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Giwner: Welcome to the new world of Harness racing

DRF | 5 days ago
The stakes season is over. My mind is now left to wander, recalling many passing thoughts which could have become a column during the year if more time was available. Read More...

King: Ivy Bell a capable invader at Laurel

DRF | 5 days ago
Laurel Park caught my eye Saturday, running four stakes, two of which have horses I'm eager to back. At Los Alamitos, I am shooting for a price in the Starlet. Read More...

Actress bound for Houston Ladies Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Actress, the dominant 8 1/4-length winner of the Grade 3 Comely Stakes on Nov. 24 at Aqueduct, will be pointed to the Grade 3, $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic on Jan. 28 at Sam Houston, trainer Jason Servis confirmed Thursday. Read More...

Takaful will train in New York for now

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin shipped promising 2-year-olds Avery Island and Dream Pauline to his winter base in south Florida on Thursday, but Grade 1 winner Takaful will remain in New York for now. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/9 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 12/9 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Hong Kong Mile looks wide open

DRF | 5 days ago
The Group 1, $2.94 million Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin historically has been a race for the locals. It appears to be open to about anyone this year. Read More...

Meadowlands: Horses to watch for December 1 – 2

DRF | 5 days ago
Derick Giwner's Horses to Watch at The Meadowlands for December 1 to 2. Read More...

Talismanic vs. Highland Reel in Hong Kong Vase

DRF | 5 days ago
The week of the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar, Talismanic, a horse few Americans had heard of, much less seen, became famous for his looks. The BC Turf longshot has a thick slab of white pitched down the center of his face and bright socks pulled up over his knees. He looks more like a paint horse at a Texas rodeo than a French import from the legendary training yard of Andre Fabre. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 12/9 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 12/9 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Pass the Gravy appears solid in Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity

DRF | 5 days ago
The Chicago racing season is drawing to a close, so it's time for the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, the annual stakes finale on the Chicago circuit. Read More...

Clasico del Caribe tops card packed with international talent

DRF | 5 days ago
History will be made Saturday, when Gulfstream Park becomes the first track outside of Latin America and the Caribbean to host the Clasico Internacional del Caribe in the 51-year history of the prestigious event. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 12/9 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 12/9 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Quezon poised for first win of year

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday's $100,000 Garland of Roses Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct isn't a restricted race, but three New York-breds look like the top contenders in the six-furlong stakes. Read More...

Short-priced favorites in stakes triple-header

DRF | 5 days ago
A stakes triple-header highlights the Saturday card at Turf Paradise as the Phoenix track presents the $30,000 Arizona Breeders' Futurity divisions (one for males, one for fillies) and the $25,000 Cactus Wren. Read More...

Maryland juveniles try to stretch their speed

DRF | 6 days ago
Clever Mind and Limited View won their respective Maryland Million Day races on pure ability. On Saturday at Laurel Park, they will try to build on those performances while stretching out to seven furlongs. Read More...

Ms Locust Point well drawn for Willa On the Move

DRF | 6 days ago
After flashing promise at 2, Ms Locust Point has only started twice this season. On Saturday, she will return to the stakes ranks in the $100,000 Willa On the Move at Laurel Park. Read More...

Talented Baffert juveniles clash in Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity

DRF | 6 days ago
Solomini has lost to two of the country's best 2-year-olds this fall. He is not far behind them. Read More...

Undefeated Dream Tree gets route test in Starlet

DRF | 6 days ago
The top of the stretch of Saturday's Grade 1 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos will be new territory for War Heroine and Dream Tree. Read More...

Pegasus tourney qualifiers on DRFT

DRF | 6 days ago
DRF Tournaments will be running feeders and qualifiers for the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship starting this weekend. It will be a first-of-its-kind live-bankroll betting contest, with no entry fee and a 5 percent player rebate program for non-contest wagers. The event costs $12,000 to enter, all of which can be used as a live-bankroll for wagers at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26-27 in conjunction with the Pegasus World Cup. Read More...

Fear the Kitten joins roster at Indiana’s Swifty Farms

DRF | 6 days ago
Swifty Farms in Seymour, Ind., has released its advertised fees for the 2018 breeding season, led once again by Majestic Harbor at $4,000. Swifty Farms will debut two new stallions in 2018, including Fear the Kitten, who will stand for $1,000. Read More...

Pletcher has heavy hand in six juvenile stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Gulfstream Park's innovation will take another welcome twist Saturday when six 2-year-old stakes will serve as lead-in events to the inaugural Clasico Internacional del Caribe series at the south Florida track. Read More...

Harness: Post Time with Mike and Mike Award Nominees Announced

DRF | 6 days ago
Post Time with Mike and Mike is excited to announce the nominees for the 2017 Post Time with Mike and Mike awards. Read More...

Harness: New series of races for Penn National Gaming

DRF | 6 days ago
Penn National Gaming, Inc. today announced the inaugural Penn National Gaming Harness Racing Challenge, to be conducted throughout the 2018 racing season. Read More...

Stall empties barn for Louisiana Champions Day

DRF | 6 days ago
With horses set to start in six races, it will be a busy Louisiana Champions Day for trainer Al Stall, and if those horses run to form, it should be a successful one. Read More...

