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Nic a Jack faces familiar rivals in Labor Day Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Nic a Jack will seek his second stakes win of the meet when he meets a field of nine older horses in the $10,000 Labor Day Stakes in the closing day feature at Columbus on Monday afternoon. Read More...

Breeder has strong rooting interest in Ruidoso’s two biggest races

DRF | 3 days ago
Sarah Donaldson-Rioux, 37, is the breeder of starters in both the $1.9 million All American Derby on Sunday and the $2.6 million All American Futurity on Monday at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Starlight/Pletcher Colt Scores at Second Asking

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:51 PM ET 2nd at SAR (Saratoga)Msw ($83k)     Winner: Two Weeks Off by Harlan's Holiday Starlight Racing's Two Weeks Off (c, 2, Harlan's Holiday) de... Read More...

Dissident, I Do Win in Australia, New Zealand

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Group I racing in Australia and New Zealand got under way for the 2014/15 season Aug. 30, with Dissident taking the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and I Do landing the Makfi Challenge at Hastings. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Sunday, Aug. 31

DRF | 3 days ago
Some big fields to close out the card, coupled with the fact that by this point on the card some of your playing colleagues will be ‘chasing’, trying to stop the bleeding from earlier wagering injuries on the day, translate to a potential decent payoff in the day’s final pick three (races 9-11). Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Monday, Aug. 31

DRF | 3 days ago
You’re never in a hurry to take a short price. In fact, oftentimes, it should send you scampering in another direction, where you instead look for options to go against public opinion. There are times, however, when the use of a solid, well-backed horse can be a wonderful thing, i.e., for your multi-race wagers. Read More...

Hammersly preview: Pace the key in Torrey Pines

DRF | 3 days ago
There doesn’t seem a way around it. The Grade 3 Torrey Pines, at a mile on the main track, has at least three speed types who don’t figure to jump suddenly and change their style. Read More...

Albano enters Smarty Jones in top form

DRF | 4 days ago
The featured race of the day is the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards on dirt. Albano, stabled with Larry Jones at Delaware Park, is the likely Smarty Jones favorite, but the Todd Pletcher-trainer Protonico also will be well backed. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 4 days ago
There’s something for everyone on Saturday’s 12-race card, which includes four graded stakes, six grass races, a $500,000-guaranteed late pick four on races 9-12, and a $150,000-guaranteed pick six on races 7-12. Read More...

Barretts October yearling sale catalog available

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the Barretts Equine Sales Co. October yearling sale is now available online. Barretts has cataloged 258 yearlings for the one-day auction, which will be held Oct. 7 on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif. Read More...

Blanc back aboard Miss Serendipity for Yellow Ribbon

DRF | 4 days ago
They’re getting the band back together Monday at Del Mar in the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. Jockey Brice Blanc, sidelined for much of the meet following a harrowing accident on the turf, teams up with Miss Serendipity, who had a troubled trip last time out while Blanc was injured. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick three play for Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 4 days ago
Extra-special bonus: Second multi-race wager of the day. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick five play for Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 4 days ago
You don’t get too many pick fives ending on the two-time Horse of the Year. I’m not in the “beat Wise Dan” camp – in fact, I’m singling WISE DAN in race 5 on this ticket. Read More...

Shamardal’s Fintry Shows Her Class In the Atalanta

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:35 AM ET 3rd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta S.     Winner: Fintry (Ire) by Shamardal Godolphin's Fintry (Ire)... Read More...

Durkin Nears Finish Line of Brilliant Career

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
It's last call for Tom Durkin. The voice of horse racing on the New York circuit is silencing himself Sunday, Aug. 31, retiring after a 43-year career in which he also announced Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races. Read More...

Crist: Woodward Stakes Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Steven Crist's analysis for the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Trend to stalk in Rolling Green Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Golden Gate Fields holds its lone stakes race of the brief summer meet Monday, the $50,000-added Rolling Green at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Oasis Dream Colt Takes the Solario

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:02 AM ET 2nd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 European Wealth Solario S.     Winner: Aktabantay (GB) by Oasis Dream (GB) Ibrahim Araci's Aktabantay (GB) (O... Read More...

Lord Rosberg a short price in CTHS Sales Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s annual yearling and mixed sale is just around the corner Sept. 9. Serving as an advertisement for the sale are four $50,000 stakes races at Hastings on Monday that are restricted to Canadian-breds who went through a CTHS sale. Read More...

Carter seeks third win in All American Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
Tempting Destiny and jockey G.R. Carter Jr. started the Ruidoso Downs meet on a historic note in May and will attempt to close it out the same way Monday, when the pair teams up again in the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity for Quarter Horses. Read More...

Senor Rojo tries to win Speed to Spare for third time

DRF | 4 days ago
Senor Rojo will try to win the $75,000 Speed to Spare Stakes for the third time when he runs in the 1 3/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up at Northlands Park on Monday. Read More...

Private Zone adds intrigue to deep Turf Monster

DRF | 4 days ago
The presence of Private Zone in the Grade 3 Turf Monster on Monday adds juice to a race that was already filled to the brim. Read More...

On Rainbow Bridge shortens up in Etobicoke Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
After two route tries, On Rainbow Bridge will cut back to a sprint distance and face open company in Monday’s $100,000 Etobicoke Stakes over six furlongs for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine. Read More...

