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Monticello: Horses to watch from August 24 – August 27

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 8/31 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 8/31 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

The Day After: No Regrets From Team ‘Pharoah’

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
There were no regrets from American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert the morning after the Triple Crown winner finished second to Keen Ice in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Travers Day Handle Just Shy of $50 Million

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Saratoga Race Course reported record pari-mutuel handle for its Aug. 29 program that featured the Travers Stakes and five other grade I stakes. Read More...

Zayats search for answers following American Pharoah’s Travers loss

DRF | 2 days ago
A long walk back to the hotel followed by a ride to the airport and a cross-country flight to San Diego gave Ahmed Zayat, the owner of American Pharoah, plenty of time to reassess the gut reaction he had Saturday immediately following the Travers Stakes, when he raised the possibility of retiring the Triple Crown winner, but when the plane touched down, he still was leaning the same direction. Read More...

Flintshire headed back to France after Sword Dancer triumph

DRF | 2 days ago
Flintshire came out of his blowout win in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga on Saturday in excellent shape and will be headed back to France to prepare for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Oct. 4. Read More...

King: Saratoga pick three play for Sunday, Aug. 30

DRF | 2 days ago
Contention runs deep Sunday at Saratoga in the late pick three, a three-race turf sequence, and the opinion here is to use three to five horses in each leg while emphasizing certain runners. Read More...

Flashy Appeal stalks to victory in Starlet

DRF | 2 days ago
Stalking the early leader under regular rider Shane Laviolette, Prairie Meadows invader Flashy Appeal kicked strongly clear through the stretch to capture the $75,000 Starlet Stakes on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. Both the Starlet, for 2-year-old fillies, and its companion co-feature, the $75,000 Star for colts and geldings, were restricted to graduates of the Stars of Tomorrow Sale held at Evangeline in March. Read More...

Nun the Less sweeps by in stretch to win Mystic Lake Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Nun the Less produced a potent four-wide stretch kick to reel in Gallery for a one-length win Saturday night in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby. Read More...

Apprentice Hernandez out two months with broken wrist

DRF | 2 days ago
Apprentice Harry Hernandez could be sidelined for two months after being injured in the final race Friday at Gulfstream Park, according to a release from the track. Hernandez was off his mounts Saturday. Read More...

American Pharoah Is Calm Amid the Saratoga Storm

As he prepared for the Travers Stakes, the Triple Crown winner took the adulation and attention in stride. Read More...

Keen Ice Defeats American Pharoah at Travers Stakes

Keen Ice defeated American Pharoah at the racetrack known as the Graveyard of Champions that had buried the previous three Triple Crown Champions before Saturday’s race. Read More...

Mohawk: Control The Moment tops Metro elimination winners

DRF | 3 days ago
Undefeated Control The Moment powered home to a most impressive Metro Pace elimination victory at 1-5 and stamped himself as the clear-cut one to beat in the C$685,000 final on September 5. Voracity and Betting Line also won eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk to earn the right to choose their posts next Saturday. Read More...

Yonkers, Crazy Wow, Habitat score in YR Trot elims

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Ron Burke captured both $40,000 Yonkers Trot eliminations on Saturday night, with Colonial Trot winner Crazy Wow scoring out of the pocket for driver Tim Tetrick in the first and Yannick Gingras reining Habitat in the second. Murderers Row and Purrfect Bags also won finals on the card. Read More...

American Pharoah: Is The Show Over?

In the immediate aftermath of Keen Ice’s upset victory over heavily favored American Pharoah in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, owner Ahmed Zayat hinted that the Triple Crown champion son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Loss Can’t Derail Pharoah Phenomenon

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The defeat hit like a ton of bricks. It was a crushing blow to the thousands who journeyed to Saratoga and those watching on TV. But the bottom line is that American Pharoah should not be blamed for this loss. Read More...

Keen Ice stuns American Pharoah in Travers

DRF | 3 days ago
With a half-mile to run in Saturday’s 146th Travers Stakes at raucous Saratoga, trainer Bob Baffert knew his Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, was in trouble. The body language emanating from jockey Victor Espinoza and how hard he had to ride the horse to keep him in front was telling. Read More...

First-time starter Marquee Miss upsets Arlington-Washington Lassie

DRF | 3 days ago
The debuting Marquee Miss made short work of nine rivals in the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie on Saturday at Arlington. Read More...

Romans savors huge upset with Keen Ice

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Dale Romans said one of the last conversations he had with the legendary Allen Jerkens before the Hall of Fame trainer died this year was about the day “the Chief” orchestrated one of racing’s most famous upsets, beating the great Secretariat with Onion at Saratoga in the 1973 Whitney. It was a feat not too dissimilar to what Romans himself had just pulled off Saturday when sending out Keen Ice to defeat another Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, in the Travers. Read More...

Dacita closes with furious rally to win Ballston Spa

DRF | 3 days ago
Javier Castellano was doling out heartbreaks left and right Saturday at Saratoga. One race after piloting Keen Ice to an upset win over the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes, he swung Dacita seven wide in the lane on the turf, unleashing a furious rally to best Tepin by a head in the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes. Read More...

Island Town Crushes Smarty Jones Field

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Island Town sat just off the pace and pounced at the quarter pole to claim his second graded stakes score in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx Racing. Read More...

