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Trip Notes for June 27-28: Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Iowa Derby, Mother Goose, and more…

DRF | 2 days ago
Trip Notes for June 27-28: Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Iowa Derby, Mother Goose, and more by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Lady Contender beats males in Front Range

DRF | 3 days ago
Lady Contender upstaged male rivals on Sunday, when she closed from next-to-last for a nose win in the $40,000 Front Range Stakes at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Masochistic may point to Bing Crosby

DRF | 3 days ago
Masochistic had an 11-week gap between his win in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes on April 11 and the Grade 1 Triple Bend on Saturday at Santa Anita. Sunday, trainer Ron Ellis envisioned only a five-week break leading to the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs at Del Mar on July 26. Read More...

Crucero comes up big in San Juan Capistrano victory

DRF | 3 days ago
Crucero, the former maiden claimer, gave a career-best performance to win Sunday’s $150,500 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita. He very nearly was kept in his stall. Read More...

Salutos Amigos sharp in Mr. Prospector comeback

DRF | 3 days ago
Salutos Amigos came back sharp in his first race since the Golden Shaheen at Meydan on March 28, cruising to an eye-catching victory in the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Read More...

Come to Mischief romps as longshot in My Dear

DRF | 3 days ago
The debuting longshot Come to Mischief went right to the front and never looked back to take the $125,000 My Dear Stakes convincingly Sunday at Woodbine. Read More...

Hard Aces on path to BC Classic after Gold Cup win

DRF | 3 days ago
Last winter, owners Kosta and Pete Hronis and trainer John Sadler were looking for a prospect for the leading races for older horses in California through the year. When they reached a deal to acquire Hard Aces, they bought much more. Read More...

Lovely Day scores first Grade 1 in Takarazuka Kinen

DRF | 3 days ago
Lovely Day won his first Grade 1 race and his fourth stakes in Sunday’s $2,347,348 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan, earning a fees-paid berth for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland on Oct. 31. Read More...

La Verdad becomes millionaire in Dancin Renee romp

DRF | 3 days ago
La Verdad lived up to her 1-10 odds in the $100,000 Dancin Renee Stakes at Belmont Park on Sunday by winning the New York-bred stakes for the second year in a row while surpassing $1 million in earnings. Read More...

Treve strengthens status as Arc favorite

DRF | 3 days ago
Treve was the future-book favorite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in October before Sunday’s $448,000 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. After she won the Group 1 race over a strong field, she became a standout favorite. Read More...

Watchmaker: Big event days weaken stakes schedules

DRF | 3 days ago
Like many other people, I’m having serious second thoughts about the popular current concept of clustering a bunch of stakes on a single race card to create a big event day. Read More...

Bent On Bourbon impresses in Iowa Derby victory

DRF | 3 days ago
Bent On Bourbon relished his first race around two turns in just his fifth lifetime start for an impressive three-length win in the Grade 3 Iowa Derby. Read More...

Sarah Sis holds on by a nose in Iowa Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
Sarah Sis controlled the pace under jockey Julio Felix and found enough energy in the last 40 yards to hold on by a nose in Saturday evening's Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks. Read More...

Golden Lad wears down longshot to win Cornhusker

DRF | 3 days ago
Golden Lad responded to jockey Javier Castellano's urging to wear down the longshot Ecleto Red for a 1 1/2-length score in Saturday's featured Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap. Read More...

Pocono: Top NA Cup performers dominate Hempt elims

DRF | 3 days ago
The rematch of the North America Cup has been set for The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 4. That was assured on Saturday night when three elimination races were contested for the Max C. Hempt Memorial. Finalists were also determined for the $350,000 James Lynch Memorial. Read More...

Viva Majorca up in time in Kelly’s Landing

DRF | 3 days ago
Viva Majorca capped a productive Churchill Downs meet for both himself and trainer Ian Wilkes by rallying to win the final stakes of the meet, the $67,750 Kelly’s Landing, Saturday night at the Louisville oval. Read More...

