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Inside Straight is Pletcher’s ace in Gander Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher has accrued a large number of talented New York-breds in his stable, three of whom will be in action in Saturday's $100,000 Gander Stakes for 3-year-old males at a mile and 70 yards. Read More...

Nickname tries to keep trend going in Martha Washington

DRF | 1 day ago
Nickname will attempt to become the third horse at the Oaklawn meet to return from the Breeders' Cup with a stakes win when she runs Saturday in the $100,000 Martha Washington. Read More...

I Will Score faces distance test in Robert Lewis

DRF | 1 day ago
Proven distance form will meet keen sprint speed when Mor Spirit, considered one of California's leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby, takes on I Will Score when seven 3-year-olds try to keep their Derby dreams alive on Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pletcher trio will take aim at Keen Ice in Donn Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
Anyone looking for an emerging star in the wide-open handicap division need only turn to Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park to find a number of worthy candidates hoping to enhance their reputation's in the season's first major test for older horses on dirt. Read More...

Hovdey: In the racing world it’s just a superlative Saturday

DRF | 1 day ago
The first-class racing packed into two hours at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Saturday will be far more entertaining than the butchering set for Sunday on a football field in San Francisco. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Feb. 6: Picks for Donn, San Antonio, San Marcos

DRF | 1 day ago
Pace is an especially interesting factor in Saturday's Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, and is the reason why I'm going with Financial Modeling. Read More...

Tammy the Torpedo enters Suwannee River in top form

DRF | 1 day ago
Chad Brown pulled off a remarkable feat last Saturday at Gulfstream Park by winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes for the fifth straight year. Racing fans have become accustomed to Brown's dominance, particularly on the grass, and that's a primary reason the trainer's uncoupled duo of Tammy the Torpedo and Light In Paris will draw close attention in the 73rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Suwannee River, the richest of three turf stakes on a 13-race Saturday card at Gulfstream. Read More...

Ami’s Flatter enters Hooper on cusp of stardom

DRF | 1 day ago
Is Ami's Flatter a star in the making? The lightly raced but talented Ami's Flatter will get the opportunity to prove just that when he takes on a strong field that includes Tommy Macho and Wildcat Red in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Crist: For now, time is on Songbird’s side

DRF | 1 day ago
With dominant champions such as American Pharoah, Beholder, and Runhappy commanding most of the racing world's attention last fall, it is entirely possible that insufficient attention has been paid to the 2-year-old champions of 2015. That is about to change quickly, with Songbird making her season debut Saturday in the Las Virgenes at Santa Ainta, and Nyquist scheduled to make his nine days later in the San Vicente. Read More...

Daddy’s Boo has speed-figure edge in turf-mile feature

DRF | 1 day ago
Handicappers who focus on Beyer Speed Figures won't have to search long for a winner in the featured seventh race Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Beyer par for the one-mile turf race is an 82, and Daddy's Boo just happens to have scored a pair of 82 Beyers in her last two races, making her the only horse in the field to have reached the 80 mark. Read More...

Repeat of last puts Flamboyant in San Marcos picture

DRF | 1 day ago
In his 18-race career in two countries, Flamboyant has never won consecutive races. Saturday's $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita would be as good of a race as any to accomplish that. Read More...

Meadowlands: Callahan provides insight into Saturday drives

DRF | 1 day ago
One of the sport’s leading drivers, Corey Callahan, is already off to a quick start in 2016 and he’ll enter the second month of the year with a full plate of contenders on Saturday’s 14-race Meadowlands program. Callahan, like many of the top drivers, has to shuffle from track-to-track to earn a living but has devoted weekends to the Meadowlands. Read More...

Jerardi: Tough acts for Songbird, Mor Spirit to follow

DRF | 1 day ago
That was some show put on by three 3-year-olds last Saturday at Gulfstream Park. They all dominated, ran fast and gave the strong hint that there is much more to come. Read More...

The Pizza Man set to deliver in Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap

DRF | 1 day ago
The Pizza Man made a lot of dough last year in becoming an Eclipse Award finalist in the older-male turf division. On Saturday, the homebred gelding embarks on what owner Richard Papiese hopes will be another huge year when making his 7-year-old debut as the 122-pound highweight and solid favorite in the 34th running of the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. Read More...

