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Official Veterinary Team From China Visits Kentucky

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Kentucky agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles and some horse industry leaders welcomed an official veterinary team from the People's Republic of China this month in a visit that could help open China to the export of horses from the United States. Read More...

Rashinskis Take Another Run at the Kentucky Oaks

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Ron and Ricki Rashinski ran Bushfire in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks (G1). The Chicago-area couple returns in 2017 as the co-owners of Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) winner Sailor's Valentine. Read More...

Smokin Now all the way in Golden Circle Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Smokin Now went straight to the front and increased his advantage, winning the $65,000 Golden Circle Stakes on Friday night at Prairie Meadows by 2 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Battalion Runner, Malagacy to bypass Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy and Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2) runner-up Battalion Runner will both bypass the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed via text message April 29. Read More...

Gormley, Royal Mo put in stamina-building workouts for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Gormley, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby on April 8, worked seven furlongs in 1:26.20 at Santa Anita on Saturday in his final major preparation for the Kentucky Derby next weekend. Read More...

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Turf Mile Saturday

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have a trio of grade 3 turf miles Saturday, Churchill Downs' opening night, and more. Read More...

Pletcher’s Battalion Runner, Malagacy won’t run in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Battalion Runner and Malagacy both will not run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said Saturday. Their defections put Lookin at Lee and Sonneteer in the field, with Royal Mo on the bubble. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Sunday, April 30, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday at Belmont Park. Read More...

NTRA Staying Busy in Washington

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
While the Triple Crown races are approaching beginning with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the NTRA continues a busy stretch in Washington putting the industry's message forward on immigration and tax issues. Read More...

Gormley Puts in Unconventional Final Derby Work

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Instead of working Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley, his Derby mount, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard the Mosses' Ziconic, who served as the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner's target. Read More...

Derby clocker: J Boys Echo shows more enthusiasm than usual in work

DRF | 1 day ago
Some major rainstorms passed through the area early Saturday morning and continued intermittently during training hours, but nothing could deter J Boys Echo from getting in his final Kentucky Derby work over a racetrack upgraded from muddy to “good” after the renovation break and which yielded some quick workout times after being tightened up by the precipitation. Read More...

UAE Derby winner Thunder Snow coming for Derby; J Boys Echo, Gormley, Royal Mo work

DRF | 1 day ago
Thunder Snow is officially in, Girvin took a big step toward making the race, Malagacy remains all but officially out, Battalion Runner just might join him on the sidelines, J Boys Echo worked at Churchill Downs, and both Gormley and Royal Mo worked at Santa Anita, all part of a busy Saturday on many fronts seven days out from the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, April 30, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
Sha Tin selections for Sunday, April 30 Read More...

Fast Work Provides Relief for Girvin’s Connections

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
As owner Brad Grady relayed Girvin's :59 3/5 time for his five furlong breeze April 29 at Keeneland, gathered friends and family let out a relieved cheer. Read More...

Thunder Snow Confirmed for Kentucky Derby Start

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Thunder Snow, winner of the March 25 UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse, has been confirmed to start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin Racing announced April 29. Read More...

Thunder Snow Confirmed for Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Thunder Snow, winner of the March 25 UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse, has been confirmed to start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin Racing announced April 29. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. Purchases ADW BetAmerica

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Churchill Downs Inc. has purchased advance-deposit wagering site BetAmerica, multiple sources from both companies said April 28-29. Read More...

Girvin solid in five-furlong work for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin, who missed a work last weekend while recovering from a quarter crack in his right front hoof, breezed five furlongs in company in 59.60 seconds Saturday at Keeneland in his final work before the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Business as Usual for J Boys Echo in Derby Breeze

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J Boys Echo was his typical self in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), rolling through a five-furlong drill in 1:01 with stablemate Little Irishdancer. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Class drop, return to sprinting can work for Astrologist

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Saturday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Bernier: How I’ll play Santa Anita on Saturday, April 29

DRF | 1 day ago
Saturday's card at Santa Anita is highlighted by the Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes, and I'm interested in a horse who should be a decent price. I'm not looking to go wild today, as the focus is already on next week (it's the calm before the storm, with the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby happening next weekend). I'll look to play a midcard daily double today on races 6-7. Read More...

Keeneland closes spring meet with steady business figures

DRF | 1 day ago
Keeneland concluded its spring meet on Friday with relatively steady overall attendance and handle figures despite running one fewer day, and with a strong performance on the day of the track’s signature Kentucky Derby prep. Read More...

Quiet Business Wins Bewitch on Keeneland’s Closing Day

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Calumet Farm's 16-1 longshot Quiet Business took command in the final furlong to win the 1 1/2-mile Bewitch Stakes (G3T) on closing day of the track's spring meet April 28. Read More...

Castleton Lyons Gets First Derby Starter as Breeder

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Gormley will soon occupy a high-profile place in the history of Castleton Lyons as the first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) starter produced by the Ryan family's international operation. Read More...

OBS Spring Sale Concludes With Across-the-Board Records

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Spurred by a diverse group of international and domestic buyers active at all levels of the market, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training came to an end April 28 with records set in key statistical categories. Read More...

Big Daddy Cartel Colt Tops New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity Qualifiers

Edilberto Estrada’s Bug Daddy Cartel, a homebred bay son of Big Daddy Cartel, won the last of four New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park on Friday, and the colt is the fastest qualifier to the May 14, $100,000-est. final. Read More...

