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Pennsylvania judge stays suspensions of owners, trainers

DRF | 1 day ago
A Pennsylvania judge has stayed the suspensions of a handful of trainers and owners who were ruled off last year after they failed to comply with broad subpoenas issued by the state racing commission. Read More...

Hovdey: Former apprentice gets back riding bug

DRF | 1 day ago
Kyle Frey shook up the laid-back holiday crowd at Santa Anita last Monday with his work aboard the $25,000 claimer Trickonomics, a 4-year-old gelding of modest accomplishments who lit the board with a $79 mutuel in his first collaboration with Frey. Read More...

Sam Houston opens with stakes soon to follow

DRF | 1 day ago
Sam Houston Race Park opens Friday night with the track's biggest program of the season on the immediate horizon. Read More...

Fear the Cowboy takes slot in Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Fear the Cowboy, a 6-year-old horse who won two Grade 3 stakes races at Gulfstream Park last year, is being pointed to the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup as a starter in the slot co-owned by Gulfstream owner Frank Stronach, the track announced on Wednesday. Read More...

Bendable tries turf in Las Cienegas Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Bendable, a winner of two sprint stakes on dirt for fillies and mares, is scheduled to have her turf debut in Saturday's Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap on the hillside course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Handle up sharply early in Santa Anita meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Benefiting from ideal weather and strong field size, Santa Anita has shown an increase in all-sources handle at its winter-spring meeting, according to data provided by track executive Tim Ritvo. Read More...

Dates approved for 2018 Delaware Park meet

DRF | 2 days ago
The Delaware Racing Commission on Wednesday approved the dates for Delaware Park's upcoming 81-day season. Read More...

Quezon, Absatootly get rematch in La Verdad

DRF | 2 days ago
On Friday, the New York Racing Association will make a third attempt to conduct the first running of the $100,000 La Verdad Stakes for New York-bred female sprinters at Aqueduct. Read More...

Wellabled, Dac bring contrasting styles to Forego Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
After bitter cold for much of this month in Kentucky, the weather at Turfway Park on Friday evening might feel like a relative heat wave, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-30s. And fittingly, the racing action also is heating up at the track, with the $50,000 Forego Stakes headlining the card and having drawn a field of 12, led by Wellabled and Dac, multiple stakes winners on synthetic tracks. Read More...

Manchurian High jumps at chance to win third Sunshine Millions Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
It's hard not to root for Manchurian High in Saturday's $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf. Not only is the 10-year-old Manchurian High the oldest horse in the field, he's also a two-time winner of the event and seeks his third win in a unique manner – off a five-length maiden victory over the hurdles. Read More...

Favorite Tale heads deep renewal of Fire Plug Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The $100,000 Fire Plug, one of two six-furlong stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday and a prep for next month's Grade 3, $250,000 General George, has drawn a deep field of 12. Read More...

Record payouts on DRF Tournaments

DRF | 2 days ago
It was a record weekend on DRF Tournaments with over $75,000 in awards paid out over the three days. The highlights were two separate qualifiers for the World Championship of Handicapping as well as a last chance qualifier for the Pegasus World Cup Betting Challenge. Read More...

John Scanlan, trainer of Toccet, dies at 68

DRF | 2 days ago
John Scanlan, who trained multiple Grade 1 winner Toccet for outspoken owner Danny Borislow, died Jan. 8 in Philadelphia at age 68. Read More...

Servis on a roll at Parx

DRF | 2 days ago
John Servis, who splits his stable between Parx and Florida in the winter, has won with 5 of 10 starters up north since Jan. 9. On Monday, he went 3 for 6. Read More...

Harness: Glidemaster moves to Winbak of Delaware

DRF | 2 days ago
Winbak Farm today announced that World Champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of Delaware. Read More...

Ortiz, Jimenez, Medina escape injury in spills

DRF | 2 days ago
Jose Ortiz left the paddock aboard a mare named Zeven with a smile on his face prior to the ninth race Monday. And for good reason: Moments earlier, Ortiz had escaped injury despite having been thrown hard to the track. Read More...

Special filly Heavenhasmynikki headed for stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Heavenhasmynikki will run next in a stakes race after staying unbeaten by winning her second career start here Monday in a first-level allowance sprint. Heavenhasmynikki is owned by the Loooch Racing Stable of Ron Paolucci and named for his daughter Nicole, who died in January 2016 at age 21. Read More...

Pletcher has pair of aces for allowance sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainers who frequently run horses in the maiden and allowance ranks at Gulfstream Park during the winter must feel like an NFL coach having to face the New England Patriots almost every game. Read More...

Harness: Brian Brown optimistic for continued success in 2018

DRF | 2 days ago
Not often does a trainer work with two horses in the same division that both earn a million dollars, but such was the case last year for Brian Brown. In fact, Brown became the first trainer in 13 years to accomplish the feat with two 3-year-old male pacers, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Read More...

Super high five carryover gives bettors early shot at riches

DRF | 2 days ago
No one hit the super high five in the final race Monday. That means a $13,554 carryover is up for grabs in the first race Friday, if all seven entrants start. Read More...

