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Yonkers: Monday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 7/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 7/25 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 7/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Surgical Strike eyes Secretariat

DRF | 3 days ago
Surgical Strike, a close fifth last out in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational, is likely to make his next start in the Grade 1 Secretariat on the Aug. 13 Arlington Million card, trainer Ben Colebrook said. Read More...

Faufiler likely to return to Chicago for Beverly D.

DRF | 3 days ago
Modesty Stakes winner Faufiler is a likely runner in the Beverly D. Stakes on Aug. 13 at Arlington, trainer Graham Motion said Thursday. Read More...

Songbird must buck Carina Mia, history in Coaching Club American Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
Songbird will be running against a serious rival and at a track with a well-earned reputation as the Graveyard of Champions when she heads a field of five 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. Read More...

Papiese remains confident in The Pizza Man

DRF | 3 days ago
The Pizza Man remains on course to try and win the Arlington Million for the second year in a row despite a somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish in the Stars and Stripes on July 9. Read More...

Nebraska-bred Diamond Joe still going strong at 7

DRF | 3 days ago
The 7-year-old Nebraska-bred Diamond Joe, one of 30 members of the state's 2009 foal crop, has become one of the most successful Nebraska-breds ever. Read More...

Jockey Steiner retires at 51

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Joe Steiner announced his retirement from riding on Thursday. Steiner was named on five horses at Emerald Downs this weekend, including Say It Slow in the $75,000 Washington Oaks, but he told his agent, Vito Lucarelli, that he won't be riding. Read More...

Hawthorne Harness: Sunday 7/24 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 7/24 card at Hawthorne Harness. Read More...

Frosted, Mohaymen among McLaughlin workers

DRF | 3 days ago
The success of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Saratoga meet will primarily boil down to one day – Aug. 6. That's the day he will run many of his big stakes horses, led by Frosted, who on Friday worked five furlongs in 1:00.56. Read More...

Prince of Lir set for French debut in Prix Robert Papin

DRF | 4 days ago
The Royal Ascot winner Prince of Lir will have his French debut in Sunday’s $142,500 Prix Robert Papin for 2-year-old colts and fillies at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse. Read More...

Hovdey: Now it’s Crist who has left and gone away

DRF | 4 days ago
First it was David Letterman. Then Jon Stewart, and then Garrison Keillor. How dare they retire. How dare they voluntarily remove their voices from the public square. How empty certain hours have become without them. Now it's Steven Crist. Read More...

Miyadi gets fine, suspension for medication violation

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Steve Miyadi has been fined $5,000 and suspended 30 days after Run for Retts tested positive for the prohibited substances methamphetamine and amphetamine following the $100,500 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos last December. Read More...

Taris has minor setback

DRF | 4 days ago
Taris, winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff for female sprinters at Churchill Downs in May, will not start this summer because of a minor injury, but still might be able to make the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Cathryn Sophia has first Spa work

DRF | 4 days ago
Cathryn Sophia made her first local appearance on Friday, breezing a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track with jockey Javier Castellano aboard. Read More...

Find Joy goes from longshot to favorite for Washington Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
With her strong performance in the 1 1/16-mile Kent Stakes, which she won at 14-1, Find Joy will likely be the favorite in the $75,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs on Sunday. Read More...

Gate work puts Upstart on his toes

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Rick Violette said he doesn't really like to work older horses from the gate. But he made an exception here Friday with the star of his stable, the multiple graded stakes winner Upstart, who sizzled four furlongs from the gate in 46.31 seconds with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. Read More...

Tepin gets back to work on Saratoga turf

DRF | 4 days ago
In her first workout since her triumphant trip to Royal Ascot, Tepin breezed a half-mile in 50.39 seconds Friday morning in preparation for a likely start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap here on Aug. 13. Read More...

Alert Bay seeks first Del Mar win in California Dreamin’

DRF | 4 days ago
From Vancouver to Los Angeles, Alert Bay has won stakes up and down the West Coast in the last two years, but he still has one major venue to conquer. Alert Bay has never won at Del Mar, outside of San Diego. Read More...

Hard Aces becomes solid Cougar II favorite following scratch of Hoppertunity

DRF | 4 days ago
Hoppertunity's scratch makes Hard Aces the certain favorite in the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar as he drops in class following a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Dear Lilly difficult to beat at this level, distance

DRF | 4 days ago
Dear Lilly figures to be tough to handle when makes her second start of the year in a second-level optional $35,000 claiming race at Hastings on Sunday. Read More...

Tin Type Gal, Galileo’s Song may be hurt by slow pace in Boiling Springs

DRF | 4 days ago
Will there be enough pace in Sunday's Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park to set up the two best-looking late-runners in the field, Tin Type Gal and Galileo's Song? Read More...

Luzzi returns from injury, wins with first mount back

DRF | 4 days ago
Simply being back was the best part, but winning with his first mount since being sidelined by injury made the return of Lane Luzzi even nicer. Read More...

Borel maintains low profile as Bradley’s house guest

DRF | 4 days ago
Aside from shuttling horses to and from Ellis Park, where he has won or tied for four training titles since 2009, Buff Bradley is mulling over plans for his two stable stars, Divisidero and The Player, while also entertaining a house guest of note, Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. Read More...

Low-roller contests return at Saratoga

DRF | 4 days ago
The NYRA low-roller contests are back. Select Saturdays (including opening Saturday), as well as each Sunday and Monday (except Labor Day) of the Saratoga meet, players will have a chance to compete in on-track tournaments. Read More...

