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Jockey Hill Guides in 1,000th Winner

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Channing Hill was all smiles the morning of June 25 for a good reason. The 28-year-old native of Grand Island, Neb. scored his 1,000th career win the previous day aboard Shut the Gate in the eighth race at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Harzand Completes Derby Double at Curragh

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-l) winner Harzand saw off a strong challenge from Idaho in the final furlong to seal a classic double in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) June 25 at the Curragh. Read More...

Tepin arrives at Belmont Park before heading to Churchill Downs

DRF | 2 days ago
Tepin arrived at Belmont Park on Friday as she continues to make her way back to the Churchill Downs division of trainer Mark Casse's stable following her historic victory over males in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 14. Read More...

California Chrome moves closer to return with six-furlong workout

DRF | 2 days ago
California Chrome’s workouts are getting serious. With four weeks remaining before his summer debut in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, California Chrome worked six furlongs in 1:12.20 at Los Alamitos on Saturday. The exercise equaled his longest workout since he returned to training in early May following a win in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates on March 26. Read More...

Beer: How I’ll play Belmont Park on Saturday, June 25

DRF | 2 days ago
Let's take a look at Saturday's late pick four, which covers races 7 through 10. Read More...

Rampellini: Lone Star Park pick four for Sunday, June 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Sprinters who win races at an above-average rate are out in droves for Sunday’s late pick four at Lone Star Park. The sequence that has a 50-cent minimum wager runs on races 6-9. It opens with a $40,000 optional-claiming sprint that drew six stakes winners and includes a second optional claimer at six furlongs in which one entrant is chasing career victory No. 21. The forecast for the afternoon program is a high of 97 degrees, with no precipitation in the mix, according to The Weather Channel. Below is a look at the late pick four. Read More...

Arapahoe Park under quarantine due to case of Equine Infectious Anemia

DRF | 2 days ago
Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colo., has been placed under quarantine after a horse on the grounds tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), the track announced Friday. The lockdown restricts movement of horses both in and out of the stable area, but racing can be conducted, and the track’s program went on as scheduled Friday. Read More...

California Chrome Logs Weekly Drill at Los Al

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Another week, another performance from Los Alamitos Race Course's resident superstar in front of some of his most loyal fans. Read More...

Meadowlands: Resolve takes Cutler Memorial in return to the United States

DRF | 3 days ago
Making his first start since finishing second in the Elitlopp, Resolve got away with an easy middle half and sprinted a 26 3/5 final quarter win the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Roll Away Joe, Artmagic grab New York Sire Stakes wins

DRF | 3 days ago
Roll Away Joe and Artmagic posted slight upset victories in a pair of $83,937 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night. Read More...

Arrogate Impresses at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate had the look of something special June 24 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Magee Clinches Training Title at Pimlico

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With two days remaining in the Preakness (gr. I) meet at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Kieron Magee clinched his second consecutive Maryland training title when Mothernaturespell won the fourth race at the Baltimore racetrack June 24. Read More...

Far From Over Victorious in Return

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
In his first start in more than 16 months, Black Rock Thoroughbreds, Madaket Stables, and James Covello's Far From Over kept his undefeated record intact in a June 24 allowance race at Belmont Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 6/27 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 6/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 6/27 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 6/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Nominations Being Accepted for Top Simulcast

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
OnTrack Media and Entertainment will again sponsor the award honoring the racing industry's best simulcast production to be presented at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference to be held this year in New Orleans. Read More...

Louisiana Downs: Eramia set to return Wednesday

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Richard Eramia did not compete this past week at Louisiana Downs because he was serving a suspension for a riding infraction, according to his agent, Rick Mocklin. Eramia is due to resume riding Wednesday. Read More...

Six stakes winners in Sunday feature

DRF | 3 days ago
There are six stakes winners in the seven-horse feature Sunday at Lone Star Park. W V Jetsetter, Solar Charge, A M Milky Way, and Johnny Whip are among the older horses set to clash in the optional $40,000 claiming race over six furlongs. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, June 26

DRF | 3 days ago
Some limited field sizes may limit your options in terms of trying to hit a “big one.” The final pick three of the day (races 7-9) incorporates the two largest fields on the card, and while hitting here likely won’t send you to the IRS window, it still presents an opportunity. Read More...

