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Justalittlesmoke repeats in J. William Petro Memorial ‘Cap

DRF | 2 days ago
Where there's smoke, there's fire - and Justalittlesmoke is on fire. The mare rolled to a 7 3/4-length repeat victory in the $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap for Ohio-registered fillies and mares Saturday on the Thistledown undercard. Read More...

To Royal Ascot and the Stayers: Thanks For the Memories

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
When Royal Ascot ended its five-day meet, there was a sense of sadness, as if something beautiful, yet comforting, was taken away after filling four and a half hours each morning with a kaleidoscope of images and colors and unbridled emotion. Read More...

Irap edges Girvin at wire in Ohio Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby drew two colts who won Grade 2 races on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this year, with standout riders to pilot them. Irap and Julien Leparoux caught Girvin and Mike Smith on the wire for the victory. Read More...

Irap edges Girvin at wire in Ohio Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby drew two colts who won Grade 2 races on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this year, with standout riders to pilot them. Irap and Julien Leparoux caught Girvin and Mike Smith on the wire for the victory. Read More...

Champion Sire Benchmark Dead at 26

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Longtime California sire Benchmark was euthanized June 23 due to the infirmities of old age, according to a release from Ballena Vista Farm. He was 26. Read More...

California Sire Benchmark Dead at 26

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Longtime California sire Benchmark was euthanized June 23 due to the infirmities of old age, according to a release from Ballena Vista Farm. He was 26. Read More...

Phlash Phelps storms to Mister Diz victory

DRF | 2 days ago
Racing at a distance short of his best, Phlash Phelps still was good enough in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, a 6-furlong turf sprint for Maryland-breds. Read More...

Phlash Phelps storms to Mister Diz victory

DRF | 2 days ago
Racing at a distance short of his best, Phlash Phelps still was good enough in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, a 6-furlong turf sprint for Maryland-breds. Read More...

Irap Gets Best of Girvin in Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Irap proved his Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) win was no fluke when he caught fellow graded stakes winner Girvin on the line to edge out a victory in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown June 24. Read More...

Battle of Midway Cruises to Affirmed Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Battle of Midway's connections were looking for a Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (G1) prep June 24 in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (G3), and they accomplished their mission at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Proforma pulls away in Jersey Shore’s final furlong

DRF | 2 days ago
Proforma made even money look fair in the $60,000 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, winning the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds with something in reserve under jockey Joe Bravo. Read More...

Proforma pulls away in Jersey Shore’s final furlong

DRF | 2 days ago
Proforma made even money look fair in the $60,000 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, winning the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds with something in reserve under jockey Joe Bravo. Read More...

Finley’sluckycharm Cruises to Chicago Handicap Victory

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Finley'sluckycharm extended her stakes winning streak to three in a row and picked up her second graded win when she ran gate to wire in the $100,000 Chicago Handicap (G3) June 24 at Churchill Downs.  Read More...

Finley’sluckycharm Makes it Three in a Row in Chicago

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Finley'sluckycharm extended her stakes winning streak to three in a row and picked up her second graded win when she ran gate to wire in the $100,000 Chicago Handicap (G3) June 24 at Churchill Downs.  Read More...

Super Marina outlasts Bellavais in Wild Applause

DRF | 2 days ago
The $100,000 Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont scratched down from six runners to four and lost its favorite and probable front-runner when it was moved from the turf to the main track Saturday. In the end, the longest shot in the race, Super Marina, earned a fair-and-square victory by outgaming Bellavais by a neck after a harf-fought stretch battle. Read More...

Super Marina outlasts Bellavais in Wild Applause

DRF | 2 days ago
The $100,000 Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont scratched down from six runners to four and lost its favorite and probable front-runner when it was moved from the turf to the main track Saturday. In the end, the longest shot in the race, Super Marina, earned a fair-and-square victory by outgaming Bellavais by a neck after a harf-fought stretch battle. Read More...

