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Bennett sweeps juvenile stakes with Chance of Luck, R Angel Katelyn

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Gerald Bennett experienced the highs and lows of racing at two different tracks during a 15-minute span Saturday, as Chance of Luck remained undefeated by taking the $60,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the stakes winner Fast Flying Rumor endured a brutal trip while finishing sixth in the $107,800 Claiming Crown Canterbury Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

King and His Court triumphs as Display favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
The favored King and His Court proved his Coronation Futurity triumph was no fluke by doubling up in dramatic fashion in the $145,050 Display Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Royal Posse repeats in Claiming Crown Jewel

DRF | 4 days ago
Royal Posse gave his myriad of backers some anxious moments as the 3-5 favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel before ultimately grinding out a well-deserved but hard-earned half-length victory over the 38-1 Diamond Bachelor in the main event on opening day of the 2016-17 Gulfstream Park championship meet. Read More...

Keystonetovictory captures Claiming Crown Emerald by a neck

DRF | 4 days ago
Keystoneforvictory capped an eventful Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a narrow victory in the $125,000 Claiming Crown Emerald, the last of nine races in the 2016 Claiming Crown series at the south Florida track. Read More...

Rapid Rhythm remains perfect in four Fair Grounds turf starts by taking Battle of New Orleans

DRF | 4 days ago
Adrianne G won the 2015 Battle of New Orleans Stakes, but last year’s winner was not quite good enough Saturday to keep favored Rapid Rhythm from the winner’s circle in the $50,000 Battle of New Orleans at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Highway Star saves day for Bromans in Go for Wand Handicap

DRF | 4 days ago
Though heavily favored Bar of Gold came up empty again in a graded stakes, owners Chester and Mary Broman did not as their other entrant, Highway Star, squeaked out a nose victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap at Aqueduct. Read More...

Super Spender soothes Cibelli’s earlier disappointment by winning Claiming Crown Canterbury

DRF | 4 days ago
One week after suffering a frustrating setback when Rose Brier was disqualified following an apparent win in the Grade 3 Tropical Park Turf, trainer Jane Cibelli was able to breathe a sigh of relief once the official sign went up making her Super Spender the winner of Saturday’s $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Chepstow outduels Goodtimehadbyall in Claiming Crown Iron Horse

DRF | 4 days ago
Chepstow battled back during a sustained duel with Goodtimehadbyall in registering a hard-earned victory Saturday in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

True Cinder, Eightthehardway deliver as heavy favorites in restricted stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Odds-on favorites True Cinder and Eightthehardway delivered as expected in a pair of $75,000 stakes for Ohio-accredited horses Saturday at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Read More...

Downhill Racer overcomes shaky start, traffic trouble to take Pennsylvania Nursery

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Alex Wolfsont switched Downhill Racer, blocked with nowhere to go at the quarter pole, to the inside to find running room and the Pennsylvania-bred colt outfought the maiden Heat Dome by a neck to remain unbeaten in two starts by winning Saturday's Pennsylvania Nursery at Parx Racing. Read More...

Defer Heaven alters strategy to win Claiming Crown Express

DRF | 4 days ago
No lead, no problem for Defer Heaven, whose affinity for the Gulfstream Park main track helped carry him to a popular 1 3/4-length victory over Proper Freud in Saturday’s $110,000 Claiming Crown Express. Read More...

Shaft of Light bounces back to win Claiming Crown Rapid Transit

DRF | 5 days ago
Shaft of Light used his abundant speed to dominate Saturday’s $110,000 Rapid Transit at Gulfstream Park, sprinting to an easy lead before drawing off to an impressive 6 1/2-length decision over Flashy Jewel in the seven-furlong Claiming Crown dash. Read More...

Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

DRF | 5 days ago
Hong Kong selections for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 Read More...

Spectacular Me wins Claiming Crown Distaff Dash as favorite

DRF | 5 days ago
Spectacular Me got a perfect trip and ride under the red-hot Jose Ortiz when coming through as the favorite Saturday in the $106,700 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash, the first of nine straight Claiming Crown events at Gulfstream Park in south Florida. Read More...

Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford dies at 70

DRF | 5 days ago
Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford died at his home near Chicago on Friday at age 70 following a battle with cancer. Read More...

