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New rivals get acquainted in Friday allowance

DRF | 2 days ago
Awesome Return and Abbey Vale meet for the first time in an optional claimer on turf at Santa Anita on Friday. They could become frequent rivals in distance turf stakes in Southern California. Read More...

Hovdey: Sheikh Hamdan, minister of handicapping?

DRF | 2 days ago
The variables facing California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup are many, including the recently installed sand-based surface over which the race will be run. No less an authority than Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum weighed in last week that California Chrome might be in trouble, since he’s never run on anything like the Meydan surface before. Read More...

McCauley charged with administering ‘milkshake’ on race day

DRF | 2 days ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has charged trainer Tevis McCauley with multiple violations of its racing rules, including administering a so-called milkshake to a horse entered on race day, according to the commission and McCauley. Read More...

International Star favored at 3-1 in Louisiana Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
International Star, the winner of the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, drew the outside post in a field of nine on Wednesday when the field was drawn for Saturday's Grade 2, $750,000 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Harness: White Bliss to be bred to trotting mares in 2016

DRF | 2 days ago
We haven’t seen White Bliss on the track since November and probably won’t for about another month, but co-owner Tristan Sjoberg announced via Twitter that the rare white standardbred has been approved for stud duty in Sweden and they will test the waters. He also gave an update on the colt's training. Read More...

Aqueduct Friday allowance a real grab-bag

DRF | 2 days ago
The feature race at Aqueduct on Friday, a second-level optional claimer, is a real head-scratcher and illustrates how many different ways a horse can be eligible for these events. Read More...

Goldfeder: What Was I Thinking – Spiral Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
It is not often when you bet a race, end up cashing the win ticket and a nice exacta, and then come away asking yourself, “What was I thinking?” Read More...

Work All Week has first published work since Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
On a sunny Wednesday morning at Oaklawn Park, champion Work All Week had his first published work since winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The Eclipse Award-winning sprinter arrived in Arkansas last Tuesday. He was freshened after the Breeders’ Cup and resumed training earlier this year at an Ocala, Fla., farm, according to trainer Roger Brueggemann. Read More...

Positive ROI Report for Wednesday, March 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Download positive ROI trainer statistics for Wednesday's cards at Charles Town, Gulfstream Park, Mountaineer Park, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turf Paradise. The report features top trainer angles, top trainer/jockey combinations, and profitable betting angles based on a trainer's record in similar situations. Read More...

Jerardi: Searching for Derby prospects to use with Dortmund

DRF | 3 days ago
I still like Dortmund to win the Kentucky Derby, but I can make a case for 10 other contenders to be part of the superfecta. Read More...

Five horses trained by Smith cleared to run after cobalt tests

DRF | 3 days ago
Five horses trained by Kenny Smith at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., have been cleared to run by track stewards after tests on the horses came back clean for high cobalt concentrations, according to the chief steward and Smith. Read More...

Key Race Report for Wednesday, March 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Download a list of horses exiting races where two or more of the competitors have come back to win their next starts. Wednesday's report features races from Charles Town, Gulfstream Park, Mountaineer Park, Mahoning Valley Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Penn National, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turf Paradise. Read More...

California Chrome lands outside in Dubai World Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
The California-bred with the humble pedigree and the first-time, one-in-a-million owners always has been a racing outsider, and so it will be Saturday night at Meydan Racecourse when California Chrome breaks from post 9 in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Read More...

Mine That Bird among Canadian Hall of Fame nominees

DRF | 3 days ago
Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird leads the list of 15 Thoroughbred-racing candidates eligible to be elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015. Read More...

