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Movie horse Hollywood Extra makes racing debut

DRF | 2 days 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 | 2 days 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...

Woodbine Harness: Watch out for Gingras in Fall Final Four

DRF | 2 days ago
Driver Yannick Gingras will steer most of the favorites in the four major 2-year-old stakes races on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack. He talks about Lyons Again and all of his elimination drives from last week. Read More...

Brothers to be inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

DRF | 2 days ago
Frank Brothers, who won nine training titles at Louisiana Downs and five at Fair Grounds, will be the first trainer inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame when he is enshrined during June 27 ceremonies in Natchitoches, La. Read More...

Big plans for juvenile stakes winners Shotgun Kowboy, Pain and Misery

DRF | 2 days ago
Shotgun Kowboy and Pain and Misery were romping winners of 2-year-old stakes between Oklahoma and New Mexico last week, and are now both candidates for some of the Southwest’s most significant races for their division. Read More...

Fillies face marathon challenge

DRF | 2 days ago
Aguafria and Scooter Bird go from middle-distance races to a turf marathon on Thursday at Santa Anita, a race that could lead to a stakes next month. Read More...

Fair Grounds ordered to reinstate purses

DRF | 2 days ago
The Louisiana State Racing Commission has instructed Fair Grounds to restore $2.7 million in purse cuts the New Orleans track intended to apply to the upcoming 2014-15 Thoroughbred racing season. Read More...

Record stall requests for Gulfstream championship meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Gulfstream has received a record 5,356 stall requests for its championship meet that opens Dec. 6. The track can house 3,800 horses between Gulfstream, Gulfstream Park West, and the Palm Meadows Training Center. Read More...

East Hall to ship to Aqueduct for Discovery

DRF | 2 days ago
East Hall, the recent Indiana Derby winner headed to the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery at Aqueduct, is scheduled to fly from his Florida base to New York next Tuesday, Oct. 28, said trainer Bill Kaplan. Read More...

Yourdreamsormine eyes first victory

DRF | 2 days ago
Gulfstream Park West has centered Thursday’s card on 2-year-olds, with three of the program’s 10 races for juveniles. Read More...

Luscious Lonna winding down

DRF | 2 days ago
Saturday’s victory in the Miss America Stakes may have been Luscious Lonna’s final race at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Oakland, Golden Nugget preps on Friday

DRF | 2 days ago
Friday’s card at Golden Gate offers fans a pair of important prep races for upcoming stakes. Read More...

Northern California ontrack business down

DRF | 2 days ago
Ontrack handle declined for three recently completed race meets in Northern California: Stockton, Fresno, and Golden Gate Fields summer. Read More...

Weather key in Thursday allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
Fifteen 3-year-olds were entered for Thursday’s seventh race, a $77,000 optional claimer with preliminary allowance conditions that serves as the nominal feature. Read More...

Clocker Report: One Lucky Dane bests workmate

DRF | 2 days ago
One Lucky Dane, who is expected to join his Bob Baffert-trained stablemate American Pharoah in the Juvenile, was the only potential Breeders’ Cup starter to work at Santa Anita, going six furlongs in company with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard. Read More...

Apprentices looking to make their mark

DRF | 2 days ago
Apprentice riders Brayan Pena and Carson Sullivan come off fine showings at the Big Fresno Fair meeting and are hoping to make an impact at the Golden Gate Fields fall meet, which began last Thursday. Read More...

Jockeys plan tribute to Saez during BC

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockeys at the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita will be riding with “JS” patches on their pants and boots to honor fallen rider Juan Saez, the 17-year-old apprentice killed in a spill at Indiana Grand on Oct. 14. Read More...

V. E. Day works seven furlongs at Belmont Park

DRF | 2 days ago
V. E. Day, the Travers winner, worked seven furlongs in 1:27.23 Tuesday morning over the Belmont Park training track, his last serious move before the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Foreign Policy relocates to River Oaks Farm in Oklahoma

DRF | 2 days ago
Foreign Policy, a 12-year-old son of Danzig, will stand the 2015 breeding season at River Oaks Farm in Sulphur, Okla., for an advertised fee of $1,250. Read More...

Texas stallion Wimbledon relocated to Key Ranch

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 2 winner Wimbledon will stand the 2015 breeding season at Joe Kerby’s Key Ranch in Salado, Texas for an advertised fee of $2,000. The 13-year-old Wild Rush horse, who has been sold to Texas-based Jack Cook, previously stood at Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas. Read More...

Leagues challenge Monmouth’s sports betting plans

DRF | 2 days ago
Five major sports leagues have filed a request for injunction seeking to stop Monmouth Park in New Jersey from offering bets on their games as of Oct. 26. Read More...

Magic of Reality could help Motion pull ahead in trainers’ race

DRF | 2 days ago
As Keeneland plays out the string of its 17-day fall meet, split divisions of a second-level, filly and mare turf allowance will serve as co-features of a nine-race Thursday card at the Lexington, Ky., track. Read More...

Jerardi: Fondness remains for veterans that keep winning

DRF | 2 days ago
I am absolutely a sucker for old horses that win no matter the obstacles. Read More...

Dayton: Market Share looks to rebound in Trotting Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
For the first time since his rookie campaign on the track it appears unlikely that Market Share will earn at least $1 million during his racing year. After a string of poor efforts, the winner of $3,477,960 will attempt to get back on track in the inaugural $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday evening. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 10/22 Analysis + Pick Five Ticket

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 10/22 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 10/22 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Wednesday 10/22 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Figuring figures

DRF | 2 days ago
Making speed figures on those Wednesdays when the Polytrack tightens up and speeds up as the night goes on can be tricky, according to speed figure guru Andy Beyer. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October: Opening session finishes with gains, higher buyback rate

DRF | 3 days ago
A selective market gravitated toward quality offerings during Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, driving up sales figures compared with the first day of last year’s edition. Read More...

