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Mr. Jordan must overcome layoff in Salvator Mile

DRF | 2 hours ago
Mr. Jordan hasn't raced since February, but he's the horse to beat in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Salvator Mile on the main track at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Unbroken Code, Only You Babe rematched in Juan Gonzalez Memorial

DRF | 2 hours ago
The $50,000-added Juan Gonzalez Memorial on Saturday at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting has a strong local slant. Five of the six entrants in the 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies are based in Northern California. Read More...

Full Mast, Smokem Kitten sharp entering King Edward

DRF | 2 hours ago
Shippers Full Mast and Smokem Kitten are both coming off fast victories, and are among the contenders in Saturday's $200,000 King Edward, a one-mile stakes scheduled for lane 1 on turf at Woodbine Read More...

ARCI Schedules Two Town Hall Meetings

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has scheduled two in its series of town hall meetings at Emerald Downs and Del Mar Racetrack during July. Read More...

HRRN to Broadcast Queen’s Plate Live

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Horse Racing Radio Network announced it will broadcast live from Woodbine Racetrack this weekend to provide coverage of the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s oldest and most prestigious Thoroughbred race and longest continuously run race in North America. Read More...

New Mexico Racing Commission Toughens Penalties on Use of Class A Substances

The New Mexico Racing Commission at its June 23 meeting commission unanimously approved emergency rule changes regarding penalties on the use of Clenbuterol and other Class A substances as defined by the Association of Racing Commissioners Internationa... Read More...

Danzing Candy to Make First Start for Baffert

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Danzing Candy, who moved to Bob Baffert's barn after finishing 15th on the First Saturday in May for trainer Cliff Sise, will make the first start for his new trainer July 2 in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Inside Post for Awesome Banner in Carry Back

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Already a winner in four of five starts at Gulfstream Park, including three stakes, topped by a five-length score in this year's Swale (gr. II), Awesome Banner will try to add to that list July 2 in the $150,000 Carry Back (gr. III). Read More...

Birdatthewire Makes Gulfstream Return

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Birdatthewire returns to Gulfstream Park for the Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) on the Summit of Speed card. The switch of the race from six to seven furlongs should play to her favor. Read More...

Lone Star: Ted Gondron resumes riding after nine-year absence

DRF | 19 hours ago
Ted Gondron, who has not ridden in a race since September 2007, has been named to ride West in Saturday night’s sixth race at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Quarntine lifted at Arapahoe Park

DRF | 19 hours ago
A quarantine at Arapahoe Park has been lifted, the Colorado Department of Agriculture announced. The track had been on lockdown after a mare in its stable area tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. Read More...

Voss: Eight Takeaways From The 2016 Welfare And Safety Of The Racehorse Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation held its seventh annual Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit on Tuesday with a packed agenda that addressed everything from the latest trends in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Chuck Borell arrested, warrant issued for Maria Borell in Kentucky

DRF | 19 hours ago
Chuck Borell, the central figure in the case involving 43 abandoned horses on a farm in Mercer County, Ky., was arrested by county sheriffs late Wednesday morning when he showed up at the farm. There is an outstanding warrant for the arrest of Maria Borell, the daughter of Chuck Borell. Read More...

Recruiting Ready Signs on for Bashford Manor

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
After winning his maiden debut by 10 1/4 lengths May 28 at Pimlico Race Course, Recruiting Ready is scheduled to ship west for the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Evangeline Downs Hosts LA Legends Night

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Dual-registered Thoroughbred and Paint filly Painting the Sky is expected to make her first stakes start in the July 2 program, with the eight Louisiana-bred stakes races worth $775,000 in purses. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from June 25 – June 28

DRF | 19 hours ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 23 – June 28

DRF | 19 hours ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

S’Maverlous is Cornhusker Highweight

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Tiz Wonderful gelding is chasing his second graded stakes win of the year Read More...

