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X Y Jet looks to burnish credentials for Dubai invite

DRF | 3 days ago
After winning his last two starts by a combined 13 1/2 lengths, including the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector, X Y Jet is looking for new worlds to conquer. In fact, his connections would love to send him halfway across the world for his next major test, the Dubai Golden Shaheen to be run March 26 on the Dubai World Cup undercard. Read More...

Old Fashioned to Stand in South Korea

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Central Kentucky sire Old Fashioned will soon join a number of other U.S. stallions who recently have shipped to the Far East to continue their careers in South Korea. Read More...

Airoforce to make 3-year-old debut in Risen Star Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse on Sunday confirmed that Airoforce, an Eclipse Award finalist for champion 2-year-old male of 2015, will ship from south Florida to New Orleans next week to make his 3-year-old debut Feb. 20 in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. Read More...

Lady Sabelia, Hot City Girl top Fritchie field

DRF | 3 days ago
The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie on Saturday at Laurel Park will match last year's winner, 6-year-old Lady Sabelia, against the rapidly improving 4-year-old Hot City Girl. A field of seven was entered Monday for the $300,000 Fritchie, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Southwest Stakes contender Z Royal has Lukas feeling young

DRF | 3 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has put a health scare far behind him and is back in a familiar spot at this Oaklawn Park meet – with a promising 3-year-old prospect in Z Royal. Z Royal breezed Monday for an intended start in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes. Lukas said Gary Stevens will ride the Zayat Stables-owned horse in the race next Monday. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 2/10 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 2/10 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Finest City out to prove last start not a fluke

DRF | 3 days ago
The idea that track bias was largely responsible for the chaotic result of a Grade 2 filly-mare sprint last month will be reexamined Thursday at Santa Anita. Finest City, who benefitted from an apparent speed bias finishing second in the Santa Monica Stakes, drops Thursday into a second-level optional claimer. If her Santa Monica effort on Jan. 23 is taken at face value, Finest City might be tough to beat on Thursday. Read More...

Hovdey: Songbird has her own frame of reference

DRF | 3 days ago
Racing fans are not content to savor the present without rooting around in the past. American Pharoah threw fans deep into history, inspiring a fresh examination of Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, and Citation. Songbird, goes the thinking, must be like something we've seen before or else how can she be fully appreciated. Read More...

Samantha Nicole retired, booked to Bernardini

DRF | 3 days ago
Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year and stakes producer Rachel Alexandra, has been retired to Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky., and will be bred to Bernardini this season, hoping to capitalize on a cross that has proven successful with her family. Read More...

Momameamaria stays local for Correction prep

DRF | 3 days ago
Momameamaria came off a 201-day layoff on Dec. 17 to win a second-level optional-claiming race over Aqueduct's inner track. The race proved to be very productive as the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers all came back to win their next starts. On Thursday, Momameamaria will try to become the fourth next-out winner from that key race when she heads a field of seven entered in a $75,000 third-level allowance feature going six furlongs at Aqueduct. Read More...

Racetrack Vet Group Takes Proactive Approach

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
An organization formed to represent the interests of racetrack veterinarians has become proactive in the area of research into therapeutic medications and continues to make its case that vets should be part of drug reform. Read More...

Whitmore Gets Green Light for Southwest

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Oaklawn Park allowance winner Whitmore will start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 after a good workout in company the morning of Feb. 8 at the Arkansas racetrack. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of Feb. 8

DRF | 3 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of Feb. 8. Read More...

Tampa Bay: Prado visits to ride War Order

DRF | 3 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado is winless with 18 mounts at the Gulfstream Park meet but will look to score with his first mount of the Tampa Bay Downs meet on Wednesday. Read More...

Tampa Bay: Fast Flying Rumor eyes Pelican

DRF | 3 days ago
Fast Flying Rumor is targeting the $100,000 Pelican Stakes on Feb. 20 at Tampa Bay Downs after dominating an optional $50,000 claimer on the main track here last Friday for his third consecutive win. The Pelican is a six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up on the main track. Read More...

