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Turf milers in the spotlight for twin $100,000 stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Turf runners and California-breds are in the Golden Gate Fields spotlight Sunday. Two $100,000 stakes races for 3-year-old Cal-breds as well as a pair of allowance races for Cal-breds will be run on turf as the track celebrates a weekend turf festival that got under way with Saturday’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile. Read More...

Key Race report: Gouyen returns in optional claimer

DRF | 1 day ago
Gouyen (#3, ML 4-1) will return to action in Friday’s fifth race at Santa Anita, an about 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer on the downhill turf course. It will be her first start since a second-place finish by a nose in a downhill turf sprint March 26 at Santa Anita. The third- and sixth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Herbie D returns from lengthy layoff in George Royal Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Herbie D hasn’t raced since he won the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 18, 2013. Nonetheless, he is clearly the one to beat when he makes his return in the $50,000 George Royal Stakes on Sunday at Hastings. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Aqueduct for Saturday, April 25

DRF | 2 days ago
The Excelsior Stakes is the featured event on a solid Saturday afternoon card at the Big A. I'm going to key the following horses in multiple-race wagers and will play them to win if they meet my odds requirements. Read More...

Giwner: Handicapping the Levy, Matchmaker finals

DRF | 2 days ago
Once again we find a dominant horse stuck with the worst post in a rich final. We’ve seen it time and again, a horse wins his elimination (or in this case sweeps through four preliminary legs) and is rewarded with bupkus, better known as the eight-hole at Yonkers Raceway. Some will complain that P H Supercam deserves better after going a perfect 4-for-4 in the series, but I’m not one of them. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 16 to April 19

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for April 16 to 19, 2015. Read More...

OBS April: Average rises in third session

DRF | 2 days ago
The third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale closed on Thursday with an increased average sale price, but slight declines in gross and median figures. Read More...

Archarcharch sires first winner at Keeneland

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 1 winner Archarcharch was represented by his first winner at stud on Friday at Keeneland when Tia Flor won a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds by 9 ¼ lengths. Read More...

Ludt replaced by supervisor at Santa Anita

DRF | 2 days ago
Tom Ludt, the senior vice president of racing operations at Santa Anita Park, has been replaced in his role by Keith Brackpool, his immediate supervisor, according to a late Thursday announcement by the company that owns the track, The Stronach Group. Read More...

Freehold: Divisionist looks to build on success in Dexter Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
With his first career win now under his belt, Divisionist heads to Saturday’s Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold Raceway looking to build on his success. And trainer/driver Charlie Norris believes the 3-year-old trotter is ready to put his best foot forward. Read More...

Chamblin promoted to NTRA’s chief operating officer

DRF | 2 days ago
Keith Chamblin, the senior vice president of marketing and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been named the association’s chief operating officer, the NTRA announced on Thursday. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 4/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 4/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 4/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 4/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 4/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 4/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Bet This, Not That: Oaklawn review

DRF | 2 days ago
Prior to the 2015 meet at Oaklawn Park, we used DRF Formulator to highlight some key trainers and analyze how they’ve fared there over the last five years. Oaklawn’s meet ended April 11, so let’s review how each angle performed. It’s not simply an exercise in self-evaluation but also in looking forward to see which angles could remain positive or negative ones at Oaklawn next year. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, April 24

DRF | 2 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday’s races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 4/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 4/25 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Warrior’s Reward to shuttle to Spendthrift Australia

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 1 winner and young sire Warrior’s Reward will shuttle to the newly-founded Spendthrift Australia for the 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. The 8-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro will participate in Spendthrift’s Share the Upside program while in Australia. Read More...

Champion Uncle Mo sires first winner from first starter

DRF | 2 days ago
Champion Uncle Mo got his first winner with his first starter on April 23 at Keeneland, as Outwork handily scored in a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds and could be headed to stakes company next. Read More...

Social Inclusion launches comeback Sunday

DRF | 2 days ago
Social Inclusion, who has not started since finishing seventh after forcing the pace in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational last summer, will launch his comeback in Sunday’s third race at Gulfstream Park, a six-furlong optional claimer. Read More...

