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Imperative solid in Breeders’ Cup Classic workout

DRF | 2 days ago
It was another perfect morning Thursday for training at Santa Anita, but the action was limited when it came to Breeders’ Cup workers. Only Classic contender Imperative and stablemate Mr. Sexy (on the outside looking in for the Sprint and Turf Sprint) breezed over a racetrack that seems to have been on the dull side over the last several days. Both are trained by George Papaprodromou, and they worked together. Read More...

River Rocks looks tough to beat in Bold Ruler

DRF | 2 days ago
Though he lost, River Rocks confirmed himself as a legitimate graded stakes horse in last month’s Grade 2 Kelso Handicap here. On Saturday, he’ll get a chance to validate that statement when he heads a seven-horse field entered in the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Hagyard Fayette S.

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. The duo discuss early speed versus tactical speed and examine Departing, Code West, Pick of the Litter, and Long River. Read More...

Stevens accepts Breeders’ Cup mount on Sivoliere

DRF | 2 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will make his comeback from a summertime knee operation in time for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita next weekend. Stevens has been booked to ride Sivoliere in the $1 million BC Juvenile Fillies Turf over a mile on Oct. 31 for owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown. Read More...

Blue Dancer should make Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field

DRF | 2 days ago
Blue Dancer, who won the $75,000 Ascot Graduation by a nose over Lord Rosberg on Oct. 13 at Hastings, will be taking an extreme jump up in class when he makes his next start in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Crist: Inside-the-numbers look at pre-entries

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s time to meet the 201 pre-entrants for the 13 Breeders’ Cup races next Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. It is, as always, a dazzling group in the aggregate, though skewing a little poorer at the top end than in most years. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup 2014 pre-entries, odds

DRF | 2 days ago
Pre-entries and odds for the 2014 Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Experience counts in Pike Place Dancer

DRF | 2 days ago
Six of the nine 2-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $75,000 Pike Place Dancer make their turf debuts, which gives experienced grass runners Sea Mona, Up to Speed and Bennett Jean an advantage in the one-mile race at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Major California operation Golden Eagle Farm closing

DRF | 2 days ago
Golden Eagle Farm, one of California’s leading boarding and breeding operations, will close Oct. 31 after four decades in business. The 560-acre farm in Ramona, Calif., will be sold, and its lone remaining sire, Stormin Fever, will relocate. Read More...

Alexis Tangier seeks first graded stakes win in Autumn Miss

DRF | 2 days ago
Alexis Tangier was not an intended starter in the minor Unzip Me Stakes on the hillside turf course Sept. 27 until trainer Richard Mandella studied the stakes schedule for the Santa Anita autumn meeting. Mandella was focused on Saturday’s $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes as the primary race for Alexis Tangier during the season. Read More...

Anderson heads to Arizona after successful Hastings meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Going into the final two days of the 2014 meet, trainer Mike Anderson is sitting in second place in the trainers’ standings behind Craig MacPherson. Anderson, with 26 wins, won’t catch MacPherson, who with 39 wins will win his second straight title. Nonetheless, Anderson is pleased with how the meet went. Read More...

Cape Blanco relocating to Japan for 2015

DRF | 3 days ago
Turf champion and young sire Cape Blanco will relocate to Japan for the 2015 breeding season. The son of Galileo was previously based at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Read More...

Well-bred Long River faces seven in Fayette Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Long River is the son of two Breeders’ Cup winners, so what better way to lead into Breeders’ Cup week than with a graded stakes win? Read More...

Garcia not clowning around as career takes off

DRF | 3 days ago
There are pictures of clowns decorating Martin Garcia’s new home in the foothills not far from Santa Anita – Emmett Kelly hobo-style clowns sharing wall space with equine portraits and handsome silver hammerings of traditional Mexican art. Garcia was asked, as politely as possible, “Hey, jock, what’s with the clowns?” Read More...

