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Strong business at fair meets

DRF | 3 days ago
Despite running two fewer days than in 2014 and despite racing its final three-day week without a fair, the Sonoma County Fair meet at Santa Rosa showed a 9 percent increase in all-sources handle for its 2015 meeting. The meet ran from July 30-Aug. 16. Read More...

Herrera caps Ferndale meet with Marathon win

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Hugo Herrera followed instructions perfectly aboard Blues Blaster in the Humboldt County Marathon on Sunday at Ferndale, and the result was a wire-to-wire victory in the 1 5/8-mile race. Read More...

Pepper Crown will try to defend Rolling Green title

DRF | 3 days ago
There are nearly as many questions to be answered as there are talented runners signed up to run in Monday’s $50,000-added Rolling Green at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. The defending champion, Pepper Crown, will be back, but he has many uncertainties surrounding him. Read More...

Churchill Downs Plans $18 Million in Upgrades

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Churchill Downs has announced an extensive $18 million capital project to modernize the Turf Club and several other premium areas. Read More...

Gural-Owned Tracks Join Integrity Coalition

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced Sept. 1 that three primarily Standardbred tracks owned and operated by Jeff Gural--Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs--have joined as members. Read More...

Gleneagles Targets Breeders’ Cup Classic

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Gleneagles, the four-time group I-winning son of Galileo, is being aimed at the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a possible showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at Keeneland Oct. 31. Read More...

McGee: Del Mar pick three play for Wednesday, Sept. 2

DRF | 3 days ago
McGee: Del Mar pick three play for Wednesday, Sept. 2 Read More...

Wise Dan Completes Final Breeze for Woodbine

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding went five furlongs in 1:00 flat Sept. 1 on trainer Charlie LoPresti's watch, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 in final serious move for the Sept. 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT). Read More...

SirePowered Results: Tale of Ekati

DRF | 3 days ago
Darby Dan Farm stallion Tale of Ekati enjoyed a productive Saturday afternoon, as Daily Racing Form's SirePowered Results shows him with two maiden special weight winners, one on each side of the country. Read More...

Michigan online mixed sale catalog now available

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association online mixed sale is now available on the organization’s website, with 27 horses on offer. Read More...

Regis Farms to disperse stock at Keeneland November sale

DRF | 3 days ago
Nat Rea’s Regis Farms will offer a 41-horse complete dispersal of its Thoroughbred bloodstock at the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale, to be consigned by Three Chimneys as agent. Read More...

Funding extended for New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

DRF | 3 days ago
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill extending a 9-year-old law that provides the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association with 2 percent of the purse money generated by the New York Racing Association. Read More...

Ireland and the Thoroughbred

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Irish have developed a unique understanding of the horse, one passed from generation to generation along with a relationship fused through time to form the bond of mutual dependency that exists today. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 31

DRF | 3 days ago
Litfin: Saratoga Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 31 Read More...

Dispersal Planned for Rea’s Regis Farms

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Canadian Nat Rea's foray into horse racing and breeding is coming to an end with the Sept. 1 announcement that 41 horses owned by Regis Farms will be consigned to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Read More...

Texas Tracks Prepare for Sept. 1 Shutdown

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
It appeared as though live racing and full-card simulcasts were to be suspended Sept. 1 in the wake of a battle over funding for the Texas Racing Commission. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Announces Rich Stakes Schedule for Fall Meet

Approximately $1.2 million in stakes purses will be up for grabs during the 17-day Downs at Albuquerque fall meet, which opens September 11. Read More...

CTT Pledges Funds for Barn Surveillance

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The California Thoroughbred Trainers Aug. 31 said its leadership unanimously agreed to use $150,000 from reserve funds to facilitate race-day camera surveillance in barn areas at California racetracks. Read More...

Zivo Returns Against NY-Breds at Spa

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Not seen at the races in 10 months, grade II winner Zivo is set to return Sept. 4 at Saratoga Race Course in the $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds. Read More...

High Noon Rider controls Better Talk Now from the start

DRF | 4 days ago
High Noon Rider's victory in Monday’s $100,000 Better Talk Now may have come as a surprise to some, and that he won the race on the lead came as a surprise to most, except trainer George Weaver. Read More...

Texas Commission Gets Three-Month Reprieve

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Texas Legislative Budget Board has reportedly authorized three months of funding for Texas Racing Commission operations. Read More...

Treasures Abound Inside and Outside of Racing Museum’s Vault

Even after working as curator for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for three years, Victoria Tokarowski admits she still has moments of being taken aback when she takes a trip to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Cuomo Authorizes Further 1% Share to NYTHA

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing an additional 1% of purse money payments to the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Read More...

Espinoza Fined for Wearing Promo Material

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been fined $15,000 by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in connection with having advertising on his pants when he rode American Pharoah in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes. Read More...

Woodward Stakes Field Could Prove Intriguing

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting. Read More...

