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Fox Rules named top horse of 2014 at Finger Lakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Fox Rules, who went 3 for 3 locally during the season, including a stakes, was chosen Finger Lakes horse of the year for 2014 at the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association awards dinner Saturday. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi may run once more in Starlet

DRF | 3 days ago
The path Take Charge Brandi takes moving forward will be discussed with owner Willis Horton, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Sunday. An option is to make one additional start this year, in the Grade 1, $350,000 Starlet at Los Alamitos on Dec. 13. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia tops 10 entered for Falls City

DRF | 3 days ago
Don’t Tell Sophia was assigned post 7 as the 125-pound highweight and solid favorite when entries were drawn Sunday for the Grade 2, $200,000 Falls City Handicap, the first of four graded stakes on closing weekend of the Churchill Downs fall meet. Read More...

California Chrome gets feel for turf before Hollywood Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, worked a half-mile on turf in 52 seconds on Sunday morning at Del Mar in what was to serve as a test drive for a scheduled start Saturday in the Grade 1, $300,000 Hollywood Derby here. Read More...

Santa Anita Derby early 2015 goal for Ocho Ocho Ocho

DRF | 3 days ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho will be put on the Santa Anita Derby trail next year, trainer Jim Cassidy said on Sunday, a day after the horse won his two-turn debut in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. Read More...

Watchmaker: Pick three play for Aqueduct on Sunday, Nov. 23

DRF | 3 days ago
When I do this “Pick X” feature for DRF.com, I try to go for something with the potential for a bigger payoff such as a pick five or a pick four. Unfortunately, I can’t do that for Sunday’s card at Aqueduct. Not with the way this card is constructed. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Aqueduct on Sunday, Nov. 23

DRF | 3 days ago
While always looking for opportunities to play multi-race exotics in the quest of winning a lot for a little, that’s not happening for me in Sunday’s early pick four, or the pick five because of the dastardly positioning of a maiden race for 2-year-olds as the anchor leg. Read More...

Lucy’s Bob Boy defends title in A Huevo Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The margin of victory may have been smaller, but Lucy’s Bob Boy was equally dominant Saturday night in winning the $50,000 A Huevo Stakes for West Virginia-breds at Charles Town for a second time. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Commander Crowe ultra-game in aged trot final

DRF | 3 days ago
The 11-year-old trotter became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown race and he did it in eye-popping fashion scoring from post nine in 1:51. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Pinkman, Traceur Hanover dominate 2-year-old events

DRF | 3 days ago
Pinkman and Traceur Hanover were both gutsy winners in their respective 2YO Crown events. Read More...

Breeders Crown: JK She’salady stays perfect with impressive victory

DRF | 3 days ago
JK She’salady made it a perfect dozen capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown for juvenile filly pacers in gritty and record-setting fashion. Read More...

Sunbean stalks to 11th stakes victory in Delta Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Sunbean notched the 11th stakes win of his career Saturday, when he powered to a five-length win in the $250,000 Delta Downs Mile. Agent Di Nozzo finished second, while it was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third to Grand Contender. Read More...

Three Hearts wakes up at big price in Red Carpet

DRF | 3 days ago
A move to the West Coast this fall has made a stakes winner of Three Hearts, the upset winner of Saturday’s $101,500 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Dom the Bomb blows away Sun Power field

DRF | 3 days ago
Dom the Bomb was bet down to 2-5 odds Saturday at Hawthorne in the $60,175 Sun Power Stakes, and the price was utterly realistic. Blasting away from his rivals at the top of the stretch after pressing the early pace, Dom the Bomb ran solo through the final furlong, winning the Sun Power, a race restricted to Illinois-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings, by 11 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Ocho Ocho Ocho narrowly prevails in Delta Jackpot

DRF | 3 days ago
Ocho Ocho Ocho remained undefeated in three starts Saturday after he won a photo over Mr. Z in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, and then withstood both a stewards’ inquiry as well as an objection from the rider of third-place finisher Far Right. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi keeps rolling with victory in Princess

DRF | 3 days ago
Breeders’ Cup winner Take Charge Brandi furthered her case for an Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly Saturday, when she drove to a 1 1/2-length win over Skipalute in the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess. It was another length back in third to Majestic Presence. Read More...

