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Harness: Gingras guides trio of perfect rookies this weekend

DRF | 2 days ago
Even for Yannick Gingras, driving a trio of undefeated 2-year-olds on the same weekend is something of an oddity. On top of that, the leading money-winning pilot in North America will sit behind the incomparable Foiled Again and perhaps the top rookie trotting filly in training, Mission Brief. Read More...

Reporting on Racing With Love Beyond Words

For two brothers with a lifelong attachment to horse racing, The Saratoga Special, a weekly trade paper, is a family business and a labor of love. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:58 PM ET Tapestry weaves her magic in G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks...Close Hatches and Princess of Sylmar face off in GI... Read More...

Obviously Targets Del Mar Mile Three-Peat

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Winner of the past two editions of the Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT), the speedster Obviously goes for a three-peat on the turf as part of the TVG Pacific Classic undercard Aug. 24 at the seaside track. Read More...

CHRB Amends Fee Scale for Losing Jockeys

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A 12.5% increase in the minimum riding fee scale for losing jockeys in California got an unexpected addition from the state's horse racing board Aug. 21. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Saturday, Aug. 23

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Which Game On Dude Will Show Up in Classic?

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Game On Dude has been dominating the ranks of older horses in Southern California for so long it's tempting to believe he's lost a step every time he throws in a bad one. Read More...

Seaway Draws Well-Balanced Field of 11

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A well-balanced field of 10 fillies and mares, including 2013 winner Youcan'tcatchme, are set to contest the $150,000 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 24 at Woodbine. Read More...

Del Mar babies for Friday, Aug. 22

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier looks at Del Mar's races for juveniles. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Page McKenney much improved for Penn National return in Robellino

DRF | 2 days ago
After winning four of his last five starts, the much improved 4-year-old Page McKenney will be a far shorter price than 16-1 the last time he ran at Penn National when he ships in from Maryland for Saturday night’s $75,000 Robellino Stakes. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 8/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/23 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 8/23 card at Moahwk Racetrack. Read More...

King: How I’d play Del Mar on Friday, Aug. 22

DRF | 2 days ago
In addition to playing the late pick three Friday as advised in another column in Daily Racing Form, some of the earlier races hold interest, too. Read More...

Hazel Park cuts purses 25 percent

DRF | 2 days ago
Hazel Park Raceway will cut purses by 25 percent beginning Aug. 29, according to an announcement in the track’s Saturday overnights. Read More...

‘Chrome’ Set for Pennsylvania Derby Comeback

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
California Chrome, unlikely hero of the Triple Crown series who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and took the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his comeback from a brief layoff in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II). Read More...

Chrome Set for Pennsylvania Derby Return

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
California Chrome, unlikely hero of the Triple Crown series who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his return from a brief layoff in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Friday, Aug. 22

DRF | 2 days ago
A pair of full fields sandwich the featured race Friday at Del Mar, the CTT and Thoroughbred Owners of California Handicap, making the late pick three the most attractive of the multi-race gimmick wagers. Read More...

Uncle Southern skips over mud to win Union Avenue

DRF | 2 days ago
Uncle Southern parlayed a very alert start, a pace advantage, and her affinity for a wet track into a game three-quarter-length victory over Sunny Desert in the $100,000 Union Ave Stakes on a soggy Thursday afternoon at Saratoga. Read More...

Daaher Filly Comes Charging Late to Graduate

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:54 PM ET 5th at SAR (Saratoga)MSW ($83K)     Winner: Clothes Fall Off by Daaher Clothes Fall Off (Daaher) charges through the slop for an impressiv... Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Personal Ensign features Close Hatches

DRF | 2 days ago
Making her first start since taking a hard-fought decision in the Ogden Phipps on June 7, Close Hatches is the one to beat in Friday’s $500,000 Personal Ensign (race 9) at Saratoga. Read More...

New York-breds take the spotlight Sunday on rich card

DRF | 2 days ago
The six stakes for New York-breds on Sunday at Saratoga will offer cumulative purses of more than $1.1 million and, as intended, showcase many of the best statebreds in training. Read More...

On Down the Road meets defending race winner Spinning Touch in Lineage Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
On Down the Road has a knack for winning on the richest New Mexico-bred cards in the state. Back in 2012, he captured the $180,480 New Mexico Cup Classic at Zia Park. And in more recent times, On Down the Road accounted for the $50,000 Land of Enchantment during last month’s Zia Festival at Ruidoso Downs. Now comes the $300,000 Lineage Day at the Downs at Albuquerque, and On Down the Road will be favored to win the card’s main event, the $60,000 Lineage Classic, over two-time defending race winner Spinning Touch. Read More...

Shooting for an upset in Longacres Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Looking for a bomb in Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs? Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Travers Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? Read More...

Mohawk: Mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 payout set for 8/30

DRF | 2 days ago
The Jackpot Hi-5 will have a mandatory payout on the final race of the August 30 card of racing at Mohawk Racetrack. The carryover pool currently stands at $583,607.77 (after the Tuesday, August 19 card). Read More...

My Miss Aurelia rejoins top-shelf talent for Ballerina

DRF | 2 days ago
The connections of My Miss Aurelia have waited a long time to get their champion filly back to Grade 1 company. The wait ends Saturday, when My Miss Aurelia, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, starts in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Guarantees on Travers Day pick four, pick six

DRF | 2 days ago
With 14 races on Saturday’s card there are a few changes to the wagering menu. Read More...

