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Bennett has good shot in all three stakes

DRF | 14 hours ago
Chance of Luck and R Angel Katelyn gave Gerald Bennett a sweep of the two stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 3, and those two promising 3-year-olds, along with stablemate Royal Jewely, will look to give the trainer a stakes triple on Saturday here. Read More...

Eagle Way brings two-race win streak into Hong Kong Classic Mile

DRF | 15 hours ago
Eagle Way will have his Hong Kong stakes debut in Sunday’s $1,289,124 Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse; it is the first leg of the 4-year-old classic series. Read More...

Can Vending Machine dispense with rivals in California Derby?

DRF | 15 hours ago
Eight 3-year-olds will find out if they are truly on the Derby trail in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Vending Machine is the only runner in the field to have run for a tag – and he's also the most accomplished. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Sunday, January 22, 2017

DRF | 15 hours ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Sha Tin. Read More...

Chief Cicatriz risks perfect record in Hank Mills Sr.

DRF | 15 hours ago
Chief Cicatriz brings his unbeaten record in from New Mexico to challenge some of this circuit's top sprinters in Saturday's $30,000 Hank Mills Sr. The 5 1/2-furlong dash drew a field of eight 4-year-olds and up. Read More...

Jessies First Down named World Champion Quarter Horse

DRF | 15 hours ago
Jessies First Down, a winner of five stakes at five tracks in three states, was named the 2016 World Champion Quarter Horse in a ceremony at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City on Wednesday evening. Read More...

Mexikoma to Stand at Keen Farms

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
Mexikoma, a stakes-winning son of Birdstone, has been retired to stud and will stand his first season at Dallas and Donna Keen's Keen Farms in Burleson, Texas. He will stand for a $1,000 fee as property of the Keens. Read More...

PA Development Fund Helped Brandt Expand Feed Business

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund is producing features on people who have benefitted from the millions of fund dollars invested into local economic development, farm expansion, and job creation. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: No Bid, No Win

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
'No bid' rate at January sale a troubling stat Read More...

National HBPA Set for Convention in March in Las Vegas

Blood-Horse | 15 hours ago
The HBPA is the world's largest organization representing Thoroughbred owners and trainers, with close to 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. Read More...

Remains of Glacial Princess to be Moved to Old Friends

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
On Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, the remains of two-time Ohio Horse of the Year Glacial Princess will be transferred from the former Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio to Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.  Read More...

Coronas Boy Voted AQHA Champion Distance Horse

Victor M. Diaz’s Coronas Boy, a registered New Mexico-bred 8-year-old gelding by the Dash For Cash stallion Mr Houston, is the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association champion distance horse. Read More...

Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Jan. 16

DRF | 17 hours ago
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A Look Back at Quack’s California Derby

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
This week is a recap of the 1972 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields won by Quack. Written by Giles E. Wright with the headline, "The California Derby Cancelled Some Trips to the Kentucky Derby," the story appeared in the May 1, 1972 issue. Read More...

Noah From Goa to make Dubai debut in Al Fahidi Fort

DRF | 1 day ago
The Group 2, $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort, which marks the Dubai debut of the highly regarded South African colt Noah From Goa, headlines the Thursday card at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Read More...

Reporting Star to Again Try Sunshine Millions Turf

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Merriebelle Stable's Reporting Star, runner-up in each of the past two years, will try to secure the elusive top spot with a scheduled start in the Jan. 21 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Awesome Slew Stands Out in Sunshine Millions Classic

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Awesome Slew, a Florida-bred who has distinguished himself as a graded stakes winner, has yet to race in restricted company, but that will change Jan. 21 when he heads a field of eight in the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Finest City Entered for 2017 Debut in Santa Monica

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
For trainer Ian Kruljac, running Seltzer Thoroughbreds' Finest City in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G2) Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park has always been the target to kick off the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) winner's 2017 season. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn Horses to Watch for Jan. 18

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Mary Rampellini provides a list of horses to watch at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Uncle Lino Back to Work at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Off for nearly eight months without any serious running, Uncle Lino's first work since his start in the 2016 Preakness Stakes (G1) went about as well as could be expected Jan. 18 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 13 to 16

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 13 to 16, 2017. Read More...

