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Pocono: Miss Pennsylvania no day at the beach for ‘Darlin’

DRF | 2 days ago
Darlinonthebeach handed Pure Country the first loss of her career in last weekend’s eliminations for the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Stakes. Read More...

Flamboro: Confederation Cup attracts nine

DRF | 2 days ago
With no eliminations necessary, an outstanding group of nine four-year-old pacers will compete in the 2016 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Read More...

Derby starters often getting more time between starts

DRF | 2 days ago
The training charts hang on barn walls, whiteboard wiped clean and rewritten late each morning, and sit in desk drawers, written into ledger books ink-smudged or pristine. The charts record past exercise and sketch the future – the walks, jogs, gallops, and breezes that lead to races. Read More...

Mohawk: Horse of the Year showdown Saturday

DRF | 2 days ago
It's not every day that a pair of Horse of the Year recipients meet up, but harness racing fans will receive a rare treat Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Watchmaker: All-stakes pick four on Kentucky Oaks Day

DRF | 2 days ago
There are four pick fours, not to mention two pick fives, on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs. But the pick four I’m focusing on here is the late all-stakes one that concludes with the Oaks and begins in race 8. Read More...

Tepin among stars on stakes-packed Derby undercard

DRF | 2 days ago
If the Kentucky Derby turns out to be three-quarters as good as the six stakes leading up to the main event Saturday at Churchill Downs, it should be an immensely satisfying day of high-class racing. A strong, high-end dirt-mile allowance race launches the 14-race card, and there's barely a breather until post times start stringing out late in the afternoon. Read More...

Charles Town cancels Friday and Saturday cards

DRF | 2 days ago
Charles Town has canceled its Friday and Saturday night race cards after wet weather compromised the resurfacing of its track. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 5/6 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 5/6 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Sheer Drama holds recency edge in La Troienne

DRF | 2 days ago
Although seven fillies and mares were entered in the 1 1/16-mile. Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes on Friday at Churchill Downs, it could prove a two-horse race, provided Sheer Drama and Curalina run to form. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 5/6 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 5/6 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hess high on Blue Tone’s chances in Texas Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Blue Tone ships in to Lone Star Park for Friday night's Texas Mile, where he will face nine others, including graded winners Jessica's Star, Shotgun Kowboy, and Carve. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Apr. 28 – May 2

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

Meet opens with higher purses, more stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Arlington got more simulcast-handle revenue the first four months this year than it did in 2015, and it's using that money to raise purses well over 2015's historically low levels for the 74-day meet that begins Friday. Read More...

TVG not authorized to show Churchill’s live races

DRF | 2 days ago
Churchill Downs has not authorized Television Games Network to broadcast the track’s races live on its flagship network or on TVG’s website for this year’s spring meet, an official for TVG said on Wednesday. Read More...

Ohio can establish bona fides in American Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
How Ohio runs in the Grade 3 American Stakes on Friday will tell trainer Paulo Lobo whether the 5-year-old Brazilian-bred deserves to stay in graded stakes through the Santa Anita spring-summer meeting. Read More...

Lil Allie Dancer aims to rebound from lone career loss

DRF | 2 days ago
Lil Allie Dancer is unbeaten around two turns and she will get back to that configuration Friday night in the $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs. Read More...

Knight Club steps up in class, seeks fourth straight win

DRF | 2 days ago
Friday's feature at Emerald Downs is only a $10,000 claiming race for fillies and mares, but the seven horses entered in the one-mile race are a hard knocking group. With 56 wins between them, it figures to be a hotly contested battle. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina looking to follow in mom’s footsteps in Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Though Rachel's Valentina was born to run in the Kentucky Oaks, her connections claim it wasn't always their plan to be in the race. Read More...

Handle on U.S. races up 8.5 percent in April

DRF | 2 days ago
Handle on U.S. races in April was up 8.5 percent, according to figures released Wednesday by Equibase, continuing a five-month trend in which handle has risen compared to the same months in 2015. Read More...

Last hurrah for Alberta’s 111-year-old track

DRF | 2 days ago
Thoroughbred racing has been conducted at Northlands Park since 1905. It could end at the close of the 2016 meet, which begins with a nine-race card Friday. Read More...

Eight Belles becomes Plan B for Carina Mia

DRF | 2 days ago
Unable to crack the field of 14 for Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks, Carina Mia will have to settle for a start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes. Read More...

Eagle, Noble Bird clash again in Alysheba

DRF | 2 days ago
Round 2 of what may prove to be a season-long rivalry between Eagle and Noble Bird will take place Friday when the two locally based handicap stars square off in the Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Pletcher looking to pick up Derby win No. 2 with Destin or Outwork

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher on Wednesday entered Destin and Outwork in the Kentucky Derby – his 44th and 45th entrants in the race. They are part of a field of 20 for Saturday's race, with two also-eligibles ready to step in should there be scratches before 9 a.m. Friday. Read More...

Bennett, Nations among new faces

DRF | 2 days ago
There will be some new trainers stabled at Delaware Park this season, including Gerald Bennett and Keith Nations. Read More...

Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 2 days ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Ramseys ante up to make Oscar Nominated eligible for Triple Crown

DRF | 2 days ago
Basking in the glory of winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2, owner Ken Ramsey announced a proposal to anyone willing to front a $200,000 supplemental fee to make the colt eligible to the Triple Crown: Do so, and he would split with his potential partner whatever Oscar Nominated earned in the series of races. Read More...

