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Yonkers: Oakes has Luck Be Withyou ready for $500K Messenger

DRF | 6 hours ago
The racing season hasn’t panned out as well as expected for Luck Be Withyou, last year’s Breeders Crown champion for 2-year-old pacing colts. The son of Western Ideal has had his share of luckless trips thus far, but hopes to turn it around in a big way on Saturday in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Allowance feature has horses for turf, dirt

DRF | 6 hours ago
The nominal feature on Thursday at Belmont Park is race 7, a $77,000 optional claimer with preliminary allowance conditions for 3-year-olds that is scheduled for a mile on the Widener turf. Read More...

Pandolfo: Harness Par Times

DRF | 6 hours ago
It's been a few years since I've released updated track par times. If you use the DRF Harness Eye past performances, the published Speed Figures are already adjusted for track speed, and I recommend that you use those figures. But it's always good to have a general idea of track speed. Read More...

Yonkers: Nuncio, Lyonssomewhere give Takter a chance at two $500K wins

DRF | 6 hours ago
A half-length loss in the Hambletonian Stakes prevents Nuncio from a chance at history, but the Jimmy Takter trainee can add to his credentials with a win in Saturday’s $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Takter also starts contender Lyonssomewhere in the $500,000 Messenger Pace. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 10/24 analysis

DRF | 7 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 10/24 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Vernon: Friday 10/24 Analysis

DRF | 8 hours ago
James Witherite's analysis of the Friday 10/24 card at Vernon Downs. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 10/17 Analysis

DRF | 8 hours ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 10/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Wells reaches plea deal in race-fixing case

DRF | 8 hours ago
U.S. prosecutors have agreed to drop a three-count federal indictment alleging race fixing against the trainer David Wells in exchange for Wells pleading guilty to one misdemeanor charge of “rigging a publicly exhibited contest” in a Pennsylvania state court, according to court documents filed last week. Read More...

Clocker: Private Prospect has solid drill for Juvenile

DRF | 8 hours ago
Wednesday proved to be another slow day on the Breeders’ Cup workout front, with the monotony of the long morning finally broken when Private Prospect came out after the second renovation break to work six furlongs for the Juvenile. Read More...

Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Recount done for year

DRF | 8 hours ago
Recount, the Arlington-Washington Futurity winner in his most recent start, won’t race again until 2015, trainer Jim DiVito said last week. Read More...

Alexis Tangier heads Autumn Miss Stakes

DRF | 8 hours ago
Saturday’s $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf at Santa Anita will have a large field, and a strong team from trainer Tom Proctor’s stable. Read More...

Thecushmaker tries to keep momentum going for red-hot Hinsley

DRF | 8 hours ago
Veteran trainer Dave Hinsley won two races from 31 starts during the 2013 fall-winter meeting at Hawthorne. It took Hinsley all of three starts to eclipse that win total at the ongoing meet. Read More...

Desormeaux set to return Sunday

DRF | 8 hours ago
Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who has not ridden since Sept. 28 after being kicked in the chest during a post parade, is aiming for a comeback Sunday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Ducduc still sharp at age 8

DRF | 8 hours ago
Ducduc’s sharp form belies his age. The 8-year-old Grade 3 winner has won his last two starts and will attempt to keep rolling Friday in the ninth race at Gulfstream Park West. His task will not be an easy one, however, as Rock Alex figures to go favored one start after running third to Bahamian Squall, who on Monday was pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Read More...

War Correspondent an exciting prospect

DRF | 9 hours ago
If Mother Nature relents enough to allow turf racing to resume here Friday, there is a very intriguing third-level allowance race that serves as the feature on a 10-race card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Songforjohnmichael ready to step up

DRF | 11 hours ago
Songforjohnmichael has won two of his last three starts, giving Hendricks confidence to try him in a first-level optional $40,000 claimer over 1 1/4 miles on the main track at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

Jerardi: Searching for a replacement single

DRF | 11 hours ago
Without a horse or horses to frame multi-race wagers around or use as a free space on top of a vertical bet, the very difficult task of converting Breeders’ Cup opinions into cash becomes monumentally difficult. Read More...

Henny Jenney’s last effort on dirt an encouraging sign

DRF | 11 hours ago
Henny Jenney, most recently second at 24-1 behind Breeders’ Cup-bound Thank You Marylou in the Sept. 20 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs, heads a group of five 3-year-old fillies in Friday's allowance feature at Keeneland. Read More...

Stakes performers Spanish Flower, Chique to Chique still seeking first win

DRF | 11 hours ago
It’s hard to believe that the Roger Attfield-trained stakes performers Spanish Flower and Chique to Chique are still maidens. Perhaps one of them will finally get their picture taken in Friday’s eighth race at Woodbine, a $55,900 maiden special weight scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Read More...

Hoosier: Top Burke 3-year-olds compete in Circle City

DRF | 11 hours ago
There are no sky-high purses being offered on Friday night at Hoosier Park, but trainer Ron Burke is still sending arguably his top pair of male 3-year-old pacers in split divisions of the Circle City. Both Jk Endofanera and Limelight Beach figure to be odds-on favorites come post time as they follow the yellow brick road to the Breeders Crown on November 22 at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Eustacia will give routing a try in Freedom of the City

DRF | 11 hours ago
Eustacia will try to carry her considerable speed around three turns for the first time when she runs in the $50,000 Freedom of the City at Northlands Park on Friday night. Read More...

Number of mares bred increases in 2014

DRF | 11 hours ago
The Jockey Club released its Report of Mares Bred statistics for the 2014 breeding season, which revealed the first increase in North American mares bred since 2005. Read More...

