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Steven Crist, advocate for horseplayer, retires

DRF | 4 days ago
Steven Crist, the longtime Daily Racing Form executive and columnist, announced his retirement Wednesday. Crist, who put together an investment group to buy DRF in 1998, served as the company’s chief executive until 2002 and most recently was its editor and publisher emeritus. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 7/21 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 7/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 7/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Juvenile stakes winners offered at Del Mar Paddock Sale

DRF | 4 days ago
Saturday's Paddock Sale of horses of racing age at Del Mar will have an emphasis on juveniles, with two July stakes winners scheduled to be sold at the evening auction. Read More...

Reports of Mares Bred due Aug. 1

DRF | 4 days ago
The Jockey Club reminds stallion managers to submit their Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) for the 2016 breeding season by Aug. 1. Read More...

Gallardo’s 1,000th Win Comes at Presque Isle

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Antonio Gallardo, currently ranked second in wins this season among North American-based jockeys, secured the 1,000th victory of his career July 19 when he guided The Fazz Man to victory in the seventh race at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

The Sages of Saratoga

It was nearly 50 years ago this month that this reporter found himself on a front porch in the most bucolic of all summer places in America – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – only to become a fly on the wall... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Saratoga: Don’t be caught looking when these trainers come up to bat

DRF | 4 days ago
It will be no surprise when either Todd Pletcher or Chad Brown win this year's Saratoga trainer's title. But they can't win all the races. Here's a handful of trainers, listed alphabetically, who may win more races than you think. Read More...

Wise Dan to Receive Comeback Award

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan has been selected to receive the inaugural Rood & Riddle Comeback Award from the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington. Read More...

Red-hot Geroux takes next step at Saratoga

DRF | 4 days ago
In the first hour on his first morning in Saratoga this summer, jockey Florent Geroux worked two graded stakes winners for trainer Steve Asmussen. If Geroux can pick up those kinds of mounts in the afternoon, it could be a fun summer for the newly turned 30-year-old Frenchman who will ride full time for the first time at Saratoga when this prestigious meet opens Friday. Read More...

Del Mar, Saratoga on $12 a day

DRF | 4 days ago
A great question came up the other day on Twitter: What's the best way to play the big summer meets on a limited budget? With Del Mar already under way and Saratoga about to begin, I thought this was a good chance to tackle this one in writing as well. Read More...

Reports of Mares Bred Due by Aug. 1

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Jockey Club July 20 noted that Reports of Mares Bred for the 2016 breeding season are due by Aug. 1. Read More...

Enola Gray towers over rivals in Fleet Treat Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Enola Gray has easily beaten her rivals in both her starts to date, with figures that tower over her challengers in the $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes on Friday at Del Mar. And she might even be better now than she was for either of those prior races. Read More...

For Don’t Leave Me, questions of form and distance

DRF | 4 days ago
Graded stakes winner Don't Leave Me is the class of Friday's Woodbine allowance feature, the prep for the Flaming Page Stakes, but is she as good as she once was, and does she want to go 1 3/8 miles on turf? Read More...

Entrechat proves worthy of stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
An impressive allowance victory by the filly Entrechat on Sunday likely earned her a start in a stakes race next time out, perhaps the Osunitas on Aug. 7. Read More...

D’Amato mulling best route to BC Mile for Midnight Storm

DRF | 4 days ago
Midnight Storm emerged from his victory in the Grade 2 Eddie Read on Sunday in good condition, and now trainer Phil D'Amato has set his sights on the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Rood & Riddle Comeback Award to Wise Dan

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital has announced that an award honoring the remarkable Thoroughbred champion Wise Dan will be presented at Hats Off Day on July 30 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Read More...

Postponed to Miss King George VI Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum’s Postponed will miss the opportunity to defend his title in the group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Qipco) due to a respiratory infection. Read More...

Melaleuca uncatchable in Brandywine

DRF | 4 days ago
Melaleuca engaged in a protracted speed duel with Fancy Madelyn in the Brandywine Stakes on Tuesday at Indiana Grand – and it didn’t matter at all. Melaleuca put Fancy Madelyn away, and won the $77,700 Brandywine by 1 3/4 lengths in her stakes debut. Read More...

Undefeated Ancient Secret Targets Lake George

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Perfect in three starts, New York-bred Ancient Secret will try for her first graded stakes score in the $200,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) on opening day of the Saratoga Race Course meet Friday, July 22. Read More...

Kentucky Mulls Laws Impacting Equine Welfare

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A Kentucky Department of Agriculture council will consider changes to the law that would allow local officials to more quickly take possession of horses when they are determined to be abandoned. Read More...

The Week in Photos for 7/19/2016

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Delaware Handicap, Indiana Derby, Kent, Ontario Matron, Darley Irish Oaks, Carl Hanford Memorial. Read More...

Pletcher and Brown look for fast starts at Saratoga meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Todd Pletcher’s quest for his 13th Saratoga trainer’s title and Chad Brown’s bid for his first begin Friday, with both horsemen having top contenders in stakes run on the opening-day 10-race card. Read More...

Emerald Downs trainer Snowden dies in apparent suicide

DRF | 4 days ago
Emerald Downs-based trainer Monique Snowden apparently committed suicide Sunday evening. Snowden was thought to be distraught after a horse she trained, The Chilli Man, broke down in the $50,000 Emerald Express at Emerald on Sunday and had to be euthanized. Read More...

The Meadows: Burke six-pack faces Racing Hill in Adios elims

DRF | 4 days ago
Muscling up for the signature race at his home track, trainer Ron Burke has entered six horses in the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, where they’ll clash with Racing Hill, runner-up in both the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace—each a $1 million stake. Read More...

