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Keeneland September: Gains continue at Wednesday session

DRF | 11 hours ago
The Keeneland September yearling sale continued to hum along on Wednesday, as the 13-day auction entered the homestretch. Wednesday signaled the beginning of Keeneland’s Book 4 portion, squarely targeting the middle market, and when the ninth session concluded economic figures were up significantly across the board. Read More...

Delaware County Fair: Color’s A Virgin wins Jugette

DRF | 12 hours ago
All the year-round Grand Circuit stables brought their top fillies to compete in the 44th Jugette at the Delaware County Fair in Ohioon Wednesday (Sept. 17), yet it was an Indiana-bred from Hoosier Park trained by Delaware-based trainer Brian Brown, who took home the prize. Harness racing, Read More...

Competitive Edge to miss rest of 2014

DRF | 15 hours ago
Competitive Edge, the leading 2-year-old male on the East Coast, if not the country, sustained a hairline fracture to his left foreleg and will miss the remainder of his juvenile season, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday. Read More...

Illman’s preview: Jumpers take center stage

DRF | 15 hours ago
We begin Thursday’s card with a pair of steeplechase stakes races. The opener, the $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial, features Schoodic and Address Unknown, the 1-2 finishers of the restricted Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 14. Read More...

Gisser: The best week of the year

DRF | 15 hours ago
The Little Brown Jug is always an exciting and anticipated event, especially due to its unique format. Read More...

New Jersey adopts uniform medication rules

DRF | 15 hours ago
The New Jersey Racing Commission on Wednesday adopted a set of medication rules that has been endorsed by most major racing organizations, including a new penalty scheme applying to repeat offenders, according to the executive director of the commission. Read More...

Charles Town Oaks attracts 12 fillies

DRF | 15 hours ago
The Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks, led by Matron winner Miss Behaviour and Iowa Oaks heroine Size, drew an overflow field of 12 when entries were taken on Wednesday. Read More...

Emerald’s top juveniles may slug it out in Gottstein Futurity

DRF | 16 hours ago
While the Emerald Downs meeting is winding down to its final days and the stakes calendar is all but complete, one divisional championship – for 2-year-old colts and geldings – has yet to be decided. Trackattacker is undefeated in four starts and was thought to be the slam-dunk leader heading into the season-ending Gottstein Futurity on Sept. 28. But then Prime Engine made a scintillating career debut last weekend, and suddenly everything has changed. Read More...

Anxiety, anger as Suffolk Downs closes

DRF | 16 hours ago
Heartbroken. Betrayed. Sad. Scared. Those were some of the adjectives expressed by the dismayed and dejected horsemen, riders, breeders, employees, and other industry stakeholders Wednesday, the day after they learned that the 79-year-old Suffolk Downs will be shutting down because gaming partner Mohegan Sun was passed over for the sole Boston-area destination resort casino license. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 9/19 Analysis

DRF | 16 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 9/19 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Wise Dan, Silver Max could get Shadwell Turf rematch

DRF | 20 hours ago
Wise Dan and the last horse to beat him, Silver Max, appear headed for a showdown in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile on Oct. 4 at Keeneland. Read More...

Fiftyshadesofgold must overcome yet another inside draw in Dogwood

DRF | 20 hours ago
When Fiftyshadesofgold and jockey Robby Albarado were assigned post 2 in a field of 10 3-year-old fillies for the seven-furlong Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs this weekend, Bret Calhoun was not very pleased – but not surprised, either. Read More...

Appealing Resume has that winning habit

DRF | 20 hours ago
On Friday at Los Alamitos, Appealing Resume will try to make it 15 wins in race 7, a starter allowance for fillies and mares who have raced for a $25,000 tag or less since the start of 2013 and have not won at the level since. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Sept. 9 – Sept. 15

DRF | 20 hours ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 9/18 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 9/19 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 9/18 Analysis

DRF | 20 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 9/18 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Darley sire Street Cry euthanized at 16

DRF | 20 hours ago
Darley sire Street Cry, a $5 million earner on the racetrack and the sire of Zenyatta and Street Sense, was euthanized due to complications from a neurological condition, according to a Wednesday release from the farm. He was 16. Read More...

Keeneland September: Strong middle market closes Book 3

DRF | 1 day ago
Book 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale continued a strong showing by the middle market, wrapping on Tuesday with sizable improvements in gross, average and median compared with last year’s eighth session. Read More...

Illman’s Belmont preview for Wednesday, Sept. 17

DRF | 2 days ago
Although she placed in three group events in France, Kenzadargent left her native country earlier this year with a mediocre record of 12-1-7-1. Enter Chad Brown. Read More...

Little Brown Jug: Coleman goes for Jug trifecta with McWicked

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Casie Coleman has won the last two editions of the Little Brown Jug, the second jewel in harness racing’s Pacing Triple Crown, and on Thursday will try to become the first trainer in history to win three in a row when she sends McWicked into the $647,500 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s at the Delaware County Fair. Read More...

Hutton picks up duties at Sam Houston

DRF | 2 days ago
Fred Hutton, director of racing for Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., has been named racing secretary for Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. Read More...

Declan’s Fast Cat eyes another derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Declan’s Fast Cat, who was second to Vicar’s in Trouble in the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby, could be headed next to either the Oklahoma Derby or the Indiana Derby. Read More...

Coburn finds himself in a different place with California Chrome

DRF | 2 days ago
Things speed back up this weekend when California Chrome heads an eight-horse field entered Monday to run in Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. The race not only marks the return of California Chrome, but of owner Steve Coburn, both of whom arrived in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon. Read More...

