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Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Feb. 25: Picks for Risen Star, Mineshaft, Busher

DRF | 4 days ago
Local Hero comes into Saturday's Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds with only a victory over maidens last month and is considerably less accomplished than other members of this field. Yet I have no problem siding with him here, because if Local Hero duplicates his last performance, he will win right back. Read More...

More Than 100 Cataloged to Texas 2-Year-Old Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Texas Thoroughbred Association is pleased to announce that it has catalogued more than 100 horses for the second annual Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Read More...

Texas Glitter, Melody of Colors lack standouts

DRF | 4 days ago
The Texas Glitter and Melody of Colors, both $75,000 races at five furlongs on the grass, serve in support of the lone graded stakes here this weekend, the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint. Read More...

Valadorna, Farrell, Shane’s Girlfriend meet in Rachel Alexandra

DRF | 4 days ago
This year's Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, carded at 1 1/16 miles, has three major contenders in Valadorna, Farrell, and Shane's Girlfriend. With just seven entrants – the others are Untapped, Majestic Quality, Wicked Lick, and Gris Gris – there is less chance for 2016-style chaos. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 Read More...

New Vocations aftercare program gets boost from Ohio horsemen

DRF | 4 days ago
New Vocations has a major presence in Ohio and is celebrating a quarter century of operations in the Buckeye State this year. The program recently announced that the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) has donated $50,000 to support aftercare efforts at its Marysville, Ohio facility. Read More...

Hong Kong Stars to Battle on Sunday at Sha Tin

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A pair of top-level races Sunday at Sha Tin will showcase some of Hong Kong's proven stars, including two former Horse of the Year honorees. Read More...

Trainer Farro serving 15-day suspension

DRF | 4 days ago
Patricia Farro, one of the leading trainers in Pennsylvania for the past five years, began serving a 15-day suspension on Feb. 15 after one of her horses tested positive for clenbuterol, according to Pennsylvania racing commission records. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn Park horses to watch for week of Feb. 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Mary Rampellini's horses to watch at Oaklawn Park for the week of Feb. 23. Read More...

Special Edition: Florida Stallions and Juvenile Market Preview

DRF | 4 days ago
Daily Racing Form's special edition on Florida's stallion market and 2-year-old sales. Read More...

Beyer Sire Performance Standings: Exclusive Quality stands out in Florida

DRF | 4 days ago
Exclusive Quality, with 95 representatives on the track in 2016, finished 10th on Florida’s general sire list based on earnings. However, he factored prominently in Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings unveiled last month – an exclusive metric to examine stallion progeny performance in-depth, often highlighting under-the-radar sires. Read More...

Pair of Curlin’s sons among incoming Florida sires

DRF | 4 days ago
As rapidly-rising young classic sires with major contenders on this year's Kentucky Derby trail, Curlin and Pioneerof the Nile are among the most in-demand stallions in Kentucky this year. Each has a classic-placed son entering stud this year in Florida, giving a big kick to the Sunshine State's program. Read More...

Leading Florida sires: High Cotton, Gone Astray top key categories

DRF | 4 days ago
High Cotton started strong six years ago as Florida's leading freshman sire of 2011, and he followed through on the potential in 2016 as the state's top returning sire by overall progeny earnings. The 14-year-old son of Dixie Union had 92 winners over the course of last year's calendar – also the most in the state for a returning sire – with earnings of $3,485,516. Read More...

Juvenile sale season preview: Consignors optimistic for middle market

DRF | 4 days ago
On paper, last year's market trends should not add up to a rosy forecast for the upcoming juvenile auctions, and perhaps that will be the case, but the juvenile market is built on the ability to rebuild, restock, and adapt to changing landscapes. That preparation for the coming season has come in different forms. Read More...

Hips to watch at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale

DRF | 4 days ago
The following are horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale of select 2-year-olds in training, based on their pedigrees and past auction performance, both their own and notable family members. Read More...

Shanghai Bobby tests market with deep group of 2017 freshman sires

DRF | 4 days ago
Shanghai Bobby, who stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., is among the most well-regarded stallions in a freshman class that also includes three American classic winners and several other Breeders' Cup winners. Read More...

Finger Lakes Racing Dates Could Plummet Under Proposal

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The number of racing dates at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack could plummet by at least 15 percent under a proposal pushed by state officials to help the track cope with competition from a newly opened commercial casino. Read More...

Look Back: Master Derby Wins Louisiana Derby

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
With Foolish Pleasure campaigning in Florida, Louisiana in 1975 offered a haven for other nominees to the Kentucky classic. Read More...

Preakness winner Louis Quatorze dies at 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Louis Quatorze, the winner of the 1996 Preakness Stakes and a perennial top sire in Maryland, died suddenly in his paddock on Feb. 17 at Murmur Farms in Darlington, Md. The 24-year-old son of Sovereign Dancer was buried at Murmur Farms. Read More...

Report from February 2017 New Mexico Racing Commission Meeting

The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at the Mt. Cristo Rey Room at Sunland Park Racetrack on Thursday, February 19. Read More...

My Bikini Fell Off Wins Peppers Pride Handicap

Brian Mundell’s My Bikini Fell Off, a homebred 6-year-old Elusive Jazz mare, rallied to win the February 19, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Jockey Shelbi Kurtz Rides First Winner

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Apprentice jockey Shelbi Kurtz, 22, scored her first win Feb. 22, when she guided Fancy Is My Name to a half-length victory in the third race at Turfway Park. Read More...

