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TCA Announces February Merit Award Winners

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the recipients of its Award of Merit honored at state breeders associations' awards ceremonies in February. Read More...

Southeast Regional: Destined for Success

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bill and Janet Grube, owners of Destiny Oaks of Ocala, don't believe in luck. But as the name of their farm suggests, they do believe in destiny. Read More...

Fasig, Gulfstream to Offer Florida Derby Bonus

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:54 PM ET Fasig-Tipton, Gulfstream Park announce $1-million bonus for '15 Florida sale grad who wins '16 GI Florida Derby. Read More...

Jockey, owner want to try Verraco on dirt

DRF | 3 days ago
Verraco will start in a first-level optional $80,000 claimer for 3-year-olds on dirt at Santa Anita on Friday after an impromptu election among owner Deron Pearson, trainer Jim Cassidy, and jockey Elvis Trujillo. Read More...

Northeast Regional: Building an Empire

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Big Brown adds star power to New York stallion roster for 2015. Read More...

Giwner: The human side of Harness Racing

DRF | 3 days ago
While the annual United States Harness Writers Dan Patch Award Banquet on Sunday was hardly chock-full of surprises, attendees got to see something that many bettors, fans and hands-off owners rarely get to witness—those behind the scenes taking care of the horses or driving are indeed people! They love the sport and are passionate about what they do. Read More...

Beyer: History could be Khozan’s toughest rival

DRF | 3 days ago
A racing career could hardly begin more auspiciously than Khozan’s, but both the colt and his trainer, Todd Pletcher, are about to confront a hard reality. “History is against him,” Pletcher acknowledged, “but maybe he can be the one to overcome it.” Read More...

Horse PAC Passes $3 Million in Disbursements

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Horse PAC, the bipartisan political action committee of the NTRA, announced Feb. 25 it has surpassed the $3 million mark in total disbursements to federal political candidates and parties since its 2002 inception. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for Feb. 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Itsaknockout, still unbeaten after being placed first via disqualification in the Fountain of Youth last Saturday, is the lone newcomer to this week’s Derby Watch top 20. Read More...

Previous should be sharper in second start back

DRF | 3 days ago
One of the more puzzling results of the nearly 3-month-old championship meet at Gulfstream Park came in a Feb. 5 allowance when Wind Racer ran second at 1-10 odds in a five-horse field. Read More...

Meadowlands: Thursday 2/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 2/26 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Jerardi: When in doubt, stewards should let the result stand

DRF | 3 days ago
It now appears that my plan to eliminate stewards is not going to be adopted. It could all be so much simpler. First horse to the wire wins. No controversy. Read More...

Derby Preps: No Need For Speed

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Don't act bewildered when your freakishly fast Bellamy Road finishes up the track on the first Saturday in May and a "slowpoke" like Giacomo comes charging by you in the stretch. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 2/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 2/26 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 2/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 2/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Gulfstream, F-T Bonus Tied to Sale, FL Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Gulfstream Park and Fasig-Tipton have announced a $1 million bonus to the owner of the 2016 Florida Derby (gr. I) winner if that horse is a graduate of this year's 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale. Read More...

Report: Six Horses Die in Kentucky Barn Fire

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Six horses were reportedly killed during a Feb. 25 early-morning fire that consumed two barns at Chantelcaire Farm near Midway, Ky. Read More...

Imperia possible for Spiral Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Imperia, who finished fifth as the favorite Saturday in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, will make his next start in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Wednesday from the Palm Meadows training center in Florida. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup tickets on sale March 4

DRF | 3 days ago
Tickets to the two-day Breeders’ Cup event at Keeneland in Lexington will go on sale at noon March 4, Breeders’ Cup and the track announced Wednesday. Read More...

Horton Considers Rebel for Take Charge Brandi

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Owner Willis Horton confirmed Feb. 25 that the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 14 is under consideration as a target for champion Take Charge Brandi, although a decision has not yet been made. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi might face males in Rebel

DRF | 3 days ago
Take Charge Brandi, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014, is being considered for a start against males in the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park on March 14, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Wednesday. Lukas said the other option is to keep Take Charge Brandi in her division for the Grade 3, $150,000 Honeybee on March 7. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Wednesday, Feb. 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Wednesday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Tickets Go On Sale March 4

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Breeders' Cup Feb. 25 said tickets for the Oct. 30-31 World Championships at Keeneland in Kentucky will be available for purchase at noon March 4. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Grab the Big Hammer

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
States need to make multiple medication violation policy a priority. Read More...

Foundation Mares: Courtly Dee

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Examining the most successful descendants of Courtly Dee, by Never Bend out of Tulle. Read More...

Bet This, Not That: Trainers, dirt routes, and the Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
With less than 10 weeks remaining until the first Saturday in May, much of the focus in the racing world has turned to the 3-year-olds. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:00 PM ET T.D. Thornton breaks down the British Horseracing Authority's Equine Anti-Doping Rules and Guidance, which... Read More...

Kentucky Oaks Future Wager This Weekend

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Streaking champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi is a narrow choice as the favored individual horse, but the ever-popular mutuel field is the morning-line favorite in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager odds. Read More...

Trainer Barbara Pirie dies at 55

DRF | 4 days ago
Longtime Woodbine trainer Barbara Pirie has passed away from cancer at age 55. Read More...

