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Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 1 hour ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 1 hour ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Castillo files defamation suit against Pennsylvania racing official

DRF | 1 hour ago
Angel Castillo, the jockey who was removed from his mounts last year after state officials accused him of having an illegal electrical device, has filed a lawsuit against the director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission alleging defamation and a violation of his rights. Read More...

Fellowship rerouted to Pat Day Mile

DRF | 1 hour ago
Trainer Mark Casse decided Wednesday not to enter Fellowship in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, where he would have been the first horse on the also-eligible list, and instead will run him that same afternoon in the Pat Day Mile. Read More...

Eighth Wonder returns from layoff in Parx Oaks

DRF | 2 hours ago
Eighth Wonder will return to the races Saturday in the $100,000 Parx Oaks. The Derby Day card at Parx, the track's best of the season, also includes two other $100,000 stakes, the Parx Derby and My Juliet, plus four allowance or optional races. Read More...

Hovdey: The Good Doctor told of a different Derby

DRF | 2 hours ago
The relationship between gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, artist Ralph Steadman, and the Kentucky Derby as told in “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” is the subject of “Gonzo @ the Derby,” a short feature released this week under ESPN's “30 for 30” banner of historic sports landmarks. Read More...

Guns Loaded at his best for Twin Spires Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 hours ago
The main focal point of trainer Doug O'Neill's weekend will be on Saturday with Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby, but he's got plenty to keep him busy both Friday and Saturday, including a terrific shot with the in-form Guns Loaded in a wide-open running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint on Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Asmussens outrun personal, professional trials

DRF | 2 hours ago
Spring is the season of rebirth, and never has that been more so for trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

With Songbird out, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager offers tons of value

DRF | 2 hours ago
No one will ever know how Songbird would have fared Friday in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, although many fans will forever maintain that she was a shoo-in. Read More...

Danzing Candy to show the way in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 hours ago
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. isn’t quite sure which horses, if any, will push his first Kentucky Derby starter on the early pace. He only knows that Danzing Candy will be winging it from the get-go. Read More...

Banke takes Stonestreet Farm to new heights

DRF | 3 hours ago
It would be off the mark to say that Barbara Banke simply “carried on” at Stonestreet Farm following the death of husband Jess Jackson five years ago. Instead, Banke, with her own style of leadership, has put her own spin on shaping what is now an international operation. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets chance to shine in wide-open Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 4 hours ago
The silver lining to the disturbing news that Songbird would not run in the Kentucky Oaks is what shimmers before racing fans Friday. Instead of having, say, just 10 3-year-old fillies with a 2-5 favorite, this renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million Oaks became one of the most competitive in years. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse can burnish credentials in Edgewood

DRF | 4 hours ago
Catch a Glimpse, an ascendant star in the female turf division, looks to stretch her winning streak to six in the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood Stakes Friday on the Churchill Downs turf. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Brown looks for green beyond the turf

DRF | 4 hours ago
Chad Brown doesn't mind having the reputation as a turf trainer. But he doesn't want to be known as just a turf trainer. Read More...

Hot Kiss streaks into a new season

DRF | 4 hours ago
Hot Kiss will take a three-race win streak into her 4-year-old debut on Friday at Woodbine in a second-level $62,500 optional-claiming route. Read More...

Concord Fast justifies short price in Riley Allison

DRF | 16 hours ago
Concord Fast flattered Collected on Tuesday when he rallied to a 1 1/2-length win over Ten Penny Cents in the $100,000 Riley Allison on the closing-day card at Sunland Park. Read More...

Pocono: Burke quartet ready for battle in Pennsylvania Classic Final

DRF | 17 hours ago
Ron Burke will send four horses to Saturday night’s $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and he is undecided, at this point, which is the best. Of course, with three of them leading the morning-line odds, it is easy to understand why. Read More...

Godolphin establishing awards for farm, racetrack workers

DRF | 17 hours ago
Godolphin announced that it is establishing the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards to recognize excellence and achievement for grooms, foaling crews, exercise riders, office staff, and others who work on both farms and racetracks in the United States. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2016: Inside the numbers

DRF | 21 hours ago
Let’s look at a few contenders for this Derby and see how they stack up in terms of similar Derby runners since 1991. Caveat emptor: These stats are mostly intended to be fun, playful, silly, or just interesting discussion starters, so use them at your own risk when upgrading or downgrading who you’re likely to bet Saturday. Read More...

Clocker: Nyquist bursting with energy

DRF | 22 hours ago
There was lots to look at and lots to look for during Tuesday’s Kentucky Derby/Kentucky Oaks training session, which featured the first local gallop from the undefeated Nyquist and first real local work by the Japanese invader Lani. Read More...

Brody’s Cause owner will donate purse to college

DRF | 22 hours ago
Dennis Albaugh, whose family owns Brody’s Cause, has announced the winner’s share will be donated to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation if the colt prevails Saturday in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Star-studded fields on Kentucky Oaks undercard

DRF | 22 hours ago
Led by elite older females Curalina and Sheer Drama, 51 horses were entered in five supporting stakes on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Meadowlands: Nine trotters sign up for Elitlopp Playoff

DRF | 23 hours ago
The inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff (a Grand Circuit event) will be the featured first race on a special Meadowlands Mother’s Day matinee card beginning at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Nine of the continent's finest trotters with collective career earnings in excess of $12 million comprise the field. Read More...

Synthetic inner track being considered for Aqueduct

DRF | 24 hours ago
The New York Racing Association is once again considering the installation of a synthetic surface for its Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, an official of the association told the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board at a meeting on Tuesday. Read More...

