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Meadowlands: Father Patrick could propel Gingras to career year

DRF | 1 day ago
When the gate swings open for Hambletonian 89 on Saturday at the Meadowlands, Father Patrick will be the heavy favorite. The onus will be on driver Yannick Gingras to avoid trouble and steer the nearly undefeated son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream into the record books. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 8/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 8/2 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Palace Malice better than ever entering Whitney

DRF | 1 day ago
Mistake-prone in his youth, Palace Malice has been flawless in four starts this year, all graded stakes victories. In Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney, Palace Malice can put a hammerlock on the older-male dirt division when he faces 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and five other millionaires in the richest race of the Saratoga season. Read More...

Nassau Stakes at Goodwood appears wide open

DRF | 1 day ago
There are seven older fillies and mares entered in the Nassau Stakes on Saturday, closing day of the Glorious Goodwood meet in England, and whichever one comes out on top will be winning for the first time at the Group 1 level. Read More...

Game On Dude eyes repeat in Pacific Classic

DRF | 1 day ago
Game On Dude is likely to be part of a crowded field when he attempts to win the $1 million Pacific Classic for the second consecutive year Aug. 24. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 8/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 8/2 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Best Pal Stakes a key prep for Bad Read Sanchez

DRF | 1 day ago
Bad Read Sanchez’s appearance in Sunday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar will determine how owners Paul and Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill campaign their 2-year-olds in the final days of this summer season. Read More...

Catalano, On Mend, Gets Arlington Win 1,000

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Eleven-time Arlington International Racecourse training champion Wayne Catalano recorded his 1,000th victory at the Illinois oval July 31 when Royal Alluvial scored a five-length tally in the second race. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 8/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 8/2 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Willet’s win opens door to Ballerina

DRF | 1 day ago
After galloping to a four-length victory in a New York-bred allowance race at Saratoga on Wednesday, Willet could be headed to the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes, trainer and part-owner Jimmy Iselin said Thursday. Read More...

Villandry set to run a good one in Lure

DRF | 1 day ago
While Charlie LoPresti is delaying Wise Dan’s return to the races, he is moving forward with his 5-year-old gelding Villandry, hoping to turn him into a stakes winner in Saturday’s $100,000 Lure Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 8/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 8/2 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Whitney H. & Test S.

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The stars are coming out for the Whitney Handicap and Test Stakes this weekend. Watch Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the big race day at Saratoga. Read More...

Record Stakes Purses Set for Oaklawn Park

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
One year after increasing the purses of 19 stakes races, Oaklawn has planned the richest stakes schedule in track history for 2015. Chief among the changes is a $150,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (gr. II). Read More...

King’s Bishop Likely Option for Wildcat Red

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After finishing a game third in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 27, Wildcat Red could be cutting back in distance in a few weeks when he travels to Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Ide Be Cool tests open company in Prelude Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The $100,000 Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Saturday is the lone open-company race on a program of nine stakes, but the Super Derby prep will have a good amount of Louisiana-bred flair when the state’s reigning Horse of the Year, Ide Be Cool, puts his 7-for-7 record on the line in the race. Read More...

Partyallnightlong tests open company on turf in My Frenchman

DRF | 1 day ago
Partyallnightlong, one of the most successful active New Jersey- breds, tackles open company once again while returning to turf in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Makari wins Smithwick in U.S. debut

DRF | 1 day ago
Makari made his U.S. debut a memorable one, winning a nose bob from course record holder Demonstrative to capture Thursday’s Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Stepplechase Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Hovdey: Double dose of reailty for Van Dyke

DRF | 1 day ago
The sixth race at Del Mar was underway last Friday, July 25, at around 6:30 p.m. as Gary Stevens settled into a meal of hospital food at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. One thing did not necessarily have anything to do with the other, except for the fact that Stevens, his right knee finally replaced that morning after years of horseback abuse, also was tuned into the races at just the right moment to see his young friend and colleague Drayden Van Dyke go down in a three-horse pile on the backstretch of the Del Mar turf course. Read More...

