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Public-comment period for proposed tax rules ends Thursday

DRF | 2 hours ago
A public-comment period on proposed new rules for the tax treatment of parimutuel winnings expires on Thursday, and 4,000 comments in support of the rules have been logged so far, according to an official with the association that organized the lobbying effort behind the rules. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 3/31 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 3/31 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Downs at Albuquerque Handicap gets purse boost to $200,000

DRF | 3 hours ago
The Downs at Albuquerque has boosted the purse of its signature race for Thoroughbreds to $200,000, according to a Wednesday announcement of the track's $2.5 million stakes schedule. The track opens its meet for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses on June 24. Read More...

Owner, veterinarian suspended 30 days

DRF | 3 hours ago
The New York stewards suspended owner Raj Jagnanan for 30 days and fined him $1,500 for having a bottle of the medication albuterol in his car. Albuterol is a bronchodilator that is only permitted to be in the possession of a licensed veterinarian. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 3/31 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 3/31 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Two world champion Quarter Horses on opening-night card

DRF | 3 hours ago
Jessies First Down, the world champion Quarter Horse of 2016, will launch his season in a Friday night trial at Sam Houston Race Park – and he’s not the lone world champion running on the meet’s first card. Jrc Callas First also will be in action, the world champion of 2014 set to get his season underway in the $20,000 Harris County Stakes. Read More...

Moquett appeals result of Puple Martin Stakes

DRF | 3 hours ago
Trainer Ron Moquett said Tuesday he has filed an appeal to the Arkansas Racing Commission concerning the results of the $150,000 Purple Martin Stakes last Saturday at Oaklawn. Read More...

Dan Dufford, Monmouth stakes coordinator, dies

DRF | 3 hours ago
Dan Dufford, the stakes coordinator at Monmouth Park, died in his sleep following a short illness on Tuesday at age 66. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 3/31 Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 3/31 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Casse plans to run Corporate Queen, scratch Summer Luck from Fair Grounds Oaks

DRF | 3 hours ago
There are eight 3-year-old fillies entered for the Fair Grounds Oaks on Saturday, but no more than seven will start. Trainer Mark Casse entered both Corporate Queen and Summer Luck but said via text message Wednesday that only Corporate Queen will start. Read More...

Celestine sticks around to defend title in Honey Fox

DRF | 4 hours ago
The richest race on the Florida Derby undercard is the Grade 2, $300,000 Honey Fox Stakes, where Celestine will seek to repeat her 3 1/4-length victory from a year ago. Read More...

Miss Sky Warrior headed for Gazelle

DRF | 4 hours ago
Miss Sky Warrior, who won the Grade 2 Davona Dale here on March 4 for her fourth consecutive victory, skipped the Gulfstream Oaks, to be run here on Saturday, and instead will run in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle at Aqueduct on April 8. Read More...

Gulfstream Oaks a pivotal race for Tequilita

DRF | 4 hours ago
With the sensational filly Unique Bella sidelined by injury, the Kentucky Oaks has become a wide-open event. Some of those looking for a starring role in that $1 million race at Churchill Downs on May 5 will be auditioning Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

El Areeb breezes half-mile for Wood Memorial

DRF | 4 hours ago
El Areeb and the older stakes mare Winter concluded an extended gallop with a half-mile breeze Wednesday at Laurel Park as trainer Cal Lynch continues to point him to the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8. Read More...

No rest needed for turf course

DRF | 4 hours ago
Santa Anita intends to use its turf course throughout April rather than rest it April 14-16 – the first weekend of the spring-summer meeting – as planned earlier this year. Read More...

With Unique Bella away, Abel Tasman will play

DRF | 4 hours ago
With Unique Bella forced to miss the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks because of a minor injury, trainer Bob Baffert plans to start Grade 1 winner Abel Tasman in the $400,000 race. Read More...

Derby Watch: Asmussen shifts focus back to 3-year-olds

DRF | 5 hours ago
After a trip to Dubai to watch Gun Runner finish second in the Dubai World Cup, Steve Asmussen has returned focus to his 3-year-olds and will saddle Local Hero on Saturday in the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Read More...

