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Ghost Locket strong contender in Jack Bishop

DRF | 2 days ago
Ghost Locket was entered in the Prairie Rose Stakes over six furlongs on Thursday night at Prairie Meadows. If she is scratched, she has a good chance to win the $45,000 Jack Bishop Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Friday night at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Cocked and Loaded, Candy My Boy try turf in Arlington Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
A couple 3-year-olds who at least wandered around the margins of the Triple Crown trail, Cocked and Loaded and Candy My Boy, will take their talents to turf Saturday in the Grade 3 Arlington Classic, which shares top billing on the card here with the Grade 3 Matron Stakes. Read More...

Lone Star Park Handicap field begins to take shape

DRF | 2 days ago
The field for Monday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap was just starting to take shape Wednesday. Racing secretary Mike Shamburg said he had a number of horses under consideration for the 1 1/16-mile race, including probable starters Cyrus Alexander, Mobile Bay, Shotgun Kowboy, and Rocket Time. Read More...

Matt Bryan says Exaggerator’s saga began at Lone Star Park

DRF | 2 days ago
The tale of Exaggerator started back in 2012 at Lone Star Park when Matt Bryan attended a 2-year-olds in training sale at the Dallas area track in order to meet Keith Desormeaux. Read More...

Woodward, Hancock made Hall of Fame Pillars

DRF | 2 days ago
William Woodward Sr. and Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr., two giants of racing and breeding, have been elected into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in the Pillars of the Turf category, the museum announced Wednesday. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from May 21 – May 24

DRF | 2 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Dogwood Trail among candidates for local Princess Rooney prep

DRF | 2 days ago
Nominations closed last Sunday for the eight stakes at Gulfstream Park on June 4 that serve as preps for the rich Summit of Speed program July 2 that includes the Grade 2 Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint. Read More...

O’Neill to be well represented on California Gold Rush program

DRF | 2 days ago
Doug O'Neill does not have to look far for a reminder of his success with California-breds. One of his stable ponies is Lava Man, the California-bred who earned more than $5.2 million in the 2000s. Read More...

Hovdey: Plenty of company for Gutierrez’s gaffe

DRF | 2 days ago
So it was last Saturday when Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez could not sustain the pressured momentum of a hot first quarter and half and ended up beaten conclusively by their former wing man, Exaggerator, and Pimlico homeboy Kent Desormeaux. Let the flogging begin. Read More...

Sebes blends old and new handicapping methods

DRF | 2 days ago
It's never easy to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship. And the feat gets trickier still when you're trying to accomplish it in a field with 2,000 other runners. But that hasn't stopped Jim Sebes (pronounced SEE-biss) from winning his way to the NHC twice in the last three years via one of the NTRA free contests. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from May 19 – May 23

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

Alter strongly invested in Curlin’s offspring

DRF | 2 days ago
Happy Alter currently has seven progeny of Curlin in his stable, including Curlin's Princess, who will be among the favorite's in Friday's $44,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Beholder puts pedal to the metal in Vanity drill

DRF | 2 days ago
Beholder was allowed to rock and roll Wednesday at Santa Anita, where she posted a dazzling five-furlong work in preparation for the Grade 1 Vanity Mile on June 4. Read More...

Monmouth: Food trucks and stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Monmouth Park has stakes Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this holiday weekend. It is also Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival weekend at the track. Read More...

Distance, not talent, the issue for O’Neill juveniles

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Doug O'Neill has two runners in a maiden special weight race at 4 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita – Mr. Louis and Secret House. While O'Neill thinks each is capable of winning on Friday, he is more encouraged by their long-term prospects. Read More...

Second Summer’s changes for the better

DRF | 2 days ago
Two decisions made last winter have changed the career of Second Summer, who won his first stakes in the $200,345 Californian Stakes last Sunday. Second Summer was gelded and was switched from races on turf to the main track. Read More...

Mining Diamonds still testing which surface she prefers

DRF | 2 days ago
Mining Diamonds will start against winners for the first time in a first-level optional $75,000 claimer on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Friday. The race will help trainer Peter Miller determine whether Mining Diamonds is best suited to races on the main track or turf. Read More...

