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National Uniform Medication Program Adoption Review

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Not one of the major racing jurisdictions has adopted the RMTC program in entirety. Read More...

Trifecta Equine Staff Shines in Vital SLR Rescue Effort

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Pulling together as a team, the operators and staff of Trifecta Equine Center pulled together to help save dozens of horses from the fire that devastated the San Luis Rey Downs training center near Bonsall, Calif. Read More...

ABR Wired: Experience Hong Kong International Racing

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Journey to Hong Kong with America's Best Racing and experience everything the Longines Hong Kong International Races have to offer. Take in the city, encounter the culture, and be wowed by top-class horse racing in an environment unlike any other. Read More...

Meadowlands: Thursday 12/14 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 12/14 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 12/14 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 12/14 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Factum Relocated to Ohio from Florida

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Factum, a half brother to leading sire War Front, has been relocated from Florida to Poplar Creek Horse Center near Bethel, Ohio, where he'll stand for a private fee in 2018. Read More...

Jockeys’ Guild Panel Outlines Progress in Safety Vests

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
When Terry Smith whose Dynamic Research has helped establish ASTM standards in safety vests looked over the room of riders gathered for the 2017 Jockeys' Guild Assembly Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, he saw a great resource. Read More...

Rainbow Heir to Ocala Stud

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Eight-time black-type winner Rainbow Heir will be entering stud in 2018 at Ocala Stud Farm in Central Florida upon his retirement from racing. Read More...

Arqana December Sale Eclipses Previous Marks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Topped by multiple group 3 winner Haggle (GB), Arqana's December sale in Deauville, France, concluded on a record note following a Dec. 12 session that featured National Hunt horses. Read More...

The Week in Photos 12/12/2017

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Starlet, Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint, Hong Kong Vase, Valedictory, Caribbean Classic, Caribbean Cup, Caribbean Cup Speed and more. Read More...

Trifecta Equine Center Hits Big Helping Rescue Horses

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Pulling together as a team, the operators and staff of Trifecta Equine Center pulled together to help save dozens of horses from the fire that devastated the San Luis Rey Downs training center near Bonsall, Calif. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Dec. 5 – Dec. 7

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Dover, Meadowlands and more. Read More...

Hovdey: San Luis Rey tour reveals fire’s random fury

DRF | 4 days ago
Kevin Havell, general manager of San Luis Rey Downs, steered his dusty SUV up past the equipment yard and towering hay barn to the far eastern reaches of the 240-acre property. It was Monday afternoon, four days after a vicious piece of the Lilac Fire had done its worst, and Havell was showing a visitor exactly how the wind-blown flames had attacked the training center, gutting seven barns and damaging part of another, while killing as many as 46 of the 450 horses stabled there. Read More...

Hovdey: San Luis Rey tour reveals fire’s random fury

DRF | 4 days ago
Kevin Havell, general manager of San Luis Rey Downs, steered his dusty SUV up past the equipment yard and towering hay barn to the far eastern reaches of the 240-acre property. It was Monday afternoon, four days after a vicious piece of the Lilac Fire had done its worst, and Havell was showing a visitor exactly how the wind-blown flames had attacked the training center, gutting seven barns and damaging part of another, while killing as many as 46 of the 450 horses stabled there. Read More...

Lisa Underwood, former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, dies at 57

DRF | 4 days ago
Lisa Underwood, the former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, died on Saturday morning of a heart attack, according to an obituary appearing in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Underwood was 57. Read More...

Sunland Park Meet Opens Friday

Sunland Park Racetrack will open its 2017-18 season with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 12:30 p.m. (MST). Read More...

CHRB Reports San Luis Rey Horses Are Accounted For

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
California Horse Racing Board officials indicated Dec. 11 that the horses stabled at San Luis Rey Training Center at the time of the Dec. 7 fire that tore through the facility have been accounted for. Read More...

Sexual Harassment In Racing And Why The Industry Is Not Ready For ‘Silence Breakers’

In the broader news world, every morning seems to bring a new name of a high-profile man accused of sexual harassment or assault, followed by (sometimes) swift removal of Hollywood stars, producers,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Casandra Branick One of Many Heroes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Casandra Branick, barn manager and exercise rider for trainer Edward Freeman, would rather talk about the heroic deeds of so many others who risked their lives to save horses during the San Luis Rey Downs nightmare. Read More...

Former KHRC Executive Director Underwood Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Lisa Underwood Young, the former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, died at home of a heart attack Dec. 9. She was 57. Read More...

Purton pressures Moreira in Hong Kong jockey race

DRF | 4 days ago
Zac Purton is keeping the jockey’s race close in Hong Kong this year. Since the season began in September, Purton has won 36 races, five less than leader Joao Moreira, the runaway leader in the last two seasons. Read More...

Take Awarded IFHA International Award of Merit

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Yutaka Take has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, which recognizes distinguished horsemen and horsewomen for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing. Read More...

Bedfofrd Falls moves to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

DRF | 4 days ago
Bedford Falls, a half-brother to prominent sire Harlan’s Holiday, will relocate for the 2018 breeding season to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., where he will stand for an advertised fee of $2,000. Read More...

