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Weather Impacts Churchill June 23 Program

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Weather played havoc with Churchill Downs’ twilight card of June 23, with the first race delayed and then the final race cancelled after severe thunderstorms moved through the Louisville, Ky., area. Read More...

Albuquerque Downs Meet Opens with Renovated Grandstand, Night Racing

A new era will begin at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, as the track opens its 60-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program and the first night racing in New Mexico in several decades. Read More...

Seeking an Upset in the Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby at Thistledown. Read More...

Three New York stallions heading to Uruguay breeding farm

DRF | 6 days ago
New York-based stallion Midas Touch has been sold to Haras Rapetti in Uruguay, and will be joined for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season by shuttlers Posse and Trinniberg. Read More...

Suffolk Downs gains approval for 15 percent takeout

DRF | 6 days ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a request by Suffolk Downs to drop its takeout to 15 percent across the board for its six days of live racing this year. The vote was unanimous, according to the commission. Read More...

Action on Brockton Meet Delayed Again

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
The possible return of live racing to the Brockton Fairgrounds has been pushed back on the calendar after the owners requested their petition for funding from the Race Horse Development Fund be pulled from the agenda for a public hearing June 23. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Swipe to Return in Belmont Allowance Race

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Big Chief Racing, James Justice, and Billy Shelton's Swipe, who underwent throat surgery after a sixth-place finish in the April 16 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III), is set to make his return in a June 26 allowance race at Belmont Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Nyquist to Work in Afternoon at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Champion Nyquist, unraced since his third in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will work five furlongs prior to the first race at Santa Anita Park June 25, according to trainer Doug O'Neill. Read More...

Sarah Sis logical rebound candidate in Chicago Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Sarah Sis finished eighth, beaten 18 lengths, when last seen in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on May 7 at Churchill Dons. Yet if her history is any guide, Sarah Sis can rebound and win the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap on Saturday at Arlington. Read More...

Trinniberg, Posse to Shuttle to Uruguay

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Three stallions from Rockridge Stud near Hudson, NY., will ship to Uruguay for Southern Hemisphere breeding in 2016. Read More...

Bold Cait needs to reverse form to repeat in Petro Memorial Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Bold Cait, who finished a distant fifth as the 3-5 favorite sprinting three weeks ago, will try to make amends when she stretches out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time since last June in Saturday’s $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap for Ohio-bred fillies and mares at Thistledown. Read More...

Harzand back on short rest in Irish Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Harzand will try to win his second derby of the year Saturday at The Curragh in the Group 1 Irish Derby. Read More...

Hovdey: Some great ones rolled best at 7 and 10

DRF | 6 days ago
There is group of superb racehorses with comprehensive careers who had both the speed and depth to win major events at seven and 10 furlongs. The list is not that long, but it is substantial. Read More...

VA, MD State-Bred Stakes Top Pimlico Card

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Horses bred in Maryland and Virginia will be in the spotlight June 25 at Pimlico Race Course as part of a new venture between racing and breeding interests in the two states. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: The Gold Cup

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I), featuring Melatonin, Hoppertunity, Second Summer, Hard Aces, and Imperative. Sponsored by Equibase. Read More...

Mo Tom tries to avoid trouble in Ohio Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
Get Mo Tom a clear run Saturday in the $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown and he can mow down nine rivals for an overdue second victory this season. Read More...

Meet opens with focus on nighttime racing

DRF | 6 days ago
The Downs at Albuquerque will open a 60-date mixed meet Saturday night with an expanded, $2.3 million stakes schedule that includes a new $350,000 race for Quarter Horses and a richer version of its signature offering for Thoroughbreds. The season runs through Sept. 25. Read More...

King: Thistledown pick four play for Saturday, June 25

DRF | 6 days ago
With two stakes in a pick four sequence Saturday at Thistledown that is anchored by the $500,000 Ohio Derby, the wager – which can be played in 50-cent tickets – is an attractive bet. Here is how I see the Ohio Derby pick four, which covers races 5-8. Read More...

Umarov Receives Stay While Case is Decided

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Franklin, Ky. Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd on June 23 granted sanctioned owner-trainer Otabek Umarov a stay in his 10-year suspension until an administrative hearing is conducted or until the court can rule on a temporary injunction motion. Read More...

Judge issues restraining order in Umarov’s favor

DRF | 6 days ago
A circuit court judge in Kentucky has issued a temporary restraining order that will prevent the state racing commission from enforcing a 10-year ban on the owner-trainer Otabek Umarov. Read More...

Dogwood Trail, Moment of Delight try to regain form in Boca Chica

DRF | 6 days ago
At this time last season, Dogwood Trail and Moment of Delight were among the leaders of the local 3-year-old filly division. When the pair square off Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $75,000 Boca Chica Stakes, both will be attempting to recapture some of their former glory for new trainers. Read More...

Meadowlands: Resolve ready for Cutler Memorial

DRF | 6 days ago
After finishing second in the Elitlopp on May 29 at Sweden’s Solvalla Raceway, Resolve is back on familiar ground and ready for his next challenge in Friday’s $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Chance to qualify for $1M bonus in Santa Anita contest

DRF | 6 days ago
Every once in a while, in horse racing and in life in general, someone comes up with an idea so good that others hear it and say, “Why didn't we think of that sooner?” Such is the case with the new Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge million-dollar bonus at Santa Anita. Read More...

Fast Start for Mission Impazible

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
The 9-year-old son of Unbridled's Song sits atop the first-crop sire list and already has a stakes winner in Tremont Stakes victor Silver Mission. Read More...

