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Handle at California tracks up 12 percent in April

DRF | 2 days ago
Helped by two additional days of Thoroughbred racing, handle at all California racetracks grew by 12 percent in April, pushing year-to-date figures into positive territory for the first time since the end of February, according to data presented at Thursday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting by executive director Rick Baedeker. Read More...

Commander looks to bounce back in Sunday feature

DRF | 2 days ago
Commander has been one of the leaders in the older handicap division in western Canada since 2012. He won the Grade 3 BC Premier’s Handicap at Hastings in 2012 and 2013, and he’s been almost unbeatable at Northlands Park, compiling a 9-1-1 record from 11 starts in Edmonton. Read More...

Rested runners look to fire fresh in Monmouth Beach

DRF | 2 days ago
The eight entrants in the $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday have plenty of questions to answer. Read More...

American Pharoah gallops; Conquest Curlinate works

DRF | 2 days ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah was out for his first gallop since his seven-length romp at Pimlico when going through a routine bit of training Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, May 23rd by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

DRF | 3 days ago
BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, May 23rd by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore. Read More...

Harrah’s Philly: Maxie Lee could be the race of the year

DRF | 3 days ago
The Maxie Lee could be the most interesting race of 2015. That’s because it features 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and last year’s top three-year-old Father Patrick meeting for the first time. Read More...

Oklahoma adopts cobalt threshold

DRF | 3 days ago
The Oklahoma Racing Commission on Thursday unanimously voted to adopt a cobalt threshold level, according to Tino Rieger, the executive director for the commission. Read More...

DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday, May 22

DRF | 3 days ago
Download DRF Plus handicapping reports for Friday's races, including DRF Bets GamePlan, the Positive ROI Report, and Key Race Report. Read More...

Meadowlands: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...

Del Mar looks to change pick six at summer meet

DRF | 3 days ago
Del Mar will seek approval from the California Horse Racing Board in the coming weeks to change the format of the pick six for the summer meeting, eliminating a consolation payoff and dedicating that portion of the pool to be distributed to a single ticketholder. Read More...

Yonkers: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Matt Rose's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Mohawk: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at Mohawk Racetrack. Read More...

Balmoral: Saturday 5/23 Analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Jeremey Day's analysis of the Saturday 5/23 card at Balmoral Park. Read More...

Court named Venezia Memorial Award recipient

DRF | 3 days ago
Kentucky-based jockey Jon Court will be presented with the Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Monday at Belmont Park, the New York Racing Association announced Thursday. Read More...

Gleneagles looks formidable in Irish 2000 Guineas

DRF | 3 days ago
At seven furlongs or one mile, Gleneagles has been virtually unbeatable, and he will be favored to win again facing 10 foes Saturday at The Curragh in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas. Read More...

Paradise Creek distance suits A Lot, Croninthebarbarian

DRF | 3 days ago
Given how they performed at 1 1/16 miles last out, it’s not surprising the connections of A Lot and Croninthebarbarian opted for Saturday’s $100,000 Paradise Creek Stakes at seven furlongs as opposed to next Saturday’s $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, May 23: Picks for Louisville, Majestic Light, Prairie Rose

DRF | 3 days ago
Let’s hope somewhat ordinary recent form won’t make Patrioticandproud a standout to bettors in Saturday’s Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Get the Sensation the likely favorite in Fancy Buckles

DRF | 3 days ago
The $50,000 Fancy Buckles is the featured race Saturday at Charles Town, but the race will be missing its star performer. Down Town Allen had won the last four runnings of the Fancy Buckles, a 4 1/2-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, but she was injured while making her seasonal debut April 18 in the Original Gold Stakes and had to be euthanized May 11. Read More...

Stellar Wind might switch to turf stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Stellar Wind, who rose to the top of the 3-year-old filly division before finishing fourth as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks, will be considered for a turf campaign this summer, trainer John Sadler said. After back-to-back Grade 1 wins in California, including the Santa Anita Oaks, Stellar Wind had a tough trip in Kentucky. Read More...

