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Positive ROI report: Sharp strong in first starts off a claim

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Joe Sharp saddles Indycott (#3, ML 7-2) in Thursday’s third race at Churchill Downs, a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer. Since Jan. 1, 2014, Sharp is winning at a 34 percent clip in first starts off a claim, for a return on investment of $2.61. Read More...

Louisiana’s Yankee Gentleman has role in Triple Crown bid

DRF | 2 days ago
One piece of the puzzle that often goes overlooked in American Pharoah’s bid to win the Triple Crown resides at Le Mesa Stallions in Carencro, La. Stakes winner Yankee Gentleman is the sire of Littleprincessemma, who was purchased by Ahmed Zayat for $250,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. American Pharoah is the second foal of Littleprincessemma. Read More...

Work All Week returns with major class edge in Aristides

DRF | 2 days ago
In comparison to what looms a week later with the Belmont Stakes, this Saturday doesn’t necessarily qualify as a big day for racing in America. But for Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Roger Brueggemann, it’s a huge day. Read More...

Yes Its Bear looms large in sprint feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Tim Rycroft was impressed with how Yes Its Bear won his debut and hopes the 3-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday can take another step forward when he runs in a $30,000 optional-claiming race that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Northlands Park. Read More...

Something Extra seeks third Connaught Cup win

DRF | 2 days ago
Something Extra was only a half-length away from winning his third straight Grade 2 Connaught Cup last year, and the speedy 7-year-old is entered to take another run at the seven-furlong turf stakes on Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Key Race report: Sentiero Italia returns in allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
Sentiero Italia (#1A, ML 4-1) returns in Thursday’s eighth race at Belmont Park, a one-mile allowance on turf. It will be her first start since finishing first by 1 1/4 lengths in a maiden special weight race on turf April 19 at Aqueduct. The third- and fourth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Response Top Lot at Magic Millions Day Two at A$1.5 million

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:15 AM ET MMNBDM (Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale)hip 0867     Response (Aus) M     Charge Forward (Aus)--Live it Up (Aus)  &nbsp... Read More...

Yonkers: In The Arsenal ready to fire in Rooney final

DRF | 2 days ago
You can tell talking with trainer Kelvin Harrison that he’s just as calm as his colt In The Arsenal heading into Saturday’s $300,000 Art Rooney final at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

No Belmont Stakes for Conquest Curlinate

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Conquest Curlinate has been withdrawn from the list of challengers to dual classic winner American Pharoah in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and instead will be pointed toward the July 5 Queen's Plate. Read More...

Sweet Idea Leads Seven-Figure Trio at MM Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Three horses broke the seven-figure mark on opening day of the Magic Millions National broodmare sale May 27, led by group I winner Sweet Idea for $1,600,000 (US$1,240,117). Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for May 21 to May 24

DRF | 3 days ago
Sharp Horses and Track Trends for May 21 to 24, 2015. Read More...

Pandolfo: Conversation with Harrington leading driver Allan Davis

DRF | 3 days ago
Harness driver Allan Davis has the right pedigree for a harness driver. His dad, Eddie Davis, won 8,632 races in his career. He led the nation in wins with 470 in 1983 and tied Herve Filion for the driving title with 404 wins in 1984. His brother, Eddie Davis, Jr., is currently driving in Maine and has over 4,000 career wins. His brother Martin Davis is a trainer. Read More...

Indiana Grand to Host PDJF Event

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will be the site of the second-annual "Jockeys & Jeans" event May 30. Read More...

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TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:12 PM ET When Brazilian Horse of the Year Bal a Bali knifed through a narrow gap and kicked clear to win the GIII... Read More...

Willcox Inn Suffers Fatal Paddock Accident

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Millionaire Willcox Inn had his stallion career cut short when he had to be euthanized after being injured in a paddock accident May 24. Read More...

