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Temporary Fantasy Sports Permits Issued in NY

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 22 issued temporary permits to five interactive fantasy sports operators given a new state law that regulates the activity. Read More...

Pinhookers Still Major Market Players

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After taking some hits in the 2-year-old market, especially in the lower- to mid-price ranges and in the late-season auctions, those who buy horses primarily to be sold later said they would be more selective in their purchases this year. Read More...

Michigan online mixed sale catalog now online

DRF | 2 days ago
The catalog for the 2016 Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association online mixed sale is now available online, with 35 horses on offer. Read More...

Attila’s Storm colt leads Ruidoso New Mexico-bred sale

DRF | 2 days ago
The Thoroughbred portion of the Ruidoso Downs New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse sale posted declines in gross on August 20, but saw an increase in average price with the help of a $100,000 Attila’s Storm colt that topped the sale. The yearling-exclusive session saw 74 yearlings sell for total receipts of $677,800, down 11 percent from last year’s Thoroughbred session which featured both yearling and mixed offerings and reported 93 horses selling for a total of $759,000. Read More...

Going Commando colt tops CTHS Manitoba yearling sale

DRF | 2 days ago
A disconnect between buyer and seller expectations held back the chance for overall gains at the Canadian Thoroughbred Society Manitoba Division yearling sale, but the 50 percent of horses that did change hands brought the sale an increased average price, led by a $13,000 (Canadian) Going Commando colt. Thirteen horses sold during the August 21 auction, grossing $76,100 (Canadian). That marked a 27 percent decrease from the 2015 renewal when 19 horses brought $104,050. Read More...

It’s a Chile summer at Saratoga

DRF | 2 days ago
Three Chilean-breds have shown off their home country’s best by capturing stakes at the boutique Saratoga meet this summer. Dacita returned to capture the Grade 1 Diana Stakes on July 23, stablemate Guapaza won the Grade 3 Waya Stakes on Aug. 6, and Turco Bravo picked up the Birdstone Stakes on Aug. 10. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 8/24 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday, August 24 card from Northfield Park. Read More...

487 Cataloged for Goffs UK Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
There are 487 horses cataloged for the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23-24 at Doncaster, including a number of well-bred lots with champion- and/or classics-winning connections. Read More...

Race-caller Mirahmadi released from hospital

DRF | 2 days ago
Monmouth Park race-caller Frank Mirahmadi was released from the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City, N.J., on Monday, a week after undergoing colon surgery. Read More...

‘Cleopatra’ in Gate Drill for Debutante

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra, a full sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, drilled six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 22 in preparation for her scheduled start in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) early in September. Read More...

Handle up sharply at Laurel Park summer meet

DRF | 2 days ago
A total of $45.7 million was wagered on the races at Laurel Park during its summer meet, which concluded Sunday, an increase of 22 percent from the $37.3 wagered last year, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 8/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday August 23 card at Mohawk. Read More...

Jess Good Candy wins trial but fails to qualify for All American Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Champion Jess Good Candy won the battle but not the war Sunday during trials for the Grade 1, $2.4 million All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs. He won his second-race trial, but his time of 21.60 seconds for 440-yards failed to notch a spot in Sept. 4 finale on an afternoon when a track labeled wet-fast produced quicker times as the card rolled on. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 8/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 8/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Joyous Lady, Zoned In seek stakes wins over statebreds

DRF | 2 days ago
With Wednesday's Shelby County and William Henry Harrison Stakes at Indiana Grand being for state-bred horses by Indiana-registered sires, the class-determining process for horseplayers is less straightforward than for standard stakes races. Read More...

Kristo to gun it in Brubaker Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The defection of Firing Line from the first division of the Harry F. Brubaker Stakes on Wednesday at Del Mar does not alter strategy for Kristo. Read More...

Trust, But Verify: Fact-Checking A Few Of Racing’s Stump Speeches

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No Saratoga start for Stopchargingmaria

DRF | 2 days ago
Stopchargingmaria has won races at Saratoga for three straight summers, but she won't make this summer's meet and has the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 9 as a possible next start. Read More...

