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Few entries results in eight-race card

DRF | 1 day ago
Santa Anita will have eight races Sunday, one fewer than usual after a slow morning of entries Thursday. Read More...

Horsemen Praise Keeneland’s New Dirt Track

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The second-wettest April on record in Lexington gave Keeneland's new dirt track a stiff test. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Glencoe

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
In America, Glencoe was the leading sire eight times between 1847 and 1858. His best runners included the champions Peytona, Charmer, and Reel, all great fillies, winning at upward of four-mile heats. Read More...

Social Inclusion Set for Season Debut

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion, third in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his highly anticipated 4-year-old debut April 25 in the third race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Record-Breaking SAf National Sale Concludes

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
While the aggregate of the National yearling sale dropped slight from last year, there was an overall sense of satisfaction following the auction's conclusion the evening of April 24 in Germison, South Africa. Read More...

An Unexpected Busy Morning at the Downs

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Images from Steve Haskin from Friday, April 24 at Churchill Downs, which featured a flurry of workouts. Read More...

Desormeaux Picks Up Derby Mount With Keen Ice

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Kent Desormeaux picked up his 18th career mount in the Kentucky Derby by presented Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24. He'll ride Keen Ice in the Run for the Roses. Read More...

Sarah Sis: Sibling With a Shot in the Oaks

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Joe Ragsdale has been an owner for less than three years and the Oklahoman finds himself heading to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Sarah Sis, trained by Ingrid Mason. Read More...

Derby Hopeful Frammento Works at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Frammento, fourth in the April 4 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :48 under jockey Joe Bravo April 24 at Keeneland. Clockers caught the Midshipman colt in fractions of :12 1/5, :24, :48 and out in 1:02 2/5. Read More...

Bigger, better fields on tap for new ThistleDown meet

DRF | 1 day ago
Bigger fields and better horses, two things all bettors crave, should be noticeable when ThistleDown launches its 91st season Monday. Read More...

Conquest Harlanate on fence for Fury

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Mark Casse has nominated five 3-year-old fillies to next Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes, a key prep for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 14, including Canada’s champion juvenile filly of 2014, Conquest Harlanate. Read More...

Bolo Records Final Breeze for Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Bolo recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24 at Santa Anita Park, breezing five furlongs in :59 3/5. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita pick four play for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 1 day ago
Bettors that appreciate singling non-favorites might like this pick four play Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Wilson will captain jockey team in Shergar Cup at Ascot

DRF | 1 day ago
Emma-Jayne Wilson will return to Ascot in August to participate in the Shergar Cup jockey challenge after being named captain of the girls’ team for the second year in a row. Read More...

Ole’s Miss looks sharp ahead of Brighouse Belles

DRF | 1 day ago
Ole’s Miss has been one of the most impressive horses training at Hastings this spring. We’ll see if her sharp morning form will carry over when she runs in the $50,000 Brighouse Belles on Sunday. Read More...

Pick the Correct Derby Order, Win $1 Million

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
DerbyGames and America's Best Racing announced the launch of the "Derby Million Dollar Challenge" in which contestants rank this year's Kentucky Derby horses in the correct order of finish to win a $1 million grand prize. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Cox successful in route races

DRF | 1 day ago
Evan’s Calling (#2, ML 15-1) takes on a field of 11 in Friday’s eighth race at Lone Star Park, the Grade 3 Texas Mile Stakes. Since Jan. 1, 2014, trainer Brad Cox is winning at a 30 percent clip in route races, for a return on investment of $2.58. Read More...

Jacks Escarpment should be fitter for Queenston

DRF | 1 day ago
Jacks Escarpment came within three-quarters of a length of remaining undefeated in his seasonal debut April 11 in the Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine, and will now stretch out to seven furlongs for his next start, the $150,000 Queenston Stakes on May 2, trainer Nicholas Gonzalez said. Read More...

Mastercraftsman Colt Upsets Sandown’s Classic Trial

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 10:34 AM ET 4th at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 bet365 Classic Trial     Winner: Master Apprentice (Ire) by Mastercraftsman (Ire) Jadara Stables' Master Apprent... Read More...

Turf milers in the spotlight for twin $100,000 stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Turf runners and California-breds are in the Golden Gate Fields spotlight Sunday. Two $100,000 stakes races for 3-year-old Cal-breds as well as a pair of allowance races for Cal-breds will be run on turf as the track celebrates a weekend turf festival that got under way with Saturday’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile. Read More...

Derby Radio Coverage Begins April 28

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Horse Racing Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the 2015 Triple Crown, will launch more than 20 hours of Kentucky Derby week programming April 28. Read More...

Custom Cut On Top In the Sandown Mile

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 10:10 AM ET 3rd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G2 bet365 Mile     Winner: Custom Cut (Ire) by Notnowcato (GB) Gary Douglas and Pat Breslin's Custom Cut (Ire) (Not... Read More...

Key Race report: Gouyen returns in optional claimer

DRF | 1 day ago
Gouyen (#3, ML 4-1) will return to action in Friday’s fifth race at Santa Anita, an about 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer on the downhill turf course. It will be her first start since a second-place finish by a nose in a downhill turf sprint March 26 at Santa Anita. The third- and sixth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Herbie D returns from lengthy layoff in George Royal Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Herbie D hasn’t raced since he won the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 18, 2013. Nonetheless, he is clearly the one to beat when he makes his return in the $50,000 George Royal Stakes on Sunday at Hastings. Read More...