Moreno Seeks First SoCal Win in Californian

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Surprise Charles Town Classic (gr. II) winner Moreno will return to Santa Anita Park May 30 for the $200,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

NY Bill Could End Exercise Riders’ Insurance

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Legislation would end workers' compensation insurance for exercise riders, but retain coverage for jockeys and apprentice jockeys. If passed, owners or trainers would have to pick up the cost for insuring exercise riders. Read More...

BC Sprint Winner Work All Week Returns at CD

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Work All Week was the king of midwest sprinters last year. In the Breeders' Cup, he defeated defending Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle and two-time Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) winner Private Zone. Read More...

Wise Dan Cleared to Resume Galloping

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Charlie LoPresti heard the news he's been waiting on for months now, as the doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital cleared two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan for galloping May 26. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 5/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 5/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Something Extra Pursues Third Connaught Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Something Extra will look to avenge a tough loss from last year when he goes to post in this year's edition of the $200,000 Connaught Cup (Can-IIT) at Woodbine May 30. Read More...

Meadowlands: Hurrikane Ali ready to fight in NJSS final

DRF | 3 days ago
Hurrikane Ali is 3-for-3 this season as he prepares for Saturday’s $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands. Among the horses standing in his way of winning the crown is Artspeak, who defeated Hurrikane Ali by 1-3/4 lengths to capture last year’s NJSS title and also received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male pacer. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 5/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 5/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 5/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 5/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday, May 28

DRF | 3 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Seeks Governor’s Cup

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Ben's Cat, a millionaire two times over, will go for his 25th lifetime stakes victory in the Governor's Cup at Penn National Race Course against his three closest pursuers from his last race. Read More...

Parx bans shock-wave therapy

DRF | 3 days ago
Shock-wave therapy machines will be banned on the premises of Parx Racing in Philadelphia beginning June 1 as the result of a new house rule worked out between management and representatives of horsemen, riders, and state vets. Read More...

Juvenile races return at Arlington

DRF | 3 days ago
The first race on the Friday program at Arlington marks the first 2-year-old race of the season in Chicago, and no one with even half an eye on Arlington racing the last several years will be surprised to see trainer Jim DiVito with two entrants in the race, a 4 1/2-furlong Polytrack dash restricted to Illinois-breds. Read More...

Zenyatta in foal to War Front for 2016

DRF | 3 days ago
Champion Zenyatta was confirmed in foal to Claiborne Farm stallion War Front on Wednesday, carrying what would be her fourth foal. The official Zenyatta website reported that the 2010 Horse of the Year was scanned 36 days in foal after an April cover. Read More...

Night Prowler Well-Spotted in Rich Penn Mile

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Paul Pompa Jr.'s Night Prowler, winner of the grade III Transylvania Stakes on the grass at Keeneland in his last start, is one of 11 3-year-olds entered in the $500,000 Penn Mile (gr. IT) May 30 at Penn National. Read More...

Ward fine-tuning his sizable Royal Ascot arsenal

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Wesley Ward worked four Royal Ascot-bound 2-year-olds on the Arlington grass course this past Sunday, and Arlington will serve as one of two hubs from which Ward plans to launch his biggest British invasion yet. Read More...

Hovdey: The turf mares of Gamely command attention

DRF | 3 days ago
Fillies and mares on the grass are the gift that keeps on giving. Since the early 1980s, when international stables noticed that the U.S. was offering plenty of good money and black type for females on the turf, the division has rarely disappointed. This year is no different. Read More...

Broberg has solid pair in Evangeline Turf Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Quick Dagger and Snappy Girl will be going for the hottest barn on the grounds Saturday when they run in the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint. Read More...

Brown Sends Two West For American Oaks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A winner of five Breeders' Cup events over the Santa Anita Park turf, trainer Chad Brown should be a significant factor in the $400,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) May 30 on the Southern California grass course. Read More...

Galileo’s Sir Isaac Newton Off the Mark At Gowran

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:52 PM ET 1st at GOW (GOWRAN PARK)Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden     Winner: Sir Isaac Newton (GB) by Galileo (Ire) 3.6million gui... Read More...

