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McKinzie Wins Los Al Futurity Via Solomini’s DQ

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bob Baffert-trained Street Sense colt was elevated to first after DQ of stablemate. Read More...

Dream Tree Draws Off in Starlet Triumph

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
One race after taking the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1) with McKinzie, Dream Tree gave trainer Bob Baffert the sweep of the day's top-level tests when she drew clear of Yesterday's News in the stretch to take $300,000 Starlet Stakes (G1). Read More...

Silent Sting charges to Kingarvie Stakes triumph

DRF | 3 days ago
Silent Sting came charging along the inside in the stretch to win Saturday’s $125,800 Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine, stamping himself as a prospect for next year’s Queen’s Plate in the process. Read More...

Vargas claims stakes double with Ms. Locust Point, Struth

DRF | 3 days ago
Jorge Vargas Jr. guided Ms Locust Point to victory in the Willa On the Move Stakes for his second win on Saturday's card at Laurel Park. Two races later, Struth gave the rider his third winner on the card in the Howard Bender Memorial Stakes. Read More...

Quezon ends win drought in Garland of Roses

DRF | 3 days ago
Quezon had run well enough to win a race this year, she just hadn’t done so. Until Saturday, that is, when, under Joe Rocco, Quezon was able to work her way to the outside in the stretch and run down Picco Uno to win the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes by three-quarters of a length at snowy Aqueduct. Read More...

Quezon ends win drought in Garland of Roses

DRF | 3 days ago
Quezon had run well enough to win a race this year, she just hadn’t done so. Until Saturday, that is, when, under Joe Rocco, Quezon was able to work her way to the outside in the stretch and run down Picco Uno to win the $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes by three-quarters of a length at snowy Aqueduct. Read More...

‘Gate school’ pays off for Limited View in Maryland Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer John Salzman Jr. said he gate-schooled Limited View "four or five times" after she won the Maryland Million Lassie despite a poor start. His efforts paid off Saturday at Laurel Park when she broke much better en route to a six-length victory in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Fillies Championship. Read More...

‘Gate school’ pays off for Limited View in Maryland Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer John Salzman Jr. said he gate-schooled Limited View "four or five times" after she won the Maryland Million Lassie despite a poor start. His efforts paid off Saturday at Laurel Park when she broke much better en route to a six-length victory in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Fillies Championship. Read More...

Talismanic Not Just a Pretty Face

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Talismanic goes into the Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1) no longer as just a poster boy but as a legitimate threat in the world's top mile and a half races. Read More...

Multiple Grade 1-Placed Neolithic Retired

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Neolithic, the third-place finisher in the world's two richest races this season, has been retired, co-owner Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing confirmed Dec. 9. Read More...

Francisco Torres Retires to Pursue Agent Career

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Having returned from breaking his neck four times, Ellis Park and Indiana Grand regular Francisco Torres said Dec. 9 that he is retiring from the saddle to pursue another career in horse racing. Read More...

D’Amato barn slowly regrouping after San Luis Rey fire

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Phil D’Amato had more than 40 horses in his care at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Calif. when the training center was hit by a devastating wildfire on Thursday. It took more than a day, but all the survivors were located. Read More...

New York horsemen contribute to Calif. fire relief efforts

DRF | 3 days ago
The New York racing community is pitching in with relief efforts following the fire that impacted the Southern California racing community at San Luis Rey Downs this week. Read More...

Miss Mo Mentum thinks Kentucky Oaks after Hut Hut win

DRF | 3 days ago
Miss Mo Mentum stamped herself as a legitimate Kentucky Oaks prospect when splashing to an 8 3/4-length romp, finishing a one-turn mile in 1:40.41 over a sloppy track in the Hut Hut at Gulfstream. Read More...

Gunnevera to Skip Harlan’s Holiday, Train Up to Pegasus

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Margoth's multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera will train directly up to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 27, 2018 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Equine Death Toll From San Luis Rey Fire at 46

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The equine death toll from the devastating brushfire that ripped through San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Dec. 7 is at 46 as of the morning of Dec. 9, according to officials at the California Horse Racing Board. Read More...

