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Meadowlands: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Saturday 6/25 Analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 6/25 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Sarah Sis logical rebound candidate in Chicago Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Sarah Sis finished eighth, beaten 18 lengths, when last seen in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on May 7 at Churchill Dons. Yet if her history is any guide, Sarah Sis can rebound and win the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap on Saturday at Arlington. Read More...

Bold Cait needs to reverse form to repeat in Petro Memorial Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Bold Cait, who finished a distant fifth as the 3-5 favorite sprinting three weeks ago, will try to make amends when she stretches out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time since last June in Saturday’s $75,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap for Ohio-bred fillies and mares at Thistledown. Read More...

Harzand back on short rest in Irish Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Harzand will try to win his second derby of the year Saturday at The Curragh in the Group 1 Irish Derby. Read More...

Hovdey: Some great ones rolled best at 7 and 10

DRF | 2 days ago
There is group of superb racehorses with comprehensive careers who had both the speed and depth to win major events at seven and 10 furlongs. The list is not that long, but it is substantial. Read More...

Mo Tom tries to avoid trouble in Ohio Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
Get Mo Tom a clear run Saturday in the $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown and he can mow down nine rivals for an overdue second victory this season. Read More...

Meet opens with focus on nighttime racing

DRF | 2 days ago
The Downs at Albuquerque will open a 60-date mixed meet Saturday night with an expanded, $2.3 million stakes schedule that includes a new $350,000 race for Quarter Horses and a richer version of its signature offering for Thoroughbreds. The season runs through Sept. 25. Read More...

King: Thistledown pick four play for Saturday, June 25

DRF | 2 days ago
With two stakes in a pick four sequence Saturday at Thistledown that is anchored by the $500,000 Ohio Derby, the wager – which can be played in 50-cent tickets – is an attractive bet. Here is how I see the Ohio Derby pick four, which covers races 5-8. Read More...

Judge issues restraining order in Umarov’s favor

DRF | 2 days ago
A circuit court judge in Kentucky has issued a temporary restraining order that will prevent the state racing commission from enforcing a 10-year ban on the owner-trainer Otabek Umarov. Read More...

Dogwood Trail, Moment of Delight try to regain form in Boca Chica

DRF | 2 days ago
At this time last season, Dogwood Trail and Moment of Delight were among the leaders of the local 3-year-old filly division. When the pair square off Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $75,000 Boca Chica Stakes, both will be attempting to recapture some of their former glory for new trainers. Read More...

Meadowlands: Resolve ready for Cutler Memorial

DRF | 2 days ago
After finishing second in the Elitlopp on May 29 at Sweden’s Solvalla Raceway, Resolve is back on familiar ground and ready for his next challenge in Friday’s $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters at the Meadowlands. Read More...

Chance to qualify for $1M bonus in Santa Anita contest

DRF | 2 days ago
Every once in a while, in horse racing and in life in general, someone comes up with an idea so good that others hear it and say, “Why didn't we think of that sooner?” Such is the case with the new Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge million-dollar bonus at Santa Anita. Read More...

Kobe’s Back looks to punch it in late in Triple Bend

DRF | 2 days ago
The late-running Kobe's Back has yet to win a Grade 1 race, and he will try for the seventh time in Saturday's $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita. Read More...

Eagle Screams set for big run in Oak Tree Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Jonathan Wong is hoping history repeats itself – sort of – when he runs Eagle Screams in Saturday's $50,000 Oak Tree Handicap at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting at the Alameda County Fair. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, June 25: Picks for Ohio Derby, Bed o’ Roses, Chicago Handicap

DRF | 2 days ago
My value-oriented play in Saturday's Ohio Derby at Thistledown is Adventist, who ran deceptively well in the Peter Pan. Read More...

Hoppertunity crashes the party in Gold Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
There were times in early June when Hoppertunity did not look ready to return to racing following his third-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Then came a six-furlong workout in 1:12.20 at Santa Anita on June 18. Read More...

R Dub gets two-turn test in CTBA Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
R Dub is the most accomplished member of the $40,000 Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Derby field on Saturday at Arapahoe Park as a two-time stakes winner. Despite the class edge, he finds himself facing the same question as all but one of his rivals: Can he get two turns? Read More...

Diva Express, I’m a Looker resume rivalry in Roxelana

DRF | 2 days ago
Diva Express and I'm a Looker have a score to settle. Four weeks after the 4-year-old fillies dead-heated for the win in the Grade 3 Winning Colors, they'll be back at it again at Churchill Downs when rematched in the Saturday feature, the $67,000 Roxelana Stakes. Read More...

Wavell Avenue sitting on ready for Bed o’ Roses

DRF | 2 days ago
On Saturday at Belmont Park, Wavell Avenue will be a solid favorite to score her first victory of the season in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

Parkers Delight goes for three in row

DRF | 2 days ago
Parkers Delight will try to win her third race in a row when she runs in a $15,000 conditional claiming race at Emerald Downs on Saturday. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for fillies and mares that drew eight horses is restricted to horses who have never won two races. Read More...

Humane Society forms horse-racing advisory council

DRF | 2 days ago
The Humane Society of the United States has formed a horse-racing advisory council and will step up its efforts to lobby for a federal bill providing for national oversight of the industry's medication and drug-testing policies, officials of the group announced on Thursday. Read More...

Turning for Home a better fit for Majestic Affair

DRF | 2 days ago
A week ago, Majestic Affair was the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Donald LeVine Memorial at Parx Racing, but trainer Chad Brown declared him from the race and instead worked him a half-mile. On Saturday, Majestic Affair is the 8-5 program pick in the Turning for Home Stakes at Parx. Read More...

