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TDN | 5 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:36 PM ET A field of nine, led by consensus top older horse Palace Malice (Curlin), drew Wednesday for Saturday's... Read More...

Turf racing resumes Wednesday with no problems

DRF | 6 hours ago
Turf racing resumed at Del Mar without incident on Wednesday after three horses were euthanized from injuries suffered in turf races last Friday and Saturday. Read More...

Will Take Charge vs. Palace Malice in Whitney

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Will Take Charge and Palace Malice meet again Aug. 2 in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (gr. I), squaring off at Saratoga Race Course as the top two choices in a field of nine drawn for the 1 1/8-mile test. Read More...

Perfect at Spa, Sweet Reason Ready for Test

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
After securing the first grade I win of her career last year at Saratoga Race Course, recent Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Sweet Reason will try to register a second straight top-level score Aug. 2 in the Longines Test Stakes. Read More...

Scat Daddy Colt Runs to the Money at Del Mar

TDN | 7 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:52 PM ET 6th at DMR (Del Mar)MSW ($75K)     Winner: Dallas Skyline by Scat Daddy Dallas Skyline (c, 2, Scat Daddy) justifies debut favoritism for Co... Read More...

Scat Daddy Colt Runs to the Money at Del Mar

TDN | 7 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:52 PM ET 6th at DMR (Del Mar)MSW ($75K)     Winner: Dallas Skyline by Scat Daddy Dallas Skyline (c, 2, Scat Daddy) justifies debut favoritism for Co... Read More...

Wake Up Nick outclasses Graduation foes

DRF | 7 hours ago
Wake Up Nick remained unbeaten after three races with a comprehensive victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Graduation Stakes against California-bred 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Read More...

Del Mar Makes Adjustments to Slow Polytrack

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
In hopes of slowing the track down a little, Del Mar added some wax to its Polytrack synthetic racing surface July 29 for the first time this year, track spokesman C.P. (Mac) McBride said. Read More...

Del Mar Makes Adjustment to Slow Polytrack

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
In hopes of slowing the track down a little, Del Mar added some wax to its Polytrack synthetic racing surface July 29 for the first time this year, track spokesman C.P. (Mac) McBride said. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Friday, Aug. 1

DRF | 7 hours ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Clement Hirsch: Iotapa After BC Distaff Slot

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Iotapa is the one to beat in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 2 following her devastating romp in the Vanity Handicap (gr. I) in June. Read More...

Stars Above Me rallies to win Coronation Cup

DRF | 8 hours ago
Stars Above Me has only been in this country for about two weeks, but she proved a quick study, overcoming a difficult start by unleashing a devastating late kick to win Wednesday’s $100,000 Coronation Cup Stakes at Saratoga by 2 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Trainer Joshua Stein Wins in Debut at Sonoma

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Joshua Stein scored a victory with the first horse he started as a trainer when Cleverly Beverly won a nose decision over favored Starfire Mist July 30 at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif. Read More...

Stars Above Me Scoots Away to Coronation Cup S. Victory

TDN | 8 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:55 PM ET 9th at SAR (Saratoga)Coronation Cup S. ($100,000)     Winner: Stars Above Me (GB) by Exceed and Excel (Aus) Stars Above Me (GB) (Exceed and... Read More...

Juddmonte Runner Graduates on Debut

TDN | 9 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:45 PM ET 2nd at DMR (Del Mar)MSW ($75K)     Winner: West Riding by Tapit West Riding (Tapit) earns a debut graduation at Del Mar. Read More...

Trainer scores with first career starter

DRF | 9 hours ago
Joshua Stein scored a victory with the first horse he started as a trainer when Cleverly Beverly won a nose decision over favored Starfire Mist in a 1 1/16-mile starter allowance race on the turf at the Sonoma County Fair on Thursday. Read More...

CDI Reports Record Second Quarter Revenues

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc. reported July 30 that the track and casino company had record second quarter net revenues of $303.7 million, up 7% over the $283.6 million figure for the same period a year ago. Read More...

Filly’s collapse leads to long delay

DRF | 9 hours ago
The 3-year-old filly Lavender Road was in stable condition at a nearby equine hospital Wednesday after suffering from head trauma and heat stroke, according to her trainer, Abigail Adsit. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 8/1 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 8/1 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 8/1 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 8/1 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 8/1 Analysis

DRF | 10 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 8/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Sheppard has talented trio in A.P. Smithwick

DRF | 10 hours ago
An experienced group of older geldings, most of whom are quite familiar with each other, meet again in the Grade 1, $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial, which kicks off Thursday's 10-race card at Saratoga at 12:25 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. posts record quarterly revenue

DRF | 10 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc. had net income of $57.3 million in the second quarter of 2014 on record quarterly revenue of $303.7 million, according to financial statements released Wednesday. Read More...

Empire Maker’s Brooch Airs on Debut at Galway

TDN | 10 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:08 PM ET 8th at GAL (GALWAY)Mdn (?14K)     Winner: Brooch by Empire Maker Brooch (Empire Maker) airs by 9 1/2 lengths on debut at Galway Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Thursday, July 31

DRF | 10 hours ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Stronach Group hires equine health and safety director

DRF | 11 hours ago
Dr. Robert O’Neil, an equine veterinarian who has served on Florida’s Board of Veterinary Medicine since 1993, has been hired by the Stronach Group as its first equine health and safety director, a position announced earlier this year as part of a broad initiative to reform medication and equine-health policies at the company’s tracks. Read More...

Give track an assist in record run

DRF | 11 hours ago
It speaks volumes about the lightning-fast racing surface at Emerald Downs that when I Keep Saying set a North American speed record for 6 1/2 furlongs here last Sunday, the news barely caused a ripple beyond the post-race excitement in the winner’s circle. Read More...

