National Headlines

Birdatthewire Heads Santa Maria Field

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Grade I winner Birdatthewire will make her second start of 2016 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 13 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

How About a Trainer Derby Future Wager?

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
It's difficult trying to pick the winning Kentucky Derby horse at this early date. But what about trying to pick the winning trainer? Read More...

Sandiva Tries Dirt in Royal Delta

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After Mshawish become a graded winner on dirt as well as turf last weekend, the same connections are looking to repeat the feat with Sandiva in Saturday's $200,000 Royal Delta (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Young Turf Trio Tries Obviously in Arcadia

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Om, Prospect Park, and Bolo are scheduled to make their 4-year-old debuts in the Arcadia Stakes, but they'll all be encountering older horses for the first time. Read More...

Rafting Set for 2016 Debut in Sam F. Davis

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Rafting will try to open his 3-year-old season in similar fashion against an expected six other sophomores in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 13 at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Kentucky Advances Equine Tax Break Bill

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A bill that would provide a tax break for Kentucky's horse industry advanced Feb. 10, when the Kentucky House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved HB 112. Read More...

California-bred Champions of 2015

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Horse of the year finalists are California Chrome, Gimme Da Lute, and Spanish Queen. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/12 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 2/12 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 2/12 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 2/12 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 2/12 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 2/12 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Meydan: Kentucky Oaks prospect Polar River in UAE 1000 Guineas

DRF | 1 day ago
From start to finish there are interesting horses in the seven races on the Thursday night World Cup Carnival card at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Race 1, the UAE 1000 Guineas, brings out Polar River, the promising filly who has started her career with two dirt wins and could be considered for the Kentucky Oaks Read More...

Older Turf Horses Contest Tampa Bay Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Feb. 13 Tampa Bay Downs card attracted a dozen older turf runners, headed by graded stakes winners Old Time Hockey, War Correspondent, and Reload. Read More...

Oaklawn: Whitmore will get Mike Smith for Southwest

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Ron Moquett said Oaklawn optional-claiming winner Whitmore has emerged from his Monday work in good order and is set for a start in the Southwest at Oaklawn. He said Mike Smith will have the mount Monday. Read More...

Oaklawn: Bullet work from Noble Bird

DRF | 1 day ago
Noble Bird, the winner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster, worked five furlongs in company from the gate Wednesday at Oaklawn. He went after the renovation break in a bullet 1:00.80. Read More...

Tepin Set for Season Debut in Endeavour

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Looking to launch a campaign that could include another run at the boys at Keeneland in the Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) this spring, trainer Mark Casse has entered Tepin in the Feb. 13 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay. Read More...

Hot City Girl Carries Legacy Into Fritchie

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Hot City Girl enters the seven-furlong Barbara Fritchie off a second-place finish in the Dec. 26 La Brea (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, which followed three consecutive victories by a combined 14 lengths. Read More...

Owners benefit from increased purses in 2015

DRF | 1 day ago
Good news for owners: Purses are still going up despite what looks like a downslide in racing. That’s because total handle has remained relatively steady, actually showing a slight uptick year over year, while the number of runners and the number of races has declined, which boosts key measures. Read More...

Gordy Florida set for Southwest Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Gordy Florida's performance in last month's $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park was one of the gutsiest in the field. The start was Gordy Florida's first in a stakes and his first around two turns, and he's on pace to get another shot at those conditions Monday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. Read More...

Meadowlands: Elitlopp Playoff a ground-breaking race

DRF | 1 day ago
The New Meadowlands Racetrack and the famed Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden have announced plans for an Elitlopp Playoff Free-For-All Trot with an automatic invitation for the winning horse to compete in the Elitlopp, one of the world’s most prestigious trotting events, on May 29th at Solvalla Racetrack. Read More...

