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Tampa Bay Downs adds one turf stakes for 2017, boosts statebred stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
The rebirth of a turf stakes for 3-year-olds and higher purses for the Florida Cup stakes for statebreds are the most significant changes to the 2016-17 stakes schedule at Tampa Bay Downs, which opens its meet Nov. 26. The schedule features 24 stakes worth a track-record $2.975 million, up from $2.7 million for 23 stakes at the 2015-16 meet. Read More...

Monmouth suspends trainer Bradley for 45 days

DRF | 5 hours ago
The Monmouth Park board of stewards has suspended trainer Chloe Bradley for 45 days and fined her $1,500 for entering Lucy N Ethel in the Aug. 14 Blue Sparkler Stakes. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot good to go after Vance win

DRF | 6 hours ago
Ivan Fallunovalot overcame a difficult trip to win the $150,000 David M. Vance for the third time in his career Sunday at Remington Park and was none the worse for wear Monday. Read More...

Ambitious Champion kicks off season in Wistaria Handicap

DRF | 6 hours ago
Ambitious Champion, a Group 3 winner in Hong Kong in April, will start for the first time in the 2016-17 Hong Kong Season in Wednesday’s $225,652 Wistaria Handicap at about a mile on turf at Happy Valley Racecourse. Read More...

Evangeline Downs opens 46-date Quarter Horse meet Wednesday

DRF | 6 hours ago
Evangeline Downs turns its attention to Quarter Horse racing on Wednesday night. The Opelousas, La., track will open a 46-date meet that runs through Dec. 17. Read More...

Brown has two for Champagne

DRF | 6 hours ago
Trainer Chad Brown said Sunday he will most likely run both Practical Joke, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful, and Favorable Outcome, a sharp debut winner at Saratoga, in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 8. Read More...

Mo Town targets Nashua

DRF | 6 hours ago
Mo Town, a seven-length winner of a one-mile maiden race at Belmont last Saturday, will be pointed to the Grade 3, $200,000 Nashua Stakes on the Nov. 4 opening day card at Aqueduct, trainer Tony Dutrow said Monday. Read More...

Cavorting starts working toward Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 6 hours ago
Cavorting won't have many workouts between now and the Breeders' Cup Distaff, but she had one on Monday, breezing a half-mile in 48 seconds over the Belmont Park main track. It was the first work for Cavorting since her victory in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Aug. 27. Read More...

The RNA Conundrum at Public Auctions

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Keeneland reported there were 1,006 yearlings that went unsold at the September yearling sale, for an RNA rate of 26.5%. In reality, the RNA rate was considerably lower due to the large number of horses that sold after they left the ring. Read More...

Luzzi, Gaffalione try to pull upset

DRF | 6 hours ago
Lane Luzzi and Tyler Gaffalione will go head to head on key contenders in Thursday's $37,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream. Luzzie rides With a Kiss and Gaffalione is aboard Tiz Boa in the 7 1/2-furlong turf test for statebred fillies and mares. Read More...

Luzzi a contender for top apprentice honors

DRF | 6 hours ago
Last summer it was Tyler Gaffalione who parlayed his success during the Gulfstream Park summer meet into an Eclipse Award as the nation's leading apprentice. Now it's Lane Luzzi who is taking a similar path. Read More...

Paulick Report 9/26 News Minute

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Nicks taking a shot in In Reality, My Dear Girl

DRF | 6 hours ago
There won't be many horses lining up alongside Three Rules for Saturday's $500,000 In Reality Stakes at Gulfstream. But one 2-year-old expected to be there for the finale of the Florida Sire Stakes series will be Illmatic, who is short on experience but long on potential, according to his trainer, Ralph Nicks. Read More...

Texas Chrome eyes Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 6 hours ago
Texas Chrome and Sticksstatelydude were headed in different directions on Monday, the morning after they finished one-two in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Read More...

