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Champagne Room may be retired with foot injury

DRF | 20 hours ago
Champagne Room, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, is sidelined with a foot injury and may be retired to be bred, trainer Peter Eurton said Thursday. Read More...

Champagne Room may be retired with foot injury

DRF | 20 hours ago
Champagne Room, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, is sidelined with a foot injury and may be retired to be bred, trainer Peter Eurton said Thursday. Read More...

War Front can’t be beat on Beyers

DRF | 20 hours ago
When it came to siring elite-level runners in 2017, nobody did it quite to the level of Claiborne Farm’s War Front, and it appears his run in the upper echelon has only begun. War Front led all sires in 2017 by all-surface Beyer Speed Figures of 90 or more earned by his runners (88), and he tied for the most runners to achieve at least one Beyer of 100 or more (seven). Read More...

War Front can’t be beat on Beyers

DRF | 20 hours ago
When it came to siring elite-level runners in 2017, nobody did it quite to the level of Claiborne Farm’s War Front, and it appears his run in the upper echelon has only begun. War Front led all sires in 2017 by all-surface Beyer Speed Figures of 90 or more earned by his runners (88), and he tied for the most runners to achieve at least one Beyer of 100 or more (seven). Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro records seven Grade 1 winners in 2017

DRF | 20 hours ago
Medaglia d’Oro led all stallions in North America with seven individual Grade 1 winners in 2017, including a pair of Breeders’ Cup winners, with five of those becoming Eclipse Award finalists. He joins Danzig, Mr. Prospector, and Storm Cat as the only American stallions to sire a septet of top-level winners in a calendar year. Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro records seven Grade 1 winners in 2017

DRF | 20 hours ago
Medaglia d’Oro led all stallions in North America with seven individual Grade 1 winners in 2017, including a pair of Breeders’ Cup winners, with five of those becoming Eclipse Award finalists. He joins Danzig, Mr. Prospector, and Storm Cat as the only American stallions to sire a septet of top-level winners in a calendar year. Read More...

Tapit records another historic accomplishment in 2017

DRF | 20 hours ago
After breaking the single-season earnings record for a North American stallion for three consecutive years, from 2014-16, Tapit was dethroned from atop the general sires earnings list in 2017. However, the Gainesway resident – whose seasonal record of $19,245,198 remains the standard – still made more history. Read More...

Kitten’s Joy continues to dominate turf sire ranks

DRF | 20 hours ago
In case the first four times he did it didn’t prove that Kitten’s Joy is a transcendent sire of turf runners, the new resident of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms went ahead and led North America’s stallion ranks by grass earnings for a fifth straight year in 2017. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Jan. 12 – Jan. 15

DRF | 20 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Meadowlands, Hawthorne, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Overanalyze, Violence duked it out among 2017 freshmen

DRF | 20 hours ago
The difference in earnings between Overanalyze, the leading freshman sire of 2017, and runner-up Violence was $76,122, roughly the winner’s share of a maiden special weight purse at Kentucky Downs. The two young stallions’ statistics were in near lockstep by the fall racing season. Read More...

Feeders ongoing for last-chance WCH qualifier

DRF | 20 hours ago
There is a new path to qualify for the World Championship of Handicapping, a specially priced, last-chance event scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2, the day before the big event starts. The qualifier will use the all-in format, meaning all picks must be in before the scheduled post time of the contest's first race. Read More...

Distorted Humor a standout broodmare sire

DRF | 21 hours ago
Distorted Humor has been on an upward trajectory as a broodmare sire in recent years, and he took over the category in 2017. Read More...

Curlin has breakout year with juveniles

DRF | 21 hours ago
Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm resident Curlin compiled one of the great résumés by a racehorse, and his flair for winning big races has carried to his time at stud. Read More...

Oaklawn cancels program again due to freezing temps

DRF | 21 hours ago
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has canceled Friday’s nine-race program due to the effect of freezing temperatures since Monday night. Read More...

The unbeaten Fast Gator stretches speed in Enchantress Stakes

DRF | 21 hours ago
Fast Gator tries two turns for the first time on Sunday, when she puts her perfect 4-for-4 record on the line in the $85,000 Enchantress Stakes at Sunland Park. Read More...

Midwest stallions: Illinois

DRF | 21 hours ago
Cherokee Rap, who was Illinois's leading freshman sire and juvenile sire in 2010, died in 2012 at the young age of 11, dealing a major loss to William Stiritz's Wildwood Farms. But the Bellevue operation has carried on. Read More...

Midwest stallions: Indiana

DRF | 21 hours ago
There are good years for stallion operations, and then there are the “three of the state's top four sires” kind of good years. Swifty Farms in Seymour, Ind., had the latter. Read More...

Midwest stallions: Iowa

DRF | 21 hours ago
It's not uncommon for a Kentucky stallion to become a regional program's leading sire by earnings the moment he steps off the trailer to take up residence in that state. Stroll found himself in that scenario early last year when he arrived at the Iowa State University Horse Farm in Ames, Iowa. Read More...

