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Zeftabrook tops Wellington Brook Showcase

DRF | 2 hours ago
A mere two races into her career, Zeftabrook may have the sufficient experience needed to win the $120,000 Wellington Boot Showcase at 5 1/2 furlongs at Wellington Racecourse in Australia. Read More...

Asmussen has three good shots to add to Will Rogers Downs haul

DRF | 3 hours ago
Steve Asmjussen has two wins from four starters this year at Will Rogers Downs, and on Monday he has live shots in three Will Rogers races, including Estilo Femenino in the featured $50,000 Wilma Mankiller Stakes. Read More...

Ginobili needs no assist to win Sunday feature

DRF | 3 hours ago
Ginobili, named for retired San Antonio Spurs standout Manu Ginobili, has invaded Oaklawn from Southern California for an optional $80,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds over six furlongs. Read More...

Martinez can start week with a multi-win day

DRF | 3 hours ago
Kelli Martinez is tied for leading trainer at Fonner Park. She has at least one runner in four of the nine races on the Monday card at Fonner (first post 4 p.m. Central) and could easily come up with multiple winners. Read More...

Ever Dangerous’s debut win a pleasant surprise to Weaver

DRF | 3 hours ago
Ever Dangerous kicked her off her career in style Thursday at Gulfstream Park, winning a 1 1/16-mile turf race by four lengths at odds of 14-1 for trainer George Weaver and owners Randy Hill and Dean and Patti Reeves. Read More...

Davis’ road trip to Florida paying dividends

DRF | 3 hours ago
Jockeys have to make split-second decisions all the time. Dylan Davis made one last month that has him continuing to ride while many of his New York brethren are stuck at home. Read More...

Harness: When COVID-19 steals your sport and column

DRF | 3 hours ago
Harness Racing is far from immune as COVID-19 at least temporarily upends our lives. Read More...

InfieldFest for 2020 Preakness canceled

DRF | 4 hours ago
The Preakness Stakes, traditionally the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, has yet to be re-scheduled for this season as the coronavirus pandemic continued to upend the Thoroughbred industry and the world at large. However, the race, traditionally a colorful party in Baltimore, will have a different feel this year as The Stronach Group and Maryland Jockey Club announced that the race's accompanying InfieldFest concerts and events will be canceled. Read More...

Harness: SBOANJ working to get racing back in action

DRF | 4 hours ago
The SBOANJ would like to remind its members that its staff is continuing to work diligently during these difficult times. Read More...

The Stronach Group argues for return of racing in full-page ad in Los Angeles Times

DRF | 4 hours ago
The Stronach Group, the parent company of Santa Anita, purchased the only full-page advertisement in Thursday's Los Angeles Times, arguing for the importance of being allowed to race again during the coronavirus outbreak. Read More...

Prat making sure he’ll be ready to ride when racing resumes

DRF | 4 hours ago
A mandatory vacation was not what jockey Flavien Prat envisioned for early April. Similar to thousands of his racing colleagues worldwide, Prat's season has been idled by the coronavirus outbreak. Read More...

Weaver hopes Up in Smoke keeps winning and learning

DRF | 4 hours ago
Up in Smoke is unbeaten, but she's far from perfect. At least that's the way trainer George Weaver looks at it as he prepares the 3-year-old filly for her first start in open company and first against older horses in Sunday's first-level optional-claiming feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Fernweh starts climb back to top in Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby Trials

DRF | 4 hours ago
Fernweh was briefly the nation's leading 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly last spring, following a win in the $1 million Ruidoso Futurity in June. Ten months later, Fernweh will have her 3-year-old debut in a division of the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby trials on Sunday. Read More...

Santana resumes riding on Sunday

DRF | 4 hours ago
Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., is scheduled to resume riding Sunday at Oaklawn Park, according to Arkansas state steward Bernie Hettel. Read More...