Jockeys’ Guild sets up fund for Seaz’s family

DRF | 3 days ago
The Jockeys’ Guild has established an account for the family of Juan Saez, the 17-year-old apprentice jockey who died as the result of a riding accident last Tuesday at Indiana Grand racetrack. Read More...

Contreras hires new agent

DRF | 3 days ago
Two-time Sovereign Award-winning jockey Luis Contreras and agent Anthony Esposito have parted ways, Esposito said Monday. Read More...

Daddy D T going for the green

DRF | 3 days ago
Daddy D T earned his best Beyer Speed Figure on dirt in the FrontRunner but won his maiden on the grass in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf, giving him the option of running in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile or the Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Keeneland notes: Meet titles still up in the air

DRF | 3 days ago
As the 17-day Keeneland fall meet enters its final four-day stretch, races are tight for top honors among jockeys and trainers. Read More...

Mile: QE II form boosts Toronado’s chances

DRF | 3 days ago
The complexion of the Breeders’ Cup Mile changed only around the margins during the last week, a quiet spell since the shock announcement Oct. 13 that two-time Mile winner Wise Dan was out of the race with a fractured foreleg. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Somali Lemonade retired

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Michael Matz said Somali Lemonade has been retired just short of $1 million in earnings. Read More...

La Verdad may take on the boys

DRF | 3 days ago
When trainer Linda Rice looks over the fall stakes calendar for filly and mare sprinters, she finds opportunities few and far between. So, she is considering running her New York-bred filly La Verdad against males for her next start. Read More...

Honor Code one work closer to comeback

DRF | 3 days ago
While most of the high-profile horses are preparing for the Breeders’ Cup and the end of their racing seasons, one big-name horse is getting closer to restarting his career. Read More...

Ballis, Lewis hope to continue stakes momentum

DRF | 3 days ago
What a month it was for Jake Ballis and his longtime friend, NBA star Rashard Lewis. Partners in a small stable, they won three stakes in that relatively short time frame, capped by White Rose grinding out another victory Sunday in the $125,000 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

American Pharoah works like a favorite

DRF | 3 days ago
On the morning that pre-entries were due for the Breeders’ Cup, American Pharoah gave every indication that he remains the horse to beat in the $2 million Juvenile with a five-furlong work Monday timed by Santa Anita clockers in 58.60 seconds. Read More...

Iotapa gets unexpected company in BC Distaff work

DRF | 3 days ago
The workout for Iotapa on Monday at Santa Anita was planned as a simple six-furlong drill to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. It turned out to be more demanding than intended. Read More...

Maragh will miss Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Rajiv Maragh, who suffered a broken arm in a spill during the running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 27, confirmed Monday that he would not make it back in time to ride the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Watch out for City of Weston’s late kick

DRF | 3 days ago
Some of the better older sprinters in south Florida will be getting together Wednesday at Gulfstream Park West when they compete for a $44,000 purse in the feature race, a six-furlong allowance with wide-open conditions. Read More...

Up With the Birds accepts Japan Cup invitation

DRF | 3 days ago
After running second in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker Stakes on Oct. 11 at Belmont Park, Up With the Birds will head to Japan for his next start to run in the Group 1 Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 30. Read More...

Classic: V. E. Day joins the field

DRF | 3 days ago
The addition to the Breeders’ Cup Classic of V. E. Day, withdrawals of Noble Moon and Tapiture, and penultimate works from Bayern, Footbridge, Majestic Harbor, Cigar Street, and Tonalist capped a flurry of activity in the 24 hours leading up to the pre-entry deadline on Monday for the Nov. 1 Classic. Read More...

Pohdi Pohdi could return quickly for Fanfreluche

DRF | 3 days ago
Pohdi Pohdi followed up an impressive debut effort on Aug. 23 with another impressive five-length victory in the Victorian Queen Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies on Oct. 11 at Woodbine. She could be back quickly for her next start, the Fanfreluche Stakes for Ontario-bred 2-year-old fillies on Sunday. Read More...

Filly-Mare Sprint: La Verdad among several defections

DRF | 3 days ago
As of Monday morning, as all Breeders’ Cup pre-entries were being taken, at least 10 horses were known candidates for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 1. Read More...

Love and Marriage a threat on turf or dirt

DRF | 3 days ago
Love and Marriage could be a dual surface threat in Wednesday’s $77,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park. Though Love and Marriage is taking the next logical step from a maiden win on turf last month to a first-level allowance on turf, trainer Chad Brown wouldn’t be bashful about running the 3-year-old filly on dirt if forecasted rain forces the race to the main track. Read More...

Indianapolis being considered for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert woke up Monday morning with one Breeders’ Cup Sprint starter. But by mid-morning, he may have added a second after watching his undefeated 3-year-old Indianapolis work alongside defending Sprint winner Secret Circle from the gate at Santa Anita. Read More...

Canadian International winner Hillstar could return next year

DRF | 3 days ago
Hillstar made a three-wide move at the top of the lane under Ryan Moore and continued on strongly to the wire to win the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Peace and War to miss BC with injury

DRF | 3 days ago
The weekend defection of Alcibiades winner Peace and War from the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies brings the probable field to nine as pre-entries were being taken Monday. Read More...

Bim Bam tries to extend winning streak to four in Wednesday feature

DRF | 3 days ago
A quick read of the conditions of the Wednesday feature at Keeneland might not be enough to fully comprehend how Bim Bam remains eligible for the $64,000 allowance. Read More...