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Bull Run Continues at OBS Spring Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Continuing the momentum from the previous day’s opening session, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring auction of 2-year-olds in training continued its bull run April 26, with strong increases in gross and average prices. Read More...

Navarro gears up for Monmouth Park’s season

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro came within a half-length of going 4 for 4 on last Saturday’s Charles Town Classic card. All of his runner’s that day have been sent to a New Jersey farm to prepare for the Monmouth Park meet, which begins May 13. Read More...

Geolocating to boost purses

DRF | 3 days ago
Regulations allowing racetracks to identify wagers placed ontrack through account-wagering platforms is expected to enhance purses, but the impact will not be known for several months. Read More...

It Tiz Well to skip Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
It Tiz Well, who finished third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, will remain in California this spring and will not start in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 5. Read More...

Laurel: Lynch collects three stakes wins

DRF | 3 days ago
Trevor McCarthy won the most races at Laurel Park last week but Feargal Lynch won the right races. Read More...

Imperial Hint back to his old self back home at Parx

DRF | 3 days ago
After a month’s journey to Dubai in search of riches, Imperial Hint is back in his Parx stall, and if not wealthier, at least he has his health. Read More...

Avast Matey has options with wide draw in sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Avast Matey finally gets off the fence Friday for the featured seventh race at Gulfstream Park. He will start in post seven for the optional $16,000 claiming sprint that carries first-level allowance conditions after breaking from the rail in each of his last two starts. Read More...

As Belmont opens, look for a lot more turf racing

DRF | 3 days ago
A change of scenery, a change in corporate structure at the New York Racing Association, and a change in the quality of racing are all in the offing as Belmont Park begins its 54-day spring/summer meet Friday. The switch to Belmont signifies more turf racing as the mammoth facility has two turf courses on which to race. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/28 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 4/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Derby, Oaks Notes From Churchill Downs, April 26

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
For the first time in nearly a month, trainer Todd Pletcher had all of his Kentucky Derby hopefuls in one shedrow. Read More...

Saez to Ride J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Luis Saez has been named to ride Gotham Stakes (G3) winner J Boys Echo in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the colt's connections confirmed April 26. Read More...

N.Y. Change Allows Horsemen to Negotiate Workers’ Comp

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A new state budget in Albany for the first time gives the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund authority to negotiate directly with insurance companies for not just traditionally covered workers. Read More...

High-Profile Owners Team Up to Buy Expensive Colt

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A group of four high-profile owners banded together April 26 to purchase a well-bred son of Medaglia d'Oro for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale. Read More...

Santa Anita officials, horsemen to discuss entry issues

DRF | 3 days ago
The cancellation of racing at Santa Anita on Thursday because of insufficient entries is likely to lead to meetings between track and racing officials in coming weeks in an effort to avoid a similar circumstance through the end of the spring-summer meeting on July 4. Read More...

Ballagh Rocks, Kasaqui work bullets for Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Two horses that could join the lineup for the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in the race preceding the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs turned in bullet workouts Tuesday morning, with Ballagh Rocks breezing five furlongs in 1:00.60 around the cones on the Churchill turf and Kasaqui working the same distance in 59.80 seconds on dirt at Keeneland. Read More...

Harness: Elite group of older pacing mares to battle in 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Mention this year’s group of older female pacers to Mark Harder and the longtime trainer can only shake his head in amazement. The division is led by returning Dan Patch Award winner Lady Shadow and bolstered by the arrival of a gifted class of 4-year-olds that includes two-time Dan Patch Award recipient Pure Country and numerous stakes champions, such as Harder’s Blue Moon Stride. Read More...

Syndergaard clear favorite among seven for William Walker Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Syndergaard will be an overwhelming favorite in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes when Churchill Downs opens its 39-day spring meet Saturday with an 11-race Downs After Dark card that starts at 6 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Farrell looks super heading into Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Wayne Catalano tends to know only what he needs to know. Foremost among that knowledge is that Farrell is thriving as the 143rd Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs nears. All else is superfluous. Read More...

Yonkers: Horses to watch from Apr. 21 – Apr. 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Apr. 22 – Apr. 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Familiar foes Beach View, Liam the Charmer prep for stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The 4-year-old colts Beach View and Liam the Charmer meet for the second time this year in a second-level optional $62,500 claimer at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita on Friday. This may not be their last encounter of the spring or summer. Read More...

Q/A with TimeformUS’s Craig Milkowski on Early and Late Pace Ratings

DRF | 3 days ago
Today's edition contains for the first time the inclusion of TimeformUS Early and Late Ratings in DRF past performances. Peter Thomas Fornatale spoke with Craig Milkowski, the figure-maker for TimeformUS, about how to best use the ratings. Read More...

Filly’s Price Tag is Right for the Prices

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Andro and Tracey Price had the biggest score to date for their pinhooking operation when a Munnings filly bought for $67,000 was sold for $425,000 during the April 26 of the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale. Read More...

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DRF | 3 days ago
Dark Nile, the winner of last year's Delaware Oaks, will make her first start since August in the $100,000 Foxy J. G. Stakes at Parx Racing on Saturday. Read More...

Weekend Hideaway tepid favorite in wide-open Affirmed Success

DRF | 3 days ago
If all the stakes races this summer shape up as competitive as the $100,000 Affirmed Success on Friday's opening-day card at Belmont Park, it will be one heck of a meet. The Affirmed Success, restricted to New York-bred sprinters, drew a field of 13. Read More...

