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TCA Announces April Award of Merit Winners

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The April winners are ReRun, Inc., Equine Encore Foundation, and the Foxie G Foundation. Each of the organizations is involved in Thoroughbred re-homing or retirement. Read More...

Delaware hires Ken Wilson has track superintendent

DRF | 3 days ago
Ken Wilson has been named the new track superintendent at Delaware Park. Wilson, the 28-year-old son of former Mid-Atlantic riding star Rick Wilson, will replace Ken Brown, who is retiring after 11 years on the job. Read More...

Rodriguez sends first group of horses to Laurel

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez shipped a dozen runners to Laurel Park earlier this week. Rodriguez has informed the track he will send another dozen horses in next week and eventually will have a total of 35 to 40 horses in Maryland. Read More...

Ben’s Cat gets new rider for 10-year-old debut

DRF | 3 days ago
Ben's Cat will begin his 10-year-old season at Laurel Park on Sunday in a 5 1/2-furlong, no-conditions turf allowance. The race should tighten him up for the May 20 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico, a race he has won four of the last five years and three times in a row.King Leatherbury, the owner, breeder, and trainer of Ben's Cat, has given the Sunday mount to Trevor McCarthy, who will replace Julian Pimentel, the rider of Ben's Cat for 30 straight races since June 2012. Read More...

Ross happy with decision to spend winter in Ontario

DRF | 3 days ago
So far, the decision to spend the winter in Ontario rather than Florida has appeared to pay off for trainer John Ross, who has recorded three wins from his first six starts of the Woodbine meet, including a stakes win with R U Watchingbud in the New Providence Stakes on April 23. Read More...

CDI Reports Productive First Quarter

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016. Read More...

Preparations Continue for Oaks Hopefuls

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Several of the contenders had final works, while others walked or galloped. Read More...

Rodriguez to Ship Large String to Laurel

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
New York-based trainer Rudy Rodriguez plans to keep a large string of horses in Maryland this summer and visited Laurel Park the week of April 24 to check out his new surroundings. Read More...

Simon: Having a top trainer trumps having best bloodlines

DRF | 3 days ago
As the Kentucky Derby nears, handicappers pore over mounds of statistics, historical records, breeding theories, and other information to find the winner. Each tries to figure out the most important factor or factors: recent form, ability to get 10 furlongs, trainer, sire, dam, post position, or a combination of the above. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, April 30th, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 3 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, April 30th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

D’Amato brings top contenders for Silky Sullivan, Campanile

DRF | 3 days ago
A pair of $100,000 turf stakes for 3-year-old California-breds on Sunday will help Golden Gate Fields wind up its Turf Festival. Both the Silky Sullivan, for both sexes, and the Campanile, for fillies, will be run at one mile. Read More...

Outwork, Destin among 10 Derby contenders to work Friday

DRF | 3 days ago
Led by Todd Pletcher’s two Kentucky Derby candidates, a total of 10 horses with designs on the May 7 Derby turned in workouts Friday morning at Churchill Downs, with several of those works moved ahead from Saturday to avoid the wet weather predicted for the weekend. Read More...

Busy Work Tab at Churchill for Derby Horses

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Caleb’s Posse sires first winner

DRF | 4 days ago
Freshman sire Caleb’s Posse sired his first winner from his first starter when the juvenile colt I Shod the Sheriff won the third race at Gulfstream on Apr. 28. Read More...

Hammersly: Belmont pick four for Saturday, April 30

DRF | 4 days ago
A couple of difficult maiden races bookend this pick four, but there’s enough information there to still allow you to take a stand. Read More...

Barretts May sale catalog now online

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age is now online, featuring 138 horses on offer. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Cutting Through The Madness

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby is a singular art. There's no sporting event so brief in duration that prompts such a monumental amount of time devoted to figuring it out. With the Derby just over a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Vitali Case Gives Congressional Horse Caucus Real-Life Example Of Broken System

It's time for the Congressional Horse Caucus members to go on a field trip. May I suggest they take a break today from their hard work at the U.S. Capitol and make the short drive up the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

3 Kentucky Derby Longshots to Consider

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots. Read More...

Stormin Creek Rallies for Foutz Distaff Win

Pacifica West Stables’ Stormin Creek came from off the pace to win Monday’s $44,800 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at SunRay Park. Read More...

Two Dozen State Bred Juveniles Entered in New Mexico Breeders Futurity Trials

A total of 24 state-bred 2-year-olds, including the nicely bred gelding KG Miracle, has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park. Read More...

Horse Caucus Takes Testimony on Drug Bill

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. shows slight first-quarter profit

DRF | 4 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. had a slight profit in the first quarter of 2016, reversing a slight loss that the company posted in the first quarter of last year, according to financial documents released late on Thursday. Read More...

Supporters of legislation to reform horse racing regulations speak out

DRF | 4 days ago
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus held a hearing-style discussion of a bill seeking to restructure the regulation of U.S. racing on Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C., with supporters vowing to continue to press for adoption of the legislation. Read More...