Galiana may go on short rest in My Juliet

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Rodolfo Romero has Galiana in career-best form, and he is considering striking while the iron is hot in the $75,000 My Juliet Stakes at Parx Racing on Saturday. Read More...

Golden Soul seeks first stakes win in Louisville Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
It’s been more than two years since Golden Soul suddenly entered the racing consciousness by finishing second to Orb as a 34-1 longshot in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. In all that time, Golden Soul still hasn’t won the first stakes race of his career, although he finds an ideal spot to do so Saturday at Churchill in the 78th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Louisville Handicap. Read More...

Yonkers: Betting Exchange looking for good fortune in Rooney

DRF | 3 days ago
Is there more than meets the eye to Betting Exchange? The 3-year-old colt will hope to prove that statement fact in the first of two eliminations for the $380,000 Art Rooney pace on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway. Read More...

Prospector’s Blues cuts back to sprint for Inaugural

DRF | 3 days ago
Prospector’s Blues will be out for his third career stakes win on Saturday, when he turns back to a sprint distance for the $40,000 Inaugural at Arapahoe Park. Read More...

Manhattan next up for Twilight Eclipse

DRF | 3 days ago
Twilight Eclipse, who won the Grade 1 Man o’ War in his last start, will try for his second Grade 1 in the $1 million Manhattan on June 6, trainer Tom Albertrani confirmed Thursday. Read More...

Danzatrice gets feel for Belmont surface

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Cal Lynch is seriously considering running his stakes-winning 3-year-old filly Danzatrice in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard on June 6. Read More...

Wicked Strong sharpens for Met Mile

DRF | 3 days ago
Wicked Strong, looking to regain his Grade 1 form from a year ago, worked a sharp five furlongs Thursday morning over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for a start in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap here on June 6. Read More...

Grazen Sky goes long in Snow Chief

DRF | 3 days ago
It’s a familiar jingle in Southern California – “It pays to own a Cal-bred.” On Saturday at Santa Anita, the question is: Does it pay to wager on one? Read More...

African Rose returns to best distance for Albuquerque Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
African Rose will be returning to a mile Saturday for the $55,000 Albuquerque Distaff Handicap. Read More...

Big John B skipping Charles Whittingham Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Big John B, the winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap last August but last of eight in the Grade 3 Last Tycoon Stakes on April 25, will skip Sunday’s $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Beholder works toward Adoration Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Beholder, the two-time champion who missed a scheduled start in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes on May 9 because of illness, worked five furlongs in 1:01 on Thursday. Read More...

Ashley’s Sassy looks to break through in Melair

DRF | 3 days ago
In her last three starts, all in stakes, Ashley’s Sassy strained a knee in one race, broke slowly in another, and was too eager in a third. Understandably, there were no wins in that span. Read More...

Positive ROI report: Englehart strong in allowances

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart saddles Secret Fortune (#5, ML 3-1) in Thursday’s seventh race at Belmont Park, a seven-furlong allowance on turf. Since Jan. 1, 2014, Englehart is winning at a 26 percent clip in allowances, for a return on investment of $2.55. Read More...

Valid has versatility for Majestic Light

DRF | 3 days ago
The $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday has attracted a deep field of 11 runners, based at the New York tracks, the Fair Hill training center in Maryland, and yes, Monmouth itself. Read More...

Maryland commission approves two-tier cobalt threshold

DRF | 3 days ago
The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday approved threshold levels for cobalt, the naturally occurring mineral that has allegedly been abused worldwide in horse racing, according to the commission’s executive director. Read More...

Wolfson has three contenders in Alachua Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
What would a filly and mare stakes at Gulfstream Park be without trainer Marty Wolfson? In the case of Saturday’s $60,000 Alachua Handicap, probably nothing at all. Read More...

