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That Handicapping Show Kentucky Derby Preview

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr take a look at the Kentucky Derby field as we head into the final week. Claire is also joined by a very special guest! Sponsored by Equibase Read More...

Amoss quickly mends fences with Lanerie

DRF | 1 day ago
The traffic Mo Tom managed to find in the Louisiana Derby infuriated trainer Tom Amoss to such a degree that he gave jockey Corey Lanerie a severe tongue-lashing upon returning to be unsaddled. “I called Corey in the jocks' room to apologize 20 minutes after it all blew up,” Amoss said. “Now it's totally behind us. Corey and I have been friends for 20 years and we're looking forward to a great showing in the Kentucky Derby.” Read More...

Inexcess Again looks to start new win streak

DRF | 1 day ago
Inexcess Again was very impressive winning a $25,000 conditional claiming race going 5 1/2 furlongs in his first start at Emerald Downs on April 16. He figures to be tough to handle when he comes right back at the same level in Emerald's feature race Saturday. Read More...

$1M Bonus Announced for Top CA Races

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Del Mar and The Stronach Group this year will offer a $1 million bonus to a horse that sweeps three grade I races: the TVG Pacific Classic, Xpressbet.com Awesome Again Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Trojan Nation ‘happy’ horse after work

DRF | 1 day ago
Trojan Nation, a surprise second at 81-1 in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Santa Anita on Thursday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. Read More...

The Odds R Good brings bullet works into sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
It is hard to take a firm stand on any of the seven horses entered in an optional $25,000 claiming race that will serve as the feature race at Hastings Saturday. With no standout in the six-furlong dash that goes as race six, there should be value for anyone capable of solving what appears to be a complex puzzle. Read More...

Crist: Canterbury betting on lower takeout

DRF | 1 day ago
Canterbury Downs made a bold and popular decision when it announced last week that it was reducing the pari-mutuel takeout for its upcoming race meet. Its new rates of 15 percent on straight wagers and 18 percent on all others will be the lowest in the nation when the Shakopee, Minn., track opens a 69-day meet on May 20. Read More...

Uncle Lino takes aim at first stakes win

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Gary Sherlock thinks Uncle Lino has the potential to win a graded stakes. A more immediate goal is an initial stakes win, which Uncle Lino can achieve in Saturday's first running of the $150,000 California Chrome Stakes for 3-year-olds at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Parker nears milestone of 5,000 career wins

DRF | 1 day ago
Deshawn Parker is on the verge of riding his 5,000th career winner, which in itself is not all that surprising. Parker is the all-time leading rider at Mountaineer Park, has led the nation in wins twice, and has won 200 races or more in 13 of the last 14 years. Read More...

Smokey Image being aimed at sprints

DRF | 1 day ago
Smokey Image, a five-time stakes winner who was seventh in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9, was not entered for Saturday's 1 1/16-mile California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos and is likely to stay in sprints. Read More...

Songbird slated to resume training Sunday

DRF | 1 day ago
Songbird, the undefeated champion 2-year-old filly of 2015, is scheduled to resume training at Santa Anita on Sunday after being sidelined with a fever. Read More...

Asmussen rides into William Walker Stakes on a high

DRF | 1 day ago
Steve Asmussen won the inaugural Walker on opening night of the 2015 spring meet at Churchill Downs with Cinco Charlie, and he has one of the top contenders in the second running in Patton Proud. Read More...

Churchill Reaccredited by Safety Alliance

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Churchill Downs has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Read More...

Churchill Re-accredited by Safety Alliance

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Churchill Downs has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Read More...

Strong Southern California contingent challenges locals in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
Locally based runners have won five of the last six runnings of the San Francisco Mile. Will that trend remain intact in Saturday's edition of the Grade 3, $100,000 race at Golden Gate Fields, or will one of the seven Southern California-based entrants be too much for the locals to handle? Read More...

Dr. T.F. Classen Memorial a tough spot for Ebby

DRF | 1 day ago
The 3-year-old filly Ebby, perfect in two stakes appearances last season, will challenge older horses while making her first start in five months in Saturday's first stakes of the season at Thistledown, the $75,000 Dr. T.F. Classen Memorial Stakes. Read More...

Champions Lexie Lou, Strut the Course clash in optional claimer

DRF | 1 day ago
On a rare Saturday at Woodbine without a stakes, champions Lexie Lou and Strut the Course will clash in a third-level $80,000 optional claimer. Read More...

Nyquist Jogs in Advance of Final Derby Work

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit set for June 28

DRF | 1 day ago
A one-day conference focusing on issues related to the health and safety of racehorses has been scheduled for June 28 at Keeneland in Lexington, the organizers of the conference announced on Thursday. Read More...

Hoverboards Added to Banned List at Churchill

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Hoverboards are the only 2016 addition to Churchill Downs' list of security "do's and don'ts" for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Delaware Park Names New Track Superintendent

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Wilson begins his duties as the new track superintendent in early May, shortly before Delaware Park begins its 79th season of racing. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 21 to April 24

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 21 to April 24, 2016. Read More...