Bird Song hitting his stride

DRF | 2 days ago
Aside from an odd similarity in their names, there is very little similar about the paths Songbird and Bird Song have taken to this point of their 3-year-old campaigns. And while trainer Ian Wilkes knows Bird Song is no Songbird, he does believe the best is yet to come for him. Read More...

Lady Eli gets a pacemaker for Ballston Spa

DRF | 2 days ago
The connections of Lady Eli have purchased the horse Sympathy from Highclere America and intend to use her as a pacemaker in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes. Read More...

Jones hoping for less drama with I’m a Chatterbox

DRF | 2 days ago
If the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap didn't give trainer Larry Jones flashbacks to last summer, then the drive this week to Saratoga almost surely will. Sometime in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Jones will be driving a horse trailer bringing I'm a Chatterbox to Saratoga for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign. Read More...

Pricedtoperfection leads Brown’s trio for Riskaverse Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Obviously, Chad Brown doesn't need an edge to win races this summer at Saratoga, where he enters the final two weeks of the meet comfortably ahead of perennial training champion Todd Pletcher in the standings. Read More...

King Congie saved from slaughterhouse

DRF | 2 days ago
On Friday night, Rosemary Farm, a horse-rescue operation in the Catskills region of New York, purchased an unknown Thoroughbred with a “strange leg” from a livestock auction where kill buyers were shopping and immediately drove him to Rhineback Equine Hospital for evaluation. It turns out that the farm’s mystery horse, an “impulse save,” was the 8-year-old ridgling King Congie, a winner of 2 of 11 career starts for West Point Thoroughbreds, including a score in the 2011 Tropical Park Derby. Read More...

Baffert has two for Travers Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
After Triple Crown winner American Pharoah got beat in last year's Travers – the only loss of his Horse of the Year campaign – many probably thought that trainer Bob Baffert wouldn't return to Saratoga for many years. Read More...

Allowance races boost Thursday program

DRF | 2 days ago
Whereas some recent programs at Gulfstream Park have been found noticeably lacking in high-end races, that is not the case for the Thursday card at the south Florida track. Three allowances, all part of the Rainbow 6 sequence (races 5-10), anchor a 10-race card. Read More...

Vyjack to challenge Masochistic in Pat O’Brien

DRF | 2 days ago
With Grade 1 Bing Crosby winner Lord Nelson awaiting the fall Santa Anita meeting, Masochistic will head up a small field in the Grade 2, $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes going seven furlongs on Saturday. Read More...

D’Amato works two for Torrey Pines

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Phil D'Amato ended the race week with a victory on Sunday by Midnight Storm in the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile, and on Monday morning set about trying to have similar results this weekend, sending out Enola Gray and Bellamentary for works in preparation for the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes on Sunday. Read More...

MJC Reports Handle Increase at Laurel Meet

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Total pari-mutuel handle during the Laurel Park summer meet that ended Aug. 21 increased 20.2% from the comparable meet in 2015, according to Maryland Jockey Club statistics. Read More...

Voss, Fisher loom large in New York Turf Writers Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainers Elizabeth Voss and Jack Fisher have combined to win the last four runnings of the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers' Cup Handicap at Saratoga and, with them having two-thirds of the six-horse field for Thursday's renewal of the $150,000 race, it's likely one of them will win it again. Read More...

Paulick Report 8/22 News Minute Presented By NYRA Bets

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Hips to Watch at OBS Select Yearling Session

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The only Ghostzapper yearling cataloged and the highest-priced pinhook are among the horses to watch during the Aug. 23 select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Engelhard widens lead in NHC Tour

DRF | 2 days ago
Current National Handicapping Championship Tour leader Kevin Engelhard widened his margin on Sunday with an outright win in a sold out NHCQualify event on the DRF Tournaments platform. Bernard Reilly and Humberto Avalos also won NHC seats in the contest. Read More...

Free Qualifying Tourney for BC ‘Challenge’

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A free online handicapping tournament is set for Aug. 28 with the grand prize winner receiving an automatic $10,000 entry into the 2016 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, Breeders' Cup announced Aug. 22 Read More...

