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New Vocations breaks ground on new facility at Mereworth

DRF | 5 days ago
The New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, joined by several prominent figures in Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred breeding and sales industry, held a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the construction of its new retraining and adoption facility at Mereworth Farm in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday. Read More...

Fletcher adds to stable with eye on Arkansas Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Frank Fletcher’s primary objective in racing is to win the Arkansas Derby at his home track of Oaklawn Park, and he took a significant step toward making that happen last week when he purchased an Into Mischief colt for $575,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-olds in training auction. Read More...

Stall will watch Firecracker from afar

DRF | 5 days ago
Al Stall Jr. will send out two of the favorites Saturday night for the Grade 2 Firecracker at Churchill Downs, but the veteran trainer won’t be on hand to saddle either Departing or Medal Count. Read More...

Ward continues to win at Royal Ascot

DRF | 5 days ago
Another Royal Ascot meeting, another milestone for trainer Wesley Ward, who continues to defy the widely held notion European horses are simply better on turf than their American counterparts. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 6/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 6/26 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 6/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 6/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Jockey Sheldon Russell nearing return

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Sheldon Russell, who has been out since he was injured in a spill at Pimlico on April 25, has started to gallop horses and is hoping to receive permission from his doctors to resume riding early in the Laurel Park meet, which begins July 3. Read More...

Medhurst to call Laurel races in July

DRF | 5 days ago
Pete Medhurst has been named as the track announcer at Laurel Park for July while Dave Rodman is in Northern California calling the races at Pleasanton and Sacramento. Read More...

Barbados nears return from injury

DRF | 5 days ago
Barbados might have been the most exciting 3-year-old not on the Triple Crown trail to race at Gulfstream Park this past winter. Read More...

Trainer Sandy Shulman dies at 78

DRF | 5 days ago
Longtime Thoroughbred trainer Sandy Shulman passed away on Sunday at 78, his family said. Read More...

Hovdey: Coming up short of the Royal treatment

DRF | 6 days ago
California Chrome’s not-so-excellent British adventure always felt out of sync, from the last-minute, seat-of-the-pants arrangements made with Newmarket trainer Rae Guest at the Dubai World Cup, to the long stretch of time without anyone from the Art Sherman stable setting eyeballs on the colt, to the less than glowing reports of the colt’s Newmarket training that had local observers bending over backward to say something polite, like, “What a lovely horse, and such a nice mover, but a bit light on condition for the task, don’t you think?” Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 6 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale is now available online, featuring 209 horses on offer. Read More...

Actor, racing enthusiast Van Patten dies at 86

DRF | 6 days ago
Actor Dick Van Patten, well known for his role on the television series “Eight is Enough” in the late 1970s and early 1980s and a fixture in the clubhouses of Southern California racetracks, died on Tuesday after an illness. Read More...

Hoppertunity should be fitter for Gold Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
For Saturday’s Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert will run the three-time stakes winner Hoppertunity, who was third in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 13. Read More...

Sugar Shock brings good credentials into Saylorville

DRF | 6 days ago
The classy Iowa-owned Sugar Shock heads a field of 10 female sprinters in Friday’s Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Thatcher Street tries to add another win for red-hot Wilkes

DRF | 6 days ago
Bred and owned by a partnership led by Randy Bloch, Thatcher Street will have Brian Hernandez Jr. back aboard when part of an oversubscribed field in the eighth of nine Friday races, a $56,300, first-level allowance scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Read More...

Turf sprint serves as audition for Oceanside

DRF | 6 days ago
The seventh race at Santa Anita on Friday is a final chance to run a 3-year-old on the hillside turf course this summer, and assess whether a runner belongs in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes on Del Mar’s opening day, July 16. Read More...

Delaunay seeks first local win in Iowa Sprint Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Friday’s $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap, the featured event on opening night of the Iowa Festival of Racing, presents another opportunity for Delaunay to get an elusive first win here. Read More...

Diva’s Diamond, Flashy American meet in Iowa Distaff

DRF | 6 days ago
The two-day Iowa Festival of Racing, consisting of six stakes races worth $975,000 in total purses, gets underway Friday with the $100,000 Listed Iowa Distaff, a 1 1/16th mile test for fillies and mares. Headed by the 2013 winner Flashy American and the 2014 winner Diva’s Diamond, the Iowa Distaff attracted seven runners, including five shippers from Kentucky. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 20 to June 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from June 17 – June 21

DRF | 6 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Brady’s Tomboy could be a value play in one-mile feature

DRF | 6 days ago
Brady’s Tomboy is worth taking a shot at in a $17,500 claiming race for fillies and mares that headlines Friday’s card at Northlands Park. The one-mile race drew six horses and goes as race 7 on an eight-race card that begins at 6:30 p.m. Mountain. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 6/15 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Conservative group challenges slot machines in Ohio

DRF | 6 days ago
The Supreme Court of Ohio heard arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by an anti-gambling group contending that Gov. John Kasich overstepped his authority when authorizing slot machines at state racetracks in 2011. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Devereux successful in sprints

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Pat Devereux saddles Good Gator (#10, ML 5-1) in Wednesday's third race at Evangeline Downs, a six-furlong maiden special weight race. Since Jan. 1, 2014, Devereux is winning at a 33 percent clip in sprints, for a return on investment of $3.49. Read More...

California Chrome jogging in England, eyes Arlington Million

DRF | 6 days ago
California Chrome continues to show improvement from a foot injury that prevented him from starting in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in England on June 17, trainer Art Sherman said on Wednesday. Read More...

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds Dutrow’s suspension

DRF | 6 days ago
A U.S. federal court of appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision that New York regulators did not violate the due-process rights of trainer Richard Dutrow when they banned him for 10 years in 2011, according to court records. Read More...

