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Multiplier Looks to Move Up in Illinois Derby

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
In his graded stakes debut, lightly raced Multiplier is slated to take on a field of six other more experienced sophomore colts and geldings in the $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) April 22 at Hawthorne Racecourse. Read More...

Itsinthepost Heads Field of Turfers in Dixiana Elkhorn

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Long-winded turf winners run for $250,000 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) with a deep field headed by Itsinthepost and Danish Dynaformer Read More...

Regulators Discuss Adding Backstretch Investigators

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
In an era where some states have faced cuts to their budgets, racing regulators talked April 19 about creative ways to place more investigators on the backstretch as a way of discovering wrongdoing and deterring future bad behavior. Read More...

Data Link sires first winner

DRF | 5 days ago
Freshman sire Data Link recorded his first winner on Thursday when his daughter Di Maria was a three-length debut winner at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Awesome Patriot sires first winner at Keeneland

DRF | 5 days ago
Awesome Patriot, a Grade 3-placed stakes winner, was represented by his first winner at stud on Wednesday when Amberspatriot split horses and got up in time to win a maiden special weight on debut at Keeneland. Read More...

Yonkers: Kakaley seeks Levy win with Mcwicked

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Kakaley saw many of McWicked’s victories during the horse’s Dan Patch Award-winning campaign in 2014, but not from a favorable vantage point. Kakaley drove horses that lost nine times to McWicked that season, which culminated with McWicked being named harness racing’s best 3-year-old male pacer. Read More...

Three juveniles breeze a furlong in 9 4/5 seconds ahead of OBS sale

DRF | 5 days ago
A trio of juveniles tied for the fastest time for an eighth of a mile during Wednesday’s breeze show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, each stopping the clock in 9 4/5 seconds. Read More...

Racing commission votes to shorten Mountaineer meet by 30 days

DRF | 5 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission at a specially called Monday meeting voted 2-0 in favor of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort shortening its meet, which began last Saturday, from 160 days to 130 days and restoring purses to 2016 levels. Read More...

Amberspatriot First Winner for Awesome Patriot

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The quick bay filly bred in Kentucky by Brandywine Farm and racing for Donna Hancock and Charles Brown won a $60,000 maiden special weight April 19 at Keeneland by a length over males. Read More...

Malibu Moon Filly Fastest at OBS Under Tack Session

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
A Malibu Moon filly from the Eddie Woods consignment had the fastest quarter-mile time of :20 4/5 during the April 19 third session of the under tack show in preparation for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale. Read More...

Secretary At War to test speed in Woodhaven

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will try to stretch Secretary At War out in distance a little bit when he runs him in Saturday's $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Delta Prince might go next in Elusive Quality

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens is considering running Delta Prince in the $150,000 Elusive Quality at Belmont on April 29 or the Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy there on May 6. Read More...

Pletcher seeks fifth Illinois Derby win with Hedge Fund

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher entered Hedge Fund, whose third-place finish last out in the Sunland Derby looks good enough to make him the probable favorite facing six rivals in Saturday's Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. Read More...

Shaman Ghost staying sharp for next start

DRF | 5 days ago
Shaman Ghost, the Santa Anita Handicap winner, worked a fast five furlongs in 1:00.50 Wednesday morning over Belmont Park's training track, but what exactly Shaman Ghost is working toward has not yet been decided. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Thursday, April 20, 2017

DRF | 5 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Millionaire 7-year-old Undrafted launches season in turf sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Undrafted, an earner of more than $1.3 million in a 28-race career, will make his 7-year-old debut Friday in the third race, a $77,000, classified allowance scheduled for 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. Read More...

Taghleeb, Bigger Picture among four Maker will run in Elkhorn Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Mike Maker holds a strong hand with four of the 11 older turf horses entered in the weekend feature at Keeneland, the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

McCraken will breeze twice more before Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
McCraken, one of the favorites for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, will have two more breezes prior to the May 6 race after putting in a nice bit of work Tuesday over a fast Churchill track. Read More...

Stanford Seeks Charles Town Classic Repeat

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Stanford is back for a repeat bid in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2). Read More...

Stephen Foster a possibility for Gun Runner

DRF | 5 days ago
Gun Runner could return to action in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 17 at Churchill Downs, although any definite plans “would be a little premature,” Winchell racing manager David Fiske said Tuesday. Read More...

Data Link Gets His First Winner in Di Maria

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Bay filly out of the Pulpit daughter Thine won April 19 at Gulfstream Park in her first start. Read More...

Fair Grounds: Quarantine key factor in all-sources handle drop

DRF | 5 days ago
All-sources average daily handle during the 80-day meet at Fair Grounds fell 8 percent, according to information released Tuesday by the Louisiana Racing Commission. Read More...

Del Mar limiting trainers to 40 stalls each during summer meet

DRF | 5 days ago
Del Mar will limit stall allocations to a maximum of 40 runners per trainer at its upcoming summer meeting, the track announced in a letter to owners and trainers issued on Tuesday. Read More...

Derby-winning trainer Whiting dies at 77

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Lynn Whiting, who reached the pinnacle of his profession by saddling Lil E. Tee to win the 1992 Kentucky Derby, died suddenly Wednesday morning from complications of a long-term illness and a recent stroke. He was 77. Read More...