Bergman: Obvious loophole in the WEG-Gural Integrity initiative

DRF | 2 days ago
Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural promised after last year’s Fall Final Four that matters relating to ownership and exchanging trainers to gain entry into major stakes would be different in 2018. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 1/18 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 1/18 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Reynaldothewizard starts season in Dubawi Stakes for fifth straight year

DRF | 2 days ago
At an age when many runners have long been retired, the 12-year-old Reynaldothewizard will have his first start of the year in Thursday’s Group 3 Group Dubawi Stakes at about six furlongs on dirt at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. Read More...

Harness: Anne Doolin to receive January Davies Humanitarian Award

DRF | 3 days ago
Anne Doolin, whose compassion for animals and people in peril has moved her to rescue and foster thousands of pets and provide meals and services for so many in need, has been named the 2017 January Davies Humanitarian Award winner presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Read More...

Harness: Hall of Fame broodmare Country Kay Sue passes at age 32

DRF | 3 days ago
Hall of Fame broodmare Country Kay Sue, the dam of 1995 Horse of the Year CR Kay Suzie, died Monday in Ocala, Fla., owner Rod Allen said today. She was 32. Read More...

Arm Runda enters Hong Kong Challenge Cup on the rise

DRF | 3 days ago
Arm Runda won back-to-back Happy Valley Class 4 handicaps during the 2016-2017 Hong Kong racing season, and he will try to win his second straight Happy Valley Class 3 in the $167,444 Hong Kong Challenge Cup on Wednesday night. Read More...

Iliad to stand in Alberta

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 winner Iliad will begin his stallion career at Battle River Stud in Camrose, Alberta, Canada, for the 2018 breeding season, standing for an advertised of $3,500 Canadian. Read More...

Diamond King sent to trainer John Servis

DRF | 3 days ago
Following a partial sale, the promising 3-year-old Diamond King has been transferred to trainer John Servis and sent to the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. Read More...

Lady Eli retired, will be bred to War Front

DRF | 3 days ago
Multiple Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Lady Eli has officially been retired from racing and will be sold in foal later this year, her connections announced Tuesday. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Wednesday, January 17

DRF | 3 days ago
Hong Kong selections for Wednesday, January 17 at Happy Valley. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Jan. 9 – Jan. 11

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Northfield, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Harness: Miso Fast brings $250,000 to head January Select Mixed Sale

DRF | 3 days ago
Ed Telle arrived at Monday’s Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack with the intentions of buying one horse, Miso Fast. Several hours later, Telle accomplished his goal. Read More...

Harness: Miso Fast brings $250,000 to head January Select Mixed Sale

DRF | 3 days ago
Ed Telle arrived at Monday’s Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack with the intentions of buying one horse, Miso Fast. Several hours later, Telle accomplished his goal. Read More...

Awkward start can’t stop Madame Stripes in Megahertz

DRF | 3 days ago
A bad start propelled Madame Stripes to a first-ever graded stakes win in Monday’s Grade 3 Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Awkward start can’t stop Madame Stripes in Megahertz

DRF | 3 days ago
A bad start propelled Madame Stripes to a first-ever graded stakes win in Monday’s Grade 3 Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Firsts all around as Mourinho cruises in Smarty Jones

DRF | 3 days ago
The $150,000 Smarty Jones on Monday at Oaklawn Park represented firsts for winner Mourinho, his trainer, Bob Baffert, and his rider, Drayden Van Dyke. Read More...

Firsts all around as Mourinho cruises in Smarty Jones

DRF | 3 days ago
The $150,000 Smarty Jones on Monday at Oaklawn Park represented firsts for winner Mourinho, his trainer, Bob Baffert, and his rider, Drayden Van Dyke. Read More...

Empire Line holds off Evaluator in Damon Runyon

DRF | 3 days ago
In his second career start, Empire Line showed some toughness to go along with his talent, fending off a late challenge from the stakes-winning Evaluator to win Monday’s $100,000 Damon Runyon Stakes by a nose at Aqueduct. Read More...

Divine Miss Grey dominates Interborough Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Divine Miss Grey completed a 10-month ascension from low-level claiming horse to stakes winner Monday with an authoritative 3 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Horsemen hope for end to Belmont Park quarantine

DRF | 3 days ago
New York racing officials and horsemen are hopeful that a quarantine placed on a Belmont Park barn on Jan. 10 will be lifted later this week. Read More...

Jazil draws six; Robb fails to fill

DRF | 3 days ago
There is a void of older male stakes horses on the grounds, evidenced by the fact only six horses were entered Monday for Saturday's $100,000 Jazil Stakes and the Alex M. Robb, a race for New York-breds, has not been able to fill for two straight days. Read More...

Sporting Chance drills at Oaklawn

DRF | 3 days ago
Sporting Chance, the most accomplished young horse at Oaklawn, on Monday had his second work since winning the Grade 1 Hopeful in September at Saratoga. Read More...

Farrell’s win, Dreaming of Anna’s death make bittersweet weekend

DRF | 3 days ago
It was a bittersweet opening weekend for trainer Wayne Catalano at Oaklawn. He sent out stable star Farrell to win her 4-year-old debut in the $125,000 Pippin Stakes on Saturday, but later learned of the passing of champion Dreaming of Anna, whom he trained for breeder-owner Frank Calabrese. Read More...

Sonneteer to return to Oaklawn for Razorback

DRF | 4 days ago
Sonneteer, the upset winner of the Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas last Friday, was scheduled to return to trainer Keith Desormeaux's base at Santa Anita on Monday, but only for a limited time. Read More...