Upstart to begin from outside post in Florida Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Upstart, the 8-5 morning line favorite, drew the outside post in a field of nine for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Meadowlands: Caviart Luca looks to stay consistent in Hirt final

DRF | 3 days ago
Caviart Luca is not a horse who wins many races, but he also rarely embarrasses himself. The 4-year-old pacer, who on Saturday competes in the $59,000 final of the Clyde Hirt Series at the Meadowlands, has three victories in 30 lifetime races, but has earned a check in 20 of his most recent 21 starts, a span that dates back to October 2013. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Wednesday, March 25

DRF | 3 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Wednesday's races, including DRF Daily GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 3/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 3/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 3/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 3/26 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Mike Welsch’s top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream for March 24

DRF | 3 days ago
Mike Welsch's top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream for March 24. Read More...

Horses in 11 Grade 1 races at NYRA tracks to face enhanced security

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses competing in the 11 Grade 1 races that carry purses of $1 million or more at New York Racing Association tracks will be subject to enhanced security measures, it was announced Tuesday afternoon in a joint press release issued by NYRA and the New York Gaming Commission. Read More...

Bahamian Squall, Apprehender stretch out

DRF | 3 days ago
Bahamian Squall and Apprehender are stakes-winning sprinters who will move to two turns Thursday at Oaklawn in one of two interesting one-mile races on the program. In the other, a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds, Paid Admission and Tizwonderfulcreek make their first starts since facing leading Kentucky Derby candidate American Pharoah in the Rebel Stakes. Read More...

Mufajaah, winner of two stakes this year, retired

DRF | 3 days ago
Mufajaah, winner of the first two races in Oaklawn’s route series for fillies and mares, has been retired and is scheduled to be bred to Quality Road. Read More...

Fresh horses boost Hartman to top of standings

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Chris Hartman is having a meet to remember at Oaklawn, where he is tied atop the standings with Steve Asmussen. Read More...

Mr. Z losing blinkers for Louisiana Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Mr. Z completed preparations for the Louisiana Derby with an easy half-mile breeze Tuesday at Oaklawn and was scheduled to ship Wednesday to Fair Grounds. Read More...

Training great Jerkens gets proper send-off

DRF | 3 days ago
A standing-room-only crowd filled the Sport of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park on Tuesday morning to say goodbye to Allen Jerkens in a memorial service for the Hall of Fame trainer, who died March 18. Read More...

Updated Winners’ Books now available

DRF | 3 days ago
Get a listing of the top three finishers from every track with vital information, including the winner’s Beyer Speed Figure, race fractions, and the running style of the winning horse. Read More...

Alysheba is Honor Code’s next target

DRF | 3 days ago
Honor Code, winner of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 7, will be pointed to the Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs, part of the May 1 Kentucky Derby Oaks undercard. Read More...

Romans longshots could make some noise in Florida Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
On paper, the two horses Dale Romans entered Tuesday for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby look out of place. But Romans has reason to believe both could outrun what figures to be long odds. Read More...

Dubai Sky among 9 late nominees to Triple Crown

DRF | 3 days ago
Dubai Sky, the winner of last Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, was one of nine horses nominated to the Triple Crown at the last deadline Monday night, according to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Russell, Gonzalez enter stretch in front

DRF | 3 days ago
With four days remaining in the Laurel season, jockey Sheldon Russell leads Jevian Toledo 38-36 in the standings. Read More...

Meydan: Local horses draw inside, outside for Godolphin Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Fields were drawn and post positions assigned late Monday for the Godolphin Mile, Dubai Gold Cup, and UAE Derby. The Godolphin Mile drew a field of 16, with likely favorite Tamarkuz stuck on the rail and another major local hope, Surfer, marooned in post 16. Read More...

Meydan: Main Sequence blows out for Sheema Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Main Sequence, the champion turf horse of 2014 who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf last fall and is 5 for 5 since being imported to the U.S. from England, blew out about three furlongs down the home straight and into the clubhouse turn a little past 8 a.m. on the Tapeta training track located just southeast of the Meydan main track. Read More...

Meydan: California Chrome breezes easily

DRF | 3 days ago
California Chrome very early Tuesday morning had his final work for the $10 million Dubai World Cup and his first-ever work for exercise rider Dana Barnes. Read More...

