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Road to the Derby analysis: Los Alamitos Futurity

DRF | 1 week ago
The Los Alamitos Futurity was the final scoring race of the year for 2-year-olds, and in terms of drama, the best was saved for last. DORTMUND out-finished FIRING LINE and MR. Z following a dramatic stretch duel in which the three runners were alongside one another for the final three-sixteenths of a mile. It was great theater. Read More...

Bernier: Los Alamitos pick three play for Sunday, Dec. 21

DRF | 1 week ago
Sunday is closing day at Los Alamitos, and I'll look to tackle the late pick three. Read More...

Harlan’s Destiny scores in Casey Memorial for fourth straight victory

DRF | 1 week ago
Harlan’s Destiny won her fourth straight race and completed a sweep of the three stakes at Charles Town for 2-year-old West Virginia-bred fillies in the Eleanor Casey Memorial on Saturday night. Read More...

Heuston fends off challengers for victory in Prairie Bayou

DRF | 1 week ago
Heuston, ridden by Rodney Prescott, fought off all challengers for a hard-earned victory Saturday night in the $53,950 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Read More...

Storm Power takes Hank Mills Sr. for third straight win

DRF | 1 week ago
Storm Power ($3.20) confirmed his status as the top older male at Turf Paradise regardless of surface in winning the $35,000 Hank Mills Sr. Handicap – but it wasn’t easy. Read More...

Derby Winner High Chaparral Dies

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 9:23 AM ET High Chaparral Euthanized During Colic Surgery Read More...

Deep Impact’s Danon Platina Seals Juvenile Championship in Asahi Hai

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 8:51 AM ET 8th at HNS (HANSHIN)Asahi Hai Futurity S. (US$1.1m)     Winner: Danon Platina (Jpn) by Deep Impact (Jpn) Deep Impact's Danon Platina Seals... Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:40 PM ET TDN Rising Star Dortmund (Big Brown) has been asked to do a lot in the 48 days since breaking his maiden one day... Read More...

Former Canadian jockey Swatuk dies at 65

DRF | 1 week ago
Brian Swatuk, 65, a former jockey at Woodbine, died Dec. 13 from cancer at an Ontario hospice. Read More...

Dortmund Wins Dramatic Los Alamitos Futurity

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Odds-on choice Dortmund remained unbeaten by the narrowest of margins as he nosed out Firing Line and Mr. Z in a nail-biting finish to the first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20. Read More...

Dortmund Remains Perfect in Los Al Futurity

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:08 PM ET 8th at LAX (Los Alamitos)GI Los Alamitos Futurity ($500K)     Winner: Dortmund by Big Brown Dortmund (Big Brown) gets up just in time to... Read More...

Dortmund wins three-horse photo in Los Alamitos Futurity

DRF | 1 week ago
Dortmund remained unbeaten and prevailed in both his stakes debut and his first start around two turns in the Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy, for both Firing Line and Mr. Z made him work for it in one of the most dramatic and exciting races of the year. Read More...

Asmussen, Albarado Team for Four-Win Day

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Jockey Robby Albarado and trainer Steve Asmussen teamed for a four-win day Dec. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

Cinco Charlie impresses in Sugar Bowl victory

DRF | 1 week ago
Cinco Charlie is a blast from the past, a stout 2-year-old who races and races and comes back for more. In the eighth start of his juvenile campaign, Cinco Charlie scored his fifth win of the season, defeating Bourbon Cowboy by a half-length Saturday in the Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Hollendorfer Firster Impressive at Los Al

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:18 PM ET 6th at LAX (Los Alamitos)Msw ($42k)     Winner: Tall and Sweet by Lemon Drop Kid Tall and Sweet (f, 2, Lemon Drop Kid) posts a good-look... Read More...

Sandiva works out trip from post 13 in Tropical Park Oaks

DRF | 1 week ago
Sandiva made the most of Javier Castellano’s adroit handling, eventually wearing down and outgaming Party Now to register a hard-fought neck victory in the Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

King: How I’d play Los Alamitos on Sunday, Dec. 21

DRF | 1 week ago
For many circuits, Sunday is the last day of racing before Christmas week hits full swing. And that’s certainly true at Los Alamitos Race Course, where Sunday is closing day before Southern California racing takes a short break before Santa Anita opens Dec. 26. Read More...

Sandiva Scores in Tropical Park Oaks

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 PM ET 10th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)Tropical Park Oaks ($75K)     Winner: Sandiva (Ire) by Footstepsinthesand (GB) Sandiva (Ire) (Footstepsinth... Read More...

Sky Flight wins stakes debut in Tropical Park Derby

DRF | 1 week ago
What Sky Flight lacked in experience he made up for in talent when he surged late and ran down the 25-1 Cement Clement to register a one-length victory making his stakes debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

‘Silver’ Survives Inquiry, Stays Undefeated

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:11 PM ET 8th at FGX (Fair Grounds)Letellier Memorial S. ($50K)     Winner: Promise Me Silver by Silver City Luttrell homebred Promise Me Silver (... Read More...

Isadella narrowly scores in Bobbie Bricker Memorial

DRF | 1 week ago
The 5-year-old mare Isadella, winless on the main track since July 2013, prevailed over Startin Something and Circle Can Run in a three-horse photo Saturday to win the $50,000 Bobbie Bricker Memorial Handicap for Ohio-accredited fillies and mares at Mahoning Valley Racecourse. Read More...

