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Servis: Cathryn Sophia will ‘bring her game’

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer John Servis isn't sure what the long-term future for Cathryn Sophia holds. He is pretty certain that she will give undefeated Songbird everything she has in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: West Coast is the best coast

DRF | 3 days ago
Of the previous eight Breeders' Cup events held at Santa Anita, six winners of the $2 million Juvenile were based in Southern California. Only head losses by He's Had Enough (2012) and Lookin At Lucky (2009) have kept it from being a clean sweep for West Coast-based runners in the Juvenile. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 9/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 9/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Breaking & Training: Yearlings

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Buying a yearling is the easiest part of acquiring a racing prospect. Next for the young Thoroughbred lies many lessons to be learned, with patience and experience going a long way toward ensuring these lessons are taught well. Read More...

Songbird a tonic for ailing owner Porter

DRF | 3 days ago
It is debatable as to who was the first person to utter the phrase “There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse,” but it is clear that the vision of Songbird has been very good for her owner, Rick Porter. Read More...

Longtime Friend On Maria Borell: ‘She Is Stopping At Nothing’

The list of people looking for former trainer Maria Borell keeps getting longer. On Tuesday, various news outlets reported that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Mercer County Fiscal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Frosted remains on the fence

DRF | 3 days ago
One of the central questions leading into this year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita is whether Frosted will go in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Nov. 4 or the $6 million Classic on Nov. 5. He has earned berths into both races, but a decision on the direction he will take is pending, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Read More...

Can Splash Rules duplicate his last performance?

DRF | 3 days ago
After running far and away the best race of his career in his most recent start, the key question is whether Splash Rules can repeat the effort stepping up in company as one of the favorites in Friday's $43,000 feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Rights for new Edmonton track awarded to Century Casinos Europe

DRF | 3 days ago
Century Casinos Europe GmbH was awarded the right to build a new gaming and horse racing facility in the Edmonton, Alberta, area. There were four final bids submitted to Horse Racing Alberta to build a facility that will replace Northlands Park, which was slated to close at the end of this year. Century currently owns and operates Century Downs, a gaming and horse racing facility in Balzac, a suburb of Calgary. Read More...

Statebred stakes, turf in future for Hot Smoke

DRF | 3 days ago
Hot Smoke, the debut winner of a maiden special weight race for California-breds at Los Alamitos on Sunday, is likely to stay within the statebred division and run in the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile. Read More...

Hovdey: Nyquist back from his time off the grid

DRF | 3 days ago
Nyquist has been out of sight and nearly everyone's mind since finishing fourth in the Haskell. He had been training at Del Mar, but Doug O'Neill thought a change of scenery would help the cause – there was something about a growth spurt – so he dispatched Nyquist to San Luis Rey Downs, a Southern California training center so out of the way that GPS has yet to find it on the map. Read More...

Mary Forney new executive director of TOC

DRF | 3 days ago
Mary Forney has been named executive director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the organization announced earlier this month. The TOC also announced that owner Gary Fenton has joined the board of directors, replacing trainer Billy Morey, who resigned his position. Read More...

Baladeen finds good spot for first race vs. winners

DRF | 3 days ago
Baladeen will make his first start since his Aug. 17 victory at Del Mar when breaking from the outside post in a field of seven 2-year-olds in the lone allowance on a 10-race program Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Lord Commander, Loose On the Town give turf a try

DRF | 3 days ago
The feature on Friday at Belmont Park is a second-level allowance/optional $62,500 claimer scheduled for six furlongs on the grass. The two most intriguing horses in the field have run exclusively on dirt. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: No clear favorite has emerged

DRF | 3 days ago
Unlike a year ago when Songbird was beginning to exert her dominance in the 2-year-old filly division, this season's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies is wide open with six weeks remaining to the race. Read More...

Nearly 200 Consigned to Louisiana Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Equine Sales Company announced Sept. 21 an initial catalog of 193 head for its open yearling and mixed sale set for 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 in Opelousas, La. Read More...

Lounge Party at Downs After Dark

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Original Makers Club and Churchill Downs to throw a unique VIP Trackside Lounge party at the Sept. 24 Downs after Dark. Read More...

Saucy Don ends long layoff in Friday’s sprint feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Saucy Don and Amherst Street have had a difficult time this season. On Friday, they will both make their return to competition at Laurel Park in the eighth race, a third-level optional-claiming sprint. Read More...

Monmouth: Navarro sets meet record with 56 wins

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro set a Monmouth Park record for victories at a meet last Sunday when he won three races on the card. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Lady Aurelia stands out

DRF | 4 days ago
The leading candidate for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 is a Kentucky-based filly who has yet to run in the United States. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Three key qualifying races next month

DRF | 4 days ago
With 2015 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Runhappy being pointed toward the Dirt Mile and 2015 Sprint runner-up Private Zone on the shelf for the remainder of the season, this year's BC Sprint figures to be a wide-open affair, with the field not likely to be set until the last of the six BC Challenge races in the division is decided Oct. 8. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Flintshire, Postponed could scare away a few rivals

DRF | 4 days ago
Flintshire and Postponed have been the dominant runners in major turf stakes at 1 1/2 miles in Dubai, England, and New York this year. One of them may conquer California in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Godolphin-bred son of Bernardini sells for $600,000

DRF | 4 days ago
The Keeneland September yearling sale is the latest location where Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum’s Godolphin operation is working to cut back some of its massive worldwide bloodstock holdings. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Downhill turf course presents challenge

DRF | 4 days ago
Mongolian Saturday and Lady Shipman were separated by just a neck as the one-two finishers at the end of 5 1/2 furlongs in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland, and if they are to again lead the way this year, a new challenge awaits. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly-Mare Sprint: Cotillion critical for Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia

DRF | 4 days ago
Cathryn Sophia and Carina Mia both have shown themselves highly effective at shorter distances, and depending on what transpires in the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion, their connections might wind up opting for the seven-furlong distance of the $1 million BC Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Read More...

