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Bernier: Los Alamitos pick four play for Sunday, Sept. 14

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier's Los Alamitos pick four play for Sept. 14, 2014. Read More...

Keeneland September Sale: Day 4 Wrap

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Evan Hammonds recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, including the top sellers on the day and numbers from the Book 1 session. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 9/13 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 card at Yonkers Raceway, featuring the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 9/13 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 Super Night card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/13 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 9/13 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 9/13 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 11:24 PM ET Book 1 at Keeneland September concludes with across the board gains and more fireworks in the sales' ring,... Read More...

Will Australia Triumph in the Irish Champion?

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the group I Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Read More...

AmericasBestRacing.net to Stream Penn Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The highly anticipated return of 2014 dual classic winner California Chrome in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 will be streamed live at AmericasBestRacing.net. Read More...

Spendthrift Adds Lyle to Stallion Sales Team

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Brian Lyle, a 17-year veteran in the Thoroughbred industry, has joined the stallion sales team at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Keeneland September: Book 1 closes with strong trade Thursday

DRF | 3 days ago
Keeneland’s select Book 1 section of its September yearling auction ended Thursday after four days of high-end trade with a dip in gross receipts compared with the 2013 Book 1 section, reflecting the fact that fewer horses were cataloged and therefore sold in this year’s renewal. However, average and median figures improved appreciably, and the Book 1 buyback rate held steady. Read More...

The Pizza Man Takes Win Streak to Woodbine

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man will be making his first delivery outside the Chicago area 18 months, as he looks to extend his five-race winning streak in the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (gr. IT) at Woodbine. Read More...

Deep Field Awaits Australia at Leopardstown

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Coolmore and partners' brilliant dual Derby winner Australia tries for a fourth straight top-level win this season in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) Sept. 13 at Leopardstown. Read More...

New York-Bred Turf Stars Set for Sunday

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Top New York-bred turf runners will have the Belmont Park stage Sept. 14 in the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes and the $125,000 John Hettinger Stakes. Read More...

$2.2 Million Colts Lift Keeneland Book 1

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Colts by Claiborne's War Front and Gainesway's leading sire Tapit led the way as Keeneland September's Book 1 posted significant increases in average and median prices. Sellers are hopeful gains carry into week two. Read More...

Gulfstream’s Super Hi 5 pays $205,788; Rainbow 6 returns $48,407

DRF | 3 days ago
The mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 was the big news heading into Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park, but in the end, it was the Super Hi 5 payoff that made headlines after one player took down the entire pool for $205,788.70. Read More...

Tapit Colt Becomes KEESEP Co-Toppper

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:40 PM ET KEESEP (Keeneland September Yearlings)hip 749     Yearling C     Tapit--Justwhistledixie (by Dixie Union)    &... Read More...

Kingston Hill Favored Among 14 for St. Leger

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Winless but competitive in three starts this year, Epsom Derby (Eng-I) runner-up Kingston Hill is the favorite for the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) Sept. 13. Read More...

Lyle hired to stallion sales team at Spendthrift

DRF | 3 days ago
Brian Lyle has joined the stallion sales team at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., the farm announced Thursday. A 17-year veteran of the Thoroughbred industry, Lyle previously worked for seven years as the boarding and stallion seasons manager at Ro Parra’s Millennium Farms. Read More...

Kaigun, Grand Arch Clash in Woodbine Mile

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Kaigun, winner of the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT) for trainer Mark Casse, heads a field of 11 as the 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 14 at Woodbine. Read More...

Full Brother to KEESEP Topper Scores at Belmont

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:03 PM ET 8th at BEL (Belmont Park)Alw ($77K)     Winner: Mosler by War Front Mosler (War Front), a full brother to the current KEESEP topper, we... Read More...

British Columbia Derby Draws 10-Horse Field

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Koffee Grinder, whose four-race win streak at Hastings Racecourse ended in August, looks to get back to the winner's circle in the $150,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 14 at the Vancouver bullring. Read More...

British Columbia Derby Draws 10-Horse Field

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Koffee Grinder, whose four-race win streak at Hastings Racecourse ended in August, looks to get back to the winner's circle in the $150,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 14 at the Vancouver bullring. Read More...

British Columbia Derby Draws 10-Horse Field

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Koffee Grinder, whose four-race win streak at Hastings Racecourse ended in August, looks to get back to the winner's circle in the $150,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 14 at the Vancouver bullring. Read More...

