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Tensas Harbor could fare well on turf or dirt in Matron Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
The first stakes action of the young Evangeline Downs season is set for Friday night as a full field of 12 fillies and mares are set to go in the $60,000 Matron Stakes. The one-mile test is slated for the turf, but handicappers and horsemen alike should perhaps prepare for a possible move to the main track if the recent weather pattern in Cajun country continues. Read More...

Key Race report: Chapter and Verse back in allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Chapter and Verse (#2, ML 5-2) will return to action in Wednesday’s sixth race at Keeneland, an about seven-furlong allowance. It will be his first start since a third-place finish by 3 3/4 lengths in a six-furlong optional claimer March 14 at Fair Grounds. The fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Speed makes Moonshine Sipper dangerous

DRF | 3 days ago
Moonshine Sipper will put his considerable speed on display when he tries winners for the first time in a $35,000 starter/optional claiming race that will serve as the feature race at Gulfstream Park on Friday. Read More...

Jerardi: Dortmund still looks good, but no cinch

DRF | 3 days ago
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but there is no way I can be as confident as I was with California Chrome last year. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 22

DRF | 3 days ago
After the final scoring race for the Kentucky Derby is run, the Derby Watch top 20 becomes entirely points driven, and any horse who works his way into the top 20 must be included, even if the Derby Watch committee doesn’t think much of his chances or even if his starting status is in doubt. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Apr. 18 – Apr. 19

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

San Francisco Mile highlights weekend of major turf racing

DRF | 3 days ago
Golden Gate Fields will offer a big weekend of turf racing this weekend with the Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile scheduled for Saturday at the Albany, Calif., track and a pair of $100,000 turf stakes for Cal-breds Sunday. Read More...

Full field for closing-day Bewitch Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
The curtain comes down Friday at Keeneland, but not before one last encore. An overflow field of filly-mare turf marathoners with no clear-cut favorite has been assembled in what shapes up as a terrific closing-day feature, the 54th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Bewitch Stakes. Read More...

Mohawk: Horses to watch from Apr. 16 – Apr. 18

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Run to the Bank will try to continue momentum for red-hot Nosowenko

DRF | 3 days ago
Owner-trainer Nick Nosowenko has gotten off to a fast start at the Woodbine meet, and will saddle his durable stable star Run to the Bank in Friday’s headliner, a second-level allowance with a $60,000 claiming option. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 4/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 4/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 4/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 4/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Easter Bunnette, dam of Havre de Grace, dies at 17

DRF | 3 days ago
Easter Bunnette, the dam of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, died April 18 due to hemorrhaging caused by foaling her Bernardini colt. She was 17. Read More...

OBS April: Opening session closes with higher median, gross and average fall

DRF | 3 days ago
The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale completed its first of four sessions on Tuesday with mild overall declines but a slight boost in the middle market, as shown by an increased median. Read More...

Turf runners line up in Thursday feature

DRF | 3 days ago
The best race on Lone Star’s card Thursday night is the sixth race. The optional $25,000 claimer at a mile on the grass is for 3-year-olds and up, and it drew a competitive field of 12. Read More...

One King’s Man needs hot pace in Texas Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
One King’s Man could get an ideal setup Friday night in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park near Dallas. The potential for a quick pace in the co-richest race of the meet is one of the reasons the late-running stakes winner was entered, trainer Joe Sharp said Tuesday. Read More...

New owners hope for quick return with Consumer Credit

DRF | 3 days ago
Consumer Credit makes her first start for her new owners in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct, and she figures to be favored in the field of six 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Mubtaahij stretches his legs at Arlington

DRF | 3 days ago
Far from the slowly swelling hubbub at Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby hopeful Mubtaahij worked three furlongs Tuesday morning at Arlington in a reported 36.20 seconds. Read More...

Charles Town sets handle mark

DRF | 3 days ago
Charles Town set a record for total handle on its Charles Town Classic program last Saturday. Read More...

