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Mohawk: Friday 7/3 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 7/3 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Normandy Invasion finishes second in return

DRF | 3 days ago
Normandy Invasion came up a little short while making his first start in more than a year on Wednesday at Delaware Park. Normandy Invasion, 5, has had two long layoffs in his career, with the first partially due to foot problems. His comeback Wednesday came after he underwent surgery to repair fractured sesamoids, an injury sustained while training last September. Read More...

Our Caravan Spoils Normandy Invasion Comeback

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
In his first race in more than a year, Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion finished second in his 5-year-old season debut in what amounted to a match race with winner Our Caravan July 1 at Delaware Park. Read More...

Classic Winner Tonalist Towers Over Suburban

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Tonalist will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/3 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/3 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Meadowlands: Elliott holds the top pair in Graduate final

DRF | 3 days ago
A quick glance at the past performances for Friday’s $250,000 Graduate final for 4-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands is all it takes to realize that trainer Steve Elliott is holding all of the cards. At the very least, in Rockeyed Optimist and Doo Wop Hanover he holds a pair of aces and the competition is statistically overmatched. Read More...

Pocono: Sophomore pacing colts set for round two in Hempt final

DRF | 3 days ago
The top 3-year-old male pacers in North America meet Saturday in the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but with trainer Tony Alagna expecting the group to “trade punches all year,” the event might as well be called “Round Two.” Read More...

Hazel Park cuts purses for second time this month

DRF | 3 days ago
Hazel Park Raceway announced a 5 percent purse reduction on Tuesday, effective July 10, marking the track’s second purse cut in the last month. The Detroit-area racetrack previously scaled back overnight purses by 15 percent on June 12, citing a decline in purse-fund revenue from simulcast wagering. Read More...

Hazel Park cuts purses for second time this month

DRF | 3 days ago
Hazel Park Raceway announced a 5 percent purse reduction on Tuesday, effective July 10, marking the track’s second purse cut in the last month. The Detroit-area racetrack previously scaled back overnight purses by 15 percent on June 12, citing a decline in purse-fund revenue from simulcast wagering. Read More...

Cocked and Loaded on track for Sanford

DRF | 3 days ago
Cocked and Loaded, who shipped from Arlington to win the Tremont Stakes on June 5 at Belmont Park, remained on track for a return trip to New York and a start July 25 in the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga when he worked five furlongs in 1:02 last week over Arlington’s main track. Read More...

Murrill makes smooth transition to journeyman status

DRF | 3 days ago
It’s supposed to be tough times when a jockey loses his apprentice weight allowance, but that hasn’t been the case with Mitchell Murrill, who entered this week’s racing atop the Arlington Park jockey standings with 35 wins, 14 more than the next-best total. Read More...

First set of trials for Rainbow Futurity on Friday

DRF | 3 days ago
Ruidoso Downs is putting on 32 trials for its $1 million Rainbow Futurity over its Friday and Saturday cards in New Mexico Read More...

Lewis Vale tries for two in a row in turf route

DRF | 3 days ago
Lewis Vale seemed to find a home on turf last out, winning a first-level allowance race at Arlington Park with a solid closing kick, and should have a chance to make it two straight on Friday in the featured second race, an optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Lady Eli tops field for Belmont Oaks; Divisidero in Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
The second annual Stars and Stripes card, scheduled for Saturday at Belmont Park, definitely will have an all-American feel to it. Read More...

The Pickett Factor tries two turns in allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
The Pickett Factor, a winner of two of his three career starts, will move to two turns Friday at Louisiana Downs. He goes in the sixth race, a mile-and-70-yard allowance route for 3-year-olds and up bred in Louisiana. Read More...

Stidham eyes stakes at Woodbine, Del Mar

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mike Stidham, in the midst of an excellent Arlington meet, will be in stakes action from Woodbine to Del Mar in coming weeks. Read More...

Private Zone draws post 3 in Sprint Championship

DRF | 3 days ago
Private Zone, who has won three Grade 1 races in New York, drew post 3 and heads an eight-horse field in Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship at seven furlongs. Read More...

Gimme Da Lute carrying Baffert’s hopes in Los Alamitos Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
The Bob Baffert-trained Hoppertunity was beaten by the narrowest of margins by Hard Aces in the $501,500 Gold Cup at Santa Anita last Saturday. Despite the loss, the performance was an indication the stable is in fine form. This Saturday at Los Alamitos, Baffert is starting Gimme Da Lute in a small field in the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby. Read More...

Moreno targets Whitney

DRF | 3 days ago
Moreno, who finished eighth in the $501,500 Gold Cup at Santa Anita last Saturday as the 4-1 third choice, will be pointed for the $1,250,000 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 8, a race he won in 2014. Read More...

California Chrome coming home

DRF | 3 days ago
California Chrome will return to the United States from England on Tuesday, with the goal of a start in the Arlington Million on Aug. 15 still in place. Read More...

Lets Get Frisky has family behind her

DRF | 3 days ago
Lets Get Frisky, who runs in a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer at Los Alamitos on Friday, has bloodlines that go back nearly two decades for owner and trainer Eric Kruljac. Read More...

Laurel meet begins with capital improvements, new wager

DRF | 3 days ago
Racing resumes in Maryland after a four-week break as the sport shifts 28 miles south from Pimlico Race Course to Laurel Park. Read More...

