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Macedonio: Wasting our top horses in elimination races

DRF | 3 hours ago
Why are we wasting our top athlete superstar’s talent by having them compete in outdated and Neanderthalic elimination races? Before I get into that, let's move into another sport, recreate the situation and see just how silly it sounds! Read More...

Marks: More Harness Racing questions and answers

DRF | 3 hours ago
Imitation is said to be the most sincere form of flattery. So, we’ll continue a salute to Clyde Hirt’s Impertinent Questions Columns that graced Harness Eye’s patriarch newspaper Sports Eye for so many years. Read More...

Del Mar jackpot pick six carryover reaches $257,533

DRF | 4 hours ago
The carryover in the single ticket jackpot pool of the $2 pick six has reached $257,533 for Friday’s program at Del Mar. Thursday’s pick six paid $146,917 on a day with two winning favorites in the sequence. Read More...

Late-running Celtic Chaos wins third straight in John Morrissey Stakes

DRF | 6 hours ago
The red-hot Celtic Chaos prevailed in a hard-fought neck decision over Ostrolenka in the 6 1/2-furlong John Morrissey Stakes for New York-breds. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 7 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Swansea Mile ends win drought in A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase

DRF | 8 hours ago
Swansea Mile, winless in his last 11 starts, including all seven in the U.S., rallied from midpack under Michael Mitchell to pull a 28-1 upset in Thursday’s Grade 1, $150,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap at Saratoga. Read More...

Charles Town to debut jackpot pick 6 wager

DRF | 9 hours ago
Charles Town Races in West Virginia will debut a jackpot pick 6 bet with a 12 percent takeout on its Aug. 17 card, the track announced on Thursday. Read More...

Weekend Hideaway forced to scratch from John Morrissey

DRF | 9 hours ago
Weekend Hideaway, the 7-2 morning-line favorite, was scratched from Thursday's $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes due to an injury to his left front foot. Read More...

Paulassilverlining, Finley’sluckycharm figure to dance again in Ballerina

DRF | 9 hours ago
Paulassilverlining and Finley'sluckycharm, the 1-2 finishers in Wednesday's Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap, are both likely to run back in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina here on Aug. 26. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 22 – July 25

DRF | 9 hours ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Fayeq might jump up and face big boys in Travers

DRF | 9 hours ago
Fayeq took advantage of a contested pace to win a first-level allowance race Wednesday at Saratoga, and now his connections will mull over whether to take a giant swing in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes here on Aug. 26. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 7/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Krash Course seeks third straight win in TQHA Sale Futurity

DRF | 9 hours ago
Krash Course established himself as the favorite for Saturday night’s $435,680 Texas Quarter Horse Association Sale Futurity at Retama Park two weeks ago, when he won his trial in dominant fashion. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 9 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Canadian Hall of Famer Regan dies at 85

DRF | 9 hours ago
Former Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association president and director Larry Regan died Wednesday morning at age 85. Read More...

Twist Tail steps up to stakes in Arapahoe Park Debutante

DRF | 10 hours ago
Twist Tail will attempt to parlay a sharp maiden win into a stakes victory Saturday when she starts as the probable favorite in the $50,000 Arapahoe Park Debutante. Read More...

Harness: Walner out of the Hambletonian

DRF | 10 hours ago
The Hambletonian Society confirmed on Thursday afternoon (July 27) that likely odds-on favorite Walner will not be racing in the 2017 Hambletonian on August 5. Read More...

2017 Yearling Market Preview

DRF | 10 hours ago
In this special edition, the DRF Breeding staff previews the 2017 yearling sale season in North America. Coverage, presented by Stonestreet Farm, includes market outlook and analysis, horses to watch, a look at newcomers to the stallion market, exclusive Beyer Sire Performance Standings and how those may impact sales results, and more. Read More...

Outrageous Green cutting back in distance for Duke City Sprint

DRF | 10 hours ago
Outrageous Green will make a notable distance move Saturday night when the field's lone stakes winner in the $50,000 Duke City Sprint at the Downs at Albuquerque takes on up-and-comers Pink Cotton and Bernin Senstation. Read More...

