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Avila deciding whether to appeal fine, suspension

DRF | 2 hours ago
Trainer A.C. Avila said on Thursday that he is debating whether to appeal a 60-day suspension and a $10,000 fine he received from the California Horse Racing Board after one of his starters tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine in March 2014. Read More...

California Chrome cranks it up a notch

DRF | 2 hours ago
California Chrome’s workouts are intensifying as he approaches his next start, which will come in the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 28. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 3/8 Analysis

DRF | 2 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 3/8 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Majestic Affair sticks with best game in Winkfield

DRF | 2 hours ago
His connections having resisted the temptation to stretch him out in distance, Majestic Affair will be doing what he’s proven he does best when he sprints in Sunday’s $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, March 7

DRF | 2 hours ago
It’s not just a thrill to be able to watch Shared Belief, likely the best horse in the land, race in the Santa Anita Handicap. But his presence provides you with a “free square” to help with a number of your multi-race wagers. Read More...

Jockey Chapa’s Fine Increased to $100,000

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Texas Racing Commission executive director Chuck Trout has imposed a $100,000 fine on jockey Roman Chapa, who was initially fined $25,000 and suspended five years after it was determined he carried an electrical device. Read More...

Chapa’s fine for alleged buzzer use increased to $100,000

DRF | 2 hours ago
A Texas Racing Commission official has increased a fine assessed to jockey Roman Chapa for allegedly using an electrical device from $25,000 to $100,000, according to documents provided by the commission. The case concerns the Richard King Stakes, run at Sam Houston Race Park on Jan. 17. Read More...

String King freshened ahead of Muniz Memorial

DRF | 2 hours ago
After the classy Louisiana-bred String King became a graded stakes winner with a victory Jan. 17 in the Grade 3 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap, trainer-owner-breeder Charles Smith decided the gelding would benefit from a freshening. Read More...

Toast of New York Out of G1 Dubai World Cup

TDN | 3 hours ago
Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015 12:16 PM ET Toast of New York (Thewayyouare) will miss the G1 Dubai World Cup after suffering a setback Read More...

Regally Ready has clear edge in featured optional claimer

DRF | 3 hours ago
Regally Ready, who hasn’t raced since finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last fall, returns to competition Sunday for trainer Steve Asmussen in an optional-claiming race at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Friday, March 6

DRF | 3 hours ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Friday's cards at Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Gulfstream, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Santa Anita, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Compromise Possible for Racing in Virginia

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Winter weather didn't just force cancellations of race days this week, it also forced the Virginia Racing Commission to postpone its regular meeting that had been scheduled March 5, when it had hoped the future of racing. Read More...

Cay Dancer lands in softer spot for second U.S. start

DRF | 3 hours ago
Cay Dancer was fairly good in her North American debut, but not good enough. Chad Brown went back to the proverbial drawing board afterward, and 10 weeks later, Cay Dancer is back in the entries, dropping in class and prepared to make far more impact in Sunday’s $52,000 feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Far From Over

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
Far From Over stems from one of the most prolific branches of the Betty Derr family, that of his fourth dam, the 1983 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Courtly Dee. Read More...

Convictions in Billion-Dollar Bookmaking Case

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
A federal jury in Oklahoma City convicted three Florida men and a Florida corporation today for their participation in an illegal international gambling and money laundering enterprise. Read More...

Aqueduct cancels Friday card

DRF | 5 hours ago
Due to the impact of a winter storm, racing was canceled Friday at Aqueduct, the 15th full card and second in a row lost to weather and safety concerns. Read More...

Winter Weather Continues to Impact Racing

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled racing March 6 due to the impact of winter weather on the racing surface and aggressive efforts to get the track ready for the March 7 program highlighted by the $400,000 Gotham Stakes. Read More...

The Friday Show: No Heavy Lifting Required?

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In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 20 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2015 7:24 PM ET Steve Sherack chats with Fasig-Tipton's Boyd Browning on the 75% increase in the number of juveniles to sell... Read More...

Seven Seek First Graded Score in Las Flores

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
A group of seven older fillies and mares will be seeking their first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 8 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Bet This, Not That: Races on Saturday, March 7

DRF | 21 hours ago
Partly due to a storm that led to the cancellation of most of the races at Gulfstream Park last Saturday, this Saturday will feature a plethora of interesting stakes races as well as salty allowance and maiden special weight races. There are 12 stakes races, including 10 graded stakes, on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita, and Tampa Bay Downs, many of which will provide large fields and great betting opportunities. Read More...

Jockey Chapa Appeals Suspension, Fine

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Roman Chapa has appealed the five-year suspension and $25,000 fine levied him by the Texas Racing Commission after it was determined the 43-year-old jockey carried an electrical shocking device during a stakes victory. Read More...

Horse fatalities decline at California tracks

DRF | 22 hours ago
Equine fatalities at the state’s racetracks declined 5 percent during the 2013-14 fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, according to an annual report published earlier this week by the California Horse Racing Board. Read More...

Clubhouse Ride Retired to Stud in California

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Clubhouse Ride, a $22,000 purchase from a 2010 Barretts sale who went on to earn more than $1.3 million, has been retired to stud at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif. Read More...