Limousine Liberal Seeks Graded Score in Smile

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Katherine Ball's Limousine Liberal has run against some of the best sprinters in the country, but will seek his first graded stakes victory in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (gr. II) June 29 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/1 Analysis

DRF | 19 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/1 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/1 Analysis

DRF | 19 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 7/1 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/1 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Pocono: Ben Franklin trainers discuss Saturday’s $500,000 Final

DRF | 20 hours ago
After last weekend’s three Ben Franklin Pace eliminations produced two of the three fastest miles in harness racing history on a five-eighths-mile track, horsemen and fans are anticipating an extraordinary encore in Saturday’s $500,000 final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Two Kentucky tracks in action Saturday

DRF | 20 hours ago
Churchill Downs has put together a competitive 11-race card with several sizable fields for its closing-night program on Saturday, which could feature a massive Single Six pot. Read More...

Tepin back home following Royal Ascot triumph

DRF | 20 hours ago
Royal Ascot heroine Tepin settled back into stall 1 at the Mark Casse barn at Churchill Downs on Monday after clearing quarantine in New York the previous week. Read More...

Harness: Ben Franklin participants on Post Time with Mike and Mike

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainers George Teague (Wiggle It Jiggleit), Jimmy Takter (Always B Miki) and Larry Rheinheimer (Freaky Feet Pete), along with owner Robert Cooper (Mel Mara) will discuss their charge's prospects in the $500,000 Ben Franklin final this Saturday at Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Hannelore Hanover headlines second leg of Miss Versatility

DRF | 20 hours ago
A group of 13 older trotting mares have been split into two $30,000 Miss Versatility divisions for the second leg of this year’s series. Read More...

Valenzuela hopes to be granted jockey’s license

DRF | 20 hours ago
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who has not ridden since late February in Louisiana, is hoping to ride in California in July for the first time since early 2014 if he is granted a license by the California Horse Racing Board. Read More...

Evangeline: Comeback puts Bourque in position to win No. 4,000

DRF | 20 hours ago
Jockey Steve Bourque, 53, is nearing 4,000 career Thoroughbred victories. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina Returns in Mother Goose

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
After a good rest following an uncharacteristic run in the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Rachel's Valentina is coming back to the races. Read More...

Santana enjoys adventure of riding in Turkey

DRF | 20 hours ago
Ricardo Santana Jr. didn't ride at Churchill Downs last weekend due to an international adventure, as he finished a creditable fifth aboard Impulsive in the 90th Gazi Derby, Turkey's most prestigious horse race, at the Veliefendi Hippodrome in Istanbul on Sunday. Read More...

Arapahoe Park Lifts EIA Quarantine

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
The Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Division of Racing Events June 29 lifted the quarantine on Arapahoe Park's stable area, which was in response to a positive test result for Equine Infectious Anemia. Read More...

Mac Daddy Mac makes belated return

DRF | 21 hours ago
The Grade 3-placed Mac Daddy Mac makes his long awaited 3-year-old debut facing four rivals in Friday's $37,000 optional-claiming feature, restricted to Florida-breds. Read More...

Sheer Drama’s absence opens up Princess Rooney

DRF | 21 hours ago
That collective sigh of relief heard from the Gulfstream Park racing office and points north on Wednesday afternoon came from the connections of seven of the eight fillies and mares entered in Saturday's Grade 2 Princess Rooney once they learned that the multiple Grade 1 winner Sheer Drama will not be in the race. Read More...

Chuck Borell Charged With Animal Cruelty

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on June 29 charged Chuck Borell, the father of trainer Maria Borell, with 43 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals in connection with the abandonment of horses in Central Kentucky. Read More...

Borells Charged With Animal Cruelty

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on June 29 charged Chuck and Maria Borell with 43 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals in connection with the abandonment of horses in Central Kentucky. Read More...

