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Familiar arguments at New York Lasix conference

DRF | 4 days ago
Veterinarians, researchers, trainers, owners, and regulators rehashed arguments over the proper role for the regulated anti-bleeding medication furosemide during a day-long conference Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., organized by the New York Gaming Commission. Read More...

U.S. appeals court: New Jersey sports betting unconstitutional

DRF | 4 days ago
A federal appeals court has upheld a series of rulings saying an effort by New Jersey to legalize sports betting is unconstitutional. Read More...

Fornatale: Saratoga pick four play for Wednesday, Aug. 26

DRF | 4 days ago
Let's take a horse-by-horse look at Wednesday's late pick four at Saratoga. Read More...

Average, Median Rise at Doncaster Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Offspring of first-crop stallions grabbed the spotlight on opening day of the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales premier yearling sale Aug. 25, selling for the day's top two prices. Read More...

16,000 Miles And Counting: Frequent Flyer Pharoah ‘Can Handle’ Travel Schedule

American Pharoah’s travel log for his 3-year-old season is a dizzying one: From California to Arkansas, back to California, back to Arkansas, onto Louisville, then Baltimore, back to Louisville, onto... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Texas commission backs historical racing rules

DRF | 4 days ago
The Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday voted against repealing rules that provide for the installation of historical racing terminals at the state’s tracks, according to a commission spokesman. The vote was a tight one during a meeting in Austin, Texas. Read More...

Lasix Forum Raises More Questions

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
NYSGC wanted information to set future policy Read More...

Just Do It by Tom LaMarra

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board should adopt the entire National Uniform Medication Program. Read More...

Smack Smack plans to be determined

DRF | 4 days ago
Plans for Smack Smack, winner of the $175,000 Governor’s Cup at Remington Park on Aug. 15, are to be determined, trainer Don Von Hemel said. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot eyes BC Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Ivan Fallunovalot has been made eligible for the Breeders’ Cup, and now his connections are debating the best path to get him to the $1.5 million Sprint on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Read More...

Zayat Stables to Donate to New Vocations

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Zayat Stables has committed to donating a percentage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's purse earnings for the remainder of his racing career to support retired racehorses. Read More...

Louisiana adopts national uniform medication rules

DRF | 4 days ago
The Louisiana Racing Commission adopted national uniform medication rules during a meeting Monday, but there will be a grace period before penalties are levied against the connections of horses in violation of the new guidelines, state officials said. Read More...

Texas Red finally gets another shot at American Pharoah

DRF | 4 days ago
While American Pharoah has annihilated virtually every 3-year-old he has faced this year en route to winning the Triple Crown, the intrigue of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.6 million Travers Stakes is the first meeting between him and Texas Red, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, in 11 months. Read More...

Del Mar: Miller able to retire All Squared Away

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Peter Miller’s quest to re-acquire and retire stakes winner All Squared Away has come to fruition. A private purchase last week enabled Miller to take possession of All Squared Away and retire him, bringing to a close a saga in which Miller claimed the horse with the intention to retire him, only to start anew when the claim was voided. Read More...

Forum: No Easy Way to Proceed on Lasix Issue

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
At a forum designed to educate state regulators about furosemide, the very people the presentations were designed to enlighten may well have left with more questions than answers. Read More...

Jacobson targets a second New York Turf Writers Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer David Jacobson is hoping history will repeat itself when he sends out his recent claim All Together against defending champion Demonstrative and eight other steeplechase rivals in Thursday’s Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap. Read More...

Jess’s Dream lives up to pedigree in debut

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had a cell phone full of congratulatory texts and was still receiving kudos from fellow horsemen Tuesday morning for the eye-catching debut performance of Jess’s Dream in Monday’s sixth race. Read More...

Del Mar: Bayern status up in the air

DRF | 4 days ago
Bayern will head to Santa Anita at the end of this meet and could race there this fall, but already there have been discussions between Baffert and owner Kaleem Shah about whether to go on with him, being as Bayern has not reproduced the strong form of 2014, when he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Read More...

Tekton injured, out for season

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow suffered his first significant setback of the meet when Tekton sustained a condylar fracture to his left hind leg on Monday. Read More...

Del Mar: Dortmund back on work tab

DRF | 4 days ago
Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, idle since the Preakness Stakes, worked three furlongs in 36.40 seconds on Monday as he gears up for a return to the races, which was interrupted earlier this meet when he was cast in his stall and severely bruised his ribs. Read More...

Lukas sticking to plan for Mr. Z

DRF | 4 days ago
D. Wayne Lukas said after the Indiana Derby that he was going to shorten Mr. Z up in distance and, despite having nominated him to the Grade 1 Travers, he will stay true to his word by running him in Saturday’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop at seven furlongs. Read More...

Del Mar: Two turns next for Gloryzapper

DRF | 4 days ago
Gloryzapper, who overcame a slow start to win a first-level allowance sprint and remain unbeaten on Sunday, will stretch out around two turns for her next start, according to trainer Phil D’Amato. Read More...

Ortiz making strong bid for first title

DRF | 4 days ago
After posting three-win days Sunday and Monday, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. now has 46 wins at the meet, nine more than Javier Castellano. The 23-year-old Ortiz is seeking his first Saratoga riding title after finishing second to Castellano last year. Read More...