Freshman sire Overdriven represented by first winner

DRF | 5 days ago
The first winner by freshman sire Overdriven is so obscure that there is no information to be found in The Jockey Club’s system on when it happened, but it did happen, in the Dominican Republic. The 2-year-old filly Nieve Morena won a race in that country to become the first winner for freshman sire Overdriven, who stands at Ocala Stud in Florida. Read More...

West Virginia Breeders Classics stakes get purse boost

DRF | 5 days ago
The nine West Virginia Breeders Classics races, scheduled for Oct. 8 at Charles Town, will be worth $90,000 more than a year ago. Total purses on this year's card will be $1.17 million. Read More...

Tapit Clears $100M Mark in Progeny Earnings

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Leading sire Tapit reached a significant milestone when his son Cupid won the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) the evening of June 16 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Read More...

WVBC Program Awarded $1.17M for 2016 Purses

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission July 19 signed off on $1,170,000 in funding for purses for the 30th edition of the West Virginia Breeders' Classics Oct. 8 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Read More...

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society British Columbia sale catalog online

DRF | 5 days ago
The catalog for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society: British Columbia Division yearling and mixed sale is now online, with 93 horses on offer. Read More...

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Manitoba yearling sale catalog available

DRF | 5 days ago
The catalog for the 2016 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Manitoba Division yearling sale is now available online, comprising 29 entries. Read More...

Out-of-Competition Testing Progresses in WV

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Regulators and track executives in West Virginia hope to have about 50% of the starters in two upcoming graded stakes tested out of competition as part of a launch of the program in the state. Read More...

No appeal of Delaware Handicap outcome

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Al Stall Jr. said Tuesday morning that he and majority owner Seth Klarman have decided not to appeal Paid Up Subscriber’s second-place finish Saturday in the Delaware Handicap. Read More...

TERF Announces 2016 Grants and Scholarships

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation ("TERF") Trustees are pleased to announce this year's grants and scholarships, totaling $98,785. Read More...

Nomination Deadline Nears for TIEA Program

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The deadline for nominations for the new Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards is Aug. 1, officials said July 19. Read More...

Milestone Win for Finger Lakes-Based Davila

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Jockey Michael Davila Jr. registered the 1,000th riding victory of his career July 18 when he guided Chickaletta to a front-running victory in the first race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. Read More...

Marks: Speaking out against performance enhancing substances

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Ochsner DVM, a New Jersey based racetrack vet, outlined in a letter to the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Association of Racing Commissioners International the usage of various EPO products including something called Eprex, which is apparently obtainable but there’s no test for it. Read More...

Postponed to Bid for King George Repeat

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Postponed is among 10 runners confirmed for the 66th running of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I), in which he will bid to become a rare repeat winner of the race July 23 at Ascot. Read More...

Wings of Desire Set for King George Try

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Wings of Desire is among nine runners confirmed for the 66th running of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot. Read More...

Postponed to Bid for King George Repeat

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Postponed is among 10 runners confirmed for the 66th running of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I), in which he will bid to become a rare repeat winner of the race July 23 at Ascot. Read More...

Whip Use: Can Regulations Solve Public Perception Problems?

Whip regulation has drawn an increasing amount of attention from regulators in recent years, as debate about the use of riding crops in the United Kingdom and Europe spills across the Atlantic. Most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kay: Report By New York Comptroller Ignores The Facts

The following commentary by New York Racing Association president and CEO Chris Kay was originally published in the Albany Times-Union. Following a report from the Office of the State Comptroller,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Trainer has high hopes for Morganite

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer John Sadler said he doesn’t crank up his 2-year-olds – “If they win first time out, it’s because they’re pretty nice horses,” he said – so he’s particularly encouraged by Morganite, a daughter of Gemologist who was a debut winner against maiden 2-year-old fillies on Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 7/20 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 7/20 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Chasing Aces sets a Del Mar speed record

DRF | 5 days ago
The colt Chasing Aces wiped a 52-year-old track record from the books and posted the highest Beyer Speed Figure of the year among 2-year-olds with a dazzling victory against maidens on Sunday. Read More...

Geroux at Del Mar on Saturday

DRF | 5 days ago
Florent Geroux will make a rare West Coast appearance Saturday when he rides Belvoir Bay in the Grade 2 $200,000 San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf. Read More...

Hoppertunity eyes Cougar II

DRF | 5 days ago
If Hard Aces goes in the Cougar II at Del Mar on Sunday, his most prominent opponent likely will be Hoppertunity, who worked six furlongs in 1:12 on Monday. Hoppertunity was assigned the top weight of 123 pounds for the Cougar II, one more than Hard Aces. Read More...

Stewards began Delaware Handicap inquiry prior to jockey’s objection

DRF | 5 days ago
The Delaware Park board of stewards in its daily log to the Delaware Racing Commission for the races of last Saturday states that the stewards began an inquiry into the start of the Delaware Handicap prior to a jockey’s objection. Read More...

California Chrome to carry top weight in San Diego

DRF | 5 days ago
California Chrome will carry 126 pounds and spot his rivals at least five pounds Saturday at Del Mar in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap, his first start since winning the Dubai World Cup four months ago. Read More...

Harness: Charlino, Goodell involved in racing accident

DRF | 5 days ago
Drivers Dan Charlino and Eric Goodell were injured in a mishap during Monday’s second race at The Meadows. Both men were transported by ambulance to area hospitals for evaluation and treatment. Initial reports indicated Charlino, 52, suffered potential lower-body injuries while Goodell, 42, was being examined for possible upper-body injuries. Read More...