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Umarov suspension reduced to five years in settlement

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Otabek Umarov will have his suspension reduced from 10 years to five years under a settlement approved Tuesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Read More...

Under Agreement, Trainer Umarov Suspended Five Years

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The KHRC on Feb. 21 settled its case against Otabek Umarov, suspending the trainer for five years in a case involving Umarov's refusal to allow an out-of-competition sample to be collected from Looks to Spare on April 30, 2016 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Laurel Winter Festival handle rises 36 percent

DRF | 2 days ago
The Maryland Jockey Club’s reconfigured Winter Festival last weekend resulted in a 36 percent gain in handle compared to a year ago. Read More...

Grade 2 Status Not Reinstated for Buena Vista

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Buena Vista Stakes that was taken off the turf Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park will not have its grade 2 status reinstated. It will be recognized as a grade 3 race. Read More...

It’s Back: Fourth Annual Derby Dollars Contest, Presented By STATS Race Lens And 123BET.com

It's time once again to sharpen your handicapping skills and identify the leading contenders on the road to the Triple Crown! STATS Race Lens, a data-rich product from equibase.com that brings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Meadowlands: Thursday 2/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 2/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 2/23 Analysis

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

Ohio HBPA Donates $50,000 to New Vocations

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is supporting New Vocations' aftercare efforts at its Ohio facility. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 2/23 Analysis

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

McCraken Remains Atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
McCraken (20 first-place votes; 362 points), remains in first place after his win two-weeks ago in G3 Sam F. Davis S. at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Arrogate ‘His Usual Self’ in Five-Furlong Move

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Champion Arrogate turned in his trademark visually impressive workout at Santa Anita Park Feb. 21, when he covered five furlongs in :59 in company with stablemate Whiskey Ticket. Read More...

Arrogate works five furlongs for yet-to-be-determined next start

DRF | 2 days ago
Arrogate worked a sharp five furlongs in 59 seconds on Tuesday morning at Santa Anita. Trainer Bob Baffert said Arrogate's next start has yet to be determined, but conceded, "We've got a week to figure out what to do." Read More...

San Felipe next for Mastery after sharp work

DRF | 2 days ago
Mastery, one of the top 3-year-olds in the country, will make his first start of the year in the Grade 2, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday after Mastery worked six furlongs in 1:12 at Santa Anita. Read More...

World Cup on table after Gun Runner’s big fig

DRF | 2 days ago
Gun Runner was bright and alert on Tuesday, the morning after he put up a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 110 for winning the Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park. The start was his first at 4, and he covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast track in 1:40.97. Read More...

Zakaroff unlikely to set foot on Derby trail

DRF | 2 days ago
On Saturday, locally based runners finished first, second, and third in the Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, but you are unlikely to see any of them being pointed to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Classic Empire, McCraken Individual Favorites in Pool 3

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The battle for the individual favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 is expected to be tight between reigning 2-year-old champ Classic Empire, unbeaten rising stars McCraken and Mastery, along with Irish War Cry. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Eight new names for Pool 3

DRF | 2 days ago
Eight new names are among the separately listed wagering interests in Pool 3 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern. The only futures pool toward the 2017 Kentucky Oaks will coincide with the three-day wagering window. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Feb. 14 – Feb. 16

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Dover, Monticello and others. Read More...

Trainer Stuart Earns Career Victory 1,000

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Southwest-based trainer Clinton Stuart picked up the 1,000th victory of his career Feb. 20 when he sent out Stewart Levine and Curtis Culver's Crossbow Star to a victory in a maiden-claiming race at Sam Houston Race Park. Read More...

Guest Suite Fires Bullet in Preparation for Risen Star

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
In his final move in advance of the Feb. 25 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2), Guest Suite stated his readiness for his next challenge on the Triple Crown trail, covering four furlongs in a bullet :48 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 21. Read More...

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending Feb. 20, 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend’s graded stakes and releases the TimeformUS Speed Figures for these races. Read More...

Yonkers: Horses to watch from Feb. 16 – Feb. 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Churchill Downs, Cancer Institute Announce Partnership

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs and Norton Cancer Institute announced a new charitable partnership to raise funds to help provide care for women in our community who lack access to necessary breast health screenings and services. Read More...

Inside Aftercare: The Seal of Approval

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
If you're looking to make a donation to a horse charity. Look at organizations who are accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and are grant recipients from Thoroughbred Charities of America. Read More...

Tickets to go on Sale for Equestricon

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Equestricon announced today that tickets for its first-ever international horse racing convention, fan festival and trade show will go on sale this Friday, February 24. Read More...

STATS Race Lens Added to Xpressbet Wagering Platform

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Leading North American online wagering provider, Xpressbet, and the industry's official database, Equibase, have collaborated to offer STATS Race LensTM on Xpressbet's wagering platform. Read More...

Pelvic fracture contributed to Charismatic’s death

DRF | 2 days ago
Charismatic, the 1999 Horse of the Year and dual classic winner, likely died due to internal bleeding as the result of a pelvic fracture, Old Friends has reported. The results of a complete necropsy on the 21-year-old stallion are pending. Read More...

