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New York Gaming Commission video promotes effort to place retired racehorses

DRF | 4 hours ago
The New York Gaming Commission on Tuesday released a video it produced with state agencies seeking to raise the profile of fund-raising efforts for racehorse retirement and retraining. Read More...

Gisser: An open apology to Brian Sears

DRF | 7 hours ago
Keith Gisser comments on election to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and his reasons for not voting for driver Brian Sears. Read More...

Mohawk: Steacy fillies have a tough task ahead in Shes A Great Lady

DRF | 7 hours ago
Half a length is all that separated rookie pacing filly Happy Hannah from securing a great post position to drawing the dreaded 10-hole in the $427,000 Shes A Great Lady final. Read More...

Jay Em Ess Stable has big weekend

DRF | 9 hours ago
Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable enjoyed coast-to-coast success last weekend. Read More...

Blue skies for Clearsky Farm

DRF | 9 hours ago
Record-setting Travers Stakes winner Arrogate continued a banner year for his breeder, Clearsky Farm, giving the Lexington, Ky., operation yet another high-level performer this season. Read More...

Pennsylvania commission reverses Parx disqualification

DRF | 9 hours ago
The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has reversed a decision by the stewards at Parx racetrack to disqualify Rebecca’s Surprise from first to second for causing interference in an allowance race on Nov. 30 of last year. Read More...

Arrogate keeps Unbridled’s Song’s flame alive

DRF | 9 hours ago
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith's thoughts turned to another big, gray colt as he sat astride Arrogate for the first time. “I rode his father – he looks so much like his father,” Smith said of the Unbridled's Song colt, who demolished the Travers Stakes field Saturday at Saratoga by 13 1/2 lengths in a track-record 1:59.36. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale catalog online

DRF | 9 hours ago
The catalog for the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale is now online, with 360 horses on offer. The auction will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Read More...

VinMar Farm to disperse horses at Keeneland sales

DRF | 9 hours ago
Marc C. Ferrell’s VinMar Farm will offer a complete dispersal of its Thoroughbred holdings at this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale and November breeding stock sale. Read More...

Former OBS President Chiota dies

DRF | 10 hours ago
Tom Chiota, long-time past president of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, passed away on August 28 at the age of 70. Read More...

Fair Grounds, Boyd Gaming donate to flood victims

DRF | 12 hours ago
Fair Grounds Race Course and Boyd Gaming, the parent company of Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs, are making donations to those affected by the recent floods in Louisiana. Read More...

Doug Scharbauer buys Valor Farm in Texas

DRF | 12 hours ago
Doug Scharbauer purchased Valor Farm, located in the North Texas town of Pilot Point, from the estate of his late father, Clarence Scharbauer Jr., earlier this month, according to farm general manager Ken Carson. Read More...

Too Much Bling colt brings $105,000 at Texas Thoroughbred Association sale

DRF | 13 hours ago
Horses from the dispersal of Lane’s End Texas topped both the yearling and mixed sessions of a Texas Thoroughbred Association auction Monday at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Our Way finishes with a rush to win Better Talk Now Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Our Way finished with a nice late run outside of horses to draw clear by 2 1/4 lengths in the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga on Monday. The victory was his second straight and completed a double for trainer H. James Bond, who won with both of his starters on the card. Read More...

Freshman sire Atta Boy Roy sires his first stakes winner

DRF | 1 day ago
It took some time for Washington state freshman sire Atta Boy Roy to get his first winner, that coming on August 13 when first-time starter Risque’s Legacy won by nine lengths at Emerald Downs. That filly also turned out to be his first stakes winner. Risque’s Legacy, a Washington homebred of Karl Krieg, came back on August 28 to win the $50,000 Washington Cup Two Year Old Filly Stakes at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 8/31 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 8/31 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

The week that was in racing, August 22-28, 2016

DRF | 1 day ago
Arrogate romps in Travers, Flintshire repeats in Sword Dancer, A.P. Indian sweeps Saratoga sprint stakes, Cavorting takes Personal Ensign Read More...