Daring Kathy handles older foes in My Charmer

DRF | 3 days ago
Daring Kathy notched her first graded stakes win with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length triumph over Cushion in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Lubash becomes millionaire with Tropical Turf win

DRF | 3 days ago
Lubash became racing’s newest millionaire after rallying to a popular half-length decision over the pacesetter Reporting Star in Saturday’s $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Strike Charmer gives Carroll first graded stakes win since 2010

DRF | 3 days ago
Strike Charmer, with Chris Landeros up, got a textbook stalking trip before posting a two-length victory Saturday in the $119,700 Cardinal, returning $26.60 as fifth choice in a field of 14 fillies and mares. Read More...

Mississippi Delta wins stakes debut in Glorious Song

DRF | 3 days ago
Mississippi Delta proved a punctual choice in her stakes debut in Saturday’s $128,750 Glorious Song for 2-year-old fillies, giving trainer Mark Casse his third straight Woodbine stakes win. Read More...

Mississippi Delta wins stakes debut in Glorious Song

DRF | 3 days ago
Mississippi Delta proved a punctual choice in her stakes debut in Saturday’s $128,750 Glorious Song for 2-year-old fillies, giving trainer Mark Casse his third straight Woodbine stakes win. Read More...

Ortiz brothers combine to sweep New York Stallion stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
It was the Ortiz Brothers Show in divisions of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct on Saturday, as Vicki’s Dancer posted a pace-pressing win under Irad Ortiz Jr., and Readthebyline went wire to wire with Jose Ortiz. Read More...

Ortiz brothers combine to sweep New York Stallion stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
It was the Ortiz Brothers Show in divisions of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct on Saturday, as Vicki’s Dancer posted a pace-pressing win under Irad Ortiz Jr., and Readthebyline went wire to wire with Jose Ortiz. Read More...

Honor Code scores victory in return to racing

DRF | 3 days ago
Honor Code, who was knocked off the Triple Crown trail by a suspensory injury after one start this year in March, won his return impressively Saturday at Aqueduct and served notice he will be a force to be reckoned with in the older stakes division. Read More...

Honor Code scores victory in return to racing

DRF | 3 days ago
Honor Code, who was knocked off the Triple Crown trail by a suspensory injury after one start this year in March, won his return impressively Saturday at Aqueduct and served notice he will be a force to be reckoned with in the older stakes division. Read More...

Track records broken in consecutive races

DRF | 3 days ago
A combination of cold temperatures and a lightning-fast track helped produce track records in back-to-back races at Mountaineer Racetrack on Wednesday night. Read More...

Lexie Lou leads group of Casse runners in Thanksgiving weekend stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Led by Lexie Lou, the Queen’s Plate winner in July, trainer Mark Casse will have a big team of runners for stakes in the final days of the Del Mar autumn meeting. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Sunday, Nov. 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Some favorites are solid, others are vulnerable. It helps to know the difference, don’t you think? Sunday at Del Mar includes some of both. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Aqueduct on Saturday, Nov. 22

DRF | 4 days ago
I’m a player who usually focuses on early in the card (pick five, early pick four), or late in the card (late pick four). But the card Saturday at Aqueduct is a little different. I find my attention drawn toward the middle of the program, specifically races 5 and 6. Read More...

Illman: Aqueduct pick three play for Saturday, Nov. 22

DRF | 4 days ago
Let’s try a pick three for Saturday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hammersly: Del Mar pick three play for Sunday, Nov. 23

DRF | 4 days ago
A middle-of-the-card pick three (races 4-6) holds some interest on Sunday because it does not include a maiden race, so you have some established form on which to base your wager. Read More...

