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Victor Laszlo eyes three-peat in Last Dance Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Patricia Moseley’s homebred Victor Laszlo goes for the three-peat when he takes on a field of seven other Massachusetts-breds in the $25,000 Last Dance Stakes at one mile and 70 yards Saturday with regular rider Tammi Piermarini aboard. Read More...

Tempest tries to rebound amid easier company in claiming race

DRF | 1 day ago
It has always been tough to put on quality cards at Hastings the week before B.C. Cup Day, Aug. 4, and this year is no exception with seven races scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Read More...

Charity golf tournament will benefit retired racehorses

DRF | 1 day ago
The New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association will host their sixth annual charity golf tournament to benefit the retraining and rehoming of retired racehorses Aug. 21 at the Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis. Read More...

Enhanced Security for Whitney, Travers Horses

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association announced enhanced security protocols July 24 for horses running in the $1.5 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) and $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Sixes Down tries to give Keeton third straight TQHA Sale Futurity win

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Toby Keeton will attack the two richest races of Retama Park’s meet for Quarter Horses on Saturday night, when he sends out Sixes Down in the $365,260 Texas Quarter Horse Association Sale Futurity and the fillies Echoes of Love and Won to Watch in the $173,700 Retama Park Derby. Read More...

Sunday Rules looks primed to take Fleet Treat

DRF | 1 day ago
On Sunday, trainer Phil D’Amato will start the heavily favored Sunday Rules in the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs at Del Mar. Read More...

Security protocols put in place for Travers, Whitney

DRF | 1 day ago
Horses entered in the Aug. 2 Whitney Stakes and Aug. 23 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in New York will be subject to the “enhanced security protocols” that the New York Racing Association and New York Gaming Commission have put in place for a number of Grade 1 races over the past several years, the organizations announced Thursday. Read More...

Work All Week totes heavy load in Cammack

DRF | 1 day ago
There are no real handicap races anymore, the common wisdom goes. Racing secretaries are loath to load a horse with too much weight for fear of losing him to another track, and horsemen are quick to pull the plug on an intended start if the weight assignment tilts against them. Read More...

Crist: Jim Dandy has substance over Haskell’s flash

DRF | 1 day ago
What’s the best way to get to the Travers – the $600,000 Jim Dandy over the Saratoga track, or the richer and usually glitzier $1 million Haskell at Monmouth? In recent years, the Haskell has usually been the more compelling race, but the Jim Dandy has been a more successful launching pad for Travers winners. Read More...

Lightning strikes tree at Saratoga

DRF | 1 day ago
About a dozen flat-screen televisions and the same number of picnic tables were damaged when lightning struck and toppled parts of a tree following the races Wednesday at Saratoga. Fortunately, no people were in the area. Read More...

McPeek expects more from Frac Daddy in San Diego

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Ken McPeek expects a bolder performance from the 4-year-old Frac Daddy in the Grade 2 San Diego, run over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack at Del Mar. Read More...

Raven’s Pass Filly Shines At Sandown

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:34 AM ET 15.05 at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)Listed Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stallions Star S.     Winner: Alonsoa (Ire) by Raven's Pass Patricia Burns' A... Read More...

Heat Transfer formidable in Miss Ohio Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
It appears to be a one-horse race Saturday in the $50,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at ThistleDown, where Heat Transfer looks much the best on paper. Read More...

Dance With Fate sustains serious injury during training

DRF | 1 day ago
Dance With Fate, the winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes in April, sustained a stifle injury when he got loose in training at Del Mar on Thursday and was in serious condition. Read More...

Keeneland Begins Installation of Dirt Surface

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Keeneland has begun installation of the dirt racing surface on its main track, the final step in the renovation project that is on schedule for completion next month in advance of the fall meeting. Read More...

Meadows: Miller confident in Adios contender Somewhere In L A

DRF | 1 day ago
This Saturday afternoon, driver Brett Miller travels back to Washington, Pa., another former home, in quest of the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios with elimination heat winner Somewhere In L A. The Adios, race 12 among 16 on a star-studded afternoon in western Pennsylvania, has a long and storied history sprinkled with some major surprises. Read More...

City Place sold to Yarradale Stud in Australia

DRF | 1 day ago
Florida-based stallion City Place has been sold to Yarradale Stud in Gidgegannup, Australia, and will stand there permanently beginning with the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season. Read More...

Grand Contender, Right to Vote top new-look Prairie Meadows Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Saturday’s featured $75,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap has a new look this season. The distance has been cut back from 1 1/4 miles to 1 1/16 miles, and its purse has been trimmed by 25 percent to accommodate other stakes' purse increases. Read More...

Geeky Gorgeous should be peaking for Regret

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Danny Lopez believes the $75,000 Regret Stakes for fillies and mares on Saturday at Monmouth Park will be the sweet spot for his homebred, Geeky Gorgeous. Read More...

Penn National Gaming posts lower second-quarter revenue

DRF | 1 day ago
Penn National Inc., the large casino and racetrack operator, had net income of $2.8 million on sharply lower revenue of $652.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, according to financial statements released Thursday. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 17 to July 20

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's sharp horses and track trends for July 17 to 20, 2014. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Cougar II Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis for the Cougar II Stakes at Del Mar on Friday, July 25. Read More...

Burn the Mortgage just looking for a fair shot

DRF | 1 day ago
The switch in racing venues during south Florida summers has been quite dramatic, but if anyone needs reminding of the circuit’s transformation, there’s always the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Read More...

