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Canterbury offers 24 stakes for 70-day 2015 season

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2015 Canterbury Park 70-day race meet will be the longest since the racetrack reopened in 1995 as Canterbury Park, and reflects the impact of a 2012 cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners and operators of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, that adds $75 million to horsemen purses over 10 years. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 11 to 14

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 11 to 14, 2014. Read More...

Remington enjoys across-the-board wagering increase

DRF | 2 days ago
Remington Park experienced increases in all average daily handle categories during its 67-date Thoroughbred meet that closed on Sunday, according to figures provided by the Oklahoma City track. Read More...

Introduction to Formulator Trainer Filters

DRF | 3 days ago
Introduction to Formulator Trainer Filters by Michael Hogan and Peter Thomas Fornatale. Read More...

Pandolfo: Plenty of positives in 2014

DRF | 3 days ago
With year-end honors being handed out, I thought I'd mention a few things that won't win any awards but caught my eye in 2014. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 12/19 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 12/19 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 12/19 analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 12/19 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Three locations in upstate New York approved for casinos

DRF | 3 days ago
New York regulators on Wednesday tabbed three casino proposals in upstate locations for licensing while rejecting all applications for a casino in the location approved by legislators that was closest to New York City. Read More...

Eagle pointing to Lecomte Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Eagle, who finished a close, closing third in the Nov. 29 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill, had his first work since shipping to New Orleans when he went an easy half-mile last Friday. Trainer Neil Howard said he is pointing Eagle to the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes here at Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. Read More...

Grand Contender would benefit from surface switch in Diliberto Memorial

DRF | 3 days ago
It has been roughly 20 days since measurable precipitation has fallen at Fair Grounds, a veritable eternity for this racetrack, but with the Friday forecast for a strong chance of significant rainfall, it may be about time to bring back out the old off-the-turf playbook. Read More...

Delaunay may switch to turf for Bonapaw

DRF | 3 days ago
Delaunay, who brilliantly won the Thanksgiving Handicap in his most recent start, could switch from dirt to turf for his next start, trainer Tom Amoss said this week. Read More...

American Pharoah set to resume training in January

DRF | 3 days ago
American Pharoah, the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile before being sidelined with an injury, is tack walking and will not return to the track to begin training until Jan. 1, his trainer, Bob Baffert, said Wednesday morning. Read More...

Shared Belief works six furlongs toward Malibu Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Shared Belief, who will be favored Dec. 26 in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, worked six furlongs in 1:15 Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Finley prepares challenge to NYTHA election

DRF | 3 days ago
Terry Finley, the New York-based owner who narrowly lost a recent election for president of the state’s horsemen’s group, will have until Jan. 5 to prepare a challenge to the election result under a four-step process adopted by the group’s board Monday, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association said. Read More...

Daring Kathy skips Tropical Park Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
Conspicuous by her absence from laundry list of Tropical Park Oaks entries Saturday at Gulfstream Park was Daring Kathy, a four-time stakes winner who is coming off a wire-to-wire victory against older rivals in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Bridgmohan plans to ride at Oaklawn Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan will be based at Oaklawn Park for the first time in his career when the Hot Springs, Ark., track opens on Jan. 9. Read More...

Dom the Bomb inspires confidence with big Illinois Futurity win

DRF | 3 days ago
Dom the Bomb is an Illinois-bred 2-year-old, but the way he has dominated restricted competition while demonstrating somewhat surprising stamina has led his connections to consider placing the horse in more ambitious spots early next year. Read More...

No Problem supplemented to Los Alamitos Futurity

DRF | 3 days ago
No Problem, the winner of the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in November, was supplemented to Saturday’s $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for $20,000 when entries were taken Wednesday. Read More...

Tunica Girl can add to Broberg’s lead

DRF | 3 days ago
It has been horses like Tunica Girl who have helped push Karl Broberg to the top of the North American training charts in 2014. She’s won three of her last six starts and should go postward as the favorite Friday night in the $65,000 Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs. Read More...

