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Record attendance at Derby as handle rises

DRF | 2 days ago
This year’s Kentucky Derby broke a record for attendance, while the preliminary Derby handle figure, according to the chart, was equal to the previous record for the race, set in 2012. Because the preliminary handle figure does not include separate-pool handle overseas, the final betting figure for the Derby almost certainly will set a record. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Wrap

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Tom LaMarra recaps American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Includes footage from the race. Read More...

Callaghan puts on brave face after Firing Line’s tough beat

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Simon Callaghan stood in the middle of the Churchill Downs racetrack calmly talking to a handful of reporters just minutes after his first Kentucky Derby starter, Firing Line, had suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the favorite American Pharoah, and the rookie handled himself like a guy who’d done this sort of thing a dozen times before. Read More...

Big Blue Kitten Finds a Way in Fort Marcy

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
When a hole opened up in the stretch, Big Blue Kitten shot through to win the $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 2 at Belmont Park. Read More...

For Baffert, fourth Kentucky Derby win is sweet

DRF | 2 days ago
The horses for the 141st Kentucky Derby had left the paddock and were on their way to the track. Bob Baffert stayed behind and walked around, a bundle of nervous energy. The song “My Old Kentucky Home” came over the loudspeaker. Read More...

American Pharoah Reigns Supreme in Derby 141

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 7:07 PM ET 11th at CDX (Churchill Downs)GI Kentucky Derby ($2m)     Winner: American Pharoah by Pioneerof the Nile Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pion... Read More...

Favored American Pharoah Wins Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
American Pharoah, the 5-2 favorite, outduels Firing Line to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs. The win is the fourth for trainer Bob Baffert. Read More...

Kentucky Derby winning payoffs

DRF | 2 days ago
Here are the top-five finishers, with all available mutuel prices involving the 141st Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Complete order of finish

DRF | 2 days ago
The following is the complete order of finish for the 141st Kentucky Derby. Read More...

American Pharoah delivers as Kentucky Derby favorite

DRF | 2 days ago
Three times before for owner Ahmed Zayat, his Kentucky Derby dream ended in the long homestretch at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, he didn’t awaken until he got to the finish line. Second in three previous Derbies, all since 2009, Zayat finally got a chance to experience what he had dreamt about, as American Pharoah lived up to his favoritism by capturing the 141st Derby before a record crowd of 170,513 on a warm, sunny day beneath the storied twin spires. Read More...

Big Blue Kitten gives Bravo three-stakes sweep in Fort Marcy

DRF | 2 days ago
Joe Bravo completed a sweep of the three stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday by guiding Big Blue Kitten to victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes. Read More...

Freehold: Habitat wins Dexter Cup in 2015 debut

DRF | 2 days ago
Habitat made life easy for driver Yannick Gingras in Saturday’s $133,170 Dexter Cup, taking the lead after the first turn and cruising to a 3-3/4 length win over Divisionist in 1:56 4/5 at Freehold Raceway. Read More...

Finnegans Wake prevails in thrilling Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Finnegans Wake was a cut below the nation’s best grass horses until late in his 5-year-old year. Then he headed west and blossomed into California’s top turf horse in the winter and spring. Read More...

Rizwan wins English Channel; Red Sashay takes Honey Ryder

DRF | 2 days ago
Rizwan became a stakes winner on Saturday, when he held off Comanche’s Storm by a neck in the $75,000 English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream Park. It was another two lengths back to Persuasive in third. Read More...

Derby Day Storm repeats in Dr. T.F. Claussen Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
About an hour before the Kentucky Derby, hunch players at ThistleDown were rewarded when the 8-year-old mare Derby Day Storm scored for the second straight year in the Dr. T.F. Claussen Memorial Stakes for Ohio-bred fillies and mares. Read More...

R U Watchingbud notches first stakes in Queenston

DRF | 2 days ago
R U Watchingbud came on strongly through the stretch to notch his first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Queenston, a prep for the July 5 Queen’s Plate. Read More...

