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Miss Serendipity targets John Mabee Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Miss Serendipity, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita in May, will run in the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Aug. 10. Read More...

Stopchargingmaria Impressive in CCA Oaks

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria took over rounding the far turn and drew off to an impressive five-length victory over Unbridled Forever in the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course July 20. Read More...

Stewards suspend Eswan Flores

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Eswan Flores, who has struggled to gain business this year, was suspended by Del Mar stewards on Sunday for failing to appear at a morning hearing regarding a missed drug test in late June. Read More...

Appeal to the King romps by 9 1/4 lengths in MTA Stallion Auction Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Appeal to the King, the last foal of Minnesota broodmare Belle of the Night, pulled away in the lane to sail to a 9 1/4-length win Sunday in the $55,000 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes at Canterbury Park. Read More...

Pirate’s Trove Holds On for Duchess Score

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Even-money choice Pirate's Trove was all out to stave off an upset-minded Cactus Kid in the $116,451 Duchess Stakes by a nose July 20 at rainy Woodbine to remain unbeaten in two starts. Read More...

Speightstown’s Pirate’s Trove Just Lasts in Duchess

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 4:58 PM ET 8th at WOX (Woodbine)Duchess S. (C$125k)     Winner: Pirate's Trove by Speightstown Pirate's Trove (f, 3, Speightstown) gets her nose down on ... Read More...

Pirate’s Trove holds on to win Duchess

DRF | 2 days ago
The favored Pirate’s Trove barely held off another shipper, the 11-1 shot Cactus Kris, to take the $125,000 Duchess Stakes under Florent Geroux at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Lafontaine Upsets Toronto Cup in Stakes Bow

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Cudney Stables homebred Lafontaine, the longest shot in a six-horse field at 18-1, charged late to overtake pacesetter Heart to Heart en route to a half-length win in the $119,710 Toronto Cup over the Woodbine turf July 20. Read More...

Red Strike favored over graded stakes winners in turf feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Among the six horses in Tuesday’s $38,000 turf feature at Indiana Grand Racecourse are two graded stakes winners, albeit with scores that came in fall 2012. Read More...

Palace Malice makes strong impression in Sunday work

DRF | 2 days ago
It was a typically busy Sunday morning at Saratoga, and also typically, Palace Malice made the strongest impression, working a very strong five furlongs in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney Handicap Invitational on Aug. 2. Read More...

Spring to the Sky powers ahead for Lucky Coin win

DRF | 2 days ago
Spring to the Sky sprung right to the lead and never looked back en route to a popular 1 3/4-length victory over Great Attack in Sunday’s $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Matz Says He Nearly Retired Somali Lemonade

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After a string of four off-the-board performances in stakes races last year, trainer Michael Matz strongly considered retiring his graded stakes-winning turf mare Somali Lemonade. Read More...

Palace Malice Drills at Saratoga for Whitney

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Palace Malice, preparing for the upcoming $1.5 million Whitney Invitational (gr. I), breezed five furlongs over the Saratoga Race Course main track in 1:00.48 July 20 with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez aboard. Read More...

Saratoga: Daily Game Plan for Monday, July 21

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Plus daily Gameplan for Saratoga on Monday, July 21. Read More...

Matz unsure if he wants to send Somali Lemonade to Beverly D.

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Michael Matz said he would consider the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. at Arlington Park on Aug. 16 for Diana winner Somali Lemonade, but was a little concerned about running her back in four weeks. Read More...

Shine Again Marks Return of My Miss Aurelia

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
My Miss Aurelia, the 2011 champion 2-year-old filly, will make her first start in 16 months in the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Monday, July 21. Read More...

Montanez Resting After Undergoing Eye Surgery

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Rosario Montanez was resting at Albany Medical Center July 20 after reportedly undergoing eye surgery at 3 a.m., according to the New York Racing Association publicity office. Read More...

Pioneerof the Nile Colt Debuts a Winner at Spa

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:15 PM ET 1st at SAR (Saratoga)Msw     Winner: Tax Package by Pioneerof the Nile Tax Package (Pioneerof the Nile) graduated on debut at Saratoga Sunday. Read More...

Haskin: Ghosts of Press Boxes Past

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The press box. The name evokes images of veteran reporters, sleeves rolled up, sitting behind their Underwood typewriters in a cloud of cigar or cigarette smoke, pounding out stories, scoops, columns, and features. Read More...

Slideshow: Progeny of Freud

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
View more photos from our continuing magazine series training offspring of sires, featuring Freud this week. Read more in the July 19, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. Read More...

Slideshow: Mucho Macho Man

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Review the racing career of Classic winner Mucho Macho Man. Read More...

Samraat sustains stress fracture working for Jim Dandy

DRF | 2 days ago
Samraat, the multiple stakes-winning New York-bred 3-year-old, will miss the remainder of the year after being diagnosed with a stress fracture to his right shin, trainer Rick Violette said Sunday. Read More...

Holy Roman Emperor’s Mango Diva Strikes In the Kilboy Estate

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:26 PM ET 15.45 at CGH (CURRAGH)G2 Kilboy Estate S.     Winner: Mango Diva (GB) by Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) The Antoniades Family's Mango Diva (GB) (Ho... Read More...

Sanford’s top pair may meet again in Hopeful

DRF | 2 days ago
Big Trouble and Mr. Z, separated by a neck when finishing first and second in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes, could have a rematch in the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes here on Sept. 1, closing day of the Saratoga meet. Read More...

Crist: Coaching Club American Oaks analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
This year’s edition of the Coaching Club American Oaks has attracted one of the weakest fields in the history of the race and is a Grade 1 event in name only. Read More...

