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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Prime players yet to emerge

DRF | 1 day ago
Haven't been paying attention to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf division yet? No worries – plenty of time. In six of the eight editions of the Juvenile Turf, the winner had last started during the first two weeks of October, and the next two weeks will go a long way toward sorting out prime players in this year's race. Read More...

Om, Gold Rush Dancer work for stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
The stakes winners Om and Gold Rush Dancer worked Wednesday at Santa Anita in advance of stakes. Om is pointing to the City of Hope Mile, and Gold Rush Dancer goes in the Twilight Derby. Read More...

Chung doubles up once again

DRF | 1 day ago
Don Chung, 52, of Clifton Park, was one of seven U.S.-based players to travel north two weeks back for the inaugural Woodbine Mile live-bankroll handicapping contest. By doing so, he achieved one of the great feats a contest player can achieve. He won outright, thereby securing a National Handicapping Championship seat and a Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seat on the same day – the second straight year he’s managed that accomplishment. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Noholdingback Bear no one-surface wonder

DRF | 1 day ago
Noholdingback Bear's victory in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob at Parx and third-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga have convinced trainer Michael De Paulo that the colt deserves a shot in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Top contenders Flintshire, Postponed run this weekend

DRF | 1 day ago
This weekend is expected to result in the greatest shake-up on the list of contenders for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Baffert will keep American Cleopatra, Noted and Quoted apart for prep

DRF | 1 day ago
The final two Win and You're In races for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies are the Alcibiades next Friday on opening day of the Keeneland meet and the Frizette the next day at Belmont Park.Trainer Bob Baffert will split up American Cleopatra and Noted and Quoted, the second- and fourth-place finishers in the seven-furlong Del Mar Debutante, between the Chandelier Sttakes at Santa Anita this weekend and the Alcibiades. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: History no hurdle for Songbird

DRF | 1 day ago
Even while her win streak grows, the undefeated Songbird has one conspicuous void on her résumé – she has never faced older fillies and mares. That will happen for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, which might the deepest ever. Read More...

Parx purses boosted during Fall Festival

DRF | 1 day ago
The second annual Fall Festival of Racing at Parx begins Saturday. Overnight purses during the festival will be increased by 50 percent and average between $450,000 and $470,000 a day, according to Sam Elliott, the track's director of racing. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup the theme of Santa Anita meet

DRF | 1 day ago
For six weeks starting Friday, Santa Anita will be the focus of American racing. The 23-day meeting begins with seven graded stakes from Friday through Sunday that are preps for Breeders' Cup races here on Nov. 4-5. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 9/29 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 9/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Air Force Blue retired, will stand in Kentucky

DRF | 1 day ago
European champion Air Force Blue has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., for a fee to be announced later. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 9/29 Analysis

DRF | 1 day ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 9/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Gottcha Gold relocating to Alberta

DRF | 1 day ago
Multiple Grade 3 winner Gottcha Gold has been sold to stand at Peaceful Valley Farms in Didsbury, Alberta, for the 2017 breeding season for an advertised fee of $2,500 Canadian. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Carina Mia, Cathryn Sophia likely to shorten up

DRF | 1 day ago
After both were soundly defeated by Songbird last weekend in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx, it appears that both Carina Mia and Cathryn Sophia will now be pointed to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Eddie D Stakes should clarify picture

DRF | 1 day ago
A crowded picture for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint should become significantly clearer in the coming days, as host track Santa Anita opens its fall meet with the major local prep – the Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D Stakes, providing an important chance to get a prep over an idiosyncratic turf course. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Brave Anna emerges as top contender

DRF | 1 day ago
The surprise win by Brave Anna in the Grade 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse in England last Saturday gives Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Read More...

Sequiota dangerous on favorite course

DRF | 1 day ago
Ray and Linda Trisler will make the nearly two-hour drive from the south suburbs of Indianapolis to run the star of their 14-horse stable, Sequiota, in the Friday feature at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Fuscetta could cap big Jackpot Hi 5 payout

DRF | 1 day ago
Woodbine's Jackpot Hi 5 pool could approach $300,000 heading into Friday's nightcap, a $58,600 first-level allowance. The fast-working Fuscetta could turn back effectively in the six-furlong turf dash. Read More...

