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74-Year-old Horseplayer Wins 2015 NHC Title

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
John O'Neil of Huntington Station, N.Y., topped a field of 606 entrants to win the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as at the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 23-25 Read More...

O’Neil becomes oldest winner of National Handicapping Championship

DRF | 1 day ago
John O’Neil won $800,000 at the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in a field that included 606 entries. Read More...

Pure Tactics confirms fondness for hillside in Clocker’s Corner

DRF | 1 day ago
Sunday, Pure Tactics won his third stakes in the last year, and second on the hillside course, in the $79,800 Clocker’s Corner Stakes. Read More...

Perfect Style cruises in El Paso Times Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Perfect Style was always prominent for a 4 3/4-length win over Untraveled in the $50,000 El Paso Times Handicap at Sunland Park on Sunday. Read More...

Flashy Debut for Royal Delta Half Brother

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Not to be missed in all of the stakes races Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park was a dazzling debut win by Al Shaqab Racing's Khozan, a half brother to three-time Eclipse champion Royal Delta. Read More...

Wildcat Red Sidelined with Back Muscle Pull

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Tests revealed no significant injuries to multiple graded stakes-winning Wildcat Red following his fifth-place finish in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Haskin: Revisiting Penny’s Birthday Party

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
This column seemed to be well-received by Secretariat fans last year, so I thought I would reprint it as an annual Birthday present to Penny and all Big Red 's fans who might have missed it last year. Read More...

Punctuate gets green light for San Vicente

DRF | 1 day ago
Punctuate, unraced since beating maidens in September, earned a spot in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 1 with a six-furlong workout from the gate in 1:14 on Sunday. Read More...

Big Macher preps for Palos Verdes

DRF | 1 day ago
Big Macher, scratched from Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Sunday for the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs next Saturday. Read More...

San Felipe a possibility for Mischief Clem

DRF | 1 day ago
Mischief Clem won his first stakes in the California Cup Derby, a race won in 2014 by California Chrome. California Chrome won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles in his next start, and the same $400,000 race on March 7 has been the subject of preliminary discussions between owner Craig Griffin and trainer Bob Hess Jr. for Mischief Clem. Read More...

‘Chrome Set for San Antonio; Bayern Doubtful

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Horse of the Year California Chrome breezed one mile in 1:41 2/5 at his Los Alamitos Race Course headquarters Jan. 25 as he moves ever closer to his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes. Read More...

Kilroe Mile one option for Alert Bay

DRF | 1 day ago
A decision on Alert Bay’s next start may not be made for another week, trainer Blaine Wright said, but one option would be the $400,000 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf on March 7. Read More...

Desormeaux Sets Derby Path for Texas Red

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is likely to have three starts on the early Triple Crown trail, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux, beginning with the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 1. Read More...

El Kabeir works towards Withers in between storms

DRF | 1 day ago
Dodging one storm that canceled training here Saturday and avoiding a second storm that will likely cancel training here on Tuesday, El Kabeir managed to get in an important five-furlong workout Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 7. Read More...

NHC: Contest down to final 10 players

DRF | 1 day ago
The 16th annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is down to 10 players, led by Ken Jordan of Farmingdale, N.J., and his $283.30 bankroll. Read More...

Bob Neumeier Wins Celebrity Challenge at NHC

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Bob Neumeier, the longtime NBC Sports handicapper and Boston sportscaster, won the inaugural NTRA NHC Charity Challenge Jan. 24, less than three months after suffering serious stroke. Read More...

Ayaddy Wins on Debut at GP

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 3:32 PM ET 6th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)MSW ($45k)     Winner: Ayaady by Tapit Ayaady (f, 3, Tapit), a $1-million KEESEP yearling, is successful in her... Read More...

Options Abound for Holy Bull Winner Upstart

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Upstart, a prime contender on the Triple Crown trail, was contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.'s barn at Palm Meadows a day after his impressive win in the Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II). Read More...

R Sassy Lass Tops OBS Racing Card Tuesday

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The 26th annual Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s "Day of Champions" races will be run Jan. 27 in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

California Chrome impresses clocker in mile workout

DRF | 1 day ago
California Chrome breezed a mile in 1:41.40 at Los Alamitos on Sunday, a workout description that is a rarity in Southern California, but a reflection of jockey Victor Espinoza’s minimal urging of his mount. Read More...

NHC: NBC’s Neumeier wins Charity Challenge

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Neumeier, the longtime NBC Sports handicapper and Boston sportscaster, won the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Charity Challenge on Saturday. Read More...

Able Friend Storms to Stewards’ Cup Triumph

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Dr. Cornel Li's formidable miler Able Friend wore down pacesetter Beauty Flame and notched a second straight group I victory when taking the HK$10 million Stewards' Cup Jan. 25 at Sha Tin. Read More...

Rising Star Cassatt Captures Ladies Classic

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Sharp filly Cassatt won the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic as a heavy favorite the night of Jan. 24 at Sam Houston Race Park, holding on by neck over the fast-charging Angelica Zapata. Read More...

New entry rule at Aqueduct causes multiple scratches

DRF | 1 day ago
The stewards were forced to scratch eight horses from Sunday’s card at Aqueduct after the racing office erroneously allowed them to be entered in violation of a rule the New York Racing Association put in place just nine days ago. Read More...

Coalport Convincing Winner of Connally Cup

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Odds-on choice Coalport, shipping from Florida for Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker, dominated the $200,000 John Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) Jan. 24 at Sam Houston Race Park for his first graded stakes victory. Read More...

Catalog Online for Barretts 2-Year-Old Sale

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
There are 116 horses cataloged for the 26th annual Barretts sale of selected 2-year-olds in training to be held Monday, Feb. 23 at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif. Read More...