Penn National Gaming reports increased revenue for 2015 but will restate financials

DRF | 1 day ago
Penn National Gaming Inc., the operator of 27 gambling facilities in the U.S. and Canada, had revenue of $2.84 billion in 2015, according to the company, but it has yet to release any net income figures for the year due to a need to restate its financial statements. Read More...

Distance the question for Code Warrior in California Oaks

DRF | 1 day ago
The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Songbird is running at Santa Anita on Saturday, but Code Warrior will still face a tough Hollendorfer-trained filly, Kiss N Scat, in the 1 1/16-mile California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 28 to January 31

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 28 to 31, 2016. Read More...

Northfield: Ronnie Wrenn Jr gets win 3,000

DRF | 1 day ago
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 3,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Say It Again Sam in Northfield Park’s 15th race on Wednesday (February 3). Read More...

Harness: Ron Burke, Tim Tetrick on Mike and Mike this week

DRF | 2 days ago
On the Mike and Mike show this week is leading trainer Ron Burke along with top driver the “Bionic Man” Tim Tetrick. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 2/5 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 2/5 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Meydan: Frosted, Mubtaahij compete in separate stakes Thursday

DRF | 2 days ago
Two hopefuls for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26 are scheduled to start Thursday night at Meydan, but not in the same race. Frosted, winner of the Grade 1 Wood and the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, and most recently seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, starts in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2, while Mubtaahij, last seen finishing fourth behind second-place Frosted in the Belmont Stakes, races in the Group 3, $200,000 Firebreak Stakes. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 2/5 Analysis

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

Yonkers: Friday 2/5 Analysis

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

Dolphus likely to run next in Risen Star

DRF | 2 days ago
Dolphus, who was scratched at the gate of the Lecomte after acting up and briefly getting loose, returned to action Sunday with a three-quarter-length win in a first-level, two-turn allowance at Fair Grounds. He will make his next start in the Risen Star, trainer Joe Sharp said. Read More...

Forever Unbridled pointing to Apple Blossom

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart said he plans to train Forever Unbridled straight into the April 15 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park after the improving 4-year-old filly won her second straight Grade 3 race in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic last Saturday night at Sam Houston. Read More...

Da Big Hoss pops career Beyer in Connally Turf Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Da Big Hoss popped a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 103 for his win in last Saturday night’s Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup at Sam Houston Race Park. Read More...

Nickname draws rail for Martha Washington

DRF | 2 days ago
Nickname, the winner of the Grade 1 Frizette, drew the rail for the $100,000 Martha Washington on Saturday at Oaklawn. She is part of an eight-horse field that also includes the undefeated multiple stakes winner My Master Plan. Read More...

Oaklawn: Gordy Florida still on target for Southwest

DRF | 2 days ago
Gordy Florida, who ran a bold second in the $150,000 Smarty Jones last month at Oaklawn, remains on course for the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes after breezing five furlongs in 1:03.20 on Wednesday. Read More...

El Deal on his way back

DRF | 2 days ago
El Deal, undefeated in four starts but unraced since last May 1, returned to the work tab over the weekend, breezing three furlongs in 38 seconds over the Belmont training track. Read More...

In Equality hits the road for Risen Star

DRF | 2 days ago
In Equality, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Jerome herer on Jan. 2, was scheduled to leave Belmont Park by van on Friday morning and head to Louisiana, where he will make his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 20. Read More...

Capossela Stakes fails to fill

DRF | 2 days ago
Only four horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's $100,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela Stakes, and the racing office opted not to card it. It will be brought back for Sunday's card. Read More...

Broussard draws big, evenly matched field

DRF | 2 days ago
There was only one Spanky Broussard, but there are 16 3-year-old fillies entered in the inaugural running of the $50,000 Joseph E. “Spanky” Broussard Stakes on Friday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Vincento back quickly for Gander

DRF | 2 days ago
Vincento had six weeks between his first start and his second start and seven weeks between his second start and his third. Saturday, Vincento will make his second start in one week when he runs in the $100,000 Gander Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hovdey: Cal Cup winners off to bigger and better

DRF | 2 days ago
It feels strange to suggest that no fewer than three and maybe even four of the five winners of Cal Cup races at Santa Anita Park last Saturday could be heard from in large ways down the line. Read More...

