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Page McKenney PA-Bred Horse of the Year

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney, who was claimed for $16,000 in 2013 and since then has earned more than $1 million, was named Pennsylvania-bred horse of the year for 2015. Read More...

John Burness

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
John Burness calmly handles the challenges at Ontario's Colebrook Farms Read More...

Midwest/Canada Regional: John Burness

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
John Burness calmly handles the challenges at Ontario's Colebrook Farms Read More...

Nyquist Breeze Set for Friday at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fans who arrive early for Keeneland's closing day of the spring meet will get a chance to see Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist breeze. Read More...

Eclipse Acquires Minority Interest in Destin

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Twin Creeks Racing Stables April 26 said Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired a minority interest in Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and expected starter in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Seventh horse tests positive for herpes at Parx

DRF | 4 days ago
A seventh horse at Parx Racing tested positive for the equine herpesvirus on Monday and was scheduled to be moved to the track's isolation area Tuesday morning. Read More...

Churchill unveils $18 million in renovations

DRF | 4 days ago
Churchill Downs officials unveiled the latest renovation to their flagship facility when some $18 million in upgrades were presented Tuesday to the media. Read More...

Kentucky Downs purses top $1.5 million a day

DRF | 4 days ago
Kentucky Downs, the all-turf racetrack in Franklin, Ky., will distribute $1.56 million a day in purses during its five-day meet this year, far surpassing any other racetrack’s average purse distribution. Read More...

Kentucky Downs Plans 9% Purse Increase

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Enhancing what already is American racing's most lucrative daily purse program, Kentucky Downs will pump an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its five-date, all-turf meet in September. Read More...

Frank Salive new race caller at Fort Erie

DRF | 4 days ago
Former Woodbine Standardbred race caller Frank Salive is the new track announcer and television commentator at Fort Erie Racetrack, replacing Sugar Doyle Read More...

The Week in Photos for 4/26/2016

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Los Alamitos, Evangeline Downs, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hong Kong, Keeneland, Laurel Park & More Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Apr. 18 – Apr. 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Waits Named RTCA Executive Director

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America has named Dan Waits as the new executive director of the organization. He replaces Craig Wiley, who recently retired from the position. Read More...

Clocker: Asmussen’s Derby and Oaks workers impress

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen had a very good morning on Monday. It began with his five potential Kentucky Oaks starters and two Kentucky Derby contenders turning in sharp works over a fast main track at Churchill Downs and ended several hours later with the announcement that he'd been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Read More...

Bergman: Many flaws in following the morning line

DRF | 4 days ago
When we touched on the odds last week, it was with the idea that drivers should drive horses according to how they perceive the race to be contested as opposed to how bettors viewed the order of selection. Odds play an incredible part in the day-to-day running of a racetrack. In an era where there are so many multiple-race bets on a given program, gamblers have been known to handicap a few races and then add combinations based on morning line preference. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 4/27 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 4/27 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Exaggerator to WinStar After Racing

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Kentucky Derby contender, a son of Curlin, has won at four different tracks. Read More...

Exaggerator to stand at WinStar Farm upon retirement

DRF | 4 days ago
WinStar Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator, who is scheduled to make his next start May 7 in the Kentucky Derby. He will go to WinStar at the conclusion of his racing career, Elliott Walden, the president and chief executive of WinStar, said Monday. Read More...

Asmussen Works His Derby, Oaks Hopefuls

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen, to be inducted in racing's Hall of Fame in August, worked two colts and five fillies at Churchill Downs April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I). Read More...

Bigger fields the goal for Prairie Meadows meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Prairie Meadows racetrack, just northeast of Des Moines, Iowa, hopes to elevate its racing product during a 67-day meet that begins Thursday through a simple premise – more horses in the stables should mean more horses in the entry box. Read More...

Harness: Kurt Sugg enjoying the ride at Northfield Park

DRF | 4 days ago
Kurt Sugg is having the time of his life. Not only is the 46-year-old Ohio native approaching a driving milestone he never considered possible just several years ago, he enjoys going to work every day. In fact, Sugg hardly considers what he does as work. Read More...

Pensioned stallion Smoke Glacken put down at 22

DRF | 4 days ago
Smoke Glacken, the champion sprinter of 1997 and a pensioned stallion, was euthanized last Thursday due to the infirmities of old age. Read More...

Jockey Stein Set to Retire

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Veteran rider Justin Stein, whose 1,028 victories include the 2012 Queen's Plate with Strait of Dover, has announced he will retire from race riding following the May 1 card at Woodbine. Read More...

Servis has two in puzzling turf-sprint feature

DRF | 4 days ago
From the look of things, there appear to be three different conditions written into the featured seventh race Thursday at Gulfstream Park. And even that's not enough, as four of the six fillies and mares in this five-furlong turf dash start under the race's $62,500 claiming option. Bettors seeking class-clarity won't find that a great guide, since none of the claiming quartet is especially proven for the price, and the two horses entered under allowance conditions don't fit especially well, either. Read More...

Free: Los Alamitos horses to watch for week of April 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Los Alamitos for the week of April 25. Read More...

Smoke Glacken Euthanized at Age 22

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Son of Two Punch sired 58 stakes winners, including 16 graded stakes winners. Read More...

Turf sprint comes down to Do the Roar, Successful Native

DRF | 4 days ago
Do the Roar and Successful Native know their way around the Gulfstream Park grass course, and one of them looks likely to find his way to the winner's circle after the featured seventh race on Wednesday. Read More...

N.Y. gaming commission adopts rules to make multirace wagers more uniform

DRF | 4 days ago
The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday formally adopted new rules governing three popular multirace wagers with the idea of making them uniform. Read More...

