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Able Friend will have crowd’s heart, if not bets

DRF | 1 day ago
Able Friend, the charismatic 7-year-old, will seek his second Hong Kong Mile victory Sunday at Sha Tin after coming back from injuries that cost him most of 2016. Read More...

Bernier: Los Alamitos pick four for Saturday, Dec. 10

DRF | 1 day ago
Saturday's Los Alamitos program features two Grade 1, $300,000 events for juveniles: the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity for males and the Starlet for fillies. Both races are featured in the late pick four. Read More...

Delia puts backup Elegant Bel in Miss America

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Bill Delia expects to be in the winner's circle after turf stakes races for fillies and mares, and Saturday's $50,000-added Miss America at 1 1/16 miles is no exception with his entry of Elegant Bel. Read More...

Few NHC qualifying chances left

DRF | 1 day ago
Opportunities to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship are dwindling. Fortunately for players interested in playing in the January event, with its expected $2.5 million purse, there is still time. Read More...

The Pickett Factor looks for Champions Day Classic repeat

DRF | 1 day ago
The Pickett Factor roared into the 2015 Louisiana Champions Day Classic after a romping win in a Delta Downs stakes and steamrolled his rivals in a five-length win. His momentum has since slowed considerably, but The Picket Factor stands a decent chance of repeating on Saturday. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Dec, 11, 2016

DRF | 1 day ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Dec, 11, 2016 Read More...

Bergman: Tide switches to the breeding shed during the winter months

DRF | 2 days ago
Racehorses get the chance to prove themselves and their worth on a weekly basis. Such is not the case in the breeding business where time and money have to be added and years are needed before opinions can be shed. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 1 to December 4

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 1 to 4, 2016. Read More...

Canterbury weighs whether to keep reduced takeout rates

DRF | 2 days ago
Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., will make a decision early next year whether to extend its experiment to cut its takeout rates across the board, citing losses suffered by the track this year despite modest gains in handle, the track’s director of racing operations said during a presentation on Wednesday during a panel at the Symposium on Racing and Gaming. Read More...

Del Mar to pay out consolation tickets for closing-day pick six

DRF | 2 days ago
Del Mar will provide a consolation payout of $81.60 to pick six ticketholders with five of six winners from last Sunday’s program, the closing day of the autumn meeting that was mired in confusion regarding payouts for the newly structured pick six. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Dec. 1 – Dec. 5

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 12/9 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 12/9 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 12/9 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 12/9 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Contreras arrives from Canada to ride in California

DRF | 2 days ago
Former Canadian champion jockey Luis Contreras is spending the winter in Southern California and will have his first mount at Los Alamitos on Friday. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 12/9 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 12/9 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Beer: Aqueduct horses to watch for week of Dec. 7

DRF | 2 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Aqueduct for the week of Dec. 7. Read More...

Alan Garcia to winter in New York

DRF | 2 days ago
After spending the last two winters riding in Saudi Arabia, jockey Alan Garcia is back in New York, hoping to rekindle some success of winters past. Read More...

Aqueduct: Pick-six carryover of $227,352 for Thursday

DRF | 2 days ago
There is a pick-six carryover of $227,352 entering Thursday’s card at Aqueduct after the wager was not hit for a third consecutive program. Read More...

Paulassilverlining stands out in Garland of Roses

DRF | 2 days ago
Paulassilverlining, a three-time graded stakes winner in 2016, figures to be an odds-on choice in Saturday’s $125,000 Garland of Roses, the first stakes race of the inner-track season at Aqueduct. Read More...

Harness: Hannah Miller named Amateur Driver of the Year

DRF | 2 days ago
She’s known to her fans as “Hurricane Hannah” Miller because again this year she has taken amateur racing by storm. For the dedicated 24-year-old miss it marks the second consecutive season that she has earned the honor of being named the National Amateur Driver of the Year. Read More...