Bluegrass Singer scores on Piermarini’s birthday in Parx Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Tammi Piermarini celebrated her 48th birthday by guiding favored Bluegrass Singer to victory in the inaugural running of the $75,000 Parx Derby on Saturday at the suburban Philadelphia track. Read More...

Richard’s Boy rebounds to win Desert Code Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Richard’s Boy rebounded from the first loss of his career last month to win Saturday’s $92,500 Desert Code Stakes for 3-year-olds on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Finnegans Wake Flies Home, Takes Turf Classic

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch's Finnegans Wake returned from California in winning form to capture the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 2 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Rivers Run Deep much the best in Babst/Palacios Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Rivers Run Deep looked like by far the fastest horse on paper and that’s exactly how things played out on the track in Saturday’s $75,000 Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Handicap, the first stakes of the season at Belterra Park. Read More...

Private Zone romps in Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Private Zone was as brilliant as Bayern was disappointing in a surprising 81st running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard Saturday. Read More...

Tonalist overpowers short field in Westchester

DRF | 2 days ago
Tonalist won three graded stakes at Belmont Park last year, and the Tapit colt continued to make “Big Sandy” his personal playground with an eye-catching blowout of Saturday’s Westchester Stakes in his 4-year-old debut. Read More...

Tonalist Returns a Winner in the Westchester

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 3:12 PM ET 6th at BEL (Belmont Park)GIII Westchester S. ($150k)     Winner: Tonalist by Tapit Tonalist (c, 4, Tapit) overcomes a tardy dispatch to score... Read More...

Tepin wires field in Distaff Turf Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
A lack of other speed and a stumbling start by the favorite combined to help Tepin pull a 9-1, front-running upset in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Private Zone Delivers in Churchill Downs

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Private Zone won the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, May 2 at the Louisville oval, holding off a stretch challenge from Nates Mineshaft. Bayern struggled in his 2015 debut. Read More...

Rosalind Breaks Through in Sheepshead Bay

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Bethlehem Stables, Michael Dubb, and Highclere America's Rosalind snapped a six-race losing streak when she held off the late run of Maximova to take the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park May 2. Read More...

Tepin Wins Distaff Turf Mile on Front End

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Robert Masterson's Tepin led the field gate to wire for an easy victory in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) Presented by Longines at Churchill Downs May 2. Read More...

Bobby Flay’s Dame Dorothy Just Up in the Humana Distaff

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 2:28 PM ET 7th at CDX (Churchill Downs)GI Humana Distaff S. ($300k)     Winner: Dame Dorothy by Bernardini Bobby Flay's Dame Dorothy (f, 4, Bernardini) ... Read More...

Rosalind pulls clear in Sheepshead Bay

DRF | 2 days ago
Beauty Parlor and Riposte were both sent off at 6-5 in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park on Saturday, with Beauty Parlor a slight favorite in the five-runner field. At the finish, they were fourth and fifth. Read More...

Tonalist Surges to Win Westchester Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist shrugged off a sluggish start with a closing drive to win the $150,000 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) in his 4-year-old debut May 2 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Dame Dorothy overcomes early trouble to win Humana Distaff

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher said he’s been trying to figure out all along what Dame Dorothy’s optimum distance might be. And after she defeated reigning filly and mare sprint champ Judy the Beauty in Saturday’s seven-furlong Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs, there’s probably little doubt now what that distance is. Read More...

Meadows: Melady’s Monet wins Maturity

DRF | 2 days ago
After a successful run dominating the Open ranks at the Meadowlands, Melady’s Monet had little trouble dispatching a field of seven competitors in the $62,100 Maturity at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon. Read More...

Hannon Has Strong Duo for 1,000 Guineas

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Richard Hannon will bid for a second British classic success when he saddles both Osaila and Tiggy Wiggy in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 3 at Newmarket. Read More...

Furia Cruzada wins Gran Premio Criadores for fees-paid berth to BC Distaff

DRF | 2 days ago
Furia Cruzada won Friday’s Group 1 Gran Premio Criadores at Palermo, Argentina, a victory that gives the 4-year-old filly a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland on Oct. 31. Read More...

