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Charles Town Cancels Friday, Saturday Cards

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on both May 6 and May 7 has been cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances with scheduled track resurfacing following the Charles Town Classic (gr. II). Read More...

Relaxed Debuts Helped Brody’s Cause, Creator

Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago
Trainer Dale Romans, with Brody's Cause, and owner WinStar Farm, with Creator, didn't think the spotlight of 2-year-old racing at Saratoga Race Course was best for their young horses. Read More...

Kentucky Derby News Update for May 4

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
Claire Novak reviews the news of the day, including the activities of Nyquist, Land Over Sea, and Mohaymen. Also, it's draw day and Fellowship and Adventist have chosen not to enter. Read More...

Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 13 hours ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 13 hours ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Castillo files defamation suit against Pennsylvania racing official

DRF | 13 hours ago
Angel Castillo, the jockey who was removed from his mounts last year after state officials accused him of having an illegal electrical device, has filed a lawsuit against the director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission alleging defamation and a violation of his rights. Read More...

Fellowship rerouted to Pat Day Mile

DRF | 13 hours ago
Trainer Mark Casse decided Wednesday not to enter Fellowship in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, where he would have been the first horse on the also-eligible list, and instead will run him that same afternoon in the Pat Day Mile. Read More...

Eighth Wonder returns from layoff in Parx Oaks

DRF | 13 hours ago
Eighth Wonder will return to the races Saturday in the $100,000 Parx Oaks. The Derby Day card at Parx, the track's best of the season, also includes two other $100,000 stakes, the Parx Derby and My Juliet, plus four allowance or optional races. Read More...

Hovdey: The Good Doctor told of a different Derby

DRF | 13 hours ago
The relationship between gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, artist Ralph Steadman, and the Kentucky Derby as told in “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” is the subject of “Gonzo @ the Derby,” a short feature released this week under ESPN's “30 for 30” banner of historic sports landmarks. Read More...

Field of 22 Set for 142nd Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
The field for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) came together May 4, as 22 horses were entered for the May 7 test at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Gryder Seeks First Derby With Trojan Nation

Blood-Horse | 13 hours ago
While only a small number of maidens have won the Derby (gr. I), and Trojan Nation would be the first in 80 years if he pulled it off, Gryder has faith in him and the confidence the colt gained in the Wood. Read More...

Guns Loaded at his best for Twin Spires Turf Sprint

DRF | 13 hours ago
The main focal point of trainer Doug O'Neill's weekend will be on Saturday with Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby, but he's got plenty to keep him busy both Friday and Saturday, including a terrific shot with the in-form Guns Loaded in a wide-open running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint on Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Asmussens outrun personal, professional trials

DRF | 13 hours ago
Spring is the season of rebirth, and never has that been more so for trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

U.S. Handle, Purses Up in April

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
Total number of races and starts also increase. Read More...

With Songbird out, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager offers tons of value

DRF | 14 hours ago
No one will ever know how Songbird would have fared Friday in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, although many fans will forever maintain that she was a shoo-in. Read More...

Danzing Candy to show the way in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 14 hours ago
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. isn’t quite sure which horses, if any, will push his first Kentucky Derby starter on the early pace. He only knows that Danzing Candy will be winging it from the get-go. Read More...

Ramseys Go It Alone with Oscar Nominated

Blood-Horse | 14 hours ago
After negotiating with a mystery partner to pay the supplemental entry fee to get Oscar Nominated into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Ken and Sarah Ramsey will run the son of Kitten's Joy themselves. Read More...

Banke takes Stonestreet Farm to new heights

DRF | 14 hours ago
It would be off the mark to say that Barbara Banke simply “carried on” at Stonestreet Farm following the death of husband Jess Jackson five years ago. Instead, Banke, with her own style of leadership, has put her own spin on shaping what is now an international operation. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets chance to shine in wide-open Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 15 hours ago
The silver lining to the disturbing news that Songbird would not run in the Kentucky Oaks is what shimmers before racing fans Friday. Instead of having, say, just 10 3-year-old fillies with a 2-5 favorite, this renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million Oaks became one of the most competitive in years. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse can burnish credentials in Edgewood

DRF | 15 hours ago
Catch a Glimpse, an ascendant star in the female turf division, looks to stretch her winning streak to six in the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood Stakes Friday on the Churchill Downs turf. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Brown looks for green beyond the turf

DRF | 16 hours ago
Chad Brown doesn't mind having the reputation as a turf trainer. But he doesn't want to be known as just a turf trainer. Read More...

Hot Kiss streaks into a new season

DRF | 16 hours ago
Hot Kiss will take a three-race win streak into her 4-year-old debut on Friday at Woodbine in a second-level $62,500 optional-claiming route. Read More...

Fresh Horses Plentiful in 2016 Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 16 hours ago
The three trainers of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runners expected to start in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are confident the six weeks between races will not be a problem for their horses. Read More...