Grade 2 winner Stonetastic in $90,000 allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 winner Stonetastic, narrowly beaten in her start in more than seven months about four weeks ago at Saratoga, will take her next step towards what her connections hope is a repeat trip to the Breeders’ Cup in a $90,000 race at Parx Racing on Tuesday. Read More...

Chilean Invader Dacita Takes Ballston Spa

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Dacita delivers grade I winner Tepin her second consecutive tough beat at Saratoga. Read More...

Flintshire back in winner’s circle with Sword Dancer triumph

DRF | 3 days ago
Approximately 40 minutes before the Travers Stakes, Flintshire turned in a world-class performance by running away with the Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer by 2 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Gimme Da Lute scores again in El Cajon Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Gimme Da Lute extended his winning streak in stakes to four races in Saturday’s $98,000 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar, but the result was not certain until the final strides. Read More...

Photo Call Cruises to Violet Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Mrs. P. K. Cooper's Photo Call grabbed the lead coming off the turn and repelled the late run of Cushion (GB) to tally her first stakes win in the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 29 at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Photo Call stalks and scores in Violet

DRF | 3 days ago
Photo Call, winless in five starts since clearing her first allowance condition in her United States debut last October at Keeneland, earned her first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Violet at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Island Town much the best in Smarty Jones

DRF | 3 days ago
Island Town, reunited with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. for the first time since scoring his maiden victory last October at Churchill Downs, stamped himself a contender for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby with a dominant win in Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx Racing. Read More...

Keen Ice Springs Travers Upset on ‘Pharoah’

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice upset American Pharoah by about three-quarters of a length Aug. 29 at Saratoga after a prolonged stretch battle. Read More...

Private Zone cruises to victory in Forego

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro made no bones about his strategy or the confidence he had in Private Zone going into Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. Sure enough, his prediction that the rest of the field would “really have to run to beat us” proved 100 percent correct after Private Zone dominated the Forego from start to finish en route to a convincing 3 3/4-length victory over The Big Beast. Read More...

Runhappy sets stakes record in King’s Bishop

DRF | 3 days ago
When Runhappy won the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop by four lengths at Saratoga on Saturday, it wasn't only his first stakes win, it was the first stakes score and the fourth career victory for his trainer, Maria Borell, who has a five-horse stable at the Thoroughbred Training Center outside of Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Flintshire Flies Away From Sword Dancer Foes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Juddmonte Farms' homebred world traveler Flintshire put his class on display Aug. 29 when dominating the Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga, earning another chance at the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT). Read More...

School Board Prez overcomes bad start to win Tah Dah

DRF | 3 days ago
Chicago-based filly School Board Prez collected her second straight stakes win shipping to Ohio by scoring a daylight victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Tah Dah Stakes for Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies at Belterra Park. Read More...

Needmore Flattery rolls to third straight win in Pay the Man

DRF | 3 days ago
Needmore Flattery, the heavy favorite among nine Ohio-bred fillies and mares, she rolled to her third straight victory Saturday in the $75,000 Pay the Man Stakes at ThistleDown. Read More...

Private Zone Speeds to Forego Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

PR Leader Ed Lewi Passes on Travers Day

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Public relations executive Ed Lewi, founder of the Capital Region public relations agency that has assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for NYRA since the late 1970s, passed away Aug. 29. He was 81. Read More...

Unbridled Forever rallies to win Ballerina

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart came to Saratoga with the idea of eventually stretching Unbridled Forever back out around two turns to take another shot at the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a race in which she finished fifth a year ago. Read More...

‘Cups King’ Bart Cummings Dies at 87

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings, who conditioned a record 12 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winners in career spanning six decades, has died at age 87 in Sydney. Read More...

Australian Trainer Bart Cummings Dies at 87

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings, who conditioned a record 12 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winners in career spanning six decades, has died at age 87 in Sydney. Read More...

Runhappy Romps to Record King’s Bishop Score

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time. Read More...

Runhappy Romps to Record King’s Bishop Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time. Read More...

Sheer Drama gets perfect trip to win Personal Ensign

DRF | 3 days ago
Taking advantage of an ideal setup in front of her, Sheer Drama recorded her second consecutive Grade 1 victory and earned a bid into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff later this year with 1 1/4-length victory Saturday in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Unbridled Forever Rolls to First Grade I Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Read More...

Kawi Handy Winner of Makfi Challenge

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Favorite Kawi christened group I racing in New Zealand for the 2015-16 season when easily winning the Makfi Challenge at Hastings. Read More...

Noted PR executive Lewi dies at 81

DRF | 3 days ago
Ed Lewi, a pioneer in public relations in the Capital Region whose agency assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for the New York Racing Association for more than four decades, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was 81. Read More...

Sheer Drama Plays Spoiler in Personal Ensign

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Amid the hubbub around a potential budding rivalry between Untappable and Stopchargingmaria, Harold Queen's Sheer Drama played spoiler Aug. 29, defeating both in the $750,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Acapulco getting rest of year off

DRF | 3 days ago
Acapulco, the 2-year-old filly who was second against older horses in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse in England on Aug. 21, will be rested for the remainder of the year. Read More...

HKJC’s Promotes Harding to Executive Post

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Aug. 29 announced the promotion of Andrew Harding to executive director of its Racing Authority division, effective Sept. 1. Read More...

Goulding: Del Mar pick three play for Sunday, Aug. 30

DRF | 3 days ago
Stellar Wind looks like a standout in the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines, and I will single her in a pick three ticket that begins on race 2. Read More...