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Runhappy has first timed workout of year

DRF | 3 days ago
Champion sprinter Runhappy turned in his first serious workout of 2016 on Thursday, covering three furlongs in 34 4/5 seconds in the predawn darkness at Keeneland. Read More...

Sharp declines at first OBS August open session

DRF | 3 days ago
The first open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale on Wednesday did not paint a rosy picture of the lower-level marketplace, with steep declines across the board Read More...

Magic Mark, Soi Phet win divisions of Brubaker

DRF | 3 days ago
Magic Mark and Soi Phet won divisions of the Harry Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar on Wednesday to set up a potential first meeting at Los Alamitos next month. Read More...

One year later, Joyous Lady wins Shelby County Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
In the 2015 Shelby County Stakes at Indiana Grand, the 3-year-old filly Joyous Lady could not match strides with the mare Higher Logic and faded to third. A year older and more experienced, Joyous Lady on Wednesday won the race she could not in 2015. Read More...

Mr Maybe wins John’s Call Stakes, gives Brown 1,000th win

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Chad Brown kicked off what he hopes is a memorable week by recording a milestone victory Wednesday at Saratoga. Read More...

String King eyes Unbridled Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
String King is set to make a second start at the Louisiana Downs meet next month in the $75,000 Unbridled, according to Charlie Smith, his breeder, owner, and trainer. The 1 1/16-mile turf stakes will be run on the Super Derby undercard Sept. 10. String King won the race a year ago after capturing his third straight Louisiana Cup Turf Classic. Read More...

Rule sires his first winner

DRF | 3 days ago
First-time starter Regere won a $20,000 maiden-claiming race at Delaware Park today to become the first winner for his freshman sire, Rule. Rule, who stands for $4,000 at Montesacro Farm in Georgetown, Ky., has had four starters from his first crop of 22 foals, and he also is represented by the juvenile gelding Ruled, who was second in the Graduation Stakes at Assiniboia Downs as a maiden. Read More...

Oaklawn Park boosts purses again for 2017 meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., will offer record purses for its 2017 meet that opens in January, the track announced Wednesday. It will be the ninth straight season that the track has opened with purses higher than its previous meet. Read More...

Goldfeder – What Was I Thinking: Saratoga summer

DRF | 3 days ago
I began this meet with a casual attitude – hoping that if Saratoga didn’t see me coming, I might have a chance. The last two years I found myself spanked, slapped, and spit out by the old Spa. Read More...

Castellano, agent parting ways after Saratoga

DRF | 3 days ago
Three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano and his agent, Matt Muzikar, will split at the end of the Saratoga meet, both parties confirmed Wednesday. Read More...

Star-studded field for Personal Ensign

DRF | 3 days ago
The Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Saturday's Travers card here brings together the best of the filly and mare route division on the East Coast. Read More...

Pocono: Horses to watch from Aug. 20 – Aug. 23

DRF | 3 days ago
Horses to watch from Pocono Downs. Read More...

Lady Eli poised for return in Ballston Spa

DRF | 3 days ago
The best story on Saturday's 13-race Travers card is the return of Lady Eli, the undefeated filly who overcame a serious bout of laminitis to make it back to the races. Read More...

Flintshire defends title in Sword Dancer

DRF | 3 days ago
The Travers, with its 14-horse field that includes two classic winners, is obviously the focal point of Saturday's 13-race program at Saratoga. But there is a terrific undercard in support, featuring top horses such as Flintshire, Lady Eli, and a sensational quintet in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign. Read More...

Mohawk: Friday 8/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 8/26 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Hit It Once More can save Sciacca’s summer

DRF | 3 days ago
Gary Sciacca hopes to turn around a frustrating summer when he sends out the potent uncoupled entry of Hit It Once More and Jet Black in Friday's $250,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Hernandez closes in on fourth Evangeline riding title

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Colby Hernandez has established himself as the dominant rider at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., where he is poised to lock up his fourth title when the meet closes Saturday night. Hernandez had a 12-win lead over Diego Saenz heading into Wednesday's card. Read More...

