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Woodbine Harness: Saturday 11/29 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 11/29/14 card at Woodbine. Read More...

Daddy D T Tops Cecil B. DeMille Stakes

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31, Daddy D T appears the one to beat in Sunday's $150,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar Race Course. Read More...

Finnegans Wake Prevails in Hollywood Turf Cup

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Finnegans Wake recorded the biggest win of his career when he held off longshot Patrioticandproud to take the $251,250 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Del Mar Race Course on Nov. 27. Read More...

Frivolous Posts Falls City Handicap Upset

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Frivolous stalked the early pace before taking over in the stretch and held off 9-10 favorite Don't Tell Sophia to win the $222,600 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27. Read More...

An Opportunity for Hoppertunity in the Clark

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Finnegans Wake by a neck in Hollywood Turf Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
It’s counter-intuitive that in a 1 1/2-mile race, everyone should be in a hurry. Fortunately for Finnegans Wake, jockey Victor Espinoza was perfectly patient in the Grade 2, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on Thursday at Del Mar. Read More...

Frivolous pulls upset in Falls City Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
At his lowest this spring, Jon Court wondered whether his badly injured hand would ever permit him to ride races again. Read More...

Nathaniel Filly Tops Tattersalls Foal Session

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A filly from the first crop of the stallion Nathaniel was sold for 300,000 guineas to top the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale as the Nov. 27 session produced gains in gross and average prices. Read More...

Delaunay dominates Thanksgiving Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Delaunay turned back the clock Thursday in New Orleans. Not that he ever has declined precipitously, but the Delaunay who won the Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds looked a lot like the Delaunay who for a spell in 2012 and 2013 might have been the best sprinter in the country. Read More...

Salutos Amigos Rallies to Win Fall Highweight

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Carrying top weight of 133 pounds, favored Salutos Amigos rallied from off the pace to take the Fall Highweight Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths over longshot Mewannarose on the Thanksgiving Day card at Aqueduct Race Track. Read More...

Salutos Amigos impresses in Fall Highweight

DRF | 1 day ago
On a sloppy, slow, and demanding surface that appeared to favor horses running closer to the pace than off of it, Salutos Amigos, under Cornelio Velasquez, was last with a quarter-mile to run in Thursday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct. Read More...

Discreet Marq, La Tia Square Off in Matriarch

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Shippers Discreet Marq and La Tia have their eyes on the grade I prize as the likely favorites in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes, the featured event on closing day of the Del Mar fall meet Nov. 30. Read More...

Up With the Birds faces toughest test in Japan Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
Up With the Birds, the winner of the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes in July at Woodbine and five other stakes in his career, will face the most difficult test of his career in Sunday’s $4.4 million Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse. Read More...

After Gallop, California Chrome Ready to Go

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Trainer Art Sherman eschewed his usual grandstand viewing spot for a ground-level one on the Del Mar turf course as California Chrome went through a gallop on the grass Thanksgiving morning just before 7 a.m. Read More...

Effinex invades for shot at Hawthorne Gold Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
Jimmy Jerkens has been training since 1997, before which he served 20 years as an assistant to his father, Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens. During that span, neither Jerkens has run a horse at Hawthorne, which makes one suspect Effinex has come to Chicago for good reason. Read More...

Weekend Warrior: Picks for the Golden Rod, Demoiselle, Cigar Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
Everywhere you look on Saturday there seems to be a stakes race – from Florida to Kentucky to New York to California and places in between. But the Warrior has his gaze fixed mostly on Churchill Downs and Aqueduct, where several promising bets loom in graded stakes. Read More...

Meeting opens with strong interest from horsemen

DRF | 1 day ago
Tampa Bay Downs, which has become one of the more popular betting venues in the country for horseplayers during the winter months, with a daily menu of full fields and competitive racing, kicks off its 2014-15 meeting Saturday with the earliest opening date in recent memory. Read More...