New York-Bred Palace At Home In Vanderbilt

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
An evenly-matched field of eight will face off in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes (gr. I) on the Whitney undercard Aug. 2 at Saratoga, with seven of them already graded stakes winners. Read More...

Tom Amoss Secures 3,000th Training Victory

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Trainer Tom Amoss joined an exclusive club of trainers July 30 when he registered the 3,000th victory of his career. Notching the milestone win for Amoss was Infinity of Humor July 30 at Indiana Grand Race Course. Read More...

Watchmaker: Saratoga pick three for Friday, Aug. 1

DRF | 12 hours ago
I find the second half of Friday’s card at Saratoga to be tough, so I’ll offer a pick-three play on the day’s first three races that while admittedly on the chalky side, looks pretty solid to me. Read More...

King: How I’d play Del Mar on Thursday, July 31

DRF | 12 hours ago
Byron King makes select plays for Thursday's card at Del Mar. Read More...

Hovdey: Del Mar turf course needs time to mature

DRF | 12 hours ago
Let it never be said that Del Mar’s owners and trainers lack the stones to roll the dice. Even in the wake of three turf course fatalities last Friday and Saturday and the suspension of grass racing on Sunday, there were only two scratches among the 27 horses entered in the three Wednesday turf races already drawn, plus full fields of 10, eight, and 10 subsequently entered for the three grass races scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Read More...

Rachel Alexandra’s sister makes second start

DRF | 12 hours ago
Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, makes her second career start in Friday’s third race at Saratoga. Read More...

Free as a Bird looks set to fire once again

DRF | 12 hours ago
Five furlongs, six furlongs, seven furlongs – as long as she’s on the grass, it just doesn’t seem to matter to Free as a Bird. Read More...

Stronach Group Names Vet O’Neil to Key Post

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Dr. Robert O'Neil has been named to the newly created position of equine health and safety director in Florida, according to an announcement from The Stronach Group July 30. Read More...

Amoss gets career victory No. 3,000

DRF | 12 hours ago
Tom Amoss became the 28th trainer in North American racing history to win 3,000 races when Infinity of Humor captured a starter-allowance race Wednesday at Indiana Grand in suburban Indianapolis. Read More...

Coltimus Prime unlikely to go in Breeders’ Stakes

DRF | 12 hours ago
Trainer Justin Nixon said Wednesday that Prince of Wales Stakes winner Coltimus Prime is unlikely to start in the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes on grass at Woodbine on Aug. 17. Read More...

Gold Appointment gets second chance switching to Prelude

DRF | 12 hours ago
Gold Appointment, who has been scratched from the West Virginia Derby, was en route to Louisiana Downs on Wednesday to be part of the field for the $100,000 Prelude. Read More...

Kingman beats Toronado in Sussex Stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Having already established himself as the best 3-year-old miler in Europe, Kingman staked his claim Wednesday to being the best European miler, period, defeating high-class 4-year-old Toronado by one length at Goodwood in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. Read More...

Lovethewayyoulie tops cast for New Mexico Juvenile Challenge Futurity

DRF | 13 hours ago
Lovethewayyoulie will vie for favoritism in the John Deere New Mexico Juvenile Challenge Futurity on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Zivo targets Woodward

DRF | 13 hours ago
Zivo, upset winner of the Grade 2 Suburban last out, was kept out of Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney and will point to the Grade 1 Woodward on Aug. 30. Read More...

Grade 1 winners Big Blue Kitten, Dayatthespa return in stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Trainer Chad Brown will bring back Grade 1 winners Big Blue Kitten and Dayatthespa in overnight stakes on Saturday’s card. Read More...

Pandolfo: Evaluating breakers

DRF | 13 hours ago
In certain types of harness races, horses break stride more often. From my observations, I’d say that 2-year-old filly trotting races, and rookie trotting events in general, probably produce the most breakers. Interestingly, the average percentage of breakers in a race has decreased almost every year since 2009. Read More...

Surface the question mark for Fiftyshadesofhay

DRF | 13 hours ago
Fiftyshadesofhay has won four stakes in her career, all on dirt, and has not raced on the Del Mar Polytrack since she finished fourth in her debut in September 2012. So trainer Bob Baffert isn’t sure what to expect from her in Saturday’s $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Bakken enters Vanderbilt with race under belt

DRF | 13 hours ago
In the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Chad Brown will send out the lightly raced Bakken in search of his first stakes victory against seven rivals, including the in-form sprinter Happy My Way. Read More...

Pletcher holds My Miss Sophia out of Test

DRF | 13 hours ago
Todd Pletcher entered two fillies for Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, but they weren’t necessarily the two that many expected. Read More...

Juddmonte Stallions Available to S.H. Mares

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Juddmonte Farm announced July 30 that stallions Frankel, Dansili, and Oasis Dream will be available to a limited Southern Hemisphere book of mares in 2014. Read More...

Polytrack tweaked to slow it down

DRF | 13 hours ago
Wax was added to the Polytrack synthetic surface at Del Mar on Tuesday in an effort to slow race and workout times, according to track superintendent Richard Tedesco. Read More...

Eddie’s First found to have bled, will miss stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Eddie’s First, last of seven in the Los Alamitos Super Derby on July 5, will miss Friday’s $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes after bleeding from the lungs during exercise on Tuesday, trainer Doug O’Neill said. Read More...

Jerardi: Borislow was larger than life

DRF | 13 hours ago
Dan Borislow, who died recently at 52, had a big bankroll and wasn't shy about spending it or trying to build it. Read More...