Flintshire, Arrogate give Juddmonte huge day at Saratoga

DRF | 1 day ago
Turf or dirt, homebred or sales selection, older horse or younger, East Coast or West – the international Juddmonte Farms operation dominated Saratoga with any type of horse last Saturday. Read More...

Ironicus breezes, recovered from setback

DRF | 1 day ago
Ironicus breezed three furlongs in 37.98 seconds Monday morning over the Oklahoma training track, his first breeze since he finished second to Flintshire in the Grade 1 Manhattan on June 11. Read More...

Saratoga adds late pick five

DRF | 1 day ago
The New York Racing Association will offer a late pick five wager over the final four days of the Saratoga meet (Friday through Monday). The wager will be on the last five races on the card. Read More...

Tepin asked to do a little more in work for Woodbine Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
Tepin followed a very good work last week on the turf with an even better one on Monday, breezing five furlongs in 58.40 seconds over the Oklahoma turf course as she continues preparations for a start in the $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 17. Read More...

Parx power loss gives horsemen until Tuesday for Saturday draw

DRF | 1 day ago
Parx Racing had a power outage Monday morning that created phone and internet issues in the racing office. As a result, the Saturday card, which was to be drawn Monday, will now be drawn Tuesday morning. Read More...

Theory drops out of Hopeful

DRF | 1 day ago
The complexion of next Monday's Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga changed dramatically over the weekend with the news that Theory, arguably the most impressive debut-winning 2-year-old male at the meet, would not run the remainder of the year due to a physical issue. Read More...

Weaver looks to end stakes drought in P.G. Johnson Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer George Weaver is 0 for 9 in stakes at the Saratoga meet. He will try to rectify that Thursday when he runs Majestic Bonnie in the $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes for juvenile fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Nyquist to remain at San Luis Rey Downs until Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Nyquist, the Kentucky Derby winner and champion 2-year-old of 2015, is likely to remain at the San Luis Rey Downs training center until his next scheduled start, the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 24. Read More...

Strong business figures for stacked Travers card

DRF | 1 day ago
All-sources handle for Saturday's Travers card at Saratoga was $45,596,366, the second-highest in history. Read More...

Belvoir, Gold Rush Dancer hitting their stride

DRF | 1 day ago
In May, Gold Rush Dancer gave trainer Vann Belvoir his first six-figure stakes win in the $100,450 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Sunday, Gold Rush Dancer will try to improve what is looking like Belvoir's best year ever with a win in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby. Read More...

Bar of Gold to try synthetic in Presque Isle Masters

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer John Kimmel is targeting the Grade 2 Presque Isle Masters on Sept. 19 for Bar of Gold. The $400,000 Masters is a 6 1/2-furlong sprint over Tapeta. It will be Bar of Gold's first start over a synthetic surface. Read More...

Allowance, strong maiden race top Thursday card

DRF | 1 day ago
The nominal feature of the eight-race Thursday card at Ellis Park is a $39,000 allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs (race 6), but perhaps the most interesting race directly follows as the seventh. Read More...

Four $350,000 stakes on tap for opening day

DRF | 1 day ago
Big fields are expected in the four stakes and all the overnight races that will open the eagerly awaited Kentucky Downs meet Saturday. The four opening-day stakes, each worth $350,000, are the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf, Turf Sprint, Juvenile, and Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Florida Sire Stakes winners back for Round 2

DRF | 1 day ago
One of the highlights of the Gulfstream Park summer meet is on tap for Saturday when the second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series is run at the south Florida track. As usual, many of the top finishers in each division of the first leg of the series Aug. 6 are expected back in the four Saturday races. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 8/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 8/30 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 8/30 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Six stakes on Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day card

DRF | 1 day ago
Woodbine's Wednesday night card marks the fourth annual Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day, with six stakes races worth $900,000 scheduled for graduates of the local yearling sale. In all, $1 million in purses will be available over the eight-race card. Read More...

