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Hammersly: Del Mar pick six play for Wednesday, July 29

DRF | 16 hours ago
With over a half a million just sitting there (and odds are some of that was yours to begin with) and the prospect of a lot more money piled on for Wednesday’s big carryover, there’s probably about a million and a half reasons to take a swing. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 7/29 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 16 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 7/29 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Belmont Park benefits from longer meet, Triple Crown

DRF | 16 hours ago
An extra week of racing, terrific weather, and the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years helped the New York Racing Association post gains in total handle at the recently concluded Belmont spring-summer meet. Read More...

Robertson denies drug charge

DRF | 16 hours ago
McLean Robertson, a leading trainer at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., has been suspended by the track stewards for 90 days after a horse he trained tested positive for methamphetamine, but the track itself issued a statement contending that they did not believe the positive was a result of a deliberate drugging of the horse. Read More...

Solow heavy favorite in Sussex Mile

DRF | 16 hours ago
Solow will be a short-priced favorite to extend his winning streak to eight races in Wednesday’s $1.56 million Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England after a weekend of rain caused Gleneagles to be kept out of the entries by trainer Aidan O’Brien. Read More...

Bergman: Mission Brief brings intrigue to 2015 Hambletonian

DRF | 17 hours ago
The $1 million answer was received late Sunday and it was all good news for the trotting sport. Last year’s phenomenal trotting filly Mission Brief has taken the long road to regaining her spectacular form. Following Sunday’s 1:51 4/5 victory in the Dr. Harry Zweig Memorial filly division, it became clear to many, including her trainer Ron Burke, that the daughter of Mission Hill was ready to battle Jimmy Takter’s boys in the $1 million 90th edition of the Hambletonian on August 8 at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Judy the Beauty tops short field in Honorable Miss

DRF | 17 hours ago
Wesley Ward brought the champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty back to the races this year primarily because the Breeders’ Cup is at Keeneland, where the 6-year-old mare has trained and excelled throughout her career. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 7/28 Analysis

DRF | 17 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 7/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 7/28 Analysis

DRF | 17 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 7/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Magna Light’s connections file appeal of Sanford disqualification

DRF | 18 hours ago
The connections of Magna Light have appealed the Saratoga track stewards’ decision to disqualify that horse from first place in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford Stakes. Read More...

Lexie Lou nearing return

DRF | 18 hours ago
2014 Canadian Horse of the Year and Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou is nearing a return to racing at Woodbine. Lexie Lou has not raced since finishing second in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan 17. Read More...

Pick six carryover at Del Mar could swell to $3 million

DRF | 18 hours ago
The pick six is being resuscitated this summer at Del Mar, where the second two-day carryover of the summer meet is likely to generate a massive pool that exceeds $3 million on Wednesday. The pick six was not hit Saturday or Sunday; the carryover into Wednesday is $562,765. Read More...

Galina Point, London Tower square off again in Eternal Search Stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
The steady Galina Point should be a major player in Wednesday night’s $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile event for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton changes date of Midlantic December mixed sale

DRF | 19 hours ago
The upcoming Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale has been rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Read More...

Harness: Hambletonian Oaks lures 16 fillies

DRF | 20 hours ago
Sixteen fillies entered today (Monday) for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the filly division of the Hambletonian. Hambletonian week kicks off on Aug. 1 with two $35,000 eliminations to narrow the field to 10 for the $500,000 Oaks Final on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 8, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Read More...

Spectrus will try to move forward in Wednesday feature

DRF | 20 hours ago
Spectrus will appreciate the easier company when he runs in a $25,000 optional-claiming race Wednesday evening at Northlands Park. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew eight horses and goes as the seventh race. Read More...

Monmouth gets spruced up for visit from Pharoah

DRF | 21 hours ago
Haskell Day is always the high point of the Monmouth Park season. But this year is different. Way different. Read More...

Trip Notes for July 25-26: Sanford, Diana, Bing Crosby, CCA Oaks, and more…

DRF | 1 day ago
Trip Notes for July 25-26: Sanford, Diana, Bing Crosby, CCA Oaks, and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

My Heart Goes On prevails in Angie C.

DRF | 1 day ago
My Heart Goes On ran her record to 2 for 2 with a hard-fought victory Sunday in the $45,000 Angie C. Stakes at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Weewinnin leads throughout California Dreamin’

DRF | 1 day ago
There was no sneaking up on Weewinnin in Sunday’s $151,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap at Del Mar. Racing without blinkers for the first time, Weewinnin led throughout the turf race for California-breds and held off a group of closers to win by a neck over 8-5 favorite Rock Me Baby. Read More...

Wild Dude scores upset in Bing Crosby

DRF | 1 day ago
Wild Dude showed erratic form in the first six months of the year, winning once in five starts, all in graded stakes in California and New York. In Sunday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, Wild Dude delivered his best performance of the year at a key moment. Read More...

Redstart wins maiden in Queen City Oaks

DRF | 1 day ago
Redstart, a maiden racing beyond six furlongs for the first time, relished the 1 1/8-mile distance to easily win Sunday’s $75,000 Queen City Oaks for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies at Belterra Park. Read More...

Storm Warrior wins Rio Grande Senor Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
Storm Warrior remained undefeated in three starts by running down 6-5 favorite Diabolical King in Sunday’s $194,672 Rio Grande Senor Futurity for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Gates opened too early in Del Mar race

DRF | 1 day ago
Admiral Jaxon, a 3-1 shot, was declared a nonstarter from the third race at Del Mar on Sunday after the race began while an assistant starter was guiding the gelding into the starting gate. Read More...

