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Laurel: Turf course records set by Heiko, Coastal Sea

DRF | 2 days ago
Two course records were set over the firm Laurel Park turf last weekend. Read More...

Mountaineer’s leading trainer, Ed Clouston, suspended

DRF | 2 days ago
Eddie Clouston, the leading trainer at Mountaineer last year and at the current meeting, has been suspended by the board of stewards for a medication violation. Clouston also was suspended additional days under the Multiple Medication Violation system. Read More...

Stradivari has surgery on ankle

DRF | 2 days ago
The talented 3-year-old Stradivari underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the fractured right front ankle he suffered during training here last week. Read More...

Mott hoping to give himself the gift of a win

DRF | 2 days ago
Bill Mott has won at least one race at Saratoga on his birthday in 15 of the last 20 years that racing was conducted on the day. Mott, who went winless with his only starter last year on his birthday, sends out two runners on his 63rd birthday Friday. Read More...

Goldream back from layoff for King George Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Goldream, a winner of Group 1 sprints in England and France in 2015, will have his first start since March in Friday’s $409,850 King George Stakes at five furlongs on turf at Goodwood Racecourse, a competitive race that drew 17 runners. Read More...

Haskell lineup rich in quality but modest in number

DRF | 2 days ago
This will be the first year the Haskell at Monmouth Park has attracted the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby – Nyquist, Exaggerator, and Gun Runner. As of Wednesday morning, seven runners were expected to enter. The others are American Freedom, Brody's Cause, Awesome Slew, and Sunny Ridge. Read More...

Curlin Stakes a stepping-stone for Gift Box, Connect

DRF | 2 days ago
Though trainer Chad Brown believes Connect and Gift Box can be factors in the 3-year-old division this year, he and his owners have chosen the path of least resistance to get the second half of their seasons started. With an eye on the Travers Stakes here on Aug. 27, Brown will run both horses in Friday's $100,000 Curlin Stakes Read More...

Stellar Wind, Beholder set to battle again in Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Stellar Wind, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015, is not having an easy time this summer. Stellar Wind made her first start of the year in the Grade 1 Vanity Mile at Santa Anita on June 4 and finished a game second to Beholder, the three-time champion. Beholder was not fully extended when she won that race by 1 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Hovdey: Smith and Songbird on cruise control

DRF | 2 days ago
As Songbird's only rider in a journey that began a year ago, Mike Smith is rarely surprised, yet always amazed. Amazed by her old soul demeanor, her professionalism beyond her years, her endless series of gears that were put to good use in the Coaching Club American Oaks to deal with the classy Carina Mia. Read More...

Prairie Gold Juvenile a tricky puzzle

DRF | 2 days ago
The Prairie Gold Juvenile on Friday evening at Prairie Meadows drew a solid field for a $65,000 stakes – solid, diverse, and tough-to-figure. Read More...

California Chrome jogs, scheduled to work Monday

DRF | 2 days ago
California Chrome jogged at Los Alamitos on Wednesday, four days after a hard-fought win against Dortmund in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Read More...

Hard Aces, Quick Casablanca might get rematch

DRF | 2 days ago
Hard Aces and Quick Casablanca finished a half-length apart when they were first and second in the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on dirt last Sunday. They could meet again in a turf marathon next month. Read More...

Midnight Pleasure eyes Del Mar Futurity

DRF | 2 days ago
Midnight Pleasure, the upset winner of a maiden race for 2-year-olds last Sunday, is likely to have his next start in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5. Read More...

Moonlight Bandit should score at short price in small field

DRF | 2 days ago
Moonlight Bandit looks poised to snatch the largest piece of the $43,000 purse in Friday's third race at Gulfstream Park, a first-level optional $16,000 claimer. Read More...

The Gurkha wins Sussex Stakes, earns spot in Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
The Gurkha turned the tables on Galileo Gold on Wednesday at Goodwood Racecourse, beating him by a neck in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes after Galileo Gold had defeated The Gurkha in the St. James’s Palace Stakes last month at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Grade 2 stakes winner Futural dies at 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., reported that Futural, who finished first in the 2001 Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup, was euthanized Tuesday due to complications caused by advance chronic osteoarthritis. Read More...

