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Giwner: Mindboggling year-end voting results

DRF | 17 mins ago
In the overall scheme of things, two deserving horses—JK She’salady and Sweet Lou—will be honored. That I can accept. What is a bit harder to swallow is the typical nonsensical voting for horses that simply do not merit a vote. Read More...

Sparkman: Map to stardom for Unbridled’s Song colt

DRF | 1 hour ago
It was with considerable surprise that I read the results of the fourth session of the 2012 Keeneland September sale on Sept. 13, 2012. I had left Kentucky for my home in Tennessee earlier that day with the understanding that my part-time employer Vincent Viola was finished buying at the sale. Read More...

Another Oatie tops Southern California Derby

DRF | 2 hours ago
Through 2014, the 3-year-old Quarter Horses Another Oatie, All Guns Firing and Dynasty of Habits have chased Moonist in several derbies at Los Alamitos. In Sunday’s $145,850 Southern California Derby, they are finally rid of him. Read More...

Beyer: No doubt about Horse of the Year

DRF | 3 hours ago
Voting has begun to determine 2014’s Eclipse Award winners, and it has provoked sharp differences of opinion. Some of the choices – such as leading trainer and best older horse – require special thought and analysis, but Thoroughbred racing’s top honor, the Horse of the Year title, shouldn’t be as controversial as most people see it. Read More...

Harness: Rocklamation among those for sale in January

DRF | 13 hours ago
The Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, in the Meadowlands race paddock. Post time is 11:00 a.m. Read More...

Meadowlands: Trainer Ford tries to roll a seven on Saturday

DRF | 14 hours ago
Trainer Mark Ford likes to move his horses around. With many of the east coast tracks closed, the longtime conditioner has essentially been forced to putting all of his eggs in one basket. On Saturday, he will ship in a full seven pacers for the 13-race Meadowlands program. The most intriguing in the group is the fast-class Warrawee Needy. Read More...

California Horse Racing Board considering new gelding rule

DRF | 18 hours ago
At its monthly meeting at Los Alamitos on Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board discussed creating a rule that would result in the scratch of any horse who has been gelded since his last start if that information is not disseminated to the betting public in a timely fashion, Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/20 Analysis

DRF | 18 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 12/20 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 12/20 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 18 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 12/20 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 12/20 analysis

DRF | 19 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 12/20 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Racing Medication and Testing Consortium declines merger proposal

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has declined a proposal to merge with the Association of Racing Commissioners International, citing “the importance of maintaining an independent and apolitical” organization to conduct medication research. Read More...

Cinco Charlie using Sugar Bowl as litmus test

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Sugar Bowl is a $50,000 stakes, but Cinco Charlie is no $50,000 horse, and he will be bet accordingly on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Strathnaver retired

DRF | 20 hours ago
Strathnaver, the winner of two stakes including the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland in 2013, has been retired and will be bred in 2015, trainer Graham Motion said. Read More...

El Nino Terrible heads up Saturday optional claimer

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Peter Miller has the likely favorite in Saturday’s fifth race at Los Alamitos in El Nino Terrible, a 3-year-old colt who won an optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles Nov. 23 at Del Mar. The race Saturday is for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Red Outlaw eyes rebound in Mathis Brothers Mile

DRF | 20 hours ago
Shared Belief, who was beaten for the first time in his eight-race career when he finished a troubled fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 1, will be favored in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 26. He is not the only 3-year-old on that card who will try to get back to the winner’s circle after having a long win streak that ended recently. Read More...