Super Majesty rounding into form for Iowa Distaff

DRF | 21 hours ago
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen has long expressed admiration for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, and it's the Hollendorfer-trained All Star Bub the Asmussen-trained Super Majesty probably has to beat in the $100,000 Iowa Distaff on Friday night at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

American Freedom has big shot to give Baffert fourth Iowa Derby win

DRF | 21 hours ago
Bob Baffert already has won the Iowa Derby three times, more than any trainer, and American Freedom figures to be heavily favored to give Baffert his fourth win in the race Friday night at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

MJC Reports Increased Average Daily Handle

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The Maryland Jockey Club announced June 29 that daily handle was up nearly 22% from the previous year during the recently concluded Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

KyDerbyKids Expands to 2-Year-Old Horses

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
#KyDerbyKids—the social-media initiative where the sons and daughters of trainers who had horses in the 2016 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) tweeted about their experiences—is expanding to include kids connected to 2-year-old runners. Read More...

Gilbert moving up the ranks of contest players

DRF | 21 hours ago
Over the last few years, a number of active and retired military men have made their mark in the contest world. Add another name to the list in Robert Gilbert. A 65-year-old Yardley, Pa., Gilbert is retired from careers in both the U.S. Air Force and as a high school teacher. On Saturday, he qualified for the National Handicapping Championship for the third straight year in an NHCQualify event on DRF Tournaments. Read More...

TAA Ready to Assist With Abandoned Horses

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
When state and local officials in Kentucky earlier in the week intervened in a case, in which 43 horses had apparently been abandoned with some in poor health condition, they did not have to look far to find assistance in dealing with the situation. Read More...

Los Alamitos Derby tops fair meet stakes schedule

DRF | 22 hours ago
Los Alamitos has scheduled five stakes for its 12-day Los Angeles County Fair meeting, which runs from Sept. 8-25, led by the $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby on Sept. 24. Read More...

Danzing Candy to make debut for Baffert in Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 22 hours ago
Danzing Candy, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, is scheduled to have his first start for trainer Bob Baffert in Saturday's $100,000 Affirmed Stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Sod laid for new turf course

DRF | 22 hours ago
Installation of new sod on the oval portion of the turf course at Santa Anita was scheduled to be completed Wednesday, June 29, a track official said. Read More...

MD, DE Rule Glaucine Positives Contamination

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
The Maryland Racing Commission June 27 voted unanimously to treat a spate of recent positive tests for glaucine as environmental contamination, to release purse funds that had been withheld in some cases, and to hold harmless the affected trainers. Read More...

Modern aims for fourth straight win in Lieutenant Governors’

DRF | 22 hours ago
Modern will try to win his fourth straight stakes at the meet when he runs in the $75,000 Lieutenant Governors' at Hastings on Friday. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew 11 horses and is the gem of the four stakes on the holiday card. Read More...

Welfare and Safety Summit delivers some good advice for trainers and owners

DRF | 22 hours ago
The Jockey Club held its seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland on Tuesday, and once again it offered some sound advice for trainers, some good information for owners and breeders, plus statistics on how racing is safer today than ever before, in part due to developments from previous editions of the conference. The one-day conference attracted some 200 people to Lexington, and was simulcast online. The event covered a variety of topics that included safety of racing surfaces, nutrition, racing regulations, medications, biosecurity, and equine health. Read More...

Red Rifle Aims to Repeat in Dominion Day

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
After scoring a clear victory in his Woodbine debut in last year's Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III), Red Rifle will try to defend that title Friday, July 1 in the 1 1/4-mile main-track race. Read More...

Stanz in Command goes long in Loseth Handicap

DRF | 22 hours ago
Is Stanz in Command just a late-running sprinter, or is he going to be one of the major players in the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 10? We should find out when he runs in the $50,000 Chris Loseth Handicap at Hastings on Friday. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds is one of four stakes on the nine-race Canada Day card that begins at 1:50 p.m. Pacific. Read More...