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Bernier: Del Mar pick three play for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 3 days ago
For Sunday’s card at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, I will focus on a pick three that encompasses races 3 through 5. Read More...

Mr Speaker possible for Travers

DRF | 3 days ago
Though he won his last race on the turf, Belmont Derby winner Mr Speaker will be given the chance to earn a start in the Travers Stakes by trainer Shug McGaughey. Read More...

Dirt runners dominate Battle of the Surfaces

DRF | 3 days ago
The dirt runners swept the superfecta with the first turf horse finished about 10 yards behind the dirt winner in Saturday's Battle of the Surfaces, a 20-horse field featuring runners on turf and dirt at Canterbury Park. Read More...

Wicked Strong to try blinkers for Jim Dandy Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
In an attempt to change Wicked Strong’s luck, trainer Jimmy Jerkens will change equipment, putting blinkers on the 3-year-old colt for next Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

The Spinmeister makes his mark in Count Lathum Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
The Spinmeister stamped himself as the local favorite for the Grade 3, $200,000 Canadian Derby on Aug. 16 with a convincing win in the $48,740 Count Lathum Handicap for 3-year-olds Saturday at Northlands Park. Read More...

Csaba adds another Florida stakes with Skip Trial win

DRF | 3 days ago
Csaba added the $75,000 Skip Trial Stakes to his litany of south Florida stakes victories, rallying to a 1 3/4-length victory Saturday over Grand Tito at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Somali Lemonade’s revival continues in Diana

DRF | 3 days ago
Nearly retired after a string of dull races to conclude her 4-year-old season, Somali Lemonade has made the most of her chance to race at age 5, becoming a Grade 1 winner Saturday with a thrilling neck victory over Stephanie’s Kitten in the $500,000 Diana Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Somali Lemonade Gets Her Grade I in Diana

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 6:17 PM ET 10th at SAR (Saratoga)GI Diana S. ($500K)     Winner: Somali Lemonade by Lemon Drop Kid Caroline Forgason homebred Somali Lemonade (Lemon Dr... Read More...

Patsy’s Holiday storms home to win Desert Vixen Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Patsy’s Holiday stormed home, out-finishing Charm City Girl by a half-length Saturday to capture the $63,600 Desert Vixen Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Jockey Montanez hospitalized with multiple injuries

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Rosario Montanez sustained multiple injuries as a result of a spill in Saratoga’s fifth race on Saturday and will remain hospitalized at least through the weekend, according to his agent, Mike Monroe. Read More...

Aurelia’s Belle Takes Arlington Oaks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
James Miller's Aurelia's Belle stayed perfect on Polytrack July 19, winning the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) in her third different synthetic surface start. Read More...

Pulpit Colt Takes Strong-Looking Del Mar Maiden

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 5:19 PM ET 1st at DMR (Del Mar)Msw ($75K)     Winner: Lord Nelson by Pulpit Peachtree Stable's Lord Nelson (c, 2, Pulpit) gets up on debut at Del Mar f... Read More...

A Little Bit Sassy Can Atone in Lake George

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Little Bit Sassy, winner of the Edgewood Stakes but disqualified from victory in the Regret (gr. IIIT) last time out, returns in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) as the second week of racing begins at Saratoga. Read More...

Somali Lemonade Squeezes Out Diana Upset

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Somali Lemonade surged to the lead in deep stretch and just held off multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten to win the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Up With the Birds Swoops to Nijinsky Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Back home at rainy Woodbine, Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds found his missing explosive kick to win the $220,229 Nijinsky Stakes (gr. IIT) going away July 19 on the turf. Read More...

East Hall Grabs Ohio Derby With Closing Rush

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
East Hall won the $300,000 Ohio Derby with a closing rush at Thistledown July 19, earning his first victory since a Nov. 24 allowance event at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 7/21 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 7/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

East Hall takes down Ohio Derby with furious finish

DRF | 3 days ago
East Hall needed every inch of the ThistleDown stretch Saturday afternoon to win the $300,000 Ohio Derby. Read More...

Good Lord captures Don Bernhardt Stakes for third time

DRF | 3 days ago
Good Lord continued in peak form while also demonstrating his pronounced fondness for the Ellis Park surface by winning the $50,000 Don Bernhardt Stakes for the third straight year Saturday. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Opportunity knocks in CCA Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
Untapable awaits the Haskell, and so Sunday’s Coaching Club American Oaks presents an excellent opportunity for six 3-year-old fillies to garner a Grade 1 title. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 7/21 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 7/21 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 7/21 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 7/21 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Big Trouble Staves Off Mr. Z in Sanford

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Team D's Big Trouble, an easy 4 1/2-length debut maiden winner at Belmont Park, won the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course by a neck over Mr. Z. Read More...

Big Trouble Pulls Off Sanford Upset

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:33 PM ET 7th at SAR (Saratoga)GIII Sanford S. ($150K)     Winner: Big Trouble by Tiz Wonderful Big Trouble (Tiz Wonderful) gets up, survives inquiry ... Read More...

Big Trouble guts it out to win Sanford

DRF | 3 days ago
Big Trouble withstood a mugging at midstretch and a subsequent stewards' inquiry to win Saturday’s $150,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Up With the Birds Swoops to Nijinksy Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Back home at rainy Woodbine, Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds found his missing explosive kick to win the $220,229 Nijinsky Stakes (gr. IIT) going away July 19 on the turf. Read More...

