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Bear Access scores huge upset in Maryland Million Ladies

DRF | 2 days ago
The pacesetter Bear Access won the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies as the longest price in the 10-horse field and paid $134.20. Read More...

Lemon Drop Kid Colt Upsets Keeneland Maiden

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:26 PM ET 3rd at KEE (Keeneland)Msw ($56K)     Winner: Lemon Drop Prize by Lemon Drop Kid Lemon Drop Prize (c, 2, Lemon Drop Kid) comes alive late ... Read More...

Father of trainer Violette dies at 85

DRF | 3 days ago
Rick Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr., died Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 85. Read More...

Teenage Horse Lover Integral Part of Donegal

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
As part of Donegal Racing, Amanda Gillman often goes to the track with her mother Paula when one of their horses is in action, and accompanies them to the saddling paddock, flanking the runner's right side. Read More...

Danny Boy on Pitch for Breeders’ Cup

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With an Irish-themed partnership, it was only fitting that Donegal Racing pay tribute to the Irish anthem by naming a runner after the song "Danny Boy." The colt has proven to be precocious and Breeders' Cup bound. Read More...

Tiz Wonderful Filly Stays Unbeaten at Belmont

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:40 PM ET 2nd at BEL (Belmont Park)Maid of the Mist S. ($250K)     Winner: Quezon by Tiz Wonderful Quezon (f, 2, Tiz Wonderful) green, but good, as... Read More...

Madame Chiang Strikes in Fillies and Mares

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Madame Chiang capitalized when erratic front-runner Chicquita dramatically hung left in the final 100 yards and captured the QIPCO Fillies and Mares Stakes (Eng-I) Oct.18 at Ascot. Read More...

Ostrolenka delivers in Sleepy Hollow Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Several years ago, owner Eric Fein campaigned the consistent, hard-trying Musket Man, who won the Tampa Bay and Illinois derbies and ran third in the Kentucky Derby at 3 and was the runner-up in the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps – both Grade 1 races – at 4. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia Heads BC Works at Keeneland

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Three horses under consideration for the Breeders' Cup World Championships worked on the fast main track at Keeneland Oct. 18, led by Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) winner Don't Tell Sophia. Read More...

Gutsy Noble Mission Makes All for Ascot Win

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Juddmonte Farms' Noble Mission led from the start in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) and showed the heart of lion in repelling the challenge from Al Kazeem to get the win Oct. 18 at Ascot. Read More...

Admire Rakti Wins Caulfield Cup for Japan

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Japanese raider Admire Rakti made a storming seven-wide run in the final 150 meters and snatched a half-length victory in the Aus$3 million Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) Oct. 18. Read More...

Alcibiades Winner Peace and War Out of BC

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Qatar Racing's Peace and War, winner of the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I), has been injured and will not run in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1. Read More...

Sherman pleased with California Chrome’s work

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman stood in the stands at Los Alamitos on Saturday morning, a few minutes before California Chrome was to come on the track and work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. This was to be the longest and most important of the four works he will have prior to the race, and Sherman was anxious that it would go as planned. Read More...

Travers Winner V. E. Day To Run in BC Classic

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Magalen O. Bryant's V. E. Day, winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), will run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1, according to racing manager Cynthia Curtis. Read More...

Beholder drills for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Beholder will have one more work before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but her workout Saturday at Santa Anita was the final major drill, and trainer Richard Mandella turned it into a mini-race. Read More...

Welsch: Belmont BC clocker’s report for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
There are upward of 40 potential Breeders’ Cup starters currently stabled at Belmont or Aqueduct, the overwhelming majority of whom will get in all major preparation for their races prior to shipping to Santa Anita over the next 10 days. Read More...

Frankel’s Bro is the Champion!

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:31 AM ET 5th at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco Champion S.     Winner: Noble Mission (GB) by Galileo (Ire) Khalid Abdullah's Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo {Ir... Read More...

