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Mohawk: Thursday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 6/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 6/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Ellis, Churchill to overlap for one day

DRF | 3 days ago
Ellis Park opens its 30-day summer meet on July 2, meaning there is a one-day overlap in the state's racing schedule. Ellis, as always, will race in the afternoon on that Saturday, while Churchill will host an evening card. Read More...

Gun Runner riding high as he heads toward Haskell

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen said this week that Gun Runner will breeze once at Churchill before he decides when to ship the colt to Saratoga to train toward his next race, the July 31 Haskell at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Filly flaunts talent with rare first-out win for Wilkes

DRF | 3 days ago
Street Sense didn't win first time out. Neither did Fort Larned and a bunch of other good horses Ian Wilkes has worked with. So when a 3-year-old filly named Open Arms won her career debut for him Sunday at Churchill Downs, it came as something of a surprise to most racing fans. Read More...

Fourth Watch running for two in turf sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
B. Wayne Hughes brought Fourth Watch home to his Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., after the 3-year-old filly finished off the board in a Grade 3 turf stakes for trainer Carla Gaines at Santa Anita on Kentucky Derby Day. Some seven weeks and one successful mating later, Fourth Watch will return to racing action Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Hipp Smitt tries allowance ranks

DRF | 3 days ago
The promising Hipp Smitt makes his first start outside the maiden ranks Friday at Woodbine in an Ontario-sired allowance sprint for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Group to Expand ‘Operation Gelding’ Program

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Representatives of the Unwanted Horse Coalition plan to expand the organization's Operation Gelding program, given results of a recent survey. Read More...

Pocono: Wakizashi Hanover makes 2016 debut on Saturday

DRF | 3 days ago
With most of the “Big Guns” of the standardbred world racing in eliminations for rich finals the following week, it is easy for one of last year’s stars to get lost in the shuffle this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. One week after Betting Line was crowned the North America Cup champion at Mohawk, the 2015 winner Wakizashi Hanover returns to the track for his first race of the year. Read More...

The Meadows: Mike Wilder picks up win No. 7,0000

DRF | 3 days ago
Mike Wilder collected career win 7,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted 13-1 long shot Step Closer to victory in the 13th race. Read More...

Ciaglia Elected, Four Re-Elected to TOC Board

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Thoroughbred Owners of California elected Joe Ciaglia and re-elected incumbents Nick Alexander, Ron Ellis, Billy Morey, and Samantha Siegel to its board of directors. Read More...

MA Fund Splits Altered to Favor Standardbreds

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Thoroughbred horsemen in Massachusetts will now get a significantly smaller allocation of the state's multimillion dollar Race Horse Development Fund for purses and breeders' awards. Read More...

A Song Unfinished

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Eva Cassidy had the voice of an angel. Her jazz/blues rendition of "Over the Rainbow" brought people to tears. Read More...

Kentucky Regulator Announces Committees

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced June 21 the committee structure and members for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. Read More...

Harzand Looks Set for Classic Double Bid

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Seventeen horses have swept the Epsom Derby/Irish Derby double, and Epsom Derby (Eng-I) victor Harzand looks set for a bid to become the latest June 25 in the Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh. Read More...

WV Moves Ahead With Out-of-Competition Tests

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission plans to launch its out-of-competition program in conjunction with the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. Read More...

Jockey Ovie D. Scurlock, 97, Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Ovie Scurlock, who rode in three Kentucky Derbys and rode Coaltown for Calumet Farm and trainer Ben Jones, died earlier this month at 97. Read More...

Discreetly Mine sold to Uruguayan interests

DRF | 4 days ago
Discreetly Mine, who had stood at Lane’s End in Kentucky for six years, has been sold to stand at Norman Fox’s Haras Lascala in Uruguay. The deal was brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock in association with Diego Mitagstein of Perhaps Bloodstock and Pablo Núñez. Read More...

TCA Sponsors Thoroughbred Makeover

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Retired Racehorse Project and Thoroughbred Charities of America June 21 jointly announced that TCA will be the title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium this fall. Read More...

Discreetly Mine to Uruguay’s Haras Lacala

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Discreetly Mine is the sire of eight black-type performers from three crops of racing age sired during his time at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Read More...

Texas Lifetime Achievement Award to Farish

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The TTA's human awards weren't announced in advance, and the top honor, the T.I. "Pops" Harkins Award for lifetime achievement, went to William S. Farish III. Read More...

Money Laundering Tied to Quarter Horse Sales

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Among the 15 individuals arrested in connection with an alleged drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy in the Southwest are three men accused of using a horse sale to evade income reporting requirements. Read More...

Welfare, Safety Summit Will Be Streamed Live

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit on June 28 will be streamed live, officials said. The event will be held June 28 at Keeneland in Lexington. Read More...

Umarov hearing scheduled for Wednesday

DRF | 4 days ago
Otabek Umarov, the owner-trainer suspended recently by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for 10 years, will appear before a Franklin County Circuit Court judge in Frankfort, Ky., on Wednesday morning for a request of a stay of the commission’s sanction. Read More...

Putting Uncle Mo in Perspective

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Uncle Mo's remarkable start at stud begs the question of whether he has been the most successful first-crop and second-crop sire ever in North America. Read More...

Retiring Hickey Presented With Rolapp Award

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jay Hickey, who is retiring from his role as president of the American Horse Council, is the 2016 recipient of the organization's prestigious Rolapp Award, which recognizes the late Rick Rolapp, AHC president from 1974-1993. Read More...

