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Kentucky Derby Stars Come Out at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas promised "more stories than Mother Goose," and the four-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner--and a panel of five other Derby winners--delivered on that promise. Read More...

Ankle injury puts Cairo Prince out of Kentucky Derby

DRF | 15 hours ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin fretted for two weeks whether Cairo Prince would have enough points to make it into the Kentucky Derby field. One week after learning that Cairo Prince would indeed make it, McLaughlin had to withdraw the horse from consideration for the 140th Derby due to an injury to his left front ankle. Read More...

Pletcher fillies My Miss Sophia, Got Lucky work for Oaks

DRF | 16 hours ago
Todd Pletcher-trained stablemates My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky, who swept the exacta in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct earlier this month, worked a half-mile in company in 48 seconds at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

Vicar’s in Trouble gets serious in Kentucky Derby breeze

DRF | 16 hours ago
Vicar’s in Trouble was out for serious work Saturday when he breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 over a fast track at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky. Read More...

California Chrome cruises in Los Alamitos drill

DRF | 16 hours ago
California Chrome worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Saturday morning at Los Alamitos, his penultimate work before heading to Churchill Downs, where he is the current favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 3. Read More...

Candy Boy finishes local Kentucky Derby preparation

DRF | 17 hours ago
Candy Boy, third in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at Santa Anita on Saturday, his final local workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Read More...

Brad Free’s Santa Anita Handicapping Notebook for April 19

DRF | 17 hours ago
Brad Free's Santa Anita handicapping notebook for April 19. Read More...

Vicar’s in Trouble Turns in Derby Work

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner owned by Ken and Sarah K. Ramsey, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at the Churchill Downs training center April 19. Read More...

Aqueduct quarantine lifted

DRF | 17 hours ago
A precautionary quarantine that had been in place on a barn at Aqueduct for a week was lifted Saturday after further tests taken on a deceased horse were negative for equine herpesvirus. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct handicapping notebook for April 19

DRF | 17 hours ago
Dave Litfin's Aqueduct handicapping notebook for April 19. Read More...

Ron Gierkink’s Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 19

DRF | 18 hours ago
Ron Gierkink's Woodbine handicapping notebook for April 19. Read More...

Byron King’s Keeneland Handicapping Notebook for April 19

DRF | 18 hours ago
Byron King's Keeneland handicapping report for April 19. Read More...

My Miss Sophia, Got Lucky Breeze at Churchill

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Two Todd Pletcher-trained contenders for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)--My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky--worked at Churchill Downs the morning of April 19, breezing a half-mile in :48. Read More...

It’s A Dundeel Takes the G1 Queen Elizabeth S.

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:26 AM ET 8th at RAN (RANDWICK)G1 Queen Elizabeth S. (A$4m)     Winner: It's A Dundeel (NZ) by High Chaparral (Ire) It's A Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparr... Read More...

Montjeu’s The Offer Wins the Sydney Cup

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:39 AM ET 7th at RAN (RANDWICK)G1 Sydney Cup (A$1m)     Winner: The Offer (Ire) by Montjeu (Ire) The Offer (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) provides a Waterhous... Read More...

Rising Romance Runs Away with the Australian Oaks

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:36 AM ET 6th at RAN (RANDWICK)G1 Australian Oaks (A$1m)     Winner: Rising Romance (NZ) by Ekraar Rising Romance (NZ) (Ekraar) takes the G1 Austral... Read More...

Diamond Drille Upsets the G1 Queen of the Turf

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:55 PM ET 5th at RAN (RANDWICK)G1 Queen of the Turf S. (A$1m)     Winner: Diamond Drille (Aus) by Al Maher (Aus) Diamond Drille (Aus) (Al Maher {Aus})... Read More...

Meadowlands: Callahan wins six; $30,782 Pick 5 carryover for Saturday

DRF | 1 day ago
Corey Callahan notched six wins on the Friday night Meadowlands card, including scoring impressively with trotter Undercover Strike. Some early longshots also triggered a $30,782 pick five carryover for Saturday's card. Read More...

Yonkers: Blue Chip Matchmaker field set for $371,400 final

DRF | 1 day ago
Yagonnakissmeornot locked up top honors in the preliminaries for the Blue Chip Matchmaker series on Friday night, scoring her fourth victory of the series for driver Dan Dube at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:10 PM ET Game on Dude (Awesome Again) graces the West Virginia racing scene for a second straight year as he goes in... Read More...

Speightstown Colt Works Quick Quarter at OBS

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A colt by Speightstown posted the fastest quarter mile breeze April 18, stopping the timer in :20 3/5 during the fourth and final session of the under tack preview for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale. Read More...

OBS Spring: Wildcat Heir colt tops final breeze session

DRF | 1 day ago
A colt by Wildcat Heir worked the fastest furlong during Friday’s fourth and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training under-tack show. Read More...

Sisterly Love Upsets Doubledogdare

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Gary Barber's Sisterly Love became the first two-time winner of the current Keeneland spring meeting and did so at the expense of multiple grade I winner Emollient when she took home the April 18 Doubledogdare (gr. III). Read More...

Sisterly Love Scores Doubledogdare Upset

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Gary Barber's Sisterly Love became the first two-time winner of the current Keeneland spring meeting and did so at the expense of multiple grade I winner Emollient when she took home the April 18 Doubledogdare (gr. III). Read More...

