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Old Friends Sets Open House for Silver Charm

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Old Friends will hold a special open house for champion, dual classic winner, and Hall of Famer Silver Charm, who is to arrive this week at its Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky. Read More...

Double carryover kicks off racing week

DRF | 3 days ago
The last big week of the New York season begins the same way as the last two weeks, with a multiple-day carryover in the pick six. After going un-hit for the third straight weekend, there is a double carryover of $91,575 beginning with race 4 at 1:47 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Ever Rider can handle distance of Hawthorne Gold Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Between nine and 13 horses are expected to be entered Wednesday when the Grade 2, $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup is drawn. The Gold Cup, the lone graded stakes race at Hawthorne’s fall-winter meet, will be contested Saturday. Read More...

Departing can give Stall second Clark score

DRF | 3 days ago
Al Stall Jr. knows how to gauge the depth of the Clark Handicap.
“Blame won the Clark in 2009, when it was a Grade 2,” Stall said, referring to his all-time best horse, who a year later was voted champion older male after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic. “He beat a really good field [in the Clark]. Misremembered and Einstein were in there, and it was a full field of 14. The very next week, the race was upgraded to a Grade 1.” Read More...

Salute the Sarge to E.A. Ranches in California

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 winner and young sire Salute the Sarge will relocate to stand the 2015 breeding season at E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif., for an advertised fee of $1,000, which will be waived for approved mares. Read More...

Da Silva, Contreras to ride in Tokyo this weekend

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva, who piloted Up With the Birds to his only win of this season in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine on July 19, will have the mount for Sunday’s Group 1 Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse. Read More...

Ben’s Cat looks to end skid in Fabulous Strike Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Maryland-based millionaire Ben’s Cat won the Fabulous Strike Handicap each of the past two years and missed by a neck in a three-way photo when the sprint was known as the Six Bits in 2011. Despite his accomplishments, Ben’s Cat is no better than third choice at 5-1 on the morning line among 12 sprinters lined up for the $200,000 Fabulous Strike on Thanksgiving eve at Penn National. Read More...

Salute the Sarge to E.A. Ranches in Calif.

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Salute the Sarge, a multiple graded stakes winner at 2 and sire of grade III winner Salutos Amigos, will stand the 2015 breeding season at E.A. Ranches near Ramona, Calif. His fee will be $1,000. Read More...

Salute the Sarge to E.A. Ranches in CA

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Salute the Sarge, a multiple graded stakes winner at 2 and sire of grade III winner Salutos Amigos, will stand the 2015 breeding season at E.A. Ranches near Ramona, Calif. His fee will be $1,000. Read More...

Casse has strong hand for juvenile stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse recorded his meet-leading 21st stakes victory in last Saturday’s Glorious Song Stakes and will look to add to that total this weekend with strong representation in both 2-year-old stakes races. Read More...

Lope De Vega Colt Brings 325,000gns at TATDEC

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 11:27 AM ET TATDEC (Tattersalls December Yearling/Foal/Mare Sale)hip 175     Yearling C     Lope de Vega (Ire)--Princess Serena  &nbsp... Read More...

Diva Meg should be forwardly placed in Wednesday turf-mile feature

DRF | 3 days ago
The severity of the local weather having eased, Churchill Downs will resume Wednesday with the primary focus turning to the quality (and quantity) of racing during the final week of the fall meet. Read More...

Chimpanzees and the Tip of a Legal Iceberg

Attorney Steven Wise has become something of a professional interview subject this year. A group of lawsuits Wise filed at the end of 2013 has prompted attention from the New York Times, CNN, BBC,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Nov. 17 – Nov. 19

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

Monticello: Horses to watch from Nov. 17 – Nov. 19

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

Bergman: Breeders Crown winners and losers

DRF | 3 days ago
A dozen Breeders Crown races were contested last weekend at the Meadowlands and there were some major winners and some unfortunate losers in the game. Read More...

Los Alamitos to test hair follicles of Quarter Horses

DRF | 3 days ago
Los Alamitos will conduct hair-follicle testing on qualifiers for all Quarter Horse futurities and derbies and will enact a zero-tolerance policy for the breathing medication clenbuterol beginning in May, track owner Ed Allred said Saturday. Read More...

32 Horses Die in Chicago-Area Stable Fire

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
More than 30 horses died in a stable fire in suburban Chicago over the weekend, with distraught owners of the animals arriving Sunday to lay flowers at the site, a fire department official said. Read More...

Trip Notes for Nov. 22: Tropical Turf, Delta Downs Jackpot and more…

DRF | 4 days ago
Trip Notes for Nov. 22: Tropical Turf, Delta Downs Jackpot and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

East Gift Takes Unusual Path Back to Clark

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
When Easter Gift finished a solid third to eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in last year's Clark Handicap (gr. I), trainer Chad Brown was hoping that big things could be on the horizon. Read More...

Easter Gift Takes Unusual Path Back to Clark

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
When Easter Gift finished a solid third to eventual 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in last year's Clark Handicap (gr. I), trainer Chad Brown was hoping that big things could be on the horizon. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2014 9:19 PM ET The Tattersalls December Sale kicks off Monday in Newmarket and Kelsey Riley previews the nine-day auction,... Read More...

Big Macher Shows Star Quality in Cary Grant

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Rebounding from a troubled effort in the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), favored Big Macher outfought a determined Rousing Sermon to score a game neck victory in the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes Nov. 23 at Del Mar. Read More...

Tom’s Tribute Tops Talented Seabiscuit Cast

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Tom's Tribute, whose past two starts at Del Mar produced victories in the Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) and Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT), heads a staunch field of 10 expected for the grade II Seabiscuit Handicap Nov. 28. Read More...

