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Untapable, Stopcharingmaria get rematch in Personal Ensign

DRF | 3 days ago
When trainer Steve Asmussen decided to run Untapable in the Shuvee Handicap here earlier this month, it was as much about the past as the future.In the past, Untapable had a penchant for firing her best race second time off a freshening. With that in mind, Asmussen hopes Untapable got what she needed running second to Stopchargingmaria in the Shuvee to set her up for a rematch with that filly Saturday in the Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Moon Rainbow tries turf in allowance route

DRF | 3 days ago
The promising 3-year-old Moon Rainbow makes her turf debut Saturday at Woodbine in the featured fifth race, a first-level, 1 1/16-mile allowance for fillies and mares that carries a purse of $58,600. Read More...

Travers Stakes: High Anxiety

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Travers scares the heck out of Steve Haskin, even though American Pharoah looks as if he could have everything his own way on the lead and could very well take the field on a merry romp. Read More...

Win or lose, American Pharoah will make history

DRF | 3 days ago
Racing history is in store Saturday when American Pharoah becomes just the fourth of the sport’s 12 Triple Crown winners to compete in the Travers Stakes. Read More...

Competitive Edge gets class, distance relief in King’s Bishop

DRF | 3 days ago
After taking on American Pharoah earlier this month going 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 1 Haskell, it is safe to say Competitive Edge will be getting decided class and distance relief when turning back to seven furlongs Saturday in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 20 to 23

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 20 to 23. Read More...

Tepin poised for another good run in Ballston Spa

DRF | 3 days ago
After losing the Diana Stakes by a nose, Tepin gets a chance for Saratoga redemption in the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Hovdey: Shirreffs goes whistling by the Graveyard

DRF | 3 days ago
Saratoga Race Track unapologetically embraces its graveyard reputation with the running each summer of the key local prep for the Travers. The history behind the Jim Dandy Stakes is fascinating, and not lost on John Shirreffs. Read More...

Inconclusive looks to make statement in Lassie

DRF | 3 days ago
On July 24, 2015, Inconclusive made her career debut for trainer Richie Scherer in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race over the Arlington Polytrack. She rallied from off the pace and won going away for a good-looking victory that produced a 71 Beyer. Now five weeks later, she returns in the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie and appears to have every chance to give Scherer his second win in the race. Read More...

Gimme Da Lute will be hard to deny in El Cajon

DRF | 3 days ago
Gimme Da Lute will be heavily favored to win his fourth consecutive stakes in Saturday’s $100,000 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds at Del Mar. Read More...

Bob Le Beau wins New York Turf Writers Cup; Divine Fortune euthanized

DRF | 3 days ago
"Bittersweet," trainer Elizabeth Voss said as she stood in the Saratoga winner's circle watching her Bob Le Beau take his victory lap after winning the New York Turf Writers Cup, a Grade 1, $150,000 steeplechase. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: The Travers Stakes

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Travers Stakes (gr. I) featuring American Pharoah, Texas Red, and Frosted. Read More...

Yonkers: Two starters confirmed for International Trot

DRF | 3 days ago
After two decades, the return of Yonkers Raceway’s International Trot is within sight, thus it makes perfect sense that the field of world-class participants is beginning to take shape. Read More...

American Girl could benefit from lack of pace in Violet

DRF | 3 days ago
Early speed could prove the difference in the 38th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Violet Stakes, the 11th of 12 races on the Saturday card at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Harness: Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story novel is released

DRF | 3 days ago
Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, written by equine professionals Victoria M. Howard and DRF freelance writer Bob Marks, has been pre-released. Read More...

Sword Dancer fits Flintshire to a ‘T’

DRF | 3 days ago
The purse of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga on Saturday was doubled to $1 million this year, and the extra green played a role in luring the grass race’s undisputed star, Flintshire. Read More...

The Big Beast faces another tough task in Forego

DRF | 3 days ago
The Big Beast will jump out of the frying pan and into the fire Saturday at Saratoga, coming off a heartbreaking setback at the hands of the red-hot Rock Fall in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt to meet Private Zone and 10 other top sprinters in the $700,000 Forego. Read More...

