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Monmouth: Paco Lopez white hot

DRF | 23 hours ago
Paco Lopez had a huge week at Monmouth Park, winning with 13 of his 26 mounts, and was voted Jockey of the Week by the Jockeys’ Guild. Read More...

Pimlico: Average daily handle rises

DRF | 23 hours ago
Average daily handle was up at this year’s Pimlico meet, which consisted of 28 racing days, nine fewer than in 2015. Read More...

Bendable must utilize speed from rail

DRF | 23 hours ago
Bendable's speed could be an asset when she starts against winners in a first-level allowance/optional $75,000 claimer for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

Horsemen, Mountaineer Assist Flood Victims

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Horsemen and management at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort June 28 joined forces to assist West Virginians impacted by recent severe flooding that affected many communities in the state. Read More...

Enhanced video board among new improvements as Laurel Park reopens

DRF | 23 hours ago
Several capital improvements were made at Laurel Park this spring, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club. The track reopens for its summer meet Friday. Read More...

Dubai Sky begins comeback on turf

DRF | 24 hours ago
Grade 3 winner Dubai Sky, who was knocked out of last year's Triple Crown series by an injury, makes his long-awaited return in Friday's second race at Churchill Downs, a third-level allowance/optional $100,000 claiming event on turf. Read More...

Regulators Consider Out-of-Competition Rule

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
The model rules committee of the Association of Racing Commissioners International will consider an industry recommendation to expand out-of-competition testing when it meets July 14 in Seattle. Read More...

Schettino maidens worth a look

DRF | 24 hours ago
There's a lot going on during the nine-race card at Belmont Park on Friday, which includes two competitive second-level optional races, plus a $50,000 starter race in which trainer Wesley Ward has given the mount on the favorite to 48-year-old David Flores, a winner of 3,500 races who now works for him. Read More...

From hoops to horse races

DRF | 24 hours ago
Chris Griffin, the race-caller at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet, has had a varied background at the microphone. Read More...

2-year-olds get shot at stakes money

DRF | 24 hours ago
Two Thoroughbred stakes are on tap this weekend. On Saturday, 2-year-old fillies meet in the $50,000-added Juan Gonzalez Memorial. Sunday’s feature is the $100,000 Everett Nevin Stakes for 2-year-old California-breds. Read More...

Tracy holds pair of aces for Sales Stakes

DRF | 24 hours ago
Greg Tracy trained the winners of six of the first eight stakes at Northlands Park this year and there is a strong chance he will win both divisions of the $50,000 Sales Stakes for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds on Friday. Read More...

Collmus steps down from Gulfstream announcing job

DRF | 1 day ago
Larry Collmus has stepped down as the winter-time racetrack announcer at Gulfstream Park. No replacement has been named. Collmus, 49, who began calling the races at Gulfstream in January 2007, cited the desire to lessen his workload. Read More...

Ila Veiw tries to build on debut

DRF | 1 day ago
Ila Veiw will try to prove that her blowout win in her debut was no fluke when she runs in a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs on Friday. The 5 1/2-furlong sprint drew seven horses and goes as race 6 on a seven-race card that begins at 6:30 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

375 Yearlings Cataloged for Arqana Sale

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
French sales company Arqana has cataloged 375 yearlings for its Aug. 14-16 sale in Deauville that has been represented by recent group I winners Almanzor, Qemah, Belardo, and Jemayel, among others. Read More...

Zenyatta Bottle to Benefit Old Friends

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
It is the latest in a series of five bottles depicting Breeders' Cup winners, and each bottle is available for a $400 donation to benefit Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm. Read More...

Baze’s retirement gives young guns more ammunition

DRF | 1 day ago
Top young riders could be beneficiaries of Russel Baze's retirement, such as Juan Hernandez, second to Baze at the last Golden Gate Fields meet; Ricardo Gonzalez, who won the Oak Tree Handicap aboard Bronze Star for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on Saturday; and 2011 Eclipse-winning apprentice Kyle Frey. Read More...

Dominion Day distance suits Melmich

DRF | 1 day ago
The long-winded Melmich will lengthen out to a 1 1/4 miles on the holiday Friday card at Woodbine in the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes. Read More...

Legends: Charlie Whittingham, the Bald Eagle

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Whittingham was such a dominant force on the racing scene that even today, over 15 years since he last saddled a horse, he is still 13th on the all-time earnings list. Read More...

Morris to Ride Mongolian Saturday in July Cup

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Luke Morris, who leads Britain in wins in 2016, has been booked to ride U.S.-trained Mongolian Saturday in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) Saturday, July 9 at Newmarket. Read More...

Fedorka: For The Love Of The Horse

I got the text message Monday afternoon. I had known about the neglect case for quite some time, and my good friend Carrie Gilbert had been in the thick of it for months. A horse named Silver Cliff... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Summer Festival of Racing on Thursday, Friday

DRF | 1 day ago
Tampa Bay Downs will hold its fourth annual Summer Festival of Racing on Thursday and Friday with a pair of eight-race cards consisting mostly of lower-level races. Read More...

Catalog of F-T July racing-age sale available

DRF | 2 days ago
The catalog for the 2016 Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale is now available online, with 100 entries and more expected through supplemental nominations. Read More...