Three females among 16 pre-entered in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 11 hours ago
There may be a feminine presence to the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Top Kisser out, Thank You Marylou in

DRF | 11 hours ago
Just a couple of minor surprises were in store when pre-entries for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint were announced Wednesday at Santa Anita: Top Kisser is not in the lineup, and Thank You Marylou is. Read More...

Dank among 17 F&M Turf pre-entries

DRF | 12 hours ago
Eight top-class Europeans, led by defending champion Dank, were among the 17 pre-entries announced Wednesday for the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 – setting up an intriguing international matchup. Read More...

Mile draws 25 pre-entries with Wise Dan out

DRF | 12 hours ago
They could run two Breeders’ Cup Miles this year. A remarkable 25 horses were pre-entered in the $2 million Mile, a huge number owing in great part to the fact that one horse – two-time winner Wise Dan – is injured and will miss the race. Read More...

Untapable among 12 pre-entered in Distaff

DRF | 12 hours ago
Untapable is training so well it is scary. Good timing for Halloween, when she tries to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. Read More...

Chandelier, Frizette produce eight entrants

DRF | 12 hours ago
The Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies has attracted 15 pre-entries. The 1 1/16-mile race will be run at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 1. Read More...

BC Turf Sprint nets 29 pre-entries; past winner Regally Ready on also-eligible list

DRF | 12 hours ago
Eight of the nine Saturday Breeders’ Cup races were oversubscribed, but none more so than the $1 million Turf Sprint, which drew a staggering 29 pre-entrants. That means there are actually more horses on the order of preference also-eligible list than the 14 who will be allowed to start in this unique event run on Santa Anita’s about-6 1/2-furlong downhill turf course. Read More...

Sprint draws 21 pre-entries, with some surprises

DRF | 12 hours ago
The presence of defending champion Secret Circle, multiple Grade 1 sprint winner Palace, and Hong Kong invader Rich Tapestry, who captured the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship in his sparkling U.S. debut, did little to scare away the opposition, as 21 horses were pre-entered Monday for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Artspeak appears ready for Governor’s Cup Final

DRF | 13 hours ago
Heading into Saturday’s C$565,000 Governor’s Cup final at Woodbine there are many unanswered questions. Only after the horses cross the finish line will we know whether Metro stakes winner Artspeak is truly back on his game. The wickedly fast son of Western Ideal looked like the next super-horse during the summer, but in his last two races broke stride at key points in the mile. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Artspeak appears ready for Governor’s Cup Final

DRF | 13 hours ago
Heading into Saturday’s C$565,000 Governor’s Cup final at Woodbine there are many unanswered questions. Only after the horses cross the finish line will we know whether Metro stakes winner Artspeak is truly back on his game. The wickedly fast son of Western Ideal looked like the next super-horse during the summer, but in his last two races broke stride at key points in the mile. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 10/17 analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 10/17 analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Australia: Fawkner favored in Cox Plate

DRF | 13 hours ago
Fawkner, a Group 1 winner on Oct. 11, can solidify his claims for the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 4 in Saturday’s $2,638,500 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Australia. Read More...

Australia: Fawkner favored in Cox Plate

DRF | 13 hours ago
Fawkner, a Group 1 winner on Oct. 11, can solidify his claims for the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 4 in Saturday’s $2,638,500 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Australia. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Oct. 17 – Oct. 18

DRF | 13 hours ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Oct. 17 – Oct. 18

DRF | 13 hours ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 10/23 Analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 10/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 10/23 Analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 10/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 10/23 analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 10/23 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 10/23 analysis

DRF | 13 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 10/23 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

King’s preview: Allowance has stakes sizzle

DRF | 15 hours ago
The final week of racing at the fall meet at Keeneland begins Wednesday, and though the card lacks a stakes race, it has an allowance, the featured seventh, loaded with stakes horses. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October: Steady returns in second session

DRF | 1 day ago
The second day of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale continued a consistent renewal of the North American yearling market’s final major event, posting the second-highest single-day gross in the auction’s history. Read More...

Raffetto signs on as consultant to New England HBPA

DRF | 1 day ago
Lou Raffetto, a longtime industry executive who once served as the vice president of racing at Suffolk Downs for nine years, has signed on as a consultant to the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. Read More...

Her Emmynency out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Michael Stidham said Her Emmynency is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. According to Stidham, Her Emmynency came down with colitis Sunday evening and is responding well to treatment at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in Chino Hills, Calif. Read More...

Kentucky officials to meet with drug lab on testing delays

DRF | 1 day ago
The two top officials of Kentucky’s racing regulatory commission will meet on Wednesday with the management of the privately held drug-testing laboratory that conducts the state’s post-race drug tests to discuss the lab’s persistent delays, officials said Tuesday. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Nor’easter on the way

DRF | 1 day ago
The final week of the fall meet begins with the threat of wind and rain, as a slow-moving nor’easter is forecast to move across New York and New England Wednesday and Thursday. Read More...

Movie horse Hollywood Extra makes racing debut

DRF | 1 day ago
Hollywood Extra, a 3-year-old gelding who was part of the 2011 film “War Horse,” will begin his post-acting career in Thursday night’s fifth race at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Read More...

Kentucky dates approved for 2015 – but not without drama

DRF | 1 day ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a full slate of 2015 dates for the state’s racetracks, including a bloc in September that required an agreement between Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs to resolve a dispute that had led Churchill to threaten to withdraw its September dates requests. Read More...