Del Mar: Three-year-olds hold court

DRF | 4 days ago
The El Cajon Stakes on Saturday and Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes on Sunday, both at one mile and worth $100,000, are the features on a fairly light weekend of racing at Del Mar that bridges the big Pacific Classic weekend last week and the stakes-filled closing weekend next week. Read More...

Circuit Court Rejects NJ Sports Betting Law

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled, by a 2-1 vote, that New Jersey's 2014 law authorizing sports betting at casinos and racetracks is illegal. An appeal, however, is planned. Read More...

Del Mar: Pure Tactics euthanized

DRF | 4 days ago
It’s been a tough couple of days at the office for the personnel at trainer Doug O’Neill’s barn following the death on Sunday at Del Mar of the popular Pure Tactics, who suffered catastrophic injuries to the sesamoids in his left hind leg during the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on turf and had to be euthanized. Read More...

Gravity Force dangerous with blinkers

DRF | 4 days ago
Gravity Force has made five starts for two different trainers, and on Thursday will make his first start for yet another trainer, Bob Hess Jr., who took him out of a maiden claimer for $40,000 last time out. Read More...

MarketWatch: NY-Bred Earning Power

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
NY-breds are out-earning KY counterparts Read More...

Wise Dan Goes Five Furlongs in :59 Flat

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Wise Dan was bright-eyed and bushy tailed the morning of Aug. 25, powering his way through a five-furlong bullet in :59 flat on the dirt at Keeneland. Read More...

Stone to call West Virginia Breeders’ Classics

DRF | 4 days ago
Travis Stone will be the announcer for the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics at Charles Town on Oct. 10. Read More...

Lucrative purses on tap at Parx Racing Fall Festival

DRF | 4 days ago
There has been a lot of change at Parx Racing this year. Read More...

Yonkers: Fields set for Messenger final, Yonkers Trot eliminations

DRF | 4 days ago
Hambletonian winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes frosh champ Crazy Wow lead a list of eleven 3-year-olds entered for the $580,000 Yonkers Trot. The 60th Messenger Stakes, with eight declarations, becomes a one-dash-for-the-($500,000) cash event. Read More...

Nearly $400,000 up for grabs in Rainbow 6 jackpot

DRF | 4 days ago
It’s been six weeks since a solo winner last drained the Rainbow 6 pool at Gulfstream Park, and the result is yet another jackpot that has grown to life-changing proportions. Read More...

Keeneland: Day before Breeders’ Cup tickets available

DRF | 4 days ago
Tickets for the Thursday before the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland went on sale Tuesday, with officials at the Lexington, Ky., track announcing that all seating and dining for that Oct. 29 program will be sold in advance. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Litfin: Saratoga Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 24 Read More...

Keeneland to Present Prelude to the Cup

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Keeneland Race Course announced that tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 25, for its Oct. 29 "Prelude to the Cup" race card leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 30-31. Read More...

Inside the August 29, 2015 Issue

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Beholder crushes the boys at Del Mar in the Pacific Classic and more in the August 29, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine. Read More...

NY-Breds in Spotlight at Spa on Travers Eve

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point. Read More...

Louisiana Adopts Therapeutic Drug Schedule

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Louisiana State Racing Commission Aug. 24 adopted the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule of 26 commonly used substances. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Gierkink: Woodbine Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 24 Read More...

The Week in Photos for 8/25/2015

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Saratoga, Del Mar, Laurel Park, Monmouth, Arlington, Charles Town, Woodbine & More! Read More...

McGee: Del Mar pick three play for Wednesday, Aug. 26

DRF | 4 days ago
McGee: Del Mar pick three play for Wednesday, Aug. 26 Read More...

Free: Del Mar Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Free: Del Mar Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 24 Read More...

Jess’s Dream Aces His Debut at Saratoga

The horse, the first foal out of the 2009 horse of the year, Rachel Alexandra, swept past six rivals to win in a mile and an eighth. Read More...

Xpressbet: Company Victim of Cyberterrorism

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Xpressbet posted on its website Aug. 24 a statement that said the online wagering site was the victim of a form of cyberterrorism Saturday, Aug. 22, the date of the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) from Del Mar. Read More...

The ‘Iron Lady’s’ Secret Garden

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Watching Beholder decimate her male opponents in the Pacific Classic and the aftermath on TVG and social media, it made me realize how times have changed. Read More...

Texas Red’s Success No Surprise to Mayberry Farm’s Margarita Urtubey

Michael Compton | 4 days ago
Texas Red may have surprised his rivals in last year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita, upsetting 10 rivals by 6 ½ lengths at odds of 13-1, but the talented son of Afleet Alex did not sneak up on Margarita Urtubey. As the assistant trainer to Jeanne Mayberry at Mayberry Farm in […] Read More...

Former LTBA President Gary Dies

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Dr. Dexter Gary, former president of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, died Aug. 5 in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74. Read More...

Terranova Barn Prepares to Welcome ‘Pharoah’

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Trainer John Terranova and crew are preparing to host American Pharoah at Saratoga for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29. Read More...