Auction of seasons with California Chrome, Uncle Mo part of wildfire relief efforts

DRF | 3 days ago
No-guarantee seasons to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome and to prominent young sire Uncle Mo will be auctioned off to benefit California wildlife relief efforts, as a number of prominent farms and bloodstock organizations join the industry's efforts to provide assistance to displaced Thoroughbreds and their caretakers. Read More...

McGee: Gulfstream Park pick four for Sunday, Dec. 10

DRF | 3 days ago
Here’s a pick-four play to end the Sunday card at Gulfstream in which I’ll be relying on Jorge Navarro to have Can’t Say No ready to roll in race 9 after the flashy first-out winner was regrouped over at Gulf West following a disappointing loss in his most recent start in October. Read More...

Debby Baltas Aids Backstretch Workers After SLR Fire

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
While most volunteers came to Del Mar Dec. 8 to help horses, Debbie Baltas and others made sure to focus on backstretch workers evacuated from the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Disqualifies One

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Following an investigation into possible collusion among competitors in this year's Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, officials have disqualified an entry by Eric Moomey that had earned a ninth-place finish. Read More...

Uncle Mo Season Donated to Horses First Fund

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In response to the terrible events in Southern California and in particular at San Luis Rey Downs, Coolmore and Mike Repole will donate a 2018 season to sire Uncle Mo, who stands for fee of $125,000. Read More...

Industry Commits to Aid Following Fire at San Luis Rey

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The horror of Dec. 7 has been followed a day later by an overwhelming effort in Southern California to save and care for horses evacuated from a devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center. Read More...

Officials Urge ‘Vigilance’ in Emergency Preparations

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With rescue and evacuation efforts underway at several California equine facilities in the wake of fast-moving fires, officials with San Diego County warned all to stay proactive in their emergency preparations. Read More...

Handicapping Focus on Weekend’s 2-Year-Old Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Look anywhere across the country, and there is no escaping the realization that the entire Thoroughbred racing world is at the mercy of Mother Nature.  Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 12/11 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 12/11 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 12/11 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 12/11 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Trainer Hansen loses 15 horses in San Luis Rey Downs fire

DRF | 4 days ago
The impact of the tragic fire that devastated San Luis Rey Downs on Thursday was starting to be known on Friday, when trainer Scott Hansen – who had 30 horses in training there – reported that half his barn, 15 runners, had perished. Read More...

Two players disqualified for collusion in BCBC

DRF | 4 days ago
Breeders' Cup has disqualified the entries of two of the participants in the live-money handicapping tournament the organization held in conjunction with its two-day event in November, including that of the ninth-place finisher, according to a statement released by Breeders' Cup on Friday. Read More...

Efforts Strong in Aftermath of San Luis Rey Tragedy

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The horror of Dec. 7 has been followed a day later by an overwhelming effort in Southern California to save and care for horses evacuated from a devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center. Read More...

River Dancer to Stand at Breakway Farm

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Graded stakes-placed River Dancer is the first son of Pioneerof the Nile to stand in Indiana. He will enter stud at Breakway Farm near Dillsboro, Ind. Read More...

Penn National trainer Rodriguez suspended 45 days for horse neglect

DRF | 4 days ago
Mario Rodriguez, a trainer based at Penn National in Pennsylvania, has been suspended 45 days by the track's stewards for being “neglectful” in providing veterinary care to a horse, according to a ruling from the officials. Read More...

Horse death toll at San Luis Rey Downs from wildfire could climb past 25

DRF | 4 days ago
The Southern California racing community spent Friday recovering from the devastating fire at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in northern San Diego County on Thursday that cost the lives of approximately 25 horses and led to the evacuation of approximately 400 horses to neighboring farms and the Del Mar racetrack. Read More...

Not Quite Time for a Swan Song

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Unbridled’s Song leads the North American sires of 2017 list, primarily on the exploits of his son Arrogate, who has now retired at precisely the time that his sire might finally, posthumously, become a consistent sire of consistent sires. Read More...

