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Arlington racing office doing best to fill races

DRF | 3 days ago
There were just 53 horses entered on Sunday’s eight-race card, and since Arlington expanded its racing week from three to four days in July, the struggle to fill races with a diminished equine population at a track with purses barely competitive in the region has grown more intense. Read More...

Beholder to face about a half-dozen in Clement Hirsch

DRF | 3 days ago
Beholder, the two-time champion, will be part of a field of about six or seven fillies and mares in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 1. Read More...

Historical Race Wagering Case Continues in KY

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
A Kentucky judge has denied motion to have historical race wagering machines brought to the courtroom for a demonstration. A trial has been set for next September, more than a year from now. Read More...

Daredevil impressive in turf work

DRF | 3 days ago
Any lingering doubts trainer Todd Pletcher might have had about whether Daredevil would like the grass were erased on Friday morning when the Grade 1 winner turned in a sparkling half-mile drill with jockey Javier Castellano aboard over the Oklahoma turf course. Read More...

Valdivia revives career, thanks to Ward’s help

DRF | 3 days ago
With a four-win Thursday – half the eight-race card – jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. moved to within three victories, 44-41, of leading rider Mitchell Murrill at the Arlington meet. Read More...

Masochistic at top of his game for Bing Crosby

DRF | 4 days ago
Unbeaten in three 2015 starts, Masochistic won graded stakes in April and June at Santa Anita in consecutive starts to become the leader of the California sprint division. Those wins will make Masochistic a heavy favorite to win Sunday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs at Del Mar. Read More...

Washington summer yearling and mixed catalog now online

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is now available online, featuring 114 entries. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, July 25

DRF | 4 days ago
Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Saturday, July 25 Read More...

Samuel Dechamplain back in good form for Toronto Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Samuel Dechamplain has seen a dramatic reversal of form since getting back on the Woodbine turf course and will look to keep it going in Sunday’s $125,000 Toronto Cup Stakes for 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Team Valor, Motion reunite for Little Silver

DRF | 4 days ago
eam Valor International and trainer Graham Motion will have their first starter together in more than two years when English import Affileo starts in the first division of the Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Read More...

Crist: Lake George preview

DRF | 4 days ago
The Grade 2 Lake George for 3-year-old fillies, now slated to go off with a field of 10 following the scratches of longshots Lady Zuzu and My Year Is a Day, is an intriguing handicapping puzzle with plenty of room for argument. Read More...

Crist: Schuylerville Stakes preview

DRF | 4 days ago
The first graded stakes race of the 2015 Saratoga meeting comes early this year, with the Grade 3 Schuylerville being run Friday as the fourth race at 2:39 p.m. Eastern. The Schuylerville is the first of three graded stakes at the meeting for 2-year-old fillies, followed by the Grade 2 Adirondack on Aug. 15 and the Grade 1 Spinaway on Sept. 5. Read More...

Bold Cait looms large in Queen City Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Bold Cait, a dominant winner in restricted stakes in each of her first two starts around two turns, towers over her opponents in Sunday’s $75,000 Queen City Oaks for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies at Belterra Park. Read More...

Carson City Girl favored in Zia Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
Three years ago, David Barrett was part owner and Fred Danley was the trainer of a 2-year-old named The Four J’s who came within a head of upsetting the Grade 1 Zia Futurity at 12-1. Barrett and Danley will get another shot at the six-figure Zia Futurity on Sunday, this time with the favored filly Carson City Girl in the 400-yard race for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses. Read More...

Surtsey on hunt for graded black type in Royal North

DRF | 4 days ago
Surtsey closed well over a yielding turf course to win the Zadracarta Stakes over seven furlongs in her last start on June 27 at Woodbine, but will be shortening up to six furlongs here for Sunday’s Grade 3 Royal North Stakes. Read More...

TimeformUS Preview: The Grade I Diana

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
How We're Playing the Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Key Race report: McMullen County returns in allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
McMullen County (#2, ML 8-1) returns in Friday's eighth race at Ellis Park, a 1 1/16-mile allowance on turf. It will be his first start since finishing fifth by seven lengths in an allowance June 13 at Churchill Downs. The sixth- and seventh-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Pedigree Analysis: Nasrullah

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
A son of the brilliant Italian champion Nearco, Nasrullah was one of a cluster of important sires from his immediate family. Read More...

Rossi has spinal surgery; doctors ‘cautiously optimistic’

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Oriana Rossi underwent seven hours of what was termed successful spinal surgery Thursday at Indiana University Healthcare Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in the aftermath of a Wednesday spill at Indiana Grand, which also led to less serious injuries to two other jockeys. Read More...

American Pharoah Has a Secure Spot in History, but a Tricky Future

The ultimate goal for the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. But deciding on the best path to get him there is difficult because of three distinct interests. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 25th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 4 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 25th by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Vernon: Ducharme taking a shot with Zweig longshots

DRF | 4 days ago
Two years ago George Ducharme was in an enviable position. The trainer had captured the prestigious Hambletonian with Royalty For Life and came to Ducharme’s home track at Vernon Downs to compete and eventually capture the Zweig Memorial. This year Ducharme may be more of an outsider looking in as the trainer sends out longshot Wings Of Royalty. Read More...

