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Stellar Wind to Challenge Beholder Again

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Stellar Wind's connections are trying three-time champion Beholder again, after a non-threatening second-place run in the Vanity Mile (gr. I) last time out. Read More...

Bourque Rides to Win No. 4,000

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The 53-year-old native of Louisiana recorded his 4,000th win aboard Pitts Racing Stables Speed Horse's Space Book in the second race, a $5,000 claimer for fillies and mares. Read More...

Nyquist Arrives at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist and Iowa Derby (gr. III) winner American Freedom arrived at Monmouth Park late in the afternoon of July 27 for the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31. Read More...

Haveyougoneaway Delivers in Honorable Miss

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Since relocating to the state of her birth this spring, Sequel Racing's Haveyougoneaway has raced with her fellow New York-breds, but took the step up to graded stakes competition with aplomb July 27. Read More...

Haveyougoneaway gives Morley first graded stakes win in Honorable Miss

DRF | 2 days ago
Haveyougoneaway was so dominant against New York-bred company last time that her trainer, Tom Morley, thought now was the time to try the 5-year-old mare in a graded stakes. Morley was rewarded for his confidence as Haveyougoneaway, under Kendrick Carmouche, rallied stoutly in the stretch and wore down the 7-5 favorite Paulassilverlining to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss by a neck at Saratoga. Read More...

Belmont Winner Creator Returns in Jim Dandy

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Seven weeks after Creator scored a narrow win against Destin in the final U.S. classic of the season, those two are set for a rematch in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 30 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 23 – July 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

A.P. Indian Has Green Light in Vanderbilt

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A. P. Indian, fresh off a win in the grade III Belmont Sprint Championship, is the one to beat in the July 30 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) at the Spa. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from July 21 – July 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 7/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

King Kranz Holds Royal Edge in Amsterdam

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
King Kranz looks to hold a versatility edge in this field of sophomore sprinters at Saratoga. He comes in off a stakes win and should be the one to beat. Read More...

Court to Consider Umarov Temporary Injunction

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A Kentucky court hearing scheduled Monday, Aug. 1 could determine if the KHRC can move forward on its intentions to immediately sanction trainer Otabek Umarov for allegedly refusing to allow a horse to receive pre-race testing in late April. Read More...

Jrc Callas First seeks repeat in TQHA 550

DRF | 2 days ago
Jrc Callas First, the 2014 world champion Quarter Horse, will defend his title in Friday night’s $30,000 TQHA 550, one of five stakes on the card for Quarter Horses at Retama Park. Jrc Callas First is 7 for 9 at Retama. Read More...

Eramia serving suspension

DRF | 2 days ago
Louisiana Downs leading rider Richard Eramia will be off his mounts from Friday through Aug. 5 because of a riding infraction. Read More...

Above Fashion ends long layoff in allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
The stakes winner Above Fashion will be returning to the overnight ranks for the first time since September in Friday night’s fourth race at Evangeline Downs. She is part of a field of six fillies and mares set for an allowance over 5 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Anchor Down in familiar spot in Vanderbilt

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher opted to sit out the Belmont Sprint with Anchor Down after the Metropolitan Mile runner-up drew the rail. Now, Pletcher is faced with a similar dilemma after Anchor Down again pulled post 1 for Saturday's Grade 1 Vanderbilt. Read More...

Hit It Once More earns 101 Beyer Speed Figure for New York Derby victory

DRF | 2 days ago
Hit It Once More earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure for his runaway victory last Saturday in the $164,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes. Read More...

Exaggerator joins cast for Haskell Invitational, will face Nyquist

DRF | 2 days ago
What trainer Keith Desormeaux was seeing in the flesh from his 3-year-old Exaggerator was not jibing with what he was seeing on the track. So, the trainer called a major audible Wednesday, deciding to send his Preakness winner to Monmouth Park for Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational rather than running in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga or attempting to train up to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, also at Saratoga, on Aug. 27. Read More...

Laurel: Turf course records set by Heiko, Coastal Sea

DRF | 2 days ago
Two course records were set over the firm Laurel Park turf last weekend. Read More...

Madden Gets Birthday Win at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
July 24 was a red-letter day at Saratoga Race Course for Preston Madden and his son Patrick. Read More...

Mountaineer’s leading trainer, Ed Clouston, suspended

DRF | 2 days ago
Eddie Clouston, the leading trainer at Mountaineer last year and at the current meeting, has been suspended by the board of stewards for a medication violation. Clouston also was suspended additional days under the Multiple Medication Violation system. Read More...

Stradivari has surgery on ankle

DRF | 2 days ago
The talented 3-year-old Stradivari underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the fractured right front ankle he suffered during training here last week. Read More...

Mott hoping to give himself the gift of a win

DRF | 2 days ago
Bill Mott has won at least one race at Saratoga on his birthday in 15 of the last 20 years that racing was conducted on the day. Mott, who went winless with his only starter last year on his birthday, sends out two runners on his 63rd birthday Friday. Read More...

Goldream back from layoff for King George Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Goldream, a winner of Group 1 sprints in England and France in 2015, will have his first start since March in Friday’s $409,850 King George Stakes at five furlongs on turf at Goodwood Racecourse, a competitive race that drew 17 runners. Read More...

