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Lady Eli settles for second behind Strike Charmer in Ballston Spa

DRF | 2 days ago
What everybody hoped would be a storybook ending to an incredible day of racing at Saratoga on Saturday didn’t quite turn out as most had expected, with Lady Eli’s comeback in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa spoiled by an unlikely nemesis, the 27-1 Strike Charmer. Read More...

Masochistic cruises in scratch-reduced Pat O’Brien

DRF | 2 days ago
Masochistic earned $120,000 for little more than a workout against two rivals in Saturday’s $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Arrogate wins Travers by 13 1/2 lengths – and a star is born

DRF | 2 days ago
Arrogate took the lead into the first turn and went on to turn Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga into his own personal playground, running off to a 13 1/2-length score in track-record time. Read More...

Flintshire rides the rail to Sword Dancer repeat victory

DRF | 2 days ago
Flintshire combined his own brilliance and an assist from a stablemate to record his second straight victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga. Read More...

A. P. Indian stays red-hot with win in Forego

DRF | 2 days ago
A. P. Indian stayed perfect on the year and completed a sweep of the major sprint stakes at Saratoga on Saturday by setting a stakes record in the Grade 1 Forego. Read More...

Drefong makes cross-country trip pay off in King’s Bishop

DRF | 3 days ago
Drefong turned what appeared to be a wide-open King’s Bishop into a showcase for his abundant speed, leading his 11 rivals on a merry chase en route to a 3 1/4-length victory. Read More...

Midnight Storm takes Del Mar Mile, will rest until Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Midnight Storm won Sunday’s $200,000 Del Mar Mile as the 1-5 favorite. He won the $251,380 Eddie Read Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on July 17. The Del Mar Mile is likely to be Midnight Storm’s final start before the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, one of the world’s toughest turf races. Read More...

Alabama victory toughens Songbird for challenges that lay ahead

DRF | 1 week ago
After convincingly winning the two Grade 1 route races for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga, Songbird was set to return to Southern California early Monday morning with her unbeaten record intact and with a hardened core for the more difficult challenges that lay ahead. Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar barely holds off Metaboss in Del Mar Handicap

DRF | 1 week ago
By the slimmest of margins, Ashleyluvssugar is bound for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Ashleyluvssugar won Saturday’s $252,415 Del Mar Handicap by a nose over a fast-closing Metaboss. The win gave Ashleyluvssugar a fees-paid berth to the BC Turf through the Breeders’ Cup’s Win and You’re In program. Read More...

Tara’s Tango will focus on routes on road to Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Tara’s Tango is likely to run in major stakes around two turns this fall despite winning the $100,345 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for sprinters at Del Mar on Wednesday. Read More...

Seventh Heaven tops O’Brien exacta in Yorkshire Oaks

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Seventh Heaven led an Aidan O’Brien-trained sweep of the top two placings Thursday in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York Racecourse, beating her favored stablemate, Found, by 2 3/4 lengths. Queen’s Trust finished third, and another O’Brien-trained filly, Pretty Perfect, was fourth, and none of these fillies is even rated the top female in the O’Brien stable, a position presently occupied by Minding. Read More...

Bling On the Music earns shot at Grade 2 Pocahontas

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Bling On the Music will soon take her show to Churchill Downs. The undefeated filly is being pointed to the Grade 2 Pocahontas after her 13-length romp over male rivals in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity last Saturday at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Is unbeaten Argentine filly Sobradora Inc good enough for Breeders’ Cup?

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Sobradora Inc, unbeaten in four starts in Argentina in 2015, will make her American debut in Sunday’s $75,000 Osunitas Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. The minor stakes could put Sobradora Inc on course for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita in November. Read More...

Alsvid will point to Eddie D. Stakes

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Chris Hartman said Thursday that Alsvid will make his next start in the Grade 3 Eddie D. Stakes on Sept. 30, opening day of the Santa Anita fall meet. Read More...

Wavell Avenue snaps 2016 winless streak in Shine Again

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The connections of Wavell Avenue are hoping that by taking a step back this summer it will help their 5-year-old mare take a leap forward in the fall. The first part of the plan was executed perfectly as Wavell Avenue, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner, took advantage of a ground-saving trip and a fast pace to win Wednesday’s $100,000 Shine Again Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths at Saratoga. Read More...

