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The Big Beast faces another tough task in Forego

DRF | 3 days ago
The Big Beast will jump out of the frying pan and into the fire Saturday at Saratoga, coming off a heartbreaking setback at the hands of the red-hot Rock Fall in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt to meet Private Zone and 10 other top sprinters in the $700,000 Forego. Read More...

Crist: Pharoah could be King of the Pick 5

DRF | 3 days ago
There is an unprecedented achievement that American Pharoah can attain Saturday if he wins the Travers at Saratoga: He would become the first horse ever to win the Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Haskell, and Travers, the five most prestigious 3-year-old races on the calendar. Read More...

Catch a Flight could be pointed to Champions Cup in Japan

DRF | 3 days ago
Catch a Flight, second or third in three Grade 1 races in Southern California this year, could have an international campaign this fall. Read More...

Appealing Tale eyes Kelso as BC Dirt Mile prep

DRF | 3 days ago
Appealing Tale may be on his way to New York to prep for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 30. Read More...

Goldfeder: How I’d play Del Mar on Friday, Aug. 28

DRF | 3 days ago
I’m looking to take what they give me on this seven-race card that begins the weekend. The best place to start is with the early daily double. Read More...

Oaklawn increasing average daily purses 12 percent in 2016

DRF | 3 days ago
Purses during the Oaklawn Park meet that opens in January are projected to average a record $475,000 a program, the Hot Springs, Ark., track announced on Thursday. Oaklawn anticipates distributing $27 million in total purses during the season that starts Jan. 15 and runs through April 16. Of that amount, a record $7.5 million is dedicated to the stakes schedule that Oaklawn announced in July. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Saratiga for Saturday, Aug. 29

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicapper Mike Watchmaker outlines his best plays on Saturday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

Sibling to Presious Passion tries to clear first allowance condition

DRF | 3 days ago
Giant’s Passion has a long way to go to match the accomplishments of his half-brother, Presious Passion, but he can take a step in the right direction in Saturday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Fornatale: How I’d play Saratoga for Friday, Aug. 28

DRF | 3 days ago
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Can American Pharoah match Whirlaway’s feat?

DRF | 3 days ago
A victory in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga would place American Pharoah alongside 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway as the only members of their elite fraternity to add the Travers to their résumés. Read More...

Desormeaux loaded in the juvenile department

DRF | 3 days ago
Texas Red recently won the Jim Dandy Stakes after being forced to pass on the Triple Crown series due to injury, and now he is preparing for a showdown with superstar American Pharoah in Saturday’s Travers Stakes. Whatever the result, Desormeaux still appears to have plenty to look forward to. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Baltas solid when switching from route to sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Richard Baltas saddles All Run (#8, ML 5-2) in Thursday's seventh race at Del Mar, a six-furlong starter allowance. Since Jan. 1, 2014, Baltas is winning at a 27 percent clip when saddling a horse switching from route to sprint, for a return on investment of $3.08. Check out the Positive ROI report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

For Smart Transition, upsets are in the genes

DRF | 3 days ago
Upsets are in the blood for Smart Transition, who takes on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, Aug. 29: Picks for Travers, Forego, Ballerina

DRF | 3 days ago
If Texas Red really is around 8-1, he would be hard for me not to play in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Kaabraaj tries two turns in featured allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Kaabraaj will try to carry his substantial speed around two turns for the first time when he runs in an unrestricted allowance race Saturday at Emerald Downs. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds drew six horses, and with the speedy Daytona Beach breaking from the rail, Kaabraaj’s task won’t be easy. Read More...

Diverse selection of stallions represented at yearling sale

DRF | 3 days ago
A diverse collection of young stallions will be represented in Wednesday’s consignor select yearling auction put on by the Equine Sales Company of Louisiana. There are 192 individuals on offer after four yearlings were supplemented to the sale, which will take place at the auction house’s facilities in Opelousas, La. Read More...

Barbados back on turf in Mystic Lake Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
The $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, Canterbury Park’s annual top prize, will be run Saturday, a weekend later than originally intended. Read More...

