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Penn National Gaming’s net income rises during first quarter

DRF | 3 days ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the large casino and racetrack company, had net income of $11 million on revenue of $664.1 million during the first quarter of 2015, according to financial statements released by the company on Thursday. Read More...

Lemon Drop Kid Filly Snapped Up by Conquest

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:17 PM ET OBSAPR (OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 692     2yo F     Lemon Drop Kid--Yonagucci (Yonaguska)     650,000  Breeder: Machmer Hall, Cherokee Equine & Pomerol Pty (KY)  Consignor: Bobby Dodd, agent  Buyer: Mark Casse, agent A filly by Lemon Drop Kid sells to Conquest Stables to lead the way on day 3 of the OBS Spring Sale. Read More...

Class drop makes Balino big threat in Saturday turf route

DRF | 3 days ago
Balino, who led into the final furlong of his last after cutting out a quick pace, drops a notch in class on Saturday in search of his second win of the Tampa Bay Downs meeting as he tops a field of nine $16,000 claimers going a mile on turf. Read More...

Madefromlucky, American Pharoah enjoy chilly air

DRF | 3 days ago
It was another quiet morning Thursday at Churchill Downs for the dozen potential Kentucky Derby starters stabled on the grounds, including several who still need a little help to get into the field. Read More...

Rider Gil Laiz Breezing Along at OBS

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Gil Laiz is most comfortable in the saddle. It's a good thing. The 60-year-old exercise rider breezed 76 2-year-olds during the recent under tack preview ahead of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale April 21-24. Read More...

Yonkers: Dube with dynamic Levy, Matchmaker duo

DRF | 3 days ago
Driver Dan Dube has been riding a hot hand at Yonkers this year and his fortunes could be doubly sweet on Saturday night as he teams two horses from the powerful Rene Allard stable in a pair of signature aged pacing events. Dube will be behind Carolsideal in the $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for the distaff set and will guide Domethatagain in the $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy. Read More...

Broad Horse-Protection Plan Floated by RCI

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses. Read More...

Study: Keeneland Provides $590 Million Impact

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A recently-completed University of Kentucky economic study determined that outside visitors to Keeneland race meets and sales delivered a $590 million annual impact on the Lexington economy. Read More...

String King towers over field in John Henry

DRF | 3 days ago
It is only fitting the next chapter in the String King story is set for Saturday night at Evangeline Downs in the $60,000 John Henry Stakes. There are some real similarities between the two bay geldings beyond just appearances. Read More...

Illinois to Honor State-Bred Champs May 9

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation 2015 Awards Dinner, honoring the state-bred champions of 2014, will be held May 9, at Arlington International. Read More...

Keeneland racing, sales operations contribute $590M to local economy

DRF | 3 days ago
A study of Keeneland’s racing and sales operations has estimated the association generates $351 million in direct economic activity in Fayette County, where Keeneland is located, and a total economic impact of $590 million on the local community. Read More...

RCI Committee Approves Cobalt Regulations

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
An Association of Racing Commissioners International Committee April 23 approved a testing threshold level and penalties for the mineral cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses. Read More...

RCI Board Approves Cobalt Regulations

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors April 23 approved a testing threshold level and penalties for the mineral cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses. Read More...

Steeplechase rider A.P. McCoy calling it a career

DRF | 3 days ago
The record-breaking career of steeplechase jockey A.P. McCoy will come to an end at Sandown Park outside of London on Saturday. Read More...

Patience the Key for Condo Commando

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The connections of Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Condo Commando passed on a trip to last year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park and have a fresh, strong contender at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Big John B fit for comeback in Last Tycoon

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday, Big John B will run for the first time since November in the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Zito plays waiting game with Frammento

DRF | 3 days ago
Nick Zito is still ruing the fact Frammento finished fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes instead of third or better. His state of mind would be much healthier if the colt had run just a little better. Read More...

Perfect Style looks strong in Petticoat

DRF | 3 days ago
Perfect Style will attempt to win her second stakes race of the year on Saturday, when she starts as the probable favorite in the $55,000 Petticoat, a 5 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies at the Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Crist: Players need to rally for tax relief

DRF | 3 days ago
Over the next six weeks, we’ll learn if racing can have its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. During that same time, horseplayers and the industry have an opportunity to help rectify an even longer drought: the lack of change in antiquated and unfair rules from the early 1970s regarding the taxation of pari-mutuel proceeds at the track. Read More...

Bearrock N Roll still rocking it at 10

DRF | 3 days ago
Bearrock N Roll will put his six-race winning streak on the line when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race that is the opening-day feature at Hastings Saturday. Read More...

Mott sues to vacate suspension

DRF | 3 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has asked a judge to vacate a 15-day suspension he received last year for two overages of therapeutic medications in a horse he trained, claiming in a federal lawsuit filed against state regulators Wednesday that his due-process rights were violated. Read More...

Dubai World Cup winners Prince Bishop, African Story retired

DRF | 3 days ago
Prince Bishop and African Story, winners of the past two editions of the Dubai World Cup, have been retired from racing and will reside in the Godolphin stables going forward. Read More...

Arizona-breds in the spotlight with five stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The $50,000 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby highlights the five stakes for Arizona-breds on Saturday’s Turf Paradise card. The 1 1/16-mile main-track event for 3-year-olds drew a field of eight, headed by Jungle Java. Read More...

Stakes schedule shuffled as meet opens

DRF | 3 days ago
The 2015 meet at Hastings begins Saturday with seven races and significant changes to the stakes schedule that was released earlier this year. Read More...

Adelaide retired to Coolmore Australia

DRF | 3 days ago
Adelaide, a Grade/Group 1 winner in the U.S. and Australia, has been retired from racing and will enter stud during the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Australia in Jerrys Plains, New South Wales. Read More...