From Johannesburg to Chile

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg is compiling a rich legacy in North and South America and beyond more » Read More...

Stellar Wind stays on schedule, Beholder now uncertain for Pacific Classic

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The plans for Stellar Wind for the late summer and fall had been set in stone even before she defeated Beholder in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes on Saturday, but the loss by Beholder may alter her near-term schedule, putting in jeopardy a title defense against males in Del Mar’s biggest race of the summer, the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20. Read More...

Stellar Wind knocks off Beholder in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 1 month ago
In a battle of two Eclipse Award winners, Stellar Wind outbattled the great Beholder by a half-length in the Grade 1, $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes, the championship race of the meet for older fillies and mares. Read More...

Stonetastic dominates Regret Stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Stonetastic rebounded from an uncharacteristic performance in her last race to score an easy victory in the $80,500 Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint berth up for grabs in Bing Crosby

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Bob Baffert starts sharp Lord Nelson and 3-year-old speedster Justin Squared in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby on Sunday, a six-furlong sprint with a quality field, including Grade 1 runner-up Subtle Indian, sharp veteran Alsvid, and deep closer Home Run Kitten. Breeders' Cup entry fees will be a non-issue for the winner of the Bing Crosby, because the race is a Win and You're In BC Challenge race for the BC Sprint on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Navarro hopeful X Y Jet will be ready for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro said that X Y Jet is getting closer to having his first work on the comeback trail, and that he remains hopeful X Y Jet will be ready to compete in this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Lots of talent within compact Haskell lineup

DRF | 1 month ago
The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park has drawn a small group with some big accomplishments. Nyquist and Exaggerator finished one-two in the Kentucky Derby and accounted for the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Gun Runner finished third in the Derby after winning the Louisiana Derby. And, then there is the up-and-coming American Freedom, who is trained by Bob Baffert, winner of five of the last six Haskells and a record eight overall. Read More...

Ascot: Highland Reel earns berth in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 1 month ago
Highland Reel had won a major race in North America, the Grade 1 Secretariat, and in Asia, where he captured the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase, and on Saturday he took down one of the most prestigious prizes in Europe when leading all the way under Ryan Moore in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Read More...

Toowindytohaulrox begins road to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in two-turn Wickerr

DRF | 2 months ago
A third in the Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf last season has left D'Amato encouraged about Toowindytohaulrox's appearance in Saturday's $75,000 Wickerr Stakes at a mile on turf at Del Mar. Read More...

Midnight Storm using Eddie Read as prep towards Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 2 months ago
Midnight Storm will have his first start of the summer in the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Del Mar next Sunday. Read More...

Firing Line launches comeback in optional-claiming route

DRF | 2 months ago
More than a year after he played a supporting role in the Triple Crown, Firing Line is ready for his 216 debut in a second-level optional $62,500 claimer at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Spelling Again holds off Cali Star in Princess Rooney

DRF | 2 months ago
Spelling Again earned herself an all-expenses-paid trip to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint after holding off a hard-luck Cali Star to register a neck decision in Saturday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Ireland: Minding easily captures Pretty Polly Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
Minding won her third Group 1 race in the last two months with an easy victory in Sunday’s $279,375 Pretty Polly Stakes for fillies and mares at The Curragh in Ireland. Read More...

Melatonin punches ticket to Breeders’ Cup Classic by winning Gold Cup

DRF | 2 months ago
Melatonin was 16-1 when he won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap in March in his first stakes win. Melatonin won his second stakes in Saturday’s $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita as the 9-5 favorite. Read More...

Birdatthewire returns to surface she loves for Princess Rooney

DRF | 2 months ago
While Gulfstream Park-based fillies such as Best Behavior, Kiss to Remember, Cali Star and My Miss Venezuela can claim home field advantage going into next Saturday's Princess Rooney Stakes, none can boast a better local record than Birdatthewire, who is expected to ship down from Kentucky for the Grade 2 event. Read More...