Social Inclusion prepares for comeback

DRF | 3 days ago
Social Inclusion, one of the stars of the 2013-14 Championship meet at Gulfstream Park, is back in training at Palm Meadows after losing most of the second half of his 3-year-old campaign due to a tendon injury. Read More...

Luckbox Sam makes quick turnaround

DRF | 3 days ago
Six days after a third-place finish in a starter allowance for sprinters, Luckbox Sam starts in an optional claimer at a mile at Los Alamitos on Friday. Trainer A.C. Avila expects the 4-year-old gelding to be better prepared, and be a strong contender to post his third career win. Read More...

Street Sailing begins anew in Friday allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Team Valor International thought enough of Street Sailing to buy a controlling interest in the filly prior to the 2013 Breeders’ Cup. Things haven’t quite panned out yet, but after being given plenty of time to get her act together, Street Sailing can now start returning dividends. With Edgar Prado named to ride, Street Sailing is part of the field of 12 fillies and mares in the Friday feature at Gulfstream Park, a $38,000 second-level allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. Read More...

Harness: JK She’salady, Sweet Lou head Dan Patch divisional pacing winners

DRF | 3 days ago
JK She’salady and Sweet Lou were landslide winners in Dan Patch Award voting announced Wednesday (12/17) by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, but one of the six pacing divisions resulted in a rare dead heat. Read More...

Jerardi: A closer inspection of Pennsylvania Derby Day bias

DRF | 3 days ago
As the Sept. 20 Pennsylvania Derby Day card was playing out, just about everybody was talking about the track bias that appeared to favor horses running on the rail. In the immediate aftermath, I was less sure there was a bias than most and decided to give it some time and then take a critical look at the data. Read More...

Buster Rose ends trainer’s four-year stakes drought

DRF | 3 days ago
Just in time for the holidays, Steve Dunn received a gift that keeps on giving. Read More...

Tax break for owners approved for 2014

DRF | 3 days ago
U.S. legislators have approved a tax break allowing racehorse owners to continue to use a three-year depreciation schedule, a retroactive provision that was being pushed by racing lobbyists. Read More...

Voting opens for NTRA Moment of the Year

DRF | 4 days ago
Racing fans can vote for the “Moment of the Year” at the website of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association starting today, the NTRA announced. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 12/18 analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 12/18 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Delta Downs switches some post times

DRF | 4 days ago
Delta Downs, the sister track of Evangeline, will have some schedule changes due to Christmas falling midweek. Delta will race Monday and Tuesday next week, and both cards will start at 1:15 p.m. Central, said Warren. Read More...

Evangeline Turf Sprint moved to May

DRF | 4 days ago
The $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint will be run about three weeks earlier next year, on May 30. The five-furlong grass race for 3-year-olds and up was inaugurated this year and was run at the Opelousas, La., track June 21. The earlier date was chosen in part because of its spacing from the Grade 3 Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs the first weekend in May, said Chris Warren, director of racing operations for Evangeline. Read More...

Wells pleads guilty to fixing a race

DRF | 4 days ago
David Wells, a suspended trainer formerly based at Penn National who was indicated late in 2013, pled guilty Tuesday in a county court to one count of rigging a publicly exhibited contest as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. Read More...

Racing commissioners’ group asks medication group for merger

DRF | 4 days ago
The Association of Racing Commissioners International, an umbrella group for state racing commissions, has voted to ask an embattled independent medication research and advisory group to merge with it, the organization announced Tuesday. Read More...

Michael Blowen of Old Friends to receive award

DRF | 4 days ago
Michael Blowen, the founder of the Old Friends retirement farm, will be given the ThoroFan Award as an individual “who substantially contributes to building the fan base in Thoroughbred racing,” ThoroFan announced on Tuesday. Read More...

Pessin: Eden Prairie ready to fire in Blushing K. D.

