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The Wizard’s weekend selections, analysis, and wagering strategies

DRF | 23 hours ago
Available now, the Wizard sets his sights on this weekend’s best racing, with an eye toward the best betting opportunities. With his full-card selections and analysis, you’ll find a detailed look at the field and top picks for each race. With the addition of the betting window, you’ll get suggested wagers, including exotics. Plays are updated 30 to 60 minutes before first post to account for scratches and changes. Find out more and buy now. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 23 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday’s races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Stellar Wind Records Final SoCal Breeze

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Stellar Wind, prepping for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1, worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita Park for trainer John Sadler. Read More...

Charity Handicapping Seminar Set for April 27

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Broadcaster Kenny Rice and trainer Todd Pletcher will attend the fund-raiser that benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Camp Horsin' Around. Read More...

Adelaide Joins Roster at Coolmore Australia

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Adelaide, a grade/group I winner in the U.S. and Australia, will begin his stallion career during the Southern Hemisphere season at Coolmore Australia. Read More...

$900k Bernardini Colt New Session Topper in Ocala

TDN | 24 hours ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 3:15 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 1100     2yo C     Bernardini--Graeme Six (by Graeme Hall)   &nb... Read More...

Mark Casse Goes to $750k for Street Cry Colt

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 2:44 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 1073     2yo C     Street Cry (Ire)--Gharbiah (by Bernardini)   ... Read More...

Pletcher colts put in solid works

DRF | 1 day ago
Like an elite quarterback, trainer Todd Pletcher read the defense and called an audible on Friday, pushing the final workouts for four of his Kentucky Derby hopefuls up one day due to a forecast that called for possible heavy rain here Saturday morning. Read More...

Napravnik to Be Honored at Alibi Breakfast

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Rosie Napravnik, who started her riding career in Maryland before becoming a leading jockey, will receive the Special Award of Merit for her positive impact on racing at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course May 14. Read More...

More Than Even faces new challenger in Classic Distaff Sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
More Than Even will meet a notable new rival in Heykittykittykitty on Monday, when she seeks to defend her title in the $55,000 Cherokee Casino Classic Distaff Sprint at Will Rogers Downs. Read More...

Hovdey: Catching up with the Derby class of 2014

DRF | 1 day ago
Institutional amnesia can be a beautiful thing, but before the 2015 Kentucky Derby is upon us with all its hurricane force, it can’t hurt to take a look at the field of 19 that performed for the pleasure of millions in the 2014 race. From back to front, here’s what happened to them Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Velazquez hopes he chose wisely with Carpe Diem

DRF | 1 day ago
Jockey John Velazquez believes he will only ride for another two or three years and hopes there’s another Kentucky Derby with his name on it before he retires. Velazquez chose Carpe Diem over Materiality, a horse whom he rode to victory in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in March. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Sales graduates prominent among hopefuls

DRF | 1 day ago
When an outstanding specimen brings a high bid at auction, it normally comes with expectations of success on the racetrack. History has shown repeatedly, though, that a seven-figure price tag does not guarantee a spot in the Kentucky Derby, much less a trip to the winner’s circle. In fact, recent results have proven the opposite to be true. Read More...

Belmont Park Set for April 29 Opening

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Belmont Park opens its 59-day spring/summer meet April 29, the highlight of which is the 147th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the final jewel in America's Triple Crown series. Read More...

Leading Tampa Trainer John Reading Dies at 99

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Reading, twice the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs, worked for both George Steinbrenner and Stella Thayer, the racetrack's former co-owner and current owner. Read More...

Sparkman: Ghostzapper enjoys big weekend

DRF | 1 day ago
Like most stallions, Ghostzapper has found his true level, despite fluctuations in his stud fee and the wildly gyrating perceptions of breeders. He never is likely to be particularly popular as a sire of sales yearlings, since his offspring tend to be big but visibly immature at that stage of their development. Read More...

Halling Colt Impresses With Sandown Romp

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 1:38 PM ET 7th at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)bet365 Hcp     Winner: Jack Hobbs (GB) by Halling John Gosden's highly regarded Jack Hobbs (GB) (Halling) is a highl... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Success Express dies in Australia

DRF | 1 day ago
Success Express, winner of the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, died at Vinery Stud in Australia at age 30. Read More...

BC Winner, Sire Success Express Dies at 30

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Success Express, winner of the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and a breed-shaping sire, has died at Vinery Stud in Australia at the age of 30. Read More...

Blofeld Tops Lineup for William Walker Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Blofeld, perfect in three career starts that include two stakes wins, tops a field of six 3-year-olds for the first running of the $100,000 William Walker Stakes, April 25, opening night of Churchill Downs spring meet. Read More...

Jones has pair of favorites for Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 1 day ago
The Kentucky Oaks has been very, very good to Larry Jones. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 4/26 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Few entries results in eight-race card

DRF | 1 day ago
Santa Anita will have eight races Sunday, one fewer than usual after a slow morning of entries Thursday. Read More...

Horsemen Praise Keeneland’s New Dirt Track

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The second-wettest April on record in Lexington gave Keeneland's new dirt track a stiff test. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Glencoe

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
In America, Glencoe was the leading sire eight times between 1847 and 1858. His best runners included the champions Peytona, Charmer, and Reel, all great fillies, winning at upward of four-mile heats. Read More...

Social Inclusion Set for Season Debut

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion, third in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his highly anticipated 4-year-old debut April 25 in the third race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Record-Breaking SAf National Sale Concludes

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
While the aggregate of the National yearling sale dropped slight from last year, there was an overall sense of satisfaction following the auction's conclusion the evening of April 24 in Germison, South Africa. Read More...

