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Watchmaker: BC preps review shows strengths/weaknesses over last year

DRF | 4 days ago
In a review of this year’s key Breeders’ Cup prep races, I was struck how some were noticeably stronger in terms of Beyer Speed Figures than those last year for the same Breeders’ Cup events, and how others were markedly weaker. Read More...

The Fiscal Cliff dominates BOA Challenge Championship

DRF | 4 days ago
The Fiscal Cliff broke on top and never looked back for a length win in Saturday night’s Grade 1, $388,080 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows. Read More...

Terra’s Angel, Analyze This Jet give Eoff stakes double

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Terry Eoff pulled a notable stakes double at his home track of Retama Park on Saturday night, when he won the $75,000 La Senorita with Terra’s Angel and the $75,000 El Joven with Analyze This Jet. Read More...

Charitable Annuity noses to victory in WV Breeders’ Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
Charitable Annuity's 5-year-old campaign has been hindered by minor physical ailments, but with the big money on the line in the $350,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic on Saturday night at Charles Town, he turned in a gutsy performance and then put his head down at the right time to win a three-horse photo by a nose. Read More...

Yonkers: Twister Bi smashes world record in dominant International Trot triumph

DRF | 4 days ago
Twister Bi of Italy came in with a lofty reputation, was backed down to prohibitive 2-5 favoritism, and then displayed raw speed and power to obliterate the world record and capture the 39th edition of the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon. Read More...

Grumpelstiltskin clearly best in West Virginia Lottery

DRF | 4 days ago
Jockey Jose Montano took no prisoners Saturday in the $75,000 West Virginia Lottery on Breeders Classic night at Charles Town, sending Grumpelstiltskin from the gate and on to a 5 3/4-length win. Read More...

Yonkers: Burke sweeps $250,000 invitationals with All Bets Off, Crazy Wow

DRF | 4 days ago
The formula for creating great racing continued at Yonkers on Saturday afternoon. With $250,000 riding on the Dan Rooney Invitational, a well-matched field of eight put on a thrilling show, and at the wire it was All Bets Off getting his nose up to score in 1:51 4/5 over Levy winner Keystone Velocity in a thriller. Read More...

Yonkers: Svanstedt, Gural keep the beat going in New York Sire Stakes finals

DRF | 4 days ago
Trainer Ake Svanstedt and owner Jeff Gural, who have had a good run with the likes of Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction, continued their success together with Lucky Ava and Six Pack winning $225,000 New York Sire Stakes finals on Saturday afternoon at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Filion nets a hat trick in Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals

DRF | 4 days ago
The weather was far from perfect, but it didn't stop driver Sylvain Filion as he racked up three victories in C$225,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals for rookie and sophomores on both gaits Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Northfield: Rosemary Rose captures Courageous Lady

DRF | 4 days ago
Ohio-sired Rosemary Rose scored one for the home team when she pulled a 9-1 surprise against open company in the $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Northfield Park. Read More...

Hoosier: Samo Different Day posts track record performance

DRF | 4 days ago
A track record 1:54 4/5 mile by 2-year-old colt trotter Samo Different Day highlighted Grand Circuit action on Saturday night at Hoosier Park. Read More...

Shrewd Move draws off in Bienvenidos Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Shrewd Move ($3.20) stamped himself an early favorite for the Turf Paradise meet marquee event, the Phoenix Gold Cup in February, with a handy victory in the opening-day $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes at the Phoenix track on Saturday. Read More...

Moonlit Song easily handles elders in Cavada Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Moonlit Song ran to her 1-5 odds in the $125,000 Cavada Stakes at Charles Town on West Virginia Classics night, winning by 2 1/2 lengths. Read More...

La Coronel wires QEII Challenge Cup to stay perfect at Keeneland

DRF | 5 days ago
La Coronel sped to the most important victory of her career on Saturday by leading all the way in the 34th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, keeping her perfect in three Keeneland starts. Read More...

Stakes sweep for Brown and Ortiz as Rubilinda scores in Pebbles

DRF | 5 days ago
Despite pulling on her rider, Jose Ortiz, and switching leads several times in the stretch, Rubilinda held on to beat the late-running Party Boat by a nose in Saturday’s $200,000 Pebbles Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. Read More...

Barbara Beatrice rallies to narrow victory in California Distaff Handicap

DRF | 5 days ago
Barbara Beatrice made her 2017 debut a winning one, closing from last to win the California Distaff Handicap by three-quarters of a length. Read More...

Engage an easy winner in Futurity

DRF | 5 days ago
Engage, under a confident Jose Ortiz, rallied from last in a field of five to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Futurity at Belmont Park by 3 1-2 lengths over Barry Lee. Read More...

Line of Vision up in time in Victorian Queen Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Line of Vision came charging from well back under Eurico Da Silva to notch her first stakes win in the $125,400 Victorian Queen at Woodbine on Saturday. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

DRF | 5 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday’s card at Belmont. Read More...

U S Navy Flag leads O’Brien-trained sweep in Dewhurst Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Aidan O’Brien got his 24th Group 1 win of the season as U S Navy Flag led an O’Brien-trained sweep of the top four places in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday at Newmarket. Read More...

Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Two Down One to Go gets back on right surface

DRF | 5 days ago
If Bancroft Hall (#8) runs back to his effort at Aqueduct on April 8, he’ll almost certainly win this race. I think he’s the horse to beat, but I want to take a small shot against him. Read More...

Laudation gets first stakes win in E.L. Gaylord Memorial

DRF | 5 days ago
Laudation became a stakes winner on Friday night, rallying for a neck win over favorite Rose of Malibu in the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial at Remington Park. It was another 4 1/2 lengths back to Artsy Hearts in third. Read More...

