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Meadowlands: Lock Down Lindy, Spirit To Win step up in Hambo Oaks elims

DRF | 43 mins ago
Lock Down Lindy and Spirit To Win emerged as the leading ladies and likely favorites for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final on August 8 at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Beholder may challenge males after Clement Hirsch romp

DRF | 3 hours ago
Beholder won the 11th stakes of her career in the $300,750 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar, pulling clear from seven overmatched rivals to win by seven lengths. The win stretched her winning streak to four races, and left owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Richard Mandella contemplating a first-ever start against males for the 5-year-old Beholder in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22, the track’s richest race. Read More...

Beholder All Class in Easy Hirsch Score

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens. Read More...

Texas Red displays new tactics to take Jim Dandy

DRF | 4 hours ago
In a scratch-reduced field of four, Texas Red sat second, always within 1 1/2 lengths of the pacesetting Japan. But in the stretch, he displayed that same determined late run and won the Jim Dandy by a half-length over Frosted. Read More...

Rare Upset for Jockey Parker at Mountaineer

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Former $5,000 claimer Looks to Spare, a 74-1 shot, outran his odds when he swept past several tough foes to win the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's Cup under DeShawn Parker, the all-time leading rider at Mountaineer. Read More...

Red Rifle shows versatility in Bowling Green victory

DRF | 5 hours ago
Red Rifle continued to show his versatility while seemingly improving with age after parlaying a picture-perfect ride by Javier Castellano into a 2 1/2-length victory over War Dancer in Saturday’s $250,000 Bowling Green at Saratoga. Read More...

Red Rifle Blasts Through in Bowling Green

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
With four horses in a line across the course in the stretch, Red Rifle emerged from the two path and drew off to a clear victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

R Dub makes Silver Cup Futurity third straight win

DRF | 5 hours ago
R Dub won his third straight race Saturday at Arapahoe Park, where he darted to a 1 1/4-length win over Let the Boy Sing in the $35,000 colts and geldings division of the Silver Cup Futurity. Read More...

Madefromlucky bounces back to win West Virginia Derby

DRF | 5 hours ago
Madefromlucky bounced back from his sixth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes by rallying wide under Joe Bravo to defeat Souper Colossal by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Racetrack. Read More...

Texas Red Denies Frosted in Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Jim Dandy: Texas Red Denies Frosted

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Trinniberg Winner Falling Sky Could Go to Spa

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Rebounding from an eighth-place finish in the Smile Sprint (gr. II), Newtown Anner Stud and Joseph Bulger's Falling Sky captured the $75,000 Trinniberg Stakes at Gulfstream Park Aug. 1. Read More...

Madefromlucky Gets Job Done in WV Derby

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer. Read More...

Velazquez’s dropped whip aids Rock Fall’s narrow win in Alfred Vanderbilt

DRF | 6 hours ago
In a thrilling stretch drive in Saturday's Alfred Vanderebilt at Saratoga, it was the Todd Pletcher-trained Rock Fall nosing out the John Velazquez-ridden The Big Beast in a race where Velazquez lost his whip inside the three-sixteenths pole. Read More...

Room for Me converts dream trip into Regret victory

DRF | 6 hours ago
Room for Me has found new life since being claimed earlier this year and sent east, and she scored her biggest win yet Saturday when rolling to a 5 3/4-length victory in the $77,500 Regret Stakes for female sprinters at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Falling Sky gets up by a head in Trinniberg

DRF | 6 hours ago
Falling Sky held off a surging Ledokol by a head to win the $75,000 Trinniberg on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from July 27 – July 29

DRF | 6 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from July 27 – July 30

DRF | 6 hours ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Looks to Spare stuns in huge West Virginia Governor’s upset

DRF | 6 hours ago
Claimed for a mere $5,000 less than four months earlier, Looks to Spare pulled a 74-1 stunner Saturday when striding away from nine other older horses in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes at Mountaineer Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 8/3 Analysis

DRF | 6 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 8/3 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Gabriel Charles Set for Arlington Million

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Sam Britt and Michael House's Gabriel Charles will take his sharp recent form to the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, according to trainer Jeff Mullins. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 8/3 Analysis

DRF | 7 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 8/3 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Rock Fall Edges The Big Beast in Vanderbilt

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Rock Fall continued his dazzling win streak and stepped up to the top level with a game performance in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, edging grade I winner The Big Beast. Read More...