Finley’sluckycharm delivers as favorite in Chicago Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s not too often that a horse wins three races at a Churchill Downs spring meet anymore, and it’s nearly impossible to win three stakes. But that’s what Finley’sluckycharm did Saturday when punching her ticket to Saratoga with a 2 1/4-length triumph in the 28th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap. Read More...

Battle of Midway leads all the way in Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
In a performance that was little more than a trial, Battle of Midway won his first stakes in Saturday’s Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Dream It Is an easy winner in My Dear Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Dream It Is ($5.20) justified her favoritism with an authoritative victory in Saturday’s $101,400 My Dear, the first 2-year-old stakes of the Woodbine meet. Read More...

Daylight Ahead all the way in Jameela Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The Maryland-bred Daylight Ahead enjoyed her first start in a statebred-restricted race on Saturday at Laurel Park, leading all the way under Katie Davis to win the $75,000 Jameela Stakes by a neck. Read More...

Special Envoy noses Rose Brier in Edward Evans Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The name Rose Brier pops up all over in the running lines of Special Envoy, and until Saturday at Laurel Park Rose Brier had won every battle. But in the $75,000 Edward Evans Stakes, Special Envoy finally turned the tables. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

‘Hermaphrodite’ Reported Before Race at Santa Anita

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The changes posted for Saturday's card state that Award It is "an anatomical hermaphrodite and appears unable to be bred." Read More...

Meadowlands: Mooshka Stride, Walner lead qualifiers

DRF | 2 days ago
After very early morning rains, Saturday’s Breakfast With The Babies began just as the clouds parted and the sun shone brightly on the 20 (plus three qualifiers) race card. The flags wafted in a slight wind with the track wet fast to start to begin, though it was a bit muggy with temps in the mid-70’s. Read More...

The Tin Man by a neck in Diamond Jubilee as Royal Ascot meet comes to close

DRF | 2 days ago
Early this week at Royal Ascot, all the horses in straight-course races clustered around the stand’s side rail, where the going appeared to be better, but by week’s end, it was the far-side rail that offered the best footing, and it was there that The Tin Man rallied on strongly to win the final Group 1 race of the 2017 Royal Ascot meet, the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday. Read More...

Classic Rock, Three Rules tune up for Carry Back Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Classic Rock and Three Rules were a study in contrast when turning in their final works about 20 minutes apart for next Saturday's Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Brothers in Arms: Idaho Takes Hardwicke Stakes

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Idaho emerged from the shadow of his older brother Highland Reel (IRE) to win the Hardwicke Stakes (G2) on the final day of Royal Ascot June 24, providing Coolmore a powerful 1-2 punch for the remainder of the season worldwide. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits Emerges Well From Bullet Work

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Multiple grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits emerged from a June 23 bullet breeze in good shape as he nears his stateside return in the $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G2). Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: If she breaks cleanly, Anna Liffey can pull off the upset

DRF | 2 days ago
The established options in this race are not very appealing. Hansen’s Help (#7) faced better runners as a two-year-old, but she’s a question mark coming back off a lengthy layoff. Giant Ending (#5) and Desert Affair (#6) have run competitive speed figures on occasion, but both of them have had their fair share of chances. Diamonds N Stones (#8) was installed as the morning-line favorite off a third-place finish at this level last time. However, she didn't actually run any better than the runner that finished directly behind her that day, Anna Liffey – and she is the one I want in this race. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, June 25, 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
Sha Tin selections for Sunday, 25, 2017 Read More...

O.D. McDonald Handicap Draws 10 New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbreds

A field of 10 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, topped by morning-line favorite Stormin The Jewels and defending champion Citizen Geller, has been entered in Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R), the opening-night feature at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

O.D. McDonald Handicap Draws 10 New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbreds

A field of 10 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, topped by morning-line favorite Stormin The Jewels and defending champion Citizen Geller, has been entered in Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R), the opening-night feature at Albuquerque Downs. Read More...

