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Owners Protest CHRB’s Regulatory Inaction on Masochistic Race

If you weren’t outraged at the stunning form reversal by a 4-year-old California-bred gelding named Masochistic in a Kentucky Derby undercard race at Churchill Downs, then it’s likely you either... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Columbus opens five-week meet

DRF | 12 hours ago
After a 2 1/2-month hiatus, live racing returns Friday evening to Nebraska as Columbus Races opens for a five-week stand that runs through Labor Day. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 23 – July 29

DRF | 12 hours ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Desert Steel to stay with her Cal-bred friends

DRF | 13 hours ago
Even though the 2-year-old filly Desert Steel set a track record for five furlongs Sunday when defeating maidens, trainer Simon Callaghan said he would keep her in races for California-breds for now. Read More...

Thoroughbred charities to present Thoroughbred Marketplace at Pimlico

DRF | 13 hours ago
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) have created the TCA Thoroughbred Marketplace to help transition retired racehorses into second careers. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from July 22 – July 28

DRF | 13 hours ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 7/31 Analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 7/31 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Forego likely next spot for Fed Biz

DRF | 13 hours ago
In an effort to get a Grade 1 win, Fed Biz is likely headed to Saratoga for the Grade 1 Forego at seven furlongs on Aug. 30. Read More...

Thoroughbred Marketplace at Pimlico Oct. 4-5

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Thoroughbred Charities of America and the Retired Racehorse Project have scheduled a TCA Thoroughbred Marketplace for Oct. 4-5 at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/31 Analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 7/31 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Kingman Wins Sussex with Dazzling Late Speed

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Unleashing a belated but powerful acceleration, Kingman blew past the battling pair of Toronado and pacesetter Darwin in the closing stages and won the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) July 30 at Goodwood. Read More...

Galileo’s Highland Reel Dominates the Vintage

TDN | 13 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:00 AM ET 4th at GWD (GOODWOOD)G2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage S.     Winner: Highland Reel (Ire) by Galileo (Ire) Derrick Smith's Highland Reel (Ire) (Ga... Read More...

Molly Morgan points to Gardenia Stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Dale Romans said he is considering a run in the upcoming Gardenia Stakes for Molly Morgan, who has returned to the trainer’s main base at Churchill Downs after finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap. Read More...

Palace Malice made even-money for Whitney

DRF | 14 hours ago
Palace Malice, the leading older male dirt horse in training, drew post 5 and was installed as the even-money favorite for Saturdays’ Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney Invitational at Saratoga. Read More...

Casse sending two in Best Pal

DRF | 14 hours ago
Trainer Mark Casse brought a number of his best 2-year-olds to Del Mar this summer and plans to run two of them Sunday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Best Pal Stakes, this track’s major prep for the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day, Sept. 3. Read More...

Meadowlands: Sears hopes for chance to shine in Hambo Oaks

DRF | 14 hours ago
Driver Brian Sears' world champion filly Designed To Be not only landed the pole position for Saturday’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, but archrival Shake It Cerry, her nemesis in the Del Miller Memorial and in last week’s Oaks prep, won’t have the luxury of getting in her way at the outset. That’s because Shake It Cerry will start the race behind Designed To Be from the second tier in post 11. Read More...

Red Outlaw tries to stay unbeaten in Real Good Deal

DRF | 14 hours ago
Red Outlaw will compete for the first time on Del Mar’s Polytrack surface when he takes on 13 rivals in a compelling edition of the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for 3-year-old California-breds. Read More...

Saratoga babies for Thursday, July 31

DRF | 14 hours ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman looks at Thursday's race for juveniles at Saratoga. Read More...

Rose Brier auditions for stakes in high-level turf route

DRF | 14 hours ago
The connections of 5-year-old gelding Rose Brier decided to skip last Sunday's Oceanport Stakes and wait for Friday’s feature, a $44,000 third-level optional $75,000 claimer on turf at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

It’s Kingman In the Duel On the Downs

TDN | 14 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:25 AM ET 3rd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G1 Qipco Sussex S.     Winner: Kingman (GB) by Invincible Spirit (Ire) Khalid Abdullah's Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spi... Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 14 hours ago
After washouts Sunday and Monday, we’re back to beautiful weather, with the main track fast and the turf courses labeled “good.” Read More...

Former trainer Baker dies at 83

DRF | 14 hours ago
George M. Baker, who retired almost 25 years ago from a distinguished training career highlighted by his work with the top filly Politely, died Monday at Baptist East Hospital here following a long illness. He was 83. Read More...

Nayef’s Snow Sky Takes the Gordon

TDN | 15 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:50 AM ET 2nd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G3 Neptune Investment Management Gordon S.     Winner: Snow Sky (GB) by Nayef Khalid Abdullah's Snow Sky (GB) (Nayef) ... Read More...

Federal Judge Dismisses Dutrow Lawsuit

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. against the New York State Gaming Commission, the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and two New York regulators. Read More...

Colorado Voters to Decide on Racino Gaming

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
In November Colorado voters will decide if Arapahoe Park will be allowed to add casino-type gambling. The Denver Post reports Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler determined enough signatures had been submitted. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. to buy stake in Saratoga Harness Racing Inc.

DRF | 15 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc. has reached an agreement allowing the company to buy a 25 percent stake in the parent company of Saratoga Casino and Raceway, the companies announced Wednesday. Read More...

