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Daddy’s Boo gets stamina test in Dowager Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Unlike some turf marathons, the 26th running of the Grade 3, $125,000 Dowager sure doesn't lack for pace. Read More...

Ahead of Breeders’ Cup, Imperial Hint proving size isn’t everything

DRF | 2 days ago
The overachieving 4-year-old Imperial Hint will be Del Mar bound on Tuesday for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, in which he will be among the favorites. Read More...

Navarro appealing post-race cocaine positive at Monmouth

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro has been fined $2,500 for a positive finding of cocaine and its metabolites in the post-race sample of a horse that won at Monmouth Park in June. Read More...

Horse Races Now App Launching ADW

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The fan app Horse Races Now is busy launching an advance deposit wagering platform that will be available to its 300,000 active users. Read More...

Crazy Prophet sharp for B.C Cup Classic repeat bid

DRF | 3 days ago
The $50,000 British Columbia Cup Classic Handicap headlines the eight-race closing-day card Sunday at Hastings, and Crazy Prophet will try to win Classic for the second year in a row. Read More...

Petrov targets Steel Valley Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Ron Moquett said Petrov will be pointed to the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint on Nov. 20 at Mahoning Valley in Ohio after keeping his non-stakes record perfect with a one-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance here Wednesday. Read More...

Romans hoping for big November with juveniles

DRF | 3 days ago
The next six weeks could be big ones for trainer Dale Romans. His two Breeders' Cup Juvenile hopefuls, Free Drop Billy and Hollywood Star, were flown to California on Monday, while some of his other stable stars could be in action at the 21-day Churchill Downs fall meet. Read More...

McCraken readies for first test against older horses in Fayette

DRF | 3 days ago
Three-year-olds begin merging into the Thoroughbred mainstream around this time of year, and trainer Ian Wilkes is as interested as anyone else to see how McCraken will match up when facing older horses for the first time. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Oct. 14 – Oct. 16

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

Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale entries up 17 percent

DRF | 3 days ago
A North American yearling season that saw more peaks than valleys in 2017 closes at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, which expands this year to four days after drawing near-record entries. Read More...

Englehart has five for Shesastonecoldfox Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart isn't holding back in the $50,000 Shesastonecoldfox Stakes at Finger Lakes on Monday and has entered five of the 14 2-year-old fillies in the field. Read More...

Inflexibility back up north for Carotene Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Inflexibility will look to double up on the Woodbine turf in Sunday's $125,000 Carotene Stakes for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles on the E.P. Taylor course. Read More...

Mizzen Mast: Mastering the End of the Line

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Mizzen Mast was both a carbon copy of his sire Cozzene (on turf) and an accomplished versatile runner, as seen with his graded stakes wins, on the dirt. He was virtually a throwback in pedigree to what had worked in the last half of the 20th century. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: New ‘Detection’ Methods?

A trainer in Oklahoma whose horse tested positive for Ritalin is no longer under suspension pending the case against her because she offered to take a polygraph and the stewards agreed and had a lie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Hoosier: Trainer Brian Brown brings six-pack to Crown eliminations

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Brian Brown has something very few trainers coming into the Breeders Crown have ever had. The Delaware, Ohio-based trainer arrives at Hoosier Park this weekend with six horses competing for spots in lucrative finals on October 27-28. Among that solid group is a pair of 3-year-old pacing colts with more than $1 million banked individually in 2017. Read More...

Bergman: Looking back on a great International Trot Day

DRF | 3 days ago
A look into Saturday’s $1 million Yonkers International Trot afternoon is a pretty fair indicator of the kind of racing that can be brought to the public with thought and hard work. It’s fair to say that Yonkers did everything within their power to bring the best horses from around the world to their track to go the mile and one-quarter distance. Read More...

Committee Recommends Change to Massachusetts Fund

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission's Horse Racing Committee has recommended that the split of the state's multimillion-dollar Race Horse Development Fund be revised again. Read More...

An American In Newmarket: Young Breeder Has His Eye On Competitive Market

Ed Harper, stud director for Whitsbury Manor Stud in southwest England, prides himself on being what Americans call “hungry.” Harper is the third in his family to manage the farm, which stands out on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dabirsim Progeny Dominate Arqana Third Session

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After two days of selling dominated by a broad range of stallions, the Arqana ring fell hard for the progeny of Dabirsim during the Oct. 19 session of the October yearling sale. Read More...

Jockeys Ocampo, Talamo Hospitalized After Spill

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jockeys Israel Ocampo and Joe Talamo were transported to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., following a spill Oct. 19 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Glen Ellen Vocational Academy Survives Nuns Fire

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, along with its 34 retired horses, came through the stubborn Sonoma County fire that threatened them for more than a week mostly unscathed, the relieved owner of the facility reported Oct. 19. Read More...

Little change to Three Chimneys stud fees for 2018

DRF | 3 days ago
The majority of the stud fees for the young Three Chimneys Farm stallion roster are unchanged for 2018, the farm announced Thursday. Read More...

Effinex Dies Suddenly From Ruptured Pulmonary Artery

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Grade 1 winner Effinex, who entered stud this year, died suddenly Oct. 18 just before 9 p.m. due to a ruptured pulmonary artery, according to owner Dr. Russell Cohen. "He filled a huge void in my life. He was such a cool horse," Cohen said. Read More...

Dabirism Progeny Dominate Arqana Third Session

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After two days of selling dominated by a broad range of stallions, the Arqana ring fell hard for the progeny of Dabirsim during the Oct. 19 session of the October yearling sale. Read More...

Big Bend Makes the Grade in Sycamore Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After rating fifth in the 12-horse field, Big Bend fanned wide and took command in the stretch on his way to a three-quarter length victory over Nessy in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland Oct. 19. Read More...