Clubhouse Ride will stand at Harris Farms

DRF | 22 hours ago
Clubhouse Ride, a three-time stakes winner and millionaire, will enter stud at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., this spring. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/7 Analysis

DRF | 23 hours ago
Jay Bergman's analysis of the Saturday 3/7 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 3/7 Analysis

DRF | 23 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 3/7 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

More Than Ready Filly Scores First Out in Deauville

TDN | 23 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2015 4:14 PM ET 2nd at DVL (DEAUVILLE)Mdn (?25k)     Winner: Pitamore by More Than Ready More Than Ready Filly Scores First Out in Deauville Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 3/7 Analysis

DRF | 23 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 3/7 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Avila Draws Suspension Dates, Plans to Appeal

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Santa Anita Park stewards March 5 announced the dates of A.C. Avila's California Horse Racing Board-ordered suspension, but the trainer has already stated he will contest the penalty in court. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 3/7 Analysis

DRF | 23 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 3/7 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, March 6

DRF | 23 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Promise Me Silver doubtful for Honeybee Stakes

DRF | 23 hours ago
The Grade 3, $150,000 Honeybee to be run at Oaklawn Park on Saturday has had something of a revolving door, with champion Take Charge Brandi passing on the race in favor of next weekend’s Rebel and the undefeated Promise Me Silver unlikely to start as of Thursday morning due to the latest round of winter weather that has landed in Arkansas. Read More...

Meadowlands: Burke has busy Saturday at Big M

DRF | 23 hours ago
Trainer Ron Burke's aged stars will be in action Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Frankyfourfingers, Prince Bishop get rematch in Dubai

DRF | 24 hours ago
The Group 1, $400,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 highlights the so-called Super Saturday card on Saturday evening at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. And for whoever wins, victory is likely to be the highlight of their Dubai campaign in 2015. Read More...

Hovdey: Jerkens taking on another formidable foe

DRF | 24 hours ago
Even after an anticipated thrilling day of racing Saturday, there’s one thing that won’t go away – the concern over the condition of Allen Jerkens, who has been in a South Florida hospital since last weekend, fighting the potentially dangerous effects of a urinary tract infection that requires intensive care. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot looks hard to deny in Hot Springs

DRF | 1 day ago
Ivan Fallunovalot has gone from $25,000 claim to 108 Beyer Speed Figure earner in a leap that will make him a strong favorite Saturday in the $100,000 Hot Springs at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Status Quo for 2015-16 Florida Racing Dates

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
In filings made to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Gulfstream and Tampa Bay selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year that are almost identical to its 2014-15 schedule. Read More...

Summer Front back for Kilroe Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
The well-traveled Summer Front may be based on the East Coast with trainer Christophe Clement, but his final three starts of 2014 were in California. Fittingly, Summer Front is back at Santa Anita for Saturday’s $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile. Read More...

Armin van Buuren Tops Preakness InfieldFest

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The Maryland Jockey Club announced that popular electronic music DJ and producer Armin van Buuren will headline the 2015 Preakness InfieldFest concert. Read More...

Brown duo looks formidable in Hillsborough Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Chad Brown will bring a powerful one-two punch to the Grade 3, $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes on Saturday for their 2015 debuts as he sends out both 2014 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf runner-up Stephanie’s Kitten and Ball Dancing, who was second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes in her final 2014 start. The Brown starters top a full field of 12 turf distaffers slated to contest the 1 1/8-mile race over the Tampa turf course. Read More...

Shared Belief holds spotlight in Santa Anita Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
His fan base is growing, his odds are dropping, and Shared Belief is expected to solidify his position as the nation’s top older horse when he starts favored Saturday in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Read More...

Metaboss Working Toward Spiral Start

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After a five-furlong workout in 1:00 4/5 March 5 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Jeff Bonde said Metaboss is scheduled to race next in the 1 1/8-mile $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park. Read More...

Divine Dawn, Mizz Money get rematch in Lacombe Memorial

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Larry Jones sent out the one-two finishers, I’m a Chatterbox and Lovely Maria, on Feb. 21 in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds, and his stable’s depth in the 3-year-old filly division runs deeper than just that pair. Read More...

The Big Beast Looking at Stakes Return

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow said that The Big Beast appeared fine physically coming out of a win in his 4-year-old debut March 1 and is scheduled to make his next start in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) April 9. Read More...

Conquest Two Step faces strong field in San Carlos

DRF | 1 day ago
Conquest Two Step has snuck into the California sprint division this winter. Read More...

Friday’s Islamorada Could Impact Triple Crown

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Although the $60,000 Islamorada Handicap March 6 at Gulfstream Park is not a graded stakes, it could feature some eventual Triple Crown horses, including Stanford and Materiality from the well-stocked barn of Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Friday’s Islamorada Could Impact Triple Crown

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Although the $60,000 Islamorada Handicap March 6 at Gulfstream Park is not a graded stakes, it could feature some eventual Triple Crown horses, including Stanford and Materiality from the well-stocked barn of Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Salutos Amigos should get the job done in Tom Fool

DRF | 1 day ago
If he is right, Salutos Amigos is clearly the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct. Read More...

King: Bluegrass Singer should benefit from outside draw

DRF | 1 day ago
Before Gulfstream halted last Saturday’s card due to torrential rain, I liked the outside horse to beat the inside-drawn favorite in the Grade 2 Swale. With that race reset for Saturday, that’s still my opinion – only the specific outside-based choice has changed in a redrawn race from X Y Jet to Bluegrass Singer. Read More...