New protocols could hasten end of EHV-1 quarantine

DRF | 1 day ago
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry on Thursday announced key changes to the protocol governing the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreak at Fair Grounds that should expedite the end of quarantines placed on six barns and help restore normalcy to the race meet here. Read More...

Dr. Zic Among 36 Added to Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 36 entries for the 2017 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale supplemental catalog.  Those entries may now be viewed online. Read More...

Welsch: Gulfstream Horses to Watch for Jan. 18

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Mike Welsch provides a list of horses to watch at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Hawley-owned stars Steel Cut, Hawaakom launch season in stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Hawaakom and Steel Cut, owned by trainer Wes Hawley, both are entered to make their first start of 2017 on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Steel Cut runs in the Marie Krantz Stakes, while Hawaakom is part of the field in the Louisiana Stakes. Read More...

Eclipse Awards to be Televised on TVG2

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers And Broadcasters and Daily Racing Form announced Jan. 18 that the 46th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be televised live on TVG2 and also streamed on multiple outlets Jan. 21. Read More...

First Foal for Darby Dan Farm’s Sky Kingdom is a Filly

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Darby Dan Farm's Sky Kingdom, a two-time graded stakes winner and track record-setting son of Empire Maker, sired his first reported foal Jan 14, when a filly was born at Ann Marie Farm in Paris, Ky. Read More...

Carroll enjoys new role as assistant to Casse

DRF | 1 day ago
David Carroll, his stable down to a handful of modest runners, finally gave up being a head trainer at the end of the 2015-2016 Fair Grounds meet, but he has settled comfortably into his job as an assistant to trainer Mark Casse. Read More...

Peck: Tampa Bay horses to watch for week of Jan. 16

DRF | 1 day ago
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Turf Paradise Breakdown: The Other Side Of The Story

It's been more than 30 years since Valorie Lund got her career started as a Thoroughbred trainer at bush tracks in Elma and Yakima, Wash. Since 1985, according to Equibase, Lund has saddled some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Sam Houston meet front-loaded with big races

DRF | 1 day ago
Sam Houston Race Park opens its 32-date meet Friday night, with its biggest program of the year on the horizon. The Grade 3, $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade 3, $250,000 Connally Turf Cup will anchor a card of five stakes on Jan. 29. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Cuts After TBOA Withholds Payment

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Total purses for the day's five Sunshine Millions stakes for Florida-breds Saturday, Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park will be $600,000 rather than the originally scheduled $900,000. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Cuts After FTBOA Withholds Payment

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Total purses for the day's five Sunshine Millions stakes for Florida-breds Saturday, Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park will be $600,000 rather than the originally scheduled $900,000. Read More...

The Week in Photos for 1/17/2017

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Ft. Lauderdale, La Canada, Hal's Hope, Marshua's River, Megahertz, Toboggan, Busanda, Smarty Jones, Pippin, Fifth Season, Choi Wan Handicap, Kai Yip Handicap, Long Valley Handicap, Beas River Handicap, Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup, and more. Read More...

With final Pegasus work near, Arrogate gets in gallop

DRF | 1 day ago
The recent wet weather in Southern California has forced trainers to work around the rain, but even though Arrogate's preparation for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park could have been more severely impacted, he looked sensational during an extended gallop on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita as he nears his final workout this weekend. Read More...

Gormley, Mastery prepare for possible meeting

DRF | 1 day ago
Gormley and Mastery, a pair of Grade 1-winning 3-year-olds, both worked a half-mile on Wednesday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes, which might even include a head-to-head matchup. Read More...

