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Meadowlands: J L Cruze captures one of three winter finals

DRF | 4 hours ago
J L Cruze, Rockeyed Optimist and Somenicebeach captured winter finals at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggleit also remained undefeated by winning divisions of the Gilmour series. Read More...

Sunland: Jockey Glen Murphy will miss two months

DRF | 5 hours ago
Jockey Glen Murphy is expected to be sidelined for about eight weeks after breaking his pelvis in two places during a schooling race at Sunland Park in New Mexico on Feb. 22. Read More...

Royal Son scores 9-1 upset in John Battaglia Memorial

DRF | 6 hours ago
Royal Son, the 9-1 third choice in the race, led throughout to take the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park in a 5 1/4-length romp, while 1-5 favorite The Great War bombed, falling apart after chasing the pace for six furlongs and running last, with Equibase chart callers commenting he bled. Read More...

Rebranded breaks track record in Curribot Handicap

DRF | 8 hours ago
Rebranded set a track record for 1 1/16 miles at Sunland Park on Saturday, when he won the $50,000 Curribot Handicap in 1:40.64. Read More...

Stellar Wind comes west to snare Santa Ysabel

DRF | 8 hours ago
Making her stakes debut, Stellar Wind ($16) closed from sixth in a field of seven to win the $100,500 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Tuba scores huge longshot victory in Black Gold

DRF | 8 hours ago
When strategizing during the running of a race, jockeys do take into account exactly whom it is they are accounting for. Keep the favorite in your sites. Don’t worry too much about the massive longshots. And maybe that is why the eight jockeys not aboard a 3-year-old named Tuba did not think too much of the horse stealing out to an easy lead in the Black Gold Stakes. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday, March 1

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

Gulfstream cancels rest of card due to weather

DRF | 11 hours ago
Because of torrential rain and flood-like conditions, Gulfstream Park was forced to cancel its Saturday card after five of 12 races were run. Racing was expected to resume Sunday. Read More...

Rodriguez gets 25 days for Banamine positives

DRF | 11 hours ago
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez will serve a 25-day suspension and pay a $2,500 fine as a result of two horses having overages for Flunixin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory also known as Banamine and used for therapeutic use. Read More...

Devine Aida splashes to Herecomesthebride win

DRF | 12 hours ago
Before the balance of the Saturday card at Gulfstream Park was canceled because of heavy rain, the Grade 3, $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes was run in a sea of slop – and without morning-line favorites Consumer Credit and Quality Rocks in a race originally scheduled for turf. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita for Sunday, March 1

DRF | 13 hours ago
A pair of daily doubles is the extent of the action on a sleepy Sunday at Santa Anita. Neither bet is particularly creative; potential return is small. Therefore, it makes sense to limit potential losses to $10. The doubles cover races 5-6, and 8-9. Read More...

McGee: How I’d play Gulfstream for Sunday, March 1

DRF | 13 hours ago
DRF handicapper Marty McGee provides his best wagering strategy for Sunday's card at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Litfin: Pick three play for Gulfstream on Sunday, March 1

DRF | 13 hours ago
After heavy rain flooded parts of the backside and parking lot Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park, track conditions were very much in flux as an assigned “pick-something play of the day” for Sunday was contemplated. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita for Sunday, March 1

DRF | 13 hours ago
Sunday’s card at Santa Anita has some big, competitive fields, always nice to see as that can lead to overlays, value and thus, opportunity. There are a couple runners on the card who have appeal. Read More...

Casse may send two turf horses to Big Cap

DRF | 14 hours ago
The turf stakes winners Dynamic Sky and Patriotricandproud are candidates for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, trainer Mark Casse said. Read More...

Lexie Lou sidelined by quarter crack

DRF | 14 hours ago
Lexie Lou, the winner of the 2014 Queen’s Plate Stakes and five other in stakes in her career, has been turned out in Florida after being diagnosed with a quarter crack, trainer Mark Casse said on Saturday. Read More...

