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Santa Anita: Closer Looks for April 19, 2014

DRF | 1 hour ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Santa Anita on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Samraat, Uncle Sigh Work at Belmont

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
The battling New York-breds, Samraat and Uncle Sigh, both turned in solid works at Belmont Park April 18, and will have one more work before shipping to Churchill Downs. Read More...

Keeneland: DRF Plus closer looks for April 19, 2014

DRF | 2 hours ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Keeneland on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Sovereign winner Go Greeley, runner-up Jose Sea View meet in Woodstock Stakes

DRF | 2 hours ago
Go Greeley and Jose Sea View could be considered rivals even though they’ve never met on the track. Go Greeley edged out Jose Sea View by one point in the Sovereign Award voting for last year’s Canadian champion 2-year-old male, and they will finally lock horns Sunday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Woodstock Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Aqueduct: Closer Looks for April 19, 2014

DRF | 3 hours ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Aqueduct on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

DRF’s Livingston receives Charles W. Engelhard Award

DRF | 3 hours ago
Daily Racing Form photographer and two-time Eclipse Award winner Barbara D. Livingston has been honored with the Charles W. Engelhard Award by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA). Read More...

DRF’s Livingston receives Charles W. Engelhard Award

DRF | 3 hours ago
Daily Racing Form photographer and two-time Eclipse Award winner Barbara D. Livingston has been honored with the Charles W. Engelhard Award by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA). Read More...

TimeformUS Saturday Stakes Plays

Blood-Horse | 3 hours ago
TimeformUS Saturday Stakes Plays from Keeneland, Hawthorne, and Aqueduct Read More...

Byron King’s Keeneland handicapping notebook for April 18

DRF | 4 hours ago
Byron King's Keeneland handicapping diary for Friday, April 18, featuring a recap of Thursday's action and a preview of Friday's card. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct handicapping notebook April 18

DRF | 4 hours ago
Chalk players were shooting fish in a barrel all day. The first eight winners were first or second choice in the wagering, including five straight winning favorites in races 3 through 7, before third choice Mad Props ($10) captured the finale. Read More...

Lane’s End to Sponsor Queen Elizabeth Cup

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm has entered into a multi-year agreement with Keeneland to become the signature sponsor of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT). Read More...

Samraat works half-mile at Belmont

DRF | 5 hours ago
Samraat, the multiple graded stakes winner who finished second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 5, picked up his preparations for the Kentucky Derby by working a half-mile in 48.77 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont Park main track. Read More...

A Case for Full Siblings

Blood-Horse | 5 hours ago
Common sense would indicate that full siblings to a good horse have a better chance of being good runners themselves than half siblings, all other factors being equal and the respective sires being of roughly equal merit. Read More...

Ron Gierkink’s Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 18

DRF | 5 hours ago
Mike DePaulo led all trainers after opening weekend, with three scores from six starters. All three of his winners wintered in Ontario, including Bears Grace, who shrugged off a challenger on the lead and then held off Angel With Class in the stretch to prevail in a five-furlong Ontario-sired allowance on Sunday. Read More...

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Young horses are considered weanlings from the time they're separated from their mothers until one year of age. This is a critical time in the young horse's life, and nutrition plays an important part. Here are five important points to consider when feeding a weanling: Read More...

Chitu Named Horse of Meet at Sunland Park

Chitu, the winner of the meet’s richest race, was named horse of the meet at Sunland Park Racetrack, which ended its 76-day season on April 15. Read More...

Horse Owners and Trainers Say They’ll Release Veterinary Records

More than 40 horsemen have agreed to turn over records for the two weeks before any graded stakes races, which will be made available to the public two hours before post time. Read More...

Tattersalls: Record-breaking War Front colt paces breeze-up sale

DRF | 15 hours ago
A son of red-hot commercial stallion War Front sold for about $2.03 million (1.15 million guineas) on Thursday during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breez-up sale, which ended with solid gains in gross, average, and median as well as an improved buyback rate. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 16 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:46 PM ET A growing list of prominent owners and trainers have pledged to make public the veterinary records of their... Read More...

Los Alamitos looking to acquire Fairplex September dates

DRF | 17 hours ago
Officials with Barretts Sales and Racing at the Los Angeles County Fair are in advanced discussions with colleagues at Los Alamitos Racecourse to relocate the 13-day Fairplex meeting to the Orange County track this September. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 17 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:14 PM ET A growing list of prominent owners and trainers have pledged to make public the veterinary records of their... Read More...

OBS Spring: First-crop sires prominent at third breeze show

DRF | 18 hours ago
Offspring from the first crops of champions Lookin At Lucky and Midshipman were among the quartet of juveniles to tie for the fastest furlong time on the third day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training under-tack show. Read More...

Harlan’s Holiday Colt Posts Swiftest OBS Work

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
The fastest time for a quarter mile in three days of under tack previews was posted by a bay colt by Harlan's Holiday who breezed in :20 3/5 April 17 for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale at Ocala Training Center. Read More...

Strait of Mewsina Sires First Foal

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Grade III-winning Indiana-based stallion Strait of Mewsina sired his foal when a filly was born April 17. Read More...

