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Apprentice Jenn Miller begins injury rehab

DRF | 1 day ago
Apprentice rider Jenn Miller has been released from the Winchester Medical Center in Virginia and admitted to the Medstar National Rehabilitation Center in Washington D.C. Read More...

Apprentice Weston Hamilton scores double

DRF | 1 day ago
Weston Hamilton came into the Monday card at Laurel Park 0 for 9 as a professional jockey. He ended the day 2 for 11 after winning with both his mounts. Read More...

Jockey Pennington nears return

DRF | 1 day ago
Frankie Pennington, a four-time leading jockey at Parx, has pretty much recovered from a fall during his Thanksgiving weekend trip to Kentucky and could be cleared to resume riding later this week, Read More...

Angel At War proving a savvy claim for Gorham

DRF | 1 day ago
Angel At War turned in another brave performance at Laurel Park on Monday to remain perfect in six career starts. She has developed into a very nice claim for trainer Michael Gorham. Read More...

Harness: Soapy Sap wrapping up a solid career

DRF | 1 day ago
For more than a decade, Don Maiorano has counted on Soapy Sap. Now, as Maiorano counts down the days to the 14-year-old female trotter’s retirement at the end of the year, he is especially grateful for their time together. Read More...

Pedigrees and potential on display

DRF | 1 day ago
The eighth and final race on Friday's program at Los Alamitos may offer a glimpse into the 3-year-old filly division in Southern California in 2018. The eighth race is a $40,000 maiden special weight race at six furlongs that drew a field of nine. It is quite possible a few of the fillies could develop into stakes runners. Read More...

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending Dec. 10, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend’s graded stakes and releases the TimeformUS Speed Figures for these races. Read More...

ABR Presents Experience Hong Kong International Racing

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Journey to Hong Kong with America's Best Racing and experience everything the Longines Hong Kong International Races have to offer. Take in the city, encounter the culture, and be wowed by top-class horse racing in an environment unlike any other. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Best Friend

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
One thing about Charles Cella and his most accomplished racehorse, Northern Spur: They both loved running on wet tracks. Read More...

Aqueduct Cancels Due to High Winds

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack for Dec. 13 due to sustained high winds forecast to continue through the afternoon in the New York City metropolitan area.  Read More...

Macedonio: We are lacking big ticket items

DRF | 1 day ago
Usually I write about current events and topics that I find interesting, then relate it to harness racing. Well, South Park Studios (Matt Stone and Trey Parker) is holding a contest to get drawn into one of their episodes, meet the creators, and get a grand tour of their workshop! Pretty cool grand prize! Read More...

Aqueduct cancels Wednesday card due to high winds

DRF | 1 day ago
Live racing Wednesday at Aqueduct was canceled due to high winds. The forecast called for temperatures in the low 30s with winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts above 40 mph. Read More...

Lotta Blues Man heavy favorite in Southern California Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Lotta Blues Man has yet to win a major race this year. The gelding has a final chance to do so in Friday’s $175,300 Southern California Derby, the last stakes of the year for 3-year-olds at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Help for Jockeys Battling Effects of Head Injuries

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Through efforts of The Stronach Group and the Jockeys' Guild, After the Impact Fund is now working with jockeys. Read More...

Japan Road to KY Derby Continues With Zen-Nippon

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby continues Dec. 13 at Kawasaki Racecourse as G1 Racing Co. Ltd.'s promising unbeaten colt Le Vent Se Leve (JPN) heads a field of 14 2-year-olds in the one-mile Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun. Read More...

National Uniform Medication Program Adoption Review

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Not one of the major racing jurisdictions has adopted the RMTC program in entirety. Read More...

Trifecta Equine Staff Shines in Vital SLR Rescue Effort

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Pulling together as a team, the operators and staff of Trifecta Equine Center pulled together to help save dozens of horses from the fire that devastated the San Luis Rey Downs training center near Bonsall, Calif. Read More...

ABR Wired: Experience Hong Kong International Racing

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Journey to Hong Kong with America's Best Racing and experience everything the Longines Hong Kong International Races have to offer. Take in the city, encounter the culture, and be wowed by top-class horse racing in an environment unlike any other. Read More...

Meadowlands: Thursday 12/14 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 12/14 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 12/14 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 12/14 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Factum Relocated to Ohio from Florida

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Factum, a half brother to leading sire War Front, has been relocated from Florida to Poplar Creek Horse Center near Bethel, Ohio, where he'll stand for a private fee in 2018. Read More...

Jockeys’ Guild Panel Outlines Progress in Safety Vests

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
When Terry Smith whose Dynamic Research has helped establish ASTM standards in safety vests looked over the room of riders gathered for the 2017 Jockeys' Guild Assembly Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, he saw a great resource. Read More...

Rainbow Heir to Ocala Stud

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Eight-time black-type winner Rainbow Heir will be entering stud in 2018 at Ocala Stud Farm in Central Florida upon his retirement from racing. Read More...

