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Pocono: Wiggle It Jiggleit dominates on Sun Stakes finals night

DRF | 5 hours ago
Wiggle It Jiggleit stole the show on Sun Stakes night at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday. He won the $500,000 Hempt final on a night when Pinkman, Luck Be Withyou and Bettor Be Steppin also won major stakes. Read More...

Stays in Vegas wins career debut in Gonzalez Memorial

DRF | 6 hours ago
First-time starter Stays in Vegas did not break alertly and was squeezed back to last in the early going, but when she got in gear she proved superior to five rivals, capturing the $58,255 Juan Gonzalez Memorial by six lengths on Saturday at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fair. Read More...

Gimme Da Lute’s nose hits wire first in Los Alamitos Derby

DRF | 6 hours ago
Gimme Da Lute held his advantage to win the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby at 1 1/8 miles by a nose over a fast-closing Prospect Park. Kentuckian could only manage third as the 2-5 favorite. Read More...

Wildwood Kantharos controls pace in Purple Violet

DRF | 7 hours ago
Wildwood Kantharos made an easy lead under Chris Emigh and never was threatened, beating Lovely Island by 1 1/2 lengths in the one-mile Purple Violet Stakes for Illinois-bred 3-year-olds at Arlington. Read More...

Diabolical Dame delivers as favorite in Foutz Distaff

DRF | 8 hours ago
Diabolical Dame darted to a 2 1/2-length win over Back Seat Roll on Saturday in the $45,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park in Farmington, N.M Read More...

Lady Eli dominates Oaks with huge late kick

DRF | 8 hours ago
Lady Eli was the best horse among the 14 3-year-old fillies entered to run in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational, and trainer Chad Brown thought all she needed was a clear trip to prove it. Read More...

Private Zone uncatchable in Belmont Sprint Championship

DRF | 8 hours ago
Private Zone overpowered his four rivals in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship on Saturday, going right to the front and winning by 3 1/4 lengths under his regular rider Martin Pedroza. Read More...

Effinex narrowly beats Tonalist in Suburban

DRF | 9 hours ago
In a thrilling edition of the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday, Effinex defeated 2-5 favorite Tonalist by a head following a ferocious stretch duel that also included the front-running Coach Inge. Read More...

Kharafa bursts through narrow gap to win Elkhorn

DRF | 9 hours ago
Kharafa, with nowhere to run in midstretch, came between horses under Paco Lopez to score by a head in the Elkhorn Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Force the Pass pulls away in Belmont Derby

DRF | 10 hours ago
Though he had won the Grade 3 Penn Mile by only a head, it was the way Force the Pass did it that convinced owner Richard Santulli that his 3-year-old could get 1 1/4 miles. Santulli’s confidence was rewarded as Force the Pass, making a move to the lead under Joel Rosario at the three-eighths pole, kept on going and galloped to a 3 3/4-length victory over European shipper Canndal in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational at Belmont Park. It was 2 1/2 lengths farther back to Startup Nation, who nosed out Closing Bell for third. Read More...

Calgary Cat bounces back with Achievement victory

DRF | 10 hours ago
Reigning Canadian champion male sprinter Calgary Cat made amends for a rare poor showing May 17 in the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes by capturing Saturday’s $150,000 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday, July 5

DRF | 10 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Speightster wins Dwyer Stakes; Texas Red second

DRF | 11 hours ago
It isn’t often when the winners and losers of a Grade 2, $500,000 stakes are equally happy. But that seemed to be the case following Saturday’s Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park, where Speightster remained undefeated by beating Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red by 2 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Coffee Clique becomes millionaire in Penny Memorial Handicap

DRF | 11 hours ago
Class relief and a road trip to suburban Philadelphia enabled multiple graded stakes winner Coffee Clique to snap a three-race losing streak in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Parx Racing. Her $120,000 share of the purse enabled Coffee Clique to surpass the $1 million milestone in earnings with $1,041,488. Read More...

Irish Jasper grabs third straight stakes in Victory Ride

DRF | 11 hours ago
Irish Jasper scored her third consecutive stakes win in the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday and now will be pointed to the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga by trainer Derek Ryan. Read More...

Alliseeisgold handles longer distance in Cleveland Gold Cup

DRF | 11 hours ago
Alliseeisgold, after a pair of dominating performances in six-furlong sprints, easily handled the transition to 1 1/8 miles to capture Saturday’s 48th running of the $75,000 Cleveland Gold Cup for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds at ThistleDown. Read More...