Convivial steps up to stakes company in Lamplighter

DRF | 10 hours ago
Saturday's $60,000 Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth Park will pit stakes experience against raw talent when Mo Maverick and Dover Cliffs take on recent maiden winner Convivial. Read More...

Curlin Road may get Pacific Classic start after Cougar II win

DRF | 10 hours ago
Curlin Road, claimed for $40,000 in April, may have earned a start in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 19 with his first stakes victory in Wednesday's Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap. Read More...

Coal Front sticks with the program in Amsterdam

DRF | 10 hours ago
Coal Front certainly has the breeding to go a route of ground. But after two victories sprinting by Coal Front, trainer Todd Pletcher is keeping things simple for the 3-year-old colt when he makes his stakes debut in Saturday's Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Hovdey: A little snip, snip, and then zoom, zoom!

DRF | 10 hours ago
Hide the children and bolt the doors. The wild things are being let loose on Saturday both East and West, when Saratoga presents the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Del Mar offers the Bing Crosby, both at three-quarters of a mile. Read More...

Tatters to Riches brings fast works, high hopes into debut

DRF | 11 hours ago
Tatters to Riches has impressed jockey Tyler Baze in morning workouts, leading to high hopes for the colt's debut in a maiden special weight race at six furlongs in Saturday's first race at Del Mar. Read More...

Limousine Liberal should get trip he needs in Alfred G. Vanderbilt

DRF | 11 hours ago
Kentucky based horses have gotten off to a good start during the early stages of the 2017 Saratoga meeting, and the Bluegrass State will be well represented here Saturday in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, with both Limousine Liberal and Bird Song among the major players. Read More...

Drefong returns in solid Bing Crosby field

DRF | 11 hours ago
Drefong, the 2016 champion sprinter, has not raced since winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last November. For his comeback, Drefong could not have a more difficult assignment than Saturday's Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs at Del Mar. He is one of nine stakes winners in a field of 11. Read More...

Caldwell runners look tough in both divisions of D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity

DRF | 12 hours ago
Trainer J.R. Caldwell counts top contenders in both the colt and filly divisions of Saturday's D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity at Evangeline Downs. Read More...

Plenty of pace for Remembertobreathe in claiming feature

DRF | 12 hours ago
With a local race behind him and plenty of potential speed lined up, Remembertobreathe looks like the one to beat in a $15,000 claimer that will serve as Saturday's feature at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Selling horsepower takes different tacts for Becker, Mast

DRF | 12 hours ago
In another world, Kurt Becker and Joseph Mast might have been cross-town rivals. Becker has been the voice of Keeneland since the track first staffed an announcer in 1997. Mast is in his seventh year as a Fasig-Tipton auctioneer. Holding down the same stand at a Thoroughbred sale would be a branding clash akin to Coca-Cola and Pepsi teaming up. Read More...

Yearling sale season kicks off from coast to coast

DRF | 12 hours ago
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale is the category's first boutique auction of the season, and kicks off a flurry of activity from coast to coast on a changing yearling market landscape during August. Read More...

G. G. Ryder seeks elusive Southern California win in California Dreamin’

DRF | 12 hours ago
G. G. Ryder has been a steady presence in trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's stable since 2013, amassing a record of 13 wins in 36 starts and earnings of $611,095. Read More...

Kasuga a wild card in Royal North Stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
What do you do with the speedy Kasuga in Saturday's $125,000 Royal North Stakes, a contentious six-furlong turf sprint at Woodbine? Read More...

Hips to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale

DRF | 13 hours ago
Horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, based on their pedigrees and the past auction performance of notable family members. Read More...

New York-breds continue to shine on big stages

DRF | 13 hours ago
New York-breds have not only excelled in open company around the country in recent years – they have taken their show far, far on the road to continued success. With statebreds a hot commodity for both national and regional buyers, the market rolls into the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, set for Aug. 12 and 13 in Saratoga Springs. Read More...

