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Darby Dan Promotes Hammond to Vice Chairman

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm has promoted Robert Hammond to vice chairman of the historic Lexington-based Thoroughbred operation. Hammond had been serving as Darby Dan's farm manager for the last five years. Read More...

WVRC Votes to Hire New Drug-Testing Lab

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission voted July 28 to hire a new equine drug-testing laboratory when the contract with its current lab ends at the end of August. Read More...

CTHS Ontario Canadian premier yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 2 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) Canadian premier yearling sale is now available online, featuring 299 horses on offer. Read More...

Pretty Suspect may find the front crowded

DRF | 2 days ago
Pretty Suspect is the one to beat in Thursday’s featured third race at Louisiana Downs, but she might have to contend with more pace than she did earlier this month when she won an optional $17,500 claiming race for fillies and mares on turf. Pretty Suspect went wire to wire in that race, which was at the same level as Thursday’s race. Read More...

Beholder heads weekend action at Del Mar

DRF | 2 days ago
Beholder, a two-time champion, is the marquee name for the weekend’s stakes at Del Mar. She is scheduled to head the field in the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Dortmund ‘slowly’ coming along

DRF | 2 days ago
Dortmund, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, is starting to put together a series of works after being knocked out from his spring campaign. Read More...

Jockey agent Lawson has French connection

DRF | 2 days ago
Derek Lawson has been a jockey agent for most of the past 30 years, but he’s having his greatest success representing Flavien Prat, who is tied atop the jockeys’ standings with nine wins after two weeks of the Del Mar meet. Read More...

CDI Plans to Demolish Calder Grandstand

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Calder Casino & Race Course is said to be planning to demolish its seven-story grandstand/clubhouse building beginning in December after a two-month meet operated by Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Arlington Million card features strong European contingent

DRF | 2 days ago
At least 17 European-based horses were under consideration early this week for the four major stakes on the Aug. 15 Arlington Million program, and even if that number – as is likely – gets winnowed down between now and entry time, the overseas contingent figures to be at least on par with recent seasons. Read More...

American Pharoah Will Dictate Race Schedule

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert will relish allowing American Pharoah dictate any plans between the Aug. 2 Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland. Read More...

Obviously continues to work toward comeback

DRF | 2 days ago
He’s not quite yet ready, but Obviously, the brilliant turf miler, is likely just a few works away from returning to action, and there is the distinct possibility he could attempt to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Mile for the third time in four years on Aug. 23. Read More...

Peck: Saratoga pick three for Wednesday, July 29

DRF | 2 days ago
The middle part of the Wednesday’s Saratoga card offers an interesting pick three. Read More...

Palace makes rare statebred stakes appearance

DRF | 2 days ago
Palace will return to statebred competition for the first time in 18 months when he takes on six others, including defending champ Weekend Hideaway, in Thursday’s $100,000 John Morrissey at Saratoga. Read More...

High expectations for Beholder in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 2 days ago
The standard of excellence for Beholder is so high that there is one outcome of the 2015 season that will satisfy trainer Richard Mandella. She must be champion older female. Read More...

Meadowlands: Spirit To Win aims for Hambletonian Oaks win

DRF | 2 days ago
Fred Hertrich III was disappointed Spirit To Win failed to sell at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, but the breeder-turned-owner of the 3-year-old trotting filly has been nothing but pleased with her performance on the racetrack. She was among 16 horses entered Monday for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Read More...

Santa Rosa goes fair-less for a week

DRF | 2 days ago
This year’s racing meet at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif., could prove pivotal. The 11-day meet begins Thursday and includes three days of racing, on Aug. 14-16, after the conclusion of the Sonoma County Fair. Read More...

Monmouth will welcome its first Triple Crown winner

DRF | 2 days ago
Monmouth Park will finally get its Triple Crown winner when American Pharoah runs in the Haskell Invitational on Sunday. Read More...

Bent On Bourbon moving up in West Virginia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on Saturday drew a competitive field of 11 when entries were taken Monday. An up-and-comer in the group is Bent On Bourbon, who has been successfully moving up the ladder in both class and distance for trainer Eddie Kenneally and Bourbon Lane Stable. Read More...

American Pharoah has final Haskell work

DRF | 2 days ago
American Pharoah is ready for his second act. He completed his preparation for the Haskell on Tuesday morning at Del Mar, with an easy half-mile drill in 48.80 seconds, and now is set to head to New Jersey’s Monmouth Park for Sunday’s race, his first start since becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner nearly two months ago. Read More...

Small Farm Yields Big Returns for Smith

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Fancy Pan and daughters have been giving New Jersey-based breeder Bo Smith and Kentucky consignor Joe Dodgen winners and sale stars over several generations. Read More...

Sprint Champ, Commanding Curve Spice Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The 2014 champion male sprinter and a 4-year-old that finished second in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are among the horses entered on an all-stakes undercard for the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby. Read More...

Twilight Eclipse pointed to Sword Dancer

DRF | 2 days ago
Twilight Eclipse, a troubled third last out in the Grade 2 United Nations at Monmouth Park, got the opportunity to stretch his legs over the main track here on Tuesday morning breezing an easy half-mile in 51.53 seconds. Twilight Eclipse is nominated to Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green but will skip the race to await the Grade 1 Sword Dancer on Travers Day. Read More...