Crist: Rare rivalry featured in Whitney

DRF | 1 day ago
So many things in racing don’t quite work out the way we would like. Horses’ careers are cut short by injury; they fail to hold their form from year to year; potentially compelling rivalries fizzle just as they’ve begun. It’s the nature of the game. It also makes it all the more heartening, and worthy of celebration, when things work out as well as could be hoped for, which is what will happen when Palace Malice and Will Take Charge step onto the Saratoga track Saturday afternoon to face off in the $1.5 million Whitney Stakes. Read More...

Spectrus, Deadly Truth find a softer spot

DRF | 1 day ago
Spectrus and Deadly Truth look like the main players in an optional $35,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up at Northlands Park on Saturday. Read More...

Moonshine Mullin brings five-race win streak into West Virginia Governor’s Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The top supporting stakes on the West Virginia Derby undercard is the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race that has drawn Moonshine Mullin, who has forced his way into the upper echelon of older runners with back-to-back wins in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.
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Gierkink’s preview: Breeders’ prep?

DRF | 1 day ago
Go Bro, the runner-up in last year’s Grade 2 Summer Stakes, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the sixth, a 1 1/16-mile entry-level allowance on the grass. Read More...

Iotapa begins drive to Breeders’ Cup in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 1 day ago
Iotapa ran the race of her career when she won the Grade 1 Vanity Stakes at Santa Anita in June by 10 1/4 lengths. Now all she has to do is repeat that performance in increasingly difficult races for the rest of the year. Read More...

City of Hope Designated Breeders’ Cup Charity

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
For the second year in a row City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, is the primary non-profit beneficiary for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Read More...

Cainam looks ready to make charge in Ralph Hayes Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Saturday night’s Iowa Classic program, comprised of seven stakes worth almost $600,000 combined, is the meet-ending target of every Iowa-bred. Read More...

Einstein Moving to Adena Springs Canada

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Second-crop sire Einstein (Spend a Buck--Gay Charm, by Ghadeer) will move to Adena Springs Kentucky to Adena Springs Canada for the 2015 breeding season. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Aug. 2: Picks for Whitney, Test, West Virginia Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Moreno and Itsmyluckyday are the two I’m looking to get home under Palace Malice in the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Venus de Milo, Narniyn Square Off in Nassau

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
After a trio of seconds at the group I level, Venus de Milo goes in search of a breakthrough Aug. 2 in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood, but France-based Narniyn looks to be a tough opponent. Read More...

Delaunay vulnerable in Byrd Memorial Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
A 3 1/2-length win in the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs two starts ago and a $1 million bankroll are sufficient reasons to stamp Delaunay as the favorite in the Sen. Robert Byrd Memorial Stakes, one of five $100,000 dirt sprint stakes on the West Virginia Derby undercard Saturday at Mountaineer.
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Soaring Softly choice Angelica Zapata fires nearly every time

DRF | 1 day ago
Angelica Zapata, making just her second start since February, returns to action as part of a competitive field of fillies and mares in the $75,000 Soaring Softly Stakes, a one-mile turf race that serves as the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Frankel to service mares on Southern Hemisphere time

DRF | 1 day ago
Two-time European Horse of the Year Frankel will again be available later this year to cover a limited number of mares on Southern Hemisphere time. Read More...

Wise Dan to skip Fourstardave Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who has won the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga the last two summers, will not seek a three-peat in that race, trainer Charlie LoPresti said Thursday. Read More...

Hersh: How I’d play Saratoga on Thursday, July 31

DRF | 1 day ago
It’s all about the weather, really. There’s a good chance of rain – possibly heavy – throughout the day, but the stuff is moving in waves and will be somewhat scattered, so timing and amounts are tough to predict. Five of the day’s 10 turf races – starting with race 3 – are carded for grass, and the card could wind up looking in reality nothing like it looks on paper. Read More...