Kobe’s Back looks to punch it in late in Triple Bend

DRF | 6 days ago
The late-running Kobe's Back has yet to win a Grade 1 race, and he will try for the seventh time in Saturday's $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita. Read More...

Eagle Screams set for big run in Oak Tree Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Jonathan Wong is hoping history repeats itself – sort of – when he runs Eagle Screams in Saturday's $50,000 Oak Tree Handicap at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting at the Alameda County Fair. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, June 25: Picks for Ohio Derby, Bed o’ Roses, Chicago Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
My value-oriented play in Saturday's Ohio Derby at Thistledown is Adventist, who ran deceptively well in the Peter Pan. Read More...

Mohaymen Back to Work in New York

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab June 23 with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Center adjacent to Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Hoppertunity crashes the party in Gold Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
There were times in early June when Hoppertunity did not look ready to return to racing following his third-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Then came a six-furlong workout in 1:12.20 at Santa Anita on June 18. Read More...

R Dub gets two-turn test in CTBA Derby

DRF | 6 days ago
R Dub is the most accomplished member of the $40,000 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Derby field on Saturday at Arapahoe Park as a two-time stakes winner. Despite the class edge, he finds himself facing the same question as all but one of his rivals: Can he get two turns? Read More...

Page McKenney Recovering From Tendon Filling

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
There is no timetable for a return to the races for Adam and Jalin Stable's millionaire Page McKenney, but he continues to recover from filling in a tendon that led to his scratch from the May 20 Sagamore Spirit Pimlico Special (gr. III). Read More...

PA House Passes Gaming Expansion Bill

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
The Pennsylvania House June 22 passed legislation authorizing Internet casino gambling and more slot machines in the state but stopped short of approving tens of thousands of video gaming machines for bars, taverns, and private clubs. Read More...

PA House Passes Internet Gambling Amendment

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
The Pennsylvania House June 22 passed an amendment that adds Internet gambling to a bill that would permit more slot machines in the state but stopped short of approving video gaming machines for bars, taverns, and private clubs. Read More...

Humane Society Forms Horse Racing Council

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
The Humane Society of the United States, a member of a group that supports federal legislation that would grant USADA authority over equine medication policy and drug testing, has formed a horse racing council to promote animal welfare standards. Read More...

Diva Express, I’m a Looker resume rivalry in Roxelana

DRF | 6 days ago
Diva Express and I'm a Looker have a score to settle. Four weeks after the 4-year-old fillies dead-heated for the win in the Grade 3 Winning Colors, they'll be back at it again at Churchill Downs when rematched in the Saturday feature, the $67,000 Roxelana Stakes. Read More...

Wavell Avenue sitting on ready for Bed o’ Roses

DRF | 6 days ago
On Saturday at Belmont Park, Wavell Avenue will be a solid favorite to score her first victory of the season in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

Sarah Sis Seeks Return to Winning Ways

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
She will also face multiple stakes winner You Bought Her, and several other stakes-winning or placed fillies and mares. Read More...

Parkers Delight goes for three in row

DRF | 6 days ago
Parkers Delight will try to win her third race in a row when she runs in a $15,000 conditional claiming race at Emerald Downs on Saturday. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for fillies and mares that drew eight horses is restricted to horses who have never won two races. Read More...

Humane Society forms horse-racing advisory council

DRF | 6 days ago
The Humane Society of the United States has formed a horse-racing advisory council and will step up its efforts to lobby for a federal bill providing for national oversight of the industry's medication and drug-testing policies, officials of the group announced on Thursday. Read More...

Vyjack Moves West to D’Amato

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Vyjack, previously trained on the East Coast by Bill Mott, logged a half-mile drill in :47 2/5 June 23 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 68 works at the distance in his first move for D'Amato. Read More...

Turning for Home a better fit for Majestic Affair

DRF | 6 days ago
A week ago, Majestic Affair was the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Donald LeVine Memorial at Parx Racing, but trainer Chad Brown declared him from the race and instead worked him a half-mile. On Saturday, Majestic Affair is the 8-5 program pick in the Turning for Home Stakes at Parx. Read More...

Phlash Phelps goes for repeat in Find

DRF | 6 days ago
Phlash Phelps seeks to continue his remarkable run when he tries to win the $75,000 Find for the second straight year Saturday at Pimlico. The Find is one of five turf stakes worth a collective $330,000 on Maryland-Virginia Breeders' Day on the next-to-last day of Pimlico's spring meet. Read More...

Isabella Sings brings newfound versatility to Eatontown Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
In the Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park, Isabella Sings won by passing horses in the lane for the first time in her career, and that versatility makes her a tough favorite indeed in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth. Read More...

Nandi Stakes contender Conquest Vivi looks like a good one

DRF | 6 days ago
Conquest Vivi should be the prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $125,000 Nandi Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired juvenile fillies. Read More...

Absent a Deal, Finger Lakes Future in Doubt

Blood-Horse | 6 days ago
Thoroughbred trainers, owners, and breeders are scrambling to determine the future of racing at Finger Lakes after lawmakers ended their 2016 session without resolving how racing will be able to compete in the face of a new commercial casino. Read More...

After Spike In Violations, Florida HBPA Seeking ‘Fix’ Of New Medication Rules

Twenty-one of the 50 trainers with the most starts at the 2015-16 Gulfstream Park championship meeting were served with administrative complaints for medication violations since new regulations went... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...