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Four allowances on Laurel Park’s card Saturday

DRF | 3 days ago
Laurel Park doesn’t have a stakes Saturday, but the 11-race card is nevertheless interesting. It begins with the first 2-year-old race of the Maryland season and includes four allowance or optional-claiming races. Six of the races are scheduled for turf. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Friday, April 28, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday at Belmont Park. Read More...

Editors Call for Added Visual Materials From Tracks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The meeting featured a panel discussion, moderated by TPA president Rhonda Norby, and a question-and-answer period involving five Kentucky-area journalists and media executives representing news organizations and industry publications. Read More...

Sparkling debut makes Kas Tempting horse to beat in Sam Houston Futurity

DRF | 3 days ago
Kas Tempting might be tough to contain if he runs back to his career debut in Saturday night's Grade 2, $483,600 Sam Houston Futurity for Quarter Horses. He was a 2 1/2-length winner while setting the fastest qualifying time for the finale after two nights of trials. Read More...

Record Tiznow Colt Lives Up to Expectations

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Tiznow colt from Bobby Dodd's consignment lit up the Ocala Breeders' Sales auction ring April 27 when he was purchased by M.V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for a record $2.45 million. Read More...

Longtime steward Hicks dies at 88

DRF | 3 days ago
David Hicks, a former trainer turned steward, died Monday at Kindred Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., following a long illness. He was 88. Read More...

Vertical Oak just needs clean trip in Goldfinch Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Things have not gone quite right for Vertical Oak in her two starts as a 3-year-old, but with better luck, she can win her first stakes race Saturday in the $65,000 Goldfinch at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Alvarado to have shoulder surgery

DRF | 3 days ago
Junior Alvarado will undergo surgery to repair an injury to his left shoulder and be out of action about two months. Alvarado was injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Sunday's closing-day card. Read More...

Hovdey: Say hey, Bay Area Hall now has Mays and Baze

DRF | 3 days ago
Question: Which name in the following list does not belong? Willie Mays, Bill Russell, Joe DiMaggio, Russell Baze. Answer: They all belong, right there in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Read More...

Smack Smack can start party early for Von Hemel

DRF | 3 days ago
Smack Smack can give 82-year-old trainer Don Von Hemel an early birthday gift Saturday in the $75,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes. He will be one of the top contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race that serves as the centerpiece of the Fonner Park meet in Nebraska. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Are You Kidding Me tunes up for Eclipse Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Two-time Canadian champion older male Are You Kidding Me will make his first start since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap last November in Saturday’s Woodbine feature, an allowance over 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta that serves as the local prep for the Grade 2, $175,000 Eclipse Stakes on May 20. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Union Rags Colt Hits for New Partnership Group

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A new pinhooking partnership group made a big hit at the April 27 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale, where a Union Rags colt was sold for $1 million, a tie for the second-highest price of the sale. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 4/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

A Few Early Thoughts on the Kentucky Derby Pace

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the potential pace of the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

By the Moon targets Vagrancy

DRF | 3 days ago
The Grade 1 winner By the Moon will make her next start in next Friday's Grade 3, $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park, trainer Michelle Nevin said Thursday. Read More...

Five nominated for Venezia Award

DRF | 3 days ago
The New York Racing Association announced the five nominees for the Mike Venezia Award, given to the jockey who displays extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. Read More...

Pimlico Special next for Shaman Ghost

DRF | 3 days ago
Shaman Ghost, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March, will make his next start in the $300,000 Pimlico Special on May 19, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Thursday. Read More...

More Than Ready Filly Led OBS Sale Briefly

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
For a brief moment April 27, a dark bay or brown daughter of More Than Ready (Hip 778) was the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale-topper when sold for $1 million, only to be eclipsed by the record-priced Tiznow colt (Hip 793) sold for $2.45 million. Read More...

Derby, Oaks Notes from Churchill Downs, April 27

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6.  Read More...

Tiznow Colt Brings $2.45 Million at OBS

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Tiznow colt out of the Distorted Humor mare Moonbow lit up the board during the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale when he sold to Coolmore's M.V. Magnier for $2.45 million April 27. Read More...

Union Rags Colt Goes for $1 Million at OBS

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Union Rags colt was purchased by Red Barons Barn and Rancho Temescal for $1 million late during the April 27 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, April 30, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Sha Tin selections and analysis for Sunday, April 30 Read More...

Girvin tries to mend quarter crack in time for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin is recovering from a quarter crack in his right front hoof and swam and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber at Kesmarc Rehabilitation facility in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday, rather than train at Keeneland, trainer Joe Sharp said. Read More...

Girvin Battling Quarter Crack, KY Derby Not Ruled Out

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin is currently battling a quarter crack in his right front foot but his connections are still hopeful the son of Tale of Ekati can run in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1). Read More...

Bolo comes right back for Thunder Road

DRF | 3 days ago
Bolo will have the fastest turnaround of his career in Saturday's Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita, returning 15 days after finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland. Read More...

Santa Barbara’s distance extended to 1 1/2 miles

DRF | 3 days ago
he Grade 3 Santa Barbara Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita will be run for the first time in two years on Sunday and at a new distance.The $100,000 Santa Barbara was previously run at 1 1/4 miles on turf and has been lengthened to 1 1/2 miles. Read More...

Songbird under consideration for Adoration Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Songbird is coming around quickly, and though the two-time champion is not expected to make her first start of the year until June 3 at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 Beholder Mile, her first option is much sooner. Songbird has been nominated to the Grade 3 Adoration Stakes, a $100,000 race on May 7 at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Kruljac debates whether to run Finest City in La Troienne or Humana Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Finest City and trainer Ian Kruljac will race at Churchill Downs for the first time in their respective careers next week. The question is which race? Kruljac said Finest City, champion female sprinter of 2016, will enter two stakes – the Grade 1 La Troienne at 1 1/16 miles next Friday, and the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at seven furlongs next Saturday. Read More...

