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Caldwell dominates owner standings going into second half

DRF | 5 mins 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 | 31 mins 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 | 35 mins 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 | 1 hour 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 | 1 hour 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 | 1 hour 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 | 1 hour 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 | 2 hours 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 | 2 hours 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 | 2 hours 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 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 2/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Saez extends lead in jockey standings

DRF | 3 hours 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 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

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

DRF | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 6 hours 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 | 7 hours ago
King: How I'd Play Oaklawn for Monday, Feb. 20 Read More...

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

DRF | 7 hours ago
Beer: How I'd Play Aqueduct for Monday, Feb. 20 Read More...

Classic Empire will skip Fountain of Youth

DRF | 7 hours 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 | 18 hours 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 | 19 hours 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 | 19 hours 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 | 21 hours 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 | 21 hours 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 | 23 hours 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 | 24 hours 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 | 24 hours 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 | 1 day 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...

Gold Dream Punches Ticket to BC Classic

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Katsumi Yoshida's 4-year-old Gold Dream held off Best Warrior by a neck to win the one-mile, February Stakes (G1) Feb. 19 at Tokyo Racecourse. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Monday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Epicharis, Gold Dream take steps toward Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Classic

DRF | 1 day ago
Epicharis and Gold Dream won stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday that could lead to starts in the two biggest races in the United States this year – the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Read More...

Bergman: An industry divided by two men

DRF | 1 day ago
If Jeff Gural cares about there being a future for young people in this sport, as he has said on numerous occasions, and Joe Faraldo cares for horsemen throughout North America and not just SOA of NY members, they must reach an accord. Read More...

Classic Empire Out of Fountain of Youth

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Juvenile champion Classic Empire will not start as expected in the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) March 4 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Mark Casse said Feb. 19.  Read More...

Epicharis Earns Japan Kentucky Derby Bid

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Epicharis, a grandson of Sunday Silence, earned a guaranteed spot in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with a victory in Sunday's Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse. Read More...

Epicharis Earns Japan’s Kentucky Derby Bid

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Epicharis, a grandson of Sunday Silence, earned a guaranteed spot in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with a victory in Sunday's Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse. Read More...

Mo Town Set for 3-Year-Old Debut in Risen Star

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Firmly landing himself prominently on the charts as a serious contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the $200,000 Keeneland September 2015 purchase now looks to make a hit out of his sophomore debut, the Risen Star (G2). Read More...

Watchmaker: Tough getting past Gun Runner and Uncontested on Monday

DRF | 1 day ago
Since this holiday weekend’s two best and richest races are Monday at Oaklawn Park – the Razorback Handicap and the Southwest Stakes, both Grade 3, $500,000 events – it seems like a timely idea to use this Sunday platform for a Weekend Warrior-like look at these two races. Read More...

Sunday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Matrooh faces a tough foe in his return to the races

DRF | 1 day ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Sunday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Golden Gate Pick Six ticket pays $240K, keyed by El Camino Real

DRF | 1 day ago
Keyed by Zakaroff’s $99.60 victory in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, one bettor playing the 20-cent Golden Pick Six cashed a ticket for a $240,030.54. Read More...

Archer City rolls to victory in Two Altazano

DRF | 1 day ago
Archer City backed up a nine-length allowance win with a three-length stakes victory Saturday night in the $65,000 Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. Read More...

Zakaroff pays $99.60 for stunning win in El Camino Real Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Zakaroff scored the second biggest upset in the 36-year history of the Grade 3, $200,450 El Camino Real Derby, scoring a one-half-length victory at nearly 49-1 as locally based runners swept the top three positions in the premier race for 3-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...