DRF handicappers featured at dinner, charity auction

DRF | 4 days ago
Daily Racing Form handicappers Mike Watchmaker and Mike Welsch as well as Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron and NBC’s Randy Moss will analyze the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at a dinner and auction Monday at the Keene Barn on the grounds of Keeneland Race Course. Read More...

Mohawk: State Treasurer makes 2016 debut on Saturday

DRF | 4 days ago
Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year is set to return to the track Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee, State Treasurer will look to start his 2016 campaign off on a winning note in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap. Read More...

Kentucky Oaks Day 2016 previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 4 days ago
The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 6. Read More...

Harness: Trace Tetrick continues to succeed at Hoosier

DRF | 4 days ago
Trace Tetrick has enjoyed success racing at Indiana’s Hoosier Park --- he recently became the track’s all-time winningest driver --- which has led to opportunities to race across North America in Grand Circuit stakes. Last year, for example, Tetrick captured a Breeders Crown at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack and an American-National Stakes at Chicago’s Balmoral Park with Indiana Sire Stakes champion male pacer Freaky Feet Pete. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Day 2016 previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 4 days ago
The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the Kentucky Derby card at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. Read More...

Preciado permitted to enter horses at Parx starting Friday

DRF | 4 days ago
The management of Parx Racing has agreed to resume accepting entries from trainer Ramon Preciado, starting Friday. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Apr. 21 – Apr. 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Internet Poker Bill Advances in California

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A bill that would legalize online poker, and also send $60 million a year in subsidies to the horse racing industry in California, passed unanimously through a state assembly committee April 27. Read More...

First Winner for Caleb’s Posse at Gulfstream

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
I Shod the Sheriff wins first time out gate to wire. Read More...

Triple Crown Training: American Cleopatra

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Act IV, Presented by Fasig-Tipton: Meet American Cleopatra, the sister of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah currently in training at McKathan Brothers Training Center. More at www.AmericasBestRacing.net. Read More...

Diamond Joe seeks 20th stakes win in Bosselman/Fonner

DRF | 4 days ago
Fonner Park fan favorite Diamond Joe will attempt to reach a significant career milestone Saturday when he runs in the $30,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes. He will be chasing his 20th stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/30 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/30 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Air Force Blue heavily favored in English 2000 Guineas

DRF | 4 days ago
Air Force Blue is the odds-on favorite to give trainer Aidan O'Brien his eighth win in the QIPCO English 2000 Guineas on Saturday at Newmarket. Read More...

Duley to be Honored for Preakness Photo

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jim Duley has been named recipient of the Jerry Frutkoff Memorial Award sponsored by Nikon, to be presented Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

NTRA Reports Positive Net Revenues

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 28 its board of directors had approved the association’s audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding Jan. 31, 2016, which showed positive net revenues. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/30 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Rain sure thing for opening night of spring meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Raining or not, few spirits will be dampened when Churchill Downs opens its 38-day spring meet Saturday with the 142nd Kentucky Derby lurking right around the corner. Read More...

Manhattan Dan works for Royal Ascot sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
The 3-year-old Manhattan Dan worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.63 over the Belmont training track on Thursday. Manhattan Dan, trained by Gary Contessa, is being pointed to a turf sprint at the Royal Ascot meet in England in June. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 4/30 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 4/30 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Adventist ready if he gets Kentucky Derby call

DRF | 4 days ago
Adventist, who still remains on the outside looking in as far as the Kentucky Derby is concerned, worked five furlongs in 1:02.37 Thursday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

Middleburg may be vulnerable favorite in Miami Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Favoritism rests with Middleburg, but value might reside elsewhere in the Grade 3, $100,000 Miami Mile on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Fans Can Vote for Venezia Award Recipient

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races. Read More...

Westchester the starting point for Red Vine

DRF | 4 days ago
With Tonalist now in the breeding shed, Red Vine could become the top dirt runner in the Christophe Clement barn in 2016. He is back for his 6-year-old season, which is expected to begin in the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester at Belmont Park on May 7. Read More...

Hovdey: California Chrome ready to come back home to roost

DRF | 4 days ago
Win or lose on Saturday with Mishegas in the Calfornia Chrome Stales, Sherman will awaken Sunday morning with a bounce in his step and an extra sparkle in his eyes. At some point during the day, the real California Chrome will trundle off the horse van (backward, again?) and take up residence in his double-wide Los Alamitos stall. Cue the anticipation. Read More...

Clocker: Girls work while the boys gallop

DRF | 4 days ago
The fillies took center stage Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, with the majority of the locally based Kentucky Derby hopefuls scheduled to turn in their final works on Friday. Likely Derby favorite Nyquist is at Keeneland, where he is scheduled to work before the first race on Friday. Read More...

Scuderi Finds Success With Seeking the Silver

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
More than 24 hours after Paulassilverlining won her second graded stakes, the Distaff (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 17, owner and breeder Vincent Scuderi was still beaming. Read More...