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Virginia Equine Alliance Praises Legislation

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
In Feb. 24 release, the Virginia Equine Alliance praised legislation that has passed the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Read More...

Well-Bred Eskendereya Firster Scores at Lingfield

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 3:16 PM ET 1st at LNG (LINGFIELD)Mdn (�5k)     Winner: Rain Wind and Fire by Eskendereya Well-Bred Eskendereya Firster Scores at Lingfield Read More...

Slideshow: The Week in Photos for 02/24/2015

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Japan, Santa Anita, Oaklawn, Australia, Turfway and More. Read More...

McPeek’s Oaklawn division performing well

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Ken McPeek had a hot hand with 3-year-olds last week at Oaklawn Park. He sent out Kentucky Oaks candidate Pangburn to win her season debut in memorable fashion. The Truth Or Else ran second in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest at 22-1, and Magic of Believing picked off his second straight route to punch his ticket to a Kentucky Derby prep that might end up being in Dubai. Read More...

Bullet Work at Golden Gate for Shared Belief

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Shared Belief, impressive winner of the San Antonio Invitational Stakes (gr. I), worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 2/5 Feb. 24 at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

American Pharoah, Dortmund Kentucky Derby Future Wager favorites

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah and Dortmund are the top morning-line choices behind the mutuel field in Pool 3 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

Final Chapter looks to build on success

DRF | 4 days ago
The addition of blinkers and Lasix helped give Final Chapter a positive result when he won a maiden race for the centenarian owner John Nerud here on Jan. 23. Thursday, Final Chapter hopes to produce a sequel at Aqueduct when he tops a field of eight set to contest six furlongs in an entry-level allowance/optional claiming race restricted to New York-bred 3-year-olds. The $57,000 race is the co-feature on the eight-race card along with a similar spot for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Keeping Pace: Weighty Question

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Frank Angst analyzes the Kentucky Derby picture following interesting prep races from the weekend, specifically weight assignments. Read More...

Long Hot Summer resumes career

DRF | 4 days ago
Sidelined by injury last fall, Long Hot Summer resumed serious training in December and will make her first start since August in an optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Thursday. Read More...

Woodbine Schedules 102 Stakes for 2015 Meet

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Woodbine Entertainment released a 2015 Thoroughbred stakes schedule consisting of 102 stakes worth more than $20 million in purses for the 133-day meet. Read More...

Updated Winners’ Books now available

DRF | 4 days ago
Get a listing of the top three finishers from every track with vital information, including the winner’s Beyer Speed Figure, race fractions, and the running style of the winning horse. Read More...

Lucy’s Bob Boy faces new challengers in Blue Ridge

DRF | 4 days ago
Lucy’s Bob Boy faces two new opponents from out of town in Thursday night’s $30,000 Blue Ridge Handicap at Charles Town Read More...

Schoenthal seeing benefits from producing his own feed

DRF | 4 days ago
It was cold and windy with a touch of snow covering the ground on a recent morning at Laurel Park, not much greenery to be found – that is, until you step into the hydroponic growing shed trainer Phil Schoenthal has built into the side of his barn. Read More...

Starlight Names New Communications Director

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Jessica Paquette, who was most recently the senior director of communications at Suffolk Downs, has been named director of communications for Starlight Racing. Read More...

Mahoning Valley Cancels Live Card for Feb. 24

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Due to severe winter weather, including high winds and record low temperatures, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course has canceled its live racing program scheduled for Feb. 24. Read More...

Luzzi Recipient of Woolf Memorial Award

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Mike Luzzi, America's Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, has been named the winner of the 2015 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers. Read More...

Bird Maker returns from five-month layoff in sprint feature

DRF | 4 days ago
Bird Maker, who ran in three graded stakes last year at 3, will be returning from a five-month layoff when facing 10 other fillies and mares on Thursday at Gulfstream Park in the featured 10th race, the last of three straight allowances on an 11-race card. Julien Leparoux has the mount. Read More...

Mike Luzzi named winner of Woolf Award

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Luzzi on Tuesday was officially announced as the winner of the 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, which is voted on by members of the Jockeys’ Guild and presented by Santa Anita to a rider who has conducted himself in exemplary manner both on and off the track. Read More...

Zayat 3YOs Continue Cross-Country Derby Preps

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Zayat Stables will continue its chess game of 3-year-old prep racing by shipping Mr. Z to the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), while American Pharoah runs in the Rebel (gr. II) and El Kabeir starts in the Gotham (gr. II). Read More...

South African Stallion King of Kings Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
English Two Thousand Guineas winner King of Kings has died at stud in South Africa. The son of legendary sire Sadler's Wells was 20 years old, and his death was attributed to heart failure. Read More...

NYRA Ends 15 Day Rule

TDN | 4 days ago
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 11:29 AM ET NYRA Ends 15 Day Rule Read More...

NYRA rescinds 14-day entry rule

DRF | 4 days ago
Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association will rescind a rule that prohibited horses from running back in 14 days or less from their previous start, it was announced Tuesday. Read More...

Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen for Feb. 24, 2015

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The past weekend's prep races have shuffled Steve's Derby Dozen this week, read to see who is new! Read More...

NYRA to End Rule on Time Between Races

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack. Read More...

