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Del Mar: Pick six carryovers totaling $389K into Friday’s card

DRF | 4 hours ago
A challenging pick six sequence Thursday at Del Mar busted all players after five legs and resulted in a mere three having 5 of 6, and produced carryovers into Friday's card of $252,572 in the general pool and an additional $136,518 in the single-ticket jackpot. Read More...

Handicapping a Competitive Alabama Stakes

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Read More...

Breeders’ Stakes is Round Two for Cool Catomine

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
While there won't be a Canadian Triple Crown champion this year, Prince of Wales Stakes winner Cool Catomine will vie for his second jewel of the series in the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes (G3T), the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Woodbine. Read More...

D’Amato Trainees Back on Grass for Big Del Mar Weekend

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
There's a common thread in three of Phil D'Amato's older grass horses running in stakes on TVG Pacific Classic (G1) weekend at Del Mar. All three have dabbled, with varying degrees of success, on the dirt. Read More...

Picco Uno draws clear in Union Avenue Stakes

DRF | 7 hours ago
Picco Uno posted an authoritative first stakes victory Thursday afternoon at Saratoga, drawing off to win by 2 1/2 lengths over the 3-2 favorite Quezon in the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares. Read More...

Picco Uno draws clear in Union Avenue Stakes

DRF | 7 hours ago
Picco Uno posted an authoritative first stakes victory Thursday afternoon at Saratoga, drawing off to win by 2 1/2 lengths over the 3-2 favorite Quezon in the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares. Read More...

Australia: Top-rated turf horse Winx set for 2017 bow in Warwick Stakes

DRF | 7 hours ago
Winx, the winner of 17 consecutive races and the world’s top-rated turf horse, will have her first start of the 2017-18 Australian season in Saturday’s Group 2 Warwick Stakes at seven furlongs on turf at Royal Randwick Racecourse outside of Sydney. Read More...

Australia: Top-rated turf horse Winx set for 2017 bow in Warwick Stakes

DRF | 7 hours ago
Winx, the winner of 17 consecutive races and the world’s top-rated turf horse, will have her first start of the 2017-18 Australian season in Saturday’s Group 2 Warwick Stakes at seven furlongs on turf at Royal Randwick Racecourse outside of Sydney. Read More...

Call for New Owner of the Year Nominations

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
OwnerView announced Aug. 17 that it is accepting nominations for the 2017 new owner of the year award presented by Fasig-Tipton, which will honor a new Thoroughbred owner who has been successful in the sport and has had a positive impact.  Read More...

Throat Surgery Forces Shaman Ghost to Skip Woodward

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Multiple grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost will undergo throat surgery, which will prevent him from competing in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 2. Read More...

Shipper Draws Intrigue to Canadian Derby

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Trooper John, the winner of five straight, is the morning-line favorite for Northlands Park's Aug. 19 Canadian Derby (G3), but will be challenged by Chief Know It All, a recent $100,000 claim at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Hammersly: Saratoga pick five for Saturday, Aug. 19

DRF | 7 hours ago
A few classy runners in the opening legs of Saturday’s pick five at Saratoga give you the chance to find a linchpin or two there, allowing you to spread in the seemingly more contentious later legs. Read More...

Hammersly: Saratoga pick five for Saturday, Aug. 19

DRF | 7 hours ago
A few classy runners in the opening legs of Saturday’s pick five at Saratoga give you the chance to find a linchpin or two there, allowing you to spread in the seemingly more contentious later legs. Read More...

Vernon: Gingras enters Zweig with confidence in Ariana G

DRF | 8 hours ago
After a Hambletonian that had more questions than answers to many, the $320,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial on Friday night at Vernon Downs is the first stage of many ahead that hopes to bring more clarity to the sophomore trotting division. The will-she-won’t-she tale that was a prelude to the Hambletonian draw a few weeks ago left some unsatisfied. For those the appearance of Ariana G among the nine sophomores in the field is major news. Read More...

