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Well-Bred Tapit Filly Flies Home First at Churchill

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 7:53 PM ET 6th at CDX (Churchill Downs)Msw ($47k)     Winner: Taxable by Tapit Taxable (f, 2, Tapit) streaks home to score by a half-dozen on Churchill... Read More...

Golden Soul Heads West for SJ Capistrano

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Charles Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, who was second in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will ship west for the first time for the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 18 to June 21

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 18 to June 21, 2015. Read More...

Presque Isle Downs Facing Deer Problem

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
After cancelling five races because deer on the track on June 22, Presque Isle Downs continues to face safety issues from the area critters. Read More...

First Graded Stakes Up For Grabs in Senorita

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A field of nine 3-year-old fillies will seek their first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 27 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Gregson Foundation to Honor Stevens, Smith

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens for their racing accomplishments and contributions in horse racing. Read More...

CHRB Continues to Discuss 2016 Dates

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Negotiations over Northern and Southern California racing dates were again in the spotlight during the monthly California Horse Racing Board meeting June 25 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Read More...

New Mexico Commission Sets Race Dates for 2015-16 Season

The New Mexico Racing Commission has set the 2015-16 race dates for the state’s five tracks. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Santa Anita for Saturday, June 27

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier provides insight for a pick three wager on Saturday's program at Santa Anita. Read More...

More Than Ready Filly Gets Up On Newbury Debut

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 4:02 PM ET 3rd at NBY (NEWBURY)Pumpmatic Pump Stations By Pump Technology Maiden Fillies' S.     Winner: Vicennalia by More Than Ready Godolphin's $500... Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Santa Anita Gold Cup

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the competitive looking field of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes. Read More...

Lucky Lurie First Winner for Girolamo

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
With a narrow victory in her maiden special weight debut June 25 at Belmont Park, the filly Lucky Lurie became the first winner for stallion Girolamo. Read More...

Paddy O’Prado Represented by First Winner

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Shesthewinner became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Paddy O'Prado when the 2-year-old filly won the fifth race at Gulfstream Park June 25. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, June 26

DRF | 5 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Pocono: Aldebaran Eagle takes on the best in Beal elims

DRF | 5 days ago
Aldebaran Eagle has held his own against some of the best 3-year-old male trotters around and now trainer Jonas Czernyson is hoping the colt is ready to soar as he prepares for Saturday’s Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 6/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 6/27 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 6/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 6/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 6/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 6/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 6/27 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 6/27 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

French imports Kenzadargent, Stellar Path meet again in Eatontown

DRF | 5 days ago
Kenzadargent came back running in her first start after a winter vacation to win the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park in style. On Saturday, she will be favored to earn her first graded win in the $100,000 Eatontown, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares. Read More...

Wesley Ward On Royal Ascot: ‘You’ve Got To Bring Your Best’

Trainer Wesley Ward had a topsy-turvy week at Royal Ascot in England. On Wednesday he sent out the Scat Daddy filly Acapulco – a $750,000 purchase from the McKathan Brothers consignment at the OBS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Asmussen sends out three favorites in Debutante

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen was the dominant trainer in the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs in the early to mid-2000s, winning the race in 2001 with Cashier’s Dream and recording three straight victories with Effectual (2005), Richwoman (2006), and Rated Fiesty (2007). On Saturday, he has a strong chance to resume his winning ways in the $100,000, six-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies when he starts the three morning-line favorites in the eight-horse race: Adhara (2-1), Areolite (5-2), and Thievery (9-2). Read More...

Gulfstream: Kaplan has to make ‘Command’ decision

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Bill Kaplan will have a decision to make between now and next Wednesday, when entries are taken and drawn for the rich Summit of Speed card to be run on July 5: whether to keep his promising 3-year-old filly Naval Command against her own kind in the Grade 3 Azalea, or try her with older horses in the richer, more prestigious Win and You’re In Breeders’ Cup race, the Grade 2 Princess Rooney. Read More...

Jack Hobbs invades to take shot in Irish Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
It’s a fair assumption that no Group or Grade 1 race anywhere in the world has been dominated by a trainer to the extent Aidan O’Brien has owned the Irish Derby. O’Brien won the race seven years in a row before fellow Irishman Jim Bolger won in 2013 with Trading Leather, but O’Brien was back on top last season with Australia, giving him eight wins in nine years and 10 in the last 14. Read More...

May handle up at California tracks

DRF | 5 days ago
Handle figures at California tracks rose in May compared with May 2014, leaving handle for the year well above last year’s figures, according to figures presented at Thursday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting by executive director Rick Baedeker. Read More...

Surviving Legend leads Sires’ Cup Futurity field

DRF | 5 days ago
Surviving Legend might be tough to contain Saturday night in the $100,000 Sires’ Cup Quarter Horse Futurity at Retama Park if he runs back to his trial effort from June 12. Surviving Legend led from start to finish for a 2 1/2-length win in a performance that should make him the favorite in the richest of two significant stakes on the card. Read More...

Galileo’s Daughter of Lillie Langtry Off the Mark In Dublin

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 1:20 PM ET 1st at LEP (LEOPARDSTOWN)Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden     Winner: Minding (Ire) by Galileo (Ire) Derrick Smith's Minding (Ire) (G... Read More...

