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Hoosier: Father Patrick heads Takter charge on Friday

DRF | 2 days ago
Harness racing’s richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana’s Hoosier Park for Friday’s $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds. He is one of seven horses sent out by trainer Jimmy Takter on the stakes-filled program. Read More...

Free as a Bird out of BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Free as a Bird, a winner of five consecutive sprint stakes this year, was withdrawn from Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita after she became upset on an airplane in Kentucky early Wednesday, trainer Ian Wilkes said. Read More...

Las Vegas Marathon lures long-winded locals

DRF | 2 days ago
Santa Anita will run the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on Friday, but it is largely a local event. Of the nine runners, eight are based in Southern California. Read More...

Talco poised for breakout in Twilight Derby

DRF | 2 days ago
When the French import Talco finished third in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, trainer John Sadler saw enough to expect grand things from him this fall. Read More...

Ward finds a way to balance his priorities this Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 days ago
Horse trainers are people, too, which explains why Wesley Ward will not be here at Santa Anita this weekend for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Midnight Hawk, Chitu bring impressive credentials to Damascus Stakes

DRF | 2 days ago
Bob Baffert and Steve Asmussen will have a lot on their minds this weekend, but before the Breeders’ Cup gets under way, both trainers will get warmed up with some interesting stakes action Friday. Read More...

Really Sharp tries to notch elusive first turf win in Friday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Really Sharp is one of several stakes winners in Friday’s Woodbine headliner, a second-level optional claimer, scheduled for seven furlongs on the grass. Read More...

Difficult to deny Goldencents in bid for a repeat

DRF | 3 days ago
Goldencents returns to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile as quite possibly the heaviest favorite in any of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races to be run this weekend at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
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Lady Eli gives Brown another good shot at Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 days ago
With a win and two seconds in four tries in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, trainer Chad Brown believes he has an idea of what makes a horse competitive in the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 10/30 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Thursday 10/30 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Thursday 10/30 analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Greg Gangle's analysis of the Thursday 10/30 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Opening day at Aqueduct

DRF | 3 days ago
There’s a chill in the air, and daylight-saving time is coming to an end, which, of course, means this is the time of year racing fans have anticipated for months. Yes, trick or treat, it’s time for Aqueduct, where racing on the New York Racing Association circuit will be conducted for the next six months. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
DRF handicappers Mike Watchmaker, Dave Litfin and Brad Free give their analysis of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

Untapable looks to cap breakout season

DRF | 3 days ago
The $2 million Distaff is not the first Breeders’ Cup drama for Untapable or Close Hatches. They were supporting players in 2013 – Untapable eighth in the Juvenile Fillies, Close Hatches second in the Distaff. Read More...

Clocker: Iotapa asked to finish strongly

DRF | 3 days ago
Iotapa was asked for some finish from the wire to the seven-furlong pole to conclude an efficient five-furlong move Tuesday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Rose to Gold nearing comeback after freshening

DRF | 3 days ago
Rose to Gold is moving closer to a return to racing at her Gulfstream Park West base, with the near-millionaire’s winter objective defense of her title in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston, trainer Sal Santoro said Tuesday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf analysis from DRF handicappers. Read More...

Danette has look of surprise package

DRF | 3 days ago
Angela Renee and Conquest Eclipse, the first two finishers from the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes here Sept. 27, are 3-1 and 4-1 on the morning line for Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Danette, who finished third in that race, is 20-1 on the line. Read More...

Telescope’s focus has been on Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Michael Stoute and Harry Herbert of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing confirmed Telescope’s next start in a conversation after the colt had finished third in the Grade 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Read More...

Brazen Persuasion a question mark following long layoff

DRF | 3 days ago
Brazen Persuasion is the classiest of seven fillies entered in the ninth race at Churchill Downs, a third-level optional $80,000 claiming race at seven furlongs. But she's also a question mark returning from a layoff of nearly six months. Read More...

Marks: The ones to watch at the Harrisburg sale

DRF | 3 days ago
With the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg less than a week away, Bob Marks looks at his top picks from the first two days of the sale. Read More...

Cairo Prince retired, to stand at Airdrie Stud

DRF | 3 days ago
Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince, an early favorite on the 2014 Kentucky Derby trail, has been retired from racing and will make his stallion debut during the 2015 breeding season at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky., for an advertised fee of $10,000. Read More...

Hootenanny’s work in Europe stands out

DRF | 3 days ago
A 2-year-old with strong European form appears poised to make it six wins from eight races in Friday’s $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. The catch is that this horse, Hootenanny, is based in the United States with trainer Wesley Ward. Read More...

Foot problem forces American Pharoah out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 days ago
American Pharoah, expected to be a heavy favorite, was scratched from Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Tuesday due to an injury, his connections announced. Read More...

Shared Belief takes it easy in Breeders’ Cup Classic work

DRF | 3 days ago
Shared Belief, the likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and V. E. Day, one of the race’s outsiders, both turned in easy half-mile workouts on Tuesday morning in their final preps for Saturday’s $5 million race. Read More...

Jerardi: Four Penn Challenge winners entered for BC

DRF | 3 days ago
Four winners of the first 15 races in the Penn Gaming Racing Challenge are among the horses entered for the Breeders’ Cup races Friday and Saturday in Santa Anita.
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Caspar Netscher brings full passport to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Caspar Netscher has been on the go all through October – to racetracks in three countries and over the Atlantic twice. Read More...

