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Travers or Pennsylvania Derby Next for Bayern

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert said July 28 that William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Bayern is under consideration for either the Travers Stakes (gr. I) or Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for his next start. Read More...

Catalano still in ICU but improving

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Wayne Catalano remained in the intensive care unit of St. Alexius Hospital in northwest suburban Chicago as of Monday, but Catalano has made steady progress recovering from a severe illness that hospitalized him on July 22. Read More...

Willet finds soft spot to kick season into gear

DRF | 2 days ago
Willet has yet to win a graded stakes, and that will be trainer Jimmy Iselin’s major goal this season for his talented New York-bred, who returns to Saratoga as the likely favorite in a statebred allowance race for fillies and mares here Wednesday. Read More...

Bayern runs his way into Travers picture

DRF | 2 days ago
The Travers really wasn’t on trainer Bob Baffert’s mind for his 3-year-old Bayern when he decided late last week to ship him cross-country for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. It is now. Read More...

Larry Jones still on road to recovery

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Larry Jones has resumed galloping horses on a limited basis, and said he has recently begun hauling horses “short distances,” but he is still a long ways off from making a full recovery from a training accident in April. Read More...

Kingman has edge over Toronado in Sussex

DRF | 2 days ago
Fresh off a major triumph Saturday in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, trainer John Gosden goes for another with Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex on Wednesday at Goodwood in England. Read More...

Garcia looking to stay hot in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 2 days ago
The adrenaline of winning a $1 million race, the anticipation of an upcoming Grade 1 race, and the wonder of youth all served jockey Martin Garcia quite well Sunday night into Monday. Read More...

Bahamian Squall gets second shot at Vanderbilt

DRF | 2 days ago
With a better post position and a little racing luck, Bahamian Squall may well have won the 2013 Alfred G. Vanderbilt and become a Grade 1 winner. Trainer David Fawkes will give Bahamian Squall a second chance to win the six-furlong Vanderbilt on Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Candy Boy, Tapiture meet in West Virginia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby, the headliner on a nine-stakes card Saturday at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort near Chester, has drawn a field of nine, including Candy Boy, who will ship in from Southern California for trainer John Sadler, and Tapiture, who is based at Saratoga with Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Catalano’s Daughter Reports Progress

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
While trainer Wayne Catalano remains hospitalized in a suburban Chicago, his daughter Shelbi Hill reports her father is improving. Read More...

Bergman: Cultivating a better tomorrow (Part 4)

DRF | 2 days ago
In his continuing series on improving the sport, Jay Bergman looks at a way to revamp the system and breathe more life into our sport for fans and bettors. In the first three parts of this series, Jay looked at some of the problems the sport deals with and specifically focused on the on-the-track product. Included is an excerpt from part three to lead into the final installment, his formulated system for the future of racing Read More...

Weekend stakes looking strong

DRF | 2 days ago
Nine 3-year-olds, headed by the stakes winner G. G. Ryder, were nominated for Saturday’s Roger Dupret Derby at Santa Rosa. Read More...

Cedillo in right place at right time

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Abel Cedillo found himself in the right place at the right time – at the wire aboard Amnesia in Saturday’s Wine Country Stakes at Santa Rosa and again on Sing and Tell in the Luther Burbank Handicap on Sunday. Read More...

Wake Up Nick a short price in Graduation

DRF | 2 days ago
Wake Up Nick, already a stakes winner against open company, moves back into a race restricted to California-breds at Del Mar on Wednesday and looms an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Coronation Cup has no shortage of speed

DRF | 2 days ago
The Mellon turf course might not be wide enough to handle all the horses who look like they want to go to the lead in Wednesday’s $100,000 Coronation Cup at Saratoga. Read More...

Rain puts damper on Whitney works

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher’s decision to move Palace Malice’s final Whitney workout from Sunday to Saturday proved prescient as heavy rains left the track wet on Sunday and Monday. Read More...

Autograph session to benefit cancer research

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano will sign autographs at Saratoga Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, with voluntary donations made by patrons given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research to find cures for childhood cancers. Read More...

2015 Preakness Stakes Logo Unveiled

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled the logo for the 140th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16, 2015, at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

‘The Chief’ in Florida Rather Than Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The sign isn't hanging on barn 5 in Clare Court this summer; there's no sign there at all, no one resident that's claimed the spot that for so many years housed Allen Jerkens and his horses. Read More...

No Beyers for Gulfstream’s 4 1/2-furlong races

DRF | 2 days ago
Beyer Speed Figures will no longer be assigned to 4 1/2-furlong races at Gulfstream Park. Previously published figures for the distance have been expunged. Read More...

Walcott opts for Inca Beauty in Wednesday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
It is tough to separate the eight fillies and mares running in a $25,000 optional-claiming race that will serve as Wednesday’s feature at Northlands Park. With that in mind, one of the first things to focus on is which horse leading jockey Rico Walcott is riding in the six-furlong sprint that goes as the eighth race. Read More...

Cotillion likely next start for Untapable

DRF | 2 days ago
Untapable, the leading 3-year-old filly in the country, returned to Saratoga shortly after 9 a.m. Monday a bit tired but otherwise okay following her fifth-place finish against males in Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Jockey Centeno gets 2,000th career win

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Daniel Centeno got the 2,000th victory of his career in North America on Sunday at Parx Racing when he guided even-money favorite Forest Rim to a front-running allowance win in the seventh race for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Read More...

Crist: Honorable Miss analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 2 Honorable Miss, the Monday feature at Saratoga, is a six-furlong prelude to the seven-furlong Grade 1 Ballerina on Travers Day. This year, though, three of the leading contenders for the Ballerina instead had their prep a week earlier, when Better Lucky, Grace Hall, and My Miss Aurelia all turned up in the ungraded Shine Again Stakes because of its seven-furlong distance. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play Saratoga on Monday, July 28

DRF | 2 days ago
Only one of the off-the-grass races sits in the late pick four sequence (races 6-9), and that’s where I’ll focus my attention today, ignoring the early races in terms of wagering, but keeping close tabs on race shapes on what could wind up a drying-out track. Read More...