Handle, average field size down sharpy at Monmouth meet

DRF | 6 hours ago
Wagering figures at the recently completed Monmouth Park meet in Oceanport, N.J., tumbled across the board, according to figures released by the track Sunday night, reflecting the track's struggles to fill races and card competitive betting contests. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 9/28 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 7 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 9/28 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Steve Wolfson headed back to NHC

DRF | 7 hours ago
The 2003 National Handicapping Championship winner topped the BCQualify leaderboard on Sunday. Steve Wolfson Jr. won his way back to the NHC earlier this year via a DRFBets event. This weekend, he was one of five players to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge in a two-round contest held at DRF Tournaments. Read More...

Big World in Thursday feature after long layoff

DRF | 7 hours ago
Big World makes her long-awaited 3-year-old debut in a second-level allowance race that serves as the featured event on Thursday's program at Belmont Park, one that has 67 horses entered in nine races. Read More...

Keeneland September had global attraction

DRF | 7 hours ago
Like a global Thoroughbred convention, international buyers descended upon the recently concluded Keeneland September yearling sale, with outfits from five continents showing that the American Thoroughbred is in demand the world over. Read More...

NBC Will Air Pegasus World Cup

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
The NBC Sports Group will provide 90 minutes of live coverage Jan. 28 from Gulfstream Park that will be available on TVs, desktop computers, and mobile devices. Read More...

Aqueduct to run 29 stakes during fall meet

DRF | 8 hours ago
Anchored by the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, Aqueduct will host 29 stakes – 11 of which are graded – worth $4.85 million during the fall meet, which begins Nov. 4. The Cigar Mile tops a four-stakes card on Nov. 26 which also includes the Grade 2 Remsen, Grade 2 Demoiselle, and Grade 3 Comely. Read More...

Wonder Gal on top of game for Gallant Bloom

DRF | 8 hours ago
Wonder Gal came off a seven-month layoff on Sept. 2 with the best performance of career, winning a New York-bred allowance race by 11 1/2 lengths at Saratoga. Saturday, she is scheduled to return to open company in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap. Read More...

Vosburgh marks end to Joking’s break

DRF | 8 hours ago
After a planned summer freshening, Joking will return to the races in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Pinhooking Rookie Scores Big at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
In her first foray into Thoroughbred ownership, Samantha Menker paid $2,700 for a Gemologist colt at this year’s Keeneland January mixed sale and sold him in September for $125,000. Read More...

Forever Unbridled coming for Beldame

DRF | 8 hours ago
Forever Unbridled, the Apple Blossom winner, was scheduled on Monday to ship from Kentucky to Belmont where on Saturday she will run in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Flintshire on his own for Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

DRF | 8 hours ago
Flintshire will not have any pace help when he seeks his fourth consecutive victory of the year in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. Read More...

Songbird targets Breeders’ Cup Distaff after Cotillion win

DRF | 9 hours ago
Songbird, who remained unbeaten with an authoritative victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Saturday, was scheduled to be flown back to Southern California on Wednesday to begin preparing for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Read More...

Canadian International next for Da Big Hoss

DRF | 9 hours ago
With time running out to fulfill quarantine and vaccination requirements, Da Big Hoss won't be heading to Australia for the Melbourne Cup after all and instead will run in the Canadian International at Woodbine. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 9/27 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 9/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Runhappy scaring ‘em away from Ack Ack

DRF | 9 hours ago
The heavy lifting is over for Runhappy after he was sent through his final breeze Sunday at Keeneland in preparation for his eagerly awaited return to racing Saturday at Churchill Downs. Runhappy will be a huge favorite in what is shaping up as a very short field for the Grade 3, $100,000 Ack Ack. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 9/27 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 9/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Coalport in for a tag in Thursday turf feature

DRF | 9 hours ago
Hot weather is no longer an excuse for local fans to miss the Twilight Thursday program that kicks off the final four-day stretch of the 11-day September meet at Churchill. Read More...

