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Red Mile: Young trotters shine in Bluegrass action

DRF | 8 hours ago
Shake It Off Lindy surged first over around the final turn to pass pacesetter Southwind Cobra, upsetting in one of the six $334,500 Bluegrass splits for 2-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, September 29 in a lifetime best of 1:55. Read More...

1997 champion Hidden Lake dies at 23

DRF | 14 hours ago
Hidden Lake, the champion older female of 1997, was euthanized Thursday morning at Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky., due to the infirmities of old age. Read More...

Outwork, Speightster retired to stand at WinStar Farm

DRF | 14 hours ago
Grade 1 winner Outwork and Grade 3 winner Speightster have both been retired and will begin their stud careers next year at WinStar Farm, joining the farm’s expanding stallion roster. Read More...

Mirahmadi will call races at Golden Gate Fields

DRF | 15 hours ago
Frank Mirahmadi has quite a celebration planned for Oct. 20, his 49th birthday. On that day he will begin calling races at Golden Gate Fields as the track’s full-time announcer. Read More...

Peniaphobia, Not Listenin’tome end long vacations in National Day Cup

DRF | 15 hours ago
Peniaphobia and Not Listenin’tome, who were third and eighth in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in March, return from summertime breaks in Saturday’s $386,622 National Day Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. Read More...

Haveyougoneaway puts in stiff half-mile

DRF | 15 hours ago
Haveyougoneaway, the New York-bred filly who won a pair of stakes at Saratoga, including the Grade 1 Ballerina, worked four furlongs in 47.00 seconds over the Belmont main track Thursday morning. Read More...

Joseph A. Gimma gets baker’s dozen

DRF | 15 hours ago
The $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes on Sunday drew a field of 13 New York-bred juvenile fillies, while the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard for New York-bred males on the same card managed to draw a field of only five. Read More...

Temperence Hill draws long-winded set

DRF | 16 hours ago
A field of eight marathon types was entered in the $200,000 Temperence Hill, to be run Sunday at Belmont, and the 1 5/8-mile race appears wide open. Read More...

Miss Grillo lures European trio

DRF | 16 hours ago
There were no European shippers for Saturday's Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, but three horses who have been racing exclusively in Europe will be running in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Start Somethin Bad among four fillies in Pacific Coast Breeders’ Futurity final

DRF | 16 hours ago
Start Somethin Bad will start in her first futurity in the $430,000 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders’ Futurity at Los Alamitos on Saturday, one of four fillies in the 350-yard final. Read More...

Beholder seeks to snap mini-slump in Zenyatta Stakes

DRF | 16 hours ago
When she faces Stellar Wind and Tara's Tango on Saturday in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita, Beholder is trying to end the longest losing streak of her career – all of two races. Read More...

Open Me a Corona, Heza Louisiana Dash rematched in Amelia Belle

DRF | 16 hours ago
Open Me a Corona and Heza Louisiana Dash, who were separated by a head when running one-two in the Grade 2 Louisiana Classic in July at Delta Downs, meet Saturday night in the $30,000 Amelia Belle at Evangeline Downs. Read More...

California Chrome ready to put on a show in Awesome Again

DRF | 16 hours ago
Trainer Art Sherman is hoping California Chrome can put on a show in the Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, just like he did six weeks ago in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Read More...

Footing and pace aside, Flintshire towers over rivals in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

DRF | 16 hours ago
The connections and supporters of Flintshire can lament the fact Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic will likely be run over soft turf. They can fret about the seeming lack of pace. Ultimately, however, they can find great comfort in knowing that Flintshire is simply the fastest horse in the four-horse field. Read More...

Pilgrim Stakes filled with uncertainties

DRF | 16 hours ago
The Grade 3 Pilgrim at Belmont Park on Saturday is not an easy race to nail down. None of the entrants in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds has won more than a single race, and the wet forecast is likely to result in less-than-firm conditions. Read More...

Beldame a strategic spot for Forever Unbridled

DRF | 16 hours ago
After Forever Unbridled got beat with a troubled trip in the Grade 1 Odgen Phipps here in June, trainer Dallas Stewart said he would never again run her in a one-turn race. But the allure of the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame was too much to ignore Read More...

Paulassilverlining using Gallant Bloom as a tryout

DRF | 17 hours ago
Trainer Michelle Nevin already has one horse headed to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in By the Moon. Saturday, Paulassilverlining will audition for a spot in that $1 million race when she runs in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

King: Wrong horse may go favored in Gallant Bloom

DRF | 17 hours ago
In the Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park, I'm itching to play Paulassilverlining, who looks deserving of favoritism but is instead the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. Read More...

