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Hall’s 2016 inductees favor class of 1976

DRF | 3 days ago
It is highly subjective but fairly safe to state that no Hall of Fame class since 1976 has been of such a richly satisfying vintage … until now. Read More...

Derby Watch: Points system having desired impact

DRF | 3 days ago
With Churchill Downs making the races closest to the Derby worth the most points and eliminating the previous system – one based on earnings in graded stakes races – the field has become far more predicated on current form. Read More...

Attfield sustains multiple injuries in training accident

DRF | 3 days ago
Roger Attfield saw Dyna's Recoleta win a turf allowance Sunday at Keeneland, but not from a preferred vantage point.Attfield watched the race on television from his Toronto home while recovering from significant injuries sustained earlier this month in a training accident at Payson Park in Florida. Read More...

Belmont Park has work cut out to match last two meets

DRF | 3 days ago
On Friday, the 59-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet gets underway with a nine-race card. New York Racing Association officials can only hope that good things happen in threes and that there is a Triple Crown on the line when this year's Belmont Stakes is run on June 11 Read More...

Dortmund may be ready to race by late summer

DRF | 3 days ago
By resuming training now, Dortmund is likely to be ready to race by the end of the summer. Read More...

Purses increased for 93-day meet

DRF | 3 days ago
The situation for Ohio horsemen in Cincinnati looks brighter as Belterra Park launches its third season of live racing Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Exaggerator

DRF | 3 days ago
Curlin, who is coming off a career-best season by his racing progeny in 2015, is a rising star in the North American sire ranks. The stallion will look to really break through with a Kentucky Derby winner in Exaggerator, romping winner of the Santa Anita Derby. Read More...

Affirmed Success far better spot for Loki’s Vengeance

DRF | 3 days ago
older New York-bred sprinters get their chance to stake their claim as heir to the retired Palace in the $100,000 Affirmed Success, the opening-day feature on a nine-race Belmont Park card that begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Read More...

Party Pooper primary threat in sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Party Pooper hasn't lived up to the promise he showed at Hastings when he won the $50,000 New Westminster in his second start as a 2-year-old for trainer Troy Taylor in 2014. In fact, he hasn't won a race since. That figures to change when he runs in a $25,000 claiming race at Emerald Downs Friday. The 5 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races drew six horses and headlines a seven-race card that begins at 6:30 p.m. Pacific. Read More...

Baltas hopeful Take It Easyplease proves a smart claim

DRF | 3 days ago
Take It Easyplease was claimed for $16,000. A 4-year-old filly, Take It Easyplease can earn back that sum with a win in a first-level optional $20,000 claimer at Los Alamitos on Friday. Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for April 27

DRF | 3 days ago
There were no changes to the Derby Watch top 20 from last week to this week, not in terms of the lineup or the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, who has Nyquist as the 7-2 favorite 10 days out from the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Read More...

I’m a Chatterbox, Midnight On Oconee among stars of Jones’s string at Delaware Park

DRF | 3 days ago
Larry Jones will have 60 stalls at Delaware Park this summer. His stable will include I'm a Chatterbox, who finished second in the Doubledogdare last Friday, and Midnight On Oconee, who finished second in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra and Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds over the winter. Read More...

Laurel: Metaboss makes first start for Dickinson

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Michael Dickinson will have the second starter of his comeback at Laurel Park on Friday when he runs Metaboss in race 9, a second-level optional $28,000 claiming race on turf. Read More...

Hardest Core fresh, fit for comeback

DRF | 3 days ago
Hardest Core, who made just one start in 2015 after winning the Arlington Million in 2014, is only weeks away from making his return to the races for trainer Eddie Graham. Read More...

Handling Tapit’s progeny often is no easy task

DRF | 3 days ago
The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred, and few are hotter right now – on a number of levels – than those by Tapit. Read More...

3-year-olds try turf in Silky Sullivan, Campanile

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Billy Morey will ask the consistent sprinter Midnight Ming to try both turf and two turns for the first time in Sunday’s $100,000 Silky Sullivan for 3-year-old California-breds going a mile. Read More...