Mid-Atlantic: Fritchie, General George fields in flux

DRF | 2 days ago
The retirement of Eclipse Award winner La Verdad last weekend has resulted in added interest from horsemen for the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes, according to Coley Blind, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club. Read More...

One bettor hits Rainbow 6 Jackpot at Portland Meadows

DRF | 2 days ago
A single ticket had all six winners in a sequence of races at Portland Meadows on Monday called the Rainbow Jackpot 6, requiring the track to put up tens of thousands of dollars to satisfy the betting pool's $100,000 guarantee. Read More...

Mid-Atlantic: Apprentice Francois finding her groove in the saddle

DRF | 2 days ago
Seven-pound apprentice Kali Francois hasn't looked back since closing the books on 2015. She won with four of her seven mounts at Laurel Park last week, including the Monday nightcap aboard 95-1 Rocky Garland. The only other member of the Laurel jockey colony to win more than three races was leading reinsman Trevor McCarthy, who went 8 for 29. Read More...

Wonder Gal in it to win it

DRF | 2 days ago
Wonder Gal will make her 12th career start Friday at Aqueduct, but it will be the first time she has not competed in a stakes race. Her appearance in a $59,000 second-level allowance race will also mark just the third time she's faced exclusively New York-breds. Read More...

Greenpointcrusader to get just one more Derby prep

DRF | 2 days ago
Greenpointcrusader, who finished second to Mohaymen in the Holy Bull Stakes last Saturday at Gulfstream Park, will have just one more race prior to the Kentucky Derby, trainer Dominick Schettino said Wednesday, with his preference being the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on March 26. Read More...

Valid taking Grade 1 shot in Donn

DRF | 2 days ago
The starting lineup for Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap has pretty much been a foregone conclusion for the past week. The only real question was where trainer Marcus Vitali would run the multiple graded stakes winner Valid. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Jan. 28 – Feb. 1

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Horsemen mull over options as meet concludes

DRF | 2 days ago
A brief but successful Suburban Downs winter harness meeting at Hawthorne Race Course that is scheduled to end Saturday night has raised expectations for the track’s extended summer meeting that will begin May 6. This shrinkage of the schedule to six months raises the question: Will the trainers and drivers who are leaving this weekend be back for the May 6-Sept. 25 Suburban Downs meeting? Read More...

Closing Bell shifts sights to dirt in Donn

DRF | 2 days ago
Closing Bell, owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Bill Mott, will make his 4-year-old debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $500,000 Donn Handicap, a Grade 1 race at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. Read More...

Kentucky state senators introduce bill allowing casinos

DRF | 2 days ago
Two Kentucky state senators have introduced a bill that would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot calling for casinos in Kentucky, but the bill has little to no chance of passing, according to lobbyists. Read More...

Libreta, Positively Royal get class relief in sprint feature

DRF | 2 days ago
A couple of 3-year-old fillies returning from disappointing efforts in graded stakes in New York will be seeking to regain their best form when clashing in the lone Friday allowance at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Martinez eager to see how Street Fancy stacks up against Songbird

DRF | 2 days ago
Street Fancy won the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in December and has earned $223,200. Saturday, she makes her 3-year-old debut in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Optional claimer pivotal race for Avanti Bello

DRF | 2 days ago
On Jan. 23 at Santa Anita, Avanti Bello won a first-condition optional claimer at a mile by 2 1/2 lengths. He starts in another optional claimer at Santa Anita in Friday's fifth race. A win could lead to a stakes appearance soon. Read More...

Michigan horsemen name 2015 champions

DRF | 3 days ago
Michigan’s Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Arabian horsemen’s groups named their 2015 champions over the weekend, largely drawing on the second flat meet since returning to Hazel Park. Read More...

Meadowlands: $18,653 Pick Five carryover coming Friday

DRF | 3 days ago
A Pick Five carryover of $18,653 awaits handicappers when live racing returns to the Meadowlands this Friday, February 6. The Pick Five begins on Race Three and features a 50-cent base wager and low 15-percent takeout. To further entice horseplayers, the Meadowlands has increased the guaranteed pool amount to $50,000 and the sequence will be featured as part of the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 2/4 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 2/4 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...