Committee endorses threshold limits for cobalt

DRF | 2 days ago
A committee of the Association of Racing Commissioners International has approved a recommendation that state regulators treat any finding of cobalt in a post-race blood sample above the level of 50 parts per billion as a violation of racing rules, according to attendees of the committee meeting. Read More...

Stone excited to take over as race-caller

DRF | 2 days ago
Travis Stone realizes what a unique place he is in. At age 30, he already has one of the best jobs in racing as the new race-caller at Churchill Downs. Read More...

I Got It All faces distance test in Milwaukee Avenue

DRF | 2 days ago
Only six horses were entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap, a 1 1/16th-mile dirt race for Illinois-breds, but the morning-line favorite I Got It All is no cinch to stay the distance, while the morning-line second choice Luv Bandit probably isn’t quite the horse he was when he won this race in 2013, and despite the limited number of entrants, bettors might yet extract value from the race. Read More...

Romans hoping for big meet at home track

DRF | 2 days ago
Dale Romans is in his element at Churchill Downs, the track where he grew up shirt-tailing his dad, the late trainer Jerry Romans. As well traveled as he is, Romans always seems to do his best right here at home. Read More...

Hovdey: Flores finds justice doesn’t always translate

DRF | 2 days ago
There is a presumption among the more aggressive promoters of American racing that international competition is a good thing that should be encouraged without question. That the pitchmen from foreign racing interests should be welcomed with open arms to hawk their wears. That America’s racing stars, both human and equine, should be fair game for plunder, as long as the price is right. Now, welcome to David Flores’s nightmare. Read More...

The Big Beast resting up for Saratoga

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow said Thursday that The Big Beast will get a freshening and point to a summer campaign, most likely at Saratoga. Read More...

Wonder Gal has trip to Kentucky canceled

DRF | 2 days ago
The connections of Wonder Gal were hoping to run her in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks but would have settled for running her in the Grade 3 Eight Belles on the same May 1 card at Churchill Downs. Unfortunately, she won’t be running in either race. Read More...

Anderson hopes Doctor Peter provides happy homecoming

DRF | 2 days ago
Nebraska native Doug Anderson will return home on Saturday with a favorite’s chance to take down the biggest stakes race at Fonner Park. Doctor Peter will represent Anderson in the $75,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes off a career effort in a highly rated overnight race at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Storming Inti seeks breakthrough in Miami Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 3, $100,000 Miami Mile helps kick off the 2015 spring-summer stakes schedule at Gulfstream Park on Saturday while highlighting a card that features two other stakes and a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 jackpot. Read More...

Penn National Gaming’s net income rises during first quarter

DRF | 2 days ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the large casino and racetrack company, had net income of $11 million on revenue of $664.1 million during the first quarter of 2015, according to financial statements released by the company on Thursday. Read More...

Class drop makes Balino big threat in Saturday turf route

DRF | 2 days ago
Balino, who led into the final furlong of his last after cutting out a quick pace, drops a notch in class on Saturday in search of his second win of the Tampa Bay Downs meeting as he tops a field of nine $16,000 claimers going a mile on turf. Read More...

Madefromlucky, American Pharoah enjoy chilly air

DRF | 2 days ago
It was another quiet morning Thursday at Churchill Downs for the dozen potential Kentucky Derby starters stabled on the grounds, including several who still need a little help to get into the field. Read More...

Yonkers: Dube with dynamic Levy, Matchmaker duo

DRF | 2 days ago
Driver Dan Dube has been riding a hot hand at Yonkers this year and his fortunes could be doubly sweet on Saturday night as he teams two horses from the powerful Rene Allard stable in a pair of signature aged pacing events. Dube will be behind Carolsideal in the $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for the distaff set and will guide Domethatagain in the $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy. Read More...

String King towers over field in John Henry

DRF | 2 days ago
It is only fitting the next chapter in the String King story is set for Saturday night at Evangeline Downs in the $60,000 John Henry Stakes. There are some real similarities between the two bay geldings beyond just appearances. Read More...