Satin Gold gets first stakes win in Ricks Memorial

DRF | 4 days ago
Satin Gold gave Dewey Smith his first stakes win as a trainer Friday night, when she rallied for a one-length win over Lady Haddassah in the $50,000 Ricks Memorial at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. It was another neck back to Sandsarita in third. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 4 days ago
I’ll focus on the final Saturday late pick four of the 2014 Del Mar summer meet. The sequence consists of races 8-11. Read More...

Investigation at Saratoga

There have been 11 horse deaths so far at the Saratoga meeting that ends Monday, up from eight last year, said Scott E. Palmer, the New York State equine medical director. Read More...

Vernon: Sebastian K, Father Patrick dominate on Friday

DRF | 4 days ago
Sebastian K breezed to the easiest kind of victory capturing the $236,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot in a sensible 1:53 mile at Vernon Downs on Friday night. One race earlier, Father Patrick got back in the win column with a 1:52 2/5 score. Read More...

Red Outlaw remains unbeaten with El Cajon win

DRF | 4 days ago
On Friday at Del Mar, Red Outlaw added a two-turn race to his impressive and growing resume, leading start to finish in the $100,500 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds to run his perfect record to five wins. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 8:43 PM ET When the GI Spinaway S. at Saratoga Sunday becomes official, Tom Durkin will hang up his binoculars and turn off... Read More...

Competitive Group Entered for Smarty Jones

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Ten 3-year-olds, some of which may have their sights on the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in three weeks, will battle in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 1 at Parx Racing. Read More...

Barretts October Yearling Catalog Available

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The catalog for Barretts October Yearling Sale, featuring 259 yearlings to be sold Oct. 7, is now online and will be mailed soon. Read More...

Hollendorfer Duo Part of Even Yellow Ribbon

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, whose recent hot streak has lifted him to the top of the Del Mar standings, sends out a strong pair in Heat Du Jour and Parranda in the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT). Read More...

Stallion Oxbow to Stand at Calumet in 2015

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Oxbow, who last year became Calumet's eighth Preakness (gr. I) winner, will be relocated to the storied farm for the 2015 breeding season. Read More...

Miss Frost wins Riskaverse Stakes on front end

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Tom Albertrani said earlier in the week that Miss Frost can be a bit quirky when in tight quarters with other horses, and that he’d like jockey Edgar Prado to find her a spot somewhere in the clear during Friday’s $100,000 Riskaverse at Saratoga. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Beware of Man Cave in Vice Regent

DRF | 4 days ago
Man Cave (6-1) could be the main threat to the deserving 2-1 favorite, Spadina Road, in the Vice Regent Stakes, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds. Read More...

Whisper Hill Colt Proves Quite ‘Elusive’

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 4:50 PM ET 7th at GP (Gulfstream Park)Msw ($43K)     Winner: Elusive Stamp by Elusive Quality Elusive Stamp burned up the turf with a wire-to-wire six-... Read More...

Machiavelique’s last two Beyers stand out

DRF | 4 days ago
A repeat of either of his last two races would make Machiavelique a standout in Tuesday’s $31,000 feature at Mountaineer Racetrack, a no-conditions allowance scheduled for a mile and 70 yards on turf. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Wise Dan returns in Bernard Baruch

DRF | 4 days ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who underwent colic surgery soon after winning the Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard, returns to the races in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch, which is race 5 and the first of four graded stakes on a 12-race program, along with the Prioress (8th), Forego (10th), and Woodward (11th). Read More...

Candy Ride Colt Wows at Second Asking

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 4:13 PM ET 1st at AP (Arlington Park)MSW ($31K)     Winner: Nun the Less by Candy Ride (ARG) Nun the Less (Candy Ride {Arg}) justifies 4-5 favoritism w... Read More...

Oxbow will stand at Calumet Farm in 2015

DRF | 4 days ago
Oxbow, winner of the 2013 Preakness Stakes, will move to owner Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm for 2015. Read More...

Large fields for Parx Labor Day stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The four Labor Day Monday stakes at Parx drew large, deep fields that should make them highly appealing to horseplayers. Read More...

Minnesota enjoys sales upturn

DRF | 4 days ago
Business rolled in at a record pace during the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association’s yearling and mixed sale Aug. 11, providing a potential glimpse at the future of the state’s breeding program in the wake of a lucrative agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Read More...

Jacks or Better Farm and Stanley Gold Loaded for Florida Sire Stakes

Michael Compton | 4 days ago
Jacks or Better Farm, trainer Stanley Gold loaded for Florida Sire Stakes.(Read more...) Read More...

Micromanage Set for Another Distance Test

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After rolling to the easiest of victories in the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes, Micromanage will cut back to a mere 1 1/2 miles when the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro colt starts in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Seeks Third Turf Monster Victory

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat will seek his third victory in the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) when the race is run again Sept. 1 at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania. Read More...

Santa Anita Hosts Handicapping Event Oct. 4-5

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Santa Anita Autumn Handicapping Challenge, featuring $100,000 in prize money, will be offered during the second weekend of the upcoming autumn meet Oct. 4-5, the track announced. Read More...

Texas Racing Commission OKs Instant Racing

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Texas Racing Commission on Aug. 29 approved a plan to allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks statewide, despite pending legal action, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Seeks Third Turf Monster Victory

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat will seek his third victory in the $300,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) when the race is run again Sept. 1 at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Washington Park Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for the Washington Park from Arlington. Read More...

State to investigate Saratoga horse deaths

DRF | 4 days ago
The equine medical director for New York said Friday “a thorough investigation” will be conducted into the 10 equine fatalities that have occurred during the Saratoga meet. Read More...