California Chrome works five furlongs for Winter Challenge

DRF | 5 days ago
Two weeks before his final scheduled start in his home state, California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 before dawn at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Read More...

Peck: Gulfstream Park pick four for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 5 days ago
The late pick four looks like an appealing play on opening day at Gulfstream, with a couple of wide-open races and a seemingly solid single. Read More...

Del Mar pick six jackpot carryover of $50,550

DRF | 5 days ago
No one hit the pick six on Friday at Del Mar, producing a carryover in the general pool, adding to the single-ticket jackpot, and setting up the possibility of a massive mandatory payout on closing day Sunday. Read More...

Jose Ortiz picks up five more wins in quest to finish as nation’s leading rider

DRF | 5 days ago
Jose Ortiz wants to finish the year as the leading rider in North America in wins and he knows the clock is ticking. While for most jockeys the year doesn’t end until Dec. 31, Ortiz will stop riding at the conclusion of the Dec. 18 card at Aqueduct. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 12/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 12/5 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Forever Unbridled in light training

DRF | 5 days ago
Forever Unbridled, who somewhat quietly put together an excellent 2016 season, has taken up residence again in trainer Dallas Stewart’s Fair Grounds barn and is in light training as her connections plot a 2017 campaign for the soon-to-be 5-year-old. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 12/5 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 12/5 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

Valadorna headed to New Orleans to prep for 2017 season

DRF | 5 days ago
Valadorna, who finished a close, somewhat troubled second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will have an early 2017 Fair Grounds campaign, trainer Mark Casse said Thursday. Read More...

Hovdey: Race riding will be on display in Matriarch

DRF | 5 days ago
The parade of Hall of Fame riders filing out of the Del Mar jockeys room for the Matriarch on Sunday afternoon will be a sight to see. With so much talent in the irons, it could be assumed that none of the dozen running has an advantage at the helm. Still, the one-mile grass race run inside a one-mile dirt track can be a nasty, unpredictable beast, especially with a large field. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Del Mar for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 5 days ago
Free: How I'd play Del Mar for Saturday, Dec. 3 Read More...

Even Thunder shows he belongs with King’s Swan win

DRF | 5 days ago
Even Thunder, a stakes winner at Canterbury in his most recent start, handled his New York debut, holding off Petrov to win Friday’s $100,000 King’s Swan Stakes for juvenile males by a head. Read More...

Ghost Is Clear’s price dampens enthusiasm

DRF | 5 days ago
Ghost Is Clear, trained by Mike Maker, makes his first start in 11 months in an optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs on Sunday. But at 6-5 on the morning line, he may not be a good wager Read More...

Gierkink: How I’ll play Woodbine for Sunday, Dec. 4

DRF | 5 days ago
DRF handicapper Ron Gierkink outlines his strategy for playing Sunday's closing-day program at Woodbine. Read More...

Felini will need her running shoes

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin thought one positive to having to wait until December to run Felini again was that she would at least catch an easy field. Such is not the case, as Felini faces a seemingly salty group of fillies and mares in a first-level allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs at Aqueduct on Sunday. Read More...

Liberty Park has makings of good one

DRF | 6 days ago
Liberty Park, a full brother to stakes winner Prospect Park, makes his debut on Sunday in race 3, a maiden race at one mile on turf for 2-year-olds. Read More...

Silent Bird’s next challenge: two turns in the San Pasqual

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Mark Glatt has been forced to take his time with Silent Bird, but that patience is being rewarded. Silent Bird's victory in an allowance race at Del Mar on Thursday was his fourth straight, all in sprints, and now he will head around two turns, the province of his sire, Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird. Read More...

Online NHC qualifiers exclusively on DRF Tournaments

DRF | 6 days ago
Crunch time for the NHC coincides with DRF Tournaments’ exclusive window for online qualification. Last year, DRF sent 50 players to the NHC during November and December and Senior Vice President of Tournaments Ken Kirchner expects that number to grow this time around. Read More...

Imperial Eagle, Chainman clash in Southwest Juvenile Championship

DRF | 6 days ago
All American Futurity winner Imperial Eagle will attempt to rebound from a rare defeat Sunday when he faces a sharp Chainman in the Grade 1, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park. Read More...