Strong second half boosts Arlington meet business

DRF | 2 days ago
Arlington concluded its 2016 racing season Sept. 23 with a drop in all-sources average daily handle of 2 percent from last year - decent for a track that at mid-meet had seen handle fall enough to cut purses. Read More...

Illinois Racing Board approves 2017 racing dates

DRF | 2 days ago
The Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday unanimously passed a 2017 racing schedule that mirrors this year’s, though the dire state of the Illinois racing industry infused the brief annual dates awards meeting with gloom. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton releases October sale catalog

DRF | 2 days ago
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 1,250 yearlings for its Kentucky fall yearling sale, to be held over three sessions Oct. 24-26 in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Tara’s Tango headed to Spinster

DRF | 2 days ago
Instead of facing Beholder and Stellar Wind in the Grade 1, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, Tara’s Tango will run in the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland one week later. Read More...

Hong Kong Selections for Wednesday, September 28

DRF | 2 days ago
Hong Kong Selections for Wednesday, September 28 Read More...

Zoccali: Once in a lifetime chance to market a superstar

DRF | 2 days ago
Harness racing has a star and they don’t know what to do about it. His name is Wiggle It Jiggleit. Read More...

Dayton: Wiggle It Jiggleit faces Always B Miki in Pacing Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, the two most dominant active pacers in the world, will match strides for the seventh time this season in the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (September 30). In their head-to-head confrontations, Always B Miki has won three times, capturing the Jim Ewart Memorial, the William Haughton Memorial and the Ben Franklin. Wiggle It Jiggleit was victorious in the Canadian Pacing Derby and the Dan Patch, and was runner-up to Shamballa in the U. S. Pacing Championship where Always B Miki finished fourth. Read More...

Tampa Bay Downs adds one turf stakes for 2017, boosts statebred stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The rebirth of a turf stakes for 3-year-olds and higher purses for the Florida Cup stakes for statebreds are the most significant changes to the 2016-17 stakes schedule at Tampa Bay Downs, which opens its meet Nov. 26. The schedule features 24 stakes worth a track-record $2.975 million, up from $2.7 million for 23 stakes at the 2015-16 meet. Read More...

Monmouth suspends trainer Bradley for 45 days

DRF | 3 days ago
The Monmouth Park board of stewards has suspended trainer Chloe Bradley for 45 days and fined her $1,500 for entering Lucy N Ethel in the Aug. 14 Blue Sparkler Stakes. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot good to go after Vance win

DRF | 3 days ago
Ivan Fallunovalot overcame a difficult trip to win the $150,000 David M. Vance for the third time in his career Sunday at Remington Park and was none the worse for wear Monday. Read More...

Ambitious Champion kicks off season in Wistaria Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Ambitious Champion, a Group 3 winner in Hong Kong in April, will start for the first time in the 2016-17 Hong Kong Season in Wednesday’s $225,652 Wistaria Handicap at about a mile on turf at Happy Valley Racecourse. Read More...

Evangeline Downs opens 46-date Quarter Horse meet Wednesday

DRF | 3 days ago
Evangeline Downs turns its attention to Quarter Horse racing on Wednesday night. The Opelousas, La., track will open a 46-date meet that runs through Dec. 17. Read More...

Brown has two for Champagne

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown said Sunday he will most likely run both Practical Joke, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful, and Favorable Outcome, a sharp debut winner at Saratoga, in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 8. Read More...

Mo Town targets Nashua

DRF | 3 days ago
Mo Town, a seven-length winner of a one-mile maiden race at Belmont last Saturday, will be pointed to the Grade 3, $200,000 Nashua Stakes on the Nov. 4 opening day card at Aqueduct, trainer Tony Dutrow said Monday. Read More...

Cavorting starts working toward Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Cavorting won't have many workouts between now and the Breeders' Cup Distaff, but she had one on Monday, breezing a half-mile in 48 seconds over the Belmont Park main track. It was the first work for Cavorting since her victory in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Aug. 27. Read More...

