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Brandy’s Girl challenges males in turf-sprint feature

DRF | 3 days ago
After being narrowly defeated twice already this winter by the red-hot Pretty Perfection, including a frustrating half-length setback in the Captiva Island Stakes earlier this month, Brandy's Girl may find taking on males an easier proposition when she runs as one of the top choices in Sunday's second-level optional $62,500 claiming feature at five furlongs on turf. Read More...

State of Honor likely to run in Florida Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
State of Honor, arguably flying a bit under the radar on the Kentucky Derby trail despite finishing behind only McCraken and Tapwrit in his last two starts at Tampa Bay Downs, is likely headed back to Gulfstream Park for the $1 million Florida Derby next Saturday. Read More...

Goodyearforroses eyes Grade 1 debut in Gamely Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Goodyearforroses, unbeaten in three starts since joining trainer Richard Baltas’s stable last fall, is likely to start in the first Grade 1 race of her career in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita on May 27. Read More...

Masochistic targets Churchill Downs Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Masochistic, the three-time stakes winner who was second in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes in his first start of the year March 11, is bound for Kentucky. Read More...

Three stakes at Los Al’s July meeting

DRF | 3 days ago
The Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby on July 15 will be worth $200,000 and is the richest of three stakes at the eight-day Los Alamitos summer meeting July 6-16, the track announced Thursday. Read More...

Noted and Quoted can make launchpad of Sunland Oaks

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert has a fun but sobering response when asked why Grade 1 winner Noted and Quoted will launch her 3-year-old season on the road Sunday, traveling from her Southern California base to New Mexico for the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks. “There's a filly by the name of Unique Bella out here … ” Read More...

Moomey finds the tonic in Ultimate Betting Challenge

DRF | 3 days ago
Eric Moomey, recovering from recent illness, made his first trip since this year’s NHC, to Santa Anita for the Ultimate Betting Challenge. He ended up winning over $67,000 between his bankroll, prize money, and a seat to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. He’s also now eligible for a $1 million bonus should he go on to win the BCBC. Read More...

Ingrid looks ready to fire off long layoff

DRF | 3 days ago
Ingrid, idle since winning her career debut last summer at Saratoga, begins her 3-year-old campaign Sunday in a first-level allowance for New York-bred fillies going six furlongs. Read More...

Sharp Azteca could face challenge in Godolphin Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Sharp Azteca has traveled to Dubai from North America to start as the favorite in the Group 2, $1 million Godolphin Mile, and to win, he must find a way to beat a horse named North America. Read More...

Yonkers: Stratton feeling good heading into round two of Levy series

DRF | 3 days ago
Breaking into any driving colony is difficult. It takes patience and hard work, but more importantly it takes efficiency when given the chance. Jordan Stratton was an up and coming driver heading into 2016 at Yonkers Raceway. The events in the early spring catapulted him to headliner and Stratton hasn’t lost a step. Read More...

Sunland Derby attracts cast from far and wide

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses from major winter meets around the country will converge on New Mexico on Sunday to chase after the $800,000 purse of the Grade 3 Sunland Derby, as well as the race's 85 points for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Harness: 56 remain eligible to North America Cup

DRF | 3 days ago
The connections of 56 three-year-old pacers have made the first sustaining payment to remain eligible to the 34th Pepsi North America Cup. Read More...

Man o’ War at 100: Champion’s legacy echoes through century

DRF | 4 days ago
The great Man o' War was foaled March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud in Kentucky. A century later, his very large hoofprints still thunder through Kentucky. Read More...

TimeformUS Kentucky Derby prep analysis: Looking for a Giant Payday in Turfway’s Spiral Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona analyzes the 2017 Kentucky Derby prep races. Read More...

Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Can Virtual Machine replicate his maiden win?

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Friday's card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends from Mar. 17 – Mar. 20

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends report featuring horses from Cal Expo, Dover, Meadowlands and others. Read More...

