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Tiznow colt sells for $2.45 million during bustling OBS sale session

DRF | 2 days ago
Thursday’s penultimate session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training carried on the bustling pace of the previous two days, topped by an OBS-record $2.45 million Tiznow colt and a pair of $1 million juveniles backing him up. Read More...

NTRA adds three to board of directors

DRF | 3 days ago
The board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association approved three new directors at a meeting Thursday, a move that expands the board by two seats, according to the organization. Read More...

Four allowances on Laurel Park’s card Saturday

DRF | 3 days ago
Laurel Park doesn’t have a stakes Saturday, but the 11-race card is nevertheless interesting. It begins with the first 2-year-old race of the Maryland season and includes four allowance or optional-claiming races. Six of the races are scheduled for turf. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Friday, April 28, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday at Belmont Park. Read More...

Sparkling debut makes Kas Tempting horse to beat in Sam Houston Futurity

DRF | 3 days ago
Kas Tempting might be tough to contain if he runs back to his career debut in Saturday night's Grade 2, $483,600 Sam Houston Futurity for Quarter Horses. He was a 2 1/2-length winner while setting the fastest qualifying time for the finale after two nights of trials. Read More...

Longtime steward Hicks dies at 88

DRF | 3 days ago
David Hicks, a former trainer turned steward, died Monday at Kindred Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., following a long illness. He was 88. Read More...

Vertical Oak just needs clean trip in Goldfinch Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Things have not gone quite right for Vertical Oak in her two starts as a 3-year-old, but with better luck, she can win her first stakes race Saturday in the $65,000 Goldfinch at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Alvarado to have shoulder surgery

DRF | 3 days ago
Junior Alvarado will undergo surgery to repair an injury to his left shoulder and be out of action about two months. Alvarado was injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Sunday's closing-day card. Read More...

Hovdey: Say hey, Bay Area Hall now has Mays and Baze

DRF | 3 days ago
Question: Which name in the following list does not belong? Willie Mays, Bill Russell, Joe DiMaggio, Russell Baze. Answer: They all belong, right there in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Read More...

Smack Smack can start party early for Von Hemel

DRF | 3 days ago
Smack Smack can give 82-year-old trainer Don Von Hemel an early birthday gift Saturday in the $75,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes. He will be one of the top contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race that serves as the centerpiece of the Fonner Park meet in Nebraska. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/29 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Are You Kidding Me tunes up for Eclipse Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Two-time Canadian champion older male Are You Kidding Me will make his first start since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap last November in Saturday’s Woodbine feature, an allowance over 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta that serves as the local prep for the Grade 2, $175,000 Eclipse Stakes on May 20. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 4/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 4/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

By the Moon targets Vagrancy

DRF | 3 days ago
The Grade 1 winner By the Moon will make her next start in next Friday's Grade 3, $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park, trainer Michelle Nevin said Thursday. Read More...

Five nominated for Venezia Award

DRF | 3 days ago
The New York Racing Association announced the five nominees for the Mike Venezia Award, given to the jockey who displays extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. Read More...

Pimlico Special next for Shaman Ghost

DRF | 3 days ago
Shaman Ghost, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March, will make his next start in the $300,000 Pimlico Special on May 19, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Thursday. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, April 30, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Sha Tin selections and analysis for Sunday, April 30 Read More...

Girvin tries to mend quarter crack in time for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin is recovering from a quarter crack in his right front hoof and swam and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber at Kesmarc Rehabilitation facility in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday, rather than train at Keeneland, trainer Joe Sharp said. Read More...

Bolo comes right back for Thunder Road

DRF | 3 days ago
Bolo will have the fastest turnaround of his career in Saturday's Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita, returning 15 days after finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland. Read More...

Santa Barbara’s distance extended to 1 1/2 miles

DRF | 3 days ago
he Grade 3 Santa Barbara Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita will be run for the first time in two years on Sunday and at a new distance.The $100,000 Santa Barbara was previously run at 1 1/4 miles on turf and has been lengthened to 1 1/2 miles. Read More...

