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Songbird Logs First Gallop at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Champion Songbird logged her first gallop over Saratoga Race Course's main track July 22. Read More...

Casse Stars Work Out at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Mark Casse worked several of his stars July 22 at Saratoga Race Course, as Tepin and World Approval worked on the turf course, and Noble Bird went a sharp half-mile on the main track. Read More...

Alberta Downs Takes Unique Approach to Races

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The simple sentence posted at 10:50 a.m. July 17 on the Alberta Downs facebook page was not especially surprising to anyone following the twists and turns of the small track this summer: "There will be no racing today at Alberta Downs." Read More...

Surgical Strike eyes Secretariat

DRF | 4 days ago
Surgical Strike, a close fifth last out in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational, is likely to make his next start in the Grade 1 Secretariat on the Aug. 13 Arlington Million card, trainer Ben Colebrook said. Read More...

Faufiler likely to return to Chicago for Beverly D.

DRF | 4 days ago
Modesty Stakes winner Faufiler is a likely runner in the Beverly D. Stakes on Aug. 13 at Arlington, trainer Graham Motion said Thursday. Read More...

Songbird must buck Carina Mia, history in Coaching Club American Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Songbird will be running against a serious rival and at a track with a well-earned reputation as the Graveyard of Champions when she heads a field of five 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Queen’s Plate Top 3 Return in Prince of Wales

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The top three finishers in the Queen's Plate Stakes--Sir Dudley Digges, Amis Gizmo, and All On Red--are set to face off in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes July 26 at Fort Erie. Read More...

Papiese remains confident in The Pizza Man

DRF | 4 days ago
The Pizza Man remains on course to try and win the Arlington Million for the second year in a row despite a somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish in the Stars and Stripes on July 9. Read More...

Nebraska-bred Diamond Joe still going strong at 7

DRF | 4 days ago
The 7-year-old Nebraska-bred Diamond Joe, one of 30 members of the state's 2009 foal crop, has become one of the most successful Nebraska-breds ever. Read More...

Jockey Steiner retires at 51

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement from riding on Thursday. Steiner was named on five horses at Emerald Downs this weekend, including Say It Slow in the $75,000 Washington Oaks, but he told his agent, Vito Lucarelli, that he won't be riding. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/24 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Frosted, Mohaymen among McLaughlin workers

DRF | 4 days ago
The success of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Saratoga meet will primarily boil down to one day – Aug. 6. That's the day he will run many of his big stakes horses, led by Frosted, who on Friday worked five furlongs in 1:00.56. Read More...

Stradivari Sustains Career-Ending Injury

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Following a career-ending injury sustained during a workout July 22 at Saratoga Race Course, Stradivari is resting at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Read More...

Prince of Lir set for French debut in Prix Robert Papin

DRF | 4 days ago
The Royal Ascot winner Prince of Lir will have his French debut in Sunday’s $142,500 Prix Robert Papin for 2-year-old colts and fillies at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse. Read More...

Hovdey: Now it’s Crist who has left and gone away

DRF | 4 days ago
First it was David Letterman. Then Jon Stewart, and then Garrison Keillor. How dare they retire. How dare they voluntarily remove their voices from the public square. How empty certain hours have become without them. Now it's Steven Crist. Read More...

Miyadi gets fine, suspension for medication violation

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Steve Miyadi has been fined $5,000 and suspended 30 days after Run for Retts tested positive for the prohibited substances methamphetamine and amphetamine following the $100,500 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos last December. Read More...

Georgia VIP Day Set for Kentucky Downs

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Starting Gate Marketing in partnership with the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is excited to announce Georgia VIP Day at Kentucky Downs on Thursday, September 8th. Read More...

Taris has minor setback

DRF | 4 days ago
Taris, winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff for female sprinters at Churchill Downs in May, will not start this summer because of a minor injury, but still might be able to make the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia has first Spa work

DRF | 4 days ago
Cathryn Sophia made her first local appearance on Friday, breezing a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track with jockey Javier Castellano aboard. Read More...

Find Joy goes from longshot to favorite for Washington Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
With her strong performance in the 1 1/16-mile Kent Stakes, which she won at 14-1, Find Joy will likely be the favorite in the $75,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs on Sunday. Read More...

Gate work puts Upstart on his toes

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Rick Violette said he doesn't really like to work older horses from the gate. But he made an exception here Friday with the star of his stable, the multiple graded stakes winner Upstart, who sizzled four furlongs from the gate in 46.31 seconds with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. Read More...

Tepin gets back to work on Saratoga turf

DRF | 4 days ago
In her first workout since her triumphant trip to Royal Ascot, Tepin breezed a half-mile in 50.39 seconds Friday morning in preparation for a likely start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap here on Aug. 13. Read More...

Hoppertunity Spikes Fever; to Miss Cougar II

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Grade I winner Hoppertunity will miss the Cougar Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar July 24 after spiking a fever Thursday, July 21. Read More...

Alert Bay seeks first Del Mar win in California Dreamin’

DRF | 4 days ago
From Vancouver to Los Angeles, Alert Bay has won stakes up and down the West Coast in the last two years, but he still has one major venue to conquer. Alert Bay has never won at Del Mar, outside of San Diego. Read More...