Industry database shows decrease in ontrack fatalities

DRF | 2 days ago
Dr. Tim Parkin, who is a member of the EID Scientific Advisory Committee, told the conference that the number of fatal injuries has declined by 19 percent since 2009. Read More...

Big Move Forward on Concussion Protocol

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Jockeys' Guild and Kentucky tracks hope to take a big step forward this year in rider concussion protocol. Read More...

F-T Horses of Racing Age Sale Catalog Online

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The interactive catalog for Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s July selected horses of racing age sale is now available online. Read More...

AAEP Panel Calls for Additional EIPH Research

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
AAEP Racing Committee presented at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit June 28 at Keeneland. Read More...

Bramlage: Decreased Use of Depo-Medrol a Plus

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Respected equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage said reduced use of a specific corticosteroid has contributed to the reduction in catastrophic breakdowns. Read More...

MA Court Rules in Favor of Slots Referendum

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A statewide referendum to allow a slots parlor adjacent to Suffolk Downs will move forward after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled June 28 the question can be on the November ballot. Read More...

A New Brand of Hero

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
If you go back through the 20th century, the typical equine hero was a 3-year-old or 4-year-old male who excelled at our classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 6/30 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 6/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 6/30 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 6/30 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Pocono: Tetrick hoping for good results in Sun Stakes Finals

DRF | 2 days ago
Driver Tim Tetrick talks about his drives in the four Sun Stakes finals at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night. Read More...

Meadowlands: Date set for mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 payout

DRF | 2 days ago
On Tuesday, The Meadowlands Racetrack announced a horseplayer’s dream with a mandatory payout of the last race Jackpot Super High Five on Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday, July 16. The current jackpot stands at $267,769. The wager will not be offered until the mandatory payout night to ensure it is not hit before then. Read More...

Northfield: Field drawn for Cleveland Trotting Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Northeast Ohio’s premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. Read More...

Flores returns to saddle on Thursday’s card

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey David Flores, a winner of more than 3,500 races, will ride for the first time since last September in Thursday’s fifth race at Belmont Park. Read More...

Relief Comes to Abandoned Horses in Kentucky

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
As additional supplies arrived, some of the 43 horses abandoned on a Kentucky farm were relocated to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation facility near Lexington. Read More...

White-Headed Foal Named Southern Phantom

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Mary Beth Woods of Shreveport, La., submitted the winning entry of Southern Phantom in a name-the-foal contest offered exclusively at BloodHorse.com. Read More...

Fewer Fatalities Tied to Risk-Factor Changes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Analysis of the Equine Injury Database suggests improvement in some risk factors may have played a role in the decline in the number of catastrophic injuries per 1,000 starts in dirt races from 2014 to 2015. Read More...

Gaudet, Amoss to Join Saratoga Live Team

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Gabby Gaudet and Tom Amoss will join the New York Racing Association's broadcast team for the launch of Saratoga Live on July 22. Read More...

Six underweight horses from Borell farm moved to TRF facility

DRF | 2 days ago
Rusty Ford, spokesperson for the Kentucky state veterinary department, said that the state this morning has received permission to move six of the horses to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation facility in the state. Those six were deemed to be the priorities because they were either starving or severely underweight. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Internal Forces

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Forget about external pressures when it comes to yearling sales. Read More...

Six Neglected Horses Cleared to Leave Farm

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Six of the 43 horses housed at a farm in Central Kentucky will be moved so they can get more focused care, a Kentucky official said the morning of June 28. Read More...

Rood & Riddle to Sponsor Breeders’ Cup Draw

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Rood & Riddle, one of the world's leading equine veterinary practices, will begin its second year as the Official Equine Hospital of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and Title Sponsor of the 2016 Breeders' Cup post-position draw. Read More...

Thoroughbred Makeover Tickets Now for Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for the event held Oct. 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park, and include access to seminars, competition, demonstrations, and the finale. Read More...

Tampa Bay Downs Ready for Summer Festival

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Exciting Thoroughbred racing returns to Tampa Bay Downs June 30 and July 1 as horsemen, jockeys, track officials, and area fans celebrate the fourth annual Summer Festival of Racing. Read More...

Exchange wagering do’s and don’ts

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s not often you can catch a break living in New Jersey, the land of stratospheric property taxes, grueling bridge-and-tunnel commutes, and no left turns off major roads. So when the Betfair exchange launched exclusively for residents of the Garden State a few weeks ago, it was a much-welcomed bone thrown to New Jersey horseplayers. Read More...

Mike Beer’s Belmont horses to watch for June 28, 2016

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Beer's Belmont horses to watch for June 28. Read More...

PA House Panel Passes Breeding Fund Revisions

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Legislation that would change the parameters of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Breeding Fund cleared a House of Representatives committee June 27. Read More...

Zoccali: Harness Racing still has potential

DRF | 3 days ago
“Too bad, you missed the heyday of racing.” If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that in the last 10 years or so. I can never tell if the person expressing that sentiment is genuine in what they are saying or if they are boasting that they did experience some of the best years of racing, and I didn’t, according to them. Read More...

State officials examine abandoned horses on farm tied to Borell

DRF | 3 days ago
Kentucky Agriculture Department officials met with Mercer County officials Monday to look at 44 abandoned Thoroughbreds to evaluate their condition in a case involving horses that had been in the care of or owned by Chuck Borell and his daughter Maria Borell. Read More...