Girvin wearing Z-bar shoes; final Derby work delayed to Saturday

DRF | 3 days ago
So just what is up with Girvin? Video of the horse taken earlier this week at Keeneland clearly shows Girvin with Z-bar shoes on both front hooves. Z-bar shoes are used on horses for any number of hoof issues, ranging from a problem with the sole, the frog, to an abscess, to a quarter crack. Read More...

Distorted Humor Filly Brings $575,000 at OBS

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A well-bred daughter of Distorted Humor sold for $575,000 to become the first 2-year-old of the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale to pass the half-million dollar mark early April 26. Read More...

Alert Bay, G. G. Ryder expected for San Francisco Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Golden Gate Fields hosts its biggest weekend of the year Saturday and Sunday when it runs a trio of turf stakes – the Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile on Saturday and a pair of $100,000 races Sunday, the Campanile for 3-year-old fillies and the Silky Sullivan for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Diodoro brings nearly two dozen horses to New York

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Robertino Diodoro has had success in Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, and Minnesota. Now, he has his sights set on New York, where he has set up shop with 22 horses for the Belmont Park spring/summer meet that begins Friday. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox retired, will be bred to Medaglia d’Oro

DRF | 3 days ago
Three-time Grade 1 winner I'm a Chatterbox has been retired, her connections reported this week. A daughter of Munnings who raced as a homebred for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, I'm a Chatterbox will visit Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro before this breeding season concludes. Read More...

ABR Talks with Mike Langford, Owner of Untrapped

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Mike Langford claimed his first horse in 1987. Since then, he has experienced success in Thoroughbred ownership on a modest budget. Read More...

Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Stewards Under Scrutiny For Summary Suspensions

Last week we wrote about a horse being allowed to run in the finals of the April 22 Remington Park Futurity for Quarter horses despite the horse's owner and trainer being summarily suspended because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Grade 1 winner Private Zone retired to Old Friends

DRF | 3 days ago
Private Zone, a standout runner in the United States and Panama, has been retired to Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky. Read More...

Jade Girl First Winner for Power Broker

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Hill 'n' Dale Farms-based stallion Power Broker picked up his first winner April 21 when Jade Girl won a maiden-claiming race at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: McCraken

DRF | 3 days ago
Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: McCraken Read More...

Hastings paddock sale, preview this weekend

DRF | 3 days ago
The second annual Hastings paddock sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age will take place following the last race Sunday. Read More...

Stronach Group Supports Bill to Bring in USADA

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A pair of U.S. Congressmen plan to re-introduce legislation that would aim for uniform medication standards in horse racing by giving the USADA oversight of equine drug polices, and that legislation is supported by The Stronach Group. Read More...

After five years, Tapit atop Kentucky Derby points list

DRF | 3 days ago
The Kentucky Derby's points system, which replaced graded stakes earnings as the method for sorting out contenders, completed its fifth year of prep races this spring. The system's half-decade in existence has provided an interesting snapshot of which stallions were most proficient in siring the archetypical Derby prospect. Read More...

Mike Tirico to take over as host of NBC’s Triple Crown broadcasts

DRF | 3 days ago
Mike Tirico, the NBC sportscaster who hosted his first racing broadcast last year, will take over hosting of NBC’s Triple Crown broadcasts this year from longtime host Tom Hammond. Read More...

Coming in Hot has the streaking Wright on his side

DRF | 3 days ago
Blaine Wright was the leading trainer at Emerald Downs for the first time last year, and if he continues the torrid pace he's on at the current meet there is an excellent chance he'll repeat. Wright could add another victory in Friday's feature with Coming in Hot. Read More...

Arles gives Motion good shot at another Bewitch

DRF | 3 days ago
Another eventful spring meet will come to a relatively quiet end Friday at Keeneland, where Graham Motion stands a good chance to resume his domination of the traditional closing-day feature, the Bewitch Stakes. Read More...

Gale Force preps for Selene in Friday allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes winner Gale Force returns to Woodbine on Friday in the featured first race, an open allowance route that serves as the prep for the Grade 3 Selene Stakes. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Most Charming

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The industry could use a few more guys like Bob Lewis Read More...

Yonkers: Tight Lines heads down the road in Bonus Trotting Final

DRF | 4 days ago
The race wasn’t officially over after the draw, but even those that weren’t behind the eight-ball were in fact behind the eight-ball. From the pylons, Tight Lines deferred to a couple of early leavers before taking over from Golden Son (Jason Bartlett) and heading down the road. Read More...

Pocono: Checkmate Time shines in 2017 debut

DRF | 4 days ago
Trotters of both sexes raced in three $15,000 divisions of Bobby Weiss Series action on Tuesday at The Downs and Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the distaffs going in their fourth and final prelim, while the males contesting their third prelim round action. Read More...

Welder runs win streak to four in TRAO Classic Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Welder was bet like a sure thing in the $55,000 TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes on Tuesday at Will Rogers Down, and he ran like one, too, drawing away to a four-length victory, his fourth win in a row. Read More...

OBS Spring: Opening session shows large gains

DRF | 4 days ago
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale came into this year’s edition with plenty of momentum on its side and lived up to expectations Tuesday, with an opening session that showed gains across the board and was led by a $685,000 colt from the first crop of Orb. Read More...