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Cavorting staying with own kind in Prioress

DRF | 4 days ago
Wanting to keep Cavorting in her own age group as long as possible, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin plans to run the Grade 1 Test winner back in the Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes for 3 -year-old fillies at Saratoga on Sept. 6. Read More...

Hovdey: In ’78, Cauthen just mingled with the stars

DRF | 4 days ago
Since winning the Belmont Stakes aboard American Pharoah last June, Espinoza has flashed his Triple Crown grin far and wide – red carpets, awards shows, business confabs, charity flings, two appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, both times in jockey drag. Steve Cauthen has been there, although he didn’t do quite that. Read More...

MJC: Laurel Meet Offered Building Blocks

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Based on the results of a 23-day summer meet at Laurel Park that generated positive numbers and response from the local community, the Maryland Jockey Club intends to do so again next year -- on some level. Read More...

O’Neill points Nyquist, Mrazek to Labor Day stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill will have a team of 2-year-olds spread across the nation on Labor Day. Read More...

Beholder has light exercise Friday morning

DRF | 4 days ago
Beholder, winner of the $1 million Pacific Classic against males Aug. 22, was on the track before dawn Friday at Del Mar. Read More...

Racing office being repaired after accident

DRF | 4 days ago
The eastern wall of the backstretch racing office was being repaired earlier this week after a car crashed into it. Read More...

Bearrock N Roll back routing in Monday claimer

DRF | 4 days ago
Bearrock N Roll will try to win for the 24th time when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race at Hastings on Monday. The horse he will have to catch and beat in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up that drew six horses is Go for Guinness. Read More...

Sudden Surprise scores in Funny Cide

DRF | 4 days ago
Sudden Surprise was no surprise. Sent away favored in a short field, Sudden Surprise scored a handy two-length victory in the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds, which kicked off a program showcasing statebreds on Travers Eve at Saratoga. Read More...

Zayas expected back for Florida Sire Stakes next weekend

DRF | 4 days ago
There will be a familiar name back in the entries next Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Edgard Zayas, who has been sidelined since the middle of July, is set to make his comeback on the card featuring the second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes. Read More...

Stacy Mitchhart to Conclude TOBA Dinner

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that Nashville-based singer/songwriter Stacy Mitchhart and his band will perform American blues music at the conclusion of the 30th annual National Awards Dinner. Read More...

Stellar Wind a cut above Torrey Pines foes

DRF | 4 days ago
Stellar Wind is expected to win Sunday’s $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Read More...

Bradester seeks third straight graded stakes win in Iselin

DRF | 4 days ago
Bradester won the first two graded stakes races for older horses on dirt this season at Monmouth Park, and his five rivals will be hard-pressed to stop him Sunday in the final such race of the season, the Grade 3, $150,000 Iselin Stakes. Read More...

Report from August 2015 NM Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, August 20. Read More...

Wise Dan among 31 nominated to Woodbine Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Two-time Woodbine Mile winner Wise Dan heads the list of 31 nominees for this year’s edition of the Grade 1 turf event on Sept. 13. Read More...

Fleet Eagle will be tough to catch in Sunday allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
If Fleet Eagle can come close to reproducing the 100 Beyer Speed Figure he received for his blowout win going 6 1/2 furlongs May 17 in the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap in his first start at Emerald Downs, it is game, set, and match when runs in an unrestricted allowance race Sunday. The six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew seven horses and headlines a 10-race card that begins at 2 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

More Than Just a Name for Run for Retts

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
"She's running for Rett Syndrome. She's running for my girls and our family. She's going to do amazing things. Nobody can tell me any different. She's the underdog and so are our girls." Read More...

Large Crowd Watches American Pharoah Gallop

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
On a glorious morning at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 28, an estimated crowd of 15,000 flocked to the track to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his final gallop before his bid in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes. Read More...

Smart N Fancy matches Lady Shipman, Free as a Bird

DRF | 4 days ago
The $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga on Sunday matches two of the top filly or mare turf sprinters in the East, Lady Shipman and Free as a Bird. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 4 days ago
Despite 10 races carded for the seaside Saturday, options seem limited with a few short fields and four races (2, 4, 8, and 10) loaded with firsters. At least one race, however, with a big, contentious field, provides an opportunity, particularly for trifectas/superfectas. Read More...

TimeformUS Preview: The Travers

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
American Pharoah looks to be first Triple Crown winner to take Travers since Whirlaway in 1941. Read More...

Seth Hancock Named Keeneland Trustee

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Seth W. Hancock, longtime member of the Keeneland board of directors, was appointed a Keeneland trustee, effective Aug. 25 upon the retirement of current Keeneland trustee Louis Lee Haggin III. Read More...

Swagger Jack Moves to Dana Point

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Swagger Jack, a grade I-winning son of leading sire Smart Strike, has relocated to Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa., for the 2016 breeding season. His fee will be $3,500. Read More...

Hancock named Keeneland Association trustee

DRF | 4 days ago
Seth Hancock, part of the family that founded central Kentucky’s Claiborne Farm, has been appointed a trustee of the Keeneland Association, replacing Louis Lee Haggin III, who has retired from the position, the company announced on Friday. Read More...

Glen Hill Farm to Sponsor One Dreamer Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
On a race card organized to promote equine research, Glen Hill Farm will salute one of its top winners by sponsoring the $150,000 One Dreamer Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs. Read More...

