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For NYRA, spate of fatalities brings back bad recent memories

DRF | 5 days ago
There have been six racing fatalities through the first seven days of the Aqueduct inner-track meet, bringing back haunting memories of the 2011-12 season, when there were 21 fatalities in a four-month span. Read More...

Desert Gambler takes on winners in Enchantress

DRF | 5 days ago
Desert Gambler is a maiden facing winners in the $85,000 Enchantress at Sunland Park on Sunday, but she still might go favored in the one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies bred in New Mexico. The stakes drew a field of nine, including leading contenders Muy Rapido, K B’s Last Danz, and Miss E Bar. Read More...

Hovdey: Now for a completely different symposium

DRF | 5 days ago
Tough issues need to be addressed, and the Racing and Gaming Symposium is as good a place as any to put them on the table. Since no one asked, here are a few ideas for future confabs. Read More...

Flashy American has class edge in She’s All In

DRF | 5 days ago
Flashy American has represented herself well against some quality competition over the past year, and those efforts make her the probable favorite in the $100,000 She’s All In Handicap at Remington Park on Sunday. Read More...

I’m Stoked looks set to add to sterling record

DRF | 5 days ago
I’m Stoked began his career by winning four of his first six starts. He has slowed down a bit, with only two wins in his last five, but don’t worry, things appear to be looking up. Read More...

Juveniles get two-turn dirt tests in Damon Runyon, East View stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
New York-bred juveniles will attempt two turns for the first time on dirt Sunday when Aqueduct hosts both the Damon Runyon Stakes for males and the East View Stakes for females. Both races will be contested at a mile and 70 yards over the inner track. Read More...

NYRA plans 251 racing days for 2015

DRF | 5 days ago
Though a break in late March has been added, the New York Racing Association has scheduled 251 days of racing in 2015, according to a schedule it released Friday. Read More...

Springboard Mile a distance test for juveniles

DRF | 5 days ago
‘Tis the season for two-turn tests for 2-year-olds, and that’s what Shotgun Kowboy, Bayerd, and High Noon Rider will be taking Sunday in the $250,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park. Read More...

Two more Los Alamitos track records fall Thursday

DRF | 5 days ago
Track records do not last long at Los Alamitos this year. In a little more than 90 minutes on Thursday, Bernster and Sweet Marini lowered the marks for two sprint distances. Read More...

Albano is getting fit

DRF | 5 days ago
Graded stakes winner Albano, who hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Smarty Jones Stakes on Sept. 1 at Parx, worked a half-mile at Fair Grounds on Wednesday in 48.20 seconds, his fourth workout since he arrived in New Orleans last month. Read More...

‘Practice’ pays off for gelding Paddy’s Notes

DRF | 5 days ago
What turned out to be a practice race Nov. 30 at Fair Grounds for the 5-year-old gelding Paddy’s Notes set him up to win last Sunday for trainer Tim Glyshaw. The victory was the second of the weekend for Glyshaw in starter-allowance/optional-claiming races. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Classic still in plans for Wildcat Red

DRF | 5 days ago
Wildcat Red, who closed out his 3-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the Sunshine Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park West, just stretched his legs a bit through an easy half-mile in 52.26 seconds here Friday under regular exercise rider Peter Shelton. Read More...

Gantry shows a hint of his old self in Thursday allowance win

DRF | 5 days ago
There’s life in those old legs yet, Gantry showed Thursday, when he rallied past solid allowance foes on turf to win for the first time since March. Read More...

Jocy Gomez comes out on top in Venezuela

DRF | 5 days ago
Lost among all the hoopla of opening week here was the result of the Jockey Challenge held at Hipodromo La Rinconada in Caracas, Venezuela, on Dec. 6. Jocy Gomez pulled off a major upset, winning the competition over a field that included John Velazquez, Javier Castellano, Alex Solis, and Ramsey Zimmerman. Read More...

Pan Zareta prep draws salty group

DRF | 5 days ago
A turf allowance sprint serving as a prep for next month’s Pan Zareta Stakes for older fillies and mares highlights a nine-race card Sunday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Heza Dasha Fire can make history in Los Al Two Million

DRF | 5 days ago
Heza Dasha Fire is 400 yards away from a first in Quarter Horse history, and most likely the title of 2014 World Champion Running Quarter Horse. Read More...

