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King: Los Alamitos pick three play for Saturday, Dec. 21

DRF | 2 days ago
Los Alamitos Race Course ends its card with a pick three Saturday, though in my mind it might as well be considered a pick two. There appears to be a “free square” in the middle leg, the eighth race, the Los Alamitos Futurity – a race in which DORTMUND (3) appears lengths the best. Read More...

New York sire Disco Rico loses battle with laminitis

DRF | 2 days ago
Disco Rico, a multiple Grade 3 winner and New York sire, was euthanized Thursday after a lengthy struggle with laminitis. Read More...

Leading Laurel Rider McCarthy Breaks Wrist

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Leading Laurel Park jockey Trevor McCarthy sustained a broken right wrist when he was unseated after his mount swerved to miss a fallen horse as both were galloping out after the second race Dec. 20. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Gulfstream Park on Sunday, Dec. 21

DRF | 2 days ago
As New York is my home circuit, I tend to play only the better quality races at other tracks. That modus operandi simplifies the approach to Sunday’s program at Gulfstream Park, where I’m passing on the two $6,250 claiming contests as well as the five races for maiden claimers. Read More...

Mott Juveniles Dead Heat in GP Allowance

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 3:01 PM ET 5th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)OC ($37K)     Winner: Dubai Sky by Candy Ride (ARG) Mott juveniles Dubai Sky (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Hard to ... Read More...

Favored Act of War Captures Cape Guineas

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Brilliant 3-year-old Act of War justified his status as longtime favorite for the Grand Parade Cape Guineas (SAf-I) when scoring an authoritative win Dec. 20 at Kenilworth. Read More...

CHRB Eyes Scratching of Unreported Geldings

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board is considering a rule change that would result in the scratch of a horse that has been gelded since his last race if that information is not disclosed well before the race in question. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Dec. 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Took a long look at the first three races today and couldn’t find anything to recommend, so I’ll do a little Christmas shopping early on Panic Saturday before making sure I’m all set for race 4 (post 2:02 Eastern). Read More...

Godolphin Filly Enters Golden Slipper Picture

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 10:33 PM ET 1st at RSH (ROSEHILL)TAB Place Multi Plate (A$85k)     Winner: Ottoman (Aus) by Exceed and Excel (Aus) Godolphin's Ottoman (Aus) (f, 2, E... Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 7:23 PM ET 'TDN Rising Star' Dortmund (Big Brown) looks to solidify his spot atop the list of 2015 GI... Read More...

Emerald Purses to Rise 20% for 2015 Season

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track. Read More...

Emerald Downs Purses to Rise 20% in 2015

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track. Read More...

OBS Winter Mixed Sale Catalog Now Online

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale, set for Jan. 28-29, is now available on the OBS website. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Los Alamitos for Saturday, Dec. 20

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday’s card at Los Alamitos Race Course will be highlighted by the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity – a race which will feature the current favorite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Dortmund. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 12/22 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 12/22 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 12/22 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 12/22 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Bayern Turns in Bullet Move at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 12/21 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 12/21 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

California Chrome Drills at Los Alamitos

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
California Chrome drilled a handy half mile in 49 seconds flat at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 19 as he prepares for his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Penn Mile Tops 193-Day Penn National Schedule

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has received approval from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to conduct 193 days of live racing in 2015. Read More...

OBS winter mixed sale catalog now online

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale is now available online. Read More...

Hofmans looks ahead with Home Run Kitten

DRF | 3 days ago
Home Run Kitten provided one of the highlights of 2014 for trainer David Hofmans when the 3-year-old scored a dramatic come-from-behind win in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on the Santa Anita hillside turf course in September. Read More...

Travis Stone Named Churchill Downs Announcer

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Travis Stone, race caller at Monmouth Park in 2014, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs and will be the voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Bayern notches solid workout for Baffert

DRF | 3 days ago
Bayern, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1, zoomed a half-mile in 46.20 seconds when working at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

R Limo Joe Goes Wire-To-Wire at GP

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 2:49 PM ET 5th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)MSW ($34K)     Winner: R Limo Joe by Kantharos R Limo Joe (Kantharos) becomes the 18th winner for his freshman... Read More...

Lemon Drop Kid Colt Impresses in Big Easy

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 2:44 PM ET 1st at FGX (Fair Grounds)Alw ($38k)     Winner: Another Lemon Drop by Lemon Drop Kid Another Lemon Drop (c, 2, Lemon Drop Kid) rides the r... Read More...

Boyce enjoys first local meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Forest Boyce, who made a last-minute decision to ride this season at Fair Grounds instead of staying home in Maryland to ride at Laurel, said she’s enjoying the track and the city. Read More...

Forever Unbridled targets Silverbulletday

DRF | 3 days ago
Forever Unbridled, who defeated 2-year-old maiden fillies at a mile and 70 yards by 2 1/4 lengths Dec. 12 in her second start, will race next in the Silverbulletday, trainer Dallas Stewart said. Read More...

