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California handle rises 12 percent in July

DRF | 4 days ago
Handle at all California racetracks rose more 12 percent in July compared to the same month in 2015, according to statistics announced at Thursday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting. Read More...

Animal activists express concern over recent fatalities at Del Mar

DRF | 4 days ago
A small group of animal rights activists urged the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday to take further action to secure safer racing at Del Mar in light of a series of fatal injuries at the summer meeting. Read More...

Jim Rome Remembers Shared Belief

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jim Rome thought he would eventually start to get over losing Shared Belief. The horse owner and syndicated sports talk radio star thought time would help. Read More...

Will Exaggerator Be Beaten in the Travers?

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Read More...

On Leave rallies to win Riskaverse Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Despite a less-than-perfect trip, On Leave remained unbeaten as a 3-year-old, rallying from well off the pace to win Thursday’s $100,000 Riskaverse Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths at Saratoga. Read More...

Del Mar Critics Speak Out at CHRB Meeting

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A substantial group of animal rights advocates, with local television cameras not far behind, made their voices heard at the California Horse Racing Board's full monthly meeting Aug. 25 at Del Mar. Read More...

Lady Eli’s long journey back

DRF | 5 days ago
The Ballston Spa marks the first race for the undefeated Lady Eli – named for owner Sol Kumin's wife, Elizabeth – since July 4, 2015, when she won the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks, her sixth victory in as many career starts. It's what happened shortly after that race and in the 13 months since that makes this start so important. Read More...

Mohaymen taking shortcut to Grade 1 win in King’s Bishop

DRF | 5 days ago
Mohaymen will likely be among the favorites in the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop, even though he's never tried the seven-furlong distance of the race. Mohaymen will be competing around one turn for the first time since capturing the one-mile Nashua at Aqueduct last fall at Aqueduct in his second start. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 8/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

A. P. Indian, Marking get rematch in Forego

DRF | 5 days ago
When they last met, A. P. Indian and Marking were side by side at the finish of the Belmont Park Sprint Championship, a Grade 3, $400,000 race July 9 in which they finished first and second. A. P. Indian and Marking will start from posts 11 and 12 Saturday as the top two choices in the Grade 1, $700,000 Forego at Saratoga. Read More...

Diaboloical Dame back with New Mexico-breds in Salazar

DRF | 5 days ago
Diabolical Dame is back from Del Mar and out to start a new win streak Saturday night in the $60,000 Carlos Salazar at The Downs at Albuquerque. The 6 1/2-furlong race is restricted to fillies and mares bred in New Mexico. Read More...

T Rex Express streaks into Bishop Memorial

DRF | 5 days ago
Few horses would seem better prepared to make a stakes debut than T Rex Express. She has won five allowances in her last five starts and will get her first shot at stakes glory Saturday night in the $50,000 Sylvia Bishop Memorial at Charles Town. Read More...

Hawthorne: Saturday 8/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/27 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Country Candy stands out in Evangeline Downs Princess

DRF | 5 days ago
Country Candy is one of two talented fillies whom the stable of Keene Thoroughbreds and trainer J.R. Caldwell have attacking the 2-year-old stakes scene. Bling On the Music has made the most noise, defeating males in the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park to punch her ticket to next month’s Grade 2 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Millionaire Grade I Winner Dads Caps Retired

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Owner Vince Scuderi announced Aug. 25 his multiple grade I-winning homebred Dads Caps has been retired from racing.  Read More...

14 of division’s best tangle in Travers Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
With the exception of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, virtually all the major players in the 3-year-old division have gathered in Saratoga for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes. Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes winner Creator are the household names in a race that drew 14 horses. Read More...

Fairmount race-caller Scully to retire at 70

DRF | 5 days ago
John Scully plans to retire soon from race-calling, and Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., plans to celebrate its longtime announcer during a Saturday night ceremony. Scully, 70, will be feted between the fourth and fifth races, said Jon Sloane, spokesman for Fairmount. Read More...

Bergman: Obrigado should enjoy the change of venue in Crawford Farms Trot

DRF | 5 days ago
In baseball there’s always next year. For those who enjoy harness racing, the chance to even the score generally comes a whole lot sooner. Trainer Paul Kelley witnessed his 6-year-old Obrigado finishing off the board for the first time in 2016 last Saturday at Pocono and the conditioner is hopeful his horse can bounce back in Friday’s $193,000 Crawford Farms Trot at Vernon Downs. Read More...

Pace could set table for Watershed in Iselin

DRF | 5 days ago
The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Watershed is a stone closer in need of pace, but he should get it as he seeks his first stakes victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Portrade wins New York Turf Writers Cup; Bob Le Beau injured

DRF | 5 days ago
Portrade went wire to wire to win the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga on Wednesday. But the mood was grim in the winner's circle since Portrade's connections also sent out Bob Le Beau, who was pulled up on the second of five turns in the 2 3/8-mile race with an injury to his right hind leg. Read More...

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Grade 1-winning millionaire Dads Caps retired at 6

DRF | 5 days ago
Dads Caps, a two-time winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, has been retired from racing, owner and breeder Vince Scuderi announced Thursday. Stallion plans for the 6-year-old son of Discreet Cat have not been decided. Read More...

Remembertobreathe figures a shorter price in feature

DRF | 5 days ago
Remembertobreathe was a huge overlay when he paid $44.80 for his win in a one-mile open allowance race that was part of the Longacres Mile card Aug. 14 at Emerald Downs. He figures to be a lot shorter price when he runs in a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up Saturday at Emerald. Read More...

