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Kentucky Derby: Simon Callaghan & Firing Line

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Simon Callaghan comments on Firing Line and his team's excitement on the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Harness: JK She’salady preps for qualifying debut at Meadowlands

DRF | 3 days ago
Champions Father Patrick, Pinkman, Market Share and Artspeak—among others—were the official story on the track during qualifying action at the Meadowlands on Saturday morning. However, 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady was also in attendance going an uncharted training mile. Read More...

Criterion, Red Cadeaux Set for Rematch in HK

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Several hopefuls for the HK$20 million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (HK-I) were out at Sha Tin the morning of April 25, including a couple of top contenders in Red Cadeaux and Criterion, familiar rivals. Read More...

Emerald Downs Seeks New Track Announcer

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. has begun a search for a new track announcer. Read More...

Kentucky Derby workers across the country

DRF | 3 days ago
Ten potential Kentucky Derby starters worked on Saturday, with only two of those breezes coming at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Equine Sales Breeze Show Postponed to Sunday

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The April 25 breeze show for the Equine Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale has been postponed one day due to inclement weather in Opelousas, Louisiana. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Busy morning of workouts for contenders

DRF | 3 days ago
Beginning with Carpe Diem well before dawn at Keeneland and concluding with Dortmund later in the morning three time zones away at Santa Anita, a total of 10 prospects for the May 2 Kentucky Derby worked Saturday at seven different locales. Read More...

Baffert Weighing Bayern’s Derby Week Options

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
After a six-furlong workout in 1:10 4/5 at Santa Anita Park April 25, trainer Bob Baffert is mulling over Bayern's options for Kentucky Derby Week. Read More...

The Wizard’s weekend selections, analysis, and wagering strategies

DRF | 3 days ago
Available now, the Wizard sets his sights on this weekend’s best racing, with an eye toward the best betting opportunities. With his full-card selections and analysis, you’ll find a detailed look at the field and top picks for each race. With the addition of the betting window, you’ll get suggested wagers, including exotics. Plays are updated 30 to 60 minutes before first post to account for scratches and changes. Find out more and buy now. Read More...

Dortmund Runs Easy in Final Derby Drill

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Bayern’s work has Baffert pondering change in plans

DRF | 3 days ago
Bayern, unraced since winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November, recorded a sharp six-furlong workout at Santa Anita on Saturday that left trainer Bob Baffert pondering which lucrative stakes to try at Churchill Downs next weekend. Read More...

‘Company’ No Issue for El Kabeir in Workout

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
On a brisk spring morning at Belmont Park April 25, El Kabeir put in his final breeze for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and it was unexpectedly eventful. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Sunday, April 26

DRF | 3 days ago
Only eight races will be run Sunday at Santa Anita, instead of the nine races that were scheduled. Read More...

International Star Stays Home for Final Work

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star stayed at trainer Mike Maker's base at the Churchill Downs Training Center for his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) workout April 25. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Hollendorfer strong in second start after layoff

DRF | 3 days ago
Summer Hit (#6, ML 5-2) makes his second start since June 21, 2014 in Saturday's seventh race at Golden Gate, the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile ran on turf. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is winning at a 30 percent clip when saddling a horse in its second start off a layoff greater than 180 days, for a return on investment of $2.69. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Trainer Weaver on Tencendur

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer George Weaver analyzes April 25 workout by Kentucky Derby contender Tencendur. Read More...

Tencendur Beats the Rain in Morning Work

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With heavy rain forecast for Louisville, Ky., April 25, trainer George Weaver opted to send Tencendur to the track early for his final workout before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Tencendur Beats the Rain in Morning Move

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With heavy rain forecast for Louisville, Ky., April 25, trainer George Weaver opted to send Tencendur to the track early for his final workout before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Read More...

Upstart puts in strong final work toward Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Less than three weeks ago, it looked like Upstart’s Kentucky Derby status was in trouble when he developed a temperature and had some nasal discharge. Read More...

Keen Ice Warms Up for Derby With Workout

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With intermittent light rain falling at Churchill Downs, Donegal Racing's Keen Ice breezed five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 the morning of April 25 in his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) work. Read More...

Firing Line Stretches Legs in Derby Breeze

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Simon Callaghan trainee breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park, then galloped out to three-quarters of a mile in 1:15. He is set to ship to Churchill Downs early April 26. Read More...

El Kabeir sharp in morning workout

DRF | 3 days ago
Despite difficult weather conditions, El Kabeir prospered over the winter in New York, winning the Gotham and Jerome, finishing second in the Withers, and placing third in the Wood Memorial. Read More...

NTRA Has Net Gain for Third Consecutive Year

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association said its fiscal year that ended Jan. 31 produced net revenue of $190,340, the third consecutive year in which revenue outpaced expenses. Read More...

Birdatthewire Delivers Smooth Churchill Move

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Forum Racing's Birdatthewire smoothly completed five furlongs 1:01 1/5 on the still-fast track as the two-time grade II winner prepares for a start in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Read More...

Hammersly: Pick three play for Santa Anita on Sunday, April 26

DRF | 3 days ago
A gal returning to her best game, another filly who looks quite attractive as she makes her U.S. debut, and a gelding who looks like a brand new horse after a layoff give a mid-card pick three (races 4-6) some appeal. Read More...

Peck: Pick three play for Aqueduct on Sunday, April 26

DRF | 3 days ago
The last three races of the weekend at the Big A intrigue the most. Let's try a pick three. Read More...

