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Defer Heaven alters strategy to win Claiming Crown Express

DRF | 4 days ago
No lead, no problem for Defer Heaven, whose affinity for the Gulfstream Park main track helped carry him to a popular 1 3/4-length victory over Proper Freud in Saturday’s $110,000 Claiming Crown Express. Read More...

Shaft of Light bounces back to win Claiming Crown Rapid Transit

DRF | 4 days ago
Shaft of Light used his abundant speed to dominate Saturday’s $110,000 Rapid Transit at Gulfstream Park, sprinting to an easy lead before drawing off to an impressive 6 1/2-length decision over Flashy Jewel in the seven-furlong Claiming Crown dash. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

DRF | 4 days ago
Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 Read More...

Spectacular Me wins Claiming Crown Distaff Dash as favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Spectacular Me got a perfect trip and ride under the red-hot Jose Ortiz when coming through as the favorite Saturday in the $106,700 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash, the first of nine straight Claiming Crown events at Gulfstream Park in south Florida. Read More...

Half Dome Dude Sets Remington Track Record

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Half Dome Dude set a track record Dec. 2 at Remington Park, flying to the mark at the rarely run distance of 4 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Changing Schedules Impacted Wood, Blue Grass

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
While the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack will be downgraded from grade I to grade II races next season, don’t expect an immediate impact on horsemen’s Triple Crown plans or field quality. Read More...

Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford dies at 70

DRF | 4 days ago
Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford died at his home near Chicago on Friday at age 70 following a battle with cancer. Read More...

California Chrome works five furlongs for Winter Challenge

DRF | 4 days ago
Two weeks before his final scheduled start in his home state, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 before dawn at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Read More...

California Chrome Logs Work for ‘Challenge’

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The assumption many have made about Los Alamitos Race Course's $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17, a race written specifically to serve as a prep for California Chrome, is that will be a "paid workout" for the 2014 Horse of the Year. Read More...

Peck: Gulfstream Park pick four for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 4 days ago
The late pick four looks like an appealing play on opening day at Gulfstream, with a couple of wide-open races and a seemingly solid single. Read More...

Sandford, Owner of Take Charge Indy, Dies

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Owner Charles "Chuck" Sandford died at his home near Chicago Dec. 2 following a long battle with cancer. He was 70. Read More...

Del Mar pick six jackpot carryover of $50,550

DRF | 5 days ago
No one hit the pick six on Friday at Del Mar, producing a carryover in the general pool, adding to the single-ticket jackpot, and setting up the possibility of a massive mandatory payout on closing day Sunday. Read More...

CHRB Medication Rule Modifications for 2017

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The California Horse Racing Board sent out a reminder to licensees Dec. 2 that key aspects of medication rules will be changing Jan. 1. Read More...

Jose Ortiz Rides Five Winners at Aqueduct

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Jose Ortiz extended his domination of the fall meet jockey standings Nov. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, with five winners from seven mounts on Friday's program. Read More...

Equine Attorneys Group Elects Philpott

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Stoll Keenon Ogden attorney Jim Philpott has been elected president of the American College of Equine Attorneys. Read More...

Jose Ortiz picks up five more wins in quest to finish as nation’s leading rider

DRF | 5 days ago
Jose Ortiz wants to finish the year as the leading rider in North America in wins and he knows the clock is ticking. While for most jockeys the year doesn’t end until Dec. 31, Ortiz will stop riding at the conclusion of the Dec. 18 card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Gulfstream Set for Historic Championship Meet

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Addition of world's richest race makes upcoming Championship Meet even more important. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 12/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 12/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Forever Unbridled in light training

DRF | 5 days ago
Forever Unbridled, who somewhat quietly put together an excellent 2016 season, has taken up residence again in trainer Dallas Stewart’s Fair Grounds barn and is in light training as her connections plot a 2017 campaign for the soon-to-be 5-year-old. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 12/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 12/5 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Valadorna headed to New Orleans to prep for 2017 season

DRF | 5 days ago
Valadorna, who finished a close, somewhat troubled second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will have an early 2017 Fair Grounds campaign, trainer Mark Casse said Thursday. Read More...

Hovdey: Race riding will be on display in Matriarch

DRF | 5 days ago
The parade of Hall of Fame riders filing out of the Del Mar jockeys room for the Matriarch on Sunday afternoon will be a sight to see. With so much talent in the irons, it could be assumed that none of the dozen running has an advantage at the helm. Still, the one-mile grass race run inside a one-mile dirt track can be a nasty, unpredictable beast, especially with a large field. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 5 days ago
Free: How I'd play Del Mar for Saturday, Dec. 3 Read More...

Even Thunder shows he belongs with King’s Swan win

DRF | 5 days ago
Even Thunder, a stakes winner at Canterbury in his most recent start, handled his New York debut, holding off Petrov to win Friday’s $100,000 King’s Swan Stakes for juvenile males by a head. Read More...

Ghost Is Clear’s price dampens enthusiasm

DRF | 5 days ago
Ghost Is Clear, trained by Mike Maker, makes his first start in 11 months in an optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs on Sunday. But at 6-5 on the morning line, he may not be a good wager Read More...

Gierkink: How I’ll play Woodbine for Sunday, Dec. 4

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Ron Gierkink outlines his strategy for playing Sunday's closing-day program at Woodbine. Read More...

