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Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Concern dies in Oklahoma

DRF | 2 hours ago
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and pensioned sire Concern has died in Oklahoma. The Broad Brush horse, a pensioner at the Oklahoma Equine Reproductive Center in Washington, Okla., was 24. Read More...

Giwner: Jeff Gural, the man and his missions

DRF | 7 hours ago
Jeff Gural is perhaps the most criticized individual in harness racing. The head of the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon is equally deserving and undeserving of the public ire. Having just completed another impromptu sit-down with Gural, I came away once again seeing that he is equal parts sugar and salt. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, March 27

DRF | 15 hours ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/28 Analysis

DRF | 16 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 3/28 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 3/28 Analysis

DRF | 16 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 3/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

On surface, U.S. trio look best in Golden Shaheen

DRF | 16 hours ago
The best dirt sprinters in the world are American dirt sprinters, and now that Meydan Racecouse has switched from synthetic to dirt, there’s every reason to envision another era of American dominance starting with Saturday’s $2 million Golden Shaheen. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 3/28 Analysis

DRF | 16 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 3/28 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 3/28 Analysis

DRF | 17 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 3/28 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

RMTC proposal would set two levels for cobalt

DRF | 17 hours ago
A racing-industry organization that issues recommendations on medication policy has approved a proposal that would set two threshold levels for cobalt, a first step in what is likely to be the widespread adoption of cobalt regulations later this year in racing jurisdictions across the U.S. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: International Star

DRF | 17 hours ago
International Star is a half-sibling to two stakes winners, both of whom had their greatest success at sprint distances. This son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus has already appeared to outrun those suggested distance limitations while cutting a swath through the Louisiana prep circuit, but he stretches out to nine furlongs for the first time in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby. With a number of familiar names in his pedigree, he should handle this task. Read More...

Hovdey: A racing feast begins at dawn

DRF | 17 hours ago
It’s off to bed early Friday night. Big day of racing on Saturday, and if DRF’s Marcus Hersh and TVG’s Simon Bray can stir themselves from their five-star digs nearly every morning this week to watch California Chrome come out in the dark, then the least I can do is open for business at 5:40 a.m. Pacific Not-Quite-Daylight Time for the $1 million Godolphin Mile from Meydan. Anyone for kippers and croissants? Read More...

Barretts, CHRB to launch pilot test program with May sale

DRF | 17 hours ago
Juveniles offered at the Barretts May Sale of 2-year-olds in-training at Del Mar on May 28 will be subject to pre-sale testing as part of a pilot program between the sale company and the California Horse Racing Board. Read More...

Coffee Clique launches campaign in Honey Fox

DRF | 17 hours ago
Saturday, Coffee Clique returns from a 9 1/2-month layoff in the Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes, kicking off what her connections hopes is another successful season. The Honey Fox is for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf. Read More...

Main Sequence heads strong field in Sheema Classic

DRF | 17 hours ago
A glimpse at the past performances reveals something interesting about the 6-year-old gelding Main Sequence. He never loses anymore. Read More...

Head high on Solow ahead of Dubai Turf

DRF | 17 hours ago
All week here in Dubai the racing cognoscenti have chattered about the softness of this year’s $6 million Dubai Turf, which says something about how strong the race has been in recent years. Read More...

Bronzo still seeking first U.S. win entering Tokyo City Cup

DRF | 17 hours ago
Bronzo will not face Shared Belief any time soon. Their spring campaigns are going in different directions, with Shared Belief bound for the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on April 18 and Bronzo stretching to a longer distance in Saturday’s $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Saratoga reserved seats go on sale Monday

DRF | 17 hours ago
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Closing day for Aqueduct’s inner track Saturday

DRF | 21 hours ago
The top race on Saturday at Aqueduct is a first-level allowance for New York-breds at six furlongs. My Won Love, a $20,000 claim by trainer Steve Klesaris in November, has been knocking on the door in her last two starts and looks ready for an allowance win. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Thursday, March 26

DRF | 21 hours ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Thursday's cards at Aqueduct, Charles Town, Fair Grounds, Golden Gate, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, and Santa Anita. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox eyes third straight stakes in Fair Grounds Oaks

DRF | 21 hours ago
In recent years, the Fair Grounds Oaks has been on quite a run of producing Kentucky Oaks winners. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for March 28: Picks for Pan American, New Orleans, Godolphin Mile

DRF | 21 hours ago
I cannot resist Imagining in Saturday’s Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

West Virginia jockey charged with attempted murder

DRF | 21 hours ago
Sylvester Carmouche III, a rider with a spotty race record over the past several years, was arrested on Wednesday by West Virginia police and charged with attempted murder, arson, and cruelty to animals after allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s house when she and her children were inside. Read More...

The Wizard: Dubai World Cup card offers riches, strong wagering opportunities

DRF | 22 hours ago
The Wizard’s Dubai World Cup Stakes Package provides selections for all eight stakes races. The in-depth analysis and wagering strategies include a pick three linking the Golden Shaheen, Dubai Turf, and Sheema Classic (races 6-8). Read More...

Jerardi: Upstart brings Beyer consistency to Florida Derby

DRF | 22 hours ago
I am reasonably certain I have never picked a winner on Polytrack or correctly projected a Beyer Speed Figure on that surface. Read More...

Key Race Report for Thursday, March 26

DRF | 22 hours ago
Download a list of horses exiting races where two or more of the competitors have come back to win their next starts. Thursday's report features races from Aqueduct, Charles Town, Churchill Downs, Fair Grounds, Golden Gate, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, and Santa Anita. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for March 19 to 22

DRF | 22 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for March 19 to 22, 2015. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn horses to watch for week of March 26

DRF | 23 hours ago
Mary Rampellini's horses to watch at Oaklawn Park for the week of March 26. Read More...

