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Close Hatches impresses in six-furlong work

DRF | 2 days ago
Close Hatches probably doesn’t need any help to work fast, but she got it by way of a tremendously fast surface and a workmate as Close Hatches blazed five furlongs in 57.92 seconds over Belmont Park’s main track Saturday morning at Belmont Park. Read More...

Irish-bred Pure Champion Wins in New Zealand

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Irish-bred outsider Pure Champion repelled a strong challenge from favorite I Do and won the Windsor Park Plate (NZ-I) Sept. 20 at Hastings Racecourse in New Zealand. Read More...

Waller Tallies Group I Double in Australia

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Chris Waller enjoyed a group I double Sept. 20 in Australia, capturing the George Main Stakes (Aus-I) with Sacred Falls at Royal Randwick and the Underwood Stakes (Aus-I) at Caulfield with Foreteller. Read More...

Beholder works seven furlongs in final Zenyatta prep

DRF | 2 days ago
On Saturday at Santa Anita, Beholder worked seven furlongs in 1:24.60, her final major exercise before she starts as a heavy favorite in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles next Saturday. Read More...

Beholder works seven furlongs in final Zenyatta prep

DRF | 2 days ago
On Saturday at Santa Anita, Beholder worked seven furlongs in 1:24.60, her final major exercise before she starts as a heavy favorite in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles next Saturday. Read More...

A relaxed Wicked Strong works for Gold Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
With Belmont Park’s main track playing like the Autobahn Saturday morning, Wicked Strong put in a solid, controlled six-furlong work in 1:13.17 in preparation for his engagement in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup. Read More...

A relaxed Wicked Strong works for Gold Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
With Belmont Park’s main track playing like the Autobahn Saturday morning, Wicked Strong put in a solid, controlled six-furlong work in 1:13.17 in preparation for his engagement in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup. Read More...

Halling Filly EP Taylor Bound After Longchamp Score

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:43 AM ET 5th at LCP (LONGCHAMP)Listed Prix Bertrand de Tarragon - Fonds Europeen de l'Elevage     Winner: Entree (GB) by Halling Khalid Abdulla... Read More...

Res Judicata, exercise rider injured in training accident

DRF | 2 days ago
Pennsylvania Derby Day got off to a rough start Saturday as Res Judicata and his exercise rider, Lisa Whitaker, were injured in a morning training accident. Read More...

Del Mar ‘Ship and Win’ program offered for fall meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Del Mar will continue to offer an incentive program to owners who ship horses from out of state for the autumn meeting, which runs from Nov. 7-30. Read More...

Fashion Plate to sell in November

DRF | 2 days ago
Fashion Plate, the winner of two Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita earlier this year, will not race before she is offered for sale in Kentucky in November, trainer Simon Callaghan said. Read More...

Bold Ruler next for Masochistic

DRF | 2 days ago
Masochistic, second in the Los Alamitos Mile on Sept. 6, could make his next start in the $200,000 Bold Ruler Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 25, trainer A.C. Avila said. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Sept. 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Today's pick four is a curious sequence, thanks to the presence of two maiden special weights to close out the card. They are filled with first-time starters, and multiple-race bettors must play these races blind without benefit of paddock observations and clues from the tote board. Read More...

Dark Reckoning a Stakes First for Equiano in the Firth of Clyde

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:51 AM ET 2nd at AYR (AYR)G3 William Hill Firth of Clyde S.     Winner: Dark Reckoning (GB) by Equiano (Fr) Dark Reckoning (GB) becomes a first ... Read More...

Evasive Colt Impresses In Longchamp Test

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:03 AM ET 4th at LCP (LONGCHAMP)G3 Prix des Chenes     Winner: Evasive's First (Fr) by Evasive (GB) Jean-Claude Seroul's Evasive's First (Fr) (E... Read More...

