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KY Downs Ready for Meet With Record Purses

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
As Corey Johnsen bustled about Kentucky Downs on a steamy hot Sept. 4 afternoon, the president of the track near Franklin, Ky., mused about his expectations for the boutique meet set to begin the following day. Read More...

First Starter Wins for Sire Get Rich Quick

Blood-Horse | 1 hour ago
Florida-based sire Get Rich Quick saw his first winner Sept. 4, when his first starter, Set and Go, won a maiden claiming race for 2-year-olds at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Still After Third Turf Monster Win

Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago
Second and third in the Turf Monster (gr. IIIT) the last two years after winning in 2011 and 2012, Ben's Cat takes on eight runners in this year's edition as he pursues a third win in the Parx Racing event Sept. 7. Read More...

Half Sisters to Preakness Winners Race Sunday

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
A loaded field of 2-year-old fillies has lined up for Sunday's sixth race at Saratoga Race Course that includes half sisters to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winners Shackleford and Bernardini. Read More...

CHRB Committee Advances New Lasix Proposal

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
The California Horse Racing Board Medication and Track Safety Committee took a step forward Sept. 4 regarding potential employment of third-party furosemide administration in the state. Read More...

Dialed In Colt Leads Louisiana Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 hours ago
A colt from the first crop of Dialed In sold for the highest price of $55,000 at the Equine Sales Co.'s consignor select yearling sale Sept. 2 in Opelousas, La. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga pick four play for Saturday, Sept. 5

DRF | 4 hours ago
We’ll take a $140 crack at Saturday’s $750,000-guaranteed late pick four on races 9-12, which covers the Spinaway, Woodward, and Glens Falls and ends with a competitive optional-claiming turf route. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, Sept. 5

DRF | 4 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...

Free: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, Sept. 5

DRF | 5 hours ago
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OBS fall mixed sale catalog available online

DRF | 5 hours ago
A total of 464 horses have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale, for which the catalog is now available. Read More...

Dialed In colt leads Louisiana sale

DRF | 5 hours ago
A colt from the first crop of Florida Derby winner Dialed In brought $55,000 to top the Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana consignor select yearling sale Wednesday. The auction was held in Opelousas, La., at facilities near Evangeline Downs. Read More...

Royal Posse edges out Saratoga Snacks to win Evan Shipman

DRF | 5 hours ago
In a race that nearly finished in a dead heat, Royal Posse edged out a game but unlucky Saratoga Snacks by the slimmest of margins to capture the $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes on Thursday at Saratoga. Zivo, making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Classic, finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite. Read More...

Vyjack finally gets his chance

DRF | 5 hours ago
Vyjack, entered and scratched on two previous occasions at the meet, will try to make it to the starting gate in Monday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap on closing day. Read More...

Castellano sweeps the big ones

DRF | 5 hours ago
Though he realizes he may not win his third consecutive meet title, jockey Javier Castellano believes this is his best Saratoga season ever. Read More...

Loaded maiden race filled with pedigree power

DRF | 5 hours ago
There have been some really impressive 2-year-old fillies at this meet, and if pedigree or purchase price mean anything, we should see another on Sunday. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 9/6 Analysis

DRF | 5 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 9/6 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Upstart pointing to Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 6 hours ago
Upstart came out of his fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes well enough that trainer Rick Violette is planning to run him back in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 19. Read More...

Horseplayers Support USADA Oversight

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
The people who put their money on the line wagering on horse racing would like to see an overhaul of its drug testing and enforcement, based on results of a recent survey. Read More...

Chicks Special Angel, Bh Lisas Boy clash in Championship Challenge

DRF | 6 hours ago
Cat-quick Chicks Special Angel headlines the $54,000 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge on Sunday at Emerald Downs, but the defending champion may be hard-pressed to hold off the rapidly improving 3-year-old Bh Lisas Boy in the meeting’s marquee event for Quarter Horses. Read More...

NYTHA Executive Director Gallagher Retires

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Jim Gallagher, who was named New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Associationi executive director in 2007, has announced his retirement. Read More...

Royal Posse Aces Evan Shipman Stakes Debut

Blood-Horse | 6 hours ago
Royal Posse dug in deep and turned back a game rival in pacesetter Saratoga Snacks to win his stakes debut, the $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Gallagher retiring from N.Y. Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

DRF | 6 hours ago
Jim Gallagher, the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association since 2007, has announced his retirement, effective next Tuesday, NYTHA announced on Friday. Read More...

Hovdey: Win a Space tries skipping a few grades

DRF | 6 hours ago
Win a Space, a victim of the American Pharoah wars in the spring, leaps from the maiden ranks to the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby. Read More...

Luzzi charged in domestic altercation

DRF | 7 hours ago
Jockey Mike Luzzi was arrested Thursday by Saratoga Springs police and faces two felony and two misdemeanor charges as the result of an altercation he had with his wife, Tania. Read More...

Two Dozen New Mexico Breds Consigned to Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale

A total of 480 yearlings, including 24 registered New Mexico-breds, has been consigned to the three-day Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, which runs September 4-6. Read More...

Handle Flat, Race Days Down in August

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Commingled wagering on Thoroughbred races in the United States was up less than 1% in August versus the same month in 2014, while purses paid dropped almost 3% in conjunction with a reduction of 56 racing days. Read More...

Five Sires Have Two Challenge Race Winners

Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago
Let's look at the first five sires to have multiple challenge winners this year. Read More...

For Cash primed for Speed to Spare

DRF | 7 hours ago
Trainer Dale Greenwood wasn’t planning to run For Cash in the $75,000 Speed to Spare Stakes at Northlands Park on Monday, but the 5-year-old son of Stephen Got Even convinced him otherwise. Read More...

