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‘Cups King’ Bart Cummings Dies at 87

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings, who conditioned a record 12 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winners in career spanning six decades, has died at age 87 in Sydney. Read More...

Australian Trainer Bart Cummings Dies at 87

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings, who conditioned a record 12 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winners in career spanning six decades, has died at age 87 in Sydney. Read More...

Runhappy Romps to Record King’s Bishop Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time. Read More...

Runhappy Romps to Record King’s Bishop Score

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time. Read More...

Sheer Drama gets perfect trip to win Personal Ensign

DRF | 3 days ago
Taking advantage of an ideal setup in front of her, Sheer Drama recorded her second consecutive Grade 1 victory and earned a bid into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff later this year with 1 1/4-length victory Saturday in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Unbridled Forever Rolls to First Grade I Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Read More...

Kawi Handy Winner of Makfi Challenge

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Favorite Kawi christened group I racing in New Zealand for the 2015-16 season when easily winning the Makfi Challenge at Hastings. Read More...

Noted PR executive Lewi dies at 81

DRF | 3 days ago
Ed Lewi, a pioneer in public relations in the Capital Region whose agency assisted in media relations and marketing efforts for the New York Racing Association for more than four decades, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was 81. Read More...

Sheer Drama Plays Spoiler in Personal Ensign

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Amid the hubbub around a potential budding rivalry between Untappable and Stopchargingmaria, Harold Queen's Sheer Drama played spoiler Aug. 29, defeating both in the $750,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Acapulco getting rest of year off

DRF | 3 days ago
Acapulco, the 2-year-old filly who was second against older horses in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse in England on Aug. 21, will be rested for the remainder of the year. Read More...

HKJC’s Promotes Harding to Executive Post

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Aug. 29 announced the promotion of Andrew Harding to executive director of its Racing Authority division, effective Sept. 1. Read More...

Goulding: Del Mar pick three play for Sunday, Aug. 30

DRF | 3 days ago
Stellar Wind looks like a standout in the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines, and I will single her in a pick three ticket that begins on race 2. Read More...

Gomo works for Del Mar Debutante

DRF | 3 days ago
Gomo, second in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 12, worked a half-mile in 49.80 seconds on Saturday, preparing for the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 5. Read More...

Boban Prevails in Spirited Memsie Finish

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Chris Waller's star sprinter-miler Boban dug down in the closing stages and prevailed in a tight three-horse finish in the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (Aus-I) Aug. 29 at Caulfield. Read More...

Judy the Beauty to go in CERF Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Judy the Beauty, the champion female sprinter of 2014, will prep for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Keeneland on Oct. 31 in the $80,000 CERF Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 6. Read More...

Nexrad stepping up off maiden score in rich allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Bill Mott doesn’t ship a lot of horses to suburban Philadelphia. But when he does, he means business. Over the past five years, Mott has gone 5 for 14 (36 percent) with runners he has brought to Parx Racing. In routes, Mott is 4 for 8, including wins by Close Hatches in the Grade 1 Cotillion in 2013 and To Honor and Serve in the 2011 Pennsylvania Derby. Read More...

Stakes winners sticking with statebreds

DRF | 3 days ago
Sudden Surprise and She’s All Ready were good-looking winners of the Funny Cide and Seeking the Ante stakes, respectively, on Friday. Both horses are now 2 for 2 in New York-bred company. Read More...

Pletcher works Woodward Stakes contenders

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher may not have had a 3-year-old to run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, but he spent part of the morning preparing a bevy of older horses for next Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward Stakes here. Read More...

DRF Bets GamePlan spot play: Smarty Jones Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
SOUPER COLOSSAL (#1, ML 3-1) is reaching his best form after getting off to a late start this year. Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. adds blinkers, and Souper Colossal can upset Divining Rod in this prep for the Pennsylvania Derby, Saturday's Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx. DRF Bets GamePlan is part of DRF Plus, get access here. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Motion seeks meaningful win in Better Talk Now Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Graham Motion makes no bones about his desire to win the Better Talk Now Stakes, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds that will be run for the second time Monday at Saratoga. Read More...

Positive ROI report: D’Amato solid in routes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Phil D’Amato saddles Rocko’s Wheel (#7, ML 10-1) in Saturday's third race at Del Mar, the one-mile El Cajon Stakes. Since Jan. 1, 2014, D’Amato is winning at a 25 percent clip in route races, for a return on investment of $2.52. Check out the Positive ROI report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Tap to It eyes Spinaway Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Ralph Nicks said he was leaning toward running his impressive debut winner Tap to It in the Grade 1 Spinaway after sending her out to work four furlongs in 47.60 seconds under jockey Joel Rosario on Saturday. Read More...

Crist: Travers Day cheat sheet

DRF | 3 days ago
Below are my horse-by-horse takes on the 55 entrants in Saturday’s six Grade 1 stakes races at Saratoga (now 54 runners after the early scratch of La Verdad from the Ballerina). It would be a great lineup of high-quality racing even without the Triple Crown winner in the Travers. The six Grade 1 races comprise Saturday’s pick six with a guaranteed pool of $250,000, and the last four (races 8-11) make up the late pick four, guaranteed at $1 million. Read More...

Isn’t He Clever on fence for San Juan County Commissioners Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Isn’t He Clever will play a key role in the $75,000 San Juan County Commissioners Handicap whether or not he runs in the Tuesday feature at SunRay Park in Farmington, N.M. Trainer Henry Dominguez said a decision on the horse’s status likely would be made on Monday. Isn’t He Clever also is being considered for the $100,000 Ruidoso Downs Thoroughbred Championship on Sept. 7. Read More...

