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American Pharoah Forges Way to Zayat’s Heart

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
While Zayat Stables plans to enter three horses in Saturday's Kentucky Derby including grade II winner El Kabeir, multiple grade I-placed Mr. Z, the homebred American Pharoah is closest to his owner's heart. Read More...

A Look at 2015 Homebred Derby Hopefuls

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Likely Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah leads a trio of homebreds being pointed to this year's classic. Read More...

Dortmund Leads Field of Kentucky Derby Contenders

The Kentucky Derby draw is Wednesday, but here is an early look at the major players, ranked in approximate order from contender to pretender. Read More...

Trainer’s Rapport With Fillies Translates to Success

Larry Jones, who has two contenders in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks, attributed his success with fillies to keeping them happy. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Kaleem Shah living the American dream

DRF | 12 hours ago
An immigrant from India to the U.S., Kaleem Shah embraced the opportunities in his new country, gave up his old citizenship to become a nationalized American, and – when he had the resources to operate a racing stable – chose red, white, and blue silks for his horses to carry. Now he has a chance to make his mark on one of the most distinctive American institutions. He could win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Ranking the Kentucky Derby Workouts

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
J. Keeler Johnson ranks the final pre-Kentucky Derby workouts of nine Derby contenders. Read More...

Gierkink’s Woodbine horses to watch for week of April 27

DRF | 13 hours ago
Ron Gierkink's Woodbine horses to watch for the week of April 27. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. posts loss for first quarter

DRF | 13 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc. had a net loss of $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2015 on record revenue of $250.9 million, according to financial statements released late Monday. The loss compares with a $700,000 loss in the first quarter of last year. Read More...

Churchill Releases First Quarter Earnings

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Churchill Downs Inc., reported April 27 first-quarter results that showed net revenues of $250 million, up 50% over the same quarter of 2014, primarily due to its acquisition of Big Fish Games. Read More...

Lenny’s Place: Kentucky Derby Edition

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Lenny Shulman gives his thoughts on the top 20 contenders, interviews Mark Casse about Danzig Moon, and reveals his favorite choice of chewing gum. Lenny's Kentucky Derby pick and long shot choice. Presented by Hill 'n' Farm Read More...

NJ Casino Simulcast Bill Signed Into Law

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Legislation designed to encourage Atlantic City casinos to offer full-card simulcasts -- or at least protect them at the one casino that still offers wagering on horse races -- was signed into law April 27. Read More...

Jimmy Creed to shuttle to Spendthrift Australia

DRF | 15 hours ago
Grade 1 winner Jimmy Creed will join Warrior’s Reward among the inaugural stallion roster at Spendthrift Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 4/29 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 16 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 4/29 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Upstart Breeder Out of Hospital, CD Bound

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Joanne Nielsen, the breeder of Upstart, has been released from the hospital after an 11-night stay for viral pneumonia, and is hopeful to make it to Louisville for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Jimmy Creed to Spendthrift Australia

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
Grade I winner Jimmy Creed will shuttle to Spendthrift Australia and participate in the farm's Share The Upside Program in 2015. Read More...

What Is That? A Glossary To Derby And Oaks Contenders’ Tack

As Kentucky Derby and Oaks hopefuls go about their preparations for this week’s races, the stretch at Churchill Downs during morning training is as much a parade of tack as it is horses. Taking note... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

General Ann cuts back for turf-sprint feature

DRF | 16 hours ago
General Ann will be facing winners for the first time, but she still looks like the one to beat in a $50,000 optional starter claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream on Wednesday. The 7 1/2-furlong race on turf goes as the fifth race and drew 10 horses for the body of the race. Mochima will get to run if the race gets moved to the main track. Read More...

American Pharoah Tops NTRA Poll

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
American Pharoah, the likely morning-line favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tops the NTRA 3-year-old poll that was released April 27. Read More...

Weir, Lipinski on NBC Social Media for Derby

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
NBC plans coverage of Kentucky Derby Week across all social media platforms, featuring NBC Sports Group's fashion and lifestyle experts and social media mavens Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski. Read More...