Yonkers: Brent Holland drives his 5,000th winner

DRF | 3 days ago
Driver Brent Holland won the 5,000th race of his career Friday night (June 23th), doing so at his place of residence, Yonkers Raceway. Holland and Delightful Dragon ($7.40) lasted on the lead by a scant nose in the sixth race $40,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, giving the 46-year-old (as of this past Sunday) the milestone (season’s-best 1:53 2/5) mile. Read More...

Casse Duo Set for Queen’s Plate Run

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse was at the Royal Ascot meet June 23 to saddle La Coronel to a fifth-place run in the Coronation Stakes (G1) and July 2 he'll be at Woodbine to watch King and His Court and State of Honor compete in the Queen's Plate. Read More...

Belterra to Honor the late Harry Holcomb

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The St. Louis native, who died June 5 at the age of 86, was a jockey for 22 years and trained for 32 years. Read More...

Kitasan Black seeks third straight Grade 1 win at Japan’s Hanshin

DRF | 3 days ago
Kitasan Black, the 2016 Japanese Horse of the Year, will be a heavy favorite to win his third consecutive Grade 1 race in Sunday’s $2.6 million Takarazuka Kinen at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 6/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 6/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 6/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 6/26 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 6/25 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Kitasan Black Faces 10 in Takarazuka Kinen

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Kitasan Black, the 2016 Japanese Horse of the Year and last year's Japan Cup (G1) winner, is the standout in the 1 1/2-mile Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse June 25, for an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1). Read More...

The Player to Return on Churchill’s Closing Night

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Player, unraced since he finished second in last year's Indiana Derby (G2), is slated to make his 4-year-old debut in the Kelly's Landing Overnight Stakes on closing night of the Churchill Downs spring/summer meet June 30. Read More...

Litfin at Large: Class Horses Figure in Ohio Derby

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
In the aftermath of a Triple Crown series that produced nine different in-the-money finishers in three races, leadership of the 3-year-old division is up for grabs. Read More...

Bernier: How I’ll play Santa Anita on Saturday, June 24

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday’s card at Santa Anita features two Grade 3 stakes races on the main track: the Affirmed for 3-year-olds and the Precisionist for 3-year-olds and up. A midcard pick-three sequence begins with the Affirmed and concludes with the Precisionist; I’ll focus on that three-race stretch. Read More...

Stormin Fever Euthanized at 23

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The son of Storm Cat sired Canadian Horse of the Year Biofuel and 28 other black-type stakes winners. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Saturday, June 24, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday's card at Belmont. Read More...

Neolithic Back Galloping After Respiratory Illness

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Where Arrogate is back on the worktab and Gun Runner is back knocking off top-level wins with his Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) triumph last weekend, Neolithic was sidelined after contracting a respiratory illness on his trip back from Dubai. Read More...

Through the DRF archives: Upset stuns Man o’ War in Sanford at Saratoga

DRF | 3 days ago
Coming into the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga, Man o’ War was considered the best of his class. He was the 1-2 favorite, but Upset was far from dismissed as the third choice in the seven-horse field. Read More...

Street Surrender eyes first stakes win in Southern Truce

DRF | 3 days ago
The bountiful stakes program for main-track fillies and mares at Santa Anita moves forward Sunday with a $75,000 route that attracted a large field compared to recent races for the division. Read More...

Imperial Hint seeks ticket to BC Sprint in Smile Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
What began as one of the Cinderella stories of this year's Dubai World Cup program ended a little before midnight after trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. was forced to scratch his star Imperial Hint from the Dubai Golden Shaheen just days before the race due to a minor infection. Carvajal will be looking for a storybook ending of a different kind when he finally gets Imperial Hint back to action Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Grade 3 Smile Sprint. Read More...

Undefeated Caravaggio Shines in Commonwealth Cup

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Coolmore team from Ireland ruled the fourth day of Royal Ascot, where it won both group 1 events and gave a boost to Caravaggio, one of the most promising sons of the late sire Scat Daddy. Read More...