Castillo files defamation suit against Pennsylvania racing official

DRF | 2 days ago
Angel Castillo, the jockey who was removed from his mounts last year after state officials accused him of having an illegal electrical device, has filed a lawsuit against the director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission alleging defamation and a violation of his rights. Read More...

Fellowship rerouted to Pat Day Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse decided Wednesday not to enter Fellowship in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, where he would have been the first horse on the also-eligible list, and instead will run him that same afternoon in the Pat Day Mile. Read More...

Eighth Wonder returns from layoff in Parx Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
Eighth Wonder will return to the races Saturday in the $100,000 Parx Oaks. The Derby Day card at Parx, the track's best of the season, also includes two other $100,000 stakes, the Parx Derby and My Juliet, plus four allowance or optional races. Read More...

Hovdey: The Good Doctor told of a different Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
The relationship between gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, artist Ralph Steadman, and the Kentucky Derby as told in “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” is the subject of “Gonzo @ the Derby,” a short feature released this week under ESPN's “30 for 30” banner of historic sports landmarks. Read More...

Guns Loaded at his best for Twin Spires Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
The main focal point of trainer Doug O'Neill's weekend will be on Saturday with Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby, but he's got plenty to keep him busy both Friday and Saturday, including a terrific shot with the in-form Guns Loaded in a wide-open running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint on Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Asmussens outrun personal, professional trials

DRF | 2 days ago
Spring is the season of rebirth, and never has that been more so for trainer Steve Asmussen. Read More...

With Songbird out, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager offers tons of value

DRF | 2 days ago
No one will ever know how Songbird would have fared Friday in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, although many fans will forever maintain that she was a shoo-in. Read More...

Danzing Candy to show the way in Kentucky Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. isn’t quite sure which horses, if any, will push his first Kentucky Derby starter on the early pace. He only knows that Danzing Candy will be winging it from the get-go. Read More...

Banke takes Stonestreet Farm to new heights

DRF | 2 days ago
It would be off the mark to say that Barbara Banke simply “carried on” at Stonestreet Farm following the death of husband Jess Jackson five years ago. Instead, Banke, with her own style of leadership, has put her own spin on shaping what is now an international operation. Read More...

Rachel’s Valentina gets chance to shine in wide-open Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 2 days ago
The silver lining to the disturbing news that Songbird would not run in the Kentucky Oaks is what shimmers before racing fans Friday. Instead of having, say, just 10 3-year-old fillies with a 2-5 favorite, this renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million Oaks became one of the most competitive in years. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse can burnish credentials in Edgewood

DRF | 2 days ago
Catch a Glimpse, an ascendant star in the female turf division, looks to stretch her winning streak to six in the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood Stakes Friday on the Churchill Downs turf. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Brown looks for green beyond the turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Chad Brown doesn't mind having the reputation as a turf trainer. But he doesn't want to be known as just a turf trainer. Read More...

Hot Kiss streaks into a new season

DRF | 2 days ago
Hot Kiss will take a three-race win streak into her 4-year-old debut on Friday at Woodbine in a second-level $62,500 optional-claiming route. Read More...

Concord Fast justifies short price in Riley Allison

DRF | 2 days ago
Concord Fast flattered Collected on Tuesday when he rallied to a 1 1/2-length win over Ten Penny Cents in the $100,000 Riley Allison on the closing-day card at Sunland Park. Read More...

Pocono: Burke quartet ready for battle in Pennsylvania Classic Final

DRF | 2 days ago
Ron Burke will send four horses to Saturday night’s $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and he is undecided, at this point, which is the best. Of course, with three of them leading the morning-line odds, it is easy to understand why. Read More...

Godolphin establishing awards for farm, racetrack workers

DRF | 2 days ago
Godolphin announced that it is establishing the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards to recognize excellence and achievement for grooms, foaling crews, exercise riders, office staff, and others who work on both farms and racetracks in the United States. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 5/5 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 5/5 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Kentucky Derby 2016: Inside the numbers

DRF | 3 days ago
Let’s look at a few contenders for this Derby and see how they stack up in terms of similar Derby runners since 1991. Caveat emptor: These stats are mostly intended to be fun, playful, silly, or just interesting discussion starters, so use them at your own risk when upgrading or downgrading who you’re likely to bet Saturday. Read More...

Clocker: Nyquist bursting with energy

DRF | 3 days ago
There was lots to look at and lots to look for during Tuesday’s Kentucky Derby/Kentucky Oaks training session, which featured the first local gallop from the undefeated Nyquist and first real local work by the Japanese invader Lani. Read More...

Brody’s Cause owner will donate purse to college

DRF | 3 days ago
Dennis Albaugh, whose family owns Brody’s Cause, has announced the winner’s share will be donated to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation if the colt prevails Saturday in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Star-studded fields on Kentucky Oaks undercard

DRF | 3 days ago
Led by elite older females Curalina and Sheer Drama, 51 horses were entered in five supporting stakes on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Meadowlands: Nine trotters sign up for Elitlopp Playoff

DRF | 3 days ago
The inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff (a Grand Circuit event) will be the featured first race on a special Meadowlands Mother’s Day matinee card beginning at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Nine of the continent's finest trotters with collective career earnings in excess of $12 million comprise the field. Read More...

Synthetic inner track being considered for Aqueduct

DRF | 3 days ago
The New York Racing Association is once again considering the installation of a synthetic surface for its Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, an official of the association told the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board at a meeting on Tuesday. Read More...