Penn National’s net income surges in first quarter

DRF | 1 day ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the publicly traded casino and racetrack operator, had net income of $23.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, up from $1.9 million in the first quarter last year, according to financial documents the company released Thursday. Read More...

Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Scheduled

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a mix of updates on previous summit topics such as racing surfaces, rider safety and equine injuries and new topics including nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health. Read More...

Maiden Trojan Nation Seeks Derby Upset

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique. Read More...

First Foal for J J’s Lucky Train

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
First foal for the grade III winner is a West Virginia-bred colt born April 14. Read More...

Mongolian Saturday in Tough at Sha Tin

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Mongolian Saturday, winner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), drew the 2 post in a tough international field for Sunday's Chairman's Sprint Prize (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse In Hong Kong. Read More...

Where’d You Get That Number? The Process Behind Therapeutic Drug Guidelines In Racing

As the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continues its fight for uniform medication guidelines across states, it is perhaps no surprise that the group has encountered opposition. Some horsemen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Toews On Ice Heads Opening Churchill Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Toews On Ice heads a field of five 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes on the April 30 opening night Churchill Downs card. Read More...

Pocono: Owner has high hopes for Pennsylvania Classic-bound Another Daily Copy

DRF | 2 days ago
Carl Sackheim has high expectations for 3-year-old male pacer Another Daily Copy, but rather than spending a lot of time talking about the colt, he hopes the horse’s performance on the racetrack speaks for itself. Read More...

Gabriel Charles Makes Return in SF Mile

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Although he'd ideally like to have a softer landing spot, trainer Jeff Mullins is just happy to get grade I winner Gabriel Charles back to racing April 30 in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Metaboss Returns Under Care of Dickinson

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Grade III stakes winner Metaboss, who underwent surgery last spring to remove an ankle chip, is scheduled to make his first start in 13 months for new trainer Michael Dickinson in an April 29 allowance race on the Laurel Park turf. Read More...

Ziadie granted stay of six-year suspension

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Kirk Ziadie has received a stay of a six-year suspension handed down in December by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, his attorney said on Wednesday. Read More...

Making the Grade: Outwork

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown. Read More...

Garcia and Baffert have falling-out

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Martin Garcia, an integral part of trainer Bob Baffert's barn and the rider usually entrusted to work his elite horses, will not be in Kentucky for Derby Week and has no scheduled mounts at Los Alamitos on Thursday or Friday, all after taking time off following a falling-out with Baffert. Read More...

Jess Good Candy fires fresh in Mister Master Bug Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
All American Futurity winner Jess Good Candy won his 3-year-old debut Sunday at Remington Park in the $70,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes. Read More...

Sir Papa John goes for strong connections in 2-year-old maiden race

DRF | 2 days ago
Lone Star Park puts the spotlight on 2-year-olds Friday night. The first race is a maiden special weight over 4 1/2 furlongs. Sir Papa John figures to start as one of the top choices for the high-percentage team of trainer Karl Broberg and jockey C.J. McMahon. Read More...

Bevin appoints 11 new members to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 2 days ago
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday named 11 new members to a revamped 12-member Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, overhauling a panel that had been praised in recent years for its attention to racing matters and the expertise of its members. Read More...

Prado will ride Mobile Bay in Sunland Park Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Edgar Prado has been named to ride Mobile Bay in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap on Sunday. Read More...

Aktabantay Chases Miami Mile Success

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Aktabantay, a $625,000 yearling purchase, is set to seek his first stateside triumph and graded-stakes success in the Miami Mile in his third start for trainer Tom Morley. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Nationwide Silent Auction to Benefit PDJF

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Twenty-nine tracks will auction signed photographs of American Pharoah and Secretariat on Derby Day. Read More...

Kling to Chair Revamped Kentucky Commission

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced April 27 that former commissioner Frank Kling will return to chair a re-vamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Read More...

Bewitch a hard puzzle to solve

DRF | 2 days ago
The closing-day feature of the 16-day spring Keeneland meet, the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes, is one of those head-scratchers that could end up any number of ways, with more than half the 12-horse field appearing fully capable of prevailing. Read More...

Clocker: Lani his own worst enemy

DRF | 2 days ago
As if there aren't enough variables in the equation to get a horse ready to be at his best on Kentucky Derby Day, you can now add weather to the mix. Overnight rains hit here on Tuesday, and with more in the forecast as the week progresses, it is likely to have a major effect on training and workout schedules. Read More...

Churchill Downs Racing Club sells out shares

DRF | 2 days ago
The new Churchill Downs Racing Club already has sold out its initial 200-member allotment and is working on filling a second group, according to Gary Palmisano Jr., who is helping to manage the club. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Sherman Seeks California Chrome Stakes Upset

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman admits running in a race named after a horse he still has in training is a bit odd, but he couldn't help but have an entry in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes April 30 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

Hall’s 2016 inductees favor class of 1976

DRF | 2 days ago
It is highly subjective but fairly safe to state that no Hall of Fame class since 1976 has been of such a richly satisfying vintage … until now. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 2 days ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...