Prioress perfect stepping-stone for Cavorting

DRF | 8 hours ago
When Kiaran McLaughlin assessed the best way to get his 3-year-old filly Cavorting to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, he kept coming back to Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Fornatale: How I’d play Saratoga for Saturday, Sept. 5

DRF | 8 hours ago
DRF handicapper Peter Fornatale provides his best plays on Saturday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Shared Belief begins light exercise toward comeback

DRF | 8 hours ago
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, has started a light exercise program of walking at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Redmond, Wash., the first stage in a planned comeback after injuring his hip in the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia in April. Read More...

Prize Exhibit auditions for Queen Elizabeth II in Yellow Ribbon

DRF | 8 hours ago
Prize Exhibit is the lone 3-year-old filly in the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday and the only runner in the field of 12 with two stakes wins this year. Read More...

American Pharoah will be paraded between races Sunday

DRF | 8 hours ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to be paraded in the paddock and on the racetrack between races Sunday. Read More...

Baruta eyes first stakes win in CERF Stakes

DRF | 8 hours ago
Baruta has been a busy mare at Del Mar this summer, wining an allowance race in the first week of the meet in July and finishing second in the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 16. There is time for one more start and a potential first stakes win Sunday in the $80,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs. Read More...

Mullins takes shot with Rockin Bayou in Futurity

DRF | 8 hours ago
Trainer Jeff Mullins had an ideal start to the Del Mar summer meeting, winning with four of his first seven starters July 16-18. Mullins could finish the meeting Monday with an equally strong flourish. Read More...

Prospect Park class of Del Mar Derby

DRF | 8 hours ago
Prospect Park already had proven in spring that he could perform admirably on dirt against the elite 3-year-olds on the West Coast, but his overpowering victory in the La Jolla has makes him a standout as he goes for a second straight grass win in the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Derby. Read More...

Fewer races produce slightly higher handle

DRF | 8 hours ago
The number of U.S. races held in August plummeted by 10 percent but handle on those races was up marginally, according to figures released on Friday by Equibase. Read More...

Dortmund Back to Training After Injury

Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund might have been forgotten by some in the aftermath of stablemate American Pharoah's Triple Crown run, but the massive son of Big Brown could be getting primed for a fall campaign. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton to Sponsor Two KY Downs Stakes

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Fasig-Tipton Co. has signed on to be title sponsor of two $300,000 distaff turf stakes to run Sept. 19 at Kentucky Downs as part of "Fasig-Tipton Ladies Day." Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar for Saturday, Sept. 5

DRF | 9 hours ago
Hammersly: How I'd play Del Mar for Saturday, Sept. 5 Read More...

Ironicus Has New Challenge in Bernard Baruch

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Ironicus, who has an electrifying late kick, will have to catch front-running Constitution, who makes his turf bow and first start since the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at the Spa. Read More...

Bravo seeks to sweep two juvenile stakes for Minnesota-breds

DRF | 9 hours ago
Trainer Francisco Bravo aims to cap his phenomenal season with wins by the 2-year-old gelding Pensador and the 2-year-old filly Stella’s Princess in two stakes for Minnesota-bred juveniles on Sunday’s Minnesota Festival of Champions card at Canterbury Park. Read More...

Renamed First Winner for Everyday Heroes

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago
Al and Bill Ulwelling's Renamed shook free in early stretch and pulled away to a clear win in the first race at Canterbury Park Aug. 29, becoming the first winner for grade III winner and New Mexico stallion Everyday Heroes. Read More...

Dogwood Trail, Huasca get rematch in Uanme Stakes

DRF | 10 hours ago
Dogwood Trail and Huasca, the respective one-two finishers in the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes nine weeks ago, will renew their rivalry Sunday at Gulfstream Park in the $75,000 Uanme Stakes. Read More...

Are You Kidding Me, Florida Won ship in for Presque Isle Mile

DRF | 10 hours ago
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Breeders’ Cup berth on the line in Grosser Preis von Baden

DRF | 10 hours ago
Goldstream, fourth in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 15, is part of a modest field in Sunday’s $278,000 Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden Racecourse in Germany, a race that will award the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland on Oct. 31. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Hollendorfer strong with 2-year-olds

DRF | 10 hours ago
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddles Viviendo El Sueno (#2, ML 5-1) in Friday’s fifth race at Del Mar, the six-furlong I’m Smokin Stakes. Since Jan., 1, 2014, Hollendorfer is winning at a 26 percent clip in 2-year-old races, for a return on investment of $2.43. Check out the Positive ROI report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Kiss My Hocks likely to be Carter’s final All American Derby mount

DRF | 10 hours ago
When G.R. Carter Jr. rides Kiss My Hocks in Sunday’s $2,378,383 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs, it may be his last mount in Quarter Horse racing’s richest derby. Read More...

Her Majesty’s Flag finds a good spot in Etobicoke Stakes

DRF | 10 hours ago
Duchess Stakes winner Her Majesty’s Flag will return to Polytrack in search of her second stakes win of the meet in Sunday’s $100,000 Etobicoke Stakes at Woodbine, an overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs that has attracted just five entrants. Read More...

Key Race report: Duke of Doom returns in claiming race

DRF | 11 hours ago
Duke of Doom (#4, ML 5-1) returns in Friday's sixth race at Golden Gate, a 1 1/16-mile claiming race on the all-weather track. It will be his first start since finishing third by a half-length in a claiming race July 30 at Santa Rosa. The first-, second-, and fourth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...