DRF’s Horse Racing Playbook for Friday, April 3, 2020

DRF | 23 hours ago
With most other North American sports being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, we hope the sport of horse racing can entertain you during these trying times. Daily Racing Form has served as the most trusted source of news and information about the sport since 1894, and moving forward we have decided to provide a free daily playbook; something that both hardcore horseplayers and casual observers can reference to get informed of each day's action. Read More...

Lone Star meet and its backstretch opening will be delayed

DRF | 1 day ago
The start of the Lone Star Park meet will be delayed as the Dallas area track complies with the latest restrictions Texas has issued in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, track president Scott Wells said Thursday. Read More...

Navarro, Servis enter not guilty pleas

DRF | 1 day ago
Top trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis entered not guilty pleas to charges related to administering illegal substances to racehorses during an arraignment conducted telephonically Thursday afternoon by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Read More...

Top Beyer fillies Frank’s Rockette, Edgeway square off in Purple Martin Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
It's a Beyer Speed Figure battle on Saturday when Frank's Rockette meets Edgeway in the $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The six-furlong race is for 3-year-old fillies and drew a field of 10. Read More...

Waikuku seeks Beauty Generation’s crown in Chairman’s Trophy Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Beauty Generation does his best work at the front of the pack and for well more than year has been the top-rated horse in Hong Kong. Waikuku does his running late in the game, and he is coming hard for Beauty Generation's place atop the Hong Kong mile division. In fact, 5-year-old Waikuku might already have overtaken Beauty Generation in that position. Read More...

I’ll Fight Dempsey faces challenge following impressive debut

DRF | 1 day ago
I'll Fight Dempsey came out punching when he scored a front-running 2 1/2-length victory in a six-furlong maiden race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 29. Saturday, it's round 2 for the speedy son of Into Mischief, who runs in a seven-furlong allowance that goes as race 11 on the 12-race program. Read More...

Golden Gate ordered to close because of coronavirus pandemic

DRF | 1 day ago
Golden Gate Fields has been ordered closed by Alameda County officials because of the coronavirus pandemic, track executives said on Thursday. Read More...

Harness: Yarock helping to give back to the sport

DRF | 1 day ago
After putting hoops on hold, Dave Yarock needed a way to satisfy his competitive nature. That is when he discovered harness racing. Read More...

Never Be Enough has look of a Badilla special

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Manuel Badilla apparently makes overseas equine transplants feel right at home in his Northern California stable. Read More...

First Premio drops to proven level but catches deep field

DRF | 1 day ago
Officially, there is no stakes race Saturday at Gulfstream Park as the spring-summer meet doesn't have its first stakes until May. But Saturday's multi-conditioned turf allowance feature at Gulfstream Park could certainly pass for, at the very least, a Grade 3 event. Read More...

Game Winner works a half-mile

DRF | 1 day ago
The temporary disruption of racing at Santa Anita has not affected the training of Game Winner, the champion 2-year-old male of 2018. Read More...

Baltas sending stakes runners to Oaklawn, Golden Gate

DRF | 1 day ago
With no short-term plans for the resumption of racing at Santa Anita, trainer Richard Baltas is making alternative arrangements for some of his stakes horses. Read More...

Seranitsa follows winning pattern for Walsh

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Brendan Walsh's lone winner from three starts at the Tampa Bay Downs meet came with a horse returning from a long layoff and making her first start for him and with jockey Antonio Gallardo aboard Saturday, Walsh will hope to duplicate what Mintd ($19) did last month when he sends out Seranitsa in a first-level allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Free Australian Racing past performances and analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Daily Free PPs and handicapping information for Australian horse racing. Read More...

Many of Ward’s 2-year-olds in ‘holding pattern’ with no Keeneland meet

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Wesley Ward has had one day circled on his calendar for nearly the last six months, since the first morning he began the arduous ordeal of preparing the 50 or so yearlings in his care last fall for their 2-year-old campaigns. That day was Thursday, April 2, opening day of the Keeneland spring meet. Read More...