Blues Blaster holds class edge in Humboldt County Marathon

DRF | 4 days ago
Thirty years ago, Bruce Dillenbeck finished third as a jockey in the Humboldt County Marathon. On Sunday, he hopes to win the race as a trainer, in the $20,000, 1 5/8-mile stakes race on closing day of the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale. Read More...

Hebbronville, W V Jetsetter get rematch in rich allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
The 3-year-olds Hebbronville and W V Jetsetter, who were a neck apart as the one-two finishers in a Grade 3, $100,000 stakes last month, are rematched in another $100,000, six-furlong sprint Sunday at Parx Racing. Read More...

Champion Divine Fortune Dies After Fall

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Divine Fortune, the 12-year-old champion steeplechaser of 2013, was euthanized Aug. 27 as a result of injuries sustained when he fell during the New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Conquest Strate Up faces males in stakes debut in Vice Regent

DRF | 4 days ago
Conquest Strate Up will face males in her stakes debut in Sunday’s $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds over one mile on Woodbine’s turf course. Read More...

Key Race report: Tanner’s Popsicle returns in optional claimer

DRF | 4 days ago
Tanner's Popsicle (#5, ML 5-2) returns in Friday's seventh race at Canterbury Park, a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer. It will be his first start since finishing second by seven lengths in an optional claimer July 2 at Canterbury Park. The first- and third-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

First Winner for Desert Key

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Desert Key, a grade I-placed son of E Dubai, was represented by his first winner Aug. 27 when Gospel Grey Key won the second race at Remington Park. Read More...

American Pharoah draws a crowd for Friday gallop

DRF | 4 days ago
Standing along the rail in the winner’s circle, trainer Bob Baffert looked up at the packed Saratoga grandstand and said, “Look at this, wow!" Read More...

Smart Strike Stallion Sons

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
30 years after Tasso became the first grade I winner sired by a son of Mr. Prospector, another son of Mr. Prospector, Smart Strike, is emerging as a sire of sires. Read More...

The Friday Show: Will The Stars Align On The Racetrack?

In American racing, the discussion often centers around the need for superstars. Despite some key losses this year at the top level of competition, it’s hard to lament a lack of star power when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, August 29th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 4 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, August 29th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Eric Cancel, an Apprentice Jockey at Saratoga, Listens and Learns

Cancel, 19, is the new kid in the jockeys’ room, and while his success has been gratifying, the lessons from other jockeys about professionalism have been invaluable. Read More...

Red Mile: Weaver trio takes aim at Kentucky Sire Stakes finals

DRF | 4 days ago
The Red Mile hosts eight Kentucky Sire Stakes championship races worth $175,000 each on Sunday night and owner Mark Weaver has three opportunities to come away with a big check. Read More...

OBS Yearling Sale Stays Steady on Final Day

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale closed out its three-day run Aug.27 with another steady day of trading in the second of two open sessions. Read More...

OBS August: Open portion ends with growth

DRF | 4 days ago
While the select portion of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale remained on fairly steady footing, the auction’s two open sessions posted improved average and median prices over last year’s renewal with fewer horses sold. Read More...

Rainbow 6 carryover reaches $419.278

DRF | 4 days ago
There will be a Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $419,278 into Friday’s card at Gulfstream Park. The sequence will run on races 5-10. Read More...

Making a Case for Transparency

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
New York stewards reach out to media, public Read More...

Stormy Regatta noses out Partisan Politics in Riskaverse

DRF | 5 days ago
Stormy Regatta was put into a nice stalking position early by Irad Ortiz Jr. and had just enough in the stretch to score a nose decision over 4-5 favorite Partisan Politics in the $100,000 Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga on Thursday. Read More...

Keeneland Plans for Sale Activity During BC

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
When Keeneland hosts the Breeders' Cup, it will not only face the challenge posed by having the largest crowd to ever attend the races at the track, but also how to prepare for the mixed sale that begins Nov. 2. Read More...

Illinois Vote Could Impact Thoroughbred Dates

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The Illinois Racing Board Aug. 27 granted Maywood Park permission to scrap the final three months of its harness season, a controversial decision with implications for the coming year's Thoroughbred dates. Read More...

Stellar Wind Tops Torrey Pines Field

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Hronis Racing's grade I winner Stellar Wind towers over a field of five other 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Del Mar. Read More...

Texas Thoroughbred Association plans sale of 2-year-olds at Lone Star

DRF | 5 days ago
Lone Star Park near Dallas will be the site of a 2-year-olds in training sale next April, the Texas Thoroughbred Association announced on Thursday Read More...

Violette Undecided on Travers for Upstart

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Though pleased with how his horse is doing, trainer Rick Violette remains undecided whether to start Ralph Evans and WinStar Farm's Upstart in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

TTA to Conduct 2-Year-Old Sale in April

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced the establishment of a 2-year-olds in training sale to be held in April at Lone Star Park. The auction will be similar to the one held by Fasig-Tipton Texas in previous years. Read More...

Suffolk to Subsidize Shipping for Fall Dates

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Suffolk Downs, which on Sept. 5 will offer its first live racing program in almost a year, said it will subsidize the shipping of horses from seven tracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/29 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bradester, Valid Meet Again at Monmouth

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Joseph Sutton's Bradester and Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid will go toe-to-toe once again in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park. Read More...