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Spirit Rules takes down small field in California Cup Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Spirit Rules gave jockey Iggy Puglisi his first stakes win in 10 years in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. It is not as if the veterans have not been trying. Read More...

Go West Marie stays perfect with Stevens aboard in Turf Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Go West Marie kept her cool during a lengthy delay, then calmly picked off her rivals in the $151,750 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint on Saturday at Santa Anita, rallying from 11th to capture her second straight race, both since Gary Stevens took over as her rider. Read More...

Castletown prevails by head in Swft Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Castletown likely confirmed he ranks at the top of the local sprint division at Turf Paradise on Saturday – but only just. The 7-year-old Castletown ($6.40) was a game victor in a stirring renewal of the $35,000 Swift Stakes. Read More...

Sugar Shock comes off six-month layoff to win American Beauty

DRF | 5 days ago
Sugar Shock won her first start in more than six months Saturday, when she surged from off the pace to overtake Spring Included and Haveyougoneaway nearing the wire in the $100,000 American Beauty at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Dubai Sky prevails in photo finish to win Kitten’s Joy

DRF | 5 days ago
About the only one in the house who didn’t have to sweat out the photo finish for Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park was Bill Mott. That’s because the two horses involved in the tight picture, Dubai Sky and Courtier, are both trained by the Hall of Fame horseman. Read More...

Birdatthewire comes on strong at the end to win Forward Gal

DRF | 5 days ago
Dale Romans has been touting Taylor S as one of the fastest young fillies he ever has trained, but the race isn’t always to the swiftest. Read More...

Mischief Clem redeems himself in Cal Cup Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Saturday, in the richest race of his career, the $250,000 California Cup Derby, there were no frustrations, only a celebration. Mischief Clem ($25.60) had an ideal trip under Kent Desormeaux to win the stakes for 3-year-old statebreds by a hard-fought head over Pulmarack Read More...

Lochte holds off Old Time Hockey in Tampa Bay Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Lochte drove to a short lead inside the final furlong and then narrowly turned back a furious late charge from 24-1 shot Old Time Hockey to post a game head victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Read More...

Upstart dominates Holy Bull Stakes to kick off 3-year-old campaign

DRF | 5 days ago
Earlier this month, trainer Rick Violette said everything would have to go perfectly for Upstart to make it into the starting gate for Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. And perfect might be the best way to describe Upstart’s performance after he drew off to a convincing 5 1/2-length victory over the 3-2 Frosted and seven other overmatched rivals in the Grade 2 Holy Bull. Read More...

Singing Kitty scores in California Cup Oaks

DRF | 5 days ago
One morning last year at Clocker’s Corner, trainer Matt Chew overheard a couple talking to one another about horses and decided to walk up, introduce himself, and take them to his barn. Brandon Hillman was so impressed that he decided to own horses with Chew, and on Saturday they won the biggest race of their careers when Singing Kitty scored a 7-1 upset in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita. Read More...

Consumer Credit extends Brown’s dominance in Sweetest Chant

DRF | 5 days ago
Consumer Credit made an impressive late burst Saturday to come through as a popular choice in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes, giving trainer Chad Brown victory in the Gulfstream Park turf fixture for the fourth straight year. Read More...

Barbados delivers as favorite in Hutcheson

DRF | 5 days ago
Barbados became a graded stakes winner and earned every bit of that distinction, withstanding a stretch-long battle with X Y Jet before registering a half-length decision in Saturday’s $150,000 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Champion apprentice Van Dyke scores first win as journeyman

DRF | 5 days ago
Drayden Van Dyke, the champion apprentice jockey of 2014, had his first win as a journeyman Friday aboard the 3-year-old Ernest Shackleton. Read More...

Firing Line works toward Robert Lewis Stakes

DRF | 5 days ago
Firing Line, second Dec. 20 in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 Saturday. Read More...

Texas Red to make two starts in February on road to Kentucky Derby

DRF | 5 days ago
Texas Red is scheduled to have two starts in February as he resumes his career following a win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Santa Anita on Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 5 days ago
It looks like a chalky start to the Sunday card at Santa Anita. I will not try to force otherwise. Read More...

McGee: Gulfstream pick four for Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 5 days ago
With a slew of well-matched, full fields in the later races Sunday at Gulfstream, we’ll try to get our arms around something a little less abstract by shooting for a pick four earlier on the card – and there’s still a potential bonanza with this one. Here’s the play: Read More...

