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Scary thought: Songbird might be even better for Alabama

DRF | 1 hour ago
As good as Songbird was in repelling three-time graded stakes winner Carina Mia and drawing clear to win Sunday's Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks by 5 1/4 lengths at Saratoga, her connections think the effort may serve to make her better. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 7/26 Analysis

DRF | 2 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 7/26 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mrazek, Smokey Image square off in Real Good Deal Stakes

DRF | 2 hours ago
Mrazek has a reputation to solidify, and Smokey Image has a reputation to restore in the $150,000 Real Good Deal Stakes on Wednesday at Del Mar. Both stakes winners are qualified to win the seven-furlong stakes, though none is sharper than Mrazek. Read More...

Paulassilverlining well rested, has the rail in Honorable Miss

DRF | 2 hours ago
One could understand if trainer Michelle Nevin was upset after her filly Paulassilverlining drew the rail for the fourth consecutive race in Wednesday's Grade 2 $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. But seeing how well Paulassilverlining has done from that sometimes intimidating post recently, Nevin will simply grin and bear it. Read More...

Sparkman: Streaking Songbird adds to Medaglia d’Oro’s credentials

DRF | 2 hours ago
Last weekend provided something of a harmonic convergence for the stud career of Medaglia d’Oro. On the same day that the retirement of the only daughter of his first great champion filly Rachel Alexandra was announced, Medaglia d’Oro’s second great American champion filly Songbird soared to an emphatic victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Lane’s End Texas Closes, Stallions Relocate

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Lane's End Texas, one of the Lone Star State's leading Thoroughbred farms, has closed and the three stallions that stood there--Too Much Bling, Grasshopper, and Congaree--have been relocated to Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Rachel’s Valentina retired

DRF | 2 hours ago
Grade 1 winner Rachel's Valentina, the only daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, has been retired from racing, owner-breeder Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Farm announced Sunday. Read More...

Rainbow Six jackpot will top $200,000

DRF | 3 hours ago
When racing resumes Thursday at south Florida's Gulfstream Park for another four-day week, the Rainbow 6 will surge past the $200,000 mark once the horses settle into the gate for the fifth of 10 races. Read More...

Trip Notes for July 22-24: Coaching Club American Oaks, San Diego, Sanford

DRF | 3 hours ago
Trip Notes for by Michael Hammersly for races run on July 22-24, including the Coaching Club American Oaks, San Diego, and Sanford. Read More...

Parx Cancels Given Excessive Heat Warning

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
An excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service led Parx Racing to cancel its July 25 live racing program. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 18 – July 20

DRF | 3 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Philadelphia, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from July 18 – July 21

DRF | 3 hours ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Trotman gives up role as assistant trainer to represent Husbands

DRF | 3 hours ago
After spending more than 20 years working as an assistant trainer, Leroy Trotman has changed roles and will now represent eight-time Sovereign Award-winning jockey Patrick Husbands as his agent. Read More...

Sugar Jones looks to turn tables on Generous Touch in Eternal Search Stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
Sugar Jones was a half-length shy of remaining undefeated in the Passing Mood Stakes on July 2 and will now look to record her first stakes victory in Wednesday night's $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles on Woodbine's Tapeta. Read More...

Stevens has a thing for Beholder

DRF | 4 hours ago
A couple of days before the race season started at Del Mar, jockey Gary Stevens wandered into the stable area with a bucket, filled with peppermints, that said “Beholder” on it, and made a beeline for trainer Richard Mandella's barn, where he spends a lot of time these days. Read More...

California Chrome’s silks, saddle towel sold for charity

DRF | 4 hours ago
Mark Stanton came to California for a weekend of beach time and bets at Del Mar. He went home to South Jersey with a memento that fit comfortably in his carry-on luggage. Read More...

Free: Del Mar horses to watch for week of July 25

DRF | 4 hours ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Del Mar for the week of July 25. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of July 25

DRF | 4 hours ago
Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of July 25 Read More...

Princess Kennedy nips Brookys Star in Washington Oaks

DRF | 6 hours ago
With a perfectly timed ride by Rocco Bowen, Princess Kennedy got up in the last few strides to edge Brookys Star in the $81,250 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs Sunday. Read More...

