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  • Speed Seeker and Luis Contreras come on strong to win the Ontario Colleen Stakes.

    Speed Seeker Makes Grade in Ontario Colleen

    Making just her third career start, Speed Seeker became a stakes winner when she rallied from off the pace to take the $154,417 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT) over the Woodbine turf course Aug. 23.

  • Close Hatches is in complete control in the Personal Ensign.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-BXVmCfL">Order This Photo</a>

    Close Hatches Dominates Personal Ensign

    Close Hatches took command on the opening turn and never looked back in the $500,0000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I), romping over a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 22 for her third grade I triumph in a row.

  • Narniyn Seeks Breakthrough in Jean Romanet

    Runner-up in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) earlier this month at Goodwood, the Aga Khan's Narniyn takes a third shot at an elite-level breakthrough Aug. 24 in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville.

  • F-T Saratoga Fall Sale Expanded to Two Days

    The strength of the New York-Bred racing and breeding program has generated record entries for the Saratoga Fall Sale, which Fasig-Tipton has expanded to two days Oct. 6-7.

  • Blood-Horse ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Blood-Horse President and CEO Marla Bickel and company answer the challenge from Keeneland and the Breeders' Cup, and challenge Dan Metzger and TOBA. They also remind DRF and TDN that they were part of the original challenge.

  • Tom Durkin (right), D. Wayne Lukas (center), and Jimmy Jerkens, accepting on behalf of his father, H. Allen Jerkens.

    Jerkens, Lukas, Durkin Honored at Saratoga

    Hall of Fame trainers H. Allen Jerkens and D. Wayne Lukas, along with legendary track announcer Tom Durkin, were honored Aug. 22 in the second annual "Red Jacket" ceremony in the winners' circle at Saratoga Race Course.

  • BHA Levies Heavy Penalties Against Three

    The British Horseracing Authority has banned a jockey and trainer for 14 years each and one of their associates for 11 1/2 years for violations of racing rules, including conspiracy to commit a corrupt practice.

  • Stryker Phd is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Longacres Mile.

    Stryker Phd Smart Choice in Longacres Mile

    Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd, a 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Bertrando, is the 121-pound highweight and 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 24 Longacres Mile (gr. III)at Emerald Downs.

  • Haskell winner Bayern

    Pedigree Analysis: Bayern

    By a 10-furlong grade I winner out of a mare by a Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, with a second dam who was a graded stakes winner at 10 furlongs, Bayern illustrates the difficulties of interpreting modern U.S. pedigrees.

  • Haskell winner Bayern drew post 2 for the Travers.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-t4LpzQs">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Three Clash in Rich Travers Stakes

    On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.

  • Live Saratoga Weekend Coverage from HRRN

    Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live on-site coverage of Saratoga's signature weekend beginning Friday, Aug. 22, with the Personal Ensign (gr. I) followed by the 145th Travers Stakes (gr. I) Saturday.

  • Obviously

    Obviously Targets Del Mar Mile Three-Peat

    Winner of the past two editions of the Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT), the speedster Obviously goes for a three-peat on the turf as part of the TVG Pacific Classic undercard Aug. 24 at the seaside track.

  • California Chrome
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    Chrome Set for Pennsylvania Derby Return

    California Chrome, unlikely hero of the Triple Crown series who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his return from a brief layoff in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20.

  • Hall of Fame 2014 - Ashado

    National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame 2014 - Ashado View more Hall of Fame videos here.

  • Hall of Fame 2014 - Curlin

    National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame 2014 - Curlin View more Hall of Fame videos here.

  • That Handicapping Show: Travers Stakes

    Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Travers Stakes.

  • Benny the Bull

    Champion Benny the Bull to Bridlewood in 2015

    Champion sprinter Benny the Bull will stand the 2015 breeding season at John and Leslie Malone's Bridlewood Farm, in Ocala, Fla., according to an announcement made by owner Greg James. His fee has not yet been determined.

  • Compound Pharmacy Reinforces Safety Standards

    A Lexington pharmacy that makes compound products for horses said it has taken steps to reinforce its safety and quality standards and has cooperated with a federal agency's inquiry into "adverse events earlier this year."

  • Octavio Vergara Jr. winning aboard Drop to Pop at Woodbine on Aug. 20.

    Vergara Wins Inaugural Apprentice Competition

    Octavio Vergara Jr., a regular at Arlington Park, captured the inaugural "Canadian Apprentice Invitational" at Woodbine by recording a win and a second-place finish from two races on the Aug. 20 evening card.