New York stewards fine Maker for taking recently claimed horses to Florida

DRF | 2 days ago
The New York stewards fined trainer Mike Maker for running two horses he recently claimed at Aqueduct in the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park last weekend. The fine was $3,000 but was reduced to $1,500 for Maker waiving his right of appeal. Read More...

U S Officer returns to route for Springboard Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
The $300,000 Springboard Mile on Sunday at Remington Park is a chance for trainer Danny Pish to learn more about the distance preferences of the promising 2-year-old U S Officer. The horse already is a winner at the race's one-mile distance, but last month notched his most significant victory in a sprint stakes, the $100,000 Clever Trevor. It served as the local prep for the Springboard. Read More...

Cannizzo banking on youngsters to perform well during winter

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer David Cannizzo believes the number of future trips he makes to the winner's circle at Aqueduct will depend on how well his young horses perform over the inner track. Read More...

Whisper Onthe Wind aging gracefully

DRF | 2 days ago
The old adage about getting better with age surely applies to the turf specialist Whisper Onthe Wind, who will be among the favorites in Friday's co-featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park, a first-level optional $16,000 claimer for Florida-breds going a mile on turf. Read More...

Experts urge racing to adopt more-humane policies for horses

DRF | 2 days ago
The racing industry should stake out defensible positions in its efforts to combat attacks from the animal-rights movement by adopting humane practices but should also be wary of partnering with animal-welfare organizations, participants at a morning session focusing on the movements said on Wednesday at the Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson. Read More...

American Gal, Union Strike top probables for Starlet Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The $300,000 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos on Saturday had a field of nine probable starters as of Wednesday morning, an indication of the open nature of the Southern California 2-year-old filly division. Read More...

Skiba finds out father knows best

DRF | 2 days ago
Garett Skiba is a very selective tournament player. With two young children at home, his opportunities for travel are limited. Still, the fantastic year he’s had in contests prompted him to travel to Florida last Saturday for the Conquer the Crown contest at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Send It In back on surface he loves best

DRF | 2 days ago
Send It In made Aqueduct's inner track his own private playground last winter, reeling off three consecutive victories as part of an overall four-race winning streak. Friday, Send It In hopes to pick up where he left off when he returns from a 10-month layoff in a $78,000 third-level optional $100,000 claiming race, the featured event on Aqueduct's eight-race card. Read More...

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DRF | 2 days ago
Charismatic, the 1999 Horse of the Year and dual classic winner, is settling in to pensioned life at Old Friends after returning to Kentucky following more than a decade in Japan. Read More...

Hovdey: Three Grade 1 races caught in a Catch-22

DRF | 2 days ago
There should be very little sympathy for those railing against the downgrading of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, and Mother Goose on the list for 2017 released this week by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. To take offense at such perceived slights is to admit that you take the list seriously in the first place. Read More...

Peck: Tampa Bay Downs horses to watch for week of Dec. 7

DRF | 2 days ago
Kenny Peck's horses to watch at Tampa Bay Downs for the week of Dec. 9. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horse to watch for week of Dec. 7

DRF | 2 days ago
Marcus Hersh's horse to watch at Fair Grounds for the week of Dec. 7. Read More...

New York stallion War Dancer debuts with $5,000 stud fee

DRF | 2 days ago
Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y., released its advertised fees for the 2017 breeding season, including newcomer War Dancer. Read More...

New York stallion Posse staying in Uruguay

DRF | 2 days ago
Posse, a stalwart among New York’s stallion ranks, will stand permanently at Haras Rapetti in Uruguay and will not shuttle back to the U.S. for the 2017 Northern Hemisphere breeding season. Read More...

Baffert’s cupboard far from bare following American Pharoah’s retirement

DRF | 2 days ago
For the rest of this month, trainere Bob Baffert has runners in several leading stakes in Southern California, beginning with two $300,000 races for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos on Saturday – the Starlet Stakes and the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity. Read More...

