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Juvenile sales calendar sets up for change

DRF | 4 days ago
In between will be the 2015 juvenile sale season, in which all four of the major North American auction companies – Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., and Barretts – will undergo a significant change. Some will find new homes, some are expanding, and others will take a step back in the coming months. Read More...

Six semifinalists named for Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

DRF | 4 days ago
Six semifinalists have been named for the ninth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, honoring full-length work written with a horse racing focus or backdrop. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, February 28th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 4 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, February 21st by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Friday, Feb. 27

DRF | 4 days ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Friday's cards at Aqueduct, Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Los Alamitos, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Santa Anita, Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Stakes-winning sprinter Bern Identity retired

DRF | 4 days ago
Bern Identity has been retired after being injured in a training mishap, foiling the plans that trainer Kelly Breen and owners George and Lori Hall had for the 5-year-old horse. Read More...

Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semifinalists Named

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award has announced six semifinalists for this year's award; with finalists to be announced March 17 and the winner to be revealed at an April 15, invitation-only cocktail reception at Castleton Lyons. Read More...

Purses down sharply as Mountaineer opens meet

DRF | 4 days ago
The start of March may mean spring and brighter days will soon be here after a brutal winter, but at Mountaineer Racetrack, the Sunday opening of the 2015 season beckons with ominous clouds hanging over the future of racing in West Virginia. Read More...

New Round of Casino Bidding OK’d in New York

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A New York casino panel has approved another round of bids for a gaming facility in the Southern Tier region of the state located near Binghamton and just across from the Pennsylvania border. Read More...

Grand Contender gets class relief in route feature

DRF | 4 days ago
Grand Contender, whose last 12 starts came in stakes races, drops to optional-claiming company in the $42,000 feature on a 10-race card Sunday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Insights on Jockey Club’s Purchase of B-H

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With the Feb. 27 announcement that The Jockey Club has purchased a majority interest in Blood-Horse, Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, answers questions about the transaction. Read More...

TJC Acquires Majority Interest in Blood-Horse

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Feb. 27 that The Jockey Club Information Systems has purchased a majority ownership interest in Blood-Horse magazine. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup tax exemption bill clears Kentucky committee

DRF | 4 days ago
A Kentucky committee approved a bill on Thursday night that would exempt from state taxes all bets made during the two-day Breeders’ Cup event at Keeneland on Oct. 30-31. Read More...

Charles Town, Oaklawn Cancel Friday Cards

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Due to winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has been cancelled for Feb. 27. Read More...

Charles Town, Oaklawn, Laurel Cancel Cards

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Due to winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has been cancelled for Feb. 27, along with racing at Maryland's Laurel Park. Read More...

Oaklawn cancels Friday card due to extreme cold

DRF | 4 days ago
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has canceled Friday's program "due to the extreme cold," the track announced. Oaklawn anticipates racing Saturday. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 4 days ago
A contentious edition of the Santa Ysabel Stakes makes a late pick three appealing, particularly since you may be able to have an effective single in the first leg. Read More...

Key Race Report for Friday, Feb. 27

DRF | 4 days ago
Download a list of horses exiting races where two or more of the competitors have come back to win their next starts. Friday's report features races from Aqueduct, Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Los Alamitos, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Santa Anita, Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park. Read More...

Live video from DRF Raise Your Game seminar

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF Raise Your Game seminar, live from Gulfstream. Featuring Mike Watchmaker, Andrew Beyer, Mike Welsch, Dan Illman, and more. Free to DRF Plus and DRF Bets members - check your email for invite and password. Read More...

Twin Engine upsets Lucy’s Bob Boy in Blue Ridge Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Penn National shipper Twin Engine made up a 3 1/2-length deficit in the stretch and survived a stewards’ inquiry and jockey objection to win Thursday night’s $30,000 Blue Ridge Handicap at Charles Town. The big news, however, was the off-the-board finish by West Virginia-bred star Lucy’s Bob Boy. Read More...

The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, the Jockey Club is expected to announce today... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Jerry Lambert, Jockey Who Won Over 2,500 Races, Dies at 74

Lambert was the regular rider of the Hall of Fame gelding Native Diver, and together they won Hollywood Gold Cups in 1965, ’66 and ’67. Read More...

Harness: Hall of Famer Dave Magee to retire from driving

DRF | 5 days ago
After a 40-plus years of climbing into the bike, driver Dave Magee has decided to call it quits in order to pursue a new career as a steward at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana. Read More...

Pandolfo: Dube, Callahan staying hot in winter

DRF | 5 days ago
It's been a cold winter, but nothing can cool off two of the hottest harness drivers in the sport. Dan Dube, driving exclusively at Yonkers Raceway, and Corey Callahan (Dover/Meadowlands), sit one-two on the earnings leaderboard nearly two months into the 2015 season. Read More...

Unlocking Winners: The Return of Daredevil

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Swale Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 7:45 PM ET Godolphin scored a group race double yesterday at Meydan with the consistent duo of Safety Check (Ire) (Dubawi... Read More...