Arqana December Sale Eclipses Previous Marks

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Topped by multiple group 3 winner Haggle (GB), Arqana's December sale in Deauville, France, concluded on a record note following a Dec. 12 session that featured National Hunt horses. Read More...

The Week in Photos 12/12/2017

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Starlet, Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint, Hong Kong Vase, Valedictory, Caribbean Classic, Caribbean Cup, Caribbean Cup Speed and more. Read More...

Trifecta Equine Center Hits Big Helping Rescue Horses

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Pulling together as a team, the operators and staff of Trifecta Equine Center pulled together to help save dozens of horses from the fire that devastated the San Luis Rey Downs training center near Bonsall, Calif. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Dec. 5 – Dec. 7

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Dover, Meadowlands and more. Read More...

Hovdey: San Luis Rey tour reveals fire’s random fury

DRF | 2 days ago
Kevin Havell, general manager of San Luis Rey Downs, steered his dusty SUV up past the equipment yard and towering hay barn to the far eastern reaches of the 240-acre property. It was Monday afternoon, four days after a vicious piece of the Lilac Fire had done its worst, and Havell was showing a visitor exactly how the wind-blown flames had attacked the training center, gutting seven barns and damaging part of another, while killing as many as 46 of the 450 horses stabled there. Read More...

Hovdey: San Luis Rey tour reveals fire’s random fury

DRF | 2 days ago
Kevin Havell, general manager of San Luis Rey Downs, steered his dusty SUV up past the equipment yard and towering hay barn to the far eastern reaches of the 240-acre property. It was Monday afternoon, four days after a vicious piece of the Lilac Fire had done its worst, and Havell was showing a visitor exactly how the wind-blown flames had attacked the training center, gutting seven barns and damaging part of another, while killing as many as 46 of the 450 horses stabled there. Read More...

Lisa Underwood, former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, dies at 57

DRF | 2 days ago
Lisa Underwood, the former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, died on Saturday morning of a heart attack, according to an obituary appearing in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Underwood was 57. Read More...

Sunland Park Meet Opens Friday

Sunland Park Racetrack will open its 2017-18 season with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 12:30 p.m. (MST). Read More...

CHRB Reports San Luis Rey Horses Are Accounted For

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
California Horse Racing Board officials indicated Dec. 11 that the horses stabled at San Luis Rey Training Center at the time of the Dec. 7 fire that tore through the facility have been accounted for. Read More...

Sexual Harassment In Racing And Why The Industry Is Not Ready For ‘Silence Breakers’

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Casandra Branick One of Many Heroes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Casandra Branick, barn manager and exercise rider for trainer Edward Freeman, would rather talk about the heroic deeds of so many others who risked their lives to save horses during the San Luis Rey Downs nightmare. Read More...

Former KHRC Executive Director Underwood Dies

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Lisa Underwood Young, the former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, died at home of a heart attack Dec. 9. She was 57. Read More...

Purton pressures Moreira in Hong Kong jockey race

DRF | 3 days ago
Zac Purton is keeping the jockey’s race close in Hong Kong this year. Since the season began in September, Purton has won 36 races, five less than leader Joao Moreira, the runaway leader in the last two seasons. Read More...

Take Awarded IFHA International Award of Merit

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jockey Yutaka Take has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, which recognizes distinguished horsemen and horsewomen for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing. Read More...

Bedfofrd Falls moves to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

DRF | 3 days ago
Bedford Falls, a half-brother to prominent sire Harlan’s Holiday, will relocate for the 2018 breeding season to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., where he will stand for an advertised fee of $2,000. Read More...

Flatlined to try dirt again in Harlan’s Holiday

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Charles “Scooter” Dickey has been wanting to get Flatlined back on dirt for quite a while. He'll finally get that opportunity here Saturday when he sends the Grade 2-winning turf specialist postward over the main track in the Grade 3 Harlan's Holiday Stakes. Read More...

Canadian Owner, Breeder Lynn Chouinard Dies

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Alberta Thoroughbred community lost a valued member when Lynn Chouinard died Dec. 7 at the age of 75. Read More...

McKnight, Da Silva Lead Woodbine Meet

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Leavem in Malibu scored in the Valedictory Stakes (G3) for Mark Casse, who finished second in the Woodbine trainer standings for the first time in over a decade as Norm McKnight took the lead with a five-win performance Dec. 10. Read More...

Bedford Falls to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Bedford Falls, a half brother to top sire Harlan's Holiday, will be relocated within California to Tom and Debi Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for the 2018 breeding season. Read More...

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Elmendorf Farm

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Hovdey: Brave tales from the fog of inferno

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Clifford Sise was in the middle of the chaos of last Thursday's horrific fire at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, Calif. “It's so hot, you feel like your whole body is almost on fire,” Sise said. “You can't see, it's so dark, and you don't know where to go. You think you've got to get to a clearing, so you do. That'll last about five minutes, and you're okay. Then you go back in. I did it twice. You don't really think about it. You're just trying to save the horses. We'd go in for our kids.” Read More...