Monmouth Plans to Offer Fantasy Sports Game

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced the formation of a marketing partnership with Fantasy Sports Network, which will assist in the launch of a paid Monmouth Park daily fantasy game featuring professional sporting events. Read More...

Seabiscuit Anniversary Celebration Planned

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
On March 7 at Santa Anita Park the track and Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Seabiscuit and Red Pollard's history-making win in the Santa Anita Handicap of 1940. Read More...

Dave Litfin’s Aqueduct Horses to Watch for Feb. 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Dave Litfin's Aqueduct Horses to Watch. Read More...

Consider SDFT Attachment Problems in Lame Horses

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Many veterinarians agree that 90% of equine lamenesses originate in the foot. But if it’s not in the foot, there are many other areas where lameness can hide. One area practitioners should examine if a horse is hind-limb lame is where the superfi... Read More...

Twirling Candy colt leads way as Barretts juvenile sale posts declines

DRF | 5 days ago
A colt by the young stallion Twirling Candy sold for $400,000 at Monday’s Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in-training, topping a sale with across-the-board declines in gross, average and median compared to 2014. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 10:23 PM ET Barretts concluded its 26-year run at Fairplex Monday with this year's renewal of its Select 2-Year-Olds in... Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 10:23 PM ET Barretts concluded its 26-year run at Fairplex Monday with this year's renewal of its Select 2-Year-Olds in... Read More...

Mike Welsch’s top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream on Feb. 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Welsch ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Gulfstream. Read More...

Twirling Candy Colt Tops Barretts Auction

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
With no seven-figure horses this year, the numbers declined at the 2015 Barretts selected sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 23 in Pomona, Calif., with a $400,000 son of Twirling Candy topping the one-day auction. Read More...

Twirling Candy Colt Tops Barretts Select at $400,000

TDN | 5 days ago
Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 8:28 PM ET BESMAR (Barretts Equine Limited March Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training)hip 39     2yo C     Twirling Candy--Dama     400,000  Breeder: Jason Litt & Terrazas Thoroughbreds (KY)  Consignor: Eddie Woods, agent  Buyer: Conquest Stables First-crop colt from Lane's End's Twirling Candy tops Barretts Select at $400,000 to the bid of Mark Casse Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Feb. 16 – Feb. 20

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 2/25 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 2/25 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 2/24 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 2/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mary Rampellini’s top 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Handicapper Mary Rampellini ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

What Happened to Frosted, and Other Stories

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson recaps last weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races. Read More...

Goldfelder: What Was I Thinking – taking advantage of wagering menu

DRF | 5 days ago
On Valentine’s Day, I was in love with a horse. Love can sometimes raise you to heights you never imagined you can reach or disappoint you based on unrealistic expectations clouded in fantasy. Having been infatuated by my selection in advance, I failed to capitalize when a more attractive suitor materialized. Read More...

Road to the Derby analysis: Southwest Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
The Southwest was delayed six days owing to the continuing harsh winter weather that has plagued Oaklawn at this meet, but Oaklawn finally was able to run the race on a cold, rainy afternoon that left the track sloppy and sealed for the Southwest. Read More...

Solid field in the works for Gulfstream Park Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
A stellar field is lining up for the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 7. Trainers Shug McGaughey and Jimmy Jerkens confirmed last weekend that both Honor Code and Wicked Strong are pointing for the one-mile fixture. Read More...

Far Right and Mr. Z headed their separate ways

DRF | 5 days ago
Far Right has now won both of his Oaklawn Park matchups with Mr. Z – Sunday’s Southwest and last month’s Smarty Jones. But the rivalry, which has highlighted the local 3-year-old series, is unlikely to be renewed in next month’s Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes here. Read More...

Encryption spoils Top Billing’s comeback

DRF | 5 days ago
Sunday’s 10th race at Gulfstream Park featured the return of Top Billing, who was making his first start since finishing third in the 2014 Fountain of Youth. Read More...

Mean Season fine after loss

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Bill Mott said that Mean Season “looked good and jogged sound” Monday at Payson Park, less than 48 hours after being vanned off following his last-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint. Read More...

Fountain of Youth Day handle up

DRF | 5 days ago
All-sources handle on Saturday’s Fountain of Youth program at Gulfstream Park was $20,746,939, up slightly from 2014. There was significant growth in ontrack handle, which was $1.867 million, up 100 percent from the previous year. Read More...

Alvarado enjoys seven-win, two-stakes weekend

DRF | 5 days ago
Jockey Junior Alvarado rode North Slope to victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes, part of a four-win afternoon and seven-win weekend for him at Aqueduct. Read More...

Far From Over, El Kabeir on course for rematch

DRF | 5 days ago
Far From Over and El Kabeir, the top two finishers in the Grade 3 Withers Stakes on Feb. 7, both returned to the work tab Sunday as they train toward a possible rematch in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 7. Read More...

North Slope sticking with dirt

DRF | 5 days ago
North Slope earned a career-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes and will remain on the dirt for the foreseeable future, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. Read More...

Main Sequence ready to take the next step in Dubai

DRF | 5 days ago
His triumphant 2015 debut behind him, Main Sequence will now be pointed for his first major goal of the season, the Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 28 at Meydan. Read More...