Sky T stretches out in CTBA Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Sky T makes the move to two turns Saturday in the $40,000 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Derby at Arapahoe Park and he gets pedigree support for the new distance demands. He faces nine others, and most will also be making their first route starts. Read More...

American Pharoah will parade for fans Saturday

DRF | 5 days ago
Triple Crown hero American Pharoah will be paraded through the paddock and on the racetrack between races at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Fox Appointed Sales Manager at Darley America

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley has announced that Darren Fox has been appointed sales manager of its stallion division in the U.S. Read More...

Blingismything will rely on late kick in Royal Heroine

DRF | 5 days ago
The field for the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares can go as quickly as it wants in the first half of the one-mile turf race Saturday at Santa Anita. Blingismything will be toward the back, ready to make a late move in the stretch, trainer Eric Kruljac insisted. Read More...

Multiple fillies with good form in Mother Goose

DRF | 5 days ago
The Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park on Saturday has attracted a competitive field of 10, with many of the runners rounding into their best form. Read More...

Lady Jane Cecil to Retire from Training

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Lady Jane Cecil, who took over the stable of her late husband, the legendary Sir Henry Cecil, has announced she will stop training at the end of the British flat season. Read More...

Tribal Gal stands out in Oak Tree Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
It’s good to own a Cal-bred. That’s been the mantra of California breeders and owners of California-breds, and it couldn’t be any truer than on Saturday, when six statebred fillies run six furlongs for a $100,000 purse in the Oak Tree Distaff at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting at the Alameda County Fair. Read More...

Deep Field Lines Up for Gold Cup at SA

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I). Read More...

Breeders’ Cup in licensing deal with Instant Racing manufacturer

DRF | 5 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup has reached a licensing deal with the manufacturer of the Instant Racing gambling devices that will allow the manufacturer to use the Breeders’ Cup’s likenesses and brands, according to the companies. Read More...

Masochistic makes Grade 1 debut in Triple Bend

DRF | 5 days ago
Masochistic already was a four-time winner when he won his debut for trainer Ron Ellis in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita on April 11. Ellis thinks Masochistic will be even better for his Grade 1 debut in Saturday’s $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs. Read More...

Lovely Maria On Target for Delaware Oaks

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, winner of the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in her last start, is gearing up for her race at Delaware Park, the summer base for trainer Larry Jones. Read More...

Jerardi: Catch a Flight capable of beating Moreno again in Gold Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Catch a Fligh is the horse more likely to improve in Saturday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pocono: Lynch starter The Show Returns deserving of respect

DRF | 5 days ago
There will be plenty of stakes action on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but race 11, an elimination for the James Lynch Memorial for sophomore pacing fillies, could be the highlight on the 16-race card. Read More...

Needmore Flattery tries to rebound in Petro Memorial

DRF | 5 days ago
One horse who hasn’t won going two turns since last August and another who hasn’t raced at all in 11 months could play prominent roles in Saturday’s $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap for Ohio-bred fillies and mares at ThistleDown. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, June 27: Picks for Gold Cup, Eatontown, Mother Goose

DRF | 5 days ago
I think the Gold Cup at Santa Anita will be Hard Aces’s best race for trainer John Sadler and he’s my pick on Saturday. Read More...

Catch a Flight, Moreno clash in Gold Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
There’s a new rivalry in town, and it will be on display Saturday in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Catch a Flight vs. Moreno is not quite Shared Belief vs. California Chrome, but it is what remains out West, where the handicap division has dissolved. Shared Belief is on the sidelines, while California Chrome missed a start in England and heads next to Arlington. Read More...

Hovdey: Will four be enough in the Gold Cup?

DRF | 5 days ago
If you can’t have the big horse in a $500,000 event like the Gold Cup at Santa Anita you might as well swarm the race with numbers, which is what trainer Peter Miller will be doing on Saturday when he sends out four of the 11 older runners entered in the mile and one-quarter main track event topped by the Californian one-two finishers, Catch a Flight and Moreno. Read More...

TCA Announces June Merit Award Winners

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the recipients of its Award of Merit honored at breeders associations' awards ceremonies in June. Read More...

New York Invaders Target Overflow Eatontown

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
An easy drive down the road for New York horsemen, Monmouth Park offers expanded options -- specifically the chance for several turf fillies to try a step up in the $100,000 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 27. Read More...

Frac Daddy should be set for best effort in Firecracker

DRF | 5 days ago
Frac Daddy and the Al Stall Jr.-trained pair of Departing and Medal Count are among the top contenders in the one-mile Firecracker, a key link in an all-stakes pick four Saturday night at Churchill Downs. Read More...

He’s Comin in Hot favored on short rest in Bashford Manor

DRF | 5 days ago
After more than a century in existence, it should come as little surprise the Bashford Manor Stakes has been won by horses who eventually made something of themselves. Black Gold (1923), Summer Squall (1989), Boston Harbor (1996), and Favorite Trick (1997) all went on to win classics or awards of great distinction. Read More...

Carve aims to repeat in Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, featuring top older horses from all over the Eastern half of the country, is taking shape as an excellent renewal of the track’s signature race. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Jerkens solid in allowances

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens saddles Star Grazing (#6, ML 4-1) in Thursday’s third race at Belmont Park, a one-mile allowance. Since Jan., 1, 2014, Jerkens is winning at a 30 percent clip in allowances, for a return on investment of $3.27. Read More...