Peck: Keeneland late pick four for Saturday, Oct. 14

DRF | 5 days ago
Keeneland's late pick four Saturday seems very playable, with the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup the main event. Read More...

Redzel wins inaugural Everest Stakes, world’s richest turf race

DRF | 5 days ago
Redzel’s tactical advantage over Vega Magic proved the difference Saturday at Royal Randwick in the world’s richest turf race. Read More...

Beer: Belmont Park early pick three for Saturday, Oct. 14

DRF | 5 days ago
Mike Beer's ticket for the early pick three at Belmont Park on Saturday, Oct. 14. Read More...

Hoosier Park: Hannelore Hanover defeated, track records posted in Indiana Sires Stakes finals

DRF | 5 days ago
Churita handed world champion Hannelore Hanover a defeat and a pair of rookie males turned in track records in Indiana Sires Stakes championships on Friday night at Hoosier Park. The Super Finals for 2- and 3-year-olds all carried purses of $220,000, with four finals for older competitors also held. Read More...

European champion Sinndar pensioned from stud duty

DRF | 6 days ago
Sinndar, the only horse to have won the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby, and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same season, has been pensioned from stallion duty in France. Read More...

Morticia earns first graded win in Franklin County Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
The longtime owner-trainer team of G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Rusty Arnold was back in the infield winner’s circle at Keeneland on Friday after Morticia raced to victory in the 21st running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Franklin County Stakes. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

DRF | 6 days ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Saturday’s card at Belmont. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 10/16 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 10/16 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Monday 10/16 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 10/16 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Mo Town may have a future on turf

DRF | 6 days ago
Mo Town, one of the major disappointments of the 3-year-old division on dirt this year, may have found a new home on the turf. Read More...

Grade 1 winner Joking returns to work tab

DRF | 6 days ago
Joking, last year's Grade 1 Vosburgh winner, returned to the work tab for the first time in 50 weeks on Friday. Read More...

First horses arrive for Clasico Internacional del Caribe program

DRF | 6 days ago
The first horses scheduled to compete on the Clasico Internacional del Caribe program Dec. 9 at Gulfstream Park have arrived in Florida. Two of the three, Arquitecto and Jade Master, are stabled at Palm Meadows, while the third, Deland, is in Ocala. All three were shipped to trainer Alexis Cordero-Lopez. Read More...

Champagne Room, Skye Diamonds put in Breeders’ Cup works

DRF | 6 days ago
Friday was another busy morning for Breeders' Cup candidates at Santa Anita. For the next two weeks, it will stay that way. Read More...

Happy Like a Fool heads Matron Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Back in the United States after a couple of unsuccessful forays abroad, Happy Like a Fool looks to get back to her winning ways when she heads a field of five entered in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Matron Stakes going six furlongs on dirt at Belmont Park. Read More...

Five receive Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards

DRF | 6 days ago
Winners of the second annual North American edition of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, honoring behind-the-scenes players in Thoroughbred racing and breeding, were honored Friday morning in a ceremony at Keeneland. Read More...

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale offers 290

DRF | 6 days ago
The broodmare and weanling portion of the North American auction calendar kicks off Monday with the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale showcasing products and producers from the lucrative New York breeding program. Read More...

All eyes on Mourinho in Speakeasy Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Considering he is wheeling back only 15 days after a runaway debut, the 2-year-old colt Mourinho could be considered vulnerable Sunday at Santa Anita. Another idea is more widely held: Mourinho is a cinch in the $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes. Read More...

Hammersly: Late pick four for Canadian International card

DRF | 6 days ago
It should be no surprise that a wave of invading European talent and a top-class turf distaffer from the Chad Brown barn figure prominently in Sunday’s late pick four (races 9-12) at Woodbine. Read More...

Lukas trainee Goats Town lights up tote board

DRF | 6 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas set the Keeneland toteboard alight Thursday when Goats Town won the eighth race at a $66.60 mutuel. Read More...

Competitive group expected for Raven Run Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
Valadorna, Tequilita, Faypien, and Pinch Hit are among the fillies expected for what is shaping up as a terrific renewal of the seven-furlong Raven Run on Oct. 21 at Keeneland. Read More...

Stall likes what he sees from C Z Rocket

DRF | 6 days ago
Al Stall Jr. has been around long enough not to get too excited when a horse wins its first two races, but the trainer likes what 3-year-old C Z Rocket has shown him so far. Read More...

Sale of Ruidoso Downs completed

DRF | 6 days ago
The sale of Ruidoso Downs closed Thursday, according to an announcement from the New Mexico track on Friday. The transaction includes the purchase of an onsite casino and the Ruidoso Horse Sale Co. Read More...

Hovdey: Flamboyant could join storied history of Canadian International

DRF | 6 days ago
Once a harbinger of champions, the prestige of the Canadian International has ridden a roller coaster with the times. Read More...

Laurens prevails in tight finish to Fillies Mile

DRF | 6 days ago
Laurens won the tightest of photos over September to capture the Group 1 Fillies Mile on Friday at Newmarket. Read More...

Barretts riding momentum into fall sale

DRF | 6 days ago
Positive momentum in the North American yearling market is expected to carry to the West Coast for the 2017 Barretts fall sale of yearlings and horses of all ages. Read More...

Tickets for January’s Pegasus World Cup on sale

DRF | 6 days ago
Tickets for the second Pegasus World Cup, planned for Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., next year, went on sale Friday, Gulfstream’s owner announced. Read More...

Force, Dixie Pistol face test in Bull Dog Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
John Martin will likely saddle the favorite with Force while Rhoda Marsh will saddle a likely longshot, Dixie Pistol, in Sunday's $50,000-added Bull Dog Handicap at the Big Fresno Fair. Read More...