Vernon: Bar Hopping finishes first in Zweig Memorial

DRF | 15 hours ago
Bar Hopping, the only horse to beat Southwind Frank this year, readied himself for the Hambletonian with a 1:53 1/5 triumph in the $300,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotting colts on Sunday night at Vernon Downs. Read More...

Vernon Downs: Flowers N Songs uses stretch rally to take Zweig Filly Trot

DRF | 15 hours ago
Flowers N Songs, who won the C$174,329 S.B.O.A. Stakes earlier this year at Mohawk at odds of 23-1, pulled an 8-1 surprise on Sunday night at Vernon Downs when she won the $140,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters in 1:53 4/5. Read More...

Vernon: New York Sire Stakes victories to No Clouds Bluechip, Dime A Dance

DRF | 15 hours ago
The undercard features on Zweig night at Vernon Downs were a pair of $60,200 New York Sire Stakes splits for 3-year-old pacing fillies, and the winners were No Clouds Bluechip and Dime A Dance. Read More...

Patriots Rule’s upset in California Dreamin’ triggers $888,207 pick six hit

DRF | 16 hours ago
Patriots Rule, ready to fire off a layoff of 49 weeks, scored a 16-1 upset in the $150,690 California Dreamin’ Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar to help one ticket nail a pick six that paid $888,207.40. Read More...

Saratoga: Pick six carryover of $333,445 for Monday’s card

DRF | 18 hours ago
When Derby Champagne ($60) beat Mav by a head in Sunday’s 11th race at Saratoga, it triggered at two-day pick six carryover of $333,445 into Monday’s nine-race card. Read More...

Songbird gets stiff challenge, remains unbeaten in Coaching Club American Oaks

DRF | 18 hours ago
Jockey Mike Smith asked Songbird for more than he ever had to before and the filly responded, running away from Carina Mia and drawing off to a 5 1/4-length victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga, keeping her unbeaten in nine starts. Read More...

Hard Aces Too Tough in Cougar II

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Hronis Racing's Hard Aces took control at the start and repelled a stern challenge from Quick Casablanca around the final turn to win the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar. Read More...

Nyquist Logs Final Work for Haskell

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked a mile in 1:39 2/5 at 1 p.m. PDT July 24 at Del Mar. Read More...

A Revenant captures Rainbow Futurity

DRF | 18 hours ago
A Revenant kept the Rainbow Futurity tradition alive in his family with a victory in the 400-yard race for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday. Read More...

Hard Aces holds off Quick Casablanca in Cougar II Handicap

DRF | 19 hours ago
The Grade 1 winner Hard Aces ended a nine-race losing streak with a grueling victory over Quick Casabalanca in Sunday’s $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on dirt at Del Mar. Read More...

Lady Jila wins Columbine for fourth time

DRF | 19 hours ago
The 9-year-old mare Lady Jila became the first Thoroughbred at Arapahoe Park to win the same stakes four times when she barely hung on in the $35,000 Columbine, giving trainer O.A. Martinez Jr. a sweep of Sunday’s two stakes for Colorado-breds. Read More...

Songbird All Heart at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Songbird, as if she wanted to toy with onlookers and viewers across the nation to build the drama, took Carina Mia's best shot during the final turn in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), but was still able to win in her signature fashion. Read More...

Two Turf Records Fall at Laurel Park

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Opal Eileen Paul's Coastal Sea and Nicholaos Panopoulos and Sotirios Sakatis' Heiko set records on the Laurel Park turf on a hot July 24. Read More...

Vets uncertain whether they can save Big Book

DRF | 19 hours ago
Big Book, a three-time winner who was graded stakes-placed last year, remained under evaluation on Sunday, a day after sustaining sesamoid injuries in a workout at Del Mar. Trainer Tim Yakteen said veterinarians were assessing whether Big Book could undergo an operation and be saved as a broodmare. Read More...

New Mexico star Diabolical Dame tests tougher competition

DRF | 20 hours ago
Diabolical Dame has been a star filly in New Mexico, winning five stakes in the last 15 months. For the first time in her career, Diabolical Dame will race outside of New Mexico when she starts in an optional claimer at six furlongs at Del Mar on Wednesday. Read More...

