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Gun Runner Rolls to Razorback Handicap Victory

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Finally free from what seemed like interminable quarantine in Louisiana, Gun Runner put on an impressive display in his first start of the season, leading every step of the way for a 5 3/4-length victory in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). Read More...

Broken Pelvis Causes Charismatic’s Death

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Charismatic died Feb. 19 of a hemorrhage caused by a broken pelvis, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm founder Michael Blowen and Park Equine Hospital's Dr. Bryan Waldridge and Dr. Rhodes Bell confirmed Feb. 20.  Read More...

Broken Pelvis Cause of Charismatic’s Death

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Charismatic died Feb. 19 of a hemorrhage caused by a broken pelvis, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm founder Michael Blowen and Park Equine Hospital's Dr. Bryan Waldridge and Dr. Rhodes Bell confirmed Feb. 20.  Read More...

Caledonian slips past Even Thunder in Jimmy Winkfield

DRF | 3 days ago
What Monday’s Jimmy Winkfield at Aqueduct lacked in depth, having just five starters, it made up for with drama as Caledonian edged Even Thunder by a nose in a head-bobbing finish of gray 3-year-old sprinters. Read More...

Road to the Derby: El Camino Real analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Road to the Derby: El Camino Real analysis. Read More...

Washington Annual Awards Banquet Scheduled Feb. 25

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred industry will be honoring the best of the best of 2016, "Roaring 20s" style, at the Washington Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, Feb. 25. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 2/22 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 2/22 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox’s agenda wide open

DRF | 3 days ago
I'm a Chatterbox came out of her second-place finish in the Houston Ladies Classic last month in good condition, but beyond a repeat bid in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap this summer there are no set plans for the 5-year-old mare. Read More...

Jenda’s Agenda handles routing with ease

DRF | 3 days ago
On Sunday, Jenda's Agenda won her second race from as many starts and aced her transition from a sprint to a route in a first-level allowance. Jenda's Agenda beat the talented filly Stonetacular by one length but was eased up the final furlong and basically galloped across the finish. Read More...

Grade 1 Winner Gormley Works Toward Next Start

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Sham Stakes winner Gormley, a leading classics contender on the West Coast, worked on Santa Anita Park's main track Feb. 20 under regular rider and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza. Read More...

Valadorna ready to fire best shot in Rachel Alexandra

DRF | 3 days ago
Valadorna, who runs Saturday in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes, and Souper Tapit, a promising maiden winner, give Mark Casse a couple of local stakes-quality 3-year-olds. Read More...

Yockey’s Warrior possible for Count Fleet

DRF | 3 days ago
Yockey's Warrior, who was a powerful allowance winner Feb. 17 at Oaklawn in his first start since winning the Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds, could be back for a major sprint stakes. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said Monday that Yockey's Warrior is possible for the Grade 3, $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap on April 15. Read More...

White Beauty Lineage

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington, Ky. has been home to 13 white foals since 1995. The latest addition came during Super Bowl 51 when Beautiful Devil produced a white filly by Revolutionary at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 5. Read More...

Caldwell dominates owner standings going into second half

DRF | 3 days ago
Danny Caldwell took quick command of the owner standings at Oaklawn Park by winning two races on the first card of the meet Jan. 13, and little has changed approaching the second half of the season. Caldwell had 15 wins through Sunday, eight more than second-leading owner Muddy Waters Stables. Read More...

Mubtaahij preps for Dubai World Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Mubtaahij, who finished second in the 2016 Dubai World Cup, will have his prep for a second run in the $10 million race when he starts Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse in the $160,000 Curlin Handicap. Read More...

Bh Lisas Boy qualifies for Champion of Champions

DRF | 3 days ago
Bh Lisas Boy became the first horse to qualify for the Grade 1 Champion of Champions in December with a win in Sunday’s Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship for older Quarter Horses. Read More...

Gormley gets back on the work tab

DRF | 3 days ago
Gormley, the winner of two graded stakes in his last three starts, worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Monday for a scheduled start in a major stakes for 3-year-olds in March.Gormley is a candidate for the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11 or the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 18 Read More...