Hold for More delivers in Victor S. Myers Stakes

DRF | 12 hours ago
The heavily favored Hold for More ($2.60) dominated his three 3-year-old Minnesota-bred rivals in Saturday's $60,000 Victor S. Myers Stakes. Read More...

Peck: Monmouth pick four play for Sunday, July 5

DRF | 13 hours ago
A very nice card on United Nations Day at Monmouth, with the better races on the back end. Here's a look at the late pick four. Read More...

King: How I’d play Gulfstream on Sunday, July 5

DRF | 13 hours ago
It is not hyperbole to say Sunday’s races at Gulfstream Park are collectively the best since Florida Derby Day at the track in late March. The 12-race card offers nine stakes, three of which are graded. Read More...

ThistleDown jockey Luis Gonzalez wins 3,000th race

DRF | 14 hours ago
Luis Antonio Gonzalez gave a rail-skimming ride to off-the-pace runner Tough as Steel to earn his 3,000th career victory as a jockey in Saturday's second race at ThistleDown. Read More...

Golden Horn stays perfect with Coral-Eclipse win

DRF | 14 hours ago
Golden Horn kept his perfect record intact and beat older horses in his first try, shrugging off a stern challenge from The Grey Gatsby to win the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Saturday at Sandown Park in England. Read More...

Handle on U.S. races down slightly in June

DRF | 15 hours ago
There was less money wagered on U.S. races in June and fewer races run than in June 2014, but the average handle per race increased, according to figures released by Equibase on Saturday. Read More...

Goulding: Woodbine pick four for Sunday, July 5

DRF | 15 hours ago
The early pick four at Woodbine on Sunday is guaranteed to have $150,000 in the pool, and I am going to build a ticket around (7) BELIVEAU in the first leg of the sequence. Read More...

Palace Malice among big-name workers Saturday

DRF | 15 hours ago
Palace Malice, the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, returned to the work tab for the first time in nearly two months Saturday, breezing a half-mile in 49.76 seconds over the main track. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, July 4

DRF | 17 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Aaron’s Belt, A P Is Loose get stakes wins

DRF | 18 hours ago
Aaron's Belt, who was 10th of 11 fillies and mares as they turned for home in the $60,000 Princess Elaine on Friday night at Canterbury Park, made a spirited rally under jockey Eddie Martin Jr. and nabbed defending champ Dear Fay for a three-quarter-length tally. Read More...

Comeflywithanangel wins Larkspur Handicap

DRF | 19 hours ago
Michigan’s reigning Horse of the Year, Comeflywithanangel, once again proved her mettle in the state, rallying from six wide to win the $20,000 Larkspur Handicap on Friday night at Hazel Park Raceway. Read More...

Daring Kathy by a nose in Perfect Sting

DRF | 1 day ago
New barn, same result for Daring Kathy. A four-time stakes winner as a 3-year-old when trained by David Fawkes, Daring Kathy made a successful 4-year-old debut for trainer Chad Brown on Friday at Belmont Park, taking the $100,000 Perfect Sting Stakes by a nose over a late-running Marbre Rose at Belmont Park. It was a half-length back to Photo Call in third. Read More...

Shimrano heads 18-horse German Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Shimrano, a Group 2 winner in Cologne, Germany, last month, is the probable favorite in Sunday’s $721,500 German Derby at Hamburg Racecourse Read More...

Kikisoblu goes for fifth straight in Boeing Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Kikisoblu will try to extend her winning streak to five when she starts as the likely favorite Sunday in the $50,000 Boeing Handicap at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Got Lucky gets first stakes win in Molly Pitcher

DRF | 1 day ago
Under a decisive ride by Paco Lopez, Got Lucky broke through with her first stakes win in the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park on Friday. Read More...

Moonist heavy favorite for Vessels Maturity

DRF | 1 day ago
Moonist is the 2-5 favorite in a field of 10 for Sunday's Vessels Maturity, a race with an automatic berth for the winner to the $600,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Force scores upset in New York Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
The complexion of the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes on Friday changed when 20-1 shot Breakin the Fever bore out on the clubhouse turn, carrying Damage Control wide. Read More...

Hovdey: Presque Isle caught in the headlights

DRF | 2 days ago
The wildlife is winning in western Pennsylvania. The people who run Presque Isle Downs have had to cancel programs and reschedule post times to deal with the potential dangers posed by deer romping around the racetrack. Read More...