Thoroughbreds square off in pair of 870-yard dashes

DRF | 1 day ago
The Thoroughbred influence on 870-yard races at Los Alamitos dominate two allowance races at the distance on Saturday evening's eight-race program. The races drew no Quarter Horses. Read More...

DRF’s Horse Racing Playbook for Thursday, April 2, 2020

DRF | 2 days ago
With most other North American sports being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, we hope the sport of horse racing can entertain you during these trying times. Daily Racing Form has served as the most trusted source of news and information about the sport since 1894, and moving forward we have decided to provide a free daily playbook; something that both hardcore horseplayers and casual observers can reference to get informed of each day's action. Read More...

Cal Expo: Racing suspended prior to Wednesday’s card

DRF | 2 days ago
Just an hour prior to post time for the Wednesday (4/1) card at Cal Expo, officials released the information that racing has been suspended immediately by order of the Sacramento Health Department. Read More...

Queen’s Plate postponed, will be run later in Woodbine meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Woodbine Entertainment announced Wednesday that the 161st running of the Queen’s Plate has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More...

Sweezey has runners in five Friday races

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Kent Sweezey will be busy during Friday's stacked card at Tampa Bay Downs with entrants in five of the eight races at the Oldsmar, Fla. track. Read More...

Breakout Beyers: Dr. Post returns with a bang

DRF | 2 days ago
The well-regarded Dr. Post reutrned from nine months on the shelf to produce a sparkling 92 Beyer Speed Figure March 29 at Gulfstream Park Read More...

Girls Know Best bred to Uncle Mo, but may race again

DRF | 2 days ago
Girls Know Best, a four-time stakes-winning mare, was recently bred to Uncle Mo, but her racing days may not be over just yet, trainer and part-owner Eddie Kenneally said. Read More...

War of Will, Got Stormy staying sharp just in case

DRF | 2 days ago
Though trainer Mark Casse said he has about 80 percent of his horses with him at his training center in Ocala, Fla., among the ones who are elsewhere are Grade 1 winners War of Will and Got Stormy. Read More...

Franco taking a break after his Florida Derby win on Tiz the Law

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Manny Franco's victory aboard Tiz the Law in Saturday's Grade 1 Florida Derby is likely to be his last mount for a while. Franco returned to New York on Sunday and said he doesn't plan to ride again until New York begins racing again. Read More...

Furyofthehuracan facing easier rivals

DRF | 2 days ago
Furyofhehuracan will race against an easier group of rivals than she faced last time out in Friday's seventh race at Los Alamitos, a $16,000 claimer at 300 yards. Read More...

Melody Belle carries weight of success in Doncaster Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
As a result of her third-place finish in the world's richest one-mile turf race, Melody Belle has been assigned co-high weight for Saturday's Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. Read More...

Off Topic will try to pick up where she left off in Friday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
It's not easy to stop on a horse after she gives the best performance for her career the way Off Topic did last September at Belmont Park. But the connections of Off Topic are hoping their patience will result in a big 4-year-old campaign for the daughter of Street Sense, who gets back to the races Friday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Fonner Park plans to continue racing through April

DRF | 2 days ago
Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., which brought back live racing for a trial period after halting its meet last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, intends to continue racing through the month of April, according to Chris Kotulak, the chief operating officer at Fonner. Read More...

Twenty Remington Park Futurity trials to be held Friday and Saturday

DRF | 2 days ago
Remington Park will spotlight 2-year-old Quarter Horses on Friday and Saturday night, when the Oklahoma City track puts on 20 trial races for the $825,000-estimated Remington Park Futurity. The finale is April 18. Read More...

Trainers unable to make Kentucky Derby plans until options become clearer

DRF | 2 days ago
Wednesday was supposed to be entry day for the Santa Anita Derby. And the Blue Grass Stakes. And the Wood Memorial. All would have been run Saturday, all as final major preps for the Kentucky Derby four weeks later on May 2 at Churchill Downs. Now, all three are at best postponed – for weeks or months – or at worst canceled. Read More...