Saratoga babies for Monday, July 21

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

High Chaparral’s Western Hymn Dominant In Eugene Adam Win

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:07 AM ET 5th at MLF (MAISONS-LAFFITTE)G2 Prix Eugene Adam (Grand Prix de Maisons-Laffitte)     Winner: Western Hymn (GB) by High Chaparral (Ire) Robin Geffen & Rachel Hood's Western Hymn (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) bags Maisons-Laffitte's G2 Prix Eugene Adam Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Saratoga on Sunday, July 20

DRF | 3 days ago
How will I play today’s card at Saratoga? Very carefully. Read More...

Wildcat Red has final pre-Haskell work

DRF | 3 days ago
Wildcat Red turned in his final workout for the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park, galloping seven furlongs, working a half-mile, and galloping out an additional eighth of a mile. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga pick three play for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 3 days ago
Ultimate Empire finished first in both of his starts at Saratoga last year, and he is the horse-for-course angle play in race 8. Read More...

Jeremy’s Kool Kompany Annexes the Robert Papin

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:50 AM ET 3rd at MLF (MAISONS-LAFFITTE)G2 Prix Robert Papin     Winner: Kool Kompany (Ire) by Jeremy Middleham Park Racing's Kool Kompany (Ire) (Jeremy)... Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar on Sunday, July 20

DRF | 3 days ago
It is difficult to fashion pre-card wagering strategy for a biased racing surface. That is the dilemma Sunday at Del Mar. Read More...

Free’s preview: Female juveniles’ chance to impress

DRF | 3 days ago
Those who expected a flashy debut by a top 2-year-old may have been disappointed in races 1 and 5 Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

Strawberry Baby pulls away for Prairie Gold Lassie win

DRF | 3 days ago
Strawberry Baby put forth an authoritative display when pulling away from six 2-year-old fillies to take Saturday's co-featured $75,000 Prairie Gold Lassie by 7 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Hastings shipper Ole’s Miss takes Kent Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Ole’s Miss made her Emerald Downs debut a winning one Saturday, rallying from the back of the pack to edge longshot Mylast Sweet Pea in the $50,000 Kent Handicap for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:37 PM ET The withdrawal of G1 Investec Oaks winner Taghrooda (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) was supposed to make life easier... Read More...

Northfield: Clear Vision proves game in Battle of Lake Erie

DRF | 3 days ago
In a show of extreme desire and guts, Clear Vision overcame an uncovered trip and powered clear in the stretch to capture the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie for older pacers at Northfield Park on Saturday night. Read More...

Mohawk: Intimidate upsets Sebastian K in Maple Leaf Trot

DRF | 3 days ago
On a night where the Mohawk surface was drenched in rain, Sebastian K tasted defeat for the first time in North America when Intimidate got up in the final strides to nail the 1/5 favorite in the $603,000 Maple Leaf final for older trotters. Read More...

Istanford Strolls to San Clemente Surprise

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Guided through a smooth trip by Rafael Bejarano, Istanford led every step of the way at 10-1 odds to dominate the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) on the renovated turf course at Del Mar July 19. Read More...

Istanford Too Fast in San Clemente

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:26 PM ET 9th at DMR (Del Mar)GII San Clemente H. ($200K)     Winner: Istanford by Istan Longshot Istanford (Istan) forgets to stop in Del Mar's GII S... Read More...

Featured Horse Profile: Up With the Birds

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
2013 Canadian Horse of the Year won the Nijinsky Stakes for his first win of 2014. Read More...

Montanez Hospitalized After Saratoga Fall

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jockey Rosario Montanez was transported by ambulance and admitted to Albany Medical Center July 19 after being unseated by his mount, Piquant, in the fifth race at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Istanford uses speed to capture San Clemente

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday at Del Mar, Istanford won the $201,750 San Clemente Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf. As a Grade 2 race, the San Clemente is the leading win in Istanford’s 10-race career. Read More...

Yonkers: In The Arsenal takes Sheppard final

DRF | 3 days ago
The $125,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard final for 2-year-old colts appeared to be a two-horse race on paper, but after the first turn the contenders were reduced by one in a hurry as In The Arsenal made the front and the favored Cartoon Daddy made a break. Read More...

Top Kisser rallies to take California Governor’s Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Top Kisser, content to sit back early, made a strong, winning move into the stretch and then held off stablemate Scarlet Strike to win the $75, 560 California Governor's Cup Handicap at the State Fair in Sacramento on Saturday. Read More...

Meadows: McWicked romps in Adios elimination

DRF | 3 days ago
The rain couldn’t spoil the evening for McWicked at the Meadows on Saturday night in one of three $50,000 elimination heats to qualify for the Delvin Miller Adios final (July 26). Somewhere In LA and Let's Drink On It also captured eliminations. Read More...

Desormeaux brothers team up to take Osunitas with Cozze Up Lady

DRF | 3 days ago
Cozze Up Lady pulled off an 11-1 upset in the $103,250 Osunitas Stakes for older female grass runners Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

Houdini overcomes stumble to take Rainbow Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Houdini, who was last in the 2013 All American Futurity, won the first stakes of his career in Saturday’s $1,048,682 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Street Boss Colt Closes Impressively at Del Mar

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 7:22 PM ET 6th at DMR (Del Mar)Msw ($75K)     Winner: Bench Warrant by Street Boss Bench Warrant (c, 2, Street Boss) closes fast to win going away in D... Read More...

Csaba Runs Like Old Self in Skip Trial Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Making the 32nd start of his successful career, Csaba ran like his old self while posting a 1 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Skip Trial Stakes July 19 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...