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King: Gulfstream Rainbow 6 play for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 3 days ago
With a carryover of more than $1.45 million and a mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6 on Saturday at Gulfstream, horseplayers from all over will be shooting to take home a chunk of the massive pool. The small 20-cent minimum could result in many deep-pocketed players spreading very deep, perhaps creating value on more likely outcomes. So, here is a modest ticket costing $102.40, playing four horses apiece in half of the races and a pair of runners in the three others. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, April 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Most of my attention Saturday will be focused on Gulfstream Park and the mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6, but Santa Anita has a few wagering opportunities that I find intriguing. I’m not anticipating the sort of potential return on investment I could possibly achieve at Gulfstream, but there is money to be made at “The Great Race Place” on Saturday. Read More...

Federation Continues Push for Harmonization

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Asian Racing Conference slated for January 2016 in Mumbai, India, will be a checkpoint to determine progress on key issues facing international racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said April 24. Read More...

Derby Notes: Three Scheduled to Work Saturday

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With rain in Saturday's forecast, connections of Kentucky Derby hopefuls International Star, Tencendur, and Keen Ice will try to stick to the plan of working Saturday, April 25. Read More...

Kitten’s Point continues Motion’s dominance of Bewitch

DRF | 3 days ago
Kitten’s Point gave trainer Graham Motion his third straight victory in the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes when the 5-year-old mare ran down Cay Dancer to win the 54th running of the three-turn turf race on Friday, closing day of the Keeneland spring meet. Read More...

Shared Belief Recovering at Golden Gate

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Read More...

Derby Jockey Walker Influenced Breeders

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Kentucky Derby was in its infancy when Baden-Baden carried 17-year-old William Walker to victory in the late 1870s, an era when horse racing was America's favorite pastime and jockeys were hailed as national heroes. Read More...

The Wizard’s weekend selections, analysis, and wagering strategies

DRF | 3 days ago
Available now, the Wizard sets his sights on this weekend’s best racing, with an eye toward the best betting opportunities. With his full-card selections and analysis, you’ll find a detailed look at the field and top picks for each race. With the addition of the betting window, you’ll get suggested wagers, including exotics. Plays are updated 30 to 60 minutes before first post to account for scratches and changes. Find out more and buy now. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday’s races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Stellar Wind Records Final SoCal Breeze

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Stellar Wind, prepping for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1, worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita Park for trainer John Sadler. Read More...

Charity Handicapping Seminar Set for April 27

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Broadcaster Kenny Rice and trainer Todd Pletcher will attend the fund-raiser that benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Camp Horsin' Around. Read More...

Adelaide Joins Roster at Coolmore Australia

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Adelaide, a grade/group I winner in the U.S. and Australia, will begin his stallion career during the Southern Hemisphere season at Coolmore Australia. Read More...

$900k Bernardini Colt New Session Topper in Ocala

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 3:15 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 1100     2yo C     Bernardini--Graeme Six (by Graeme Hall)   &nb... Read More...

Mark Casse Goes to $750k for Street Cry Colt

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 2:44 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 1073     2yo C     Street Cry (Ire)--Gharbiah (by Bernardini)   ... Read More...

Pletcher colts put in solid works

DRF | 3 days ago
Like an elite quarterback, trainer Todd Pletcher read the defense and called an audible on Friday, pushing the final workouts for four of his Kentucky Derby hopefuls up one day due to a forecast that called for possible heavy rain here Saturday morning. Read More...

Napravnik to Be Honored at Alibi Breakfast

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Rosie Napravnik, who started her riding career in Maryland before becoming a leading jockey, will receive the Special Award of Merit for her positive impact on racing at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course May 14. Read More...

More Than Even faces new challenger in Classic Distaff Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
More Than Even will meet a notable new rival in Heykittykittykitty on Monday, when she seeks to defend her title in the $55,000 Cherokee Casino Classic Distaff Sprint at Will Rogers Downs. Read More...

Hovdey: Catching up with the Derby class of 2014

DRF | 3 days ago
Institutional amnesia can be a beautiful thing, but before the 2015 Kentucky Derby is upon us with all its hurricane force, it can’t hurt to take a look at the field of 19 that performed for the pleasure of millions in the 2014 race. From back to front, here’s what happened to them Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Velazquez hopes he chose wisely with Carpe Diem

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey John Velazquez believes he will only ride for another two or three years and hopes there’s another Kentucky Derby with his name on it before he retires. Velazquez chose Carpe Diem over Materiality, a horse whom he rode to victory in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in March. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Sales graduates prominent among hopefuls

DRF | 3 days ago
When an outstanding specimen brings a high bid at auction, it normally comes with expectations of success on the racetrack. History has shown repeatedly, though, that a seven-figure price tag does not guarantee a spot in the Kentucky Derby, much less a trip to the winner’s circle. In fact, recent results have proven the opposite to be true. Read More...

Belmont Park Set for April 29 Opening

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Belmont Park opens its 59-day spring/summer meet April 29, the highlight of which is the 147th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the final jewel in America's Triple Crown series. Read More...

Leading Tampa Trainer John Reading Dies at 99

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Reading, twice the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs, worked for both George Steinbrenner and Stella Thayer, the racetrack's former co-owner and current owner. Read More...

Sparkman: Ghostzapper enjoys big weekend

DRF | 3 days ago
Like most stallions, Ghostzapper has found his true level, despite fluctuations in his stud fee and the wildly gyrating perceptions of breeders. He never is likely to be particularly popular as a sire of sales yearlings, since his offspring tend to be big but visibly immature at that stage of their development. Read More...

