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Tiz Imaginary overcomes trouble to win Fury Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Tiz Imaginary overcame a troubled trip to upset the favored Jennifer Lynnette in Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes, a prep for the June 12 Woodbine Oaks. Read More...

Owner, Civic Leader Wheelock Whitney Jr. Dies

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Wheelock Whitney Jr., a longtime Thoroughbred owner, philanthropist, and influential business and civic leader, died May 20 at his Promise Hill Farm in Independence, Minn. He was 89. Read More...

Chantilly: New Bay, Mondialiste head talented lineup for Prix d’Ispahan

DRF | 3 days ago
Nine group or graded stakes winners, including New Bay, the winner of the Group 1 French Derby in 2015 and Mondialiste, the winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile last September, comprise the field for Tuesday’s $280,000 Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly Racecourse in France. Read More...

School Board Prez wins 3-year-old and turf debut in Tomboy

DRF | 3 days ago
School Board Prez, last season’s champion Ohio-bred 2-year-old filly, launched her 3-year-old campaign with an impressive performance in Sunday’s $75,000 Tomboy Stakes at Belterra Park. Read More...

John F Kennedy retired to become stallion in Argentina

DRF | 3 days ago
John F Kennedy, a one-time future book favorite for the 2015 English Derby, has been retired after sustaining an injury in his American debut on May 15. Trainer Paulo Lobo said on Sunday that the injury does not require surgery and that John F Kennedy will be shipped to Argentina soon to begin stud service when the Southern Hemisphere breeding season begins in August. Read More...

California Gold Rush kicks off holiday weekend stakes action

DRF | 3 days ago
he upcoming Memorial Day weekend has seven six-figure stakes from Saturday through Monday, the busiest stretch of stakes at Santa Anita’s spring-summer meeting, which runs through July 10. Read More...

Wild Dude will stay home for Triple Bend, Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Southern California freeways are likely to be the extent of travel this year for Wild Dude, the winner of Saturday’s $201,035 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita. Sunday, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Wild Dude will “absolutely” be pointed for the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, a Grade 1 at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on June 25. Read More...

NBCSN to Cover Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
NBC Sports Group reached a multi-year agreement for exclusive U.S. media rights to the Royal Meeting in Ascot, England beginning in 2017. Read More...

Jet Setting scores 9-1 upset in Irish 1000 Guineas

DRF | 3 days ago
Jet Setting, a filly purchased for approximately $17,400 last fall, won Sunday’s $336,300 Irish 1000 Guineas over 4-11 favorite Minding at The Curragh. The win gave trainer Adrian Keatley his first Group 1 win in his third year of training. Read More...

Stellar Wind starts slow, picks up pace in workout

DRF | 3 days ago
A six-furlong team work by Stellar Wind and company did not start out as planned Sunday at Santa Anita, but it ended just fine. For trainer John Sadler, the finish of the work was more important anyway. Read More...

Jacky’s Notion rallies to capture Fancy Buckles Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Jacky’s Notion rallied from fourth in the stretch under jockey Oscar Flores to overtake 15-1 outsider Nay’s Back in Saturday night’s $51,200 Fancy Buckles Stakes for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares at Charles Town. Read More...

NBC acquires rights to broadcast Royal Ascot starting 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
NBC Sports Group, the parent company of the NBC Sports Network, will begin broadcasting live from Royal Ascot in England next year after acquiring the U.S. media rights to the prestigious meeting in a multi-year deal, the company announced on Saturday Read More...

Songbird breezes easy half-mile in 46.40 seconds

DRF | 3 days ago
Songbird picked up where she left off. The undefeated filly worked an effortless half-mile Sunday at Santa Anita in 46.40 seconds, breezing, her first drill since an illness interrupted her spring campaign. Read More...

Preakness TV ratings rise 7 percent

DRF | 3 days ago
The overnight rating for the race portion of the Preakness Stakes broadcast on NBC on Saturday evening was up 7 percent compared with the rating for the same portion of the broadcast last year, according to the network. Read More...

