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Absent a Deal, Finger Lakes Future in Doubt

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Thoroughbred trainers, owners, and breeders are scrambling to determine the future of racing at Finger Lakes after lawmakers ended their 2016 session without resolving how racing will be able to compete in the face of a new commercial casino. Read More...

After Spike In Violations, Florida HBPA Seeking ‘Fix’ Of New Medication Rules

Twenty-one of the 50 trainers with the most starts at the 2015-16 Gulfstream Park championship meeting were served with administrative complaints for medication violations since new regulations went... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 16 to 19

DRF | 2 days ago
Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 16 to June 19, 2016. Read More...

Harness: Casie Coleman headlines Post Time with Mike and Mike

DRF | 2 days ago
Post Time with Mike and Mike has an action-packed show lined up for Thursday night (June 23) starting at 7 p.m. Read More...

Buffalo: Mother Of Art just misses track record in NYSS

DRF | 2 days ago
Mother Of Art ($2.70) was the fastest of the two division winners in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 22) as she went gate-to-wire in 1:53 4/5 to beat stablemate Dime A Dance by 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Speed duels lead to late-running winners in divisions of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Badabing Badaboom rallied from last behind a fast pace on Wednesday to win the $103,750 colts and geldings division of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes, and a race later Sassy Miss Officer stalked an even faster pace on the way to an absolute romp in the $103,050 fillies division. Read More...

Fairplex, Santa Anita House Evacuated Horses

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Officials at Santa Anita Park and Fairplex have stepped up to stable horses evacuated from the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains as fires rage on in the region. Read More...

Kobe’s Back, Lord Nelson Meet in Triple Bend

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Lord Nelson steps back into graded company and Kobe's Back hopes to rebound in the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Old Friends Elects New Board Members

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Ky., has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. Read More...

Pocono: Dave Miller looks to stay hot in stakes elims

DRF | 2 days ago
Just days after enjoying his first North America Cup win with Betting Line, driver David Miller is preparing for more fireworks ahead. Miller’s attention this Saturday is focused on the all-star cast assembled for eliminations for Grand Circuit stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Mo Tom 5-2 Favorite for Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade III winner Mo Tom has several things in his favor for the June 25 Ohio Derby at Thistledown which is the reason he's the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. Read More...

James W. King, trainer and jockey, dies at 77

DRF | 2 days ago
James W. King, a jockey turned trainer who was based at Louisiana Downs, died recently due to complications from diabetes, son Gorden King said through turf publicist Jennie Rees. He was 77. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 6/24 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Wavell Avenue Tries Bed o’ Roses Handicap

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Last year's TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Wavell Avenue will attempt to get untracked in 2016 when she faces an expected five other fillies and mares in the Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. III) June 25 at Belmont Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 6/24 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 6/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Texas Chrome under consideration for Iowa Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer J.R. Caldwell said plans for Texas Chrome are to be determined, with one consideration being the Grade 3, $250,000 Iowa Derby on July 1 at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Scholarship drawings at Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs

DRF | 2 days ago
There will be drawings for college scholarships during upcoming Louisiana-bred programs at Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs. Read More...

Valdivia gets taste of Royal Ascot

DRF | 2 days ago
Jose Valdivia Jr. could only finish ninth in the Coventry Stakes on June 14 at Royal Ascot, but he still was grateful for the chance to ride a race at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting. Read More...

Canterbury: Stakes winners Aztec Brave, Secret Someone scatter

DRF | 2 days ago
The winners of the two $100,000 turf stakes last Sunday at Canterbury Park, Aztec Brave in the Mystic Lake Mile and Secret Someone in the Lady Canterbury, left town in good condition and will move on to comparable races later this summer. Read More...

Arlington hoping summer brings uptick in business

DRF | 2 days ago
Arlington already canceled two stakes races and reduced the purses of three others this meet to compensate for lower-than-hoped betting handle, and the Chicago-area track must hope it can recover from continued disappointing business figures if it is to avoid further cuts this summer. Read More...

More Than Most shifting base to Kentucky

DRF | 2 days ago
More Than Most is headed to trainer Bret Calhoun's division at Churchill Downs after establishing herself as a 3-year-old filly of note at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Melatonin, Hoppertunity Face Off in Gold Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
If the 1 1/4 miles truly is his sweet spot, Melatonin should be primed for another big run in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) June 25, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Read More...

Castellano to serve three-day suspension

DRF | 2 days ago
Javier Castellano will serve a three-day suspension starting Sunday for a careless riding infraction in the second race on June 17. Read More...

Upstart to tangle with Frosted again in Whitney

DRF | 2 days ago
Upstart finished third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap dominated by Frosted, and he is being pointed to another meeting with Frosted in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney on Aug. 6 at Saratoga. Read More...

Mo Tom just needs clear sailing in Ohio Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The Ohio Derby continues its rise back toward graded-stakes status Saturday with a solid field of 10 entered in the $500,000 race at Thistledown. Read More...