Sunny Ridge faces big ask in Haskell

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Jason Servis confirmed Thursday that Grade 3 Withers winner Sunny Ridge will make his return to the races in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park next Sunday. Read More...

Awesome Slew on rise just in time for Haskell

DRF | 4 days ago
Last year, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. ran Pegasus Stakes winner Mr. Jordan against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. A 26-1 longshot, Mr. Jordan finished last of seven. Plesa will have another Haskell longshot next Sunday in Awesome Slew, but that's where the comparison of the two horses ends. Read More...

Queen City Oaks no gimme for School Board Prez

DRF | 4 days ago
Following unsuccessful excursions to Iowa and Indiana, School Board Prez returns to Ohio-bred company – where she has collected four stakes wins over the past two seasons – for Sunday's $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks at Belterra Park. Read More...

A Revenant poised to fulfill potential in Rainbow Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
A Revenant is well suited to the role of fastest qualifier and favorite for Sunday's $1 million Rainbow Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs. Read More...

Nijinsky Stakes a virtual sprint for Kaigun

DRF | 4 days ago
Kaigun returns to Woodbine for the first time since last season's Grade 1 Canadian International when he takes on four rivals in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Nijinsky Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 4 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore Read More...

Vernon: Hambletonian hopefuls line up for Sunday’s Zweig

DRF | 4 days ago
With the $1 million Hambletonian just 13 days away, many of the leading candidates for the sport’s biggest prize will convene on Vernon Downs Sunday night for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. In a year where anyone can win the top prize, there are still many contenders and Sunday’s contest may help trainers and owners better measure their true chances come the first Saturday in August. Read More...

Free: How I’d Play Del Mar for Saturday, July 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Free: How I'd Play Del Mar for Saturday, July 23 Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Probe into ride by Castanon

DRF | 4 days ago
Kentucky’s stewards are conducting an investigation into a July 2 race at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., in which the favorite, ridden by Jesus Castanon, finished fifth in a six-horse field, the stewards confirmed on Thursday. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Evans trio stuck far outside in Albuquerque Distaff

DRF | 4 days ago
The sheer numbers are stacked in trainer Justin Evans’s favor, but the luck of the draw did him no favors for Saturday’s $50,000 feature at the Downs at Albuquerque. Evans has three of the nine fillies and mares in the lineup for the Albuquerque Distaff Handicap, but Sky Rant, Exposure, and Lady Contender must find a way to work out a good trip from the three outside post positions. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 7/23 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 7/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Whitney possible next start for Bradester

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Eddie Kenneally said that Bradester, winner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster last month at Churchill Downs, is under consideration for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes here on Aug. 6. Read More...

My Man Sam prepping for Travers

DRF | 4 days ago
My Man Sam, the Blue Grass runner-up, will make his first start since his 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby in a first-level allowance on Saturday at Saratoga. Read More...

Weep No More sticking with Coaching Club American Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Rusty Arnold said the decision to run Weep No More in Sunday's Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga was made long before it was announced the undefeated champion Songbird would be coming to the race as well. Read More...

Rematch for Dartmouth, Highland Reel in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday at Ascot was supposed to mark the next appearance by the mighty Postponed. But with Postponed laid low this week by an upper-respiratory infection, the 1 1/2-mile summer fixture could come down to Dartmouth and Highland Reel, a pair of 4-year-olds separated by a head last month when Dartmouth won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Hovdey: Back from the desert, Chrome hits the beach

DRF | 4 days ago
California Chrome's return on Saturday in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar will provide a solid test of his status four months removed from his glorious victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Read More...

Miss Temple City unproven at Diana distance

DRF | 4 days ago
Miss Temple City is the only Grade 1 winner in the field going into Saturday's $500,000 Diana Stakes at Saratoga and trainer Graham Motion is hopeful she'll also be the only one coming out of the prestigious turf fixture for fillies and mares. Read More...

VLT revenue cap hot topic for NYRA

DRF | 5 days ago
Though locally based politicians would prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo leave the current franchise agreement in place with the New York Racing Association as part of any reprivatization bill, there is reason to believe that a future deal could include some sort of cap on the revenue NYRA receives from the video-lottery terminals in place at Aqueduct. Read More...

King: California Chrome among three favorites to bet against

DRF | 5 days ago
My wagering strategy this weekend is to bet against star power. Whether the horse is California Chrome in the San Diego Handicap, or some striking first-out maiden winners in lesser stakes, the goal is to shoot for value opportunities with less heralded runners. Read More...

California Chrome figures to attract a crowd

DRF | 5 days ago
The presence of the popular California Chrome in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday is expected to boost attendance at Del Mar. Craig Dado, Del Mar's chief marketing officer, says California Chrome's appearance and promotions that include food truck and craft beer festivals could produce an audience in excess of 25,000. Read More...

Rancho Bernardo target for Pretty N Cool, Enchanting Lady

DRF | 5 days ago
Pretty N Cool and Enchanting Lady gave trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the exacta in Wednesday's $77,600 California Equine Retirement Foundation Stakes at Del Mar. The same two fillies will give Baffert a strong team for the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 17. Read More...

Louisiana yearling sale catalog now online

DRF | 5 days ago
The catalog for the Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana consignor-select yearling sale is now available online, featuring 224 horses on offer. The auction will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Opelousas, La. Read More...

Calculator makes turf debut

DRF | 5 days ago
Calculator won a graded stakes on dirt in early 2015 as a 3-year-old, and has two seconds and a third in graded sprints this year. Saturday, Calculator's career will go in a different direction when he starts for the first time on turf. Read More...