Obviously may run just once before Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 2 months ago
Obviously ended a two-year losing streak with a sharp win in the $300,000 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, a victory that left trainer Phil D’Amato in no hurry to plan another race. D’Amato said Obviously may start one more time before an intended run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile here at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Bradester proves uncatchable in Stephen Foster Handicap

DRF | 2 months ago
Bradester seized early command and never looked back in posting a 9-1 upset Saturday night in the 35th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Paid Up Subscriber outperforms favorites in Fleur de Lis

DRF | 2 months ago
Paid Up Subscriber became a player in the filly-and-mare division and earned an expenses-paid trip to the Breeders’ Cup with an emphatic victory Saturday night in the 41st running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Melatonin, Hard Aces among eight probable for Gold Cup

DRF | 2 months ago
Melatonin and Hard Aces, the first two finishers of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, are among eight projected starters for the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita next Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup raises entry fees for all 13 races

DRF | 2 months ago
Breeders’ Cup has raised the entry fees for the 13 races it holds over its two-day event, with most of the fees increasing by 50 percent. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic, Turf get purse boosts of $1 million apiece

DRF | 3 months ago
The purses for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Turf have each been raised by $1 million, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. announced Saturday through its broadcast partner, NBC. Read More...

Untapable tops Fleur de Lis probables

DRF | 3 months ago
Untapable will be back on the scene of one of her proudest moments when the 5-year-old mare runs as the favorite in a Win and You’re In race on next Saturday's Downs After Dark card, the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Midnight Storm will have just one prep before Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 3 months ago
Midnight Storm will have a light campaign in advance of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Midnight Storm gains elusive Grade 1 win in Shoemaker Mile

DRF | 3 months ago
Midnight Storm took command of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita shortly after the start and held off a stubborn rival in the Kentucky shipper Tourist to win the most prestigious race of his career. Read More...

$12-Million Pegasus World Cup: My Horse Against Yours

Some people thought the late John Gaines was crazy in the early 1980s when he proposed Thoroughbred breeders fund a $10-million day of seven championship races. That idea, the Breeders' Cup – which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Piece Of The Pie: Bottom Line Reunites Breeders’ Cup And Churchill Downs

Whenever someone says it isn't about the money you can be sure of one thing: It's about the money. Money is the reason that, when the Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs for a record ninth time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Churchill Downs to host 2018 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 months ago
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., has been selected to host the 2018 Breeders’ Cup, officials for both companies announced Monday, a decision that will return the two-day event to the site that has generated the Breeders’ Cup’s highest attendance and handle figures. Read More...

Kirchner not retained by Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 months ago
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Honoring Our Presidents: Executive Salaries At Horse Industry Non-Profit Organizations

When George Washington became the first president of the United States in 1789, he reluctantly accepted an annual salary of $25,000 – a very substantial figure for that time. He didn't like the idea... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup, NBC extend broadcast deal

DRF | 9 months ago
NBC and its sister networks will produce nine broadcasts in the summer and fall next year featuring live coverage of 16 prep races for the Breeders’ Cup under a three-year renewal of a broadcasting contract between the two parties, the groups announced on Monday. Read More...

2016 Breeders’ Cup Could Be Among First Japanese Simulcasts

The 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic is one of 24 international races under consideration for simulcast into Japan, thanks to a new law passed earlier this year by Japanese legislators lifting the ban on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup dismissed from Borell lawsuit

DRF | 10 months ago
A Fayette County Circuit Court judge on Friday granted a motion by Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup to be dismissed from a lawsuit that sought to prevent the organizations from distributing the purse of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint because of a dispute between the owner and trainer of the winning horse, Runhappy, according to the attorney representing the trainer. Read More...

Several Eclipse races still up in air

DRF | 10 months ago
While American Pharoah already had wrapped up 2015 Eclipse Awards as both Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male before the gate opened for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, his emphatic victory provided just the right exclamation point to his year. But what of the other divisions? Read More...

Bafferts help dream become reality for one American Pharoah fan

DRF | 10 months ago
Joshua Griffin reached up and touched American Pharoah on Sunday morning at Keeneland, and the pure joy on his face, the squeals of delight, brought his parents to tears. American Pharoah may have been favored in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the thought of meeting American Pharoah, well, they thought that was a longshot. Read More...