Clement could get ambitious with stakes winner Governor Malibu

DRF | 3 days ago
After defeating fellow New York-breds in Saturday's Gander Stakes at Aqueduct, the 3-year-old Governor Malibu will step into open company for his next start, trainer Christophe Clement said Monday. Read More...

Marino’s Wild Cat eyes repeat in Lost in the Fog

DRF | 3 days ago
Defending race winner Marino’s Wild Cat, who hasn’t started since a third-place finish last April that snapped a three-race win streak, is expected to make his return in next Monday’s $50,000 Lost in the Fog at six furlongs at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Four rich stakes highlight Festival Preview Day

DRF | 3 days ago
The second-biggest day of the Tampa Bay Downs meet comes Saturday, when Festival Preview Day offers four stakes worth $650,000 in total, including a trio of Grade 3 stakes. The event serves as a prelude to Festival Day on March 12, when four stakes worth $850,000 in total will be run. Read More...

Code Warrior learning from California Oaks defeat

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Manny Badilla was philosophical about Code Warrior’s fourth-place finish in her route debut in last Saturday’s California Oaks. The favored 3-year-old filly lost for the first time at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

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DRF | 3 days ago
The Mardi Gras revelers will have about run out of steam when older filly and mare turf sprinters take to the track late Tuesday afternoon at Fair Grounds for the $60,000 Mardi Gras Stakes. And if the field that was entered mainly holds together, the Fair Grounds grass course will be nearly as crowded as Bourbon Street during the height of Carnival. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 2/9 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 2/9 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mare In Foal to Scat Daddy Brings $210,000

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Maggie d'Oro, a 6-year-old mare in foal to the late stallion Scat Daddy, was purchased by Green Lantern Stables for $210,000 during the early portion of the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale's first session Feb. 8. Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Surprises And Sidetrips

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Touched by Autism helps Taboada raise awareness

DRF | 3 days ago
In 2008, a Cinderella story unfolded for owner Johnny Taboada in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby when Autism Awareness, the longest shot on the board, scored the biggest upset ($126) in the race's history.Autism Awareness was not a one-hit wonder. The next year he won a four-way photo in the Grade 3 Berkeley, beating millionaires Bold Chieftain and Awesome Gem. Taboada is back for Saturday's 2016 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, a lot wiser in the business of horse racing but surprisingly confident about Touched by Autism Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro posts big results in Saturday stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Prominent young sire Medaglia d'Oro enjoyed an outstanding weekend on the racetrack, with champion daughter Songbird picking up right where she left off in her 2016 debut in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita and Mshawish and Valid sweeping the exacta in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Big three have Desormeaux expecting another great year

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has big hopes for 2016. It is the only way to go forward. The events of the last two years command high expectations. Read More...

Delta Downs Bans New Mexico, Arizona Horses

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel Feb. 8 said it will ban horses from New Mexico and Arizona due to the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus in those states. Read More...

Bergman: Laser focus needed for harness racing to gain traction

DRF | 3 days ago
The reality in today’s culture is that no matter what message you are sending out, repeat it as often as possible and you will win followers. To some it may be repetitive but to others it could be a signal that you are a strong individual with authentic core principles. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Dover, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Cay Dancer stacks up well against familiar rivals

DRF | 3 days ago
The Grade 3 La Prevoyante run Dec. 26 at Gulfstream Park was one of those merry-go-round turf races in which the favorite, Goldy Espony, prevailed on the lead while very little change in position unfolded behind her.The legitimacy of that race will come under close scrutiny Thursday at Gulfstream when three La Prevoyante runners reconvene in the eighth of 10 races, the $65,000 Savannah Jane at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Feb. 3 – Feb. 4

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Shuts Down Barn Area

Due to the Equine Herpes Virus-1 outbreak in the southwest, The Downs at Albuquerque will not allow any horses to enter or leave its barn area, effective immediately. Read More...

Fashionable Freddy could give Zito a boost

DRF | 3 days ago
It's not so much the spotlight that Nick Zito misses, but the winning. The Hall of Fame trainer doesn't have the stock he once did, and the result is far fewer trips to the winner's circle than when his stable was at its peak. Still, Zito hopes to become big in the game again, and a Tiznow colt named Fashionable Freddy could take him a step in that direction when racing resumes Wednesday at Gulfstream Park Read More...