Ness bringing more horses to Delaware

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jamie Ness will have an increased presence at the upcoming Delaware Park meet. Read More...

Leatherbury makes even-money look good

DRF | 3 days ago
It appears getting on the Hall of Fame ballot was tougher for King Leatherbury than actually being voted into the Hall. On Monday, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame named Leatherbury one of this year’s four inductees. Read More...

Baffert watches Derby Weekend runners train

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Baffert came to Churchill Downs on Tuesday to watch American Pharoah gallop and one of his two possible Oaks contenders, Maybellene, breeze during the 15-minute Derby-Oaks training session, which began at 8:30 a.m. Read More...

Yonkers: P H Supercam draws outside post for Levy final

DRF | 3 days ago
The overseers of the open draw made sure P H Supercam is going to have it earn it. He drew the eight-hole Saturday night (Apr.25) for Yonkers Raceway’s $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial. The 28th edition of the Levy—a Free-For-All event—is the sport’s richest race of the season to date. Read More...

Southern Hemisphere fees announced for More Than Ready, Big Brown

DRF | 3 days ago
Vinery Stud in Scone, New South Wales, Australia, has released its stud fees for the 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, headed up by U.S. shuttle sire More Than Ready. Read More...

Arlington, horsemen agree to race-meet contract

DRF | 3 days ago
Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association signed a contract late Monday stipulating the manner in which Arlington’s 2015 race meet, which begins May 1, will be conducted. Read More...

Grande Shores brings consistency into Blue Heron Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
It is hard not to like a horse like Grande Shores, who is coming off a short break in the $60,000 Blue Heron Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Thursday. After all, the last time he finished worse than second was 14 starts ago in the Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 18, 2014. He will likely be favored in the seven-furlong sprint that drew seven horses and goes as the seventh race. Read More...

Free: Santa Anita horses to watch for week of April 21

DRF | 4 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Santa Anita for the week of April 21. Read More...

Mr. Jenney should be fit for allowance feature

DRF | 4 days ago
It’s not quite like the Extreme Race Day that Canterbury Park has held for the last eight years, but the Thursday card at Keeneland is definitely out of the ordinary – by Keeneland standards, anyway. Read More...

NTRA comes out in support of revised tax rules

DRF | 4 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has sent an official response to proposed rules that would sharply reduce the tax liability on parimutuel winnings, kicking off a campaign to draw support for the changes from the racing community. Read More...

Harness: Hall of Famer Ron Pierce now aiming for a June return

DRF | 4 days ago
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce was supposed to be back in the sulky by now. Some six weeks ago it was announced he would miss approximately five weeks of action due to neck and back surgery, but neither operation has been performed. Read More...

Gierkink’s Woodbine horses to watch for week of April 20

DRF | 4 days ago
Ron Gierkink's horses to watch at Woodbine for the week of April 20. Read More...

Shared Belief might miss rest of 2015

DRF | 4 days ago
Shared Belief sustained a non-displaced fracture on the point of his right hip, his connections said Monday, and while the injury is not career-threatening, it’s uncertain whether he can make it back to the races this year. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 4/22 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 4/22 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

WinStar buys interest in Upstart

DRF | 4 days ago
WinStar Farm announced Monday that it has acquired a minority interest in leading Kentucky Derby contender Upstart from his principal owner, Ralph Evans. Read More...

Kentucky Derby fillies as broodmares

DRF | 4 days ago
One might assume that only top fillies would dare contest a Kentucky Derby – and one would be correct in that assumption. As broodmares, these 40 classic distaffers went on to comprise a pretty solid group of matrons, with 18 of them producing stakes winners and several exerting a notable-to-profound influence on the American Thoroughbred. Read More...