Churchill Downs: Rain shouldn’t spoil opening night

DRF | 3 days ago
Another popular tradition has taken hold at Churchill Downs: This will be the fifth spring meet with a Downs After Dark opener with an 11-race card Saturday. Read More...

Unbeaten Blofeld kicks off 3-year-old campaign in William Walker

DRF | 3 days ago
While Blofeld went to the sidelines following his juvenile campaign, his reputation continued to soar, thanks to the exploits of some of his key rivals, including a pair of Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The unbeaten colt now looks to reclaim the spotlight Saturday as he comes off the bench for the inaugural running of the $100,000 William Walker Stakes, the opening-night feature under the lights at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Colour Party debuts in North America

DRF | 3 days ago
Colour Party (#6, ML 5-1) makes her North American debut in Thursday’s third race at Aqueduct, the 1 1/16-mile Memories of Silver Stakes on turf. Trainer Christophe Clement is winning at a 38 percent clip when saddling a horse making its first start in North America, for a return on investment of $2.80. Read More...

Pepper Crown attempts repeat in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Going into last year’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields, handicappers were lamenting trainer Alex Paszkeicz’s bad luck. Read More...

Key Race report: Ft Davis returns in allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Ft Davis (#7, ML 8-1) will return to action in Thursday’s sixth race at Keeneland, a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance. It will be his first start since a fifth-place finish by 5 1/4 lengths in an about 1 1/8-mile turf allowance Feb. 7 at Fair Grounds. The first-, third-, and eighth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

I’m Workin On It steps up to stakes company in Goldfinch

DRF | 3 days ago
I’m Workin On It, the most exciting 3-year-old filly stabled at Prairie Meadows, makes her stakes debut in Saturday’s $75,000, six-furlong Goldfinch Stakes. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for April 25: Picks for Last Tycoon, Excelsior, Miami Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
In Saturday’s Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita, I’m interested in Ganesh and Quick Casablanca, who are suitably stretching out off their seasonal debuts three weeks ago in the one-mile Thunder Road Stakes, which was an obvious prep since both prefer much longer distances. Read More...

Conquest Titan gets class relief off layoff in sprint co-feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse will take two shots at the co-featured eighth race at Woodbine on Saturday, when he runs Conquest Titan and Constantino in the second-level optional claimer going 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Moratorium on Future Instant Racing in Idaho

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Idaho Racing Commission has suspended all future approval of lucrative slot-like machines known as Instant Racing terminals. Read More...

Dubai World Cup Winners Prince Bishop, African Story Retired

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:52 AM ET Dubai World Cup Winners Prince Bishop, African Story Retired Read More...

2015 Stallion Showcase

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A gallery of stallions from across the country. Read More...

KY Derby: Lukas Assesses Depth of Derby 141

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, says this year's field is strong and analyzes what it takes to win. Read More...

Adelaide Retired to Coolmore Australia

TDN | 3 days ago
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:15 AM ET Adelaide Retired to Coolmore Australia Read More...

PR Special OBS April: Remembering A Florida Innovator, Getting To Know Zayat

The OBS April Sale of 2-year-olds in Training resumes Thursday, fresh off the biggest price in sale history after a Tapit filly went for $1.9 million Wednesday. The Paulick Report is pleased to bring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

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TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:31 PM ET Jessica Martini and J.M. Severni provide industry-leading coverage of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in... Read More...

Second OBS Session Features Fireworks

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Following an opening session with relatively few highlights, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training picked up the pace April 22 on day two of the four-day auction in Ocala, Fla. Read More...

Dynasty Dominates Day 1 of SAf Yearling Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
While the overall aggregate was down slightly on the previous year's prices, the stock of South African leading sire Dynasty could not have been any higher April 22, the first day of the National yearling sale in Germiston. Read More...

Pepper Crown, Summer Hit Go Again in SF Mile

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Alex Paszkeicz's Pepper Crown and John Carver & Jerry Hollendorfer's Summer Hit will renew their rivalry in another one of Golden Gate Fields' premier stakes April 25, the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT). Read More...

OBS April: Record-breaking Tapit filly leads second session

DRF | 4 days ago
A fairly quiet opening to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale was quickly left in the dust during Wednesday’s second session, highlighted by a Tapit filly who sold for $1.9 million to become the most expensive offering in the auction company’s history. Read More...

Laboratories: Drug Testing More Challenging

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
An April 22 discussion on anti-doping programs around the world revealed several common issues, including a need for financial resources and dealing with highly-sensitive testing equipment. Read More...

New NYRA Chair Focused on ‘Bettors,’ ‘Buyers’

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Anthony Bonomo Jr. pledged "to work to make New York racing the best it can be," saying that he would bring together owners, trainers, and racing executives "for the good of the sport." Read More...

Wicked Strong Heads Excelsior Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Wicked Strong, winner of last year's TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), tries to get back on a winning track April 25 as he takes on seven opponents in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III). Read More...

NYRA says it’s committed to winter racing despite financial loss

DRF | 4 days ago
Despite a brutal winter in which 16 racing cards at Aqueduct were canceled due to weather and all-sources handle was down $85 million on its own product, the New York Racing Association claims that its revenue loss in the first quarter wasn’t that much worse than it had forecasted. Read More...

Middleburg Seeks Stakes Score in Miami Mile

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Middleburg will be making his stakes debut in the Miami Mile, having won his last two starts including a three-quarters of a length score in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 29. Read More...

Kentucky Trainer Gorder Facing Drug Charges

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Successful Kentucky-based trainer Kellyn Gorder is facing major sanctions after one of his horses tested positive for methamphetamine in November at Churchill Downs. Read More...