Kitten’s Joy’s Divisidero Storms Home in American Turf

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 1:37 PM ET 6th at CDX (Churchill Downs)GII American Turf S. ($250k)     Winner: Divisidero by Kitten's Joy Divisidero (Kitten's Joy) comes with a stingi... Read More...

Divisidero uses powerful rally to win American Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Brass Hat, the star of trainer Buff Bradley’s stable, was retired in 2010, and along came Groupie Doll, one of the best female sprinters in recent history, to start her career in 2011. Groupie Doll was retired after one race in 2014, and just a year later, Bradley, who runs a compact stable, somehow has another good one on his hands. Read More...

Dame Dorothy Upsets Judy the Beauty

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Dame Dorothy earned her first grade I victory May 2 and did so with distinction, running down game champion Judy the Beauty and surprisingly tough 18-1 pacesetter Moonlit Stroll in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Gleneagles gives O’Brien record-tying English 2000 Guineas win

DRF | 2 days ago
Gleneagles soared to the fore of the European 3-year-old mile division, won his fourth group stakes, and gave trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-equaling seventh career win in Saturday’s Group 1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse. Read More...

Competitive Edge Much the Best in Pat Day Mile

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 12:54 PM ET 5th at CDX (Churchill Downs)GIII Pat Day Mile ($200k)     Winner: Competitive Edge by Super Saver TDN Rising Star Competitive Edge (Super Sa... Read More...

Miracles Of Life Wins in AUS for Stonestreet

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Miracles Of Life provided Central Kentucky-based Stonestreet Stables a win at the highest level in Australia May 2 when she narrowly captured the Aus$400,000 William Hill Classic (Aus-I) at Morphettville. Read More...

Late Kick Delivers the American to Divisidero

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Gunpowder Farms' 3-year-old son of Kitten's Joy wins his first graded stakes in his third lifetime start in the 1 1/16-mile turf event at Churchill Downs May 2. Read More...

Dubawi Colt Signals Derby Intent at Newmarket

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 12:25 PM ET 6th at NMT (NEWMARKET)Listed Harbour Watch Newmarket S.     Winner: Best of Times (GB) by Dubawi (Ire) Godolphin's Best of Times (GB) (Dubaw... Read More...

Competitive Edge wins Pat Day Mile convincingly

DRF | 2 days ago
After Competitive Edge remained unbeaten with a 4 1/2-length score in the Grade 3, $200,000 Pat Day Mile, his first try at that distance, on Saturday at Churchill Downs, trainer Todd Pletcher raised a scary possibility. Read More...

Competitive Edge Takes Pat Day Mile

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Competitive Edge preserved his perfect record May 2 despite time on the sidelines, charging to victory in the $200,000 Pat Day Mile (gr. III) at Churchill Downs to make it four in a row. Read More...

Delicacy Shoots Clear in Schweppes Oaks

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Western Australia's star filly Delicacy ran down pacesetter Fenway and won the AUS$400,000 Australasian Oaks (Aus-I) May 2 at Morphettville. Read More...

No Firm Plans for Lovely Maria, ‘Chatterbox’

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lovely Maria shipped back to Keeneland shortly after her May 1 victory and came out of the race in good order, trainer Larry Jones said May 2. Read More...

Gleneagles Swoops to Two Thousand Guineas Win

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Gleneagles cruised to a clear win in the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 2 at Newmarket and provided trainer Aidan O'Brien a record-equaling seventh victory in Europe's first classic of the year. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Scene Setter

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Derby day scene setter with Claire Novak at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015. Read More...

Guineas Glory For Galileo’s Gleneagles

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 11:11 AM ET 4th at NMT (NEWMARKET)G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas S.     Winner: Gleneagles (Ire) by Galileo (Ire) Michael Tabor's Gleneagles (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}... Read More...

Barretts May juvenile, racing age catalog now online

DRF | 2 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age is now available online, featuring 151 horses on offer. Read More...