NHC: Larmey erases some bad memories

DRF | 1 day ago
Chris Larmey knows how it feels to lose out on winning $1 million by a nose. But he exorcised a demon Saturday during the second day of the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Holy Bull Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Upstart was one of the elite 2-year-olds of 2014, and he served notice in his 2015 debut that he belongs among the very best of contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Harness: Up And Quick Wins Prix d’Amerique

DRF | 2 days ago
Up And Quick captured the 2015 Prix d’Amerique in come-from-behind fashion, taking home the winner’s share of the one million Euro prize money with him in front of an enthusiastic French crowd on a partly sunny Sunday afternoon. Read More...

Able Friend Easy As Can Be in Stewards’ Cup

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 11:13 AM ET 8th at SHT (SHA TIN)G1 Stewards' Cup ($1.28m)     Winner: Able Friend (Aus) by Shamardal Able Friend (Aus) (Shamardal) makes light work of... Read More...

Coalport much the best in Connally Turf Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Coalport, the 4-5 favorite, toyed with his eight rivals in the Grade 3, $200,000 John Connally Turf Cup Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park, leading all the way in a 3 1/4-length win over Trace Creek. Read More...

Cassatt collects front-running win in Houston Ladies Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Fox Hill Farms, trainer Larry Jones, and the stallion Tapit collected their second win in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic in three years Saturday night, when Cassatt led throughout for a neck win in the richest Thoroughbred race in Texas. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:22 PM ET Gulfstream Park hosted its first major Kentucky Derby prep Saturday with the running of the GII Holy Bull S. on... Read More...

Meadowlands: Tetrick takes two winter finals with perfect drives

DRF | 2 days ago
Driver Tim Tetrick picked up a pair of winter late closer victories on Saturday night at the Meadowlands by giving both Company Man and Witch Dali perfect trips in the Escort and Worldly Beauty finals, respectively. JL Cruze also won for driver John Campbell in the Super Bowl final. Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro’s Exodus Takes the Allen’s Landing

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:54 PM ET 6th at HOU (Sam Houston)Allen's Landing S. ($50k)     Winner: Exodus by Medaglia d'Oro Exodus (Medaglia d'Oro), a $600k FTSAUG yearling, ... Read More...

NHC: Three former champions reach final 50

DRF | 2 days ago
Three former champions – Brian Troop, Michael Beychok, and John Conte - have made their way into the final 50 at the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, the world's richest handicapping contest with more than $2.3 million in purses, held at the Treasure Island in Las Vegas. Read More...

Alert Bay Victorious in Cal Cup Turf Classic

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay survived a lengthy stewards' inquiry to collect his fifth straight stakes score Jan. 24 in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Pick six carryover of $116,493 for Sunday’s program

DRF | 2 days ago
A sequence of longshots on Saturday has led to a pick six carryover of $116,493 for Sunday’s nine-race program at Santa Anita. Read More...

First Reported Foal by Justin Phillip a Colt

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The first reported foal by grade I winner Justin Phillip is a colt born Jan. 23 at Lee Anne Smith's Paradigm Farm in Virginia. Read More...

Alert Bay survives inquiry in Cal Cup Turf Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Alert Bay won his fifth straight race on Saturday when he rallied up the rail to capture the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, giving his owner, Peter Redekop, victories in two of the five Cal Cup/Sunshine Millions races run at Santa Anita. Read More...

Cinco Charlie dominates Allison Riley Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Cinco Charlie proved much the best in his two-turn debut on Saturday, when he rolled to an 8 1/2-length win in the $100,000 Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico. Made Me Talk finished second, 1 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Dirt Monster. Read More...

Sugar Shock Takes American Beauty in Comeback

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
In taking the American Beauty Stakes Jan. 24 at Oaklawn Park, Sugar Shock proved she could be successful sprinting and could return a winner after seven months away from the track. Read More...

Spirit Rules takes down small field in California Cup Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Spirit Rules gave jockey Iggy Puglisi his first stakes win in 10 years in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. It is not as if the veterans have not been trying. Read More...

Mischief Clem, ‘Kitty Post Upsets in Cal Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Mischief Clem produced an 11-1 upset in the $245,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park Jan. 24, prevailing by a head after dueling the length of the stretch with an unlucky Pulmarack. Read More...

Go West Marie stays perfect with Stevens aboard in Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Go West Marie kept her cool during a lengthy delay, then calmly picked off her rivals in the $151,750 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint on Saturday at Santa Anita, rallying from 11th to capture her second straight race, both since Gary Stevens took over as her rider. Read More...

Castletown prevails by head in Swft Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Castletown likely confirmed he ranks at the top of the local sprint division at Turf Paradise on Saturday – but only just. The 7-year-old Castletown ($6.40) was a game victor in a stirring renewal of the $35,000 Swift Stakes. Read More...

Sugar Shock comes off six-month layoff to win American Beauty

DRF | 2 days ago
Sugar Shock won her first start in more than six months Saturday, when she surged from off the pace to overtake Spring Included and Haveyougoneaway nearing the wire in the $100,000 American Beauty at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Birdatthewire Easy Forward Gal Winner

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Rocketing from far back, Forum Racing's Birdatthewire easily took the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) from Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24. The victory earned her 10 points toward a start in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Read More...

Birdatthewire Soars to Easy Forward Gal Win

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Rocketing from far back, Forum Racing's Birdatthewire easily took the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) in a 12-1 surprise from Gulfstream Park Jan. 24. Read More...

Dubai Sky prevails in photo finish to win Kitten’s Joy

DRF | 2 days ago
About the only one in the house who didn’t have to sweat out the photo finish for Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park was Bill Mott. That’s because the two horses involved in the tight picture, Dubai Sky and Courtier, are both trained by the Hall of Fame horseman. Read More...