Lone Curlin sells for $225k at F-T Midlantic

DRF | 2 days ago
Two days after his son Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes, sire Curlin reaped immediate benefits at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale. His lone offering sold to George A. Mellon for $225,000 out of the consignment of bloodstock agent Bobby Dodd. Read More...

Tepin begins gearing up for Royal Ascot

DRF | 2 days ago
Tepin will breeze Saturday morning at Churchill Downs as the standout turf mare begins serious preparations for her much-awaited next start in the June 14 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Upstart adds blinkers and smokes half-mile

DRF | 2 days ago
Last Saturday, while the racing world was focusing on the Preakness, Upstart blitzed four furlongs in 46.06 seconds over the Belmont Park main track. He wore blinkers for the work and will wear blinkers for the first time in a race in the Met Mile. Read More...

Effinex gets heavy lifting out of the way

DRF | 2 days ago
The Stephen Foster Handicap is still more than three weeks away, but probable race favorite Effinex had his most serious workout for the race on Wednesday, drilling seven furlongs in 1:27.40 over the Belmont Park training track. Read More...

Study may determine fate of Pimlico, Preakness

DRF | 2 days ago
Sal Sinatra, president of Pimlico operator the Maryland Jockey Club, said that he and Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico and Laurel Park, may have jumped the gun last year when they talked about moving the Preakness. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Exaggerator stretches legs; Nyquist stays at Pimlico with fever

DRF | 2 days ago
In the wake of the highly disappointing news that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will miss the 148th Belmont Stakes because of an illness, the other 3-year-olds being pointed to the June 11 classic at Belmont Park are continuing unaffected with their preparations. Read More...

Sister Blues first starter for Lucky Seven-Cox team

DRF | 2 days ago
Their Mackin family and Brad Cox have their first starter as an owner-trainer team on Friday at Churchill Downs, where the homebred Sister Blues will go postward in the $52,000 eighth race as a top contender following a sharp runner-up finish last month at Keeneland. Read More...

Alert Bay to skip All American, stick to turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Fifteen runners were nominated for Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 All American at Golden Gate Fields. But there's one familiar name missing. Alert Bay, winner of the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile, was not nominated to the All American. Read More...

Hemlock Channel finds good comeback spot

DRF | 2 days ago
Turf racing is in full swing at Woodbine. A mixed bag of 11 $40,000 claimers will clashon turf in Friday's seventh race over 6 1/2 furlongs, including the comebacker Hemlock Channel. Read More...

Strong second session, $1 million filly boost Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

DRF | 3 days ago
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale rebounded with a strong second and final session on Tuesday, led by a $1 million filly by phenomenal young sire Uncle Mo who was the second-highest-priced horse in sale history. Read More...

Yonkers: Missile J has tough task from post 8 in Rooney Final

DRF | 3 days ago
Ken Jacobs has enjoyed his share of success in harness racing, both on the national stage and at home in New York. He has campaigned horses such as Dan Patch Award winner Heston Blue Chip and stakes-winners Kenneth J. Now he hopes he can add Missile J to the list in the future. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 5/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 5/26 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 5/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 5/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

VLT clawbacks in Cuomo’s NYRA reorganization plan

DRF | 3 days ago
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to re-privatize the New York Racing Association includes a provision to pull some of the revenue racing receives from the casino at Aqueduct, according to a watch group based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Read More...

A Shin Hikari romps in Prix d’Ispahan

DRF | 3 days ago
A Shin Hikari, a Group 1 winner in Hong Kong last December, assumed the role of favorite for the $1.09 million Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 15 with an emphatic win in Tuesday’s $280,000 Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly Racecourse in France. Read More...

Hall of Fame induction for museum members only

DRF | 3 days ago
Citing a high demand and limited available seating, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will limit attendees to this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony to museum members only. Read More...

Parx: Six more clenbuterol positives for Preciado

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Ramon Preciado, who has appealed a 270-day suspension for two clenbuterol overages at Parx Racing last fall, had six more clenbuterol positives at Parx between March 1 and April 12 of this year, according to rulings issued by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. Read More...

Yonkers: Posts drawn for $300,000 Art Rooney Pace

DRF | 3 days ago
Post positions have been drawn for a pair of Yonkers Raceway’s premier stakes for the 3-year-old pacers. Read More...