Yonkers: Friday 8/26 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 8/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Bar of Gold tries turf in Yaddo

DRF | 3 days ago
The $150,000 Yaddo, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for New York-bred fillies and mares, has a full field of 12, plus four also-eligibles waiting to get in. The known quantities include The Tea Cups and Neck of the Moon. They will face Bar of Gold, who will be making her turf debut but is 4 for 4 against New York-bred company. Read More...

Syndergaard brings the heat in Funny Cide Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Each of the five 2-year-olds in the 6 1/2-furlong Funny Cide on Friday has won his only start, led by perhaps two of the most talented juveniles to train here this summer, Syndergaard and Bobby On Fleek. Read More...

West Point draws a familiar cast

DRF | 3 days ago
The New York-bred turf division has been strong for years, but the boys of summer aren't getting any younger, and sooner or later there will be a changing of the guard. Whether that happens Friday in the $150,000 West Point is debatable, but there are several up-and-coming, and relatively younger, contenders in the field. Read More...

Hamel can move closer to milestone with Kermode in CTHS Sales Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockey Richard Hamel is 10 wins shy of 1,500 for his career. Trainer Pat Jarvis is hoping the leading rider will move closer to that milestone when he rides Kermode in the colts-and-geldings division of the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Friday. Read More...

Prince of Penzance returns in Memsie Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Prince of Penzance, the upset winner of the Melbourne Cup last November at 100-1, will start as a longshot in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse in Australia, the first start of a spring campaign geared toward the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 1. Read More...

Hovdey: Bittersweet memories on Shared Belief’s day

DRF | 3 days ago
On Friday at Del Mar, Jerry Hollendorfer will have two 3-year-olds in the first running a stakes named for one his very best, and beloved, runners. The race used to be called the El Cajon, but El Cajon won't mind, not when a horse like Shared Belief meant so much to so many. Read More...

Dalmore pointing to Super Derby

DRF | 3 days ago
Dalmore, who finished fifth in the $1 million Pacific Classic last Saturday, is likely to return to the 3-year-old division for the $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 10, trainer Keith Desormeaux said on Wednesday. Read More...

Vyjack starts California career in Pat O’Brien

DRF | 3 days ago
On Saturday, Vyjack will start in the $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at seven furlongs on dirt at Del Mar. The O'Brien Stakes will be Vyjack's 26th start and first in California. It will also be his first start at less than a mile since a third in the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga in August 2014. Read More...

Kharafa will try to break through in West Point

DRF | 3 days ago
Kharafa has won at least a stakes a year in New York from 2013 to 2015. He will try to extend his streak and break into the Saratoga win column on Friday in the $150,000 West Point, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for statebreds. Read More...

Farish takes another shot at Travers with Gift Box

DRF | 3 days ago
If nothing else, the Travers has not lacked for drama over the last decade. In seven of the last 10 runnings, the margin of victory has been less than a length. Read More...

Vernon: Flanagan Memory seeks a big win in Crawford Farms Trot

DRF | 3 days ago
Flanagan Memory heads to Friday’s $193,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Vernon Downs looking for his first stakes win of the season, but the 6-year-old son of stallion Kadabra has already provided more magical moments than anyone associated with the trotter ever expected. Read More...

Soldat busts out of the gate at OBS sale

DRF | 3 days ago
The select session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale served as a fine coming-out party for Soldat, whose first offering of yearlings helped propel him to the upper echelon of the Tuesday's sire lists. Read More...

Washington sale holds steady

DRF | 3 days ago
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale saw a steady renewal on Tuesday, led by a $78,000 Harbor the Gold colt. Read More...

Brad Free’s Del Mar preview: Curious track profile on first day of racing week

DRF | 3 days ago
After two dark days, racing resumes Wednesday at Del Mar. Three of the eight races are a mile on dirt and include low-odds contenders with similar up-front styles – Desert Madam (race 1), Kristo (race 5), and Conquest Cobra (race 7) all run on or near the lead. Read More...

Lederman making the most of ‘borrowed time’

DRF | 3 days ago
It was only fitting Larry Lederman filled in at the mike for Monmouth Park announcer Frank Mirahmadi when he was recovering from surgery last week. Mirahmadi and Lederman are longtime friends and have great respect for each other's work. Also, for the last five years Lederman has been bravely dealing with his own serious health issues. Read More...