Midwest stallions: Ohio

DRF | 21 hours ago
Cowtown Cat moved to Ohio from Florida in time for the 2015 breeding season – meaning his first Buckeye State offspring are juveniles of 2018. Their arrival on the track this year will give Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm much to look forward to, as the stallion keys a strong three-horse roster for the farm. Read More...

Classic start to a stud career for Bodemeister, Maclean’s Music

DRF | 21 hours ago
Since 2000, nine stallions have gotten off the mark with a winner in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, or Belmont Stakes in their first crop, and two of them did it in 2017. Read More...

Kentucky stallions: Influence of Nerud and Fappiano live on in Gun Runner and Arrogate

DRF | 21 hours ago
The late John Nerud's many successes continue to have a ripple effect in the Thoroughbred industry. The handicap division of 2017 was a tale of two horses – or, in some ways, the tale of one stallion with Nerud's fingerprints on him. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Thinking Green?

The Eclipse Awards ceremony to honor accomplishments from 2017 takes place next week at Gulfstream Park, and while there isn't much drama when it comes to the major awards, there are some things to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Surface the question for Gorgeous Ginny in Jack and Jeff Coady Sr. Stakes

DRF | 23 hours ago
There's an interesting dynamic in the $25,000 Jack and Jeff Coady Sr. Stakes at Turf Paradise on Sunday. Of the eight 3-year-old fillies in the about 7 1/2-furlong race on grass, only four have raced on turf and only two have won on it. And it's likely that the two fillies to beat are among those who have never raced on grass. Read More...

Gun Runner arrives at Gulfstream Park for Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
Gun Runner, expected to be named 2017 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards next week, arrived at Gulfstream Park Thursday night with Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Four Promising Derby Contenders to Watch This Winter

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts on a few up-and-coming Kentucky Derby contenders. Read More...

Gun Runner Arrives at Gulfstream Ahead of Pegasus

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Five-time grade 1 winner Gun Runner arrived at Gulfstream Park Jan. 18 to compete in the final race of his career, the $12 million Pegasus Invitational Cup Stakes Jan. 27. Read More...

First Foal for Laoban is a Colt

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Graded stakes winner Laoban, a son of Uncle Mo, was represented by his first reported foal Jan. 17, a bay colt foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm. Read More...

First Foal for Laoban is a Colt

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Graded stakes winner Laoban, a son of Uncle Mo, was represented by his first reported foal Jan. 17, a bay colt foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm. Read More...

Gray Colt is Anchor Down’s First Foal

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Anchor Down, a miler by leading sire Tapit, was represented by his first reported foal Jan. 16, a gray colt born at Phoenix Farm near Georgetown, Ky. Read More...

Winter Lightning Takes UAE One Thousand Guineas Trial

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Winter Lightning, a half sister to multiple group 1 winner Thunder Snow, highlighted the second night of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival Jan. 18, when she edged out Rayya in a pulsating finish to the UAE One Thousand Guineas Trial at Meydan. Read More...

Macedonio: Experimentation leads to creation

DRF | 2 days ago
I have no idea what the long-term goals are for The Meadowlands or Yonkers, but I’m willing to support the process. The reason is because most of the time the process actually changes the long-term goal in the end. Read More...

Yonkers: Foiled Again seeks win No. 100 on Saturday

DRF | 2 days ago
Foiled Again’s place in harness racing history is secured, but the 14-year-old pacer is still working at adding to his credentials. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

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

Meadowlands: Saturday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 1/20 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Doyouknowsomething finds good spot in Jazil

DRF | 2 days ago
Doyouknowsomething is winless in 10 tries at winning a stakes race. He may have finally found the right spot to end that drought in Saturday's $100,000 Jazil Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

King: Four Kentucky Derby prospects flying under the radar

DRF | 2 days ago
Although the major players on the road to the Kentucky Derby seem a little more defined this year than in 2017, when eventual winner Always Dreaming was still a maiden in mid-January, I have no doubt that little-known 3-year-olds will vault into the Derby discussion in the coming weeks. Such is the norm with young colts at this stage of the year, when they are experiencing physical and mental development. Read More...

Frost Wise noses Riot Worthy in Bay Ridge Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Frost Wise got her nose on the wire before Riot Worthy to win the Bay Ridge for New York-bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Thursday. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 1/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 1/20 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Herpes test results will affect shape of Fire Plug field

DRF | 2 days ago
The status of three Belmont Park-based horses entered in Saturday's $100,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park remained up in the air Thursday afternoon as New York officials awaited test results that could lift a equine herpesvirus quarantine. Read More...

Early Nomination Deadline Set for 2018 Triple Crown

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Nominations of talented and promising 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete in the races of the 2018 Triple Crown are due Jan. 20.   Read More...

Little Red Feather Hires Sean Feld as Consultant

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Little Red Feather Racing announced Jan. 18 it has hired Sean Feld as a consultant. Read More...

Flashy Colt is Mshawish’s First Reported Foal

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Mshawish is the only Medaglia d'Oro runner with grade 1 wins on dirt and turf. Read More...

Blue Grass, Ashland Highlight Keeneland Spring Meet

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Keeneland announced Jan. 18 its 2018 spring meet will offer 16 stakes worth a season record $4.4 million in purse money. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 1/20 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...