnson has won only three races. But he's ridden some of the best. Read More...

Wilkes Continues to Do Nafzger Proud

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
As he took in Ian Wilkes' cool demeanor less than a week out from the first leg of the Triple Crown, it was hard to find anyone enjoying the ascent of multiple graded stakes winner McCraken more than Carl Nafzger himself. Read More...

Practical Joke Rewards Breeders’ Faith in His Dam

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Whispering Oaks went "all-in" on stakes-placed Halo Humor, who brothers Keith and Allen Crupper paid more for than any other broodmare or broodmare prospect in the 17 years they have been breeding Thoroughbreds together. Read More...

Alotta Skirt returns to favorite track for allowance feature

DRF | 10 hours ago
Trainer Eddie Kenneally, who will saddle Sailor's Valentine in Friday's Kentucky Oaks, will get started on his week by running another filly in his stable, Alotta Skirt, in a $55,000, third-level allowance that serves as the highlight of a rare Tuesday card at Churchill. Read More...

Argentine race offers berth in BC Distaff to winner

DRF | 11 hours ago
The Group 1 winners Kiriaki, Hispanidad and Kononkop are part of a field of eight in Monday’s Group 1 Gran Premio Criadores in Palermo, Argentina, a race that offers an automatic berth for the winner to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar on Nov. 3. Read More...

Masochistic making return to Kentucky Derby undercard

DRF | 11 hours ago
Masochistic, the brilliant sprinter who has gained no small amount of notoriety, is returning to where he first became infamous. Read More...

Farhaan pointing to Shoemaker Mile in June

DRF | 11 hours ago
The former claimer Farhaan is bound for a Grade 1 race in June after winning the Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Breen, London Await Miss Sky Warrior’s Best

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
The Kelly Breen-trained Miss Sky Warrior, winner of five straight, is ready for the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). Breeder/owner Al London, along with wife, Arlene, can't wait to get to Louisville. Read More...

Kitasan Black sets record in winning Japan’s Tenno Sho

DRF | 12 hours ago
Kitasan Black, Japan’s Horse of the Year in 2016, won his second consecutive Grade 1 race with a record-breaking performance in Sunday’s spring running of the $2.61 million Tenno Sho at two miles on turf at Kyoto Racecourse in Japan. Read More...

Derby clocker: McCraken loaded with energy

DRF | 12 hours ago
Unseasonably warm weather greeted horsemen when training began at 5:45 Sunday morning, but things were really heating up about three hours later when McCraken put in his final major work for the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Thunder Snow Enters Quarantine at Churchill Downs

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Godolphin Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender Thunder Snow arrived April 30 at Churchill Downs, and is expected to clear a 42-hour USDA-mandated quarantine in time to train the morning of May 2. Read More...

Neorealism holds off late challenge in QE II Cup

DRF | 12 hours ago
The Japanese shipper Neorealism held off a late run from Pakistan Star to win Sunday’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. Read More...

The Money Monster Cashes in William Walker

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
R.A. Hill Stable and BlackRidge Stables' The Money Monster surged to the lead at the sixteenth pole and drew off for a 1 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes April 30 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Vertical Oak easy winner of Goldfinch Stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Vertical Oak splashed her way to a blowout victory in the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes at rain-soaked Prairie Meadows on Saturday. Read More...

Vale Dori seeks fifth-straight stakes win in Adoration

DRF | 13 hours ago
Vale Dori, the winner of four consecutive graded stakes since early December, is scheduled to start in the Grade 3 Adoration Stakes at Santa Anita on May 7, trainer Bob Baffert said. Read More...

Blewitt Joins Gulfstream Broadcast Team

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Gulfstream Park announced April 30 that handicapper and television host Jason Blewitt will join its broadcast team as co-host and racing analyst beginning May 4. Read More...

Strong field for Thursday’s Opening Verse Stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
On paper, Thursday afternoon's Opening Verse Stakes on the Churchill Downs turf is a $65,000 overnight stakes. But you wouldn't know it from the program: All but one of the 13 entrants are at least stakes-placed, and the field includes seven graded stakes winners. Read More...

Irish War Cry ‘amazing’ in final work before Derby

DRF | 13 hours ago
Jockey Rajiv Maragh could hardly contain his enthusiasm for next week’s Kentucky Derby after getting the chance to sit on Irish War Cry on Sunday morning. Read More...