Daring Dancer Wins Appalachian With Key Move

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Daring Dancer, making her first start in nearly six months, remained unbeaten with a daring 2 1/2-length triumph in the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 17 at Keeneland. Read More...

Daring Dancer Remains Perfect in Appalachian

TDN | 20 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:00 PM ET 8th at KEE (Keeneland)GIII Appalachian S. ($100K)     Winner: Daring Dancer by Empire Maker Daring Dancer (Empire Maker) remains perfect wi... Read More...

Mike Mitchell to Step Down as Head Trainer

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
The stable of leading Southern Californian conditioner Mike Mitchell will be restructured starting April 21, with his longtime assistant Philip D'Amato taking over the reins as head trainer. Read More...

Daring Dancer takes Appalachian Stakes for Motion

DRF | 21 hours ago
Graham Motion said before the Keeneland spring meet began that his barn might have a few winners in it. Motion’s notions came to full fruition Thursday when Daring Dancer capped a three-win day for the English-born trainer by winning the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes under a heady ride from Alan Garcia. Read More...

European Mark Smashed Again at Tattersalls

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Just 24 hours after a High Chaparral colt set a European record for a breeze-up sale, the high water mark was moved again when a 2-year-old War Front colt from Willie Browne's Mocklershill was sold for 1,150,000 guineas. Read More...

Ky Derby: Form, Pedigree, Speed, & Red Flags

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Doug Salvatore profiles the form, pedigree, speed and red flags of Kentucky Derby contenders. Part 2 of 3. Read More...

Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Anne M. Eberhardt catches up with broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady. Read More...

Oak Tree seeks to run Pleasanton meeting

DRF | 21 hours ago
The Oak Tree Racing Association, which operated autumn race meetings at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park from 1969 to 2010, is planning to operate the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton this summer. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Illinois Derby

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Illinois Derby and the Charles Town Classic. Read More...

NTRA Reports Positive Financial Results

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors on April 17 approved the association's audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding Jan. 31, 2014, which reflect net revenues of $667,477. Read More...

Slideshow: Take Charge Lady

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Images celebrating the career of 2013 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady. Read More...

Owners, trainers pledge to make vet records public

DRF | 22 hours ago
Dozens of owners and trainers have pledged to make the veterinary records of their horses publicly available for graded stakes run in the U.S., the Jockey Club announced on Thursday. Read More...

Stronach makes medication reforms the No. 1 priority at his tracks

DRF | 22 hours ago
The tracks owned by the Stronach Group, a roster that includes Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Laurel, and Pimlico, will seek to put in place house rules that would require owners to release their vet records to track officials and that would establish ontrack pharmacies controlling all medications administered to horses, the owner of the company, Frank Stronach, said in a statement. Read More...

Flattering Bea can end losing streak in Sugar Maple

DRF | 22 hours ago
On Saturday, in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes, Flattering Bea will get to run seven furlongs over what should be a fast Charles Town track, perhaps a combination that could put an end to a five-race losing streak. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 22 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mitchell handing reins to assistant

DRF | 22 hours ago
Among the top trainers in Southern California with 18 meet titles and 2,678 wins, including a record 476 at Del Mar, trainer Mike Mitchell will turn over his operation to assistant Phil D’Amato after the sixth race Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Byron King: Poker Player is value shot of Lexington

DRF | 22 hours ago
When a turf horse races on a synthetic track, the assumption is the horse will take to the surface. And like most assumptions, blindly believing in one can be dangerous. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 22 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 22 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 4/19 Analysis

DRF | 22 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 4/19 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Illinois Derby distance a challenge for Midnight Hawk

DRF | 23 hours ago
The “Hawk” in Midnight Hawk refers to the Chicago Blackhawks, whose coach, Joel Quenneville, owns a piece of the colt, and many handicappers will view Midnight Hawk’s presence at Hawthorne in the Illinois Derby as something akin to the Blackhawks meeting a squad of 13-year-olds. Read More...

Eblouissante has tall task in Santa Lucia

DRF | 23 hours ago
Eblouissante has lived in the spotlight since she made her first start at Hollywood Park in November 2012. But when Eblouissante starts in Sunday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita, she will not be the focus of the race. Read More...

She’s a Tiger ready for Kentucky trip

DRF | 23 hours ago
She’s a Tiger, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2013, worked seven furlongs in 1:26 at Santa Anita on Thursday, her final major exercise before she is sent to Kentucky next week for her 2014 debut in the $175,000 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 2. Read More...

Take Charge Lady is KY Broodmare of the Year

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Eaton Sales' Take Charge Lady, the dam of champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge, was honored as Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at its annual awards luncheon April 17. Read More...

Take Charge Lady Kentucky Broodmare of Year

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Eaton Sales' Take Charge Lady, the dam of champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge, was honored as Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at its annual awards luncheon April 17. Read More...

Bowen off to fast start at Emerald meet

DRF | 23 hours ago
Rocco Bowen, who has never won a riding title at any track, will look to keep rolling Saturday at Emerald Downs when he rides likely favorite Belt in the featured race. Read More...