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Frosted looks headed to Met Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Frosted, fifth in the Dubai World Cup in March, will likely return to the work tab next week at Saratoga, and he could make his next start in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. Read More...

Sheepshead Bay Stakes filled with newcomers

DRF | 2 days ago
Foreign-bred fillies and mares who have made a total of four starts in the U.S. will make up the bulk of the field for next Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Ironicus tries to pick up where he left off in Fort Marcy

DRF | 2 days ago
Following surgery and a recuperative period, Ironicus will look to make a new charge to the upper echelon of the turf division when he kicks off his 5-year-old campaign in next Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Caren aims to rebound in Lady Angela Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Caren was dominant against restricted company as a 2-year old in 2015, and will make her local 3-year old debut in Sunday's $125,000 Lady Angela Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Team Pharoah to Receive Preakness Merit Award

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The Maryland Jockey Club April 29 said it will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza—the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah—with the Preakness Special Award of Merit May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast. Read More...

Queen’s Rush goes for two in row for hot connections

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Len Kasmerski and owner Roz Barclay have won with half of their 10 starters at the current Emerald Downs meet. They have a good chance of improving their already impressive record when they run Queen's Rush in a $25,000 claiming race that will serve as Sunday's feature race. Read More...

Sprint may suit Sabado Alegre well

DRF | 2 days ago
Sabado Alegre will try to win for the first time in North America when he runs in a second level allowance race that carries a $50,000 claiming option at Hastings Sunday. Read More...

Red Sailed into the Sunset

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Examining the family of Red Sunset for a look at why Thoroughbred families die. Read More...

Nyquist Wraps up Serious Derby Preparations

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic. Read More...

Wong looks to cash in with Noble Kent before heading east

DRF | 2 days ago
An 8-for-36 former low-level claimer, Noble Kent enters the feature race Sunday at Los Alamitos in peak form. Good enough to knock out a first-level optional $40,000 claiming race? Trainer Jonathan Wong believes so. Read More...

Beholder all set for Adoration Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The three-time champion Beholder worked a mile at Santa Anita in 1:40 on Friday, her last major exercise before her 2016 debut in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes on May 8. Read More...

Los Alamitos will run Futurity and Starlet after all

DRF | 2 days ago
Los Alamitos plans to run Southern California's two traditional Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds in December – the Starlet and the Los Alamitos Futurity – allaying concerns expressed late last year that the races could not be funded this year. Read More...

Former claimer Boot Legger moves up to stakes company

DRF | 2 days ago
Since he was claimed for $7,500 in February, the 4-year-old gelding Boot Legger has responded by running the three fastest races of his career, picking up two wins and a close second. The question is whether Boot Legger's sharp form against open company and a 10-pound weight break will be enough to topple the crack sprinter Rivers Run Deep in the first stakes of the season at Belterra Park, the $75,000 Ed Babst/Albert Palacios Handicap. Read More...

Plenty of value in first Sire Future Wager

DRF | 2 days ago
The inaugural Kentucky Derby sire future wager didn't generate a large pool, but offered plenty of value for savvy horseplayers who took pedigree into account. Read More...

Stud plans for Derby hopefuls

DRF | 2 days ago
While a strong performance in the Kentucky Derby can carry a horse all the way to a stall at a major stallion farm, several in this year's field enter the gates with their stud careers already secured. Read More...

Hinkle Farms shooting for Derby-Oaks double

DRF | 2 days ago
The small-scale, but quality, operation Hinkle Farms will have a strong rooting interest in both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as its broodmare band of about 30 includes the dams of both Derby favorite Nyquist and Oaks contender Weep No More. Read More...

Lady Shipman Returns to U.S. In License Fee

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
She appears to be coming into Sunday's race at Belmont in good order, and will face program choice Shrinking Violet and Zindaya. Read More...

Mohaymen Sitting on Go for Kentucky Derby

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen was clocked in splits of :12 3/5, :23 4/5, :and 35 2/5, with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00 4/5. Shagaf also worked for Shadwell and trainer Chad Brown. Read More...

O’Brien stablemates clash in English 1000 Guineas

DRF | 2 days ago
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Minding has been favored to win the Group 1 English 1000 Guineas on Sunday at Newmarket since she captured the Group 1 Fillies Mile last October, and if she’s to be successful, it’s another O’Brien entrant, Ballydoyle, whom Minding might have to catch. Read More...

Square Dancer will start season in George Royal

DRF | 2 days ago
Square Dancer, the British Columbia open company horse of the year in 2015, is set to make his 2016 debut in the $50,000 George Royal next Saturday at Hastings. Read More...

Belmont Re-accredited By Safety Alliance

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Belmont Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. The track kicks off its spring/summer meet April 29. Read More...

TCA Announces April Award of Merit Winners

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
The April winners are ReRun, Inc., Equine Encore Foundation, and the Foxie G Foundation. Each of the organizations is involved in Thoroughbred re-homing or retirement. Read More...

Delaware hires Ken Wilson has track superintendent

DRF | 2 days ago
Ken Wilson has been named the new track superintendent at Delaware Park. Wilson, the 28-year-old son of former Mid-Atlantic riding star Rick Wilson, will replace Ken Brown, who is retiring after 11 years on the job. Read More...

Rodriguez sends first group of horses to Laurel

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez shipped a dozen runners to Laurel Park earlier this week. Rodriguez has informed the track he will send another dozen horses in next week and eventually will have a total of 35 to 40 horses in Maryland. Read More...

