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Churchill Downs Racing Club sells out shares

DRF | 3 days ago
The new Churchill Downs Racing Club already has sold out its initial 200-member allotment and is working on filling a second group, according to Gary Palmisano Jr., who is helping to manage the club. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Sherman Seeks California Chrome Stakes Upset

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman admits running in a race named after a horse he still has in training is a bit odd, but he couldn't help but have an entry in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes April 30 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

Hall’s 2016 inductees favor class of 1976

DRF | 3 days ago
It is highly subjective but fairly safe to state that no Hall of Fame class since 1976 has been of such a richly satisfying vintage … until now. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 3 days ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...

Attfield sustains multiple injuries in training accident

DRF | 3 days ago
Roger Attfield saw Dyna's Recoleta win a turf allowance Sunday at Keeneland, but not from a preferred vantage point.Attfield watched the race on television from his Toronto home while recovering from significant injuries sustained earlier this month in a training accident at Payson Park in Florida. Read More...

Belmont Park has work cut out to match last two meets

DRF | 3 days ago
On Friday, the 59-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet gets underway with a nine-race card. New York Racing Association officials can only hope that good things happen in threes and that there is a Triple Crown on the line when this year's Belmont Stakes is run on June 11 Read More...

Dortmund may be ready to race by late summer

DRF | 3 days ago
By resuming training now, Dortmund is likely to be ready to race by the end of the summer. Read More...

Purses increased for 93-day meet

DRF | 3 days ago
The situation for Ohio horsemen in Cincinnati looks brighter as Belterra Park launches its third season of live racing Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Exaggerator

DRF | 3 days ago
Curlin, who is coming off a career-best season by his racing progeny in 2015, is a rising star in the North American sire ranks. The stallion will look to really break through with a Kentucky Derby winner in Exaggerator, romping winner of the Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Affirmed Success far better spot for Loki’s Vengeance

DRF | 3 days ago
older New York-bred sprinters get their chance to stake their claim as heir to the retired Palace in the $100,000 Affirmed Success, the opening-day feature on a nine-race Belmont Park card that begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Party Pooper primary threat in sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Party Pooper hasn't lived up to the promise he showed at Hastings when he won the $50,000 New Westminster in his second start as a 2-year-old for trainer Troy Taylor in 2014. In fact, he hasn't won a race since. That figures to change when he runs in a $25,000 claiming race at Emerald Downs Friday. The 5 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races drew six horses and headlines a seven-race card that begins at 6:30 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

Legends: Whittingham’s Derby Winner Ferdinand

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory. Read More...

Free Eagle to Lead Cornerstone 2016 Roster

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The European highweight older horse will stand for Aus$18,700 Read More...

Baltas hopeful Take It Easyplease proves a smart claim

DRF | 3 days ago
Take It Easyplease was claimed for $16,000. A 4-year-old filly, Take It Easyplease can earn back that sum with a win in a first-level optional $20,000 claimer at Los Alamitos on Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 27

DRF | 3 days ago
There were no changes to the Derby Watch top 20 from last week to this week, not in terms of the lineup or the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, who has Nyquist as the 7-2 favorite 10 days out from the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox, Midnight On Oconee among stars of Jones’s string at Delaware Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Larry Jones will have 60 stalls at Delaware Park this summer. His stable will include I'm a Chatterbox, who finished second in the Doubledogdare last Friday, and Midnight On Oconee, who finished second in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra and Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds over the winter. Read More...

Laurel: Metaboss makes first start for Dickinson

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Michael Dickinson will have the second starter of his comeback at Laurel Park on Friday when he runs Metaboss in race 9, a second-level optional $28,000 claiming race on turf. Read More...

Hardest Core fresh, fit for comeback

DRF | 3 days ago
Hardest Core, who made just one start in 2015 after winning the Arlington Million in 2014, is only weeks away from making his return to the races for trainer Eddie Graham. Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen – April 27, 2016

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Steve Haskin fine tunes his Kentucky Derby Dozen as we approach the final week Read More...

Lani Works in Perplexing Fashion

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work. Read More...

Handling Tapit’s progeny often is no easy task

DRF | 3 days ago
The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred, and few are hotter right now – on a number of levels – than those by Tapit. Read More...

3-year-olds try turf in Silky Sullivan, Campanile

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Billy Morey will ask the consistent sprinter Midnight Ming to try both turf and two turns for the first time in Sunday’s $100,000 Silky Sullivan for 3-year-old California-breds going a mile. Read More...