O’Reilly’s Sacred Falls Takes the George Main

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM ET 6th at RAN (RANDWICK)G1 George Main S. (A$350K)     Winner: Sacred Falls (NZ) by O'Reilly (NZ) O'Reilly's Sacred Falls Takes the Georg... Read More...

Showcasing’s Toocoolforschool Routs Mill Reef Rivals

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:46 AM ET 3rd at NBY (NEWBURY)G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef S.     Winner: Toocoolforschool (Ire) by Showcasing (GB) Toocoolforschool (Ire) (Showc... Read More...

King’s preview: Looking for a price in Dogwood

DRF | 2 days ago
Unlike the past two Saturdays, when Churchill Downs shared the Kentucky racing stage with Kentucky Downs, Churchill is the only horse racing game in the state Saturday. Read More...

Prince d’Orange Goes To Oasis Dream’s Free Port Lux

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:21 AM ET 6th at LCP (LONGCHAMP)G3 Prix du Prince d'Orange     Winner: Free Port Lux (GB) by Oasis Dream (GB) Olivier Thomas' Free Port Lux (GB) ... Read More...

Te Ata win on Lively Vision tops big day for Vazquez

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Ramon Vazquez won five races Friday night at Remington Park, including the $50,000 Te Ata with Lively Vision. The stakes was one of two on the card, with Alpha and Omega winning the $50,000 Tishomingo Read More...

Princess of Sylmar Retired

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 8:35 AM ET King of Prussia Stable's Princess of Sylmar (f, 4, Majestic Warrior) has been retired from racing. Read More...

Downwiththequickness is Morning-Line Choice in NM State Fair Breeders Derby

Fastest qualifier Downwiththequickness, a homebred gelding by Be Real Quick racing for Terry G. Smith, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the 400-yard, $76,223 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3), one of three state-bred stakes scheduled for Sunday at The Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Undrafted Returns in Kentucky Downs Turf Dash

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
For his first start back from Europe after a fourth-place finish in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I), grade III winner Undrafted will try the European-style turf course at Kentucky Downs. Read More...

Top Filly Princess of Sylmar Retired

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Four-time grade I winner Princess of Sylmar, a winner of more than $2 million, was retired Sept. 19, King of Prussia Stable managing partner Ed Stanco said. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 8:24 PM ET Bensalem, Pennsylvania will be the focal point of the Thoroughbred world Saturday, as GI Kentucky Derby and GI... Read More...

Illinois Board Has Tough Call on 2015 Dates

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The future of Illinois racing hangs in the balance as the Illinois Racing Board ponders a 2015 racing schedule for the Chicago area. Read More...

Princess of Sylmar retired at 4

DRF | 3 days ago
Princess of Sylmar, a four-time Grade 1-winning filly, has been retired from racing, her connections announced via press release Friday evening. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for the Pennsylvania Derby from Parx. Read More...

Keeneland September: Numbers rise in single Book 5 session

DRF | 3 days ago
Keeneland held the solitary Book 5 session of its September yearling auction on Friday, and the session ended with sizable gains in gross, median, and average as measured against the corresponding session last year. Read More...

Big Gains Mark Keeneland Sale’s Day 11

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Strong 11th session Sept. 19 at the Keeneland September yearling sale kept the auction on pace to produce higher overall average and median. Read More...

Tapit Filly Lasts to Graduate at Belmont

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 5:38 PM ET 9th at BEL (Belmont Park)Msw ($75k)     Winner: Path by Tapit Path (f, 2, Tapit) digs in late to graduate narrowly in her turf debut Fri... Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Super Hi 5 jackpot surpasses $500,000

DRF | 3 days ago
With a Jackpot Hi 5 carryover of $501,095 up for grabs Saturday at Woodbine, Keen Gizmo merits top billing in the 10th, and figures to be much lower than his 8-1 morning quote. Read More...

