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No injuries in minor Belmont barn fire

DRF | 3 days ago
There were no injuries to horses or humans reported as a result of a small fire in a tack room in barn 61 at Belmont Park on Thursday night. Read More...

True Timber may change tactics for rematch with El Areeb in Gotham

DRF | 3 days ago
True Timber set the pace after stumbling badly at the break in the Grade 3 Withers, a race in which he ultimately finished second to El Areeb.Judging by the way he breezed Friday at Belmont Park, True Timber will not be part of the pace when he meets El Areeb again in next Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Read More...

Parker finds pipeline to better horses

DRF | 3 days ago
The only thing hotter than the weather this winter in New York is trainer Joe Parker. Parker, a career 6 percent-winning trainer, is winning at a 38 percent clip in 2017 after Kate is a Ten won Friday's fourth race at Aqueduct. Read More...

So Conflated will scratch from Risen Star to await Gotham

DRF | 3 days ago
Plans for the three horses who as of Friday afternoon were going to scratch from Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes are in various states of certainty. So Conflated, who didn’t ship to Fair Grounds from Santa Anita for trainer Doug O’Neill, is being rerouted to next Saturday’s Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, O’Neill confirmed via text message. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, Feb. 26

DRF | 3 days ago
It’s been difficult to assess Santa Anita of late due to all the rain. We thought we might finally catch a break for Sunday’s card, but the forecast is for more of the wet stuff. At least it wasn’t to rain Friday and Saturday, so maybe Sunday’s moisture won’t affect the card significantly, giving the final pick three of the day (races 7-9) some appeal. Read More...

O’Neill barn invades for stakes with Irap, Mopotism, Semper Fortis

DRF | 3 days ago
The Southern California-based team of Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O'Neill have leading contenders in each of Sunday's three stakes at Sunland Park, including the two 3-year-old races designed to produce starters for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby and $200,000 Sunland Oaks on March 26. Read More...

Conquest Farenheit will stick to turf for Pasadena Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Conquest Farenheit is staying on turf after winning the first stakes of his career in the $81,890 Baffle Stakes for 3-year-olds on the hillside course at Santa Anita last Monday. Read More...

Handle at California tracks plummets 20 percent in January

DRF | 3 days ago
Handle at all California racetracks sustained a significant decline in January, a month in which wet conditions plagued the sport throughout the state. Read More...

Stellar Wind breezes five furlongs in 1:01.80

DRF | 3 days ago
Stellar Wind, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 at Santa Anita on Friday, moving closer to a scheduled return to racing this spring. Read More...

Bejarano plans to resume riding Thursday

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Rafael Bejarano is targeting a return to riding at Santa Anita on Thursday after sustaining a minor knee injury in a spill on Feb. 11. Read More...

Bellamy Way looks ready to fire fresh in allowance route

DRF | 3 days ago
When he stopped on Bellamy Way late last spring, trainer David Cannizzo was hoping to have the now 5-year-old New York-bred ready to run this winter at Aqueduct, where he won two races and ran second from three starts over the inner track last winter. It took Cannizzo a little longer than he had hoped, but Bellamy Road returns to the races Sunday at Aqueduct, where he heads a six-horse field entered in a first-level allowance scheduled for a mile and 70 yards. Read More...

Zayat Stables selling six 2-year-olds at Gulfstream

DRF | 3 days ago
Zayat Stables has long been an active player on the buyer's side of the auction ring, but it plans to expand its interest on the selling end at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream select sale of 2-year-olds in training. Read More...

Yonkers: Sunday 2/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Sunday Afternoon 2/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale features 10 high-ticket yearling purchases

DRF | 3 days ago
This year's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream select sale of 2-year-olds in training has 10 horses cataloged who sold for $300,000 or more at a previous sale. With the median sale price of last year's auction being $250,000, those juveniles will have to draw upper-level prices to generate a healthy profit. Read More...

