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Walsh New Business Manager at PM Advertising

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
PM Advertising announced today the hiring of Caroline Walsh as business manager of the Lexington, Ky., agency. Read More...

California handle up in March but down for first quarter

DRF | 2 days ago
Total handle at all California tracks increased by 2.7 percent in March, but showed a sharp decline by 8.5 percent in the first three months of the year, according to figures released at Thursday's California Horse Racing Board meeting. Read More...

Mixed feelings for Pletcher after watching Always Dreaming, Battalion Runner work

DRF | 2 days ago
The anticipation of April showers on Saturday and the desire to wear May flowers resulted in a flurry of workouts at Churchill Downs on Friday morning in preparation for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with eight prospects drilling here, and two others elsewhere, totaling half the 20-horse field that will run for the roses. Read More...

Litfin: Older Turf Males in the Spotlight

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up the weekend's top stakes races. Read More...

Parx replaces stakes with $100,000 Turning for Home starter handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Parx Racing is changing the conditions of one of its June stakes in the hope of drawing a larger, more competitive field. Read More...

Battle of Midway changing style for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Battle of Midway finished second by a half-length to Gormley in the Santa Anita Derby and earned sufficient qualifying points to secure a berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6. But if Battle of Midway is a factor in the famous race, he will do so with a different running style. Read More...

Trainer Munger, 93, seeks to maintain hot start to meet

DRF | 2 days ago
If Pakokohe doesn't bounce in his second start back following a lengthy layoff, 93-year-old trainer Don Munger could rack up another win in a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that will serve as Sunday's feature. Read More...

Vexatious Stands Out in Oaks Move

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
One Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) filly working out April 28 stood out for her attire—if nothing else—during Churchill Downs' special training time reserved for horses in its two biggest races. Read More...

Giwner: Off And Pacing is a true game changer

DRF | 2 days ago
Off And Pacing is the most exciting addition to Harness Racing since the pick four. It has those inside and around the industry buzzing while creating a renewed passion for the sport. Read More...

Abel Tasman Gears Up for Kentucky Oaks Run

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Abel Tasman went on the work tab for seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5, but was asked for more run after the wire by jockey Martin Garcia and continued to run strongly well into the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Japanese Horse of the Year headlines Tenno Sho

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Japan's reigning Horse of the Year, Kitasan Black, will tackle a tough field April 30 in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1) at Kyoto Racecourse. Read More...

Tiger Blood eyes third consecutive stakes victory in Jeblar

DRF | 2 days ago
The shape-up of the $75,000 Jeblar on Sunday at Gulfstream Park is a tough read. Tiger Blood could find himself on a lonely lead stretching out to seven-eighths, or he could have company from a fresh Royal Squeeze. Read More...

Brucato makes Cleveland rock again

DRF | 2 days ago
What a crazy 12 months it’s been for Cleveland sports. First the Cavs came back to win the NBA Finals last June, the city’s first championship in 52 years. Last October, the Indians won the American League pennant and got all the way to extra innings of Game 7 in the World Series. And just last weekend, 60-year-old Blaise Brucato of Highland Heights, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, managed one of the more impressive feats in handicapping contest history: He pulled a double in Keeneland’s handicapping contests, getting outright wins on Saturday and Sunday. Read More...

Creative Cause Filly Soars to $850,000 at OBS Finale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A Creative Cause filly was purchased by Kaitar Racing for $850,000 during the April 28 final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. Read More...

Blinkers Likely for Practical Joke in Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers on April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Yukon Belle makes 3-year-old debut in B.C. Dogwood Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
A couple of stakes for 3-year-old British Columbia-breds share the spotlight on Sunday's eight-race card at Hastings: the $50,000 B.C. Cup Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies, and the $50,000 B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay. Read More...

Battle of Midway Logs Final Work for Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable's Battle of Midway put in his final timed workout April 28 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). He covered six furlongs in 1:13 2/5. Read More...

Sano Star Gunnevera Goes Easy Five Furlongs

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) when he worked an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28. Read More...

Baltas confident Place des Vosges can handle Santa Barbara distance

DRF | 2 days ago
Here's the difference between the two favorites in the Grade 3 Santa Barbara on Sunday at Santa Anita. Estrechada is proven at the trip, while Place des Vosges merely has pedigree and mannerisms for the distance. She has not done it yet. Read More...

Pletcher Breezes Four Kentucky Derby Hopefuls

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher thought Always Dreaming and Tapwrit were most impressive, Patch was better than usual, and Battalion Runner struggled with the track.  Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Apr. 21 – Apr. 24

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Meadowlands and others. Read More...

Calumet Farm horses bask in Kentucky Derby limelight while owner prefers privacy

DRF | 2 days ago
As many of three horses will run next Saturday in the Kentucky Derby in the name of Calumet Farm, which has won a record eight editions of the Kentucky Derby. But while a winner would add to that history, he would be the first of the group to carry the colors of current Calumet owner Brad Kelley, a deeply private man who assumed control of the historic property five years ago. Read More...

Creative Cause Filly’s Sale Emotional for Koch

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After scoring a big pinhooking profit during the April 28 final session of Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, Billy Koch became emotional when discussing the effort required to get a horse to that point. Read More...

O’Neill Confident After Irap’s Mile Work

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap breezed one mile at Keeneland April 28 in 1:44 1/5 under Julien Leparoux. Read More...

Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: A fast pace will help Candid Desire in the Affirmed Success

DRF | 2 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Friday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Fair Point, Miss Ella to battle again in License Fee Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Fair Point and Miss Ella will renew their budding rivalry Sunday in the $150,000 License Fee Stakes scheduled for six furlongs over the turf at Belmont Park. Read More...

Unbridled Unleashed

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
One might wonder why the Unbridled sire line has seemed to be spectacular in spurts. Part of the reason could be phenotypical. Read More...

Jockey De La Cruz has tough competition as 100-day meet opens

DRF | 2 days ago
Since arriving at Thistledown as a 22-year-old in 2012, Walter De La Cruz has been the dominant rider at the suburban Cleveland track. A graduate of the Jockey School of Peru, De La Cruz has topped the Thistledown standings in four of the last five seasons, including a career-best 130 wins in 2014. Read More...

Irap getting good at just the right time

DRF | 2 days ago
For a Kentucky Derby starter, Irap has had a fluctuating status in the last five months. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, April 29, 2017 by Bob Fierro & Jay Kilgore

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday's card is all over the place but we found a sneaky one. Read More...

Plenty of uncertainty in Silky Sullivan, Campanile

DRF | 3 days ago
There are a total of 13 horses entered to run at Golden Gate Fields Sunday in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes and the $100,000 Campanile Stakes, and most of them will be entering unfamiliar territory. Read More...

Fury a starting point for Oaks-bound fillies

DRF | 3 days ago
Sunday's $125,000 Fury Stakes at Woodbine is a means to an end for many of the 3-year-old fillies in the seven-furlong sprint, including the unbeaten Ellan Vannin. Read More...

The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher's high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he's also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Churchill Considers Historic Gaming Machines

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
As Churchill Downs Inc. prepares for its biggest week of the year, the company also said it is considering adding historic gaming machines at the Louisville track or its Trackside Training Center. Read More...

Classic Empire a Pro in Four-Furlong Move

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Standing alongside his son and top assistant, Norman Casse, Mark Casse watched his best ever hope for a classic victory stride out down the Churchill Downs stretch and finally, deeply exhaled. Read More...

Wilson, of TRA, Named to American Horse Council Board

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Joe Wilson, current President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) of North America has been elected to the AHC's Board of Trustees. He replaces outgoing TRA President and AHC Board Member Scott Wells. Read More...

Deputed Testamony to Maryland-Bred Hall of Fame

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA).  Read More...

Tiznow colt sells for $2.45 million during bustling OBS sale session

DRF | 3 days ago
Thursday’s penultimate session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training carried on the bustling pace of the previous two days, topped by an OBS-record $2.45 million Tiznow colt and a pair of $1 million juveniles backing him up. Read More...

Strong Gains at OBS Session Led by Record Tiznow Colt

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Led by a record-priced $2.45 million Tiznow colt who was one of three seven-figure transactions, the third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale posted dramatic increases April 27. Read More...

NTRA Board Approves New Directors

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association on April 27 approved the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Read More...

Alert Bay Seeks Repeat Victory in San Francisco Mile

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Alert Bay, G. G. Ryder, and Stryker Phd—the elder statesmen of Northern California—will face off once again at Golden Gate Fields in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29. Read More...

NTRA adds three to board of directors

DRF | 3 days ago
The board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association approved three new directors at a meeting Thursday, a move that expands the board by two seats, according to the organization. Read More...

Santa Anita Officials Confident Future Cards Will Fill

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With a pair of Santa Anita executives before them to discuss the recent race meets at the track, the CHRB commissioners did not directly broach the subject of the April 27 live racing card's cancellation. Read More...

Four allowances on Laurel Park’s card Saturday

DRF | 3 days ago
Laurel Park doesn’t have a stakes Saturday, but the 11-race card is nevertheless interesting. It begins with the first 2-year-old race of the Maryland season and includes four allowance or optional-claiming races. Six of the races are scheduled for turf. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Friday, April 28, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday at Belmont Park. Read More...

Editors Call for Added Visual Materials From Tracks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The meeting featured a panel discussion, moderated by TPA president Rhonda Norby, and a question-and-answer period involving five Kentucky-area journalists and media executives representing news organizations and industry publications. Read More...

Sparkling debut makes Kas Tempting horse to beat in Sam Houston Futurity

DRF | 3 days ago
Kas Tempting might be tough to contain if he runs back to his career debut in Saturday night's Grade 2, $483,600 Sam Houston Futurity for Quarter Horses. He was a 2 1/2-length winner while setting the fastest qualifying time for the finale after two nights of trials. Read More...

Record Tiznow Colt Lives Up to Expectations

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Tiznow colt from Bobby Dodd's consignment lit up the Ocala Breeders' Sales auction ring April 27 when he was purchased by M.V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for a record $2.45 million. Read More...

Longtime steward Hicks dies at 88

DRF | 3 days ago
David Hicks, a former trainer turned steward, died Monday at Kindred Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., following a long illness. He was 88. Read More...

Vertical Oak just needs clean trip in Goldfinch Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Things have not gone quite right for Vertical Oak in her two starts as a 3-year-old, but with better luck, she can win her first stakes race Saturday in the $65,000 Goldfinch at Prairie Meadows. Read More...