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Derby Watch: Nyquist already ahead of the game

DRF | 43 mins ago
It was just four years ago that trainer Doug O'Neill, jockey Mario Gutierrez, and owner Paul Reddam won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I'll Have Another, who parlayed a pair of victories at Santa Anita earlier that year into success in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Now the same team is set to embark on another bid at the classics with Nyquist. Read More...

Santa Anita stewards order two owners to pay trainers

DRF | 47 mins ago
Owners John Meairs and Kenji Morinaga have been ordered to pay their trainers five-figure sums, according to rulings released last weekend by Santa Anita stewards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney, and Kim Sawyer. Read More...

Apprentice Kennedy mulls quitting due to weight problems

DRF | 53 mins ago
Apprentice jockey Ty Kennedy moved from California to Oklahoma last month and said on Wednesday that he is evaluating whether to continue his riding career. Read More...

Toews On Ice unlikely to run in San Vicente

DRF | 53 mins ago
A quarter crack is likely to prevent the three-time stakes winner Toews On Ice from starting in Monday's $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Read More...

Lochte gets winter vacation

DRF | 57 mins ago
Turf standout Lochte will be getting a few months off after having a three-race win streak snapped when finishing fourth as the favorite here in the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale here at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 9. Read More...

Romans shoots for Royal Delta upset with Gamblers Rose

DRF | 1 hour ago
Dale Romans will send out Gamblers Rose as one of the longer shots in the Grade 2, $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Celebrity Star steps down in class in optional claimer

DRF | 1 hour ago
Corey Lanerie truly enjoys riding horses for Dave Kassen, a former jockey who has been training horses since before Lanerie was born in 1974. Read More...

Doctor Dempsey makes rare inner-track start for Baffert

DRF | 2 hours ago
Aqueduct's inner track isn't among the usual haunts for trainer Bob Baffert. Since 2004, Baffert has only run six horses over the inner track with one winner – Brigand in the 2013 Turnofthecentury Stakes – from a total of eight starts. Baffert is listed as the trainer of Doctor Dempsey, who heads a field of eight entered in a second-level allowance race for New York-bred sprinters that serves as the feature on Friday's nine-race card. Read More...

Dominguez will be considered for Hall of Fame

DRF | 2 hours ago
Ramon Dominguez, the multiple Eclipse Award-winning rider who retired in 2013 after a career-ending injury, will be eligible for consideration for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this year even though he has not been retired for five years, the executive committee of the Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday. Read More...

Midnight Aria sold to Saudi Arabian interests for $40K

DRF | 2 hours ago
Midnight Aria, the winner of the 2013 Queen’s Plate, was sold at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $40,000 to Saudi Arabian interests to continue his racing career in that country Read More...

Swissarella seeks third win since being claimed

DRF | 3 hours ago
The 5-year-old Swissarella has won 2 of 4 starts and earned $39,320 since she was claimed for $20,000 in October. Swissarella can significantly enhance her earnings since the claim when she starts in a first-level optional $40,000 claimer at a mile at Santa Anita on Friday. Read More...

Harness: Zoccali to join DRF Harness writing team

DRF | 3 hours ago
Darin Zoccali, the former Meadowlands Director of Racing, will begin writing a bi-weekly column for DRF Harness starting this week. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 2/11 Analysis

DRF | 4 hours ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 2/11 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Los Alamitos pick six pool could hit $200K

DRF | 4 hours ago
The pick six pool at Los Alamitos is expected to exceed $200,000 on Friday night, with a carryover of $65,738 certain to lure widespread interest. The pick six sequence includes two sprints for Thoroughbreds and four Quarter Horse races, the last of which is a $15,000 handicap. Read More...

Jerardi: Nyquist’s numbers say it could be a rocky season

DRF | 5 hours ago
As unbeaten Nyquist – with the weakest set of Beyer Speed Figures for a 2-year-old champion in memory – gets set for his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Monday at Santa Anita, I took a look back at recent history to check out accomplished 2-year-olds with similar profiles to see how they did as 3-year-olds. Not to spoil the fun, but the short answer is not very well. Read More...

Harness: Tim Tetrick reaches 9,000 career wins

DRF | 5 hours ago
At just 34 years old, driver Tim Tetrick continues to climb the all-time wins leaderboard in harness racing. On Tuesday night at Dover Downs, the gifted pilot guided Duneside Chella to her 18th career victory and picked up number 9,000 for his career in the process. Read More...