Lasting Bubbles should like outside post in Bold Ego

DRF | 20 hours ago
Lasting Bubbles drew a post that might give her an advantage Saturday in the $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap at Sunland Park. She will break from gate No. 8, outside of the good amount of speed signed on for the 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Bluffalatta goes for third straight local win in B-Connected Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Bluffalatta will be looking to keep his Delta Downs record perfect Saturday night, when he starts as one of the top players in a competitive renewal of the $65,000 B-Connected. The 7 1/2-furlong race drew a field of eight, including Arkansas Martini, who is moving back into the Louisiana-bred ranks, and Knockitdownhard, who is making his first start off the claim for the high-percentage team of Maggi Moss, trainer Tom Amoss, and jockey Gerard Melancon. 
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Familiar foes clash in Bobby Bricker Memorial

DRF | 20 hours ago
The final stakes of 2014 in Ohio takes place Saturday at Mahoning Valley Race Course near Youngstown, where five Ohio-accredited fillies and mares contest the $50,000 Bobbie Bricker Memorial Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.
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Smooth Daddy eyes first stakes win in Tropical Park Derby

DRF | 20 hours ago
Three-year-old turf specialists will get their final opportunity to race against their own kind and pick up some all-important black type this season with both the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby and its filly counterpart, the $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks, headlining Saturday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Harness: Despite confusion, JK She’salady is named Horse of the Year

DRF | 21 hours ago
When JK She'salady was announced Horse of the Year, the crowd in attendance at the Meadowlands was somewhat stunned. Most assumed that Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry or Pacer of the Year Sweet Lou had to receive that honor. They were wrong. Read More...

Harlan’s Destiny seeks to complete sweep in Eleanor Casey Memorial

DRF | 21 hours ago
On Saturday night in the Eleanor Casey Memorial, Harlan’s Destiny will try to complete a sweep of this year’s West Virginia-bred stakes for 2-year fillies at Charles Town. Read More...

Durkin to receive Eclipse Award of Merit

DRF | 21 hours ago
Tom Durkin, the longtime announcer for the New York Racing Association who retired earlier this year, has been selected to receive the Eclipse Award of Merit, the organizers of the Eclipse Awards announced Thursday. Read More...

Inside trio merit respect in Prairie Bayou

DRF | 21 hours ago
An interesting collection of 3-year-olds and upward will come together Saturday night at Turfway Park when the $60,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes is run at 1 1/16 miles over Polytrack. Read More...

Canadian owner Ball dies

DRF | 22 hours ago
Longtime Woodbine owner Derek Ball died suddenly Dec. 12 at age 65. Read More...

King: Smooth Daddy’s class stands out in Tropical Park Derby

DRF | 22 hours ago
My hope, at least as it comes to betting on Saturday’s Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park, is that the seemingly speedy composition of that field with cause bettors to allow front-running Smooth Daddy to drift up in price to start as an overlay. Read More...

Barretts January mixed sale catalog now online

DRF | 22 hours ago
The catalog for the 2015 Barretts January Mixed sale is now available online, featuring 335 offerings. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Dec. 20: Picks for Tropical Park Derby, Tropical Park Oaks, Letellier Memorial

DRF | 22 hours ago
The big race of the day Saturday obviously is the Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity. Unfortunately, it drew a field of only five. Small fields also are the case in the two $50,000 stakes at Fair Grounds, the Sugar Bowl and Letellier Memorial, which drew fields of five and six, respectively. The opposite is true, however, in the two $75,000 stakes at Gulfstream, where both the Tropical Park Derby and the Tropical Park Oaks drew 16 entrants. Read More...

Speed Seeker looks too classy for Saturday allowance foes

DRF | 22 hours ago
OLDSMAR, Fla. – Speed Seeker, who has raced with graded stakes competition in her last four starts, should appreciate the drop into optional allowance company on Saturday. A 3-year-old filly, Speed Seeker faces older competition for the first time in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile turf race. Read More...

Hovdey: Dortmund outperforming his namesake

DRF | 23 hours ago
I would think twice about betting heavily on Dortmund this Saturday. A lofty reputation is not always money in the bank. Read More...

Dortmund makes stakes debut in Los Alamitos Futurity

DRF | 23 hours ago
On a Saturday morning at Santa Anita the weekend prior to the Breeders’ Cup, trainer Bob Baffert was working a number of his horses for starts the following weekend. In the midst of all that activity, he sent a text to a reporter that read simply: “Watch gate work coming. Next star.” Read More...

Storm Power on a roll entering Hank Mills Sr.

DRF | 23 hours ago
PHOENIX – Storm Power looks to cement his status as the top older horse on the grounds at Turf Paradise in the $35,000 Hank Mills Sr. Handicap Saturday. The mile main-track event drew a field of seven, with Storm Power being the 123-pound highweight. Read More...

