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Illman: Saratoga pick three play for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 2 hours ago
Let's try a pick three, starting with race 2, a speed-laden baby race at five furlongs which should provide some swift early fractions. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Del Mar on Thursday, July 24

DRF | 3 hours ago
Spreading some may pay off if Hugh Knew is your double/pick three linchpin in race 2. She tumbles in price and has proven turf ability. Read More...

Spadina Road takes Deputy Minister Stakes

DRF | 13 hours ago
Spadina Road split horses in the stretch en route to a three-quarter-length score in the $125,000 Deputy Minister Stakes on Wednesday night at Woodbine. Read More...

Lil Bit O’Fun surprises in Wickerr Stakes

DRF | 14 hours ago
Lil Bit O’Fun was claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last September. Almost 11 months later, the 6-year-old gelding has yet to lose for his new connections. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 15 hours ago
When a fifth-race pick three kicks off at Del Mar, many horseplayers will be singling Lakota Road (#7). One can understand the reasoning – she already has won a starter allowance, she consistently runs the highest Beyer Speed Figures, and she enters this race in sharp form. Read More...

Apprentice Ritvo scores in Suffolk Downs debut

DRF | 16 hours ago
It’s all about the bloodlines in this game, so it was no surprise to find apprentice jockey Michael Ritvo in the winner’s circle with his first mount at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday. Read More...

Shanon Nicole, Sister Ginger win Indiana Grand stakes

DRF | 16 hours ago
Kiss to Remember could not hold off the late-charging Shanon Nicole in the $205,200 Indiana Grand at Indiana Grand Race Course on Wednesday evening. Read More...

Stakes for Churchill’s September meet closely resemble 2013

DRF | 17 hours ago
Churchill Downs on Tuesday released the stakes schedule for the second 12-day September meet in modern track history with minimal change from the 2013 inaugural. The schedule is identical to last year, with only purses having been adjusted. Read More...

Daring Dancer bounces back from dud to win Lake George

DRF | 17 hours ago
Under a superb ground-saving ride by Alan Garcia, Daring Dancer ran down A Little Bit Sassy in the final stride to win the Grade 2 Lake George by a short head Wednesday at Saratoga. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Sheppard tries to keep streak alive

DRF | 18 hours ago
When Jonathan Sheppard sent out the first two finishers in last year’s Jonathan Kiser, it marked the 45th consecutive year the Hall of Fame trainer has saddled at least one winner at Saratoga. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Thursday, July 24

DRF | 18 hours ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 19 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 7/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 19 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 19 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Gisser: Modern Family is No. 1 in my book

DRF | 19 hours ago
It was just a footnote to Harness Racing Communication’s release of this week’s Top Ten Standardbred Poll. It read, “Note: Modern Family received 1 first-place vote.” That was me. While some of you may consider it a wasted vote and others may consider it an empty gesture, I don’t. He exemplified everything that our sport should be about and for that, he deserves one last shout out. Read More...

Noble Moon tops entries for Amsterdam Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Noble Moon, unraced since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April, was one of nine 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Noble Moon tops entries for Amsterdam Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Noble Moon, unraced since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April, was one of nine 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs. Read More...

Hovdey: Untapable trying to join boys’ club

DRF | 20 hours ago
Untapable’s attempt to beat colts in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday comes along at an appropriate time, at least in terms of relevant history. It was just shy of 100 years ago that the filly Regret made her racing debut in the 1914 Saratoga Special and beat the best colts around, including subsequent champion Pebbles. Read More...

Hovdey: Untapable trying to join boys’ club

DRF | 20 hours ago
Untapable’s attempt to beat colts in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday comes along at an appropriate time, at least in terms of relevant history. It was just shy of 100 years ago that the filly Regret made her racing debut in the 1914 Saratoga Special and beat the best colts around, including subsequent champion Pebbles. Read More...

Ide Be Cool targets Prelude Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Ide Be Cool could be on a collision course with the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. The reigning Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year is being pointed for the race’s local prep, the $100,000 Prelude on Aug. 2, after recently improving his career record to 7 for 7. Read More...

Ide Be Cool targets Prelude Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Ide Be Cool could be on a collision course with the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. The reigning Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year is being pointed for the race’s local prep, the $100,000 Prelude on Aug. 2, after recently improving his career record to 7 for 7. Read More...

Trackattacker continues impressive 2-year-old season

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trackattacker might be a horse worth following, both at Emerald Downs and farther afield. The speedy 2-year-old has won his two starts with ease, breaking the track record for 4 1/2 furlongs in his debut and running six furlongs Sunday in 1:08.31 to win the $45,000 Emerald Express by 11 easy lengths as the 1-20 favorite.
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Trackattacker continues impressive 2-year-old season

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trackattacker might be a horse worth following, both at Emerald Downs and farther afield. The speedy 2-year-old has won his two starts with ease, breaking the track record for 4 1/2 furlongs in his debut and running six furlongs Sunday in 1:08.31 to win the $45,000 Emerald Express by 11 easy lengths as the 1-20 favorite.
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DiVito’s first-timers all were ready to win

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Jim DiVito has sent out three debuting 2-year-olds so far this Arlington meet. All won, and the trio ran fast, according to the Beyer Speed Figure scale. Read More...

DiVito’s first-timers all were ready to win

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Jim DiVito has sent out three debuting 2-year-olds so far this Arlington meet. All won, and the trio ran fast, according to the Beyer Speed Figure scale. Read More...

