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Belmont: Materiality emerges as top threat to Pharoah

DRF | 18 hours ago
Materiality, who finished a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a terrific five furlongs in 59.81 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont main track. Materiality was one of five Belmont Stakes horses to put in workouts Friday morning, a roster that included Pletcher’s other two expected entrants, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky, Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted, and, in Kentucky, Conquest Curlinate, the Peter Pan runner-up. Read More...

Belmont: Materiality emerges as top threat to Pharoah

DRF | 18 hours ago
Materiality, who finished a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a terrific five furlongs in 59.81 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont main track. Materiality was one of five Belmont Stakes horses to put in workouts Friday morning, a roster that included Pletcher’s other two expected entrants, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky, Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted, and, in Kentucky, Conquest Curlinate, the Peter Pan runner-up. Read More...

Agency Selected to Market American Pharoah

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
New York City-based sports and entertainment marketing Leverage Agency has been selected as the exclusive marketing, sponsorship, and product licensing agency for Triple Crown contender American Pharoah. Read More...

Gleneagles to Try for Guineas Double

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Trainer Aidan O'Brien will bid for a 10th victory in the Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) with a trio of runners that includes QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner and pre-race favorite Gleneagles. Read More...

Hail Hooper, Hyperion

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
American Pharoah's roots are steeped in Hyperion blood, put together by Florida horseman Fred Hooper. Read More...

Belmont clocker: Pletcher trio puts in works

DRF | 19 hours ago
Only six of the 11 potential Belmont Stakes starters are currently stabled at Belmont Park. Four of those six worked for the June 6 race on Friday: trainer Todd Pletcher’s trio of Materiality, Carpe Diem, and Madefromlucky and Kiaran McLaughlin’s Frosted, the sneaky-good fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Milner adapting to new job as racing secretary

DRF | 19 hours ago
There has been a huge boost of positive energy coming out of the racing office at Hastings since Nichelle Milner finally arrived and took over as racing secretary two weeks ago. Read More...

Prime Engine makes 2015 debut in Auburn Handicap

DRF | 19 hours ago
Prime Engine, the leading 2-year-old at Emerald Downs in 2014, will make his eagerly awaited 2015 debut Sunday in the $50,000 Auburn Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs. Carrying the high weight of 121 pounds, Prime Engine will meet seven challengers in the Auburn, race 9 on an 11-race program beginning at 2 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

Barretts to begin sales Thursday at new venue

DRF | 19 hours ago
At a permanent new venue, Barretts Sales is relaunching its brand at the May 28 2-year-olds in training sales at Del Mar, hoping to transfer the success of recent decades at its Pomona location to the popular beachside racetrack. Barretts ceased holding sales on the Los Angeles County fairgrounds in Pomona after its 2-year-olds in training sale in February, and moved its offices to Arcadia, Calif., near Santa Anita racetrack, earlier this spring. Read More...

Frosted Continues Working Toward Belmont

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
On a sun-splashed morning that saw a flurry of activity from Belmont Stakes (gr. I) probables, Frosted was among several workers on May 22 who are targeting the final leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park June 6. Read More...

Divine Oath ships in for Charles Whittingham

DRF | 19 hours ago
Only five horses were entered for Sunday’s $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Santa Anita, and one of them is from out of town – Divine Oath, the multiple stakes winner trained in New York by Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick four play for Saturday, May 23

DRF | 19 hours ago
Some good-sized competitive fields give the end-of-the-card pick four some appeal. There are a couple fairly heavy favorites, but they’re not unbeatable, so if you can topple them, you can eliminate many other tickets. Read More...

Gulfstream: Clash of hot trainer vs. hot horse

DRF | 20 hours ago
Something will have to give when Kirk Ziadie, one of the hottest trainers on the planet, and Competitive Player, one of the hottest horses on the grounds, square off in Sunday’s $40,000 co-feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Sea the Stars Colt Takes the Cocked Hat

TDN | 20 hours ago
Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 11:16 AM ET 4th at GWD (GOODWOOD)Listed Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat S.     Winner: Storm the Stars by Sea the Stars (Ire) Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktou... Read More...

McKnight enjoying fast start to Woodbine meet

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Norm McKnight has gotten off to a hot start through the first six weeks of the Woodbine meet, with 10 wins from 28 starters. McKnight entered Friday’s card one win behind Mark Casse for the lead in Woodbine’s trainer standings. Read More...

Geller new race-caller at Woodbine

DRF | 20 hours ago
Robert Geller has been hired as Woodbine’s new race caller, replacing the popular Dan Loiselle, who is retiring May 31. Geller, a 55-year-old native of Birmingham, England, has been the track announcer at Emerald Downs since it opened in 1996. Read More...

Green Doctor should be fitter for Selene Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Green Doctor will look to continue on the road to the Woodbine Oaks in Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Selene Stakes at Woodbine. She is one of four 3-year-old fillies in the Selene field who are eligible for the Woodbine Oaks on June 14, a race that trainer John LeBlanc Jr. said is very much the goal. Read More...