Something Awesome tries to transfer good synthetic form to dirt

DRF | 6 days ago
The majority of the nine horses in Sunday's $45,000 feature at Gulfstream Peak are coming into the second-level optional $62,500 claiming race in peak form, led by Something Awesome, who seeks his fourth consecutive victory while making his local debut for trainer Danny Vella. Read More...

Popular gelding Frazil retired

DRF | 6 days ago
Frazil, a 10-year-old gelding who became a fan favorite racing mostly in the claiming ranks on the New York Racing Association circuit, has been retired. Read More...

Paulassilverlining, By the Moon still have work to do

DRF | 6 days ago
Unlike many who participated in the Breeders' Cup, trainer Michelle Nevin's pair of older filly and mare sprinters Paulassilverlining and By the Moon are not headed for retirement, the breeding shed, or a vacation in the near future. Read More...

Takaful to continue education in Jerome

DRF | 6 days ago
Takaful, the impressive 2-year-old maiden winner who finished third as the favorite on Saturday in the Remsen Stakes, is being pointed to the Grade 3, $150,000 Jerome Stakes, the first 3-year-old route stakes of the year on this circuit. Read More...

Miss Temple City far outside talented dozen in Matriarch

DRF | 6 days ago
When it comes to stakes races at this Del Mar fall meeting, or loading the horses into the gate for the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes on Sunday, they've saved the best for last. Miss Temple City will be the last to load but bettors are expected to wager on her to be the first to arrive at the end of the $300,000 Matriarch, which highlights the closing-day card here. Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial downgraded to Grade 2

DRF | 6 days ago
The American Graded Stakes Committee has downgraded three Grade 1 races, including two key Kentucky Derby prep races, and upgraded the Pennsylvania Derby from Grade 2 to Grade 1, according to a release of the 2017 grade assignments on Friday. Read More...

Melmich has proven adept at Valedictory’s marathon distance

DRF | 6 days ago
Melmich finished his 2015 campaign strongly with a 10 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Valedictory Stakes and will be looking to repeat in this year's edition over 1 3/4 miles on closing day at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Toomuchisnotenough tries to claim second straight stakes win in Bear Fan

DRF | 6 days ago
When looking at the possibilities for claim of the year in Northern California, Toomuchisnotenough could top the list – especially if she can win the $75,000 Bear Fan on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, December 3, 2016 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 6 days ago
Well, the four win/gimmick streak ended but we still wound up with half a loaf rather than a whole one—twice. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’d play Aqueduct for Saturday, Dec. 3

DRF | 6 days ago
Watchmaker: How I'd play Aqueduct for Saturday, Dec. 3 Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for November 24 to November 27

DRF | 6 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's Sharp Horses and Track Trends for November 24 to 27, 2016. Read More...

Giwner: Top Meadowlands drivers planning for winter hiatus

DRF | 6 days ago
As we turn the calendar to December and shortly after arriving in 2017, it will be harder and harder to find Harness Racing’s top drivers in the sport. Names like Tim Tetrick and David Miller will be absent from past performance lines altogether and others will be racing less frequently or at different locales. Read More...

Del Mar: Pick six jackpot carryover of $41,385.57

DRF | 6 days ago
There were three winning tickets in the pick six on Thursday at Del Mar, enabling the single-ticket jackpot carryover to reach $41,385.57, with a mandatory payout in the wager looming on closing day Sunday. Read More...

Yonkers: Sunday 12/4 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Sunday Afternoon 12/4 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Andrew Hawkins’ Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

DRF | 6 days ago
Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 Read More...

Gainesway Farm adds Anchor Down, son of Tapit, for 2017 breeding season

DRF | 6 days ago
Gainesway Farm, which stands leading sire Tapit, announced Thursday that it would be standing Tapit’s son, Anchor Down, for the 2017 breeding season. Read More...

V.E. Day retired, will stand at Waldorf Farm in New York

DRF | 6 days ago
Travers Stakes winner V.E. Day has been retired and will enter stud at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y. A son of turf champion English Channel, V.E. Day will stand for an introductory fee of $6,500. Read More...