Hong Kong: Top jockeys go at it in Sai Kung Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockeys Joao Moreira and Zac Purton have mounts that will be a focus for bettors in Wednesday’s $225,489 Sai Kung Handicap for turf sprinters at Happy Valley Racecourse. Read More...

Cuddle Alert gives trainer Melissa Saldana her first stakes win

DRF | 3 days ago
Melissa Saldana, an assistant to trainer Mark Glatt, got her first stakes win Sunday with Cuddle Alert in the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita. Read More...

Navy man qualifies for Ultimate Betting Challenge

DRF | 3 days ago
Five players won their way into major upcoming handicapping contests on Sunday via the DRF Tournaments platform, tournaments.drf.com. Edward Enborg and Evan Freedman won into the Ultimate Betting Challenge, and Ken Jordan, Martin Quinn, and Anson Clark qualified for the Horse Player World Series. Read More...

Bergman: Betting Line looks to carry his on-track dominance to the breeding shed

DRF | 3 days ago
Betting Line is not the first son of Bettor’s Delight his trainer Casie Coleman had success with as a sophomore. But he was the best. Read More...

Parlor back from layoff for allowance turf mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Parlor raced only twice as a juvenile last year, but he made a big impression, winning his career debut and then coming within a neck of winning a rich stakes race at Kentucky Downs. On Wednesday at Tampa Bay Downs, the son of Lonhro will try to pick up right where he left off when he makes his 3-year-old debut in a first-level allowance. Read More...

Nauset Beach’s best shot puts him right there in Wednesday allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Terri Pompay said she never used to know what she was going to get when she sent Nauset Beach out to run during the early stages of his career. But with maturity, the 6-year-old has brought a little more consistency to his game, and his best effort should have him right in the thick of the battle in Wednesday's $49,000 optional-claiming feature Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 2/21 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 2/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Saez extends lead in jockey standings

DRF | 3 days ago
Moment of Delight posted her third stakes victory in her last five starts, outlasting Distinta by a neck in Saturday's White Pearl Stakes and giving leading rider Luis Saez a sweep of the afternoon's two stakes. Read More...

Laurel Park to Introduce Fans to Ownership Experience

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
The Maryland Jockey Club will play host Saturday, March 18 to Fantasy Owners' Day at Laurel Park, which will introduce fans to the Thoroughbred ownership experience. Read More...

Curlin tops among elite sires early in 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Curlin, who has rapidly made his ascent among North America’s elite sires, had his latest career year in 2016. The Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion hasn’t lost momentum with the turn of the calendar and is one of the leading sires of this nascent season. Read More...

Consignors Bullish on Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale

Blood-Horse | 3 days ago
Consignors are optimistic that the March 1 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-olds in training sale will continue to build on the momentum of last year's auction in which gross, average, and median prices spiked. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Happy Valley. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Feb. 13 – Feb. 15

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Trip Notes for February 18: Barbara Fritchie, General George, El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Trip Notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races run on Saturday, February 18. Read More...

Monday’s TimeformUs Highlight Horse: Lady Luciano is back at the right level

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Monday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits set for return in Gulfstream Park Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Mind Your Biscuits figures as a solid favorite when the 4-year-old colt makes his first start since winning the Grade 1 Malibu on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, returning Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint at 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Lady Eli back on work tab, eyes Jenny Wiley

DRF | 3 days ago
Turf star Lady Eli was on the work tab for the first time since her nose defeat in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf; the 5-year-old mare breezed three furlongs in an easy 37.90 seconds Saturday morning over the Palm Meadows turf. Read More...

Irish War Cry to have one breeze for Fountain of Youth Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Irish War Cry is scheduled to breeze Saturday at the Palm Meadows training center in preparation for his next stop along the Kentucky Derby trail, the March 4 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Quant, Lead Along stand out if Thursday feature stays on turf

DRF | 3 days ago
Back-to-back allowances serve as early highlights on an 11-race Thursday card at Gulfstream Park, where the possibility of rain threatens to move the first of those races off the turf and onto the main track. Read More...