Graeme Baxter paints American Pharoah portrait

DRF | 1 day ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been immortalized yet again. A portrait of himself and Bob Baffert, commissioned by the Hall of Fame trainer and his wife, Jill, was recently unveiled in a private ceremony. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets post 11 in Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 1 day ago
Rachel’s Valentina has been pegged a lukewarm 7-2 favorite in an oversubscribed field of 3-year-old fillies in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks, to be run Friday at Churchill Downs as the 11th of 13 races. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: King on Beyer Speed Figure patterns

DRF | 1 day ago
Although there are a vast number of considerations in handicapping the Kentucky Derby, one key element is determining which horses are the fastest. So let’s take a look at the probable Derby competitors by their Beyer Speed Figures, and the figure patterns they exhibit coming into the race. Read More...

Breeder Lucy Gay Bassett dies at age 87

DRF | 1 day ago
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of former Keeneland President Ted Bassett, died on May 1 at her home on Lanark Farm in Woodford County, Ky. She was 87. Read More...

No new herpes cases at Parx

DRF | 1 day ago
While the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Parx Racing is ongoing, there has not been a confirmed case of the disease at the Bensalem, Pa., track since April 25. Read More...

Deshawn Parker wins his 5,000th race

DRF | 2 days ago
Deshawn Parker became the 32nd rider to win 5,000 races Monday night, when he won the third race at Mountaineer Park aboard Be Nice for trainer Eric Reed. Read More...

Zenyatta bred to Medaglia d’Oro

DRF | 2 days ago
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and newly elected Hall of Famer, was bred to Medaglia d’Oro for the 2017 foaling season. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Sire of horses running in the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Regent n’Flashy, dam of Big Red Mike, dies at 21

DRF | 2 days ago
Regent n’Flashy, the dam of 2010 Queen’s Plate winner and Canadian champion Big Red Mike, has died, according to an announcement by owner Dom Romero’s Terra Farms. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Pleasantly Perfect

DRF | 2 days ago
What do Strike the Gold, Sea Hero, and Pleasantly Perfect have in common? They all have been at stud in Turkey. While Kentucky Derby winner Strike Gold died in that country in 2011, Derby winner Sea Hero is still at stud there, as is Pleasantly Perfect. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: More Than Ready

DRF | 2 days ago
A fair number of stallions shuttle between the Northern and Southern hemispheres during their respective breeding seasons, but few if any have done it to the degree of success achieved by More Than Ready. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Mineshaft

DRF | 2 days ago
Mineshaft could be forgiven if he’s starting to develop a complex. The stallion is the only Horse of the Year by the great stallion A.P. Indy and now stands directly across the aisle from his pensioned sire in the Lane’s End stallion barn. Yet one rarely hears the 2003 Horse of the Year discussed when the topic turns to A.P. Indy’s sons at stud. Most of the headline attention goes to veteran classic sire Malibu Moon or to the commercially popular champion Bernardini. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Kitten’s Joy

DRF | 2 days ago
Ken Ramsey has never hesitated to support his homebred pride and joy, turf champion and leading sire Kitten’s Joy, with the lion’s share of the mares from his own broodmare band, and he has been rewarded for his faith with many high-end runners. Still, one target remains elusive. He’s brought three homebred colts by the stallion to the Kentucky Derby, with all of them running unplaced. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Giant’s Causeway

DRF | 2 days ago
There is very little Giant’s Causeway hasn’t done while fashioning one of the most complete racing and breeding careers in the last two decades. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park horses to watch for week of May 2

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Belmont Park for the week of May 2. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Eskendereya

DRF | 2 days ago
On an anecdotal basis, few things seem to get a stallion’s foals hot like sending him overseas. Such is the case with Eskendereya, who will be represented by his first Kentucky Derby starter in Mor Spirit about eight months after being sold to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association and exported to that country to continue his stud career. Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Uncle Mo

DRF | 2 days ago
Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Uncle Mo Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Trappe Shot

DRF | 2 days ago
Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Trappe Shot Read More...

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Curlin

DRF | 2 days ago
Exaggerator was part of a career year last year for young sire Curlin, as he ran with a maturity beyond his years to become a well-traveled multiple graded stakes winner. However, the best was yet to come, as the colt romped in the slop in the Santa Anita Derby to establish himself as a serious threat in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Kentucky Derby angles: Illman on pedigree

DRF | 2 days ago
Who wants to go 1 1/4 miles? Handicappers obsess over that question, sometimes to their detriment, every first Saturday in May. Read More...

Hovdey: Running for roses and a maiden victory

DRF | 2 days ago
There will be a lot heard in Louisville this week about Wood Memorial runner-up Trojan Nation trying to become the first maiden to win the Kentucky Derby in 83 years. His arrival at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon was sure to be greeted by winks and derision, while trainer Paddy Gallagher would be following on Tuesday. Was he ready for the ridicule? Read More...

Big John B sidelined until fall with injury

DRF | 2 days ago
The summer racing season in California will not be the same without Big John B, the veteran marathon specialist who has been sidelined with a hind-end issue. Read More...

Risk Factor back from layoff in Thursday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Rohan Crichton was born in New York and grew up in Jamaica, the son of a horse owner who started going to the track as a young child. Even when he went off to university after high school, he pined for a career as a trainer. Nowadays, Crichton is a partner in an accounting firm, but in 2013, he took out a trainer's license and now trains 10 horses as a side job. The fastest of them may be Risk Factor, who makes his first start since November and just his second since January 2015 in the featured third race Thursday at Gulfstream. Read More...

Carina Mia between two spots

DRF | 2 days ago
Sitting two spots out of the starting gate for Friday's Kentucky Oaks, trainer Bill Mott was torn between entering Carina Mia in the Grade 1, $1 million Oaks as an also-eligible or simply entering her in the Grade 2, $200,000 Eight Belles, a seven-furlong race on the same card. He is not allowed to enter in both races. Read More...