Delaware Park cancels Monday card

DRF | 2 days ago
Delaware Park canceled its Monday card due to heavy thunderstorms that moved through the region Sunday night. Read More...

Woodbine weekend stakes roundup: Conquest Tsunami impresses

DRF | 2 days ago
It was just a three-horse field, but Conquest Tsunami made short work of his two rivals in Saturday’s $157,250 Colin Stakes to remain undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old. Read More...

Strut the Course set for second turf start in Victoriana Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
A peaking Strut the Course could find the mark Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 Victoriana Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf route for Ontario-sired females. Read More...

Delaware Park Cancels July 28 Racing Program

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A Sunday night storm that impacted Delaware Park has led the track to cancel its Monday, July 28, live racing card. Read More...

Milestone Victory for Jockey Centeno

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Daniel Centeno notched his 2,000th career victory July 27 when Forest Rim won the seventh race at Parx Racing, a 1-mile-and-70-yards allowance test. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from July 21 – July 23

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Balmoral, Northfield, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from July 22 – July 24

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Kingman And Toronado Set For Sussex; G1 Clash Has Five Declared

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 7:05 AM ET Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) and Toronado (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) booked in for G1 Sussex S. clash Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:16 PM ET    In an exciting day of racing on both coasts, Bayern (Offlee Wild) and Big Macher (Beau Genius)... Read More...

Bayern Solidifies Baffert’s Haskell Monopoly by Cruising to Victory

The win in the $1 million event at Monmouth Park was the seventh for the trainer Bob Baffert, and the fourth in five years. Read More...

Trip Notes for July 26-27: Jim Dandy, San Diego, Haskell, Bing Crosby and more…

DRF | 3 days ago
Trip Notes for July 26-27: Jim Dandy, San Diego, Haskell, Bing Crosby and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Stakes romp and sprint record at Emerald Downs

DRF | 3 days ago
An undefeated 2-year-old filly and a hard-knocking claiming sprinter shared top billing on a balmy Sunday at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Illman: Saratoga daily double play for Monday, July 28

DRF | 3 days ago
With an uncertain weather forecast and a slew of turf races scheduled for Saratoga on Monday afternoon, I'll focus on the late daily double, a sequence involving two dirt affairs. Read More...

Big Macher Holds Off Goldencents in Bing Crosby

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:54 PM ET 8th at DMR (Del Mar)GI Bing Crosby S. ($300K)     Winner: Big Macher by Beau Genius Big Macher (Beau Genius) holds off heavy favorite Goldence... Read More...

Big Macher surprises once again in Bing Crosby

DRF | 3 days ago
Yet again on Sunday, in the Grade 1, $300,500 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, Big Macher was overlooked. And for the fifth time in his career, and third time in his last four starts, he made those who doubted him pay dearly. Read More...

Discreetly Mine Filly Gets It Done Second Out

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:23 PM ET 7th at DMR (Del Mar)Msw ($75K)     Winner: Starlet O'Hara by Discreetly Mine Peachtree Stable's Starlet O'Hara (f, 2, Discreetly Mine) draws o... Read More...

Lux leads Fincher sweep at Ruidoso

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Todd Fincher swept the top three spots in Sunday’s $154,381 Rio Grande Senor Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, when Lux romped by seven lengths over stablemates Roll On Red Raider and Glide Path. Read More...

Bayern Wires Haskell; Favored Untapable 5th

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Kaleem Shah's Bayern ran them off their feet July 27 in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I), taking eight other sophomores gate-to-wire at Monmouth Park while Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable ran fifth. Read More...

Big Macher Collects Grade I Bing Crosby Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Former maiden claimer Big Macher became a grade I-winning sprinter when he denied 3-5 favorite Goldencents by half a length in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar July 27. Read More...

Bayern Sharp in Haskell Score

Michael Compton | 3 days ago
Kaleem Shah’s Bayern broke sharply and rolled to a sharp score in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Bayern defeated runner-up Albano by 7 ½ lengths and covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 4/5. Wildcat Red checked in third. The filly Untapable, who went off as the […](Read more...) Read More...

Polytrack no problem for Rock Me Baby

DRF | 3 days ago
Be it turf, dirt, or synthetic, around one turn or two, Rock Me Baby can handle it, and that versatility paid off handsomely on Sunday at Del Mar when he rallied to win the $150,500 California Dreamin’ Handicap Read More...

Sing and Tell, Cedillo refuse to lose in Luther Burbank

DRF | 3 days ago
Abel Cedillo completed a sweep of the weekend stakes at the Sonoma County Fair on Sunday when he put Sing and Tell on the lead and was never headed in the $64,800 Luther Burbank Handicap. Cedillo also won Saturday's Wine Country Stakes aboard Amnesia. Read More...

Antipathy Convincing Winner in Muddy Shuvee

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Godolphin's well-bred Antipathy moved to take charge on the turn and scooted clear to victory in the Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 27 at muddy Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Get Happy Mister stays perfect at Arapahoe

DRF | 3 days ago
Get Happy Mister improved his Arapahoe Park record to 8 for 8 on Sunday, when he won in a rare start at two turns in the $40,000 Mount Elbert. Read More...

Bayern Burns Up the Track in Haskell

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 6:02 PM ET 12th at MTH (Monmouth Park)GI William Hill Haskell Invitational ($1 Million)     Winner: Bayern by Offlee Wild 'TDN Rising Star' Bayern (c, 3,... Read More...