Handle at California tracks up 12 percent in April

DRF | 21 hours ago
Helped by two additional days of Thoroughbred racing, handle at all California racetracks grew by 12 percent in April, pushing year-to-date figures into positive territory for the first time since the end of February, according to data presented at Thursday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting by executive director Rick Baedeker. Read More...

Commander looks to bounce back in Sunday feature

DRF | 21 hours ago
Commander has been one of the leaders in the older handicap division in western Canada since 2012. He won the Grade 3 BC Premier’s Handicap at Hastings in 2012 and 2013, and he’s been almost unbeatable at Northlands Park, compiling a 9-1-1 record from 11 starts in Edmonton. Read More...

Rested runners look to fire fresh in Monmouth Beach

DRF | 21 hours ago
The eight entrants in the $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday have plenty of questions to answer. Read More...

Geller to Follow Loiselle on Woodbine Mic

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that Robert Geller will succeed Dan Loiselle as Woodbine's new Thoroughbred race caller. He'll call his first race at Woodbine on June 13. Read More...

Pletcher Horses Top Belmont Work Tab

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
It was a busy day for trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont Park the morning of May 22 as three of his hopefuls for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) worked at the New York oval. Read More...

American Pharoah gallops; Conquest Curlinate works

DRF | 22 hours ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah was out for his first gallop since his seven-length romp at Pimlico when going through a routine bit of training Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Commentary: Unintended Consequences

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, discusses concerns about increased federal involvement in regulating racing. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, May 23rd by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 1 day ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, May 23rd by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Harrah’s Philly: Maxie Lee could be the race of the year

DRF | 1 day ago
The Maxie Lee could be the most interesting race of 2015. That’s because it features 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and last year’s top three-year-old Father Patrick meeting for the first time. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:14 PM ET Dual classic winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) returned to the track at Churchill Downs Thursday for... Read More...

Oklahoma adopts cobalt threshold

DRF | 1 day ago
The Oklahoma Racing Commission on Thursday unanimously voted to adopt a cobalt threshold level, according to Tino Rieger, the executive director for the commission. Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar Takes Aim at Whittingham

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After springing an upset in his graded stakes debut, Ashleyluvssugar will seek a second straight graded score in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes (gr. IIT) May 24 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Frosted Scheduled For Belmont Stakes Run

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Godolphin Racing's Frosted is will challenge Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6, the colt's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, announced Thursday. Read More...

Beholder Working Again After Illness

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder recorded her first timed workout May 21 at Santa Anita Park, after an illness forced her to sit out the May 9 Vanity Stakes. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, May 22

DRF | 2 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

It’s High Time First Winner for Gone Astray

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Northwest Stud stallion Gone Astray got his first winner when first-time starter It's High Time won the second race May 21 at Gulfstream Park. The winner is a homebred for Tracy Pinchin. Read More...

Gleneagles Seeks Another Classic in Ireland

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
On Saturday at the Curragh, an exciting card of seven races will be held, highlighted by the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Ire-I). Read More...

CHRB Discusses Los Al at Monthly Meeting

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
While pushing a conflict regarding fall racing dates in contention down the line, the California Horse Racing Board still touched on the issues facing Los Alamitos Race Course at their monthly meeting May 21 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Inside the North American Racing Academy: Final Exams

Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Del Mar looks to change pick six at summer meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Del Mar will seek approval from the California Horse Racing Board in the coming weeks to change the format of the pick six for the summer meeting, eliminating a consolation payoff and dedicating that portion of the pool to be distributed to a single ticketholder. Read More...

Ohio Racing Medication Positives Hold Steady

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Equine drug-testing results for 2014 in Ohio indicate there were 112 positive tests, most of them for therapeutic medication overages. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

TOBA Awards Dinner at Hill ‘n’ Dale Sept. 11

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that the 30th annual National Awards Dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 11 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Louisville Handicap

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Maryland Panel Approves Cobalt Regulation

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Maryland Racing Commission plans to begin testing for cobalt levels in racehorses this summer under an emergency regulation it approved during a May 19 meeting. Read More...

Don’t Leave Me Set for Selene Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Don't Leave Me will try for a second straight graded-stakes win when she faces an expected eight other 3-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) May 24 at Woodbine. Read More...

Court named Venezia Memorial Award recipient

DRF | 2 days ago
Kentucky-based jockey Jon Court will be presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Monday at Belmont Park, the New York Racing Association announced Thursday. Read More...

Gleneagles looks formidable in Irish 2000 Guineas

DRF | 2 days ago
At seven furlongs or one mile, Gleneagles has been virtually unbeatable, and he will be favored to win again facing 10 foes Saturday at The Curragh in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas. Read More...

Paradise Creek distance suits A Lot, Croninthebarbarian

DRF | 2 days ago
Given how they performed at 1 1/16 miles last out, it’s not surprising the connections of A Lot and Croninthebarbarian opted for Saturday’s $100,000 Paradise Creek Stakes at seven furlongs as opposed to next Saturday’s $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Louisville ‘Cap Draws Nine, ‘Harbor’ on Fence

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Paul McGee also has the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II), a 1 1/2-mile dirt race on the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, under consideration. Read More...