Bill passes that would help struggling New York OTBs

DRF | 3 days ago
A recently passed bill in the New York legislature would allow the state’s off-track betting corporations to draw from their capital funds to help pay for operating expenses. Read More...

Higher purses as Ellis Park meet opens

DRF | 3 days ago
A welcome rite of summer returns Friday to Ellis Park when the western Kentucky track begins its 2015 meet with an eight-race card. Turf racing and 2-year-old racing – often at the same time – will characterize a 31-day meet that runs through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Read More...

Jim Rome to deliver keynote at Thoroughbred Owner Conference

DRF | 3 days ago
Thoroughbred owner and sports radio personality Jim Rome will deliver the keynote address when OwnerView, The Jockey Club, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association host the second Thoroughbred Owner Conference in Hallandale Beach, Fla., next January. Read More...

Stablemates Zindaya, Marbre Rose hook up again

DRF | 3 days ago
Zindaya and Marbre Rose gave trainer Christophe Clement a one-two finish in last month’s $150,000 Intercontinental Stakes going seven furlongs at Belmont Park. Those two could give Clement another one-two finish in Friday’s $100,000 Perfect Sting Stakes. Read More...

Trainer Walsh Says Mistake Led to Positive

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Brendan Walsh has sent a letter to his owners contending that a post-race test that found multiple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in Saham after a race was the result of a veterinarian's error. Read More...

Forego: ‘He Just Knew Where The Wire Was’

They’re running the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park this Fourth of July. It is a classic that has been staged almost every year since 1884. Some of the great names in racing have worn its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jerardi: Make no mistakes with lone speed

DRF | 3 days ago
When exactly did being loose on the lead become a bad thing? Read More...

Ostrolenka, Good Luck Gus Rematch in NY Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The top three finishers from the May 25 Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park will meet again July 3 in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes. Read More...

Northfield: Obrigado in great shape for Trotting Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Obrigado, the likely favorite for Friday’s $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic at Northfield Park, was literally born to race over the half-mile track. Raced exclusively at two and three in Maine over the four-turn ovals Obrigado was a terror. Last year trainer Paul Kelley did his best to keep Obrigado where he liked to be. Read More...

Ostrolenka eyes second straight stakes win in New York Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Finger Lakes will run the second-biggest race of its meet Friday, the $150,000-added New York Derby, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for statebreds. Read More...

Knight Crossing the one to catch in Northlands sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Take your pick between Knight Crossing and Believe Too in a $20,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds that headlines Friday’s 8-race card at Northlands Park. Knight Crossing looks like the one they will have to catch and Believe Too should be the one trying to mow him down in the 6 1/2-half furlong dash that drew nine horses. Read More...

Hovdey: Tough week for the racing community

DRF | 3 days ago
There is probably a simple truth behind the ominous old saying that bad things come in threes. For one thing, after two bad things have happened a third can fry the brain. So you bring things to a brief halt to absorb the blows before a fourth thing comes along, because there always will be a fourth thing. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale is now available online, featuring 284 selected horses. Read More...

RaceTech Adds Suit Against Kentucky Downs

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Kentucky Downs' decision to change its historical racing provider to Encore this year, and end its agreement with RaceTech, continues to be contested by the latter in court. Read More...

Dear Fay seeks repeat in Princess Elaine Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Dear Fay, the defending race winner in Friday’s $60,000 Princess Elaine Stakes, will face plenty of familiar faces among her 10 Minnesota-bred foes in the 1 1/16-mile turf test at Canterbury. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from June 23 – June 28

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Got Lucky, Stiffed get rematch in Molly Pitcher

DRF | 3 days ago
Monmouth Park will start its holiday festivities a little early by running the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher Stakes on its Friday card. Read More...

Tamazula finds a good spot in sprint feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Whenever trainer Armando de la Cerda comes to Woodbine from his Arlington base, it’s time sit up and take notice, and he sends out Tamazula in Friday’s headliner, a second-level optional claimer for fillies and mares. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 25 to June 29

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/2 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 7/2 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 7/2 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 7/2 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

284 Cataloged for F-T New York-Bred Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 284 selected yearlings for the New York-bred sale scheduled for Aug. 15-16, with sessions in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., beginning at 7 p.m. EDT daily. Read More...

Workers’ Comp Remains for NY Exercise Riders

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A measure to remove a mandate that exercise riders be provided workers' compensation coverage from the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund failed to get approved in either house of the New York legislature. Read More...

Rome Keynote Speaker at 2016 Owner Conference

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jim Rome, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and the host of "The Jim Rome Show" on CBS Sports Radio and "Jim Rome On Showtime," will deliver the keynote address at the second Thoroughbred Owner Conference in January 2016. Read More...

California Implements New Whip Rule

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
California has implemented what it says is the strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing, with a new rule to begin July 1. Read More...

Santa Anita Reports Attendance, Handle Gains

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Santa Anita Park's 39-day spring meet concluded June 28 with gains in both on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle. Read More...

Horse Trainer Faces Labor Case

Steve Asmussen was accused of not paying overtime to grooms and hot walkers since at least 2012, Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:12 PM ET Bill Oppenheim profiles the first-crop sires represented at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky and Saratoga yearling... Read More...