Regret’s Derby at 100: Filly made a case for equality

DRF | 4 days ago
Photos tell stories. This one, in muted gray, depicts two men flanking a dark Thoroughbred with an irregular splash of white sliding down her sweat-streaked face, eye rolling wildly in an afterburn of fatigued nerves. The figure on the left gazes off into space, a shadow of a smile playing across his lips. The other stares intently at the horse, his horse, who has just accomplished what many thought impossible. Read More...

Judy the Beauty makes surprise appearance

DRF | 4 days ago
What figured to be a far from noteworthy Kentucky Derby-Oaks training session Monday got an unexpected boost when reigning female sprint champion Judy the Beauty worked six furlongs after the renovation break at 8:30 a.m. Judy the Beauty is scheduled to make her 2015 debut in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff here a week from Saturday. Read More...

Sharp makes immediate impact

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Joe Sharp plans to have 20 horses stabled at Belmont Park this spring and summer, and if they can perform the way Aztec Brave did in Sunday’s $100,000 Danger’s Hour Stakes at Aqueduct, he will have a successful meet. Read More...

Promising Touchofstarquality resumes career

DRF | 4 days ago
Handicappers on Wednesday will have to figure out what to do with Touchofstarquality, a horse who has lived up to his name a couple of times but who is also returning off a 313-day layoff. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 4/21 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 4/21 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Gallardo tries to keep fresh amid high volume of mounts

DRF | 4 days ago
The trainer’s race for the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Downs meeting may well go down to the final days, but there’s no question who will be the leading rider. Read More...

Rock Fall flaunts talent in 109 Beyer win

DRF | 4 days ago
Rock Fall extended his win streak to four, getting a smart ride from Javier Castellano in winning the $66,470 allowance Saturday by nine lengths. He earned a career-high 109 Beyer Speed Figure on his way to the stakes ranks for Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Judy the Beauty works for Humana Distaff

DRF | 4 days ago
Judy the Beauty, the champion filly and mare sprinter of 2014, moved another step closer to her 2015 debut after working six furlongs in 1:12.70 at Churchill Downs over a “good” track on Monday. Read More...

Next stop for Tonalist: New York

DRF | 4 days ago
Tonalist, last year’s Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, will be returning to Belmont Park from Florida this weekend, trainer Christophe Clement said Monday, though where the multiple Grade 1 stakes winner will make his return to the races is still not decided. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Velazquez will ride Carpe Diem

DRF | 4 days ago
John Velazquez will ride Carpe Diem and Javier Castellano will ride Materiality in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher announced late Monday afternoon. Read More...

Indiana Grand faces stiff competition for horses

DRF | 4 days ago
Indiana Grand Racecourse commences its 2015 racing season Tuesday, with a new summer date for the Indiana Derby, an attractive and stable purse structure - and one nagging issue that won’t go away. Read More...

Victory Mast a likely winner

DRF | 5 days ago
Victory Mast figures to be a short price when he runs in a $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up at Gulfstream Park Wednesday. The mile and a sixteenth race on the turf , which is restricted to horses that have never won two races, kicks off the eight-race card. Read More...

Handle, attendance up at Santa Anita meet

DRF | 5 days ago
Santa Anita completed its 68-day winter-spring meeting on Sunday with increases in all-sources handle and attendance but a decline in ontrack handle, track officials said. Read More...

Bergman: Bolt The Duer hoping 2015 is HIS year

DRF | 5 days ago
For the better part of the last four years, Bolt The Duer has had to compete and contend with one of the greatest pacing classes of the last 20 years. The son of Ponder appeared on the doorstep of greatness so many times, but at each juncture there was a horse as fast, as tough, and as durable to keep him from reaching the pinnacle of success. Read More...

Meadows: Shake It Cerry to make her 2015 debut

DRF | 5 days ago
The reigning Trotter of the Year, Shake It Cerry, will make her 2015 debut on Friday evening at The Meadows in the $51,100 Meadows Maturity. The Jimmy Takter-trained mare will tackle a field of eight competitors including Classic Martine. Read More...