Sparkman: Keeping Man o’War in the game

DRF | 4 days ago
One-hundred years on from Man o’ War’s birth, Tiznow is the obvious conduit for the Man o’ War line, but it is by no means certain that Tiznow will succeed in projecting his illustrious ancestor’s genes further into the 21st century. Read More...

King: How I’d Play Oaklawn for Monday, Feb. 20

DRF | 4 days ago
King: How I'd Play Oaklawn for Monday, Feb. 20 Read More...

Beer: How I’d Play Aqueduct for Monday, Feb. 20

DRF | 4 days ago
Beer: How I'd Play Aqueduct for Monday, Feb. 20 Read More...

Classic Empire will skip Fountain of Youth

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse said Sunday that Classic Empire will not make the March 4 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, as had been tentatively planned, but that any subsequent prep race for the May 6 Kentucky Derby remains possible for him. Read More...

Memorial Service Set for Tommy Barber

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association offers its sincerest condolences to the Barber family on the passing of Tommy Ray Barber, the son of Mike and Mary Barber and grandson of Lonnie and Doris Barber. Read More...

Cuddle Alert Gives Sire Bedford Falls First Stakes Win

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
The California-based stallion Bedford Falls was represented by his first black-type stakes winner Feb. 19, when his second-crop daughter Cuddle Alert won the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita Park by a head. Read More...

My Bikini Fell Off finishes strong in Peppers Pride Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
The 6-year-old mare My Bikini Fell Off, making just her third start going as far as a mile in her 24-race career, finished fastest of all to win Sunday’s $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park. Read More...

Cuddle Alert delivers first stakes win for trainer Saldana in Spring Fever

DRF | 4 days ago
Last July, Cuddle Alert finished seventh in a $10,000 claimer at Del Mar, the day she was acquired by trainer Melissa Saldana. Sunday at Santa Anita, in her seventh start since being claimed, Cuddle Alert won her first stakes in the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap for California-bred fillies and mares. The win was a milestone for 28-year-old Saldana, her first stakes win with the only horse she trains. Read More...

Charismatic, 1999 Horse of the Year, dies unexpectedly at 21

DRF | 4 days ago
Charismatic, the 1999 Horse of the Year when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, died on Sunday, according to a statement released by the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky. Read More...

Clean break helps Wilburnmoney score 20-1 surprise in Franklin Square

DRF | 4 days ago
Racing last month in an allowance at Aqueduct, the filly Wilburnmoney broke last of nine, and though she kicked into gear late, her early deficit proved insurmountable and she settled for third. Sunday’s $100,000 Franklin Square Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies proved a different story, both at the start and at the finish. This time, Wilburnmoney broke sharply among the field of 10 and pulled away for a two-length victory over stubborn front-runner Bluegrass Flag to score a 20-1 upset. Read More...

Hong Kong: Rapper Dragon captures Hong Kong Classic Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Rapper Dragon is in position to sweep Hong Kong’s three-race series for 4-year-olds. After winning the Hong Kong Classic Mile on Jan. 22, Rapper Dragon won the second leg, Sunday’s $1,288,560 Hong Kong Classic Cup at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Sha Tin Racecourse. Read More...

Baffert’s Bronze Age joins Triple Crown trail

DRF | 4 days ago
Bronze Age won his debut at a mile, and third career start, with a convincing 1 1/2-length victory in 1:35.29 Saturday at Santa Anita. He beat two well-regarded Baffert-trained prospects in West Coast, who had his career debut Saturday and finished with interest, and Glacier, who was a well-beaten third. Read More...

Wild At Heart’s Grade 1 debut likely in Santa Margarita

DRF | 4 days ago
Wild At Heart, the winner of Saturday’s Grade 3 Buena Vista Stakes, is likely to have her Grade 1 career debut in the $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita on March 18. Read More...

Horse of the Year Charismatic Dies

Blood-Horse | 4 days ago
Charismatic returned to the United States from the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan on Dec. 4 and was pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky. He died Feb. 19. Read More...