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Nev’s Cat starts for red-hot Broberg in Red Earth

DRF | 50 mins ago
Trainer Karl Broberg will attempt to keep the good times rolling in Friday night’s $50,000 Red Earth at Remington Park. He has Nev’s Cat in the 7 1/2-furlong turf race for Oklahoma-breds. Read More...

Papiese pair targeting Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 54 mins ago
The Pizza Man came out of his win in the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes last Saturday in good shape, and is likely to make his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, according to Rich Papiese, who bred and owns the Pizza Man with his wife, Karen. Read More...

Bern Identity brings love for Saratoga to stakes

DRF | 1 hour ago
Bern Identity returns to the scene of his finest hour, a 1 1/4-length victory in the 2012 Sanford Stakes, when he ships from Monmouth back to Saratoga for Friday’s $100,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes. Read More...

On Fire Baby eyes Locust Grove

DRF | 1 hour ago
Multiple Grade 1 winner On Fire Baby remains on target for the Sept. 6 Locust Grove on opening weekend of the 12-day September meet at Churchill, trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage said this week. Read More...

Mr Speaker finds himself in an unlikely spot in Travers

DRF | 1 hour ago
The 145th Travers Stakes, this year worth a record $1.25 million, will be run Saturday, and, for the 13th time in his Hall of Fame career, Shug McGaughey will be participating. He sends out Mr Speaker, who, on the surface, looks to be in the wrong race. Read More...

Saez has huge lead in jockeys’ race at Ellis meet

DRF | 1 hour ago
With the 29-day Ellis Park meet entering its final two-week stretch, apprentice rider Juan Saez continues to pull away atop the jockeys’ standings. Read More...

Turf Paradise slates 42 stakes

DRF | 1 hour ago
Turf Paradise unveiled a $1.6 million stakes schedule as the Phoenix track prepares for its 59th racing season. Read More...

Personal Ensign a critical test for Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar

DRF | 2 hours ago
Friday, in the Grade 1, $500,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, Close Hatches looks to continue her perfect season while Princess of Sylmar looks to end her imperfect one. Both seek to position themselves for a fall championship run. Read More...

Remington Sprint Cup one possibility for Heitai

DRF | 2 hours ago
Heitai has resumed training following a summer freshening, and while plans for his next start have yet to be cemented, the options include a sprint stakes at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, according to his co-owner, Frank Rowell, and his trainer, Karl Broberg. Read More...

Stakes options for Irish Surf

DRF | 2 hours ago
Irish Surf, the winner of the Cougar II Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on Polytrack on July 25, will be entered for Saturday’s $250,000 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf as well as Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack. Read More...

Silentio to give Polytrack a try in Pat O’Brien

DRF | 2 hours ago
Trainer Gary Mandella will run Silentio in Sunday’s $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes over seven furlongs on the Polytrack instead of the $250,000 Del Mar Mile on turf on the same day. Read More...

Frac Daddy better acclimated coming into Pacific Classic

DRF | 2 hours ago
The absence of a recent plane flight, or van trip, could make Frac Daddy a factor in Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, a race in which he is likely to be overlooked. Read More...

Bad Read Sanchez to miss Del Mar Futurity

DRF | 2 hours ago
Bad Read Sanchez, third in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 3, will miss the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3 because of a recent temperature, trainer Doug O’Neill said. Read More...

Northlands Park handle up despite fewer racing days

DRF | 3 hours ago
The sun shined bright on the large crowd that turned out for last Saturday’s Canadian Derby, and the future of horse racing in Alberta also is looking bright. Read More...

Lewis follows father’s lead as track steward

DRF | 3 hours ago
Horse racing is a family business, with sons often following fathers. Richard Lewis took that big step Friday at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale, where he took his place in the stewards’ stand. His father, Leon Lewis, was a longtime steward. Read More...

