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Proforma ready to move forward in Jersey Shore

DRF | 2 days ago
Proforma didn't get away from the gate well in the Chick Lang on Preakness Day at Pimlico, but figures to be a main player Saturday at Monmouth Park in the $60,000 Jersey Shore Stakes. The Lang and Jersey Shore are both six-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

Top jockey Moreira rides topweights in pair of Group 3 stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Pakistan Star and Thewizardofoz are topweights in two Group 3 stakes on turf Sunday at Sha Tin. If that does not justify sufficient attention, both will be ridden by Joao Moreira, Hong Kong's leading jockey this season. Read More...

Girvin, Irap begin second half of season in Ohio Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
With the Triple Crown in the rearview mirror, the “second season” for the 3-year-old division is well under way. Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby has drawn four colts, three of them graded-stakes winners, looking to rebound from poor finishes in the Kentucky Derby: Untrapped (12th), Girvin (13th), Fast and Accurate (17th), and Irap (18th). Read More...

Battle of Midway hits reset button in Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
For a few moments on the turn of the Kentucky Derby on May 6, Battle of Midway was within a length of the lead and seemed poised to play a major role in the outcome. He turned out to be a supporting player, finishing third at 40-1, 7 3/4 lengths behind Always Dreaming. Read More...

Blings Express seeks yet another paycheck in optional claimer

DRF | 2 days ago
To say that Blings Express has aged well would be an understatement. The 8-year-old hard-knocking gelding is in career form, having finished first or second in 11 of his last 12 starts, with all but one of those races coming since he was haltered for $10,000 at Tampa Bay Downs by Averill Racing and CCF Racing Stable in March 2016. Read More...

Pedigree suggests Way Out West can handle distance in CTBA Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Way Out West will bring a supportive pedigree to the table Saturday, when he makes his two-turn debut in the $40,000 CTBA Derby at Arapahoe Park. He is a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby winner in 2000. Read More...

Baffert’s older bench is deep

DRF | 2 days ago
In most years, the Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-olds are the runners to fear in the spring and summer. This year, the older horses are carrying the team. Read More...

On the Low Down, Blazing Navarone square off in Mountain Top Futurity

DRF | 2 days ago
On the Low Down will attempt to win the second stakes race of his career Saturday, when he takes on the undefeated Blazing Navarone in the $141,382 Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The five-furlong race is for 2-year-olds bred in New Mexico. Read More...

Mach One Rules, Prime Engine to have rematch in Mt. Rainier

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Frank Lucarelli felt like a great weight was lifted off his shoulders when Mach One Rules won the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes at Emerald last Sunday. Read More...

Songbird breezes 48.20-second half-mile in first work since Phipps

DRF | 2 days ago
Songbird, the two-time champion who won the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 10 at Belmont Park in her 2017 debut, worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds Thursday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Rubilinda has look of a good one ahead of Wild Applause Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Rubilinda will try to follow her striking debut victory by jumping directly into stakes company Saturday at Belmont Park in the $100,000 Wild Applause, a mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Read More...

A. P. Zona stands out in River Rock Casino

DRF | 2 days ago
A. P. Zona was very impressive winning the Jim Coleman Province in his first start at Hastings for trainer Phil Hall and figures to be a short price when he returns in the $50,000 River Rock Casino on Saturday. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from June 15 – June 20

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, June 25, 2017

DRF | 2 days ago
Sha Tin selections and analysis for Sunday, June 25. Read More...

Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Browse can lead all the way in her turf debut

DRF | 2 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Thursday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Justalittlesmoke, Buckeye Bullet imposing favorites in Thistledown stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Justalittlesmoke looms large in the $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap for Ohio-registered fillies and mares, while Buckeye Bullet is riding a win streak as he faces a familiar foe in the $75,000 George Lewis Memorial Stakes for Ohio-accredited horses. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, June 24: Picks for Ohio Derby, Chicago Handicap, Jersey Shore Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
With a very light stakes schedule for a summer Saturday, the Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown is easily the richest race of the day. Santa Anita has a Grade 3, $100,000 stakes doubleheader with the Affirmed and Precisionist, but while the Precisionist is interesting, both races drew fields of only five. The only other graded stakes on Saturday is the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Finley’sluckycharm faces big crowd in Chicago Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
You'd be misguided to typecast Bret Calhoun as a specialist with filly-and-mare sprinters. But there's no denying they've helped the 53-year-old Texan become known as a trainer capable of handling a top horse, regardless of niche. Read More...

Dream It Is looks to build off impressive debut in My Dear Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The rapid debut winner Dream It Is figures to have other speed to contend with in Saturday's $100,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine. It will be interesting to see if the promising 2-year-old filly can prevail from just off the pace in the five-furlong dash. Read More...

Retrospection, Whistle Stop win divisions of Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Robby Albarado’s first ride this year at Indiana Grand was pretty amazing. Albarado rode Retrospection for trainer Mike Maker and owner Beth Burkett in the $105,300 open division of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes on Wednesday. Retrospection broke from the rail in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race and stayed there for most of the trip, horse and rider squeezing through a couple of narrow holes into and around the far turn. And then things really got hairy. Read More...

Buffalo: Obvious Blue Chip, Clear Idea score in NY Sire Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Obvious Blue Chip and Clear Idea took advantage of the long home stretch at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 21) and rallied with impressive victories in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers. Read More...

Pocono: Devious Man looks to remain unbeaten in 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
Less than a week ago, trainer Julie Miller was uncertain whether she would send Devious Man to the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Devious Man’s performance in last Sunday’s Empire Breeders Classic made the decision easier. Read More...

