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Flamboyant will try longer distance in San Luis Rey

DRF | 5 days ago
Flamboyant remained perfect in two starts at the winter-spring meeting with a win in Saturday’s $201,380 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita, his first career win at 1 1/4 miles. The 5-year-old is likely to try a new distance when he attempts to stretch his winning streak to three races in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf on March 13. Read More...

Santa Anita Handicap appealing spot for Imperative

DRF | 5 days ago
Hoppertunity and Donworth, who finished first and third in Saturday's San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita, are candidates for the Dubai World Cup, their trainers said. Imperative, beaten a nose by Hoppertunity after a troubled trip, will run in the Santa Anita Handicap, trainer Richard Baltas said. Read More...

Songbird’s owner opposed to running in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
The next objective for Songbird is likely to be the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on April 9, the final California prep for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6. Owner Rick Porter stressed on Saturday that he has no interest in starting Songbird in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, or any of the leading prep races against males in the next few months. Read More...

Baffert mulls multiple next-race options for Mor Spirit

DRF | 5 days ago
Options aplenty abound for Mor Spirit, who scored his second straight stakes victory on Saturday in the Grade 3 Robert Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. He will have either one or two more preps before the May 7 Kentucky Derby, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Read More...

King: Pick four play at Gulfstream for Sunday, Feb. 7

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Byron King outlines his strategy for a pick four on Sunday's program at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Watchmaker: Songbird reaffirms she’s a special filly

DRF | 5 days ago
Hers wasn’t the most important, richest, or fastest race of a stakes-rich Saturday. But for me, Songbird’s dominating victory in the Las Virgenes was the event of the day. Read More...

Stormdriver scores upset in Louisiana Premier Night Championship

DRF | 5 days ago
Stormdriver rallied for a 1 1/4- length win over One King’s Man in Saturday night's $200,000 Premier Night Championship at Delta Downs. Read More...

Medication Guidelines Bring Call for Research

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The National HBPA Feb. 6 said it plans to help fund research to develop administration and testing guidelines that could be incorporated into the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule. Read More...

California Chrome sharp during five-furlong work in Dubai

DRF | 5 days ago
California Chrome worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Friday, preparing for his first of two starts in that country on Feb. 25. Read More...

Kiss N Scat stays perfect on Golden Gate main track by taking California Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
Kiss N Scat, content to sit just off 70-1 shot Brookys Star, took over in the lane and proved best as she won the 1 1/16-mile, $50,870 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. Read More...

Flamboyant puts together another big effort in San Marcos

DRF | 5 days ago
For the first time in his 19-race career, Flamboyant won consecutive races with a victory in Saturday’s $201,380 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita. A 5-year-old gelding, Flamboyant won the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2, ending a losing streak dating back to April 2014. Read More...

Flamboyant Keeps Rolling in San Marcos

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
David Bienstock and Chuck Winner's Flamboyant overtook Gaga A in the stretch and won his second straight graded II turf race in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Hoppertunity noses out Imperative in San Antonio

DRF | 5 days ago
Hoppertunity ended a nine-race losing streak, but Imperative suffered a heartbreaking defeat, as Hoppertunity prevailed by a nose in a thrilling stretch drive in Saturday's $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hoppertunity Edges Imperative in San Antonio

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A year-long stretch of near misses ended for Hoppertunity Feb. 6 in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Mshawish proves as adept on dirt as turf by winning Donn

DRF | 5 days ago
In what turned out to be a virtual rematch of the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope here four weeks earlier, Mshawish ran down and then outfinished a game Valid to the wire to register a two-length triumph in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Songbird impresses in Las Virgenes romp

DRF | 5 days ago
Songbird won the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths, a margin that was virtually meaningless when jockey Mike Smith eased her down in the final furlong. Songbird has had morning gallops more strenuous than the way she ran in the last eighth of the one mile Las Virgenes. Read More...

Marquee Miss handles stretch out to mile in Martha Washington

DRF | 5 days ago
Marquee Miss took down her second stakes race of the young Oaklawn season on Saturday, when she dug in for a half-length win over Nickname in the $100,000 Martha Washington. Read More...

Stevens, Baffert team up to score with Mor Spirit in Robert Lewis

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Baffert and Gary Stevens won the Kentucky Derby in tandem in 1997 with Silver Charm, and those two Hall of Fame gunslingers are back on the Derby trail again this year with Mor Spirit, who made an appropriate stop along the way on Saturday at Santa Anita by capturing the Grade 3, $150,345 Robert Lewis Stakes, named for the man who owned Silver Charm. Read More...

Songbird Untouchable in Las Virgenes

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Songbird ambled home to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita , 6 1/2 lengths ahead of Land Over Sea, but Smith had such a tight hold on her, the margin might as well have been 26 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Lukes Alley narrowly prevails in Gulfstream Turf Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Lukes Alley won his first stakes on turf and his first Grade 1 by wearing down Shining Copper in a hard-fought 34th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. Read More...

Mshawish Dazzles in Donn Handicap

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Last year Mshawish took the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), but this season transitioned his form to dirt in brilliant style, and brought home the second grade I win of his career Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Marquee Miss Edges Nickname at Oaklawn

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Marquee Miss edged 1-2 favorite Nickname in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn Park, acing her graded debut for trainer Ingrid Mason. Read More...

Lukes Alley Takes Gulfstream Park Turf

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Fourth in early stretch, Lukes Alley unleashed a powerful late rally to secure the first grade I win of his career in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap Saturday, Feb. 6. Read More...