Vernon: Gingras enters Zweig with confidence in Ariana G

DRF | 8 hours ago
After a Hambletonian that had more questions than answers to many, the $320,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial on Friday night at Vernon Downs is the first stage of many ahead that hopes to bring more clarity to the sophomore trotting division. The will-she-won’t-she tale that was a prelude to the Hambletonian draw a few weeks ago left some unsatisfied. For those the appearance of Ariana G among the nine sophomores in the field is major news. Read More...

McPeek Seeks Sweep in Ellis Juvenile, Debutante

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Trainer Kenny McPeek took both of Churchill Downs' closing-night stakes for 2-year-olds with the colt Ten City and the filly Sunny Skies and now will shoot for a sweep in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes and Ellis Park Debutante Stakes Aug. 20. Read More...

Shaman Ghost to have throat procedure, will miss Woodward

DRF | 9 hours ago
Shaman Ghost, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, will undergo a throat procedure Monday and will miss the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 2, trainer Jimmy Jerkens told the New York Racing Association publicity department Thursday. Read More...

Shaman Ghost to have throat procedure, will miss Woodward

DRF | 9 hours ago
Shaman Ghost, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, will undergo a throat procedure Monday and will miss the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 2, trainer Jimmy Jerkens told the New York Racing Association publicity department Thursday. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/19 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 8/19 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 8/19 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/19 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 8/19 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/19 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

La Coronel looks to rebound in Lake Placid

DRF | 9 hours ago
A compact but highly competitive field of five will line up for Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

La Coronel looks to rebound in Lake Placid

DRF | 9 hours ago
A compact but highly competitive field of five will line up for Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

McLaughlin-trained Fayeq completes major Travers prep

DRF | 10 hours ago
Kiaran McLaughlin had a memorable Wednesday, winning two races at Saratoga shortly after he and his wife Letty were honored by the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy. Read More...

McLaughlin-trained Fayeq completes major Travers prep

DRF | 10 hours ago
Kiaran McLaughlin had a memorable Wednesday, winning two races at Saratoga shortly after he and his wife Letty were honored by the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy. Read More...

Servis hopes great season continues with Alabama Stakes

DRF | 10 hours ago
Trainer Jason Servis is enjoying a sensational Saratoga meet, one that could get better over the final three weekends when he participates in two Grade 1 races beginning with Saturday's $600,000 Alabama Stakes. Read More...

Servis hopes great season continues with Alabama Stakes

DRF | 10 hours ago
Trainer Jason Servis is enjoying a sensational Saratoga meet, one that could get better over the final three weekends when he participates in two Grade 1 races beginning with Saturday's $600,000 Alabama Stakes. Read More...

Trick or Retreat appeals on the drop

DRF | 10 hours ago
Take your pick between a very sharp Luz Atticus, or the dropping Trick or Retreat in a $10,000 claiming race that will serve as Saturday's feature at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Itsinthepost in Del Mar Handicap crosshairs

DRF | 10 hours ago
Itsinthepost established his reputation in the spring as a turf marathoner with consecutive wins in Grade 2 stakes at 1 1/2 miles at Santa Anita and Keeneland. Those victories have made him a target. Read More...

Maryland invaders Light Up Our World, Pricedtoperfection look tough in Violet Stakes

DRF | 10 hours ago
Pricedtoperfection brings the best credentials into the Grade 3, $100,000 Violet Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park, while the horse with the most upside might be Light Up Our World. Read More...

Elate back at top form for Alabama Stakes

DRF | 10 hours ago
When Elate won her debut by 12 1/2 lengths last November at Aqueduct, it wasn't hard to picture her ultimately winding up in the Alabama Stakes. That she enters Saturday's 137th renewal of the Alabama having recorded just one more victory since is more difficult to fathom. Read More...

