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Obey leads throughout CTBA Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Obey, the winner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar on Friday, is a 2-year-old who does not act her age. This has been highly beneficial this summer. Read More...

Jockey Jellison Dies of Cancer at Age 51

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Jill Jellison, who rode nearly 2,000 winners during her career, died of breast cancer July 28 in a Rhode Island Hospital. She was 51. Read More...

Desormeaux to have hearing with stewards Aug. 15

DRF | 4 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux will appear before Del Mar stewards on Aug. 15 for a hearing regarding a failed Breathalyzer test on Wednesday, the racing board announced on Friday. Read More...

Desormeaux to have hearing with stewards Aug. 15

DRF | 4 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux will appear before Del Mar stewards on Aug. 15 for a hearing regarding a failed Breathalyzer test on Wednesday, the racing board announced on Friday. Read More...

Arlington, Hawthorne Mesh ’16 Dates Schedules

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Amid uncertainty about the future of Illinois racing, the state's two Chicago-area tracks July 31 submitted live racing dates requests for 2016 that fit together like puzzle pieces. Read More...

Jockey Russell Back in Action at Laurel

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Sheldon Russell returned to the saddle July 31 at Laurel Park after missing nearly three months of race riding due to injuries. Read More...

Jockey Russell Back in Action at Laurel Park

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Sheldon Russell returned to the saddle July 31 at Laurel Park after missing nearly three months of race riding due to injuries. Read More...

Retired Trainer Dutton Dies at 87

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Retired trainer Jerry Dutton, a mainstay among California horsemen for decades, died July 30 at the age 87, the Del Mar publicity department announced. Read More...

Texas Reports Five Encephalitis Cases

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Five cases of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis have been reported in East Texas. Read More...

Saratoga pick six carryover of $309,846 for Saturday

DRF | 4 days ago
Adding spice to an already solid card at Saratoga, there will be a pick six carryover of $309,846 into Saturday’s 11-race program. Read More...

Former trainer Dutton dies at 87

DRF | 4 days ago
Jerry Dutton, who owned, trained, and bred Thoroughbreds for more than 60 years in California, died on Thursday in Idaho, Del Mar publicity officials said on Friday. Dutton was 87. Read More...

Tonalist, Noble Bird Among Whitney Workers

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Several Whitney (gr. I) contenders drilled July 31 for the upcoming $1.25 million race next weekend at Saratoga Race Course, including 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist, who put in his final serious work. Read More...

Most Inspiring First Winner for Gio Ponti

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Most Inspiring, from the first crop of three-time champion Gio Ponti, breaks her maiden in her first attempt July 31 at Woodbine, winning a six-furlong maiden special weight on the turf in 1:10.36. Read More...

Ballerina Next for La Verdad

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
New York-bred filly is 4-for-4 this year. Read More...

Harness: John Campbell breaks wrist in Meadowlands baby race

DRF | 4 days ago
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell suffered a broken wrist as a result of an accident during a 2-year-old baby race Friday morning at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina to Debut Aug. 2 at Spa

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and 2006 3-year-old champion male Bernardini, will make the first start of her career Aug. 2 in the second race at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Popular jockey Jellison dies at 51

DRF | 4 days ago
Jill Jellison, part of the second wave of successful female jockeys in Thoroughbred racing, died Tuesday of breast cancer in a Rhode Island hospital at the age of 51, according to family friends. Read More...

Smart Transition gets the trip in Curlin

DRF | 4 days ago
Lesser company, more distance and an ideal trip combined to make Smart Transition a winner in Friday’s $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 8/2 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 8/2 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Loooch Racing on the Lookout for Top Horses

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Ron Paolucci started out with a $3,000 trotter at an Ohio harness track and parlayed his interest in the business into a large stable of horses that race at all levels, including graded stakes. Read More...

After Anxious Moment, American Pharoah Cool

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Other than an anxious moment while walking to the Monmouth Park paddock for a schooling session, American Pharoah quickly settled down as he prepares for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Jerkens: V. E. Day ready for Whitney

DRF | 4 days ago
V. E. Day, the 2014 Travers winner, worked a stamina-building six furlongs in 1:14.17 Friday morning over Saratoga’s main track in preparation for next Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes. Read More...

Walder eyes graded stakes for Come to Mischief, Maid On a Mission

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Peter Walder could have graded stakes starters on two fronts Aug. 15. He said Come to Mischief is on deck for the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga, while Maid On a Mission is possible for the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park. Read More...

Hovdey: The real thing, in perfect harmony

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah is a singular specimen, ridiculously ideal by many of the measures cherished by the wise old hands who were first to extol his virtues. The package is plain, as far as that goes – a ripe mahogany with dark trim and the faintest suggestion of a white whorl between the eyes – but the proportions balance as if painted by Rembrandt. The expanse between his kind eyes is broad, while his handsome ears twitch with curiosity, like twin birds on a living perch. Read More...

Smart Transition Powers Home in Curlin

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Arnold Zetcher's homebred Smart Transition picked up his first black type victory July 31 at Saratoga Race Course, kicking into gear off the turn and drawing away to win the $100,000 Curlin Stakes. Read More...

Rachel Alexandra’s daughter makes debut

DRF | 4 days ago
Six years after Rachel Alexandra raised the rafters at Saratoga by beating the boys in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes, her second foal becomes the first one to make it to races makes Sunday at Saratoga. Read More...