Bear’s Pride pulls surprise in Victoriana

DRF | 7 hours ago
Bear’s Pride collared the favored Silent Treat in the final strides to win her first stakes in the $126,600 Victoriana on Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Meadows: Dude’s The Man scores in Adios Final

DRF | 7 hours ago
Dude's The Man lived up to top billing taking the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon. Read More...

Champ Work All Week Takes Mountaineer Stakes

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Midwest Thoroughbreds' champion Work All Week, second in his two races this year after his Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victory in 2014, got back on track with a win in the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes Aug. 1. Read More...

Second Massachusetts Horsemen’s Group Forms

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
The sizable faction of horsemen dissatisfied with leadership of the New England affiliate of the Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association has splintered to form the new Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Read More...

Work All Week romps in Sen. Robert Byrd Memorial

DRF | 8 hours ago
A distinct class drop enabled defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Work All Week to register his first victory of the season in Saturday’s Sen. Robert Byrd Memorial Stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack. Read More...

Holy Boss wins fourth straight in Amsterdam

DRF | 8 hours ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen’s patience with Holy Boss paid big dividends Saturday at Saratoga as the speedy 3-year-old continued his winning ways with a convincing 2 1/4-length victory over the rail-skimming Requite in the $200,000 Amsterdam. Read More...

Jockey Montalvo Hits 1,000-Win Milestone

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Jockey Carlos Montalvo recorded his 1,000th career victory Aug. 1 at Arlington International Racecourse, winning with Jere R. Smith Jr.'s Oh My Todd in the day's first race. Read More...

Holy Boss Extends Streak in Amsterdam

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Jerry Durant's Holy Boss extended his winning streak to four with his first graded score in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Jockey Luzzi cleared to return following injury

DRF | 9 hours ago
Jockey Mike Luzzi, severely injured in a paddock accident at Aqueduct last November, has been cleared by doctors to return to the saddle, Luzzi said Friday. Read More...

Liam’s Map sizzles in five-furlong work

DRF | 9 hours ago
Liam’s Map worked a very fast five furlongs Saturday in preparation for next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes. Trainer Todd Pletcher is not so sure that was a good thing. Read More...

Palace to Miss Remainder of Saratoga Meet

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Making his first start against New York-breds in 18 months in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes July 30, 6-year-old Palace suffered a deep gash in his left front foot after breaking awkwardly from the gate. Read More...

Haskell: Dale Romans on Keen Ice

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Dale Romans discusses Keen Ice, Kent Desormeaux, and the Haskell. Read More...

Daredevil to try turf Friday

DRF | 9 hours ago
Daredevil, the Grade 1 Champagne winner on dirt at age 2, will make his turf debut in Friday’s Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Travers purse boost possible

DRF | 9 hours ago
The purse of the Travers Stakes would increase to $1.6 million from $1.25 million should Triple Crown winner American Pharoah start in the race Aug. 29, the New York Racing Association announced Saturday. Read More...

Motown Men targets Brubaker

DRF | 9 hours ago
Motown Men won for the third time in his last five starts in a competitive optional claimer in Friday’s sixth race at a mile. The win will lead to a start in the $80,000 Harry Brubaker Stakes at a mile Aug. 26, trainer Ted H. West said on Saturday. Read More...

After CTBA win, Obey eyes Generous Portion

DRF | 9 hours ago
The 2-year-old filly Obey gave trainer Sam Scolamieri his first stakes win in more than 18 years when she won the $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar on Friday night. Read More...

