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Calhoun going after stakes double in Fremont, Pelican

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Bret Calhoun will seek a stakes double Saturday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., when he sends out Supermason in the $70,000 Fremont and Lucky Andy in the $100,000 Pelican. Read More...

Country Candy doesn’t need the lead in Dixie Belle

DRF | 4 days ago
Country Candy drew what might prove to be an ideal post for the $125,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn Park. She will break from gate 7 in a field the same size, and while she has the speed to show the way in the six-furlong race, she also could track runners drawn to her inside. Read More...

Hovdey: Horse of the Year vote often shows respect for elders

DRF | 4 days ago
The announcement of the 2016 Horse of the Year will cap the evening Saturday at Gulfstream Park when the Eclipse Awards are presented for the 46th time. If social media chit-chat and informal polls are right, 5-year-old California Chrome will top 3-year-old Arrogate for the honor, despite the fact that the younger horse beat the older horse the only time they met in the Breeders' Cup Classic. And, of course, polls are never wrong. Read More...

Last two chances to qualify for NHC

DRF | 4 days ago
A crowd of approximately 650 horseplayers and their guests are about to descend on Treasure Island in Las Vegas for the National Handicapping Championship. The world’s richest horse race betting contest – with its expected purse of $2.5 million – starts next week, from Jan. 27-28. Players still looking to qualify have two opportunities this weekend, only at DRF Tournaments, which can be found at tournaments.drf.com. Read More...

Beyer Sire

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF Breeding Beyer Sire Performance Standings Read More...

Chrome seeks rare Eclipse double

DRF | 4 days ago
Since the Eclipse Awards began in 1971, just one horse – John Henry – has been named Horse of the Year in non-consecutive years, a feat California Chrome could equal on Saturday night when the 46th annual Eclipse Awards dinner is held at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Spendthrift Farm adds stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs

DRF | 4 days ago
The Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs will be split into two divisions for the 2017 renewal, with the addition of a race for fillies. Read More...

Dennis Moore takes over Del Mar track maintenance job

DRF | 4 days ago
Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita, has been named the director of track maintenance at Del Mar, the track announced on Thursday. Read More...

Delta Bluesman hard to gauge in Sunshine Millions Sprint

DRF | 4 days ago
Gulfstream Park horseplayers face a big question about Delta Bluesman, the speedy favorite in Saturday's $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint: Has he simply lost his edge, or will he rebound for a front-running victory? Read More...

As more rain falls, so do bettors’ hopes for turf racing

DRF | 4 days ago
While much-needed rain continues to aid the environment and fill the state's reservoirs, turf racing at Santa Anita has been a victim of the conditions. There are no turf races at Santa Anita on Saturday, and wet weather over the weekend makes turf racing doubtful for Sunday. Read More...

Dac making rare sprint appearance in Forego Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Dac gets his second chance at sprinting when he faces favored The Great War and an overflow field in the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Forego Stakes on Saturday at Turfway. Read More...

Top contenders in Saturday sprint bookend field

DRF | 4 days ago
There is no stakes race Saturday at Aqueduct, but the feature, a second-level allowance/optional $62,500 claimer, came up a contentious nine-horse affair that looks to set up for a closer. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Turf contenders hard to separate

DRF | 4 days ago
The $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park drew eight well-matched older horses. Reporting Star, Go Around, Enterprising, and Our Way are the main contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More...

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

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

Finest City kicks off season in Santa Monica

DRF | 4 days ago
Finest City, who won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last November, will be favored to win her 2017 debut in Saturday's $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Read More...

Sunshine Millions Classic far softer spot for Awesome Slew

DRF | 4 days ago
After taking on graded stakes company in each of his last five starts, Awesome Slew will begin his 4-year-old campaign against much softer competition when he faces statebred company for the first time in Saturday's $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

TimeformUs Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, January 20

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Aqueduct on Friday, January 20. Read More...

O Dionysus stands out in Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
The three $75,000 stakes preceding the Native Dancer at Laurel Park on Saturday are the Frank Whiteley Jr. and the Marshua, both for 3-year-olds, and the Nellie Morse, for older fillies and mares. The four stakes are part of the 20-cent Rainbow 6. The final three stakes are included in the 12-percent takeout pick five. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Jan. 21: Picks for Louisiana Stakes, Lecomte, Gasparilla

DRF | 4 days ago
In Saturday's Louisiana Stakes at Fair Grounds, I like Seeking the Soul, who comes into this off the two best performances of his career. Read More...

Page McKenney launches comeback in Native Dancer

DRF | 4 days ago
The Native Dancer is the last of four $75,000 stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday. It also will be the comeback race for Page McKenney, one of the most popular runners in the region, who will be making his first start in nine months. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Jan. 13 – Jan. 16

DRF | 4 days ago
Horses to watch from Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 1/20 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Maker’s Mark aftercare facility has record-breaking 2016

DRF | 4 days ago
The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), which operates from the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, placed 62 retired Thoroughbreds in new homes in 2016 – a facility record. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Friday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 1/20 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 1/20 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 1/20 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

TimeformUS Kentucky Derby Prep Analysis: Totality is due for some racing luck in Fair Grounds’ LeComte

DRF | 4 days ago
TimeformUS Kentucky Derby Prep Analysis for the LeComte at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Bennett has good shot in all three stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Chance of Luck and R Angel Katelyn gave Gerald Bennett a sweep of the two stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 3, and those two promising 3-year-olds, along with stablemate Royal Jewely, will look to give the trainer a stakes triple on Saturday here. Read More...