High Chaparral’s Western Hymn Takes the Gordon Richards

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 9:48 AM ET 2nd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 bet365 Gordon Richards S.     Winner: Western Hymn (GB) by High Chaparral (Ire) Robin Geffen and Rachel Hood's We... Read More...

Derby ‘Todd Squad’ Breezes at Churchill

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Florida Derby winner Materiality breezed four furlongs in company with Fountain of Youth winner Itsaknockout in :48 flat. Stanford went four furlongs in :48 3/5 in company with Madefromlucky, who got the distance in :48 2/5. Read More...

Final Derby Tuneup for Danzig Moon

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Danzig Moon put in his final work for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24, breezing four furlongs in :48 4/5. Read More...

Far Right Focused in Final Derby Move

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum's Far Right was focused in his final work for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 24 at Churchill Downs, going four furlongs in :49 flat. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Aqueduct for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 2 days ago
The Excelsior Stakes is the featured event on a solid Saturday afternoon card at the Big A. I'm going to key the following horses in multiple-race wagers and will play them to win if they meet my odds requirements. Read More...

Oaks Runners Kick off Pletcher’s Breeze Day

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contenders Angela Renee and Eskenformoney got in their final works April 24; trainer Todd Pletcher moved the works of multiple Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls up a day due to pending rain. Read More...

Winner’s Circle: Oaklawn’s Top Trainer to CD

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Alsvid provided Hartman with his most lucrative career victory in the Count Fleet and headlines what the trainer calls his strongest stable to date. He will move to Churchill Downs for the first time during its upcoming meet. Read More...

The Friday Show: What’s The Story With This Kentucky Derby?

We only need to look back one year to reaffirm that Kentucky Derby lore is filled with rich storylines, following the compelling journey of California Chome through last year’s Triple Crown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:26 PM ET Led by a pair of $700,000 2-year-olds Thursday, our wall-to-wall coverage of the OBSAPR sale from Jessica... Read More...

Giwner: Handicapping the Levy, Matchmaker finals

DRF | 2 days ago
Once again we find a dominant horse stuck with the worst post in a rich final. We’ve seen it time and again, a horse wins his elimination (or in this case sweeps through four preliminary legs) and is rewarded with bupkus, better known as the eight-hole at Yonkers Raceway. Some will complain that P H Supercam deserves better after going a perfect 4-for-4 in the series, but I’m not one of them. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 16 to April 19

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 16 to 19, 2015. Read More...

Tia Flor First Winner For Sire Archarcharch

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Archarcharch got on the board in a big way April 23 at Keeneland, when 2-year-old filly Tia Flor became his first winner with a 9 1/4-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event. Read More...

Blame, Tizway Progeny Top OBS Day 3

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A pair of $700,000 juveniles paced a solid third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 23 in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Whitney Honored as First Lady of the Oaks

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Marylou Whitney will be honored by Churchill Downs with the designation of "First Lady of the Oaks" during a celebration on Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day, May 1, at Churchill. Read More...

Rosario Wins No. 2,000 at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Joel Rosario reached 2,000 wins April 23 with his first mount of the day at Keeneland, a closing victory with Sante Cellars Racing Club's Dating Lady Luck in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight event over the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Uzziel Seeks Relief in Wilshire Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Uzziel won't have to face off against standout recent opponents Beholder or Warren's Veneda in the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 26 at Santa Anita Park, but the she will have to take on another familiar rival. Read More...

OBS April: Average rises in third session

DRF | 2 days ago
The third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale closed on Thursday with an increased average sale price, but slight declines in gross and median figures. Read More...

Archarcharch sires first winner at Keeneland

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 1 winner Archarcharch was represented by his first winner at stud on Friday at Keeneland when Tia Flor won a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds by 9 ¼ lengths. Read More...

Brackpool Takes Over Santa Anita Operations

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Stronach Group announced April 23 that senior vice president Tom Ludt has been appointed to spearhead a key company initiative, while Keith Brackpool will take over Santa Anita Park's day-to-day management. Read More...

Zayat Stables Makes ‘Giant’ Purchase at OBS

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:36 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 898     2yo C     Giant's Causeway--Conniption (Ire)    &... Read More...

Can Blofeld Be Beaten in the William Walker?

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the William Walker Stakes at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Ludt replaced by supervisor at Santa Anita

DRF | 2 days ago
Tom Ludt, the senior vice president of racing operations at Santa Anita Park, has been replaced in his role by Keith Brackpool, his immediate supervisor, according to a late Thursday announcement by the company that owns the track, The Stronach Group. Read More...

Archarcharch Gets His First Winner at Keeneland

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:46 PM ET 9th at KEE (Keeneland)MSW ($50K)     Winner: Tia Flor by Archarcharch Tia Flor scored the first win for her freshman sire Archarcharch in h... Read More...

Average, Median See Records at Doncaster Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A colt by Footstepsinthesand sold for the highest price at the Doncaster breeze-up sale, which posted records for average and median April 22. Read More...

Tizway Filly Shares Top Billing at OBS

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:16 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 856     2yo F     Tizway--Cedar Summer (Souvenir Copy)   &nbsp... Read More...

Horse Racing Regulators’ Whack-A-Mole Challenge

Spent a few days at the 81st annual convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Tampa, Fla. You’d think after 80 years they’d have this “regulating the horse and dog racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...