The return of a gray eminence

DRF | 5 days ago
More than a decade ago, back when Old Friends had just a couple of retirees at Afton Farm in Georgetown, Ky., Sandy Hatfield, stallion manager at Three Chimneys Farm, gave me a halter from my favorite horse of all time – Silver Charm. The idea was to auction it off to raise money. After all, a few months after she donated it, this great Thoroughbred left to revive his breeding career in Japan and the halter would have fetched a serious price. Over the years, no matter how desperate we were for money, and, believe me, we’ve had some desperate times, I always resisted putting it up for grabs and, last week, I got to return it to its rightful owner. The thrill of a lifetime on the cusp of my 68th birthday. Read More...

Oregon-breds take the spotlight at Portland Meadows

DRF | 5 days ago
Sunday is Oregon Championship Day, one of the biggest days of the Portland Meadows season. All 10 races are restricted to Oregon-breds on a card that includes five stakes for Thoroughbreds and three for Quarter Horses. Read More...

Acceptance taking proven path in King Glorious

DRF | 5 days ago
There is a good reason why the unbeaten Acceptance is starting in Sunday’s $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos and not in the Grade 1, $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20. Read More...

Hammersly: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Dec. 13

DRF | 5 days ago
We had some good fortune last week using a simple key-horse method with trifectas here last week. The theory is that if you have a horse you like quite a bit, then for a meager investment, you may have a nice hit. A $1 trifecta keying that horse on top of five others costs a mere $20. Three races are candidates for such a play Sunday. Read More...

Hammersly: Aqueduct pick three for Saturday, Dec. 13

DRF | 5 days ago
The late-card pick three that interests me here (races 6-8) may start with maidens, but at least the wager starts with maidens, so you can see the wagering and make a visual assessment instead of having such a tough leg come after you’ve made your investment. Read More...

Stallwalkin’ Dude back on short rest for turf route

DRF | 5 days ago
Stallwalkin’ Dude is wheeling back Sunday at Gulfstream Park after just having put forth a big effort last weekend in the Claiming Crown. It’s the kind of move David Jacobson is not averse to employing. Read More...

Yonkers: Sunday 12/14 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Sunday 12/14 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Los Alamitos tests reveal trace positives in Super Derby runners

DRF | 6 days ago
Los Alamitos announced Thursday that it has released the purse of the $972,100 Los Alamitos Super Derby for Quarter Horses, run on Nov. 22, despite trace-level positives in pre-race tests for the bronchodilators clenbuterol and albuterol among several the 10 finalists. Read More...

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance awards 2014 grants

DRF | 6 days ago
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will award $2.4 million in grants to its 42 accredited facilities for 2014 to assist with the management, rehabilitation, and adoption of former racehorses in their care. The grant amount is a significant increase from the previous year, when 23 facilities received a combined $1 million in grants. Read More...

Heitai will try to hold on late in Champions Day Sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
The three big-name horses on the Louisiana Champions Day card are Sunbean, String King, and Heitai. Sunbean in the Classic and String King in the Turf look seriously formidable. Both will be short-priced favorites, and contrarian types might be banging their heads against the wall trying to take down either horse, particularly Sunbean, who has only four rivals in the Classic. Read More...

Can Trakus data identify future winners?

DRF | 6 days ago
Handicappers know the significance of a wide trip, especially in turf racing. A horse loses approximately one length for every path wide the horse is off the rail, so lost ground is critical in a game where winning is often decided by a nose or a head. Read More...

Meadowlands: Remmen brothers send out a quartet on Saturday

DRF | 6 days ago
No trainers have been successful at the Meadowlands longer than brothers Ray and Larry Remmen. The brothers were here at the beginning and remain just as vibrant today. Heading into Saturday’s 13-race program at the Meadowlands the pair have four contenders and one of the best pacers on the grounds in Wake Up Peter. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 12/13 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 12/13 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 12/13 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 12/13 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Speedy Dom the Bomb will test distance capability in Jim Edgar Futurity

DRF | 6 days ago
The $100,000 Jim Edgar Futurity is a contrast in style and type, the race’s two leading contenders coming from opposite corners. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 4 to 7

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for December 4 to 7, 2014. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 12/13 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 12/13 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Sunbean a short price in Louisiana Champions Day Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
On Dec. 8, 2012, a horse named Sunbean made his career debut in a Louisiana-bred maiden special weight sprint and lost by a nose. Sunbean has since started in 10 Louisiana-bred races, nine of them stakes, and has not been defeated yet. Read More...