Tapit colt could end Barretts March sale with a bang

DRF | 4 days ago
It may be worth staying to the very end of Wednesday's Barretts Select Sale of 2-year-olds in-training at Del Mar. The final hip scheduled to go through the ring – Hip No. 135 – is a Tapit colt supplemented to the sale last week by Florida pinhooker Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stable, agent. Read More...

Hute could offer value in New Mexico Breeders’ Derby

DRF | 4 days ago
The New Mexico Breeders' Derby is clearly the best betting opportunity among three $100,000 stakes for statebreds on the undercard of Sunday's Sunland Derby card at Sunland Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Series finals on tap for Monday, Tuesday

DRF | 4 days ago
A pair of series finals share next week’s marquee, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $61,000 Petticoat (Monday, March 27) and $61,800 Sagamore Hill (Tuesday, March 28). Read More...

Santa Anita: Pick six jackpot climbs to $368,689 for Friday’s card

DRF | 4 days ago
The single-ticket pick six jackpot carryover at Santa Anita has grown to $368,689.71 for Friday's card. Read More...

Giwner: Action-packed stakes schedule on the horizon for 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
What is four pages long and filled with excitement? The 2017 Harness Racing stakes calendar, of course. Read More...

UAE Derby: Thunder Snow has class edge over rivals

DRF | 4 days ago
The UAE Derby, which awards the winner 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, drew 16 entrants and appears wildly competitive – unless Thunder Snow is simply better than his many rivals. He might be. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 3/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 3/25 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 3/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 3/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mind Your Biscuits has one major hurdle to overcome

DRF | 4 days ago
The Dubai Golden Shaheen is not supposed to be a handicap, but it kind of worked out that way. The best horse in the race, Mind Your Biscuits, was saddled with post 14 for the dirt race over 1,200 meters, or about six furlongs. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Saturday 3/25 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 3/25 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Post switch favors Bluegrass Flag in Cicada

DRF | 4 days ago
Wilburnmoney beat Bluegrass Flag straight up when they met in the Franklin Square Stakes here on Feb. 19. There are reasons to believe Bluegrass Flag can reverse the result when the two meet again in Saturday's $100,000 Cicada Stakes. Read More...

Ima China Rush heads Oklahoma Futurity

DRF | 4 days ago
Remington Park puts on the first of the meet’s three major Quarter Horse stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday night with the running of the Grade 3, $525,050 Oklahoma Futurity. Read More...

King: Surround favored Kitten’s Cat with price horses in pick four

DRF | 4 days ago
If the value isn't there in the win pool, how is the best way to play Saturday's Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park? For me it's in the pick four, singling Kitten's Cat and spreading in other races. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, March 24, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Friday’s card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hovdey: Casse’s line cast for the next big one

DRF | 4 days ago
In addition to his headline horses, Tepin and Classic Empire, trainer Mark Casse is deep with young runners who have earned their turn to shine. One of them is King and His Court, owned by Gary Barber and Adam Wachtel, who runs in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes over the Turfway Park synthetic course on Saturday. Read More...

Team Colors takes second crack at Skip Away Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
After Team Colors finished second here at Gulfstream Park a year ago in the Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes, trainer Jimmy Jerkens was looking forward to a big year for the promising son of Street Cry. Unfortunately, Team Colors sustained an injury training up to the Westchester that kept him sidelined the remainder of the season. On Saturday, Jerkens is hoping another big effort in the Skip Away will help propel Team Colors to bigger and better things in 2017. Read More...

Chanel’s Legacy back to sprinting in Purple Martin

DRF | 4 days ago
Chanel's Legacy will cut back to a sprint distance for the $150,000 Purple Martin on Saturday at Oaklawn, but that does not mean the 3-year-old filly who has stored points for the Kentucky Oaks is giving up on the first Friday in May. Read More...

All eyes on Arrogate in Dubai World Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
After cross-country trips to win the Travers Stakes at Saratoga last summer and the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream in January, Arrogate has traveled cross-world to start Saturday in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Read More...