McLaughlin eyes redemption in Remsen

DRF | 1 day ago
On Saturday, McLaughlin will have two chances to erase the memory of last year's narrow loss when he sends out Classy Class and Frosted in the 101st Remsen at Aqueduct. Read More...

Free’s Del Mar horses to watch for Thursday, Nov. 27

DRF | 1 day ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Del Mar for the week of Thursday, Nov. 27. Read More...

Mr. Jordan rolls into Smooth Air on Juvenile Showcase program

DRF | 1 day ago
There are 118 2-year-olds entered to compete in Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase program at Gulfstream Park West, the most promising of which appears to be Mr. Jordan, who’ll put his unblemished record on the line against nine rivals in the afternoon’s main event, the $75,000 Smooth Air Stakes. Read More...

California Chrome enters Hollywood Derby with lots on the line

DRF | 1 day ago
Throughout the first part of the year, trainer Art Sherman would often muse that as good as California Chrome was performing on dirt, he’d love one day to get him on the turf.
That day has come. Read More...

Cigar Mile hits Vyjack right in his sweet spot

DRF | 1 day ago
When you analyze what each of the top contenders in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile does best, it becomes apparent that few of them have excelled at the one-turn-mile configuration of the race. Read More...

Ben’s Cat goes for third straight Fabulous Strike win

DRF | 1 day ago
The Saturday evening card at Penn National features three stakes, topped by the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at six furlongs. These races were originally scheduled for last Wednesday but had to be canceled due to a winter storm, and the entire program, as originally drawn, was pushed to Saturday. Read More...

Hollendorfer duo of Seduire, Lutine Belle leads Golden Gate Debutante

DRF | 1 day ago
Jerry Hollendorfer is making it as hard here on handicappers as he is on his fellow trainers Saturday in the $50,000-added Golden Gate Debutante at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Watch for Ghost Is Clear late in Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
The $50,000 Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Sprint on Saturday is the first stakes at the new Mahoning Valley Race Course and the first open stakes for older horses in many years in Ohio. Read More...

Blue Tone back on favorite surface for Native Diver

DRF | 1 day ago
With his wins over Del Mar’s Polytrack during the summer, Blue Tone looked like a horse who was headed for graded stakes company. He disappointed in his most recent start, when racing on dirt at Santa Anita, but back on Polytrack, he seeks that elusive first graded stakes win Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Native Diver Handicap for older horses. Read More...

Hovdey: Another story of boy meets girl

DRF | 1 day ago
It’s easy to get carried away with this boy vs. girl deal at Del Mar on Saturday, when California Chrome meets Lexie Lou in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby. Read More...

Angela Renee leads top team in Demoiselle

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher will seek his fourth straight and sixth overall win in the Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes when he sends out Grade 1 winner Angela Renee in Saturday’s 93rd running of the race for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Read More...

Rainha De Bateria Heads Durante at Del Mar

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A field of 11 freshmen fillies have been signed up for the gr. III Durante over turf, and stakes experience is at a premium in the field, with Rainha De Bateria being the only added-money winner. Read More...

Lord Nelson leads juveniles looking to emerge in Kentucky Jockey Club

DRF | 1 day ago
This is the 10th year for the Stars of Tomorrow concept at Churchill Downs. Arguments on behalf of its success can be summarized by this list of past participants: Rachel Alexandra, Super Saver, Fort Larned, Shackleford, Will Take Charge, and Believe You Can. Read More...

Euros Inside and Out After Japan Cup Draw

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The barrier draw did nothing to hurt the chances of the already strong home team for the Nov. 30 Japan Cup in association with Longines (Jpn-I) as the European runners drew gates 2 and 18. Read More...

Flay eager to watch Dame Dorothy turn up the heat in Comely

DRF | 1 day ago
The $400,000 Comely on Saturday at Aqueduct will force handicappers to choose among a three-horse entry from Godolphin and the top two finishers from last month’s Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, Dame Dorothy and Catch My Drift. Read More...