Keeneland catalogs 4,181 for September yearling sale

DRF | 1 day ago
The catalog for the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale will feature 4,181 horses to be sold over 13 sessions. Read More...

Churchill Downs Commits Money to RMTC

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Churchill Downs Inc. on July 31 became the 24th racetrack entity in the United States to commit to making a contribution to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Read More...

Flipcup back with Ontario-sired fillies in Eternal Search

DRF | 1 day ago
After a productive stint in New York, Flipcup returns to Woodbine for Saturday’s $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile test for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Goodwood Cup Glory For Halling’s Cavalryman

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:43 AM ET 3rd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G2 Artemis Goodwood Cup     Winner: Cavalryman (GB) by Halling Godolphin's Cavalryman (GB) (Halling) leads home a 1-2 ... Read More...

West Virginia Derby’s top trio hard to separate

DRF | 1 day ago
The Grade 2 West Virginia Derby, the highlight of the Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino season, offers an interesting three-way matchup of Grade 2 winners: Candy Boy, Tapiture, and Vicar’s in Trouble. Read More...

Robert Dupret Derby a big ask for Over Achiever

DRF | 1 day ago
Over Achiever may have to live up to his name Saturday in the $50,000-added Robert Dupret Derby at the Sonoma County Fair. The Robert Dupret Derby is for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the Santa Rosa turf. Read More...

Oaklawn Park stakes schedule worth record $6.6 million

DRF | 1 day ago
The Oaklawn Park stakes program for 3-year-olds that this year played host to Bayern and Ride On Curlin will be even stronger for 2015. Read More...

Litfin: Saratoga pick three play for Thursday, July 31

DRF | 1 day ago
With an unsettled weather forecast, it’s difficult to come to any conclusions about multi-race exotics where races may or may not stay on turf, so we’ll try to strike early and cash out on the first pick three of the day. Read More...

Father Patrick heads imposing Takter trio in Hambletonian

DRF | 1 day ago
For the first time in the 89-year history of the prestigious Hambletonian, one race will decide the champion. A purse of $1,006,125 will be on the line as 11 3-year-old trotters head behind the gate at 5:15 p.m. Eastern on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Zebedee’s Ivawood Blitzes Richmond Rivals

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:57 AM ET 2nd at GWD (GOODWOOD)G2 Qatar Bloodstock Richmond S.     Winner: Ivawood (Ire) by Zebedee (GB) Fiona & Ian Jennings' Ivawood (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) dominant in Goodwood's G2 Richmond S. Read More...

Sassy Kitten adds blinkers for President’s Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
Of the eight stakes on the West Virginia Derby undercard, two are on turf – one for males and one for fillies and mares. Read More...

Meadowlands: Scott Zeron excited for Hambletonian Day

DRF | 1 day ago
When driver Scott Zeron made the decision to leave Canada for the United States last year, he admittedly was “just hoping things worked out.” One year removed from starting in just two minor stakes races on Hambletonian Day, Zeron has a drive in six $100,000-plus events on the first Saturday in August this year and at least a chance to win a few. Read More...

Grade I Producer Garden Secrets Dies

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Garden Secrets, the dam of Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Forest Secrets and a half sister to Hall of Famer Silverbulletday, was euthanized July 22 at Glenary Farm near Frankfort, Ky. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for July 24 to July 27

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's sharp horses and track trends for July 24 to 27, 2014. Read More...

TOBA July Member of the Month

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
A lifelong equine enthusiast, Margaret Burlingham imbues her racing endeavors with compassion for the animals she adores. That care shines through, especially for gelding Saint Leon. Read More...

Free’s preview: One tough pick six

DRF | 1 day ago
An upset Wednesday by a $20,000 maiden-claimer in the main-track finale ($99.60 Espirito Bueno) generated a $59,127 pick six carryover to Thursday. Read More...