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TDN | 5 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:26 PM ET The OBS April Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training concluded a successful and record-setting run Thursday afternoon... Read More...

Records Fall at ‘Phenomenal’ OBS Spring Sale

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. closed out its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training with gusto April 24, establishing sale records for gross, average, and median price for the second straight year. Read More...

OBS spring: Sale concludes with record figures

DRF | 6 hours ago
A solid fourth session on Thursday wrapped up a strong week at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, as the juvenile auction posted gains in almost every major category to shatter records it set a year ago. Read More...

Arizona Bill Legalizing ADW Sent to Governor

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
A bill that would allow legal advance deposit wagering in Arizona beat the legislative deadline in the early morning hours April 24 and has been sent to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature. Read More...

Proctor Sends Out Sharp Pair in Wilshire ‘Cap

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Trainer Tom Proctor heads into the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 27 on turf at Santa Anita Park with a pair of sharp recent allowance winners in Theatre Star and Premier Steps. Read More...

From donkeys to the Derby: Espinoza wears reminder of his humble start

DRF | 9 hours ago
The donkeys. He would only ride the donkeys around his father’s goat farm because the horses were terrifying. But the donkeys, they were okay. Then one day, he remembers he was probably 7, he summoned enough courage to climb atop one of the farm ponies. Read More...

Flatterer, champion steeplechaser and Hall of Fame member, dead at 35

DRF | 9 hours ago
Four-time champion steeplechaser Flatterer was euthanized on April 24 at owner Bill Pape’s My Way Farm in Unionville, Pa., according to a report on thisishorseracing.com. The Pennsylvania-bred son of Mo Bay was 35, and had become the oldest-living member of the Racing Hall of Fame last February when he surpassed the longevity standard set by 1943 Triple Crown winner Count Fleet. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. Read More...

The other brother watches: Jose Espinoza deals with career-ending injury

DRF | 9 hours ago
It has been eight months since Jose Espinoza was thrown from his mount, Heading to Toga, a few yards past the finish line on Alabama Day at Saratoga. Read More...

Inimitable Romanee Earns Upset Nod in Bewitch

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Inimitable Romanee, given a patient ride by Alan Garcia, got up at the wire on the far outside to nip Aigue Marine for a 14-1 surprise in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 24 on the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Debunking the Curse of Apollo?

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
How does racing at age 2 impact a horse's chances in the Kentucky Derby? Read More...

PROCTOR PACKS SOLID ONE-TWO PUNCH WITH THEATRE STAR & PREMIER STEPS AS TALENTED TWOSOME HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADE III WILSHIRE HANDICAP AT SANTA ANITA; FLORIDA INVADER PARRANDA RATES BIG LOOK AS WELL

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 9 hours ago
April 24, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2014)—Trainer Tom Proctor appears to be holding a solid two-card hand going into Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Handicap, as his sharp recent allowance winners Theatre Star and Premier Steps head a field of seven fillies and mares three and up at one mile on turf. read more Read More...

Congrats, Spring at Last OBS sales wrap

WinStar stallions Congrats and Spring at Last closed the OBS Spring Sale of Two-year-olds in Training with a pair of juveniles selling for over $200,000... Read More...

Inimitable Romanee comes from behind to win Bewitch Stakes

DRF | 10 hours ago
Perhaps it’s best if Graham Motion stays in Maryland when he has a horse run at Keeneland. For the second time this spring meet, a horse trained by Motion won a stakes when he wasn’t even in the state of Kentucky. Read More...

Redvers Buys Filly for DBS Breeze Sale Record

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
A filly by Darley sire Exceed And Excel brought a sale record price at the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales breeze-up auction April 24. Read More...

Indian Charlie colt tops finale of record breaking Spring Sale

OBS Sales | 10 hours ago
de Meric Sales' Indian Charlie colt goes to Ashford Stud for $625,000 (Louise Reinagel photo) Read More...

Stars of the Oaks: Blind Luck

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
The Blood-Horse and Glenye Cain Oakford catch up with 2010 Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck. Learn about life at Hill 'n' Dale Farm and view her Oaks race replay! Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Derby Trial Stakes

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Derby Trial Stakes that may hold a few Preakness contenders. Claire picked the winner of the Illinois Derby last week. Read More...

Fascinante will be flying on lead in Tampa feature

DRF | 11 hours ago
Fascinante, who sped an opening quarter in a blistering 20.77 seconds en route to a six-length victory in her most recent start, is once again the horse to catch Saturday when she tops a field of nine turf sprinters in Saturday’s five-furlong allowance feature at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Mark Casse Strikes for $550k More Than Ready Colt

TDN | 11 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:49 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 1093     2 Year Old C     More Than Ready--Coya (Deputy Minister)  ... Read More...

OBS: Eskendereya 2yos sell for $220K, $160K

Led by a $220,000 colt and $160,000 filly, first-year sire Eskendereya had a total of eight youngsters sell during the OBS Spring Sale of Two-year-olds in Training... Read More...

Breeders’ Derby looks wide open

DRF | 11 hours ago
With no apparent standout in Saturday's Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby at Turf Paradise, favoritism may fall to J P Rocker as he returns to his preferred footing, dirt. Read More...

OBS sale features $310K Colonel John filly

The OBS Spring Sale of Two-year-olds in Training saw a filly by Colonel John garner a winning bid of $310,000... Read More...

Derby workouts: Pletcher quartet on track; Oaks fillies in spotlight

DRF | 11 hours ago
The fillies took center stage during the Oaks/Derby training session at Churchill Downs on Thursday, with the only four workouts during that period turned in by horses currently pointing to next Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Santa Anita: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 25, 2014

DRF | 11 hours ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Santa Anita on Friday, April 25. Read More...

