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The Meadows: Huntsville, Fear The Dragon get the job done in Adios eliminations

DRF | 24 hours ago
Meadowlands Pace champion Huntsville and North America Cup/Hempt winner Fear The Dragon set the stage for a showdown in next week's Adios at The Meadows by winning their respective $25,000 eliminations on Saturday afternoon. Read More...

Bird Song impresses among trio of Vanderbilt workers

DRF | 1 day ago
Three horses eyeing the Grade 1 Vanderbilt turned in their final preps here Saturday morning including the up-and-coming El Deal, who shipped over from his Monmouth Park base to breeze five furlongs in 1:02.04 over the main track with Javier Castellano aboard. Read More...

Classic Winners Post Works at Saratoga

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming turned in a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.71 over the Oklahoma training track July 22 at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for the July 29 $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2). Read More...

Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing, Tapwrit Work at Spa

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming turned in a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.71 over the Oklahoma training track July 22 at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for the July 29 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2). Read More...

TimeformUS Saratoga Horses in Focus for Sunday, July 23, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday’s card at Saratoga. Read More...

All three Triple Crown race winners work for stakes at Spa

DRF | 1 day ago
The winners of all three of this year’s Triple Crown races put in workouts about an hour apart Saturday morning at Saratoga as they prepare for the second half of the season and a bid for a divisional championship. Read More...

John Henry, Phil Marino, and Early Cajun Days

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
If John Henry had one positive trait, it was his ability to touch people's lives. Of course, everyone knows how John affected the lives of Ron McAnally and Sam Rubin, but no one's life was affected more by the horse than Phil Marino's. Read More...

Kettle Corn Gets First Winner at Belterra

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Funnel Cake, an Ohio-bred trained by Tom Amoss and owned by Maggie Moss made his second start, and scored the first winner for his sire Kettle Corn July 22 in the fourth race at Belterra Park. Read More...

Kettle Corn Gets First Winner at Belterra Park

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Funnel Cake, an Ohio-bred trained by Tom Amoss and owned by Maggi Moss made his second start, and scored the first winner for his sire Kettle Corn July 22 in the fourth race at Belterra Park. Read More...

McGee: How I’ll play Saratoga on Sunday, July 23

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Danny Gargan has two entries on the 11-race Sunday card at Saratoga, and both were easy winners last out. Gargan shows a 30 percent strike rate with last-out winners (29 for 84), and I’ll give both horses a big chance when using them on opposite ends of pick-three wagers. They’re the must-win cornerstones in my first two plays of the day. Read More...

As Arrogate’s Stature Builds, So Do Expectations

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
All Arrogate has to do is show up and be Arrogate, and the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2) is a foregone conclusion, which is exactly why his connections will have their minds stressed until they see the expected ending. Read More...

Meadowlands: Oho Diamond becomes fastest female trotter in track history

DRF | 2 days ago
Six days ago, she finished third at nearly 100-1 odds behind world champion Hannelore Hanover in the Miss Versatility. Tonight, the previously unheralded mare Oho Diamond broke that superstar's track record, winning a conditioned trot at the Meadowlands in 1:50 2/5, one-fifth of a second faster than Hannelore Hanover's record set in that race six days ago. Read More...

Madame Stripes earns first stakes win in Osunitas

DRF | 2 days ago
This time, Madame Stripes got through in the stretch. After a rough trip in an optional claimer at Santa Anita in June and a second in the Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes there on July 1, Madame Stripes ($10.20) had a fortunate trip to win Friday’s $82,775 Osunitas Stakes for fillies and mares on turf at Del Mar. Read More...

Free: How I’ll Play Del Mar Saturday, July 22nd

DRF | 2 days ago
Want to back a winner on Saturday at Del Mar? The odds-on favorite looks tough in the ninth race. Thankfully, several races offer more value than Arrogate in the TVG San Diego Handicap. Here is a look at four appealing options. Read More...

Racing, track executives seek similar Southern California calendar in 2018

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2018 Southern California racing calendar will be largely unchanged from this year if racing and track executives have their say, according to a 90-minute discussion of the California Horse Racing Board’s dates committee Friday at Del Mar. Read More...

CHRB Discusses Cutting Back Racing Dates

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
For the second time in 2017, the California Horse Racing Board's Race Dates Committee bandied about the idea of restricting the amount of racing dates in the state, and again roundly faced opposition by industry stakeholders in attendance. Read More...

Saratoga meet opens with 14 percent handle increase, even attendance

DRF | 2 days ago
Glorious weather and strong field size led to booming business on opening day at Saratoga as all-sources handle was $20,332,051, an increase of 14.4 percent over opening day 2016 when all-sources handle was 17,763,037. Read More...

Saratoga Opening Day Sees Handle Increase

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Opening day at Saratoga Race Course saw all-sources handle of $20,332,051, a 14.47% increase over last year's opening day total. Read More...

Proctor’s Ledge picks up first graded win in Lake George

DRF | 2 days ago
Proctor's Ledge earned her first graded stakes win – and gave trainer Brendan Walsh his first victory at Saratoga Race Course – in Friday's Grade 3 Lake George Stakes. Read More...

Proctor’s Ledge Makes Splash in Lake George

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
After earning a pair of graded stakes placings earlier this season, Proctor's Ledge didn't let another opportunity pass her by July 21 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Dream It Is The Real Deal in Schuylerville

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The ability Dream It Is showed on the all-weather track at Woodbine translated ever better in her first try on dirt as she chased a wicked pace then threw down the hammer in the form of a nine-length win in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (G3). Read More...

