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For Now, Nine Expected to Race in WV Derby

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
A field of 11 that appeared headed for at most seven starters for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort was back up to nine two days before the race. Read More...

Social media helping to tell American Pharoah’s tale

DRF | 19 hours ago
As of the first quarter of 2015, Twitter averaged 236 million monthly users; Facebook, which predates it by about two years, has 1.44 billion. That populace, of course, includes a solid segment of racing connections who share updates on their stables, racing media using the tools to disseminate information, and fans sharing their racetrack experiences. Read More...

WV Stakeholders Seek Racing Revenue Boost

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Racing stakeholders fully understand that having sports betting at tracks in West Virginia is a 90-1 shot. But other things like off-track betting are a bit more realistic as they fashion a wish list to increase revenue. Read More...

Illumination Road, End to End meet in conditional claimer

DRF | 20 hours ago
Illumination Road and End to End look like the main players in a $12,500 conditional-claiming race that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Illumination Road, End to End meet in conditional claimer

DRF | 20 hours ago
Illumination Road and End to End look like the main players in a $12,500 conditional-claiming race that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Jerardi: Jim Dandy a toss-up between Frosted, Texas Red

DRF | 20 hours ago
Unless the pace is so slow it is impossible for the race to get a big Beyer, it should take a triple-digit number to win the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Frosted and Texas Red are both quite capable of earning the likely winning figure. Read More...

Jerardi: Jim Dandy a toss-up between Frosted, Texas Red

DRF | 20 hours ago
Unless the pace is so slow it is impossible for the race to get a big Beyer, it should take a triple-digit number to win the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Frosted and Texas Red are both quite capable of earning the likely winning figure. Read More...

Page McKenney brings consistency to West Virginia Governor’s

DRF | 20 hours ago
Mountaineer should provide perfect neutral ground when older horses from Kentucky ship in Saturday to face counterparts from the Eastern seaboard in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes. Read More...

Page McKenney brings consistency to West Virginia Governor’s

DRF | 20 hours ago
Mountaineer should provide perfect neutral ground when older horses from Kentucky ship in Saturday to face counterparts from the Eastern seaboard in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes. Read More...

Work All Week seeks first win of year in Byrd Memorial

DRF | 20 hours ago
Work All Week, upset winner of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, looks to regain his confidence after a pair of odds-on defeats to begin his 2015 campaign in Saturday’s Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack. Read More...

Work All Week seeks first win of year in Byrd Memorial

DRF | 20 hours ago
Work All Week, upset winner of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, looks to regain his confidence after a pair of odds-on defeats to begin his 2015 campaign in Saturday’s Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack. Read More...

Keeneland September Sale: 4,164 Yearlings

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Keeneland announces July 30 that 4,164 yearlings have been cataloged for its September yearling sale. The 12-day auction runs from Sept. 14-26 and offers a new format for Book 1. Read More...

Stonetastic fresh for Regret Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Kelly Breen is in an enviable position with his classy filly sprinter Stonetastic, who is on the verge of making the first start of her 4-year-old season. Stonetastic looks well spotted to begin her campaign in the $75,000 Regret Stakes going six furlongs Saturday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Stonetastic fresh for Regret Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Kelly Breen is in an enviable position with his classy filly sprinter Stonetastic, who is on the verge of making the first start of her 4-year-old season. Stonetastic looks well spotted to begin her campaign in the $75,000 Regret Stakes going six furlongs Saturday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Aug. 1: Picks for West Virginia Derby, Amsterdam, Jim Dandy

DRF | 20 hours ago
ven though I expect him to be less than his morning-line odds of 10-1, I like Iron Fist in the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Racetrack. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Aug. 1: Picks for West Virginia Derby, Amsterdam, Jim Dandy

DRF | 20 hours ago
ven though I expect him to be less than his morning-line odds of 10-1, I like Iron Fist in the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Racetrack. Read More...

Miss Double d’Oro tries to regroup in Wine Country Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Neil Drysdale hopes a class drop and a change of scenery can help Miss Double d’Oro bounce back as she appears the one to beat in the $50,000 Wine Country Stakes at Santa Rosa on Saturday. Read More...

Miss Double d’Oro tries to regroup in Wine Country Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Neil Drysdale hopes a class drop and a change of scenery can help Miss Double d’Oro bounce back as she appears the one to beat in the $50,000 Wine Country Stakes at Santa Rosa on Saturday. Read More...

Silent Treat gets distance test in Victoriana Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Silent Treat will be charting unknown territory Saturday at Woodbine when she lengthens out to 1 1/16 miles on turf in the $125,000 Victoriana Stakes for Ontario-bred fillies and mares. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Real Solution sold to Calumet Farm

DRF | 21 hours ago
Multiple Grade 1 winner Real Solution has been sold to Calumet Farm and will take up stud residence there for the 2016 season. Read More...

Delaware police say jockey Rojas shot trainer

DRF | 21 hours ago
Delaware State Police have identified Ruben Rojas, a journeyman jockey, as the man who shot a trainer on the Delaware Park backstretch Wednesday morning, according to an announcement by the law-enforcement agency. Read More...