New York Turf Writers’ Cup rescheduled for Monday

DRF | 2 days ago
Due to heavy rain that hit the area on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Thursday’s Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers’ Cup Steeplechase Stakes was postponed until Monday. Read More...

Big Blue Kitten Back in Jersey’s Cliff Hanger

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Chad Brown trainee used the 2013 United Nations to propel his way to victory in back-to-back grade I races, now looks to Cliff Hanger (gr. IIIT) Aug. 24 to return to graded victory. Read More...

Hovdey: Toast of New York just another out-of-towner

DRF | 2 days ago
It is said that horses do not have particularly acute vision. Fair enough. But after what he has experienced this season, even an ocularly challenged Toast of New York must be looking around this week wondering where the tour bus has taken him now. Read More...

Lineage Weekend Stakes Draw 76 New Mexico-Breds

This weekend’s Lineage stakes races at The Downs at Albuquerque have attracted entries from 76 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. Five stakes for Thoroughbreds -- all black-type races -- will be run on Saturday, followed by four black-type stakes for state-bred Quarter Horses on Sunday. Read More...

The Big Beast brings huge potential into King’s Bishop

DRF | 2 days ago
Ask trainer Anthony Dutrow to talk about The Big Beast and his eyes start to widen at the mere mention of his talented 3-year-old prospect, who will share top billing Saturday at Saratoga with Coup de Grace in the $500,000 King’s Bishop. Read More...

Pair of shippers drops into DeBartolo contention

DRF | 2 days ago
The 11 turf horses in the $75,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap at Remington Park on Saturday night win often. Read More...

Second Sporting Art Auction in November

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington the second Sporting Art Auction on is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. ET in the Keeneland sales pavilion. Read More...

TVG to Have Enhanced Pacific Classic Coverage

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
TVG has announced it will feature a number of state-of-the-art production enhancements during its 90-minute special telecast of the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 24. Read More...

Handicapping a Fantastic Travers Day

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and three other graded stakes races at Saratoga. Read More...

King: Taking contrarian stance to pace flow in Saratoga stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
My strategy for wagering on Saturday’s stakes at Saratoga is simple: Go against the grain by betting against horses widely deemed to hold a pace advantage. Read More...

Champion Benny the Bull to Bridlewood in 2015

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Champion sprinter Benny the Bull will stand the 2015 breeding season at John and Leslie Malone's Bridlewood Farm, in Ocala, Fla., according to an announcement made by owner Greg James. His fee has not yet been determined. Read More...

Can Bayern carry speed the distance in Travers?

DRF | 2 days ago
The question on everybody’s mind is if Bayern can carry his speed the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles in the 145h running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers. The answer likely won’t be known until the final furlong. Read More...

Dakota Dusty aims to continue momentum in Saturday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday Northlands ran 13 races including three stakes headed by the Grade 3, $195,720 Canadian Derby. This Saturday the feature is a $17,500 claiming race that drew five horses and headlines a nine-race card that begins at 1 p.m. Mountain. Read More...

Filimbi rolls into Ballston Spa on two-race win streak

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 2 Ballston Spa on Saturday at Saratoga is a bit light on field size, but that doesn’t make it an easy race. Read More...

Benny the Bull relocating to Bridlewood

DRF | 2 days ago
Champion sprinter Benny the Bull will relocate to stand the 2015 breeding season at John and Leslie Malone’s Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla. His fee has not yet been determined. Read More...

Compound Pharmacy Reinforces Safety Standards

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A Lexington pharmacy that makes compound products for horses said it has taken steps to reinforce its safety and quality standards and has cooperated with a federal agency's inquiry into "adverse events earlier this year." Read More...

Compound Pharmacy Has Reinforced Standards

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A Lexington pharmacy that makes compound products for horses said it has taken steps to reinforce its safety and quality standards and has cooperated with a federal agency's inquiry into "adverse events earlier this year." Read More...

Quick Casablanca looks to earn way to Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
In the eight weeks since Quick Casablanca finished second in the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita, he has been a busy horse. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Fillies prep for Natalma

DRF | 2 days ago
The seven-furlong allowance prep for the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes, a one-mile test for 2-year-old fillies here Sept. 13, seems wide-open. Unhindered (2-1) looms a vulnerable favorite while competing on short rest and moving out to a distance that may be farther than her optimum. She is by the successful turf sire Stormy Atlantic. Read More...

Tapestry Upsets Taghrooda in Yorkshire Oaks

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Tapestry brought heavy favorite Taghrooda's unbeaten record to a shocking halt Aug. 22 in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) at York. Read More...

Spice Swirl tries to win Columbus Maturity/Matron Stakes for fourth straight year

DRF | 2 days ago
Older Nebraska-bred mares get the spotlight as a compact field of five goes 6 1/2 furlongs in the $15,000-added Columbus Maturity/Matron Stakes on Saturday evening at Columbus. Read More...

Masochistic faces tough challenge in optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
Masochistic, who tested positive for a tranquilizer when fifth in his career debut in March at Santa Anita and has since won consecutive starts, faces his toughest career test in an optional claimer at seven furlongs in Saturday’s fourth race. Read More...