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Runhappy ends layoff as Ack Ack’s strong favorite

DRF | 2 days ago
Some nine months since Runhappy last flaunted his considerable talent before the racing public, the colt returns Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs as a huge favorite in the Grade 3 Ack Ack, one of three stakes on an 11-race card. Read More...

Challedon, Politely stakes share Saturday card

DRF | 2 days ago
From June through August, Rockinn On Bye, All Star Red, and The Truth Or Else each took a crack at the sharp sprinter A. P. Indian. None of the three came close to winning, but the experience of facing top-shelf talent may prove helpful when they square off going seven furlongs in Saturday's $75,000 Challedon Stakes at Laurel Park. Read More...

Only You Babe, Aqua Frio stand out in Oak Tree Juvenile

DRF | 2 days ago
The filly Only You Babe and the colt Aqua Frio are the two most accomplished runners heading into Saturday's $50,000 Oak Tree Juvenile at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet. The one mile and 70-yard race has drawn a field of seven 2-year-olds and goes as race 9. Read More...

Gold for the King hiding in strong Futurity field

DRF | 2 days ago
Gold for the King owns the fastest career Beyer Speed Figure in the field for Saturday's richest race of the season at Finger Lakes and finished third in his stakes debut at Sarataoga to a horse under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. So why is Gold for the King no better than fifth choice on the track's morning line among eight New York-bred 2-year-olds for the $219,713 New York Breeders' Futurity? Read More...

Borell Enters Alford Plea on Cruelty Charges

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Charles Borell entered an Alford guilty plea Sept. 29 on nine of 43 animal cruelty charges in Central Kentucky and was sentenced to 179 days in jail, but will not serve that time provided he adheres to conditions of a two-year probationary period. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis: Oct. 1, 2016

DRF | 2 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis: Oct. 1, 2016 Read More...

True Cinder looks best in Emerald Necklace

DRF | 2 days ago
Mygirlfriday and Pyrite Slew have the only wins among six Ohio-accredited 2-year-old fillies signed up for Saturday's $75,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes at Thistledown. But considering they were both trounced twice by True Cinder since recording their debut victories, True Cinder should go favored in the six-furlong stakes. Read More...

Princess Bullet takes her talents to South Ocean

DRF | 2 days ago
Princess Bullet made quite a splash when she won her debut easily going two turns. She will make her much-anticipated second start in Saturday's $125,000 South Ocean Stakes for Ontario-sired juvenile fillies at Woodbine. Read More...

Forever Unbridled Heads Cast for Beldame

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Off the Tracks, Paola Queen, and Forever Unbridled, grade I winners all, will knock heads in the Beldame to see which is best at Belmont's one-turn, nine-furlong distance. Read More...

Santa Anita Installs Barn Surveillance System

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Santa Anita Park has developed and installed a state-of-the-art video surveillance system that enables close monitoring of the track's entire stable area on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis. Read More...

China Horse Club Spends $4 Million At Keeneland September In Its Quest For Racing World Domination

One of the newer buying interests at this year's Keeneland September yearling sale was China Horse Club, which came back for a second time after first appearing last year. At the 2015 September sale,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Rita Hayworth: A Pin-Up Queen’s Flirtation With The French Turf

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Jockey Collins Suffers Paralysis After Spill

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Veteran jockey Dennis Collins has suffered paralysis after a spill Sept. 25 at the Downs of Albuquerque. Read More...

Colonel John sold to stand in Korea

DRF | 2 days ago
WinStar Farm sire Colonel John has been sold to the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association (KTBA) to stand in Jeju-do, Korea in 2017. Read More...

Colonel John sold to stand in Korea

DRF | 2 days ago
WinStar Farm sire Colonel John has been sold to the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association (KTBA) to stand in Jeju-do, Korea in 2017. Read More...

Colonel John Sold, to Stand in Korea in 2017

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
WinStar Farm homebred Colonel John, a multiple grade I-winning millionaire and sire of currently racing graded stakes-winning colts Airoforce, Cocked and Loaded, and Dalmore, has been purchased by the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Read More...

Beholder, Stellar Wind Renew Rivalry

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The budding rivalry between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind will see its third round Oct. 1 in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Will Call First Winner for Country Day

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Juvenile first-time starter Will Call drew off in the stretch of his maiden special weight debut Sept. 28 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino to become the first winner for his freshman sire Country Day. Read More...

California Chrome Draws Rail in Awesome Again

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Art Sherman was a swirling mixture of exasperation and confidence when he learned of California Chrome's draw for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

‘Cleopatra’ Looking to Reign in Chandelier

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
All eyes will be on American Cleopatra, the full sister to American Pharoah, as she takes a second shot to win a grade I in the Chandelier Stakes. Read More...

Avenge Aims for First Grade I in Rodeo Drive

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After securing the first graded stakes win of her career in her previous start, Avenge will try a grade I stakes for the first time in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Klimt to Stretch Out in FrontRunner

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After extending his win streak to three straight races and securing his first grade I score in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), Klimt will try two turns for the first time in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Ima Fearless Hero streaking into Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders’ Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Ima Fearless Hero, the champion 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding of 2015, will start in his first major stakes of 2016 in Friday’s $177,000 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders’ Derby at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Streaking A. P. Indian Tops Vosburgh

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Green Lantern Stables' homebred A. P. Indian will be sent after his fourth graded stakes sprint win on the NYRA circuit in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Read More...