Haskell lineup rich in quality but modest in number

DRF | 2 days ago
This will be the first year the Haskell at Monmouth Park has attracted the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby – Nyquist, Exaggerator, and Gun Runner. As of Wednesday morning, seven runners were expected to enter. The others are American Freedom, Brody's Cause, Awesome Slew, and Sunny Ridge. Read More...

Curlin Stakes a stepping-stone for Gift Box, Connect

DRF | 2 days ago
Though trainer Chad Brown believes Connect and Gift Box can be factors in the 3-year-old division this year, he and his owners have chosen the path of least resistance to get the second half of their seasons started. With an eye on the Travers Stakes here on Aug. 27, Brown will run both horses in Friday's $100,000 Curlin Stakes Read More...

Stellar Wind, Beholder set to battle again in Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Stellar Wind, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015, is not having an easy time this summer. Stellar Wind made her first start of the year in the Grade 1 Vanity Mile at Santa Anita on June 4 and finished a game second to Beholder, the three-time champion. Beholder was not fully extended when she won that race by 1 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Flintshire, Twilight Eclipse Face Off

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
They have 10 group or graded wins between them. Flintshire has won at that level this year, and Twilight Eclipse is hoping to regain that form in Saturday's race. Read More...

Hovdey: Smith and Songbird on cruise control

DRF | 2 days ago
As Songbird's only rider in a journey that began a year ago, Mike Smith is rarely surprised, yet always amazed. Amazed by her old soul demeanor, her professionalism beyond her years, her endless series of gears that were put to good use in the Coaching Club American Oaks to deal with the classy Carina Mia. Read More...

Unified’s Connections Eye King’s Bishop

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens has seen enough in the morning and in the afternoon to feel sure that Unified is a 3-year-old with considerable ability. He is less certain about how best to tap into that talent. Read More...

Legends: Lady’s Secret, the Iron Lady

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Lady's Secret, an eventual Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame inductee, strung together multiple stakes wins at the highest level. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas described her as an overachiever that "you never got to the bottom of." Read More...

Prairie Gold Juvenile a tricky puzzle

DRF | 2 days ago
The Prairie Gold Juvenile on Friday evening at Prairie Meadows drew a solid field for a $65,000 stakes – solid, diverse, and tough-to-figure. Read More...

Exaggerator to Run in Haskell

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator threw his hat into the betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) ring, when his connections told the Monmouth Park racing office their 3-year-old colt will be headed to the Jersey Shore for the July 31 race. Read More...

Lady Aurelia on Track for Prix Morny

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The impressive winner at Royal Ascot last month is targeting her third win, and first in group I company, after impressively breaking her maiden at Keeneland in April and dominating the field in the Queen Mary (Eng-II). Read More...

Stradivari Recuperating After Surgery

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Stradivari, who sustained a career-ending lateral condylar fracture of his right front leg during training hours at Saratoga Race Course July 22, is recuperating at nearby Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital after undergoing surgery July 26. Read More...

Paulick Report 7/27 News Minute Presented By Saratoga Live

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California Chrome jogs, scheduled to work Monday

DRF | 2 days ago
California Chrome jogged at Los Alamitos on Wednesday, four days after a hard-fought win against Dortmund in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Hard Aces, Quick Casablanca might get rematch

DRF | 2 days ago
Hard Aces and Quick Casablanca finished a half-length apart when they were first and second in the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on dirt last Sunday. They could meet again in a turf marathon next month. Read More...

Midnight Pleasure eyes Del Mar Futurity

DRF | 2 days ago
Midnight Pleasure, the upset winner of a maiden race for 2-year-olds last Sunday, is likely to have his next start in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5. Read More...

Churchill Downs Sets Fall Stakes Schedule

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Iroquois (gr. III) and the Pocahontas (gr. II) will offer Kentucky Derby and Oaks points, respectively, during the September meet. The Clark Handicap will be run on closing weekend in November, during the traditional fall meet. Read More...

Churchill Downs Sets Upcoming Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Stakes schedules with combined purses of more than $3.2 million were announced July 27 by Churchill Downs for the Kentucky track's upcoming 2016 meets. Read More...

Moonlight Bandit should score at short price in small field

DRF | 2 days ago
Moonlight Bandit looks poised to snatch the largest piece of the $43,000 purse in Friday's third race at Gulfstream Park, a first-level optional $16,000 claimer. Read More...

Zayat Stable Engages Investment Bank To Expand, Enter Veterinary Services Sector

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The Gurkha wins Sussex Stakes, earns spot in Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
The Gurkha turned the tables on Galileo Gold on Wednesday at Goodwood Racecourse, beating him by a neck in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes after Galileo Gold had defeated The Gurkha in the St. James’s Palace Stakes last month at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Grade 2 stakes winner Futural dies at 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., reported that Futural, who finished first in the 2001 Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup, was euthanized Tuesday due to complications caused by advance chronic osteoarthritis. Read More...

Fort Larned helped launch Harrod’s contest career

DRF | 2 days ago
Shea Harrod discovered contests completely by accident. Harrod, a 31-year-old lifelong racing fan, works in digital imaging for Lands’ End in Wisconsin. Back in 2012, he was attending the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita when he decided to take a walk around FrontRunner, the upscale restaurant bar area upstairs where a lot of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge participants hang out. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/28 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 7/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Pebble Beach finds good spot to gain second career win

DRF | 2 days ago
Pebble Beach, trained by Frank Lucarelli, looks like a serious contender in a $15,000 claiming race for fillies and mares that serves as the Friday night feature at Emerald Downs. Read More...