Veitch’s Suspension Sent Back to KHRC

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer and former chief steward for Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, has won another round in his lentgthy court battle with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the convoluted Life At Ten case. Read More...

Frosted burns off some energy in work

DRF | 5 days ago
With rain in the forecast and Frosted tearing down the barn because he's feeling so good, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent Frosted out a day earlier than planned to work four furlongs in 48.97 at the Greentree Training Center here on Thursday. Read More...

Carina Mia shortens up, faces older in Ballerina

DRF | 5 days ago
Carina Mia faced the biggest challenge of her career by taking on Songbird and coming out second-best despite a gallant effort in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks earlier in the Saratoga meet. On Saturday, Carina Mia will face a difference kind of challenge: Turning back to seven furlongs and taking on older horses for the first time in the $500,000 Ballerina. Read More...

Cavorting has come a long way

DRF | 5 days ago
Cavorting is in the midst of her third impressive campaign. Her steady climb to the upper echelon of the filly and mare division has coincided with some savvy decision-making by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Read More...

Lady Eli returns from serious illness, long layoff in Ballston Spa

DRF | 5 days ago
Lady Eli, undefeated in six career starts, makes her first start in more than 13 months in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes, the race immediately following the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Aug. 18 – Aug. 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Smalltownthrowdown takes his shot in Yonkers Trot elimination

DRF | 5 days ago
Smalltownthrowdown is among nine horses entered in Saturday’s $40,000 Yonkers Trot elimination at Yonkers Raceway. The gelding has raced four times this season on half-mile tracks, such as Yonkers, and won three. He heads to the elimination off back-to-back victories on half-mile ovals in New York Sire Stakes action. Read More...

Showdown of fab five in Personal Ensign

DRF | 5 days ago
The Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Saturday drew a field of five. But they are the right five, and difficult to separate. Read More...

Masochistic faces only four in Pat O’Brien

DRF | 5 days ago
Masochistic, the Grade 1-winning sprinter, might run only three times this year. Masochistic scored a brilliant win in an optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on July 8 while prepping for Saturday's $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at seven furlongs at Del Mar. If things go well for Masochistic in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien, the 6-year-old gelding will not race again until the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Flintshire heavily favored to repeat in Sword Dancer

DRF | 5 days ago
Chad Brown is running three horses in the Grade 1 Travers, bringing back the undefeated Lady Eli from a 13-month layoff in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa, and sending out a Breeders' Cup winner in the Grade 1 Ballerina. But the one race he is expected to win above all others on Saturday's 13-race blockbuster Saratoga card is the Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational with Flintshire, arguably the top male turf horse in North America. Read More...

Reilly wins berth through DRF Tournaments

DRF | 5 days ago
Bernard Reilly is a contest world veteran who won his way into the National Handicapping Championship last weekend in an NHCQualify event via DRF Tournaments. While this will be his third year in the NHC, Reilly has now qualified five times overall. He’s earned two qualifications in two of the three years since more than one entry has been allowed. Read More...

Harbor the Gold Colt Leads Washington Sale

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A Harbor the Gold yearling colt led trade Aug. 23 at Emerald Downs during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale. The yearling session saw the average down a bit but a significant gain in median. Read More...

American Dirt Records a Thing of the Past

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Could it be the truly great horses of the past simply were faster and were bred to carry their speed longer distances, or could it be that today’s horses are not given the opportunity to set new American dirt records? Read More...

A Travers Day Christmas Present

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I) has quite a different feel than last year, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting dignitary. This year, a divisional crown potentially hangs in the balance. Read More...

The Week in Photos for 8/23/2016

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
TVG Pacific Classic, Alabama, Fourstardave, Breeders', Del Mar Oaks, Lake Placid, Del Mar Handicap, Adirondack, Del Mar Mile, Monmouth Oaks, Cliff Hanger, and more. Read More...

Midnight Miley tries something different in Seaway Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
The speedy router Midnight Miley will cut back to seven furlongs on Saturday at Woodbine in the Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 18 to August 21

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 18 to 21, 2016. Read More...

Runhappy has first timed workout of year

DRF | 5 days ago
Champion sprinter Runhappy turned in his first serious workout of 2016 on Thursday, covering three furlongs in 34 4/5 seconds in the predawn darkness at Keeneland. Read More...

Runhappy Gets Back to Work

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Runhappy, last year's champion sprint male, returned to Keeneland Aug. 25 for work over the track. It was his first recorded workout of the year. Read More...

Runhappy Gets Back to Work at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Runhappy, last year's champion sprint male, returned to Keeneland Aug. 25 for work over the track. It was his first recorded workout of the year. Read More...

Close Call: Distorted Online Photo Raised Questions About Del Mar Dead Heat

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Sharp declines at first OBS August open session

DRF | 5 days ago
The first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale on Wednesday did not paint a rosy picture of the lower-level marketplace, with steep declines across the board Read More...

Magic Mark, Soi Phet win divisions of Brubaker

DRF | 5 days ago
Magic Mark and Soi Phet won divisions of the Harry Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar on Wednesday to set up a potential first meeting at Los Alamitos next month. Read More...

CHRB Member Calls for Trainer ‘Profiling’

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling." Read More...

One year later, Joyous Lady wins Shelby County Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
In the 2015 Shelby County Stakes at Indiana Grand, the 3-year-old filly Joyous Lady could not match strides with the mare Higher Logic and faded to third. A year older and more experienced, Joyous Lady on Wednesday won the race she could not in 2015. Read More...

Trainer Brown Captures 1,000th Win

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
New York-based trainer Chad Brown celebrated his 1,000th win Aug 24 when heavily favored Mr Maybe won the $100,000 John's Call Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...