Sweet Whiskey makes the most of class relief

DRF | 2 days ago
After making a dozen consecutive starts against stakes company, 11 of them in graded races, since winning her debut here at 2, Sweet Whiskey finally dropped into the allowance ranks here Monday and made the most of the opportunity, registering a 4 1/2-length triumph. Read More...

BEST distributes work boots to diabetic workers

DRF | 2 days ago
The Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST) on Saturday will distribute approximately 40 pairs of work boots to backstretch workers with foot problems associated with diabetes. The shoe distribution is part of a project dubbed BEST Steps Forward, a program designed to raise money to assist backstretch workers. Read More...

Giwner: The Hambletonian decision

DRF | 2 days ago
With Mission Brief officially announcing her intention to race in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian against the boys on August 8 at the Meadowlands, many began to speculate what driver Yannick Gingras will decide. Last year’s leading money winner has been the regular driver for both Mission Brief and male divisional leader Pinkman. Read More...

American Pharoah Has Final Work for Haskell

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
American Pharoah's final workout for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) appeared intentionally easy July 28 at Del Mar, with the Triple Crown champion recording a :48 4/5 breeze underneath overcast skies. Read More...

It’s Wait and See for Large WV Derby Field

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Two colts that have been chasing Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will seek to get back on track when they face nine other 3-year-olds in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer. Read More...

Radiator stretches out in Saratoga allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
When Radiator won her U.S. debut at Keeneland in April, she looked like a burgeoning stakes horse. In two stakes tries since, however, Radiator has come up empty, finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Beaugay and seventh in the Intercontinental Stakes, both at Belmont Park. Read More...

Miss Margaret will try to regain form

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s a mere first-level allowance race, but the Thursday feature at Gulfstream Park in south Florida drew a handful of fillies with stakes experience. Read More...

Danas Best makes U.S. debut in turf route

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Mitchell, Del Mar’s all-time winningest trainer, died earlier this year, but his legacy lives on Thursday at Del Mar. Mitchell’s former assistant Phil D’Amato and son-in-law Craig Rounsefell team with Danas Best, an Australian import who makes his first United States start in the featured seventh race. Read More...

Frac Daddy Retired With Suspensory Strain

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy has been retired from racing, according to a July 28 announcement from trainer Ken McPeek. Read More...

Free: Del Mar Horses to Watch for the week of July 27

DRF | 3 days ago
Free: Del Mar Horses to Watch for the week of July 27 Read More...

The Week in Photos for 7/28/2015

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Saratoga, Del Mar, Monmouth, Woodbine, Belterra Park, Parx, Charles Town & More Read More...

Steps Toward Integrity

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
State regulation perpetuates inconsistency. Read More...

Saratoga enjoys big business for first week of meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Business was booming at Saratoga through the first four days of the meet, with double-digit increases in all-sources and ontrack handle from last season. Read More...

SirePowered Results: Curlin

DRF | 3 days ago
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin has continued his prowess in the breeding shed, producing a noteworthy classic performer from each of his first three crops. The Lane’s End stallion recently turned in a monster weekend, as Daily Racing Form’s SirePowered Results shows him with six winners from Friday through Sunday, led by a pair of graded stakes winners at Saratoga. Read More...

Jockey Club Reports of Mares Bred due Aug. 1

DRF | 3 days ago
Reports of Mares Bred for the 2015 breeding season are due to The Jockey Club by Aug. 1. Read More...

CTHS Manitoba yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Manitoba Division yearling sale is now available online, featuring 30 entries. Read More...

Lenny’s Place: Hall of Fame Edition

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Host Lenny Shulman talks with trainer Doug O'Neill about Hall of Fame inductee Lava Man. Lenny also discusses Del Mar, Saratoga, race fixing and more! Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions Read More...

Stanford Among Seven for Curlin Stakes Test

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Looking to replicate V. E. Day's success last year in the Curlin Stakes as a springboard to an upset victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), a field of seven has been entered for the July 31 test at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Stanford Among Seven for Curlin Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Looking to replicate V. E. Day's success last year in the Curlin Stakes as a springboard to an upset victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), a field of seven has been entered for the July 31 test at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

ABR Releases Another Digital Video Ad

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
America's Best Racing has released the third episode of a four-part series of digital video ads, #IBelieveIn, produced by ABR Films and filmed at Denali Stud near Paris, Ky. Read More...

Shore Runner overcomes traffic in Lucky Coin

DRF | 3 days ago
Drawing the rail in 5 1/2-furlong turf sprints is usually a recipe for trouble, and Shore Runner found plenty of that before finally getting clear to surge past Sharp Sensation at the wire for a nose decision in Monday’s Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Durkin Named TCA Honored Guest

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Tom Durkin, one of racing's great race callers, has been selected by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as the 2015 Honored Guest, TCA president Shannon Arvin announced July 27. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 21 – July 26

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from July 20 to July 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

193 cataloged to CTBA sale

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale is available online, with 193 horses on offer. Read More...

Belmont Average Handle, Attendance Declined

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Average daily handle and attendance declined during the 59-day meet at Belmont Park that was highlighted by American Pharoah becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Read More...

Belmont Average Handle, Attendance Decline

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Average daily handle and attendance declined during the 59-day meet at Belmont Park that was highlighted by American Pharoah becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Read More...

Bode Miller Purchases Barn at Fair Hill

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Gold medal-winning skier plans to use interval training. Read More...