An Unexpected Busy Morning at the Downs

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Images from Steve Haskin from Friday, April 24 at Churchill Downs, which featured a flurry of workouts. Read More...

Desormeaux Picks Up Derby Mount With Keen Ice

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Kent Desormeaux picked up his 18th career mount in the Kentucky Derby by presented Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24. He'll ride Keen Ice in the Run for the Roses. Read More...

Sarah Sis: Sibling With a Shot in the Oaks

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Joe Ragsdale has been an owner for less than three years and the Oklahoman finds himself heading to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Sarah Sis, trained by Ingrid Mason. Read More...

Derby Hopeful Frammento Works at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Frammento, fourth in the April 4 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :48 under jockey Joe Bravo April 24 at Keeneland. Clockers caught the Midshipman colt in fractions of :12 1/5, :24, :48 and out in 1:02 2/5. Read More...

Bigger, better fields on tap for new ThistleDown meet

DRF | 1 day ago
Bigger fields and better horses, two things all bettors crave, should be noticeable when ThistleDown launches its 91st season Monday. Read More...

Conquest Harlanate on fence for Fury

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Mark Casse has nominated five 3-year-old fillies to next Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes, a key prep for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 14, including Canada’s champion juvenile filly of 2014, Conquest Harlanate. Read More...

Bolo Records Final Breeze for Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Bolo recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24 at Santa Anita Park, breezing five furlongs in :59 3/5. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita pick four play for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 1 day ago
Bettors that appreciate singling non-favorites might like this pick four play Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Wilson will captain jockey team in Shergar Cup at Ascot

DRF | 1 day ago
Emma-Jayne Wilson will return to Ascot in August to participate in the Shergar Cup jockey challenge after being named captain of the girls’ team for the second year in a row. Read More...

Ole’s Miss looks sharp ahead of Brighouse Belles

DRF | 1 day ago
Ole’s Miss has been one of the most impressive horses training at Hastings this spring. We’ll see if her sharp morning form will carry over when she runs in the $50,000 Brighouse Belles on Sunday. Read More...

Pick the Correct Derby Order, Win $1 Million

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
DerbyGames and America's Best Racing announced the launch of the "Derby Million Dollar Challenge" in which contestants rank this year's Kentucky Derby horses in the correct order of finish to win a $1 million grand prize. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Cox successful in route races

DRF | 1 day ago
Evan’s Calling (#2, ML 15-1) takes on a field of 11 in Friday’s eighth race at Lone Star Park, the Grade 3 Texas Mile Stakes. Since Jan. 1, 2014, trainer Brad Cox is winning at a 30 percent clip in route races, for a return on investment of $2.58. Read More...

Jacks Escarpment should be fitter for Queenston

DRF | 1 day ago
Jacks Escarpment came within three-quarters of a length of remaining undefeated in his seasonal debut April 11 in the Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine, and will now stretch out to seven furlongs for his next start, the $150,000 Queenston Stakes on May 2, trainer Nicholas Gonzalez said. Read More...

Mastercraftsman Colt Upsets Sandown’s Classic Trial

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 10:34 AM ET 4th at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 bet365 Classic Trial     Winner: Master Apprentice (Ire) by Mastercraftsman (Ire) Jadara Stables' Master Apprent... Read More...

Turf milers in the spotlight for twin $100,000 stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Turf runners and California-breds are in the Golden Gate Fields spotlight Sunday. Two $100,000 stakes races for 3-year-old Cal-breds as well as a pair of allowance races for Cal-breds will be run on turf as the track celebrates a weekend turf festival that got under way with Saturday’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile. Read More...

Derby Radio Coverage Begins April 28

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Horse Racing Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the 2015 Triple Crown, will launch more than 20 hours of Kentucky Derby week programming April 28. Read More...

Custom Cut On Top In the Sandown Mile

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 10:10 AM ET 3rd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G2 bet365 Mile     Winner: Custom Cut (Ire) by Notnowcato (GB) Gary Douglas and Pat Breslin's Custom Cut (Ire) (Not... Read More...

Key Race report: Gouyen returns in optional claimer

DRF | 1 day ago
Gouyen (#3, ML 4-1) will return to action in Friday’s fifth race at Santa Anita, an about 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer on the downhill turf course. It will be her first start since a second-place finish by a nose in a downhill turf sprint March 26 at Santa Anita. The third- and sixth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Herbie D returns from lengthy layoff in George Royal Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Herbie D hasn’t raced since he won the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 18, 2013. Nonetheless, he is clearly the one to beat when he makes his return in the $50,000 George Royal Stakes on Sunday at Hastings. Read More...

High Chaparral’s Western Hymn Takes the Gordon Richards

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 9:48 AM ET 2nd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 bet365 Gordon Richards S.     Winner: Western Hymn (GB) by High Chaparral (Ire) Robin Geffen and Rachel Hood's We... Read More...

Derby ‘Todd Squad’ Breezes at Churchill

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Florida Derby winner Materiality breezed four furlongs in company with Fountain of Youth winner Itsaknockout in :48 flat. Stanford went four furlongs in :48 3/5 in company with Madefromlucky, who got the distance in :48 2/5. Read More...

Final Derby Tuneup for Danzig Moon

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Danzig Moon put in his final work for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24, breezing four furlongs in :48 4/5. Read More...

Far Right Focused in Final Derby Move

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum's Far Right was focused in his final work for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 24 at Churchill Downs, going four furlongs in :49 flat. Read More...