Dream It Is crushes Schuylerville field in dirt debut

DRF | 2 days ago
Dream It Is transferred her excellent synthetic surface form to the dirt and crushed a seemingly evenly-matched field of 2-year-old fillies by nine lengths in Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes on opening day at Saratoga. Read More...

AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Among Trio Notified Of Alleged Class 1 Drug Violations

Judd Kearl, the reigning American Quarter Horse Association champion trainer and 2016 leader in both money and races won in North America, was among three trainers notified on Friday by the Texas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 7/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 7/24 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Harrah’s Philadelphia: Track record effort by Met’s Hall in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division

DRF | 2 days ago
A track record 1:55 1/5 mile by Met's Hall highlighted Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old colt trotters on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Read More...

Tiz a Slam Heads Prince of Wales Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Queen's Plate Stakes runner-up Tiz a Slam and multiple graded stakes placed State of Honor are set to face off again in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie July 25 Read More...

Yonkers: Sunday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Sunday Afternoon 7/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/23 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

TimeformUS Saratoga Horses in Focus for Saturday, July 22, 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Litfin: No Going Against Arrogate in San Diego

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
It's opening weekend at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course, which is sort of like midsummer Christmas for anyone who follows Thoroughbred racing. Read More...

Miss Ella suited for any surface in Caress Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Rain or shine, Saratoga seems to bring out the best in Miss Ella, who heads a field of 12 in Monday's Caress Stakes. Read More...

Petrillo hopeful track will rebound at entry box

DRF | 2 days ago
Arlington general manager Tony Petrillo said he hopes a very slow weekend at the entry box is an isolated occurrence, and that the pace of Arlington entries will bounce back next week. Read More...

Kasaqui, Dona Bruja on course for Arlington Million, Beverly D.

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Ignacio Correas's pair of Grade 1 hopefuls for the Aug. 12 Arlington Million card continue to thrive at Keeneland, with Dona Bruja on track for the Beverly D. Stakes and Kasaqui right on course for the Arlington Million. Read More...

Classic Empire to Resume Galloping

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire is scheduled to resume galloping the morning of July 22 following an easy week at Saratoga Race Course, said Norman Casse, assistant trainer to his father Mark. Read More...

Arklow to get chance to make amends

DRF | 2 days ago
Arklow, who finished last in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby, will be considered for the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes here on Aug. 4 or the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington on Aug. 12. Read More...

Unified to get break at farm, racing future uncertain

DRF | 2 days ago
The racing future of Unified, who finished last in the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship, is uncertain. He will get a little break at Lane's End Farm – where he will stand at stud next year – before it is determined whether he will race again. Read More...

Bowling Green next for Ascend

DRF | 2 days ago
Ascend, upset winner of the Grade 1 Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day, will make his next start in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday, trainer Graham Motion said. Read More...

Hovdey: Daddys Lil Darling a two-letter filly

DRF | 2 days ago
On Sunday, separated by a continent, 16 fillies from the foal crop of 2014 will conform to the demands of either the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga or the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar. The Eastern race calls for nine furlongs on dirt, while out West they will race 8 1/2 furlongs on grass. Believe it or not, even in this age of specialization, there are horses who could handle either challenge. Read More...

Diversify has turf in his future

DRF | 2 days ago
Diversify has compiled a record of five wins and two seconds in eight career starts, all on dirt, including a tally in the Saginaw Stakes for New York-breds in his Belmont meet finale. But Diversify could wind up making his Saratoga debut on turf, his trainer, Rick Violette, said on Friday. Read More...

Paulassilverlining set for Honorable Miss

DRF | 2 days ago
After winning two Grade 1 races in four weeks, Paulassilverlining was given a bit of a freshening by trainer Chad Brown. Wednesday, Paulassilverlining will launch the second half of her 5-year-old campaign in the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga. Read More...

Sircat Sally Faces Stiff Test in San Clemente

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
If everything goes right for Joe Turner's Sircat Sally, the California-bred filly will face increasingly tougher challenges as the year progresses. Read More...

French filly La Sardane rerouted to Del Mar Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
An illness will cause French stakes winner La Sardane to miss her planned American debut in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap. Read More...

Miller, Arroyo part ways indefinitely

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Peter Miller said on Thursday that he has discontinued his relationship with jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., despite widespread success in recent months. Read More...

Drefong heads strong cast expected for Bing Crosby Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs at Del Mar on July 29 should be the best sprint of the year in California. Read More...

Cozmic One, Zenyatta’s first foal, to try turf

DRF | 2 days ago
After a 106-week layoff, Cozmic One, a 5-year-old horse out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will have his turf debut in Sunday's ninth race at Del Mar. Read More...

Vyjack launches season in Wickerr Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Phil D'Amato hopes Vyjack will return to the graded stakes form he showed in 2016 when he makes his first start of this year in the $75,000 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday. Read More...

Blazinbeauty should relish extra distance in Washington Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Frank Lucarelli is hoping the extra eighth of a mile Blazinbeauty gets to work with will help her turn the tables on Top Quality in the $75,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs Sunday. Read More...

Driller, Rock Victor meet again in optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
Driller, second in his last four starts in stakes races, looks like the one to beat in a $35,000 optional claiming race that will serve as Sunday's feature at Hastings. Read More...

Invaders take aim at Sircat Sally in San Clemente

DRF | 2 days ago
Is the hometown favorite a slam dunk in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap Sunday at Del Mar, or can a shipper upset the turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies? Read More...