Travers Purse $1.6 Million if ‘Pharoah’ Runs

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
The New York Racing Association will raise the total purse for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) to $1.6 million, contingent upon Triple Crown winner American Pharoah starting Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Goulding: Del Mar pick three play for Sunday, Aug. 2

DRF | 9 hours ago
We’ll start the pick three with a no-brainer single in the $200,000 Real Good Deal in race 5. GIMME DA LUTE (6) is coming off back-to-back wins in graded races and shouldn’t have any trouble handling the cutback in distance to seven furlongs while facing Cal-breds. He appeared to like the new surface when he earned a bullet for his five-furlong move here July 27, and he should get a perfect trip breaking from the outside post in the six-horse field. Read More...

Competitive yearling market looms in 2015

DRF | 9 hours ago
As the commercial breeding industry was climbing out of its recent recession, the phrase “cautious optimism” was used to describe the state of the yearling market as frequently as a good horse was deemed to have “ticked all the boxes.” With the 2015 yearling season kicking into gear, “cautious optimism” has often been replaced by the phrase “it’s tough to buy the good ones.” The focus is not on the past today but on what many buyers and sales officials suggest is a solid market fueled by demand that may continue to move higher. Read More...

Competitive yearling market looms in 2015

DRF | 9 hours ago
As the commercial breeding industry was climbing out of its recent recession, the phrase “cautious optimism” was used to describe the state of the yearling market as frequently as a good horse was deemed to have “ticked all the boxes.” With the 2015 yearling season kicking into gear, “cautious optimism” has often been replaced by the phrase “it’s tough to buy the good ones.” The focus is not on the past today but on what many buyers and sales officials suggest is a solid market fueled by demand that may continue to move higher. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar on Sunday, Aug. 2

DRF | 10 hours ago
Occasionally, a racing card includes vulnerable or undervalued favorites that a bettor is virtually required to wager against. Read More...

Wild One, Futura Win on Big Day at Greyville

Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago
Wild One struck from off the pace Aug. 1 at Greyville to land the eLan Property Group Gold Cup (SAf-I), South Africa's premier staying event, which was delayed a week due to inclement weather. Read More...

Looking ahead on the yearling sales calendar

DRF | 10 hours ago
The lights will barely get a chance to dim in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., before the yearling calendar picks right up again. Just four days after playing host to the Saratoga select yearling sale – the category’s first boutique auction of the season – Fasig-Tipton will conduct its annual New York-bred yearling sale, beginning Aug. 15. The same evening on the opposite coast, Barretts will hold its inaugural summer yearling sale at its new Del Mar location. The action continues from there. Here is a look at North America’s major yearling sales of 2015, in chronological order, following the Fasig-Tipton August selected yearling sale. Read More...

Peck: Monmouth pick five play for Sunday, Aug. 2

DRF | 10 hours ago
Haskell Day at Monmouth Park is the premier day for racing in New Jersey, and the card features some interesting betting races of course. Here's a look at the late pick five. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga: Hips to watch

DRF | 10 hours ago
Following are horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale based on their pedigrees and past auction performance of notable family members. Read More...

Lady Shipman can give O’Connell meaningful win in Coronation Cup

DRF | 10 hours ago
Trainer Kathleen O’Connell has won more than 1,700 races and 60 stakes, but she’s never won a stakes race at Saratoga. On Monday, O’Connell will be favored to add that accomplishment to her impressive résumé when sending out her turf-sprint specialist Lady Shipman against nine other 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Coronation Cup. Read More...

Sparkman: Anatomy of a yearling sales star

DRF | 10 hours ago
The yearling sale season begins in earnest next week with the 95th Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of select yearlings, featuring 10 yearlings cataloged by 2014 and 2015 leading general sire Tapit. There also are five yearlings in the sale by 2013 leading sire Kitten’s Joy, three by 2009, 2010, and 2012 leading sire Giant’s Causeway, two by 2011 leading sire Distorted Humor, four by 2007 and 2008 leading sire Smart Strike, and two by 2004 leading sire Elusive Quality. Read More...