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Competitive Edge professional in Hopeful win

DRF | 1 day ago
In a highly anticipated matchup between sons of the stallion Super Saver, Competitive Edge rolled to a convincing 5 3/4-length victory over I Spent It in Monday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Majesticperfection Colt Wins at Parx

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Monday, September 01, 2014 3:27 PM ET 5th at PRX (Parx Racing)Alw ($67k)     Winner: Hebbronville by Majesticperfection Hebbronville (c, 2, Majesticperfection) runs to 1-9 fav... Read More...

Belmont Fall Championship Meet Opens Sept. 5

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Belmont Park's fall championship meet is set to open Sept. 5 and run for 38 days through Oct. 26. Read More...

Al Shaqab Colorbearer Successful in Debut

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Monday, September 01, 2014 3:10 PM ET 4th at DEL (Delaware Park)Msw ($30k)     Winner: Aljalela by Unbridled's Song Aljalela (f, 2, Unbridled's Song) graduates at first asking... Read More...

After the Wire: Bernard Baruch & Woodward S.

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Evan Hammonds recaps big races from Saratoga this weekend. Wise Dan, Itsmyluckyday, and Tom Durkin have big days at the Spa. Read More...

Competitive Edge Stays Perfect

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Monday, September 01, 2014 2:52 PM ET 4th at SAR (Saratoga)GI Hopeful S. ($350k)     Winner: Competitive Edge by Super Saver Competitive Edge (c, 2, Super Saver) keys an exact... Read More...

Lord Nelson targeting FrontRunner

DRF | 1 day ago
Lord Nelson, a debut winner July 19, was expected to be one of the leading contenders in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Wednesday. But trainer Bob Baffert kept him out of the race. Read More...

Bejarano gets his groove back

DRF | 1 day ago
When the Del Mar meet started July 17, Rafael Bejarano had not ridden a race in more than two months, owing to multiple injuries sustained in an accident on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita in May. It took him a while to find his groove, but he found it all right. Read More...

Seeking the Sherif well placed in Pirate’s Bounty

DRF | 1 day ago
Seeking the Sherif had won four straight races prior to the Grade 1 Bing Crosby in his last start. Though he finished third in the Bing Crosby, it might have been the best performance of his career, and on Wednesday he faces a far easier group of five rivals in the $90,000 Pirate’s Bounty, Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 9/3 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 9/3 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Quick turnaround for Reneesgotzip

DRF | 1 day ago
While the main goal for Reneesgotzip remains the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in two months, her aptitude on Polytrack at Del Mar has prompted her connections to bring her back less than three weeks following her comeback race for the $90,000 CERF Stakes for older female sprinters Wednesday. Read More...

Competitive Edge Super Sharp in Hopeful Romp

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Competitive Edge lived up to his 3-5 odds with a no-doubt-about-it romp in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds on closing day of the Saratoga Race Course summer meet Sept. 1. Read More...

Skyway looks to cap big meet in Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Mark Casse is hoping to end the meet on a high note on closing-day Wednesday, when he sends out the likely favorite, Skyway, in the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Sky Preacher set for stakes debut in Oak Tree Juvenile Turf

DRF | 1 day ago
Sky Preacher’s summer campaign will be defined by turf races. He beat maidens in his debut on the surface at Santa Anita in June and makes his stakes debut as the likely favorite in the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf over a mile at Del Mar on Wednesday. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 9/2 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 9/2 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 9/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Tuesday 9/2 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Filly First Winner for Sire Elusive Warning

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
California sire Elusive Warning was represented by his first winner Aug. 31 at Golden Gate Fields when favored Swiss Cocoa won the sixth race in front-running fashion. Read More...

Breeder, Businessman Garvin Dies at Age 71

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
David Garvin, a Thoroughbred breeder and founder of the retail chain Camping World, died Aug. 30 in an accidental fall at his home on Ironwood Farm near Bowling Green, Ky. He was 71. Read More...

