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Take Charge Brandi Wires Starlet Thriller

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Favored Take Charge Brandi registered her second grade I win of the year and third graded victory in a row when she narrowly captured the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

Dom the Bomb aces distance test in Illinois Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
Dom the Bomb is a fast horse with a speed-oriented pedigree. He led and won his career debut at 5 1/2 furlongs, led and finished third in a Keeneland sprint allowance race, and then pressed the pace and romped in the Sun Power, an Illinois-bred sprint stakes last month at Hawthorne. Read More...

BC Heroine Take Charge Brandi Wires the Field in the GI Starlet S.

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 7:11 PM ET 7th at LA (Los Alamitos)GI Starlet S. ($350K)     Winner: Take Charge Brandi by Giant's Causeway GI BC Juvenile Fillies heroine Take Cha... Read More...

Our Quista beats elders in Louisiana Champions Day Ladies

DRF | 4 days ago
It has been two years since Louisiana-born jockey Corey Lanerie last rode regularly at a Fair Grounds meet. But on Louisiana Champions Day on Saturday, Lanerie showed he still knows his way around the New Orleans track. Read More...

Mound by a neck in Radosevich Memorial

DRF | 4 days ago
Mound dueled from start to finish and prevailed by a neck in the $50,000 Joshua Radosevich Memorial at Mahoning Valley on Saturday. Read More...

String King wins Louisiana Classics Day Turf for third time

DRF | 4 days ago
String King is by nothing and out of nothing, as they say of horses of obscure pedigree, but, man, is he something. Read More...

Liam’s Map wins stretch duel in Harlan’s Holiday

DRF | 4 days ago
Liam’s Map completed a perfect afternoon for trainer Todd Pletcher and did so in courageous fashion, surviving a stretch-long duel with the more experienced Valid to register a well-deserved half-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

‘Rose’ Rallies Late for South Beach Score

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 5:25 PM ET 10th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)South Beach S. ($100K)     Winner: Marbre Rose (Ire) by Smart Strike Marbre Rose (Ire) (Smart Strike) ralli... Read More...

Micromanage Rallies to Win Queens County

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Repole Stable's Micromanage returned to the dirt Dec. 13 and overpowered Vyjack in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying five wide before securing the victory by 1 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Sunbean Grinds Out LA Champions Day Repeat

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Last in the early running, Brittlyn Stable's homebred Sunbean edged ahead in deep stretch and scored a repeat win in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Read More...

Micromanage gets fourth stakes win in Queens County

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Repole is the king of Queens. Repole, a native of Queens, N.Y., who grew up going to Aqueduct, was in the Big A winner’s circle Saturday after his 4-year-old Micromanage, despite going five wide in the stretch, won the $100,000 Queens County Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths over a traffic-snarled Vyjack. Read More...

No Need to Embellish: Super Saver Filly Crushes at Parx

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 4:53 PM ET 6th at PRX (Parx Racing)Msw ($49K)     Winner: Embellish the Lace by Super Saver Second timer Embellish the Lace (c, 2, Super Saver) tak... Read More...

Liam’s Map Earns Gritty Victory in Harlan’s Holiday

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 4:51 PM ET 9th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)Harlan's Holiday S. ($100K)     Winner: Liam's Map by Unbridled's Song TDN Rising Star Liam's Map (Unbridled... Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Aqueduct on Sunday, Dec. 14

DRF | 4 days ago
There are a few interesting runners slated to start Sunday at Aqueduct, and I’ll hopefully be able to make a few dollars off them. Read More...

Sunbean overcomes adversity to become a millionaire

DRF | 4 days ago
Sunbean began his quest to win a second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic and surpass $1 million in earnings by hopping slightly, rearing slightly, missing the break, and spotting his four rivals several lengths. But while it took him nearly the entire 1 1/8 miles of the race, Sunbean finally got there, wearing down the slow-pacesetting Watch My Smoke to retain his position atop the ranks of Louisiana-bred dirt-route horses. Read More...

Darley Firster Impresses at the Big A

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:57 PM ET 6th at AQU (Aqueduct)MSW ($60K)     Winner: Via Strata by Street Cry (Ire) Darley homebred Via Strata (Street Cry {Ire}) graduates by si... Read More...