Mo Town confirmed for Wood Memorial

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Tony Dutrow confirmed Thursday that Mo Town, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct last November, will return to the Big A for the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 8, when he will likely need a top two-three finish to earn enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

West Point Thoroughbreds breaks with Albertrani

DRF | 4 days ago
The West Point Thoroughbreds ownership group has moved 10 horses from trainer Tom Albertrani, ending a business relationship that began in 2009, the partnership's president confirmed Wednesday. Read More...

Blueridge Traveler makes stakes debut in Spiral

DRF | 4 days ago
It's been a bit of a journey for Blueridge Traveler who, after a series of troubled trips, finally broke his maiden last time out at Oaklawn Park. Now his travels are taking him to his stakes debut. He shipped this week from Arkansas to Keeneland and will take the short van ride up the highway to Florence on Saturday morning for the Spiral Stakes. Read More...

Sailing Home back on synthetic in Rushaway Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Sailing Home outran his 24-1 odds when finishing fourth in his turf debut earlier this month at Gulfstream Park – but the race served a higher purpose. Now the colt returns to Polytrack as the horse to beat Saturday in the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Tamarando retired to stand in California

DRF | 4 days ago
Grade 1 winner Tamarando will enter stud at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., for the 2017 breeding season and will stand for an advertised fee of $2,500. Read More...

Hong Kong: Winner’s Way has easier task in Lusitano Challenge Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Considering the competition Winner’s Way has faced in recent months in Hong Kong, starting as the 131-pound highweight in Sunday’s Lusitano Challenge Cup at Sha Tin racecourse is a relief. Read More...

Conte’s name back up in lights

DRF | 4 days ago
There was a familiar name atop a DRF Tournaments’ feeder leaderboard on Wednesday evening: 2009 Horseplayer of the Year John Conte. Conte won his way into the April 1 one-day qualifier for the Monmouth Pick Your Prize contest. Read More...

Ashleyluvssugar, Texas Ryano clash again in San Luis Rey

DRF | 4 days ago
Ashleyluvssugar and Texas Ryano have met four times in graded stakes since last August, never separated by more than four lengths. Ashleyluvssugar finished in front of his rival in their first three races before Texas Ryano beat Ashleyluvssugar by 3 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar in December. The latest race will be foremost on the minds of bettors analyzing Saturday's Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

McPeek has two in Bourbonette Oaks

DRF | 4 days ago
On Saturday, in Turfway Park's Grade 3, $100,000 Bourbonette Stakes, trainer Ken McPeek is bringing Awesome Boss and Purely a Dream into the race off last-race efforts on the dirt, although both have at one time raced on the grass. Read More...

Songbird cleared to resume training

DRF | 5 days ago
Songbird has been given the green light to resume serious training at Santa Anita, where the two-time champion filly is stabled with Jerry Hollendorfer. Read More...

Espinoza accepts mount on Arabian star Paddys Day

DRF | 5 days ago
Victor Espinoza, the jockey for Horses of the Year American Pharoah and California Chrome in the last three years, will ride Paddys Day, the 2015 Arabian Horse of the Year, in the $100,000 Sheikha Fatima Darley Awards Stakes at Santa Anita on April 1. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 25: Picks for Spiral, Bourbonette Oaks, Sunland Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Parlor and Kitten's Cat are logical win contenders, but I like Soglio in Saturday's Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Read More...

Ann Arbor Eddie sidelined with splint-bone injury

DRF | 5 days ago
he two-time stakes winner Ann Arbor Eddie has been sidelined with a splint bone injury. Read More...

O’Neill may run four in Santa Anita Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Doug O'Neill could have as many as four runners in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 8. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn Park horses to watch for week of March 23

DRF | 5 days ago
Mary Rampellini's horses to watch at Oaklawn Park for the week of March 23. Read More...

Zarak prepped and ready for Dubai Turf

DRF | 5 days ago
While he is not the otherworldly beast as was Zarkava, his mother, Zarak has flashed brilliance, and if he puts forth his best effort Saturday night at Meydan, he can win the $6 million Dubai Turf. Read More...