Trainer Suspended Five Years in New York

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Racing regulators in New York have slapped a five-year ban on trainer Jerome Palumbo in a case state officials began investigating more than four years ago after one of his horses tested high for TCO2. Read More...

The week that was in racing, April 18-24, 2016

DRF | 4 days ago
A recap of the top stories in racing, including Stanford in the Charles Town Classic, Da Big Hoss in the Elkhorn, workouts for Derby contenders, new inductees to the Racing Hall of Fame, and more. Read More...

Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra top 2016 Hall of Fame class

DRF | 4 days ago
Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta never met on the racetrack, but their Hall of Fame plaques will be alongside one another on Aug. 12, when those two outstanding female racehorses as well as jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen are inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Read More...

Lanerie on brink of second straight title

DRF | 4 days ago
With just three days left at the 16-day Keeneland spring meet, Corey Lanerie is in position to be the leading rider for the second straight meet. Lanerie enters Wednesday action with 14 winners, one more than Javier Castellano, who rides the balance of the meet, and Luis Saez, who does not. Read More...

Weep No More one breeze away from Kentucky Oaks start

DRF | 4 days ago
Like most of the other 3-year-old fillies headed for the Kentucky Oaks, Weep No More will breeze once more this coming weekend toward the May 6 filly classic after having a maintenance work last weekend. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 4/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Maiden claimers make pick six doable Thursday

DRF | 5 days ago
Pick-six carryovers are adding zing to the spring meet at Los Alamitos, and maiden-claiming races are helping make the pick six affordable. A $41,654 carryover, the fifth carryover in eight days, is up for grabs on Thursday as Los Alamitos enters the final week of its short meet. Read More...

War Front progeny loom large in twin turf routes Thursday

DRF | 5 days ago
The Keeneland racing office intended to have a pair of allowances to anchor a nine-race Thursday card, but how they got there is a little different than how it was designed. A second-level turf route for older horses drew 20 entrants – none of whom have yet started at a spring meet that ends Friday – and when the other allowance failed to fill, the decision was made to split the turf race into divisions. Read More...

Ben’s Cat nears 10-year-old debut

DRF | 5 days ago
Ben's Cat worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Laurel Park on Friday as he nears his 10-year-old debut. He is being pointed for $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Laurel on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 20, but may have a prep race first. Read More...

Leg injury forces retirement for Lady Sabelia

DRF | 5 days ago
Lady Sabelia, one of the most popular stakes runners in Maryland, was injured during a Sunday morning gallop at Laurel Park and has been retired, according to her trainer, Robin Graham. Read More...

Owner looking ahead with Verger

DRF | 5 days ago
Verger, a flashy maiden winner at Saratoga last summer, will make his first start of 2016 in the featured ninth race Wednesday at Tampa Bay Downs, a first-level $23,000 allowance covering 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Dennis O’Neill continues picking out future stars at sales

DRF | 5 days ago
The not-so-secret weapon that has carried owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill back to Louisville, Ky., is Doug's older brother, Dennis O'Neill. The bloodstock wizard selected both the unbeaten champion Nyquist and Grade 2 winner Land Over Sea as unraced 2-year-olds. Nyquist is expected to be favored in the Kentucky Derby, while Land Over Sea is a strong contender in the Kentucky Oaks following the defection of Songbird. Read More...

No Hiding Place gets class relief in allowance sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
No Hiding Place, who gave a creditable effort in his graded stakes debut last out, looks to get back to his winning ways – and help his rider do the same – in a third-level optional $80,000 claiming event at Keeneland on Wednesday. Read More...

Asmussen, Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta in HOF

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Steve Asmussen and Rachel Alexandra, the great mare he trained to Horse of the Year honors, as well as Horse of the Year Zenyatta and jockey Ramon Dominguez have been selected for induction this year into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. Read More...

Sparkman: Stanford pushes Malibu Moon closer to milestone

DRF | 5 days ago
Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock was justly famous for importing leading sires Nasrullah and Ambiorix as well as outstanding stallions Herbager, Le Fabuleux, and Forli to stand at Claiborne Farm. In retrospect, however, a series of mares Hancock selected and imported in the 10 years following World War II proved almost – if not equally – as important to the development of the international Thoroughbred in the last half of the 20th century. Read More...

Piece Of The Pie: Bottom Line Reunites Breeders’ Cup And Churchill Downs

Whenever someone says it isn't about the money you can be sure of one thing: It's about the money. Money is the reason that, when the Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs for a record ninth time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Asmussen, Dominguez elected to Hall of Fame

DRF | 5 days ago
The outstanding female racehorses Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, both of whom were named Horse of the Year during their careers, along with jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen – who prepared Rachel Alexandra for her celebrated victories over males in the Preakness, Haskell, and Woodward – make up the 2016 induction class to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of April 25

DRF | 5 days ago
Ron Gierkink's horses to watch at Woodbine for the week of April 25. Read More...

Trip Notes for April 23-24: Charles Town Classic, Elkhorn

DRF | 5 days ago
Trip notes by Michael Hammersly for races run over April 23-24, including the Charles Town Classic and Elkhorn Stakes. Read More...

Jockey Stein to retire Sunday

DRF | 5 days ago
Justin Stein, who won the 2012 Queen's Plate on Strait of Dover, has announced that he will retire from riding after the May 1 card at Woodbine. Read More...

Clocker: Gun Runner, Creator impress Asmussen

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen on Monday sent out his two Kentucky Derby contenders - Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner and Arkansas Derby winner Creator - for their penultimate and most serious works in advance of the race. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Apr. 18 – Apr. 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...