Page McKenney has look of a Special horse

DRF | 3 days ago
Page McKenney just keeps getting better and better. Last Saturday, he turned in a strong performance to win the Harrison Johnson Memorial in the mud at Laurel Park by four lengths. Read More...

Russell Road, 9, still has spring in his step

DRF | 3 days ago
Russell Road returned to the work tab at Charles Town last week – working not once, but twice – and even trainer James W. Casey is a bit surprised by Russell’s Road’s enthusiasm. Read More...

Meydan: Main Sequence seeks to remove grass stain

DRF | 3 days ago
There are few certainties in life. The sun will rise in the east. The taxman will come calling for a piece of your loot. Also, the American turf horse will lose the race in Dubai. Read More...

Macro Access brings strong form from Argentina

DRF | 3 days ago
Argentine import Macro Access has not raced since September and will have his American debut in a tough optional claimer at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Thursday. Read More...

Mena thinks he’s sitting on real Derby contender

DRF | 3 days ago
The way International Star won the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes, with determination and professionalism, has veteran jockey Miguel Mena hopeful that he might be sitting on his first legitimate Kentucky Derby contender. Read More...

Strike Charmer looks to regroup in turf feature

DRF | 4 days ago
The graded stakes winner Strike Charmer will be making her meet debut when she races in optional-claiming company on turf Thursday at Fair Grounds. Read More...

David Grening’s top 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on March 23

DRF | 4 days ago
Handicapper David Grening ranks the top 3-year-old males and fillies pointing to races at Aqueduct. Read More...

Kentucky committee approves rule allowing Lasix-free races

DRF | 4 days ago
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday approved a rule that will allow Kentucky tracks to offer races in which horses will not be allowed to be administered the anti-bleeding medication furosemide on race day. Read More...

Marcus Hersh’s top 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds on March 23

DRF | 4 days ago
This is it – the final week of the long Fair Grounds meet. And the more the top of the 3-year-old male class stabled in New Orleans this winter shows itself, the greater the realization that the group – the ones who ran in stakes, at least – was not a strong one. TIZNOW R J was poor again at Sunland Park this past weekend, and while WIRELESS FUTURE didn’t get a good trip, he also failed to distinguish himself in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway. Of the horses who have been based here most of the meet, I’m not sure Louisiana Derby hopeful WAR STORY is fundamentally better than two sharp maiden winners who got going too late for stakes at Fair Grounds, both of whom make this list. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 3/25 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 4 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 3/25 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 3/24 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Tuesday 3/24 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bagg O’Day might get pace in Wednesday feature

DRF | 4 days ago
Bagg O’Day might get a decent pace to track Wednesday in the featured eighth race, an optional $40,000 claimer that has second-level allowance conditions. It is for 3-year-olds and up over six furlongs. Bagg O’Day was second at the level March 7 at Oaklawn. Read More...

Untapable, Tapiture work for Asmussen

DRF | 4 days ago
The champion Untapable led a trio of important workers Monday for Steve Asmussen, who enters Wednesday’s card at Oaklawn Park just five victories shy of 7,000 career Thoroughbred training wins in North America. Read More...

Harness: Melady’s Monet to pass on Elitlopp

DRF | 4 days ago
Melady’s Monet, who has won five of seven starts this year at the Meadowlands, was under consideration for an invitation to May’s Elitloppet in Sweden, but trainer Kevin McDermott on Monday informed race organizers that the 6-year-old trotter would not be sent overseas. Read More...

Toronado to shuttle to Australia

DRF | 4 days ago
Multiple Group 1 winner Toronado will shuttle to Swettenham Stud in Victoria, Australia, for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Read More...

Three riders injured in spill

DRF | 4 days ago
Three jockeys were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Saturday after being involved in a spill during the fifth race. Read More...