Gisser: Promoting the sport over the air

DRF | 1 day ago
I got really excited last week when I read that Rob Key of Converseon would be discussing the USTA’s Social Media Initiative on Mike and Mike. Getting coverage of our sport on ESPN would be huge. Unfortunately, the discussion was not to be on ESPN. Read More...

Harness: Ronnie Wrenn Jr joins Post Time with Mike and Mike

DRF | 1 day ago
Post Time with Mike and Mike has an action packed show coming up on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Joining regular co-host Mike Carter will be Justin Horowitz filling in for Michael Bozich. Read More...

Tom’s Ready may have trouble making Risen Star field

DRF | 1 day ago
A rule that nearly excluded the talented 3-year-old Tom's Ready from the Lecomte Stakes, in which he finished second and earned qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby, could come into play again at Fair Grounds when entries are taken for the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Friday. Read More...

Luzzi to ride Green Gratto in General George

DRF | 1 day ago
Mike Luzzi will ride Green Gratto in Monday's Grade 3, $250,000 General George Stakes at Laurel Park, trainer and part-owner Gaston Grant said Wednesday. Luzzi, a three-time winner of the General George, will replace Kendrick Carmouche, who has elected to stick with Majestic Affair for the seven-furlong General George. Read More...

Rodriguez doubles his chances in Haynesfield

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez entered Good Luck Gus and Royal Posse in Saturday's $100,000 Haynesfield for New York-bred 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Willet staying home for Broadway

DRF | 1 day ago
There was some allure for trainer and part-owner Jimmy Iselin to ship Willet to Maryland for Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes at Laurel. But the specter of sub-freezing temperatures in Maryland and the chance to run Willet out of her own stall at Aqueduct made Saturday's $100,000 Broadway Stakes a more attractive proposition for Iselin. Read More...

California-bred champions of 2015 announced

DRF | 1 day ago
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association announced its champions for racing and breeding for 2015, with its meeting and awards dinner to be held on Feb. 17 at the Pasadena Westin in Pasadena, Calif. All champions were announced on Feb. 8, except the 2015 California-bred horse of the year, which will be announced at the dinner. The three finalists for horse of the year are California Chrome, Gimme Da Lute, and Spanish Queen. Read More...

Brooks has trio for John B. Campbell

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Gerald Brooks has entered three horses for owner Vince Campanella in the $75,000 John B. Campbell Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park. On Wednesday, he said they all will start. Read More...

Making the Grade: Mor Spirit

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for Feb. 10

DRF | 1 day ago
The undefeated Mohaymen is the favorite at 5-1 on the line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper, for the inaugural Derby Watch top 20 of 2016. Read More...

Laurel: Jockey Camacho suspended for drug positive

DRF | 1 day ago
Jockey Eric Camacho has been suspended after testing positive for marijuana at Laurel Park on Feb. 5. Maryland Racing Commission officials tested all of the riders in that day’s second race. Read More...

Discreetness Turns in Final Southwest Work

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked an easy half-mile in :50 over a fast track Feb. 10 at Oaklawn Park, his final major move for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) coming up Feb. 15. Read More...

Dominguez Ruled Eligible for Hall of Fame

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's executive committee has unanimously approved a measure to designate retired jockey Ramon Dominguez as eligible for Hall of Fame consideration beginning in 2016. Read More...

Derby Watch: Nyquist already ahead of the game

DRF | 1 day ago
It was just four years ago that trainer Doug O'Neill, jockey Mario Gutierrez, and owner Paul Reddam won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I'll Have Another, who parlayed a pair of victories at Santa Anita earlier that year into success in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Now the same team is set to embark on another bid at the classics with Nyquist. Read More...

Santa Anita stewards order two owners to pay trainers

DRF | 1 day ago
Owners John Meairs and Kenji Morinaga have been ordered to pay their trainers five-figure sums, according to rulings released last weekend by Santa Anita stewards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney, and Kim Sawyer. Read More...

