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Hammersly’s preview: Bejarano’s choices may be telling

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Rafael Bejarano may have done some of your handicapping for you. There are a few races where the top rider’s presence on one horse instead of another could be telling. Read More...

Plesa Hoping to Get Lucky in Woodward

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is looking to turn the tables on Whitney Stakes (gr. I) winner Moreno with Itsmyluckyday in the Aug. 30 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Road to the Kentucky Derby Schedule Announced

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The series of 35 select races, 19 "Prep Season" races and 16 "Championship Series" races, is used to determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Read More...

Red Outlaw tries two turns in El Cajon Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Red Outlaw has raced four times at four different tracks on both turf and synthetic. He has yet to lose. He’s cleared every hurdle placed in his way. On Friday at Del Mar, he takes on a new challenge when he tries two turns for the first time in the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Spa Babies for Thursday, Aug. 28

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

Gold Medal Dancer tries for turf again in Ricks Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
Gold Medal Dancer has been meant for turf this summer, but her races have been transferred to dirt due to inclement weather in a trend that may continue Friday night in the $50,000 Ricks Memorial at Remington Park. Read More...

Koffee Grinder still the horse to beat in British Columbia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The Pacific National Exhibition ends Monday, and although the mini-doughnuts will be missed, it means the major races at Hastings are just around the corner. On Sept. 14, the features will be the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby and the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks. Read More...

Big Macher will train up to Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Richard Baltas said Big Macher will not have a start between now and the Breeders’ Cup. He wants to train Big Macher straight into the six-furlong BC Sprint on Nov. 1. Read More...

Tribal Rule yearlings headline solid Washington sale

DRF | 2 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale concluded on Tuesday with increased sales figures and a lower buyback rate in its flagship yearling portion. Read More...

Vernon: Flyhawk El Durado carries Ford’s hopes in Zweig

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Ford may just have a secret weapon with Flyhawk El Durado in Friday's Zweig Memorial Trot. Read More...

Holy Force tries to improve her route credentials in Friday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Holy Force looks like a standout in a $20,000 claiming race that will serve as Friday’s feature at Northlands Park. Read More...

Second Purse Hike at Ohio’s ThistleDown

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
ThistleDown Racino announced Aug. 27 it will increase purses another 5%, starting with a special Labor Day race card on Sept. 1. Read More...

ThistleDown to increase purses by 5 percent

DRF | 2 days ago
ThistleDown racetrack outside of Cleveland will raise purses 5 percent across the board beginning Sept. 1, the track and casino announced Wednesday. Read More...

Vernon: Bee A Magician to face the boys in Crawford

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Nifty Norman might not be expecting his star mare Bee A Magician to beat the sport’s top male trotters in Friday’s $236,000 Crawford Farms Open at Vernon Downs, but he’s not shying from the challenge, either. Read More...

Illman: Saratoga pick four play for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 2 days ago
Let’s try the early pick four beginning with the P.G. Johnson Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on the turf. Read More...

TOBA August Member of the Month

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
This year, Patricia Pavlish has been on "fire" -- literally. Pavlish bred Fire with Fire, who has been a dominant presence on the turf. Read More...

Silent Star, Strut the Course meet again in Friday turf route

DRF | 2 days ago
Silent Star and Strut the Course will renew their new rivalry Friday at Woodbine in the featured third race, a second-level optional claimer for fillies and mares, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Read More...

Burn Control short on experience but long on potential

DRF | 2 days ago
Burn Control, the least-experienced starter, offers the most upside potential in the $37,800 optional-claiming feature Friday for filly and mare turf sprinters at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Kentucky Downs Adds 16 Stable Cameras

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Downs has installed 16 surveillance cameras in the stable area for its 2014 racing season, which begins Saturday, Sept. 6. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d Play Saratoga on Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 2 days ago
Rain, rain, stay away - Saratoga has seven grass races today. The late pick four, in fact, is an all-turf event in which race 8 looks to these eyes the trickiest. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten to be Offered at F-T Sale

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Ken and Sarah Ramsey plan to offer multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten and grade III victress Kitten Kaboodle at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale. Read More...

Limitations and Advances in Lameness Assessment

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
When it comes to diagnosing a horse's lameness, the veterinarian's eyes are no longer the ultimate diagnostic machine. In fact, in one study (Keegan 2010) only 52% of participating veterinarians agreed on which of a horse's limbs was lame while assessing him visually. Read More...

Bernier: Del Mar pick four play for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier's late pick four play for Del Mar. Read More...