Upgrades in place for DRF Tournaments

DRF | 3 days ago
Daily Racing Form announced this week that it will be rolling out upgrades to the new DRF Tournament site as early as next week, responding to player input and suggestions during its first month of operation. Read More...

Casse may run two Smile Sprint nominees in Sea of Grass

DRF | 3 days ago
Stablemates Grande Shores and Sing Praises are among the 17 horses nominated for next Saturday’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint. But trainer Mark Casse may not wait that long. Both horses are entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Sea of Grass, an overnight stakes restricted to Florida-breds going 6 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Familiar voice Byers back at Lone Star

DRF | 3 days ago
Jim Byers is back in the game. Byers, an announcer who took a more than 15-year break from racing to work in other sports, is back calling races on a regular basis this meet at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Hovdey: Puhich looks for moment in the sun in Kent

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mike Puhich ran Profound Moment for a $25,000 claiming tag in her debut on May 7 at Emerald Downs, not quite sure how good she was. In fact, she was good enough to win by 13 lengths, at which point Puhich held his breath until he was sure no one had dropped in a claim. Read More...

BHA Working on Strategies After ‘Brexit’ Vote

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Following the June 23 referendum in which Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, stakeholders in the Thoroughbred industry are working to ensure its interests are represented as the nation enters a time of transition and uncertainty. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 6/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 6/26 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Owner Donald Blahut dies

DRF | 3 days ago
Donald Blahut, who owned such stakes winners as Caracortado, Kelly Leak, and Southern Image, died Monday after an illness, according to trainer Mike Machowsky. Read More...

Danzing Candy likely for Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Danzing Candy, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby on May 7 after setting the early pace, is a likely starter in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita on July 2, trainer Bob Baffert said. Read More...

Plate win no guarantee of stallion appeal

DRF | 3 days ago
Winning the Kentucky Derby practically guarantees the victor will have a leg up against his contemporaries when it comes to attracting quality and quantity for his first book at stud. The Queen's Plate is more of a mixed bag as a stallion-making race. Read More...

How a Sire Line Develops

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
There are two overriding theories of how breeders decide on a mating for racing, and possible future breeding success: Paper Pedigree Analysis and Physical Analysis. Read More...

Dortmund may return in San Diego Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Dortmund, the six-time stakes winner who was third in the 2015 Kentucky Derby behind American Pharoah, is nearing his 2016 debut. Trainer Bob Baffert said this week that Dortmund is a candidate for the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Del Mar on July 23. Read More...

The Week in Photos for 6/21/2016

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Stephen Foster Handicap, Wise Dan Stakes, Fleur de Lis Handicap, Summertime Oaks, Honeymoon Stakes, Poker Handicap, Pegasus Stakes, Matt Winn Stakes, Regret Stakes. Read More...

California’s Internet poker bill heads to full Assembly

DRF | 3 days ago
Legislation that would legalize Internet poker in California and provide California racing interests with a $60 million annual subsidy passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations by a vote of 14-1 on Wednesday. Read More...

Impact of Brexit uncertain

DRF | 3 days ago
The question on a lot of people's minds in racing Friday was whether Brexit, the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, would have any effect on the auction or bloodstock markets in North America. The short answer is probably not, though it's too early to tell. Read More...

Daily Fantasy Sports Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Coming To A Track Near You?

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a new form of daily fantasy sports based on the kind of pari-mutuel wagering used in horse racing, and the man who came up with the concept said he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Favorites in New York Stallion Stakes unproven on turf

DRF | 3 days ago
The New York Stallion Stakes series for 3-year-olds switches to turf on Sunday at Belmont Park, and the result is a pair of confusing races. Read More...

Too Early to Gauge ‘Brexit’ Effect on Sales

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Management of two major U.S. equine sales companies say it is too early to tell if the 52%-48% vote in favor of Great Britain exiting the European Union and the resulting drop in currency values will impact upcoming North American yearling sales. Read More...

EIA Positive Leads to Arapahoe Quarantine

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Arapahoe Park in Colorado said has enacted a quarantine in response to a positive test for equine infectious anemia discovered in a non-racing horse in the track's barn area. Read More...

