An open letter to a certain group of horse racing's most ardent followers.
Trainer Gary Contessa on Monday began serving a seven-day suspension for a drug violation incurred nearly two years ago at Tampa Bay Downs.
The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park will match last year's winner, the 6-year-old Lady Sabelia, against the rapidly improving 4-year-old Hot City Girl.
Prominent young sire Medaglia d'Oro enjoyed an outstanding weekend on the racetrack, with champion daughter Songbird picking up right where she left off in her 2016 debut in the Las Virgenes.
The addition of blinkers for Kobe's Back in Sunday's Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita did not change the veteran sprinter's running style. He still drops far back and makes a furious rally.
Handle on horse races throughout California declined in 2015, but the sport showed a slight increase in the number of racing days and average field size, according to an annual report.
Hers wasn't the most important, richest, or fastest race of a stakes-rich Saturday. But for me, Songbird's dominating victory in the Las Virgenes was the event of the day. By far.
Hoppertunity ended his losing streak, but Imperative suffered a heartbreaking defeat, as Hoppertunity prevailed by a nose in a thrilling stretch drive in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes.
Under a perfectly judged ride by John Velazquez, Mshawish rated within easy striking distance of the early pacesetter Financial Modeling in Saturday's Donn Handicap at Gulfstream.
Songbird was as brilliant in Saturday's $300,345 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita as she was in any of her four wins that led to her title of outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2015.
Lukes Alley won his first stakes on turf and his first Grade 1 by wearing down Shining Copper in a hard-fought 34th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.
Mor Spirit made an appropriate stop along the Derby trail on Saturday at Santa Anita by capturing the Grade 3, $150,345 Robert Lewis Stakes.
For the first time in his 19-race career, Flamboyant won consecutive races with a victory in Saturday's $201,380 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita.
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Power Alert reunited with his favorite rider, Julien Leparoux, and the combination clicked again when pairing up for a neck decision over Amelia's Wild Ride in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint.
Jockey Joel Rosario made an early decision that proved key to victory Saturday when Tammy the Torpedo led throughout in the 73rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Suwanee River.
Tommy Macho drew off to a convincing 3-3/4-length victory over stablemate Stanford in the Fred W. Hooper for older horses Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Lady Shipman made a splashy return to the races Saturday by easily winning the $75,000 Ladies' Turf Sprint, the first of six stakes on the big Donn Handicap card at Gulfstream Park.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will begin his stud career this month at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
Everyone has their favorite, but for my money, the most dramatic -- and hilarious -- intersection of horse racing and football came on the final turn of the 1996 Preakness Stakes.
After Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, Bob Baffert plans to show up for the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday.
Keen Ice is the only member of the eight-horse Donn field currently considered among the nation's elite in the handicap division, and as such, he'll carry the high weight of 121 pounds.
Pancake broke from post 11 under Manny Esquivel and briefly was stacked wide around the clubhouse turn to start Fridays Broussard Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Proven distance form will meet keen sprint speed when Mor Spirit takes on I Will Score as seven 3-year-olds try to keep their Derby dreams alive in Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
It is entirely possible that insufficient attention has been paid to the 2-year-old champions of 2015. That is about to change quickly for Songbird and Nyquist.
The hefty San Antonio purse was earmarked to attract a horse like Dortmund, instead the nine furlongs will be a toss-up between Imperative and Hoppertunity. That is just one highlight this Sat.
The lightly raced but talented Ami's Flatter will get the opportunity to prove just that when he takes on a strong field that includes Tommy Macho and Wildcat Red in Saturday's Hooper Stakes.
In his 18-race career in two countries, Flamboyant has never won consecutive races. Saturday's San Marcos Stakes is a good chance for him to do just that.
Chad Brown pulled off a remarkable feat last Saturday at Gulfstream Park by winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes for the fifth straight year.
Pete and Mike recap highlight from the National Handicapping Championship, look ahead to four stakes races on Saturday, and Matt Bernier joins to discuss Super Bowl 50.
Upon further review, jockey Dylan Davis might not have a torn labrum after all and could return to the saddle much sooner than originally thought.
Former Indiana Horse Racing Comm. exec dir Joe Gorajec on uneasy co-existence of policing & marketing. Expert discussion follows, & Barry on being SO CLOSE to Eclipse Awards.
On Saturday, The Pizza Man embarks on what owner Richard Papiese hopes will be another huge year when making his 7-year-old debut as the favorite in the Gulfstream Turf Handicap.
Frosted romped to victory in the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 on Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, looking like a major contender for the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Donworth makes his first start since June and since being acquired by owner Paul Reddam and moved to trainer Doug O'Neill in $500,000 San Antonio Stakes.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' winner Songbird ready for 2016 debut in Saturday's Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes.
NHC Tour rookie Ernie Powers made the most of a great opportunity at last weekend's NHC, parlaying an online entry on NHCQualify.com into $54,000 at the world's richest tournament.
There are three contests in the Daily Racing Form universe on Saturday.
It feels strange to suggest that no fewer than three and maybe even four of the five winners of Cal Cup races at Santa Anita Park last Saturday could be heard from in large ways down the line.
Keen Ice, who blew out working for the Donn Handicap last Saturday by going five furlongs in 1:00.20, will carry the high weight of 121 pounds in the Grade 1 event.
Mohaymen left little doubt that he is the leading Kentucky Derby contender stabled on the East Coast after rolling to a convincing victory over Greenpointcrusader in Saturday's Grade 2 Holy Bull.
California Chrome worked a half-mile in 48 seconds at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai Sunday, his first workout since arriving in the country on Jan. 22 for a two-race campaign in coming months.
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