EquiLottery, IGT Global Reach Agreement

Blood-Horse | 17 hours ago
EquiLottery and IGT Global Solutions Corporation, a subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) ("IGT") have entered into an agreement whereby IGT can elect to promote EquiLottery to lotteries across the U.S. Read More...

Nyquist Jogs, Schools at Churchill Downs

Blood-Horse | 18 hours ago
Nyquist jogged two miles, schooled in the paddock and in the gate, largely without incident. Read More...

Adversaries Unite at Trainers’ Dinner

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
An evening of laughter and warmth began with the presentation of a trophy to Bob Baffert as the winning trainer of last year's Derby. Read More...

Concord Fast justifies short price in Riley Allison

DRF | 1 day ago
Concord Fast flattered Collected on Tuesday when he rallied to a 1 1/2-length win over Ten Penny Cents in the $100,000 Riley Allison on the closing-day card at Sunland Park. Read More...

Next ARCI Town Meeting in Ocala

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Earlier meetings described as "sparky and productive." Read More...

Pocono: Burke quartet ready for battle in Pennsylvania Classic Final

DRF | 1 day ago
Ron Burke will send four horses to Saturday night’s $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and he is undecided, at this point, which is the best. Of course, with three of them leading the morning-line odds, it is easy to understand why. Read More...

Godolphin establishing awards for farm, racetrack workers

DRF | 1 day ago
Godolphin announced that it is establishing the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards to recognize excellence and achievement for grooms, foaling crews, exercise riders, office staff, and others who work on both farms and racetracks in the United States. Read More...

New Award for Horse Racing’s Top Employees

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Godolphin announced May 3 the launch of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, in partnership with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and The Jockey Club. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Power Alert Seeks Turf Sprint Rebound

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
AJ Suited Racing Stable's Power Alert (AUS) looks to become the first repeat winner of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. IIIT) when he faces 12 rivals including grade I winner Hootenanny May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Grudge Match in the Alysheba

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Eagle, Noble Bird, and Majestic Harbor have taken turns beating one another. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2016: Inside the numbers

DRF | 1 day ago
Let’s look at a few contenders for this Derby and see how they stack up in terms of similar Derby runners since 1991. Caveat emptor: These stats are mostly intended to be fun, playful, silly, or just interesting discussion starters, so use them at your own risk when upgrading or downgrading who you’re likely to bet Saturday. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse Looks Tops in Edgewood

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Catch a Glimpse has already won at Woodbine, Keeneland, and Gulfstream Park, and looks to add Churchill Downs to that list in the Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Three Grade I Winners Vie for La Troienne

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Grade I winners Curalina, Sheer Drama, and Angela Renee will seek to enhance their reputations in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) on the May 6 Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs. Read More...

NBC Sports Group Sets Derby Week Coverage

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
NBC Sports Group will present 15 1/2 hours of live coverage of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, the network announced May 3. Read More...

Clocker: Nyquist bursting with energy

DRF | 1 day ago
There was lots to look at and lots to look for during Tuesday’s Kentucky Derby/Kentucky Oaks training session, which featured the first local gallop from the undefeated Nyquist and first real local work by the Japanese invader Lani. Read More...

Brody’s Cause owner will donate purse to college

DRF | 1 day ago
Dennis Albaugh, whose family owns Brody’s Cause, has announced the winner’s share will be donated to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation if the colt prevails Saturday in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Haskin: We Shadwell Overcome

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
They say to err is human; to forgive, divine. Well, why can’t that apply to horses as well? Read More...

Brody’s Cause? An Iowa Community College

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Dennis and Susan Albaugh announced that if their horse, Brody's Cause, wins the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 7 at Churchill Downs, he will donate his share of the purse to the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation. Read More...

Star-studded fields on Kentucky Oaks undercard

DRF | 1 day ago
Led by elite older females Curalina and Sheer Drama, 51 horses were entered in five supporting stakes on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Despite Challenges, Derby Starting Crew Gets It Right

By the time the gates open for Kentucky Derby 142 on Saturday, hours of work will have gone into assuring a safe, fair and unbiased start to the race. It's no small task. Every Derby field is filled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Meadowlands: Nine trotters sign up for Elitlopp Playoff

DRF | 1 day ago
The inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff (a Grand Circuit event) will be the featured first race on a special Meadowlands Mother’s Day matinee card beginning at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Nine of the continent's finest trotters with collective career earnings in excess of $12 million comprise the field. Read More...

Yearlong Process to Set Derby Odds

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially. Read More...

Synthetic inner track being considered for Aqueduct

DRF | 1 day ago
The New York Racing Association is once again considering the installation of a synthetic surface for its Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, an official of the association told the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board at a meeting on Tuesday. Read More...

Carina Mia, Nickname Face Off in Eight Belles

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Carina Mia came up short in points for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Nickname's connections opted not to run, but both graded winners will still be prominent on Oaks Day in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Nyquist’s Groom Keeps Top Derby Horse Happy

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Groom Elias Anaya is in charge of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Nyquist and has a long history with America's greatest race. Read More...