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Florida Won springs upset in Ontario Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The 10-1 longshot Florida Won made quite a splash in his first Polytrack start at Woodbine on Sunday, capturing the Grade 3, $175,800 Ontario Derby from off the pace under Patrick Husbands. Read More...

Temper Mint Patty romps by more than 13 lengths in Gimma Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Temper Mint Patty and Saratoga Heater backed up their maiden victories at Saratoga with convincing wins in New York-bred juvenile stakes Sunday at Belmont Park. Read More...

Keeneland September: Market closes with steady returns

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale wrapped on Sunday with steady returns rivaling last year’s breakout renewal, including a record-tying median. Read More...

Floral Sky, Crafty Blue Kat dead heat for first in Scarlet and Gray

DRF | 2 days ago
It took a long look at the photo finish before the ThistleDown placing judges decided the result was a dead heat Sunday afternoon in the $50,000 Scarlet and Gray Handicap. Read More...

Bayern, California Chrome head west to prep for Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
Bayern and three of the horses he defeated in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby – including Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome – returned Sunday to Southern California and will most likely be pointed to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday. Read More...

Harness: Sunfire Blue Chip wins Prix D’Ete

DRF | 2 days ago
Regardless of which side of the continent he drives, Yannick Gingras gets the job done. Traveling well north to Hippodrome 3R to pilot Sunfire Blue in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, the Quebec native went to the front and never looked back for the win. Read More...

Sweater Weather rallies to win La Lorgnette

DRF | 2 days ago
The favored Sweater Weather rallied strongly under Patrick Husbands to take the $171,750 La Lorgnette Stakes over Unspurned at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Injury sends Will Take Charge into retirement

DRF | 2 days ago
Champion Will Take Charge has been retired with a mild strain to a branch of his suspensory ligament. Read More...

Untapable, Sweet Reason bound for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Untapable and Sweet Reason, the top two finishers Saturday in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx are bound for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Gallant Bloom win sets up Artemis Agrotera for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
There aren’t many sprint races contested in New York in which the half-mile is run faster than 44 seconds. In Southern California, there are plenty. When trainer Mike Hushion sends Artemis Agrotera to Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, he will do so confident his filly can be effective regardless of how fast the early fractions are. Read More...

King’s preview: Deep field for maiden race

DRF | 2 days ago
Claiming or maiden-claiming races comprise eight of the 10 races Sunday at Churchill Downs, with the two exceptions being a straight maiden race for 2-year-olds in race 6 and a second-level allowance that goes as the day’s feature in the ninth. Read More...

Miss Behaviour romps in Charles Town Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Phil Schoenthal said shortly after Miss Behaviour’s 9 3/4-length win in Saturday night’s Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks that his wife, Sarah, was about to go into labor with the couple’s third child. Read More...

Hoosier: Master Of Law wins Centaur easily; Sebastian K seventh

DRF | 2 days ago
Master Of Law with trainer Jimmy Takter in the sulky surprised Sebastian K at odds of 21-1 to capture the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park on Saturday night. Other winners included: JK She'salady, Bettor Be Steppin, Livininthefastlane, Speak To Me, Supreme Z Tam, Rich Wisdom, and JK Endofanera. Read More...

Suffolk open to possibility of horsemen leasing track

DRF | 2 days ago
Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle called a meeting with the horsemen on Saturday evening to assure them that even though the track's owners have no intention of racing next year, they will consider an alternative plan as long as it is economically feasible. Read More...

Seeking the Sherif continues rise by winning Katella

DRF | 2 days ago
Nearly nine months and eight races after he was claimed for $12,500, Seeking the Sherif became a stakes winner in Saturday’s $75,000 Katella Stakes at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Harness: Gingras to give it a go with Sunfire Blue Chip

DRF | 2 days ago
After winning the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio this past Thursday for the first time in his career, one would think that driver Yannick Gingras could breathe a sigh of accomplishment and perhaps relief from his hectic schedule. Read More...