Ben’s Cat gets new rider for 10-year-old debut

DRF | 2 days ago
Ben's Cat will begin his 10-year-old season at Laurel Park on Sunday in a 5 1/2-furlong, no-conditions turf allowance. The race should tighten him up for the May 20 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico, a race he has won four of the last five years and three times in a row.King Leatherbury, the owner, breeder, and trainer of Ben's Cat, has given the Sunday mount to Trevor McCarthy, who will replace Julian Pimentel, the rider of Ben's Cat for 30 straight races since June 2012. Read More...

Ross happy with decision to spend winter in Ontario

DRF | 3 days ago
So far, the decision to spend the winter in Ontario rather than Florida has appeared to pay off for trainer John Ross, who has recorded three wins from his first six starts of the Woodbine meet, including a stakes win with R U Watchingbud in the New Providence Stakes on April 23. Read More...

CDI Reports Productive First Quarter

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016. Read More...

Preparations Continue for Oaks Hopefuls

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Several of the contenders had final works, while others walked or galloped. Read More...

Rodriguez to Ship Large String to Laurel

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
New York-based trainer Rudy Rodriguez plans to keep a large string of horses in Maryland this summer and visited Laurel Park the week of April 24 to check out his new surroundings. Read More...

Simon: Having a top trainer trumps having best bloodlines

DRF | 3 days ago
As the Kentucky Derby nears, handicappers pore over mounds of statistics, historical records, breeding theories, and other information to find the winner. Each tries to figure out the most important factor or factors: recent form, ability to get 10 furlongs, trainer, sire, dam, post position, or a combination of the above. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, April 30th, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 3 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, April 30th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

D’Amato brings top contenders for Silky Sullivan, Campanile

DRF | 3 days ago
A pair of $100,000 turf stakes for 3-year-old California-breds on Sunday will help Golden Gate Fields wind up its Turf Festival. Both the Silky Sullivan, for both sexes, and the Campanile, for fillies, will be run at one mile. Read More...

Outwork, Destin among 10 Derby contenders to work Friday

DRF | 3 days ago
Led by Todd Pletcher’s two Kentucky Derby candidates, a total of 10 horses with designs on the May 7 Derby turned in workouts Friday morning at Churchill Downs, with several of those works moved ahead from Saturday to avoid the wet weather predicted for the weekend. Read More...

Busy Work Tab at Churchill for Derby Horses

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Caleb’s Posse sires first winner

DRF | 3 days ago
Freshman sire Caleb’s Posse sired his first winner from his first starter when the juvenile colt I Shod the Sheriff won the third race at Gulfstream on Apr. 28. Read More...

Hammersly: Belmont pick four for Saturday, April 30

DRF | 3 days ago
A couple of difficult maiden races bookend this pick four, but there’s enough information there to still allow you to take a stand. Read More...

Barretts May sale catalog now online

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age is now online, featuring 138 horses on offer. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Cutting Through The Madness

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby is a singular art. There's no sporting event so brief in duration that prompts such a monumental amount of time devoted to figuring it out. With the Derby just over a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Vitali Case Gives Congressional Horse Caucus Real-Life Example Of Broken System

It's time for the Congressional Horse Caucus members to go on a field trip. May I suggest they take a break today from their hard work at the U.S. Capitol and make the short drive up the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

3 Kentucky Derby Longshots to Consider

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots. Read More...

Stormin Creek Rallies for Foutz Distaff Win

Pacifica West Stables’ Stormin Creek came from off the pace to win Monday’s $44,800 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at SunRay Park. Read More...

Two Dozen State Bred Juveniles Entered in New Mexico Breeders Futurity Trials

A total of 24 state-bred 2-year-olds, including the nicely bred gelding KG Miracle, has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) trials at SunRay Park. Read More...

Horse Caucus Takes Testimony on Drug Bill

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. shows slight first-quarter profit

DRF | 3 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. had a slight profit in the first quarter of 2016, reversing a slight loss that the company posted in the first quarter of last year, according to financial documents released late on Thursday. Read More...

Supporters of legislation to reform horse racing regulations speak out

DRF | 3 days ago
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus held a hearing-style discussion of a bill seeking to restructure the regulation of U.S. racing on Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C., with supporters vowing to continue to press for adoption of the legislation. Read More...

DRF handicappers featured at dinner, charity auction

DRF | 3 days ago
Daily Racing Form handicappers Mike Watchmaker and Mike Welsch as well as Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron and NBC’s Randy Moss will analyze the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at a dinner and auction Monday at the Keene Barn on the grounds of Keeneland Race Course. Read More...

Mohawk: State Treasurer makes 2016 debut on Saturday

DRF | 3 days ago
Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year is set to return to the track Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee, State Treasurer will look to start his 2016 campaign off on a winning note in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap. Read More...

Kentucky Oaks Day 2016 previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 3 days ago
The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 6. Read More...

Harness: Trace Tetrick continues to succeed at Hoosier

DRF | 3 days ago
Trace Tetrick has enjoyed success racing at Indiana’s Hoosier Park --- he recently became the track’s all-time winningest driver --- which has led to opportunities to race across North America in Grand Circuit stakes. Last year, for example, Tetrick captured a Breeders Crown at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack and an American-National Stakes at Chicago’s Balmoral Park with Indiana Sire Stakes champion male pacer Freaky Feet Pete. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Day 2016 previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 3 days ago
The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the Kentucky Derby card at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. Read More...