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Gierkink’s preview: $278K carryover in Jackpot Hi 5

DRF | 1 day ago
The Jackpot Hi 5 carryover has continued to build at a steady pace, and is $278,841 heading into the ninth race today. Read More...

Clearly Now, Lynch going good entering Forego

DRF | 1 day ago
Clearly Now looks to put an exclamation point on a fabulous summer for his trainer, Brian Lynch, when he seeks his first Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Early pace the key to Woodward

DRF | 1 day ago
With two of the leading older males in training out of the race, Moreno’s chances in Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga were looking better and better. Then came the post position draw, and the dynamics of the Woodward changed. Read More...

Long Hot Summer may make jump to graded stakes soon

DRF | 1 day ago
Long Hot Summer, unbeaten in two starts after winning her stakes debut in Wednesday’s $150,500 Generous Portion Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies, may not stay in the statebred division for long this fall.
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Blue Tone gets stakes shot in Brubaker

DRF | 1 day ago
More than two years have passed since Blue Tone beat maidens as a 3-year-old at Hollywood Park, winning so well that trainer Bob Hess Jr. was convinced the gelding was a stakes prospect. Read More...

Columbus Breeders’ Special Stakes kick off Saturday program

DRF | 1 day ago
Stakes races make up the early daily double on Saturday evening at the Columbus Races as the male and female divisions of the Columbus Breeders' Special Stakes get the holiday weekend into full swing. Read More...

Nakatani will ride Skyway in Del Mar Futurity

DRF | 1 day ago
Skyway, the winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 3, will have a new rider Wednesday for the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. Read More...

Goldencents to try turf in Shadwell Turf Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
Goldencents, the winner of the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes last Sunday and four other stakes in his career, will make his turf debut Oct. 4 in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, co-owner Glenn Sorgenstein said Thursday. Read More...

Just Call Kenny fresh, fit for Smarty Jones at Parx

DRF | 1 day ago
On Monday, Just Call Kenny will make the third start of his current form cycle in the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing. Trainer Patrick McBurney has given Just Call Kenny four works since the Haskell, including an easy half-mile in 51 seconds at Monmouth Park on Thursday. Read More...

Pair of juvenile sprint stakes highlight Evangeline closing day

DRF | 1 day ago
A pair of stakes for 2-year-olds will help bring down the curtain on the 2014 season at Evangeline Downs Saturday night. Read More...

Gonzalez takes two shots in featured route

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Claudio Gonzalez has a pair of speedy contenders for the $41,400, third-level optional $50,000 claimer that pinch hits as the Saturday feature at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Atreides lays over rivals in Monarchos

DRF | 1 day ago
With an unblemished record and eye-popping Beyer Speed Figures of 102 and 105, the simple fact is Atreides will be in the 1-5 range in odds in the Monarchos at Gulfstream on Saturday. Read More...

Crist: Double Crown title streak could end

DRF | 1 day ago
As any schoolchild knows, every 3-year-old since 1978 who won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness failed to win the Belmont Stakes and complete the Triple Crown. Did you know there’s an even longer streak regarding the winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown? Read More...

Litfin: Pick three plays at Saratoga for Thursday, Aug. 28

DRF | 1 day ago
Call me crazy, but the linchpin of a rolling pick three play through the middle portion of Thursday’s card at Saratoga is Grandpa Len, a 5-year-old gelding who has managed to compile a record of 1-4-5 through 21 starts, yet appears to be set up for a peak performance in race 6. Read More...

New dirt surface opens at Keeneland

DRF | 1 day ago
The new dirt surface at Keeneland officially opened before dawn Thursday, with horsemen giving it tentative praise as a new era got underway at the Lexington, Ky., track.
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Durkin: The stories he has told

DRF | 1 day ago
The curtain closes on Tom Durkin’s 43-year career Sunday. After calling the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, he will drive off into the sunset following a post-race ceremony in the winner’s circle. Read More...

