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Ribchester Runs to His Class in Queen Anne Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation has been prominent in the headlines recently. At the conclusion of the June 20 Queen Anne Stakes (G1), Ribchester (IRE) put the royal blue silks in racing's forefront for positive reasons. Read More...

Injured Arm Forces Dettori to Miss Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Frankie Dettori will sit out this year's Royal Ascot meeting with an arm injury sustained last week at Yarmouth. Read More...

Sparkman: Gun Runner carries on Evans legacy

DRF | 3 days ago
The $3 million Keeneland November buy Quiet Giant was bred to sensational young sire Candy Ride, and her first foal is Gun Runner, who captured the Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Choctaw Chuck finally gets his Karl Boyes Memorial victory

DRF | 3 days ago
Choctaw Chuck made his fourth start in the $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial a winning one, taking the 5 1/2-furlong dash by three-quarters of a length Monday night at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Overland Park edges Forest Mouse in San Juan County Commissioners Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Overland Park turned the tables on frequent rival Forest Mouse on Monday, when he forged to a neck win over him in the $50,000 San Juan County Commissioners Handicap at SunRay Park. Read More...

Giwner: A Yonkers Raceway meet at Belmont Park?

DRF | 4 days ago
Could Yonkers Raceway become the harness racing capital of North America? With some of the best horses and many of the top drivers in the sport, is it really that farfetched an idea? Read More...

Daddys Blushing Wins Mountain Top QH Futurity

Gary W. Harstack’s Daddys Blushing, the fifth-fastest qualifier, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire, half-length win in Saturday’s $392,554 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Daddys Blushing Wins Mountain Top QH Futurity

Gary W. Harstack’s Daddys Blushing, the fifth-fastest qualifier, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire, half-length win in Saturday’s $392,554 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Swing and Sway powers to victory in Niagara

DRF | 4 days ago
The public had trouble settling on a favorite in the $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes on Monday, sending off Clara's Gone West, Swing and Sway, and Tiznow's Smile at 2-1 and Filibustin at 3-1 in the seven-horse field. But Swing and Sway proved to be in a different league than her rivals, blowing the race open midway through and drawing off to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 6/21 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 6/21 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Malibu Moon Hits Black-Type Century Mark

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Spendthrift Farm's Malibu Moon reached an important milestone June 17 when his 3-year-old daughter Shimmering Aspen became his 100th black-type stakes winner worldwide.  Read More...

Pocono: Fields drawn for Sun Stakes eliminations

DRF | 4 days ago
The very best trotters and pacers in North American harness racing will be converging on The Downs at Mohegan Sin Pocono the next two Saturdays, with elimination races being held this Saturday in order to qualify horses to participate in the Sun Stakes Saturday supercard on Saturday, July 1. Read More...

Deep Prince of Wales’s Field Awaits Highland Reel

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1), the richest race of the meeting and one of its most competitive at the top level, is the gem of the second day of Royal Ascot on June 21.  Read More...

Miss Katie Mae faces Ward’s duo in allowance turf sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainers Graham Motion and Wesley Ward may have more pressing matters this week at Royal Ascot, but they will likely turn their attention at some point Thursday to Belmont Park, where they have top contenders in the featured second-level allowance turf sprint. Read More...

Shanghai Bobby gets first winner

DRF | 4 days ago
Spirit of Shanghai became the first winner for juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby, a well-regarded member of a strong group of freshman sires, when she won a maiden-claiming race Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Order of St George could be vulnerable in Gold Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Order of St. George is the odds-on favorite to win the Group 1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday for the second year in a row, but the horse's reputation at this moment appears to have outpaced his form, and if the Ascot course stays dry, Big Orange will have a chance at an upset. Read More...

Blame gets first Group 1 winner in French classic

DRF | 4 days ago
Eclipse Award champion Blame, standing at historic Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, has flirted with progeny victories in major Grade 1 events, as one might expect. Blameitonthelaw was third behind champion Nyquist in the 2015 Del Mar Futurity, and Going for Broke was second to champion Songbird in the 2016 Alabama Stakes. But Blame’s first Grade/Group 1 winner came in a classic on turf in France, as Senga scored in the Prix de Diane, or French Oaks, over the weekend. Read More...

Jockey Club’s Iuliano Elected to AHC Board of Trustees

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, has been elected to the American Horse Council (AHC) board of trustees following the organization's annual meeting and national issues forum June 11-14.  Read More...

Iuliano Elected to AHC Board of Trustees

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, has been elected to the American Horse Council (AHC) board of trustees following the organization's annual meeting and national issues forum June 11-14.  Read More...

Hushion to retire from training at end of meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Hushion respected as a horse trainer but admired for being a better person, will retire from the game after 42 years of training when the Belmont Park spring-summer meet ends on July 16. Read More...

Royal Ascot Broadcast Available Throughout World

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Royal Ascot 2017 will be broadcast in 175 territories with a reach of 650 million households this week through Ascot's media rights arrangements with Pitch International and Racecourse Media Group (RMG). Read More...

NBCSN Plans Live Coverage of Royal Meeting at Ascot

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
NBCSN presents daily live coverage of the Royal Meeting in Ascot, Berkshire, England – one of the most prestigious horse racing meets in the world – beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20, at 8:30 a.m. ET. Read More...