Guzzi wins free entry into BCBC

DRF | 1 day ago
Bernard Guzzi finished first in a field of 5,000 entries to win a seat to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge in the first-ever BCQualify free roll hosted by DRF Tournaments on Sunday. Guzzi, an unfamiliar name in the contest world, has yet to accrue any points in a National Handicapping Championship Tour event this year and remains an unknown quantity. Read More...

Trip Notes for August 27-28: Travers, Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign

DRF | 1 day ago
Trip Notes by Michael Hammersly for stakes races on August 27-28, featuring the Travers, Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for Aug. 22 – Aug. 24

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Meadows, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Ontario yearling sale offers incentives to buyers

DRF | 1 day ago
In an effort to increase activity at the Canadian Premier Yearling Sale, the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society has introduced a number of incentives for buyers at this year's sale, including cash prizes, sales credits, stallion seasons, and free training days. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from Aug. 23 – Aug. 25

DRF | 1 day ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Sparkman: Roller-Coaster ride for Unbridled’s Song continues

DRF | 1 day ago
There is no denying, that Unbridled’s Song has sired a long series of seriously talented runners. Will Take Charge (Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) earned champion 3-year-old male honors in 2013, Midshipman was champion 2-year-old male of 2008, and Unrivaled Belle won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. After his 13 1/2-length demolition of a good Travers field, Arrogate clearly belongs with that group in terms of talent. Read More...

Makena auditions for Breeders’ Cup in Tranquility Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Three months after her campaign was interrupted by stomach cramps, Makena returns Wednesday at Del Mar with the same lofty goal that her connections had in spring – a Breeders' Cup race in fall at Santa Anita. Trainer Scott Hansen and owner Gary Broad will make definite plans only after Makena runs Wednesday in the $75,000 Tranquility Stakes. Read More...

Free: Del Mar horses to watch for week of Aug. 29

DRF | 1 day ago
Free: Del Mar horses to watch for week of Aug. 29 Read More...

Harness: Tony O’Sullivan joins TheStable.ca

DRF | 2 days ago
Top trainer Tony O'Sullivan has joined Anthony and Amy MacDonald in their innovative thestable.ca partnership with the aim of bringing affordable racehorse ownership to even more first-time and returning fans of the exciting sport of harness racing. Read More...

Favored So Elite runs down rivals in Humboldt Marathon

DRF | 2 days ago
Nine-year-old So Elite ($6.80), a stakes winner at Woodbine at age 3, justified the favoritism of fans at the Humboldt County Fair on Sunday, winning the meet’s signature race, the $20,000 C.J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon. Read More...

Stryker Phd collects third Muckleshoot Tribal Classic win

DRF | 2 days ago
Stryker Phd was the star of the show going into the Washington Cup Day card at Emerald Downs on Sunday, and he lived up to his billing with a 5 3/4-length win over 45-1 longshot Grinder Sparksaglo in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic. He paid $3.60. Read More...

Belvoir Bay, with Enola Gray scratched, breezes to Torrey Pines triumph

DRF | 2 days ago
Belvoir Bay ($17.60) prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths over 7-10 favorite Bellamentary to win her second stakes - the Torrey Pines - at Del Mar on Sunday. Read More...

Enola Gray scratched from Torrey Pines due to illness

DRF | 2 days ago
The undefeated Enola Gray was scratched from Sunday’s $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar because of an illness, trainer Phil D’Amato said. Read More...

Masochistic to start in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Masochistic will start in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 with an unbeaten record this year. Read More...

Trainer Hector Palma fined, suspended by Del Mar stewards

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Hector Palma has been fined $3,000 and suspended seven days after one of his starters tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine at Santa Anita in May, according to a ruling issued on Sunday by Del Mar stewards. Read More...

Fair Point rallies in stretch en route to Smart N Fancy win

DRF | 2 days ago
The inside may be the shortest way home, but the outside was the clearest path to the winner’s circle in Sunday’s $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga. Jose Ortiz rallied Fair Point four-wide in the stretch and was able to outkick an inside-rallying Miss Ella to win the Smart N Fancy by a head. Read More...