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It’s Kingman In the Duel On the Downs

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:25 AM ET 3rd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G1 Qipco Sussex S.     Winner: Kingman (GB) by Invincible Spirit (Ire) Khalid Abdullah's Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spi... Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 1 day ago
After washouts Sunday and Monday, we’re back to beautiful weather, with the main track fast and the turf courses labeled “good.” Read More...

Former trainer Baker dies at 83

DRF | 1 day ago
George M. Baker, who retired almost 25 years ago from a distinguished training career highlighted by his work with the top filly Politely, died Monday at Baptist East Hospital here following a long illness. He was 83. Read More...

Nayef’s Snow Sky Takes the Gordon

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:50 AM ET 2nd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G3 Neptune Investment Management Gordon S.     Winner: Snow Sky (GB) by Nayef Khalid Abdullah's Snow Sky (GB) (Nayef) ... Read More...

Federal Judge Dismisses Dutrow Lawsuit

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. against the New York State Gaming Commission, the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and two New York regulators. Read More...

Colorado Voters to Decide on Racino Gaming

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
In November Colorado voters will decide if Arapahoe Park will be allowed to add casino-type gambling. The Denver Post reports Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler determined enough signatures had been submitted. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. to buy stake in Saratoga Harness Racing Inc.

DRF | 1 day ago
Churchill Downs Inc. has reached an agreement allowing the company to buy a 25 percent stake in the parent company of Saratoga Casino and Raceway, the companies announced Wednesday. Read More...

CDI Gets 5-Year Contract with Saratoga Casino

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Churchill Downs is finalizing a five-year contract to manage the Saratoga Casino and Raceway and another casino in Colorado owned by Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. CDI is pursuing a 25% equity stake in Saratoga Harness Racing. Read More...

Free’s Del Mar horses to watch

DRF | 2 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Del Mar. Read More...

Free’s preview: Surface questions

DRF | 2 days ago
Two weeks into the summer meet, horseplayers might expect a hint of stability regarding surface. But as Del Mar begins its third week, uncertainty abounds. Read More...

Watchmaker: Saratoga pick four play for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
Wednesday’s late pick four sequence at Saratoga, starting in race 7, is interesting. Let’s take a swing at it. Read More...

Check Ligament Surgery Helps Racehorses with SDFT Injuries

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Moderate to severe superficial digital flexor (SDF) tendon lesions in Thoroughbred racehorses have typically carried a poor prognosis for a return to racing and a lengthy rehabilitation process for horses that do return. But a team of veterinarians rec... Read More...

Assistant in Cruelty Case Is Rehired

Scott Blasi, an assistant to Steve Asmussen, the second winningest trainer in North America, had been caught on videotape speaking profanely about the stable’s injured horses. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:49 PM ET Yesterday Cotai Glory (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) set a new course record in capturing the G3 Molecomb S. and... Read More...

Palace Malice Hoping to Continue His Roll

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
With four victories in four starts this year, Palace Malice hopes to continue making a statement in the second half of the season when he races Aug. 2 in the grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Social Inclusion to Move to Chad Brown

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Ron Sanchez will send former hype horse Social Inclusion--coming off a career-worst seventh in the July 27 Haskell Invitational (gr. I)--to trainer Chad Brown in hopes of hitting the restart button on the colt's career. Read More...

Coltimus Prime Rules Prince of Wales

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Coltimus Prime scored a commanding win in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 29 at Fort Erie, cruising wire to wire in the second leg in the Canadian Triple Crown. Read More...

Coltimus Prime Takes the Prince of Wales S.

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:02 PM ET 8th at FEX (Fort Erie)Prince of Wales S. [$500K]     Winner: Coltimus Prime by Milwaukee Brew Milwaukee Brew's Coltimus Prime wins the Prince... Read More...

Coltimus Prime leads gate to wire in Prince of Wales

DRF | 2 days ago
Coltimus Prime rebounded from a lackluster performance in the Queen’s Plate to make all the running in Tuesday’s $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie. Read More...

Purses, Races Set for WV Classics Card

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The West Virginia Breeders' Classic anchors a nine-race program on Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races' West Virginia Breeders' Classics card Oct. 18. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
Truth be told, Wednesday’s eight-race card “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” doesn’t do much for me from a wagering standpoint. Having said that, there are a couple of things that I think could be intriguing and I’m willing to at least explore making a few plays. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juvenile races on Wednesday's Del Mar card. Read More...

Plenty of Options for Bayern after Haskell

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Frank Angst's Keeping Pace blog debuts with a look at the Breeders' Cup Challenge series to date and automatic qualifiers Bayern, Taghrooda, and Big Macher. Read More...

Meadowlands: Hambletonian posts drawn; one dash for the cash

DRF | 2 days ago
11 three-year-old trotters head behind the gate Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands in search of Hambletonian glory. Read More...

Exceed and Excel Colt Finds ‘Glory’ at Goodwood

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:23 PM ET 2nd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G3 Bet365 Molecomb S.      Winner: Cotai Glory (GB) by Exceed and Excel (Aus) COTAI GLORY (GB) (c, 2, by Exceed and Exce... Read More...