Tickets available for Equestricon horse racing convention

DRF | 2 days ago
Tickets for Equestricon, a horse racing convention, fan festival and trade show, will go on sale Friday at the event website, Equestricon.com. Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen – February 21, 2017

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Southwest provides a new face for the Derby Dozen, and those knocking on the door include a Japanese hopeful, Epicharis Read More...

Canada Regional: Next Step

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
John and Doris Carey Optimistic at T.C. Westmeath Stud Read More...

Legal Defense Fund Created By National HBPA Supporting Indicted Penn National Trainer

A recently formed non-profit association affiliated with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is helping fund the legal defense of trainer Murray Rojas, who has been charged... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Santa Anita pick six jackpot hit for $109,000

DRF | 3 days ago
There was one winning ticket in Monday’s pick six at Santa Anita, which paid $109,742 including the single-ticket jackpot. Read More...

Conquest Farenheit uses speed to win Baffle Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Forget dirt racing or the Triple Crown. Conquest Farenheit’s future is on the turf. The speedy 3-year-old got his first stakes win in Monday’s $81,890 Baffle Stakes. Read More...

Quick and Silver too fast to catch in Lost in the Fog

DRF | 3 days ago
Favored Quick and Silver was never headed as he earned the first stakes victory his career, winning Monday's $50,800 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

One Liner runs record to 3 for 3 with victory in Southwest Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
One Liner remained undefeated in three career starts Monday, winning his two-turn and stakes debut in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

One Liner Laughs Last in Southwest Stakes Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The impressive connections behind One Liner had the undefeated son of Into Mischief ready for his stakes debut Feb. 20 in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Gun Runner starts 4-year-old season with dominant score in Razorback

DRF | 3 days ago
Gun Runner left no doubt he will be a major player in the handicap ranks this season, powering to a 5 1/4-length win in the Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap on Monday at Oaklawn. Read More...

Gun Runner Rolls to Razorback Handicap Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Finally free from what seemed like interminable quarantine in Louisiana, Gun Runner put on an impressive display in his first start of the season, leading every step of the way for a 5 3/4-length victory in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). Read More...

Broken Pelvis Causes Charismatic’s Death

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Charismatic died Feb. 19 of a hemorrhage caused by a broken pelvis, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm founder Michael Blowen and Park Equine Hospital's Dr. Bryan Waldridge and Dr. Rhodes Bell confirmed Feb. 20.  Read More...

Broken Pelvis Cause of Charismatic’s Death

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Charismatic died Feb. 19 of a hemorrhage caused by a broken pelvis, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm founder Michael Blowen and Park Equine Hospital's Dr. Bryan Waldridge and Dr. Rhodes Bell confirmed Feb. 20.  Read More...

Caledonian slips past Even Thunder in Jimmy Winkfield

DRF | 3 days ago
What Monday’s Jimmy Winkfield at Aqueduct lacked in depth, having just five starters, it made up for with drama as Caledonian edged Even Thunder by a nose in a head-bobbing finish of gray 3-year-old sprinters. Read More...

Road to the Derby: El Camino Real analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Road to the Derby: El Camino Real analysis. Read More...

Washington Annual Awards Banquet Scheduled Feb. 25

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred industry will be honoring the best of the best of 2016, "Roaring 20s" style, at the Washington Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, Feb. 25. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 2/22 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 2/22 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox’s agenda wide open

DRF | 3 days ago
I'm a Chatterbox came out of her second-place finish in the Houston Ladies Classic last month in good condition, but beyond a repeat bid in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap this summer there are no set plans for the 5-year-old mare. Read More...

Jenda’s Agenda handles routing with ease

DRF | 3 days ago
On Sunday, Jenda's Agenda won her second race from as many starts and aced her transition from a sprint to a route in a first-level allowance. Jenda's Agenda beat the talented filly Stonetacular by one length but was eased up the final furlong and basically galloped across the finish. Read More...

Grade 1 Winner Gormley Works Toward Next Start

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Sham Stakes winner Gormley, a leading classics contender on the West Coast, worked on Santa Anita Park's main track Feb. 20 under regular rider and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza. Read More...

Valadorna ready to fire best shot in Rachel Alexandra

DRF | 3 days ago
Valadorna, who runs Saturday in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes, and Souper Tapit, a promising maiden winner, give Mark Casse a couple of local stakes-quality 3-year-olds. Read More...

Yockey’s Warrior possible for Count Fleet

DRF | 3 days ago
Yockey's Warrior, who was a powerful allowance winner Feb. 17 at Oaklawn in his first start since winning the Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds, could be back for a major sprint stakes. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said Monday that Yockey's Warrior is possible for the Grade 3, $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap on April 15. Read More...

White Beauty Lineage

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington, Ky. has been home to 13 white foals since 1995. The latest addition came during Super Bowl 51 when Beautiful Devil produced a white filly by Revolutionary at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 5. Read More...