Brown uncertain whether Big Blue Kitten will run

DRF | 3 days ago
Big Blue Kitten may not start in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Vernon: Centurion ATM prepares for Breeders Crown in New York

DRF | 3 days ago
On Friday, October 24, world champion colt Centurion ATM travels to Vernon Downs to headline three divisions of the Simpson Stakes for two-year-old trotters. Four other divisions featuring freshman filly trotters, and colt and filly pacers, make up the 13-race card that gets underway at 6:45 p.m. Read More...

Maker Or Breaker in top form for Princess of Palms

DRF | 3 days ago
Invaders appears to hold the aces in Saturday’s $35,000 Princess of Palms Stakes at Turf Paradise. The six-furlong event for fillies and mares drew a field of seven. Read More...

BC Challenge a Lucrative Entry for Starters

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Now in its eighth year, the Breeders' Cup Challenge provides automatic bids to horses that win top stakes in the U.S. and throughout the world that correspond with one of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championships races. Read More...

Free as a Bird gets in, thanks to Kaigun’s defection

DRF | 3 days ago
There is expected to be a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 for Free as a Bird, the winner of five consecutive sprint stakes for fillies and mares in Kentucky and New York this year. Read More...

Hovdey: Euros don’t want to get their hooves dirty

DRF | 3 days ago
They weren’t bluffing, those Euros. When they threatened several years ago that Santa Anita’s switch back to a dirt main track would stick a fork in half the Breeders’ Cup program, at least in terms of European participation, they definitely meant what they said. Read More...

Yonkers: Commander Crowe set for first U.S. battle

DRF | 3 days ago
Commander Crowe races Saturday night in the $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitational at Yonkers Raceway. It will be Commander Crowe’s first start on American soil. He has raced twice previously in North America, both in the Breeders Crown Open Trot at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third each time. Read More...

Surtsey in top form for River Memories Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Three-time stakes winner Surtsey may be peaking for Saturday’s $100,000 River Memories, an overnight stakes scheduled for a mile on the grass at Woodbine. Read More...

Cape Blanco to Japan For 2015

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:48 AM ET Cape Blanco to Japan For 2015 Read More...

Penn National Gaming posts lower third-quarter revenue

DRF | 3 days ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the large racetrack and casino operator, had net income of $8.5 million in the third quarter of 2014 on net revenue of $645.9 million, according to financial statements released Thursday. The net-revenue figure was down 9.5 percent compared with the third quarter of 2013. Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Was a Woman in a Man’s World’

Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

King’s preview: Two deep turf allowances

DRF | 3 days ago
Keeneland has been light on numbers in some types of races this fall, largely mid- to upper-priced claimers on dirt, especially those for older fillies and mares. But that horse shortage apparently does not extend to second-level allowance races for female horses on the grass. Read More...

Can Calculator Figure in BC Juvenile?

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Calculator lacks the high profile of several of his foes in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but he is an improving colt who is far better than his maiden status would have one believe. Read More...

New Mexico Cup Races Draw 122 Entries

A total of 122 state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. A total of 12 races will be run. Post time for the first race is set for 12:15 p.m. (MDT). Read More...

Free: Horses to watch at Santa Anita

DRF | 3 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita. Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro Distaffer Prevails in Deauville Debut

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:51 AM ET 3rd at DVL (DEAUVILLE)?25,000 Prix d'Hotot-en-Auge (Maiden)     Winner: Mexican Gold by Medaglia d'Oro Khalid Abdullah's Mexican Gold (Me... Read More...

Makfi Colt Strikes in Deauville Unveiling

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:20 AM ET 1st at DVL (DEAUVILLE)?25,000 Prix de Saint Desir (Maiden)     Winner: Make Believe (GB) by Makfi (GB) Make Believe (GB) (Makfi {GB}), a ... Read More...

F-T October Yearling Sale Recap Day 3

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ian Tapp recaps the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale, including details on the day's top sellers, impressions from participants, and a rare white sales yearling. Read More...