Sisterly Love stuns Emollient in Doubledogdare Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The huge Keeneland spring meet being enjoyed by jockey Stewart Elliott and trainer Mark Casse got an exclamation point Friday when they teamed to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

Sparkman: Northern Dancer the biggest little horse

DRF | 1 day ago
At the time I left Windfields Farm in Maryland for Kentucky in 1974, debate raged between the Oshawa, Ontario, office of Windfields Farm and the Maryland office over whether to raise Northern Dancer’s stud fee for 1975 to $25,000. Less than 10 years later, no-guarantee seasons to Northern Dancer sold on the open market for $1 million. Read More...

OBS Spring: Focus shifts to broader market

DRF | 1 day ago
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training will kick off the open portion of the North American juvenile auction calendar after a somewhat volatile select season. The four-day sale will take place Monday through Thursday in Ocala, Fla., with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. The presale under-tack show was held over the Ocala Training Center’s synthetic Safetrack surface last week. Read More...

Mine That Bird Still Flies in Kentucky

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Everyone loves a longshot story and fans swapped their best memories of Mine That Bird's improbable Derby score on Friday, April 18 at Keeneland. Read More...

The story of Old Rosebud, an American tragedy

DRF | 2 days ago
On May 17, 1922, an 11-year-old gelding lined up against low-level claimers at New York’s Jamaica racecourse to compete for a thimble-sized purse. Perhaps he behaved badly; his manners, once kindly, had soured by this, his 80th career start. Did he even want to be there? Who knew? Read More...

Santa Anita: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 19, 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Santa Anita on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Begins New Era

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, formerly Indiana Downs, is stepping into a new light in the horse racing industry beginning May 6 for a 120-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: April 19, 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Keeneland: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 19, 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Keeneland on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Churchill Derby, Oaks Security Plan Released

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs has released its list of security and hospitality policies and procedures for the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both gr. I) May 2-3. Read More...

Mr. Bowling freshened for Sunday sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Mr. Bowling’s first tour of Emerald Downs didn’t go exactly as planned. Acquired to run in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile last August, Mr. Bowling finished a distant 11th in the Pacific Northwest’s richest race and then went to the sidelines for the rest of the year. He’ll make his 2014 debut Sunday in a $21,000 allowance for older horses at six furlongs. Read More...

Gulfstream sprint may be too short for Madame Giry

DRF | 2 days ago
Madame Giry will make her 19th career start and her third over the Gulfstream turf course as the likely favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Safari Queen, scheduled at five furlongs on turf. Read More...

Racing industry mulls logistics of ontrack pharmacies

DRF | 2 days ago
On the list of policies released Wednesday that Frank Stronach says he will implement at his tracks, the most intriguing – and most controversial – is the notion of creating ontrack pharmacies that will be responsible for buying and dispensing every dose of medication administered to every horse on racetrack grounds. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Dance With Fate confirmed as starter

DRF | 2 days ago
Dance With Fate will run for the roses. After being noncommittal regarding a start in the Kentucky Derby following Dance With Fate’s victory in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack on April 12, the colt’s connections announced Friday that the horse will run in North America’s most famous race May 3 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

NYRA Donating Trees for Anna House Fundraiser

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The New York Racing Association is donating 45 trees -- and the space to plant them -- to the Belmont Child Care Association to help raise funds for Anna House, Belmont Park's on-track early education center. Read More...

NYRA Donating Trees for Anna House Fundraiser

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The New York Racing Association is donating 45 trees -- and the space to plant them -- to the Belmont Child Care Association to help raise funds for Anna House, Belmont Park's on-track early education center. Read More...

Aqueduct: DRF Plus handicapping report for April 19, 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Aqueduct on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Alert Bay will put winning streak on line in Snow Chief Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Alert Bay gave trainer Blaine Wright his first Santa Anita stakes winner in the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes on April 5. When Alert Bay runs in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf April 26, he could be part of an even more memorable day for the 39-year-old Wright. Read More...

Sahara Sky targets Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Sahara Sky, the winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Mile and three other stakes in the last 15 months, will make his next start in the $400,000 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard May 3. Read More...

Fashion Plate, Ria Antonia work for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Fashion Plate and Ria Antonia, the first two finishers of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 5, remained on course for a rematch in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 2 with workouts at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

Oaklawn Posts Double-Digit Handle Gains

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Oaklawn Park recorded double-digit increases in total handle, average daily handle, and average daily purse distribution during the 51-day meet that ended April 12. Read More...

Oaklawn Posts Double-Digit Handle Gains

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Oaklawn Park recorded double-digit increases in total handle, average daily handle, and average daily purse distribution during the 51-day meet that ended April 12. Read More...

Beholder not fully cranked for Santa Lucia Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Her reputation secured by two championships in as many years, Beholder begins her 4-year-old season in Sunday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Beating Beholder in Santa Lucia Stakes might take luck of the Irish…Presence

DRF | 2 days ago
It needs some explaining as to why Beholder, a two-time Eclipse Award winner and two-time Breeders’ Cup winner who has earned more than $3 million, finds herself eligible to run in the restricted Santa Lucia Stakes barely five months after beating mares like Royal Delta, Princess of Sylmar, and Close Hatches in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Read More...

Santa Anita: Closer Looks for April 19, 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Plus closer looks for Santa Anita on Saturday, April 19. Read More...

Samraat, Uncle Sigh Work at Belmont

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The battling New York-breds Samraat and Uncle Sigh both turned in solid works at Belmont Park April 18, and will have one more work there before shipping to Churchill Downs. Read More...