Pocono: Longshots, Uncle Lasse score in Beal elims

DRF | 3 days ago
The Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial eliminations for 3-year-old trotters produced mostly unexpected results. Read More...

Departing’s class pays off in Firecracker

DRF | 3 days ago
Class came to the fore Saturday night when Departing, the leading earner in the field, came through a narrow opening along the hedge to post a half-length triumph in the Grade 2, $200,000 Firecracker at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Tribal Gal repeats in Oak Tree Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Getting a dream trip under a confident, patient ride by Ricardo Gonzalez, Tribal Gal ($2.60) successfully defended her Oak Tree Distaff title with a 2 1/4-length victory Saturday at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting at the Alameda County Fair. Read More...

Pocono: Field set for $500,000 Ben Franklin final

DRF | 3 days ago
Luck Be Withyou and State Treasurer will headline the lucrative Ben Franklin final next Saturday. Read More...

Cosmic Evolution gives Borel reason to keep riding

DRF | 3 days ago
Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel has for weeks planned a summer vacation in Florida as he ponders his future and possible retirement. But after winning Saturday’s night’s $100,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs with Cosmic Evolution, he now has incentive to return to the saddle. Read More...

Hard Aces by a nose in Gold Cup at Santa Anita

DRF | 3 days ago
Hard Aces was last of 11 in Saturday’s $501,500 Gold Cup at Santa Anita when the field passed under the wire for the first time. One mile later, he was in front by the narrowest of margins and the winner of the most prestigious race of his career. Read More...

He’s Comin in Hot delivers as Bashford Manor favorite

DRF | 3 days ago
He’s Comin in Hot led virtually all the way as an odds-on favorite in the Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes, the first of four straight stakes on closing night of the Churchill spring meet. Read More...

Fanticola breaks through in Royal Heroine

DRF | 4 days ago
Forget the nose loss to Queen of The Sand in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18, or the neck loss to Hard Not to Like in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes on May 25. Read More...

Ebo prevails in CTBA Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Ebo made a successful transition to two turns on Saturday, leading throughout for a 1 1/2-length win in the $45,000 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association Derby at Arapahoe Park. Dewey finished second, a length clear of third-place finisher C C Express. Read More...

Masochistic most impressive in Triple Bend

DRF | 4 days ago
Masochistic is winning major sprint stakes in California without really trying. After the 5-year-old gelding won the $300,500 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday for his third consecutive victory, jockey Tyler Baze insisted that Masochistic was far from extended in his effort. Read More...

Fans flock to get close-up look at American Pharoah

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah did not race at Santa Anita on Saturday, but he was the star of a 10-race program that included four graded stakes. Read More...

Prize Exhibit wins first stakes in Senorita

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Santiago Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela with more than 2,000 career wins, is quick to admit he has a poor grasp of English. His win aboard Prize Exhibit in Saturday’s $101,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita gave Gonzalez a reason to express himself – in two languages. Read More...

Include Betty displays usual closing kick to take Mother Goose

DRF | 4 days ago
Include Betty took the lead in upper stretch and drew off to score by 3 1/4 lengths despite looking around through the final furlong in Saturday's Mother Goose at Belmont Park. Read More...

I’m Already Sexy provides Lopez with fifth win of card in Eatontown

DRF | 4 days ago
Lopez, reunited with the 5-year-old I’m Already Sexy for the first time since they teamed up to win the Cooper City Handicap at Gulfstream Park in February, helped the mare upset 8-5 favorite Kenzadargent in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Surtsey handles soggy turf in Zadracarta victory

DRF | 4 days ago
Surtsey relished the boggy turf course and won the $100,000 Zadracarta Stakes under a patient ride from Omar Moreno on Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Edge of Reality snaps losing streak in Turning for Home

DRF | 4 days ago
Edge of Reality, whose last win on dirt came over a muddy surface in the Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes on Labor Day in 2013, caught a similar off-track Saturday and responded with a 3 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Turning for Home Stakes at Parx Racing. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday, June 28

DRF | 4 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Sunday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Bold Cait relishes slop in Petro Memorial Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
The 3-year-old filly Bold Cait reaffirmed her affinity for wet tracks when she rolled to an easy victory in the slop over older Ohio-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap at ThistleDown. Read More...

