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  • American Dirt Records a Thing of the Past

    Could it be the truly great horses of the past simply were faster and were bred to carry their speed longer distances, or could it be that today’s horses are not given the opportunity to set new American dirt records?

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    A Travers Day Christmas Present

    The 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I) has quite a different feel than last year, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting dignitary. This year, a divisional crown potentially hangs in the balance.

  • Songbird wins the 136th running of The Alabama at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  Photo by Skip Dickstein

    The Week in Photos for 8/23/2016

    TVG Pacific Classic, Alabama, Fourstardave, Breeders', Del Mar Oaks, Lake Placid, Del Mar Handicap, Adirondack, Del Mar Mile, Monmouth Oaks, Cliff Hanger, and more.

  • Madeline Auerbach

    CHRB Member Calls for Trainer 'Profiling'

    California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling."

  • OBS Numbers Plummet During Open Session

    There were no surprises at the first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August yearling sale, as the free-fall in prices and large percentage of buybacks seen the previous day during the select sale continued at the Aug. 24 session.

  • Masochistic Looms in Pat O'Brien

    Masochistic, one of the top sprinters in 2015, made a strong return to racing in a July 8 allowance race at Santa Anita Park after a nine-month layoff and has been training forwardly for the $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 27 at Del Mar.

  • Wavell Avenue wins Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga

    Ballerina Stakes Has Stage Full of Talent

    The Aug. 27 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) drew a field of 10 fillies and mares to go seven furlongs at Saratoga Race Course. The field is deep, from 6-year-old grade I winner Sheer Drama to the Acorn Stakes (gr. I)-winning 3-year-old filly Carina Mia.

  • Mohaymen

    Mohaymen Cuts Back to Sprint in King's Bishop

    Shadwell Stable's homebred Mohaymen, a four-time grade II winner, will cut back to one turn for the first time since last November in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • A.P. Indian (center) wins Alfred G. Vanderbilt July 30 at Saratoga

    A.P. Indian Puts Streak On Line in Forego

    Green Lantern Stables' A.P. Indian, in the midst of a four-race win streak capped by his first victory in grade I company, drew outside of the other speed in a full field for the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.

  • The OBS August Sale

    Mineshaft Colt Tops OBS Day 3 Watch List

    The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla.

  • ABR Films Del Mar H. video graphic

    Ashleyluvssugar Del Mar Handicap Highlights

    Ashleyluvssugar held off a furious rally from Metaboss to win the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap and a place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf starting gate. Experience Saturday's Del Mar thrills and social scene firsthand in this new video.

  • Full Travers Field Awaits Exaggerator

    Fourteen—the largest field since 1977—entered for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, and the winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) breaks in the thick of it Aug. 27.

  • Postponed wins Juddmonte International Aug. 17 at York

    Postponed Could Try BC Turf After Arc

    Postponed could be bound for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park should he emerge in good order from a planned run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct 2 at Chantilly.

  • Hip 24, a son of Flatter, topped the OBS selected yearling sale Aug. 23

    Flatter Colt Tops OBS Select Yearling Session

    Topped by a son of Flatter sold for $210,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August select yearling sale session mirrored recent sales with declines in all key statistical categories and a high buy-back rate.

  • Dark Angel Offspring in Demand at Goffs UK

    Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate continued its summer shopping on opening day of the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23, buying 12 lots, including a Dark Angel colt who was the day's top-price at £250,000 ($329,759).

  • Arnaud Delacour

    Delacour Barn Has Come Into Its Own

    The stable of Arnaud Delacour, who learned from conditioners such as Christophe Clement and Alain de Royer- Dupree, has grown in numbers and quality in recent years in the United States.

  • Six Stakes Fill NY Showcase Day

    New York-breds square off in six stakes races Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course during New York Showcase Day. New York Derby winner Hit It Once More highlights $200,000 Albany Stakes for sophomores.

  • Champion Tepin is targeting the Sept. 17 Woodbine Mile in her first start since winning at Royal Ascot

    Tepin Back to Brilliant in Saratoga Work

    In just her third workout since becoming the first U.S.-based horse to win the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), Tepin let it be known she is well on course for an expected start in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17. 

  • Hips to Watch at OBS August Sale Day 2

    A son of third-leading first crop sire Mission Impazible is among the yearlings that could attract buyers’ attention during the Aug. 24 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August sale.

  • Destin Best in Travers?

    Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.

  • Al Pike

    Pinhookers Still Major Market Players

    After taking some hits in the 2-year-old market, especially in the lower- to mid-price ranges and in the late-season auctions, those who buy horses primarily to be sold later said they would be more selective in their purchases this year.

  • American Cleopatra

    'Cleopatra' in Gate Drill for Debutante

    Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra, a full sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, drilled six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 22 in preparation for her scheduled start in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) early in September.

  • Hip 24 by Flatter out of Madoffwiththecash

    Hips to Watch at OBS Select Yearling Session

    The only Ghostzapper yearling cataloged and the highest-priced pinhook are among the horses to watch during the Aug. 23 select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla.

  • OBS is set for its August yearling sale

    OBS Sale Next Test of Yearling Market

    With declines in the three previous yearling sales to date this year as polarization between the top and the rest of the market continues, the next test will take place with the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.'s Aug. 23-25 auction.

  • Midnight Storm wins the Del Mar Mile

    Midnight Storm Speeds to Del Mar Mile Victory

    A Veneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm put in a repeat performance on the Southern California grass Aug. 21 to win the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) in front-running fashion.

  • Camp Creek wins Breeders' Stakes Aug. 21 at Woodbine

    Camp Creek Posts Upset in Breeders' Stakes

    Hillsbrook Farms' homebred Camp Creek, supplemented for $12,500 off of his maiden victory, rallied from well off the pace to upset the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for 3-year-old Canadian-breds Aug. 21 at Woodbine.

  • Time and Motion wins the Lake Placid S.

    Time and Motion Scores in Lake Placid

    Phillips Racing Partnership's turned the tables on 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse Aug. 21 and took the $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.