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Lost Raven benefits from patient ride in Miss Preakness

DRF | 4 days ago
Lost Raven rallied to capture the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Friday and earn her third stakes victory, but first in a graded stakes. Read More...

Go Maggie Go eases Romans’s pain with Black-Eyed Susan win

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Dale Romans has been in a bit of pain the last two weeks, the result of injuries suffered in a car accident the night of the Kentucky Derby. The pain was nothing that a Black-Eyed Susan win couldn’t cure. Read More...

Gone Away comes from far back to spring 13-1 upset in Hilltop

DRF | 4 days ago
Gone Away came storming down the center of the course and just did hold off another late runner, Family Meeting, to score a 13-1 surprise in the $100,000 Old Hilltop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the Pimlico turf on Friday. Read More...

Dialed In’s First Starter is Winner

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Maximum Edge shows competitive spirit in first win. Read More...

Dialed In’s First Starter is a Winner

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Maximum Edge shows competitive spirit in first win. Read More...

Ahh Chocolate doesn’t let cut stop her in duPont Distaff

DRF | 4 days ago
Ahh Chocolate wore down a classy rival who got away with an easy pace, and then held off a flying challenger and hit the wire victorious in the Grade 3, $150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Friday at Pimlico. But it was only as she jogged back that the true bravery of her effort became apparent. Read More...

Go Maggie Go Soars in Black-Eyed Susan

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Lightly raced but perfectly primed for a big effort, Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go soared to her second grade II victory May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

Ben’s Cat foils Bruce Brown again in Jim McKay Turf Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
The 10-year-old Ben’s Cat broke trainer Bruce Brown’s heart again while making the heart of his own 83-year-old trainer King Leatherbury skip a few beats with a neck victory over the Brown-trained Spring to the Sky in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes at Pimlico. Read More...

Ahh Chocolate Captures Allaire DuPont Distaff

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Ahh Chocolate, owned and bred by Stoneway Farm, earned her second graded stakes victory May 20 in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes presented by Maker's Mark at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 5/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Private Zone, Destin Work at Belmont Park

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Private Zone breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 May 20, marking his second workout at Belmont Park this month as he prepares for the June 11 True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Monday 5/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Noble Bird dominates Pimlico Special

DRF | 4 days ago
Noble Bird's powerful victory Friday in the Grade 3, $300,000 Pimlico Special was especially sweet for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Julien Leparoux as it helped erase the unpleasant memory of his eighth-place finish 13 days ago in the Grade 2 Alysheba at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Painting the Sky’s turf debut postponed

DRF | 4 days ago
Painting the Sky, a Thoroughbred filly whose markings resemble those of a Paint, was supposed to make her turf debut in Thursday night’s eighth race at Evangeline Downs, but due to inclement weather, the seventh through ninth races on the card were canceled. Read More...

Calhoun well-stocked on march to 250 stakes victories

DRF | 4 days ago
Bret Calhoun is nearing 250 career stakes wins as a trainer and horses like Ibaka – his most recent stakes winner with a Tuesday score at Will Rogers Downs – and Supermason, who just set a course record at Lone Star Park – figure to continue to fuel the success he has long had in the Mid-South region that includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Read More...

Rapid Rascal favored in Fantango Lady

DRF | 4 days ago
Fonner Park Special winner Rapid Rascal figures to start as a strong favorite Sunday in the $20,000 Fantango Lady at Horsemen’s Park. The six-furlong race is restricted to 3-year-old fillies bred in Nebraska Read More...

Oklahoma Challenge Championship tops three-stakes program

DRF | 4 days ago
Remington Park will put on a trio of stakes for Quarter Horses on Sunday, with the main event the Grade 2, $100,000 Oklahoma Challenge Championship. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 5/22 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 5/22 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Cowboy Cool avoids nemesis in Inaugural Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Cowboy Cool will shake multiple stakes winner Concord Fast on Sunday, when he runs in the $35,000 Inaugural at Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colo. The six-furlong race for 3-year-olds is the first stakes of the meet that opened Friday. Read More...