Aging Senor Rojo should enjoy middle-distance claimer

DRF | 3 days ago
Anyone watching Senor Rojo gallop along the rail in the mornings at Hastings wouldn't think he was a 10-year-old gelding with 66 starts behind him. The classy son of Out of Place loves to train, and he looks as youthful as he did when he won the Grade 3 Premiers at Hastings as a 4-year-old in 2010. He has lost a step or two since, but he was good enough to win two races in 2015 and he should appreciate the chance to stretch out to a middle distance for the first time this year when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race that will serve as the feature at Hastings Sunday. Read More...

Debut winner Chalon may run in Landaluce

DRF | 3 days ago
Chalon beat 2-year-old maiden fillies at Santa Anita on Thursday in a fashion that left trainer Peter Miller eager for a quick turnaround in a stakes.Friday, Miller said Chalon is a candidate for the $125,000 Landaluce Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on July 9, the first stakes of the year for 2-year-old fillies in Southern California. Read More...

Thistledown to Lower Pick 5, Pick 4 Takeout

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
JACK Thistledown Racino will lower its takeout rate on multi-race pools for the remainder of the season, starting June 25, which is $500,000 Ohio Derby day. Read More...

Birdatthewire returns to surface she loves for Princess Rooney

DRF | 3 days ago
While Gulfstream Park-based fillies such as Best Behavior, Kiss to Remember, Cali Star and My Miss Venezuela can claim home field advantage going into next Saturday's Princess Rooney Stakes, none can boast a better local record than Birdatthewire, who is expected to ship down from Kentucky for the Grade 2 event. Read More...

Eutrophia to Reduce Thoroughbred Holdings

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ohio breeder/owner Elisabeth “Betty” Alexander will disperse most of her Thoroughbred holdings at the Fasig-Tipton July selected sale of horses of racing age sale July 11. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, June 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Sticking around for the last two races Saturday at Santa Anita? The answer should be yes because both Grade 1 races include attractive betting opportunities. Read More...

Desert Stormer, McCann’s Mojave get just five apiece

DRF | 3 days ago
The struggle to fill races at Santa Anita has spilled into the stakes program. Sunday's nine-race card attracted just 54 entrants; two stakes each has five. Read More...

Single Six jackpot may go unhit until closing night

DRF | 3 days ago
A mandatory dispersal of the Single Six pool will be held on the final six races of a Downs After Dark card that will close the 38-day meet on July 2 at Churchill Downs, and if form holds, the Single Six could attract several million dollars in wagering handle atop a jackpot that has been building since May 13. Read More...

D’funnything gets class test in Ontario County Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
In two starts since he began racing for trainer Michael Ferraro, D'funnything has been dominant, crushing New York-bred maidens and open-company allowance sprinters by a combined 19 3/4 lengths. D'funnything now will find out whether he can continue his success when he steps up to stakes company in Monday's $50,000 Ontario County for 3-year-old New York-breds at Finger Lakes. Read More...

Thistledown lowers takeout on pick fours, pick fives

DRF | 3 days ago
Thistledown racetrack announced Friday that takeout on pick-four and pick-five wagers will be lowered from 22.5 percent to 15 percent for the rest of its race meet starting Saturday. The Saturday program, featuring the $500,000 Ohio Derby, is the biggest day of a meet that began April 25 and ends Oct. 22. Read More...

Unbeaten Chief Istan facing toughest test

DRF | 3 days ago
The fast but fragile Chief Istan will face the toughest challenge of his undefeated career in the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Read More...

My Heart Goes On should be tough to catch in Kent Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
My Heart Goes On ran too good to lose when she was nipped at the wire by Hastings-invader Princess Katie in the $50,000 Irish Day Stakes at Emerald Downs on May 29. Now, with Princess Katie staying home, My Heart Goes On looks like the one to beat in the $50,000 Kent Stakes at Emerald Sunday. Read More...

Legends: Joe Hirsch, Racing Ambassador

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
He received numerous awards and accolades, and was dedicated to the future of the sport and mentoring upcoming journalists in the racing industry. Read More...