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Prioress distance a question for Bar of Gold

DRF | 1 day ago
Coming off a very strong second-place finish in the Grade 1 Test going seven furlongs, Bar of Gold will shorten up to to six furlongs for Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes. Read More...

Wild in the Saddle eyes fall stakes at Santa Anita

DRF | 1 day ago
Wild in the Saddle, refreshed from an early summer trip to the farm, won her second stakes of 2015 in the $108,330 Tranquility Lake Stakes for fillies and mares Wednesday at Del Mar. Read More...

Hovdey: American Pharoah and the art of Zen

DRF | 1 day ago
The impression lingers that American Pharoah is always in some form of demand beyond his daily training routine. He has posed for magazine spreads and entertained politicians. There are the stall door photo-ops, the celebrity strolls around the walking ring, the on-camera appearances to nuzzle news talent and pose for a mainstream television audience. Read More...

Track reopens for training Saturday

DRF | 1 day ago
Santa Anita will reopen for training Saturday in advance of the autumn meeting that begins Sept. 26. Read More...

Boiling Springs Stakes appears wide open

DRF | 1 day ago
The Grade 3, $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday is a head-scratcher in the first degree. Read More...

Bullet Gone Astray new shooter in Hopeful

DRF | 1 day ago
There will be some familiar names in the starting gate for Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful, and one not so familiar to local fans – Bullet Gone Astray, who will give trainer Henry Collazo his first stakes opportunity at Saratoga. Read More...

Pocono: Wakizashi Hanover a PASS Championship win from millionaire status

DRF | 1 day ago
The best of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program will go to post Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Leading the brigade of the best sophomores from the state will be Wakizashi Hanover. The North America Cup winner cut his teeth proverbially as a freshman in the Quaker State and returns for the sophomore championship as a likely odds-on choice to capture the $350,000 event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Read More...

Young Brian’s future remains uncertain

DRF | 1 day ago
Young Brian, a maiden winner who was declared from Monday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity because of a sesamoid injury, was scheduled to undergo a bone scan Thursday to determine whether he can race again. Read More...

Papacoolpapacool picks up Pereira for Derby

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Phil D’Amato is hoping a rider change will reverse the fortunes of Papacoolpapacool when the two-time stakes winner starts Sunday in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby. Read More...

Bucked shins sideline Off the Tracks

DRF | 1 day ago
One horse conspicuous by her absence when entries were drawn for Saturday’s Grade 1 Spinaway was Off the Tracks, whose connections had been pointing her to the race since her 3 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on opening day. Read More...

Big Thrill ready for encore in Susan’s Girl

DRF | 1 day ago
The career debut of the filly Big Thrill began as one of those head-in-hands races of sheer disappointment but ended as a hands-in-the-air moment of jubilation. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina takes next step in Spinaway

DRF | 1 day ago
Chapter 2 in the career of the much-ballyhooed Rachel’s Valentina will take place Saturday at Saratoga, where the regally bred 2-year-old filly makes her stakes debut against five others in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway. Read More...

French import Mr Notorious shows good potential for Del Mar Juvenile Turf

DRF | 1 day ago
Mr Notorious had barely walked out of the sale ring at the Barretts Paddock Sale at Del Mar on July 25 when new owner Deron Pearson and trainer Jim Cassidy announced plans to point their $200,000 purchase to Saturday’s Del Mar Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Gulfstream stakes slate tops $11 million

DRF | 1 day ago
Gulfstream Park will offer a stakes program worth a record $11.61 million in purses during the 2015-16 Championship Meet, which begins on Dec. 5. Read More...

Crist: Pharoah’s defeat easily explained

DRF | 1 day ago
Retiring American Pharoah after his Travers defeat would have been a disservice to the horse, his connections, and his legion of fans – and it all would have been due to an erroneous, though widespread, view of what happened in the Travers. Read More...

Favorite Tale bumped to Plan B in Marshall Jenney

DRF | 1 day ago
The Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races card at Parx on Saturday will include five $100,000 statebred stakes as planned – just not the five originally scheduled. Read More...