Mare Unbridled Melody has two stakes winners on consecutive days at Saratoga

DRF | 3 days ago
On August 19 and 20, the mare Unbridled Melody achieved the feat of having two of her progeny win stakes on turf at Saratoga. She four stakes winners from five foals of racing age. Read More...

O’Connor high on Flashy Chelsey

DRF | 3 days ago
A generation ago, Rob O'Connor was the leading trainer at Ellis Park, tying Bernie Flint with 12 winners each at the 1991 meet. Echoes of those glory days were sounded last Sunday when O'Connor sent out Flashy Chelsey to a hard-fought victory in a $37,200 turf allowance. Read More...

Stryker Phd to defend title in Muckleshoot Tribal Classic

DRF | 3 days ago
Stryker Phd came out of his fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 14 in excellent shape and will make his next start in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at Emerald Downs on Sunday. The Classic headlines the Xpressbet Washington Cup card, which is made up of six $50,000 stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in Washington or British Columbia. A total of 65 horses were nominated. Read More...

Huasca returns from long layoff in sprint

DRF | 3 days ago
Huasca will be welcomed back by some familiar foes when she makes her first start in almost a year Friday at Gulfstream Park in the ninth race, a $44,000 allowance sprint at six furlongs. Read More...

Mohawk: Thursday 8/25 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Thursday 8/25 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Timonium meet opens with larger purses

DRF | 3 days ago
The seven-day Maryland State Fair season at Timonium begins Friday and runs through Sept. 5. Purses and the trainers' bonus program have been increased in an attempt to boost field size. Read More...

Yonkers: Thursday 8/25 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Thursday 8/25 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Look for Ethanol to turn on the gas late

DRF | 3 days ago
There are several fast horses in Friday's Woodbine headliner, which could set the table for a closer like Ethanol in the five-furlong Ontario-sired allowance. Read More...

O’Connor high on Flashy Chelsey

DRF | 4 days ago
A generation ago, Rob O'Connor was the leading trainer at Ellis Park, tying Bernie Flint with 12 winners each at the 1991 meet. Echoes of those glory days were sounded last Sunday when O'Connor sent out Flashy Chelsey to a hard-fought victory in a $37,200 turf allowance. Read More...

Borel: ‘This is what makes me happy’

DRF | 4 days ago
Horsemen and fans who were skeptical when it was announced in March that Calvin Borel had decided to retire were proven correct when the Hall of Fame jockey recently decided to return to riding. In recent interviews with Ellis Park publicity, Borel revealed why he decided to return. Read More...

Picklesimer getting ready for the rush at Kentucky Downs

DRF | 4 days ago
If a jockey can only ride as fast as his or her mount can run, well, a racing secretary might only be as effective as the purses he or she can offer. That might make Tyler Picklesimer the best racing secretary in the world these days. Read More...

Appropriate ending to Shared Belief Stakes?

DRF | 4 days ago
There will be fond remembrances no doubt mixed with sadness on Friday at Del Mar when the Shared Belief Stakes is run for the first time, but there could be a poignant result in the race. Read More...

Abelman uses cash wits to earn BCBC berth

DRF | 4 days ago
Steve Abelman is the latest longtime cash player to find success in the contest world. Abelman, 60, finished first overall in a BCQualify event on Sunday to win his $10,000 entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge on the DRF Tournaments site. Read More...

Exaggerator surrounded in 14-horse Travers gate

DRF | 4 days ago
Bob Baffert's two horses are on the inside, Steve Asmussen's pair drew on the outside, and Exaggerator – the morning-line favorite – is smack dab in the middle for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Early buybacks hurt OBS select session

DRF | 4 days ago
The select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale was hampered early by a run of buybacks and finished behind the pace set by last year’s sale Read More...

Deep Impact gets rare U.S. winner

DRF | 4 days ago
Japanese supersire Deep Impact was represented by a rare winner in the U.S. on Friday, as Tale of Life won an allowance race at Saratoga. Read More...

Scat Daddy’s credentials still growing

DRF | 4 days ago
The late Scat Daddy added two additional Grade/Group 1 winners to his résumé over the weekend, as Harmonize posted a breakthrough victory in the Del Mar Oaks and Lady Aurelia continued her globetrotting juvenile campaign by winning the Prix Morny in France. Read More...