Awesome Banner, Ballet Diva may be vulnerable favorites

DRF | 17 hours ago
Awesome Banner and Ballet Diva were fast, precocious, early developers, but the edge they once held over many of their peers has waned, and both are opposable in divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Hovdey: Sadler lining up his shots, long and short

DRF | 17 hours ago
If John Sadler doesn't have a good day on Saturday, it won't be for lack of trying. Sadler and his primary patron, Hronis Racing, are taking swings in three Grade 1 events on the Santa Anita Park program with varying degrees of promise, ranging from wishful thinking to historically portentous, at least in terms of what could happen next. Read More...

Klimt keeps getting better entering two-turn debut in FrontRunner

DRF | 18 hours ago
Every time Klimt has raced, he has gone a little bit farther, and raced a little bit faster. On Saturday, he'll stretch out to 1 1/16 miles in the Grade 1, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita, and if the arrow continues to point upward, he will secure his position as the best 2-year-old in California, if not the country. Read More...

Touching Promise seeks three-peat in Ballerina

DRF | 18 hours ago
Touching Promise is clearly the horse to beat in the Grade 3, $100,000 Ballerina at Hastings on Saturday. Read More...

Avenge continues class rise in Rodeo Drive

DRF | 18 hours ago
Avenge starts in her first Grade 1 in Saturday's $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 10/1 Analysis

DRF | 18 hours ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 10/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 10/1 Analysis

DRF | 18 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 10/1 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hastings trainer Brown appeals medication violation

DRF | 18 hours ago
Trainer James Brown has appealed the 45-day suspension and $2,500 fine he was given by the Hastings stewards for one of his horses testing positive for the banned substance methamphetamine. Read More...

No jail for Charles Borell in plea deal

DRF | 19 hours ago
Charles Borell, a Syracuse, N.Y., resident charged in Mercer County, Ky., with 43 counts of animal cruelty earlier this year, pled guilty to nine of the charges on Thursday as part of a plea deal with county prosecutors in a case that has drawn widespread attention because of Borell's connection to the former trainer of 2015 sprint champion Runhappy. Read More...

American Cleopatra tries two turns in Chandelier

DRF | 19 hours ago
Saturday, American Cleopatra faces a new test – her first start around two turns in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. Read More...

Santa Anita installs surveillance system with more than 1,000 cameras

DRF | 19 hours ago
Step into the Santa Anita stable area, and you will be watched. The track announced on Thursday that it recently installed a security system with more than 1,000 cameras that will follow activity throughout the stables. The cameras have been installed in high-profile areas such as roads but also around stables and in individual shed rows to follow activity in each stable. Read More...

Three Rules fully healthy for In Reality Stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
As if the résumé if Three Rules isn't imposing enough coming into Saturday's $500,000 In Reality Stakes at Gulfstream Park, his trainer, Jose Pinchin, gave the opposition a little more to worry about as the finale of the open division of the Florida Stallion Series drew near. Read More...

Weather could be A. P. Indian’s main foe in Vosburgh

DRF | 19 hours ago
The Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park has come up an intriguing race, with East Coast division leader A. P. Indian set to face X Y Jet, Holy Boss, and Joking. Now, if Mother Nature would only stay out of the way. Read More...

Fawkes hopeful Cajun Delta Dawn can overcome wide draw in My Dear Girl

DRF | 19 hours ago
One couldn't blame trainer David Fawkes for having a flashback to the 2015 Breeders' Cup Distaff after learning his undefeated 2-year-old filly Cajun Delta Dawn had drawn post 13 in a field of 13 entered for Saturday's $500,000 My Dear Girl Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Friends, partners, and sometimes rivals

DRF | 19 hours ago
A whole lot has changed in horse racing over the past 50 years, but one thing remains the same: Chick Matties and Michael Ray are still playing partners. Read More...

Harness: Marion Marauder to supplement to the Kentucky Futurity

DRF | 19 hours ago
Standardbred Canada is reporting that Marion Marauder will supplement to the Kentucky Futurity on October 9 at the Red Mile in a bid to win the Trotting Triple Crown. Marion Marauder has already won the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands and Yonkers Trot. Read More...

