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Pancake by a nose in Broussard Stakes

DRF | 42 mins ago
Trainer Ronny Werner was based for years at Fair Grounds during the winter. This season, he’s stabled in Florida, but he found success in New Orleans anyway when the shipper Pancake, Werner’s first Fair Grounds starter this season, led most of the way and barely held off Lope in the inaugural running of the $50,000 Joseph “Spanky” Broussard Stakes on Friday. Read More...

‘Kobe’, ‘Salutos’ Meet in Palos Verdes

Blood-Horse | 44 mins ago
Multiple graded stakes winners Kobe's Back and Salutos Amigos head a field of six older horses in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Rock Sand

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
When Rock Sand swept the English Triple Crown series in 1903, many thought him lucky not to have faced Zinfandel. Read More...

Is Regulation Itself Thwarting Uniformity?

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Achieving true uniformity in equine medication and testing goes well beyond basic adoption of model rules, according to attorneys, horsemen, and veterinarians who picked apart the current system Feb. 5. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 2/8 Analysis

DRF | 2 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 2/8 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

New Motion Filed in Illinois HBPA Suit

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the president and executive director of the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are seeking to have other board members added to the litigation as defendants. Read More...

First Foal for Stallion Can the Man a Colt

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The first reported foal for Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man is a colt born Feb. 3 at Breakaway Farm in Indiana. Read More...

OBS March 2-year-olds in training catalog now online

DRF | 2 hours ago
The catalog for the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-year-olds in training sale is now online, featuring 611 juveniles to be offered over two days. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 2/8 Analysis

DRF | 2 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 2/8 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

OBS March Sale Catalog Online

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training is available via the OBS website at obssales.com. Read More...

Peck: Pick four play at Gulfstream for Saturday, Feb. 6

DRF | 3 hours ago
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck outlines his strategy for a pick four play on Saturday's card at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Representing a tenuous line

DRF | 3 hours ago
Once known as one of the three great American lines of the early 20th century, the male line of the 19th-century imported stallion Eclipse, by Orlando, has long been on figurative life support. Since he is a gelding, Sunny Ridge, by Holy Bull, winner of last weekend’s Grade 3 Withers Stakes, can do nothing to revive the line, but he is a reminder of how valuable this uniquely American line has been to the Thoroughbred. Read More...

Ahh Chocolate works, eyes Azeri Stakes

DRF | 3 hours ago
Ahh Chocolate ended her 3-year-old campaign on a high note and has trainer Neil Howard enthused about the start of her 4-year-old campaign. The winner of the Grade 2 Falls City at Churchill Downs last November, Ahh Chocolate had her first published workout of the year when she went three furlongs in 37.40 seconds on Friday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Remington delays opening of backstretch to prevent spread of equine herpesvirus

DRF | 4 hours ago
The spread of equine herpesvirus from Sunland Park in New Mexico, where 49 horses have tested positive, to other states, has led Remington Park in Oklahoma to delay the opening of its stable area for the Quarter Horse meet that is set to begin March 11. Read More...

Hovdey: Football, racing have pedigrees in common

DRF | 4 hours ago
The DNA of football runs deep in horse racing. Sunday's Super Bowl takes place in the city where the DeBartolo family has owned the San Francisco 49ers, five-time Super Bowl champs, since 1977. Patriarch Edward DeBartolo made his mark in Thoroughbred racing as owner of Louisiana Downs, Thistledown, and Remington Park. Read More...

Oaklawn: Percolator makes season debut

DRF | 4 hours ago
Percolator, who in his last start was elevated to second in the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga following the disqualification of Magna Light, will launch his season Sunday at Oaklawn. Read More...

Purse boost leads to increased interest in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
Reservations might be needed to get into this year's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita, Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 6

DRF | 4 hours ago
Binoculars, television monitor, or both? The binoculars will be trained Saturday on live races at Santa Anita, including four graded stakes and the 2016 debut of Songbird. The television monitor will be tuned Saturday to Gulfstream Park, where a second-start maiden and a Grade 1 contender offer wagering appeal at double-digit odds. With a little luck, it could be a super Saturday. Read More...