Jack Hobbs dominates Irish Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Jack Hobbs, second in the English Derby on June 6, was the dominant winner of Saturday’s $1,288,000 Irish Derby at The Curragh, giving trainer John Gosden a third classic win of the month. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Belmont on Sunday, June 28

DRF | 4 days ago
How I’ll play Belmont on Sunday remains a work in progress, depending on the timing of whatever Mother Nature has in store for the Long Island area. At this writing, heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecast as a good bet to pummel the track starting sometime late afternoon or early evening Saturday, possibly lingering into Sunday morning. So it seems as though four scheduled turf races – the second, fourth, eighth, and ninth – are in serious jeopardy, while the main track could wind up a sealed and sloppy quagmire or a harrowed drying-out “good” depending on the timing of things. Read More...

TVG commentator, former trainer Bray diagnosed with cancer

DRF | 4 days ago
Simon Bray, a TVG racing commentator and former trainer, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and will undergo treatment this summer, TVG producer Kevin Grigsby said Saturday. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Brnjas successful with first-time turf starters

DRF | 4 days ago
Sleepy P (#1, ML 9-5) switches to turf for the first time in Saturday's fifth race at Woodbine, a one-mile maiden special weight race. Since Jan. 1, 2014, trainer Ashlee Brnjas is winning at a 41 percent clip with first-time turf starters, for a return on investment of $5.98. Read More...

King: DRF Bets GamePlan spot play at Churchill Downs

DRF | 4 days ago
Hammers Terror (#5, ML 5-1) is in good form and has the back class to suggest he can step up and contend in a weak Grade 2 turf stake, Saturday's eighth race at Churchill Downs, the Firecracker Stakes. Read More...

Ghost Locket gets first stakes win in Saylorville

DRF | 4 days ago
Ghost Locket ($25.20) responded to an aggressive ride from jockey Shane Laviolette to register a half-length win in Friday night's $100,000 Saylorville, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. Read More...

Delaunay cruises in Iowa Sprint Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Delaunay seized command from the outset and bounded clear for a 5 1/4-length tally in Friday’s $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap, the featured event on opening night of the Iowa Festival of Racing. Read More...

Diva’s Diamond repeats in Iowa Distaff

DRF | 4 days ago
Diva's Diamond finished strongly to prevail by a neck in a dramatic finish to Friday night's $100,000 Iowa Distaff, winning the race for the second consecutive year. Read More...

Dunleavy: Belmont Park pick three for Sunday, June 28

DRF | 4 days ago
Sunday is not an easy day at Belmont Park. I think a lot of the races are wide open. I am going to try to key a pick three on races 4-6 around Unbridled Juan in the final leg. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, June 28

DRF | 4 days ago
Some competitive races toward the back of this closing-day program give a late pick three some appeal. Read More...

Lone Star cancels Friday card due to rain, lightning

DRF | 4 days ago
Lone Star Park was forced to cancel its fifth through ninth races Friday night due to heavy rains and lightning, according to Diantha Brazzell, spokeswoman for the Grand Prairie, Texas, track. It was the fifth full or partial card cancellation at the meet, she said. The cancellations have all come at the hands of inclement weather. Read More...

Meadowlands: Obrigado wires TVG field

DRF | 4 days ago
Obrigado and driver Mark MacDonald were insistent on getting the front and once in command never looked back to win a leg of the TVG Free-For-All trot at the Meadowlands on Friday night. Read More...

Arlington to begin purse cuts July 2

DRF | 5 days ago
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association successfully lobbied the Illinois Racing Board in a meeting this past Tuesday not to permit Arlington to run fewer than eight races per day, saying that if overall purse expenditures at the ongoing meet had to be reduced, they would prefer a purse cut to an immediate reduction in racing opportunities. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 6/29 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 6/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 6/29 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Monday 6/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday, June 27

DRF | 5 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Saturday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...