Value differs in the contest world

DRF | 3 days ago
Value is a misunderstood concept in horse racing. Many players used the term “value” to describe any nice-priced horse, where in reality, for a horse to be value, the price in isolation is irrelevant. What matters is the chance of an event happening versus the reward you will receive if you are correct. In theory, there should be as many 5-2 shots who offer vale as 15-1 shots. Read More...

Elliott to receive Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

DRF | 3 days ago
Stewart Elliott, who won the 2004 Kentucky Derby aboard the popular colt Smarty Jones, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Read More...

Magic Mark, Solid Wager vulnerable favorites in Tiznow

DRF | 3 days ago
Magic Mark might be the best two-turn horse in the field, and the sprinter Solid Wager certainly is the richest. However, both leading contenders for the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita face major challenges in the mile dirt race for California-breds. Read More...

Lookin for a Kiss stretches out for allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
As far as trainer Mike Tomlinson is concerned, now would be a good time for Lookin for a Kiss to step up. Read More...

Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Just Got Out’s last race is better than it looks

DRF | 3 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Friday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Lookin for a Kiss stretches out for allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
As far as trainer Mike Tomlinson is concerned, now would be a good time for Lookin for a Kiss to step up. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 by Bob Fierro & Jay Kilgore

DRF | 3 days ago
There is a wild and wooly card Saturday for you to contemplate with a number of really interesting first-timers. Read More...

Stall won’t put blinkers on Forevamo – yet

DRF | 3 days ago
Forevamo did everything right in his Feb. 17 comeback from a six-month layoff – except win. Read More...

The Pizza Man training for late-spring return

DRF | 3 days ago
The Pizza Man, the popular turf route horse who won the 2015 Arlington Million, is training at a farm in Florida but won't be ready to race until later this spring, trainer Roger Brueggemann said. Read More...

Fish Trappe Road points to Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn

DRF | 3 days ago
Fish Trappe Road, who turned into one of the better 3-year-old dirt milers in the country last year, is nearing his 4-year-old debut, trainer Bret Calhoun said. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup selects retail merchandising partner

DRF | 3 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup and Upper Right Marketing, a retail merchandising company, have signed a multiyear agreement making Upper Right the exclusive Breeders’ Cup retailer for its branded merchandise and apparel, the Breeders’ Cup announced on Thursday. Read More...

Free: How I’ll play Santa Anita on Saturday, Feb. 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Santa Anita will be dry Saturday, the first Saturday card in three weeks to be run under fast and firm conditions. Early fields are small; later races include bigger fields with potential value. The play is a $1 pick three on races 6-8. Two tickets for a total cost of $24. Read More...

Barnsdale: Roy is making a name for himself on the WEG circuit

DRF | 3 days ago
This year’s O’Brien award Future Star winner, Louis Philippe Roy, is living up to the definition of the award, as he has made a seamless move to the biggest circuit in Canada this winter. Read More...

Meydan: Godolphin wins three races despite losses by two heavy favorites

DRF | 4 days ago
Heavy favorites Mubtaahij and Vaziribad both were defeated, but it was a good night Thursday at Meydan Racecourse for Godolphin, which won three races on the card. Read More...

Road to the Derby: Southwest Stakes analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
One Liner ran his perfect record to 3 for 3 in this, his stakes debut and first start around two turns in the Southwest Stakes at Oalawn Park. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure equal to that of Classic Empire in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the fastest figs earned on the Derby trail to date. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 2/25 Analysis

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

Hot City Girl pointing to Correction Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Hot City Girl, who won Saturday’s Broadway Stakes, will get at least one more race and will point to the $125,000 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct on March 18, trainer Linda Rice said Thursday. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 2/25 Analysis

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

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 2/25 Analysis

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

Money Flows can give Stall third Maxxam Gold Cup win

DRF | 4 days ago
Money Flows will attempt to give trainer Al Stall Jr. a third win in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park. Read More...