Merry Meadow impresses in Sugar Swirl

DRF | 4 days ago
Merry Meadow has found life in south Florida very much to her liking. Based in New York throughout her career until shipping locally this fall, Merry Meadow followed her victory in Gulfstream Park West’s Sky Beauty on Nov. 1 with an even more impressive 1 1/4-length decision over Wildcat Lily in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sugar Swirl at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Merry Meadow Takes Sugar Swirl for Castellano

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jockey Javier Castellano notched his first winner at the Gulfstream Park meeting when he rallied Merry Meadow from just off the pace to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 13. Read More...

Harness Trainer Breaks Pletcher Purse Record

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Harness trainer Ron Burke's record-setting year continued the evening of Dec. 12 when he broke Todd Pletcher's North American record for purses won by a trainer. Pletcher held the mark of $28,116,097 set in 2007. Read More...

New Calder Backside Fence Stirs Controversy

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Parent company Churchill Downs Inc., preparing to redevelop parts of Calder Race Course, has started on the backside by putting up a wire fence. Trainers are saying the fence is a safety hazard and hinders access to barns. Read More...

An Absolut Diamond Wires Field in Challenger Six

Making his first start at the distance, An Absolut Diamond led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory in the 870-yard, $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on Saturday. Read More...

Curlin Colt Earns Impressive Graduation

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:04 PM ET 2nd at AQU (Aqueduct)MSW ($60K)     Winner: Ocean Knight by Curlin Ocean Knight (Curlin) sails past his rivals in the stretch to earn an... Read More...

John Moore, an Accidental Kind of Trainer

Mr. Moore is the most successful horse trainer in Hong Kong history, by victories and earnings. He was there from the start, when the city’s professional era began in October 1971. Read More...

What’s Age Got to Do With It?

The 8-year-old Cirrus des Aigles, the leading European-trained money-earner ever, has become a yardstick by which other racehorses are measured. Read More...

Malibu Moon Filly Outshines Rivals at Gulfstream

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 12:53 PM ET 1st at GPX (Gulfstream Park)Alw/OC ($37K)     Winner: Enchantress by Malibu Moon 'TDN Rising Star' Enchantress (f, 2, Malibu Moon) boun... Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Aqueduct for Saturday, Dec. 13

DRF | 4 days ago
Saturday's featured race at Aqueduct is the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at nine furlongs over the inner track. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Gulfstream on Sunday, Dec. 14

DRF | 4 days ago
I’ll start by playing against morning-line favorite SUZY’SPRIDEOFPARIS (it’s Maker off) in race 1 and using pricier 2-year-old fillies such as 1, 3, 6, 7 … GABY’S KITTEN going first-time tag might be a good “under” play in trifectas and supers. Read More...

Desert Gambler Draws Rail Post for Enchantress Stakes

Desert Gambler, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, has drawn the rail post for Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park. Read More...

Buyers pick their spots with stallions

DRF | 5 days ago
Stallions acquired as prospects at auction comprise a negligible slice of the overall U.S. sire population, and many of those purchases reside in smaller state breeding programs, making Central Banker’s New York home a notable exception. The auction process is rarely the first option for a racehorse owner looking to place a runner at stud, but it does not necessarily indicate a complete lack of market interest. Read More...

No Longer Fearful, a Trainer Presides Over an Empire

Ron Burke inherited his father’s training business and became the first harness racing trainer to earn $100 million in purses won. Read More...

Harness: Ron Burke passes Todd Pletcher as single-season earnings leader

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Ron Burke had already re-written the record books in Harness Racing and now he stands atop the leaderboard across all breeds in single-season earnings. On Friday (12/12) he surpassed the $28,116,097 mark set by Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher in 2007. Read More...

Quarter Horse association bans clenbuterol beginning in 2016

DRF | 5 days ago
The American Quarter Horse Association announced Friday that the bronchodilator clenbuterol will be banned for use in Quarter Horse racing beginning in 2016 and that stricter penalties will be enacted in 2015 for owners and trainers who have horses test positive for the medication under the rules of individual states. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 7:53 PM ET The connections of TDN Rising Star Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway) sincerely hope that their second... Read More...