Barfly’s Survivor connects at 34-1 in Alberta Breeders’ Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Barfly’s Survivor pulled off a huge upset in the $50,000 Alberta Breeders’ Handicap at Northlands Park on Saturday. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Ontario Derby pivotal for Coltimus Prime

DRF | 2 days ago
If Prince of Wales Stakes winner Coltimus Prime is to have any chance of garnering this year’s Sovereign Award for Canadian male champion 3-year-old, he must beat Ami’s Holiday on the square in Sunday’s Grade 3 Ontario Derby. Read More...

Ol Donyo leads top three sweep for Wolfson in Musical Romance

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Marty Wolfson sent out Ol Donyo to an easy victory over stablemates Flores Island and Kipling’s Joy in the $90,000 Musical Romance, the main event on a very soggy day of racing at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Keeneland September: Figures drop at first Book 6 session

DRF | 2 days ago
The 13-day Keeneland September yearling sale entered its final weekend with the first of two Book 6 sessions on Saturday. That session posted across-the-board declines compared with the 12th session in 2013, which was the last one of the sale. Read More...

Bayern sets track record in Pennsylvania Derby triumph

DRF | 3 days ago
Bayern went to the front and never looked back Saturday in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, winning by 5 3/4 lengths in a performance reminiscent of his Haskell Invitational triumph. Read More...

Blinkers help Thank You Marylou romp in Dogwood

DRF | 3 days ago
Thank You Marylou might well have run herself into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by posting a breakthrough victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $112,000 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera chases down La Verdad in final stride to win Gallant Bloom

DRF | 3 days ago
When she last raced, on Aug. 23 at Saratoga, Artemis Agrotera had the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes wrapped up by mid-stretch. On Saturday, heavily favored in the Gallant Bloom at Belmont, she didn’t hit the front until the final stride. But get there Artemis Agrotera did, nipping the sharp and game pace-setter La Verdad to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom by a head. Read More...

Favorite Tale outduels Fast Anna in Gallant Bob

DRF | 3 days ago
Speed and the rail proved a dangerous combination Saturday at Parx, and Favorite Tale used both attributes - as well as an affinity for the track - to win the Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Paso Doble makes it two straight stakes wins

DRF | 3 days ago
The popular 8-year-old Paso Doble notched his second straight Ontario-sired stakes win on Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,800 Overskate. Read More...

Untapable holds off Sweet Reason in Cotillion

DRF | 3 days ago
Untapable wasn’t great, but she was good enough to get the job done in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx, winning by a length over Sweet Reason and likely wrapping up the 3-year-old filly championship. Read More...

Edge of Reality scores as Alphabet Soup favorite

DRF | 3 days ago
Edge of Reality took control of the $100,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap outside early leader Atlantic Seaboard entering the stretch and was able to hold off Roadhog late to win by three-quarters of a length. Read More...

Illman’s preview: Tizquick a maiden with big shot in stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Sunday's card features a pair of $150,000 stakes for statebred juvenile sprinters. The Bertram F. Bongard for males goes as the second race, and I'm really looking forward to betting Tizquick. Read More...

Divine Oath delivers as heavy favorite in Kent

DRF | 3 days ago
Heavily favored Divine Oath rallied along the rail to capture the Grade 3, $150,000 Kent Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Delaware Park. Read More...

Close Hatches impresses in six-furlong work

DRF | 3 days ago
Close Hatches probably doesn’t need any help to work fast, but she got it by way of a tremendously fast surface and a workmate as Close Hatches blazed five furlongs in 57.92 seconds over Belmont Park’s main track Saturday morning at Belmont Park. Read More...

Beholder works seven furlongs in final Zenyatta prep

DRF | 3 days ago
On Saturday at Santa Anita, Beholder worked seven furlongs in 1:24.60, her final major exercise before she starts as a heavy favorite in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles next Saturday. Read More...

Beholder works seven furlongs in final Zenyatta prep

DRF | 3 days ago
On Saturday at Santa Anita, Beholder worked seven furlongs in 1:24.60, her final major exercise before she starts as a heavy favorite in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles next Saturday. Read More...

