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Bill Mott Exacta in Kitten’s Joy

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 6:08 PM ET 11th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)Kitten's Joy S. ($100K)     Winner: Dubai Sky by Candy Ride (ARG) Dubai Sky (Candy Ride {Arg}) outnoses stab... Read More...

Lochte holds off Old Time Hockey in Tampa Bay Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Lochte drove to a short lead inside the final furlong and then narrowly turned back a furious late charge from 24-1 shot Old Time Hockey to post a game head victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Consumer Credit Captures Sweetest Chant

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Consumer Credit became a graded winner Jan. 24, closing on the outside with a solid run to capture the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Upstart dominates Holy Bull Stakes to kick off 3-year-old campaign

DRF | 4 days ago
Earlier this month, trainer Rick Violette said everything would have to go perfectly for Upstart to make it into the starting gate for Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. And perfect might be the best way to describe Upstart’s performance after he drew off to a convincing 5 1/2-length victory over the 3-2 Frosted and seven other overmatched rivals in the Grade 2 Holy Bull. Read More...

Singing Kitty scores in California Cup Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
One morning last year at Clocker’s Corner, trainer Matt Chew overheard a couple talking to one another about horses and decided to walk up, introduce himself, and take them to his barn. Brandon Hillman was so impressed that he decided to own horses with Chew, and on Saturday they won the biggest race of their careers when Singing Kitty scored a 7-1 upset in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita. Read More...

Summer Bird Filly Springs the Upset in the Forward Gal

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 5:32 PM ET 10th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)GII Forward Gal S. ($200K)     Winner: Birdatthewire by Summer Bird Birdatthewire (Summer Bird) springs a 12... Read More...

Upstart Proves Class in Holy Bull

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Upstart Proves Class in Holy Bull Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

Flatter Colt Dominates in Holy Bull

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 4:59 PM ET 9th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)GII Holy Bull S. ($400K)     Winner: Upstart by Flatter Upstart (Flatter) kicked off his sophomore season wit... Read More...

Lochte Triumphs in Tampa Bay Thriller

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Lochte returned to his winning ways when fending off late-running Old Time Hockey and favored Sky Flight in a Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) thriller on the turf Jan. 24. Read More...

Consumer Credit extends Brown’s dominance in Sweetest Chant

DRF | 4 days ago
Consumer Credit made an impressive late burst Saturday to come through as a popular choice in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes, giving trainer Chad Brown victory in the Gulfstream Park turf fixture for the fourth straight year. Read More...

Barbados Makes the Grade in Hutcheson

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Suzanne Stables' Barbados became a graded stakes winner Jan. 24 with a hard fought victory over X Y Jet in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Consumer Credit Swoops Late for Third Straight Score

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 4:31 PM ET 8th at GP (Gulfstream Park)GIII Sweetest Chant S. ($100k)     Winner: Consumer Credit by More Than Ready The streaking Consumer Credit (f... Read More...

OBS Winter Mixed Sale Starts Wednesday

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. begins its 2015 sales calendar with its annual winter mixed sale, Jan. 28-29. Read More...

Barbados delivers as favorite in Hutcheson

DRF | 4 days ago
Barbados became a graded stakes winner and earned every bit of that distinction, withstanding a stretch-long battle with X Y Jet before registering a half-length decision in Saturday’s $150,000 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Eblouissante Retired, to be Bred in Europe

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Eblouissante, a half sister to the legendary Zenyatta, has been retired from racing and will begin her breeding career, it was announced Jan. 23. Read More...

Speightstown Colt Earns Narrow Victory in Hutcheson

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 3:51 PM ET 7th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)GIII Hutcheson S. ($150K)     Winner: Barbados by Speightstown Spectacular Bid S. winner Barbados (Speightsto... Read More...

Puccini Cuts Back for Thorndon Mile Triumph

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Appearing to have nowhere to run at the home turn, last year's New Zealand Derby (NZ-I) winner Puccini was eased off the rail and spurted through a narrow opening to win the Thorndon Mile (NZ-I) Jan. 24 at Trentham. Read More...

Royal Delta Half Earns Rising Star Honors

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 3:21 PM ET 6th at GPX (Gulfstream Park)MSW ($45K)     Winner: Khozan by Distorted Humor Khozan (Distorted Humor), a half to champion Royal Delta & GISW Crown Queen, scores impressive debut win at GP. Read More...

Champion apprentice Van Dyke scores first win as journeyman

DRF | 4 days ago
Drayden Van Dyke, the champion apprentice jockey of 2014, had his first win as a journeyman Friday aboard the 3-year-old Ernest Shackleton. Read More...

Firing Line works toward Robert Lewis Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Firing Line, second Dec. 20 in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 Saturday. Read More...

Texas Red to make two starts in February on road to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Texas Red is scheduled to have two starts in February as he resumes his career following a win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November. Read More...

Alboran Sea Provides De Kock Milestone Win

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Top-class sophomore filly Alboran Sea narrowly prevailed over her older male rival Captain Of All in a nail-biting finish to the Cape Flying Championship (SAf-I) Jan. 24 at Kenilworth. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
It looks like a chalky start to the Sunday card at Santa Anita. I will not try to force otherwise. Read More...

Prominent South African Sire Fort Wood Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fort Wood, one of South Africa's most successful sires of the past two decades, has died at age 25. Read More...