Hard Aces becomes solid Cougar II favorite following scratch of Hoppertunity

DRF | 4 days ago
Hoppertunity's scratch makes Hard Aces the certain favorite in the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar as he drops in class following a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pegasus World Cup to Carry Grade I Status

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes in 2017 at Gulfstream Park will carry grade I status. Read More...

Dear Lilly difficult to beat at this level, distance

DRF | 4 days ago
Dear Lilly figures to be tough to handle when makes her second start of the year in a second-level optional $35,000 claiming race at Hastings on Sunday. Read More...

Tin Type Gal, Galileo’s Song may be hurt by slow pace in Boiling Springs

DRF | 4 days ago
Will there be enough pace in Sunday's Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park to set up the two best-looking late-runners in the field, Tin Type Gal and Galileo's Song? Read More...

Paulick Report 7/22 News Minute Presented by Saratoga Live

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Luzzi returns from injury, wins with first mount back

DRF | 4 days ago
Simply being back was the best part, but winning with his first mount since being sidelined by injury made the return of Lane Luzzi even nicer. Read More...

TOC Hires Morey as NorCal Liaison

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
TOC announced today the hiring of Elizabeth Morey as its Northern California Liaison. She replaces long‐time staff member Richard Scheidt, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Read More...

Borel maintains low profile as Bradley’s house guest

DRF | 4 days ago
Aside from shuttling horses to and from Ellis Park, where he has won or tied for four training titles since 2009, Buff Bradley is mulling over plans for his two stable stars, Divisidero and The Player, while also entertaining a house guest of note, Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. Read More...

Low-roller contests return at Saratoga

DRF | 4 days ago
The NYRA low-roller contests are back. Select Saturdays (including opening Saturday), as well as each Sunday and Monday (except Labor Day) of the Saratoga meet, players will have a chance to compete in on-track tournaments. Read More...

Sunny Ridge faces big ask in Haskell

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Jason Servis confirmed Thursday that Grade 3 Withers winner Sunny Ridge will make his return to the races in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park next Sunday. Read More...

Awesome Slew on rise just in time for Haskell

DRF | 4 days ago
Last year, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. ran Pegasus Stakes winner Mr. Jordan against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. A 26-1 longshot, Mr. Jordan finished last of seven. Plesa will have another Haskell longshot next Sunday in Awesome Slew, but that's where the comparison of the two horses ends. Read More...

Queen City Oaks no gimme for School Board Prez

DRF | 4 days ago
Following unsuccessful excursions to Iowa and Indiana, School Board Prez returns to Ohio-bred company – where she has collected four stakes wins over the past two seasons – for Sunday's $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks at Belterra Park. Read More...

A Revenant poised to fulfill potential in Rainbow Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
A Revenant is well suited to the role of fastest qualifier and favorite for Sunday's $1 million Rainbow Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Nijinsky Stakes a virtual sprint for Kaigun

DRF | 4 days ago
Kaigun returns to Woodbine for the first time since last season's Grade 1 Canadian International when he takes on four rivals in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Nijinsky Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 4 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore Read More...

HRRN Saratoga Series Begins July 23

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Thursday they will once again broadcast live from historic Saratoga Race Course every Saturday throughout the 2016 race meet. Read More...

HRRN Saratoga Series Begins July 23

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Thursday they will once again broadcast live from historic Saratoga Race Course every Saturday throughout the 2016 race meet. Read More...

Vernon: Hambletonian hopefuls line up for Sunday’s Zweig

DRF | 4 days ago
With the $1 million Hambletonian just 13 days away, many of the leading candidates for the sport’s biggest prize will convene on Vernon Downs Sunday night for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. In a year where anyone can win the top prize, there are still many contenders and Sunday’s contest may help trainers and owners better measure their true chances come the first Saturday in August. Read More...

A Song in an Everlasting Garden

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
If your brain can sniff out what you remember about Songbird's third dam Torsion Belle, whose four black-type horses appear as siblings to Songbird’s second dam Beaty Sark (by Deputy Minister), a few bells might have started to ring. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Saratoga’s Lure, New York’s Hook?

Today, the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing at Saratoga begins again. The six-week meet is one of the most enticing events of the year for fans, bettors, and horsemen. In this edition of The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Free: How I’d Play Del Mar for Saturday, July 23

DRF | 4 days ago
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Jockey Joe Steiner Retires

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After 25 years, 52 racetracks, and 32 broken bones, jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement July 21. Read More...

After 25 Years, Jockey Joe Steiner Retires

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After 25 years, 52 racetracks, and 32 broken bones, jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement July 21. Read More...

After 35 Years, Jockey Joe Steiner Retires

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After 35 years, 52 racetracks, and 32 broken bones, jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement July 21. Read More...

Racing Returns to Saratoga!

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Diana Stakes (gr. I) and Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. Read More...

Hoppertunity, ‘Aces’ Entered in Cougar II

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Grade I winners Hoppertunity and Hard Aces highlight a field of six entered for the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 24 at Del Mar. Read More...