Apprentice Kennedy mulls quitting due to weight problems

DRF | 1 day ago
Apprentice jockey Ty Kennedy moved from California to Oklahoma last month and said on Wednesday that he is evaluating whether to continue his riding career. Read More...

Toews On Ice unlikely to run in San Vicente

DRF | 1 day ago
A quarter crack is likely to prevent the three-time stakes winner Toews On Ice from starting in Monday's $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Lochte gets winter vacation

DRF | 1 day ago
Turf standout Lochte will be getting a few months off after having a three-race win streak snapped when finishing fourth as the favorite here in the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale here at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 9. Read More...

Romans shoots for Royal Delta upset with Gamblers Rose

DRF | 1 day ago
Dale Romans will send out Gamblers Rose as one of the longer shots in the Grade 2, $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Celebrity Star steps down in class in optional claimer

DRF | 1 day ago
Corey Lanerie truly enjoys riding horses for Dave Kassen, a former jockey who has been training horses since before Lanerie was born in 1974. Read More...

Doctor Dempsey makes rare inner-track start for Baffert

DRF | 1 day ago
Aqueduct's inner track isn't among the usual haunts for trainer Bob Baffert. Since 2004, Baffert has only run six horses over the inner track with one winner – Brigand in the 2013 Turnofthecentury Stakes – from a total of eight starts. Baffert is listed as the trainer of Doctor Dempsey, who heads a field of eight entered in a second-level allowance race for New York-bred sprinters that serves as the feature on Friday's nine-race card. Read More...

Dominguez will be considered for Hall of Fame

DRF | 1 day ago
Ramon Dominguez, the multiple Eclipse Award-winning rider who retired in 2013 after a career-ending injury, will be eligible for consideration for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this year even though he has not been retired for five years, the executive committee of the Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday. Read More...

Midnight Aria sold to Saudi Arabian interests for $40K

DRF | 1 day ago
Midnight Aria, the winner of the 2013 Queen’s Plate, was sold at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $40,000 to Saudi Arabian interests to continue his racing career in that country Read More...

Swissarella seeks third win since being claimed

DRF | 2 days ago
The 5-year-old Swissarella has won 2 of 4 starts and earned $39,320 since she was claimed for $20,000 in October. Swissarella can significantly enhance her earnings since the claim when she starts in a first-level optional $40,000 claimer at a mile at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

Harness: Zoccali to join DRF Harness writing team

DRF | 2 days ago
Darin Zoccali, the former Meadowlands Director of Racing, will begin writing a bi-weekly column for DRF Harness starting this week. Read More...

Legends: Rachel Alexandra, Filly for the Ages

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 2/11 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 2/11 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Decoupling Advances In Florida With Provisions For ‘Purse Pools’

Legislation that would permit Florida's horse and dog tracks to decouple those activities from their slot machines and card room licenses advanced after a House committee vote to approve three bills... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Los Alamitos pick six pool could hit $200K

DRF | 2 days ago
The pick six pool at Los Alamitos is expected to exceed $200,000 on Friday night, with a carryover of $65,738 certain to lure widespread interest. The pick six sequence includes two sprints for Thoroughbreds and four Quarter Horse races, the last of which is a $15,000 handicap. Read More...

Jerardi: Nyquist’s numbers say it could be a rocky season

DRF | 2 days ago
As unbeaten Nyquist – with the weakest set of Beyer Speed Figures for a 2-year-old champion in memory – gets set for his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Monday at Santa Anita, I took a look back at recent history to check out accomplished 2-year-olds with similar profiles to see how they did as 3-year-olds. Not to spoil the fun, but the short answer is not very well. Read More...

Harness: Tim Tetrick reaches 9,000 career wins

DRF | 2 days ago
At just 34 years old, driver Tim Tetrick continues to climb the all-time wins leaderboard in harness racing. On Tuesday night at Dover Downs, the gifted pilot guided Duneside Chella to her 18th career victory and picked up number 9,000 for his career in the process. Read More...