Suffolk opens for first of three big-money cards

DRF | 1 day ago
It was like a family reunion at Suffolk Downs Thursday as horsemen began shipping horses into the 80-year-old racetrack in preparation for the first of three Thoroughbred Racing Festival days on Saturday. Read More...

Belladiva gets class relief in featured claimer

DRF | 1 day ago
Belladiva looks like the one to beat in a $25,000 conditional-claiming race for fillies and mares that serves as the feature Saturday at Emerald Downs. Not counting maiden wins, the 6 1/2-furlong sprint is restricted to horses who have not won two races. It drew seven horses, and Belladiva will appreciate the class relief after running in three straight $25,000 optional-claiming races. Read More...

DeVivo: Pick three play at Saratoga for Friday, Sept. 4

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Joe DeVivo provides strategy for a pick three play on Friday's program at Saratoga. Read More...

Tribal Drama talented new face in Affirmed cast

DRF | 1 day ago
No fewer than the first six finishers from the Dr. Fager Stakes will be rematched when a second leg in the 2015 Florida Sire Stakes series, the $300,000 Affirmed Stakes, is run Saturday at Gulfstream Park. A promising colt named Tribal Drama will add to a deep lineup of 2-year-olds in the seven-furlong Affirmed. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Gonzalez successful after layoffs

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Oscar M. Gonzalez saddles Sora (#5, ML 12-1) in Thursday's eighth race at Gulfstream Park, a 5 1/2-furlong claiming race. Since Jan., 1, 2014, Gonzalez is winning at a 31 percent clip when saddling a horse coming off a 31-60-day layoff, for a return on investment of $4.87. Check out the Positive ROI report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Riker stretches out in Swynford Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Riker, one of North America’s fastest 2-year-olds, will try to stretch his speed out to seven furlongs on Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Swynford Stakes. Read More...

Too Flash For You favored in All American Gold Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
Too Flash For You was in peak form on Labor Day weekend in 2014, winning the $1,920,887 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs for his third and final stakes win of the year. Read More...

Awesome Slate, Kristofferson hard to separate in Birdcatcher

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Tim Rycroft has an excellent chance of sweeping the two stakes races for juveniles at Northlands Park this weekend. On Saturday he has the two big shots with Awesome Slate and Kristofferson in the $50,000 Birdcatcher. Read More...

Jerardi: Liam’s Map facing deep Woodward cast

DRF | 1 day ago
The Woodward at Saratoga features horses that have a combined 24 triple-digit Beyers, so this is no easy call. Read More...

American Pharoah points to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 1 day ago
With the belief that American Pharoah “deserves the chance to be in the sport’s premier year-end event,” his owner and breeder, Ahmed Zayat, confirmed Thursday that American Pharoah would remain in training and point to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, mirroring the comments trainer Bob Baffert made 48 hours earlier. Read More...

Yonkers: In The Arsenal has sights set on Messenger win

DRF | 1 day ago
There won’t be the same challenges for In The Arsenal this Saturday night as there were in the opening leg of pacing’s Triple Crown. The sophomore colt paid dearly for trying to leave the gate into Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Cane at the Meadowlands in early August, but that rival won’t be in the lineup for the $500,000 Messenger at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for August 27 to August 30

DRF | 1 day ago
Sharp Horses and Track Trends by Bob Pandolfo for August 27 to 30, 2015. Read More...

Hampstead Heath repeats in Halton Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Hampstead Heath ($14.90) won the $125,800 Halton Stakes for the second year in a row Wednesday night at Woodbine. The one-mile turf route was the first of six stakes on the card for graduates of local yearling sales. Read More...

Wild in the Saddle wins Tranquility Lake Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Wild in the Saddle, refreshed from an early-summer trip to the farm, won her second stakes of 2015 in Wednesday’s $108,330 Tranquility Lake Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Read More...

Curlin relocating to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms

DRF | 2 days ago
Hall of Famer Curlin, who is in the midst of an outstanding summer season with runners such as Travers Stakes winner Keen Ice, will relocate to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky., for the 2016 breeding season. Read More...

Pick six carryover of $201,242 for Thursday

DRF | 2 days ago
There will be a pick six carryover of $201,242 into Thursday’s card at Saratoga after nothing but longshots came in on Wednesday. Read More...

