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V. E. Day pointing to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day is being pointed to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Saturday. Read More...

Illman: How I’d play Belmont on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
There could be some vulnerable favorites on Empire Showcase Saturday at Belmont. Let’s try to exploit them. Read More...

Charm Spirit takes Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Charm Spirit completed a wonderful spell for the Head family with a brave victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Read More...

Litfin: Belmont pick four play for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
While there is a $300,000-guaranteed late pick four, I’m more interested in the all-stakes early pick four on races 2 through 5, the Sleepy Hollow, Maid of the Mist, Mohawk and Iroquois. It’s a pretty simple caveman play, based on the fact that the first two legs offer some price potential, and the last two look like they’re strictly two-horse affairs. Read More...

Admire Rakti scores in Caulfield Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
Admire Rakti won the biggest race of his career in Saturday’s $2,634,000 Caulfield Cup in Australia and immediately vaulted to the top of future-book lists for the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 4. Read More...

Madame Chiang rebounds in QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Madame Chiang, who struggled against top-class company in the English Oaks and Prix Vermeille in France in recent starts, had no difficulty with the heavy ground at Ascot Racecourse in England on Saturday, scoring an upset win in the $880,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes. Read More...

Gordon Lord Byron wins QIPCO Champions Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Second or third in his last four starts, and previously a winner only once this year, the 7-year-old Gordon Lord Byron broke through with a powerful, brave victory in the Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Sprint on Saturday at Ascot in England. Read More...

Trout wins 3 stakes on Classics Night

DRF | 3 days ago
The breeding program that has produced Grade 1 winner Shotgun Gulch and Canadian champion Hollywood Hit was on full display at Remington Park on Friday night, when C.R. Trout saddled three of his homebreds to stakes wins, including Imahit in the featured $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
If handicappers knew that the Santa Anita main track would be as biased Saturday as it was Friday, planning would be easy – just find the speed. Read More...

Maywood: Big Boy Dreams wins Windy City Pace

DRF | 4 days ago
Big Boy Dreams might not be the best horse in the Ron Burke barn, but he brought a big effort on Friday night at Maywood Park in the $180,000 Windy City Pace. The 3-year-old colt went wire to wire for the 1:51 score with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Gingras takes three; JK She’salady, Mission Brief win

DRF | 4 days ago
Driver Yannick Gingras showed up at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night to drive a quartet of fillies in stakes eliminations and almost left with a clean sweep. He guided JK She’salady, Mission Brief, and Gatka Hanover flawlessly as The Show Returns nipped him at the wire in his lone defeat. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October: Kentucky fall sale concludes yearling calendar

DRF | 4 days ago
It is no stretch to say that this year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale has a tough act to follow. The previous two editions of North America’s final major yearling sale each posted record highs in gross, average, and median sale prices. Read More...

Sparkman: Exceed And Excel is exceedingly good

DRF | 4 days ago
Geneticists have yet to come up with a scientific explanation of what makes a sire of sires. And while it may be tempting to view the phenomenon as a man-made construct with no genetic basis, that explanation, too, remains unconvincing, at least for the most extreme cases. Read More...

Strong New York-bred contingent targeting Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Some of New York racing’s biggest stars won’t be in action Saturday on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park, but the reason why is a nice problem for the state’s Thoroughbred industry to have. New York-breds have had a phenomenally successful year racing against open company, and a handful of the program’s best are eyeing the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Read More...

Darley’s freshman Desert Party starting fast

DRF | 4 days ago
Darley’s graded stakes winner Desert Party moved north to stand at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., beginning in 2013, and the 8-year-old son of the recently deceased Street Cry is enjoying a solid freshman season as the runaway leader among New York’s first-crop sires, with progeny earnings of $361,592 through Wednesday. That total is good enough to place Desert Party ninth on the North American freshman sire list. Read More...

Windsor Castle a perennial force in West Virginia

DRF | 4 days ago
Windsor Castle has established himself as a perennial contender to be West Virginia’s leading sire over the past six years, and his foals have become statebred stalwarts in their own right. Read More...