Supermason auditions for stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Supermason, who will run Saturday night at Remington Park, remains a candidate for the $50,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on Oct. 29 at Retama, said trainer Bret Calhoun. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Sept. 22 – Sept. 27

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Fish Trappe Road will race again next season

DRF | 3 days ago
Fish Trappe Road, the winner of the Grade 3 Dwyer in July at Belmont Park, wrapped up his season last Sunday with a third-place finish in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby. Trainer Bret Calhoun said Fish Trappe Road, who will get some farm time in Texas, will be brought back into training after the first of the year. He will join the trainer’s division at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Wavell Avenue tries to turn things around in Gallant Bloom

DRF | 3 days ago
Last year, Wavell Avenue used a good second-place finish in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park as a springboard to a 10-1 upset in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Saturday, she will again try to convince her connections to head to the Breeders' Cup when she again runs in the Gallant Bloom Handicap Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Sept. 24 – Sept. 27

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

X Y Jet makes comeback in Vosburgh

DRF | 3 days ago
X Y Jet, who recorded two dynamic graded stakes victories in the winter at Gulfstream and ran a terrific second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, returns from an eight-month layoff in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh. Read More...

Taghleeb may try longer distance in Sycamore

DRF | 3 days ago
Taghleeb closed with a flourish to win the $100,000 Remington Park Green last Sunday, and now more distance looks to be in his future. Trainer Mike Maker said the horse, who has returned home to Kentucky, could run next at Keeneland. Read More...

Wet track uncharted territory for Forever Unbridled

DRF | 3 days ago
The prospect of a wet track has trainer Dallas Stewart seemingly wavering on whether to run probable favorite Forever Unbridled in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 9/30 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 9/30 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Flintshire Rolls Into Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Flintshire will try for fourth straight graded stakes win and third grade I win this season in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. Read More...

Rain could complicate things for Flintshire

DRF | 3 days ago
Flintshire's biggest opponent in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park could be Mother Nature. Only three horses were entered against Flintshire on Wednesday for Saturday's Joe Hirsch. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 9/30 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 9/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Mott has two contenders in pursuit of first win

DRF | 3 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has won nine Breeders' Cup races. Five times he has won the Distaff, twice the Classic, and twice the Turf, but in the BC Mile, Mott has sent out 19 starters and failed to land the big prize – so far. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: No local leaders in wide-open division

DRF | 3 days ago
At least some of the Breeders' Cup winners this fall at Santa Anita are expected to have run in prep races at the host track of Santa Anita in the coming weeks. But at this stage, it seems unlikely that the Nov. 5 Filly and Mare Turf is one such race. Read More...

Conviction looks like solid favorite in Friday’s feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher appears to hold the upper hand in Friday’s $43,000 feature at Gulfstream Park, sending out likely favorite Conviction along with Vees Boy in the one-mile, first-level optional $16,000 claimer for older horses. Read More...

Paulick Report 9/28 News Minute

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Promise Me Silver retired

DRF | 3 days ago
Promise Me Silver, who won the first eight races of her career in a streak capped by a victory in the Grade 3 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs in 2015, has been retired, trainer Bret Calhoun said Wednesday. Read More...

Cajun Delta Dawn stuck with post 13 for My Dear Girl

DRF | 3 days ago
With 13 2-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's My Dear Girl, post position draw suddenly became crucial, considering the short run to the first turn in races decided at 1 1/16 miles here at Gulfstream Park. And as luck would have it, Cajun Delta Dawn found herself compromised after drawing the extreme outside to begin her quest to sweep the filly division. Read More...

Mirahmadi New Full-Time Caller at Golden Gate

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Veteran race caller Frank Mirahmadi will be the full-time track announcer at Golden Gate Fields when fall racing begins Oct. 20. Read More...

Straight Fire to answer key question in FrontRunner

DRF | 3 days ago
There is no debate that Straight Fire is fast. There is, however, some question over his stamina – a question that figures to be answered in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Older horses rule the roost

DRF | 3 days ago
The dominance of older horses such as California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic division is so profound that there won't be a single 3-year-old in the Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Godolphin spotlights Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards finalists

DRF | 3 days ago
With the inaugural Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, presented by Godolphin, drawing closer, and with several of the finalists in the news for their work with major horses recently, Godolphin has rolled out a series of videos for a behind-the-scenes look at the finalists at work. Read More...

Decision time for Tepin

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse said he expects a decision to be made this weekend regarding the next race for Tepin, the 5-year-old mare whose 6-for-6 record and stakes wins in three countries this year has her in the running for Horse of the Year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Runhappy ends long layoff in Ack Ack

DRF | 3 days ago
Runhappy showed brilliance last year at 3, when he defeated his elders in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. This year, the champion sprinter of 2015 is going down a different path. Runhappy is being pointed to the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and his road to the race starts Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Noble Bird, Bradester tangle in Lukas Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
The $175,000 Lukas Classic on Saturday could produce a starter or two for the Nov. 4-5 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, with the last two winners of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill – Noble Bird (2015) and Bradester (2016) – drawn alongside each other Read More...

Ben’s Cat switching to dirt for Maryland Million Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
King Leatherbury is pointing Ben’s Cat to the Maryland Million Sprint on dirt at Laurel Park on Oct. 22. Read More...