Pandolfo: Wager selection is key in maximizing profit

DRF | 2 days ago
As much as I like all of the exotic wagering options that are available now, I have to admit it was a lot simpler years ago. When I first started going to the track many races just had win, place, show and exacta wagering. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday, Sept. 3

DRF | 2 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Thursday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Texas tracks allowed to reopen after temporary agreement reached

DRF | 2 days ago
The Texas Racing Commission authorized the state’s tracks to resume simulcasting and racing operations Wednesday morning after a temporary plan to fund the commission’s administrative costs was announced after hours Tuesday by the offices of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Read More...

Hogan: How I’d play Del Mar for Thursday, Sept. 3

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Mike Hogan outlines his strategy for playing Thursday's card at Del Mar. Read More...

Runhappy thrives in spotlight after King’s Bishop triumph

DRF | 2 days ago
Runhappy, the 3-year-old colt who earned a 113 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the Grade 1 King’s Bishop with Edgar Prado aboard Saturday at Saratoga, returned to training for the first time Wednesday at the Thoroughbred training center in Lexington, Ky., and continues to thrive, according to trainer Maria Borell. Read More...

Effinex gets his Grade 1 shot in Woodward

DRF | 2 days ago
After winning a Grade 3 and a Grade 2 stakes already this year, Effinex gets his first opportunity to win a Grade 1 when he runs in Saturday’s $600,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Azar secures maiden victory in With Anticipation

DRF | 2 days ago
Azar and Next Shares, the only maidens in the field, dominated Wednesday’s $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes, finishing one-two in the Grade 2 turf stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga. Read More...

Steven Pini, Suffolk Downs track superintendent, dies at 63

DRF | 2 days ago
Steven J. Pini, the longtime track superintendent at Suffolk Downs and the 2009 recipient of the Sam McCracken Memorial Award for lifetime contributions to New England racing, died Sept. 1 after suffering a sudden heart attack. Read More...

Sheer Drama will train up to BC Distaff

DRF | 2 days ago
Sheer Drama is settled back in at her Gulfstream Park base after winning last weekend’s Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga, and the plan is for her to train locally up to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, trainer David Fawkes said Wednesday. Read More...

Ceisteach in sharp form for Glens Falls

DRF | 2 days ago
Ceisteach, winner of the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware in her last start, drew post 4 and heads a field of nine entered in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Glens Falls Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 3/8 miles. Read More...

Takeover Target tops Brown’s Saranac trio

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown will send out the trio of Takeover Target, Money Multiplier and Winter Springs in a field of eight entered for Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on turf. Read More...

Recount probable for Gallant Bob at Parx

DRF | 2 days ago
The Illinois-bred Recount, a winner in five of his seven career starts, probably will race next in the $300,000 Gallant Bob on Sept. 19 at Parx Racing, trainer Jim DiVito said. Read More...

Constellation vs. Rachel’s Valentina in Spinaway

DRF | 2 days ago
On Saturday, trainer Steve Asmussen will send out Constellation against Rachel Alexandra’s second foal, Rachel’s Valentina, in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Judy the Beauty will skip CERF Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Judy the Beauty, the champion female sprinter of 2014, will not start Sunday in the $80,000 C.E.R.F. Stakes at Del Mar, trainer Wesley Ward said in a text message Wednesday. Read More...

Hernandez to ride at Ellis

DRF | 2 days ago
Colby Hernandez, the second-leading rider in North America in wins this year, is named on four mounts Saturday at Ellis in starting what will be several weeks of action in Kentucky. Read More...

Academic will try to school males in British Columbia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Academic will try to become the first filly to win the Grade 3, $250,000 British Columbia Derby since Ali Miss won the richest race in western Canada in 1956. Read More...

Ellis meet winds down

DRF | 2 days ago
The final four-day stretch of the 31-day Ellis Park meet begins Friday, with the last of four stakes, the $50,000 Cliff Guilliams Memorial, anchoring the closing-day card Monday. Read More...

Lanerie’s slump continues despite shift to Kentucky

DRF | 2 days ago
Even getting away from Saratoga didn’t help Corey Lanerie find the winner’s circle. Read More...