King: How I’d play Gulfstream on Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 5 days ago
A threat of rain Saturday at Gulfstream should have handicappers paying close attention to the weather and, if at all possible, avoiding betting horses well in advance of post time. Read More...

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick three for Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 5 days ago
Some full, competitive fields to close out the card give the late pick three (races 7-9) appeal. You’ll likely need to spread, but that may help you catch a price. Read More...

Aqueduct cancels Saturday card

DRF | 5 days ago
A modest winter storm that brought a mixture of snow and rain to the area forced officials to cancel Saturday’s live racing program at Aqueduct. It is the fifth full card to be canceled here in the last 17 days. Another card was scrapped after two races. Read More...

Giwner: Pick five carryover, conditions changes at the Meadowlands

DRF | 5 days ago
There was no shortage of news coming out of the Meadowlands on Friday night. Spurred on by $107.20 winner Wygant Princess to start the sequence, the pick five went uncollected and produced a $22,616 carryover for the Saturday program. The track also announced that it will revert back to condition classification and abolish the ABC system. Plus fields will be limited to 10 horses and all races will be contested at one mile. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Filion sweeps series finals

DRF | 5 days ago
The first two stake finals of 2015 took place Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack and it was the Sylvain Filion show. Read More...

NHC Day 1: Jarvie jumps to the top late

DRF | 6 days ago
Joe Jarvie, a building engineer and former NCAA basketball official from Renton, Wash., hit the last race on Friday to vault into first place on Day 1 of the three-day National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island. Read More...

Illman: All-stakes pick five play for Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 6 days ago
Let's take a look at Saturday’s 50-cent all-stakes pick five at Gulfstream. Read More...

Gierkink: How I’d play Gulfstream on Sunday, Jan. 25

DRF | 6 days ago
I’m focusing on the two pick fours on this challenging 11-race card, which allows me to avoid races 6 and 7, a bottom $6,250 claimer and a two-turn maiden special for 3-year-old fillies on the grass. Read More...

Chapa appeals riding suspension

DRF | 6 days ago
Jockey Roman Chapa on Friday appealed a summary suspension the Sam Houston Race Park board of stewards levied against him pending an investigation into his ride in last Saturday night’s ninth race, the $50,000 Richard King Handicap, which he won aboard Quiet Acceleration. Read More...

Laurel Park cancels Saturday card

DRF | 6 days ago
With a winter storm approaching, Laurel Park on Friday evening canceled its Saturday race card. Read More...

Free: Daily double bet at Santa Anita for Saturday, Jan. 24

DRF | 6 days ago
Overlay opportunities are abundant Saturday at Santa Anita; the focus of this suggested “pick X” is the final two races. Read More...

Yonkers: Monday 1/26 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Monday 1/26 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Woodbine Harness: Monday 1/26 Analysis

DRF | 6 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Monday 1/26 card at Woodbine Harness. Read More...

City Zip gets long-overdue recognition with two Eclipse winners

DRF | 6 days ago
City Zip has quietly fashioned a workmanlike stud career, flying somewhat under the radar in the star-studded firmament of central Kentucky’s stallion lineup while consistently turning out hard-knocking runners who produce on the track. However, the sire broke through with a supernova of a weekend at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, where Dayatthespa scored a front-running victory in the Filly and Mare Turf and Work All Week confirmed his class by winning the Sprint. Both parlayed those victories into Eclipse Awards in their respective divisions, garnering some long-deserved recognition for City Zip, who has stood at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., for the past decade. Read More...

Sparkman: A championship by any other name

DRF | 6 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup may have dropped its overly ambitious World Thoroughbred Championships moniker, but according to the results of the Eclipse Award ceremony on Jan. 17, the Breeders’ Cup meeting does a pretty good job of determining American championships. This year, six of the nine individual equine Eclipse Award winners for flat racing captured Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1. Read More...

Joy Boy may be difficult to catch in allowance feature

DRF | 6 days ago
Joy Boy, a winner of two of his last three outs, will start as one of the top contenders in Sunday’s eighth race at Oaklawn Park, a third-level optional $62,500 claiming race at a mile. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi scheduled to work Sunday

DRF | 6 days ago
Take Charge Brandi, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014, is scheduled to work Sunday at Oaklawn, said her trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. She is preparing for her 3-year-old debut, which is to come in the $100,000 Martha Washington at a mile at Oaklawn on Jan. 31. Read More...

