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Former trainer Baker dies at 83

DRF | 1 day ago
George M. Baker, who retired almost 25 years ago from a distinguished training career highlighted by his work with the top filly Politely, died Monday at Baptist East Hospital here following a long illness. He was 83. Read More...

Churchill Downs Inc. to buy stake in Saratoga Harness Racing Inc.

DRF | 1 day ago
Churchill Downs Inc. has reached an agreement allowing the company to buy a 25 percent stake in the parent company of Saratoga Casino and Raceway, the companies announced Wednesday. Read More...

Free’s Del Mar horses to watch

DRF | 1 day ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Del Mar. Read More...

Free’s preview: Surface questions

DRF | 1 day ago
Two weeks into the summer meet, horseplayers might expect a hint of stability regarding surface. But as Del Mar begins its third week, uncertainty abounds. Read More...

Watchmaker: Saratoga pick four play for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 1 day ago
Wednesday’s late pick four sequence at Saratoga, starting in race 7, is interesting. Let’s take a swing at it. Read More...

Coltimus Prime leads gate to wire in Prince of Wales

DRF | 2 days ago
Coltimus Prime rebounded from a lackluster performance in the Queen’s Plate to make all the running in Tuesday’s $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie. Read More...

Bernier: How I’d play Del Mar on Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
Truth be told, Wednesday’s eight-race card “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” doesn’t do much for me from a wagering standpoint. Having said that, there are a couple of things that I think could be intriguing and I’m willing to at least explore making a few plays. Read More...

Del Mar Babies for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juvenile races on Wednesday's Del Mar card. Read More...

Meadowlands: Hambletonian posts drawn; one dash for the cash

DRF | 2 days ago
11 three-year-old trotters head behind the gate Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands in search of Hambletonian glory. Read More...

Positives spike after change in West Virginia drug rules

DRF | 2 days ago
The West Virginia Racing Commission will meet on Friday to discuss possible responses to a spate of recent drug positives that have cropped up in the wake of changes to the state’s medication rules and a transition to a new testing laboratory, the executive director of the commission said on Tuesday. Read More...

King: Del Mar pick three play for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
If Puppy Manners (#2, 4-1) has a winning day in the fourth race at Del Mar on Wednesday, hopefully I will as well. Taking into account expected value, he is my day’s top play, and one on which I will be focusing a pick three wager, in addition to playing him to win the race itself. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Speed-packed Coronation Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
There’s no shortage of speed in Wednesday’s Coronation Cup, where most of the 3-year-old fillies entered can be classified as early-pace types. The skull-buster of a turf sprint brings together horses from far and wide, and handicappers must evaluate last-race running lines from Belmont Park, Parx Racing, Penn National, and Woodbine as well as a first-time Lasix import from England and the Saratoga-loving Hot Squeeze, who wheels right back after wiring a New York-bred allowance over the course a week ago. Read More...

Burn the Mortgage eyes The Vid

DRF | 2 days ago
Burn the Mortgage, a 4 1/2-length winner of the Eight Miles East Stakes last Saturday, will remain at Gulfstream and probably run next in the $75,000 The Vid on Sept. 13, said owner-trainer Mike Maker. Read More...

Moonshine Mullin star of W.Va. Derby undercard

DRF | 2 days ago
The unquestionable star of the West Virginia Derby undercard is Moonshine Mullin, an astounding $40,000 claim by trainer Randy Morse who will run in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s. Read More...

Calhoun optimistic about Louies Flower in Prelude

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Jamie Theriot, who teamed with trainer Bret Calhoun for a Breeders’ Cup double in 2010, will join forces with Calhoun at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, when he rides Louies Flower in the $100,000 Prelude. The race is the local prep for the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby. Read More...

Gold Appointment scratched from West Virginia Derby due to medication rule

DRF | 2 days ago
Gold Appointment has been scratched from Saturday’s Grade 2 West Virginia Derby by trainer Robert Rockwell, who was unaware that new medication rules went into effect in West Virginia on July 9. Read More...

Whitney could be payback time for Palace Malice

DRF | 2 days ago
Todd Pletcher has enjoyed too much success at Saratoga to lament the ones that got away. One can forgive him, however, for still agonizing over last year’s Travers when Palace Malice stumbled at the start, was last early, and rallied to finish fourth, beaten three-quarters of a length by Will Take Charge. Read More...

Saratoga Babies for Wednesday, July 30

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicapper Dan Illman takes a closer look at juveniles running at Saratoga. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Rain softens turf course

DRF | 2 days ago
It rained heavily at Woodbine on Monday, and there’s more rain in the forecast, so the course shouldn’t be as hard and as kind to speed as it was Sunday. The ground on the backstretch had some give to it when I walked on it Tuesday morning. Read More...

Mongol Bull in fine form for turf sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Owen Rainwater, now deceased, was an Illinois farmer of corn, soybeans, and wheat. He bred, owned, and trained horses, too, and found more success in Chicago than his tiny operation had a right to. Read More...

Passing Game gets no respect

DRF | 2 days ago
Even though he has won five times in 20 starts, a respectable record, Passing Game seems to always get passed over by bettors. Read More...

Exercise rider pinned under horse in training accident

DRF | 2 days ago
Jockey Amir Cedeno was injured on Tuesday morning at Del Mar when the 3-year-old colt Eddie’s First inexplicably collapsed just past the finish line during a routine training gallop, pinning Cedeno under the horse until assistance arrived. Read More...

Candy Boy takes show on road for West Virginia Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Candy Boy’s second season begins in earnest Saturday – and it’s going to involve some travel.
With no major main-track stakes for 3-year-olds left in California, Candy Boy will hit the road to compete in the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park. Read More...