Life in Shambles seeks stakes score of his own in Curlin

DRF | 20 hours ago
So far, Life in Shambles has done his best work in the mornings, routinely working on even terms with Tonalist, who last month won the Belmont Stakes. On Friday, Life in Shambles will make his third attempt at achieving stakes success of his own when he runs in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Life in Shambles seeks stakes score of his own in Curlin

DRF | 20 hours ago
So far, Life in Shambles has done his best work in the mornings, routinely working on even terms with Tonalist, who last month won the Belmont Stakes. On Friday, Life in Shambles will make his third attempt at achieving stakes success of his own when he runs in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Queen Elizabeth’s horse among five to test positive for morphine

DRF | 21 hours ago
Five horses in England, including a horse owned by Queen Elizabeth II, have tested positive for morphine, the banned drug that is frequently detected in post-race samples as a result of environmental contamination. Read More...

Queen Elizabeth’s horse among five to test positive for morphine

DRF | 21 hours ago
Five horses in England, including a horse owned by Queen Elizabeth II, have tested positive for morphine, the banned drug that is frequently detected in post-race samples as a result of environmental contamination. Read More...

Haskell: Medal Count is still an enigma

DRF | 21 hours ago
Even though we have seen a lot of Medal Count this year, there is a lot we still don’t know about him. His best distance? His preferred racing surface? And, to cut to the chase, where he fits in the 3-year-old division? Even his trainer, Dale Romans, isn’t sure about the first two questions. Read More...

Star Lady faces stablemate Macho Babe in Princess Margaret

DRF | 21 hours ago
Trainer Greg Tracy thinks Star Lady will be the better horse in the long run, but he isn’t sure she will be able to handle her stablemate Macho Babe in the $50,000 Princess Margaret at Northlands Park Friday night. Read More...

Zito sends out Spot for Curlin Stakes

DRF | 21 hours ago
Trainer Nick Zito got the meet off to a good start Monday, saddling back-to-back winners Another Incident and Tony B. He’s hoping his good fortune will continue here Friday, when he sends out his Grade 2 winner, Spot, in the wide-open Curlin.
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Prayer for Relief wheels back for Whitney Handicap

DRF | 21 hours ago
The well-traveled Prayer for Relief, who finished third in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap when taking his game to New York for the first time on Belmont Stakes Day, will take on an even tougher assignment when wheeling back in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap here Aug. 2. Read More...

Handsome Mike stays put for San Diego Handicap

DRF | 21 hours ago
After initially deciding to sell their horse at auction last Sunday, the connections of Handsome Mike decided to keep him and point for Saturday’s $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Farish wins runoff election for Breeders’ Cup board seat

DRF | 22 hours ago
William S. Farish Jr., a member of the family that owns Lane’s End Farm in central Kentucky, has won a runoff in an election for a four-year seat on the Breeders’ Cup board of directors, according to the organization. Read More...

Motion’s pair merits respect in turf co-features

DRF | 22 hours ago
Trainer Graham Motion sends out a promising 3-year-old in each of the $40,000 divisions of the Friday feature at Monmouth Park. Read More...

LoPresti unconcerned as Wise Dan trains wearing tape

DRF | 22 hours ago
The colorful strips of tape Wise Dan wore on his hindquarters during training hours both Tuesday and Wednesday morning may have looked alarming but were no cause for concern to the man they would matter to most, the two-time reigning Horse of the Year’s trainer Charlie LoPresti. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from July 16 – July 22

DRF | 22 hours ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from July 15 – July 21

DRF | 23 hours ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Lexie Lou works for Wonder Where Stakes

DRF | 23 hours ago
Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Oaks winner Lexie Lou worked over the turf training course Wednesday in preparation for her next start here Aug. 10 in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes. Read More...

OBS adds racing age section to fall mixed sale

DRF | 23 hours ago
A horses of racing age section will be added to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed sale, to be held Oct. 14 to 16. Read More...

Gardenia one possibility for On Fire Baby

DRF | 23 hours ago
On Fire Baby is scheduled to breeze Saturday at Churchill Downs before trainer Gary Hartlage decides what to do next with the multiple Grade 1-winning mare. Read More...

Sonoma County Fair set to open for 13-day meet

DRF | 23 hours ago
Seven $50,000-added stakes will highlight the Sonoma County Fair’s 13-day racing meet beginning Friday in Santa Rosa, Calif. Read More...

Meadowlands: Royalty For Life tries to get back on top in Cashman

DRF | 24 hours ago
On Saturday, 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life continues on his quest to fit in against his elders in the first of two $50,000 eliminations for the $300,650 John Cashman, Jr. Memorial to be raced on Hambletonian Day (August 2). Read More...

Luminance, Tara’s Tango will clash in Debutante

DRF | 24 hours ago
The 2-year-old fillies Luminance and Tara’s Tango avoided one another on Sunday, when they ended up in divisions of maiden races for their debuts, but they are on a collision course now for the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 30 following their impressive victories. Read More...

Sky Kingdom gets more distance in Cougar II Handicap

DRF | 24 hours ago
Sky Kingdom was nominated to both the 1 1/16-mile San Diego Handicap on Saturday and the 1 1/2-mile Cougar II Handicap on Friday, but the more trainer Bob Baffert evaluated the options, the more he thought the longer race was the better race. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 24 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 7/24 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Wednesday, July 23

DRF | 24 hours ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin takes a close look at Wednesday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Commanding Curve re-entered in Jim Dandy Stakes

DRF | 24 hours ago
In the end, the allure of a $600,000 purse was too enticing for the connections of Commanding Curve to pass up. Read More...

Crist: Lake George analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Wednesday’s featured Grade 2 Lake George drew a nice field of 3-year-old turf fillies but ultimately is all about Daring Dancer. Read More...