Fort Larned helped launch Harrod’s contest career

DRF | 2 days ago
Shea Harrod discovered contests completely by accident. Harrod, a 31-year-old lifelong racing fan, works in digital imaging for Lands’ End in Wisconsin. Back in 2012, he was attending the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita when he decided to take a walk around FrontRunner, the upscale restaurant bar area upstairs where a lot of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge participants hang out. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/28 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 7/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Pebble Beach finds good spot to gain second career win

DRF | 2 days ago
Pebble Beach, trained by Frank Lucarelli, looks like a serious contender in a $15,000 claiming race for fillies and mares that serves as the Friday night feature at Emerald Downs. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/28 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 7/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 7/28 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 7/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Lady Aurelia breezes for Prix Morny

DRF | 2 days ago
Lady Aurelia was sent through her second official workout since her breathtaking performance at Royal Ascot, breezing a half-mile in company Wednesday morning over the turf course at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 7/28 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 7/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Groupie Doll field firming up

DRF | 2 days ago
Ahh Chocolate and Brooklynsway are in, while Spelling Again is out for the signature race of the Ellis meet, the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes on Aug. 6. Read More...

Winning one for McCarthy

DRF | 2 days ago
Tom McCarthy was memorialized and buried Tuesday in Louisville, but not before a sentimental goodbye from the great beyond. Read More...

Dial Me has ownership group dreaming big

DRF | 2 days ago
Members of the Churchill Downs Racing Club are “over the moon,” said club manager Gary Palmisano Jr., in the aftermath of their 2-year-old filly, Dial Me, rallying to win a maiden race Saturday at Ellis Park in western Kentucky. Read More...

Sherlock sends out two of the five in CTBA Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Gary Sherlock is off to a solid start at the meet, with two wins from his first five runners. Sherlock will try to add to those totals in the CTBA Stakes on Friday, with Cioppino Pasadino and I'll Be Around. Read More...

Tower of Texas stands tall in Play the King prep

DRF | 2 days ago
Stakes winner Tower of Texas heads an accomplished group of mostly older runners in Friday's Woodbine headliner, the allowance prep for the Aug. 20 Play the King Stakes. Run for a base purse of $74,500, the race is at 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf and goes as race 8. Read More...

Amis Gizmo makes amends in Prince of Wales

DRF | 2 days ago
Amis Gizmo, second as the favorite in the prestigious Queen’s Plate, made amends as the chalk in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown with a dominating score in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Tuesday. Read More...

Illuminant may pivot to Mabee

DRF | 3 days ago
Illuminant, winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita on May 30, has been intended for the Grade 1, $700,000 Beverly D. at Arlington on Aug. 13, but a pulled muscle in her back has delayed her being able to work, and if she can’t get adequate breezes in time for that race, she instead would await the Grade 2, $200,000 John Mabee Stakes here on Sept. 4, trainer Michael McCarthy said. Read More...

Big Score provides lift for Yakteen, Krikorian

DRF | 3 days ago
An unexpected victory by the 2-year-old colt Big Score when making his debut in a grass race on Sunday helped buoy the spirits of trainer Tim Yakteen and owner George Krikorian, whose graded stakes-placed filly Big Book suffered catastrophic injuries when working on Saturday morning and whose condition deteriorated to the point that she was euthanized on Monday. Read More...

American Freedom works sharply for Haskell

DRF | 3 days ago
American Freedom, who will get tested for class when he takes on Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park, completed his serious training for the race with a workout on Tuesday morning at Del Mar that was officially timed in 47 seconds, but that trainer Bob Baffert took out an additional furlong in 59.40 seconds. Read More...

Meadowlands: Southwind Frank makes final prep for Hambletonian

DRF | 3 days ago
Ron Burke will get a final look at Southwind Frank prior to next week’s Hambletonian Stakes when the 3-year-old trotter faces 10 rivals in Saturday’s Reynolds Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Read More...

Elliston named Keeneland director of racing and sales

DRF | 3 days ago
Robert Elliston, the former president of Turfway Park who has been an executive at Breeders’ Cup since 2012, has been hired to the new position of director of racing and sales at the Keeneland Association, the company announced on Tuesday. Read More...