McDonald: Love Me Only Was ‘Ouchy,’ Not Lame

Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:17 PM ET A record 201 horses were pre-entered for the upcoming Breeders' Cup championships and we have complete... Read More...

Early Thoughts on the BC Pre-Entries

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson shares his early thoughts on the Breeders' Cup pre-entries. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October: Records fall in closing session

DRF | 3 days ago
The profile of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale as a destination event for sellers and buyers alike continued to gain traction during the 2014 renewal, setting records in gross, average, and median prices for a fourth straight year. Read More...

Tapit Filly Tops Record F-T October Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Led by a $410,000 Tapit half sister to graded winner and sire Desert Party, the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale set records for gross, average, and median as pinhookers and end-users battled for choice prospects. Read More...

California’s Golden Eagle Farm Set to Close

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, Calif., founded and owned by the late John and Betty Mabee, is scheduled to close Oct. 31 after 40 years of operation, according to Golden Eagle racing manager Janine McCullough. Read More...

Queen’s Plate Winner Lexie Lou in Autumn Miss

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Southern California race fans will get a rare look at a Queen's Plate winner when Lexie Lou takes on a full field of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 25 on the Santa Anita turf. Read More...

Romansh Tries One Turn in Bold Ruler

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 25 drew a classy, competitive field of seven, headed by proven graded stakes horses Romansh, River Rocks, and Salutos Amigos. Read More...

Declaration of War Moving to Ashford Stud

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Declaration of War, third on his only start on dirt in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will relocate to Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 22. Read More...

Declaration of War Moving to Ashford Stud

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Declaration of War, third on his only start on dirt in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will relocate to Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 22. Read More...

Laurie’s Rocket to Stand at McDowell Farm

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Laurie's Rocket has been retired and will stand the 2015 season at Bill and Mary McDowell's McDowell Farm near Sparkman, Ark., owner Willis Horton announced Oct. 22. Read More...

Laurie’s Rocket to Stand at McDowell Farm

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Laurie's Rocket has been retired and will stand the 2015 season at Bill and Mary McDowell's McDowell Farm near Sparkman, Ark., owner Willis Horton announced Oct. 22. Read More...

Yonkers: Oakes has Luck Be Withyou ready for $500K Messenger

DRF | 3 days ago
The racing season hasn’t panned out as well as expected for Luck Be Withyou, last year’s Breeders Crown champion for 2-year-old pacing colts. The son of Western Ideal has had his share of luckless trips thus far, but hopes to turn it around in a big way on Saturday in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Allowance feature has horses for turf, dirt

DRF | 3 days ago
The nominal feature on Thursday at Belmont Park is race 7, a $77,000 optional claimer with preliminary allowance conditions for 3-year-olds that is scheduled for a mile on the Widener turf. Read More...

Pandolfo: Harness Par Times

DRF | 3 days ago
It's been a few years since I've released updated track par times. If you use the DRF Harness Eye past performances, the published Speed Figures are already adjusted for track speed, and I recommend that you use those figures. But it's always good to have a general idea of track speed. Read More...

Pour Moi Colt Tops Yearling Action at Arqana

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A colt from the first crop of Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Pour Moi topped the sales action on the third day of the Arqana October yearling sale in Deauville, France, selling to Sylvain Vidal for US$177,044 Oct 22. Read More...

Yonkers: Nuncio, Lyonssomewhere give Takter a chance at two $500K wins

DRF | 3 days ago
A half-length loss in the Hambletonian Stakes prevents Nuncio from a chance at history, but the Jimmy Takter trainee can add to his credentials with a win in Saturday’s $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Takter also starts contender Lyonssomewhere in the $500,000 Messenger Pace. Read More...

‘Eagle’ Soars at Keeneland

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:55 PM ET 6th at KEE (Keeneland)Alw ($58K)     Winner: Eagle by Candy Ride (ARG) Eagle (Candy Ride {Arg}) soars clear to score in Keeneland 2-year... Read More...