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Stakes winner Merit Man retired to stud at Lovacres Farm

DRF | 1 hour ago
Stakes winner Merit Man has been retired from racing and will stand at stud in California in 2015. Read More...

Watchmaker: Pick four play for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

DRF | 1 hour ago
What a terrific sequence Saturday’s late pick four on the Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita is. There is a lot to sink your teeth into and a very real possibility, if you are right, to make a lot with a relatively modest investment. Let’s get into it. Read More...

Golden Finish drops, returns to dirt

DRF | 1 hour ago
Golden Finish will start as one of the top choices in a first-level optional $16,000 claimer Sunday at Gulfstream Park West, moving back to both the overnight ranks and dirt. Read More...

Pletcher sends out Enchantress, Miss Always Ready in search of sixth Tempted win

DRF | 2 hours ago
Only five horses ran in last year’s Temped Stakes, but the first- and third-place finishers came back as 3-year-olds to win top-class races such as the Alabama and Coaching Club American Oaks, both Grade 1s, and the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 2 hours ago
Experience is important when competing over the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita. Those in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint who have ventured down the hill include Reneesgotzip (5-1), who deadheated for second behind Mizdirection in last year’s edition of the race. She also was third in the 2012 renewal at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kathleen Rose skips Goldikova, targets Kathryn Crosby for first stakes win

DRF | 2 hours ago
Two near misses in stakes at Santa Anita and Del Mar by Kathleen Rose this year made it easy for trainer Mike Machowsky to pick an early November race.
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Litfin: How I’d play Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Santa Anita

DRF | 2 hours ago
Right off the bat, it seems like there’s an opportunity to play against a vulnerable morning-line favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Vernon: Saturday 11/1 All-Stakes Pick Four Analysis

DRF | 3 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the all-stakes pick four at Vernon Downs for 11/1/14. Races include two Kindergarten finals, the Artiscape for Older Pacing Mares, and the Muscle Hill for Older Trotting Mares. Read More...

Blofeld primed for stretch-out to mile in Nashua

DRF | 3 hours ago
Blofeld, trained by Todd Pletcher, comes into Sunday's Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct off a hard-earned victory in the Grade 2 Futurity. Read More...

Hastings sees handle dip at 2014 meet

DRF | 3 hours ago
The daily average was off only slightly, but nine fewer days resulted in a sharp decline in the total live mutuel handle at Hastings’ 2014 meet, which ended Oct. 26. Read More...

Tactical Rocket, Highway Boss favored in stakes divisions

DRF | 3 hours ago
The local product gets the spotlight at Turf Paradise on Sunday with two divisions of the $35,000 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes. Both six-furlong events are for 2-year-old Arizona-breds who were consigned to the 2013 Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association fall sale. The fillies’ division goes as race 7; the males’ division is race 8. Both drew fields of 11. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 4 hours ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free provides his insight on how to wager on the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Owens high on London Tower ahead of Princess Elizabeth

DRF | 4 hours ago
Can London Tower win the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes off just one start? She may be favored to do so in the 69th running of the 1 1/16-mile test for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Filimbi will look to save ground in Goldikova Stakes

DRF | 4 hours ago
Filimbi has settled into a pattern in her first year of racing in the United States – she is often favored in turf miles. A 4-year-old filly, Filimbi was third as the beaten favorite in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes over a mile on turf at Keeneland on Oct. 4, missing by 1 1/2 lengths when racing in traffic late. Avoiding a similar scenario will be vital for Filimbi on Sunday when she makes her California debut in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes over a mile on turf. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 4 hours ago
Just The Judge may be dismissed by some horseplayers due to her 13-day turnaround from winning the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, but the opinion here is that she is still going to run another one of her “A” races. Read More...

Heza Dasha Fire seeks to remain eligible for lucrative bonus in Golden State Million Futurity

DRF | 4 hours ago
Heza Dasha Fire, the winner of the Ed Burke Million Futurity in June, will be a strong favorite to win Sunday’s $1,031,100 Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos. A win could put Heza Dasha Fire closer to a seven-figure bonus. Read More...

Growing up with Nelson Bunker Hunt

DRF | 4 hours ago
Nelson Bunker Hunt’s influence on racing has been felt in a sweeping way over the past month. Read More...

King: How I’d play Breeders’ Cup Friday

DRF | 5 hours ago
The first of two Breeders’ Cup days are upon us Friday, leaving horseplayers as giddy as children eating chocolate this Halloween evening. Here’s how I plan to play the races today at Santa Anita, specifically the Breeders’ Cup events. Read More...

BC connections to contribute to New Vocations charity

DRF | 5 hours ago
The owners and/or trainers of 36 horses scheduled to run in Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday have pledged a portion of their purse earnings over the two-day event to the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, the nonprofit organization announced Thursday. Read More...

King’s preview: Turf races moved to main track

DRF | 6 hours ago
Morning rain has resulted in the scheduled turf races at Churchill on Friday being moved to the main track. And as a result of the surface switch, the fifth race’s distance has been changed from 1 3/8 miles to 1 1/4 miles. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 11/1 Analysis

DRF | 15 hours ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 11/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 11/1 Analysis

DRF | 15 hours ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 11/1 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 11/1 analysis

DRF | 15 hours ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 11/1 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Vernon: Saturday 11/1 Analysis

DRF | 15 hours ago
James Witherite's analysis of the Saturday 11/1 card at Vernon Downs. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Turf racing winding down

DRF | 18 hours ago
Turf racing ends for the season this weekend. There is lots of rain in the forecast for Friday, and lane 1 will be used if the proceedings remain on the grass. Read More...