Crist: Pharoah could be King of the Pick 5

DRF | 3 days ago
There is an unprecedented achievement that American Pharoah can attain Saturday if he wins the Travers at Saratoga: He would become the first horse ever to win the Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Haskell, and Travers, the five most prestigious 3-year-old races on the calendar. Read More...

Catch a Flight could be pointed to Champions Cup in Japan

DRF | 3 days ago
Catch a Flight, second or third in three Grade 1 races in Southern California this year, could have an international campaign this fall. Read More...

Appealing Tale eyes Kelso as BC Dirt Mile prep

DRF | 3 days ago
Appealing Tale may be on his way to New York to prep for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 30. Read More...

Goldfeder: How I’d play Del Mar on Friday, Aug. 28

DRF | 3 days ago
I’m looking to take what they give me on this seven-race card that begins the weekend. The best place to start is with the early daily double. Read More...

Oaklawn increasing average daily purses 12 percent in 2016

DRF | 3 days ago
Purses during the Oaklawn Park meet that opens in January are projected to average a record $475,000 a program, the Hot Springs, Ark., track announced on Thursday. Oaklawn anticipates distributing $27 million in total purses during the season that starts Jan. 15 and runs through April 16. Of that amount, a record $7.5 million is dedicated to the stakes schedule that Oaklawn announced in July. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratiga for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Mike Watchmaker outlines his best plays on Saturday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Oaklawn: Record $27 Million in Purses in 2016

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Oaklawn Park is projecting average daily purse distribution of $475,000, a 12% increase over 2015, for the meet that begins Jan. 15, 2016. Read More...

Messara Keynote Speaker at IFHA Conference

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Prominent Australian racing and breeding figure John Messara will be the keynote speaker at the International Conference of Horseracing Authorities in Paris, France, Oct. 5. Read More...

Sibling to Presious Passion tries to clear first allowance condition

DRF | 3 days ago
Giant’s Passion has a long way to go to match the accomplishments of his half-brother, Presious Passion, but he can take a step in the right direction in Saturday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Fornatale: How I’d play Saratoga for Friday, Aug. 28

DRF | 3 days ago
Fornatale: How I'd play Saratoga for Friday, Aug. 28 Read More...

Can American Pharoah match Whirlaway’s feat?

DRF | 3 days ago
A victory in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga would place American Pharoah alongside 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway as the only members of their elite fraternity to add the Travers to their résumés. Read More...

Desormeaux loaded in the juvenile department

DRF | 3 days ago
Texas Red recently won the Jim Dandy Stakes after being forced to pass on the Triple Crown series due to injury, and now he is preparing for a showdown with superstar American Pharoah in Saturday’s Travers Stakes. Whatever the result, Desormeaux still appears to have plenty to look forward to. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Baltas solid when switching from route to sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Richard Baltas saddles All Run (#8, ML 5-2) in Thursday's seventh race at Del Mar, a six-furlong starter allowance. Since Jan. 1, 2014, Baltas is winning at a 27 percent clip when saddling a horse switching from route to sprint, for a return on investment of $3.08. Check out the Positive ROI report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

For Smart Transition, upsets are in the genes

DRF | 3 days ago
Upsets are in the blood for Smart Transition, who takes on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Aug. 29: Picks for Travers, Forego, Ballerina

DRF | 3 days ago
If Texas Red really is around 8-1, he would be hard for me not to play in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Kaabraaj tries two turns in featured allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Kaabraaj will try to carry his substantial speed around two turns for the first time when he runs in an unrestricted allowance race Saturday at Emerald Downs. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds drew six horses, and with the speedy Daytona Beach breaking from the rail, Kaabraaj’s task won’t be easy. Read More...

Diverse selection of stallions represented at yearling sale

DRF | 3 days ago
A diverse collection of young stallions will be represented in Wednesday’s consignor select yearling auction put on by the Equine Sales Company of Louisiana. There are 192 individuals on offer after four yearlings were supplemented to the sale, which will take place at the auction house’s facilities in Opelousas, La. Read More...