Free as a Bird tries to defend Caress title

DRF | 4 days ago
Free as a Bird is back at Saratoga Sunday for the $100,000 Caress Stakes, a 5 1/2 furlong turf stakes, and with only a five-horse field, perhaps a traffic-free trip could be in the cards. Read More...

Atlantic’s Smile hits wire first as Arctic Queen favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Atlantic’s Smile won a head bob as the 3-5 favorite in the $50,000 Arctic Queen Stakes at Finger Lakes on Friday. Read More...

Monmouth, New Jersey Racing Enjoy Spotlight

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
When the racing spotlight falls on Monmouth Park this weekend, Dennis Drazin, who has helped guide the track in recent years, is confident fans who attend and watch on national television will see a top track. Read More...

CHRB Rejects Proposed Decision on Valenzuela

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board has rejected a hearing officer's proposed decision concluding jockey Pat Valenzuela should be permitted to work as an exercise rider and also have his license restored once he pays a fine. Read More...

DeVivo: How I’d play Saratoga for Saturday, Aug. 1

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Joe DeVivo provides a suggested pick three play for Saturday's program at Saratoga. Read More...

American Pharoah Schools at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
American Pharoah schools at Monmouth Park Friday, July 31. Read More...

Haskell kicks off Act 2 for American Pharoah

DRF | 4 days ago
There were approximately 5,000 people here on Friday morning at Monmouth Park, track officials estimated, merely to watch American Pharoah train. There will be well more than 10 times that here on Sunday, when the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years embarks on the encore portion of his career in the Grade 1, $1.75 million Haskell Invitational. Read More...

Valenzuela loses bid to resume riding

DRF | 4 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board has rejected a request by jockey Patrick Valenzuela to allow the troubled rider to resume his career. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar for Saturday, Aug. 1

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Michael Hammersly outlines his best plays for Saturday's program at Del Mar. Read More...

Kharafa capable of handling class rise in Oceanport

DRF | 4 days ago
Kharafa has an excellent chance to win the first graded stakes of his career in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Amazing Maria, Ervedya clash in Prix Rothschild

DRF | 4 days ago
The Royal Ascot winners Amazing Maria and Ervedya meet for the first time in Sunday’s $330,000 Prix Rothschild for fillies and mares at a mile on turf at Deauville Racecourse in France. Read More...

Uncertainty as Delaware Drops Pletcher Case

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A recommendation by an attorney for Delaware racing stewards to drop a therapeutic medication overage case against trainer Todd Pletcher could impact the sport's move toward uniform medication rules, Pletcher's attorney said. Read More...

Beshear, Moses to Speak at Round Table

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Edwin Moses and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will be the featured speakers at The Jockey Club's 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Aug. 9. Read More...

USADA chairman Moses will speak at The Jockey Club Round Table

DRF | 4 days ago
Edwin Moses, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner who now is chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, will be one of two featured speakers at this year’s Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Aug. 9 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., The Jockey Club announced Friday. Read More...

Bradester, Valid continue rivalry in Monmouth Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Bradester, who ended Red Vine’s three-race winning streak in the Salvator Mile and took a 2-1 lead over third-place Valid in their head-to-head races at Monmouth Park, is rematched with that familiar foe Sunday in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup. Read More...

Gimme Da Lute back to one turn in Real Good Deal

DRF | 4 days ago
Gimme Da Lute will be a heavy favorite in the Real Good Deal Stakes for 3-year-old state-breds at seven furlongs. Already this year, Gimme Da Lute has won the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for California-breds at Santa Anita in April, the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes there in June, and the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby on July 4. Read More...

Pender fined $5,000

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Mike Pender was fined $5,000 on Thursday after reaching a settlement agreement with the California Horse Racing Board regarding an infraction for benefiting financially while under suspension in 2014, according to a ruling issued by Del Mar stewards. Read More...

No summer rematch for Wild Dude, Masochistic

DRF | 4 days ago
Wild Dude and Masochistic, the first two finishers in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes on July 26 at Del Mar, are going their separate ways. Read More...

Moulin de Mougin retired

DRF | 4 days ago
Moulin de Mougin, who won the Grade 2 John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar in 2014 and three other races in a 16-race career, has been retired because of concern over the condition of an ankle, trainer Richard Mandella said. Read More...

Stellar Wind’s next start hinges on turf workout

DRF | 4 days ago
A six-furlong turf workout at Del Mar on Sunday morning will determine the next start for the Grade 1 winner Stellar Wind. Read More...

Casual Smile goes for first graded stakes win in Matchmaker

DRF | 4 days ago
The British-bred Casual Smile began her career in her native country but more recently has found a successful niche on the Jersey Shore. With the eyes of the racing world at Monmouth Park on Sunday, she’ll get a chance to score her first graded stakes victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Matchmaker Stakes for fillies and mares on turf. Read More...

Bearrock N Roll returns to sprinting in Sunday claimer

DRF | 4 days ago
A winner of six straight races last year, Bearrock N Roll will be trying to get another streak going when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up Sunday at Hastings. Read More...

Harness: USTA Strategic Wagering adds guaranteed pool trifectas

DRF | 4 days ago
New guaranteed pools are being added to tracks' wagering menus. Read More...

Aguafria back from layoff in Luther Burbank Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
On paper it’s a class hike for the mare Aguafria, but after facing stakes types in Southern California she may appreciate this placement in Sunday’s $50,000 Luther Burbank Handicap at Santa Rosa. Read More...