Songbird under consideration for Adoration Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Songbird is coming around quickly, and though the two-time champion is not expected to make her first start of the year until June 3 at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 Beholder Mile, her first option is much sooner. Songbird has been nominated to the Grade 3 Adoration Stakes, a $100,000 race on May 7 at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Kruljac debates whether to run Finest City in La Troienne or Humana Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Finest City and trainer Ian Kruljac will race at Churchill Downs for the first time in their respective careers next week. The question is which race? Kruljac said Finest City, champion female sprinter of 2016, will enter two stakes – the Grade 1 La Troienne at 1 1/16 miles next Friday, and the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at seven furlongs next Saturday. Read More...

Remembering Bud Maloney, horseplayer with a heart of gold

DRF | 3 days ago
Bud Maloney came from a day when boats were made of wood and men were made of steel. He was a boxer in the Navy and spent the next 60 years fighting the horses on a nearly daily basis. Maloney passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, at age 87, just a day after his 63rd wedding anniversary. Thursday at Keeneland, his memory was to be honored in a special ceremony before the races, the perfect send-off for a guy who dreamed of – and achieved – the impressive feat of spending time in the winner’s circle, at the storied Lexington oval and elsewhere. Read More...

All Included merits slight edge in Miami Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
While trainer Todd Pletcher has shipped the majority of his better horses north for the summer, he left some good ones behind, including All Included, the likely favorite in Saturday's wide-open renewal of the Grade 3 Miami Mile at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Southern Ring changes tactics to win Whimsical Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
While Southern Ring has been effective from coming off the pace in her previous races, she found herself on the lead in the Whimsical Stakes under jockey Eurico Da Silva last Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Positive reaction to World Championship of Handicapping

DRF | 3 days ago
Horseplayers are famous for being able to complain about nearly everything but the response to DRF Tournaments’ new World Championship of Handicapping has been overwhelmingly positive, with words like “innovative” and “ground-breaking” being thrown around. And the market has also spoken: The first feeders for the contest began to fill as soon as they opened yesterday. Read More...

Ohio’s two best sprinters clash in Babst/Palacios Memorial

DRF | 3 days ago
Ohio-bred standouts Mo Dont No and Rivers Run Deep will clash Saturday in the first stakes of the season at Belterra Park, the $75,000 Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Memorial Handicap at six furlongs. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, April 29: Picks for Thunder Road, Powder Break, Elusive Quality

DRF | 3 days ago
I'm going against Bolo, even though he's taking a significant class drop, and taking Perfectly Majestic in Saturday's Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Page McKenney, Disco Chick look to beat up on statebreds

DRF | 3 days ago
The first two stakes of the Parx Racing season, the Lyman and Foxy J. G. on Saturday, have come up strong, with large, competitive lineups. The $100,000 races are for Pennsylvania-breds at seven furlongs. Read More...

Downs After Dark card with two stakes launches spring meet

DRF | 3 days ago
The week-long ritual that draws the attention of racing fans throughout the world will get off to another rocking start Saturday night when Churchill Downs opens Kentucky Derby week and its 38-day spring meet with an 11-race Downs After Dark card. Read More...

Roxelana Plan B for Finley’sluckycharm

DRF | 3 days ago
Bret Calhoun wanted to run Finley'sluckycharm in the Grade 1 Madison earlier this month at Keeneland and the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Derby undercard, but a minor injury to the filly's hind leg is forcing her to miss both races. Instead, Finley'sluckycharm will make her 4-year-old debut as a heavy favorite here Saturday night in the $65,000 Roxelana. Read More...

Breen dressed for Miss Sky Warrior’s success

DRF | 3 days ago
Kelly Breen is known for a sartorial splendor rarely undertaken by Thoroughbred trainers. Still, a career-best performance from Miss Sky Warrior in the Kentucky Oaks is far more important to Breen than how her trainer looks. Read More...

