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Duramente, Satono Rasen lead cast for Japanese Derby

DRF | 2 hours ago
Duramente, the winner of the Japanese 2000 Guineas on April 19, and Satono Rasen, the winner of the Grade 2 Shimbun Hai at Kyoto Racecourse earlier this month, are two leading contenders for Sunday’s $3,351,865 Japanese Derby at Tokyo Racecourse. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Santa Anita for Saturday, May 30

DRF | 2 hours ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier provides his best plays for Saturday's program at Santa Anita. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont for Saturday, May 30

DRF | 2 hours ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman provides his best plays for Saturday's program at Belmont Park. Read More...

National HBPA Questions Federal Drug Bill

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The National HBPA, which has about 30 affiliate horsemen's groups and about 30,000 members, said May 29 said it has questions regarding a federal lawmaker's plan to introduce legislation to regulate drug rules and testing. Read More...

Wonder Again Next Step for Unbeaten Lady Eli

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) winner Lady Eli will headline the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles May 31 on the inner turf at Belmont Park. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, May 30

DRF | 3 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Virginia Defining Horsemen’s Group Criteria

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
With legislation in place calling for the Virginia Racing Commission to recognize one official horsemen's group on the Thoroughbred side, the regulatory body is busy shaping the criteria it will use to determine that group. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Belmont for Saturday, May 30

DRF | 4 hours ago
DRF handicapper Mike Watchmaker provides his best plays for Saturday's program at Belmont Park. Read More...

Competitive Edge, Curlina breeze for Pletcher

DRF | 4 hours ago
While his three Belmont Stakes starters were the focal point of his Friday morning, trainer Todd Pletcher had several other horses put in workouts for upcoming stakes engagements. Read More...

Wicked Strong sizzles in workout

DRF | 5 hours ago
Wicked Strong lived up to his name in a five-furlong workout Friday that went in 58.82 seconds in preparation for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on June 6. Read More...

‘Made to run’: The making of American Pharoah

DRF | 5 hours ago
Before American Pharoah arrived in trainer Bob Baffert's barn in 2014, equine professionals at Stockplace Farm, Vinery, Taylor Made, and the McKathans' training center gave the Triple Crown hopeful his earliest care and most basic lessons, in the process becoming the first to see that glimmer of promise. Read More...

Former Washington racing official Aliment dies

DRF | 5 hours ago
Northwest racing lost an old friend Thursday when Lindy Aliment, a popular official for parts of six decades, died at his home in Renton, Wash. He was 87. Read More...

Hovdey: Maybe 11th time will be the charm

DRF | 5 hours ago
Beginning in 1987, when Jack Van Berg took Alysheba to the brink of winning the Triple Crown, I have been to Belmont Park for 10 tries and left there with a fistful of programs worth considerably less than they might have been. So here we go again. Read More...

Ethan’s Baby could be the one to catch in Seattle Handicap

DRF | 5 hours ago
Longshots have prevailed in the first three stakes races of the meeting at Emerald Downs, and horseplayers will face another difficult handicapping assignment Sunday when they try to decipher the $50,000 Seattle Handicap for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Sparkman: Preaching from the Pulpit

DRF | 5 hours ago
In 20 years, will we be talking about the A.P. Indy male line, as we do now, or the male line of his most prominent current son, Pulpit? Pulpit’s son Tapit led the American sire list last year with a record total and is more than $2 million clear at the top of the list again this year. Pulpit’s grandson California Chrome, by Lucky Pulpit, captured two classics and Horse of the Year honors in 2014 and has earned a good chance to extend a new branch of the Pulpit male line. And just last week, another good son of Pulpit, Sky Mesa, hit the headlines again when Sky Treasure won the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes on May 23 at Woodbine. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Fantasy Game Returns for 2015

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Breeders' Cup launched its 2015 Million Dollar Finish fantasy game May 29 with more prizes and opportunities to win than ever before throughout the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: "Win & You're In." Read More...

Pletcher seeking third rider for Belmont contenders

DRF | 5 hours ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher still has decisions to make – most notably who will ride his horses in the June 6 Belmont Stakes – but on Friday, he seemed pretty certain that he would run three horses against Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah in the “Test of the Champion” at Belmont Park. Read More...