Two years later, Up With the Birds wins Nijinsky again

DRF | 20 hours ago
Up With the Birds won his first race since the 2014 Nijinsky Stakes in Sunday’s renewal of the nine-furlong turf route at Woodbine, flying home from last to first in the stretch under Eurico Da Silva. Read More...

Up With the Birds Back Winning at Woodbine

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Sam-Son Farm's Up With the Birds, back in his home country, where he was named 2013 Canadian Horse of the Year, snapped a 12-race winless streak with a 1 1/4-length score in the $200,000 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 24 at Woodbine. Read More...

Owners retire Her Emmynency, have high hopes for Auntjenn

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Grade 1 winner Her Emmynency has been retired after a series of poor performances, trainer Kristin Mulhall said over the weekend. Owners Ike and Dawn Thrash and Mulhall have a promising 2-year-old filly in Auntjenn, the winner of a maiden race on Saturday. Read More...

Motion makes right move running Tin Type Gal in Boiling Springs

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Graham Motion scratched Tin Type Gal out of the Lake George Stakes at Saratoga on Friday in favor of Sunday's Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park. His handicapping was rewarded as she eked out a neck victory in the Grade 3 turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Tin Type Gal Rallies to Take Boiling Springs

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Trainer Graham Motion decided to scratch Tin Type Gal from the July 22 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) in favor of the July 24 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) and the move paid off when the Tapit filly won the Monmouth Park fixture. Read More...

School Board Prez captures Norm Barron Queen City Oaks

DRF | 21 hours ago
School Board Prez won her fifth consecutive stakes against Oho-bred fillies when she rallied to take Sunday’s $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks. Read More...

Nyquist sharpens for Haskell by drilling a mile

DRF | 21 hours ago
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist on Sunday worked a mile at Del Mar in 1:39.40 in his final work before next Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, which will be his first start since he suffered his first career loss when third in the Preakness Stakes two months ago. Read More...

California Chrome, Dortmund conquer physical ailments to remain elite runners

DRF | 22 hours ago
The energy from California Chrome’s brilliant half-length win over Dortmund in Saturday’s $200,000 San Diego Handicap was still present at trainer Art Sherman’s stable at Del Mar on Sunday morning, a very welcome sort of hangover. Considering where California Chrome was a year ago, and Dortmund’s status four months ago, their respective performances have even greater meaning. Read More...

Destin Remains On Track for Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Destin, who fell a nose short of winning the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I), remains on target for the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

California Diamond fetches $125k in Del Mar’s Paddock Sale

DRF | 23 hours ago
California Diamond, the undefeated winner of the Santa Anita Juvenile earlier this month, sold for $125,000 at Saturday’s Paddock Sale at Del Mar of horses of racing age, the most expensive hip of an evening sale with a small catalog and a low number of purchased horses. Read More...

Tis Marvellous runs away from pack in French Prix Robert Papin

DRF | 24 hours ago
Tis Marvellous went from a maiden-race winner in England to a group-stakes winner in France in less than two weeks with a victory in Sunday’s $142,500 Prix Robert Papin for 2-year-old colts and fillies at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, near Paris. Read More...

South Jersey man pays $20,000 for California Chrome’s silks, saddle towel in charity auction

DRF | 24 hours ago
Mark Stanton came to California for a weekend of beach time and bets at Del Mar. He went home to South Jersey with a memento that fit comfortably in his carry-on luggage. Read More...

‘Chrome’ Back to Los Al After San Diego Win

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Seemingly everyone that got within earshot of trainer Art Sherman wanted to express their appreciation for what they experienced the day before, when California Chrome and Dortmund did battle in the stretch during the San Diego Handicap (gr. II). Read More...

Lanerie Scores Unusual Double at Ellis Park

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Jockey Corey Lanerie scored an unusual double July 23 at Ellis Park, where he won publicity races aboard a camel and an ostrich. Read More...

Beholder, Stellar Wind work five furlongs in prep for Clement Hirsch Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Beholder and Stellar Wind both worked five furlongs Sunday morning at Del Mar in preparation for a rematch of the Eclipse Award winners Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes. Read More...

Hit It Once More Gives Sire a Milestone

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
August Dawn Farm's Hit It Once More netted his first stakes victory in the $164,150 New York Derby July 23 at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack and gave his sire, Hard Spun, his 50th black-type winner. Read More...