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High Noon Rider controls Better Talk Now from the start

DRF | 11 hours ago
High Noon Rider's victory in Monday’s $100,000 Better Talk Now may have come as a surprise to some, and that he won the race on the lead came as a surprise to most, except trainer George Weaver. Read More...

Lukas: 80 and still looking for the next big horse

DRF | 14 hours ago
The wins don’t come as readily as they once did and he’s not as big a player in the major races as he would like, but Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas still loves the thrill of competition. Lukas, arguably the most accomplished horsemen in Thoroughbred racing, turns 80 years old on Wednesday. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from August 24 – August 25

DRF | 15 hours ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 9/2 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 15 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 9/2 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Site Read could be real deal

DRF | 15 hours ago
Trainer Bill Mott got off to a sensational start at the 2015 Saratoga meet, perhaps highlighted by the debut victory of the 2-year-old colt Site Read on the second day of the meet. Mott hopes to kick off the final week of the Saratoga summer in similar fashion when he sends out Site Read in Wednesday’s Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes. Read More...

Pretty N Cool has final Debutante work

DRF | 16 hours ago
Pretty N Cool is expected to head a strong field in the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, and she completed her preparation for the race with a five-furlong work in 1:00.40 on Monday under jockey Martin Garcia. Read More...

American Pharoah to parade at Del Mar

DRF | 16 hours ago
American Pharoah will parade between races at Del Mar on Sunday, the track announced Monday. Read More...

Lea switching surfaces for Woodbine Mile

DRF | 16 hours ago
Lea, who has made his last eight starts on dirt – including a victory in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream in 2014 – will return to the turf in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on Sept. 13. Read More...

Espinoza fined $15K for Travers attire

DRF | 16 hours ago
The Saratoga stewards fined Victor Espinoza, the jockey of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, $15,000 for wearing promotional material without permission after having been specifically instructed not to do so by the stewards. Read More...

Luzzi returns to saddle Wednesday

DRF | 16 hours ago
Mike Luzzi, out of action for 10 months after suffering a broken leg and fractured pelvis in a paddock accident at Aqueduct last Nov. 2, returns to the saddle Wednesday when he rides Artie Crasher in the eighth race. Read More...

La Verdad tests for positive clenbuterol; Rice denies administering it

DRF | 16 hours ago
La Verdad could be disqualified from her victory in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Stakes at Saratoga on July 29 after she tested positive for clenbuterol, a bronchodilator. Read More...

Injury likely ends Young Brian’s career

DRF | 16 hours ago
Young Brian, an impressive debut winner earlier in the meet and expected to be one of the favorites for the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7, was injured in a workout at Del Mar on Monday morning and his career likely is over. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup decision looms for Private Zone

DRF | 17 hours ago
There is certainly no question that Private Zone is the top older sprinter in the East and perhaps in the country following his dominating, 3 3/4-length victory over The Big Beast in Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. But trainer Jorge Navarro does have some questions to answer regarding Private Zone’s immediate future. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 17 hours ago
The catalog for the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale is now available online, with 375 yearlings scheduled to be on offer, prior to supplemental entries. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 9/1 Analysis

DRF | 17 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 9/1 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Classic Crusader in top form for Wednesday feature

DRF | 17 hours ago
With two wins in his last three starts, Classic Crusader is a very sharp horse right now. And considering that he’s 7 for 14 in one-mile races, he looks like the one to beat in a $25,000 optional-claiming race that will serve as the feature at Northlands Park on Wednesday evening. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 9/1 Analysis

DRF | 17 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 9/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bergman: Iron Mine Bucky could make some noise in 2015

DRF | 18 hours ago
There had to be racing fans looking through the program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last Wednesday and wondering what Iron Mine Bucky was doing in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In a field supported by leading trainers Jimmy Takter, Ron Burke, Julie Miller, Erv Miller, Ake Svanstedt and trotting expert Charlie Norris, where exactly did Iron Mine Bucky’s trainer Colby Hubble fit in? Read More...

Record handle for Travers Day

DRF | 18 hours ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to juice racing business figures with his unsuccessful attempt to win Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with handle numbers for the day’s races climbing well into record territory. Read More...

Tranquility Lake snug fit for Gas Total

DRF | 18 hours ago
The final week of the Del Mar summer season begins Wednesday with Gas Total a clear favorite in the $80,000 Tranquility Stakes, the highlight of a nine-race card. Read More...

Six stakes on rich Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day

DRF | 18 hours ago
Woodbine’s Wednesday night card is filled with stakes action as the track will hold Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day on a Wednesday for the third consecutive year. The eight-race card offers total purses of $1 million and features six stakes worth $900,000 that are open to graduates of the local yearling sale. Read More...

Harness: Free seminar for first time horse owners

DRF | 19 hours ago
The Goshen (NY) Yearling Sale, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association, will conduct a free, introductory seminar for those considering first time horse ownership of a Standardbred on Saturday (Sept. 12). Read More...

Free: Del Mar horses to watch for week of Aug. 31

DRF | 19 hours ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Del Mar for the week of Aug. 31. Read More...

Turf renovation continues at Gulfstream

DRF | 19 hours ago
Gulfstream Park has made significant progress renovating the inside portion of its turf course the past several months, the track announced, as grass racing during the current summer meet continues to be conducted on the outer part of the 180-foot wide course. Read More...

Blues Blaster proves best in Humboldt County Marathon

DRF | 24 hours ago
Blues Blaster ($5.20) went to the lead immediately and survived challenges by Come On Deputy and favored Crusher before pulling clear to win the $20,315 C.J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon in the final race of the Humboldt County Fair meeting at Ferndale on Sunday. Read More...