Taking Shergar

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ireland's beloved Shergar was stolen by masked gunmen on the night of Feb. 8, 1983, never to be seen again. With the anniversary of that crime comes the story of a heist that fascinates conspiracy theorists to this day. Read More...

Trip Notes for February 6-7: Donn Handicap, San Antonio, Palos Verdes, and more…

DRF | 3 days ago
Trip Notes for February 6-7: Donn Handicap, San Antonio, Palos Verdes, and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Trainer McLean wins 1,00th race at Golden Gate Fields

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Bill McLean won his 1,000th race Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when Kyle Frey guided Moogie Woogie ($11) through an opening in the upper stretch and guided the 5-year-old gelding to a neck victory in a four-way photo in a $12,500 claiming race at one mile. Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro Season Added to F-T Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fasig-Tipton has added a no-guarantee season to Medaglia d'Oro, one of North America's leading sires, for its upcoming Kentucky winter mixed sale. Read More...

Trainer Bill McLean Scores 1,000th Victory

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trainer Bill McLean recorded his 1,000th victory Feb. 7, when Moogie Woogie skimmed the rail to capture the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Without Breeders’ Cup, 2015 handle drops in California

DRF | 4 days ago
Handle on horse races throughout California declined in 2015, but the sport showed a slight increase in the number of racing days and average field size, according to an annual report published last week by the California Horse Racing Board. Read More...

Kobe’s Back Finds Just Enough in Palos Verdes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Kobe's Back broke slowly and trailed by as many as 10 1/2 lengths, but he unleashed his patented closing kick and was just able to track down Salutos Amigos in the final strides to win the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Kobe’s Back slow early, fast late in Palos Verdes

DRF | 4 days ago
The addition of blinkers for Kobe’s Back in Sunday’s $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita did not change the veteran sprinter’s running style. He still drops far back and makes a furious rally. In the Grade 2 Palos Verdes, that late kick was successful. Read More...

Storied Lady captures Biogio’s Rose by a head

DRF | 4 days ago
Storied Lady got the better trip and outfinished a hard-charging Saythreehailmary’s to win Sunday’s $100,000 Biogio’s Rose Stakes by a short head at Aqueduct. Read More...

F-T Offers Final Mixed Sale of the Year

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Two-day February sale is last opportunity to buy broodmare and broodmare prospects before the beginning of the breeding season and a solid marketplace for just-turned yearlings. Read More...

Favored Fire tops qualifiers for South Florida Quarter Horse Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Favored Fire, making his first start since finishing a troubled seventh in trials for the Hialeah Derby on Dec. 27, posted the fastest qualifying time during four heats Sunday for the South Florida Quarter Horse Derby at Hialeah Park. Read More...

Farm Innovates With Online Videos

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Videos show horses on sale grounds Read More...

Nyquist Speedy in Final Work for San Vicente

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Doug O'Neill wanted a swift, short breeze from Reddam Racing's Nyquist eight days ahead of his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) and that's what he got Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Stormdriver Upstages Favorites in Louisiana

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fruition Racing's Stormdriver outbatted runner-up One Man's King to win the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship Stakes Feb. 6 at Delta Downs. Read More...

Nyquist works five furlongs for San Vicente

DRF | 4 days ago
Nyquist, the undefeated champion 2-year-old male of 2015, was pronounced ready for the start of his 3-year-old season in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15 after a five-furlong workout in 59.38 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Robert Lewis Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Mor Spirit closed his 2-year-old campaign with a win in the Los Alamitos Futurity and he kicked off his 3-year-old season with a similar victory in the Robert Lewis Stakes, in which he equaled his career-best Beyer Speed Figure. Read More...

Flamboyant will try longer distance in San Luis Rey

DRF | 4 days ago
Flamboyant remained perfect in two starts at the winter-spring meeting with a win in Saturday’s $201,380 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita, his first career win at 1 1/4 miles. The 5-year-old is likely to try a new distance when he attempts to stretch his winning streak to three races in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf on March 13. Read More...