Familiar names to clash in San Francisco Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
There may be no superstars among the 27 runners nominated for Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Speckert to resign as general counsel of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

DRF | 3 days ago
Susan Speckert, the general counsel for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, will leave the agency in late May for another job, the latest in a string of departures at the commission since the election of Gov. Matt Bevin last November. Read More...

Carryover of $453K gives players shot to hit it big in Golden Pick 6

DRF | 3 days ago
There's lots of money to be made at Golden Gate Fields this weekend, and not just because there will be a trio of $100,000 stakes races. Big bucks are on the line for bettors on Friday, when the Golden Pick 6 jackpot starts the day with a $453,398 carryover. Read More...

Bennett making it happen at his hometown track

DRF | 3 days ago
Gerald Bennett ranks 19th all time and 11th among active trainers with 3,578 career wins from 17,383 starters (21 percent), and when the Tampa Bay Downs meet ends May 8, the 72-year-old conditioner almost certainly will have nailed down his first outright training title at his favorite track. Read More...

Nipigon ready off Florida prep race

DRF | 3 days ago
Stakes-placed Nipigon will continue on the comeback trail in the eighth race, a $47,500 Ontario-sired allowance route on Friday at Woodbine. Read More...

Bergman: Candy Corn Hanover looks for sweet result in Miss Pennsylvania

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainers of standardbreds have to make difficult decisions all of the time. Travis Alexander, a 37-year-old horseman with a solid history of racing horses at the highest level, had to make a choice whether to put the unbeaten sophomore filly Candy Corn Hanover in Sunday’s $30,000 Weiss Series final or step up in class and face the top fillies in North America in Saturday’s first ever Miss Pennsylvania eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Read More...

Preciado’s attorney files lawsuit seeking restraining order

DRF | 3 days ago
Attorney Alan Pincus has filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania seeking a temporary restraining order that will allow trainer Ramon Preciado to resume entering horses at Parx Racing. Read More...

Kentucky Derby clocker: Mor Spirit sizzles, then simmers

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Bob Baffert arrived in town on Monday and wasted little time getting down to work, sending out a handful of his stakes horses to breeze at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning, including key Kentucky Derby contender Mor Spirit, who zipped five furlongs in 59.79 over a quick track under clear and relatively balmy conditions during the special Derby/Oaks training session shortly after 8:30 a.m. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 4/28 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Thursday 4/28 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 4/28 Analysis

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

Seventh horse tests positive for herpes at Parx

DRF | 4 days ago
A seventh horse at Parx Racing tested positive for the equine herpesvirus on Monday and was scheduled to be moved to the track's isolation area Tuesday morning. Read More...

Churchill unveils $18 million in renovations

DRF | 4 days ago
Churchill Downs officials unveiled the latest renovation to their flagship facility when some $18 million in upgrades were presented Tuesday to the media. Read More...

Kentucky Downs purses top $1.5 million a day

DRF | 4 days ago
Kentucky Downs, the all-turf racetrack in Franklin, Ky., will distribute $1.56 million a day in purses during its five-day meet this year, far surpassing any other racetrack’s average purse distribution. Read More...

Frank Salive new race caller at Fort Erie

DRF | 4 days ago
Former Woodbine Standardbred race caller Frank Salive is the new track announcer and television commentator at Fort Erie Racetrack, replacing Sugar Doyle Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Apr. 18 – Apr. 24

DRF | 5 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Clocker: Asmussen’s Derby and Oaks workers impress

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen had a very good morning on Monday. It began with his five potential Kentucky Oaks starters and two Kentucky Derby contenders turning in sharp works over a fast main track at Churchill Downs and ended several hours later with the announcement that he'd been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Read More...

Bergman: Many flaws in following the morning line

DRF | 5 days ago
When we touched on the odds last week, it was with the idea that drivers should drive horses according to how they perceive the race to be contested as opposed to how bettors viewed the order of selection. Odds play an incredible part in the day-to-day running of a racetrack. In an era where there are so many multiple-race bets on a given program, gamblers have been known to handicap a few races and then add combinations based on morning line preference. Read More...

Northfield: Wednesday 4/27 Analysis + Pick Four ticket

DRF | 5 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Wednesday 4/27 card at Northfield Park. Read More...