Go Maggie Go will point to Acorn

DRF | 3 days ago
Go Maggie Go, winner of Friday’s Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico, will be pointed to the Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn on June 11 at Belmont Park, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday. Read More...

Nyquist among O’Neill horses shipping to Belmont Park for upcoming stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill was heading back to Southern California on Sunday morning, but a small contingent of his stable - led by Kentucky Derby winner and beaten Preakness favorite Nyquist - were heading to New York on Monday. Read More...

Songbird Fleet in First Work Back

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The June 18 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park is the hopeful target for Songbird's return, if all goes well as she gears up in training. After that, owner Rick Porter said, "there's a lot of good races on the East Coast." Read More...

Exaggerator, Nyquist will continue rivalry in Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Exaggerator and Nyquist, winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown, both emerged from the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in good order and are set to meet again in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, on June 11, their trainers said Sunday morning. Read More...

So Far, Seven Pointing for Belmont Park

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The New York Racing Association May 22 listed seven 3-year-olds, including the top three finishers in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as pointing toward the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Post Preakness Stakes News Update

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Claire Novak gives us updates on Preakness contenders Exaggerator, Nyquist, Cherry Wine, and more! Learn who is heading to the Belmont Stakes and when. Read More...

Preakness Stakes: Cherry Wine Day After

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Preakness Stakes runner up Cherry Wine the morning after. In good form other than stitches over the right eye from hitting gate. Read More...

Golden Gate: Golden Pick 6 grows to $934,832

DRF | 3 days ago
For the 47th consecutive race, the Golden Pick 6 at Golden Gate Fields was not won on Saturday, meaning Sunday’s jackpot payout will begin with $934,832 in the pool. Read More...

Exaggerator, Nyquist Set for Belmont Rematch

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
There may not be a Triple Crown on the line June 11 at Belmont Park, but a budding rivalry between the top two 3-year-old colts in the country is probably the next-best option. Read More...

2016 Preakness Stakes Race Sequence

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Relive Exaggerator's victory in the 2016 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow. Read More...

Mohawk: L A Delight, Caprice Hill among SBOA elim winners

DRF | 4 days ago
A crowd of thousands packed Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night for Fireworks and Family Fun Night and got to enjoy an action-packed ten-race card. The eliminations for the S.B.O.A Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies highlighted the card and featured the return of a pair of divisional champions. Read More...

Northfield: Wiggle It Jiggleit rolls in Battle of Lake Erie

DRF | 4 days ago
It didn’t take more than 28 seconds to realize who would be the winner of the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on Saturday night. Driver Montrell Teague was able to get away with that soft opening quarter behind Wiggle It Jiggleit and the rest was history. Read More...

Meadowlands: Miller sweeps Graduate Trots; Artistic Major scores in Graduate Pace

DRF | 4 days ago
Driver David Miller made the best of his opportunity, sweeping two $50,000 divisions of the Graduate series for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Miller piloted 7-1 shot Crazshana to an upset in the first division and came back with 30-1 shot Maestro Blue Chip to upset odds-on favorite Pinkman in the process. Read More...

Vernon: Smalltownthrowdown, Sir Royson victorious in New York Sire Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Vernon Downs hosted a pair of $61,300 New York Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Saturday night, and Smalltownthrowdown and Sir Royson went home with the victories. Read More...

Yonkers: Missile J takes Rooney elim; Bee A Magician, Bit Of A Legend N shine in opens

DRF | 4 days ago
Missile J delivered as part of a 1-9 favored entry, winning the lone $40,000 Art Rooney elimination for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway in 1:53 2/5. Read More...

MJC: Preakness Set Handle, Attendance Records

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Maryland Jockey Club reported attendance and total pari-mutuel handle records for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) program at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

Preakness Stakes 141 Press Conference

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Listen to Keith and Kent Desormeaux and the connections of Exaggerator following their Preakness Stakes victory. Read More...