Familiar names to clash in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
There may be no superstars among the 27 runners nominated for Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Speckert to resign as general counsel of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 3 days ago
Susan Speckert, the general counsel for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, will leave the agency in late May for another job, the latest in a string of departures at the commission since the election of Gov. Matt Bevin last November. Read More...

Miss Temple City Definite for Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The connections of Miss Temple City, who became the first female winner of the Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) last out April 15, have confirmed the filly will be pointed toward the £175,000 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Miss Temple City Expected for Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The connections of Miss Temple City, who became the first female winner of the Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) last out April 15, have confirmed the filly will be pointed toward the £175,000 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Carryover of $453K gives players shot to hit it big in Golden Pick 6

DRF | 3 days ago
There's lots of money to be made at Golden Gate Fields this weekend, and not just because there will be a trio of $100,000 stakes races. Big bucks are on the line for bettors on Friday, when the Golden Pick 6 jackpot starts the day with a $453,398 carryover. Read More...

Bennett making it happen at his hometown track

DRF | 3 days ago
Gerald Bennett ranks 19th all time and 11th among active trainers with 3,578 career wins from 17,383 starters (21 percent), and when the Tampa Bay Downs meet ends May 8, the 72-year-old conditioner almost certainly will have nailed down his first outright training title at his favorite track. Read More...

Nipigon ready off Florida prep race

DRF | 3 days ago
Stakes-placed Nipigon will continue on the comeback trail in the eighth race, a $47,500 Ontario-sired allowance route on Friday at Woodbine. Read More...

Espinoza Back for More in Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby." Read More...

Southeast Regional: Jewel of the South

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Adena Springs South expands under Frank Stronach Read More...

Bergman: Candy Corn Hanover looks for sweet result in Miss Pennsylvania

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainers of standardbreds have to make difficult decisions all of the time. Travis Alexander, a 37-year-old horseman with a solid history of racing horses at the highest level, had to make a choice whether to put the unbeaten sophomore filly Candy Corn Hanover in Sunday’s $30,000 Weiss Series final or step up in class and face the top fillies in North America in Saturday’s first ever Miss Pennsylvania eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

2016 Stallion Showcase

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A gallery of stallions from across the country. Read More...

Out of Competition Testing in Effect in New Mexico

The announcement of enhanced out-of-competition testing was made public by New Mexico Racing Commission chairman, Ray Willis during the April 21 NMRC monthly meeting. Read More...

Running Dragon Wins New Mexican Spring Futurity

Running Dragon remained undefeated following her half-length victory in the April 24, $297,925 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park. Read More...

Preciado’s attorney files lawsuit seeking restraining order

DRF | 4 days ago
Attorney Alan Pincus has filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania seeking a temporary restraining order that will allow trainer Ramon Preciado to resume entering horses at Parx Racing. Read More...

‘My Sanctuary’: Anatomy Of A Two-Year-Old Sale With Gary Contessa

It's easy to skip over five-figure sales when skimming through the list of results at Thoroughbred auctions like the recent OBS Spring Sale. A closer look reveals that even deals in the middle of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Mad Flatter Euthanized After Accident

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Freshman son of Flatter's first crop showing potential Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: Mor Spirit sizzles, then simmers

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert arrived in town on Monday and wasted little time getting down to work, sending out a handful of his stakes horses to breeze at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning, including key Kentucky Derby contender Mor Spirit, who zipped five furlongs in 59.79 over a quick track under clear and relatively balmy conditions during the special Derby/Oaks training session shortly after 8:30 a.m. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 4/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 4/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Bewitch Closes Out Keeneland Spring Meet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Keeneland's Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) closes out the spring meet April 29. California invader Generosidade faces 11 older fillies and mares going 12 furlongs. Read More...

Faith in the System – by Evan Hammonds

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Prevailing mood is that the foal crop is inching forward Read More...

Air Force Blue, Stormy Antarctic Guineas Favs

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A pair of colts by Kentucky stallions—Air Force Blue and Stormy Antarctic—are the respective top two favorites for the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 30 at Newmarket. Read More...

N.M. Plans Added Out-of-Competition Testing

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The New Mexico Racing Commission immediately will begin enhanced out-of-competition testing at SunRay Park in Farmington as the state regulator launches an enhanced effort to halt cheating. Read More...

Trainers Confident as Derby Approaches

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trainer Doug O'Neill believes versatility is a big advantage for Nyquist, who heads to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undefeated in seven starts. Read More...

Mor Spirit Sharp in Churchill Breeze

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Read More...

Legends: The Woman Who Saved Meadow Stable

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Her insistence to run the farm while her father's health failed instead of sell gave Meadow Stable the ride of a lifetime with Riva Ridge and his younger stablemate, Secretariat. Read More...