Meadows: Racing Hill the favorite for 50th Adios

DRF | 3 days ago
Racing Hill, the 8-5 morning line favorite, will leave from post 4 in Saturday’s $400,000 final of the 50th edition of the Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Manhattan Beach, who along with Racing Hill captured an Adios elimination, goes from post 3 and has been made the 3-1 third choice. Read More...

Beer: Saratoga horses to watch for week of July 26

DRF | 3 days ago
Mike Beer's Saratoga horses to watch for the week of July 26, 2016. Read More...

Saratoga total handle up over first four days

DRF | 3 days ago
All-sources handle was up but ontrack business was down through the first four days of the 2016 Saratoga meet. Read More...

Getting started in tournaments on a budget

DRF | 3 days ago
From time to time, I answer readers’ questions in my work, both in writing and on the DRF Players’ Podcast, which I co-host with Mike Hogan and Jonathon Kinchen. A lot of the questions are difficult: “What score should I shoot for in a live bankroll contest?” or “What priced horse should I play at the start in an online event?” Today’s question, courtesy of podcast listener Joe Hernandez, is an easy one. He would like more information on getting started as a tournament player on a budget. Read More...

Hong Kong executive keynote speaker at Round Table

DRF | 3 days ago
Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the Jockey Club announced on Tuesday. Read More...

Long On Value sprinting again, wins Lucky Coin

DRF | 4 days ago
Long On Value shortened up to a sprint for the first time since his 2-year-old campaign and made the most of the opportunity, circling widest into the stretch en route to a one-length victory over 16-1 outsider Successful Native in Monday’s $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 7/27 Analysis + Pick Four Ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 7/27 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

The week that was in racing, July 18-24, 2016

DRF | 4 days ago
Songbird stays perfect, California Chrome beats Dortmund, Dacita by a nose, Saratoga opens, Rachel's Valentina retires. Read More...

CTHS Ontario yearling sale catalogs 278

DRF | 4 days ago
The catalog for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario Division’s Canadian premier yearling sale is now online, with 278 horses on offer. Read More...

New York to allow DMSO liniment on race day; small change to claiming rules

DRF | 4 days ago
The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday adopted two minor revisions to its medication rules that will allow trainers to apply the commonly used liniment DMSO on race day and give owners and trainers expanded powers to void a claim. Read More...

Violette thinking of running Samraat in Whitney

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Rick Violette is planning on running the multiple graded stakes winner Upstart in Saturday's Grade 1 Whitney. He also may run Samraat, who is coming off the best race of his career, a second to Effinex in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on July 9. Read More...

McLaughlin outbreaks the field

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has gotten off to a blazing start at this meeting, winning with five of his first seven runners, including Girl Talk in Monday's first race. Read More...

Tale of Verve kick-starts Stewart’s meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Tale of Verve, best known for running second to American Pharoah in the 2015 Preakness, ended an eight-race losing streak Saturday when he beat My Man Sam in a first-level allowance race at Saratoga. Read More...

Navarro sending three in Vanderbilt

DRF | 4 days ago
Jorge Navarro is planning to run three horses in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga, including Delta Bluesman, who has won four consecutive races. Read More...

Weekend Hideaway fresh and sharp for Morrissey

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Phil Serpe was hoping the rain would come early enough on Monday at Saratoga to move the Lucky Coin Stakes from the turf to the dirt, so that Weekend Hideaway could draw in as a main-track-only entrant. So, too, did the connections of his eight rivals in Thursday's 100,000 John Morrissey Stakes. Read More...

In Sussex Stakes, 3-year-olds look best

DRF | 4 days ago
A 3-year-old has beaten his older rivals in the Sussex Stakes in six of the last eight years, and the two older horses to win the race during that span, Frankel and Solow, were historically great milers. The horses ages 4 and up in Wednesday's edition of the Group 1 mile at Goodwood in England have no such quality, which is why the Sussex is widely viewed as a showdown among a trio of 3-year-olds – Galileo Gold, The Gurkha, and Awtaad. Read More...