Trip Notes for August 29-30: Travers, Forego, Violet, Smarty Jones, Iselin, and more…

DRF | 1 day ago
Trip Notes for August 29-30: Travers, Forego, Violet, Smarty Jones, Iselin, and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Two bettors hit Saratoga pick six for $831,237

DRF | 1 day ago
There were two winning tickets sold on Sunday’s pick six at Saratoga, each worth $831,237. Read More...

Stellar Wind dominates Torrey Pines Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
In her first start since a win in the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 20, Stellar Wind was the comprehensive winner of the $100,250 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar, a race she was expected to dominate. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga for Monday, Aug. 31

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin provides his betting line for contenders on Monday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Valid gives jockey Juarez first stakes win in Iselin

DRF | 1 day ago
Valid turned the tables on his nemesis Bradester, giving jockey Nik Juarez his first career stakes victory in Sunday's Grade 3 Philip Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Born in a Breeze gets up late to win Vice Regent

DRF | 2 days ago
Born in a Breeze ($8.10) benefited from a fine ride by Alan Garcia to take Sunday’s $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes, a one-mile turf route for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds at Woodbine. Read More...

Sheer Drama will train up to BC Distaff after Personal Ensign win

DRF | 2 days ago
About 14 hours after she pulled a minor upset in the Grade 1 $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes, Sheer Drama was on the road, headed to south Florida, where she will train up to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Oct. 30 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Keen Ice connections ready for rematch with American Pharoah

DRF | 2 days ago
It’s somewhat unusual when the winner of a major sporting event craves a rematch with the just-vanquished opponent. On Sunday, however, the connections of Travers winner Keen Ice said they want to meet Triple Crown winner American Pharoah – whom they defeated by three-quarters of a length Saturday – again in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Read More...

Come to Mischief will invade for Del Mar Debutante

DRF | 2 days ago
Come to Mischief was so sharp winning her debut in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine in late June that she was the subject of a private acquisition by Loooch Racing after the race. Read More...

Lady Shipman shows versatility in record-setting Smart N Fancy win

DRF | 2 days ago
Lady Shipman showed two things Saturday in winning the $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga. She proved once and for all she can rate, and at the same time, she showed how fast she is. Read More...

Sharla Rae likely to stay in California for Rodeo Drive

DRF | 2 days ago
Sharla Rae, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 15, her fourth career stakes win, will race against older fillies and mares for the first time in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf Sept. 26 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine Horses to Watch for week of Aug. 31

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Ron Gierkink's Horses to Watch list at Woodbine for the week of Aug. 31. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from August 24 – August 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Harrington, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from August 24 – August 27

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 8/31 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 8/31 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Zayats search for answers following American Pharoah’s Travers loss

DRF | 2 days ago
A long walk back to the hotel followed by a ride to the airport and a cross-country flight to San Diego gave Ahmed Zayat, the owner of American Pharoah, plenty of time to reassess the gut reaction he had Saturday immediately following the Travers Stakes, when he raised the possibility of retiring the Triple Crown winner, but when the plane touched down, he still was leaning the same direction. Read More...

Flintshire headed back to France after Sword Dancer triumph

DRF | 2 days ago
Flintshire came out of his blowout win in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga on Saturday in excellent shape and will be headed back to France to prepare for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Oct. 4. Read More...

King: Saratoga pick three play for Sunday, Aug. 30

DRF | 2 days ago
Contention runs deep Sunday at Saratoga in the late pick three, a three-race turf sequence, and the opinion here is to use three to five horses in each leg while emphasizing certain runners. Read More...

Flashy Appeal stalks to victory in Starlet

DRF | 2 days ago
Stalking the early leader under regular rider Shane Laviolette, Prairie Meadows invader Flashy Appeal kicked strongly clear through the stretch to capture the $75,000 Starlet Stakes on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. Both the Starlet, for 2-year-old fillies, and its companion co-feature, the $75,000 Star for colts and geldings, were restricted to graduates of the Stars of Tomorrow Sale held at Evangeline in March. Read More...

Nun the Less sweeps by in stretch to win Mystic Lake Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Nun the Less produced a potent four-wide stretch kick to reel in Gallery for a one-length win Saturday night in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby. Read More...

Apprentice Hernandez out two months with broken wrist

DRF | 2 days ago
Apprentice Harry Hernandez could be sidelined for two months after being injured in the final race Friday at Gulfstream Park, according to a release from the track. Hernandez was off his mounts Saturday. Read More...

Mohawk: Control The Moment tops Metro elimination winners

DRF | 2 days ago
Undefeated Control The Moment powered home to a most impressive Metro Pace elimination victory at 1-5 and stamped himself as the clear-cut one to beat in the C$685,000 final on September 5. Voracity and Betting Line also won eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk to earn the right to choose their posts next Saturday. Read More...

Yonkers, Crazy Wow, Habitat score in YR Trot elims

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Ron Burke captured both $40,000 Yonkers Trot eliminations on Saturday night, with Colonial Trot winner Crazy Wow scoring out of the pocket for driver Tim Tetrick in the first and Yannick Gingras reining Habitat in the second. Murderers Row and Purrfect Bags also won finals on the card. Read More...

Keen Ice stuns American Pharoah in Travers

DRF | 2 days ago
With a half-mile to run in Saturday’s 146th Travers Stakes at raucous Saratoga, trainer Bob Baffert knew his Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, was in trouble. The body language emanating from jockey Victor Espinoza and how hard he had to ride the horse to keep him in front was telling. Read More...

First-time starter Marquee Miss upsets Arlington-Washington Lassie

DRF | 2 days ago
The debuting Marquee Miss made short work of nine rivals in the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie on Saturday at Arlington. Read More...