Harness: Mission Brief headed to the Hambletonian

DRF | 1 day ago
When the field is drawn Monday morning for the Hambletonian Oaks, Mission Brief’s name won’t be among the entries. On Sunday night, trainer Ron Burke confirmed to the Meadowlands Racetrack that his star 3-year-old filly will take on the boys in the 90th Hambletonian on Saturday, August 8th. Read More...

Curalina wins Coaching Club American Oaks by DQ

DRF | 1 day ago
For the second consecutive day, the result of a graded stakes at Saratoga was decided in the stewards’ stand. For the second consecutive day, trainer Todd Pletcher was the beneficiary of that decision. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Monday, July 27

DRF | 1 day ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Monday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from July 20 – July 22

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Hooseir, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from July 22 – July 23

DRF | 1 day ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 7/27 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 7/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Isabella Sings, Stormy Regatta win Little Silver divisions

DRF | 2 days ago
When the gates opened for the second division of the Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Abel Castellano Jr. took a light hold of Isabella Sings, but it appeared that the riders of the second-, third-, and fourth-place runners wanted nothing to do with the lead. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 7/27 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Monday 7/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Ageless sets track record in Royal North

DRF | 2 days ago
The imposing Maryland shipper Ageless ($3.40) lowered the six-furlong course record when capturing the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes for the second year in a row at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Vernon: Mission Brief, Pinkman take Zweig Memorials

DRF | 2 days ago
The road hasn’t been easy for Mission Brief, but she officially stamped herself as a force to be reckoned with by winning Sunday’s $185,000 Zweig for 3-year-old fillies on the trot at Vernon Downs. A possible candidate to face the boys in the Hambletonian on August 8 at the Meadowlands, she stole the show from Pinkman, who captured the $370,000 open division. Read More...

Gutaifan extends winning streak in Prix Robert Papin

DRF | 2 days ago
Gutaifan extended his winning streak to three races with a victory in Sunday’s $143,000 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, one of the first major stakes of the year for 2-year-olds in France. Read More...

Gierkink’s Woodbine horses to watch for week of July 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Ron Gierkink's horses to watch at Woodbine for the week of July 26. Read More...

Top Clearance to run in Haskell Invitational

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Wayne Catalano on Sunday said he plans to run Top Clearance in next Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, bringing the number of probable rivals for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to six. Read More...

Magna Light’s connections plan to appeal DQ

DRF | 2 days ago
The connections of Magna Light plan to appeal the stewards’ decision to disqualify that horse from first place in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Sadler barn gets Group 3 winner for Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Princess Charm, a Group 3 winner in France in March, has joined trainer John Sadler’s stable and is a candidate for the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 15. Read More...

Conquest Pacemaker all the way in Toronto Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Fresh off an impressive maiden score, Conquest Pacemaker went right to the front and never looked back to take the $131,500 Toronto Cup Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Catch a Flight targets Pacific Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Catch a Flight has won three graded stakes for older horses in Southern California since early May, including Saturday’s $200,500 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Monday, July 27

DRF | 2 days ago
At a meet like Saratoga, where there are so many competitive races and everyone’s trying to win, experience has taught me that it is best not to split hairs between several closely matched horses. Instead, I take my cue from Steve Fierro’s fine book “The Four Quarters of Horse Investing” and simply construct betting lines where contenders get 79 to 81 percentage points (see the odds percentage table in the American Racing Manual), allowing about 20 percent or so for the random results that no amount of study could foresee. Read More...

Gross, average decline sharply at Paddock Sale

DRF | 2 days ago
Mr Notorious, a winner in France in June, was purchased for $200,000 by Deron Pearson at Saturday’s Paddock Sale at Del Mar, a horses-of-racing-age sale that had widespread declines in key business categories compared with the corresponding event in 2014. Read More...

Hard Not to Like eyes Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Hard Not to Like, who got up in the final jump to nip Tepin in course-record time in Saturday’s Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga, will be aimed at the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Oct. 31 at Keeneland, with likely one start before then, trainer Christophe Clement said Sunday. Read More...

Micks Miracle sidelined with foot injury

DRF | 2 days ago
Micks Miracle, the 3-year-old colt who made a slow Del Mar surface appear fast while winning a highly rated allowance race Saturday, needs time to recover from a minor foot issue before he runs again, trainer Phil D’Amato said Sunday. Read More...

Competitive Edge breezes for Haskell

DRF | 2 days ago
Competitive Edge completed his preparation for next Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational and a date with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah by working four furlongs Sunday at Saratoga. Read More...

Ecleto Red wins Prairie Meadows Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
The heavily favored Ecleto Red ($2.80) seized command in the early stages and dug deep in the final sixteenth to hold Hazards of Love's determined bid safe for a neck victory in Saturday's $49,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap. Read More...

Crist: Coaching Club American Oaks preview

DRF | 2 days ago
This year’s 3-year-old filly division is in disarray, especially now that the brilliant grass star Lady Eli is sidelined while battling laminitis. The eight Grade 1 races in the division so far this year have been won by seven different fillies. Lovely Maria is the only dual winner (Ashland on April 4 and Kentucky Oaks on May 1), while one Grade 1 apiece has gone to Callback (Las Virgenes on Jan. 31), Stellar Wind (Santa Anita Oaks on April 4), Spanish Queen (American Oaks on May 30), Curalina (Acorn on June 6), Include Betty (Mother Goose on June 27), and Lady Eli (Belmont Oaks on July 4). Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday, July 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Potomac River rallies to win Sunset Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Unhurried early under Carlos Marquez, Potomac River swung out five wide turning for home and unleashed a powerful rally to capture the Sunset Stakes at Evangeline Downs, the first of three $75,000 stakes events on the grass Saturday night. Read More...