Nates Mineshaft shows he can sprint, too

DRF | 2 days ago
Nates Mineshaft made a name for himself running around two turns, with wins in races such as the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap in 2012. But a powerful effort at one turn in his 7-year-old debut last Saturday night at Remington Park now has him under consideration for sprint stakes. Read More...

Shared Belief continues preparation for Awesome Again

DRF | 2 days ago
Shared Belief stayed on target for the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 27 at Santa Anita with a six-furlong work Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Wynn Resorts gets lone Boston-area casino license

DRF | 2 days ago
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 on Tuesday to award the sole Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts, which plans to develop a $1.6 billion destination resort casino two miles from the stable gate of Suffolk Downs. Read More...

Can Sweet Reason go the distance in Cotillion?

DRF | 2 days ago
Sweet Reason was one of the top 2-year-old fillies in the nation last year. She is one of the top 3-year-old fillies this season. But questions persist concerning possible distance limitations. Read More...

Wildcat Red works at Gulfstream for Oklahoma Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Wildcat Red worked five furlongs in 1:00.23 with Edgard Zayas aboard after the renovation break here Tuesday in his final local prep for the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 28 at Remington Park. Read More...

Sr. Quisqueyano runs for new trainer Thursday

DRF | 2 days ago
A familiar face around these parts, multiple stakes winner Sr. Quisqueyano will have a new trainer, Jose Jimenez, when he drops back into allowance company in Thursday’s $40,000 feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Sheppard sends out four in search of Lonesome Glory win

DRF | 2 days ago
On Thursday, Jonathan Sheppard will saddle four of the eight starters in the Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Steeplechase Handicap going 2 1/2 miles over National fences at Belmont Park. Read More...

Meadowlands opens 14-day, all-turf Thoroughbred meet at new facility

DRF | 2 days ago
A 14-day Monmouth-at-Meadowlands Thoroughbred meet will begin Thursday. The all-turf Meadowlands season will continue through Nov. 2, Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Read More...

Little Brown Jug: Seekman still high on Let’s Drink On It

DRF | 2 days ago
When pre-race favorite McWicked landed the pole position for Thursday’s $647,500 Little Brown Jug, it immediately cast the spotlight upon him. There was little fanfare surrounding the other horse that managed to land inside in the other division of the first heat. Let’s Drink On It has been mired with some horrible racing luck this year, but he’ll have a chance to turn his season around from the rail. Read More...

German Group 1 winner Sea the Moon injured, retired

DRF | 2 days ago
German star Sea the Moon, the antepost betting favorite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe before a surprising defeat Sept. 7 in the Grosser Preis von Baden, has been retired because of an injury. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 9/17 Analysis + Pick Five Ticket

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 9/17 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Smoove It tries to keep it rolling for red-hot O’Neill

DRF | 2 days ago
When trainer Doug O’Neill gets into a groove, a bettor’s best options are to jump on board or get out of the way. O’Neill went 5 for 8 last week at Los Alamitos, won both weekend stakes, and surged to the top of the standings with a meet record of six wins from 14 starts. O’Neill enters closing week with more ammunition, including two live starters Thursday. Read More...

Jerardi: Everything finally coming up roses for Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
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Harness: Marks, Thompson, Parker into Hall of Fame

DRF | 2 days ago
Joe Thomson, owner of Maryland-based Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Tuesday. In addition, Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, were elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame. Read More...

Free: Horses to watch at Los Alamitos

DRF | 2 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Indiana Derby new target for Atreides

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Marty Wolfson has had a change of heart and will now send his Gulfstream-based undefeated 3-year-old sensation Atreides to Indiana Downs for the Grade 3 Indiana Derby on Oct. 4 rather than to Belmont Park for the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap on Sept. 27 as originally planned. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Jackpot Hi 5 carryover huge

DRF | 2 days ago
The Jackpot Hi 5 carryover heading into Wednesday’s eighth race is $460,832. Read More...

Harrington: Foiled Again scores in Quillen

DRF | 2 days ago
The venerable 10-year-old pacing superstar Foiled Again ($3.20, Yannick Gingras) prevailed in the eighth annual $220,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:50 2/5. Read More...

Yum! Brands to continue to sponsor Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Yum! Brands will remain the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby through 2020 under a five-year contract extension the company reached with Churchill Downs, the companies announced Monday. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 9/16 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 9/16 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 9/16 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 9/16 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 9/16 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Tuesday 9/16 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Keeneland September: Improved figures to kick off Book 3

DRF | 2 days ago
Economic figures remained solid as the Keeneland September yearling drifted into the middle market on Monday, posting improved returns compared with last year’s seventh session. Read More...

Flashback retired to Hill ‘n’ Dale

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 winner Flashback has been retired from racing and will make his stallion debut in 2015 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Jones fine-tuning Cassatt for Cotillion

DRF | 3 days ago
Highly talented but lightly raced, Cassatt will be taking a huge jump in class when she faces the upper crust of the 3-year-old filly division in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

NYRA gets passing grade from regulators

DRF | 3 days ago
A New York regulatory agency on Monday approved a report that gave the New York Racing Association a passing grade in meeting the performance standards outlined in a franchise agreement that allows the association to conduct racing at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. Read More...

Plans for Princess of Sylmar in flux

DRF | 3 days ago
Princess of Sylmar, who came out of her fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 22 with a case of the thumps, is unlikely to make the Grade 1 Beldame on Sept. 27, and plans for her are in flux. Read More...