Horse who survived tornado wins first career race

DRF | 1 day ago
Stormtoremember, who survived the 2013 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., was a six-length maiden special weight winner Wednesday night at Remington Park. Read More...

Chrome Mine makes stakes debut in Sylvia Bishop

DRF | 1 day ago
Chrome Mine has a lot going for her in the $50,000 Sylvia Bishop Stakes on Saturday night at Charles Town. Read More...

Sunset Glow aims for second straight stakes win in Debutante

DRF | 1 day ago
Get used to Sunset Glow. She may be a frequent participant in major stakes for 2-year-old fillies through the rest of the year. Read More...

She’s a Go Girl likely to stalk stablemate in Saturday feature

DRF | 1 day ago
Trained by leading trainer Greg Tracy, She’s a Go Girl certainly went, romping by eight lengths with Rico Walcott aboard when she made her Northlands Park debut in a non-winners-of-three, $25,000 optional-claiming race for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs July 11. She looks like the one to beat, but she is going to find the water a little deeper when she runs in a 6 1/2-furlong, $35,000 optional claimer that headlines Saturday’s eight-race card. Read More...

Mohawk: Artspeak odds-on to capture Metro final

DRF | 1 day ago
Artspeak, an undefeated son of Western Ideal, is the odds-on favorite to capture Saturday’s $667,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from August 22 – August 24

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Balmoral, Hoosier, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Crist: With Anticipation analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Thursday’s Grade 2 With Anticipation for 2-year-olds on the turf at Saratoga probably offers players less information than any other stakes race at the meeting: Five of the eight in the race, including nearly all the top contenders, are making just their second career starts. The race boils down to “Whose debut victory did you like best?” Read More...

Churchill opening-weekend stakes fields taking shape

DRF | 2 days ago
With opening night of the September meet at Churchill Downs right around the corner, fields for the four stakes to be run on opening weekend already are taking shape. Read More...

The Big Beast’s owners find success at Saratoga meet

DRF | 2 days ago
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong will be back at Saratoga on Friday, less than a week after the Conway, Ark., residents watched The Big Beast give them their third career Grade 1 victory as owners in the King’s Bishop. Read More...

All-sources handle improves, but still down 15 percent

DRF | 2 days ago
Arlington’s all-sources average daily handle has declined about 15 percent during the first 66 days of its 2014 racing season compared with the same period in 2013. The number is not good, but the track actually has rebounded the last two months after experiencing even sharper early-meet handle declines. Read More...

Partisan Politics overcomes wide trip to win P.G. Johnson going way

DRF | 2 days ago
Partisan Politics overcame a bit of a rough run around the opening bend and a subsequent wide trip to register an impressive 2 3/4-length victory over Sunday Sonnet in Wednesday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Zivo streaks into Woodward

DRF | 2 days ago
On Saturday at Saratoga, Zivo will bring a six-race winning streak into the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward Stakes, where he will face Whitney one-two finishers Moreno and Itsmyluckyday in the 1 1/8-mile dirt race. Read More...

Hovdey: Jerkens follows in Giant (Killer) footsteps

DRF | 2 days ago
James Jerkens, son of the legendary Giant Killer, still has a few things to learn from the old man. Like, for instance, if you’re going to slay a giant, make sure the giant in question comes from another barn. Read More...

Miss Frost in top form for Riskaverse

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Tom Albertrani will attempt to strike while the iron is hot with the steadily improving Miss Frost, who’ll seek her third consecutive victory in Friday’s $100,000 Riskaverse Stakes. Read More...

Princess Violet gets back to it in Prioress

DRF | 2 days ago
Princess Violet, scratched from the Grade 1 Test with a foot bruise, returns in a competitive renewal of the Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Weekend Hideaway brings love of Spa into Forego

DRF | 2 days ago
Perhaps looking to take advantage of his colt’s affinity for Saratoga, trainer Phil Serpe entered Weekend Hideaway in Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten, Kitten Kaboodle to be offered at Fasig-Tipton November

DRF | 2 days ago
Stephanie’s Kitten and Kitten Kaboodle, both homebred graded stakes winners for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, will be offered at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale, Blood Horse reports. Read More...

