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Midnight Storm Speeds to Del Mar Mile Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Veneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm put in a repeat performance on the Southern California grass Aug. 21 to win the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) in front-running fashion. Read More...

Midnight Storm takes Del Mar Mile, will rest until Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Midnight Storm won Sunday’s $200,000 Del Mar Mile as the 1-5 favorite. He won the $251,380 Eddie Read Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on July 17. The Del Mar Mile is likely to be Midnight Storm’s final start before the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, one of the world’s toughest turf races. Read More...

Camp Creek connects to pay $55.30 in Breeders’ Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Camp Creek, a $12,500 supplement, captured the $501,200 Breeders’ Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with a sweeping rally from left field under Rafael Hernandez at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Camp Creek Posts Upset in Breeders’ Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Hillsbrook Farms' homebred Camp Creek, supplemented for $12,500 off of his maiden victory, rallied from well off the pace to upset the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for 3-year-old Canadian-breds Aug. 21 at Woodbine. Read More...

Time and Motion conquers Catch a Glimpse in Lake Placid

DRF | 3 days ago
Time and Motion ran out of ground when she was beaten a half-length by Catch a Glimpse in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks last month. Jockey John Velazquez believed that was because he had the filly too far back, expecting there would be someone to pressure Catch a Glimpse early. Sunday, in a rematch of these two fillies in the Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga, Velazquez made sure to keep Time and Motion closer to Catch a Glimpse throughout. In the end, the strategy paid off as Time and Motion ran down Catch a Glimpse in deep stretch to win the Lake Placid by a neck at rainy Saratoga. Read More...

Time and Motion Scores in Lake Placid

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Phillips Racing Partnership's turned the tables on 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse Aug. 21 and took the $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Can’thelpbelieving relishes shorter distance, softer company in Cliff Hanger

DRF | 3 days ago
Can'thelpbelieving was dropping in class and shortening up in distance for the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger at Monmouth Park on Sunday, and the result was a going-away victory in the 1 1/8-mile turf race. Read More...

Hippodrome 3R: Soft half the key in Rockin Ron’s Prix D’Été triumph

DRF | 3 days ago
Rockin Ron, who beat Wiggle It Jiggleit earlier this year in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, did it again in Sunday afternoon's $200,000 Prix D'Été for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec. Read More...

Messi Too Good for Sky Classic Field

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Gestut Brummerhof's German homebred Messi collected his second graded stakes win in North America in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) Aug. 21 at Woodbine. Read More...

Tioga Downs: Pacers battle in Empire Breeders Classic eliminations

DRF | 3 days ago
Sophomore pacers of both sexes raced in Empire Breeders Classic eliminations on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Each group was divided into a pair of eliminations, worth $12,500 apiece. Read More...

Maryland shipper Messi captures Sky Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
The Maryland shipper Messi kicked away in the stretch under Edgar Prado to post a mild upset in the Grade 2, $204,400 Sky Classic Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Alabama victory toughens Songbird for challenges that lay ahead

DRF | 3 days ago
After convincingly winning the two Grade 1 route races for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga, Songbird was set to return to Southern California early Monday morning with her unbeaten record intact and with a hardened core for the more difficult challenges that lay ahead. Read More...

Tioga Downs: Millers prevail in both New York Sire Stakes events

DRF | 3 days ago
Money Macintosh and Devious Man gave driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and owner Stroy Inc. a sweep of the two $54,500 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt trotters on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Read More...

Hard Aces injured, out until Santa Anita fall meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Hard Aces, the Grade 1 winner who finished eighth of nine in the $1,001,380 Pacific Classic on Saturday, emerged from the race with a cut on a foreleg and will not race again until the Santa Anita autumn meeting. Read More...

Mohaymen Gets Go-Ahead for King’s Bishop

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen will pass on the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course and instead run in the $700,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) on the same program. Read More...

‘Speedy’ Earns First Top-Level Win in Romanet

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Speedy Boarding and jockey Freddy Tylicki posted their first victories at the highest level when they captured the Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) for older fillies and mares Aug. 21 at Deauville. Read More...

