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Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings

The D. Wayne Lukas trained Bravazo leads the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 54 points after his victory in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds last Saturday. The colt is virtually assured a starting spot in the field of 20 in the Run for the Roses after … [Read More...]

Lukas Has More Than Sporting Chance in Southwest

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, fresh off pulling off an upset in Saturday’s Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds has a pair of runners with a sporting chance in Monday’s $500,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Sporting Chance (9-2) is making his first start since winning the … [Read More...]

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

The 144th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) will be run Saturday, May 5, 2018 and for the sixth consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race. Each year 20 … [Read More...]

Kentucky Derby Berth Up for Grabs in Risen Star at Fair Grounds

Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds is the first Road to the Kentucky Derby points race with 50 points up for grabs to the winner, virtually assuring the winner a starting spot in the gate on the first Saturday of May for the Run for the Roses. A field of 10 … [Read More...]

All Others is 5-2 Betting Choice in Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2

With the Kentucky Derby 12 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) while Champion 2-Year-Old Male and Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Good Magic and multiple … [Read More...]

Kanthaka Pulls Off Upset in San Vicente at Santa Anita

With heavily favored Ax Man deep fried at the quarter pole, Flavien Prat was on the move four-wide with longshot Kanthaka, who powered home to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita by a widening 3 ¼ lengths.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the … [Read More...]

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Vision Perfect Cuts Back in Distance for Janus at Gulfstream Park

Trainer Jason Servis sends out Vision Perfect in Monday’s feature at Gulfstream Park, the $75,000 Janus which drew a field of eight along with one main track only entrant in the five-furlong dash on turf. Vision Perfect was last seen at a mile on turf at Belmont Park running a … [Read More...]

Audible Looks Tough in Stakes Debut in Damon Runyon

A field of nine led by the Todd Pletcher trained Audible will head to the gate in the feature on Saturday at Aqueduct, the $100,000 Damon Runyon at a mile for New York bred juveniles. The $500,000 son of Into Mischief broke his maiden at the Big A in his second career start and … [Read More...]

Championship and Ertijaal Defend Titles at Dubai World Cup Carnival

Thursday’s eighth meeting of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse is a high-quality one including three turf feature races, highlighted by the Group 2 Zabeel Mile Sponsored by District One Legacy. The race was won last year by Championship (post 10, Silvestre De … [Read More...]

Gold Town Looks to Shine in UAE 2000 Guineas

Meydan Racecourse stages the sixth meeting of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival, featuring the US$250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) and Mazrat Al Ruwayah (G2) for Purebred Arabians. Both highlights are over 1600m on the dirt track with the UAE 2000 Guineas Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, … [Read More...]

People’s Choice Finalists Announced, Voting Open

Dubai Racing Club is pleased to announce the four finalists for the People’s Choice Award, a fan-voted accolade recognising the most compelling 2017 moment in horseracing. The award will be given at the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards ceremony on … [Read More...]

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How To Spot The Best Horse Trainers

No one ever said that training horses was easy and for those that take on this task as their career, they know this better than most. Determining what makes a good trainer isn’t as simple as looking at which horses are winning; in fact, there are far more criteria to consider and it … [Read More...]

More Than 500 Retired Racehorses Helped by New Vocations in 2017

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program had 398 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses go through the program in 2017, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Additionally, 125 horses remained in the program throughout the new-year transition, receiving rehabilitative … [Read More...]

Keeneland Lowers Takeout for Spring Meeting

Keeneland officials announced today that the track will reduce pari-mutuel takeout rates on win, place, show and exacta wagers for its 2018 Spring Meet, to be held April 6-27. Pricing on win, place and show wagers will decrease from 17.5 percent to 16 percent and from 22 percent to … [Read More...]

Chase Bank Begins Accepting Credit Cards Between Customers and ADWs

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the United States and the largest credit card issuer in the U.S. with more than 80 million active credit cardholder accounts, has begun approving credit card deposit … [Read More...]

The Top 10 Horse Racing Tracks In America

Do you love the thrill of live horse racing? Then nothing beats a day at the races. From the Kentucky Derby to the Belmont Stakes, America hosts some of the most exciting thoroughbred horse races in the world, held at historic tracks across the country. If you’re a big horse racing … [Read More...]

Good Magic Tops First NTRA Thoroughbred Poll

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – As the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” gets underway the top ten in week one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results are mostly based on their two-year-old performance of 2017 as the newly minted sophomores begin their … [Read More...]

FOX Sports Saturday At The Races to Televise Key Triple Crown Prep Races

FOX Sports, the New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA), and The Stronach Group today announced a partnership to present “FOX Sports Saturday At The Races,” a new, live racing television program sponsored by Claiborne Farm. Airing on FS2, the telecasts begin on Feb. 3 and continue … [Read More...]

Gun Runner Voted 2017 Horse of the Year

(NTRA Press) The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced this evening that Gun Runner, a winner of four Grade 1 races culminating with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, was voted the 2017 Horse of the … [Read More...]

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Nonkono Yume Wins February Stakes Earning Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth

Kazumasa Yamada’s 6-year-old gelding Nonkono Yume (JPN) closed powerfully down the stretch to catch defending champion Gold Dream (JPN) to win Sunday’s one mile, US$1,964,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse by a neck and became the first horse this year to qualify for … [Read More...]

February Stakes First Qualifier for 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic

Katsumi Yoshida’s defending champion Gold Dream (JPN) and Masatsugu Takezono’s TM Jinsoku (JPN) lead a field of 16 horses in Sunday’s 35th running of the one mile US$1,833,632 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, the first automatic qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic … [Read More...]

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Added

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 5, 2018)- The Breeders’ Cup announced today the promotion of the undercard Juvenile Turf Sprint to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships program. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint will be a part of this year’s World Championships, November 2-3 at … [Read More...]

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