Departing Retired to Claiborne Farm

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The multiple graded stakes-winning gelded son of War Front retires with nearly $2 million in earnings. Read More...

Felini will need her running shoes

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin thought one positive to having to wait until December to run Felini again was that she would at least catch an easy field. Such is not the case, as Felini faces a seemingly salty group of fillies and mares in a first-level allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs at Aqueduct on Sunday. Read More...

Liberty Park has makings of good one

DRF | 5 days ago
Liberty Park, a full brother to stakes winner Prospect Park, makes his debut on Sunday in race 3, a maiden race at one mile on turf for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Silent Bird’s next challenge: two turns in the San Pasqual

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Mark Glatt has been forced to take his time with Silent Bird, but that patience is being rewarded. Silent Bird's victory in an allowance race at Del Mar on Thursday was his fourth straight, all in sprints, and now he will head around two turns, the province of his sire, Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird. Read More...

Online NHC qualifiers exclusively on DRF Tournaments

DRF | 5 days ago
Crunch time for the NHC coincides with DRF Tournaments’ exclusive window for online qualification. Last year, DRF sent 50 players to the NHC during November and December and Senior Vice President of Tournaments Ken Kirchner expects that number to grow this time around. Read More...

Imperial Eagle, Chainman clash in Southwest Juvenile Championship

DRF | 5 days ago
All American Futurity winner Imperial Eagle will attempt to rebound from a rare defeat Sunday when he faces a sharp Chainman in the Grade 1, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park. Read More...

Something Awesome tries to transfer good synthetic form to dirt

DRF | 5 days ago
The majority of the nine horses in Sunday's $45,000 feature at Gulfstream Peak are coming into the second-level optional $62,500 claiming race in peak form, led by Something Awesome, who seeks his fourth consecutive victory while making his local debut for trainer Danny Vella. Read More...

Popular gelding Frazil retired

DRF | 5 days ago
Frazil, a 10-year-old gelding who became a fan favorite racing mostly in the claiming ranks on the New York Racing Association circuit, has been retired. Read More...

Paulassilverlining, By the Moon still have work to do

DRF | 5 days ago
Unlike many who participated in the Breeders' Cup, trainer Michelle Nevin's pair of older filly and mare sprinters Paulassilverlining and By the Moon are not headed for retirement, the breeding shed, or a vacation in the near future. Read More...

Takaful to continue education in Jerome

DRF | 5 days ago
Takaful, the impressive 2-year-old maiden winner who finished third as the favorite on Saturday in the Remsen Stakes, is being pointed to the Grade 3, $150,000 Jerome Stakes, the first 3-year-old route stakes of the year on this circuit. Read More...

Miss Temple City far outside talented dozen in Matriarch

DRF | 5 days ago
When it comes to stakes races at this Del Mar fall meeting, or loading the horses into the gate for the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes on Sunday, they've saved the best for last. Miss Temple City will be the last to load but bettors are expected to wager on her to be the first to arrive at the end of the $300,000 Matriarch, which highlights the closing-day card here. Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial downgraded to Grade 2

DRF | 5 days ago
The American Graded Stakes Committee has downgraded three Grade 1 races, including two key Kentucky Derby prep races, and upgraded the Pennsylvania Derby from Grade 2 to Grade 1, according to a release of the 2017 grade assignments on Friday. Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
In a dramatic reshaping of graded status of 2017 Triple Crown prep races, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has downgraded the Toyota Blue Grass and the Wood Memorial from grade I to grade II. Read More...

Doctor J Dub Breakthrough Horse for Antonucci

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Doctor J Dub had already raced 19 times with four wins, all in South Florida, by the time he joined trainer Jena Antonucci's string at Gulfstream Park in May. Read More...

Melmich has proven adept at Valedictory’s marathon distance

DRF | 5 days ago
Melmich finished his 2015 campaign strongly with a 10 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Valedictory Stakes and will be looking to repeat in this year's edition over 1 3/4 miles on closing day at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Ellis Historical Racing to Exacta Systems

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Exacta Systems has reached an agreement with Ellis Park to provide the Henderson, Ky., racetrack with its historical horse racing system and games. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia to Pioneerof the Nile in 2017

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia has been retired and will be sent to Pioneerof the Nile in 2017, SF Bloodstock’s Tom Ryan announced Dec. 2. Read More...

Arrogate-’Chrome’ Match Race in Pegasus?

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
The Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) already looks like a match race on paper. Why not just officially make it a two-horse race? Read More...

HRRN Plans Claiming Crown Coverage

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) returns to Gulfstream Park this Saturday to provide exclusive coverage of the $1.1 million Claiming Crown. Read More...

NTRA Staff Prominent at Arizona Symposium

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Staff representing every major initiative at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association will be in Tucson, Ariz., next week for the racing industry's most important annual business conference. Read More...

Toomuchisnotenough tries to claim second straight stakes win in Bear Fan

DRF | 5 days ago
When looking at the possibilities for claim of the year in Northern California, Toomuchisnotenough could top the list – especially if she can win the $75,000 Bear Fan on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, December 3, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 5 days ago
Well, the four win/gimmick streak ended but we still wound up with half a loaf rather than a whole one—twice. Read More...

TCA to Honor Banke and B.E.S.T.

Blood-Horse | 5 days ago
Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Barbara Banke with the Allaire duPont Leadership Award and the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Aqueduct for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 5 days ago
Watchmaker: How I'd play Aqueduct for Saturday, Dec. 3 Read More...