The Big Beast to miss two months with bone chip

DRF | 1 day ago
The Big Beast, who became a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with his win in last month’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga, will be out of action for at least 60 days, owner Alex Lieblong, said Monday. The horse is scheduled to have a bone chip removed from an ankle Tuesday. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play Saratoga for Monday, Sept. 1

DRF | 1 day ago
I though the front end of this card looked more manageable than the back and will play accordingly, focusing my action on the early 50-cent pick five. The Grade 1 Hopeful, race 4, sits in the middle of the sequence, and here’s how I’ll structure a pick five ticket. Read More...

Sea the Stars Blueblood Caps Memorable Day For Rausing

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Monday, September 01, 2014 11:04 AM ET 5th at LCP (LONGCHAMP)Listed Prix de Liancourt     Winner: All At Sea (GB) by Sea the Stars (Ire) Kirsten Rausing's All At Sea (GB) (Sea... Read More...

Crist: Hopeful Stakes analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
The Hopeful Stakes on closing day at Saratoga is the first Grade 1 race of the year for 2-year-old males. It looks like a two-horse race on paper, with two other entrants offering some appeal in a seven-horse field that includes three maidens. Read More...

Bergman: Second half of harness season upon us

DRF | 1 day ago
Much like the popular sports of football and basketball, the second half for standardbreds is far more critical to how our stars are perceived. Read More...

Well-Connected Invincible Spirit Filly Scores At Longchamp

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Monday, September 01, 2014 10:11 AM ET 2nd at LCP (LONGCHAMP)Prix de la Cascade (Maiden)     Winner: Alea Iacta (GB) by Invincible Spirit (Ire) Kirsten Rausing's Alea Iacta (G... Read More...

Trip Notes for Aug. 30-31: Woodward, Forego, Del Mar Derby and more

DRF | 1 day ago
Trip Notes for Aug. 30-31: Woodward, Forego, Del Mar Derby and more Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Monday, Sept. 1

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Bejarano rides six winners on Sunday card

DRF | 1 day ago
Jockey Rafael Bejarano won six races at Del Mar on Sunday, becoming only the fifth rider to do so in track history. Read More...

Longshots on Saratoga’s Closing Day

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) and Saranac Stakes (gr. III). Read More...

Inside Yearling Sales Prep: Behavior

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Glenye Cain Oakford goes behind the scenes of yearling prep. Behavior counts, whether you are looking to increase a young horse's tractability or to subtly improve his or her performance in front of prospective buyers. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:30 PM ET The action-packed Labor Day weekend of racing continued Sunday, highlighted by Condo Commando (Tiz... Read More...

And He’s Off: A Track Legend Calls It a Career

Tom Durkin, who called more than 80,000 horse races with an imaginative and captivating style, worked his final race on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Red Mile: Kentucky Sire Stakes Finals in the books

DRF | 2 days ago
Eight $175,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes were contested Aug. 31 at Lexington’s Red Mile, with few surprises coming over the famed red clay, which after a heavy downpour, was listed as sloppy for the first six races on the 15-race program. Read More...

Midnight Storm Proves Elusive in DMR Derby

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 9:25 PM ET 9th at DMR (Del Mar)GII Del Mar Derby ($300k)     Winner: Midnight Storm by Pioneerof the Nile Midnight Storm (c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile) bel... Read More...

Midnight Storm Shakes Up Del Mar Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Midnight Storm was able to parcel his speed effectively while on an easy lead in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) and glided through the stretch in command to post a 17-1 surprise Aug. 31 over the turf. Read More...

Midnight Storm proves uncatchable in Del Mar Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Sunday, in the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby, Midnight Storm won again, leading from start to finish while taking advantage of an otherwise paceless race and rewarding pace players with a fat 17-1 payoff. Read More...