Princess Violet going big in Ogden Phipps

DRF | 3 days ago
Princess Violet, winner of the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland two starts back, worked six furlongs in 1:13.66 over the Belmont training track Wednesday morning in preparation for an expected start in the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 6. Read More...

Rosario to ride Wicked Strong in Met Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Joel Rosario, who was replaced by John Velazquez on multiple Grade 1 winner Tonalist for the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap, has picked up the mount on Wicked Strong for the Met Mile, replacing Rajiv Maragh, trainer Jimmy Jerkens confirmed Wednesday. Read More...

Brown has numbers going for him in Pennine Ridge

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown will apparently utilize the strength in numbers approach when it comes to Saturday’s $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Arc winner Treve will make 2015 debut in Prix Corrida

DRF | 3 days ago
Treve, the two-time winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, makes her 2015 debut on Friday at Saint-Cloud in the Group 2 Prix Corrida. Read More...

OBS June supplemental catalog now online

DRF | 3 days ago
The supplemental catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age is now available online, featuring 21 juveniles and one older horse. Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Classy Corinthian should handle either surface well

DRF | 3 days ago
Pat Dupuy has been maximizing his opportunities. The veteran trainer typically trains just a horse or two at a time, but mostly because of a couple of promising 3-year-old fillies named I’m a Looker and Classy Corinthian, Dupuy has won at a nifty 29 percent rate (seven for his last 24) since last September. Having seen both through their first allowance condition in their respective last starts, Dupuy has entered them for Glenmare Farm as a stable coupling versus five other 3-year-old fillies in the $54,000 feature Friday at Churchill Downs – although Classy Corinthian, favorably drawn in the far outside post, likely will be his only starter. Read More...

Woodwin W to get acid test in Penn Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
On Wednesday, a field of 11 was entered for the third running of the $500,000 Penn Mile at Penn National Race Course. The Saturday evening card will have a first post of 6 p.m. and is front-loaded with an all-stakes pick four to begin the program. Read More...

Santa Anita turf aeration, rain help course play softer

DRF | 3 days ago
Events unfold at a slower pace on the Santa Anita turf course these days. Since the start of the spring-summer meeting on April 24, final times of turf races have been noticeably slower than the last weeks of the track’s winter-spring meeting that ended on April 19. The slower times are a result of ongoing maintenance to avoid surface compaction, a rare May rainstorm that produced approximately an inch of rain, and cool recent weather. Read More...

Keen Ice Breezes Nicely; ‘Pharoah’ Walks

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in his previous start, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on a fast track at Churchill Downs May 27. Read More...

Willcox Inn dies following paddock accident

DRF | 3 days ago
Willcox Inn, a Grade 2 winner and first-year sire, was euthanized due to injuries from a paddock accident on May 24. The 7-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday was finishing his debut season in the breeding shed at Saratoga Stud in Stillwater, N.Y., where he was standing for an advertised fee of $5,000. Read More...

Work All Week draws outside post in Aristides

DRF | 3 days ago
Work All Week will start from the outside post in a field of seven older horses Saturday when making his first start since he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last fall. Bred and owned in Illinois by Midwest Thoroughbreds, the 6-year-old gelding will have Florent Geroux back aboard as a heavy favorite in the Grade 3, $100,000 Aristides. Read More...

Keen Ice works from home

DRF | 3 days ago
At the finish of the Kentucky Derby, Keen Ice and Mubtaahij were separated by a half-length, or approximately four feet. On Thursday, with both preparing for the June 6 Belmont Stakes – and a second meeting with each other and Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah – Keen Ice and Mubtaahij were separated by 772 miles and their trainers’ ideology. Read More...

WGOH: Restoring, Not Expanding

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Rhetoric interferes with equity regarding ADW in Indiana. Read More...

Bolo returns to turf in prep for Belmont Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
On Friday at Santa Anita, Bolo is back on turf for the first time since December in a $65,000 allowance race at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds. Gaines considers the allowance race as a prep for the $1.25 million Belmont Derby at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Belmont Park on July 4. Read More...