Exaggerator to stand at WinStar Farm upon retirement

DRF | 5 days ago
WinStar Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator, who is scheduled to make his next start May 7 in the Kentucky Derby. He will go to WinStar at the conclusion of his racing career, Elliott Walden, the president and chief executive of WinStar, said Monday. Read More...

Bigger fields the goal for Prairie Meadows meet

DRF | 5 days ago
Prairie Meadows racetrack, just northeast of Des Moines, Iowa, hopes to elevate its racing product during a 67-day meet that begins Thursday through a simple premise – more horses in the stables should mean more horses in the entry box. Read More...

Harness: Kurt Sugg enjoying the ride at Northfield Park

DRF | 5 days ago
Kurt Sugg is having the time of his life. Not only is the 46-year-old Ohio native approaching a driving milestone he never considered possible just several years ago, he enjoys going to work every day. In fact, Sugg hardly considers what he does as work. Read More...

Pensioned stallion Smoke Glacken put down at 22

DRF | 5 days ago
Smoke Glacken, the champion sprinter of 1997 and a pensioned stallion, was euthanized last Thursday due to the infirmities of old age. Read More...

Servis has two in puzzling turf-sprint feature

DRF | 5 days ago
From the look of things, there appear to be three different conditions written into the featured seventh race Thursday at Gulfstream Park. And even that's not enough, as four of the six fillies and mares in this five-furlong turf dash start under the race's $62,500 claiming option. Bettors seeking class-clarity won't find that a great guide, since none of the claiming quartet is especially proven for the price, and the two horses entered under allowance conditions don't fit especially well, either. Read More...

Free: Los Alamitos horses to watch for week of April 25

DRF | 5 days ago
Brad Free's horses to watch at Los Alamitos for the week of April 25. Read More...

Turf sprint comes down to Do the Roar, Successful Native

DRF | 5 days ago
Do the Roar and Successful Native know their way around the Gulfstream Park grass course, and one of them looks likely to find his way to the winner's circle after the featured seventh race on Wednesday. Read More...

N.Y. gaming commission adopts rules to make multirace wagers more uniform

DRF | 5 days ago
The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday formally adopted new rules governing three popular multirace wagers with the idea of making them uniform. Read More...

The week that was in racing, April 18-24, 2016

DRF | 5 days ago
A recap of the top stories in racing, including Stanford in the Charles Town Classic, Da Big Hoss in the Elkhorn, workouts for Derby contenders, new inductees to the Racing Hall of Fame, and more. Read More...

Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra top 2016 Hall of Fame class

DRF | 5 days ago
Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta never met on the racetrack, but their Hall of Fame plaques will be alongside one another on Aug. 12, when those two outstanding female racehorses as well as jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen are inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Read More...

Lanerie on brink of second straight title

DRF | 5 days ago
With just three days left at the 16-day Keeneland spring meet, Corey Lanerie is in position to be the leading rider for the second straight meet. Lanerie enters Wednesday action with 14 winners, one more than Javier Castellano, who rides the balance of the meet, and Luis Saez, who does not. Read More...

Weep No More one breeze away from Kentucky Oaks start

DRF | 5 days ago
Like most of the other 3-year-old fillies headed for the Kentucky Oaks, Weep No More will breeze once more this coming weekend toward the May 6 filly classic after having a maintenance work last weekend. Read More...

Yonkers: Tuesday 4/26 Analysis

DRF | 5 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Tuesday Afternoon 4/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Maiden claimers make pick six doable Thursday

DRF | 5 days ago
Pick-six carryovers are adding zing to the spring meet at Los Alamitos, and maiden-claiming races are helping make the pick six affordable. A $41,654 carryover, the fifth carryover in eight days, is up for grabs on Thursday as Los Alamitos enters the final week of its short meet. Read More...

War Front progeny loom large in twin turf routes Thursday

DRF | 5 days ago
The Keeneland racing office intended to have a pair of allowances to anchor a nine-race Thursday card, but how they got there is a little different than how it was designed. A second-level turf route for older horses drew 20 entrants – none of whom have yet started at a spring meet that ends Friday – and when the other allowance failed to fill, the decision was made to split the turf race into divisions. Read More...