McCarthy, Kruljac barns spar in optional claimers

DRF | 2 days ago
There were so many older female turf sprinters entered for an optional-claiming race on Thursday at Del Mar that trainers Michael McCarthy and Eric Kruljac were able to get runners into both divisions, doubling their chances of having a big day. Read More...

Renown a sentimental choice in John’s Call

DRF | 2 days ago
Renown will be more than just a sentimental choice in Wednesday's $100,000 John's Call Stakes at Saratoga. Renown has a legitimate chance to win the 1 5/8-mile turf race named in honor of the gelding who won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer in 2000 at the age of 9. Read More...

Exaggerator, Creator to face full field in Travers

DRF | 2 days ago
A full field of 14 was expected to be entered Tuesday for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga, bringing together two classic winners, four other graded stakes winners, and a host of late bloomers who are looking to find their place in the 3-year-old division. Read More...

Dolphus, No Distortion meet in Delp Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
The Buddy Delp Memorial at Delaware Park on Wednesday has come up stronger than one would expect for a $50,000 race. Trainer Joe Sharp is sending in Dolphus from Saratoga for the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and Larry Jones is waiting to greet him with stakes-winning No Distortion. Read More...

Free chance at qualifying for BCBC

DRF | 2 days ago
There’s a new way to win in to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and it’s absolutely free. Today, The Breeders’ Cup announced that entries are open now for a free, online handicapping tournament will be held on the DRF Tournaments site on Sunday, Aug. 28. Read More...

OBS Sale Next Test of Yearling Market

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
With declines in the three previous yearling sales to date this year as polarization between the top and the rest of the market continues, the next test will take place with the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.'s Aug. 23-25 auction. Read More...

NYRA Has Deal for Venue Technology Platform

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The New York Racing Association has signed an agreement with VenueNext to implement a "connected venue technology platform" beginning in the spring of 2017 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Free: Del Mar horses to watch for week of Aug. 22

DRF | 2 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Del Mar for the week of Aug. 22. Read More...

Super high five carryover kicks off Wednesday card

DRF | 2 days ago
A carryover of $78,838 in the super high five will be up for grabs when the first of eight races is run at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday. It's one of a trio of Wednesday carryovers, along with $86,148 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 (races 3-8) and $29,977 in the late pick five (races 4-8). Read More...

Strategies Offered for Unwanted Horses

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Unwanted Horse Coalition is offering a new resource to encourage horse-related organizations and groups to become involved in efforts to assist or prevent unwanted horses. Read More...

Strut the Course to defend crown in Canadian Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Strut the Course, the 2014 Canadian Champion older female, is on track to defend her victory in last year's Grade 2, $200,000 Canadian Stakes, which will be run over 1 1/8 miles on the E. P. Taylor Turf Course as part of the Woodbine Mile undercard Sept. 17. Read More...

Trip Notes for August 21-22: Fourstardave, Alabama, Pacific Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Trip Notes for August 21-22: Fourstardave, Alabama, Pacific Classic Read More...

Kentucky Downs Program Supports Research

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The third Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day at Kentucky Downs is scheduled for Sept. 3. Read More...

Renovations Underway at Will Rogers Downs

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is in the midst of a renovation that includes amenities for racing patrons. Read More...

Del Mar sets handle record on Pacific Classic Day

DRF | 2 days ago
Del Mar set a single-day track record of $25,060,204 for all-sources handle on Saturday's Pacific Classic Day program, a boost to a summer meeting that has had a decline in business compared with 2015. Read More...

Race Day Focuses on Aftercare in Britain

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The racing industry in Great Britain Aug. 23 will participate in a national program designed to raise awareness of racehorse aftercare. Read More...

Sparkman: Now or never for Godolphin Arabian line

DRF | 2 days ago
For almost 300 years, all Thoroughbreds have descended in male line from three stallions imported into England from the Middle East between about 1686 and 1730. The fortunes of the male lines descending from the Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian, and Godolphin Arabian waxed and waned for most of that period, but over the last century, the male-line descendants of the Darley Arabian, primarily through Phalaris, have swamped descendants of the other two line founders Read More...