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Butler rides three winners on Minnesota Festival of Champions Day

DRF | 2 days ago
Owner Scott Rake teamed with Canterbury Park Hall of Fame trainer Bernell Rhone and jockey Dean Butler to sweep the sprint stakes on Minnesota Festival of Champions Day on Sunday. Butler also scored a third stakes win in the Northern Lights Futurity. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Etobicoke heads up holiday card

DRF | 2 days ago
Chicago raider Pirate’s Trove (7-5) will try to remain unbeaten in the $100,000 Etobicoke, a six-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

Saratoga bids farewell to Tom Durkin

DRF | 2 days ago
Tom Durkin was given a wet and slightly wild send-off Sunday at Saratoga. After calling Condo Commando’s 13 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1 Spinaway in the pouring rain “splash-tastic,” Durkin was feted with a retirement ceremony in the Saratoga winner’s circle that celebrated the 43-year career of the greatest race-caller in the history of racing. Read More...

Condo Commando dominates by more than 13 lengths in Spinaway

DRF | 2 days ago
The final words of the final call of legendary track announcer Tom Durkin’s career accurately summed up Sunday’s 123rd running of the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes after Condo Commando did indeed splash herself to a dominating 13 1/4-length victory over By the Moon in the Grade 1 fixture for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Read More...

Souper Colossal gives Plesa sweep of 2-year-old stakes in Sapling

DRF | 2 days ago
Eddie Plesa Jr. swept the 2-year-old stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park as Super Colossal scored an easy win in the $101,000 Sapling Stakes. Read More...

Pender plans to appeal suspension, $5,000 fine

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mike Pender has been suspended three weeks and fined $5,000 for five class 4 medication infractions in a 12-month period, Del Mar stewards announced in a ruling on Sunday. Read More...

Concealedwithakiss now 2 for 2 after taking Sorority

DRF | 2 days ago
Concealedwithakiss outsprinted Florida stakes winner Coco’s Wildcat for the early lead and then led the field on a merry chase to score by two lengths in the Sorority Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from August 25 – August 27

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Balmoral, Northfield, Meadows, Yonkers and others. Read More...

Monticello: Horses to watch from August 26 – August 27

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Monticello Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 9/1 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 9/1 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 9/1 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Monday 9/1 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Pyrite Blue Magna takes down Tah Dah

DRF | 2 days ago
Pyrite Blue Magna made it two in a row, winning the $50,000 Kevin Goemmer Tah Dah at Belterra Park on Sunday afternoon. Read More...

Needmore Flattery wins third in a row in DeBartolo Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
Needmore Flattery made it three in a row against older Ohio-bred fillies and mares when she won the $50,000 Rose Debartolo at ThistleDown on Sunday afternoon. Read More...

Irish Mission ends drought with Glen Falls win

DRF | 2 days ago
Irish Mission ended a frustrating period for her and trainer Christophe Clement by running down the pace-setting Viva Rafaela in deep stretch to win Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes by a half-length at Saratoga. Read More...

Future looks bright for Blue Tone

DRF | 2 days ago
Blue Tone won the first stakes of his career in Saturday’s $98,650 Brubaker Stakes over a mile and could be back at Del Mar in November for a more lucrative prize. Read More...

Sunset Glow likely to race at Keeneland in Fall

DRF | 2 days ago
Sunset Glow, who swept the two graded stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar this summer to emerge as a division leader, is likely to race at Keeneland in October. Read More...

Palace on track for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Coming off two Grade 1 victories at Saratoga, Palace will be aimed toward the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 with the potential of running in the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park on Sept. 27, trainer Linda Rice said Sunday. Read More...

Untapable, Tapiture work towards stakes at Parx

DRF | 2 days ago
Untapable, the Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose winner, is pointing to the Grade 1 Cotillion, while Tapiture, winner of the Matt Winn and West Virginia Derby in his last two starts, is pointing to the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. Both put in workouts shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday over Saratoga’s main track. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Last day at the Spa

DRF | 2 days ago
The 40-day Saratoga meet comes to a close with a 10-race Labor Day program that will bring the total number of races run to 413, including a dozen steeplechase races. Read More...

Moreno headed to Jockey Club Gold Cup, but not Itsmyluckyday

DRF | 2 days ago
If there is to be a Round 3 between Itsmyluckyday and Moreno, it is unlikely to occur in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 27. Read More...

Arabians contest pair of Grade 2 stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
A pair of Grade 2, $30,000 stakes for Arabians highlights the Labor Day holiday card at Delaware Park. Read More...

Wise Dan wasn’t hard used by Velazquez in Bernard Baruch win

DRF | 2 days ago
On Sunday, Wise Dan did not look like a horse who, less than 24 hours earlier, had carried 127 pounds to a gut-wrenching and near record-setting victory coming off a four-month layoff in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap. Read More...

Chrome Mine hangs on to win Sylvia Bishop Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
Chrome Mine built a two-length lead in midstretch and then was all out to hold of Pocket Gift by a head in Saturday night’s $51,050 Sylvia Bishop Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old West Virginia-bred fillies at Charles Town. Read More...

Crist: Spinaway Stakes Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Spinaway Stakes analysis by Steven Crist. Read More...

The longshot Forest Lake scores in Starlet Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The longshot Forest Lake battled for the early before drawing clear through the final furlong to win Saturday night’s $100,000 Starlet Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Saratoga on Sunday, Aug. 31

DRF | 2 days ago
The last Sunday at Saratoga is Exhibit A of waiting out the weather as long as possible. Read More...