Kingsport ready to fire fresh in Steady Growth

DRF | 4 days ago
Kingsport capped off his 2015 campaign by beating older horses in the Sir Barton Stakes last November, and will look to make it two in a row in Monday's $125,000 Steady Growth Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward going 1 1/16 miles on Woodbine's Tapeta track. Read More...

Noble Bird Returns to Form in Pimlico Special

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
John Oxley's Noble Bird rebounded from a disappointing effort at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier with a dominant victory in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

Freshman sire Dialed In gets first winner from first starter

DRF | 4 days ago
Florida Derby winner Dialed In sired the first winner from his first starter when Maximum Edge won the first race at Churchill Downs today. In the maiden race for juvenile fillies going 4 1/2 furlongs, Maximum Edge, ridden by Corey Lanerie, raced just off the early pace, went four wide into the stretch, and wore down pacesetter and 2-5 favorite Golden Mischief (by Into Mischief) to win by a neck at odds of 5-1 in the 5-horse field. Read More...

Point Piper can finally get his graded stakes win in Californian

DRF | 4 days ago
A graded stakes win has proven to be elusive for Point Piper, who is likely to start favored in Sunday's $200,000 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita. Point Piper was third in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on April 16, finishing behind winner Effinex and Melatonin, who won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. Read More...

Minding, Found run Sunday in Group 1 stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Minding, the winner of the English 1000 Guineas earlier this month, and Found, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland last October, will be favored to win Group 1 races at The Curragh in Ireland on Sunday. Read More...

Owner/Breeder Fred Bradley Dies at 85

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Fred Bradley, a former Kentucky state senator, attorney for the state's horse racing commission, and the owner/breeder of stars Groupie Doll and Brass Hat, died May 20 at age 85. Read More...

Bullet Gone Astray goes from frying pan to fire

DRF | 4 days ago
After running in 10 consecutive stakes races since winning his maiden at first asking at Gulfstream nearly a year ago, Bullet Gone Astray will finally get some class relief dropping in against allowance company for Sunday's $44,000 seventh race. Or will he? Read More...

Fear of the Cat difficult to gauge in first start of season

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Sylvea Gregory isn't sure what to expect from Fear of the Cat when he makes his 3-year-old debut at Hastings on Monday. Read More...

Trainer Umarov Ejected From Churchill Downs

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Owner and trainer Otabek Umarov has been ejected and excluded from Churchill Downs and suspended by Kentucky stewards. Read More...

Larry Weinbaum, sportswriter and public handicapper, dies at 64

DRF | 4 days ago
Larry Weinbaum, a retired sportswriter and handicapper for several Southern California newspapers, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness related to complications of a stroke. Read More...

Disco Chick all the way in Skipat Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Disco Chick began to put it together for trainer Mario Serey Jr. last fall, and this year at age 5, she has taken her game to a new level. On Friday at Pimlico, she made short work of her six rivals in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes, pulling away to win by eight lengths. Read More...

Ebadan takes to U.S. racing

DRF | 4 days ago
Ebadan made a splashy U.S. debut on Thursday, using a late rally to win an optional claimer on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita, and will probably run next in the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Next stop stakes for Sensitively

DRF | 4 days ago
Sensitively extended her winning streak to three races with an easy win in an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Thursday and is headed for the stakes ranks. Read More...

Surface switch leads Second Summer to Californian

DRF | 4 days ago
Second Summer had a quiet 3-year-old season in 2015, winning once in six starts while racing primarily on turf. This year, a move to dirt races has revitalized Second Summer's career and led to a start in Sunday's $200,000 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Star Empire romps in debut to earn trip to Royal Ascot

DRF | 4 days ago
As had been hoped for more than a year, the 2-year-old colt Star Empire ran his way to a start at Royal Ascot when he won his debut in Thursday's first race at Belmont Park by 6 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Peck: Look for value among closers in Preakness

DRF | 4 days ago
The 141st running of the Preakness Stakes features the one-two (and ninth-place) finishers from the Kentucky Derby, but from a pace standpoint they are not at all similar. The Derby featured one clear one-dimensional speed in Danzing Candy, with a couple of stalkers and a dozen or so closers. The Preakness, of course, is loaded with speed, and that makes taking a short price on Nyquist dicey regardless of his credentials. Read More...