Florida horsemen lobby against ‘decoupling’

DRF | 4 hours ago
Florida Thoroughbred interests spent Friday lobbying at the state capitol as legislators began negotiating wide-ranging gambling bills that could include language allowing racetracks to drop their parimutuel operations while retaining their licenses for casino-type games, according to state officials. Read More...

Weight shift may help Storied Lady turn tables in Biogio’s Rose

DRF | 5 hours ago
Four of the six entrants in Sunday's Biogio's Rose Stakes at Aqueduct are stakes winners and the other two are coming off the best races of their career entering the 1 1/16-mile event over the inner track. Read More...

Few appear willing to challenge Nyquist in San Vicente

DRF | 5 hours ago
Nyquist, the champion 2-year-old male of 2015, is likely to have few rivals when he makes his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15. Read More...

Female champion Beholder making steady progress

DRF | 5 hours ago
Beholder, the three-time champion, is making steady progress in daily gallops toward her first workout of the year. Read More...

Danzing Candy earns shot at San Felipe

DRF | 5 hours ago
Trainer Cliff Sise reiterated on Friday that Danzing Candy, impressive winner of a first-level optional $80,000 claimer Thursday at Santa Anita, will make his stakes debut in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12. Read More...

Kentucky’s new stallions a top-notch group

DRF | 5 hours ago
Even without Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the mix, the incoming group of Kentucky stallions for 2016 would have to be considered among the strongest in recent memory. Read More...

Stroud’s Lane Farm debuts with new stallions

DRF | 5 hours ago
Opening up shop as a stallion operation brings with it an undeniable degree of risk. Doing so with a trio of first-year stallions makes it that much more interesting. Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla., will take on that bold task in 2016, standing Grade 1 winners Seek Again and Admiral Kitten, as well as multiple Group 2 winner Daddy Long Legs, all of which will make their debut at stud. Read More...

McLaughlin ships in Sallisaw for optional claimer

DRF | 5 hours ago
Kiaran McLaughlin has entered Sallisaw in the seventh race at Laurel Park on Sunday, a first-level optional-claiming race for 3-year-olds going a mile. Read More...

Violette hopeful Upstart will have big 4-year-old season

DRF | 5 hours ago
Upstart has not started since finishing a distant fifth in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 19. He has turned in a series of three-furlong breezes at Palm Meadows since resuming serious training this winter in south Florida. Read More...

Laurel Park to hold benefit for Fray Martinez

DRF | 5 hours ago
Laurel Park will hold a fundraiser next Saturday for jockey Fray Martinez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland. Read More...

American Pharoah launches stud career

DRF | 5 hours ago
American Pharoah’s place in racing’s pantheon was cemented the early evening of June 6, 2016, as he rolled through the stretch at Belmont Park with thousands of cameras and cell phones thrust skyward to forever capture the moment. Read More...

Magee finds success despite initial reluctance to train

DRF | 6 hours ago
Trainer Kieron Magee was presented a nice piece of crystal last Saturday at Laurel Park to recognize that he led the Maryland Jockey Club tracks in victories last year. He can put it on the mantel next to his 2014 award in the same category. Read More...

Seek Again to Shuttle to Argentina

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Grade I winner Seek Again, who is standing his first season at stud at Stroud's Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla., will shuttle to Haras Carampangue in Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere season later this year. Read More...

Kentucky-Bred Champion Nominees Announced

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders board of directors Feb. 5 released the nominees for 2015 KTA/KTOB Kentucky-bred champions and Broodmare of the Year. Read More...

Force the Pass working toward April comeback

DRF | 7 hours ago
Grade 1 winner Force the Pass was scheduled to have his second work on the comeback trail Saturday at Palm Meadows as trainer Alan Goldberg has begun plotting a return for the 4-year-old colt. Read More...