Fornatale: Feeder contests for horseplayers hungry to make a score

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF is launching its new tournament site this week. In addition to housing all of the BCQualify, DRFQualify, and NHCQualify events under one roof, the big news is that we will now be running feeder contests during the week. Read More...

Owner Wheelock Whitney dead at 89

DRF | 3 days ago
Wheelock Whitney Jr., a prominent Minnesota civic leader, sports owner, philanthropist, and Jockey Club member, died on May 20 at his home on Promise Hill Farm in Independence, Minn., near Minneapolis. He was 89. Read More...

Western Fair: Moore hoping warmer weather heats up State Treasurer

DRF | 3 days ago
State Treasurer, the 2015 Horse of the Year in Canada owned by Sally and Allan MacDonald of Prince Edward Island and their nephew, Paul MacDonald of Toronto, has drawn the rail for Friday’s $150,000 invitational at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, ON. The pacer’s regular driver, Chris Christoforou, will be in the sulky. Read More...

DRF tournament site launched

DRF | 3 days ago
Daily Racing Form announced the formal launch of its new tournament platform today, creating a one-stop destination for all NHCQualify, BCQualify, and DRFQualify online qualifying tournaments. The new platform – www.tournaments.drf.com – instantly becomes a major player in the world of online horse racing qualifying events, a single destination where players can win seats to racing’s most prestigious tournaments, including the National Handicapping Championship, Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and numerous live racetrack events including the upcoming Pick Your Prize contest at Monmouth, Belmont Betting Challenge, and Santa Anita’s Gold Cup Challenge. Read More...

Nyquist out of Belmont with high white cell count

DRF | 3 days ago
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will miss the Belmont Stakes on June 11 due to an illness, trainer Doug O’Neill told Daily Racing Form Tuesday morning. Read More...

Mohawk: Jewels In Hock, Rockin With Dewey win Miss Versatility

DRF | 3 days ago
The first leg of the Miss Versatility Series featured two $30,000 divisions. The series for older trotting mares stops at Mohawk twice, The Meadowlands and Tioga Downs before wrapping up with the final on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Read More...

Western Fair: State Treasurer draws post one for Molson Pace

DRF | 4 days ago
The post position draw for this year’s $150,000 Molson Pace was conducted during this evening’s pre-game show at The Raceway in London and it was three-time defending champion State Treasurer drawing the coveted rail in his quest for an historic fourth consecutive title. Read More...

Noholdingback Bear wins Tom Ridge Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Woodbine shipper Noholdingback Bear picked up his second straight stakes victory with a front-running score as the favorite in Monday night’s $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes for 3-year-olds at Presque Isle Downs. Read More...

Numbers down at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale

DRF | 4 days ago
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training got off to a rocky start in the first of its two sessions on Monday in Timonium, Md., with double-digit declines across the board and a continually selective market for top horses contributing to a higher buyback rate. Read More...

Where’s the Widget impresses in Steady Growth Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Where’s the Widget ran them off their feet in Monday’s $125,400 Steady Growth Stake at Woodbine, winning the 1 1/16-mile route for Ontario-sired stock convincingly. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park horses to watch for week of May 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Mike Beer's horses to watch at Belmont Park for the week of May 23. Read More...

The week that was in racing, May 16-23, 2016

DRF | 4 days ago
Exaggerator beats Nyquist in the Preakness, Go Maggie Go, wins the Black Eyed Susan, Ben's Cat wins yet another, and more. Read More...

Gierkink: Woodbine horses to watch for week of May 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Ron Gierkink's horses to watch at Woodbine for the week of May 23. Read More...

Ballerina summer target for Paulassilverlining

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Michelle Nevin said the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina at Saratoga on Aug. 27 is the long-term goal for Paulassilverlining, the 3 1/4-length winner of Saturday's Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont. What she does between now and then remains undecided. Read More...

Lightstream convinces trainer she’s the real thing

DRF | 4 days ago
Lightstream's last-to-first victory in Saturday's $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes on the turf not only kept the filly undefeated, but gave trainer Brian Lynch plenty to think about when plotting out the rest of the 3-year-old filly's year. Read More...