Halling Colt Impresses With Sandown Romp

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 1:38 PM ET 7th at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)bet365 Hcp     Winner: Jack Hobbs (GB) by Halling John Gosden's highly regarded Jack Hobbs (GB) (Halling) is a highl... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Success Express dies in Australia

DRF | 3 days ago
Success Express, winner of the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, died at Vinery Stud in Australia at age 30. Read More...

BC Winner, Sire Success Express Dies at 30

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Success Express, winner of the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and a breed-shaping sire, has died at Vinery Stud in Australia at the age of 30. Read More...

Blofeld Tops Lineup for William Walker Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Blofeld, perfect in three career starts that include two stakes wins, tops a field of six 3-year-olds for the first running of the $100,000 William Walker Stakes, April 25, opening night of Churchill Downs spring meet. Read More...

Jones has pair of favorites for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
The Kentucky Oaks has been very, very good to Larry Jones. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 4/26 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Few entries results in eight-race card

DRF | 3 days ago
Santa Anita will have eight races Sunday, one fewer than usual after a slow morning of entries Thursday. Read More...

Horsemen Praise Keeneland’s New Dirt Track

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The second-wettest April on record in Lexington gave Keeneland's new dirt track a stiff test. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Glencoe

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
In America, Glencoe was the leading sire eight times between 1847 and 1858. His best runners included the champions Peytona, Charmer, and Reel, all great fillies, winning at upward of four-mile heats. Read More...

Social Inclusion Set for Season Debut

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion, third in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his highly anticipated 4-year-old debut April 25 in the third race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Record-Breaking SAf National Sale Concludes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
While the aggregate of the National yearling sale dropped slight from last year, there was an overall sense of satisfaction following the auction's conclusion the evening of April 24 in Germison, South Africa. Read More...

An Unexpected Busy Morning at the Downs

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Images from Steve Haskin from Friday, April 24 at Churchill Downs, which featured a flurry of workouts. Read More...

Desormeaux Picks Up Derby Mount With Keen Ice

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Kent Desormeaux picked up his 18th career mount in the Kentucky Derby by presented Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24. He'll ride Keen Ice in the Run for the Roses. Read More...

Sarah Sis: Sibling With a Shot in the Oaks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Joe Ragsdale has been an owner for less than three years and the Oklahoman finds himself heading to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Sarah Sis, trained by Ingrid Mason. Read More...

Derby Hopeful Frammento Works at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Frammento, fourth in the April 4 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :48 under jockey Joe Bravo April 24 at Keeneland. Clockers caught the Midshipman colt in fractions of :12 1/5, :24, :48 and out in 1:02 2/5. Read More...

Bigger, better fields on tap for new ThistleDown meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Bigger fields and better horses, two things all bettors crave, should be noticeable when ThistleDown launches its 91st season Monday. Read More...

Conquest Harlanate on fence for Fury

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse has nominated five 3-year-old fillies to next Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes, a key prep for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 14, including Canada’s champion juvenile filly of 2014, Conquest Harlanate. Read More...

Bolo Records Final Breeze for Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bolo recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24 at Santa Anita Park, breezing five furlongs in :59 3/5. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita pick four play for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Bettors that appreciate singling non-favorites might like this pick four play Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Wilson will captain jockey team in Shergar Cup at Ascot

DRF | 3 days ago
Emma-Jayne Wilson will return to Ascot in August to participate in the Shergar Cup jockey challenge after being named captain of the girls’ team for the second year in a row. Read More...

Ole’s Miss looks sharp ahead of Brighouse Belles

DRF | 3 days ago
Ole’s Miss has been one of the most impressive horses training at Hastings this spring. We’ll see if her sharp morning form will carry over when she runs in the $50,000 Brighouse Belles on Sunday. Read More...

Pick the Correct Derby Order, Win $1 Million

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
DerbyGames and America's Best Racing announced the launch of the "Derby Million Dollar Challenge" in which contestants rank this year's Kentucky Derby horses in the correct order of finish to win a $1 million grand prize. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Cox successful in route races

DRF | 3 days ago
Evan’s Calling (#2, ML 15-1) takes on a field of 11 in Friday’s eighth race at Lone Star Park, the Grade 3 Texas Mile Stakes. Since Jan. 1, 2014, trainer Brad Cox is winning at a 30 percent clip in route races, for a return on investment of $2.58. Read More...

Jacks Escarpment should be fitter for Queenston

DRF | 3 days ago
Jacks Escarpment came within three-quarters of a length of remaining undefeated in his seasonal debut April 11 in the Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine, and will now stretch out to seven furlongs for his next start, the $150,000 Queenston Stakes on May 2, trainer Nicholas Gonzalez said. Read More...

Mastercraftsman Colt Upsets Sandown’s Classic Trial

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 10:34 AM ET 4th at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 bet365 Classic Trial     Winner: Master Apprentice (Ire) by Mastercraftsman (Ire) Jadara Stables' Master Apprent... Read More...

Turf milers in the spotlight for twin $100,000 stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Turf runners and California-breds are in the Golden Gate Fields spotlight Sunday. Two $100,000 stakes races for 3-year-old Cal-breds as well as a pair of allowance races for Cal-breds will be run on turf as the track celebrates a weekend turf festival that got under way with Saturday’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile. Read More...

Derby Radio Coverage Begins April 28

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Horse Racing Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the 2015 Triple Crown, will launch more than 20 hours of Kentucky Derby week programming April 28. Read More...