Litfin’s Belmont Park horses to watch for week of June 23

DRF | 6 days ago
Dave Litfin's horses to watch at Belmont Park for the week of June 23. Read More...

Arlington’s request to card fewer races denied

DRF | 6 days ago
The Illinois Racing Board handed Arlington a defeat and a victory during a long and contentious regular monthly meeting Tuesday, voting down the track’s request to be permitted to card fewer than eight races per day but granting permission to alter longstanding rules governing how race cards are assembled. Read More...

Meadowlands: Mr Picolit ready for U.S. debut

DRF | 6 days ago
Mr Picolit, an 8-year-old male trotter who won the 2013 Copenhagen Cup, gets his first start in North America on Friday when he faces five rivals in the third round of the TVG Free For All Series for older trotters at the Big M. He will start from post six with Svanstedt at the lines. Read More...

Weisbord resigns from Breeders’ Cup board

DRF | 6 days ago
Barry Weisbord, a part-owner of the technology company Trakus and the publisher of Thoroughbred Daily News, has resigned from the board of directors of the Breeders’ Cup, citing demands on his time, according to the organization. Read More...

Hubbard’s Lilly Is First tests positive for clenbuterol

DRF | 6 days ago
A Quarter Horse co-owned by R.D. Hubbard, the racetrack executive who has been outspoken about medication violations in racing, has tested positive for an excess level of the regulated bronchodilator clenbuterol, according to New Mexico commission officials. Read More...

Leading Argentine sire Not For Sale dies of colic

DRF | 6 days ago
Not For Sale, an Argentine Group 1 winner and sire of runners including Asiatic Boy and Miss Serendipity, died Monday due to colic. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup names Hagyard as partner

DRF | 6 days ago
The Breeders' Cup has announced that Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, Ky., has been named an official partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, in the Equine First Response Unit category. Read More...

Promise Me Silver will return for Victory Ride

DRF | 6 days ago
Promise Me Silver, who was undefeated in eight career starts prior to her 10th-place finish in the Acorn, will return to Belmont Park for the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes on July 4. Read More...

NYRA to guarantee size of some Saratoga pools

DRF | 6 days ago
The New York Racing Association has announced that it will guarantee the size of some pick four, pick five, and pick six pools at Saratoga. Read More...

Mother Goose field coming up light

DRF | 6 days ago
A year ago, Untapable was the queen of the Mother Goose. But while this year’s Grade 1 Mother Goose won’t have a standout, it is not likely to have a large field either. Read More...

Humane Society affiliate joins push for federal oversight of racing

DRF | 6 days ago
An affiliate of the Humane Society of the U.S. has joined with its parent organization to support a lobbying effort seeking legislation that would lead to a federally appointed overseer of racing’s medication policies and enforcement, the affiliate announced. Read More...

Pocono: Sun Stakes lure stars of the sport

DRF | 6 days ago
Eleven elimination races featuring some of the best pacing and trotting talent in North America will take place on Saturday evening at Pocono Downs. The lineup includes last year’s Horse of the Year, the all-time leader in earnings and quite a few Hambletonian hopefuls. Read More...

Storied Lady brings strong form into Belmont sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Five of the nine races on Belmont’s Thursday program are for New York-breds, including three allowance events. The richest of those is race 3, an unrestricted $75,000 event for fillies and mares at a flat mile out of the chute. Read More...

Sophomores take on elders in allowance

DRF | 6 days ago
The impressive Grade 3 winner Kentuckian ranks as trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s top 3-year-old, but the colt has backup.Those include flashy allowance winner Desert Dynamo and stakes winner Cross the Line. Read More...

Motown Men quickly climbing the charts for West

DRF | 6 days ago
Motown Men has spent the last three months defying logic and expectations for Gulliver Racing and trainer Ted H. West. Read More...

Bozzo, 94, savors the ride with Flutterby

DRF | 6 days ago
At the age of 94, Jerry Bozzo became the oldest trainer ever to win a stakes when Flutterby ran the race of her life to capture the Sea Lily Handicap here last month. On July 5, Bozzo will attempt to become the oldest trainer ever to win a graded stakes when he brings his homebred filly back in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney Handicap. Read More...

Doyle nabs first stakes win

DRF | 6 days ago
Before going home to England for a brief vacation, Sophie Doyle left Kentucky with easily the richest win of her riding career. Read More...

Jockey Lebron back from hiatus

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Victor Lebron returned Sunday at Churchill following a seven-week hiatus in preparation for what he and agent Nelson Arroyo hope will be a productive summer at Ellis Park. Read More...

Lanerie, Leparoux battle it out for Churchill jockey title

DRF | 7 days ago
Corey Lanerie has been the dominant jockey in recent years at Churchill Downs, but he’s got company atop the standings as the 2015 spring meet winds to a close. Read More...

Smaller crowd, larger handle at Monmouth

DRF | 7 days ago
Father’s Day attendance at Monmouth Park was down markedly from last year, but the all-sources handle on the 12-race card was up. Read More...

Jones makes plans for top fillies

DRF | 7 days ago
Larry Jones is beginning to finalize plans for his strong contingent of 3-year-old fillies. On Monday, he said I’m a Chatterbox was probable for the Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race at Saratoga on July 26, and that Lovely Maria was likely for the Grade 3, $300,000 Delaware Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on July 11. Read More...

Souper Colossal to stretch out in Long Branch

DRF | 7 days ago
Souper Colossal was the best 2-year-old at Monmouth Park last summer, running off three straight victories, including the Sapling and off-the-turf Tyro Stakes. He has made only two starts at 3, both in turf sprints, but trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is now ready to return him to the main track and stretch him out in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth on July 11. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of June 23

DRF | 7 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of June 23. Read More...