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  • Dark Artist cruises to victory in her second start July 30 in Monmouth's fifth race

    Paynter Gets First Winner With Dark Artist

    Five years after he dusted a group of sophomores in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), Paynter triumphed again on Haskell Day via Dark Artist, a 2-year-old filly who gave him his first win as a stallion, at Monmouth Park July 30.

  • Ransom the Moon (inside) wins the Bing Crosby, with Roy H, Moe Candy (outside), and a riderless Drefong just behind

    Ransom the Moon Wins Wild Bing Crosby

    A few strides into the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, champion sprinter Drefong dropped jockey Mike Smith to the main track. Even though he was ineligible to win after that point, the colt had an undisputed impact on who won the race.

  • Jennifer Lynnette wins the Royal North Stakes

    Jennifer Lynnette Catches Kasuga in Royal North

    Fresh off a record-setting performance in a Woodbine turf sprint claimer earlier this month, Kasuga looked to have the Royal North Stakes (G3T) wrapped up until a determined Jennifer Lynnette cut down a four-length lead in the stretch.

  • Hunter O'Riley flies down the stretch to capture the  Bowling Green Stakes

    Hunter O'Riley Goes Last to First in Bowling Green

    The 16-1 longshot in the field of seven, long-distance specialist Hunter O'Riley surged down the Saratoga Race Course stretch July 29 and managed to snag a win in the final strides of the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (G2T). 

  • Coal Front stays undefeated with a victory in the Amsterdam Stakes

    Coal Front Continues Streak in Amsterdam

    Winning his first two starts by a combined 9 1/4 lengths, Coal Front took another step forward in his short career when he extended his win streak to three races and picked up his first graded score in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2). 

  • Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates after his victory aboard Accelerate in the San Diego Handicap

    Accelerate Pointing for Pacific Classic

    A week after stunning Arrogate, the world's top-rated horse, with Hronis Racing's Accelerate in the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2), trainer John Sadler is already eyeing a potential rematch with the gray.

  • Outplay wins the Curlin Stakes

    Outplay Outclasses Competition in Curlin Stakes

    The few erratic strides Outplay produced down the lane of the 1 1/8-miles test did little to deter from the dominant effort he was in the midst of, as the Todd Pletcher-trainee had little company during his 5 3/4-length win at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Sharp Azteca wins the Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Sharp Azteca, Classy Class Head Monmouth Cup

    Coming off a game runner-up effort to Mor Spirit last month in the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1), Sharp Azteca aims to find his way back to the winner's circle in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3) July 30.

  • Inflexibility gallops on the Tapeta at Woodbine

    Inflexibility, Enstone Vie in Wonder Where

    Trainer Chad Brown will send Inflexibility up against a field of six others, including Bison City Stakes winner Enstone, in the $225,000 Wonder Where Stakes for 3-year-old fillies foaled in Canada July 30.

  • Oaklawn Park to Debut Racing Club in 2018

    Oaklawn will offer fans the chance to experience the thrills of Thoroughbred ownership in a low-risk, low-cost fashion with the debut of the Oaklawn Racing Club just in time for the 2018 live racing season.

  • Purses Announced for West Virginia Breeders’ Classics

    The $350,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic will highlight a 9 race program worth a total of $1,000,000 in stakes purses when Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races hosts West Virginia Breeders’ Classics XXXI on Saturday, October 14. 

  • NBC Plans Live Coverage of Haskell

    The one-hour program is a part of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing.

  • Into the Gray led at every pole to become the first winner for Graydar

    Into the Gray Brings Graydar First Winner

    Graydar, a son of Unbridled's Song and a winner of five of six races, including three graded stakes races, had his first winner as a stallion July 27 when Into the Gray led at every point in a one-mile maiden special weight at Presque Isle Downs.

  • Stellar Wind (outside) and Vale Dori duel to the wire in the Beholder Mile

    Stellar Wind, Vale Dori Face Off Again in Hirsch

    Unlike the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2), when Hronis Racing, trainer John Sadler, and jockey Victor Espinoza upset Arrogate with Accelerate, the connections will occupy the pre-race spotlight in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) Sunday at Del Mar.

  • NYRA Teams With Monmouth for 'Cross-Country' Pick 4

    The New York Racing Association announced today the continuation of the "Cross-Country Pick 4" for July 30 that will include the grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and races at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Swansea Mile clears a fence during the A. P. Smithwick

    Swansea Mile Delivers a Smithwick Shocker

    A move to the United States had not paid many dividends for Swansea Mile, but all of that changed July 27, when the 7-year-old Dylan Thomas gelding delivered a stunning upset in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap (G1T) at Saratoga.

  • Enable easily captures the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh

    Dual Oaks Winner Enable Steps Up in King George

    A powerhouse renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) is on tap July 29 at Ascot, with dual Oaks winner Enable set to take on older rivals Highland Reel, his full brother Idaho, Jack Hobbs, and Ulysses.

  • Ascend takes the grade 1 Manhattan Stakes June 10 at Belmont

    Ascend, Bigger Picture to Clash in Bowling Green

    In his graded stakes debut, Ascend reached racing's heights. Now the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride will try for consistency at the graded level when he faces six other older horses in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2T) July 29 at Saratoga.

  • Charles Town to Offer Jackpot Pick 6

    Beginning with its card Aug. 17, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will offer patrons the opportunity to play a new 20-cent Pick 6 wager, the Charles Town 6-12.