Travis Stone named new Churchill Downs race-caller

DRF | 3 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Friday that Travis Stone has been hired as the new race-caller at its flagship track, replacing Larry Collmus, who resigned after just one year to work primarily at the New York Racing Association. Read More...

Bridlewood Owner Malone Purchases Ballylinch

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bridlewood Farm owner John Malone has completed a deal to purchase Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, Ireland, from the Mahony family's Killeen Group Holdings. Read More...

New York racing in jeopardy over workers’ compensation dispute

DRF | 3 days ago
A dispute over workmens' compensation pricing could threaten to shut down New York racing beginning Jan. 1. Read More...

Celebrity Status tries to end losing streak Sunday

DRF | 3 days ago
Celebrity Status is winless in the last 19 months, a losing streak that has not diminished his status in trainer Don Warren’s stable. Read More...

Hovdey: Sherman the year’s breakout star at 77

DRF | 3 days ago
John Houseman was an overnight sensation at the age of 71 when he stepped out from behind his role as producer of award-winning films and mentor of acting talent to accept an Oscar for his supporting role in the 1973 movie “The Paper Chase.” Read More...

Honor Code’s 2015 debut pushed back to March

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Shug McGaughey has decided to tweak the original itinerary he set out for Honor Code when the horse first arrived in south Florida. Instead of launching his 2015 campaign in the one-mile Hal’s Hope on Jan. 10 as a prep for the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, Honor Code will now start just once at the meet, in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 7. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Milwaukee Brew

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Milwaukee Brew's turf heritage has probably been an advantage in Canada, as the country's richest races are conducted on Polytrack and turf at Woodbine. Read More...

Old Friends to Receive Special Eclipse Award

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented the Special Eclipse Award at ceremonies Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Read More...

Britain’s New Steroid Policy Change Delayed

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Full implementation of an enhanced zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of anabolic steroids in Great Britain has been delayed until March 2015, the British Horseracing Authority announced Dec. 19. Read More...

Casino Could Negatively Impact Finger Lakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino. Read More...

Casino Would Negatively Impact Finger Lakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino. Read More...

John Malone, Owner of Bridlewood Farm, Acquires Ballylinch Stud

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 12:37 PM ET John Malone, owner of Bridlewood Farm in Florida, acquires Ballylinch Stud in Ireland Read More...

Litfin: Gulfstream pick three play for Saturday, Dec. 20

DRF | 3 days ago
If the fields remain intact, there will be 2,744 possible pick three combinations involving races 8 through 10 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday – the Tropical Park Derby; an allowance scheduled for turf at 1 7/16 miles; and the Tropical Park Oaks. Read More...

West Coast Belle another filly success for Catalano

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Wayne Catalano was all smiles after watching the undefeated 2-year-old filly West Coast Belle work a half-mile Wednesday morning at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Cassatt using Tiffany Lass as a tune-up for richer Texas race

DRF | 3 days ago
Graded stakes winner Cassatt, coming off a front-running, 4 1/2-length romp against 3-year-olds in the Zia Park Oaks on Nov. 26 for trainer Larry Jones, is the only stakes winner among the five runners in the Tiffany Lass for older fillies and mares Sunday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Varsity returns from 10-month layoff in turf-sprint feature

DRF | 3 days ago
A six-time winner from 17 starts, Varsity will return after a layoff of nearly 10 months in the Sunday feature at Gulfstream Park, a $42,000 allowance with wide-open conditions. Read More...

Giwner: Mindboggling year-end voting results

DRF | 3 days ago
In the overall scheme of things, two deserving horses—JK She’salady and Sweet Lou—will be honored. That I can accept. What is a bit harder to swallow is the typical nonsensical voting for horses that simply do not merit a vote. Read More...

Musselman Drops Lawsuit Against Churchill

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ed Musselman's litigation against Churchill Downs Inc. involving backstretch access has come to an end after the Indian Charlie publisher and the track owner on Dec. 16 jointly agreed to a voluntary dismissal. Read More...

Sparkman: Map to stardom for Unbridled’s Song colt

DRF | 3 days ago
It was with considerable surprise that I read the results of the fourth session of the 2012 Keeneland September sale on Sept. 13, 2012. I had left Kentucky for my home in Tennessee earlier that day with the understanding that my part-time employer Vincent Viola was finished buying at the sale. Read More...

Slideshow: Top 10 Races of 2014

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
You voted for the top races of 2014, and the results are revealed in this slideshow. Read More...

Marketer Voluntarily Recalls Equine Gastric Ulcer Product

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A firm warned by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cease selling the equine ulcer product Gastrotec without that agency's approval has voluntarily recalled that product. Read More...

Another Oatie tops Southern California Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Through 2014, the 3-year-old Quarter Horses Another Oatie, All Guns Firing and Dynasty of Habits have chased Moonist in several derbies at Los Alamitos. In Sunday’s $145,850 Southern California Derby, they are finally rid of him. Read More...