Responsibleforlove eyes Rodeo Drive after hard-fought stakes win

DRF | 11 hours ago
Through the 1 3/8 miles of the $80,980 CTT and TOC Handicap on turf at Del Mar on Wednesday, Responsibleforlove struck the rail in the first half-mile, unexpectedly raced toward the back of the field for the first mile, and was in traffic on the rail on the turn. Read More...

Oaklawn to Host Track Superintendents Conference

Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago
Oaklawn, with sponsorship support from various companies, will host the 17th annual Track Superintendents Conference March 25-27. Read More...

Del Mar and Saratoga combine on all-stakes pick four

DRF | 11 hours ago
Saratoga and Del Mar will conduct the first of two all-stakes pick-four wagers on Saturday. Read More...

Lord Simba starts over in strong optional claimer

DRF | 11 hours ago
Lord Simba was kept out of the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 29 after trainer Bob Baffert opted to start Drefong, the champion sprinter of 2016.“I didn't think I would need him,” Baffert said of Lord Simba. Read More...

Battle of Midway likely to go in Oklahoma Derby

DRF | 11 hours ago
Battle of Midway, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby and most recently was sixth in the Haskell Invitational, worked five furlongs in 1:03.40 early Thursday morning under jockey Flavien Prat and is likely to head to Remington Park for the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 24, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. Read More...

Find Stakes tops trio of Maryland-bred contests

DRF | 11 hours ago
Laurel Park will celebrate all things Maryland on Saturday with three $75,000 stakes races, expanded food and drink offerings, local artisans, and a ball cap giveaway to everyone who buys a program. Read More...

Redemption time for Arrogate in Pacific Classic

DRF | 11 hours ago
Was it the track or an inexplicably bad day when he ran last time, or is he not the same horse? Those are among the questions surrounding Arrogate as he heads into the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, a race that weighs mightily in terms of implications for the Breeders' Cup Classic, even Horse of the Year. Read More...

King: Beau Recall facing easier in Del Mar Oaks

DRF | 11 hours ago
In Saturday's Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks, which won't be remembered for its quality, my betting strategy will be simple: back the filly coming out of the best grass race. Read More...

Hovdey: Sadler’s trophy case has a few open spots

DRF | 11 hours ago
John Sadler, who just turned 61, has held a license to train since he was 22. This qualifies him as a lifer in the Thoroughbred game. He currently ranks 20th in all-time earnings with more than $107 million banked by his runners, and yet he and Scott Lake are the only trainers among the top 20 who got there despite winning neither a Breeders' Cup event or a Triple Crown race. Read More...

Competitive undercard supports Canadian Derby

DRF | 12 hours ago
Three of the four stakes races supporting the Grade 3, $150,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on Saturday are highly competitive. Then there's the $50,000 Westerner Handicap. Read More...

Something for everyone in 14-horse Del Mar Oaks

DRF | 12 hours ago
The 14 fillies in Saturday's Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks are a mix of graded stakes winners, a shipper with international credentials and a few prospects capable of a surprise in their stakes debut. Read More...

Keeneland Sporting Art Auction Set for Nov. 19

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
The 2017 Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. Read More...

All American Derby Trials Feature Six Registered New Mexico-Breds

Six registered New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds are among the 116 hopefuls entered in Sunday’s 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Qualifiers added for Keeneland, Woodbine contests

DRF | 13 hours ago
DRF Tournaments announced two new racetrack partnerships this week with qualifiers added for both the Keeneland Challenge and the Woodbine Mile tournament. Read More...

Saratoga, Del Mar to Offer All-Stakes Pick 4s

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced Aug. 17 an "All-Stakes Pick 4" with a partnership between Saratoga Race Course and Del Mar Racetrack on both Saturday, August 19 and Saturday, September 2.  Read More...

New Owner of the Year Nominations Being Accepted

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
OwnerView announced Aug. 17 that it is accepting nominations for the 2017 New Owner of the Year Award, presented by Fasig-Tipton, which will honor a new Thoroughbred owner who has been successful in the sport and has had a positive impact.  Read More...