Tiz Wonderful, Any Given Saturday sold to Korea

DRF | 4 days ago
Stallions Tiz Wonderful and Any Given Saturday have been sold to Korean interests to stand in that country beginning in 2015. Read More...

Sparkling Review gives trainer first stakes win in Valley View

DRF | 4 days ago
Sparkling Review gave Ben Colebrook the biggest thrill of his nascent training career Friday when she upset the Grade 3, $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes before a sun-splashed Keeneland crowd of 18,184. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Empire Showcase card starts early

DRF | 4 days ago
With the days getting ever shorter, first post at Belmont Park has been moved up to 12:20 p.m. Eastern for Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day card, where all 11 races are exclusively for New York-breds, including eight stakes collectively worth $1.75 million. Read More...

Monmouth to offer sports betting Oct. 26

DRF | 4 days ago
Disregarding a federal challenge lodged by major professional sports leagues, Monmouth Park in New Jersey will begin offering betting on sports Oct. 26, the track said Friday. Read More...

King’s preview: Pirate’s Trove in Raven Run

DRF | 4 days ago
With much of the country focusing on statebred stakes Saturday, Keeneland is the lone track to offer a graded stakes race. And it is a good one – the Grade 2 Raven Run, a $250,000, seven-furlong contest for 3-year-old fillies that drew both depth and quality. Thirteen fillies are entered, and seemingly at least five of them have about the same chance of winning. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Santa Anita on Sunday, Oct. 19

DRF | 4 days ago
The day appears set to get off to a chalky start. THREE BLONDES and SUSAN B GOOD have been knocking heads and taking turns beating one another on turf the past few months. The day’s opener appears to be in their hands. Read More...

NYRA pushes for uniform medication rules

DRF | 4 days ago
The New York Racing Association has submitted a letter to state regulators in support of a long-delayed set of rules that would align New York’s medication regulations with many other states on the Eastern seaboard. Read More...

Balmoral: Sunday 10/19 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Sunday 10/19 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Dime pick 10 makes its debut Monday

DRF | 4 days ago
A new 10-cent jackpot wager that requires a bettor to pick all 10 winners has been added to the menu for Gulfstream Park West and will be available only during the next four Mondays of racing during the Fall Turf Festival at the Miami track. Read More...

Bahamian Squall gets green light for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer David Fawkes said Friday that Bahamian Squall will return to Santa Anita to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for a second straight year. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Live second-timers in spotlight

DRF | 4 days ago
There are several promising second-time-starting juveniles on this 10-race card of Polytrack races. Read More...

French invader Daraybi makes U.S. debut

DRF | 4 days ago
Daraybi won a minor stakes in France this year, two months before he was sold and sent to California. The colt’s French form and the way he has trained in recent weeks have left trainer Darrell Vienna and jockey Brice Blanc eager to run him in Sunday’s $75,000 Uniformity Stakes for 3-year-olds on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: The show goes on without its star

DRF | 4 days ago
The Breeders' Cup will go on, although when it comes time to the run Mile, trainer Charlie LoPresti is forgiven if he finds something else to do, like mend a fence, check the sumps, or go sit in the corner of Wise Dan’s stall and dream of what might have been. Read More...

History Challenge: Shuttered tracks offer look into racing’s roots

DRF | 4 days ago
An old German proverb goes: “To change and to change for the better are two different things.” The first recognized racecourse in America opened in Long Island, N.Y., 350 years ago. It would be impossible to recount the tracks that have come and gone since that time. Read More...

Slumber looks for elusive stakes win

DRF | 4 days ago
Late in his career, Slumber looks to get his first North American stakes victory when he returns from a seven-month layoff in Sunday’s $100,000 Bowl Game Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Jarvis high on Lord Rosberg after Ascot Graduation performance

DRF | 4 days ago
Lord Rosberg may have lost to Blue Dancer in the $75,000 Ascot Graduation for 2-year-olds last Monday, but he proved that he is not just a one-trick pony and will be a force to be reckoned with in the local 3-year-old stakes division at Hastings next year. Read More...