Canterbury offers 24 stakes for 70-day 2015 season

DRF | 23 hours ago
The 2015 Canterbury Park 70-day race meet will be the longest since the racetrack reopened in 1995 as Canterbury Park, and reflects the impact of a 2012 cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners and operators of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, that adds $75 million to horsemen purses over 10 years. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 11 to 14

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 11 to 14, 2014. Read More...

Remington enjoys across-the-board wagering increase

DRF | 1 day ago
Remington Park experienced increases in all average daily handle categories during its 67-date Thoroughbred meet that closed on Sunday, according to figures provided by the Oklahoma City track. Read More...

Introduction to Formulator Trainer Filters

DRF | 1 day ago
Introduction to Formulator Trainer Filters by Michael Hogan and Peter Thomas Fornatale. Read More...

Pandolfo: Plenty of positives in 2014

DRF | 2 days ago
With year-end honors being handed out, I thought I'd mention a few things that won't win any awards but caught my eye in 2014. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 12/19 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 12/19 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 12/19 analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 12/19 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Three locations in upstate New York approved for casinos

DRF | 2 days ago
New York regulators on Wednesday tabbed three casino proposals in upstate locations for licensing while rejecting all applications for a casino in the location approved by legislators that was closest to New York City. Read More...

Eagle pointing to Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Eagle, who finished a close, closing third in the Nov. 29 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill, had his first work since shipping to New Orleans when he went an easy half-mile last Friday. Trainer Neil Howard said he is pointing Eagle to the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes here at Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. Read More...

Grand Contender would benefit from surface switch in Diliberto Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
It has been roughly 20 days since measurable precipitation has fallen at Fair Grounds, a veritable eternity for this racetrack, but with the Friday forecast for a strong chance of significant rainfall, it may be about time to bring back out the old off-the-turf playbook. Read More...

Delaunay may switch to turf for Bonapaw

DRF | 2 days ago
Delaunay, who brilliantly won the Thanksgiving Handicap in his most recent start, could switch from dirt to turf for his next start, trainer Tom Amoss said this week. Read More...

American Pharoah set to resume training in January

DRF | 2 days ago
American Pharoah, the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile before being sidelined with an injury, is tack walking and will not return to the track to begin training until Jan. 1, his trainer, Bob Baffert, said Wednesday morning. Read More...

Shared Belief works six furlongs toward Malibu Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Shared Belief, who will be favored Dec. 26 in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, worked six furlongs in 1:15 Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Finley prepares challenge to NYTHA election

DRF | 2 days ago
Terry Finley, the New York-based owner who narrowly lost a recent election for president of the state’s horsemen’s group, will have until Jan. 5 to prepare a challenge to the election result under a four-step process adopted by the group’s board Monday, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association said. Read More...

Daring Kathy skips Tropical Park Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Conspicuous by her absence from laundry list of Tropical Park Oaks entries Saturday at Gulfstream Park was Daring Kathy, a four-time stakes winner who is coming off a wire-to-wire victory against older rivals in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Bridgmohan plans to ride at Oaklawn Park

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan will be based at Oaklawn Park for the first time in his career when the Hot Springs, Ark., track opens on Jan. 9. Read More...

Dom the Bomb inspires confidence with big Illinois Futurity win

DRF | 2 days ago
Dom the Bomb is an Illinois-bred 2-year-old, but the way he has dominated restricted competition while demonstrating somewhat surprising stamina has led his connections to consider placing the horse in more ambitious spots early next year. Read More...

No Problem supplemented to Los Alamitos Futurity

DRF | 2 days ago
No Problem, the winner of the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in November, was supplemented to Saturday’s $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for $20,000 when entries were taken Wednesday. Read More...

Tunica Girl can add to Broberg’s lead

DRF | 2 days ago
It has been horses like Tunica Girl who have helped push Karl Broberg to the top of the North American training charts in 2014. She’s won three of her last six starts and should go postward as the favorite Friday night in the $65,000 Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs. Read More...