Key Race report: Cap’n Raymond returns in allowance

DRF | 3 days ago
Cap'n Raymond (#5, ML 8-1) returns in Thursday's ninth race at Saratoga, a 5 1/2-furlong allowance on turf. It will be his first start since finishing second by 3 1/4 lengths in an allowance July 25 at Laurel Park. The second- and third-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Get the Key Race report as part of DRF Plus. Sign up for DRF Plus here. Read More...

Trainer Rojas pleads not guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Murray Rojas has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of federal wire fraud and conspiracy that were handed down by federal prosecutors in an investigation linked to allegations of the illegal administration of drugs to horses on race day, according to court records. Read More...

Jerardi: Double advantage for American Pharoah

DRF | 3 days ago
The Travers looks a lot like the Belmont Stakes to me. The best horse is also the only horse with any early speed. Read More...

Twin juvenile stakes close out meet

DRF | 3 days ago
A stakes doubleheader will bring the curtain down on the 2015 season at Evangeline Downs on Saturday night. The Starlet, for 2-year-old fillies, and the Star, for 2-year-old colts and geldings, are each worth $75,000. Read More...

School Board Prez, Ibelieveinmiracles get rematch in Tah Dah Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
School Board Prez and Ibelieveinmiracles, separated by a head as the one-two finishers in last month’s Miss Ohio Stakes at ThistleDown, will clash again in Saturday’s $75,000 Tah Dah Stakes for Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies at Belterra Park. Read More...

Secret Action finds a good spot in turf-route feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Secret Action certainly didn’t disgrace herself in the $250,800 Wonder Where Stakes, and she drops into a first-level allowance in Saturday’s fifth race, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass at Woodbine. Read More...

Divining Rod, Souper Colossal meet in Smarty Jones

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 3 winner Divining Rod and rapidly improving Souper Colossal, runner-up in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby earlier this month, figure to vie for favoritism in Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds at Parx Racing. Read More...

Needmore Flattery faces Bold Cait again in Pay the Man

DRF | 3 days ago
Needmore Flattery, rounding back into the sharp form that enabled her to win back-to-back titles as the best Ohio-bred the past two seasons, will try to turn the tables on rising 3-year-old statebred star Bold Cait when they meet for the second time this summer in Saturday’s $75,000 Pay the Man Stakes at ThistleDown. Read More...

Saratoga: Ex-claimer Da Big Hoss wins John’s Call

DRF | 3 days ago
Da Big Hoss swooped to the lead turning for home and never looked back en route to a decisive two-length victory over Holiday Star in Wednesday’s $100,000 John’s Call Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Indiana Grand: Heavy chalk Daddy Justice prevails

DRF | 3 days ago
Daddy Justice, heavily favored at 1-5, comfortably beat six rivals in the $75,000 Paul Tinkle ITOBA Stallion Season Colts and Geldings Stakes, a heavily restricted race for Indiana-breds on Wednesday at Indiana Grand. Read More...

Del Mar: Point Piper upsets Brubaker Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
After an itinerant journey, a transition to the West Coast put Point Piper in a surprising place on Wednesday – the winner’s circle of the $86,880 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes. The longest shot in a field of seven, Point Piper ($62) closed from sixth to win by a half-length over 12-1 Global View. Motown Men, the 8-5 favorite, finished third, a nose behind Global View. Read More...

OBS August: Open portion sees gains in first session

DRF | 3 days ago
The first of two open sessions of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale closed on Wednesday with marked improvements in average and median sale price over last year’s middle session despite the lack of a six-figure horse. Read More...

Peck: Pick three play at Saratoga for Thursday, Aug. 27

DRF | 4 days ago
DRF handicapper Kenny Peck outlines his strategy for a pick three play on Thursday's card at Saratoga. Read More...

American Pharoah arrives for Travers amidst much fanfare

DRF | 4 days ago
American Pharoah walked off the van shortly after 3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday outside Barn 25 on the Saratoga backstretch following yet another cross-country trip. After walking for about 20 minutes, stopping intermittently for a drink of water and to pose for pictures, the Triple Crown winner seemed ready to head over to the front side of Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Yonkers: Lucky buy Purrfect Bags favored in Lady Maud

DRF | 4 days ago
If you only pay attention to the major stakes races on the schedule, you probably have not heard of Purrfect Bags. Purchased on a whim by owner Joann Looney-King, the 3-year-old pacing filly from humble beginnings has risen up and starts as the 6-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $116,430 Lady Maud final at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Yonkers: Centurion ATM leads Svanstedt trio into Yonkers Trot eliminations

DRF | 4 days ago
Centurion ATM will try to build on his best start of the season when he heads to Yonkers Raceway for Saturday’s eliminations for the Yonkers Trot. Read More...