Options for Assisting San Luis Rey Fire Victims

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Stronach Group, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has established a GoFundMe account page to help pay for hospital and rehabilitative costs incurred by those injured in the Dec. 7 devastating Lilac Fire. Read More...

New York Veterinarian Suspended, Fined

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A New York veterinarian has been suspended and fined after he allegedly improperly provided the drug albuterol to a licensed owner without examining the horse and for using a fictitious name of the horse in connection with the incident. Read More...

Wellman Pens Detailed Account of San Luis Rey Aftermath

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Aron Wellman, president of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, penned a detailed account Dec. 8 of his experience at Del Mar in the wake of the Lilac fire that engulfed San Luis Rey Training Center Dec. 7 and the outpouring of support that followed. Read More...

Two Appointed to Woodbine Board of Directors

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) today announced the appointment of Bob Aziz and Ed Hannah to its Board of Directors. Read More...

Hovdey: At Del Mar, community gathers to provide refuge

DRF | 4 days ago
What this reporter witnessed Thursday was the end destination of the mass fire evacuation of the horses and people from San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in north San Diego County. The horses were transported by an impromptu caravan of horse trailers, from commercial big rigs to backyard two-stalls, to the empty stables of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which opened its doors and mustered a remarkably efficient operation of volunteers and professional handlers. Read More...

Verdant Pastures tests open company in allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
Verdant Pastures, winner of the $250,000 Empire Distaff for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park in October, steps into open company for the first time Sunday in a second-level allowance/optional $62,500 claiming race that serves as the feature on Aqueduct's nine-race card. Read More...

Eight Town might have solid future sprinting

DRF | 4 days ago
Susan and Jim Hill's up-and-coming 3-year-old sprinter Eight Town passed a major class test when turning back the older and vastly more experienced Abounding Legacy to capture Thursday's main event for his third consecutive victory. Eight Town completed seven furlongs in 1:22.03 and earned a career-best 90 Beyer Speed Figure. Read More...

Neolithic’s will skip Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
There will be five Grade 3 stakes on next Saturday's card, but the one that figures to get the most attention is the 1 1/16-mile Harlan's Holiday, which is expected to serve as Gunnevera's final prep for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27. Read More...

Giuseppe the Great gets class relief in allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Nick Zito will be the first to admit that he's not shy about taking on the underdog role in major 3-year-old races, as he did this past season with Giuseppe the Great, who finished third as a 47-1 outsider in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby and second at 14-1 and 30-1 in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Grade 2 Woody Stephens. Read More...

Old Forester closing on third straight year as Canada’s top sire

DRF | 4 days ago
Pink Lloyd's undefeated campaign of 2017 will have a looming presence over Canada's Horse of the Year race, but it will also be the likely deciding factor in Old Forester's bid to again top the country's sire list by progeny earnings. Read More...

Facebook Live Video Depicts San Luis Rey Rescue Efforts

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
As his Facebook page was flooded with "thank you" messages for his Dec. 7 efforts to save horses during a fire at San Luis Rey Training Center, Leo Tapia's response was understated: "Thanks, we did everything we could to save them," Tapia said. Read More...

Big Blue Tops Inglis December Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
An outstanding draft of racing stock presented by Godolphin resulted in a perfect clearance rate, highlighted by the top-priced lot at a successful William Inglis & Son December Thoroughbred sale Dec. 8 near Melbourne, Australia. Read More...

Ceremony Honors Bowman as World’s Best Jockey

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In recognition for his great achievement, Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities presented Bowman with a Longines timepiece as well as a crystal vase.  Read More...

GoFundMe Account Established for San Luis Rey Aid

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Stronach Group, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has established a GoFundMe account page to help pay for hospital and rehabilitative costs incurred by those injured in the Dec. 7 devastating Lilac Fire. Read More...

A Time For Heroes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Never in memory have so many horse lovers sacrificed so much and worked so diligently in assisting the horses at San Luis Rey Downs through their horrible and frightening ordeal. Read More...