Phlash Phelps goes for repeat in Find

DRF | 2 days ago
Phlash Phelps seeks to continue his remarkable run when he tries to win the $75,000 Find for the second straight year Saturday at Pimlico. The Find is one of five turf stakes worth a collective $330,000 on Maryland-Virginia Breeders' Day on the next-to-last day of Pimlico's spring meet. Read More...

Isabella Sings brings newfound versatility to Eatontown Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
In the Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park, Isabella Sings won by passing horses in the lane for the first time in her career, and that versatility makes her a tough favorite indeed in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth. Read More...

Nandi Stakes contender Conquest Vivi looks like a good one

DRF | 2 days ago
Conquest Vivi should be the prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $125,000 Nandi Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired juvenile fillies. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 16 to 19

DRF | 3 days ago
Sharp Horses and Track Trends for June 16 to June 19, 2016. Read More...

Harness: Casie Coleman headlines Post Time with Mike and Mike

DRF | 3 days ago
Post Time with Mike and Mike has an action-packed show lined up for Thursday night (June 23) starting at 7 p.m. Read More...

Buffalo: Mother Of Art just misses track record in NYSS

DRF | 3 days ago
Mother Of Art ($2.70) was the fastest of the two division winners in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 22) as she went gate-to-wire in 1:53 4/5 to beat stablemate Dime A Dance by 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Speed duels lead to late-running winners in divisions of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Badabing Badaboom rallied from last behind a fast pace on Wednesday to win the $103,750 colts and geldings division of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes, and a race later Sassy Miss Officer stalked an even faster pace on the way to an absolute romp in the $103,050 fillies division. Read More...

Pocono: Dave Miller looks to stay hot in stakes elims

DRF | 3 days ago
Just days after enjoying his first North America Cup win with Betting Line, driver David Miller is preparing for more fireworks ahead. Miller’s attention this Saturday is focused on the all-star cast assembled for eliminations for Grand Circuit stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

James W. King, trainer and jockey, dies at 77

DRF | 3 days ago
James W. King, a jockey turned trainer who was based at Louisiana Downs, died recently due to complications from diabetes, son Gorden King said through turf publicist Jennie Rees. He was 77. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 6/24 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 6/24 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 6/24 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 6/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Texas Chrome under consideration for Iowa Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer J.R. Caldwell said plans for Texas Chrome are to be determined, with one consideration being the Grade 3, $250,000 Iowa Derby on July 1 at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Scholarship drawings at Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs

DRF | 3 days ago
There will be drawings for college scholarships during upcoming Louisiana-bred programs at Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs. Read More...

Valdivia gets taste of Royal Ascot

DRF | 3 days ago
Jose Valdivia Jr. could only finish ninth in the Coventry Stakes on June 14 at Royal Ascot, but he still was grateful for the chance to ride a race at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting. Read More...

Canterbury: Stakes winners Aztec Brave, Secret Someone scatter

DRF | 3 days ago
The winners of the two $100,000 turf stakes last Sunday at Canterbury Park, Aztec Brave in the Mystic Lake Mile and Secret Someone in the Lady Canterbury, left town in good condition and will move on to comparable races later this summer. Read More...

Arlington hoping summer brings uptick in business

DRF | 3 days ago
Arlington already canceled two stakes races and reduced the purses of three others this meet to compensate for lower-than-hoped betting handle, and the Chicago-area track must hope it can recover from continued disappointing business figures if it is to avoid further cuts this summer. Read More...

More Than Most shifting base to Kentucky

DRF | 3 days ago
More Than Most is headed to trainer Bret Calhoun's division at Churchill Downs after establishing herself as a 3-year-old filly of note at Lone Star Park. Read More...

Castellano to serve three-day suspension

DRF | 3 days ago
Javier Castellano will serve a three-day suspension starting Sunday for a careless riding infraction in the second race on June 17. Read More...

Upstart to tangle with Frosted again in Whitney

DRF | 3 days ago
Upstart finished third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap dominated by Frosted, and he is being pointed to another meeting with Frosted in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney on Aug. 6 at Saratoga. Read More...

Mo Tom just needs clear sailing in Ohio Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
The Ohio Derby continues its rise back toward graded-stakes status Saturday with a solid field of 10 entered in the $500,000 race at Thistledown. Read More...

Too early to gauge lower takeout’s effect

DRF | 3 days ago
It's too early to pass judgment on Canterbury Park's grand experiment lowering takeout this season, but while betting on the track's live product has increased year over year through June 19, gross handle hasn't risen enough to compensate for the decrease in revenue caused by the takeout decrease. Read More...

Hovdey: Racetrackers keep their cool under fire

DRF | 3 days ago
Raging only a matter of miles in the mountains east of Santa Anita Park, the San Gabriel Complex fire hit close to home for scores of racetrackers. Read More...

Taris back training with Ballerina as target

DRF | 3 days ago
Taris, who was held out of the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday because of a sore foot, returned to racetrack training on Wednesday. Trainer Simon Callaghan said Taris will be pointed for the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 27. Read More...

Stevens to ride Win the Space in Gold Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer George Papaprodromou had a commitment from Mike Smith to ride longshot Win the Space in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday, but when the Grade 1 winner Hoppertunity joined the field, Smith switched allegiances. Win the Space was not without a partner for long. Papaprodromou was quickly able to gain jockey Gary Stevens. Read More...