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Unbeaten colt Atreides coasts in Monarchos Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Stonestreet Stables and trainer Marty Wolfson surely will be looking for a more demanding spot for Atreides after the highly promising 3-year-old colt stayed unbeaten in three career starts with a 17 1/2-length victory Saturday in the $75,000 Monarchos Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Palace Dazzles in Speedy Forego Triumph

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Antonio Miuccio's Palace dazzled in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 30, diving to the rail and drawing off to finish the seven-furlong test in 1:21.95. Read More...

Avanzare makes most of good trip in Washington Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Gifted the easiest of early leads, Avanzare and jockey Chris Emigh made the most of it, surging when headed in deep stretch by the longshot Hattaash to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap by a head. Read More...

Avanzare makes most of good trip in Washington Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Gifted the easiest of early leads, Avanzare and jockey Chris Emigh made the most of it, surging when headed in deep stretch by the longshot Hattaash to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap by a head. Read More...

Mizzen Mast’s Stonetastic Runs Them Off Their Feet in Prioress

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 5:15 PM ET 8th at SAR (Saratoga)GII Prioress S. ($300k)     Winner: Stonetastic  by Mizzen Mast Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic (f, 3, Mizzen Mast) runs ... Read More...

Stonetastic Powers to Prioress Score

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Stonetastic turned an evenly matched race on paper into a runaway victory on the track, registering a powerful 8 1/2 length score in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) from Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 30. Read More...

Stonetastic shines in Prioress Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
It was hard not to think about the Winston Churchill quote, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” when listening to Kelly Breen speak after Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Calculator takes shot in Futurity

DRF | 3 days ago
Selecting a race for Calculator for the final days of the Del Mar meeting was easy for trainer Peter Miller. Read More...

Clubhouse Ride eyes Los Alamitos

DRF | 3 days ago
Clubhouse Ride, who won the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita in June but was last of 10 in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, is among the candidates for the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on Saturday. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Rain threatens turf races

DRF | 3 days ago
Six of Sunday’s 12 races are scheduled for turf, including the Grade 3 Glens Falls (sixth), so horsemen and handicappers will be watching the skies due to a threat of wet weather. According to weather.com, after a partly cloudy start to Sunday, there is an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms developing through the afternoon. Read More...

Velazquez wins Venezia Award

DRF | 3 days ago
After an online vote by racing fans, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was presented the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Saturday in the Saraoga winner’s circle. Read More...

Experience pays off for juveniles

DRF | 3 days ago
Experience counts. El Kabeir and Two Weeks Off, each of whom had a start at the meet, won split divisions of a 2-year-old maiden race on Saturday’s card at Saratoga. Read More...

Alpha may go in for Left Bank

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was represented in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward Stakes by Long River. He would have preferred to have been represented by Alpha, last year’s Woodward winner. Read More...

Velazquez Receives Mike Venezia Award

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner, was presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Too Many Egbert’s displays will to win in Vice Regent

DRF | 3 days ago
Too Many Egbert’s won his first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Vice Regent, after turning back a stern challenge from Man Cave in the final furlong. Read More...

Lord Rosberg a short price in 3-year-old fillies division

DRF | 3 days ago
The local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s annual yearling and mixed sale is just around the corner Sept. 9. Serving as an advertisement for the sale are four $50,000 stakes races at Hastings on Monday that are restricted to Canadian-breds who went through a CTHS sale. Read More...

Wise Dan Holds Off Optimizer to Win Bernard Baruch

Michael Compton | 3 days ago
Wise Dan, Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year, returned from a 15-week layoff to hold off late-running long shot Optimizer and win the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap by a nose at Saratoga Race Course. It was the third win in as many races this year for the 7-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding, […](Read more...) Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Monday, Sept. 1

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Private Zone invades to try turf in Turf Monster

DRF | 3 days ago
The presence of Private Zone in the Grade 3 Turf Monster on Monday adds juice to a race that was already filled to the brim. Read More...

On Rainbow Bridge shortens up for Etobicoke Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
After two route tries, On Rainbow Bridge will cut back to a sprint distance and face open company in Monday’s $100,000 Etobicoke Stakes over six furlongs for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine. Read More...

Wallyanna seeks stakes double in Saranac

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Michael Pino never had won a graded stakes at Saratoga when the 2014 meeting opened six weeks ago. On Monday, the Delaware-based horseman will seek his second grades stakes victory here in less than a month when he sends out Wallyanna as one of the favorites in the final stakes race of the session, the $300,000, Grade 3 Saranac for 3-year-olds on turf. Read More...

Wise Dan Wins Baruch in a Thriller

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 3:40 PM ET 5th at SAR (Saratoga)GII Bernard Baruch H. ($250k)     Winner: Wise Dan by Wiseman's Ferry Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan (g, 7, Wise... Read More...

Little Journey gets class relief in Boiling Springs Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Little Journey and My Miss Sophia find easier spots Monday at Monmouth Park. The Labor Day card features 11 races starting at 12:50 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Heart of Paradise tries grass in Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 days ago
With a deep team of 2-year-old fillies, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer skipped the $300,000 Debutante with Heart of Paradise in favor of Monday’s $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Sunday, Aug. 31

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Metz can pad lead in standings

DRF | 3 days ago
Including Monday’s 11-race card, which begins at 2 p.m. Pacific, just 13 racing dates remain before Emerald Downs is closed for the winter. Rain pelted the track Saturday morning for the first time in weeks, a telltale sign that the season is waning. Read More...

Voodoo Storm eyes meaningful win in Guilliams Memorial

DRF | 3 days ago
Closing day tends to bring a mix of emotions, regardless of the racetrack. The end of the 29-day summer meet at Ellis Park on Monday might serve to underscore that range of sentiments. Read More...