Palace, Zivo work for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Empire Showcase Day didn’t just pertain to Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. On Saturday morning, two of the possible 10 New York-breds who could be pre-entered Monday for the Breeders’ Cup, to be held in two weeks at Santa Anita, put in workouts for their respective races. Read More...

Big Night for Trout in Oklahoma Classics

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
C.R. Trout capped a three-win night in the Oklahoma Classics Oct. 17 when Imahit went gate-to-wire to handily defeat favored Z Rockstar for a repeat victory in the $155,500 Classics Cup at Remington Park. Read More...

Invincible Spirit’s Charm Spirit Powers to QEII Success

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:54 AM ET 4th at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. Sponsored by Qipco (British Champions Mile)     Winner: Charm Spirit (Ire) by Invincible Spirit (I... Read More...

Noble Mission by a neck in QIPCO Champion Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Noble Mission ensured that Ascot's flat-season finale had a truly emotional finish as he beat Al Kazeem by a neck in a thrilling edition of the QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

V. E. Day pointing to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day is being pointed to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Saturday. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
There could be some vulnerable favorites on Empire Showcase Saturday at Belmont. Let’s try to exploit them. Read More...

Archipenko’s Madame Chiang Takes the Fillies & Mares

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:20 AM ET 3rd at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares S.     Winner: Madame Chiang (GB) by Archipenko Kirsten Rausing's Madame Chiang (GB) (Archipenko) wins Ascot's G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares S. Read More...

Charm Spirit takes Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Charm Spirit completed a wonderful spell for the Head family with a brave victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Read More...

Litfin: Belmont pick four play for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
While there is a $300,000-guaranteed late pick four, I’m more interested in the all-stakes early pick four on races 2 through 5, the Sleepy Hollow, Maid of the Mist, Mohawk and Iroquois. It’s a pretty simple caveman play, based on the fact that the first two legs offer some price potential, and the last two look like they’re strictly two-horse affairs. Read More...

Admire Rakti scores in Caulfield Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Admire Rakti won the biggest race of his career in Saturday’s $2,634,000 Caulfield Cup in Australia and immediately vaulted to the top of future-book lists for the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 4. Read More...

Madame Chiang rebounds in QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Madame Chiang, who struggled against top-class company in the English Oaks and Prix Vermeille in France in recent starts, had no difficulty with the heavy ground at Ascot Racecourse in England on Saturday, scoring an upset win in the $880,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes. Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron Strikes in the British Champions Sprint

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:40 AM ET 2nd at ASC (ASCOT)G2 Qipco British Champions Sprint S.     Winner: Gordon Lord Byron (Ire) by Byron (GB) Cyrus Poonawalla & Morgan Cahalan's Gordon Lord Byron (Ire) (Byron {GB}) wins Ascot's G2 British Champions Sprint S. Read More...

Nayef’s Forgotten Rules Is the Long Distance King At Ascot

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:14 AM ET 1st at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup     Winner: Forgotten Rules (Ire) by Nayef Moyglare Stud's Forgotten Rules... Read More...

Nayef’s Forgotten Rules Is the Long Distance King At Ascot

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:14 AM ET 1st at ASC (ASCOT)G1 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup     Winner: Forgotten Rules (Ire) by Nayef Moyglare Stud's Forgotten Rules... Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron wins QIPCO Champions Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Second or third in his last four starts, and previously a winner only once this year, the 7-year-old Gordon Lord Byron broke through with a powerful, brave victory in the Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Sprint on Saturday at Ascot in England. Read More...

Trout wins 3 stakes on Classics Night

DRF | 3 days ago
The breeding program that has produced Grade 1 winner Shotgun Gulch and Canadian champion Hollywood Hit was on full display at Remington Park on Friday night, when C.R. Trout saddled three of his homebreds to stakes wins, including Imahit in the featured $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
If handicappers knew that the Santa Anita main track would be as biased Saturday as it was Friday, planning would be easy – just find the speed. Read More...

Heart’s Cry’s Admire Rakti Lifts the Caulfield Cup

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:05 AM ET 9th at CAU (CAULFIELD)G1 Caulfield Cup (A$3m)     Winner: Admire Rakti (Jpn) by Heart's Cry (Jpn) Heart's Cry's Admire Rakti Lifts the Ca... Read More...