Frey determined to come back strong off suspension

DRF | 3 hours ago
If there’s a hallmark of 21-year-old jockey Kyle Frey’s career, it’s resiliency, but that trait is facing its sternest test as Frey returns to action following a 90-day suspension May 2-July 30 after testing positive for “synthetic cannabinoids: spice.” Read More...

Hovdey: Personal Diary’s story gets unlocked in Oaks

DRF | 3 hours ago
If you missed a more rewarding appreciation of Del Mar Oaks winner Personal Diary in her two appearances out West this summer, it’s too late. She’s gone, or at least she was getting wrapped up and ready to ship Tuesday morning along with five other horses trained by the wife-and-husband team of Victoria and Phil Oliver. Read More...

Shorter Timonium meet should help races fill

DRF | 3 hours ago
Racing will return to the Maryland State Fair on Friday as Timonium will begin a seven-day meet over its five-furlong track. Read More...

Stryker Phd shows he’s ready for Longacres Mile

DRF | 3 hours ago
While the field for Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile took shape around him, likely favorite Stryker Phd went through his final paces this week at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Quarter Horse stakes schedule announced

DRF | 3 hours ago
The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Futurity, a restricted Grade 1 event worth an estimated $1 million, highlights an expanded stakes schedule for the 2014 fall Quarter Horse racing season at Evangeline Downs, which begins Oct. 1. Read More...

LQHBA Sales Futurity Quarter Horse qualifiers set

DRF | 3 hours ago
Trials for the $150,000-added Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sales Futurity took place at Fair Grounds last Friday, which was opening day for the 12-program Quarter Horse meeting. The 350-yard final is slated for closing day, Sept. 5. Read More...

Treasury Bill, Sharp Omar head up Friday feature on turf

DRF | 3 hours ago
It’s an all-turf weekend for feature races at Monmouth Park. Read More...

RCI establishes penalties for ‘stacking’ painkillers

DRF | 4 hours ago
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has approved language in its model rules defining “stacking” of painkillers and providing for new penalties for the practice, the RCI announced Wednesday. Read More...

Stronach among Jockey Club’s six newest members

DRF | Triple Crown Trail | 4 hours ago
The Jockey Club has elected six new members, including Frank Stronach, the owner-breeder who is the owner of Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park and other racing assets, the organization announced on Wednesday. Read More...

Beatrice changes strategy for Thoroughbred Owners of California Handicap

DRF | 5 hours ago
When the globe-trotting filly Beatrice showed up for last month’s Osunitas Stakes, she looked like a top contender and was bet accordingly, but she managed to beat just two of her 11 rivals. Read More...

Spa Babies for Thurday, Aug. 21

DRF | 5 hours ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at the juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Harness: Sebastian K coming to Yonkers in October

DRF | 6 hours ago
Having conquered foes throughout North America, Swedish wonder Sebastian K has little left to prove. Despite setting a new mark for trotting speed with a 1:49 world record performance, his connections still aspire to expand his résumé and have committed to race Sebastian K in an Invitational race at Yonkers Raceway as part of the undercard on the Yonkers Trot and Messenger program. Read More...

Unhindered tries turf on short rest in Natalma allowance prep

DRF | 6 hours ago
Stakes winner Unhindered will take her talents to the turf in Friday’s second race at Woodbine, a seven-furlong allowance that serves as the prep for next month’s Grade 2 Natalma Stakes. Read More...

Sole Power going in Nunthorpe Stakes for fourth time

DRF | 7 hours ago
Sole Power, the winner of the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, will make his fourth career appearance in the $432,000 Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse in England on Friday, a race he won as a 100-1 shot in 2010. Read More...

Free’s preview: Going for the hat trick

DRF | 7 hours ago
The penultimate week of the 2014 Del Mar racing season begins Wednesday. Now is a good time for a brief look at three key races. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Wednesday, Aug. 20

DRF | 7 hours ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Travers: Wicked Strong draws outside Bayern, Tonalist

DRF | 21 hours ago
A big smile came over the face of jockey Rajiv Maragh when his mount, Wicked Strong, drew post 7 in a field of 10 for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga, positioning him outside his two main rivals, Bayern in post 2 and Tonalist in post 6. Read More...