Brown Panther shortens up for North American debut in Canadian International

DRF | 4 days ago
The 1 1/2-mile distance of Sunday’s $1 million Canadian International may be a little short for Brown Panther at this stage of his career, but that shouldn’t stop the world traveler from being an imposing presence in the 77th running of the Grade 1 turf fixture at Woodbine. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup tickets at Keeneland will be limited to 28,000

DRF | 4 days ago
Keeneland Racecourse is preparing to sell 28,000 reserved tickets for next year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup, track officials said Friday, a number that will guarantee the smallest crowd ever for the event’s marquee Saturday card. Read More...

Apprentice Jara fondly remembers Juan Saez

DRF | 4 days ago
Alexandra Jara, a five-pound apprentice who recently moved her tack to New York, was a classmate of Juan Saez at the Laffit Pincay Jockey School in Panama. Read More...

Maiden winner Combat Diver eyes Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 4 days ago
Combat Diver, a maiden winner at Belmont on Oct. 3 at Belmont Park, is being pointed to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, trainer Gary Contessa said Friday. Read More...

Looking like Breeders’ Cup Mile for Better Lucky

DRF | 4 days ago
Better Lucky, a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf against females, will most likely take on males in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 1, trainer Tom Albertrani said Friday. Read More...

Belle Gallantey taking shot at Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 4 days ago
Belle Gallantey, the former claimer turned two-time Grade 1 winner, will try to complete her rags-to-riches story when she runs in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Oct. 31. Read More...

Goldencents puts in final major Breeders’ Cup work

DRF | 4 days ago
Goldencents worked a sharp five furlongs in 59 seconds at Santa Anita on Friday for the final start of his career in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Oct. 31. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton October: Rare white Thoroughbred to be offered

DRF | 4 days ago
When one takes a horse to auction, the hope is usually that he or she will stand out from the crowd. Painted Patchen will have no trouble doing just that. The Thunder Gulch colt will be 12th registered white Thoroughbred offered at a North American public auction since 1999 when he goes through the ring on Wednesday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale. Read More...

Court returns from broken hand with Wednesday victory

DRF | 4 days ago
Jon Court capped a long, painful comeback by winning the Wednesday feature aboard the favored Honey Lake, marking his first victory since he broke his hand in a spill in the final race on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Barretts cancels November racing age sale

DRF | 4 days ago
Barretts will not conduct a horses of racing age sale at Del Mar on Nov. 8 as previously scheduled, according to the sale company’s general manager, Kim Lloyd. Read More...

Favorites go down on Future Champions Day

DRF | 4 days ago
All the Grade 1 favorites fizzled on Future Champions Day at Newmarket, with Ivawood’s second-place finish in the Middle Park Stakes the top showing from any of the best-fancied 2-year-olds in action Friday. Read More...

Unrivaled looks strong despite unusual loss

DRF | 4 days ago
You almost had to see it to believe how Unrivaled, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, was beaten in the first race Wednesday at Keeneland. Read More...

Sharp’s training career gets off to fast start

DRF | 4 days ago
If Joe Sharp were a racehorse, he might be one of the best sprinters in the world. Read More...

Inimitable Romanee tries to get back to form in Dowager

DRF | 4 days ago
Some races at Keeneland this fall have been contested by rather short fields, most notably in lower-end races on the new dirt surface. As for stakes races on either surface, however, they’ve held sway as bright spots. Read More...

Goldstryke Glory back on Polytrack for Ontario Fashion

DRF | 4 days ago
Goldstryke Glory will return to Polytrack after three consecutive starts on turf for Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

Hammersly: Pick three play at Santa Anita for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 4 days ago
The final pick three of the day (races 7-9) at Santa Anita may involve two maiden races but neither seems inscrutable, as can often be the case. They sandwich a competitive grass event where you may find a price. Read More...

Calgary Cat seeks to strengthen credentials in Nearctic Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Calgary Cat could stamp himself as a contender for Canadian champion male sprinter with a win in Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Nearctic Stakes over six furlongs on turf at Woodbine. Read More...

Senor Rojo sharp heading into Harbour View

DRF | 4 days ago
Senor Rojo figures to be tough to handle when he runs Sunday in the $32,000 Harbour View Stakes at Hastings. Nine horses will go in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up who have not won $26,500 in 2014, but the Grade 3 winner Senor Rojo is in a class by himself. Read More...