Flatlined to try dirt again in Harlan’s Holiday

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Charles “Scooter” Dickey has been wanting to get Flatlined back on dirt for quite a while. He'll finally get that opportunity here Saturday when he sends the Grade 2-winning turf specialist postward over the main track in the Grade 3 Harlan's Holiday Stakes. Read More...

Canadian Owner, Breeder Lynn Chouinard Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Alberta Thoroughbred community lost a valued member when Lynn Chouinard died Dec. 7 at the age of 75. Read More...

McKnight, Da Silva Lead Woodbine Meet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Leavem in Malibu scored in the Valedictory Stakes (G3) for Mark Casse, who finished second in the Woodbine trainer standings for the first time in over a decade as Norm McKnight took the lead with a five-win performance Dec. 10. Read More...

Bedford Falls to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Bedford Falls, a half brother to top sire Harlan's Holiday, will be relocated within California to Tom and Debi Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for the 2018 breeding season. Read More...

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Elmendorf Farm

In the world of Thoroughbred breeding, the same names come up again and again, whether as roots or as branches in the family trees of top racehorses. The same is true of farm names, which often crop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Hovdey: Brave tales from the fog of inferno

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Clifford Sise was in the middle of the chaos of last Thursday's horrific fire at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, Calif. “It's so hot, you feel like your whole body is almost on fire,” Sise said. “You can't see, it's so dark, and you don't know where to go. You think you've got to get to a clearing, so you do. That'll last about five minutes, and you're okay. Then you go back in. I did it twice. You don't really think about it. You're just trying to save the horses. We'd go in for our kids.” Read More...

Delta Downs increases overnight purses

DRF | 4 days ago
Delta Downs has increased overnight purses about 15 percent, according to Chris Warren, director of racing. The new purse schedule was to go into effect with the Wednesday-night card. Read More...

Maldonado to ride at Oaklawn

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Edwin Maldonado plans to ride at the Oaklawn Park meet that opens in January, according to Bill Castle, an agent who will represent the rider in Hot Springs, Ark. Read More...

Full field expected for Springboard Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
A full house is expected for the $400,000 Springboard Mile on Sunday's closing-day card at Remington Park. Read More...

Rice, Ortiz aim to continue hot streak

DRF | 4 days ago
The jockey-trainer team of Irad Ortiz Jr. and Linda Rice won seven races from 12 starters at Aqueduct last week and join forces three times on Thursday's eight-race card, including with Do Share in the day's featured third-level allowance/optional $80,000 claiming race. Read More...

Rocco hopes stakes win is just the start

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. got off to a good start at Aqueduct when he guided Quezon to victory in Saturday's $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes. Read More...

Bond enjoying strong Aqueduct meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Through Sunday, trainer James Bond has won with nine of 29 starters at the meet, with two seconds and four thirds. As the winter approaches, Bond will have a sizeable stable in south Florida, but does plan to leave about 20 in New York before increasing that to 30 around Feb. 1 Read More...

First-month all-sources handle climbs 10 percent

DRF | 4 days ago
All-sources handle for the first month of the Aqueduct fall meet was up 10.1 percent compared to 2016, according to figures provided by the New York Racing Association. Read More...

For fast-acting Miller stable, fire could have been far more tragic

DRF | 4 days ago
Last Thursday afternoon started as a normal late-autumn weekday for Jehobany Catalan Alvarez, the foreman at trainer Peter Miller's stable at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Calif. Catalan was overseeing the 77-horse stable, which had already trained for the day and was in a quiet period after lunch. Read More...

Miss Mo Mentum making it look easy for Casse

DRF | 4 days ago
Few have witnessed any horse win a race, let alone a stakes, any easier than Miss Mo Mentum did when cruising to the Gulfstream finish line, under wraps, 8 3/4 lengths in front of her nearest rival, to win the $75,000 Hut Hut. Read More...

Tattersalls Ireland Cancels December Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Inclement weather in the Dublin, Ireland, area forced Tattersalls Ireland to cancel the Ascot December sale scheduled for Dec. 11 and that it will not be rescheduled. Read More...

Lynn Chouinard of Bar None Ranches dies at 75

DRF | 4 days ago
Lynn Chouinard, owner of Bar None Ranches in Dewinton, Alberta, Canada, died Dec. 7 after a 12-year battle with cancer. He was 75. Read More...

Portfolio Manager vs. Cinderela El Crome in feature

DRF | 4 days ago
As much as any handicapper, trainer Danny Gargan knows Portfolio Manager is the horse to beat in Wednesday's first-level allowance feature at Aqueduct. Gargan will try to do just that when he sends out Cinderela El Crome against Portfolio Manager in the six-furlong race. Read More...

Giuseppe the Great possible for Pegasus

DRF | 4 days ago
Giuseppe the Great, who was graded stakes placed in several major 3-year-old events this year, finally dropped into the allowance ranks to post his second career victory as an overwhelming 1-5 favorite Sunday. Afterward, trainer Nick Zito did not rule out the possibility of entertaining an offer from one of the stakeholders to bring him back in the Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27. Read More...

Two ride chalk into WCH finals

DRF | 4 days ago
Saturday was a chalky day on DRF Tournaments but Tim Darnell and Ken Jordan aren't complaining. Each player won a $5,000 seat to the $1 million, no-takeout World Championship of Handicapping from a 24-entry Grade 1 qualifier. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 12/12 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 12/12 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...