Bradester can expand Breeders’ Cup options with Lukas win

DRF | 20 hours ago
Bradester and jockey Corey Lanerie will have to deal with Noble Bird and seven other older horses in the 1 1/8-mile Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Read More...

Dayton: Rheinheimer’s final wish granted with rail draw in Pacing Derby

DRF | 20 hours ago
When she most recently was engaged in conversation with Larry Rheinheimer regarding his beloved world champion Freaky Fete Pete, Jamie Macomber certainly never imagined and would have immediately banished the thought this would be the final occasion she would ever chat with the man she had grown to esteem and adore. Yet within 48 hours of his sudden and tragic passing on Saturday (Sept. 24), Macomber, although understandably engulfed in grief, may just very well have had a glimmer of a smile cross her face when Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway released the entrants for this Friday evening's (Sept. 30) card. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Oct. 1: Picks for Rodeo Drive, Pilgrim, Chandelier

DRF | 20 hours ago
Decked Out is a 3-year-old meeting older opponents for the first time, and she is my play in Saturday's Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Calgary Caper goes four turns for first time in Premier’s

DRF | 20 hours ago
Trainer Phil Hall isn't sure what turned Calgary Caper from being a $12,500 claimer at Northlands Park in 2015 to the top older-handicap horse at Hastings this year. However, he is confident Calgary Caper will have no trouble going around four turns for the first time when he runs in the Grade 3, $100,000 B.C. Premier's Handicap at Hastings on Sunday. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for September 22 to September 25

DRF | 20 hours ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for September 22 to 25, 2016. Read More...

Runhappy ends layoff as Ack Ack’s strong favorite

DRF | 21 hours ago
Some nine months since Runhappy last flaunted his considerable talent before the racing public, the colt returns Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs as a huge favorite in the Grade 3 Ack Ack, one of three stakes on an 11-race card. Read More...

Challedon, Politely stakes share Saturday card

DRF | 21 hours ago
From June through August, Rockinn On Bye, All Star Red, and The Truth Or Else each took a crack at the sharp sprinter A. P. Indian. None of the three came close to winning, but the experience of facing top-shelf talent may prove helpful when they square off going seven furlongs in Saturday's $75,000 Challedon Stakes at Laurel Park. Read More...

Only You Babe, Aqua Frio stand out in Oak Tree Juvenile

DRF | 21 hours ago
The filly Only You Babe and the colt Aqua Frio are the two most accomplished runners heading into Saturday's $50,000 Oak Tree Juvenile at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet. The one mile and 70-yard race has drawn a field of seven 2-year-olds and goes as race 9. Read More...

Gold for the King hiding in strong Futurity field

DRF | 21 hours ago
Gold for the King owns the fastest career Beyer Speed Figure in the field for Saturday's richest race of the season at Finger Lakes and finished third in his stakes debut at Sarataoga to a horse under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. So why is Gold for the King no better than fifth choice on the track's morning line among eight New York-bred 2-year-olds for the $219,713 New York Breeders' Futurity? Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis: Oct. 1, 2016

DRF | 21 hours ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis: Oct. 1, 2016 Read More...

True Cinder looks best in Emerald Necklace

DRF | 22 hours ago
Mygirlfriday and Pyrite Slew have the only wins among six Ohio-accredited 2-year-old fillies signed up for Saturday's $75,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes at Thistledown. But considering they were both trounced twice by True Cinder since recording their debut victories, True Cinder should go favored in the six-furlong stakes. Read More...

Princess Bullet takes her talents to South Ocean

DRF | 22 hours ago
Princess Bullet made quite a splash when she won her debut easily going two turns. She will make her much-anticipated second start in Saturday's $125,000 South Ocean Stakes for Ontario-sired juvenile fillies at Woodbine. Read More...

Colonel John sold to stand in Korea

DRF | 1 day ago
WinStar Farm sire Colonel John has been sold to the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association (KTBA) to stand in Jeju-do, Korea in 2017. Read More...

Colonel John sold to stand in Korea

DRF | 1 day ago
WinStar Farm sire Colonel John has been sold to the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association (KTBA) to stand in Jeju-do, Korea in 2017. Read More...

Ima Fearless Hero streaking into Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders’ Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Ima Fearless Hero, the champion 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding of 2015, will start in his first major stakes of 2016 in Friday’s $177,000 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders’ Derby at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Supermason auditions for stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Supermason, who will run Saturday night at Remington Park, remains a candidate for the $50,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on Oct. 29 at Retama, said trainer Bret Calhoun. Read More...