Former Godolphin vet Michael Hauser dies

DRF | 4 days ago
Michael Hauser, a prominent veterinarian who tended to a host of high-profile horses during his tenure with Godolphin Racing, died last Friday in Oregon, confirmed longtime friend Tom Albertrani. Hauser succumbed to complications from a recent surgery. Read More...

No plans yet for Shogood’s next start

DRF | 4 days ago
Shogood, who earned an 80 Beyer Speed Figure going wire to wire in the Arlington-Washington Futurity last Saturday, came out of the race in good shape, trainer Scott Becker said, and will leave Arlington on Friday to train with Becker’s string at Fairmount Park, which, like Shogood, is owned by Bill Stiritz. Read More...

Stidham busy with out-of-town graded stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Mike Stidham’s barn will be shipping a number of Arlington-based horses out for graded stakes races in the coming weeks, including Katie's Eyes and Leigh Court. Read More...

Flintshire eyes rich payday on Travers undercard

DRF | 4 days ago
The six supporting stakes leading up to the Travers at Saratoga on Saturday should be more than enough to keep everybody occupied as they wait for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to take to the track in the day’s main event. Read More...

The Pizza Man will prep for Breeders’ Cup Turf at Laurel

DRF | 4 days ago
Arlington Million winner The Pizza Man will be supplemented to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at a cost of $100,000, co-owner and breeder Rich Papiese said on Wednesday, and to get to that $3 million race, The Pizza Man will go to – Laurel Park. Read More...

Force in top form for Albany Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
What started as a single card devoted to New York-breds on the New York Racing Association stakes calendar has now blossomed to three, the second of which will be held Friday at Saratoga. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 8/28 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

More Than Even tries turf in Bob Barry Memorial

DRF | 4 days ago
The veteran racemare More Than Even will be testing her skills in a brand new arena on Friday night when she makes her turf debut in the $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial at Remington Park. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 8/28 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 8/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

For Baffert, Saratoga the scene of triumphs, tribulation

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Baffert insists he doesn’t hate Saratoga. Baffert’s eight stakes wins at Saratoga since 1999 include Grade 1 staples such as the Travers, Alabama, King’s Bishop, Forego and two Tests. So, what’s not to like? Read More...

Clement holds pair of aces for West Point, Yaddo

DRF | 4 days ago
Christophe Clement trains Lubash and Discreet Marq, whom he says are doing well and ready for battle in Friday’s West Point Stakes and Yaddo Stakes for New York-breds on turf. Read More...

Hovdey: Beholder elbows into the conversation

DRF | 4 days ago
There is no ignoring what the 5-year-old mare Beholder did to the million-dollar Pacific Classic last weekend at Del Mar, and what it could mean about the national profile of the game. Read More...

Obey may change tactics in Generous Portion

DRF | 4 days ago
Obey became the leader of the California-bred 2-year-old filly division with her win in the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar on July 31. With the win comes a target, as the filly to beat in Friday’s $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes. Read More...

Smile Again Theta will try to get back on track

DRF | 4 days ago
Smile Again Theta will appreciate not having to face Rock and Glory when she runs in a $35,000 optional-claiming race at Northlands Park on Friday night. Read More...

Lanerie returns to ride in Kentucky

DRF | 4 days ago
Corey Lanerie has left the Saratoga meet after a disappointing few weeks at the Spa to return to Kentucky, where on Saturday he is named on three mounts at Ellis Park. Read More...

Anticipation high for rich Kentucky Downs meet

DRF | 4 days ago
Kentucky Downs will begin its annual five-day meet a week from Saturday on Sept. 5, with purses and anticipation higher than ever. Read More...

Borel hires new jockey agent

DRF | 4 days ago
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel has hired retired jockey Larry Melancon as his new agent and will be back in the saddle at Churchill and Kentucky Downs after spending most of the last two months at his new residence in Florida. Read More...