Positives spike after change in West Virginia drug rules

DRF | 2 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission will meet on Friday to discuss possible responses to a spate of recent drug positives that have cropped up in the wake of changes to the state’s medication rules and a transition to a new testing laboratory, the executive director of the commission said on Tuesday. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
If Puppy Manners (#2, 4-1) has a winning day in the fourth race at Del Mar on Wednesday, hopefully I will as well. Taking into account expected value, he is my day’s top play, and one on which I will be focusing a pick three wager, in addition to playing him to win the race itself. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Speed-packed Coronation Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
There’s no shortage of speed in Wednesday’s Coronation Cup, where most of the 3-year-old fillies entered can be classified as early-pace types. The skull-buster of a turf sprint brings together horses from far and wide, and handicappers must evaluate last-race running lines from Belmont Park, Parx Racing, Penn National, and Woodbine as well as a first-time Lasix import from England and the Saratoga-loving Hot Squeeze, who wheels right back after wiring a New York-bred allowance over the course a week ago. Read More...

Burn the Mortgage eyes The Vid

DRF | 2 days ago
Burn the Mortgage, a 4 1/2-length winner of the Eight Miles East Stakes last Saturday, will remain at Gulfstream and probably run next in the $75,000 The Vid on Sept. 13, said owner-trainer Mike Maker. Read More...

Moonshine Mullin star of W.Va. Derby undercard

DRF | 2 days ago
The unquestionable star of the West Virginia Derby undercard is Moonshine Mullin, an astounding $40,000 claim by trainer Randy Morse who will run in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s. Read More...

Study: EIPH Does Not Shorten Racing Careers

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A new study finds no difference in the racing career longevity between horses who experience some level of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage and those who never experience EIPH. Read More...

Kingman, Toronado Set for Sussex Clash

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
An exciting matchup between group I winners Kingman and Toronado has shaped up for the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) July 30 at Goodwood. Read More...

Calhoun optimistic about Louies Flower in Prelude

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Jamie Theriot, who teamed with trainer Bret Calhoun for a Breeders’ Cup double in 2010, will join forces with Calhoun at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, when he rides Louies Flower in the $100,000 Prelude. The race is the local prep for the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby. Read More...

Gold Appointment scratched from West Virginia Derby due to medication rule

DRF | 2 days ago
Gold Appointment has been scratched from Saturday’s Grade 2 West Virginia Derby by trainer Robert Rockwell, who was unaware that new medication rules went into effect in West Virginia on July 9. Read More...

Whitney could be payback time for Palace Malice

DRF | 2 days ago
Todd Pletcher has enjoyed too much success at Saratoga to lament the ones that got away. One can forgive him, however, for still agonizing over last year’s Travers when Palace Malice stumbled at the start, was last early, and rallied to finish fourth, beaten three-quarters of a length by Will Take Charge. Read More...

793 Cataloged for Tattersalls Ireland Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Tattersalls Ireland has cataloged 793 horses for its three-day August National Hunt sale, set for Aug. 12-14. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Rain softens turf course

DRF | 2 days ago
It rained heavily at Woodbine on Monday, and there’s more rain in the forecast, so the course shouldn’t be as hard and as kind to speed as it was Sunday. The ground on the backstretch had some give to it when I walked on it Tuesday morning. Read More...

Mongol Bull in fine form for turf sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Owen Rainwater, now deceased, was an Illinois farmer of corn, soybeans, and wheat. He bred, owned, and trained horses, too, and found more success in Chicago than his tiny operation had a right to. Read More...

Passing Game gets no respect

DRF | 2 days ago
Even though he has won five times in 20 starts, a respectable record, Passing Game seems to always get passed over by bettors. Read More...

Exercise rider pinned under horse in training accident

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Amir Cedeno was injured on Tuesday morning at Del Mar when the 3-year-old colt Eddie’s First inexplicably collapsed just past the finish line during a routine training gallop, pinning Cedeno under the horse until assistance arrived. Read More...

Candy Boy takes show on road for West Virginia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Candy Boy’s second season begins in earnest Saturday – and it’s going to involve some travel.
With no major main-track stakes for 3-year-olds left in California, Candy Boy will hit the road to compete in the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park. Read More...

Blasi rejoins Asmussen’s stable

DRF | 2 days ago
Scott Blasi returned to work for trainer Steve Asmussen at Saratoga on Tuesday, four months after the longtime assistant was fired for inappropriate behavior detailed in a video released by the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Read More...

Montana Jockey Seriously Injured in Spill

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A jockey is hospitalized in serious condition with head injuries after a weekend horse racing accident in Great Falls, Mont. Read More...

Glatt has strong one-two punch

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Glatt has got them surrounded in Thursday’s featured seventh race at Del Mar. Read More...

Divine Fortune headlines Sheppard trio in A.P. Smithwick

DRF | 2 days ago
The question is not whether trainer Jonathan Sheppard will win the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase at Saratoga for a record seventh time. The question is with which of his potent three-horse entry will he win it? Read More...

Evan Shipman distance will be test for Big Business

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer David Jacobson will try to end a bad month on a good note when he sends Big Business out as the likely favorite in Thursday’s $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga. Read More...

All-sources handle down, ontrack business strong for first 10 days of Saratoga

DRF | 2 days ago
After Mother Nature put a damper on the final two days of the second week, Saratoga’s all-sources handle is down 9.1 percent through the first 10 days of the meet compared to the same period last year. Read More...

Equibase Announces Redesigned Website

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Equibase Company announced July 29 the launch of a redesigned equibase.com website that features a multi-homepage concept with user-chosen pathways for new/casual fans, regular visitors, and seasoned handicappers. Read More...

Jerardi: Wiseman’s Ferry has another win machine

DRF | 2 days ago
After a late start to the races, Wise Mac is making up for lost time and winning at a rate comparable to another son of Wiseman's Ferry Read More...