Choper reappointed to CHRB

DRF | 14 hours ago
Jesse Choper, a professor of public law at UC-Berkeley since 1991, has been reappointed to the California Horse Racing Board, according to a statement released Friday by the office of Gov. Jerry Brown. Read More...

Verraco possible for Sunland Derby

DRF | 14 hours ago
Verraco’s win in an optional claimer for 3-year-olds on Friday may lead to a start in the $800,000 Sunland Derby in New Mexico on March 22. Read More...

Oaklawn adds two Wednesday cards

DRF | 15 hours ago
Oaklawn Park will add two Wednesday programs to its meet in March after receiving Arkansas Racing Commission approval for the dates at a meeting Saturday. The move came a few hours after Oaklawn announced Saturday’s program was canceled due to freezing temperatures. It was the sixth canceled program of the meet that opened in January. Read More...

Sr. Quisqueyano works for Big Cap

DRF | 15 hours ago
Sr. Quisqueyano had his final prep for the Santa Anita Handicap shortly after the second renovation break Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park,, working six furlongs in 1:16.62 from the five-eighths pole in company with stable mate Recharged. Sr. Quisqueyano, who won the Sunshine Millions Classic in his previous start, posted splits of 26.37, 39.52, and 1:04.37 to the wire then galloped out well, pulling up seven-eighths in 1:30.99. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 16 hours ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Saturday's cards at Aqueduct, Charles Town, Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Los Alamitos, Laurel Park, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Parx Racing, Santa Anita, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Turfway Park, and Turf Paradise. 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...

Oaklawn cancels Saturday card

DRF | 17 hours ago
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has canceled live racing for Saturday, according to track spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyt. It is the sixth weather-related cancellation of the meet that opened in January. Read More...

Key Race Report for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 18 hours ago
Download a list of horses exiting races where two or more of the competitors have come back to win their next starts. Saturday's report features races from Aqueduct, Camarero Race Track, Charles Town, Churchill Downs, Delta Downs, Dubbo, Fair Grounds, Fonner Park, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sam Houston, Los Alamitos, Laurel Park, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Rillito, Santa Anita, Sunland Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Turfway Park, and Turf Paradise. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 3/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 3/2 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 3/2 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 3/2 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Trainer Avila handed 60-day ban, $10,000 fine

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer A.C. Avila has been suspended 60 days and fined $10,000 by the California Horse Racing Board after one of his runners tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 1 day ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 3/1 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 3/1 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Private Prospect may switch to sprint for Gazebo

DRF | 1 day ago
Private Prospect, a multiple stakes winner who finished an uncharacteristic seventh in the Grade 3 Southwest, will not advance to the Rebel, said trainer Mike Campbell. The horse’s next start is still being determined, he said, but an option is the $100,000 Gazebo for 3-year-olds at six furlongs March 21 at Oaklawn. Read More...

I Spent It nears return

DRF | 1 day ago
I Spent It, the winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special last August, is nearing a return to action, according to trainer Tony Dutrow. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot targets Hot Springs

DRF | 1 day ago
Ivan Fallunovalot, who has put up some of the best Beyer Speed Figures in 2015, is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000 Hot Springs at Oaklawn on March 7, said trainer Tom Howard. Read More...

Horsemen reach deal to lease Suffolk Downs

DRF | 1 day ago
Suffolk Downs and a local horsemen’s group have reached a deal allowing the group to lease the track for brief live race meets in 2015 and 2016, the two parties announced Friday. Read More...

Salutos Amigos on fence for Tom Fool

DRF | 1 day ago
Salutos Amigos, among the top sprinters on the East Coast if not the country, is “50-50” to make next Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap here, according to trainer and part-owner David Jacobson. Read More...

Hovdey: Stakes bonuses – the gift that rarely gives

DRF | 1 day ago
The bonus boondoggle is the modern marketing racing zombie that just won’t die, despite the mountain of rotting evidence that bonuses serve only to pervert the best interests of horse and game. Read More...