Leigh Court overcomes bad start to win Mardi Gras Stakes

DRF | 20 hours ago
Leigh Court won her first race since October 2014 when she outclassed nine rivals in the $60,000 Mardi Gras Stakes on a special Mardi Gras card Tuesday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton February: Stronger second session, but overall declines

DRF | 21 hours ago
Tuesday’s second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale proved to be more in-step with the previous year’s renewal, but a weaker opening session led to across-the-board declines in the final numbers. Read More...

Vote on repealing Texas historical racing rules blocked

DRF | 23 hours ago
An anticipated vote on whether to repeal historical racing rules in Texas never came to fruition at a Tuesday meeting of the state’s racing commission after a temporary restraining order was presented prohibiting a vote. Read More...

Training set to resume at Parx

DRF | 23 hours ago
Parx Racing plans to reopen its track for limited training on Thursday morning, and management hopes to conduct full training beginning on Saturday. Parx communicated this to horsemen on Tuesday via text. Read More...

Florida decoupling debate postponed

DRF | 1 day ago
The fate of complex gambling legislation in Florida involving a compact between the state and the Seminole Indian Tribe remained unclear as one of two state legislative committees postponed debate on the issue Tuesday. Read More...

Giwner: New Harness Speed Rating Guide

DRF | 1 day ago
While many people disregard final time, it is impossible to deny the importance of speed when wagering on horse racing. Especially during optimal conditions, if a horse isn’t fast enough they are unlikely to win the race. Read More...

13 new names for Pool 2 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

DRF | 1 day ago
A massive overhaul from Pool 1 just 11 weeks earlier has resulted in 13 new names being among the 23 separately listed wagering interests for Pool 2 of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run. Read More...

Sunland Park continues to battle equine herpesvirus

DRF | 1 day ago
The number of horses testing positive for the equine herpesvirus at Sunland Park in New Mexico continues to climb, but Turf Paradise in Arizona has announced that it plans to lift its quarantine at the end of next week after reporting to health officials that no horses there have exhibited symptoms of the disease since a horse was euthanized nearly two weeks ago. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton February: Steep declines in opening session

DRF | 2 days ago
With the strength of the catalog largely coming in its second day, the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale further illustrated the market’s aversion toward less commercial offerings, posting significant declines across the board. Read More...

The Week that Was in Racing, Feb. 1-7, 2016

DRF | 2 days ago
Here's a collection of some of the biggest stories in horse racing, all in one place. Unless noted, all of the links here are to free stories on DRF.com. Read More...

Departing to skip Essex Handicap, go to Fair Grounds

DRF | 2 days ago
The multiple Grade 2 winner Departing has been highweighted at 122 pounds for the $100,000 Essex Handicap on Saturday at Oaklawn, but he instead will run on turf at Fair Grounds, trainer Al Stall Jr. said Monday. Read More...

Litfin: Aqueduct horses to watch for week of Feb. 8

DRF | 2 days ago
Dave Litfin's horses to watch at Aqueduct for the week of Feb. 8. Read More...

Matt King Coal eyes Gotham Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt King Coal, an impressive maiden winner last fall at Belmont, returned to the work tab Sunday for the first time in 10 weeks, breezing a half-mile in 49.93 seconds in company over the training track. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.19 and six furlongs in 1:15.10. Read More...

NYRA to offer free shuttling from Laurel Park

DRF | 2 days ago
Continuing a program it began in late December for Parx horsemen, the New York Racing Association will offer free vanning for horsemen based at Laurel Park who want to run at Aqueduct from Feb. 19 to March 10. Laurel is not racing during that period. Read More...

Trainer Contessa serving seven-day suspension

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Gary Contessa on Monday began serving a seven-day suspension for a drug violation incurred nearly two years ago at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Masquerade in turf allowance feature Thursday

DRF | 2 days ago
Allow Masquerade an easy lead, and she’s not easy to run down on the Fair Grounds turf course. Hooked and cooked Jan. 17 in the Marie Krantz Memorial, Masquerade, dropped in for a $62,500 claiming price in a turf route that’s also open to third-level allowance runners, could shake loose and back up the pace under Florent Geroux in Thursday’s featured eighth race. Read More...

Shotgun Kowboy eyes Mineshaft Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Shotgun Kowboy, the winner of the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and seventh last out in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill last fall, could make his 4-year-old debut Feb. 20 in the Grade 3, $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap. Read More...

Mshawish, Lady Shipman headed to Dubai

DRF | 2 days ago
Two horses coming off big performances Saturday at Gulfstream Park, Donn Handicap winner Mshawish and Lady Shipman, who cruised to victory as the odds-on favorite in the Ladies’ Turf Sprint, will be heading to Dubai for their next starts, while it appears that Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap winner Lukes Alley will not. Read More...

