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NJ Track Calls for End to Simulcast Impasse

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Meadowlands, which contracts with Monarch Content Management to negotiate host fees for its signal, issued a statement Feb. 27 on the ongoing dispute that is blacking out its signal from 23 racetracks. Read More...

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TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 8:10 PM ET Saturday sees the return to the races of Daredevil (More Than Ready) in the GII Fasig-Tipton Swale S. at... Read More...

Trainer Avila handed 60-day ban, $10,000 fine

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer A.C. Avila has been suspended 60 days and fined $10,000 by the California Horse Racing Board after one of his runners tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Maryland-Bred HOY for Fourth Year

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
King T. Leatherbury's evergreen Ben's Cat has been named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year for an unprecedented fourth time in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. Read More...

Caesars’ Moves Impact Turfway, ThistleDown

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Media outlets in Cincinnati and Las Vegas report that Caesars Entertainment on Feb. 26 sold off enough of its interest in Turfway Park to Dan Gilbert's Rock Ohio Ventures to make Rock Ohio the majority owner of the track. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 1 day ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 3/1 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 3/1 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Private Prospect may switch to sprint for Gazebo

DRF | 1 day ago
Private Prospect, a multiple stakes winner who finished an uncharacteristic seventh in the Grade 3 Southwest, will not advance to the Rebel, said trainer Mike Campbell. The horse’s next start is still being determined, he said, but an option is the $100,000 Gazebo for 3-year-olds at six furlongs March 21 at Oaklawn. Read More...

I Spent It nears return

DRF | 1 day ago
I Spent It, the winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special last August, is nearing a return to action, according to trainer Tony Dutrow. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot targets Hot Springs

DRF | 1 day ago
Ivan Fallunovalot, who has put up some of the best Beyer Speed Figures in 2015, is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000 Hot Springs at Oaklawn on March 7, said trainer Tom Howard. Read More...

Horsemen reach deal to lease Suffolk Downs

DRF | 1 day ago
Suffolk Downs and a local horsemen’s group have reached a deal allowing the group to lease the track for brief live race meets in 2015 and 2016, the two parties announced Friday. Read More...

Salutos Amigos on fence for Tom Fool

DRF | 1 day ago
Salutos Amigos, among the top sprinters on the East Coast if not the country, is “50-50” to make next Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap here, according to trainer and part-owner David Jacobson. Read More...

Hovdey: Stakes bonuses – the gift that rarely gives

DRF | 1 day ago
The bonus boondoggle is the modern marketing racing zombie that just won’t die, despite the mountain of rotting evidence that bonuses serve only to pervert the best interests of horse and game. Read More...

American Pharoah Shows Readiness for Rebel

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
American Pharoah may be more than ready to make his 3-year-old debut. The Zayat Stables-owned son of Pioneerof the Nile worked an eye-catching seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Work All Week’s arrival delayed

DRF | 1 day ago
Work All Week, the champion sprinter of 2014, was tentatively scheduled to arrive at Oaklawn the latter part of February, but due to the winter storm system that has gripped Arkansas he’s now likely to ship to town in March, according to his trainer, Roger Brueggemann. Read More...

Alvarado, Classy Class get acquainted

DRF | 1 day ago
The hot-riding Junior Alvarado has picked up the mount on Classy Class for next Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes. On Friday, Alvarado got acquainted with the 3-year-old colt. Read More...

Suffolk Downs, Horsemen Have Deal for Meets

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
There will be a live race meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015 and 2016 now that track ownership and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have come to terms. Read More...

California Chrome Working Steadily for Dubai

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Horse of the Year California Chrome continued to prepare for an appearance in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with a five-furlong workout in 1:00 at Los Alamitos Racecourse Feb. 27. Read More...

King: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 1 day ago
A poor inside draw for DAREDEVIL (1) in the Swale Stakes creates favorable wagering opportunities for horseplayers wanting to take a stand against him. Read More...

Distinctiv Passion connections mull graded stakes options

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Jeff Bonde said this week that Distinctiv Passion, the winner of the Joe Hernandez Stakes on a wet-fast track last Sunday, will start in a graded stakes on dirt for sprinters in early April. Read More...

Champions American Pharoah, Beholder work toward comebacks

DRF | 1 day ago
The champions American Pharoah and Beholder worked Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

D’Amato gets pair of juveniles

DRF | 1 day ago
Two horses listed as not sold for $500,000 and $400,000 at Monday’s Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in Pomona will be sent to trainer Phil D’Amato in the spring, the trainer said Thursday. Read More...

Imperative will skip Big Cap

DRF | 1 day ago
Imperative, the winner of the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia last April, will bypass the Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 in favor of the Charles Town Classic on April 18. Read More...

Can Sir Bond make it four straight?

DRF | 1 day ago
Sir Bond has undergone quite the transformation in the last few months, going from low-level claimer to potential stakes horse. Sunday, he’ll seek his fourth consecutive victory in a $69,000 second-level optional-claiming race at Aqueduct. Read More...

California Chrome works five furlongs toward Dubai World Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
With a little coaching via walkie-talkie, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 Friday at Los Alamitos as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 28. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Florida: Sale starts new chapter

DRF | 1 day ago
The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training has been akin to a high-dollar traveling show over the past half-decade. Known as one of the most select markets of the juvenile auction season, the boutique sale moved to Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., for its 2011 renewal, ending a 17-year stand at Calder Race Course. Three years later, the auction made a brief detour to central Florida, being held at Adena Springs South in Williston. The Fasig-Tipton Florida sale returns to the Miami area for 2015, taking place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach for the first time. Read More...