Status Not Reinstated for 2015 Joe Hernandez

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After reviewing the off-the-turf renewal of this year's Joe Hernandez Stakes conducted Feb. 22 at Santa Anita Park, the American Graded Stakes Committee has decided not to reinstate the listed status of the race. Read More...

Baffert Duo Tabbed in Next Derby Future Wager

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A pair of 3-year-olds trained by Bob Baffert are the top individual choices according to the morning line for this weekend's Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, the third of four Derby future wagers that will be offered. Read More...

DRF Daily GamePlan for Wednesday, Feb. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Download closer looks for Gulfstream Park and spot plays and live longshots for Gulfstream and Tampa Bay Downs. Picks are chronologically listed, so you can build and plan your wagering day. Read More...

Groups Respond to New British Steroid Policy

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A group of prominent organizations involved in Thoroughbred breeding, racing, and sales in North America issued a joint statement Feb. 24 in reaction to the British Horseracing Authority's enhanced equine anti-doping rules. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Wednesday, Feb. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Wednesday’s cards at Charles Town, Delta Downs, Gulfstream Park, Mahoning Valley, Penn National, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turf Paradise. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Britain tightens steroid rules

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses based in the U.S. that are being pointed to races in Britain will have to arrive in the country 10 days prior to the race and will be subjected to a new zero-tolerance policy on the use of anabolic steroids under new rules announced by the British Horseracing Authority on Tuesday. Read More...

Oaks likely next for I’m a Chatterbox

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Larry Jones, who swept the Rachel Alexandra Stakes exacta on Saturday, said Sunday that victorious I’m a Chatterbox is likely for the Fair Grounds Oaks on March 28, while plans are less certain for runner-up Lovely Maria. Read More...

Positive Side will take to the dirt

DRF | 4 days ago
Not one, not two, not three, but four allowance races dot the nine-race Fair Grounds card on Thursday, but Mother Nature seems bound to throw a monkey wrench into the works. There’s a 100-percent chance of rain Wednesday, with as much as two inches forecast for New Orleans, in which case you can forget about turf racing on Thursday. Read More...

New Company Links Mobile Games With Pari-Mutuel Pools

Former Breeders’ Cup and Stronach Group CEO Greg Avioli has teamed up with Youbet.com founder David Marshall and formed a California-based company that uses mobile games to introduce pari-mutuel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chocolate Ride might face rematch in Muniz

DRF | 4 days ago
Chocolate Ride, who won the Fair Grounds Handicap on Saturday, is an intended starter in the March 28 Mervin Muniz Handicap at Fair Grounds, while the race’s fast-closing runner-up, Glenard, is considered possible for the race. Read More...

Wireless Future shifts focus to Spiral

DRF | 4 days ago
Wireless Future, the Fair Grounds-based 3-year-old who has three wins at the meet, will be redirected from the Black Gold Stakes this coming weekend at Fair Grounds to the Spiral Stakes on March 22 at Turfway, trainer Tom Amoss said Monday. Read More...

Virginia Equine Alliance Praises Legislation

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In Feb. 24 release, the Virginia Equine Alliance praised legislation that has passed the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Read More...

Well-Bred Eskendereya Firster Scores at Lingfield

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 3:16 PM ET 1st at LNG (LINGFIELD)Mdn (�5k)     Winner: Rain Wind and Fire by Eskendereya Well-Bred Eskendereya Firster Scores at Lingfield Read More...

Slideshow: The Week in Photos for 02/24/2015

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Japan, Santa Anita, Oaklawn, Australia, Turfway and More. Read More...

McPeek’s Oaklawn division performing well

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Ken McPeek had a hot hand with 3-year-olds last week at Oaklawn Park. He sent out Kentucky Oaks candidate Pangburn to win her season debut in memorable fashion. The Truth Or Else ran second in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest at 22-1, and Magic of Believing picked off his second straight route to punch his ticket to a Kentucky Derby prep that might end up being in Dubai. Read More...

Bullet Work at Golden Gate for Shared Belief

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Shared Belief, impressive winner of the San Antonio Invitational Stakes (gr. I), worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 2/5 Feb. 24 at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

American Pharoah, Dortmund Kentucky Derby Future Wager favorites

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah and Dortmund are the top morning-line choices behind the mutuel field in Pool 3 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

Final Chapter looks to build on success

DRF | 4 days ago
The addition of blinkers and Lasix helped give Final Chapter a positive result when he won a maiden race for the centenarian owner John Nerud here on Jan. 23. Thursday, Final Chapter hopes to produce a sequel at Aqueduct when he tops a field of eight set to contest six furlongs in an entry-level allowance/optional claiming race restricted to New York-bred 3-year-olds. The $57,000 race is the co-feature on the eight-race card along with a similar spot for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Keeping Pace: Weighty Question

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Frank Angst analyzes the Kentucky Derby picture following interesting prep races from the weekend, specifically weight assignments. Read More...

Long Hot Summer resumes career

DRF | 4 days ago
Sidelined by injury last fall, Long Hot Summer resumed serious training in December and will make her first start since August in an optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Thursday. Read More...

Woodbine Schedules 102 Stakes for 2015 Meet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Woodbine Entertainment released a 2015 Thoroughbred stakes schedule consisting of 102 stakes worth more than $20 million in purses for the 133-day meet. Read More...