DRF | 4 days ago
Eden Prairie ran three excellent races last season at Fair Grounds, winning the Pago Hop and the Marie Krantz stakes and finishing second in the Bayou Handicap. But in six starts since, she has failed to demonstrate the same kind of form – much less win a race – and the question in the Blushing K. D. Stakes on Thursday at Fair Grounds is whether Eden Prairie is the same filly now that she was a year ago. Read More...

Bayerd, Shotgun Kowboy may get rematch in early 2015

DRF | 4 days ago
Bayerd and Shotgun Kowboy, who finished a head apart in a thrilling edition of the $250,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park, have gone in different directions since Sunday’s race, but there is a chance that the pair could meet again next year at 3. Both horses are remaining in the region, according to their trainers. Read More...

Big field expected for Tropical Park Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
A full field is shaping up for Saturday’s Tropical Park Derby for 3-year-olds, led by Grade 2 winner Wallyanna, Smooth Daddy, and Cabo Cat. Also to be run here Saturday is the Tropical Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Both are $75,000 races at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Read More...

Ward cranking up his Breeders’ Cup winners

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Wesley Ward has been relatively quiet since winning two Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita and then serving a 30-day medication suspension. Ward is getting his large stable geared up for the Gulfstream winter meet while also finding time each afternoon to help break 50 yearlings at a nearby farm. Read More...

Kate’s Event retired to Special T Thoroughbreds in California

DRF | 4 days ago
Stakes winner Kate’s Event has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 season at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, Calif. for an advertised fee of $1,000. Read More...

Johns Journey recuperating from accident

DRF | 4 days ago
The 3-year-old gelding Johns Journey faces a lengthy recuperation after unseating jockey Fernando Perez and striking the inside rail in an optional claimer at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Read More...

Acceptance staying with Cal-breds – for now

DRF | 4 days ago
Acceptance, unbeaten in three starts after winning Sunday’s King Glorious Stakes, is likely to remain in the California-bred division for his first start of 2015. Read More...

Taking a gamble on Pioneerof the West

DRF | 4 days ago
Owner John Oxley paid a $20,000 supplemental entry fee to give Pioneerof the West a spot in the gate for Saturday’s $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity. While the fee represents a gamble for Oxley and trainer Mark Casse, the race will provide an indication of where the colt stands in the division. Read More...

Bet This, Not That: Bob Baffert

DRF | 4 days ago
Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2009, Bob Baffert has achieved almost every accomplishment possible. He’s won three Eclipse Awards as the top trainer in North America, 11 Breeders’ Cup races, nine Triple Crown races, and his horses have amassed almost $215 million in earnings over the past 25 years. He wins at a high rate, so the key in recent history has been identifying which horses to bet, and which ones to avoid. Read More...

Harness: Shake It Cerry tops year-end divisional trotting winners

DRF | 4 days ago
On Tuesday (12/16) the United States Harness Writers Association announced the winners in each of the six trotting divisions. Shake It Cerry, Sebastian K, Father Patrick, Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Classic Martine will receive trophies come February 22. Read More...

Jerardi: Sinatra gets well-deserved reward

DRF | 4 days ago
The 2014 Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion Stakes at Parx featured the winners of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. As soon as they were run and the day’s $10 million handle became public, the phone of the Parx director of racing began to “ring off the hook” with job offers. Read More...

Sloane Square back from long layoff in Thursday allowance

DRF | 4 days ago
Sloane Square is perfect in at least one respect – with the fans. The 3-year-old filly has been favored in every one of her four starts, including back-to-back graded stakes last spring. Read More...

Calumet releases 2015 fees, stallion locations

DRF | 4 days ago
Calumet Farm, which has seen a rapid expansion in its stallion operation in recent years, has released its advertised fees and stallion locations for the 2015 breeding season. The Lexington, Ky.-based operation of owner Brad Kelley will be represented by stallions in five states, as well as Canada and Ireland. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 12/17 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Wednesday 12/17 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 12/17 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 12/17 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 12/16 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 12/16 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Golden Gate Fields

DRF | 5 days ago
Track information and stakes schedule for the 2014-15 Golden Gate Fields Winter Meet. Read More...