A relaxed Wicked Strong works for Gold Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
With Belmont Park’s main track playing like the Autobahn Saturday morning, Wicked Strong put in a solid, controlled six-furlong work in 1:13.17 in preparation for his engagement in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup. Read More...

A relaxed Wicked Strong works for Gold Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
With Belmont Park’s main track playing like the Autobahn Saturday morning, Wicked Strong put in a solid, controlled six-furlong work in 1:13.17 in preparation for his engagement in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup. Read More...

Res Judicata, exercise rider injured in training accident

DRF | 3 days ago
Pennsylvania Derby Day got off to a rough start Saturday as Res Judicata and his exercise rider, Lisa Whitaker, were injured in a morning training accident. Read More...

Del Mar ‘Ship and Win’ program offered for fall meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Del Mar will continue to offer an incentive program to owners who ship horses from out of state for the autumn meeting, which runs from Nov. 7-30. Read More...

Fashion Plate to sell in November

DRF | 3 days ago
Fashion Plate, the winner of two Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita earlier this year, will not race before she is offered for sale in Kentucky in November, trainer Simon Callaghan said. Read More...

Bold Ruler next for Masochistic

DRF | 3 days ago
Masochistic, second in the Los Alamitos Mile on Sept. 6, could make his next start in the $200,000 Bold Ruler Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 25, trainer A.C. Avila said. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Sept. 20

DRF | 3 days ago
Today's pick four is a curious sequence, thanks to the presence of two maiden special weights to close out the card. They are filled with first-time starters, and multiple-race bettors must play these races blind without benefit of paddock observations and clues from the tote board. Read More...

King’s preview: Looking for a price in Dogwood

DRF | 3 days ago
Unlike the past two Saturdays, when Churchill Downs shared the Kentucky racing stage with Kentucky Downs, Churchill is the only horse racing game in the state Saturday. Read More...

Te Ata win on Lively Vision tops big day for Vazquez

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Ramon Vazquez won five races Friday night at Remington Park, including the $50,000 Te Ata with Lively Vision. The stakes was one of two on the card, with Alpha and Omega winning the $50,000 Tishomingo Read More...

Princess of Sylmar retired at 4

DRF | 3 days ago
Princess of Sylmar, a four-time Grade 1-winning filly, has been retired from racing, her connections announced via press release Friday evening. Read More...

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF Plus graded stakes analysis for the Pennsylvania Derby from Parx. Read More...

Keeneland September: Numbers rise in single Book 5 session

DRF | 3 days ago
Keeneland held the solitary Book 5 session of its September yearling auction on Friday, and the session ended with sizable gains in gross, median, and average as measured against the corresponding session last year. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Super Hi 5 jackpot surpasses $500,000

DRF | 4 days ago
With a Jackpot Hi 5 carryover of $501,095 up for grabs Saturday at Woodbine, Keen Gizmo merits top billing in the 10th, and figures to be much lower than his 8-1 morning quote. Read More...

Questions surround Gift Receipt in turf sprint feature

DRF | 4 days ago
There are a few red caution flags that make Gift Receipt a shaky proposition as the 5-2 morning-line favorite among eight fillies and mares going five furlongs on grass in a second-level optional $40,000 claimer that goes as race 5 Tuesday at Indiana Grand Racecourse. Read More...

Mayo, chairman of NTRA Players’ Committee, dies at 59

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Mayo, chairman of the NTRA Players’ Committee and a tireless advocate for horseplayer rights, died at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, on Thursday. He was 59. Read More...

Watchmaker: Belmont pick five play for Saturday, Sept. 20

DRF | 4 days ago
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (hey, vinyl is hip these days, incredibly), the New York Racing Association made the late part of Saturday’s card at Belmont difficult by slotting 2-year-old maiden special weight races as the last two races of the 10-race program. Read More...

Illman’s preview: Artemis Agrotera on track for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Saturday’s featured eighth race is the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs. The expected odds-on favorite and horse to beat is Artemis Agrotera, a 3-year-old who dominated her elders in capturing the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 23. Read More...