Baze will be Masochistic’s jockey in Pat O’Brien Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Masochistic will have a new, but familiar, jockey when he starts as the likely favorite in the $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar next Saturday. Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar likey to prep for BC Turf with John Henry

DRF | 3 days ago
Ashleyluvssugar led Saturday’s $252,415 Del Mar Handicap by five lengths going into the turn, a point in the race trainer Peter Eurton sensed defeat. “I thought they’d swallow me at the quarter pole,” Eurton said. Read More...

Firing Line Suffers Another Setback

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line has hit another speed bump on his path to a potential run in the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

‘Chrome,’ Beholder Weighing Options after PC

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career. Read More...

KY-Bred Lady Aurelia Victorious in Prix Morny

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Lady Aurelia kept her record perfect in three starts when leading all the way in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for juvenile colts and fillies Aug. 21 at Deauville. Read More...

Trainer Bill Mott was also a big winner on Saturday

DRF | 3 days ago
Overshadowed by the exploits of Songbird at Saratoga and California Chrome at Del Mar was that Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott won Grade 1 stakes at both tracks Saturday. Read More...

Lady Aurelia leads start to finish in France’s Prix Morny

DRF | 3 days ago
Lady Aurelia on Sunday won France’s biggest race for 2-year-olds in August – the $395,990 Prix Morny for colts and fillies at Deauville Racecourse. Read More...

Mohaymen ditches Travers, will race in King’s Bishop

DRF | 3 days ago
The connections of Mohaymen have re-routed their multiple graded-stakes-winning 3-year-old from next Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers at 1 1/4 miles to the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes at seven furlongs on the same card, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Sunday. Read More...

Creator goes through final work before Travers

DRF | 3 days ago
Creator, the Belmont Stakes winner who finished last in the Jim Dandy in his most recent outing, completed preparations for his scheduled start in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers by working a half-mile in 49.36 seconds by himself Sunday morning over Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track. Read More...

Effects of California Chrome’s win will be felt months later

DRF | 3 days ago
It took a little more than two minutes for California Chrome to dominate Beholder, Dortmund, and Hoppertunity on Saturday in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, but the ramifications of his overpowering victory may be felt for the next two months. Read More...

Illman: How I’ll play Saratoga, Sunday Aug. 21

DRF | 4 days ago
Sunday’s featured race is the $300,000, Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at nine furlongs on the inner turf course. Read More...

Firing Line’s comeback postponed, trainer says

DRF | 4 days ago
Firing Line’s comeback race, originally scheduled for Wednesday at Del Mar, will be postponed, trainer Simon Callaghan said Sunday morning. Read More...

Ready Intaglio Captures Canadian Derby

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Robbin Martens' Ready Itaglio, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred by Indygo Shiner, rallied from next-to-last in a 12-horse field to win the $150,000 Canadian Derby (Can-III) Aug. 20 at Northlands Park in Alberta. Read More...

Watchmaker: Void? What void? We have California Chrome and Songbird

DRF | 4 days ago
Remember how much concern there was late last year when American Pharoah, Honor Code, Liam’s Map, and Tonalist were all leaving the track for the breeding shed? Remember how some wondered how the giant void those retirements created could ever be filled? Now, doesn’t it seem silly that any of us wasted even one second on such worry? Read More...

China Horse Club Stages Mongolia Race Meet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The China Horse Club staged four competitive races Aug. 22 at Yiqi Race Course in Ordos, Inner Monoglia, in China, and event founder Teo Ah King described the day as "the fulfillment we have promised our members." Read More...

Songbird Exits Alabama in Good Order

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The morning after her seven-length victory in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20, undefeated Songbird was relaxed and happy, said Christina Jelm, who has overseen trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's horses at Saratoga this summer. Read More...

Sir Genghis, Great Majestic are Owner’s Day winners

DRF | 4 days ago
Sir Genghis has shown versatility during the Evangeline Downs meet, winning a stakes at five-eighths of a mile in June, then closing out his local season Saturday night with another at 1 1/16 miles in the $60,000 Owner’s Day Cup. Read More...

Ready Intaglio and Muir triumph in Canadian Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Ready Intaglio, benefiting from a great ride by Shamaree Muir, won the Grade 3, $150,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on Saturday. Read More...