Japan’s Neorealism Lands Hong Kong’s QEII

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Neorealism jumped to the lead with a dramatic move halfway through the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin April 30 and held off the top two local contestants for a narrow win. Read More...

Kentucky Derby News Update for April 30

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak provides updates on McCraken, Fast and Accurate, Irish War Cry, and more! Read More...

Sunday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Summer Reading has a pace advantage in the License Fee

DRF | 14 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Sunday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

McCraken, Fast and Accurate in final Derby workouts

DRF | 14 hours ago
McCraken, one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby next Saturday, and Fast and Accurate, one of the longer shots in the field, both completed their serious training for the Derby with five-furlong workouts Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Kitasan Black Dominates Tenno Sho

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Kitasan Black, reigning Japanese Horse of the Year, dominated a tough field in the Tenno Sho Spring (G1) at Kyoto April 30, chasing down the runaway leader and sweeping to a 1 1/4-length victory. Read More...

Kitasan Black Dominates in Tenno Sho

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Kitasan Black, reigning Japanese Horse of the Year, dominated a tough field in the Tenno Sho Spring (G1) at Kyoto April 30, chasing down the runaway leader and sweeping to a 1 1/4-length victory. Read More...

This Is an Eagle prevails in Sam Houston Futurity

DRF | 15 hours ago
This Is an Eagle dueled and prevailed for a half-length win over Ja Am I Blue in the Grade 2, $483,600 Sam Houston Futurity on Saturday night. Read More...

Fast and Accurate Gets Five Furlongs in 1:01 1/5

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Fast and Accurate, winner of the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 April 30 at Churchill Downs while readying for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). Read More...

Fast and Accurate Works Five Furlongs at Churchill

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Fast and Accurate, winner of the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 April 30 at Churchill Downs while readying for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). Read More...

Another Big Finish for McCraken in Final Pre-Derby Work

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
In his final major preparation for what will be his most significant race beneath the Twin Spires, Janis Whitham's homebred looked every bit the house horse, turning in a strong five-furlong move in 1:00 4/5 under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. Read More...

Irish War Cry Solid in Final Pre-Derby Work

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry put in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) April 30 at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md., clocking six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 on trainer Graham Motion's watch. Read More...

Lezcano works on The Money Monster to engineer William Walker upset

DRF | 1 day ago
Bill Mott has been training for nearly a half-century now, and he says he can’t remember having a horse as laid-back as The Money Monster. “He’ll absolutely pull himself up if you don’t keep working on him,” Mott said Saturday night after Jose Lezcano rode The Money Monster to perfection in a mild upset in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes, the opening-night feature as Churchill Downs opened its 38-day spring meet. Read More...

War Correspondent ends long drought in Miami Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
War Correspondent returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in more than two years after rallying to a one-length victory over the pacesetting Applicator in Saturday’s Grade 3 Miami Mile at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Farhaan Makes the Grade in Thunder Road

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
In his second start for trainer Phil D'Amato, Matthew Schera's Farhaan took an impressive step forward April 29 to win his first graded stakes in the $100,000 Thunder Road (G3T) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Alert Bay repeats in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
Many Roses and G.G. Ryder didn't make it easy for odds-on favorite Alert Bay in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, but the millionaire brought his 'A' game and scored a victory in the $100,225 turf race. Read More...

Jessica’s Star shines bright in Gus Fonner Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Jessica’s Star was always prominent in a neck win over Way Striking in the $75,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes on Saturday at Fonner Park in Nebraska. Read More...

Farhaan pulls 8-1 upset in Thunder Road Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The former Saratoga claimer Farhaan is a graded stakes winner in California. Saturday at Santa Anita, Farhaan won the Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at a mile on turf in an 8-1 upset. Read More...

Cali Thirty Seven wins second consecutive Powder Break

DRF | 1 day ago
Cali Thirty Seven reasserted herself after relinquishing the lead to 8-5 favorite Stormy Victoria to successfully defend her title in the $100,000 Powder Break Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Read More...

Disco Partner dances to victory in Elusive Quality Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Disco Partner, a 5-year-old New York-bred, turned the $100,000 Elusive Quality Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday into a one-sided affair while making his debut for trainer Christophe Clement. Last early in the seven-furlong grass race, he looped his six rivals en route to a 1 3/4-length victory. Read More...