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Crist: Take pair of 3-year-olds with best odds in Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
I prefer Tonalist and Bayern to the two favorites, Shared Belief and California Chrome, among the 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Juvenile Fillies: Stall thinks Top Decile deserves higher rating

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Al Stall is making a return trip to Southern California, where he will start Top Decile in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. She is listed at 10-1 on the morning line, but her two races suggest she should be a shorter price than that. Read More...

Main Sequence tries to topple Euros in BC Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Main Sequence is America’s leading hope for Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 10/31 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Friday 10/31 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hoosier: Friday 10/31 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 10/31 card at Hoosier Park. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 10/31 analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Friday 10/31 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

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Breeders’ CUp Turf analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicappers Mike Watchmaker, Byron Ki ng and Brad Free give their analysis of the Breeders' Cup Turf. Read More...

Airdrie Stud announces 2015 stud fees

DRF | 2 days ago
Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky. has revealed the advertised fees for its 2015 stallion roster. Read More...

Equine Sales of Louisiana open yearling and mixed sale posts gains

DRF | 2 days ago
The Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana’s open yearling and mixed sale closed Sunday with significant gains with fewer horses to go through the ring. Read More...

Multiple contenders difficult to separate in BC F-M Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Judy the Beauty, unraced since winning her last start in August, is a lukewarm morning-line choice in a field for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint that also includes Artemis Agrotera, Sweet Reason, and Leigh Court as likely favorites. Read More...

Strength of Breeders’ Cup Classic is in 3-year-olds

DRF | 2 days ago
he kids are all right. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist both look like viable candidates to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Yet the favorite is another member of this year’s 3-year-old crop, Shared Belief, and so is the expected pacesetter, Bayern. Read More...

DRF Formulator Facts: 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF Formulator Facts for the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Sweet Cassiopeia, Speedinthruthecity add class to Dream Supreme

DRF | 2 days ago
As overnight stakes races go, they don’t come much better than Friday’s $58,000 Dream Supreme at Churchill Downs. Of the nine entrants, three are multiple stakes winners. Read More...

England-based Moore feeling right at home

DRF | 2 days ago
There really is no close approximation of the Santa Anita turf course among the regular circuit of racecourses in Europe. Two tight turns and grass cut short as a pool tabletop are not conditions to be found overseas, and there have been European jockeys surprised and overwhelmed by the demands of the smaller American ovals, Santa Anita in particular, upon riding Breeders’ Cup races with foreign horses. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 2 days ago
TORONADO spent the summer hanging out with all the cool kids in Europe. He started the year by winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, then finished second to the mighty Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and was second by just a head to the late-season upstart Charm Spirit in the Prix du Moulin de Longhchamp in Paris. Those results have made him a deserving favorite in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: Three Breeders’ Cup shots for Desormeaux et frere

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Keith Desormeaux will take three shots at Breeders' Cup glory with his brother, jockey Kent, in the saddle. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Coolmore shipper intriguing longshot in Juvenile

DRF | 2 days ago
Given the choice between starting Coolmore colorbearer The Great War in either the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile or the Juvenile Turf, the partnership selected the former. It’s by far the taller order for the colt, a minor stakes winner in Europe who has raced exclusively on turf and never beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. Still, The Great War has a dirt-leaning pedigree with enough stamina influences to make him an intriguing longshot in a Juvenile field that lost favored American Pharoah to lameness on Tuesday, leaving a wide-open group of colts with some major distance questions Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juvenile Fillies favorite Angela Renee stands out

DRF | 2 days ago
The field for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies includes three entrants – Angela Renee, Cristina’s Journey, and Puca – who already have won at the race distance of 1 1/16 miles. Angela Renee's score in the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita on Sept. 27 will likely make her the favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. What’s more, that filly’s bloodlines make her even more formidable in the race that will likely determine year-end divisional championship honors. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juddmonte holds strong hand with Commemorative in Juvenile Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm has shone at the Breeders’ Cup, capturing four races with homebreds. The operation has an excellent chance to add another victory with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf entrant Commemorative. The Zamindar colt is from the family of several high-class turf routers, including two of Juddmonte’s champions. Read More...

New seating area to be built for Derby, Oaks owners

DRF | 2 days ago
Owners of horses in next year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will each be provided a complimentary suite at Churchill Downs as part of a $4.2 million project to construct 20 open-air boxes on the grandstand apron, the track announced Wednesday. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Europeans stand out in Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Given European shippers’ past history of dominance in Breeders’ Cup races contested on turf, those handicapping Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies turf must give primary consideration to the quartet of 2-year-old fillies making the trip across the pond to the Santa Anita starting gate. Several members of the group have already won or placed in stakes overseas, and sport pedigrees highly slanted toward turf success. Read More...

Asmussen rises above the storm

DRF | 2 days ago
After a tumultuous spring, Steve Asmussen arrives at the Breeders' Cup with his filly Untapable the solid favorite for the $2 million Distaff. Read More...

Smith shows no signs of slowing with nine Breeders’ Cup mounts

DRF | 2 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup is never far from Mike Smith’s mind. The Hall of Fame jockey seldom encounters a group of racing fans without someone mentioning his win on the famous mare Zenyatta in the 2009 BC Classic at Santa Anita. Read More...

Tonalist big in size and talent

DRF | 2 days ago
The tallest participants in the Breeders’ Cup Classic are Rashard Lewis, the two-time NBA all-star who is a co-owner of Cigar Street, and Tonalist, who is looking to end his season with an emphatic slam dunk on Saturday. Read More...