Changes, optimism abound at yearling sales

DRF | 13 hours ago
Change is nothing new to the yearling sale calendar, but it's been a while since so much has happened at once. Read More...

Enable tries older males in King George

DRF | 13 hours ago
Enable, the winner of the English Oaks and Irish Oaks in recent starts, will be favored Saturday to become the third female in the last six years to win the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in England. Read More...

A Grade 1 day for World Championship of Handicapping

DRF | 13 hours ago
Saturday's featured contest is the latest Grade 1 qualifier for the World Championship of Handicapping. The WCH is a championship-level, online event. Assuming full participation, the purse will be $1 million. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, July 29: Picks for Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, Amsterdam

DRF | 13 hours ago
While the richest race this weekend is Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, Saratoga has another big card Saturday with four graded stakes events. Read More...

Heza Dasha Fire starts his year in Spencer Childers Championship

DRF | 14 hours ago
Heza Dasha Fire, the 2015 Quarter Horse World Champion, will start for the first time this year in Saturday’s $100,000 Spencer Childers Championship for older Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos, a race that could lead to a third consecutive start in the prestigious Champion of Champions in December. Read More...

Juvenile colt by Animal Kingdom brings $180,000 at Del Mar paddock sale

DRF | 14 hours ago
A 2-year-old colt by Animal Kingdom sold for $180,000 at Wednesday’s Barretts paddock sale at Del Mar, the most expensive hip of the horses-of-racing-age sale. Read More...

Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Candid Desire has an upset chance in the John Morrissey

DRF | 14 hours ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Thursday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Penn National Gaming revenue up 3.5 percent in second quarter

DRF | 14 hours ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the owner of 29 racetracks and casinos across the U.S., had net income of $17.1 million in the second quarter of 2017, according to financial statements released Thursday, as interest payments on a large debt continued to take a chunk out of its bottom line. Read More...

R Kinsley Doll more than qualified to win Added Elegance Stakes

DRF | 15 hours ago
With a field-high bankroll of $312,513 and several stakes victories, R Kinsley Doll looks like the horse to beat in the $50,000 Added Elegance, the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Moon Dude most intriguing horse on four-stakes card

DRF | 15 hours ago
Northlands Park has carded four stakes on Saturday, and the most intriguing horse entered on the 11-race card is Moon Dude, who will be a heavily favored to win the $50,000 Edmonton Juvenile. Read More...

Can’thelpbelieving improving for Nijinsky Stakes

DRF | 15 hours ago
The Maryland-based Can'thelpbelieving appears to have found a cozy spot in Saturday's $175,000 Nijinsky Stakes, and the Graham Motion-trained 6-year-old should be the prohibitive favorite in the 1 1/4-mile turf route at Woodbine. Read More...

Curlin Road scores first stakes win in Cougar II Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Curlin Road, claimed for $40,000 in April, won his first stakes in Wednesday’s Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on dirt at Del Mar. Read More...

Two pick six carryovers into Thursday card at Del Mar

DRF | 1 day ago
There are two six-figure carryovers into Thursday’s $2 pick six at Del Mar. The main pick six pool has a two-day carryover of $271,496. There is a carryover of $126,816 in the single ticket jackpot pool, which is paid only if there is a single winning ticket. Read More...

The Meadows: Trogdon eyes Adios win with Fear The Dragon

DRF | 1 day ago
When a teenage Bruce Trogdon first began attending the Adios more than four decades ago, he never imagined he would someday own a horse in the race. On Saturday, he will. But even if it never happened, the Adios would always be special to him. That’s because 41 years ago, Trogdon got engaged to his wife Sabrina there. Read More...

Meadowlands: Ariana G looks to join sister as Oaks winner

DRF | 1 day ago
Award-winning Ariana G will take a step toward trying to follow in her older sister’s hoof prints when she competes in Saturday’s first of two eliminations of the Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Read More...

Paulassilverlining relentless in Honorable Miss victory

DRF | 1 day ago
Paulassilverlining, under Jose Ortiz, kept persevering to outfinish Finley’sluckycharm and win the Honorable Miss at Saratoga Race Course by a neck. Read More...