Absolutely Cool back in form for Coyote

DRF | 23 hours ago
Absolutely Cool tries to prove his resurgence to win a second straight Phoenix Gold Cup wasn’t an aberration in Saturday’s $35,000 Coyote Handicap at Turf Paradise. Read More...

Justalittlesmoke, Bold Cait meet in Southern Park Stakes

DRF | 23 hours ago
Bold Cait, a winner against open company in her last two starts out of town, challenges multiple stakes winner Justalittlesmoke for early-season supremacy among Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $75,000 Southern Park Stakes at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Read More...

Shared Belief headed for Charles Town Classic

DRF | 1 day ago
Shared Belief, winner of two major stakes for older horses this year at Santa Anita, will make his next start in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on April 19. Read More...

Perennial leading sire Smart Strike dead

DRF | 2 days ago
Smart Strike, a Grade 1 winner and two-time leading North American sire, was euthanized Wednesday due to complications from laminitis. He was 23. The son of Mr. Prospector was a cornerstone of the Lane’s End stallion roster, in the midst of his 18th season at the Versailles, Ky. farm. His stud fee was $100,000 in 2015. Smart Strike was known as one of North America’s most versatile stallions, siring elite runners on all surfaces and in several countries. He was North America’s leading sire in 2007 and 2008, coinciding with the two Horse of the Year campaigns of his greatest son, Curlin. Read More...

Purse increase for final days

DRF | 2 days ago
Oaklawn Park will raise purses between $1,000 and $2,000 per race for the final 10 dates of the meet, the track announced Wednesday. The increase will go into effect Saturday. It is the third purse increase of the meet, and it will make for allowances as high as $72,000 in value and maiden special weights worth a record $66,000. The bottom-level purse will be $21,000. Read More...

The Truth Or Else adds blinkers for Wednesday breeze

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 1-placed 3-year-old The Truth Or Else breezed five furlongs in company in 1:00.40 on Wednesday at Oaklawn. He worked in blinkers with the intent of adding them for the Arkansas Derby, said trainer Ken McPeek. Jockey Calvin Borel was aboard for the move, which came first after the renovation break. Read More...

Marks: TVG Classics could learn from the past

DRF | 2 days ago
The basic fact is that Jeff Gural has the right idea with his TVG Classics, but more than just one 3-year-old should be allowed to enter. That way the TVG Classic can emulate the Breeder’s Cup Classic as being like a “Super Bowl” finale featuring the remaining best of the best. In fact, more than one leading trainer of Thoroughbred 3-year-olds has been quoted as saying “The Classic” is the race to win after the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Encryption stretches out for Skip Away

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Kelly Breen has contenders in both of the undercard dirt stakes for older males on Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 3/27 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 3/27 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 3/27 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 3/27 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday, March 26

DRF | 2 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday’s races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Riposte, Tabreed meet again in Orchid

DRF | 2 days ago
Riposte and Tabreed, separated by a neck when second and third behind Irish Mission in the Grade 3 The Very One, top the field for Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Orchid Stakes at 1 1/2 miles at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

72-hour surveillance before Santa Anita Derby, Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Santa Anita will conduct video surveillance for 72 hours before the race for all runners in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, the track announced in a brief statement on Wednesday. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 3/27 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 3/27 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Competitive Edge returns in tough spot

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher was looking for a soft landing spot in which to return his Grade 1 -winning 2-year-old Competitive Edge to the races. He did not find it in Friday’s $60,000 Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park, which also happens to be the launching point for Mr. Jordan, another undefeated 2-year-old of 2014. Read More...

Trace Creek switches to dirt for Arkansas Breeders’

DRF | 2 days ago
Trace Creek arguably is the most accomplished member of the $75,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes field at Oaklawn as a Grade 3-placed runner who has won allowance races at Churchill Downs and Keeneland. But his form has been built on turf, and he will be moving to dirt Friday for the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up bred in Arkansas. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox to face 7 in Fair Grounds Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
I'm a Chatterbox went off at 8-1 when she led all the way to win the Silverbulletday Stakes by eight lengths, and she was a 3-1 favorite when she stormed from behind to win the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra by 2 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Hollendorfer mulls Shared Belief’s next-race options

DRF | 2 days ago
Shared Belief, the dominant older horse in the nation this year, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 at Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday for a start in Arkansas or West Virginia next month. Read More...

Materiality could play spoiler in Florida Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The rematch between Upstart and Itsaknockout will draw most of the prerace attention, but it is the undefeated Materiality who may be the wild card in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby. Read More...

Blue Grass entrants to be monitored around the clock

DRF | 2 days ago
For the second year in a row, Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., will subject horses entered in the April 4 Blue Grass Stakes to additional security protocols, including 24-hour monitoring in the 48 hours leading up to the race. Read More...

Blue Grass likely target for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 2 days ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho, the winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana last November but eighth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 7, is likely to run in the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 4. Read More...

International Star quietly opening eyes

DRF | 2 days ago
He’s won on dirt, synthetic, and turf, won going short and going long, owns wins at Belmont Park and Woodbine, and trains at Gulfstream Park. But it is here at Fair Grounds where International Star has done his best work. Read More...

Euro Charline back from extended layoff for Dubai Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
On Aug. 16, 2014, at Arlington, Euro Charline won the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes by three-quarters of a length over the excellent mare Stephanie’s Kitten. She has yet to perform an encore. Read More...