Risen Star should separate Kentucky Derby contenders from pretenders

DRF | 4 days ago
When the dust settles after the Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, a lot more will be known about which horses were merely dressed up as Kentucky Derby hopefuls, and which had substance underneath. Read More...

Weast Hill remains dominant force among Arkansas-breds

DRF | 4 days ago
Weast Hill on Saturday he will attempt to improve his Oaklawn Park record to 8 for 8 when he runs in the $100,000 Nodouble Stakes for Arkansas-breds. Read More...

Stallwalkin’ Dude still targeting Dubai Golden Shaheen

DRF | 4 days ago
Stallwalkin' Dude, second as the favorite in the Grade 3 General George last Saturday at Laurel Park, is still being pointed to the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 25, trainer David Jacobson said Thursday. Read More...

Maker has four entered in Fair Grounds Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Mike Maker, in Granny's Kitten, Greengrassofyoming, Oscar Nominated, and Enterprising, has four of the nine entrants in the Grade 3, $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Howard’s Derby temperature holds steady at 98.6

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Neil Howard takes a wait-and-see approach to considering the Kentucky Derby for his talented 3-year-olds, which this year include Lecomte winner Guest Suite. “You have to be careful not to go down a road you shouldn't go down.” Read More...

Epicharis to run in UAE Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
Epicharis, who won the Hyacinth Stakes last Sunday in Tokyo to move to the top of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby points list, has accepted an invitation to the United Arab Emirates Derby on March 25 at Meydan, the Japan Racing Association said on Thursday. Read More...

Strong field of eight in Mineshaft Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
The Mineshaft, carded at 1 1/16 miles on dirt and as race 8 Saturday with a scheduled post time of 3:39, is a handicap in name only. Eagle, Dalmore, Dazzling Gem, Honorable Duty, and International Star are high-weighted at a mere 118 pounds. Rise Up, who seems certain to set the pace from the rail, carries 116, as does Mo Tom. Stakes-debuting December Seven is in at 114 – and in with a real chance. Read More...

King: Shane’s Girlfriend can outshine favorites in Rachel Alexandra

DRF | 4 days ago
Valadorna and Farrell have talent, but they don't stack up next to Shane's Girlfriend in Saturday's Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Longtime trainer Penney dies at 82

DRF | 4 days ago
Jim Penney, one of the all-time leading trainers in Washington, died Wednesday at his home in Edgewood, Wash. Penney, 82, was part of the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2003. Read More...

Yorkiepoo Princess tries two turns in Busher

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Ed Barker believes Saturday's $150,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct will be the best opportunity to prove if multiple sprint stakes-winning 3-year-old filly Yorkiepoo Princess can be effective around two turns. Read More...

Two Group 1 races on Sha Tin card

DRF | 4 days ago
Sunday at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, Able Friend will have the fourth start of his comeback in the Group 1 Queen's Silver Cup Jubilee. The 7-year-old gelding will have familiar rivals in the seven-furlong turf race, which is worth $1,288,825. Read More...

Contreras moving tack to Oaklawn Park

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Luis Contreras will leave Santa Anita after Saturday's program. Contreras is scheduled to begin riding at Oaklawn Park after Saturday and will remain there through the end of that track's meeting in mid-April, Read More...

Drefong won’t travel to Dubai for Golden Shaheen

DRF | 4 days ago
Drefong, the champion sprinter of 2016, will not be sent to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters on March 25, trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday. Read More...

Finest City will stretch out to 1 1/8 miles for Santa Margarita

DRF | 4 days ago
Finest City, the champion female sprinter of 2016, is scheduled to start in the longest dirt race of her career in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita on March 18. Read More...

Four qualifying chances on DRFT

DRF | 4 days ago
It’s another busy weekend of activity on DRF Tournaments, tournaments.drf.com. In addition to credit builders, match-up contests, and feeders, there are four qualifiers to major tournaments, starting on Saturday. Read More...