Louis Quatorze Dies of Heart Attack

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The 1996 Preakness winner died Feb. 17 and was buried at Murmur Farm. Read More...

Louis Quatorze Dies of Heart Attack

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The 1996 Preakness winner died Feb. 17 and was buried at Murmur Farm. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits Set for Gulfstream Park Sprint

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Mind Your Biscuits is scheduled to kick off his 2017 season in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) Feb. 25. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits Set for Gulfstream Park Sprint

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Mind Your Biscuits is scheduled to kick off his 2017 season in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) Feb. 25. Read More...

Fonner: Snow, cold temperatures in forecast for meet opener

DRF | 5 days ago
Weather permitting, Fonner Park in central Nebraska will present the first of 31 programs with a nine-race card that begins at 2 p.m. Central on Friday. Live racing continues on a Friday-through-Sunday basis through May 6. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Friday 2/24 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

International Star Could Add to Fair Grounds Success

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Fans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots figure to be plenty familiar with most of the starters in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Saturday, Feb. 25. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 2/24 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 2/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Trainer Jim Penney Dies at 82

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Jim Penney, a charter member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame who saddled a record five Longacres Mile winners, died Feb. 21 at his home in Edgewood, Wash. Read More...

O’Neill runners invade for stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Southern California-based trainer Doug O’Neill has entered a pair of notable 3-year-olds for stakes at Sunland Park on Sunday. The $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby is the local stepping-stone to next month’s Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, and O’Neill has entered Irap. Read More...

Busher a Ruthless Redux

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The top four finishers of the Jan. 14 Ruthless Stakes, led by winner Yorkiepoo Princess, are entered for Aqueduct's Busher Stakes Feb. 25. The $150,000 race offers 50 points to the winner in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) standings. Read More...

Guest Suite drills half-mile in final work for Risen Star

DRF | 5 days ago
Guest Suite, who won the Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 21 in his 3-year-old debut, had his final Risen Star workout on Tuesday, going a half-mile in 48 seconds. On a damp, drizzly morning, trainer Neil Howard did not hesitate to work Guest Suite over a wet, sealed Fair Grounds surface. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Feb. 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Feb. 20 Read More...

Young challengers await Easter Indy in Downthedustyroad

DRF | 5 days ago
Easter Indy will have to overcome a pair of up-and-coming fillies in Dutch Parrot and I Be Jeannie Be on Friday, when she seeks to win the $100,000 Downthedustyroad for the second year in a row at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Harness: World champion Mission Brief retired

DRF | 5 days ago
World champion Mission Brief retired. Read More...

Mo Town, Guest Suite Set for Risen Star Showdown

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The house horse has held a decided advantage in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) in recent years, with three of the last four winners having prior form or being a regular trainee over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots surface. Read More...

Peck: Tampa Bay horses to watch for week of Feb. 22

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck provides a list of horses to watch at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Cox loaded for stakes on Louisiana Derby Preview Day

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Brad Cox is back in force for Saturday's Louisiana Derby Preview Day, with entrants in every one of the six stakes save the Rachel Alexandra. Read More...

The Week in Photos 2/21/2017

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Barbara Fritchie, Royal Delta, Buena Vista, General George, Bayakoa, Razorback, Southwest, and more. Read More...

Australia: Winx goes for 15th straight win

DRF | 5 days ago
Winx, the reigning Australian Horse of the Year, will be a massive favorite to win her 15th consecutive start in Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes against males at Royal Randwick Racecourse, outside of Sydney. Read More...

Hovdey: St. Joe Bay could take Kent off Dubai duck

DRF | 5 days ago
Kent Desormeaux turns 47 on Feb. 27. But for all he has accomplished, which includes three Kentucky Derby trophies and a plaque in the Hall of Fame, Desormeaux has yet to win a race on the Dubai World Cup card, and he has not ridden at Meydan since the Tapeta surface was replaced by dirt in 2015. Read More...

Hastings: Weather delays start of live racing

DRF | 5 days ago
Due to an inordinate amount of snowfall in Vancouver in early February, opening day at Hastings has been moved back by one week. The 52-day meet was originally scheduled to begin on April 16 but will now start on April 23. Read More...

Derby Watch: Mo Town proving a bargain buy

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow paid a relatively small price for Mo Town, who went on to win the Remsen Stakes. Now Dutrow is hoping that Mo Town continues paying dividends when he makes his first start as a 3-year-old on Saturday in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Slew’s Tiznow’s stature as sire soars after El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
As far as showcase races go, the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby last weekend at Golden Gate Fields was about as good as it gets for young sire Slew's Tiznow. Read More...

Uncontested to Skip Rebel Stakes

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Uncontested will likely make his next start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn Park, co-owner Harry Rosenblum said Feb. 22. Read More...

Tiz a Slam early 3-1 favorite for Queen’s Plate

DRF | 5 days ago
Cup and Saucer Stakes winner Tiz a Slam has been installed as the early 3-1 favorite for the 158th Queen's Plate at Woodbine on July 2. Read More...

Turns out Delgadillo has broken collarbone

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Agapito Delgadillo was found to have a hairline fracture of his collarbone on Tuesday, two days after he was involved in a one-horse spill at Santa Anita and later won the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes on Cuddle Alert. Read More...