Remembering Bud Maloney, horseplayer with a heart of gold

DRF | 3 days ago
Bud Maloney came from a day when boats were made of wood and men were made of steel. He was a boxer in the Navy and spent the next 60 years fighting the horses on a nearly daily basis. Maloney passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, at age 87, just a day after his 63rd wedding anniversary. Thursday at Keeneland, his memory was to be honored in a special ceremony before the races, the perfect send-off for a guy who dreamed of – and achieved – the impressive feat of spending time in the winner’s circle, at the storied Lexington oval and elsewhere. Read More...

All Included merits slight edge in Miami Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
While trainer Todd Pletcher has shipped the majority of his better horses north for the summer, he left some good ones behind, including All Included, the likely favorite in Saturday's wide-open renewal of the Grade 3 Miami Mile at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Southern Ring changes tactics to win Whimsical Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
While Southern Ring has been effective from coming off the pace in her previous races, she found herself on the lead in the Whimsical Stakes under jockey Eurico Da Silva last Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Single-Day Saratoga Tickets on Sale May 3

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Week-long reserved seating also available Read More...

Pletcher Considering Royal Ascot for American Patriot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Todd Pletcher told officials at Ascot Racecourse that he is seriously considering the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot for American Patriot. The straight mile contest on turf is scheduled for 2.30 p.m., June 20. Read More...

Positive reaction to World Championship of Handicapping

DRF | 3 days ago
Horseplayers are famous for being able to complain about nearly everything but the response to DRF Tournaments’ new World Championship of Handicapping has been overwhelmingly positive, with words like “innovative” and “ground-breaking” being thrown around. And the market has also spoken: The first feeders for the contest began to fill as soon as they opened yesterday. Read More...

Paradise Woods Records Final Work for Kentucky Oaks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Richard Mandella has a certain giddiness about him when one of his good horses is going well. Not so long ago, after Beholder's morning breezes, he had a frequent pep to his step. On April 27 in the Santa Anita grandstand, the excitement was back. Read More...

Animal Kingdom’s First N. Hemisphere Starter Wins Big

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Sunny Skies, bred and raced by Nancy Polk's Normandy Farm, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Keeneland by nine lengths. The filly is trained by Ken McPeek. Read More...

Ohio’s two best sprinters clash in Babst/Palacios Memorial

DRF | 3 days ago
Ohio-bred standouts Mo Dont No and Rivers Run Deep will clash Saturday in the first stakes of the season at Belterra Park, the $75,000 Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Memorial Handicap at six furlongs. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, April 29: Picks for Thunder Road, Powder Break, Elusive Quality

DRF | 3 days ago
I'm going against Bolo, even though he's taking a significant class drop, and taking Perfectly Majestic in Saturday's Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Page McKenney, Disco Chick look to beat up on statebreds

DRF | 3 days ago
The first two stakes of the Parx Racing season, the Lyman and Foxy J. G. on Saturday, have come up strong, with large, competitive lineups. The $100,000 races are for Pennsylvania-breds at seven furlongs. Read More...

Downs After Dark card with two stakes launches spring meet

DRF | 3 days ago
The week-long ritual that draws the attention of racing fans throughout the world will get off to another rocking start Saturday night when Churchill Downs opens Kentucky Derby week and its 38-day spring meet with an 11-race Downs After Dark card. Read More...

Roxelana Plan B for Finley’sluckycharm

DRF | 3 days ago
Bret Calhoun wanted to run Finley'sluckycharm in the Grade 1 Madison earlier this month at Keeneland and the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Derby undercard, but a minor injury to the filly's hind leg is forcing her to miss both races. Instead, Finley'sluckycharm will make her 4-year-old debut as a heavy favorite here Saturday night in the $65,000 Roxelana. Read More...

Breen dressed for Miss Sky Warrior’s success

DRF | 3 days ago
Kelly Breen is known for a sartorial splendor rarely undertaken by Thoroughbred trainers. Still, a career-best performance from Miss Sky Warrior in the Kentucky Oaks is far more important to Breen than how her trainer looks. Read More...

Better break key for Paddy’s Secret

DRF | 3 days ago
Paddy's Secret will be a short price in a $25,000 optional-claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs on Saturday. The 5 1/2-furlong dash with first-level allowance conditions drew six horses, and anyone watching Paddy's Secret run in a similar race April 9 knows she is going to be tough to handle. Read More...

Harness: Brower, Prewitt join Meadowlands team

DRF | 3 days ago
The award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack television broadcast will have a decidedly different look when the Championship Meet begins on May 5. Read More...

With Albarado injured, Saez will ride J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Luis Saez will replace the injured Robby Albarado aboard J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby. Albarado underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken leg he suffered in a Sunday spill at Keeneland. Read More...

Dreyer to Join NBC Kentucky Derby Coverage.

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
NBC News weather anchor and correspondent Dylan Dreyer will join NBC and NBCSN coverage of the 2017 Kentucky Derby as a lifestyle correspondent—her first assignment with NBC Sports Group. Read More...

ABR Interview with Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent racing personalities for America's Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The opening leg of the Triple Crown will be run on May 6 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc.’s net income rises sharply in first quarter

DRF | 3 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. had net income of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, up $4.5 million from the same quarter last year despite a slight drop in total revenue, according to financial statements released Wednesday. Read More...