McGee: Gulfstream pick four for Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
With a slew of well-matched, full fields in the later races Sunday at Gulfstream, we’ll try to get our arms around something a little less abstract by shooting for a pick four earlier on the card – and there’s still a potential bonanza with this one. Here’s the play: Read More...

King: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 4 days ago
A threat of rain Saturday at Gulfstream should have handicappers paying close attention to the weather and, if at all possible, avoiding betting horses well in advance of post time. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Some full, competitive fields to close out the card give the late pick three (races 7-9) appeal. You’ll likely need to spread, but that may help you catch a price. Read More...

Aqueduct cancels Saturday card

DRF | 4 days ago
A modest winter storm that brought a mixture of snow and rain to the area forced officials to cancel Saturday’s live racing program at Aqueduct. It is the fifth full card to be canceled here in the last 17 days. Another card was scrapped after two races. Read More...

Jan. 24 Live Racing at Aqueduct Canceled

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Due to winter weather conditions and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of jockeys and equine athletes, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack for Saturday, Jan. 24. Read More...

Giwner: Pick five carryover, conditions changes at the Meadowlands

DRF | 5 days ago
There was no shortage of news coming out of the Meadowlands on Friday night. Spurred on by $107.20 winner Wygant Princess to start the sequence, the pick five went uncollected and produced a $22,616 carryover for the Saturday program. The track also announced that it will revert back to condition classification and abolish the ABC system. Plus fields will be limited to 10 horses and all races will be contested at one mile. Read More...

Raced to Death at the Big A

New emergency measures are in place at Aqueduct Racetrack. More may be needed. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Filion sweeps series finals

DRF | 5 days ago
The first two stake finals of 2015 took place Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack and it was the Sylvain Filion show. Read More...

NHC Day 1: Jarvie jumps to the top late

DRF | 5 days ago
Joe Jarvie, a building engineer and former NCAA basketball official from Renton, Wash., hit the last race on Friday to vault into first place on Day 1 of the three-day National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island. Read More...

Illman: All-stakes pick five play for Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Let's take a look at Saturday’s 50-cent all-stakes pick five at Gulfstream. Read More...

Gierkink: How I’d play Gulfstream on Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 5 days ago
I’m focusing on the two pick fours on this challenging 11-race card, which allows me to avoid races 6 and 7, a bottom $6,250 claimer and a two-turn maiden special for 3-year-old fillies on the grass. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015 7:48 PM ET Terry Finley's protest to reconcile what he claims was a flawed-process loss in the 2014 New York... Read More...

Chapa appeals riding suspension

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Roman Chapa on Friday appealed a summary suspension the Sam Houston Race Park board of stewards levied against him pending an investigation into his ride in last Saturday night’s ninth race, the $50,000 Richard King Handicap, which he won aboard Quiet Acceleration. Read More...

Laurel Park cancels Saturday card

DRF | 5 days ago
With a winter storm approaching, Laurel Park on Friday evening canceled its Saturday race card. Read More...

Laurel Park Cancels Live Racing Saturday

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
For the third time this week, track conditions have forced Laurel Park officials to cancel live racing Saturday, Jan. 24 Read More...

New Journeyman Van Dyke Wins at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Less than a week after earning an Eclipse Award as North America's top apprentice jockey, Drayden Van Dyke collected his first win as a journeyman Jan. 23 with Irish-bred Ernest Shackleton at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Indian Charlie Colt Runs Them Off Their Feet at Oaklawn

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015 6:26 PM ET 9th at OPX (Oaklawn Park)Opt. Clm. ($50K)     Winner: Subtle Indian by Indian Charlie Subtle Indian (Indian Charlie) runs the field off the... Read More...

Skiffington Lands Session Topper at Cape Sale

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
British bloodstock agent Amanda Skiffington went to the top price of 4,000,000 rands ($351,003 in U.S. funds) to secure a Var colt at the final session of the Cape premier yearling sale Jan. 23 in Cape Town, South Africa. Read More...

Free: Daily double bet at Santa Anita for Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Overlay opportunities are abundant Saturday at Santa Anita; the focus of this suggested “pick X” is the final two races. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 1/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 1/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 1/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 1/26 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Frosted Tries to Follow Cairo Prince in ‘Bull

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
After winning last year's Holy Bull (gr. II) with Cairo Prince, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin returns to the $400,000 race Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park with another strong contender in the highly regarded Frosted. Read More...

McLaughlin Hopes Frosted Follows Cairo Prince

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
After winning last year's Holy Bull (gr. II) with Cairo Prince, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin returns to the $400,000 race Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park with another strong contender in the highly regarded Frosted. Read More...

City Zip gets long-overdue recognition with two Eclipse winners

DRF | 5 days ago
City Zip has quietly fashioned a workmanlike stud career, flying somewhat under the radar in the star-studded firmament of central Kentucky’s stallion lineup while consistently turning out hard-knocking runners who produce on the track. However, the sire broke through with a supernova of a weekend at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, where Dayatthespa scored a front-running victory in the Filly and Mare Turf and Work All Week confirmed his class by winning the Sprint. Both parlayed those victories into Eclipse Awards in their respective divisions, garnering some long-deserved recognition for City Zip, who has stood at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., for the past decade. Read More...

Sparkman: A championship by any other name

DRF | 5 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup may have dropped its overly ambitious World Thoroughbred Championships moniker, but according to the results of the Eclipse Award ceremony on Jan. 17, the Breeders’ Cup meeting does a pretty good job of determining American championships. This year, six of the nine individual equine Eclipse Award winners for flat racing captured Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1. Read More...