Too early to gauge lower takeout’s effect

DRF | 2 days ago
It's too early to pass judgment on Canterbury Park's grand experiment lowering takeout this season, but while betting on the track's live product has increased year over year through June 19, gross handle hasn't risen enough to compensate for the decrease in revenue caused by the takeout decrease. Read More...

Online Poker Bill Clears California Committee

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Legislation that would divert up to $57 million a year to horse racing from Internet poker operations cleared the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations June 22. Read More...

Hovdey: Racetrackers keep their cool under fire

DRF | 2 days ago
Raging only a matter of miles in the mountains east of Santa Anita Park, the San Gabriel Complex fire hit close to home for scores of racetrackers. Read More...

Taris back training with Ballerina as target

DRF | 2 days ago
Taris, who was held out of the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday because of a sore foot, returned to racetrack training on Wednesday. Trainer Simon Callaghan said Taris will be pointed for the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 27. Read More...

Stevens to ride Win the Space in Gold Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer George Papaprodromou had a commitment from Mike Smith to ride longshot Win the Space in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday, but when the Grade 1 winner Hoppertunity joined the field, Smith switched allegiances. Win the Space was not without a partner for long. Papaprodromou was quickly able to gain jockey Gary Stevens. Read More...

No issues with dirt surface despite cancellations, track says

DRF | 2 days ago
There are no problems with the main track at Indiana Grand, director of racing Kevin Greely said Wednesday, despite the Shelbyville, Ind., track having to abandon a card Tuesday for the second time in a week. Read More...

Judge leaning toward granting Umarov restraining order against suspension

DRF | 2 days ago
A Kentucky circuit court judge said on Wednesday that he is likely to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from enforcing a 10-year ban on the owner-trainer Otabek Umarov, citing his concern that Umarov will be unable to earn a living as he awaits a full appeal of the sanction. Read More...

Speed duel may loom in turf sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
A field of 11 fillies and mares will contest Friday's $43,000 optional-claiming feature at five furlongs on turf at Gulfstream. Read More...

With no Private Zone, Smile Sprint becomes an attractive spot

DRF | 2 days ago
Barring a last-second change of plans, Private Zone will remain in New York rather than ship to Gulfstream for the Smile on the Summit of Speed card, and as a result, as many as five prospective Smile starters will be on a flight scheduled to arrive here on June 29. Read More...

Far From Over launches comeback from injury

DRF | 2 days ago
Far From Over, knocked off the 2015 Triple Crown trail due to injury, makes his first start in 16 months Friday at Belmont Park in a second-level optional $62,500 claimer going 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Moomey back on track following health scare

DRF | 2 days ago
Former NHC Tour champion Eric Moomey is back where he belongs – in contention at major NHC tour events – after surviving a mjor health scare in March. Read More...

Monmouth: Trainer Thompson holds fundraiser for veterans

DRF | 2 days ago
The Quiet Winter Farm of longtime New Jersey horseman J. Willard Thompson will hold a fishing derby and family day fundraiser on Monday at Bucksmill Park in Colts Neck, N.J. Read More...

Arrogate looking to become major player for Baffert

DRF | 2 days ago
Arrogate was expected to be part of trainer Bob Baffert's hopefuls for the Triple Crown this year. “He had shins,” Baffert said. “Nothing really serious. We gave him the time.” Read More...

Pimlico offers five turf stakes on closing weekend

DRF | 2 days ago
Pimlico has five turf stakes scheduled for Saturday, two for Maryland-breds and three for Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired runners. Read More...

Magic Lily could be hard to catch in bid for repeat win

DRF | 2 days ago
Magic Lily looked great winning a $25,000 claiming race for fillies and mares in her first start at Emerald Downs on May 29 and could repeat when she comes back at the same level Friday. Read More...

Always Sunshine lost shoe in True North

DRF | 2 days ago
Always Sunshine, who has developed into one of the top sprinters in the Mid-Atlantic, came out of the Grade 2 True North at Belmont Park “super,” according to trainer Ned Allard, but did lose a front shoe during the six-furlong race. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from June 18 – June 21

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 15 – June 18

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Parx rider Pennington closing in on 2,000 wins

DRF | 2 days ago
Frankie Pennington has been a top rider at Parx Racing so long it's easy to forget he's only 29 years old. He'll begin the Saturday card at Parx on the verge of his 2,000th career win. Read More...

Court Decision Soon on Umarov’s Stay Request

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Franklin, Ky., Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd plans to issue a ruling in the next day or two on a request for a stay by suspended owner/trainer Otabek Umarov. Read More...

Champion Quarter Horse Moonist dies from colic

DRF | 2 days ago
Moonist, the champion aged Quarter Horse of 2015, was euthanized late Tuesday after complications from colic. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 6/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 6/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Ellis, Churchill to overlap for one day

DRF | 2 days ago
Ellis Park opens its 30-day summer meet on July 2, meaning there is a one-day overlap in the state's racing schedule. Ellis, as always, will race in the afternoon on that Saturday, while Churchill will host an evening card. Read More...