Flower Alley sold to stand in South Africa

DRF | 2 days ago
Flower Alley, a Grade 1 winner and sire of champion I’ll Have Another, has been sold to stand at Wilgerbosdrift Stud in South Africa for the 2015 breeding season, Sporting Post reports. Read More...

Harness: I Luv The Nitelife is retired

DRF | 2 days ago
After attempting to come back from an injury sustained at the end of 2013, owners Richard and Joanne Young made the decision to quit with I Luv The Nitelife. Read More...

Few changes to Kentucky Derby, Oaks qualifying system

DRF | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs on Wednesday released the points schedules for determining eligibility to the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Oaks with minimal changes from the template established during the first two years of the system. Read More...

Los Alamitos Futurity added to Kentucky Derby points series

DRF | 2 days ago
The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, the final major stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, has been added to the list of qualifying races for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs announced in a statement on Wednesday. Read More...

Sunset Glow will run in Debutante rather than Futurity

DRF | 2 days ago
Sunset Glow, who won the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 6, will run in Saturday’s $300,000 Del Mar Debutante against 2-year-old fillies and not in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity against males on the closing day, Sept. 3, trainer Wesley Ward said on Wednesday. Read More...

Albano, Protonico head Smarty Jones probables

DRF | 2 days ago
On Monday, Labor Day, Parx Racing will offer up an appetizer of sorts when its spreads $1 million over four stakes. The feature is the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards. Read More...

Madeira Park could be vulnerable in Friday sprint allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
There is no doubt Madeira Park is the best horse running Friday at Hastings. Nonetheless, the Grade 3 winner could be vulnerable running in a $50,000 optional-claiming race for fillies and mares that drew nine horses and goes as race 6 on the seven-race card that begins at 7 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

Ack Ack at Churchill probable return spot for Lea

DRF | 2 days ago
Lea, the Grade 1 Donn Handicap winner, will most likely make his return to the races in the Grade 3, $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs on Sept. 6, trainer Bill Mott said Wednesday. Read More...

Jerardi: Three-year-old leaders on collision course

DRF | 2 days ago
A fascinating scenario is setting up as California Chrome and Shared Belief make their way toward what should be a rare showdown of 3-year-old titans in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Hammersly’s preview: Bejarano’s choices may be telling

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Rafael Bejarano may have done some of your handicapping for you. There are a few races where the top rider’s presence on one horse instead of another could be telling. Read More...

Red Outlaw tries two turns in El Cajon Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Red Outlaw has raced four times at four different tracks on both turf and synthetic. He has yet to lose. He’s cleared every hurdle placed in his way. On Friday at Del Mar, he takes on a new challenge when he tries two turns for the first time in the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Spa Babies for Thursday, Aug. 28

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Gold Medal Dancer tries for turf again in Ricks Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
Gold Medal Dancer has been meant for turf this summer, but her races have been transferred to dirt due to inclement weather in a trend that may continue Friday night in the $50,000 Ricks Memorial at Remington Park. Read More...

Koffee Grinder still the horse to beat in British Columbia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The Pacific National Exhibition ends Monday, and although the mini-doughnuts will be missed, it means the major races at Hastings are just around the corner. On Sept. 14, the features will be the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby and the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks. Read More...

Big Macher will train up to Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Richard Baltas said Big Macher will not have a start between now and the Breeders’ Cup. He wants to train Big Macher straight into the six-furlong BC Sprint on Nov. 1. Read More...

Tribal Rule yearlings headline solid Washington sale

DRF | 2 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale concluded on Tuesday with increased sales figures and a lower buyback rate in its flagship yearling portion. Read More...

Vernon: Flyhawk El Durado carries Ford’s hopes in Zweig

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Ford may just have a secret weapon with Flyhawk El Durado in Friday's Zweig Memorial Trot. Read More...