Roman Ruler, Zensational sold and to remain in Argentina

DRF | 2 days ago
Roman Ruler and Zensational, both former residents of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., have been sold to remain at their respective Southern Hemisphere farms in Argentina to stand at stud. Read More...

X Y Jet looks to burnish credentials for Dubai invite

DRF | 2 days ago
After winning his last two starts by a combined 13 1/2 lengths, including the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector, X Y Jet is looking for new worlds to conquer. In fact, his connections would love to send him halfway across the world for his next major test, the Dubai Golden Shaheen to be run March 26 on the Dubai World Cup undercard. Read More...

Airoforce to make 3-year-old debut in Risen Star Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse on Sunday confirmed that Airoforce, an Eclipse Award finalist for champion 2-year-old male of 2015, will ship from south Florida to New Orleans next week to make his 3-year-old debut Feb. 20 in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. Read More...

Lady Sabelia, Hot City Girl top Fritchie field

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie on Saturday at Laurel Park will match last year's winner, 6-year-old Lady Sabelia, against the rapidly improving 4-year-old Hot City Girl. A field of seven was entered Monday for the $300,000 Fritchie, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares. Read More...

Southwest Stakes contender Z Royal has Lukas feeling young

DRF | 2 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has put a health scare far behind him and is back in a familiar spot at this Oaklawn Park meet – with a promising 3-year-old prospect in Z Royal. Z Royal breezed Monday for an intended start in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes. Lukas said Gary Stevens will ride the Zayat Stables-owned horse in the race next Monday. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 2/10 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 2/10 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Finest City out to prove last start not a fluke

DRF | 2 days ago
The idea that track bias was largely responsible for the chaotic result of a Grade 2 filly-mare sprint last month will be reexamined Thursday at Santa Anita. Finest City, who benefitted from an apparent speed bias finishing second in the Santa Monica Stakes, drops Thursday into a second-level optional claimer. If her Santa Monica effort on Jan. 23 is taken at face value, Finest City might be tough to beat on Thursday. Read More...

Hovdey: Songbird has her own frame of reference

DRF | 2 days ago
Racing fans are not content to savor the present without rooting around in the past. American Pharoah threw fans deep into history, inspiring a fresh examination of Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, and Citation. Songbird, goes the thinking, must be like something we've seen before or else how can she be fully appreciated. Read More...

Samantha Nicole retired, booked to Bernardini

DRF | 2 days ago
Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year and stakes producer Rachel Alexandra, has been retired to Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky., and will be bred to Bernardini this season, hoping to capitalize on a cross that has proven successful with her family. Read More...

Momameamaria stays local for Correction prep

DRF | 2 days ago
Momameamaria came off a 201-day layoff on Dec. 17 to win a second-level optional-claiming race over Aqueduct's inner track. The race proved to be very productive as the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers all came back to win their next starts. On Thursday, Momameamaria will try to become the fourth next-out winner from that key race when she heads a field of seven entered in a $75,000 third-level allowance feature going six furlongs at Aqueduct. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of Feb. 8

DRF | 2 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of Feb. 8. Read More...

Tampa Bay: Prado visits to ride War Order

DRF | 2 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado is winless with 18 mounts at the Gulfstream Park meet but will look to score with his first mount of the Tampa Bay Downs meet on Wednesday. Read More...

Tampa Bay: Fast Flying Rumor eyes Pelican

DRF | 2 days ago
Fast Flying Rumor is targeting the $100,000 Pelican Stakes on Feb. 20 at Tampa Bay Downs after dominating an optional $50,000 claimer on the main track here last Friday for his third consecutive win. The Pelican is a six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up on the main track. Read More...

Clement could get ambitious with stakes winner Governor Malibu

DRF | 2 days ago
After defeating fellow New York-breds in Saturday's Gander Stakes at Aqueduct, the 3-year-old Governor Malibu will step into open company for his next start, trainer Christophe Clement said Monday. Read More...

Marino’s Wild Cat eyes repeat in Lost in the Fog

DRF | 2 days ago
Defending race winner Marino’s Wild Cat, who hasn’t started since a third-place finish last April that snapped a three-race win streak, is expected to make his return in next Monday’s $50,000 Lost in the Fog at six furlongs at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Four rich stakes highlight Festival Preview Day

DRF | 2 days ago
The second-biggest day of the Tampa Bay Downs meet comes Saturday, when Festival Preview Day offers four stakes worth $650,000 in total, including a trio of Grade 3 stakes. The event serves as a prelude to Festival Day on March 12, when four stakes worth $850,000 in total will be run. Read More...