Ol’ Fashion Gal back on short rest in Jimmy Durante Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Ol’ Fashion Gal ran so well in her first start on turf here that trainer Mark Casse has decided to wheel her right back just 16 days later for the Grade 3, $150,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Blueskiesnrainbows Among 7 for Native Diver

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Blueskiesnrainbows can score a repeat win in the $200,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 29, but instead of Hollywood Park, he'll be trying to accomplish it at Del Mar. Read More...

Cristina’s Journey looks to rebound in Golden Rod

DRF | 1 day ago
A delightful mix of tepid favorites, capable fringe contenders, and hopeful longshots make for an intriguing renewal of the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes, the first of two Grade 2 races on the Stars of Tomorrow card Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Passion for Action tries two turns in Coronation Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
Passion for Action will be charting unknown territory Saturday at Woodbine, where he will compete around two turns for the first time in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds. Read More...

Jls Dashn and Zoomn brings best qualifying time into LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
Jls Dashn and Zoomn will be out to back up his stunning trial win when he runs Saturday night in the $1 million LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La. He was the fastest qualifier among 117 horses vying for the 10 spots in the finale, with his 400-yard time of 19.50 seconds threatening the track record of 19.41 put up by Jls Mr Bigtime when he won the Breeders’ Futurity in 2010. Read More...

Twin turf stakes highlight Saturday card

DRF | 1 day ago
Grass is the theme of the day at Turf Paradise on Saturday, as a pair of one-mile events on turf highlight the card. The $35,000 Queen of the Green, for fillies and mares, attracted a field of eight, headed by recent local winner Ricspretentiousgal and two-time local dirt stakes winner Maker Or Breaker. The $35,000 Walter R. Cluer, for 3-year-olds and up, drew a field of 10, headed by local star Storm Power and Del Mar invader Number Five. Read More...

BC Sprint winner Work All Week turned out at owners’ Florida farm

DRF | 2 days ago
Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Work All Week is getting a winter break at the Ocala, Fla.-area farm of owners-breeders Rich and Karen Papiese. Read More...

Eleven line up for meet’s lone graded stakes in Gold Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
An eclectic field of 11 older horses will compete in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup, the lone graded stakes still contested at Hawthorne’s fall-winter meeting. Read More...

No Shame in Giving Thanks for Some Sports Story Lines

Though misconduct and violence dominated much of the sports landscape this year, a select few stood above the fray and provided reasons to be thankful. Read More...

California Chrome to Race on Turf

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will try turf racing for the first time in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 2 days ago
Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:45 PM ET They say there are no holidays in horse racing and Thanksgiving is no exception with three graded stakes on... Read More...

Chrome to Go for the Green in Hollywood Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
All eyes will be on California Chrome as the popular dual classic winner makes his initial start on grass Nov. 29 at Del Mar in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. I). Read More...

Track Records Fall on Zia Park’s Land of Enchantment Day

A pair of Thoroughbred track records, one at 1 1/16 miles and the other at 1 1/8 miles, were broken during Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” racing program at Zia Park. Read More...

Alert Bay surges clear in Zia Park Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Alert Bay is in the zone. He won his third straight stakes race Wednesday, pulling clear by three lengths over 3-5 favorite Tonito M. in the $200,000 Zia Park Derby. In the process, Alert Bay set a track record for 1 1/16 miles, covering the distance in 1:41.80. Read More...

Cassatt leads all the way in Zia Park Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Cassatt put on a front-running show in the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks on Wednesday, withstanding pressure early and then turning it on late for a 4 1/2-length win over Thegirlinthatsong. It was another three lengths back to the favored Shanon Nicole in third. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 11/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 11/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 11/29 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 11/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Cary Street Leads 11 in Hawthorne Gold Cup

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
A field of 11 will gather for the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 29, contesting the only graded stakes and only open stakes of Hawthorne Race Course's fall stand. Read More...