Eagle Way brings two-race win streak into Hong Kong Classic Mile

DRF | 4 days ago
Eagle Way will have his Hong Kong stakes debut in Sunday’s $1,289,124 Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse; it is the first leg of the 4-year-old classic series. Read More...

Can Vending Machine dispense with rivals in California Derby?

DRF | 4 days ago
Eight 3-year-olds will find out if they are truly on the Derby trail in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Vending Machine is the only runner in the field to have run for a tag – and he's also the most accomplished. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Sunday, January 22, 2017

DRF | 4 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Sha Tin. Read More...

Chief Cicatriz risks perfect record in Hank Mills Sr.

DRF | 4 days ago
Chief Cicatriz brings his unbeaten record in from New Mexico to challenge some of this circuit's top sprinters in Saturday's $30,000 Hank Mills Sr. The 5 1/2-furlong dash drew a field of eight 4-year-olds and up. Read More...

Jessies First Down named World Champion Quarter Horse

DRF | 4 days ago
Jessies First Down, a winner of five stakes at five tracks in three states, was named the 2016 World Champion Quarter Horse in a ceremony at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City on Wednesday evening. Read More...

Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Jan. 16

DRF | 4 days ago
Hersh: Fair Grounds horses to watch for week of Jan. 16 Read More...

Noah From Goa to make Dubai debut in Al Fahidi Fort

DRF | 5 days ago
The Group 2, $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort, which marks the Dubai debut of the highly regarded South African colt Noah From Goa, headlines the Thursday card at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Read More...

Rampellini: Oaklawn Horses to Watch for Jan. 18

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Mary Rampellini provides a list of horses to watch at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 13 to 16

DRF | 5 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for January 13 to 16, 2017. Read More...

New protocols could hasten end of EHV-1 quarantine

DRF | 5 days ago
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry on Thursday announced key changes to the protocol governing the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreak at Fair Grounds that should expedite the end of quarantines placed on six barns and help restore normalcy to the race meet here. Read More...

Welsch: Gulfstream Horses to Watch for Jan. 18

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Mike Welsch provides a list of horses to watch at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Hawley-owned stars Steel Cut, Hawaakom launch season in stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Hawaakom and Steel Cut, owned by trainer Wes Hawley, both are entered to make their first start of 2017 on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Steel Cut runs in the Marie Krantz Stakes, while Hawaakom is part of the field in the Louisiana Stakes. Read More...

Carroll enjoys new role as assistant to Casse

DRF | 5 days ago
David Carroll, his stable down to a handful of modest runners, finally gave up being a head trainer at the end of the 2015-2016 Fair Grounds meet, but he has settled comfortably into his job as an assistant to trainer Mark Casse. Read More...

Peck: Tampa Bay horses to watch for week of Jan. 16

DRF | 5 days ago
Peck: Tampa Bay horses to watch for week of Jan. 16 Read More...

Sam Houston meet front-loaded with big races

DRF | 5 days ago
Sam Houston Race Park opens its 32-date meet Friday night, with its biggest program of the year on the horizon. The Grade 3, $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade 3, $250,000 Connally Turf Cup will anchor a card of five stakes on Jan. 29. Read More...

With final Pegasus work near, Arrogate gets in gallop

DRF | 5 days ago
The recent wet weather in Southern California has forced trainers to work around the rain, but even though Arrogate's preparation for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park could have been more severely impacted, he looked sensational during an extended gallop on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita as he nears his final workout this weekend. Read More...

Gormley, Mastery prepare for possible meeting

DRF | 5 days ago
Gormley and Mastery, a pair of Grade 1-winning 3-year-olds, both worked a half-mile on Wednesday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes, which might even include a head-to-head matchup. Read More...

Hovdey: Parallel minds intersect at Eclipse Award of Merit

DRF | 5 days ago
Clearly, it takes something extra for a journalist to rise above the ranks in the eyes of those who decide who deserves an Eclipse Award of Merit. Andrew Beyer and Steven Crist are respected, award-winning journalists whose coverage of Thoroughbred racing for two of the nation's great newspapers was incisive, stimulating, and dripped with a crystal clarity that left their readers informed, refreshed, and hungry for the next helping. Read More...

Is Redesdale rusty or ready to fire off long layoff?

DRF | 5 days ago
The seventh race Friday at Fair Grounds will help trainer Brendan Walsh assess the current state of the once-started and still-promising 4-year-old Redesdale, who races for the first time since May 26. Read More...

Ralis takes stablemate’s place in Pegasus World Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
The Grade 1 winner Ralis has replaced the stakes-placed Semper Fortis as a starter for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Read More...

Delaware Park pushes back 2017 meet opener to early June

DRF | 5 days ago
Delaware Park will hold an 81-day season in 2017 – the same number of days as last year – but has moved its opening day back two weeks on the calendar. Instead of opening on Preakness Day, as the track did last year, Delaware will open Saturday, June 3. The season will continue deeper into the fall and conclude Oct. 21. Read More...

Melatonin turned out at farm

DRF | 5 days ago
Melatonin, the winner of two Grade 1 races in 2016 who was fifth in the Breeders' Cup Classic in November, has been taken out of training because of a foot issue, trainer David Hofmans said earlier this week. Read More...

Stallwalkin’ Dude still targeting Dubai Golden Shaheen

DRF | 5 days ago
Though Stallwalkin' Dude finished third behind Green Gratto in Monday's Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes, trainer and part-owner David Jacobson still hopes the gelding can make it to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 25. Read More...