Strong trio of 3-year-olds squares off in optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
The nine-race card at Aqueduct on Friday includes a second-level optional claimer at a mile that will match three promising 3-year-olds, Mosler, Vinceremos, and Misconnect. Read More...

Effort to market Breeders’ Cup overseas proving worthwhile, expensive

DRF | 2 days ago
At this point, the paucity of shippers from Europe and elsewhere out of the Breeders' Cup Challenge program isn’t a big concern for Breeders’ Cup, accoding to Josh Christian, Breeders' Cup's director of rracing. Read More...

Little Face tries to stretch win streak to seven in Magnolia

DRF | 2 days ago
Little Face will be heading into the biggest battle of her career Friday night in an attempt to win her seventh straight race in the $100,000 Magnolia at Delta Downs. Little Face is leaving the starter-allowance ranks behind to take on the established stakes winners Little Ms Protocol, I Dazzle, and Tensas Harbor in the one-mile race that offers a first look at some of the fillies and mares targeting the rich Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Crist: Playable pick four spices up Friday BC card

DRF | 2 days ago
With the elimination of the Juvenile Sprint last year and the Marathon this year, Breeders’ Cup Friday is down to four races, and they are largely devoid of championship implications. They do, however, comprise a very playable pick-4 that concludes with a showdown between two fillies who probably have already clinched Eclipse Awards. Read More...

Distaff is highlight of four-race BC lineup on Day 1

DRF | 2 days ago
Beginning on Halloween Friday and running through Saturday, the Breeders’ Cup will conduct 13 races, all Grade 1 events, worth a total of $26 million. Many will decide Eclipse Awards, all will enrich the winning connections, and all have the potential to result in life-changing scores for bettors, what with large fields throughout. Read More...

Silver Charm returns from Japan to go to Old Friends

DRF | 2 days ago
Racing Hall of Fame champion and dual classic winner Silver Charm will return to North America after nearly a decade in Japan to live out his life at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, it was announced today by Three Chimneys Farm and Old Friends. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera rolls into Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
In the weeks and months leading into the Breeders’ Cup, there have been a number of impressive efforts turned in by some of the leading candidates. Few, however, have matched the “wow” factor elicited by Artemis Agrotera in her last three starts. Read More...

European juveniles set to leave mark on 2014 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
European 2-year-olds have been a dangerous group in the brief history of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Magician withdrawn from Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf, was withdraw from Saturday's BC Turf because of lameness, Breeders' Cup officials said on Wednesday. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 2 days ago
As for wagering strategy Friday at Santa Anita, there is plenty from which to choose. The Friday card is 10 races; the pick six is races 4-9 ending with the Distaff. Pick fours (50-cent minimum) begin races 3, 6, and 7. The least expensive wager (14 percent takeout) remains the pick five on races 1-5. Read More...

LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale

DRF | 2 days ago
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Wild Zambezi stands out in Friday optional-claiming feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Wild Zambezi jumps off the page in Friday’s featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Lakerville to Harris Farms in California

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 3-placed stakes winner Lakerville has been retired from racing and will stand at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., for a private fee. Read More...

Harness: Sears gets win 9,000 at Yonkers

DRF | 2 days ago
Brian Sears won the 9,000th race of his illustrious career Tuesday night, the milestone coming with The Way I Am ($9.80) in the fifth race of Yonkers Raceway’s 12-race program. Read More...

King’s preview: Strong allowances mark mid-week card

DRF | 2 days ago
Although most tracks save their better races for days with higher attendance and exposure, Fridays through Sundays most often, some of the races Wednesday at Churchill are a break from that norm. Read More...

Hoosier: Father Patrick heads Takter charge on Friday

DRF | 2 days ago
Harness racing’s richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana’s Hoosier Park for Friday’s $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds. He is one of seven horses sent out by trainer Jimmy Takter on the stakes-filled program. Read More...

Free as a Bird out of BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Free as a Bird, a winner of five consecutive sprint stakes this year, was withdrawn from Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita after she became upset on an airplane in Kentucky early Wednesday, trainer Ian Wilkes said. Read More...

Las Vegas Marathon lures long-winded locals

DRF | 2 days ago
Santa Anita will run the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on Friday, but it is largely a local event. Of the nine runners, eight are based in Southern California. Read More...

Talco poised for breakout in Twilight Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
When the French import Talco finished third in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, trainer John Sadler saw enough to expect grand things from him this fall. Read More...

Ward finds a way to balance his priorities this Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Horse trainers are people, too, which explains why Wesley Ward will not be here at Santa Anita this weekend for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Midnight Hawk, Chitu bring impressive credentials to Damascus Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Baffert and Steve Asmussen will have a lot on their minds this weekend, but before the Breeders’ Cup gets under way, both trainers will get warmed up with some interesting stakes action Friday. Read More...

Really Sharp tries to notch elusive first turf win in Friday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Really Sharp is one of several stakes winners in Friday’s Woodbine headliner, a second-level optional claimer, scheduled for seven furlongs on the grass. Read More...

Difficult to deny Goldencents in bid for a repeat

DRF | 3 days ago
Goldencents returns to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile as quite possibly the heaviest favorite in any of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races to be run this weekend at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
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Lady Eli gives Brown another good shot at Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 days ago
With a win and two seconds in four tries in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, trainer Chad Brown believes he has an idea of what makes a horse competitive in the one-mile turf race. Read More...