Diamond Bachelor has pace and class edge

DRF | 4 days ago
Diamond Bachelor should go to the lead and not look back when he faces five rivals, including stablemate Bashart, in Thursday's $44,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Arrogate Unanimous Top Choice in NTRA Poll

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Top ranked horses of all ages remains relatively quiet in week 21 of NTRA Poll. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 6/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 6/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

American Pharoah Halter Offered in CKRH Fundraiser

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading earner, Arrogate are among the coveted items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Read More...

Delta Bluesman to defend title in Smile Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Delta Bluesman is coming back to south Florida to defend his title a week from Saturday in the Grade 3 Smile Sprint. Trainer Jorge Navarro said Monday he's looking forward to “returning home” with Delta Bluesman. Read More...

Thistledown Preparing for 2017 Ohio Derby Day

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
JACK Thistledown Racino is going all out for the 83rd running of the Ohio Derby on Saturday, June 24. In addition to heart-pounding, live racing action, the day will feature plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family.  Read More...

Gun Runner hitting best stride

DRF | 4 days ago
Gun Runner was an honest and consistent 3-year-old. The winner of the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star, both Grade 2 events, he finished a creditable third behind Nyquist and Exaggerator in the Kentucky Derby, then bounced right back to win the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes. Read More...

KVN Corona wins Ed Burke Million Futurity to stay unbeaten

DRF | 4 days ago
KVN Corona won his stakes debut and remained unbeaten after three starts with a head win in Sunday’s $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity for Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Time and Motion rerouted to Modesty Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Time and Motion, who was scratched from the New York Stakes due to a low white blood cell count, breezed three furlongs over the Belmont Park turf course on Monday. If all continues to go well, Time and Motion could make her next start in the Grade 3 $100,000 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park on July 8. Read More...

War Flag shows she’s the goods

DRF | 4 days ago
War Flag on Sunday displayed an impressive turn of foot, rallying from last in an eight-horse field to win a third-level allowance race at Monmouth Park by a half-length against males on Sunday. It was her first start in this country. Read More...

Timeline okay after sustaining cuts during Pegasus win

DRF | 4 days ago
The undefeated 3-year-old Timeline appeared to have escaped injury as a result of being stepped on during the running of Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Pegasus at Monmouth Park, a race he won by 3 1/2 lengths under Javier Castellano. Read More...

Jolly Convergence seeks elusive Hong Kong victory

DRF | 4 days ago
Jolly Convergence is winless in nine starts in Hong Kong this season, but the gelding’s record is not as discouraging as it seems. Jolly Convergence was second, beaten three-quarters of a length, in a troubled trip in a six-furlong handicap June 7 and returns at the same level of competition in Wednesday’s $158,375 Lantau Island Handicap at six furlongs on turf at Happy Valley Racecourse. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 6/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 6/20 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Liaison Gets First Winner with Vicente’s Shadow

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Spendthrift Farm's freshman sire Liaison, the grade 1-winning son of Indian Charlie, had his first winner June 18, when Vicente's Shadow rallied strongly to win a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight by a length at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Royal Ascot: Highland Reel in tough in Prince of Wales’s Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Highland Reel won the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita last November and the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 2. Those are brilliant credentials, but not enough to make Highland Reel a clear favorite in a tough running of the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday. Read More...

Churchill Downs seeks approval for Instant Racing machines

DRF | 4 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. has asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for approval to add devices resembling slot machines to its flagship racetrack in Louisville, according to an agenda distributed by the commission on Monday. Read More...

Miss Temple City Brings Best Self Into Third Ascot Try

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
At age 5, Miss Temple City is back at Royal Ascot for a third consecutive year, still seeking a victory on that prestigious ground but in no need of outside validation. Read More...

Defiant Honor looks for debris-free trip

DRF | 4 days ago
Defiant Honor, second with “debris” trouble in a Grade 3 stakes at Del Mar last year, makes her 3-year-old debut in a first-level allowance race going a mile at Belmont Park. Read More...

Single 6 jackpot at $112,000

DRF | 4 days ago
Three allowances are on tap for Thursday, and all are part of a Single 6 sequence (races 3-8). The jackpot stands at $112,293 after no solo winners were sold Sunday on handle of $45,478. The rollover jackpot hasn't been swept in the last 16 racing days. Read More...

Americans abound in Royal Ascot opener

DRF | 4 days ago
The five-day Royal Ascot meeting begins Tuesday with an excellent six-race card that includes three Group 1 races and six American runners. Read More...

Golden Gate: Attendance, ontrack handle rise during winter-spring meet

DRF | 4 days ago
For the first time since 2011, the Golden Gate Fields winter-spring meet showed increases in both attendance and ontrack handle. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of June 19

DRF | 4 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of June 19. Read More...

Familiar Horses for U.S. Fans to Watch at Royal Ascot

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A list of both the U.S.-based horses who shipped over for the meet, and other horses with U.S. ties running at Royal Ascot this week. Read More...

Breeder Hargus Sexton Dies at 96

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Hargus Sexton, who along with his wife, Sandra, bred dozens of stakes winners, died at his farm outside Versailles June 15 at the age of 96 Read More...

Gun Runner aims at Saratoga’s Whitney

DRF | 4 days ago
Gun Runner is scheduled to leave Churchill Downs for Saratoga on June 26, with the next start for the superstar colt most likely to come in the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 5 at the upstate New York track. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from June 13 – June 14

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Trip Notes for June 17-18: Stephen Foster, Fleur de Lis, Summertime Oaks, and more

DRF | 4 days ago
Trip Notes for stakes races run on June 17-18, including the Stephen Foster, Fleur de Lis, Summertime Oaks, and more. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
Happy Valley selections and analysis for Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Read More...