Lukas: 80 and still looking for the next big horse

DRF | 4 days ago
The wins don’t come as readily as they once did and he’s not as big a player in the major races as he would like, but Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas still loves the thrill of competition. Lukas, arguably the most accomplished horsemen in Thoroughbred racing, turns 80 years old on Wednesday. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from August 24 – August 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 9/2 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 9/2 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Site Read could be real deal

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Bill Mott got off to a sensational start at the 2015 Saratoga meet, perhaps highlighted by the debut victory of the 2-year-old colt Site Read on the second day of the meet. Mott hopes to kick off the final week of the Saratoga summer in similar fashion when he sends out Site Read in Wednesday’s Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes. Read More...

Calumet to Sponsor KY Downs Juvenile Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Brad Kelley's Calumet Farm has signed on to be title sponsor of Kentucky Downs' premier stakes event for 2-year-olds. Read More...

375 Cataloged for F-T Midlantic Fall Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
There are 375 horses cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale, to be held Oct. 6 in Timonium, Md. Read More...

Wally’s Choice Among Four for Canterbury HOF

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Wally's Choice, a graded stakes-winning Minnesota-bred, is among four new members in the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame's class of 2015. Read More...

Pretty N Cool has final Debutante work

DRF | 4 days ago
Pretty N Cool is expected to head a strong field in the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, and she completed her preparation for the race with a five-furlong work in 1:00.40 on Monday under jockey Martin Garcia. Read More...

American Pharoah to parade at Del Mar

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah will parade between races at Del Mar on Sunday, the track announced Monday. Read More...

Lea switching surfaces for Woodbine Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Lea, who has made his last eight starts on dirt – including a victory in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream in 2014 – will return to the turf in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on Sept. 13. Read More...

Espinoza fined $15K for Travers attire

DRF | 4 days ago
The Saratoga stewards fined Victor Espinoza, the jockey of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, $15,000 for wearing promotional material without permission after having been specifically instructed not to do so by the stewards. Read More...

Luzzi returns to saddle Wednesday

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Luzzi, out of action for 10 months after suffering a broken leg and fractured pelvis in a paddock accident at Aqueduct last Nov. 2, returns to the saddle Wednesday when he rides Artie Crasher in the eighth race. Read More...

La Verdad tests for positive clenbuterol; Rice denies administering it

DRF | 4 days ago
La Verdad could be disqualified from her victory in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Stakes at Saratoga on July 29 after she tested positive for clenbuterol, a bronchodilator. Read More...

Injury likely ends Young Brian’s career

DRF | 4 days ago
Young Brian, an impressive debut winner earlier in the meet and expected to be one of the favorites for the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7, was injured in a workout at Del Mar on Monday morning and his career likely is over. Read More...

American Pharoah to Parade at Del Mar

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will parade at Del Mar between races Sept. 6, the next-to-last day of the California track's 40-day summer meet. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup decision looms for Private Zone

DRF | 4 days ago
There is certainly no question that Private Zone is the top older sprinter in the East and perhaps in the country following his dominating, 3 3/4-length victory over The Big Beast in Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. But trainer Jorge Navarro does have some questions to answer regarding Private Zone’s immediate future. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale is now available online, with 375 yearlings scheduled to be on offer, prior to supplemental entries. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 9/1 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 9/1 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Classic Crusader in top form for Wednesday feature

DRF | 4 days ago
With two wins in his last three starts, Classic Crusader is a very sharp horse right now. And considering that he’s 7 for 14 in one-mile races, he looks like the one to beat in a $25,000 optional-claiming race that will serve as the feature at Northlands Park on Wednesday evening. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 9/1 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 9/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bergman: Iron Mine Bucky could make some noise in 2015

DRF | 4 days ago
There had to be racing fans looking through the program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last Wednesday and wondering what Iron Mine Bucky was doing in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In a field supported by leading trainers Jimmy Takter, Ron Burke, Julie Miller, Erv Miller, Ake Svanstedt and trotting expert Charlie Norris, where exactly did Iron Mine Bucky’s trainer Colby Hubble fit in? Read More...

Record handle for Travers Day

DRF | 4 days ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to juice racing business figures with his unsuccessful attempt to win Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with handle numbers for the day’s races climbing well into record territory. Read More...

Tranquility Lake snug fit for Gas Total

DRF | 4 days ago
The final week of the Del Mar summer season begins Wednesday with Gas Total a clear favorite in the $80,000 Tranquility Stakes, the highlight of a nine-race card. Read More...

Six stakes on rich Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day

DRF | 4 days ago
Woodbine’s Wednesday night card is filled with stakes action as the track will hold Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day on a Wednesday for the third consecutive year. The eight-race card offers total purses of $1 million and features six stakes worth $900,000 that are open to graduates of the local yearling sale. Read More...

Harness: Free seminar for first time horse owners

DRF | 4 days ago
The Goshen (NY) Yearling Sale, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association, will conduct a free, introductory seminar for those considering first time horse ownership of a Standardbred on Saturday (Sept. 12). Read More...