Sky Flight Surges Late to Win Tropical Park Derby

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 4:26 PM ET 8th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)Msw ($75K)     Winner: Sky Flight by Sky Mesa Sky Flight (Sky Mesa) surges late to capture the Tropical Park... Read More...

Trio of La Brea contenders get final tune-up

DRF | 1 week ago
Awesome Baby, Stonetastic and Taris, three leading contenders for the $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita next Friday, worked at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Plesa Charge Scores the Upset in GP Debut

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 3:53 PM ET 7th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)Msw ($40K)     Winner: Reconfigure by Lemon Drop Kid Reconfigure (Lemon Drop Kid) scored a 10-1 upset over f... Read More...

Beholder begins training towards 2015 season

DRF | 1 week ago
Beholder, the two-time champion who missed the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Oct. 31 because of illness, has resumed training for a 2015 season. Read More...

Texas Red works slow, easy half-mile

DRF | 1 week ago
Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, worked a half-mile in 51.40 seconds at Santa Anita on Saturday, his first major exercise since a return to serious training earlier this month. Read More...

Red River Farm adds three stallions for 2015 breeding season

DRF | 1 week ago
Red River Farm in Coushatta, La., will feature a trio of new stallions for the 2015 breeding season in Guilt Trip, Cameo Appearance, and Sum of the Parts. Read More...

Laurel’s leading rider McCarthy breaks wrist

DRF | 1 week ago
Trevor McCarthy, the leading rider in Maryland, broke his wrist Saturday when thrown from his mount following the second race at Laurel Park. Read More...

King: Los Alamitos pick three play for Saturday, Dec. 21

DRF | 1 week ago
Los Alamitos Race Course ends its card with a pick three Saturday, though in my mind it might as well be considered a pick two. There appears to be a “free square” in the middle leg, the eighth race, the Los Alamitos Futurity – a race in which DORTMUND (3) appears lengths the best. Read More...

New York sire Disco Rico loses battle with laminitis

DRF | 1 week ago
Disco Rico, a multiple Grade 3 winner and New York sire, was euthanized Thursday after a lengthy struggle with laminitis. Read More...

Leading Laurel Rider McCarthy Breaks Wrist

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Leading Laurel Park jockey Trevor McCarthy sustained a broken right wrist when he was unseated after his mount swerved to miss a fallen horse as both were galloping out after the second race Dec. 20. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Gulfstream Park on Sunday, Dec. 21

DRF | 1 week ago
As New York is my home circuit, I tend to play only the better quality races at other tracks. That modus operandi simplifies the approach to Sunday’s program at Gulfstream Park, where I’m passing on the two $6,250 claiming contests as well as the five races for maiden claimers. Read More...

Mott Juveniles Dead Heat in GP Allowance

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 3:01 PM ET 5th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)OC ($37K)     Winner: Dubai Sky by Candy Ride (ARG) Mott juveniles Dubai Sky (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Hard to ... Read More...

Favored Act of War Captures Cape Guineas

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Brilliant 3-year-old Act of War justified his status as longtime favorite for the Grand Parade Cape Guineas (SAf-I) when scoring an authoritative win Dec. 20 at Kenilworth. Read More...

CHRB Eyes Scratching of Unreported Geldings

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The California Horse Racing Board is considering a rule change that would result in the scratch of a horse that has been gelded since his last race if that information is not disclosed well before the race in question. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Dec. 20

DRF | 1 week ago
Took a long look at the first three races today and couldn’t find anything to recommend, so I’ll do a little Christmas shopping early on Panic Saturday before making sure I’m all set for race 4 (post 2:02 Eastern). Read More...

Godolphin Filly Enters Golden Slipper Picture

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 10:33 PM ET 1st at RSH (ROSEHILL)TAB Place Multi Plate (A$85k)     Winner: Ottoman (Aus) by Exceed and Excel (Aus) Godolphin's Ottoman (Aus) (f, 2, E... Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 week ago
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 7:23 PM ET 'TDN Rising Star' Dortmund (Big Brown) looks to solidify his spot atop the list of 2015 GI... Read More...

Emerald Purses to Rise 20% for 2015 Season

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track. Read More...

Emerald Downs Purses to Rise 20% in 2015

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track. Read More...

OBS Winter Mixed Sale Catalog Now Online

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale, set for Jan. 28-29, is now available on the OBS website. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Los Alamitos for Saturday, Dec. 20

DRF | 1 week ago
Saturday’s card at Los Alamitos Race Course will be highlighted by the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity – a race which will feature the current favorite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Dortmund. Read More...

Northfield: Monday 12/22 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Monday 12/22 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 12/22 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 12/22 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Bayern Turns in Bullet Move at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 12/21 Analysis

DRF | 1 week ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 12/21 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

California Chrome Drills at Los Alamitos

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
California Chrome drilled a handy half mile in 49 seconds flat at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 19 as he prepares for his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Penn Mile Tops 193-Day Penn National Schedule

Blood-Horse | 1 week ago
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has received approval from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to conduct 193 days of live racing in 2015. Read More...

OBS winter mixed sale catalog now online

DRF | 1 week ago
The catalog for the 2015 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. winter mixed sale is now available online. Read More...

Hofmans looks ahead with Home Run Kitten

DRF | 1 week ago
Home Run Kitten provided one of the highlights of 2014 for trainer David Hofmans when the 3-year-old scored a dramatic come-from-behind win in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on the Santa Anita hillside turf course in September. Read More...