Regally Ready takes Big Bear Stakes

DRF | 19 hours ago
Regally Ready extended his streak of stakes wins to three races in Thursday’s $80,700 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita, the ninth career stakes win for the 7-year-old gelding. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2014 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 22 hours ago
DRF Breeding staff writer Joe Nevills analyzes each race of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Read More...

King: How I’d play BC Distaff/Classic double

DRF | 22 hours ago
If you’re a fan of the Kentucky Oaks/Derby double offered every year at Churchill Downs, chances are you’ll like the Distaff/Classic double on tap for the Breeders’ Cup this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. It offers the chance to play the two biggest races each day and, in addition to the potential for a decent payoff, the lure of connecting on two such prestigious races. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Scarly Charly takes on youngsters

DRF | 22 hours ago
Since relocating to New York from Southern California, Scarly Charly has run four times, all for Mike Hushion, and he has posted Beyer Figures of 96 or 97 on three occasions. Read More...

Clocker: Impressions of Saturday BC contenders

DRF | 23 hours ago
The first local appearance by Shared Belief was the highlight of Thursday morning’s training activity at Santa Anita, a session that also included a sharp blowout by Sprint contender Rich Tapestry and the opening of the unique downhill turf course for the only time this week. Read More...

Beyer: Shared Belief gets nod despite short price

DRF | 23 hours ago
Like most of the 13 Breeders’ Cup events Friday and Saturday, the Classic is a competitive race, a challenging puzzle for handicappers. Read More...

Closing day highlighted by four statebred stakes

DRF | 23 hours ago
Indiana Grand celebrates closing day of the 2014 season with four stakes for Indiana-bred horses. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies wagering strategy

DRF | 23 hours ago
DRF's Jim Dunleavy provides insight on how to wager on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 24 hours ago
The full field for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf is such a well-matched group that it’s difficult to narrow the options down to just a handful of runners. There are 10 stakes winners entered, and of them, seven have accounted for group or graded races. In addition, eight entrants last raced in Europe. It makes for a tough handicapping assignment, but the tradeoff is price. Below is one breakdown on the chief players for the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 24 hours ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin gives his insight on how to bet the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

Aktabantay scratched from Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 1 day ago
Aktabantay is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after suffering a foot injury, trainer Hugo Palmer announced. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff wagering strategy

DRF | 1 day ago
Clearly, any discussion of the 2014 running of Friday's Breeders' Cup Distaff has to revolve around impressions of Untapable, who will go into the gate as the favorite. Read More...

California Chrome runs for the gold

DRF | 1 day ago
To suggest that Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the top draw on Breeders’ Cup weekend is only a slight exaggeration. Read More...

Speedsters take the stage for pair of Saturday sprint stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
It’s all about speed Saturday at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Pleasantly Perfect sold to stand in Turkey

DRF | 1 day ago
Pleasantly Perfect, a multiple Grade/Group 1 winner, has been purchased by Turkish-based owner and breeder Levent Sarikaya, and will stand at the Turkish National Stud in 2015. Read More...

No Nay Never to retire to Coolmore after Turf Sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
No Nay Never, a graded or group stakes winner in three countries, will be retired after his scheduled start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita to stand at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Read More...

Competitive Edge on way back

DRF | 1 day ago
While trainer Todd Pletcher will run two undefeated Grade 1 winners in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, his other undefeated Grade 1-winning juvenile colt is close to returning to his barn. Read More...

Enchanting Lisa tries first dirt stakes in Chilukki

DRF | 1 day ago
On the same day trainer Charlie LoPresti had hoped to run two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, before a cannon bone injury sent the horse to the sidelines, he will be leading over Wise Dan’s little half-sister, Enchanting Lisa, to run in the Grade 2, $200,000 Chilukki Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Trainers hope to get off Breeders’ Cup duck

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement, Ken McPeek, John Sadler, and Wesley Ward have won a lot of races in their careers. Oddly enough, none of the quintet has won a Breeders’ Cup race. Read More...

Eye protection for Sweet Reason

DRF | 1 day ago
Sweet Reason will be equipped with a transparent green bubble over her right eye Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint because of an injury she incurred in her last race, the Sept. 20 Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

Three Alarm Fire, Bay of Plenty on a roll ahead of stakes debut

DRF | 1 day ago
Seven 3-year-olds will meet in the $200,000 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday, but the focus will be on Bay of Plenty and Three Alarm Fire, two lightly raced but obviously talented runners. Read More...

Velazquez hopes to cap comeback year with Breeders’ Cup success

DRF | 1 day ago
“So, what are you planning to do? You going back?” The questions, posed to him by his wife, Leona, caught John Velazquez by surprise. They came last November, a few weeks after Velazquez was seriously injured in a spill at Santa Anita early on Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Among other issues, Velazquez had to undergo surgery to remove his spleen. Read More...

Velvet Mesquite brings success on downhill course into Sen. Ken Maddy

DRF | 1 day ago
Velvet Mesquite won her stakes debut in the California Distaff Handicap on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Oct. 11. By the next morning, trainer Blake Heap began plotting a schedule to have the massive 4-year-old filly ready for Saturday’s $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes over the same hillside turf course. Read More...

Europeans figure prominently in Breeders’ Cup turf events

DRF | 1 day ago
This year’s European contingent on Saturday at the Breeders' Cup is long, and it is strong. Let’s take a look, race by race, listed in post position order, at the European invasion. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering strategy

DRF | 1 day ago
The undefeated Shared Belief is going to be the clear-cut favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and even his detractors (Are there any? How could there be?) would probably concede that it is impossible to rule him out of the number, whether you are engaging in horizontal or vertical wagers. Read More...