Tapit Colt Goes for $2.2M to Co-Top Day 4

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A son of leading sire Tapit and a half brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner New Year's Day, sells for $2.2 million deep in the final session of Book 1 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Tapit Colt Goes for $2.2M to Co-Top Day 4

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A son of leading sire Tapit and a half brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner New Year's Day, sells for $2.2 million deep in the final session of Book 1 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Tapit Colt Goes for $2.2M to Co-Top Day 4

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A son of leading sire Tapit and a half brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner New Year's Day, sells for $2.2 million deep in the final session of Book 1 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Keeneland September: Tapit colt ties for sale lead at $2.2 million

DRF | 3 days ago
A half brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner New Year's Day sold for $2.2 million to Shadwell Farm on Thursday, making him the co-leader at the Keeneland September yearling sale and continuing the dominance for sire Tapit. Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

NYRA hires Miner as director of marketing

DRF | 4 days ago
The New York Racing Association has once again reached outside of the racing industry to hire an executive, this time tabbing Darran Miner as the organization’s new director of marketing. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Offspring of Malibu Moon in maiden events

DRF | 4 days ago
Three 2-year-old maidens by Malibu Moon bear watching in the first and third legs of Friday’s pick five at Belmont Park. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Sands Point Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Sands Points Stakes (gr. IIT) which will be run on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Belmont Park. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Sands Point Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Sands Points Stakes (gr. IIT) which will be run on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Belmont Park. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Sands Point Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Sands Points Stakes (gr. IIT) which will be run on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Kaigun looks to step up in Woodbine Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Sunday’s $1 million Woodbine Mile lacks the star power of Wise Dan, who won the Grade 1 turf route in each of the past two years, but it’s a terrific betting race, in which one could make a case for many of the 11 entrants. Read More...

Balmoral: Erv Miller is the king of Super Night

DRF | 4 days ago
As the leading conditioner of Super Night Champions, trainer Erv Miller’s résumé includes some of the finest Illinois-breds to have donned a bridle. The Illinois native, now based in Pennsylvania, is poised to up his count of 22 crowns on Saturday’s Super Night card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Summer Next for Unbeaten Conquest Tsunami

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Unbeaten in four starts, Conquest Tsunami makes his graded stakes debut for trainer Mark Casse in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine turf Sept. 13. Read More...

Summer Next for Unbeaten Conquest Tsunami

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Unbeaten in four starts, Conquest Tsunami makes his graded stakes debut for trainer Mark Casse in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine turf Sept. 13. Read More...

Summer Next for Unbeaten Conquest Tsunami

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Unbeaten in four starts, Conquest Tsunami makes his graded stakes debut for trainer Mark Casse in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine turf Sept. 13. Read More...

Yonkers: Bartlett shares his thoughts on NYSS drives

DRF | 4 days ago
With Yonkers Raceway hosting the 25th edition of the New York Night of Champions Saturday night, driver Jason Bartlett—who has dates in every race—discussed his assignments. Read More...

War Front Half to MGISW Contested Leads the Way at KEESEP

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:28 PM ET KEESEP (Keeneland September Yearlings)hip 680     Yearling C     War Front--Gold Vault (by Arch)     2,20... Read More...

King: Ky. Downs stakes make for enticing pick five play

DRF | 4 days ago
With four stakes races run consecutively to close out the card at Kentucky Downs Saturday, the sequence is ripe for horseplayers that enjoy multi-race wagers. And many players will find appeal in the all-stakes Pick 4. This handicapper is going to throw one more race into the mix so as to play a Pick 5, a wager that at Kentucky Downs has a takeout of just 14 percent and can be played in 50-cent combinations. So without further ado, let’s get to handicapping and formulating a TicketMaker play. Read More...

Tapit-Foxy Danseur Colt to Shadwell

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 2:53 PM ET KEESEP (Keeneland September Yearlings)hip 652     Yearling C     Tapit--Foxy Danseur (by Mr. Greeley)    &nbsp... Read More...

Australia to be short price in Irish Champion Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Australia will be an odds-on favorite to add another Group 1 win to his résumé when he starts Saturday at Leopardstown in the Irish Champion Stakes. Read More...

Condilenios expecting more from Tapicero in British Columbia Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Dino Condilenios is looking for a better effort from Tapicero when he runs in the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings Sunday. Read More...

War Front Colt New Keeneland Sales Topper

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A War Front colt was purchased by M. V. Magnier of Coolmore from Claiborne Farm for $2.2 million to become the new sale topper at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Puhich sends out Prime Engine, Chief of Staff in maiden special weight

DRF | 4 days ago
It’s been a busy summer for Mike Puhich, the veteran trainer who divides his time between Emerald Downs and the Pegasus Training Center in nearby Redmond, Wash. On Thursday, Puhich was in Lexington, Ky., buying yearlings for Pegasus owner Mark Dedomenico. On Saturday, Puhich will send out a pair of promising first-time starters in the fourth race at Emerald.
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Xcellence has something to prove in Sands Point

DRF | 4 days ago
Xcellence came to the U.S. from Europe this spring with high expectations that she has yet to meet. On Saturday, the 3-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees will make her third start in this country, heading an ultra-competitive field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...