CDI Gets 5-Year Contract with Saratoga Casino

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Churchill Downs is finalizing a five-year contract to manage the Saratoga Casino and Raceway and another casino in Colorado owned by Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. CDI is pursuing a 25% equity stake in Saratoga Harness Racing. Read More...

Free’s Del Mar horses to watch

DRF | 16 hours ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Del Mar. Read More...

Free’s preview: Surface questions

DRF | 16 hours ago
Two weeks into the summer meet, horseplayers might expect a hint of stability regarding surface. But as Del Mar begins its third week, uncertainty abounds. Read More...

Watchmaker: Saratoga pick four play for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 16 hours ago
Wednesday’s late pick four sequence at Saratoga, starting in race 7, is interesting. Let’s take a swing at it. Read More...

Check Ligament Surgery Helps Racehorses with SDFT Injuries

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Moderate to severe superficial digital flexor (SDF) tendon lesions in Thoroughbred racehorses have typically carried a poor prognosis for a return to racing and a lengthy rehabilitation process for horses that do return. But a team of veterinarians rec... Read More...

Assistant in Cruelty Case Is Rehired

Scott Blasi, an assistant to Steve Asmussen, the second winningest trainer in North America, had been caught on videotape speaking profanely about the stable’s injured horses. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:49 PM ET Yesterday Cotai Glory (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) set a new course record in capturing the G3 Molecomb S. and... Read More...

Palace Malice Hoping to Continue His Roll

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
With four victories in four starts this year, Palace Malice hopes to continue making a statement in the second half of the season when he races Aug. 2 in the grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Social Inclusion to Move to Chad Brown

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Ron Sanchez will send former hype horse Social Inclusion--coming off a career-worst seventh in the July 27 Haskell Invitational (gr. I)--to trainer Chad Brown in hopes of hitting the restart button on the colt's career. Read More...

Coltimus Prime Rules Prince of Wales

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Coltimus Prime scored a commanding win in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 29 at Fort Erie, cruising wire to wire in the second leg in the Canadian Triple Crown. Read More...

Coltimus Prime Takes the Prince of Wales S.

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:02 PM ET 8th at FEX (Fort Erie)Prince of Wales S. [$500K]     Winner: Coltimus Prime by Milwaukee Brew Milwaukee Brew's Coltimus Prime wins the Prince... Read More...

Coltimus Prime leads gate to wire in Prince of Wales

DRF | 1 day ago
Coltimus Prime rebounded from a lackluster performance in the Queen’s Plate to make all the running in Tuesday’s $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie. Read More...

Purses, Races Set for WV Classics Card

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The West Virginia Breeders' Classic anchors a nine-race program on Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races' West Virginia Breeders' Classics card Oct. 18. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 1 day ago
Truth be told, Wednesday’s eight-race card “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” doesn’t do much for me from a wagering standpoint. Having said that, there are a couple of things that I think could be intriguing and I’m willing to at least explore making a few plays. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juvenile races on Wednesday's Del Mar card. Read More...

Plenty of Options for Bayern after Haskell

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Frank Angst's Keeping Pace blog debuts with a look at the Breeders' Cup Challenge series to date and automatic qualifiers Bayern, Taghrooda, and Big Macher. Read More...

Meadowlands: Hambletonian posts drawn; one dash for the cash

DRF | 1 day ago
11 three-year-old trotters head behind the gate Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands in search of Hambletonian glory. Read More...

Exceed and Excel Colt Finds ‘Glory’ at Goodwood

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:23 PM ET 2nd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G3 Bet365 Molecomb S.      Winner: Cotai Glory (GB) by Exceed and Excel (Aus) COTAI GLORY (GB) (c, 2, by Exceed and Exce... Read More...

Positives spike after change in West Virginia drug rules

DRF | 1 day ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission will meet on Friday to discuss possible responses to a spate of recent drug positives that have cropped up in the wake of changes to the state’s medication rules and a transition to a new testing laboratory, the executive director of the commission said on Tuesday. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 1 day ago
If Puppy Manners (#2, 4-1) has a winning day in the fourth race at Del Mar on Wednesday, hopefully I will as well. Taking into account expected value, he is my day’s top play, and one on which I will be focusing a pick three wager, in addition to playing him to win the race itself. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Speed-packed Coronation Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
There’s no shortage of speed in Wednesday’s Coronation Cup, where most of the 3-year-old fillies entered can be classified as early-pace types. The skull-buster of a turf sprint brings together horses from far and wide, and handicappers must evaluate last-race running lines from Belmont Park, Parx Racing, Penn National, and Woodbine as well as a first-time Lasix import from England and the Saratoga-loving Hot Squeeze, who wheels right back after wiring a New York-bred allowance over the course a week ago. Read More...

Burn the Mortgage eyes The Vid

DRF | 1 day ago
Burn the Mortgage, a 4 1/2-length winner of the Eight Miles East Stakes last Saturday, will remain at Gulfstream and probably run next in the $75,000 The Vid on Sept. 13, said owner-trainer Mike Maker. Read More...

Moonshine Mullin star of W.Va. Derby undercard

DRF | 1 day ago
The unquestionable star of the West Virginia Derby undercard is Moonshine Mullin, an astounding $40,000 claim by trainer Randy Morse who will run in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s. Read More...

Study: EIPH Does Not Shorten Racing Careers

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A new study finds no difference in the racing career longevity between horses who experience some level of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage and those who never experience EIPH. Read More...