Zeta Zody wins Bob Barry Memorial

DRF | 3 days ago
Zeta Zody overtook pacesetter and favorite More Than Even in the stretch to win her third straight race in Friday night’s $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial at Remington Park. She won by 1 3/4 lengths, while More Than Even held second by three-quarters of a length over Harpers Princess. Read More...

American Pharoah Awes Saratoga Springs on Eve of Travers

American Pharoah, the Triple Crown champion, is a 1-5 favorite at the New York racetrack known as the Graveyard of Champions for humbling previous Triple Crown winners, including Gallant Fox, Secretariat and Affirmed. Read More...

Harness: PA Harness Week for August 29

DRF | 3 days ago
Each week DRF Harness will bring you PA Harness Week. This 30-minute show highlights the best of Pennsylvania harness racing as well as what is happening on the national scene. Read More...

Patriotic Diamond shines in Generous Portion Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Patriotic Diamond was a troubled second in her career debut against California-bred maidens on Aug. 15. Trainer Patrick Biancone saw enough from that gutty performance to try Patriotic Diamond in Friday’s $150,750 Generous Portion Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Badilla Earns Emotional Win at Golden Gate

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Code Warrior turned in an impressive debut score in the sixth race Aug. 28 at Golden Gate Fields to give trainer Manny Badilla an emotional and notable victory. Read More...

Lubash Takes West Point for Second Time

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Still going strong at age 8, Aliyu Ben J Stables' homebred Lubash won the $150,000 West Point Stakes for a second time Aug. 28, scoring by a length from King Kreesa at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Good Luck Gus prevails in Albany Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
When Good Luck Gus won the Damon Runyon Stakes for New York-bred juveniles around two turns last December at Aqueduct, owner Michael Dubb had designs of giving the colt a chance to jump on the Triple Crown trail. Read More...

The Tea Cups wins stakes debut in Yaddo Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
New York-based Jeremiah Englehart has always had a special place in his heart for the Yaddo Stakes, an annual event for statebred fillies and mares on the turf at Saratoga. Read More...

Team Texas Red Partners With TV Star

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Travers Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Texas Red and Team Texas Red will partner with Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery Channel's "Fast N' Loud" for this weekend's race. Read More...

Group I Winner Bahri Retired From Stud Duty

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Bahri, sire of 2001 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) victor Sakhee among 16 stakes winners, has been retired from stud duty at the age of 23, Shadwell Estate Co. and Girsonfield Stud and Racing announced Aug. 28. Read More...

Shadwell Sire Bahri Pensioned in England

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Bahri, sire of 2001 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) victor Sakhee among 16 stakes winners, has been retired from stud duty at the age of 23, Shadwell Estate Co. and Girsonfield Stud and Racing announced Aug. 28. Read More...

Lubash wins West Point Stakes for second time

DRF | 4 days ago
Lubash parlayed a perfect stalking trip behind the leaders into his second win in the West Point Stakes at Saratoga on Friday. Read More...

Litfin: Pick three play at Saratoga for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin outlines his pick three strategy for Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Sunday, Aug. 30

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free provides his best plays on Sunday's program at Del Mar. Read More...

Texas Red picks up sponsor for Travers

DRF | 4 days ago
Texas Red, the Jim Dandy Stakes winner who is likely to be the second or third choice in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, will be sponsored in the Travers by Gas Monkey Garage, a company founded by Richard Rawlings, host of the television show “Fast N’ Loud,” the brokers of the deal announced Friday. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 8/30 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

She’s All Ready shakes off rivals to win Seeking the Ante

DRF | 4 days ago
She’s All Ready proved she was more than a one-hit wonder when following her one-sided debut victory with another equally impressive performance, a convincing three-length triumph over Super Surprise in the $200,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies Friday at Saratoga. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, August 29

DRF | 4 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Sparkman: Nerud was a modern Wizard of the Turf

DRF | 4 days ago
The first racehorse I ever fell in love with was Gallant Man. His trainer was John Nerud. Read More...

Horse health: Take a critical look at supplements in joint care

DRF | 4 days ago
Although joint injuries can occur from a bad step or intense strain from a single competition, most joint problems have a long history. Subtle heat in a joint, a stilted gait, or an odd angling of the limb while walking out usually signal a problem. Read More...

Jc’s Shooting Star pulls upset in Fleet Indian

DRF | 4 days ago
The connections of Jc’s Shooting Star, a maiden after losing her first six starts, hoped she could be third in Friday’s $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga. Jc’s Shooting Star did two spots better than that, rallying from last to win the Fleet Indian by a head. Read More...

Former Midwest jockey Sensenbach dies at 58

DRF | 4 days ago
Paul R. “Lee” Sensenbach Jr., a retired jockey in the Great Plains region, died Monday at age 51. Read More...

Free: Del Mar pick four play for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 4 days ago
A 50-cent pick four ending with a longshot single is the play Saturday at Del Mar. The wager on races 7-10 is structured using TicketMaker, and the total cost is $54. The bet allows for one “miss” in the early races, trying to “get live” to the single. Read More...

Texas Chrome’s connections mull next-race options

DRF | 4 days ago
Danny Keene and trainer Shea Stuart on Friday were debating their next move with Texas Chrome, who improved his record to 3 for 3 with a win in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity earlier this month at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Wicked Strong looks good in work

DRF | 4 days ago
Wicked Strong, fourth in the Grade 1 Whitney here Aug. 8, put in a solid six-furlong workout Thursday morning over the main track, going six furlongs in 1:12.41 under exercise rider Kelvin Pahal in preparation for the Woodward next Saturday. Read More...

McLaughlin points Bay of Plenty to Woodward

DRF | 4 days ago
Bay of Plenty, who won the Alydar Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths, will run in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward, said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Read More...