Keeneland racing, sales operations contribute $590M to local economy

DRF | 2 days ago
A study of Keeneland’s racing and sales operations has estimated the association generates $351 million in direct economic activity in Fayette County, where Keeneland is located, and a total economic impact of $590 million on the local community. Read More...

Steeplechase rider A.P. McCoy calling it a career

DRF | 2 days ago
The record-breaking career of steeplechase jockey A.P. McCoy will come to an end at Sandown Park outside of London on Saturday. Read More...

Big John B fit for comeback in Last Tycoon

DRF | 2 days ago
Saturday, Big John B will run for the first time since November in the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Zito plays waiting game with Frammento

DRF | 2 days ago
Nick Zito is still ruing the fact Frammento finished fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes instead of third or better. His state of mind would be much healthier if the colt had run just a little better. Read More...

Perfect Style looks strong in Petticoat

DRF | 2 days ago
Perfect Style will attempt to win her second stakes race of the year on Saturday, when she starts as the probable favorite in the $55,000 Petticoat, a 5 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies at the Downs at Albuquerque. Read More...

Crist: Players need to rally for tax relief

DRF | 2 days ago
Over the next six weeks, we’ll learn if racing can have its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. During that same time, horseplayers and the industry have an opportunity to help rectify an even longer drought: the lack of change in antiquated and unfair rules from the early 1970s regarding the taxation of pari-mutuel proceeds at the track. Read More...

Bearrock N Roll still rocking it at 10

DRF | 2 days ago
Bearrock N Roll will put his six-race winning streak on the line when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race that is the opening-day feature at Hastings Saturday. Read More...

Mott sues to vacate suspension

DRF | 2 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has asked a judge to vacate a 15-day suspension he received last year for two overages of therapeutic medications in a horse he trained, claiming in a federal lawsuit filed against state regulators Wednesday that his due-process rights were violated. Read More...

Dubai World Cup winners Prince Bishop, African Story retired

DRF | 2 days ago
Prince Bishop and African Story, winners of the past two editions of the Dubai World Cup, have been retired from racing and will reside in the Godolphin stables going forward. Read More...

Arizona-breds in the spotlight with five stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The $50,000 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby highlights the five stakes for Arizona-breds on Saturday’s Turf Paradise card. The 1 1/16-mile main-track event for 3-year-olds drew a field of eight, headed by Jungle Java. Read More...

Stakes schedule shuffled as meet opens

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2015 meet at Hastings begins Saturday with seven races and significant changes to the stakes schedule that was released earlier this year. Read More...

Adelaide retired to Coolmore Australia

DRF | 2 days ago
Adelaide, a Grade/Group 1 winner in the U.S. and Australia, has been retired from racing and will enter stud during the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Australia in Jerrys Plains, New South Wales. Read More...

Churchill Downs: Rain shouldn’t spoil opening night

DRF | 2 days ago
Another popular tradition has taken hold at Churchill Downs: This will be the fifth spring meet with a Downs After Dark opener with an 11-race card Saturday. Read More...

Unbeaten Blofeld kicks off 3-year-old campaign in William Walker

DRF | 2 days ago
While Blofeld went to the sidelines following his juvenile campaign, his reputation continued to soar, thanks to the exploits of some of his key rivals, including a pair of Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The unbeaten colt now looks to reclaim the spotlight Saturday as he comes off the bench for the inaugural running of the $100,000 William Walker Stakes, the opening-night feature under the lights at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Colour Party debuts in North America

DRF | 2 days ago
Colour Party (#6, ML 5-1) makes her North American debut in Thursday’s third race at Aqueduct, the 1 1/16-mile Memories of Silver Stakes on turf. Trainer Christophe Clement is winning at a 38 percent clip when saddling a horse making its first start in North America, for a return on investment of $2.80. Read More...

Pepper Crown attempts repeat in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Going into last year’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields, handicappers were lamenting trainer Alex Paszkeicz’s bad luck. Read More...