Multiple horses with strong bloodlines in maiden event

DRF | 6 days ago
The pedigrees of the 3-year-old fillies in the eighth race here at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race, don’t get much richer. Read More...

Perchance may get shot at Davona Dale

DRF | 6 days ago
Perchance earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure in a one-length victory in a six-furlong, first-level allowance here at Gulfstream Park on Thursday and is a possibility for the Grade 2 Davona Dale on Feb. 21, according to her connections. Read More...

Little Mike taking extended vacation

DRF | 6 days ago
Any chance of Little Mike returning to action here at Gulfstream Park this winter ended earlier this month when owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza sent the four-time Grade 1 winner back to the farm in Ocala. Read More...

America passes on Ladies Stakes

DRF | 6 days ago
The Bill Mott-trained America, who won the Affectionately Stakes on New Year’s Day, was sent to south Florida, where she will get a brief freshening. As a result, she will not contest next Saturday’s $100,000 Ladies Stakes. Read More...

Trainers mull options for speedy trio

DRF | 6 days ago
The triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures that Carve, Code West, and Ivan Fallunovalot earned in their most recent starts might lead their connections to pass on the next round of races for their divisions at Oaklawn Park. Read More...

Hall of Fame trainer Mott to appeal 15-day suspension

DRF | 6 days ago
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was suspended 15 days and fined $1,000 for the finding of the drug Flunixin, also known as Banamine, and an overage of Lasix in the body fluid of Saratoga Snacks, who finished last in a New York-bred allowance race Sept. 20 at Belmont Park, according to the New York State Gaming Commission. Read More...

Tonalist making progress toward 2015 debut

DRF | 6 days ago
The stars were out Friday at Payson Park, with Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and defending Donn Handicap champion Lea both working at the training center during the course of the morning. Read More...

Santa Anita makes change to San Antonio purse structure

DRF | 6 days ago
Santa Anita has changed the conditions of the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7 in an attempt to draw opponents for California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, and Shared Belief, the 2013 champion 2-year-old male. Read More...

The Great War being pointed toward Spiral

DRF | 6 days ago
There is nothing surprising about where the top three finishers from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile are training this winter. The victorious Texas Red is working at Santa Anita toward his 3-year-old debut, and the runner-up Carpe Diem and the third-place Upstart are gearing up in Florida, with the latter entered in Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream for his first start of 2015. Read More...

Gathagan leaving Maryland Jockey Club post

DRF | 6 days ago
Publicist Mike Gathagan will be leaving the Maryland Jockey Club as of Feb. 2 to accept a position with the Maryland Catholic Conference. Read More...

Eblouissante headed to Europe as broodmare

DRF | 6 days ago
Eblouissante, a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has been retired from racing and will be bred to one of England’s leading stallions in coming months. Read More...

Rousanne stretches out for El Paso Times Handicap

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Justin Evans is looking forward to running Rousanne over longer distances, so he’s grateful for the bit of added real estate she will pick up Sunday in the $50,000 El Paso Times Handicap at Sunland Park. Read More...

Robertson off to good start at Fair Grounds meet

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Hugh Robertson hasn’t run many horses at this Fair Grounds meet, but they’re paying the bills. Read More...

Jockey Riquelme relishing his opportunities

DRF | 6 days ago
In the track kitchen at Fair Grounds last Sunday, the morning after veteran jockey Jose Riquelme won the Louisiana Handicap on Hard Aces, he was accepting congratulations from other riders, agents, trainers, and others who work on the backstretch. His victory clearly was popular. Read More...

Hovdey: Osborne determined after narrow miss in BC Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
Jamie Osborne is not a masochist. Really, he’s not. He’s a nice guy with a properly droll British sense of humor who describes himself as an “overrated jockey and underrated trainer from sunny Upper Lambourn,” a horsey town located about 70 miles west of London. Read More...

D’Amato’s pair look logical in Clocker’s Corner

DRF | 6 days ago
Lil Bit O’Fun and Hay Dude finished second days apart at Santa Anita in late December and early January. Those turf races have led to starts in Sunday’s $75,000 Clocker’s Corner Stakes and give trainer Phil D’Amato a formidable pair of runners. Read More...