HRRN On-Site for Haskell, Saratoga Stakes

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Horse Racing Radio Network has announced it will provide live coverage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return to competition in the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 1. Read More...

Korean-Bred Not Just a Novelty at F-T Sale

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale sometimes draws a few entrants from overseas, but few yearlings have traveled as far as Hip 95, which was bred in Korea, did to get into the 2015 auction's catalog Read More...

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for American Pharoah

The Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received star treatment as he arrived for the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Desormeaux Taken Off Mounts at Del Mar

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his final two mounts of the day by Del Mar stewards July 29, after riding favored Tequila Mary to a fifth-place finish in a five-furlong maiden claiming event. Read More...

London Tower Game in Eternal Search

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
London Tower dug in gamely down the lane to turn back the challenge of Galina Point and win the $125,400 Eternal Search Stakes July 29 at Woodbine. Read More...

Woodbine: London Tower holds on in Eternal Search

DRF | 1 day ago
The imposing London Tower outran a game Galina Point in the stretch to take the $125,400 Eternal Search Stakes on Wednesday night at Woodbine. Read More...

Meadowlands: Can Donatomite place Smedshammer back in the spotlight?

DRF | 1 day ago
It has been 11 years since trainer Trond Smedshammer stood in the winner’s circle with Windsong’s Legacy after winning the Hambletonian. On Friday night at the Meadowlands, the accomplished horseman will send out Donatomite in what he hopes will be a final prep for the main event on August 8. Read More...

Darley Closes Aiken Training Track Stable

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Darley America will no longer have a string at the Aiken Training Track near Aiken, S.C., and their operations there will shut down Sept. 1. Read More...

Del Mar pick six pays $57,658 to 34 winners

DRF | 1 day ago
The pick six at Del Mar paid $57,658 to 34 ticket-holders on Wednesday on a day when trainer Doug O’Neill won four of the races. Read More...

Del Mar: O’Neill sets record with five-winner day

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill set a Del Mar and personal record on Wednesday, winning five races on a single card. Read More...

O’Neill Sets Del Mar Record With Five Wins

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Doug O'Neill's afternoon at Del Mar went as well as it possibly could July 29. Of the six starters the 47-year-old conditioner sent out Wednesday, five ran first, which set the record at Del Mar for most wins in a single day. Read More...

Top West Coast Mares Ready for Clement Hirsch

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Spendthrift Farm's two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Benjamin Warren's upstart 5-year-old Warren's Veneda will take another run at each other in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Del Mar. Read More...

Grade II Winner Moulin de Mougin Retired

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Grade II winner Moulin de Mougin has been retired according to owners Jan Van de Bos and Robert Naify, who bred the mare and raced her in the name of their Ran Jan Racing. Read More...

American Pharoah Arrives at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
American Pharoah arrived on the East Coast safe and sound July 29, after traveling from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's California base to Monmouth Park where he will run in the Aug. 1 Haskell Invitational (gr. I). Read More...

March Into Amsterdam Off Two Stakes Victories

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Robert LaPenta's March will try to secure a third straight graded stakes win when he starts in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick four play for Thursday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Marcus Hersh provides insight for a pick four play on Thursday's program at Saratoga. Read More...

Record Derby Week Keys Strong CDI Performance

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million. Read More...

Haskell purse increased to $1.75 million; Pharoah arrives

DRF | 2 days ago
Late Wednesday afternoon, shortly before Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived at Monmouth Park, track management raised the purse of Sunday's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational from $1 million to $1.75 million. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/31 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/31 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/31 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 7/31 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/31 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/31 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Xtra Heat Halter to be Auctioned

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Woodford Thoroughbreds, home of 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Xtra Heat, will offer her halter in an online auction with proceeds going to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Read More...

Belmont Runner-Up Frosted Back in Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade I winner Frosted is scheduled to start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Churchill’s net income dips despite record revenue

DRF | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. had net income of $55 million and record revenue of $409.2 million in the second quarter of 2015, according to financial documents released Wednesday. Read More...

Gisser: FantasyTrot could be a game-changing concept

DRF | 2 days ago
Most of us have played fantasy sports—season-long baseball, football or basketball leagues, or maybe just an NCAA tournament bracket. But the game has changed with the advent of the one-day fantasy tournament. A relative newcomer to the daily sports landscape, FantasyTrot, specializes in harness fantasy games. Read More...

Rock Fall Looks to Step Up in Vanderbilt

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Stonestreet Stables' Rock Fall will face the grade I question for the first time Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, when the streaking Todd Pletcher trainee takes on a field of six other accomplished runners. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga pick three play for Thursday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
Litfin: Saratoga pick three play for Thursday, July 30 Read More...

Monmouth Ups Haskell Purse to $1.75 Million

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The purse for the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 has been increased by $750,000, Monmouth Park announced July 29. Read More...

Imagining Heads Tough Bowling Green At Spa

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A tough cast of characters will fight it out in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT), an 11-furlong race for older horses on the Saratoga Race Course inner turf Aug. 1. Read More...