Sooner Time First Winner For Sidney’s Candy

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Always Believe Inc.'s Sooner Time became the first winner for sire Sidney's Candy with a 3 1/4-length victory in the first race at Del Mar July 23. Read More...

Saratoga Harness: Gerrity win would make Doctor Butch a millionaire

DRF | 4 days ago
Doctor Butch is the type of horse that dislikes wearing a blanket, even on the coldest days of winter. A blanket in the winner’s circle, though, is another story. Read More...

CARMA Reports Successful Charity Night

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The Del Mar horse crowd dug deep into their pockets July 18 to raise more than $80,000 for retired racehorses at the California Retirement Management Account's annual CARMA Cares Charity Fundraiser. Read More...

Masochistic Eyes Second Grade I in Crosby

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Speed should again be on display July 26, as Masochistic will seek his third straight graded stakes sprint win and second consecutive grade I in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar. Read More...

Peck: How I’d play Saratoga for Friday, July 24

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck provides insight on a pick three strategy for Friday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Curalina, Include Betty Head CCAO Talent

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The well-traveled Curalina carries a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 25, and seeks her second grade I victory in a row against the likes of Include Betty and Keen Pauline. Read More...

Ageless Aims to Repeat in Royal North Stakes

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Lael Stables' Ageless will try to win the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) for a second straight year when she starts from the outside in the expected field of seven fillies and mares Sunday, July 26 at Woodbine. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, July 24

DRF | 4 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling and mixed catalog now online

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling and mixed age sale is now available online, with 77 total entries. Read More...

American Pharoah Expected at Monmouth July 29

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Monmouth Park reports that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to arrive at the Oceanport, N.J. track July 29, as he prepares to start in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2. Read More...

Monmouth invites public to watch American Pharoah gallop

DRF | 4 days ago
Monmouth Park will open its clubhouse each morning Thursday through Saturday, July 30 to Aug. 1, so the public can watch American Pharoah gallop. American Pharoah is scheduled to make his first start since winning the Triple Crown in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on Sunday, Aug. 2. Read More...

Commission tables vote on 3-day Suffolk Downs meet

DRF | 4 days ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission tabled a vote on whether to approve three days of live racing this year at Suffolk Downs in East Boston after a group of horsemen contended that a company owned by Frank Stronach was interested in leasing the track, according to officials at the meeting. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 7/25 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Carter Sales Co. summer sale catalog now online

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the 2015 Carter Sales Co. OKC summer Thoroughbred yearling and horses of racing age sale is now available online, with 82 horses entered. Read More...

Went the Day Well to stand in Uruguay

DRF | 4 days ago
Grade 3 winner Went the Day Well will begin his stallion career at Las Zainas Farm in Uruguay. Read More...

Can Bayern Rebound in the San Diego?

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar. Read More...

Lady Eli making progress in bout with laminitis

DRF | 4 days ago
Lady Eli, the undefeated Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly, continues to do well in her battle against laminitis, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday. Read More...

Keen Pauline works way into CCA Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Keen Pauline, the 15-1 upset winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 15, will return to the races in Sunday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Unbeaten Golden Horn takes on older rivals in King George

DRF | 4 days ago
As American Pharoah, the American Triple Crown winner, gears up for another start against fellow 3-year-olds in the Haskell Invitational, Golden Horn can expand his growing legend in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday at Ascot in England. Read More...

Three champions put on workout show

DRF | 4 days ago
It was champions on parade Thursday morning at Saratoga as three Eclipse Award-winning females from 2014 put in workouts here in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements. Read More...

Carpe Diem Retired Due to Knee Chip

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Two-time grade I winner Carpe Diem has been retired due to a knee chip and will enter stud next year at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced July 23. Read More...

Multiple Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem retired

DRF | 4 days ago
Carpe Diem, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April, has been retired. According to WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden, Carpe Diem suffered an injury to his right knee. Owned by WinStar and Stonestreet Stables, Carpe Diem will stand stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky Read More...

Pandolfo: Last race handicapping and the bounce theory

DRF | 4 days ago
One of the key elements of handicapping is how much emphasis to put on a horse's last race. The last race can tip off either improving or declining form. However, sometimes horses that have been racing well do turn in a subpar performance but still win their next start. That's why, generally speaking, I like to analyze a horse's last three starts. Of course, sometimes what looks like a subpar effort on paper was actually just a bad trip. Read More...

Crist: American Pharoah just one of many Saratoga story lines

DRF | 4 days ago
At the most recent public meeting of the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board, the largely state-appointed trustees did not ask a single question about the cancelation of the traditional Saratoga open house, the presence of a new temporary chairman at the head of the table, or any long-term plans for the future of racing in New York. The only question that seemed to animate the group was the one on many lips as Saratoga opened this Friday: Will American Pharoah race at the Spa? Read More...

Empire State: ‘Racing Makes More Sense’ But Challenges Lie Ahead

We’ve shown you how large purses and incentives in New York have changed the dynamics of the state’s Thoroughbred breeding industry and given farms a brighter outlook on the future. The impact of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...