Hammersly’s preview: Grass the key on card

DRF | 2 days ago
There are three grass races on the card on which you can key not only plays for those races but also for your multi-race wagers. Read More...

Dunleavy: How I’d play Parx on Monday, Sept. 1

DRF | 2 days ago
I’ve been looking at the past performances for the Monday card at Parx all week. The four stakes on the day, worth a combined $1 million, are races 8 to 11. They are tied together with a 50-cent pick four and also rolling pick threes and daily doubles. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Jackpot Hi 5 carryover exceeds $300K

DRF | 3 days ago
No stakes on this challenging 10-race card. The portable rail on the turf course is in lane 4. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Sunday, Aug. 31

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at the juveniles running at Del Mar. Read More...

Mohawk: Modern Legend pulls off shocker in Canadian Pacing Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Sweet Lou's win streak came to an end as Modern Legend vaulted off cover to upset in the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. Read More...

Mohawk: Artspeak remains undefeated with Metro win

DRF | 3 days ago
Artspeak didn't disappoint as the clear choice in the lucrative Metro final for two-year-old pacers. Read More...

Sunset Glow uses new tactics to take Del Mar Debutante

DRF | 3 days ago
Closing from fifth in a field of nine, Sunset Glow ($3.80) weaved her way through traffic on the turn to win the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante by a neck over 3-1 Her Emmynency. Read More...

Itsmyluckyday turns tables on Moreno in Woodward

DRF | 3 days ago
On Saturday, Plesa and Itsmyluckyday got their revenge on Moreno, taking it to him in the early stages of the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward Stakes and having enough to outfinish him late to prevail by one-half length before a crowd of 29,244 at Saratoga. Read More...

DM Streakn Thru Fire clicks at 26-1 in All American Gold Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Saturday at Ruidoso Downs, DM Streakn Thru Fire ($54.60) ended a four-race losing streak in the $200,000 All American Gold Cup. Read More...

Palace continues to roll with victory in Forego Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Subscribing to the theory of striking while the iron is hot, trainer Linda Rice got herself and her continually improving sprint specialist Palace their second Grade 1 win of the meet after the former claimer cruised to a convincing 3 1/2-length victory over Big Business in Saturday’s $500,000 Forego. Read More...

Blue Tone captures stakes debut in Harry Brubaker

DRF | 3 days ago
The objective of winning a stakes with the lightly raced gelding Blue Tone was met at the first opportunity in Saturday’s $98,650 Harry Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Blue Tone captures stakes debut in Harry Brubaker

DRF | 3 days ago
The objective of winning a stakes with the lightly raced gelding Blue Tone was met at the first opportunity in Saturday’s $98,650 Harry Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar. Read More...

Unbeaten colt Atreides coasts in Monarchos Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Stonestreet Stables and trainer Marty Wolfson surely will be looking for a more demanding spot for Atreides after the highly promising 3-year-old colt stayed unbeaten in three career starts with a 17 1/2-length victory Saturday in the $75,000 Monarchos Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Unbeaten colt Atreides coasts in Monarchos Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Stonestreet Stables and trainer Marty Wolfson surely will be looking for a more demanding spot for Atreides after the highly promising 3-year-old colt stayed unbeaten in three career starts with a 17 1/2-length victory Saturday in the $75,000 Monarchos Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Avanzare makes most of good trip in Washington Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Gifted the easiest of early leads, Avanzare and jockey Chris Emigh made the most of it, surging when headed in deep stretch by the longshot Hattaash to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap by a head. Read More...

Avanzare makes most of good trip in Washington Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Gifted the easiest of early leads, Avanzare and jockey Chris Emigh made the most of it, surging when headed in deep stretch by the longshot Hattaash to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Washington Park Handicap by a head. Read More...

Stonetastic shines in Prioress Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
It was hard not to think about the Winston Churchill quote, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” when listening to Kelly Breen speak after Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Calculator takes shot in Futurity

DRF | 3 days ago
Selecting a race for Calculator for the final days of the Del Mar meeting was easy for trainer Peter Miller. Read More...

Clubhouse Ride eyes Los Alamitos

DRF | 3 days ago
Clubhouse Ride, who won the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita in June but was last of 10 in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, is among the candidates for the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on Saturday. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Rain threatens turf races

DRF | 3 days ago
Six of Sunday’s 12 races are scheduled for turf, including the Grade 3 Glens Falls (sixth), so horsemen and handicappers will be watching the skies due to a threat of wet weather. According to weather.com, after a partly cloudy start to Sunday, there is an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms developing through the afternoon. Read More...

Velazquez wins Venezia Award

DRF | 3 days ago
After an online vote by racing fans, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was presented the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Saturday in the Saraoga winner’s circle. Read More...

Experience pays off for juveniles

DRF | 3 days ago
Experience counts. El Kabeir and Two Weeks Off, each of whom had a start at the meet, won split divisions of a 2-year-old maiden race on Saturday’s card at Saratoga. Read More...

Alpha may go in for Left Bank

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was represented in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward Stakes by Long River. He would have preferred to have been represented by Alpha, last year’s Woodward winner. Read More...

Too Many Egbert’s displays will to win in Vice Regent

DRF | 3 days ago
Too Many Egbert’s won his first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Vice Regent, after turning back a stern challenge from Man Cave in the final furlong. Read More...