Stormy Atlantic Gets 100th Black-Type Winner

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Central Kentucky sire Stormy Atlantic gained his 100th black-type winner June 17 when Tahanee won the Omega (Arg-III) at San Isidro in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read More...

Fornatale: Late decision to play leads to paid vacation

DRF | 4 days ago
Every year, right around this time, Joe Koury, 52, and his family spend a week on the beach at Ocean City, N.J. Koury’s initial plan was to back off on his contest play and relax. It didn't work out that way. Read More...

American Horse Council gives Rolapp Award to Jay Hickey

DRF | 4 days ago
Jay Hickey, the outgoing president of the American Horse Council, has been presented with the AHC’s highest honor, the Rolapp Award. Read More...

B C Z Middleton pulls upset on 20th anniversary card

DRF | 4 days ago
B C Z Middleton upset the $50,000 Washington State Legislature Stakes at Emerald Downs Monday night. The only 3-year-old among the eighth horses running in the 6 1/2-furlong dash for fillies and mares, B C Z Middleton paid $32.60. Read More...

A Beginner’s Guide to Trip Handicapping

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Trip handicapping is a popular method for uncovering winners, yet it's not as easy as it might seem. Read More...

Scat Daddy Stakes Winners Keep Rolling

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The sire power lost when Scat Daddy collapsed and died suddenly Dec. 14, 2015, at age 11 was substantial, but he has six sons standing at stud. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: New Wave

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Americans making Royal Ascot the new summer place to be. Read More...

Emerald Downs Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the last race at Emerald Downs the evening of June 20, but did little to spoil the Washington track's 20th anniversary celebration. Read More...

Running Dragon Stays Perfect After Mountain Top Futurity Score

Fastest qualifier Running Dragon kept her perfect record intact in the June 18, $364,256 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Royal Ascot 2016

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
See the races, fashion, and people at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Infinite Bull Wins New Mexico Horsemens Association Stakes

Infinite Bull (TB), a homebred son of King Bull (TB) racing for Gary Balzano’s Tucumcari Thoroughbreds and one of four Throughbreds in the seven-horse field, scored first stakes victory at the distance in the 870-yard, $35,800 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 17. Read More...

Stormofthecentury, 8, finds fountain of youth in Karl Boyes Memorial

DRF | 4 days ago
The 8-year-old Stormofthecentury turned back the clock and dashed off to a wire-to-wire score as a 25-1 longshot in Monday night’s $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Texas Summer Sale Returns at Lone Star Park

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Texas Thoroughbred Association announced that it has received more than 100 entries for its Texas summer yearling and mixed sale Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park and entries are still being accepted. Read More...

Fingerpainter hangs in to win Niagara Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
It took the length of the stretch, but longshot Fingerpainter kept digging in and was up to defeat 1-5 favorite Absatootly by a head in the $50,000 Niagara Stakes on Monday at Finger Lakes. Read More...

‘Ranger’ Tops O’Brien’s Irish Derby Foursome

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Trainer Aidan O'Brien looks to have four runners for the Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I), with Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) second- and third-place finishers Us Army Ranger and Idaho spearheading the quartet for the classic June 25 at the Curragh. Read More...

Beer: Belmont horses to watch week of June 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Belmont for the week of June 20. Read More...

The week that was in racing, June 13-19, 2016

DRF | 5 days ago
Songbird stays perfect, Tepin and Lady Aurelia win big at Royal Ascot, Bradster gets first grade 1 win, Untapable retired, Gun Runner wins easily, and more. Read More...

Persuasive, Lucky Kitten meet again in Thursday feature

DRF | 5 days ago
Thursday’s main event is a $43,000 allowance/optional claimer that lured a field of seven going a mile on turf. The race will feature a rematch between Persuasive and Lucky Kitten, who finished second and third behind the red-hot Grand Isle on May 11. Read More...

Pocono: Sun Stakes eliminations loaded with talent

DRF | 5 days ago
What will be the greatest collection of harness racing talent assembled for one card so far in 2016 will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night, as the eliminations for the $2M+ Sun Stakes Saturday Championships will be held, seven days before the Championship events. Read More...

Exclusive Contest: Name the White-Headed Foal

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Mike Moreno of Southern Equine Farm will donate $5,000 to the Racetrack Chaplaincy of Saratoga in the name of the person whose suggestion is picked as the name of Moreno's Bodemeister colt. Read More...

Derby Express poised to move forward in Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
With a slow three-eighths, a moderate half-mile, and a slow half-mile constituting the work pattern for his 3-year-old debut, Derby Express looked like he might be a short horse when he returned from a six-month layoff May 26 at Indiana Grand. And he ran like one, too, coming home a one-paced third in the $103,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes. Read More...

Tepin none the worse for wear after Ascot tour de force

DRF | 5 days ago
Norm Casse was ready for a nap mid-morning Monday, his internal clock still off a tick or so after spending close to two weeks in England. But the horse with whom he travelled overseas, Tepin, has shown no such lingering malaise after a memorable win June 14 in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Promising filly Amapola sold, sent to Saratoga

DRF | 5 days ago
Amapola, who set a 4 1/2-furlong track record of 50.99 seconds in her career debut here last month, has been sold privately and is training at Saratoga, according to her former trainer, Antonio Sano. Read More...

Drop in class for Itsonlyactingdad

DRF | 5 days ago
Itsonlyactingdad is a three-time winner, but the best race of her career may have been one that she lost. Read More...