Records fall at OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds

DRF | 2 days ago
It wouldn’t be hyperbole to call this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale the best renewal on record, particularly because of all the records that fell. Read More...

Quiet Business wins Bewitch Stakes on closing day

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Rusty Arnold readily acknowledged Friday after Quiet Business won the final stakes of the Keeneland spring meet, the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes, that fate played a role in victory. Read More...

Celtic Chaos emerges as Affirmed Success winner

DRF | 2 days ago
With 12 New York-bred sprinters squaring off at six furlongs, the $100,000 Affirmed Success figured to be a dogfight at Belmont Park on Friday. Read More...

BloodHorse.com Launches BackTrack Channel

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Before this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Bloodhorse.com readers will have a chance to relive some of the most memorable editions of the Louisville classic at its new “BackTrack” channel that focuses on racing history. Read More...

Keeneland Handle, Attendance Similar to Last Year

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Keeneland successfully concluded its 2017 Spring Meet April 28 as exceptional racing, enhanced food and hospitality offerings, one-of-a-kind special events and warm, sunny weather yielded robust attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering. Read More...

Through the DRF archives: War Admiral and the 1937 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Man o’ War was denied a chance at winning the Triple Crown by his owner’s reluctance to send a young 3-year-old to the Kentucky Derby. Seventeen years later, the same owner, Samuel Riddle, had no such reservations, shipping Man o’ War’s son War Admiral to Churchill Downs. Read More...

Maryland Jockey Club Announces Media Award Winners

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Maryland Jockey Club Announces Media Award Winners Read More...

University of Louisville Scholarship Honors Capps

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The University of Louisville College of Business has established a memorial scholarship in memory of Timothy T. Capps, who died April 22, 2017, following a stroke. Read More...

Espinoza Wins First Race After HOF Announcement

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
In his first mount since it was announced he was headed to the Hall of Fame, jockey Victor Espinoza applied a deft touch in to guide favored Liam the Charmer to a head victory in Santa Anita Park's allowance feature April 28. Read More...

Churchill Downs Emphasizes Racing Safety, Integrity

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs on April 28 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program. Read More...

Eight stakes winners in France’s Prix Ganay field

DRF | 2 days ago
Eight stakes winners, five winners of Group 1 or Grade 1 races, make an intriguing field in Monday’s Group 1 Prix Ganay for older horses at Saint-Cloud Racecourse in Paris. Read More...

Timeform US Belmont Horses in Focus for Saturday, April 29, 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday’s card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Evangeline delays opening of turf course

DRF | 2 days ago
Evangeline Downs has delayed the start of turf racing from Friday (April 28) to next month. The track plans to begin running races on its grass course with the program of May 24, Read More...

Cunco Defeats Five-Horse Field in Classic Trial

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
With little more than a month before the June 3 Investec Derby (G1) at Epsom, Sandown Park Racecourse staged its first flat group races April 28. Heading the card was the group 3 bet365 Classic Trial for 3-year-olds going about 1 1/4 miles.  Read More...

Satono Diamond, Kitasan Black in Tenno Sho showdown

DRF | 2 days ago
Satono Diamond and Kitasan Black meet for the second time Sunday in the Grade 1 spring running of the Tenno Sho at two miles on turf at Kyoto Racecourse. The race may better define the rankings of Japan’s older horse division. Read More...

Walsh New Business Manager at PM Advertising

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
PM Advertising announced today the hiring of Caroline Walsh as business manager of the Lexington, Ky., agency. Read More...

California handle up in March but down for first quarter

DRF | 2 days ago
Total handle at all California tracks increased by 2.7 percent in March, but showed a sharp decline by 8.5 percent in the first three months of the year, according to figures released at Thursday's California Horse Racing Board meeting. Read More...

Mixed feelings for Pletcher after watching Always Dreaming, Battalion Runner work

DRF | 2 days ago
The anticipation of April showers on Saturday and the desire to wear May flowers resulted in a flurry of workouts at Churchill Downs on Friday morning in preparation for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with eight prospects drilling here, and two others elsewhere, totaling half the 20-horse field that will run for the roses. Read More...

Litfin: Older Turf Males in the Spotlight

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up the weekend's top stakes races. Read More...

Parx replaces stakes with $100,000 Turning for Home starter handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Parx Racing is changing the conditions of one of its June stakes in the hope of drawing a larger, more competitive field. Read More...

Battle of Midway changing style for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Battle of Midway finished second by a half-length to Gormley in the Santa Anita Derby and earned sufficient qualifying points to secure a berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6. But if Battle of Midway is a factor in the famous race, he will do so with a different running style. Read More...

Trainer Munger, 93, seeks to maintain hot start to meet

DRF | 2 days ago
If Pakokohe doesn't bounce in his second start back following a lengthy layoff, 93-year-old trainer Don Munger could rack up another win in a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that will serve as Sunday's feature. Read More...

Vexatious Stands Out in Oaks Move

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
One Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) filly working out April 28 stood out for her attire—if nothing else—during Churchill Downs' special training time reserved for horses in its two biggest races. Read More...

Giwner: Off And Pacing is a true game changer

DRF | 2 days ago
Off And Pacing is the most exciting addition to Harness Racing since the pick four. It has those inside and around the industry buzzing while creating a renewed passion for the sport. Read More...