Aqueduct: Speed the name of game in Thursday feature

DRF | 3 days ago
There is no shortage of speed in Thursday’s feature, a $69,000 optional claimer with second-level allowance conditions which is carded as the seventh of eight races. Read More...

Hovdey: Main Sequence plays Yankee Doodle Dandy

DRF | 3 days ago
Trying to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf with a horse based in North America is one of those “why bother?” endeavors. American runners usually end up high-class cannon fodder, reduced to chanting the mantra, “It’s an honor simply to be nominated.” This was not always the case. Read More...

American Pharoah out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 days ago
American Pharoah, the multiple Grade 1-winning 2-year-old, will be scratched from Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Tuesday morning. Read More...

Australian champion Black Caviar in foal to Sebring

DRF | 3 days ago
Black Caviar, Australia’s three-time Horse of the Year, is pregnant with her second foal, this time by Australian champion Sebring, reports the Melbourne Herald Sun. Read More...

Drug-testing lab pledges to catch up on backlog of work

DRF | 3 days ago
LGC Sciences, the Lexington, Ky., drug-testing laboratory that has been a source of frustration for three major racing jurisdictions this year, is confident it can address a backlog of incomplete tests by the end of 2014 and restore its reputation. Read More...

Stryker Phd steps out of his comfort zone in Big Bear

DRF | 3 days ago
The presence of Longacres Mile winner Stryker Phd in Thursday’s $75,000 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita is an experiment, his first outing away from northern California or Washington state. Read More...

Gierkink’s preview: Marathon Run the speed

DRF | 3 days ago
Marathon Run (15-1) possesses a pace advantage in the featured third race, an Ontario-sired allowance for non-winners of two, and it’s just a question of her ability to stay the nine-furlong distance. Read More...

BC Turf: Farm-trained Hardest Core brings little-known trainer to big stage

DRF | 3 days ago
Hardest Core’s out-of-the-blue win in the Arlington Million was the feel-good story of the summer. A little-known horse – owned, trained, and ridden by obscure connections – takes on the big guys and wins a $1 million race, defeating the reigning Breeders’ Cup Turf champ, Magician, fair and square. Read More...

Classic: Post No. 13 may be lucky for California Chrome

DRF | 4 days ago
Art Sherman flashed a thumb’s-up sign. Victor Espinoza flashed a smile. The California Chrome camp, anxiously watching the post-position draw Monday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita, was thrilled when California Chrome drew an outside post, No. 13, for a race that should decide Horse of the Year. Read More...

Distaff: Untapable, Close Hatches draw outside

DRF | 4 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorites drew advantageous outside post positions Monday for the $2 million race that will be held Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

In Wise Dan’s absence, Toronado inherits role of favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Wise Dan, injured earlier this month, can’t return on Saturday to try and win his third straight Breeders’ Cup Mile, and his defection swelled the field to bursting. Fourteen turf milers are in the main body of the $2 million Mile, with Mr. Commons the lone also-eligible. Read More...

BC Juv. Fillies: Pletcher’s pair draws inside posts

DRF | 4 days ago
Todd Pletcher won’t have to look too far to find his pair of runners in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pletcher’s pair of Daredevil, Carpe Diem drawn toward outside

DRF | 4 days ago
For the second straight year, Pletcher will have a horse leave from post 12 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, where there is a short run to the first turn in races run at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

BC Filly & Mare Sprint: Artemis Agrotera in post 5

DRF | 4 days ago
A well-balanced field of 10 has been entered for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, with likely favorites Artemis Agrotera and Judy the Beauty assigned to the middle of the starting gate for the seven-furlong race Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Favored Hootenanny will start from post 5 with Dettori

DRF | 4 days ago
Frankie Dettori’s last Breeders’ Cup flying dismount, his signature leap performed after a victory, came in 2010, when he won the Turf on Dangerous Midge. But Dettori is well mounted this year to claim another Breeders’ Cup race, and his live mount in the Juvenile Turf, Hootenanny, drew well in post 5 for the $1 million race. Read More...

BC Dirt Mile: Golden rail for Goldencents

DRF | 4 days ago
As if he needed anything else in his favor, Goldencents was assigned the favorable rail post when a field of 10 older horses was drawn Monday afternoon at Santa Anita for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

BC Juv. Fillies Turf: Sunset Glow made 7-2 favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Wesley Ward is winless with 16 Breeders’ Cup starters, but he will send out the favorite, Sunset Glow, in Friday’s $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

BC Turf: Imagining to be involved early from post 3

DRF | 4 days ago
In the early fall of 2013, Imagining was considered a candidate for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita until he finished sixth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. Read More...

BC Sprint: Fast Anna favorably drawn in post 12

DRF | 4 days ago
Like the rest of her colleagues with a horse in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, trainer Kathy Ritvo held her breath during the post-position draw. The Sprint is arguably the one race among the 13 Breeders’ Cup events to be decided this weekend at Santa Anita for which post position is likely to have the most impact on the outcome. Read More...

BC Filly & Mare Turf: Dank seeks repeat

DRF | 4 days ago
The biggest mystery of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare has little to with post position and everything to do with current form. Read More...

BC Turf Sprint: Favorites draw rail, far-outside posts

DRF | 4 days ago
Tightend Touchdown may not be the same horse who finished second in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. Read More...