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Toews On Ice Heads Opening Churchill Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Toews On Ice heads a field of five 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes on the April 30 opening night Churchill Downs card. Read More...

Pocono: Owner has high hopes for Pennsylvania Classic-bound Another Daily Copy

DRF | 3 days ago
Carl Sackheim has high expectations for 3-year-old male pacer Another Daily Copy, but rather than spending a lot of time talking about the colt, he hopes the horse’s performance on the racetrack speaks for itself. Read More...

Gabriel Charles Makes Return in SF Mile

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Although he'd ideally like to have a softer landing spot, trainer Jeff Mullins is just happy to get grade I winner Gabriel Charles back to racing April 30 in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Metaboss Returns Under Care of Dickinson

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Grade III stakes winner Metaboss, who underwent surgery last spring to remove an ankle chip, is scheduled to make his first start in 13 months for new trainer Michael Dickinson in an April 29 allowance race on the Laurel Park turf. Read More...

Ziadie granted stay of six-year suspension

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Kirk Ziadie has received a stay of a six-year suspension handed down in December by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, his attorney said on Wednesday. Read More...

Making the Grade: Outwork

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown. Read More...

Garcia and Baffert have falling-out

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Martin Garcia, an integral part of trainer Bob Baffert's barn and the rider usually entrusted to work his elite horses, will not be in Kentucky for Derby Week and has no scheduled mounts at Los Alamitos on Thursday or Friday, all after taking time off following a falling-out with Baffert. Read More...

Jess Good Candy fires fresh in Mister Master Bug Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
All American Futurity winner Jess Good Candy won his 3-year-old debut Sunday at Remington Park in the $70,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes. Read More...

Sir Papa John goes for strong connections in 2-year-old maiden race

DRF | 3 days ago
Lone Star Park puts the spotlight on 2-year-olds Friday night. The first race is a maiden special weight over 4 1/2 furlongs. Sir Papa John figures to start as one of the top choices for the high-percentage team of trainer Karl Broberg and jockey C.J. McMahon. Read More...

Bevin appoints 11 new members to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 3 days ago
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday named 11 new members to a revamped 12-member Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, overhauling a panel that had been praised in recent years for its attention to racing matters and the expertise of its members. Read More...

Prado will ride Mobile Bay in Sunland Park Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Edgar Prado has been named to ride Mobile Bay in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap on Sunday. Read More...

Aktabantay Chases Miami Mile Success

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Aktabantay, a $625,000 yearling purchase, is set to seek his first stateside triumph and graded-stakes success in the Miami Mile in his third start for trainer Tom Morley. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Nationwide Silent Auction to Benefit PDJF

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Twenty-nine tracks will auction signed photographs of American Pharoah and Secretariat on Derby Day. Read More...

Kling to Chair Revamped Kentucky Commission

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced April 27 that former commissioner Frank Kling will return to chair a re-vamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Read More...

Bewitch a hard puzzle to solve

DRF | 3 days ago
The closing-day feature of the 16-day spring Keeneland meet, the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes, is one of those head-scratchers that could end up any number of ways, with more than half the 12-horse field appearing fully capable of prevailing. Read More...

Clocker: Lani his own worst enemy

DRF | 3 days ago
As if there aren't enough variables in the equation to get a horse ready to be at his best on Kentucky Derby Day, you can now add weather to the mix. Overnight rains hit here on Tuesday, and with more in the forecast as the week progresses, it is likely to have a major effect on training and workout schedules. Read More...

Churchill Downs Racing Club sells out shares

DRF | 3 days ago
The new Churchill Downs Racing Club already has sold out its initial 200-member allotment and is working on filling a second group, according to Gary Palmisano Jr., who is helping to manage the club. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Sherman Seeks California Chrome Stakes Upset

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman admits running in a race named after a horse he still has in training is a bit odd, but he couldn't help but have an entry in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes April 30 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

Hall’s 2016 inductees favor class of 1976

DRF | 3 days ago
It is highly subjective but fairly safe to state that no Hall of Fame class since 1976 has been of such a richly satisfying vintage … until now. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 3 days ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...

Attfield sustains multiple injuries in training accident

DRF | 3 days ago
Roger Attfield saw Dyna's Recoleta win a turf allowance Sunday at Keeneland, but not from a preferred vantage point.Attfield watched the race on television from his Toronto home while recovering from significant injuries sustained earlier this month in a training accident at Payson Park in Florida. Read More...

Belmont Park has work cut out to match last two meets

DRF | 3 days ago
On Friday, the 59-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet gets underway with a nine-race card. New York Racing Association officials can only hope that good things happen in threes and that there is a Triple Crown on the line when this year's Belmont Stakes is run on June 11 Read More...

Dortmund may be ready to race by late summer

DRF | 3 days ago
By resuming training now, Dortmund is likely to be ready to race by the end of the summer. Read More...