Cal Expo: Bergstein Trot, $10,241 Pick Five Carryover on tap Friday

DRF | 5 days ago
The $10,000 Stan Bergstein Trot headed by Flameon, a California Sire Stakes and a $10,241 carryover in the Pick 5 are the highlights on Friday night’s program at Cal Expo. Read More...

Californian win would boost Prospect Park’s stock

DRF | 5 days ago
Prospect Park won an optional claimer on turf at Santa Anita on March 9, giving trainer Clifford Sise hope Prospect Park can win the second stakes of his career in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Girvin

DRF | 5 days ago
Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Girvin Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 19

DRF | 5 days ago
Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not Read More...

Derby-Winning Trainer Lynn Whiting Dies

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Trainer Lynn Whiting, who 25 years ago saddled Lil E. Tee to a Kentucky Derby (G1) upset, died April 19. He was 77. Read More...

Marathon distance should benefit Klondike Creek

DRF | 5 days ago
On Friday, Klondike Creek will run in the longest race of his career, an optional claimer at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Trainer Richard Mandella thinks the distance could be the 4-year-old colt's liking. Read More...

Los Angeles Times’ Decision On Racing Coverage Rankles Some At Least

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Classic Rock reboots 3-year-old season

DRF | 5 days ago
Classic Rock, who got sick earlier this winter, will finally return to the races Friday at Gulfstream Park, where he is expected to go postward the solid favorite in the $75,000 Roar, an overnight stakes restricted to 3-year-olds to be decided at seven furlongs. Read More...

The Jockey Club Denies Stud Book Privileges to Four

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The Jockey Club announced one trainer has been denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for 10 years and that three other trainers have been denied the same privileges for one or two years. Read More...

Wednesday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Well-bred Battlement finds the right spot for her U.S. debut

DRF | 5 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Wednesday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Zedd Signs on for Preakness InfieldFest

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The Stronach Group announced today that Grammy and Billboard award-winning electronic music artist Zedd will be the special guest artist joining the 2017 Preakness Budweiser InfieldFest May 20. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Thursday, April 20, 2017

DRF | 5 days ago
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Former jockey, steward Long killed in car crash

DRF | 5 days ago
Retired jockey and exercise rider James Long, who maintained ties to the racing industry in recent years as a steward at Hazel Park in Michigan, was killed late Tuesday night in a one-car accident on Interstate 64 in Shelby County, Ky. Read More...

Four trainers denied privileges of Jockey Club’s registry and stud book

DRF | 5 days ago
The Jockey Club has denied the privileges of its registry and stud book to four trainers who have racked up high-profile drug positives over the last several years, the organization announced Wednesday, using a rule it has enforced intermittently since 2010. Read More...

ARCI: Vet’s List Changes Aim to Protect Horses

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The Association of Racing Commissioners International Drug Testing and Practices Committee April 19 moved forward on changes that would standardize vet's list procedures from state to state. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Lexington Stakes analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
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Unbridled Mo faces only four in Doubledogdare Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
In a little more than 20 years of training on his own, Todd Pletcher already has surpassed some of the monumental career feats compiled by his former boss and mentor, D. Wayne Lukas. Read More...

Franklin-Simpson Stakes added to rich September meet

DRF | 5 days ago
Kentucky Downs officials on Wednesday released the stakes schedule for its abbreviated meet in September, when purses for five days of racing could average nearly $1.7 million per card – tops in North America – when supplementary funds for Kentucky-bred horses are included. Read More...

He’s Cagey tries to pick up where he left off

DRF | 5 days ago
He's Cagey could end up favored in the six-furlong headliner at Emerald Downs on Friday. After all, he has won six of his last seven starts, and he worked a sharp three furlongs in 34.80 seconds Monday morning. Read More...

Hovdey: Casse’s Canadian connections put him in good company

DRF | 5 days ago
Next Monday, trainer Mark Casse will find out if he has been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, but he is forgiven if he has other things on his mind. With the victory last Saturday of Eclipse champ Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby, Casse is now fully invested in the Kentucky Derby, with a colt who looms large as the likely favorite. Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Showtime

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Instead of marketing the high-reward, yet high-risk exotic bets that are hard to explain and harder to hit, Oaklawn Park took aim at the lowly show bet. Read More...

Sparkles’ Girl the class of allowance field

DRF | 5 days ago
Stakes winner Sparkles' Girl returns from a seven-month layoff in a good spot in Friday's Woodbine headliner, and she might not even be favored in this 5 1/2-furlong Ontario-sired allowance. Read More...

ARCI Panel: Vet Records Benefit Regulators, Horsemen

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
In a panel on veterinary records April 18 at the ARCI conference, several veterinarians who oversee such records programs said the benefits for safety, integrity, regulatory research and horsemen far outweigh concerns of privacy. Read More...

ARCI: Vet Records Benefit Regulators, Horsemen

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
In a panel on veterinary records April 18 at the ARCI conference, several veterinarians who oversee such records programs said the benefits for safety, integrity, regulatory research, and horsemen far outweigh concerns of privacy. Read More...

Vet Records Benefit Regulators, Horsemen

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
In a panel on veterinary records April 18 at the ARCI conference, several veterinarians who oversee such records programs said the benefits for safety, integrity, regulatory research, and horsemen far outweigh concerns of privacy. Read More...

Experts Espouse Tools Beyond Post-Race Drug Testing

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Laboratory officials and racetrack investigators encouraged regulators April 18 to make a bigger commitment to out-of-competition testing and backstretch monitoring to improve the sport's integrity. Read More...