Homeister in elite company with Oaks ride

DRF | 17 hours ago
Rosemary Homeister Jr. became part of Kentucky Derby lore 12 years ago when she became just the fifth woman to ride in the race, and now she’s poised to make more Churchill Downs history. Read More...

Lukas fingerprints all over this Kentucky Derby

DRF | 17 hours ago
Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas has saddled 47 Kentucky Derby starters, winning four editions of the classic along the way. He has just one shot at his fifth Derby victory on Saturday, sending out longshot Mr. Z. However, don’t think the Lukas influence isn’t all over this Derby. Read More...

Dubawi Blueblood Opens His Account At Windsor

TDN | 17 hours ago
Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 1:57 PM ET 2nd at WSR (WINDSOR)Download The Unibet Racing App Now Maiden S.     Winner: Gossiping (GB) by Dubawi (Ire) Maiden win for Godolphin's Gossip... Read More...

Materiality looking to overcome ‘Rule of 2’

DRF | 17 hours ago
In the Kentucky Derby, one rule approaches the status of founding principal: To win, a horse must have started as a 2-year-old. Materiality is the latest horse to try and break that rule. Read More...

Haskin: California Horses Make Big Impression

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Following Sunday's rainy, chilly morning, the sun was out Monday morning and the Derby horses were out in full force, including three arrivals from California -- Dortmund, Firing Line, and Bolo. Read More...

Cruguet casts his vote for American Pharoah

DRF | 17 hours ago
Some have compared both of Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby hopefuls, American Pharoah and Dortmund, to Seattle Slew, who won the Triple Crown in 1977, 38 years ago. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: California invaders get feel for track

DRF | 17 hours ago
The first sightings of the recently arrived California contingent – DORTMUND, FIRING LINE, and BOLO – were among the highlights of Monday’s Kentucky Derby-Oaks training session, which also featured a five-furlong work by BOLD CONQUEST, who still needs help to crack the Derby’s starting lineup. Read More...

Dean Dorton Named Official BC Partner

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC, a regional accounting and consulting firm, has been named an official partner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships, the Breeders' Cup announced April 27. Read More...

Itsaknockout promotion adds punch to Derby Day

DRF | 17 hours ago
As if Saturday’s championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao needs any more publicity, along comes the aptly named Itsaknockout, who’ll provide fans one last reminder of the bout four hours before the fight starts as one of the 20 starters in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby News Update: April 27, 2015

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Claire Novak gives us an update on how Bold Conquest worked and his plans while sitting at 22nd. We also learn of yesterday's arrivals first look at the track and those yet to arrive's schedules. Read More...

California Chrome Adjusting to Newmarket

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
"There's a lot for them to consider, but when it comes to racing, the horse's fitness will not be a problem. It is much more down to the way the horse feels." -- Rae Guest on California Chrome. Read More...

Itsaknockout Promotes Upcoming Boxing Match

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Starlight Racing has entered into an agreement in which Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Itsaknockout will promote the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao boxing match in Las Vegas on Derby day. Read More...

Romans expecting top effort from Keen Ice

DRF | 18 hours ago
Though his form suggests he will be overmatched in what looks to be one of the toughest fields in years, Keen Ice gives trainer Dale Romans a good feeling heading into Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Changes Eyed for KY Breeders’ Incentive Fund

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund Advisory Committee has proposed amendments to state statute that would in part allow mares entered in public auctions outside the state to leave for a period of time. Read More...

Brooklyn, Foster possible targets for Effinex

DRF | 18 hours ago
Effinex, the three-quarter-length winner of Saturday’s Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes, could make his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational at Belmont Park on June 6 or the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster on June 13 at Churchill Downs Read More...

Cruz takes Aqueduct title as apprentice

DRF | 18 hours ago
It is rare when an apprentice jockey wins a riding title on this circuit, but five-pound apprentice Angel Cruz did just that, taking the Aqueduct spring meet crown with 22 wins from 93 mounts. Read More...