Power Alert, Leparoux resume winning combination

DRF | 5 days ago
Power Alert reunited with his favorite rider, Julien Leparoux, and the combination clicked again when pairing up for a neck decision over Amelia’s Wild Ride in Saturday’s $75,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint. Read More...

Mor Spirit Secures Robert B. Lewis Score

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens delivered an icy ride and grade I winner Mor Spirit responded full of run in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Bullet Work for Lecomte Runner-Up Tom’s Ready

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Tom's Ready fired a warning shot in the form of a five-furlong bullet in 1:00 flat Saturday Feb. 6 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

Grade I Winner Strapping Groom to Panama

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Grade I winner Strapping Groom, who sustained a career-ending injury at Penn National Race Course in 2014, will begin his stallion career in Panama after selling at the Keeneland January horses of a sale. Read More...

Tammy the Torpedo alters tactics to take Suwanee River

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Joel Rosario made an early decision that proved key to victory Saturday when Tammy the Torpedo led throughout in the 73rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Suwanee River over the Gulfstream Park turf. Read More...

Lady Shipman Aces Season Debut

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
In her first start of the season and first for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman was a comfortable winner of the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Tammy the Torpedo Speeds to Suwannee Score

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
In what figured to be a paceless affair, Tammy the Torpedo took to the front and prevailed in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Tommy Macho scores in Fred W. Hooper Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
The late decision by trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Paul Pompa Jr. this week to bypass the nine-furlong Donn Handicap for the one-mile Fred W. Hooper Handicap paid big dividends for Tommy Macho, who drew off to a convincing 3 3/4-length victory over stablemate Stanford in the Grade 3 test for older horses Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Lady Shipman cruises in Ladies’ Turf Sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
With Irad Ortiz Jr. skillfully easing her away from an early pursuer, Lady Shipman drew off to a 2 3/4-length score over Katie’s Kiss in the $75,000 Ladies' Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park Saturday. Read More...

Tommy Macho Sails Away in Fred Hooper

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Tommy Macho made his season debut an impressive one Feb. 6 when he blazed a near-record mile in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Governor Malibu prevails in Gander Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
A decision by his connections to add blinkers paid quick dividends for Governor Malibu on Saturday as he stalked a pedestrian pace, then persevered past Sudden Surprise inside the sixteenth pole to win the $100,000 Gander Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds by 2 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct. Read More...

Texas Red Ready to Get Back to Work

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is back in training at Santa Anita Park and is scheduled to record his first timed workout of 2016 on Feb. 13 at the Southern California racetrack. Read More...

Governor Malibu Takes Gander at Aqueduct

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
After battling to pass Sudden Surprise throughout the stretch, Governor Malibu found one more gear near the sixteenth pole and surged past that rival to win the Gander Stakes by about 2 1/2 lengths Feb. 6 at Aqueduct. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Ky Winter Mixed Sale Preview

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Evan Hammonds previews the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, includes comments from Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, and Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency Read More...

Pandolfo: Hawthorne winter meet a success

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo talks with Hawthorne Publicity Director Jim Miller about the switch to Harness Racing, the winter meet and looking ahead to the spring meet that kicks off in May. Read More...

Decoupling Surfaces in Florida Legislature

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
In the wake of bills introduced in the Florida legislature, horsemen have reiterated their opposition to any measure that would permit pari-mutuel facilities to end live racing but maintain gaming operations. Read More...

McGee: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, Feb. 7

DRF | 6 days ago
I’m well aware that New York trainer David Jacobson hasn’t gotten away to the quickest of starts with his new venture in Southern California, but COOPER’S STORM (1) in race 2 on Sunday really piques the interest when getting first-time Lasix (remarkably, after 47 starts) and the bugboy Cohen on the fence. Read More...

First Reported Foal for Strong Mandate

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
The first reported foal for Central Kentucky stallion Strong Mandate is a filly, born Jan. 3 at Pickett Thoroughbreds in Louisiana. Read More...

Pancake by a nose in Broussard Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Ronny Werner was based for years at Fair Grounds during the winter. This season, he’s stabled in Florida, but he found success in New Orleans anyway when the shipper Pancake, Werner’s first Fair Grounds starter this season, led most of the way and barely held off Lope in the inaugural running of the $50,000 Joseph “Spanky” Broussard Stakes on Friday. Read More...

‘Kobe’, ‘Salutos’ Meet in Palos Verdes

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Multiple graded stakes winners Kobe's Back and Salutos Amigos head a field of six older horses in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Rock Sand

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
When Rock Sand swept the English Triple Crown series in 1903, many thought him lucky not to have faced Zinfandel. Read More...

Is Regulation Itself Thwarting Uniformity?

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Achieving true uniformity in equine medication and testing goes well beyond basic adoption of model rules, according to attorneys, horsemen, and veterinarians who picked apart the current system Feb. 5. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 2/8 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 2/8 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

New Motion Filed in Illinois HBPA Suit

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the president and executive director of the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are seeking to have other board members added to the litigation as defendants. Read More...

First Foal for Stallion Can the Man a Colt

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
The first reported foal for Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man is a colt born Feb. 3 at Breakaway Farm in Indiana. Read More...

OBS March 2-year-olds in training catalog now online

DRF | 6 days ago
The catalog for the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-year-olds in training sale is now online, featuring 611 juveniles to be offered over two days. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 2/8 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 2/8 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...