Hovdey: Parallel minds intersect at Eclipse Award of Merit

DRF | 1 day ago
Clearly, it takes something extra for a journalist to rise above the ranks in the eyes of those who decide who deserves an Eclipse Award of Merit. Andrew Beyer and Steven Crist are respected, award-winning journalists whose coverage of Thoroughbred racing for two of the nation's great newspapers was incisive, stimulating, and dripped with a crystal clarity that left their readers informed, refreshed, and hungry for the next helping. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox Entered in Krantz at Fair Grounds

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Her connections are holding out hope she may be cleared to travel to the Jan. 29 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston, but due to an equine herpesvirus outbreak and resulting quarantine at Fair Grounds, she was entered in the 1 1/16-mile Krantz. Read More...

Is Redesdale rusty or ready to fire off long layoff?

DRF | 1 day ago
The seventh race Friday at Fair Grounds will help trainer Brendan Walsh assess the current state of the once-started and still-promising 4-year-old Redesdale, who races for the first time since May 26. Read More...

Ralis takes stablemate’s place in Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
The Grade 1 winner Ralis has replaced the stakes-placed Semper Fortis as a starter for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Delaware Park pushes back 2017 meet opener to early June

DRF | 1 day ago
Delaware Park will hold an 81-day season in 2017 – the same number of days as last year – but has moved its opening day back two weeks on the calendar. Instead of opening on Preakness Day, as the track did last year, Delaware will open Saturday, June 3. The season will continue deeper into the fall and conclude Oct. 21. Read More...

Melatonin turned out at farm

DRF | 1 day ago
Melatonin, the winner of two Grade 1 races in 2016 who was fifth in the Breeders' Cup Classic in November, has been taken out of training because of a foot issue, trainer David Hofmans said earlier this week. Read More...

Stallwalkin’ Dude still targeting Dubai Golden Shaheen

DRF | 1 day ago
Though Stallwalkin' Dude finished third behind Green Gratto in Monday's Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes, trainer and part-owner David Jacobson still hopes the gelding can make it to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 25. Read More...

Miller to stand stakes winners in Pennsylvania, Maryland

DRF | 1 day ago
Olympic gold-medal-winning skier Bode Miller's interest in horse racing has been well documented, so it was no surprise to see his name among the buyers at the Keeneland January sale of horses of all ages. What did surprise was seeing Miller's name on the $25,000 ticket for Grade 1-placed stakes winner Red Vine – a stallion prospect. Read More...

An American In Gold Coast: Intern Reflects On Differences In Training Methods

When friends ask University of Pennsylvania student Philip Antonacci what he did over winter break from school, he'll have a more interesting answer than most. Antonacci spent his break on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful... Read More...

Southwest the Next Target for Uncontested

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After splashing to a record-setting  victory in his 3-year-old debut, Uncontested will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Wayne Catalano said Jan. 18. Read More...

Carmouche being rewarded for aggressive rides

DRF | 1 day ago
Jockey Kendrick Carmouche is known as an aggressive rider, and his style has certainly paid dividends this winter at Aqueduct. Last week, Carmouche won 7 races from 22 mounts including three stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Mr. Al’s Gal looks much faster than Azalea rivals

DRF | 1 day ago
Mr. Al's Gal might be tough to contain if she runs back to her most recent Beyer Speed Figure in Friday night's $100,000 Azalea at Delta Downs. She popped an 86 for her win in the $100,000 fillies division of the Louisiana Futurity at Fair Grounds and the number is 21 to 40 points higher than the best career Beyers put up by her six rivals. Read More...

Kruljac father, son divide weekend duties for Finest City

DRF | 1 day ago
Saturday, when Finest City starts in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita, trainer Ian Kruljac will saddle the mare in her first start since an upset win in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in November. Across the nation, his father, Eric, will be overdressed, by his standards, appearing on behalf of his son and client Tyler Seltzer at the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Read More...