Up With the Birds goes from last to first in Nijinsky

DRF | 3 days ago
Reigning Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds made a triumphant return to Woodbine on Saturday with an impressive last-to-first score in the Grade 2, $236,400 Nijinsky Stakes. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Duchess Stakes diminished

DRF | 3 days ago
On Rainbow Bridge finished sixth in Saturday’s Ontario Damsel Stakes, and will be scratched from the seven-furlong Duchess on Sunday, leaving a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, half of whom are trained by Mark Casse. Read More...

Tonalist Breezes in Advance of Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist turned in his final work before the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26, going five furlongs in 1:01.79 in company with stablemate Life In Shambles at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Regal Conqueror lives up to pedigree in Ontario Damsel

DRF | 3 days ago
Regal Conqueror ran to her terrific turf pedigree in Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes, winning the one-mile event for 3-year-old fillies over a game Skylander Girl. Read More...

Sharp Humor Colt Speedy in Spa Unveiling

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 2:53 PM ET 4th at SAR (Saratoga)Msw ($83K)     Winner: Blame Jim by Sharp Humor Repole homebred Blame Jim (g, 2, Sharp Humor) runs to 4-5 odds to score... Read More...

Alpha working towards possible start in Woodward

DRF | 3 days ago
Alpha, whose two shining moments came at Saratoga with his victories in the 2012 Travers and 2013 Woodward, inched closer to making a return appearance at the Spa by working a half mile in 47.54 seconds over the main track here Saturday morning. Read More...

Bergman: Takter’s Del Miller decision

DRF | 3 days ago
The focus should not be on what driver Jimmy Takter was doing past the first quarter mile while driving Scream And Shout, an aptly named filly considering the ruckus surrounding her effort in the Del Miller Memorial, but on what he was doing before the quarter had been completed. Read More...

Imperative gets green light for San Diego Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Imperative, the winner of the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia earlier this year, earned a start in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap on July 26 after a five-furlong workout on Del Mar’s Polytrack on Saturday. Read More...

Irish Oaks Glory For Montjeu’s Bracelet

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:41 PM ET 6th at CGH (CURRAGH)G1 Darley Irish Oaks     Winner: Bracelet (Ire) by Montjeu (Ire) Michael Tabor's Bracelet (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) wins the... Read More...

Medal Count in Haskell Tuneup at Churchill

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Closing in on the 47th running of the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I), Medal Count put in another solid breeze at Churchill Downs July 19. Read More...

Bracelet wins Irish Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
The 3-year-old filly Bracelet is beginning to live up to the lofty reputation established by her family. Her fourth win from six starts produced her first success at the Group 1 level as Bracelet scored a narrow victory over Tapestry and Volume in the Irish Oaks on Saturday at the Curragh. Read More...

Candy Ride Colt Kicks Away in Switch to Grass

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:19 PM ET 1st at SAR (Saratoga)Msw ($83K)     Winner: Kamarius by Candy Ride (ARG) Wertheimer homebred Kamarius (Candy Ride {Arg}) scores by about six... Read More...

Bracelet Shines in Irish Oaks Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier's Bracelet picked up a classic victory July 19 when she delivered a strong finish in the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) at the Curragh. Read More...

My Miss Aurelia returns vs. Grace Hall and Better Lucky

DRF | 3 days ago
Only in Saratoga will one see three Grade 1 winners – including one champion – show up in a $100,000 overnight stakes. Read More...

Pure Tactics eyes Green Flash, Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
On Friday, Pure Tactics won his second consecutive race in an optional claimer over five furlongs on turf. The victory, which came over five stakes winners, has left trainer Doug O’Neill thinking of running Pure Tactics in the $90,000 Green Flash Handicap on Aug. 13 and, later, the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Generous Portion next for My Fiona

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Walther Solis said on Saturday that CTBA Stakes winner My Fiona will be pointed for the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes over six furlongs for statebred fillies on Aug. 27. Read More...

Del Mar: Daily Gameplan for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF Plus daily Gameplan for Del Mar on Sunday, July 20. Read More...

Rip Van Winkle Colt Wins the Anglesey

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:29 PM ET 5th at CGH (CURRAGH)G3 Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey S.     Winner: Dick Whittington (Ire) by Rip Van Winkle (Ire) Michael Tabor's Dick Whittington (Ire) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}) wins The Curragh's G3 Anglesey S. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, July 19

DRF | 3 days ago
With the introduction of 50 cent pick fours and pick fives, I have become almost exclusively a multi-race exotics player. I understand there can be a downside to this by letting potential exacta and trifecta winners go by in pursuit of a pick something you might not hit. But this is where I am right now. Read More...

Walcott rides Tempered Sapphire, Consecrate to wins by combined 25 lengths

DRF | 3 days ago
Leading jockey Rico Walcott had an easy time Saturday winning the $49,900 Madamoiselle for fillies and mares and the $48,980 Northlands Oaks by a combined 25 lengths. Read More...

Saratoga: Daily Game Plan for Sunday, July 20

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF Plus Daily Gameplan for Saratoga on Sunday, July 20. Read More...

Washington Sale Establishes Bonus Program

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association has announced a new Emerald "Buy Here/Win Here" bonus program for WTBOA summer sale yearlings. Read More...

Haskell horses get in workouts

DRF | 3 days ago
Several of the contenders for the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 27 tuned up on Saturday morning. Read More...

Distance makes the difference for Geaux Wando

DRF | 3 days ago
Geaux Wando’s form dramatically improved when he was stretched out to 1 3/8 miles three weeks ago. Read More...