Saratoga-Del Mar pick four pays $29.95

DRF | 4 days ago
The 50-cent Saratoga-Del Mar all-stakes pick four returned $22.95 on a bet in which two races were won by the champions Songbird and California Chrome. Read More...

California Chrome Superior in Pacific Classic

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The margin was insignificant, because the field never had a chance against California Chrome Aug. 20 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I). Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar barely holds off Metaboss in Del Mar Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
By the slimmest of margins, Ashleyluvssugar is bound for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Ashleyluvssugar won Saturday’s $252,415 Del Mar Handicap by a nose over a fast-closing Metaboss. The win gave Ashleyluvssugar a fees-paid berth to the BC Turf through the Breeders’ Cup’s Win and You’re In program. Read More...

Coronas First Diva, Imperial Eagle top qualifiers for All American Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
The filly Coronas First Diva was the fastest qualifier during the second day of trials Saturday for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, when she covered 440 yards in 21.50 seconds during the 14th of 15 trials on the card. Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar Holds Tough in Del Mar ‘Cap

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Ashleyluvssugar opened a long, comfortable lead down the backstretch, then was all out in the stretch to deny fast-finishing Metaboss in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Presented by the Japanese Racing Association Aug. 20. Read More...

Alvarado puts Harmonize in perfect position to win Del Mar Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Junior Alvarado guided Harmonize between runners in the final furlong to win the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a head over 9-1 Decked Out. Read More...

Harmonize Finds Just Enough in Del Mar Oaks

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The best 3-year-old turf fillies in Southern California battled it out in a thrilling stretch run Aug. 20 in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), but an invader from the East ended up getting a head in front at the wire. Read More...

Songbird survives swift fractions to stay unbeaten in Alabama

DRF | 4 days ago
Around the far turn, Songbird left Go Maggie Go behind and the rest was rather easy as Songbird cruised home a seven-length winner of the 136th Alabama before an announced crowd of 40,329 on a perfect summer afternoon at Saratoga. Read More...

Batavia Downs: Close finish goes Robin J’s way

DRF | 4 days ago
There was a single $110,200 New York Sire Stakes contest for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening at Batavia Downs, and 6-5 favorite Robin J was up in the final stride to win in 1:56. Read More...

First Winner for Kentucky-Based Bold Warrior

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In his third start, Florida-bred gelding Itsbeenonmymind scored a front-running win in the 12th race Aug. 20 at Gulfstream Park to become the first winner for his Kentucky-based sire Bold Warrior. Read More...

Tourist notches first Grade 1 victory in Fourstardave

DRF | 4 days ago
Tourist became a much-deserving Grade 1 winner for the first time when rallying from off a relatively slow pace to a 1 1/4-length victory over A Lot in Saturday’s $500,000 Fourstardave at Saratoga. Read More...

John Jones, 43-1, ends remarkable streak of Ben’s Cat in Mister Diz

DRF | 4 days ago
John Jones scored a front-running $88.80 upset in the $75,000 Mister Diz on Saturday at Laurel Park, breaking Ben's Cat's six-year reign in the six-furlong turf race for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired horses. Read More...

Unbridled Mo outlasts Tejana to win Monmouth Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Unbridled Mo won her third consecutive race at the Monmouth Park meet Saturday, wearing down undefeated Tejana by a neck after a long stretch drive while making her stakes debut in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. Read More...

Songbird a Perfect 10 After Easy Alabama Win

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time proved no problem for unbeaten filly Songbird as the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro waltzed to a clear lead in the far turn and was never challenged late in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I). Read More...

Unbridled Mo Edges Out Monmouth Oaks Victory

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Red Oak Stable's Unbridled Mo sat off the speed of Tejana before pushing past the pacesetter in late stretch to capture the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug. 20 by a neck. Read More...

‘Glenville’ Makes Grade With Strong Rally

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Janice Attard's longshot Glenville Gardens overtook pacesetter Conquest Enforcer with a furlong to run and fended off the closing rush Tower of Texas to win Play the King (Can-IIT) Aug. 20 at Woodbine. Read More...