McCarron Named New Trainer at Merryland Farm

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Two-time champion steeplechase jockey Matt McCarron has been named the new trainer at the Pons family's Merryland Farm in Hydes, Md. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/28 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 2/28 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, Feb. 27

DRF | 5 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 2/28 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 2/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 2/28 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 2/28 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 2/28 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 2/28 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Williamstown euthanized at Old Friends

DRF | 5 days ago
Graded stakes winner Williamstown, a resident of the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized on Feb. 25 due to complications from the neurological disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The son of Seattle Slew was 25. Read More...

Jockey Club to Purchase Majority Interest in Blood-Horse

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:27 PM ET According to sources, The Jockey Club will purchase majority interest in Blood-Horse magazine. Read More...

Bill Would Allow Dealers at Indiana Racinos

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A proposal to ease Indiana's gambling laws, by permitting riverboat casinos to move onto land and allowing live dealers for table games at the state's two racetrack casinos, won approval by a wide margin in the Indiana House. Read More...

Meydan: Favorites prevail in UAE Oaks, Zabeel Mile

DRF | 5 days ago
Godolphin’s two heavy favorites, Local Time in the UAE Oaks and Safety Check in the Zabeel Mile, both scored comfortable wins on the Thursday night card at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Read More...

Mallard’s Bro shortens up for Nodouble Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Mallard’s Bro will be making a rare start at one turn on Saturday, when he cuts back in distance for the $75,000 Nodouble. He will start as one of the top choices in the six-furlong race for Arkansas-bred colts and geldings age 3 and up on the strength of a sharp allowance win over 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 15. Read More...

Meadowlands: Four upset chances for Harmon on Saturday

DRF | 5 days ago
The winter weather may be getting some people down but trainer Rob Harmon is taking it in stride. The conditioner has four horses prepped for Saturday’s Meadowlands program and appeared happy with the brief change in conditions on Wednesday. Harmon is prepping Detroit Rapper for Saturday’s $49,000 Charles Singer final and he’s hoping for the best. Read More...

Isn’t He Clever fresh for Curribot

DRF | 5 days ago
Isn’t He Clever will be giving up recency to all of his rivals Saturday, when he seeks to win his fourth consecutive stakes in the $50,000 Curribot at Sunland Park in New Mexico. The 1 1/16-mile race will be Isn’t He Clever’s first start since November. Read More...

Bourbon Cowboy gets distance test in Black Gold

DRF | 5 days ago
A pair of $60,000 turf stakes, the Dixie Poker Ace for older Louisiana-breds and the Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds, highlight the 10-race Saturday program at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Hovdey: Lambert and horses were on same wavelength

DRF | 5 days ago
Clyde was slick. Clyde was smooth. Clyde was as cool as the other side of the pillow. Clyde was Jerry Lambert – as in his birthplace of Clyde, Kansas – and he died this week, at age 74. Read More...

Albano uses Maxxam Gold Cup as steppingstone

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Larry Jones will attempt to complete a sweep of the two richest dirt races at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night, when he sends out Albano in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup. Jones shipped to Texas last month and won the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic with Cassatt, who now is being pointed for the Grade 1 Santa Margarita at Santa Anita. Meanwhile, Albano is a prospect for next month’s Grade 2, $400,000 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds. Read More...

History Challenge: Tom Fool, Native Dancer made their marks in ’53

DRF | 5 days ago
With the 40th running of the Tom Fool Handicap set for March 7 at Aqueduct, test your knowledge of Native Dancer and Tom Fool. Read More...

McGee: Gulfstream pick five play for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 5 days ago
If you believe DAREDEVIL (1) lays over the Swale field (R10) on class (like I do), then the horizontal wagers at the end of the Saturday card at Gulfstream become a bit simpler. Read More...

Hoppertunity likely to run in Dubai World Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Hoppertunity, who won the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last November and was third to Shared Belief and California Chrome in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7, is more likely to have his next race in the $10 million Dubai World Cup than the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7. Read More...

King: X Y Jet can topple Daredevil in Swale

DRF | 5 days ago
X Y Jet is a fast horse. He ran a 92 Beyer in finishing a close second in the Hutcheson, and on two other occasions over his last four starts he has posted 88 Beyers. And for those reason he is alternative selection to Daredevil in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Baffert: Dortmund is ‘Figuring it Out’

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
It wasn't the fractions that excited Bob Baffert about undefeated Dortmund's workout the morning of Feb. 26 at Santa Anita Park, it was how the massive 3-year-old son of Big Brown handled himself. Read More...

Brother Pat likely to seek early lead

DRF | 5 days ago
Brother Pat, who has used strong speed to take the first two legs of the Tampa Turf Test, leads an overflow field slated to go to the post Saturday in the 1 1/8-mile starter handicap tilt on the turf as the two divisions of the grass series top an 11-race program. Read More...

Masochistic preps for stakes in comeback sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Masochistic, the flashy winner of three consecutive races in 2014 and the runner-up in the Los Alamitos Mile last September, will start as the favorite in a second-level, $62,500 optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs Saturday. Read More...

Conspiracy looking for a trip

DRF | 5 days ago
Though Conspiracy is stepping up in company after a pair of second-place finishes against cheaper, trainer Robert Barbara believes a clean trip is all his horse needs to be competitive in Saturday’s $69,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct. Read More...

Texas Red gets more time to heal

DRF | 5 days ago
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, will remain at a Northern California farm until March 7 while recovering from an abscess in a foot, trainer Keith Desormeaux said on Thursday. Read More...