Jerardi: Patrioticandproud’s back class stands out in Louisville

DRF | 3 days ago
If Patrioticandproud runs to the Beyer form he showed at Del Mar and Santa Anita, he will be difficult to beat in Saturday’s Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Meg Giry looks to move forward in sprint feature

DRF | 3 days ago
Meg Giry and Sailingforthesun were very impressive winning maiden special weight races at Hastings in their first races as 3-year-olds. Something has to give when they meet in a first-level allowance race that will serve as Saturday’s feature. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew six horses, including last year’s $75,000 Fantasy winner, Ambleside Park. Read More...

Key Race report: Gryvon returns in optional claimer

DRF | 3 days ago
Gryvon (#3, ML 3-1) makes his return in Thursday’s seventh race at Gulfstream Park, a seven-furlong optional claimer. It will be his first start since a first-place finish by four lengths in a six-furlong optional claimer April 4 at Gulfstream Park. The second- and third-place finishers from that race came back to win their next starts. Read More...

Zayat disputes lawsuit’s claims that he reneged on debt

DRF | 3 days ago
Ahmed Zayat, the owner of Triple Crown candidate American Pharoah, has denied charges contained in a lawsuit accusing him of reneging on a gambling debt from 2004. Read More...

Harness: Sharp Horses and Track Trends for May 14 to May 17

DRF | 3 days ago
Bob Pandolfo's horses to watch and track trends for May 14 to May 17, 2015. Read More...

Tappin Vegas will face just four in Western Canada Handicap

DRF | 3 days ago
Tappin Vegas looks like a standout and will be a very short price when he runs in the $50,000 Western Canada Handicap on Saturday at Northlands Park. The six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds drew five horses, including Blue Dancer, who will appreciate the substantially easier company in his first start since he set the early pace in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Delaunay seeks return to form in Ed Skinner Memorial

DRF | 3 days ago
Delaunay seeks to get his stellar career back on track in Saturday night’s $75,000 Ed Skinner Memorial, a six-furlong stakes sprint. The race, named for the locally based state lawmaker who played a primary role in the development of Prairie Meadows in the late 1980s, drew six capable geldings. Read More...

Deceptive Vision gets another attempt at Nassau Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Deceptive Vision will try to make amends in Saturday’s $200,000 Nassau, a Grade 2 event for fillies and mares that is the first turf stakes of the Woodbine meet. Read More...

American Pharoah starts cranking up for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah began his bid toward the June 6 Belmont Stakes with a once-around jog Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, a routine bit of exercise that took a mere seven minutes to complete. Read More...

Marks: Powerful pedigree lies within Wiggle It Jiggleit

DRF | 4 days ago
Among the most exciting if not the most unexpected performers of the young season has to be Wiggle It Jiggleit, the son of Mr. Wiggles trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, Jr. and driven by George’s son, Montrell. Perhaps we should see just who he is genetically. Read More...

Sea Shadow connects at 15-1 in Winter Melody

DRF | 4 days ago
Despite being the longest shot in the six-horse field at 15-1, Sea Shadow was clearly best in the stretch of the $50,000 Winter Melody Stakes at Delaware Park on Wednesday, drawing away to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Read More...

Jockey Victor Espinoza: Profile, career highlights

DRF | 4 days ago
Profile of jockey Victor Espinoza. Read More...

Beyer: Horseplayers have chance to make tax relief a sure thing

DRF | 4 days ago
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is urging Treasury to change the calculation that determines what money is subject to withholding. The modification would be an infinitesimal item in the gigantic mass of U.S. tax regulations, but it would be a significant benefit to the sport. Read More...

Harrah’s Philly: Father Patrick to debut in stacked Maxie Lee

DRF | 4 days ago
Jimmy Takter looks at Sunday’s $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters at Harrah’s Philadelphia and can’t help but be impressed. Takter’s Father Patrick – who on Sunday makes his debut as a 4-year-old – is among four trotters entered in the Maxie Lee with Dan Patch Awards on their resumes. Read More...

Meadowlands: Friday 5/22 Analysis

DRF | 4 days ago
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 5/22 card at The Meadowlands. Read More...