Wild Dude Rallies to Kona Gold Victory

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Two-time grade I-winning sprinter Wild Dude secured a graded stakes win in a third straight season May 21 when he rallied from fifth to score a clear victory in the $201,035 Kona Gold Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Preakness Stakes News Wrap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Claire Novak reports on Exaggerator's Preakness Stakes win trackside at Pimlico Park. Hear about Exaggerator's future plans and other Belmont Stakes probables, plus an update on Uncle Lino. Read More...

Wild Dude wins, San Onofre breaks down in Kona Gold

DRF | 4 days ago
Wild Dude won his third graded stakes in the last year in Saturday’s $201,035 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, a race marred by a fatal injury to leading contender San Onofre. Read More...

Watchmaker: Nyquist lost, but he ran courageously

DRF | 4 days ago
The Preakness’s early pace is the reason why Nyquist remains a fine racehorse, even in defeat. Read More...

Handle on Preakness rises sharply

DRF | 4 days ago
Betting on the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday was up sharply and set a record, buoyed by a larger field and a comparison with depressed figures from last year’s edition of the race. Read More...

Paulassilverlining Delivers in Vagrancy

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining picked up her second graded stakes victory of the year with a win in the grade III, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap May 21 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Paulassilverlining Delivers in Vagrancy

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining picked up her second graded stakes victory of the year with a win in the grade III, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap May 21 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Preakness Stakes 141

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Exaggerator with jockey Kent Desormeaux win the 141st running of the Grade I Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Read More...

Fast opening quarter took its toll on Nyquist

DRF | 4 days ago
Live by his speed, die by his speed. That was the game plan trainer Doug O’Neill wanted to employ for his Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at sloppy Pimlico. Read More...

Paulasvilverlining delivers as Vagrancy favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Paulassilverlining looked best on paper, and when jockey Jose Ortiz worked out a perfect trip on the odds-on favorite, it was lights out in the Grade 3, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park. Read More...

Trace Creek Pulls Hanshin Cup Upset

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Shortleaf Stable's homebred Trace Creek made his Polytrack debut a success when capturing the grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup May 21 at Arlington International Racecourse, Read More...

Exaggerator finally beats Nyquist, wins Preakness

DRF | 4 days ago
On a cold, rainy, dreary afternoon, the wattage from the smiles of those connected to Exaggerator could have lit up the town, from the Inner Harbor to Camden Yards, to Fells Point, and all the way to Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

Exaggerator Turns the Tables, Wins Preakness

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After four losses to undefeated Nyquist, Exaggerator turned the tables with an off-the-pace victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

Trace Creek connects at 44-1 in Hanshin Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Since entries were taken for the Saturday card at Arlington, and Trace Creek was put in an allowance race as well as the Hanshin Cup, the word was his connections were likely to opt for the allowance. They didn’t, and that was a good call, as Trace Creek finished strongly to score a major upset the Grade 3, $150,000 Hanshin Cup. Read More...

Awtaad Dominates Irish Guineas

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Galileo Gold couldn’t complete a Guineas double at The Curragh May 21, which produced a triumph for the recently pensioned sire Cape Cross and a popular local trainer. Read More...

Unbeaten Lightstream Takes Soaring Softly

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A first try on turf proved no problem for undefeated Lightstream as she rallied to victory in the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes May 21 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Takeover Target up in time in Dixie Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Takeover Target was last for much of the 1 1/16-mile Dixie Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, but when set down by jockey Joel Rosario in upper stretch, he delivered a furious closing charge to overtake Ring Weekend by a neck at the wire of the Grade 2 turf race. Read More...

Take Over Target Closes for Dixie

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Takeover Target overcame a wide trip and trailed in last turning for home, but found the highest gear in the final sixteenth May 21 to capture the $250,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT). Read More...

Takeover Target Closes for Dixie

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Takeover Target overcame a wide trip and trailed in last turning for home, but found the highest gear in the final sixteenth May 21 to capture the $250,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT). Read More...