Buggin Out Wins Alabama-Bred Stakes in LA

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Alabama-breds took center stage at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Dec. 12 as 4-5 choice Buggin Out led wire to wire in the $50,000 Magic City Stakes. Read More...

Mile Races Return Sunday to Fair Grounds

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will begin carding one-mile races on the main track starting with the first race Dec. 12, in an effort to provide more options to horsemen. Read More...

Foxy Moonflash Assigned High Weight of 128 in Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap

Bobby Simmons’ Foxy Moonflash will tote top weight of 128 pounds in Sunday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

‘Sampson’ Proved Mighty at Los Al

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 6:16 PM ET 6th at LA (Los Alamitos)MSW ($42K)     Winner: Sir Sampson by Smart Strike Sir Sampson (Smart Strike) proved the bettors' instincts right ... Read More...

Peck: Gulfstream pick three for Saturday, Dec. 13

DRF | 5 days ago
Going deep in this opening leg of the final pick three on the card. HOWE GREAT and MSHAWISH are the keys for me as the sole "A" plays, but I'll also include BAD DEBT, EXCAPER, and FREDERICKSBURG on backup tickets. Read More...

Laurel Park to Recognize Eighttofasttocatch

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Laurel Park will recognize the popular locally-based gelding Eighttofasttocatch upon his retirement with a ceremony after the fourth race Saturday, Dec. 13. Read More...

‘All Legal Options’ on Table in NYTHA Dispute

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
An attorney for Terry Finley said "all legal options" are on the table in his client's quest to seek a new election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Read More...

Lady Tapit Streaks Clear to Graduate at Los Al

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 5:15 PM ET 4th at LA (Los Alamitos)MSW ($42K)     Winner: Lady Tapit by Tapit Lady Tapit (Tapit) streaked clear to graduate at second asking at Los A... Read More...

Sparkman: Stakes winner a ‘Turkish’ treasure

DRF | 5 days ago
In the provincial and too-often close-minded world of American Thoroughbred racing, the victory of Lawrence Cordes’s Turkish in the Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes at Woodbine on Dec. 7 was almost completely and irrevocably irrelevant. First, the Valedictory was run on Woodbine’s synthetic Polytrack, a surface that American trainers and horseplayers have successfully lobbied almost out of existence. Second, the race, which traditionally closes the Woodbine meeting, is at 1 3/4 miles, a distance representing a vanishingly small percentage of American races. In the slightly larger, and, newly, slightly less provincial world of American Thoroughbred breeding, however, Turkish is a successful representative of a slowly emerging trend. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 12/14 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 12/14 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

NYRA Schedules 251 Race Days for 2015

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The New York Racing Association released its 2015 racing schedule Dec. 12, which calls for 251 days of live Thoroughbred action, headed by a 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Royally Bred Juvenile Impresses at Fair Grounds

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 4:09 PM ET 4th at FGX (Fair Grounds)MSW ($39K)     Winner: Forever Unbridled by Unbridled's Song Forever Unbridled (Unbridled's Song), a daughter of ... Read More...

Noble Mission at Lane’s End Farm

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Frankel's full brother shows for the media at a press event at Lane's End Farm, where he has entered stud for 2015. Read More...

For NYRA, spate of fatalities brings back bad recent memories

DRF | 5 days ago
There have been six racing fatalities through the first seven days of the Aqueduct inner-track meet, bringing back haunting memories of the 2011-12 season, when there were 21 fatalities in a four-month span. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sues Air Charter Company

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Breeders' Cup Ltd. has filed suit against a New Jersey-based air charter company, claiming the firm breached a contract under which it was to transport attendees back to Lexington following this year's races. Read More...

Desert Gambler takes on winners in Enchantress

DRF | 5 days ago
Desert Gambler is a maiden facing winners in the $85,000 Enchantress at Sunland Park on Sunday, but she still might go favored in the one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies bred in New Mexico. The stakes drew a field of nine, including leading contenders Muy Rapido, K B’s Last Danz, and Miss E Bar. Read More...

Hovdey: Now for a completely different symposium

DRF | 5 days ago
Tough issues need to be addressed, and the Racing and Gaming Symposium is as good a place as any to put them on the table. Since no one asked, here are a few ideas for future confabs. Read More...