Barbados back on turf in Mystic Lake Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
The $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, Canterbury Park’s annual top prize, will be run Saturday, a weekend later than originally intended. Read More...

Key Race report: Cap’n Raymond returns in allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Cap'n Raymond (#5, ML 8-1) returns in Thursday's ninth race at Saratoga, a 5 1/2-furlong allowance on turf. It will be his first start since finishing second by 3 1/4 lengths in an allowance July 25 at Laurel Park. The second- and third-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...

Trainer Rojas pleads not guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Murray Rojas has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of federal wire fraud and conspiracy that were handed down by federal prosecutors in an investigation linked to allegations of the illegal administration of drugs to horses on race day, according to court records. Read More...

HRRN to Provide Live Coverage of Travers Card

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide exclusive live coverage of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return attempt to win the 146th Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Jerardi: Double advantage for American Pharoah

DRF | 3 days ago
The Travers looks a lot like the Belmont Stakes to me. The best horse is also the only horse with any early speed. Read More...

Twin juvenile stakes close out meet

DRF | 3 days ago
A stakes doubleheader will bring the curtain down on the 2015 season at Evangeline Downs on Saturday night. The Starlet, for 2-year-old fillies, and the Star, for 2-year-old colts and geldings, are each worth $75,000. Read More...

School Board Prez, Ibelieveinmiracles get rematch in Tah Dah Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
School Board Prez and Ibelieveinmiracles, separated by a head as the one-two finishers in last month’s Miss Ohio Stakes at ThistleDown, will clash again in Saturday’s $75,000 Tah Dah Stakes for Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies at Belterra Park. Read More...

Secret Action finds a good spot in turf-route feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Secret Action certainly didn’t disgrace herself in the $250,800 Wonder Where Stakes, and she drops into a first-level allowance in Saturday’s fifth race, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass at Woodbine. Read More...

Divining Rod, Souper Colossal meet in Smarty Jones

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 3 winner Divining Rod and rapidly improving Souper Colossal, runner-up in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby earlier this month, figure to vie for favoritism in Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds at Parx Racing. Read More...

Needmore Flattery faces Bold Cait again in Pay the Man

DRF | 3 days ago
Needmore Flattery, rounding back into the sharp form that enabled her to win back-to-back titles as the best Ohio-bred the past two seasons, will try to turn the tables on rising 3-year-old statebred star Bold Cait when they meet for the second time this summer in Saturday’s $75,000 Pay the Man Stakes at ThistleDown. Read More...

American Pharoah Takes Easy Gallop at Spa

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
If you blinked, you might have missed it. American Pharoah was on the Saratoga Race Course main track for all of five minutes for an easy gallop Aug. 27. It was the Triple Crown winner's first time on the track. Read More...

Saratoga: Ex-claimer Da Big Hoss wins John’s Call

DRF | 4 days ago
Da Big Hoss swooped to the lead turning for home and never looked back en route to a decisive two-length victory over Holiday Star in Wednesday’s $100,000 John’s Call Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Indiana Grand: Heavy chalk Daddy Justice prevails

DRF | 4 days ago
Daddy Justice, heavily favored at 1-5, comfortably beat six rivals in the $75,000 Paul Tinkle ITOBA Stallion Season Colts and Geldings Stakes, a heavily restricted race for Indiana-breds on Wednesday at Indiana Grand. Read More...

Del Mar: Point Piper upsets Brubaker Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
After an itinerant journey, a transition to the West Coast put Point Piper in a surprising place on Wednesday – the winner’s circle of the $86,880 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes. The longest shot in a field of seven, Point Piper ($62) closed from sixth to win by a half-length over 12-1 Global View. Motown Men, the 8-5 favorite, finished third, a nose behind Global View. Read More...

Stable Second Session at OBS August Sale

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The first open session at the Ocala yearling sale saw the average rise 14.6% and the median go up 13.9%. The buy-back ride slid to 20.8%. Read More...

OBS August: Open portion sees gains in first session

DRF | 4 days ago
The first of two open sessions of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale closed on Wednesday with marked improvements in average and median sale price over last year’s middle session despite the lack of a six-figure horse. Read More...