1dBob Ehalt

Ehalt: Holiday Fest offers glimpse of 2016

On a day highlighted by the final graded stakes races of the year in New York, the likely candidates to spark talk of the new year were the two mile-and-an-eighth Grade 2 stakes for 2-year-olds.

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1dJeremy Balan

No doubt for Dortmund

Dortmund pushed his record in the region to a perfect seven-for-seven at Del Mar, taking the $150,000 Native Diver Stakes by an easy 4-1/2 lengths.

1dMyra Lewyn

Mohaymen still unbeaten

Mohaymen stayed unbeaten and added a second straight graded stakes to his record Saturday when drawing away to a clear win in the $300,000 Remsen Stakes.

Comely Stakes (4:59)
1dFrank Angst

Lewis Bay finishes strong

Lewis Bay won her stakes debut against two stakes winners and two other fillies with graded stakes experience in the $300,000 Demoiselle Stakes.

2dClaire Novak

Taris wins as favorite

Coming off a third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Taris collected another stakes score Friday when she rolled clear to victory in the Go for Wand Handicap.

Falls City Handicap (6:56)
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5dEvan Hammonds

Runhappy breezes strong

James McIngvale's Runhappy, winner of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint, breezed five furlongs in :57 seconds at Keeneland Wednesday morning.

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Celebrity chef Flay named to Hall of Fame board

Celebrity chef and thoroughbred horse owner Bobby Flay has been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

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6dTom Precious

Whip gets Velazquez fined

Regulators in New York have fined jockey John Velazquez for misusing his riding crop on a horse in a race earlier this year at Belmont Park.

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7dTom Precious

Asmussen fined $10,000

The New York State Commission proposed far-reaching equine drug rules as they slapped trainer Steve Asmussen with a $10,000 fine stemming from a probe first brought against him by PETA.

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6dBob Ehalt

Lessons learned: Triple Crown in the digital age

As a new year approaches, Thoroughbred racing faces a strange situation. No matter what happens in 2016, it will be extremely difficult for the sport to top what happened this year.

6dTom LaMarra

Four suspended in Mahoning Valley horse mix-up

Four men were fined and suspended by stewards at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in connection with a Nov. 4 race in which the wrong horse not only ran, but won, and paid $222.40.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
7dJay Cronley

Cronley: The brief off season

This is the season of the year -- between the Breeder's Cup and the start of the Kentucky Derby run -- when the horse player's eye might drift toward the football field.

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7dClaire Novak

Exaggerator hits Jackpot

Exaggerator was the class of the field headed into the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes, and the Curlin colt delivered with a solid run Saturday.

8dJeremy Balan

Lochte swims to victory in Tropical Turf

Crossed Sabres continued his streak Saturday at Gulfstream Park West, claiming the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap in the middle of a downpour.

8dJeremy Balan

Lady Lara cruises in G3 My Charmer Stakes

Lady Lara engaged longshot Pink Poppy off the far turn and took command in mid-stretch to deliver a 1-1/4-length victory in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap.

8dTom LaMarra

Cougar Ridge steps up and wins Delta Mile

Cougar Ridge, claimed for $62,500 in April, won his fourth race in a row when he rallied from just of the pace to capture the $250,000 Delta Mile.

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11dGary West

Future starts now for some young runners

How good can he be? That's the essential question this time of year when looking ahead to next season. Saturday's Delta Downs Jackpot will help answer that question for some young colts.

9dFrank Angst

Jockeys avoid serious injury

Considering how bad the spill looked, jockeys Sebastian Saez and Sophie Doyle avoided serious injury in a Thursday spill at Churchill Downs.


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11dRon Mitchell

Runhappy on target for Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes

Oblivious to a lawsuit and controversy between his connections and former trainer, James McIngvale's Runhappy is on track for the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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Delta Downs Jackpot PPs

Our friends at Brisnet give handicappers and fans all the information they need to bet the Saturday's Delta Downs Jackpot.

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14dJay Cronley

Cronley: Being thankful

Here are ten things for which horseplayers are particularly thankful.

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Velasquez wins weekly jockey honors

Jockey Cornelio Velasquez hit the road Saturday and guided home a pair of stakes winners at Laurel Park and then won the feature race the following afternoon at his home base of Aqueduct.

Red Smith Handicap (6:53)
15dJeremy Balan

Toews On Ice cruises

Toews On Ice had already showed his talent in two runaway stakes wins earlier this fall, but he showed his heart Saturday at Del Mar.

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15dFrank Angst

Isabella Sings in tune with Mrs. Revere victory

Isabella Sings opened a clear advantage early and carried her speed to the wire to secure the first graded stakes win of her career in the $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes.

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15dJeremy Balan

Emails and texts released in Borell suit

Both sides in the ongoing dispute between trainer Maria Borell and Gallery Racing have unveiled email and text message exchanges between the two parties .

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18dGary West

West: Championships should hold little drama

The championship races have been run, and the Breeders' Cup, as it's intended to do, provided sufficient clarity to make the necessary end-of-the-season decisions.

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17dJeremy Balan

Valenzuela back in the saddle at Delta Downs

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is scheduled to ride in races for the first time since January of 2014 with two mounts Nov. 19 at Delta Downs for trainer Karl Broberg.

18dBill Finley

Finley: Who was faster, Nyquist or Songbird?

When Nyquist crossed the wire in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 1:43.79, there appeared little doubt that he was an inferior horse to the Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird -- at least on that day.


Standardbred Deviation

John Wentworth moves over from harness to thoroughbred & campaigns stakes winner Chocolate Ride. Plus, why trainer Maria Borell was fired a day after winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

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18dJeremy Balan

Tommy Macho runs away in stretch to take Discovery

Tommy Macho got the best of stablemate Madefromlucky for the second straight start Wednesday at Aqueduct, taking the $150,000 Discovery Handicap by a commanding margin.

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20dBob Ehalt

American Pharoah 'galloped' into history

Racing will indeed go on without American Pharoah, but the sport of kings was treated to a treasure chest of priceless memories that are certain to withstand the test of time.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
21dJay Cronley

Cronley: A winner every time

When a gift follows a wildly successful horse race pick or two, that could lead to a problem.

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24dDarren Rovell

American Pharoah stud fee set at $200K

Ashford Stud, Coolmore America's breeding facility in the United States, has confirmed a price of $200,000 per live foal for American Pharoah.

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