Watch out for Five O One in Rainbow Stakes

DRF | 5 hours ago
Five O One was bred to be a winner in central Arkansas. The horse whose name reflects the area code that serves Oaklawn was a standout debut winner at the track in February and on Friday figures to start as the favorite in the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes. Read More...

A more mature Smokey Image returns

DRF | 5 hours ago
Smokey Image was a sour 3-year-old by the middle of last summer, so trainer Carla Gaines decided to give him a break. Friday, Smokey Image will have his 4-year-old debut in an optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs in the third race at Santa Anita. Read More...

Australia: Le Romain avoids facing Winx in Doncaster Mile

DRF | 5 hours ago
Le Romain is safe in Saturday's Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick racecourse in Australia. Winx, Australia's top-rated horse, is not part of the field for $2.29 million Doncaster Mile, which is billed as the world's richest mile handicap. Read More...

Florida Fabulous stays home for allowance

DRF | 6 hours ago
Florida Fabulous heads a field of five entered Friday in a $48,000 first-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies going a mile over Gulfstream Park's main track. Read More...

Gunnevera parked outside in Florida Derby

DRF | 6 hours ago
The late addition of three decided outsiders to the field suddenly made Wednesday's post-position draw for Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby very relevant. And sure enough, the draw proved significant, with Fountain of Youth winner and 9-5 morning-line favorite Gunnevera assigned the far-outside post 11, a disadvantage with such a short run to the first turn in 1 1/8-mile races at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Finger Lakes: Futurity nominations close Saturday

DRF | 6 hours ago
Saturday is the final nomination deadline for the New York Breeders’ Futurity series at Finger Lakes. A $150 fee will make a 2-year-old eligible for two races, the $200,000-estimated Futurity and one of two $100,000 preps, either the Aspirant for colts and geldings or the Lady Finger Stakes for fillies. Read More...

Charles Town will offer $100,000 guaranteed pick four on Classsic card

DRF | 6 hours ago
Charles Town will offer a $100,000-guaranteed all-stakes pick four on its April 22 card that will have the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic as its third leg. Read More...

Australia: Gingernuts goes for fifth straight in Australian Derby

DRF | 6 hours ago
A gelding who managed one win in his first four starts, Gingernuts has won four consecutive races, a streak that will make him the favorite in Saturday's Group 1 Australian Derby at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Australia. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 29

DRF | 7 hours ago
Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not Read More...

Turf racing in sight as Aqueduct moves to main track

DRF | 7 hours ago
The opening of the main track at Aqueduct is always a welcome sign of spring. It breaks the seemingly endless parade of six-furlong sprints over the inner track and means turf racing and the return of tanned trainers from Florida can't be far off. On Friday, when the main-track season begins, there will not be a six-furlong race in sight. Read More...

Free roll for Santa Anita Preakness contest

DRF | 7 hours ago
On Friday, DRF Tournaments is offering a free contest for all registered players. The prize pool consists of four $25 entries to the April 1 feeder for Santa Anita’s Preakness contest. That event is a live-bankroll contest that will feature a prize pool worth over six-figures between cash and seats to both the National Handicapping Championship and Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Read More...

Wolfson maintains fervor for contest play

DRF | 7 hours ago
Just because Steve Wolfson Sr. is in the Horseplayer Hall of Fame doesn’t mean he’s resting on his laurels. He’s been on a run in online contests, winning seats online to both Keeneland’s Grade One Gamble and the Horse Player World Series, the latter on Sunday in a DRF Tournaments event. Read More...

Australia: The Championships analysis – Saturday, April 1, 2017

DRF | 7 hours ago
The Championships kicks off Saturday in Sydney and Australia’s top horses will compete for a share of $20.2 million AUD ($15.4 million) in prizes. While next weekend’s G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes will see Winx, Longines’ equal best ranked racehorse internationally, aim for her 17th straight win, Saturday boasts four G1 races. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Local Hero

DRF | 7 hours ago
Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Local Hero Read More...