Nerud 3-Year-Old Wins Again at Big A

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Final Chapter, a 3-year-old homebred for 102-year-old John Nerud, has emerged as a potential stakes horse after beating winners for the first time Feb. 26, winning by six widening lengths in a razor-sharp 1:11. Read More...

Ortiz suspended three days for Fountain of Youth ride

DRF | 2 days ago
The Gulfstream Park stewards have suspended jockey Jose Ortiz for three days, beginning next Wednesday, for his ride aboard Upstart in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth. Read More...

Kentucky Oaks Attracts 154 Nominees

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
There are 154 fillies on the list of early nominees to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), including Willis Horton's 2014 champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi. Read More...

West Point to Sponsor B.C. Betting Challenge

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 27 that West Point Thoroughbreds has been named official partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and presenting sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge. Read More...

The Big Beast returns in allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
Back when The Big Beast was a foal, his mother must have told him to eat his clover and he’d grow up big and strong. The Big Beast listened. He’s a hulking hunk o’ horseflesh, and he’s set to be unleashed Sunday at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 2 days ago
The rain forecast in Southern California will complicate planning for Saturday at Santa Anita. Two races are scheduled for turf – race 1 at 1 1/8 miles and race 4 at 6 1/2 furlongs on the hill. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi leads 154 fillies nominated to Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs officials on Friday released a list of 154 early nominees to the 141st Kentucky Oaks, led by reigning champion Take Charge Brandi and other accomplished horses atop the current 3-year-old filly division, including Condo Commando, I’m a Chatterbox, Callback, and Angela Renee. Read More...

Hushion in Florida hospital

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mike Hushion has been hospitalized with “a serious health issue,” according to Barry Schwartz, one of Hushion’s primary owners and close friend. Read More...

West Point Thoroughbreds sponsors Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

DRF | 2 days ago
West Point Thoroughbreds, the racing partnership company, has signed a deal giving it presenting sponsorship rights to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and the company will award financial interests in a West Point Thoroughbreds horse to the top two finishers in the handicapping contest, the Breeders’ Cup and West Point Thoroughbreds announced Friday. Read More...

Memphis runs on short rest for new rider

DRF | 2 days ago
A quick return to racing at a shorter distance will test the 7-year-old gelding Memphis in a first-level optional $20,000 claimer for California-breds on Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Torres’s decision to ride at Fair Grounds paying off

DRF | 2 days ago
Veteran jockey Francisco Torres, who decided at the last minute to ride at Fair Grounds this season, is having a strong meet. Through Thursday, Torres stood in fourth place in the jockeys’ standings with 52 victories from 327 mounts. Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Crashing And Burning

Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Jockey Club purchases controlling interest in Blood-Horse

DRF | 2 days ago
A subsidiary of The Jockey Club, the nonprofit organization that owns several large racing-related companies, has bought a controlling interest in Blood-Horse, the media organization that publishes the only weekly magazine covering Thoroughbred racing and breeding, the companies announced on Friday. Read More...

Juvenile sales calendar sets up for change

DRF | 2 days ago
In between will be the 2015 juvenile sale season, in which all four of the major North American auction companies – Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., and Barretts – will undergo a significant change. Some will find new homes, some are expanding, and others will take a step back in the coming months. Read More...

Six semifinalists named for Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

DRF | 2 days ago
Six semifinalists have been named for the ninth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, honoring full-length work written with a horse racing focus or backdrop. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, February 28th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 2 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, February 21st by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Friday, Feb. 27

DRF | 2 days ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Friday's cards at Aqueduct, Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Los Alamitos, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Santa Anita, Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Stakes-winning sprinter Bern Identity retired

DRF | 2 days ago
Bern Identity has been retired after being injured in a training mishap, foiling the plans that trainer Kelly Breen and owners George and Lori Hall had for the 5-year-old horse. Read More...

Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semifinalists Named

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award has announced six semifinalists for this year's award; with finalists to be announced March 17 and the winner to be revealed at an April 15, invitation-only cocktail reception at Castleton Lyons. Read More...

Purses down sharply as Mountaineer opens meet

DRF | 2 days ago
The start of March may mean spring and brighter days will soon be here after a brutal winter, but at Mountaineer Racetrack, the Sunday opening of the 2015 season beckons with ominous clouds hanging over the future of racing in West Virginia. Read More...

New Round of Casino Bidding OK’d in New York

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A New York casino panel has approved another round of bids for a gaming facility in the Southern Tier region of the state located near Binghamton and just across from the Pennsylvania border. Read More...

Grand Contender gets class relief in route feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Grand Contender, whose last 12 starts came in stakes races, drops to optional-claiming company in the $42,000 feature on a 10-race card Sunday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Insights on Jockey Club’s Purchase of B-H

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
With the Feb. 27 announcement that The Jockey Club has purchased a majority interest in Blood-Horse, Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, answers questions about the transaction. Read More...

TJC Acquires Majority Interest in Blood-Horse

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Feb. 27 that The Jockey Club Information Systems has purchased a majority ownership interest in Blood-Horse magazine. Read More...