Glen Ellen Vocational Academy Survives Nun Fire

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, along with its 34 retired horses, came through the stubborn Sonoma County fire that threatened them for more than a week mostly unscathed, the relieved owner of the facility reported Oct. 19. Read More...

Admirals War Chest Seeks Third ‘Million’ Classic

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Dr. Stephen Sinatra's homebrad Admirals War Chest will look to become the first horse to win three consecutive editions of the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Oct. 21 at Laurel Park, but he'll have to find a stark reversal of form to do so. Read More...

Will Take Charge Heads Three Chimneys Roster for 2018

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Leading freshman yearling sire Will Take Charge heads the roster at Three Chimneys Farm for the 2018 season with an unchanged fee, it was announced Oct. 19. All sires are offered under a live foal stands and nurses contract. Read More...

New York stallion Effinex dies at 7

DRF | 3 days ago
Effinex, a Grade 1 winner and young New York stallion, died Wednesday in his stall of a pulmonary aneurysm at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., according to his breeder, Dr. Russell Cohen. Read More...

Big Bend beats elders in Sycamore Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Big Bend was largely ignored by Keeneland bettors when trying older stakes horses for the first time, but the colt defied his 18-1 odds when prevailing Thursday in the 23rd running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Sycamore Stakes. Read More...

WinStar Farm Announces 2018 Stud Fees

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Pioneerof the Nile, Speightstown fees remain unchanged. Fees increase for leading second-crop sire Bodemeister and leading freshman sire Overanalyze. Read More...

Danzing Candy to Stand at Rancho San Miguel

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Multiple grade 2 winner Danzing Candy will stand at Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel for the 2018 season, it was announced Oct. 19. The son of Twirling Candy will be offered at an introductory fee of $5,000 live foal stands and nurses. Read More...

Apple Betty Looks to Go the Distance in Dowager

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Joseph Allen's Apple Betty (IRE) will aim to make good on her regal pedigree when she heads a field of 10 fillies and mares entered in the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes (G3T) Oct. 22 at Keeneland. Read More...

Cairo Prince Tops Airdrie’s 2018 Stallion Roster

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Cairo Prince, the leading American-based first-crop yearling sire at this year's Keeneland September sale by average, headlines the 2018 Airdrie Stud roster. Read More...

Hunters Bay Gets First Winner at Delaware Park

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Hunters Bay, a multiple graded stakes-winner and grade 1-placed son of Ghostzapper, got his first winner Oct. 19 when Bay of Cats broke her maiden in a game 5 1/2 furlong race at Delaware Park. Read More...

Can’t Be Wrong eyes repeat in Texas Hall of Fame Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Can't Be Wrong will put his perfect Retama Park record on the line Saturday night when he attempts to win the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes for the second year in a row. Read More...

No BC Juvenile Turf contestant for Pletcher

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher will not have a runner in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Nov. 3. Read More...

Offering Plan at home with statebreds in Mohawk

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday's $200,000 Mohawk Stakes, for New York-bred males on turf, has attracted a different cast of characters to the statebred stakes ranks. Read More...

Takaful sharp in BC Sprint drill

DRF | 3 days ago
Takaful, the Grade 1 Vosburgh winner, breezed four furlongs in 48.30 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Thursday morning. Read More...

Highway Star puts in strong work for BC Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
While her fellow New York-breds are gearing up for New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, Highway Star put in a strong workout Thursday morning in preparation for the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Maryland Million supporting stakes have plenty to offer

DRF | 3 days ago
The four Maryland Million supporting stakes for 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Park on Saturday are the Turf, Ladies, Sprint, and Distaff. Read More...

Twisted Tom tries older statebreds in Empire Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
The New York Showcase Day Program, headlined by the rich Empire Classic and Empire Distaff, remains one of the best wagering cards of the season on this circuit. Read More...

King: YouTube tells the tales of Breeders’ Cup contenders

DRF | 3 days ago
Trip handicappers looking to get started on their Breeders' Cup note-taking and opinions need not wait until entries for the races are drawn. There is plenty of time to gain visual observations of horses being pointed toward the Breeders' Cup if one knows where to look: YouTube. Read More...

Ribchester vs. the elements in Queen Elizabeth II

DRF | 3 days ago
Ribchester was beaten a half-length by the excellent filly Minding a year ago in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but on Saturday he is the one to beat in the last major mile race of the European season. Read More...

Hovdey: Across the pond, then up and over in Jersey

DRF | 3 days ago
Major events play out on the flat at a windswept Ascot Racecourse in England and over the jumps on a serene fall day in the New Jersey countryside. Read More...

Royal Ascot Rivalries Renew on Champions Day

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The competition is so deep throughout QIPCO British Champions Day Oct. 21 at Ascot that even the lone group 2 race on an otherwise top-level card features a highly anticipated rivalry. Read More...

Sleepy Hollow isn’t a gimme for Battle Station

DRF | 3 days ago
Eclectic groups have been assembled for the pair of juvenile stakes on Saturday's Empire Showcase Day program at Belmont Park, with outfits from California, Kentucky, and Maryland well represented in addition to those based in New York. Read More...

Macedonio: Sheer enjoyment at the Fryeburg Fair

DRF | 3 days ago
Every so often a reminder is needed for us all . . . to simply remember why we are involved in Harness Racing to begin with. We need a moment to bring back the fun and rekindle the flame of love and passion that we have for this sport. Read More...

Cracksman, Barney Roy top Champion Stakes field

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England, Cracksman will be favored to win his first Group 1 race in the $1.71 million Champion Stakes. Read More...