Better break key for Paddy’s Secret

DRF | 3 days ago
Paddy's Secret will be a short price in a $25,000 optional-claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs on Saturday. The 5 1/2-furlong dash with first-level allowance conditions drew six horses, and anyone watching Paddy's Secret run in a similar race April 9 knows she is going to be tough to handle. Read More...

Harness: Brower, Prewitt join Meadowlands team

DRF | 3 days ago
The award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack television broadcast will have a decidedly different look when the Championship Meet begins on May 5. Read More...

With Albarado injured, Saez will ride J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Luis Saez will replace the injured Robby Albarado aboard J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby. Albarado underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken leg he suffered in a Sunday spill at Keeneland. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc.’s net income rises sharply in first quarter

DRF | 3 days ago
Churchill Downs Inc. had net income of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, up $4.5 million from the same quarter last year despite a slight drop in total revenue, according to financial statements released Wednesday. Read More...

Eclipse Sportswire named official photographer of Equestricon

DRF | 3 days ago
Equestricon, LLC., announced today that international sports photography agency Eclipse Sportswire has been named the Official Photographer of Equestricon 2017. Read More...

Syndergaard in another league from rivals in William Walker

DRF | 3 days ago
Syndergaard, making his first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall, figures to be a tiny price on the Churchill tote when he breaks from the inside post for the high-profile jockey-trainer team of John Velazquez and Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Alert Bay tries for repeat in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
The elite of Northern California's turf talent will be on display in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields, including defending champion Alert Bay and 2015 winner G. G. Ryder. Read More...

Paradise Woods a behind-the-scenes star from Day 1

DRF | 3 days ago
Paradise Woods jumped up from out of nowhere, so it seemed, when she won the Santa Anita Oaks by 11 3/4 lengths and became the favorite for the Kentucky Oaks. But to those who helped raise her and prepare her to race, she has been a star all along. Read More...

Churchill Downs forms another ownership group

DRF | 3 days ago
Buoyed by its successes of the past year, officials with Churchill Downs Inc. have announced formation of another ownership group open to the public. Read More...

OBS Spring: Medaglia d’Oro colt sells for $850,000 to lead second session

DRF | 3 days ago
The second day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale Wednesday kept up the positive energy set in Tuesday’s opening session, with comparative gains in gross and average, and a Medaglia d’Oro colt assuming the sale’s new top price at $850,000. Read More...

Free feeders for $1M World Championship of Handicapping

DRF | 3 days ago
On Tuesday, Daily Racing Form announced its new contest: the $1 million, zero-takeout World Championship of Handicapping. The contest takes place Jan. 27-28 exclusively online at DRF Tournaments. Players can buy in now for $5,000 or choose to participate in feeders and qualifiers to win their way in. On Wednesday, DRF unveiled the first contests designed to send people to the new championship level event – including three completely free contests this weekend. Start your journey for free, and end up with a chance to win your share of $1 million. Read More...

Ortiz will stay home during Kentucky Derby weekend

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. will not be riding in this year’s Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby. Instead, he will stay at his home base of Belmont Park and ride several top contenders in stakes for trainer Chad Brown those days. Read More...

Belmont’s program for 2-year-olds producing solid gains

DRF | 4 days ago
The program for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park has seen significant gains in starters over the last four years. Read More...

Kharafa tunes up for Kingston in Elusive Quality

DRF | 4 days ago
Kharafa, the million-dollar-earning New York-bred gelding, will kick off his 8-year-old season in Saturday’s $150,000 Elusive Quality Stakes going seven furlongs at Belmont Park. Read More...

Navarro gears up for Monmouth Park’s season

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Jorge Navarro came within a half-length of going 4 for 4 on last Saturday’s Charles Town Classic card. All of his runner’s that day have been sent to a New Jersey farm to prepare for the Monmouth Park meet, which begins May 13. Read More...

Geolocating to boost purses

DRF | 4 days ago
Regulations allowing racetracks to identify wagers placed ontrack through account-wagering platforms is expected to enhance purses, but the impact will not be known for several months. Read More...

It Tiz Well to skip Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
It Tiz Well, who finished third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, will remain in California this spring and will not start in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 5. Read More...