Purses increased for 93-day meet

DRF | 3 days ago
The situation for Ohio horsemen in Cincinnati looks brighter as Belterra Park launches its third season of live racing Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Exaggerator

DRF | 3 days ago
Curlin, who is coming off a career-best season by his racing progeny in 2015, is a rising star in the North American sire ranks. The stallion will look to really break through with a Kentucky Derby winner in Exaggerator, romping winner of the Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Affirmed Success far better spot for Loki’s Vengeance

DRF | 3 days ago
older New York-bred sprinters get their chance to stake their claim as heir to the retired Palace in the $100,000 Affirmed Success, the opening-day feature on a nine-race Belmont Park card that begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Party Pooper primary threat in sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Party Pooper hasn't lived up to the promise he showed at Hastings when he won the $50,000 New Westminster in his second start as a 2-year-old for trainer Troy Taylor in 2014. In fact, he hasn't won a race since. That figures to change when he runs in a $25,000 claiming race at Emerald Downs Friday. The 5 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races drew six horses and headlines a seven-race card that begins at 6:30 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

Legends: Whittingham’s Derby Winner Ferdinand

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory. Read More...

Free Eagle to Lead Cornerstone 2016 Roster

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The European highweight older horse will stand for Aus$18,700 Read More...

Baltas hopeful Take It Easyplease proves a smart claim

DRF | 3 days ago
Take It Easyplease was claimed for $16,000. A 4-year-old filly, Take It Easyplease can earn back that sum with a win in a first-level optional $20,000 claimer at Los Alamitos on Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 27

DRF | 3 days ago
There were no changes to the Derby Watch top 20 from last week to this week, not in terms of the lineup or the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, who has Nyquist as the 7-2 favorite 10 days out from the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox, Midnight On Oconee among stars of Jones’s string at Delaware Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Larry Jones will have 60 stalls at Delaware Park this summer. His stable will include I'm a Chatterbox, who finished second in the Doubledogdare last Friday, and Midnight On Oconee, who finished second in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra and Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds over the winter. Read More...

Laurel: Metaboss makes first start for Dickinson

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Michael Dickinson will have the second starter of his comeback at Laurel Park on Friday when he runs Metaboss in race 9, a second-level optional $28,000 claiming race on turf. Read More...

Hardest Core fresh, fit for comeback

DRF | 3 days ago
Hardest Core, who made just one start in 2015 after winning the Arlington Million in 2014, is only weeks away from making his return to the races for trainer Eddie Graham. Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen – April 27, 2016

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Steve Haskin fine tunes his Kentucky Derby Dozen as we approach the final week Read More...

Lani Works in Perplexing Fashion

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work. Read More...

Handling Tapit’s progeny often is no easy task

DRF | 3 days ago
The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred, and few are hotter right now – on a number of levels – than those by Tapit. Read More...

3-year-olds try turf in Silky Sullivan, Campanile

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Billy Morey will ask the consistent sprinter Midnight Ming to try both turf and two turns for the first time in Sunday’s $100,000 Silky Sullivan for 3-year-old California-breds going a mile. Read More...

Familiar names to clash in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
There may be no superstars among the 27 runners nominated for Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Speckert to resign as general counsel of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 3 days ago
Susan Speckert, the general counsel for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, will leave the agency in late May for another job, the latest in a string of departures at the commission since the election of Gov. Matt Bevin last November. Read More...

Miss Temple City Definite for Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The connections of Miss Temple City, who became the first female winner of the Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) last out April 15, have confirmed the filly will be pointed toward the £175,000 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Miss Temple City Expected for Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The connections of Miss Temple City, who became the first female winner of the Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) last out April 15, have confirmed the filly will be pointed toward the £175,000 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Carryover of $453K gives players shot to hit it big in Golden Pick 6

DRF | 3 days ago
There's lots of money to be made at Golden Gate Fields this weekend, and not just because there will be a trio of $100,000 stakes races. Big bucks are on the line for bettors on Friday, when the Golden Pick 6 jackpot starts the day with a $453,398 carryover. Read More...

Bennett making it happen at his hometown track

DRF | 3 days ago
Gerald Bennett ranks 19th all time and 11th among active trainers with 3,578 career wins from 17,383 starters (21 percent), and when the Tampa Bay Downs meet ends May 8, the 72-year-old conditioner almost certainly will have nailed down his first outright training title at his favorite track. Read More...

Nipigon ready off Florida prep race

DRF | 3 days ago
Stakes-placed Nipigon will continue on the comeback trail in the eighth race, a $47,500 Ontario-sired allowance route on Friday at Woodbine. Read More...

Espinoza Back for More in Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby." Read More...

Southeast Regional: Jewel of the South

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Adena Springs South expands under Frank Stronach Read More...