Simon: Some rating holes make Experimental come up light

DRF | 8 hours ago
The Experimental Free Handicap was started in 1933 by the Jockey Club’s legendary handicapper Walter S. Vosburgh as an “experiment” to predict 3-year-old performance based on 2-year-old form. Eight decades later, it sometimes seems like a work still in progress. Read More...

Blinkers may help Kobe’s Back break more alertly in Palos Verdes

DRF | 8 hours ago
Sunday at Santa Anita, Kobe's Back will try again in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs. For the first time, Kobe's Back will wear blinkers in a race. Read More...

Chiltern Street will try to back up Ward’s confidence in him

DRF | 8 hours ago
Trainer Wesley Ward has always had high hopes for Chiltern Street, but until recently, things just hadn't gone the colt's way. That changed in Chiltern Street's most recent start, a maiden win at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 2, leaving Ward optimistic that the colt is poised for a big year.Chiltern Street will make his 4-year-old debut here in Sunday's featured seventh race, a first-level, $23,000 allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf. The race drew a full field of 10 older horses and one additional runner for the main track only. Read More...

Toasting Master makes comeback on full Super Bowl Sunday card

DRF | 8 hours ago
In case you need more wagering action than all the Super Bowl spreads and props can offer later in the day, Sunday at Gulfstream Park could be the spot for you.A full-bore slate of 13 races starts at noon Eastern and will end about 30 minutes before kickoff, or just enough time to cash your many winning tickets and get settled at one of the numerous bars and restaurants on the Gulfstream campus. Read More...

Seek Again to shuttle to Argentina

DRF | 8 hours ago
Grade 1 winner Seek Again will shuttle to Haras Carampangue in Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season after completing his first Northern Hemisphere season at Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla. Read More...

Las Vegas Embraces New Realities: Can Racing Do The Same?

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Krikorian Buys Blood-Horse Building

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Owner/breeder George Krikorian has been active in another Lexington commercial venture. Read More...

Aqueduct Cancels Live Racing Friday, Feb. 5

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
With a winter storm blowing through the Northeast and one to three inches of snowfall forecast, Aqueduct Racetrack canceled live racing for Friday, Feb. 5. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 6th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 19 hours ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for February 6th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Back-and-Forth Continues on Path to Reform

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
The ARCI plans an industry congress for the end of this year to develop consensus on equine medication and testing given its belief Congress won't be anywhere close to acting on legislation introduced last year. Read More...

49 Horses Confirmed With EHV in New Mexico

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
A recent update of the equine herpesvirus outbreak in New Mexico revealed 49 horses have been confirmed to have the virus, 20 barns have been quarantined, and six horses have been euthanized. Read More...

49 Horses Confirmed With EHV in New Mexico

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
A recent update of the equine herpesvirus outbreak in New Mexico revealed 49 horses have been confirmed to have the virus, 20 barns have been quarantined, and six horses have been euthanized. Read More...

Irish Task Force Issues Anti-Doping Report

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
An anti-doping task force in Ireland has issued recommendations designed to combat use of illegal drugs in racing and breeding and strengthen testing programs. Read More...

Irish Task Force Issues Anti-Doping Report

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
An anti-doping task force in Ireland has issued recommendations designed to combat use of illegal drugs in racing and breeding and strengthen testing programs. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter Heads Fred W. Hooper Stakes

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Ivan Dalos' Ami's Flatter is scheduled to follow up an auspicious recent 2016 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter Heads Fred W. Hooper Stakes

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Ivan Dalos' Ami's Flatter is scheduled to follow up an auspicious recent 2016 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Danzing Candy Headed to Derby Trail

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Two days ahead of Santa Anita Park's second official Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep, another 3-year-old colt made waves with what could end up being his first step on the Triple Crown trail Feb. 4. Read More...