Special Edition: New Stallions of 2018

DRF | 6 days ago
Read our feature piece on the new stallions of 2018 as individual stories, or download the complete special section as a PDF. Read More...

Fast and Foxy gunning for repeat in Bear Fan

DRF | 6 days ago
Fast and Foxy is blessed with keen speed. There's no strategy where she's concerned other than throwing down the gauntlet and saying, “Come and catch me.” Read More...

Fitness a question in Mobile Bay’s repeat bid

DRF | 6 days ago
Mobile Bay comes into the Louisiana Champions Day Classic a compromised favorite, perhaps vulnerable due to a lack of total race fitness. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Dec. 9: Picks for Wait A While, Starlet, Willa On the Move

DRF | 6 days ago
Although they attracted a combined total of only 10 entrants, the two Grade 1, $300,000 route races for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos Race Course – the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the Starlet – are the marquee races on Saturday's stakes schedule. But also of considerable interest is the first North America running of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe at Gulfstream Park, topped by the $300,000 Clasico, or Caribbean Classic, if you like. Read More...

Shackleford filly tops Ohio mixed sale

DRF | 6 days ago
The first edition of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners mixed sale in more than a decade was led by a $15,000 yearling Shackleford filly Sunday. Read More...

Market for new stallions warming up

DRF | 6 days ago
Arrogate, at $75,000, and Gun Runner, at $70,000, enter a market that again has warmed to new stallions. Here is a year-by-year look at Kentucky's top incoming stud fees of the past decade. Read More...

New stallions find homes in Maryland and other regional markets

DRF | 6 days ago
Kentucky traditionally sees the most stallions enter its ranks each breeding season, but the migration of prospects from the racetrack to regional farms can fluctuate depending on the health of each state's program. Read More...

Kentucky’s farms go back to the well for 2018

DRF | 6 days ago
The Thoroughbred industry is a landscape of dynasties and history. That is evident in this year's Kentucky class of sires, with major farms tapping into lines that have worked for them in the past by standing young stallions aside their sires or close relations, or securing sons from rising sirelines. Read More...

For Lord Nelson, a long and trying road to stud

DRF | 6 days ago
Lord Nelson was poised for a well-supported debut season at stud in 2017, but a series of health setbacks that required painstaking management waylaid those plans, making his belated debut an accomplishment in itself. Read More...

Gun Runner a strong addition to Three Chimneys roster

DRF | 6 days ago
One of the most anticipated new stallions of 2018, Gun Runner will join the young roster at Three Chimneys, debuting for an advertised fee of $70,000 following a planned start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Read More...

Arrogate a much-anticipated addition for Juddmonte

DRF | 6 days ago
Arrogate, who leads all North American runners with $17,422,600 in career earnings, is among the latest champions to emerge from the sire line of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled. Read More...

Attard pair stretching out in Kingarvie Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer Sid Attard should be holding a strong hand in Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes, when he sends out Silent Sting and Royal Laser at Woodbine. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, December 10, 2017

DRF | 6 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for International Day at Sha Tin: Sunday, December 10, 2017 Read More...

International betting executives advocate for new wagering options in U.S.

DRF | 6 days ago
Bet takers in the U.S. could put in place several new betting options already in place in other countries in order to drive up betting on U.S. races, the heads of several betting companies from Australia and the United Kingdom said on a Wednesday afternoon panel at the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Constellation retired, will be bred to Curlin

DRF | 6 days ago
Grade 1 winner Constellation has been retired from racing and will visit Hall of Famer Curlin for her first mating during the 2018 breeding season. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 12/8 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 12/8 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 12/8 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 12/8 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 12/8 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 12/8 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Hovdey: Few have cracked the Hong Kong code

DRF | 6 days ago
Whether for flag and country or cold, hard cash, American owners and trainers keep trying to spread their wings aboard, sometimes to great success, more often to no avail. Read More...

Joseph Appelbaum elected NYTHA president

DRF | 6 days ago
Joseph Appelbaum has been elected as president of the New York Thoroughbred Horseman's Association, it was announced Tuesday. Read More...

Jose Ortiz likely to return sooner than expected

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Jose Ortiz is expected to return to the saddle sooner than originally thought following surgery on his left knee Tuesday. Read More...

Jerkens reflects on retired Shaman Ghost

DRF | 6 days ago
It was announced earlier this week that Shaman Ghost, trained by Jimmy Jerkens for half his racing career, would be retired to stud. Read More...

Absatootly going in Garland of Roses

DRF | 6 days ago
Absatootly is cross-entered in two stakes with similar conditions Saturday, but trainer Charlton Baker said the New York-bred filly will run in the Garland of Roses at Aqueduct. Read More...

Harness: Warkentin finding a second career on the ice

DRF | 6 days ago
Ken Warkentin gets up early Sunday morning and hops into the car to head to a hockey rink. Although he spent the better part of Saturday calling harness races at Freehold and the Meadowlands, finishing work around midnight, he is energized. When he arrives at the rink, he will not be playing in a game, though. He puts on black pants, a striped shirt, and gets ready to have a new kind of fun. Read More...