Tensas Harbor wins third straight stakes in Matron

DRF | 3 days ago
Relishing the off-going, Tensas Harbor won her third stakes in a row Saturday night at Evangeline Downs, edging clear in the $60,000 Matron Stakes. Defending champ Hot Tempo lodged a rally inside the winner turning for home, only to settle grudgingly for second, a length behind the winner, followed by Synapse in third. Originally scheduled for a mile on the turf, the Matron was moved to a sloppy main track at the same distance following afternoon rains. Read More...

Key Race report: Charlie A returns in Powder Break Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Charlie A (#8, ML 20-1) returns in Saturday's 10th race at Gulfstream Park, the one-mile Powder Break Stakes ran on turf. It will be her first start since winning by a head in a 7 1/2-furlong turf optional claimer Feb. 15 at Gulfstream Park. The second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

KY Derby: Jerry Crawford on Keen Ice, Puca

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Donegal Racing founder talks about contenders for Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Woodford Reserve (gr. IT). Read More...

Carpe Diem Solid in Final Pre-Derby Work

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Carpe Diem turned in the second of two maintenance works since that win when he cruised four furlongs in :48 3/5 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez April 25 at Keeneland. Read More...

Jazdzewski Landed Young Far Right for $2,500

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Jon Jazdzewski landed Far Right, then a short yearling, for $2,500 from the @Nossab LLC consignment, Darby Dan Farm agent, at the 2013 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 9:43 PM ET The OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training proved a rousing success, with the average breaking the mark set... Read More...

TimeformUS Ky Derby Prep Trip Notes Excerpt

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Which hidden terrible OR wonderful trips in the Derby prep races will lead to horses being overbet or underbet in the Derby? Read More...

Storm Washes Away Texas Mile at Lone Star

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The final eight races at Lone Star Park April 24 were cancelled, including the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III), because of inclement weather that led to unsafe track conditions. Read More...

Keeneland Spring Handle Figures Down

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Keeneland concluded its 15-day meet April 24 with overall on-track attendance ranking the fourth-highest in spring meet history, but pari-mutuel handle figures were off from last year's meet. Read More...

Record Average for OBS Spring Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s four-day spring sale of 2-year-olds in training came to a rousing conclusion April 24 in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

OBS sale closes with record for average price

DRF | 3 days ago
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds continued a historic run in 2015, not only extending its streak of record-setting average and median prices for a fourth straight year but also selling the highest-priced offering in the auction company’s history. Read More...

Ramseys Earn Record 15th Keeneland Title

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Horses owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey won 11 races at Keeneland's 15-day spring meet as they finished as leading owners at a Keeneland meet for a record 15th time when the spring meet concluded April 24. Read More...

Casner Still Committed to Salix-Free Racing

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Owner Bill Casner hasn't wavered since his 2011 decision to race his Thoroughbreds without the widely used diuretic furosemide, or Salix (Lasix). Read More...

Keeneland meet closes with drops in attendance, handle

DRF | 3 days ago
Keeneland wrapped up its 15-day spring meet Friday with a 15 percent decrease in daily all-sources wagering and a 7 percent decrease in daily attendance. Read More...

Madefromlucky Officially Out of KY Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Todd Pletcher said April 24 that Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky officially had been removed from consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Prince Bishop, African Story Retired

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
African Story and Prince Bishop, respective winners of the last two Emirates Dubai World Cups (UAE-I), have both been retired, Godolphin announced. Read More...

Kitten’s Point Surges Late to Claim Bewitch

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Augustin Stables' Kitten's Point closed impressively to win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 24 at Keeneland, after racing as much as 10 1/2 lengths off the early pace in the 1 1/2-mile race. Read More...

King: Gulfstream Rainbow 6 play for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 3 days ago
With a carryover of more than $1.45 million and a mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6 on Saturday at Gulfstream, horseplayers from all over will be shooting to take home a chunk of the massive pool. The small 20-cent minimum could result in many deep-pocketed players spreading very deep, perhaps creating value on more likely outcomes. So, here is a modest ticket costing $102.40, playing four horses apiece in half of the races and a pair of runners in the three others. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, April 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Most of my attention Saturday will be focused on Gulfstream Park and the mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6, but Santa Anita has a few wagering opportunities that I find intriguing. I’m not anticipating the sort of potential return on investment I could possibly achieve at Gulfstream, but there is money to be made at “The Great Race Place” on Saturday. Read More...

Federation Continues Push for Harmonization

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Asian Racing Conference slated for January 2016 in Mumbai, India, will be a checkpoint to determine progress on key issues facing international racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said April 24. Read More...

Derby Notes: Three Scheduled to Work Saturday

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With rain in Saturday's forecast, connections of Kentucky Derby hopefuls International Star, Tencendur, and Keen Ice will try to stick to the plan of working Saturday, April 25. Read More...

Kitten’s Point continues Motion’s dominance of Bewitch

DRF | 4 days ago
Kitten’s Point gave trainer Graham Motion his third straight victory in the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes when the 5-year-old mare ran down Cay Dancer to win the 54th running of the three-turn turf race on Friday, closing day of the Keeneland spring meet. Read More...

Shared Belief Recovering at Golden Gate

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Read More...

Derby Jockey Walker Influenced Breeders

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Kentucky Derby was in its infancy when Baden-Baden carried 17-year-old William Walker to victory in the late 1870s, an era when horse racing was America's favorite pastime and jockeys were hailed as national heroes. Read More...