Get Happy Mister will stay in California

DRF | 5 hours ago
Get Happy Mister, the winner of the Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita on April 19, has remained with trainer Mark Tsagalakis in Southern California for an expected start at Los Alamitos or Del Mar in coming months. Read More...

Treve scores in Group 2 Prix Corrida

DRF | 5 hours ago
Treve, so slow to find herself last year at 4, returned for her 5-year-old season with an emphatic win Friday at Saint-Cloud in the Group 2 Prix Corrida. Her 2015 campaign began with a resounding victory, and her connections hope to cap it with a third straight win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Read More...

Materiality, Frosted Drill Toward Belmont

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Grade I winners Materiality (:47.78) and Frosted (:47.84) both worked a half-mile May 29 at Belmont Park in preparation of the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Molly Morgan retired

DRF | 6 hours ago
Molly Morgan was what trainer Dale Romans called “a big-day performer.” The 6-year-old Molly Morgan was retired this week due to injury, with her final record standing at eight wins in 29 starts and $882,159 in earnings. Read More...

Dinerman chosen as new Emerald Downs track announcer

DRF | 6 hours ago
Emerald Downs has a new voice. Matt Dinerman, a 22-year-old San Diego native who wowed Emerald officials during a recent audition, has been hired as the replacement for longtime track announcer Robert Geller, who leaves for Woodbine next month. Read More...

Churchill: Graham plans to ride at Del Mar

DRF | 6 hours ago
immy Graham said he intends to ride this summer at Del Mar in Southern California, where Brad Pegram has agreed to take his book. Read More...

American Pharoah Schools, Back to Galloping

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner had a schooling session in the Churchill Downs starting gate and resumed galloping around the one-mile oval May 29. Read More...

Test ride may convince Dettori to ride California Chrome at Ascot

DRF | 6 hours ago
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, is scheduled to have a workout at Ascot, England, on Thursday in advance of a scheduled start in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the same venue on June 17. Jockey Frankie Dettori is scheduled to work California Chrome and may ride the popular 4-year-old in the Prince of Wales’s at 1 1/4 miles on turf, trainer Art Sherman said. Read More...

Timing of Siren Lure is right for Oliver’s Tale

DRF | 6 hours ago
Oliver’s Tale makes his stakes debut in Sunday’s $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, a race that fits well in the 6-year-old’s schedule, according to owner and trainer Mark Tsagalakis. Read More...

Rep. Tonko pushes for federal oversight in racing

DRF | 6 hours ago
U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat representing the district that includes Saratoga Springs, plans to introduce a bill that would create a federal panel that would craft the sport’s medication policies and direct the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a private company, to enforce the policies, the congressman announced on Friday. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 5/31 Analysis

DRF | 6 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 5/31 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Company Tied to NYRA Chair Part of Indictment

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
A company tied to John Bonomo, the new chairman of the New York Racing Association, is part of an indictment against the former majority leader of the New York Senate. Read More...

Company Tied to NYRA Chair Named in Case

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
A company tied to Anthony Bonomo, the new chairman of the New York Racing Association, is named in an indictment against the former majority leader of the New York Senate. Read More...

Amanpour Brings $1.5M on Final MM Select Day

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Recent group I winner Amanpour sold May 29 for $1.5 million (US$1,148,277), the highest price at the final select portion of the Magic Million National broodmare sale Read More...

Kentucky Downs, Encore Seek Suit Dismissal

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Attorneys for Kentucky Downs, some of its principals, and Encore Gaming have filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the AmTote totalizator company, stating that the claims are unfounded and undocumented. Read More...

Lady Eli tries longer distance in Wonder Again

DRF | 7 hours ago
Lady Eli will try to stretch out a little longer, first in Sunday’s $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park and again in five weeks in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 1/4 miles, also at Belmont. Read More...

Frosted impresses in Belmont work

DRF | 7 hours ago
Friday has been the work day of choice for the majority of the Belmont Stakes contenders stabled on the grounds. For the second Friday in a row, trainer Todd Pletcher worked his Belmont trio of Materiality, Carpe Diem, and Madefromlucky, while Kiaran McLaughlin followed suit, keeping Frosted on the same schedule with an impressive half-mile breeze after the renovation break. Read More...

Coalition Formed to Support Federal Drug Bill

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Several racing industry groups have launched a coalition in support of a federal lawmaker's plan to introduce legislation that would provide oversight of equine medication and drug testing. Read More...