Judge rules against New Jersey sports betting plan

DRF | 4 days ago
A federal judge has once again ruled that a plan by New Jersey to allow racetracks and casinos to offer betting on sports would violate a 1992 federal ban on the practice. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar for Saturday, Nov. 22

DRF | 4 days ago
Although there are small fields throughout Saturday’s card at Del Mar, I do believe there are two decent wagering opportunities – one being the 50-cent pick five, the other being the featured event on the card, the Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Shake It Cerry, Sayitall BB capture 3YO filly finals

DRF | 4 days ago
Shake It Cerry and Sayitall BB won the sophomore filly Breeders Crowns on the trot and pace on Friday at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Breeders Crown: Mission Brief romps in stakes record time

DRF | 4 days ago
Mission Brief and Bee A Magician both won their Breeders Crown races at the Meadowlands on Friday night in impressive fashion. Read More...

Eye of the Leopard will stand in Ontario for 2015

DRF | 4 days ago
Canadian champion and classic winner Eye of the Leopard will return to his home country to stand the 2015 breeding season at Colebrook Farms in Uxbridge, Ontario. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 11/23 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 11/23 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia being considered for Falls City

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Phil Sims said Friday from Keeneland that he is “seriously considering” running Don’t Tell Sophia in the Grade 2 Falls City at Churchill Downs on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Read More...

Fruit Ludt sets Churchill mile record

DRF | 4 days ago
Fruit Ludt set a track record for a mile Friday at Churchill, but it comes with a giant asterisk. Read More...

3-year-olds Hoppertunity, Constitution among Clark probables

DRF | 4 days ago
Lacking any of the big-name 3-year-olds from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Clark Handicap still could have a pair of 3-year-olds as major contenders. Read More...

Ohio’s Mahoning Valley set to host inaugural meet

DRF | 4 days ago
A new era in Ohio racing begins Monday with the first day of live racing at Mahoning Valley, a racino that essentially replaces Beulah Park on the circuit. Read More...

Village Warrior can go long, but will he like turf?

DRF | 4 days ago
The 1 3/8-mile distance of Sunday's allowance feature at Aqueduct is not an issue for Village Warrior. But turf is. Read More...

Ohio’s Mahoning Valley set to host inaugural meet

DRF | 4 days ago
A new era in Ohio racing begins Monday with the first day of live racing at Mahoning Valley, a racino that essentially replaces Beulah Park on the circuit. Read More...

History Challenge: Comley enjoyed remarkable season in 1914

DRF | 5 days ago
Comely remains to this day – a century later – the only 2-year-old to capture the Fall Highweight and one of only a handful of 2-year-olds to defeat their elders in major American stakes races in the 20th century. Read More...

First foals by Bodemeister, Union Rags impress at November sales

DRF | 5 days ago
The November mixed sales season in Kentucky is best known for the high-priced racing and broodmare prospects that go through the sales ring, but the auctions are also an important time for buyers to form first impressions of weanlings by young stallions. Read More...

Jeannine Edwards returns as Eclipse Awards host

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeannine Edwards, the ESPN reporter and horsewoman, will once again host the Eclipse Awards ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Read More...

Monmouth trims eight days from 2015 schedule

DRF | 5 days ago
Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., plans to run eight fewer live racing dates in 2015 under a schedule approved on Thursday by the New Jersey Racing Commission. Read More...

Plesa bids farewell to stable star Itsmyluckyday

DRF | 5 days ago
There will be a lot of long faces around trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.’s barn at Gulfstream Park West on Monday when stable star Itsmyluckyday boards the van that will take him to New York for what is scheduled to be the final start of his career next Saturday at Aqueduct in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile. Read More...

Sparkman: Added sparkle for Lemon Drop Kid

DRF | 5 days ago
Lemon Drop Kid will be 19 years old when the calendar flips to 2015 in a few weeks, but Sparkling Review will hardly be his last graded stakes winner. Lemon Drop Kid may never be the brightest star in the stallion firmament, but he has earned a place of consistent honor. Read More...

Free: Pick three play for Del Mar on Saturday, Nov. 22

DRF | 5 days ago
A conservative pick three wager Saturday at Del Mar spices up the middle of the card. At $1 minimum, the bet cost is $15. The payoff could be anywhere from $50 to $250. Read More...