New client gives Jacobson more firepower

DRF | 18 hours ago
As he prepares for the Belmont spring-summer meet – which begins Wednesday – David Jacobson has begun a relationship with a new client, James Costabile Jr., who is starting a claiming partnership that will race under the moniker Final Turn Stable. Read More...

Houghton, Radosevich Win Mahoning Titles

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Terry Houghton and Jeff Radosevich topped the respective jockey and trainer standings at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course when the 67-day winter/spring meet ended April 25. Read More...

New York moves toward allowing uncoupled entries in stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday approved a proposed rule that would allow horses with common ownership to run uncoupled in any stakes race worth $50,000 or more, one of two steps it took at a meeting to modify state racing rules to address short fields. Read More...

No lack of strength – or horses – in this Kentucky Derby

DRF | 19 hours ago
The consensus is that the field for this Kentucky Derby, to be run on Saturday at Churchill Downs, is shaping up as the strongest in years. The consensus is that American Pharoah is the horse to beat, with many other worthy contenders meriting strong looks. And yet that won’t stop a full field – likely an overflow field – from being entered on Wednesday. Read More...

Case Against Pena Results in Three-Year Ban

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
A top Standardbred trainer has been fined and stripped of his license by New York regulators following one of the industry's biggest medication cases. Read More...

Homespun Ramsey has International Star in Derby

DRF | 19 hours ago
Ken Ramsey says he was approached recently by a biographer from New York who wanted to chronicle how Ramsey has become one of the most successful people in the modern era of American racing. “He said he wanted to call the book, ‘From the Outhouse to the Penthouse,’ ” Ramsey said with his familiar cackle. “I don’t believe he realizes how true to life that is.” Read More...

Darley Australia announces 2015 stud fees

DRF | 19 hours ago
Darley Australia has revealed the advertised fees for its 21-horse stallion roster for the 2015 breeding season, led by U.S. shuttle sire Medaglia d’Oro. Read More...

Allez France Goes To Whipper’s Mayhem

TDN | 20 hours ago
Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 11:16 AM ET 6th at CHY (CHANTILLY)G3 Prix Allez France     Winner: Mayhem (Ire) by Whipper Anne-Marie Hayes' Mayhem (Ire) (Whipper) wins Chantilly's G3 ... Read More...

Dortmund to Track, Other Derby Horses Arrive

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Kaleem Shah's undefeated Dortmund got reacquainted with the Twin Spires April 27, making his first trip around Churchill Downs this year after arriving from California. Firing Line and Bolo were also on the track Monday. Read More...

Much to look forward to at Belmont Park meeting

DRF | 20 hours ago
The move from Aqueduct to Belmont Park usually signals that better times are ahead for the New York Racing Association. Hopefully, good things will come to those who wait. Read More...

Callaghan achieves childhood dream by reaching Derby

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Simon Callaghan’s journey to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs with Sunland Park Derby winner Firing Line has been almost 20 years in the making, a circuitous route that began in his hometown of Newmarket, England, with stops on the East Coast and California. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi progressing; Untapable works

DRF | 20 hours ago
Two trainers of Kentucky Derby hopefuls took a timeout from talking about the classic to offer brief updates on how the champion fillies under their care are doing. Read More...

Bergman: Level playing field solves nothing

DRF | 20 hours ago
There’s this myth that abounds suggesting that great things can occur once there is a level playing field. There does need to be a level playing field in this sport and that field should be of human ideas and the ability to advance our industry in a positive way. Read More...

Galileo Son Of Lahaleeb Scores At Kempton

TDN | 20 hours ago
Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 10:29 AM ET 1st at KEM (KEMPTON PARK)Betdaq Maiden S.     Winner: Al Rifai (Ire) by Galileo (Ire) Khaled Rahim's Al Rifai (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), son of ... Read More...

Z Rockstar seeks repeat in TRAO Classic Sprint

DRF | 21 hours ago
Z Rockstar will be cutting back to one turn Tuesday to defend his title in the $55,000 TRAO Classic Sprint at Will Rogers Downs, and when last seen at the race’s six-furlong distance he defeated a field that included multiple stakes winners Unbridled’s Note and Gentlemen’s Bet. Read More...