OwnerView Seeks New Owner Noms

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
OwnerView seeks nominations for the New Owner of the Year Award to be presented at the Thoroughbred Owner Conference Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff to be battle of champions

DRF | 4 days ago
Breeders' Cup history will be made before the extraordinarily deep Distaff field even crosses the Santa Anita finish line on Friday, Nov. 4.Three Eclipse Award winners from 2015, each in top form, are aiming to the 2016 Distaff – Songbird, Beholder and Stellar Wind. Read More...

Big Brown half-brother fails to meet reserve

DRF | 4 days ago
Dr. Gary Knapp’s Monticule, the owner and breeder of champion Big Brown’s yearling half-brother by Temple City, will keep the colt to race after he finished under his reserve with a final bid of $200,000 on Monday at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Oak Tree at Pleasanton opens fair meet – sans fair

DRF | 4 days ago
When Oak Tree at Pleasanton opens a six-day race meeting on Friday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, it will not be your usual fair meet. Unlike the other Northern California fair meets, this one will be entirely conducted without a fair. Read More...

Nevaeh’s Valentine should prove elusive target Friday

DRF | 4 days ago
Lost in the hoopla immediately following this year's Queen's Plate was a breakout performance by Nevaeh's Valentine, who should be the dominant speed in Friday's Woodbine headliner, a second-level optional-claiming route on the Tapeta. Read More...

Porter Hosts “Songbird” Singer’s Kin at Parx

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Rick Porter, who enjoys bringing special guests to the races, will host the family of singer/guitarist Eva Cassidy at Parx Racing Sept. 24 after he named his filly Songbird to honor the late Cassidy's rendition of the tune Read More...

What’s Going On Here: Bid After Bid

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Family-owned Clarkland Farm's $3 million ride. Read More...

Keeneland September: Improved returns carry into Book 4

DRF | 4 days ago
The middle market continued to flex its muscles heading into Book 4 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, with another session of increased average and median sale prices, highlighted by a pair of $300,000 colts. Read More...

Not My Note Wins Casey Darnell Pony Express

Glen Murphy rode Not My Note to a 1 1/2-length victory in the September 17, $60,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Numbers Up as Keeneland Sale Enters Book 4

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
It wasn’t quite to the levels of Books 1 and 2, but there was a lot of energy at the Keeneland September yearling sale as Book 4 selling began with a Sept. 20 session that yielded across-the board increases. Read More...

Auction Planned at Rockingham Park

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Participants and fans will have an opportunity to own some racing history when an on-site auction is conducted Aug. 24 and 25 Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. Read More...

Tattersalls Ireland Reports Quick Start

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Strong trade on opening day of the 2016 Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale produced five lots that sold for more than €100,000 ($112,000). Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for September 12 to September 18

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for September 12 to 18, 2016. Read More...

Bergman: No true rivalry in 2016 Little Brown Jug

DRF | 4 days ago
A year removed from perhaps the finest Little Brown Jug of all time, it’s hard to look at the race this Thursday and think there won’t be a letdown. For those in attendance, the chance to see Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 champion up close and personal, may be the best opportunity to witness greatness with just 11 showing up for the final jewel in Pacing’s Triple Crown. Read More...

Yearling Average Trends Among Top Sires

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Looking at how North American yearling averages have changed since 2012 among the top 10 Keeneland September sires by average price through Sept. 19. Read More...

Running Style Change Planned for Nyquist

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In most of Nyquist’s 10 starts, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner has led or raced closed to the leaders early, but trainer Doug O’Neill doesn’t believe last year’s champion juvenile male needs to be close early. Read More...

Keeneland’s High Water Mark for Columbiana

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The sale of an Uncle Mo colt for $750,000 to top the Sept. 17 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale was the high water mark for the Columbiana Farm of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ochocki. Read More...

Songbird Aims to Add to Spectacular Season

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The timing of a low-grade fever in the spring could not have been worse for Songbird, but with deft handling the undefeated champion juvenile filly of 2015 continued to deliver spectacular races through the summer. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 9/22 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 9/22 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 9/22 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 9/22 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

W. Va. tracks required to meet safety, integrity standards

DRF | 4 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission on Tuesday adopted a rule that will require the state’s two Thoroughbred racetracks to apply for accreditation through a program run by an industry-funded group. Read More...

Delaware County Fair: L A Delight seeks a Jugette upset for Campbell

DRF | 4 days ago
While Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country and her extremely accomplished rival Darlinonthebeach are dominating the headlines for the 46th edition of the Jugette, Canadian L A Delight is not only a force to be reckoned with, but if she secures the victory, she will not only redeem her dam’s loss in this very event, but will secure her pilot and her breeder/owner/trainer a place in Jugette history. Read More...

Pegasus World Cup stake sold to Earle Mack

DRF | 4 days ago
A starting-berth slot in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup has already changed hands. Sol Kumin and James Covello, Wall Street financiers who had put $200,000 down on a slot in the Pegasus with 11 other groups, sold the stake last week to Earle I. Mack, an owner-breeder who is a real-estate developer. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of Sept. 19

DRF | 4 days ago
Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of Sept. 19 Read More...

Grade 1 winner Plenty of Grace dies at 29

DRF | 4 days ago
Grade 1 winner Plenty of Grace has died at age 29, and will be buried at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky., where she was bred. Read More...