Luzzi, Gaffalione try to pull upset

DRF | 3 days ago
Lane Luzzi and Tyler Gaffalione will go head to head on key contenders in Thursday's $37,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream. Luzzie rides With a Kiss and Gaffalione is aboard Tiz Boa in the 7 1/2-furlong turf test for statebred fillies and mares. Read More...

Luzzi a contender for top apprentice honors

DRF | 3 days ago
Last summer it was Tyler Gaffalione who parlayed his success during the Gulfstream Park summer meet into an Eclipse Award as the nation's leading apprentice. Now it's Lane Luzzi who is taking a similar path. Read More...

Nicks taking a shot in In Reality, My Dear Girl

DRF | 3 days ago
There won't be many horses lining up alongside Three Rules for Saturday's $500,000 In Reality Stakes at Gulfstream. But one 2-year-old expected to be there for the finale of the Florida Sire Stakes series will be Illmatic, who is short on experience but long on potential, according to his trainer, Ralph Nicks. Read More...

Texas Chrome eyes Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Texas Chrome and Sticksstatelydude were headed in different directions on Monday, the morning after they finished one-two in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Read More...

Handle, average field size down sharpy at Monmouth meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Wagering figures at the recently completed Monmouth Park meet in Oceanport, N.J., tumbled across the board, according to figures released by the track Sunday night, reflecting the track's struggles to fill races and card competitive betting contests. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 9/28 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 9/28 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Steve Wolfson headed back to NHC

DRF | 3 days ago
The 2003 National Handicapping Championship winner topped the BCQualify leaderboard on Sunday. Steve Wolfson Jr. won his way back to the NHC earlier this year via a DRFBets event. This weekend, he was one of five players to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge in a two-round contest held at DRF Tournaments. Read More...

Big World in Thursday feature after long layoff

DRF | 3 days ago
Big World makes her long-awaited 3-year-old debut in a second-level allowance race that serves as the featured event on Thursday's program at Belmont Park, one that has 67 horses entered in nine races. Read More...

Keeneland September had global attraction

DRF | 3 days ago
Like a global Thoroughbred convention, international buyers descended upon the recently concluded Keeneland September yearling sale, with outfits from five continents showing that the American Thoroughbred is in demand the world over. Read More...

Aqueduct to run 29 stakes during fall meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Anchored by the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, Aqueduct will host 29 stakes – 11 of which are graded – worth $4.85 million during the fall meet, which begins Nov. 4. The Cigar Mile tops a four-stakes card on Nov. 26 which also includes the Grade 2 Remsen, Grade 2 Demoiselle, and Grade 3 Comely. Read More...

Wonder Gal on top of game for Gallant Bloom

DRF | 3 days ago
Wonder Gal came off a seven-month layoff on Sept. 2 with the best performance of career, winning a New York-bred allowance race by 11 1/2 lengths at Saratoga. Saturday, she is scheduled to return to open company in the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap. Read More...

Vosburgh marks end to Joking’s break

DRF | 3 days ago
After a planned summer freshening, Joking will return to the races in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Forever Unbridled coming for Beldame

DRF | 3 days ago
Forever Unbridled, the Apple Blossom winner, was scheduled on Monday to ship from Kentucky to Belmont where on Saturday she will run in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Flintshire on his own for Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Flintshire will not have any pace help when he seeks his fourth consecutive victory of the year in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. Read More...

Songbird targets Breeders’ Cup Distaff after Cotillion win

DRF | 3 days ago
Songbird, who remained unbeaten with an authoritative victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Saturday, was scheduled to be flown back to Southern California on Wednesday to begin preparing for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Read More...

Canadian International next for Da Big Hoss

DRF | 3 days ago
With time running out to fulfill quarantine and vaccination requirements, Da Big Hoss won't be heading to Australia for the Melbourne Cup after all and instead will run in the Canadian International at Woodbine. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 9/27 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Tuesday 9/27 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...