Tamarando Tries Turf in Snow Chief Stakes

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Although his Derby Trail run ended with disappointment, grade I winner Tamarando has a chance to claim a lucrative consolation prize as the likely favorite in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes April 26 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Keeneland: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 25, 2014

DRF | 11 hours ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Keeneland on Friday, April 25. Read More...

Artie Schiller filly nabbed for $200K at OBS

Artie Schiller, sire of leading 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) contender We Miss Artie, was well-represented at the April 21-24 OBS Spring Sale of Two-year-olds in Training... Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 11 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/26 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Vyack launches comeback in closing-day allowance

DRF | 11 hours ago
Sunday’s closing-day card at Aqueduct will consist of 10 races, including two divisions of $100,000 Stallion Stakes for progeny of New York-bred stallions. But the highlight of the card may be the return of Vyjack, last year’s Gotham Stakes winner and third-place finisher in the Wood Memorial. Vyjack, who is running in a $68,000 fourth-level allowance going seven furlongs. Read More...

Sweet Reason bypasses Kentucky Oaks to await Acorn

DRF | 11 hours ago
Sweet Reason, third in the Grade 2 Gazelle last out, will skip the Kentucky Oaks and instead be pointed to the Grade 1, $750,000 Acorn at Belmont on June 7. Read More...

OBS 2yo Sale wrap: Super Saver stars

Headlined by a colt that hammered for $525,000, Super Saver had a total of four juveniles from his first crop sell for at least $200,000 at the OBS Spring Sale of Two-year-olds... Read More...

Texas Mile sets up for Taptowne, Bourbon Courage

DRF | 12 hours ago
Taptowne, who is on the cusp of graded success, and Bourbon Courage, looking to recapture that form, could both get favorable pace scenarios Saturday night when they meet in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Itsmyluckyday looks ready to fire

DRF | 12 hours ago
One year removed from his quest to win the Kentucky Derby, Itsmyluckyday will try to get his career headed back in the right direction when he goes postward as the heavy favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Best of the Rest Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Challenge schedule includes 73 races

DRF | 12 hours ago
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will consist of 73 races in 13 countries this year, with the winners guaranteed a spot in one of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. Read More...

$550K More Than Ready highlights OBS sale

A colt by top international sire More Than Ready brought the second-highest price during the final day of the April 21-24 OBS Spring Sale of Two-year-olds in Training... Read More...

Hovdey: Longshots looking for a Hollywood ending

DRF | 12 hours ago
If it is late April, it is the time of year when rank longshots and abject no-hopers come out of the woodwork to clutter the Kentucky Derby field with their unreasonable dreams. Read More...

Cairo Prince Scheduled for Ankle Surgery

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reports that Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince is slated to undergo surgery April 25 in Lexington and could return for a late summer/early autumn campaign. Read More...

Steady N Love a shaky favorite in Geisha Stakes

DRF | 12 hours ago
Following a pair of daylight victories, Steady N Love missed a third straight victory by a head earlier this month. Despite her sharp form, Steady N Love’s Beyer Speed Figures are headed in the wrong direction, declining from 77 to 64 to 59. The slide, along with a step up to challenge older fillies and mares, makes Steady N Love a shaky favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Geisha Stakes for Maryland-breds at Pimlico. Read More...

Zivo goes for fourth in a row in Aqueduct feature

DRF | 12 hours ago
On Saturday, Zivo will seek a fourth straight victory in a third-level optional $75,000 claiming race for New York-breds that serves as the feature on a stakes-less nine-race card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 4/26 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Closers should excel in Illinois-bred stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Unless the main track carries speed, and barring unforeseen changes in tactics or key scratches, closers could have the best of things in four $100,000 Illinois-bred stakes Saturday at Hawthorne. Read More...

Aqueduct: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 25, 2014

DRF | 13 hours ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Aqueduct on Friday, April 25. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Major work days still to come

DRF | 13 hours ago
With a slew of final prerace workouts still to come, all was quiet on the Kentucky Derby front Thursday at Churchill Downs, where overnight rain into Friday morning was expected to keep local activity light until Saturday. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 4/26 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Champion Steeplechaser Flatterer Dies at 35

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Flatterer, a four-time champion Steeplechase horse and at 35, the oldest living Eclipse Award winner and Thoroughbred Hall of Famer, died April 24 at owner Bill Pape's My Way Farm near Unionville, Pa. Read More...

Ward Strikes Again at KEE

TDN | 13 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:24 PM ET 1st at KEE (Keeneland)MSW ($50K)     Winner: Spanish Pipedream by Scat Daddy Spanish Pipedream provides Wesley Ward with another juvenile s... Read More...

Seven Derby Hopefuls Bred Outside Kentucky

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome will try to become the first California-bred to win the Louisville classic since Decidedly in 1962, but six other Derby hopefuls were also foaled outside of Kentucky. Read More...

Los Alamitos offering $1 million bonus for stakes sweep

DRF | 13 hours ago
Los Alamitos will pay a $1 million bonus to the owner of a 3-year-old who wins the track’s $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby in July and goes on to win the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24 and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

CDI: Fair Grounds license dispute the result of ‘publicity campaign’

DRF | 13 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc. would “vigorously” dispute any decision by the Louisiana Racing Commission to suspend its license for Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans and its offtrack betting parlors, a top official of the company said Thursday during a conference call with analysts. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 14 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...