Gisser: A new bet to appeal to the novice player

DRF | 3 days ago
Walking through Northfield Park’s Rocksino the other day, I could easily understand the mindless attraction of the slots, err, video lottery terminals. All those bells, lights and noises, and the ability to gamble with no skill or knowledge, or time “wasted” handicapping. No complaints about poor drives, bad posts or drugs. How can we bring those people and that excitement to harness racing? Read More...

Yonkers: Horses to watch from June 16 – June 20

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from June 17 – June 20

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 6/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 6/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park horses to watch for week of June 21

DRF | 3 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Belmont Park for the week of June 21. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Thursday, June 22, 2017

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Thursday's card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 6/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 6/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Elusive Quality pensioned at age 24

DRF | 3 days ago
Classic sire and former world record-holder Elusive Quality has been pensioned from stallion duty. The 24-year-old stallion will live out his retirement at Darley’s American base at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

Term of Art returns in Affirmed Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Two of Doug O'Neill's 3-year-olds are essentially starting the season over when they begin their summer campaigns on Saturday. Irap is entered for the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, while Term of Art is scheduled to run in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Oak Brook has a couple of options for next start

DRF | 3 days ago
Oak Brook came out of his 17-1 upset win Saturday in the Black Tie Affair Handicap in good shape, trainer Brian Williamson said, and will make his next start either in the Arlington Handicap on July 8 or the Warrior Veteran's Stakes at Indiana Grand on July 15. Read More...

XBTV Aftercare Film Festival launches July 1

DRF | 3 days ago
The XBTV Aftercare Film Festival will launch July 1 as part of an ongoing industry effort to highlight the importance of aftercare in the Thoroughbred racing ecosystem. Read More...

Kasaqui targeting Arlington Handicap repeat

DRF | 3 days ago
Kasaqui, a sharp winner of the Grade 2 Wise Dan Stakes on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, is likely to make his next start July 8 at Arlington in the Arlington Handicap. Read More...

Hinton gets his shot in Ohio Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Hinton is a Kentucky-bred, but the Ohio Derby has long been on the radar for a colt who runs for one of the Buckeye State's prominent programs. Read More...

Hovdey: Mott’s Royal Ascot tack includes top hat and tails

DRF | 3 days ago
Bill Mott, of the Mobridge, S.D., Motts, has descended upon Royal Ascot in an attempt to win Saturday's Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes with the well-traveled Long On Value, owned by the Wachtel Stable and George Kerr. Read More...

Rancho Bernardo probably next for Bendable

DRF | 3 days ago
Bendable, who won her first start of 2017 in the $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, is unlikely to start until the Del Mar summer season. Read More...

Highland Reel stalks, pounces in Prince of Wales’s

DRF | 3 days ago
A patient Highland Reel proved too tough against a top-class field in Wednesday's Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, providing trainer Aidan O'Brien with his 300th career group or graded stakes win in a flat or jump race. Read More...

Springboard Mile purse boosted to $400,000

DRF | 3 days ago
Remington Park in Oklahoma City has boosted the purse of the Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds to $400,000, the track announced Tuesday. The race will be run Dec. 17. It is the co-richest offering of the meet that opens Aug. 25. The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at 1 1/8 miles is set for Sept. 24. Last year, the Springboard Mile was worth $300,000. Read More...

Texas Chrome targets Cornhusker Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Texas Chrome, who will be honored as the 2016 Texas-bred of the Year during the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s annual banquet Saturday night at Lone Star, is now based at Prairie Meadows. The horse last raced at Churchill Downs, finishing second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster. Read More...

Ivan Fallunovalot easing back into job

DRF | 3 days ago
Ivan Fallunovalot is back in training. The stakes-winning sprinter was on the track for the first time since April on Tuesday at Lone Star Park, according to trainer Tom Howard. Read More...

Mizzen Max makes first start for Nevin

DRF | 3 days ago
The highest-level races on the Friday card at Belmont Park are a pair of wide-open first-level allowance sprints slotted as races 6 and 8. And a handful of promising runners are scattered among the day's three maiden races. Read More...

Tall order for Americans at Royal Ascot

DRF | 3 days ago
The American-trained runners Bound for Nowhere and La Coronel face brutal challenges in Group 1 races at Royal Ascot on Friday. Read More...

Keeneland fall stakes schedule largely unchanged

DRF | 3 days ago
Officials at Keeneland Racecourse aren’t about to fix what isn’t broke. The 17-race stakes schedule for the fall meet in October at the Lexington, Ky., track was released Wednesday with virtually no change from the status quo. Read More...

Jockey Club Gold Cup purse trimmed, Cigar Mile boosted

DRF | 3 days ago
The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park had its purse cut by $250,000 while the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct had its purse increased by the same amount as the New York Racing Association announced the stakes schedules for the Belmont and Aqueduct fall meets on Wednesday. Read More...

Solid Friday card at Monmouth

DRF | 3 days ago
Monmouth Park has put together an interesting card Friday which features a high-level optional-claiming race and a second-level optional claimer for New Jersey-breds. The program concludes with a 2-year-old maiden sprint. Read More...

Shimmering Aspen runs herself into Victory Ride

DRF | 3 days ago
Shimmering Aspen's romping win in the $75,000 Alma North Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday has earned her a trip to Belmont Park and the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes on July 9. Read More...

Florida Derby runner-up Majesto makes 4-year-old debut

DRF | 3 days ago
There are three allowance races on Friday's program, the first of which features the return of Majesto, who finished second to Nyquist in the 2016 Florida Derby. Read More...

Stiff work has Curlin’s Approval set for Princess Rooney

DRF | 3 days ago
If her work here Tuesday morning is any indication, Curlin's Approval is ready to bounce back in a big way when she returns home for the Grade 2 Princess Rooney on Summit of Speed Day here July 1. Read More...