Questions surround Gift Receipt in turf sprint feature

DRF | 3 days ago
There are a few red caution flags that make Gift Receipt a shaky proposition as the 5-2 morning-line favorite among eight fillies and mares going five furlongs on grass in a second-level optional $40,000 claimer that goes as race 5 Tuesday at Indiana Grand Racecourse. Read More...

Deadline Nears for OBS Racing Age Section

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The deadline to enter horses for the racing age section of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. fall mixed sale is Sept. 22. Read More...

Filly First Winner for Line of David

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After hitting the gate at the start, Rimsky was soon in command and romped to a five-length win in the fifth race at Gulfstream Park Sept. 19 to become the first winner for grade I winner Line of David. Read More...

Sherman Says ‘Chrome’ Looks as Good as Ever

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman couldn't be more pleased with how California Chrome is coming up to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing Sept. 20. Read More...

Rocketts Mill Farm Founder Stevens Dead at 82

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Thoroughbred breeder Ed Stevens, founder of Rocketts Mill Farm in Doswell, Va., died Aug. 6 at age 82. Read More...

Mayo, chairman of NTRA Players’ Committee, dies at 59

DRF | 3 days ago
Mike Mayo, chairman of the NTRA Players’ Committee and a tireless advocate for horseplayer rights, died at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, on Thursday. He was 59. Read More...

Watchmaker: Belmont pick five play for Saturday, Sept. 20

DRF | 3 days ago
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (hey, vinyl is hip these days, incredibly), the New York Racing Association made the late part of Saturday’s card at Belmont difficult by slotting 2-year-old maiden special weight races as the last two races of the 10-race program. Read More...

Slideshow: Game On Dude

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A look back on the career of 8-time Grade I winner Game On Dude. Read More...

Illman’s preview: Artemis Agrotera on track for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday’s featured eighth race is the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs. The expected odds-on favorite and horse to beat is Artemis Agrotera, a 3-year-old who dominated her elders in capturing the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 23. Read More...

Two Dates Added to Upcoming Santa Anita Meet

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Santa Anita Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced Sept. 19 that two additional race dates have been added to the track's upcoming autumn meet, which opens Sept. 26. Read More...

Last call for Wenzel fillies Goin to the Window, Blueberry Smoothie

DRF | 3 days ago
After swimming upstream against unbeaten stablemate Stopshoppingdebbie for the past two years, Goin to the Window and Blueberry Smoothie will finally get some relief from their nemesis when they start in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Sam-Son Blueblood Debuts a Winner at Woodbine

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 2:42 PM ET 4th at WOX (Woodbine)Msw (C$55k)     Winner: Fun In the Desert by Distorted Humor Fun In the Desert (f, 3, Distorted Humor) opens her acc... Read More...

Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana yearling auction set for Tuesday

DRF | 3 days ago
<p>The Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana has cataloged 197 yearlings to its Tuesday auction, to be held at the Ike Hamilton Center in West Monroe. The sale put on by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will start at 11 a.m. Central.<... Read More...

Invincible Spirit Filly On Top At Newbury

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 2:03 PM ET 5th at NBY (NEWBURY)Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises EBF Fillies' Conditions S.     Winner: Marsh Hawk (GB) by Invincible Spirit (Ire) R... Read More...

Former BH Librarian Theresa Fitzgerald Dies

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Theresa C. Fitzgerald, who was a valuable resource to owners, breeders, fans, and writers during her 15-year tenure as librarian at Blood-Horse Publications, died Sept. 13 in Versailles, Ky., at age 87. Read More...

Nayef Colt Emulates His Sire At Newbury

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 11:55 AM ET 4th at NBY (NEWBURY)Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions S.     Winner: Snoano (GB) by Nayef Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Snoano (GB) (Nayef) wins Newbury's Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions S. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Inbreeding Trends

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Inbreeding is used to concentrate the genes of a top ancestor in hopes that more of its superior genes will be expressed, to 'fix the type.' Read More...

Suffolk Downs: It Took 4,000 People to Build, Three to Shut It Down

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