Lopez brings riding skills, class to Hastings

DRF | 7 hours ago
David Lopez has been a welcome addition to the jockey colony at Hastings this year. The veteran rider has won 1,160 races since he arrived in North America in 2001. His first win came at Hialeah Park. Read More...

Crist: Pick-6 change would be no consolation to players

DRF | 7 hours ago
Del Mar officials say they talked to “key players” before proposing an overhaul to its pick six this summer. Key or not, those people must not be pick-six players: Those who actually make the bet appear overwhelmingly opposed to the changes. Read More...

Arch Colt Impresses At HQ

TDN | 7 hours ago
Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 12:08 PM ET 3rd at NMT (NEWMARKET)Devils Dyke Maiden S.     Winner: Horseshoe Bay (Ire) by Arch An impressive maiden win for Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing's... Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Lovely Maria

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Lovely Maria does have some of that old-fashioned classic stamina on her dam's side, as she's out of Thundercup, an unraced daughter of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Thunder Gulch. Read More...

Loiselle’s last race call marks end of an era

DRF | 8 hours ago
After 29 years and more than 55,000 race calls, Dan Loiselle will call his final race Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, May 30

DRF | 8 hours ago
The early double and some early pick threes present a quandary as race 2 is loaded with firsters, so unless you play the pick three beginning with race 2, where you can see the wagering and see the horses on the track, you’re flying a bit blind. That doesn’t mean they’re not playable, but we’ll look after race 2 for options. These runners can be critical for your in-race and multirace wagers. Read More...

Turf, distance create puzzle in Green Carpet Stakes

DRF | 8 hours ago
Sunday’s $75,000 Green Carpet Stakes is not only the first race of the season on Belterra Park’s new turf course, it’s also the first race on turf for all but one of the nine Ohio-bred 3-year-olds entered in the 1 1/16-mile race.To add to the degree of difficulty for handicappers, six of the colts and geldings are stretching out from sprints, and just one horse has ever won going long. Read More...

Treve Terrific in Corrida Romp at Saint-Cloud

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Two-time Arc winner Treve made an eye-catching start to her 2015 season when unleashing her patented powerful finishing kick and drawing clear to win the Prix Corrida (Fr-II) May 29 at Saint-Cloud. Read More...

Positive ROI report: McKnight strong in sprints

DRF | 8 hours ago
Trainer Norm McKnight saddles Bold Ambition (#5, ML 7-2) in Friday’s sixth race at Woodbine, a six-furlong maiden special weight race. Since Jan. 1, 2014, McKnight is winning at a 31 percent clip in sprint races, for a return on investment of $2.87. Read More...

Wise Dan gallops six furlongs at Keeneland

DRF | 8 hours ago
Much to the excitement of trainer Charlie LoPresti, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan had his first day back to galloping Friday when going about six furlongs over the training track at Keeneland. Read More...

Indian Maharaja hard to gauge in turf feature

DRF | 9 hours ago
Trainer Brendan Walsh is among those having a hard time deciphering Sunday’s second-level allowance on turf at Churchill Downs– particularly the form of Indian Maharaja, whom he calls “a nice horse that kind of lost his way over there.” Read More...

Open Mind a softer spot for More Than a Party

DRF | 9 hours ago
The six-furlong Open Mind Handicap for New Jersey-bred fillies and mares on Sunday at Monmouth Park looks to be a two-horse race between 4-year-old More Than a Party and 3-year-old Pinkout. Read More...

Shamardal’s Dariyan Doubles Up at Saint-Cloud

TDN | 9 hours ago
Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 10:24 AM ET 1st at SCD (SAINT-CLOUD)?34,000 Prix Mendez (Conditions)     Winner: Dariyan (Fr) by Shamardal His Highness The Aga Khan's Dariyan (Fr) (Shama... Read More...

Grade I Producer Critics Acclaim Dies

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Critics Acclaim, the dam of grade I winner Rosalind, died May 24 after delivering a full brother at Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky. She was 20. Read More...

Key Race report: Integrity returns in optional claimer

DRF | 9 hours ago
Integrity (#5, ML 5-2) returns in Friday’s third race at Belmont Park, a one-mile optional claimer. It will be his first start since finishing second by 3 1/2 lengths in an optional claimer March 27 at Aqueduct. The first- and third-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...