Blasi rejoins Asmussen’s stable

DRF | 2 days ago
Scott Blasi returned to work for trainer Steve Asmussen at Saratoga on Tuesday, four months after the longtime assistant was fired for inappropriate behavior detailed in a video released by the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Read More...

Glatt has strong one-two punch

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Mark Glatt has got them surrounded in Thursday’s featured seventh race at Del Mar. Read More...

Divine Fortune headlines Sheppard trio in A.P. Smithwick

DRF | 2 days ago
The question is not whether trainer Jonathan Sheppard will win the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase at Saratoga for a record seventh time. The question is with which of his potent three-horse entry will he win it? Read More...

Evan Shipman distance will be test for Big Business

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer David Jacobson will try to end a bad month on a good note when he sends Big Business out as the likely favorite in Thursday’s $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga. Read More...

All-sources handle down, ontrack business strong for first 10 days of Saratoga

DRF | 2 days ago
After Mother Nature put a damper on the final two days of the second week, Saratoga’s all-sources handle is down 9.1 percent through the first 10 days of the meet compared to the same period last year. Read More...

Jerardi: Wiseman’s Ferry has another win machine

DRF | 2 days ago
After a late start to the races, Wise Mac is making up for lost time and winning at a rate comparable to another son of Wiseman's Ferry Read More...

Story to Tell helping lift Hendricks barn

DRF | 2 days ago
Story to Tell has romped around Del Mar with such ease in recent mornings that trainer Dan Hendricks is confident going into Sunday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes. Read More...

Samraat set to begin recovery at Violette barn

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Rick Violette said Tuesday that surgery to repair small stress fractures in Samraat’s right cannon bone went well, and that he expects the multiple Grade 3 winner to be back in his barn at Saratoga within the next 48 hours. Read More...

Will Take Charge gets in his Whitney work

DRF | 2 days ago
After postponing his work one day due to track conditions, trainer D. Wayne Lukas was finally able to send the 2013 Travers winner Will Take Charge out to work three furlongs over a wet and sealed Oklahoma training track early Tuesday morning in his final major prep for Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney. Read More...

Beau Genius, Grade 1 winner and pensioned sire, euthanized at 29

DRF | 2 days ago
Grade 1 winner and pensioned sire Beau Genius was euthanized July 25 at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., due to declining health. He was 29. Read More...

Balmoral: Wednesday 7/30 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 7/30 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 7/30 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Ken Walters' analysis of the Wednesday 7/30 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Keeneland shelves plans for Instant Racing parlor

DRF | 2 days ago
Keeneland has put its plans to build a parlor for slot-machine-like devices on hold “indefinitely” because of its recent selection as the host of the Breeders’ Cup two-day event in 2015, the track’s chief operating officer confirmed Tuesday. Read More...

Bergman: Sebastian K losing his air of invincibility entering Cashman

DRF | 2 days ago
The perception from this corner when looking at Sebastian K’s arrival on these shores, is that with each passing week there is a change in how his superiority is being perceived and challenged. Read More...

Chad Brown new trainer of Social Inclusion

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown said Tuesday that Social Inclusion will join his stable at Saratoga on Wednesday. The seventh-place finisher in Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell, Social Inclusion is owned by Rontos Racing Stable and has been based at Gulfstream Park throughout his 3-year-old campaign with Manny Azpurua. Read More...

R Free Roll wires Honorable Miss Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Danny Gargan and his owner, Richard Averill, knew the only way to beat the 6-5 La Verdad in Monday’s $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at a soggy Saratoga was to take the race right to the speedy favorite. And that strategy paid big dividends after their Florida invader R Free Roll sprinted to a 1 1/4-length, wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 2 dash for older fillies and mares. Read More...

Meadowlands: Drop The Ball looks for Lady Liberty repeat

DRF | 3 days ago
Drop The Ball has been something of a streaky performer throughout her career, but driver Corey Callahan believes the 6-year-old pacing mare is on an upswing as she gets ready for Saturday’s $177,750 Lady Liberty Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Read More...

Northfield: Tuesday 7/29 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Tuesday 7/29 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Mohawk: Tuesday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Tuesday 7/29 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Calumet Farm hires Wilkins as director of stallion division

DRF | 3 days ago
Calumet Farm has named Ken Wilkins, formerly of Spendthrift Farm, to be the new director of the farm’s stallion division. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 7/29 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 7/29 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale

DRF | 3 days ago
LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale Read More...

Toast of New York to Pacific Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Toast of New York, best known for winning the United Arab Emirates Derby, is scheduled to fly to California and take on elders in Del Mar’s biggest race, the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, according to Cindy Niemitz, a California-based representative for the International Racing Bureau. Read More...

Casse is bullish on Bollente at Del Mar

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Mark Casse has yet to win a race at this meet, but his runners have been firing. He finished second with four of his first six starters and had another second-place finish in a maiden race Sunday. Read More...

Tornado touches down near Suffolk

DRF | 3 days ago
A tornado ripped through the city of Revere, where the stable area of Suffolk Downs is located, on Monday morning, but no humans at the track or horses suffered any injuries and there was no damage to any structures. The afternoon card went on as scheduled. Read More...

Shanghai Bobby to shuttle to Brazil

DRF | 3 days ago
Champion Shanghai Bobby will shuttle to stand the 2014 and 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons at Fazenda Mondesir near Bage, Brazil. Read More...

Catalano still in ICU but improving

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Wayne Catalano remained in the intensive care unit of St. Alexius Hospital in northwest suburban Chicago as of Monday, but Catalano has made steady progress recovering from a severe illness that hospitalized him on July 22. Read More...