Work All Week’s arrival delayed

DRF | 2 days ago
Work All Week, the champion sprinter of 2014, was tentatively scheduled to arrive at Oaklawn the latter part of February, but due to the winter storm system that has gripped Arkansas he’s now likely to ship to town in March, according to his trainer, Roger Brueggemann. Read More...

Alvarado, Classy Class get acquainted

DRF | 2 days ago
The hot-riding Junior Alvarado has picked up the mount on Classy Class for next Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes. On Friday, Alvarado got acquainted with the 3-year-old colt. Read More...

King: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 2 days ago
A poor inside draw for DAREDEVIL (1) in the Swale Stakes creates favorable wagering opportunities for horseplayers wanting to take a stand against him. Read More...

Distinctiv Passion connections mull graded stakes options

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Jeff Bonde said this week that Distinctiv Passion, the winner of the Joe Hernandez Stakes on a wet-fast track last Sunday, will start in a graded stakes on dirt for sprinters in early April. Read More...

Champions American Pharoah, Beholder work toward comebacks

DRF | 2 days ago
The champions American Pharoah and Beholder worked Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

D’Amato gets pair of juveniles

DRF | 2 days ago
Two horses listed as not sold for $500,000 and $400,000 at Monday’s Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in Pomona will be sent to trainer Phil D’Amato in the spring, the trainer said Thursday. Read More...

Imperative will skip Big Cap

DRF | 2 days ago
Imperative, the winner of the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia last April, will bypass the Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 in favor of the Charles Town Classic on April 18. Read More...

Can Sir Bond make it four straight?

DRF | 2 days ago
Sir Bond has undergone quite the transformation in the last few months, going from low-level claimer to potential stakes horse. Sunday, he’ll seek his fourth consecutive victory in a $69,000 second-level optional-claiming race at Aqueduct. Read More...

California Chrome works five furlongs toward Dubai World Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
With a little coaching via walkie-talkie, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 Friday at Los Alamitos as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 28. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Florida: Sale starts new chapter

DRF | 2 days ago
The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training has been akin to a high-dollar traveling show over the past half-decade. Known as one of the most select markets of the juvenile auction season, the boutique sale moved to Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., for its 2011 renewal, ending a 17-year stand at Calder Race Course. Three years later, the auction made a brief detour to central Florida, being held at Adena Springs South in Williston. The Fasig-Tipton Florida sale returns to the Miami area for 2015, taking place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach for the first time. Read More...

Ortiz suspended three days for Fountain of Youth ride

DRF | 2 days ago
The Gulfstream Park stewards have suspended jockey Jose Ortiz for three days, beginning next Wednesday, for his ride aboard Upstart in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth. Read More...

The Big Beast returns in allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
Back when The Big Beast was a foal, his mother must have told him to eat his clover and he’d grow up big and strong. The Big Beast listened. He’s a hulking hunk o’ horseflesh, and he’s set to be unleashed Sunday at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, Feb. 28

DRF | 2 days ago
The rain forecast in Southern California will complicate planning for Saturday at Santa Anita. Two races are scheduled for turf – race 1 at 1 1/8 miles and race 4 at 6 1/2 furlongs on the hill. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi leads 154 fillies nominated to Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs officials on Friday released a list of 154 early nominees to the 141st Kentucky Oaks, led by reigning champion Take Charge Brandi and other accomplished horses atop the current 3-year-old filly division, including Condo Commando, I’m a Chatterbox, Callback, and Angela Renee. Read More...

Hushion in Florida hospital

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mike Hushion has been hospitalized with “a serious health issue,” according to Barry Schwartz, one of Hushion’s primary owners and close friend. Read More...

West Point Thoroughbreds sponsors Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

DRF | 2 days ago
West Point Thoroughbreds, the racing partnership company, has signed a deal giving it presenting sponsorship rights to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and the company will award financial interests in a West Point Thoroughbreds horse to the top two finishers in the handicapping contest, the Breeders’ Cup and West Point Thoroughbreds announced Friday. Read More...