Yonkers: Horses to watch from Mar. 25 – Mar. 28

DRF | 7 hours ago
Horses to watch from Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Albarado, Lanerie change agents

DRF | 9 hours ago
Jockeys Robby Albarado and Corey Lanerie, who have combined for more than 9,000 wins, both have split with their longtime agents and will have new representation when Keeneland starts its 15-day spring meet April 7. Read More...

Handle on Spiral Stakes card falls 3 percent

DRF | 9 hours ago
Business was down marginally Saturday on the 12-race Spiral card at Turfway in northern Kentucky. All-sources handle was $5,694,796, which is down 3 percent from the corresponding 2016 date. Read More...

Ellis moves Groupie Doll Stakes to a Sunday

DRF | 9 hours ago
Ellis Park has rearranged the stakes schedule for its 2017 summer meet by moving its marquee race, the Groupie Doll Stakes, to a Sunday while also reinstituting the Debutante Stakes following a nine-year hiatus. Read More...

Kentucky Oaks not in plans for Purely a Dream

DRF | 9 hours ago
Although Purely a Dream earned enough qualifying points in winning the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks last Saturday at Turfway Park to become a starter in the Kentucky Oaks, that's highly unlikely to happen. Read More...

Gisser: If curling can do it, why not harness racing?

DRF | 11 hours ago
As much as I love the tournament, by 8 PM on Friday, after 20 hours of basketball and approximately 26 games, I needed a break. There is no harness racing on TV to speak of, so I watched The U.S. Women take on powerhouse Scotland in the World Curling Championships from Beijing, China. That’s right. I said curling. Read More...

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending March 26

DRF | 11 hours ago
Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend’s graded stakes and releases the TimeformUS Speed Figures for these races. Read More...

Yonkers: Pocket trip pays off for Never Say Never N in Sagamore Hill final

DRF | 21 hours ago
A pocketed Never Say Never N (Jason Bartlett, $7.10) out-tripped 2-5 favorite Awesomeness (Scott Zeron) Tuesday night (March 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s ‘sloppy’ $61,800 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. Read More...

Goldfeder: Using churn to positive effect

DRF | 1 day ago
There are many approaches to take as a horseplayer. It doesn’t hurt to mix things up to prevent getting into a rut and to keep your approach fresh. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of March 27

DRF | 1 day ago
Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of March 27 Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 3/30 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 3/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 3/30 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 3/30 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Ontario owner-breeder William Gierkink dies at 85

DRF | 1 day ago
Longtime Ontario owner-breeder William Gierkink, the father of Daily Racing Form handicapper Ron Gierkink, died last Sunday at age 85. Read More...

Blue Grass gains Practical Joke, loses Classic Empire

DRF | 1 day ago
The Grade 2, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes on April 8 at Keeneland lost one significant player but picked up another on Tuesday as the connections of Classic Empire and Practical Joke finalized plans. Read More...

Conquest Mo Money misses late Triple Crown deadline

DRF | 1 day ago
The connections of Sunland Derby runner-up Conquest Mo Money tried to make the horse a late nominee to the Triple Crown, but they missed the deadline and the nomination was rejected. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton to hold Turf Showcase yearling sale in September

DRF | 1 day ago
Fasig-Tipton made a splash on the North American auction calendar on Tuesday when the company announced its inaugural Turf Showcase yearling sale. Read More...

Harness: Down Under Horse of the Year coming to America

DRF | 1 day ago
Richard Poillucci has admired pacer Christen Me from afar. With this week’s arrival of New Zealand’s 2015 Horse of the Year on U.S. soil, Poillucci looks forward to appreciating Christen Me’s talents from much nearer proximity. Read More...

Unique Bella to miss Santa Anita Oaks and Kentucky Oaks with shin injury

DRF | 1 day ago
Unique Bella has been taken out of training with a shin injury and will miss scheduled starts in the Santa Anita Oaks on April 8 and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 5. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: McCraken, Gunnevera favorites for final pool

DRF | 1 day ago
With a final round of major prep races still to come, the fourth and last pool in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens Friday at noon Eastern for the customary three-day run. Read More...