Woodbine considers changing surface of main track

DRF | 21 hours ago
In a memo to horsemen, Steve Koch, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group, said improvements would be made to the main-track surface at Woodbine in September. Read More...

Vacation for Get Happy Mister

DRF | 23 hours ago
Get Happy Mister, who won all five of his starts during the Arapahoe Park meet that closed Sunday, has been turned out in a vacation that will last until about the first of the year, said trainer Butch Gleason. The horse is based at the Colorado farm of his owner, Annette Bishop. Read More...

Northfield: Thursday 8/21 Analysis

DRF | 23 hours ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Thursday 8/21 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Watchmaker: Pick four play for Saratoga for Wednesday, Aug. 20

DRF | 24 hours ago
The late pick four is the multirace exotics sequence I find most appealing on Wednesday’s card at Saratoga, so here goes: Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 8/21 Analysis

DRF | 24 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 8/21 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 8/21 Analysis

DRF | 24 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 8/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Tiz Wonderful colt sets record at Okla. sale

DRF | 24 hours ago
A yearling colt by Grade 2 winner Tiz Wonderful sold for a record price at the Carter Sales Co., auction on Sunday, when he brought $67,000 during the organization’s annual summer sale in Oklahoma City. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Turf races and apprentice challenge

DRF | 1 day ago
The second and third races are both scheduled for seven furlongs in lane 2 on the grass. There is rain in the forecast for Wednesday, but it would probably take significant rainfall for those events to be moved to the Polytrack. Read More...

Another possible pool manipulation at ThistleDown

DRF | 1 day ago
A bettor or group of bettors who have targeted races in Ohio to cash wagers at non-pari-mutuel bookmakers appear to have struck again on Sunday at ThistleDown Racetrack. Read More...

Free’s Horses to Watch

DRF | 1 day ago
Del Mar Horses to Watch by Brad Free. Read More...

King: Pick four play for Del Mar for Wednesday, Aug. 20

DRF | 1 day ago
Of all the multirace gimmick wagers at Del Mar on Wednesday, it is the late pick four that this horseplayer finds most appealing. Form is established in most of the races in the sequence, races 5 through 8, with the exception of the sixth race for maiden 2-year-olds. Read More...

English Channel relocates to Calumet

DRF | 1 day ago
Turf champion English Channel has relocated to continue his stud career at Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm near Lexington, Ky. He most recently stood at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky. Read More...

Bayern to get distance test in Travers Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
When Bob Baffert sent Bayern out for a workout Tuesday at Del Mar, he said he was looking for a reason not to put the speedy 3-year-old on a plane Wednesday morning headed for Saratoga and Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers Stakes. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton releases Midlantic fall yearling sale catalog

DRF | 1 day ago
The catalog for the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale is now available online, featuring 450 entries. Read More...

Shared Belief completes Pacific Classic preparations

DRF | 1 day ago
Shared Belief, who will put his unbeaten record on the line against a strong group of older horses in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday at Del Mar, had his final work on Tuesday morning, a half-mile in 49.60 seconds at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Few willing to challenge Obviously

DRF | 1 day ago
Only a handful of challengers are expected to face the outstanding turf miler Obviously in the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Mile, which joins the Pacific Classic and Pat O’Brien on Sunday’s card. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Wednesday, Aug. 20

DRF | 1 day ago
There may be a few linchpins on which you can key your multi-race wagers, including one at the very start. Read More...

All-sources handle down at Saratoga meet

DRF | 1 day ago
All-sources handle is down 5.3 percent, while ontrack handle is flat, through the first 28 days of the 2014 Saratoga meet compared with last year. Read More...