Big Macher refuses to lose in Cary Grant

DRF | 4 days ago
Big Macher ($4.80), the favorite, held off a race-long challenge from Rousing Sermon and prevailed by a neck in the Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 11/24 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 11/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 11/24 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 11/24 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 11/24 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 10/24 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia Tops Fall City Handicap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Phil Sims and Jerry Namy's Don't Tell Sophia heads a field of 10 older fillies and mares for the 99th running of the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia Leads Fall City Handicap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Phil Sims and Jerry Namy's Don't Tell Sophia heads a field of 10 older fillies and mares for the 99th running of the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia Leads Falls City Handicap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Phil Sims and Jerry Namy's Don't Tell Sophia heads a field of 10 older fillies and mares for the 99th running of the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Calgary Cat Sizzles in Kennedy Road Triumph

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Favored Calgary Cat completed a strong case for a Sovereign Award as Canada's top sprinter Nov. 23 with a dazzling finish in the $184,471 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) to win going away at Woodbine. Read More...

Three Hearts right at home in California

DRF | 4 days ago
The summer heat on the East Coast threatened to ruin the career of the 4-year-old filly Three Hearts earlier this year. In the summer of 2013 and again earlier this year, the filly suffered the effects of heat stroke after races in Virginia and New York. Barry Irwin, who directs the Team Valor International partnership that owns Three Hearts, decided to make a drastic move. The filly was sent to trainer Neil Drysdale in California in September. Read More...

Calgary Cat scores in Kennedy Road, draws closer to divisional title

DRF | 4 days ago
Calgary Cat seemingly nailed down the Sovereign Award for this year’s Canadian champion male sprinter after his explosive off-the-pace score in Sunday’s Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Shipper Holiday Star Faces 10 in Turf Cup

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Holiday Star, in the best form of his career, ships in from Maryland for trainer Graham Motion to test the firm turf at Del Mar in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) Thanksgiving Day. Read More...

Cowtown Cat’s Calgary Cat Powers to GII Kennedy Road Win

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2014 4:54 PM ET 8th at WOX (Woodbine)GII Kennedy Road     Winner: Calgary Cat by Cowtown Cat Calgary Cat (g, 4, Cowtown Cat) makes his case for divisional... Read More...

Hushion Seeks ‘Wand for Princess Violet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Filly named for trainer's granddaughter looks for graded breakthrough Nov. 28 at Aqueduct. Read More...

Congrats Half-Sis to Close Hatches Named TDN Rising Star

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2014 4:21 PM ET 7th at CDX (Churchill Downs)     Winner: Skywarn by Congrats Skywarn (f, 2, Congrats), a half to MGISW Close Hatches, sharp in second-out ... Read More...

Hollywood Derby Likely After Chrome’s Workout

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
California Chrome had his first breeze over the turf at Del Mar Nov. 23, after which trainer Art Sherman told reporters he would enter the dual classic winner in the upcoming $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT). Read More...

Danon Shark Wins Mile Championship Thriller

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Danon Shark came out on top in the Mile Championship Nov. 23 at Kyoto, earning his first group I win in stakes record time after a tooth-and-nail stretch battle with Fiero. Read More...

Fox Rules named top horse of 2014 at Finger Lakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Fox Rules, who went 3 for 3 locally during the season, including a stakes, was chosen Finger Lakes horse of the year for 2014 at the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association awards dinner Saturday. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi may run once more in Starlet

DRF | 4 days ago
The path Take Charge Brandi takes moving forward will be discussed with owner Willis Horton, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Sunday. An option is to make one additional start this year, in the Grade 1, $350,000 Starlet at Los Alamitos on Dec. 13. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia tops 10 entered for Falls City

DRF | 4 days ago
Don’t Tell Sophia was assigned post 7 as the 125-pound highweight and solid favorite when entries were drawn Sunday for the Grade 2, $200,000 Falls City Handicap, the first of four graded stakes on closing weekend of the Churchill Downs fall meet. Read More...

California Chrome gets feel for turf before Hollywood Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, worked a half-mile on turf in 52 seconds on Sunday morning at Del Mar in what was to serve as a test drive for a scheduled start Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 Hollywood Derby here. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby early 2015 goal for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 4 days ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho will be put on the Santa Anita Derby trail next year, trainer Jim Cassidy said on Sunday, a day after the horse won his two-turn debut in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. Read More...

Watchmaker: Pick three play for Aqueduct on Sunday, Nov. 23

DRF | 4 days ago
When I do this “Pick X” feature for DRF.com, I try to go for something with the potential for a bigger payoff such as a pick five or a pick four. Unfortunately, I can’t do that for Sunday’s card at Aqueduct. Not with the way this card is constructed. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Aqueduct on Sunday, Nov. 23

DRF | 4 days ago
While always looking for opportunities to play multi-race exotics in the quest of winning a lot for a little, that’s not happening for me in Sunday’s early pick four, or the pick five because of the dastardly positioning of a maiden race for 2-year-olds as the anchor leg. Read More...

Lucy’s Bob Boy defends title in A Huevo Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The margin of victory may have been smaller, but Lucy’s Bob Boy was equally dominant Saturday night in winning the $50,000 A Huevo Stakes for West Virginia-breds at Charles Town for a second time. Read More...

Deep Impact’s Danon Shark Upsets the Mile Championship

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2014 8:19 AM ET 8th at KYT (KYOTO)G1 Mile Championship (US$1.6m)      Winner: Danon Shark (Jpn) by Deep Impact (Jpn) Deep Impact's Danon Shark Upsets the ... Read More...

Breeders Crown: Commander Crowe ultra-game in aged trot final

DRF | 5 days ago
The 11-year-old trotter became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown race and he did it in eye-popping fashion scoring from post nine in 1:51. Read More...