Sparkman: Tapit and War Front rule Keeneland

DRF | 9 hours ago
The natural order of the Thoroughbred marketplace dictates that leading sires become leading commercial sires. Buyers at yearling sales, first and foremost, are looking for top racehorses, and sires at or near the top of the General Sire List have proven their ability to produce those horses. The biggest buyers, however, also are looking for top racehorses with what are loosely deemed “stallion pedigrees,” and current fashion can influence those purchases almost as much as pure racetrack results. Read More...

Taylor Made leads consignors at Keeneland September

DRF | 10 hours ago
Taylor Made Sales Agency led all consignors by gross for the 18th time since 1985 and the fourth time in the last five years. The Taylor family's operation, which is active across all six books of the sale, finished with 282 yearlings sold for $32,899,300. Read More...

Tapit tops Keeneland September sale sires

DRF | 10 hours ago
Commercial juggernaut Tapit finished as Keeneland September's leading sire by gross for the fifth consecutive year, with 31 yearlings sold for $19,835,000. A distant second was the late Scat Daddy, with 54 sold for $13,379,000, led by the $3 million sale-topper. Tapit also led by average sale price among stallions with three or more offspring sold at $639,839, a position he also held in 2014. He narrowly edged out War Front, who finished at $633,947. Read More...

Cloontia tests open company in turf allowance

DRF | 10 hours ago
Having gone through his New York-bred conditions, Cloontia steps into open company for the first time in six months Wednesday in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds scheduled for one mile over Belmont Park's Widener turf course. Read More...

Princess Jesse, Waltzing Attila Score Stakes Wins at Albuquerque Downs

Princess Jesse, a homebred filly by Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, parlayed a sharp break from post 4 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 400-yard, $171,070 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds. Read More...

Mitey Man Scores in New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity

Mitey Man, the fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite, rewarded his connections with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $241,168 New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Meadowlands lowers takeout for 14-day turf meet

DRF | 10 hours ago
New Jersey racing moves from Monmouth Park to the northern part of the state Wednesday evening as the Meadowlands begins a 14-day all-turf meet that runs through Oct. 19. Read More...

Texas Bling Retired to Stud

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Six-year-old stakes winner will be the first son of Too Much Bling to enter stud. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Sept. 19 – Sept. 21

DRF | 11 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Pierce high on Mythical Mission after debut

DRF | 11 hours ago
Smart Mission's 2-year-old half-sister, Mythical Mission, debuted with a victory over 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf Friday afternoon, and that has trainer Malcom Pierce encouraged about her future. Read More...

Smart Mission suffers setback

DRF | 11 hours ago
Trainer Malcolm Pierce said Smart Mission was pulled up by her exercise rider during a routine gallop on entry day for the Ontario Colleen on Wednesday morning. Read More...

Lexie Lou retired, will be entered in Keeneland sale

DRF | 11 hours ago
Lexie Lou, winner of the 2014 Queen's Plate, has been retired and will be entered in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, trainer Mark Casse said. Read More...

Trip Notes for September 24-25: Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion

DRF | 11 hours ago
Trip Notes by Michael Hammersly for races on September 24-25, including the Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Sept. 20 – Sept. 22

DRF | 11 hours ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Pegasus World Cup Television Rights Announced

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Henry Birtles Associates (HBA) has partnered with The Stronach Group to distribute international television rights to The Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Read More...

Daily handle down about 5 percent at Los Alamitos meet

DRF | 11 hours ago
The 12-day Los Angeles County Fair meeting at Los Alamitos ended on Sunday with a decline of approximately 5 percent in all-sources daily handle, track officials said. Read More...

BH 100: Shooting Star

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Ruffian's brilliance dazzled but burned out much too quickly Read More...

Unbridled Mo powers through late to win Oaks

DRF | 23 hours ago
Unbridled Mo won her fourth consecutive race Sunday when she swept to a 1 1/4-length win over Ready to Confess in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks. Read More...