Micromanage can handle distance in Greenwood Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
The two most logical winners of the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup at 1 1/2 miles on the main track Monday are Micromanage, trained by Todd Pletcher, and Abraham, trained by Bill Mott. Read More...

Scat Daddy Colt Blows ‘Em Away at the Spa

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 3:04 PM ET 4th at SAR (Saratoga)Msw ($83k)     Winner: El Kabeir by Scat Daddy El Kabeir (c, 2, Scat Daddy) becomes a "TDN Rising Star" with a powerf... Read More...

Fair Grounds cancels most of Saturday card

DRF | 3 days ago
Citing the safety of both jockeys and horses, Fair Grounds management canceled Saturday’s Quarter Horse program following the fourth of 10 scheduled races. Heavy rains inundated the region Saturday morning and did not stop into the afternoon, resulting in flooding. Read More...

Rockin Jojo First Winner for Street Magician

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Rockin Jojo steadily wore down the front-runner in a sustained drive and won the third race at Parx Racing Aug. 30 to become the first winner for his Maryland-based sire Street Magician. Read More...

Wise Dan Victorious in Bernard Baruch Return

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, making his first start since returning after May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot Optimizer to win the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga. Read More...

Wise Dan holds off Optimizer by nose in Bernard Baruch

DRF | 3 days ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, in his first start back from colic surgery, sent many of his fans into cardiac arrest with a narrow nose victory over Optimizer in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga. Read More...

Little Journey Favored in Boiling Springs

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Little Journey, looking to rebound from a last-place finish in the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT), heads the field in the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT), the Labor Day feature event at Monmouth Park Sept. 1. Read More...

Nic a Jack faces familiar rivals in Labor Day Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Nic a Jack will seek his second stakes win of the meet when he meets a field of nine older horses in the $10,000 Labor Day Stakes in the closing day feature at Columbus on Monday afternoon. Read More...

Breeder has strong rooting interest in Ruidoso’s two biggest races

DRF | 3 days ago
Sarah Donaldson-Rioux, 37, is the breeder of starters in both the $1.9 million All American Derby on Sunday and the $2.6 million All American Futurity on Monday at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Starlight/Pletcher Colt Scores at Second Asking

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:51 PM ET 2nd at SAR (Saratoga)Msw ($83k)     Winner: Two Weeks Off by Harlan's Holiday Starlight Racing's Two Weeks Off (c, 2, Harlan's Holiday) de... Read More...

Dissident, I Do Win in Australia, New Zealand

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Group I racing in Australia and New Zealand got under way for the 2014/15 season Aug. 30, with Dissident taking the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and I Do landing the Makfi Challenge at Hastings. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Sunday, Aug. 31

DRF | 3 days ago
Some big fields to close out the card, coupled with the fact that by this point on the card some of your playing colleagues will be ‘chasing’, trying to stop the bleeding from earlier wagering injuries on the day, translate to a potential decent payoff in the day’s final pick three (races 9-11). Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Monday, Aug. 31

DRF | 3 days ago
You’re never in a hurry to take a short price. In fact, oftentimes, it should send you scampering in another direction, where you instead look for options to go against public opinion. There are times, however, when the use of a solid, well-backed horse can be a wonderful thing, i.e., for your multi-race wagers. Read More...

Hammersly preview: Pace the key in Torrey Pines

DRF | 3 days ago
There doesn’t seem a way around it. The Grade 3 Torrey Pines, at a mile on the main track, has at least three speed types who don’t figure to jump suddenly and change their style. Read More...

Albano enters Smarty Jones in top form

DRF | 3 days ago
The featured race of the day is the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards on dirt. Albano, stabled with Larry Jones at Delaware Park, is the likely Smarty Jones favorite, but the Todd Pletcher-trainer Protonico also will be well backed. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 3 days ago
There’s something for everyone on Saturday’s 12-race card, which includes four graded stakes, six grass races, a $500,000-guaranteed late pick four on races 9-12, and a $150,000-guaranteed pick six on races 7-12. Read More...

Barretts October yearling sale catalog available

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the Barretts Equine Sales Co. October yearling sale is now available online. Barretts has cataloged 258 yearlings for the one-day auction, which will be held Oct. 7 on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif. Read More...

Blanc back aboard Miss Serendipity for Yellow Ribbon

DRF | 3 days ago
They’re getting the band back together Monday at Del Mar in the Grade 2, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. Jockey Brice Blanc, sidelined for much of the meet following a harrowing accident on the turf, teams up with Miss Serendipity, who had a troubled trip last time out while Blanc was injured. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick three play for Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 3 days ago
Extra-special bonus: Second multi-race wager of the day. Read More...

Hersh: Saratoga pick five play for Saturday, Aug. 30

DRF | 3 days ago
You don’t get too many pick fives ending on the two-time Horse of the Year. I’m not in the “beat Wise Dan” camp – in fact, I’m singling WISE DAN in race 5 on this ticket. Read More...

Shamardal’s Fintry Shows Her Class In the Atalanta

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:35 AM ET 3rd at SNP (SANDOWN PARK)G3 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta S.     Winner: Fintry (Ire) by Shamardal Godolphin's Fintry (Ire)... Read More...

Durkin Nears Finish Line of Brilliant Career

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
It's last call for Tom Durkin. The voice of horse racing on the New York circuit is silencing himself Sunday, Aug. 31, retiring after a 43-year career in which he also announced Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races. Read More...

Crist: Woodward Stakes Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Steven Crist's analysis for the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...