Distinctive B fits well in first-level optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
Claimed for $40,000 in April, Distinctive B has earned $48,400 in four subsequent starts, including a win in a $40,000 claimer at Del Mar in September, and a second to the highly regarded Ten Blessings at Santa Anita last month. Those performances have led to a start in a first-level optional $40,000 claimer at Los Alamitos on Friday. Read More...

Leparoux among five finalists for Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

DRF | 2 days ago
Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy, and Scott Stevens are the finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, the track announced Wednesday. Read More...

Jockey Club opposes changes to Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System

DRF | 2 days ago
A proposal to modify a part of the recommended model rules relating to multiple medication violations has met a rebuke by The Jockey Club, with the organization stating that it will ask for the proposal to be removed from the agenda of a Thursday meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International model-rules committee. Read More...

A Shin Hikari meets Maurice in defense of Hong Kong Cup title

DRF | 2 days ago
A Shin Hikari can act goofy at times. Many other times, he acts like one of the best racehorses in the world, and on Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse, he will attempt to become just the second horse to win consecutive editions of the $3.2 million Hong Kong Cup. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 12/8 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 12/8 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Laurel: Trainer Lacey Gaudet on a tear

DRF | 3 days ago
In the first nine years after she took out her trainer's license, Lacey Gaudet's horses won a grand total of 34 races. The lean years included back-to-back four-win seasons in 2014 and 2015. Then she made a smart move. She joined forces with her mom, longtime trainer Linda Gaudet, to train for Team Gaudet in 2016. Read More...

Allowance, Magic City Classic for Alabama-breds spice up Friday card

DRF | 3 days ago
Whether by happenstance or design, the first two races Friday at Fair Grounds also happen to be the richest. The first daily double starts with the lone allowance on a nine-race card and ends a half-hour later with a fairly attractive renewal of the Magic City Classic for Alabama-breds. Read More...

Racing urged to reach out to academics for analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
The racing industry could benefit from richer academic analysis of its varied businesses by forging relationships with universities and making data more accessible to researchers, a panel of academics said on Tuesday afternoon at the Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz. Read More...

Sherman honored as Big Sport of Turfdom

DRF | 3 days ago
Art Sherman, the trainer of 2016 Horse of the Year candidate California Chrome, was presented with the Turf Publicists of America Big Sport of Turfdom Award on Tuesday during a luncheon held at the annual Symposium on Racing and Gaming. Read More...

Keeneland January sale catalogs 1,892 horses

DRF | 3 days ago
The catalog for the 2017 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale is now available online, with 1,892 horses on offer. This year’s catalog includes 726 broodmares, 147 broodmare prospects, 732 yearlings, 280 horses of racing age, and seven stallions and stallion prospects. Read More...

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby: Remsen Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
This will be a fascinating race to watch going forward because the top two, MO TOWN and NO DOZING, both have plenty of promise, and it’s entirely possible the Beyer Speed Figure from this race is even faster than the 86 it was initially assigned. Read More...

Former trainer Ahrens dead at 66

DRF | 3 days ago
Leslie “Les” Ahrens, a well-known jockey on the Chicago circuit who later turned to training, died Tuesday morning in Fort Myers, Fla., from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident last week. Read More...

Happy Valley: International Jockey’s Championship highlights card

DRF | 3 days ago
The featured race Wednesday night at Happy Valley Racecourse is the $225,646 Australia Handicap at about nine furlongs, but the main event is the annual Longines International Jockey’s Championship. Read More...

Gambling vs. sport discussed at racing symposium

DRF | 3 days ago
If racing has an “identity crisis,” the term used in the title for the kick-off panel at the annual Symposium on Racing and Gaming, then it’s one of multiple personalities, participants in the panel told a packed audience on Tuesday morning at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. Read More...

Overflow field of 2-year-old fillies for opening-day feature

DRF | 3 days ago
The first-time starters Hidden Nile, Kenda, and Resilient Humor are part of a full field of 2-year-old maiden fillies in Thursday’s sixth race at Los Alamitos, opening day of the track’s winter Thoroughbred meeting. Read More...