Big Drama Colt Leads OBS Select Session

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Big Drama generated plenty of headlines during a stellar racing career, and the 2010 champion sprinter and multimillionaire is now a distinguished young stallion. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at Del Mar's Generous Portion Stakes. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:28 PM ET Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry) is ready to go for his highly anticipated... Read More...

Shared Belief’s Hidden Key to Greatness

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The key to Shared Belief's greatness could very well be his maternal great-grandsire Grenfall, a horse unfamiliar to the vast majority of Americans. Read More...

OBS August: Select session takes a step back

DRF | 3 days ago
The opening select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale cleared more horses than last year’s renewal, but otherwise saw across-the-board declines. Read More...

Florida HBPA Launches New Website

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association launched its new website Aug. 26, www.FloridaHBPA.com. Read More...

Starspangledbanner Colt Tops DBS Session

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A rare yearling by hot sire Starspangledbanner was the top seller at the opening session of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales' premier yearling sale Aug. 26. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 8/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Northfield: Thursday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Thursday 8/28 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Hammersly’s preview: Class droppers aplenty

DRF | 3 days ago
A number of southward class moves dot the card. The dilemma for handicappers is how to assess the drop. Is it a move to get the money? Is it a move to maybe get rid of a horse? Is it merely an adjustment in class to get said horse to its proper level? And regardless of which, does the drop mean overplay at the windows, as is often the case? Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 8/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Nine to take shot at big payday in All American Futurity

DRF | 3 days ago
Moonist extended his winning streak to six races in Sunday’s Golden State Derby at Los Alamitos and could run in one or two more derbies this fall. Read More...

Harness: New owners find joy with Somewhere In L A

DRF | 3 days ago
As the owner of a breeding farm, Mike Gulotta would seem an unlikely candidate to buy a horse that was gelded. Read More...

Del Mar notes: Turf course aerated, watered extensively

DRF | 3 days ago
Del Mar’s turf course was aerated Monday and extensively watered overnight, all designed to keep the course in excellent shape through the final week-plus of the meet. Read More...

Obviously to train up to Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Obviously, who finished fourth on Sunday as the favorite in the Del Mar Mile after breaking poorly, came out of the race in good condition and will be trained straight into the Breeders’ Cup Mile, without a prep, trainer Phil D’Amato said Tuesday. Read More...

I Spent It probably will skip Hopeful

DRF | 3 days ago
I Spent It, the winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on Aug. 9, worked five furlongs in 59.91 seconds over the main track Tuesday. Read More...

Brown giving Pletcher all he can handle

DRF | 3 days ago
Usually, the only question left to be answered regarding the trainer race is how many wins Todd Pletcher will have come the end of the meet on Labor Day. It’s not that simple this year. Read More...

Fair Grounds says track improvements going well

DRF | 3 days ago
Fair Grounds and its parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., remain on course to fulfill promises made to Louisiana legislators and racing regulators earlier this year regarding capital investment in racing at the New Orleans track. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from August 21 – August 25

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

Smith taking advantage of good opportunities at Del Mar

DRF | 3 days ago
With his victories Sunday in the Pacific Classic and Del Mar Mile, as well as two other races on the card, jockey Mike Smith continued his spectacular season here, where he leads all riders in stakes wins and is just two wins back of the top spot in the overall standings despite riding far fewer horses. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Wednesday, Aug. 27

DRF | 3 days ago
Your day’s bankroll could see an immediate lift from the early double. Read More...

Potential turf stars clash in With Anticipation

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainers Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown, and Graham Motion have combined to win five of the first nine runnings of the With Anticipation Stakes for 2-year-old males at Saratoga. It’s a pretty good bet one of them will win it again. Read More...

Arc Winner Rail Link Relocated to France

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Khalid Abdullah's 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Rail Link has been sold to Haras de Cercy in France. Read More...

Champion Shared Belief Lands Classic Spot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After overwhelming rivals in the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) in his first stakes start against older horses, Shared Belief appears poised to make a run at history. Read More...

Big Cazanova takes next step

DRF | 3 days ago
Big Cazanova ran so well in his first start on Polytrack, setting a track record for a mile, that he was nominated to the Pacific Classic as well as this Saturday’s Harry F. Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar. But instead of heading from a first-level allowance right into a stakes race, Big Cazanova is coming back in a second-level allowance Thursday. Read More...

Fair Grounds swaps five Monday dates for Sundays

DRF | 3 days ago
Fair Grounds in New Orleans will swap five Mondays for Sundays during its upcoming Thoroughbred meet in an amendment to its calendar approved by the Louisiana Racing Commission. The panel also granted the track an additional race date, Feb. 16. Read More...