Ben’s Cat Does It Again in McKay Turf Sprint

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
For the fourth year in a row and fifth overall, 10-year-old warrior Ben's Cat won the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 20 and did it in dramatic fashion under the bright sun at Pimlico Race Course. Read More...

D R C’s Pretty Sky, Pistone Steel try to transfer good Prairie Meadows form

DRF | 4 days ago
Prairie Meadows form will be tested in a pair of $40,000 stakes for dirt sprinters on Sunday at Canterbury Park. Read More...

Woodbine stakes winners meet in Tom Ridge Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Noholdingback Bear and Don't Be So Salty, both winners of $125,000 stakes on synthetic surfaces at Woodbine, bring strong credentials into Monday's $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes for 3-year-olds at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Fred Bradley, who campaigned Brass Hat, Groupie Doll, dies at 85

DRF | 4 days ago
Fred Bradley, who in recent years bred and campaigned Brass Hat and Groupie Doll in partnership with his son, Buff, died early Friday after a lengthy illness in Wilmore, Ky. He was 85. Read More...

Consignor SAB Deals in Wide Range of Prices

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Scott Bergsrud's 12-horse consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training embodies his pinhooking philosophy of buying a wide range of price levels as long as he feels they can turn a profit. Read More...

Bettors advised to keep their powder dry for later in card

DRF | 4 days ago
Six-horse fields in the first three races at Churchill Downs on Sunday aren't likely to inspire many to forsake other plans for a leisurely noontime, but things get better as the day unfolds, peaking with a pair of allowances that not only drew sizable fields but also some pretty fair talent. Read More...

Preakness: Handicapping for a wet track

DRF | 4 days ago
With rain in the forecast for Saturday at Pimlico, there stands a pretty good chance that the main track will end up something south of “fast” for the Preakness, adding yet another wrinkle when trying to handicap the middle leg of the Triple Crown. Read More...

‘McKenney’ Scratched From Pimlico Special

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney, the likely favorite for the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20, was scratched the morning of the race by trainer Mary Eppler for what she described as a filling in a tendon in his left foreleg. Read More...

Wenzel runners could sweep Hastings, Governor’s stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Tom Wenzel has a good chance of winning both stakes races at Emerald Downs on Sunday. Read More...

Doyle has two for Fury Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Mike Doyle will take two shots at Sunday's $150,000 Fury Stakes at Woodbine, where he runs Crumlin Spirit and Tiz Imaginary in the seven-furlong test for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Breeding could make the difference in Tomboy

DRF | 4 days ago
School Board Prez and Barefoot Gypsy are sure to attract plenty of money in Sunday's first turf stakes of the season at Belterra Park, the $75,000 Tomboy for statebred 3-year-old fillies. But based on pedigree, there may be better options for horseplayers in the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

Effinex coming for Foster

DRF | 4 days ago
It’s still nearly a month until the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap is run on a multistakes card June 18, but the Grade 1 race already has a clear-cut favorite: Effinex. Read More...

Chance to multi-table on Sunday

DRF | 4 days ago
While most of the action in the contest world will be happening live at Santa Anita this weekend, there are a couple of important opportunities online as well. It's become a frequent sight at live tournaments to see players concurrently managing their picks in online contests. The practice, known as "multi-tabling," can lead to some very big days. Read More...

Queen’s Plate Watch: Casse holds strong hand with Leavem in Malibu, Conquest Enforcer

DRF | 4 days ago
The 157th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine is now six weeks away, and a number of top contenders are beginning to emerge. A total of 88 Canadian-bred 3-year olds were nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown in February, but that number has been whittled down to 39 who remain eligible after the second subscription deadline on May 4. Read More...

Preakness News Update for May 20

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Claire Novak reports on the horses training Friday for the Preakness, including Lani, Abiding Star, Exaggerator, Uncle Lino, and Nyquist. Read More...