Broken Sword much the best in Tranquility Lake

DRF | 2 days ago
Both jockey Rafael Bejarano and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer have finished this meet with a flourish, and both padded their expanding leads in their respective races on Sunday at Del Mar when combining for an easy victory with Broken Sword in the $94,750 Tranquility Lake Stakes for older females. Read More...

Too Flash for You connects in All American Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Too Flash for You won the richest race of his career in the All American Derby over 440 yards Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Rake Farms, Butler Dominate Minnesota Card

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Hold for More was a convincing winner of the Northern Lights Futurity Stakes, one of two $75,000 races for juveniles on the Minnesota Festival of Champions program for state-breds Aug. 31 at Canterbury Park. Read More...

Jo Jo Warrior Helps Zayat Celebrate Birthday

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Owner Ahmed Zayat celebrated his 52nd birthday in style Aug. 31 when even-money choice Jojo Warrior led them start to finish to take the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) from Del Mar. Read More...

Jojo Warrior Wires ‘Em in Torrey Pines

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:17 PM ET 5th at DMR (Del Mar)GIII Torrey Pines S. ($100k)     Winner: Jojo Warrior by Pioneerof the Nile TDN Rising Star Jojo Warrior (f, 3, Pioneero... Read More...

Jojo Warrior wins another route in Torrey Pines

DRF | 2 days ago
Sunday, Jojo Warrior won her second consecutive graded stakes in the $100,250 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar, a span that coincides with her first two races at a mile or farther. Read More...

Butler rides three winners on Minnesota Festival of Champions Day

DRF | 2 days ago
Owner Scott Rake teamed with Canterbury Park Hall of Fame trainer Bernell Rhone and jockey Dean Butler to sweep the sprint stakes on Minnesota Festival of Champions Day on Sunday. Butler also scored a third stakes win in the Northern Lights Futurity. Read More...

Another Debut ‘Reward’

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:51 PM ET 4th at PID (Presque Isle Downs)Msw ($29k)     Winner: Sister Stella by Warrior's Reward Sister Stella (f, 2, Warrior's Reward) kicks into an... Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Etobicoke heads up holiday card

DRF | 2 days ago
Chicago raider Pirate’s Trove (7-5) will try to remain unbeaten in the $100,000 Etobicoke, a six-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Plesa Sweeps Juvenile Stakes at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
And the beat goes on for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. at Monmouth Park Aug. 31 as he captured the racetrack's top 2-year-old stakes events just one day after saddling Itsmyluckyday to win the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Saratoga bids farewell to Tom Durkin

DRF | 2 days ago
Tom Durkin was given a wet and slightly wild send-off Sunday at Saratoga. After calling Condo Commando’s 13 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1 Spinaway in the pouring rain “splash-tastic,” Durkin was feted with a retirement ceremony in the Saratoga winner’s circle that celebrated the 43-year career of the greatest race-caller in the history of racing. Read More...

Condo Commando dominates by more than 13 lengths in Spinaway

DRF | 2 days ago
The final words of the final call of legendary track announcer Tom Durkin’s career accurately summed up Sunday’s 123rd running of the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes after Condo Commando did indeed splash herself to a dominating 13 1/4-length victory over By the Moon in the Grade 1 fixture for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Read More...

War Front’s Souper Colossal Stays Unbeaten in Sapling

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:21 PM ET 11th at MTH (Monmouth Park)Sapling S. ($100k)     Winner: Souper Colossal by War Front Souper Colossal (c, 2, War Front) makes it three-from... Read More...

Condo Commando Romps in Durkin’s Final Call

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:03 PM ET 10th at SAR (Saratoga)GI Spinaway S. ($350k)     Winner: Condo Commando by Tiz Wonderful Condo Commando (f, 2, Tiz Wonderful) was off slowly... Read More...

Souper Colossal gives Plesa sweep of 2-year-old stakes in Sapling

DRF | 2 days ago
Eddie Plesa Jr. swept the 2-year-old stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park as Super Colossal scored an easy win in the $101,000 Sapling Stakes. Read More...