Carbohydrate Composition and Equine Digestion

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Carbohydrates, including starches, sugars, and fiber, provide horses with the energy they need to meet their daily requirements. But what type of carbs should you be feeding? High-starch diets, for instance, can increase the risk of metabolic disease, while high-fiber diets might better support horses' nutritional health. Read More...

KEESEP 2013 Topper Debuts at Naas Sunday

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:50 AM ET Treaty of Rome (War Front), last year's $2.5-million KEESEP topper, to face 16 rivals in Naas debut Sunday Read More...

Apprentice Jockey’s Death ‘an Unfortunate Accident’

Investigators have found no wrongdoing by jockeys in this week’s death of a 17-year-old apprentice jockey riding at an Indiana horse track. Read More...

Maywood: Big Boy Dreams wins Windy City Pace

DRF | 3 days ago
Big Boy Dreams might not be the best horse in the Ron Burke barn, but he brought a big effort on Friday night at Maywood Park in the $180,000 Windy City Pace. The 3-year-old colt went wire to wire for the 1:51 score with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 8:59 PM ET We recap all the action from Newmarket's Future Champions Day Friday, and look ahead to Saturday's... Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Gingras takes three; JK She’salady, Mission Brief win

DRF | 3 days ago
Driver Yannick Gingras showed up at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night to drive a quartet of fillies in stakes eliminations and almost left with a clean sweep. He guided JK She’salady, Mission Brief, and Gatka Hanover flawlessly as The Show Returns nipped him at the wire in his lone defeat. Read More...

Tiz Wonderful Sold to Korean Racing Authority

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Central Kentucky stallion Tiz Wonderful, currently ranked second among leading third-crop sires in the U.S., has been sold to stand in Korea. Read More...

Any Given Saturday Sold to Korean Interests

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday has been purchased by the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association and will relocate to South Korea for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 17. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October: Kentucky fall sale concludes yearling calendar

DRF | 3 days ago
It is no stretch to say that this year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale has a tough act to follow. The previous two editions of North America’s final major yearling sale each posted record highs in gross, average, and median sale prices. Read More...

Sparkman: Exceed And Excel is exceedingly good

DRF | 3 days ago
Geneticists have yet to come up with a scientific explanation of what makes a sire of sires. And while it may be tempting to view the phenomenon as a man-made construct with no genetic basis, that explanation, too, remains unconvincing, at least for the most extreme cases. Read More...

Sparkling Review Annexes Keeneland’s GIII Valley View S.

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:36 PM ET 0th at KEE (Keeneland)GIII Valley View S. ($150K)     Winner: Sparkling Review by Lemon Drop Kid Sparkling Review (Lemon Drop Kid) closes l... Read More...

Strong New York-bred contingent targeting Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Some of New York racing’s biggest stars won’t be in action Saturday on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park, but the reason why is a nice problem for the state’s Thoroughbred industry to have. New York-breds have had a phenomenally successful year racing against open company, and a handful of the program’s best are eyeing the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Read More...

Darley’s freshman Desert Party starting fast

DRF | 3 days ago
Darley’s graded stakes winner Desert Party moved north to stand at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., beginning in 2013, and the 8-year-old son of the recently deceased Street Cry is enjoying a solid freshman season as the runaway leader among New York’s first-crop sires, with progeny earnings of $361,592 through Wednesday. That total is good enough to place Desert Party ninth on the North American freshman sire list. Read More...

Windsor Castle a perennial force in West Virginia

DRF | 3 days ago
Windsor Castle has established himself as a perennial contender to be West Virginia’s leading sire over the past six years, and his foals have become statebred stalwarts in their own right. Read More...

Cristina’s Journey Product of Romans’ Program

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Dale Romans has had success keeping his 2-year-olds in western Kentucky in July and August rather than upstate New York -- and it has nothing to do with purse money. Read More...