Discontent leads Allred quartet in Governor’s Cup Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
Discontent holds the fastest qualifying time for Saturday’s $357,500 Governor’s Cup Futurity at Los Alamitos, but his position at the head of the race is not secure. Read More...

Rycroft duo should complement each other in Edmonton Juvenile

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Tim Rycroft packs a strong one-two punch with Feetdontfailmenow and Artie in the Park in the $50,000 Edmonton Juvenile at Northlands Park Saturday. Read More...

Evangeline Downs stewards disqualify wrong horse

DRF | 1 day ago
In a case of mistaken identity, Evangeline Downs’s stewards disqualified the wrong horse in Thursday night’s fourth race. The matter was quickly rectified, but not before resulting in a second superfecta payoff. Read More...

Zia Festival to Showcase the Top New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses

Many of the best New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will be showcased at Ruidoso Downs this weekend, as the track presents its annual Zia Festival races on Saturday and Sunday. Read More...

Free’s preview: Tough pick six sequence

DRF | 1 day ago
Pick six pools at Del Mar this summer seem lighter than usual. But interest will increase Thursday, when a $67,344 carryover is up for grabs. Read More...

Maybry’s Boy to E.A. Ranches

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Graded stakes winner Maybry's Boy, a son of Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Broad Brush, is relocating from New York to E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif. Read More...

Maybry’s Boy to E.A. Ranches

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Graded stakes winner Maybry's Boy, a son of Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Broad Brush, is relocating from New York to E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif. Read More...

Texas AG Asked to Rule on Historical Racing

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A Texas lawmaker is asking Attorney General Greg Abbott to weigh in on whether a state commission has the authority to allow historical racing. Read More...

Texas AG Asked to Rule on Historical Racing

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A Texas lawmaker is asking Attorney General Greg Abbott to weigh in on whether a state commission has the authority to allow historical racing. Read More...

Catalano hospitalized with pneumonia

DRF | 1 day ago
Well-known trainer Wayne Catalano has been hospitalized with an acute case of pneumonia. Read More...

My Option, La Tia Tangle in Ontario Matron

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A competitve field of nine fillies will face off in the two-turn Ontario Matron over Woodbine's Polytrack July 26, including a pack of stakes winners at Arlington and over the home track outside Toronto. Read More...

My Option, La Tia Tangle in Ontario Matron

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A competitve field of nine fillies will face off in the two-turn Ontario Matron over Woodbine's Polytrack July 26, including a pack of stakes winners at Arlington and over the home track outside Toronto. Read More...

El Capitan brings element of unknown to Crowd Pleaser

DRF | 1 day ago
A horse coming off back-to-back Grade 1 victories might seem to be a cinch while dropping to face Pennsylvania-breds. But considering that El Capitan has raced exclusively on dirt in Mexico and will be making his turf debut, he’s a huge question mark coming into Saturday’s $75,000 Crowd Pleaser Handicap for 3-year-olds at Parx Racing. Read More...

Illman: Saratoga pick three play for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 1 day ago
Let's try a pick three, starting with race 2, a speed-laden baby race at five furlongs which should provide some swift early fractions. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Thursday, July 24

DRF | 2 days ago
Spreading some may pay off if Hugh Knew is your double/pick three linchpin in race 2. She tumbles in price and has proven turf ability. Read More...

Tonalist Looks Tough in Jim Dandy Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Sometimes, handicapping a horse race can be as much about the horses whose chances you don't like as it is about the horses whose chances you do like. Read More...

Nine In Line For Saturday’s King George at Ascot

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:08 AM ET A field of nine is set to go postward for Saturday's G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot Read More...

Chrome’s Trainer to Receive Award

The trainer Art Sherman, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with California Chrome, will receive the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:46 PM ET The final composition of The Breeders' Cup Board of Directors was announced yesterday...Daring Dancer... Read More...

Spadina Road takes Deputy Minister Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Spadina Road split horses in the stretch en route to a three-quarter-length score in the $125,000 Deputy Minister Stakes on Wednesday night at Woodbine. Read More...

Lil Bit O’Fun surprises in Wickerr Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Lil Bit O’Fun was claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last September. Almost 11 months later, the 6-year-old gelding has yet to lose for his new connections. Read More...

Spot Stretching Out for Zito in Curlin Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito will give Grade 2-winning sprinter Spot another chance to stretch out in Friday’s $100,000 Curlin for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles. Purchased by Joseph Moss following the Grade 3 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park in February, the gelded sophomore son of Pulpit came from off the pace to beat previously […](Read more...) Read More...

Record Breakers Headed for Del Mar Debutante

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A pair of 2-year-old fillies who eclipsed the Del Mar Polytrack mark for five furlongs in separate racing debuts July 20, appear headed for a showdown in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for their powerhouse barns. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 2 days ago
When a fifth-race pick three kicks off at Del Mar, many horseplayers will be singling Lakota Road (#7). One can understand the reasoning – she already has won a starter allowance, she consistently runs the highest Beyer Speed Figures, and she enters this race in sharp form. Read More...

Apprentice Ritvo scores in Suffolk Downs debut

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s all about the bloodlines in this game, so it was no surprise to find apprentice jockey Michael Ritvo in the winner’s circle with his first mount at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday. Read More...

Dance With Fate Off the Bench for San Diego

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate, off since a sixth-place effort in the Kentucky Derby, tackles older horses for the first time in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar. Read More...

Shanon Nicole, Sister Ginger win Indiana Grand stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Kiss to Remember could not hold off the late-charging Shanon Nicole in the $205,200 Indiana Grand at Indiana Grand Race Course on Wednesday evening. Read More...