Lone Star will host ‘rehoming’ program for Thoroughbreds

DRF | 2 days ago
The Texas Thoroughbred Association is putting on a “rehoming” event July 11 at Lone Star Park. Read More...

White Rose should handle distance in River Memories

DRF | 2 days ago
Following Saturday’s Stars and Stripes stakes smorgasbord, the countdown to Saratoga begins in earnest on this circuit, with only 11 cards remaining at Belmont Park and just six listed stakes left to run at the meet. Sunday’s $100,000 River Memories at 1 1/2 miles on turf features seven fillies and mares hoping to convince their connections they are worthy of running at Saratoga in something like the Grade 3 Waya Stakes on Aug. 8. Read More...

Retama: El Joven, Senorita top stakes schedule

DRF | 2 days ago
Retama Park near San Antonio, Texas, will again feature six stakes during its Thoroughbred meet, which opens Aug. 21. The 26-date season will run through Oct. 17. Read More...

Jm Miracle heads trials for Rainbow Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Jm Miracle, the winner of last year’s All American Futurity, headlines Sunday’s trials for the $1 million Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs. Jm Miracle goes in the first race and will meet Mad About the Moon, the runner-up in last year’s All American. Read More...

Sparkman: Iltis female line breeds on

DRF | 2 days ago
Although flashy, high-profile stallions tend to get all the publicity, the key to building a breeding program in a regional market requires good broodmares. Ease of transportation today makes it possible for broodmares to be sent to national breeding centers such as Kentucky to be covered by top sires, but if the broodmare population for a state program is not up to national standards, that program will not consistently produce top-level horses, regardless of the quality of its stallions. As the Florida breeding industry began to grow in the early 1950s, it was particularly blessed with the arrival of a number of broodmares of sometimes doubtful pedigree who turned out to be top-class producers. Read More...

El Deal gets 60 days off

DRF | 2 days ago
El Deal, the undefeated 3-year-old stakes-winning sprinter, will be given 60 days off and return in late fall, trainer Andrew Lakeman said Friday. Read More...

Untapable headed for Saratoga stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Saratoga was not on Untapable’s itinerary during her championship campaign of 2014. Though based there most of the summer, she did not race at the Spa, her connections instead electing to run in the Haskell at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Horses of racing age market on the rise

DRF | 2 days ago
Interest in horses-of-racing-age sales has been on the rise as the bloodstock market rebuilds from the recession of the late 2000s and early 2010s, providing instant gratification for owners and an avenue for sellers to cull stock or profit from a high-profile win. All four major North American auction companies – Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., and Barretts – have at least one segment dedicated to horses in training, if not an entire sale, and each puts a unique spin on the format to play toward their strengths and spot on the calendar. Read More...

Long-idle Shotgun Kowboy targets Oklahoma Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Shotgun Kowboy is two works from launching his 3-year-old season and his first major objective is the Oklahoma Derby, according to his breeder, owner and trainer, C.R. Trout. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton July sale kicks off yearling season

DRF | 2 days ago
The North American auction calendar will make its transition into the yearling season with the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale, carrying with it the momentum of a solid 2-year-olds in training season now in the books. Read More...

Frosted points to Jim Dandy

DRF | 2 days ago
While it was confirmed Thursday that American Pharoah would make his next start Aug. 2 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Friday that Frosted will make his next start Aug. 1 in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga. Read More...

Super Majesty faces winners in optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
A maiden romp in one of the fastest six-furlong races of the Santa Anita spring meet notwithstanding, Super Majesty is no cinch when she faces winners for the first time Sunday at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Salvator Mile pace may favor Red Vine

DRF | 2 days ago
Red Vine and Race Day, two improving runners who could move on to some of the major races in the handicap division later this summer, will meet Sunday at Monmouth Park in the Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont for Saturday, July 4

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman provides his best plays on Saturday's program at Belmont Park. Read More...

Work All Week gets another shot at Alsvid in Smile Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Work All Week dropped his 2015 debut in the Grade 3 Aristides at Churchill Downs to a red-hot Alsvid. The reigning Sprint champion since has traveled nearly 1,100 miles and will try to avenge that setback when he and Alsvid meet again at Gulfstream Park in Sunday’s $250,000 Smile Sprint Stakes. Read More...

Talamo gets mount on Warren’s Veneda for Great Lady M

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Craig Lewis said on Friday that Joe Talamo will ride Warren’s Veneda in the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes on July 12 at Los Alamitos, replacing Tyler Baze, Read More...