Kanagaro looks to start new winning streak in turf feature

DRF | 6 days ago
Kanagaro, who won five straight races on the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs this season and was beaten four lengths in his last start on turf at Laurel Park, goes after his seventh win of the season as the tepid choice in a well-matched group of optional-claiming routers entered for Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile turf feature at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 12/13 analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Saturday 12/13 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Woodbine sees small declines in handle, field size

DRF | 6 days ago
Despite a strong closing-day card last Sunday, total wagering at Woodbine was down slightly for the second consecutive year. Read More...

Niarchos family named outstanding breeders of Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
The Niarchos family, operating under the name of Flaxman Holdings Ltd., earned the fourth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Read More...

Mound eyes fourth straight win in Joshua Radosevich Memorial

DRF | 6 days ago
The new Mahoning Valley Race Course showcases 2-year-old Ohio-accredited horses on Saturday with the running of the $50,000 Joshua Radosevich Memorial. Read More...

Far Niente favored in Christmas Invitational

DRF | 6 days ago
Far Niente, the winner of the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity in July, will be favored to win his third stakes in Saturday’s $60,000 Christmas Invitational Handicap for Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos. Read More...

R Free Roll wants uncontested lead in Sugar Swirl

DRF | 6 days ago
R Free Roll’s ability to establish an uncontested pace could be key to the outcome of the $100,000 Sugar Swirl, the only graded race among the four stakes to be decided Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Hovdey: Solis ready to join the 5,000 club

DRF | 6 days ago
Alex Solis, the most recent jockey inducted into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, was walking around this week with an official total of 4,999 winners gathered in the United Stakes and Canada. He was scheduled to ride two horses on Friday at Los Alamitos but none on Saturday, which is too bad, since Saturday will be a good day at the Orange County track, featuring Breeders’ Cup winner Take Charge Brandi in the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Kodiac sets single-season record for juvenile winners

DRF | 6 days ago
Irish sire Kodiac set a record for single-season 2-year-old winners by a North American or European stallion when his son Cry No More won his debut Nov. 30 in Sweden. Read More...

California Chrome cranking up for San Antonio

DRF | 6 days ago
Preparations for the 2015 season began in earnest for California Chrome on Thursday, when the star 3-year-old worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds at Los Alamitos for the upcoming Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. Read More...

Racing Symposium: Racing should explore fantasy games

DRF | 6 days ago
Racetracks and betting companies should explore mining the customer base of fantasy sports leagues for new fans and create their own fantasy games to capitalize on the market’s explosive growth, racing officials and fantasy-league experts said Thursday on the final day of the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming. Read More...

Golden Gate Fields cancels Thursday card

DRF | 6 days ago
A severe storm that hit the San Francisco Bay Area with heavy rains and gusty winds, causing flooding, power outages, and transportation problems, forced Golden Gate Fields to cancel its seven-race program Thursday. Read More...

Flintshire a strong favorite in Hong Kong Vase

DRF | 6 days ago
Flintshire will make his third appearance on as many continents this fall when he starts as a strong favorite in Sunday’s Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. Read More...

Man pleads guilty to bribing college athletes, jockey

DRF | 6 days ago
A Detroit man accused of bribing college athletes and a jockey who rode briefly in the United States pleaded guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to fix races, in a case that has touched on the careers of several riders. Read More...

Starlet win would push Take Charge Brandi toward title

DRF | 6 days ago
Don’t mess with Take Charge Brandi. That is what trainer D. Wayne Lukas has learned about her as she enters Saturday’s $350,000 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. Read More...

Liam’s Map faces classy rivals in stakes debut in Harlan’s Holiday

DRF | 6 days ago
What Liam’s Map lacks in experience he may well be able to make up in raw talent when he takes the giant leap from entry-level allowance company into Saturday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...